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2012 Football Preview


Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Graduation can be hard on high school football teams, just ask Fillmore Central, Kingsland, and Mabel-Canton. But so goes the prep football process. Five of the six county teams will have new starting quarterbacks in 2012. Four will have new starting running backs. Uncertainty will reign supreme in those towns, at least for a few weeks. One town, however, is exempt from all that.

The Chatfield Gophers, from a skill-position perspective, won’t look a whole lot different than they did in 2011 (when they finished 6-4, downed by Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the second round of the play-offs). Nate Skare (6’2” 180-pound junior) returns at quarterback. Jake Neis (5’9” 160-pound junior), who authored a pair of 250-yard rushing games in 2011, and Justin Viss (6’2” 210-pound senior), who also spearheaded the Gopher defense from his middle linebacker spot, also return. They form a splendid inside-outside running back tandem. Throw in juniors Alex Haffner and Jayme LaPlante (a particularly intriguing lineman-to-tight end conversion who did double duty during track season, threw discus and ran sprints); the Gophers have some key pieces to the puzzle. Jeff Johnson’s boys aren’t without their flaws and obstacles though. They are very sophomore (20) and junior heavy (10), with just five seniors. They also play in the same conference/section as Caledonia, the school that?s won 4 of 5 Class AA state football titles. It might take another year for all the pieces to really come together.

In a word, Fillmore Central head coach Chris Mensink called his team “inexperienced.” Last year’s Falcons were senior-laden (all 18 of them) and successful because of it (began 6-0, earned a state ranking). A game against eventual AA state champ Caledonia and an injury (to tailback Tyler Eickhoff) later; things ended less positively than they began (7-3, downed by Southland in the second round of the play-offs).

There aren’t too many holdover on-field contributors from that fine squad. Seniors Dan Gatzke (6’2” 195), Jake Ristau (5’9” 180), Andy Coyle (5’10” 180), and Marcus Tucker (5’7” 145) are familiar names. All played their parts in 2011’s defensive effort. On the offensive side of things, Mensink has the task of trying to replace 36 graduated TD’s (of the 40 the Falcons scored as a team). Tucker’s 265 all-purpose yards and 3 TD’s is the best returning performer. A replacement for Andy Todd at quarterbac .....
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2012 Volleyball preview

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Two thousand eleven saw four of the six county volleyball teams put together above-five-hundred seasons. Mabel-Canton and Chatfield headed the field. The Cougars tallied 30-plus victories, won the SEC, and earned rankings in state. The Gophers took ..... 
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FCLMC Wolves preparing for 2012 - 2013 season

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

By Shannon Love On July 15-19, several FCLMC Wolves got the experience of a lifetime. Several wrestlers on the team attended Nebraska Wrestling Camp in Lincoln to work on and learn new wrestling techniques. At the end of their time there, they got ..... 
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Men’s fast pitch tournament July 28-29 in Preston

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

The 8th Annual Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held in Preston the weekend of July 28-29 on the two diamonds at the Preston Softball fields. This year’s double elimination tournament will feature 10 teams from across the region along with o ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Minneapolis -- The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, a new venture featuring some of the most prominent names in Minnesota high school basketball, is seeking nominations for its inaugural class of inductees. The Hall of Fame plans to ..... 
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2011-2012 county sports year in review

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

The 2011-2012 school year has come to an end. It goes out like so many before it, leaving memories of what was (and what will be) on the sports fields and in the gymnasiums across southeastern Minnesota. Here is the Fillmore County Journal Sports Ye ..... 
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Running hot: State track and field

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It’s always nice to get outside in the summer and run/compete under a warming sun; that is, so long as it’s not to warm. At the 2012 Minnesota high school track and field championships, it was probably just that. It wasn’t prime running weath ..... 
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