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Grind, Ground, Gone


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

The Mabel-Canton offense wasn’t ripping off yardage. In their SEC 9-man opener versus Houston, the Cougar philosophy throughout was a grinding ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ ground game. Forty-seven running plays into the contest, M-C had just a trio of dashes over 10 yards. But Coach Karl Urbaniak’s relentless dedication to the ground game eventually resulted in a big run, at the most opportune time. Hunter Johnson’s last run, his first over 10 yards after 27 carries, wound up being the game-winning score. But the game wasn’t without another nail biter finish; one that involved another last second (9-man) red zone stand.

The Hurricanes struck first. Christian Sires and Mason Drake capped Houston’s first drive with a 25-yard pass play making the score 6-0 visitors. M-C answered back late in the first quarter. Collin O’Bieglo was 4 of 4 passing on a drive (including doing the QB rarity, completing a toss to himself). The last completion was to Donnie Lind from 12 yards away and at the conclusion of the first quarter, the Cougars led 7-6. Late in the second quarter, a Houston muffed punt set up M-C in prime real estate (the H 15). On a nice, quick misdirection pass play O’Bieglo hit Johnson coming out of the backfield for a 4-yard TD strike making it 13-6 M-C. Dylan Lee then immediately answered, returning the ensuing kickoff 88-yards to make the score 13-12 Cougars. That’s where it remained until the 4th quarter.

Early in the stanza, M-C put pressure on Houston. A 15-play 61-yard drive was capped when Johnson found paydirt from 6 yards away. The PAT was converted and M-C led 20-12. Houston answered. After a 4th and 1 conversion near midfield, Christian Sires authored the game’s most hard-nosed run. The 190-pound QB broke numerous tackles, looked, stopped, only to find his way to a 45-yard TD trudge. He added a two-point run and, with 6:05 left, the game was tied at 20. On M-C’s very next play from scrimmage, Johnson took a hand-off up the middle, slowed for some commotion, before heading left. He found daylight, out-sprinted everyone around the corner, and was gone, 72 yards to paydirt, his second TD run in as many carries, the biggest of the game. With 5:44 left, M-C led 26-20.

It was up to the Cougar ‘D’, and Houston wasn’t gonna drop to 0-2 on the season without a fight. After eleven plays, including an M-C pass interference on 4th and 5, and a Sir .....
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Twelve miles, no fingernails

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende The first full week of high school football competition was just that, at least for the four county squads facing off against each other. In Rushford, Fillmore Central took on the Trojans. The game came down to the final thirty seco ..... 
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Football Team Capsules

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Chatfield Gophers Head Coach: Jeff Johnson (2012 Co-Three Rivers South Coach of the Year) 2012 Record: 9-2 (Section 1AA runner-up, lost to Caledonia 29-0 in title game) Class Breakdown: 9 seniors, 18 juniors, 13 sophomores, 1 freshman (41 total) ..... 
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Volleyball Team Capsules

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Mabel-Canton Cougars Head Coach: Lonnie Morken 2012 Record: 31-6 (SEC champions, Sub-Section 1A East runner’s-up) Class Breakdown: 6 seniors, 4 juniors, 2 freshmen, 1 8th grader (13 total) Seniors: Belle Sand (5’7” OH, reigning SEC POY, All ..... 
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Volleyball Preview/Blue blasts off

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Volleyball Preview Just like on the gridiron, the beginning of the 2013 volleyball season is marked by changes. As of fall sports, the Winona-Cotter Ramblers (a former HVL school) are now officially in the 3-Rivers. They bring the ..... 
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2013 Football Preview

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende The area 2013 high school football season will be forever known for its change, the advent of the Southern Football Alliance. Gone are the 3-Rivers and Hiawatha Valley football conferences. The 25 teams from those two leagues have be ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts second annual Youth Fun Shoot

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

September 14, 2013 1p.m.-4p.m., Lanesboro Gun Club Stillwater Jim (aka Jim Martin), a member of the Cedar Valley Vigilantes, will give a demonstration of single-action cowboy shooting. Cowboy Action Shooting is a multifaceted amateur shooting spo ..... 
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City of Mabel Receives Grant from Minnesota Twins

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

By Hannah Wingert When Kati Tweeten, the head softball coach for the Mabel Canton Softball team and the summer recreation director for the City of Mabel, Minn. first heard about the Minnesota Twins “Fields for Kids” grant program, she thought o ..... 
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Vintage Baseball in Lanesboro - 1860’s Style

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

Baseball – the way it was played in the mid-1800’s – comes to Lanesboro, Minn. Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, this free event features the Quickstep Baseball Club of Minneapolis-St. Paul ver ..... 
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