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Fantastic, Falcons


Mon, Nov 18th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Wow! What a year, what a last couple weeks, for the Fillmore Central volleyball team. The 2013 state tournament was an amazing trio of days for any Falcon fan or former graduate (like the writer of this column). All state trips are special. This one was probably a bit more extraordinary for FC. They, or we’ve, never been there before! And the number of fans in attendance showed it. FC generally held a 2-to-1 edge in fan support. Legions of Falcon backers made the trip. It was amazing to look up from press row, across the court, and see the FC section at the Xcel Energy Center ¾ full, then look behind and see it maybe ¼ full of the adversary’s fan’s. Minnesota State High School league officials even noted FC’s fan following. It wasn’t the only thing they noted. John Millea, the MSHSL media specialist, said, and I’m paraphrasing a little, ‘FC is Class A school with a Class AA or AAA band! They’re worth the price of admission themselves!’ Using an exact word, he called the band ‘fabulous.’

And the girls, likely a bit overwhelmed, but certainly not under-talented, did their best to give the legions a show. They blazed a trail no other FC team had ever carved out. It was obviously a super-emotional ride that ended in defeat, but that was overall such a massive success. Every last one of those girls, their families, every Falcon supporter, will certainly remember the 2013 season. For certain families, the Case’s and Malley’s in particular, it’ll probably go down as some of the most memorable weeks of their lives. Coaching now days, if often a family affair. Parents take on the responsibility at an early level cause they want to, and then at a higher level, they don’t want to see somebody else do so, so they do so themselves. Denise Case and Travis Malley have coached the Falcons, their daughters Taylor and Morgan, for a few years now. Ashley Case (daughter) is an assistant coach. Melissa Malley (mom) is rarely far from the team, and neither is Troy Case (dad). It was truly a close-knit affair. Many people probably also saw the Falcons decorated volleyball bus. Well, Leah Scheevel’s dad Mark owns Harmony Transit, so that was a nice memorable artistic addition to the season! Tori Peterson sister’s, Alex, a 2011 Fillmore Central graduate, and current St. Mary’s University volleyball stand-out, took time out of her busy college academic and athletic schedule, to be at little sis’ games, as well as the Bakke’s .....
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Gophers dome-bound!

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

It’s one thing to make the state football tournament, to be one of the eight section champions. It’s another to get past the neutral site quarterfinal game, and make your way to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Well the Chatfield Gophers won ..... 
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Gopher Volleyball Section Runner-Up

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

For the Chatfield volleyball team, things didn’t go as well for their male counterparts or FC adversaries. The Gopher gals were able to win the Sub-Section 1AA East title. They took a hard fought affair over 3-seed Dover-Eyota (16-13) 3-to-1. Al ..... 
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FC VB, Chatfield FB state-bound

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

A pair of county teams, Chatfield football, and Fillmore Central volleyball, entered ‘sections’ week seeking retribution. They got so much more. The Chatfield Gophers are the 2013 Section 1AA football champions. They ended Caledonia’s remarka ..... 
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Big rematches set

Mon, Nov 4th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

At the start of the season, Sub-Section 1A-East volleyball and Section 1AA football each had a pair of teams seemingly destined for each other. On the volleyball court, Mabel-Canton and Fillmore Central ended last season with an epic 1A East semifin ..... 
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Anderson tops 100, Burros tie for first

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Usually, topping ‘100’ in football means going over a hundred yards rushing or receiving. But 100 yards rushing for Lanesboro senior tailback Niko Anderson really isn’t a noteworthy accomplishment. He often does it in one half of a game. In ..... 
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3-Rivers undefeateds do battle

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende The atmosphere couldn’t have gotten much bigger and better for a volleyball contest. The media was there. CCTV took their cameras on the road, with Bill Bentson on commentary. Devon Krueger announced the contest for KFIL. Camerame ..... 
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A Basketball Score

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Lanesboro head football coach James Semmen was worried about the amount of points his Burros have been putting up on Friday nights. He was worried about the tempo they’d been playing with. He was worried they weren’t making enough big plays ..... 
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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

On September 3 2013, the Mabel-Canton Cougar volleyball team took the court and played SEC foe Houston. The Cougars dispatched with the ‘Canes 3-0 in work-woman-like fashion. But the night was bigger than just competition. With the win, Cougar hea ..... 
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