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Volleyball players of the year


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

For the second straight year, there was a heaping-helping of good volleyball being played by Fillmore County teams. Four of the six schools, Chatfield, Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore Central, and Mabel-Canton, made it to, or exceeded, 20 wins. The Gophers and Cougars played in Sub-Section title games. Had Section 1 not arguably been the best in the state (Class A produced 6 of the 22 All-State VB players and Faribault B.A. won the A crown, Class AA produced 6 of the 20 All-State VB players and Caledonia was AA runner-up), any of the above four teams could’ve made lengthier post-season runs.

As it were though, each had great seasons that ended earlier than each wanted. As could be expected, there wasn’t a shortage of good players. And thus, with the help of all the county coaches, assistants, and statisticians, and a huge helping hand from 3-Rivers Conference statistician Bill Bentson (and thus the 3-Rivers statistical numbers and rankings), here is the 2nd annual; Volleyball Players of the Year.

First Six

Heading the cast is Rushford-Peterson’s athletic powerhouse Amy Todd (5’9” senior MH). Todd didn’t get All-State honors, like three other county players. But no player shouldered as heavy a load for their team as Todd for the Trojans. Best example of this; her Three Rivers Conference leading 501 kills was more than the rest of her teammates combined, plus 100. She also led the 3-Rivers in aces (81) and would’ve been first in blocks too (64.5) had Caledonia not made a run to state where Maria Fruechte (73) and Emma Lange (65) both surpassed her. Other feats; Todd became only the second R-P Trojan to amass over 1,000 career kills (ended with over 1,300). She twice went over 30 kills in a game in 5-set affairs with Chatfield and Spring Grove. She ended her career with a six-match (24 sets), 143-kill stretch (a 6-per-game clip). Finishing things, Todd was second on the Trojans with 312 digs (one of three girls in the conference with 300-plus kills and 300-plus digs). She was R-P’s everywhere girl, a ‘beast’ in the words of her setter Emily Wade’s mom (Kathy). It’d be tough to imagine, if Todd weren’t on the floor, just how many wins the Trojans would’ve had; probably not a school record 22. Amy finishes her career a two-time All-league player, a two-time honorable mention All-league player.

Chatfield libero Alex Duxbury (5’6” junior libero) had .....
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Mountains too insurmountable

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende On some level, it’s probably not fair. It is not fair Section 1 is loaded with extra-good volleyball teams in Classes A and AA. Talented and dedicated squads just waylay each other before (and sometimes well before) the state tou ..... 
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Some nice “D” and some Neis

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Most expected the Chatfield Gophers to have a good season on the 2012 gridiron. Goodness accomplished. Sporting a 6-1 record and a #10 ranking in Class AA heading into Week 8, Chatfield’s sole blemish was a 6-0 loss to #1 Caledoni ..... 
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Pick six!

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

In football terminology, a ‘pick six’ is a quick abbreviation for interception-returned-for-a-TD. For the Rushford-Peterson Trojans, it ended being up the rally cry after their contest with Fillmore Central. It was a ‘pick-six’ that clinched ..... 
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Gopher FB takes shot at #1

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende When two undefeated, state ranked teams meet amidst a high school football season, it’s a hyped event. The match-up of #9 in Class AA Chatfield (5-0) versus the #1 defending state champion Caledonia (5-0) certainly was the game of ..... 
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R-P Volleyball extracts revenge

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

On September 9, R-P and FC met for a 3-Rivers volleyball contest. The Falcons beat the Trojans 25-18, 25-21, and 25-16. R-P is better than that loss. FC is darn good. All that made the LeRoy-Ostrander Tournament, where both schools were participant ..... 
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Falcons soaring

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It might be a year before Fillmore Central volleyball truly reaches its peak. They might not finish first in the conference this year (see #1 in Class A Wabasha-Kellogg), or second (See #7 in AA Caledonia). But if one is to contend W-K and Caledonia ..... 
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Amy’s Milestone

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
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By Paul Trende The volleyball term “kill,” broken down, is a consonant followed by a vowel, and then the same consonant twice. It’s only a coincidence the last name Todd is the same way. In R-P volleyball circles this season (especially), th ..... 
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Toppled!

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It’s been awhile. It’s been a long while, since a Chatfield Gopher football team has played Plainview-Elgin-Millville and walked away having slapped the Bulldogs with a big ole “L.” It was 2000 to be exact, when Gopher coaching great Ken Jac ..... 
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