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‘Twas four nights before Christmas...


Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Knight Cheyenne Losey takes a three over Gopher defender Maddie Talamantes. Maddie T ‘D’ed’ up on Losey, and the Gophers mostly ‘De-nied’ the Knights. Chatfield won the game 65-40. Photo by Paul Trende

…And within two high school fieldhouses, the Chatfield Gophers squished the Kingsland Knights, like elephants to mouses.

Too Much…

On the girl’s side of things, it was too much size, too much athleticism, too much depth, and too many scoring options. The size was Chatfield’s 6-foot-plus duo of MaKenzie Miller and Traci McDonald. They may not have blocked a ton of shots, but they influenced a bunch.

Knight players certainly thought twice about testing the Gopher interior length. Miller was also nearly unstoppable inside offensively. The athleticism was (not limited to) Gopher sophomore guard Maddie Talamantes. It was mostly her responsibility to shadow Knight leading scorer, new 1,000-point scorer, Cheyenne Losey. Maddie T Rudophed the Gopher ‘D,’ helping hold Losey to just 7 points (3 of which, came on a back-iron-clank-and-in triple). The athleticism also referred to how quickly Chatfield got out in transition, particularly in the early going. The Gophs were like Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve: off and running (flying). They scored on eight of their first eleven possessions, making eight of their first eleven shots. The run built a 17-5 lead that would balloon to 28-10 at one point in the 1st half. The depth referred to the 12 Gopher gals who typically can, and do, see action amidst a contest. That meant bench support; sophomore forward Brook Irish had 5 points and 7 rebounds in the 1st half, junior forward Morgan Henry 9 points in the 2nd.

All told, the Gophs got 24 points from their bench, or double that of Kingsland (12). They came at the Knights like a whirlwind blizzard, blowing in from every direction. The Knights crawled back into the contest after trailing 28-10. They scraped on the offensive glass, grabbing 10 rebounds, turning them into 11 second-chance points in the 1st half. At the break, Chatfield’s lead was eleven (34-23). A couple Knight triples, back-to-back, got the silver and black as close as 40-30 early in the 2nd stanza, but that was as close as they would get.

At the 3:31 mark, Kingsland finally got its first 2-point FG of the 2nd stanza. They scored only seven points in the first twelve-plus minutes. That, in combination with all that Chatfield had going for it, led to a 65-40 Gopher win. Miller (20 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stls) and Talamantes (10 pts, 4 assists) led the victors in scoring. For Kingsland Marissa Bornholdt had all 9 of her points in t .....
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Flip the switch

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It happens often. It makes no sense. One team comes out hot/looking good, the other cold/not so good. Then those rolls switch after the intermission. The Chatfield boys came out smoking against Rushford-Peterson. Looking for some redemption after lo ..... 
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An eventful Tuesday

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende The first full night of both girl’s and boy’s basketball action was an apropos opener. Six county squads faced each other. One contest went to overtime. One county boy’s team nearly was on the bad end of an epic collapse. Anot ..... 
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Works in progress

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
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For the first full week of girl’s basketball, a theme developed. It was simple and indicative of the early season. Four of the county’s gal’s squads took the floor with new head coaches. That meant (likely) new systems. All six of the county ..... 
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Basketball Previews

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Girls Basketball CHATFIELD GOPHERS Head Coach: Brian Baum 2011-2012 finish: 14-4 in 3-Rivers (tied for 3rd), 21-8 overall; S-S 1AA-East champs; 1AA runner’s-up (lost 56-52 to Zumbrota-Mazeppa in Section final) Starters Lost: Sarah Costello (5 ..... 
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Football players of the year

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
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By Paul Trende Football in Fillmore County in 2012 wasn’t quite as good as volleyball. Just three of the six teams (versus four) came out with winning records. The Chatfield Gophers essentially fulfilled the promise they showed ever since the end ..... 
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Volleyball players of the year

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
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By Paul Trende For the second straight year, there was a heaping-helping of good volleyball being played by Fillmore County teams. Four of the six schools, Chatfield, Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore Central, and Mabel-Canton, made it to, or exceeded, ..... 
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Mountains too insurmountable

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
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By Paul Trende On some level, it’s probably not fair. It is not fair Section 1 is loaded with extra-good volleyball teams in Classes A and AA. Talented and dedicated squads just waylay each other before (and sometimes well before) the state tou ..... 
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Some nice “D” and some Neis

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
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By Paul Trende Most expected the Chatfield Gophers to have a good season on the 2012 gridiron. Goodness accomplished. Sporting a 6-1 record and a #10 ranking in Class AA heading into Week 8, Chatfield’s sole blemish was a 6-0 loss to #1 Caledoni ..... 
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