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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. Alex Duxbury’s four aces right off the bat helped the Gophers to a 7-2 start in game one, but D-E took only their second lead at 24-23, and then an Ashley Tiedemann block gave them game #1 (25-23). Chatfield probably had game two in hand (up 19-15), but junior OH Maddy Kammer made sure. She authored a pair of kills and blocks amidst a 6-0 Gopher run to close things out (25-15), and tie the match at 1-1. The Gophers then controlled game three from start to finish for the 25-16 win, the 2-1 lead. Game four saw 15 ties. Eagle Brandi Blattner was one big pest (really good). Down 25-24, a wayward Gopher attack seemingly sent the match to a fifth game, but a net violation was called on D-E (tying the game at 25). Kills by Kirsten Keefe and Kammer then gave the Gophers the set 27-25, the match 3-1 over the Blattner (24 kills, 36 digs) led Eagles.

In the Section final versus #3 Kasson-Mantorville (who went 3-0 versus #2 Stewartville), the underdog Gopher’s defense kept them in it. They did their best to block K-M’s powerful 6’0” OH’s Brooklyn Lewis and Hailey Busch. Their backline staved off point after point. Chatfield just couldn’t mount offense when they needed it. K-M took game one 25-17, Chatfield game two 25-20, K-M game three 25-16, and the Gophers led game four 24-21. But the Komets staved off a 5th set with three straight points, tying the game at 24. Chatfield had too more chances for a fifth, up 25-24 and 26-25, but again were denied. A Gopher attack error and then a Busch kill ended Chatfield’s season. They fell 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-28) to the Komets in a match much closer than many expected. Chatfield finishes with a school record 25 wins, 9 defeats. Like, Mabel-Canton, it was an extra-tough defeat. The Gophers lose a couple really great players. Senior libero Alex Duxbury has been one the state’s best defensive players for most of her four-year varsity career. She had 14 digs and 6 aces on 33-33 serving versus D-E, 15 digs and 4 aces on 23-23 serving versus K-M. She hasn’t seen her last volleyball game though. She’ll attend Concordia University in St. Paul. Gabrielle Salisbury also played her last high school game, and was also outstanding. Salisbury posted 29 ass .....
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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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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton 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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Class A Titans

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende At the beginning of the season, Fillmore Central volleyball coach Denise Case stated that her talented squad, one that had posted 20-plus victories the past two seasons but hadn’t made it beyond the Sub-Section semifinals, could no ..... 
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