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Lind tops 1,000


Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

With two regular season games left in her senior year, R-P G/F Kenzie Lind sat at 929 career points. Given Lind was scoring 11/game, she needed to be better than average to top 1,000. Her team also needed to make a play-off run. Twenty-three versus Lanesboro, 11 versus FC, and 21 more versus GM in a play-off win left her 16 points shy of 1,000 heading to the 1A East semi with L-O. After one half, Lind had 13 points, R-P a double-digit lead. The mark seemed so close. It was still so far away. Two missed 2’s, three (narrowly) missed 3’s, and a pair of missed FT’s later, the game was in its final 2:00. Lind still had 13 points. A lay-in got her to 999. At that point, R-P led by 14. It really wasn’t a matter of if, but when. A game with Spring Grove lay imminent.

Conventional wisdom figured Lind capable of scoring one point against the (vaunted) Lions. Nonetheless, best to get the milestone out of the way. Lind got the ball from classmate Katie Wolter on a post up, dribbled toward the lane, and tossed up a running right-hander. It banked off glass, down and through, about the time a referee’s whistle blew. The hoop put her a 1,001, the harm 1,002. Kenzie scored 16 more (in defeat) against SG, giving her 1,018 for her career (the 7th girl in R-P, or R/P, basketball history to do so).

Her 5-year basketball journey started in ‘07 down highway 43 in Mabel, where, as an 8th grader, she was the first girl off the bench (5.2 pts, 4.5 rebs, 2.8 stls, and 1.6 assists) for the Cougars. After a year hiatus, Lind re-emerged on the b-ball court in Rushford, starting as a sophomore (8.3 pts, 6.9 rebs, 2.5 stls, 1.6 assists). The past two years (11.3 pts, 8.0 rebs, 3.4 stls, 3.4 assists as a junior; 12.3 pts, 9.3 rebs, 4.0 stls, 4.3 assists as a senior), she’s been the Trojans MVP. She’s unique because, at 5’10”, she’s highly skilled. She is a ‘Jackie of all Trades’ basketball player. She rebounds, passes, and handles the ball all very well. She’s always around the rock. She scores when need be, from inside or out. As her dad and coach Dave Lind put, “She has been a real glue…she produces in so many areas.” Recording the 15th quadruple double (versus W-K, 18 pts, 14 rebs, 12 assists, 13 stls) in Minnesota girl’s basketball history is one testament to that versatility.

Being either one or two on her team in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals, each of the last two years, is a second proof. .....
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Lady Gophers; 1AA East Champs

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

How many teams can lose two All-Conference players, would be returning senior starters, and persevere? How many teams can fill those spots, keeping the team in the running for conference and section titles? How many coaches have the depth to call up ..... 
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Eberle’s Revenge

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

In January, the two best boys teams in the 3-Rivers not nicknamed Bulldogs butted heads in an OT battle. Rushford-Peterson downed Kingsland 80-67. Even as fans were leaving, they were talking about rematch. Knight guard Sam Eberle probably wanted i ..... 
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County vs County week

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It was asked on Chatfield Community Television a few weeks ago, “Who are the Gopher’s biggest rivals?” A number of answers were given. An answer to the rivalry question is, “Any school in a close proximity.” By that standard, the week of F ..... 
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Giants...er..Burros beat Patriots

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

A night after the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl XLVI, the Hope Lutheran Patriots visited Lanesboro for a boys-girls double shot. The ladies offered up the night’s competition. With 7:00 to go, Lanesboro led 40-32. Hope then enginee ..... 
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Quadruple-Double!

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It doesn’t happen very often. It takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of overall skills. Not much else needs to be said. The numbers speak for themselves. Versus Wabasha-Kellogg, R-P senior forward Kenzie Lind scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebound ..... 
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“Nick T...” for 1,000

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

If an announcer were to call a basketball game in which Rushford-Peterson Trojan Nick Thompson played, he’d likely use the phrase ‘Nick T…for three!’ It rhymes. It offers clarity (Nick’s younger brother Seth is a teammate so saying ‘Thom ..... 
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Fillmore County Sports R-Persistance - 1/30/12

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Sports

A pair of very good senior-led boys teams met up for a county 3-Rivers showdown. Second place Kingsland (8-1, 8-3, 6-straight wins) traveled to Rushford to face the 3rd place, #4 in Class A Trojans (8-2, 11-2, ten-straight). The Knight defense set a ..... 
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Lady Knight 3-point barrage not enough - 1/23/12

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Sports

The Dover-Eyota girl's basketball squad has an M-O. They push the basketball. Led by speedy standout junior PG Sarah Pease, D-E gets up and down the court in the blink of an eye. With great depth, they also come in and out in droves. That formula ha ..... 
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