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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 it the most. Eberle fouled out at the 4:50 mark. The lack of his presence certainly hurt the Knights. On his home court, for senior night, in a re-match of 2nd place (#8 in state) R-P, and 3rd place Kingsland, the 6’0” senior didn’t ride the pine per fouls. He was everywhere. A stat line of 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 10 steals (or there abouts) does a pretty good job of telling his effort, his aggressiveness. R-P didn’t go quietly though. They led 27-23 at half. A pair of big Knight runs in the 2nd stanza (16-4 early, 11-2 late) though, had the home squad up 50-38 (4:45). A Trent Vix three (0:48) cut that lead to 52-49. Kingsland then did what they hadn’t done the prior few minutes; attacked. Eberle found Spencer Klevan who found two points (54-49 Knights). A subsequent R-P turnover made it academic. The Knights got payback, 56-49. Their ‘D’ held Nick Thompson to two 2nd half points (17 for the game) and Vix to 8 points (7 assists). Helping Eberle were Klevan (14 pts, 10 rebs), Tanner Lange (10 pts, 9 in the 2nd half), and the philosophy ‘press the presser.’ The Knights countered R-P’s 1-3-1 trap with full-court harassment of their own. The Trojans committed 24 TO’s. The teams tie for 2nd in the 3-Rivers (15-5) behind P-E-M. Kingsland finishes the regular season 18-8, R-P 20-5.

For a Tie, For It All

It was an ideal way to end the 3-Rivers girls regular season. First place, winners of 11-straight, #10 in state in Class AA, Southland (15-2, 22-2), hosting 2nd place, winners of 7-straight, Chatfield (14-3, 18-6). At stake, the outright 3-Rivers title (Rebel win), or a 3-way share with D-E (Goph win). Southland also had revenge on its mind; they lost to the Gophers in January. On the strength of 5 of 9 3-point shooting (versus 0-8 for the Goph’s), Southland held a 39-34-halftime lead. In the 2nd half, a pair of Kirsten Keefe trifectas, plus another by Candace Gould gave the Gophers a 52-48 lead. But Southland went into the bonus at the 7:17 mark. Mostly from the FT line they amassed a 66-61 edge (1:00). A Sidney Irish three-pointer cut it to 66-64. A subsequent Rebel TO (0:31) put the Gophers in business. One jump-ball later (arrow Rebel’s) and the Goph .....
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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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Burros, Canes', OT

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Sports

Two top-tier SEC teams met up in Lanesboro for an early January face off. The host Burros entered 4-0 in league, 5-2 overall. Their adversary, Houston, entered 3-1 (lost to Spring Grove) 6-2 overall. 'Cane Troy Sires was the first half show. The 5'1 ..... 
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Smith tops 1,000

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Sports

What Mabel-Canton senior center Steve Smith does on the court isn't necessarily flashy. There are no three-pointers, pull-up jump shots, or dipsy-do drives to the lane. He isn't the new age big-man, or more likely to gravitate to the perimeter versu ..... 
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