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2012 Volleyball preview


Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Two thousand eleven saw four of the six county volleyball teams put together above-five-hundred seasons. Mabel-Canton and Chatfield headed the field. The Cougars tallied 30-plus victories, won the SEC, and earned rankings in state. The Gophers took home a trophy, the Sub-Section 1AA East Runner-Up (to Caledonia). Fillmore Central and Rushford-Peterson were each formidable also. In 2012, things might not change too much. The above teams should be good, but will they be good enough (to make more memorable runs) is the question. Each faced stacked conference (Chatfield, FC, and R-P finished 4-6 in the 3-Rivers a season ago behind W-K, Caledonia, and L-A) and/or section fields in 2011, and will again in 2012.

In Mabel, it’s basically déjà vu. Head coach Lonnie Morken lost exactly one contributing player off last season’s 31-4 SEC championship squad (their 14th straight title, by the way). That squad fell agonizingly in the Sub-Section 1A East semifinals, to Lewiston-Altura, in five sets, after at one point leading 14-13. The Cougars most certainly are working to avenge that game, working for a deeper post-season run, led by two-time SEC POY, two-time Class A All-State Honorable Mention Belle Sand (5’6” junior OH). The springy Sand isn’t alone though. Lydia Geving (5’8” junior OH, All-SEC), Christy Welscher (5’10” senior MH, All-SEC), and Kristina Mengis (6’0” senior RH) all return to take swings on the Cougar frontline. All-SEC Carly McCabe (5’4” junior) returns at setter. Christine Lee (5’4” junior) returns at libero. Danielle Paul (5’4” senior DS) also was a part of last year’s rotation. The Cougars will start the year ranked in state, but the section is loaded. The past two Class A state champions, Wabasha-Kellogg and Faribault B.A. (each of which will also start the year ranked) came from Section 1A.

Chatfield Gopher head coach Troy Swancutt also knows about difficult competition. His squad will see a lot of it this year. His girls have tournaments in Farmington, Burnsville, and Byron, a head-to-head match-up with AAA Rochester-Mayo, plus 3-Rivers action. The Gophers will look to get battle-tested, or more appropriately, more battle-tested. Eight players return off last season’s 18-12 Sub-Section 1AA East runner-up squad. Libero Alex Duxbury (5’5” junior) is the most notable. She was AA All-State (All 3-Rivers) last season while leading the conference in digs and ace serves. From ther .....
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FCLMC Wolves preparing for 2012 - 2013 season

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

By Shannon Love On July 15-19, several FCLMC Wolves got the experience of a lifetime. Several wrestlers on the team attended Nebraska Wrestling Camp in Lincoln to work on and learn new wrestling techniques. At the end of their time there, they got ..... 
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Men’s fast pitch tournament July 28-29 in Preston

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

The 8th Annual Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held in Preston the weekend of July 28-29 on the two diamonds at the Preston Softball fields. This year’s double elimination tournament will feature 10 teams from across the region along with o ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Minneapolis -- The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, a new venture featuring some of the most prominent names in Minnesota high school basketball, is seeking nominations for its inaugural class of inductees. The Hall of Fame plans to ..... 
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2011-2012 county sports year in review

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

The 2011-2012 school year has come to an end. It goes out like so many before it, leaving memories of what was (and what will be) on the sports fields and in the gymnasiums across southeastern Minnesota. Here is the Fillmore County Journal Sports Ye ..... 
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Running hot: State track and field

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It’s always nice to get outside in the summer and run/compete under a warming sun; that is, so long as it’s not to warm. At the 2012 Minnesota high school track and field championships, it was probably just that. It wasn’t prime running weath ..... 
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Baseball play-offs

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

From Five to Two Day one of the areas baseball post-season brought no surprises. In S-S 1AA East, it was ugly in Plainview. The top seeded PEM Bulldogs (17-3) ended 8-seed GMLOK’s rough season (1-20) with an 18-1 whooping (five innings). Jacob R ..... 
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