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Fall Football Preview


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The 2014 football campaign will be marked by a couple new developments. It’s year two, and paradoxically, the final year of the Southern Football Alliance. The change that began last year is already set to be phased out. The Minnesota State High School League has mandated all football (9-man included) to go to ‘District’ (and sub-district) style play in 2015. Doing so (among other things) ensures all teams have full schedules and a full slate of in-state games. Chatfield and Caledonia will move into a district featuring bigger schools (other AA plus AAA teams). They’ll no longer play any of their SFA Blue adversaries (all Class A). Meanwhile in the SEC, Randolph, a district just west of Cannon Falls, has joined the league, giving it nine teams for football. Their arrival means the SEC schedule will start on August 22nd, just like the SFA. SEC teams, like SFA teams, will thus have a ‘zero’ week and a ‘bye’ week. Every game will be of the conference variety and sets of schools won’t play each other twice (as was the case in an 8-team SEC). In another big departure from normal, for the first time in the Fillmore County Journal Sports era, a team enters a season as defending state champions.

Chatfield Gophers

Chatfield’s football team had an epic 2013. They went 13-1 on the season, finishing second (7-1) to Caledonia in the SFA Blue. Chatfield ran off six straight play-off wins. They downed the Warriors, ending their 36-game win streak, to claim the Section 1AA title. A trio of impressive wins at the state level then claimed the Gophers their first Prep Bowl since 1996. All that makes 2014 encore time for Jeff Johnson’s crew. Chatfield should still have the phrase ‘contender’ etched next to their name. The Gophers return a number of key assets. Drew Hurley (6’1” 190 Sr. TE/S) and Ian Morrison (6’2” 245 Sr. OL/DL) each were All-Conference a season ago. Hurley is a third-year two-way starter. In the backfield, Alex Bradt (5’11” 180 Sr. RB/LB) was critical in 2013, notching a pair of 100 yard rushing games at the state level. Guys like Ryan Meeker (5’8” 165 Sr. RB/DB) and Carter Duxbury (6’2” 190 Jr. RB/LB) also saw carries. Duxbury was key in the post-season as a play-making linebacker. Throw in third year starter Tommy Jech (6’0” 230 Sr. OL/DL), T.J. Moechnig (6’2” 180 Sr. OL/DE), Hank Friederichs (5’7” 160 Sr. OL/DL), and Ethan Wright (5’11” 175 Sr. RB/LB), plus a numbe .....
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39th Annual Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Sports

“Strike! Ball! You’re out! Safe!” were often heard at Whalan’s Fastpitch Tournament, on July 4, 5 and 6. We had three beautiful days, probably the best weather in our 39 years of hosting the tournament. That, along with some good games, goo ..... 
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School of High Performance Basketball College Workouts by NBA Trainers in Bemidji, Minn.

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The 1st annual School of High Performance Basketball College Workouts will be featuring advanced skill instruction by NBA Trainers. 75 minute specialized sessions will be held at the Calvary Lutheran Church Gym in Bemidji beginning August 1 with Tim ..... 
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Golf teams still needed for Ridgeway Community School Golf Outing on Saturday, August 2

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The fourth Annual Ridgeway Community School Golf Outing will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 2 at Valley High Golf Course in Houston, Minn. The 18 hole 4 player scramble golf outing welcomes players of all levels to a great morning with fam ..... 
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$1,500 donated to the Rushford-Peterson High School Trapshooting League

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Bluff Country Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association donated $1,500 to the Rushford-Peterson High School Trapshooting League. Competitive trapshooting now involves more prep students in Minnesota than hockey does and is by far the sta ..... 
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The Arc Southeastern Minnesota Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

When: Monday, July 28, 2014 Where: Somerby Golf Club 975 Somerby Parkway NE Bryon, MN 55920 We invite you to participate in The Arc Southeastern Minnesota 10th Annual Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament. Enjoy the day golfing at one of the ..... 
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A year not soon forgotten

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The 2013-2014 high school sports year is finally over. For many involved with it, we wished it wasn’t. One could say it was a banner year for county sports teams, but that really doesn’t do the season justice. Numbers best detail the collective ..... 
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July 4th Whalan fastpitch tournament

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Sports

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully, the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people in our area equate with July Fourth ..... 
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Local youth baseball team headed to state tournaments

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

By Tricia Parrish This past weekend was another great success as a local youth baseball team went undefeated to win the Blue Earth 13A Tournament. This win qualified the boys for the Gopher State Tournament of Champions in Anoka/Ramsey on July 25- ..... 
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