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R-P State bound


Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Vix Bombs R-P to State

If a Rushford-Peterson (23-5) boy’s basketball fan were told leading scorer Nick Thompson wouldn’t score his first (three) point(s) until 1:38 left in the first half of their Section 1A title game with Faribault-Bethlehem Academy (22-7), they probably would’ve scrunched their face unhappily. If they were told R-P would trail 47-41 with 5:00 left, Trojan fans wouldn’t have been full of glee; hope for sure, but not glee. Neither boded well for R-P’s state hopes.

Thompson wasn’t horribly off with his shooting to start the game (he missed his first four attempts). B.A.’s defense was just on. Specifically, 6’2” junior center Tim Angell was on Nick. Angell’s vertical abilities and athleticism (he had two dunks versus Blooming Prairie in the West Sub-Section final) helped curtail Thompson’s scoring opportunities as much as anything.

But alas, good teams have solutions to in-game problems. R-P’s solution to the Thompson-dilemma was their other senior scoring guru, Trent Vix. He picked up the slack. He picked up the slack big time. He picked it up singularly. The 5’9” guard made his first seven shots. He scored the Trojans first 16 points, spurring the green and gold into the lead 16-9. The Cardinals would fight back, taking a couple first half leads. At the half, R-P clung to a 27-23 advantage, as, though Thompson was shutout for the first 16:20, he scored seven straight to end the stanza.

Offense again didn’t come easy in the second half. Each team scraped defensively, B.A. a bit more effectively than R-P. Thompson was again limited (first 2nd half FG came with less than 7:00 to go). Vix was held down too. R-P as a team nailed just two FG’s in the first 10-plus minutes (both by Nick’s younger brother Seth). B.A. fared better, intermingling turnovers (5) with FG’s (7), out-scoring the Trojans 17-8 in that span. They led 40-35 with 8-minutes left, and then 47-41 with roughly five to go (following a Kyle Filzen basket).

The solution to that in-game problem was the same as in the opening minutes. Vix re-donned a cape and took over. On back-to-back possessions, Trent clutchly nailed a pair of three’s from deep, really deep. Both were third-line (NBA) triples, real ‘bombs’, the second tied the game. Seconds later, Vix found senior forward Nate Kingsley for another easy basket. Trent helped start an R-P run, one that gave the Trojans .....
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Lange, Eberle steal it...

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Tanner Lange and Sam Eberle are one of the areas best G tandems plain and simple. Lange does the scoring and main ball handling, Eberle the defending and garbage work, though both can do it all. They compliment each other nicely. A true basketball f ..... 
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Lind tops 1,000

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

With two regular season games left in her senior year, R-P G/F Kenzie Lind sat at 929 career points. Given Lind was scoring 11/game, she needed to be better than average to top 1,000. Her team also needed to make a play-off run. Twenty-three versus ..... 
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Lady Gophers; 1AA East Champs

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

How many teams can lose two All-Conference players, would be returning senior starters, and persevere? How many teams can fill those spots, keeping the team in the running for conference and section titles? How many coaches have the depth to call up ..... 
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Eberle’s Revenge

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

In January, the two best boys teams in the 3-Rivers not nicknamed Bulldogs butted heads in an OT battle. Rushford-Peterson downed Kingsland 80-67. Even as fans were leaving, they were talking about rematch. Knight guard Sam Eberle probably wanted i ..... 
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County vs County week

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It was asked on Chatfield Community Television a few weeks ago, “Who are the Gopher’s biggest rivals?” A number of answers were given. An answer to the rivalry question is, “Any school in a close proximity.” By that standard, the week of F ..... 
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Giants...er..Burros beat Patriots

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
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A night after the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl XLVI, the Hope Lutheran Patriots visited Lanesboro for a boys-girls double shot. The ladies offered up the night’s competition. With 7:00 to go, Lanesboro led 40-32. Hope then enginee ..... 
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Quadruple-Double!

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It doesn’t happen very often. It takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of overall skills. Not much else needs to be said. The numbers speak for themselves. Versus Wabasha-Kellogg, R-P senior forward Kenzie Lind scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebound ..... 
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“Nick T...” for 1,000

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

If an announcer were to call a basketball game in which Rushford-Peterson Trojan Nick Thompson played, he’d likely use the phrase ‘Nick T…for three!’ It rhymes. It offers clarity (Nick’s younger brother Seth is a teammate so saying ‘Thom ..... 
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