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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 been re-classified by 7-12 enrollment, and grouped into a new three divisioned setup (Red, White, and Blue). Its purpose is to essentially even out competition (group schools with like enrollments together), as numbers are always key for football.

The change affects Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Kingsland, and Rushford-Peterson. All four are re-classified in the ‘smallest’ school division (Blue division or conference). Joining them are former 3-Rivers South foes Caledonia and Southland (the entire former 3-Rivers South), former 3-Rivers North foe Wabasha-Kellogg, and former HVL squads Hayfield and Goodhue. The Blue division will consist of nine teams. Each team will start the season a week earlier and have a ‘bye’ (zero) week to accommodate the odd number. The middle White division (Cotter, D-E, K-W, L-A, Z-M, Pine Island, St. Charles, and Triton) and largest Red division (K-M, P-E-M, Byron, Cannon Falls, Lake City, La Crescent, Lourdes, and Stewartville) each will have eight teams (for now) and will play a regular eight-week season.

What does that all practically mean, aside from trying to even out the field, the byes, and earlier practice? It means (for one) the end of a number of long-time rivalries (at least for now). Chatfield loses nearest neighbors St. Charles and Dover-Eyota, series’ that date back 20-plus years, to an earlier form of the 3-Rivers conference (pre expansion). Kingsland also loses long-time 3-Rivers foe D-E. Rushford-Peterson will no longer play neighbor Lewiston-Altura, a rivalry also born out of proximity but also familiarity (the schools share Cross-Country and Wrestling programs). Caledonia, the 3-time defending Class AA state champion, loses its biggest gridiron rival as of late, Plainview-Elgin-Millville. Generally speaking, teams will also travel more (to Goodhue, Wabasha, and Hayfield), as the leagues aren’t necessarily based on proximity anymore. Section assignments stay the same though.

As for what the coaches and players can control, a pair of Blue division teams who put together excellent seasons a year ago, seem primed to do the same this season. Jeff Johnson (Chatfield) and Davin Thompson (R-P) shared the 3-Ri .....
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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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Region 1A Football News

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Region 1A administers Section Football Tournaments in Class AAA, AA, A, and 9-Man. Beginning this fall all four Section Championship games will be played at neutral sites that have artificial turf. Neutral sites that are available for Region 1A use ..... 
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The Year That Was

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Another school year is in the books. Another group of kids have completed their high school sporting careers. A host of good memories and experiences are finely etched into the minds of many young men and women. It all started back in the fall. Foot ..... 
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Star of the North Volleyball Tournament

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

The Falcon Fire 14’s JO Volleyball team competed in the Star of the North (SotN) State Games Volleyball Tournament during the weekend of June 22-23. The Fire, composed of players that will be playing on the 9th grade team for Fillmore Central ..... 
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Fillmore Central boys basketball finish second in Minnesota Invitational Tournament

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Sports

Finished second in Minnesota Invitational Tournament in St. Cloud. Front: Nate Haugerud, Logan Corson, Dawson Schmidt Back: Coach Kyle Runquist, Colten Kraling, Matt Lutes, Brady Ristau, Josh Peters, Coach Carlisle Corson

Bearson, Stensgard at State

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende As it is typically the case, the high school sports season ended on the finely trimmed grass of a golf course. Lanesboro senior Johanna Bearson and Rushford-Peterson junior Hudson Stensgard were the last two Fillmore County prep at ..... 
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