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The madness


Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

It's (almost) that time of year again, March Madness. With the Journal being a week behind, I'm forced into doing an analysis, before selection Sunday, so all can read and take notes before filling out brackets! Inaccuracies are because of this and only this! Besides, it doesn't matter who's in and where they're seeded. I got the goods on them all! I am an absolute expert on college basketball. I know almost every major player on every major team. I know who's hot (NC, Notre Dame). I know who's not (Villanova, Texas). I can name five former NBA's players' sons playing D-1 ball (Rice, Hardaway, Stockton, Sampson, & Rivers). I'm even familiar with mid-majors (ODU, St. Mary's) and low-majors most don't know exist (Wofford, Belmont). I even know Oakland University isn't in Oakland (California). It's near Rochester...Michigan that is. I know exactly how the tournament is going to play out. I should be Dick Vitale and Digger Phelps' co-analyst (except the FCC would shut ESPN down due to my liberal use of profanity). Don't get in a pool with me; I'm going to win! Not likely.

This season has been here, there, and everywhere. Duke, Ohio State, and Kansas have all risen to #1. Duke and Ohio State have done so twice each. Michigan State and Kansas State started #2 and #3. Both are/were on the bubble (until K-State amassed a couple nice late season victories). North Carolina, Villanova, and Connecticut all peaked, and then plummeted, with only NC peaking again. The Cat's and Huskies are playing on Tuesday (Day 1) in the Big East tourney! Unranked pre-season squads Notre Dame and BYU are now in the top ten. It's muddled and unpredictable. It's parity. No team is really dominant. With that being said, I've broken things down into four categories: contenders, pretenders, 'lying to themselves' squads, or the highly publicized schools destined for disappointment, and the 'don't know their own truth's' squads, or the teams flying under the radar that will go somewhere/pull off an upset.

'Lying to themselves'

#8 BYU. Sure, they rose to #3. Sure, Jimmer Fredette can shoot. I want to see him shoot three's over Big East, ACC, or Big 12 competition. Plus, the Cougars lost a starter (Brandon Davies) because he, of all things, had sex in college! Sweet 16? Yes. Further? I wouldn't bet on it. #12 Florida. The SEC, aside from four schools, is weak. The Gator's small guards shoot too much. Buyers beware. #13 Wisconsin. The Badgers did well in the Big Ten. The .....
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Vix/R-P denied

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Rushford-Peterson Coach Tom Vix came into the week sitting on 499 wins. After two games, he'll sit there a week longer. His Trojans played two worthy adversaries. The Kingsland Knights, on paper, were the smaller hill. R-P already defeated the Sprin ..... 
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LARP threesome, chat twosome state bound

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In sectional wrestling tournaments, LARP (Class A) headlined the county's schools sending three wrestlers to state. Junior Justin Doerr (119), freshman Jordan Theede (130), and senior heavyweight Alex Hoff all won their respective Class A individual ..... 
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Gophers start slow, complete comback

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

On senior night in Chatfield, the home team immediately faced an onslaught from visiting Fillmore Central. The Falcons hit eight of their first nine shots. Those buckets put the Gopher's in a substantial hole (as high as 14-points). Tyler Eickhoff s ..... 
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Four gals teams make semis

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Fillmore County's remaining five gals' squads finished with an, as good as could be expected, 4-1 record in the quarterfinals of (sub)-section tournaments. In Section 1AA East, 3-seed Chatfield dispensed with highway 74 rival 6-seed St. Charles 71-5 ..... 
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Basketball records

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

•Chatfield (Boys 7-13, 9-16. Girls 13-7, 17-9, 3rd place tie)

•Fillmore Central (Boys 4-16, 8-18. Girls 14-6, 19-7; 2nd place)

•Kingsland (Boys 14-6, 15-11; Finish 3rd in Three Rivers. Girls 13-7, 17-10; 3rd place tie)
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Scoreboard

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

(2-21)

•(Boys) Houston 70, Mabel-Canton 49 ('Canes were again Steve Smith's kryptonite. He scored only 12 with 9 rebounds. Jacoby Bigalk 10 & 7 assists. Hans Lundberg scored 27 and Josh Vix 18 for Houston. Houston shot 26-44 while M-C sho ..... 
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Tournament seedings

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Boys SECTION 1A East

Tournament Seedings

1) Rushford-Peterson

2) Spring Grove

3) Houston

4) Lanesboro

5) Fillmore Central

6) Wabasha-Kellogg

7) Hope Lutheran

8) Mabel-Canton

9) G ..... 
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3:52 = defeat

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Sports

One oft-heard sports cliché is, a game is never over until it's over. A team can also win 8/9ths of a game, and still lose. For the Chatfield girls, it was the latter against 6th ranked, 19-3 conference champion Caledonia. Through the first 14 ..... 
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