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Trojan squads end year happily


Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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Trojan Keela Brand boxes out, and snares a rebounder, whilst warding off a La Crescent player, as R-P teammates Mariah Mueller and Sierra McNamer look on. The Trojan gals went 2-0 in their Holiday basketball tourney in Spring Grove. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

By the time people read this it will be 2013. For Rushford-Peterson basketball fans and players, they’ll enter the New Year smiling. They ended the Old Year winning. Both did so at holiday tournaments.

Todd’s Quick Hands…

The girls played an annual four-team affair in Spring Grove. La Crescent was the first opponent. The Lancers entered as a non-powerhouse of the Hiawatha Valley conference (2-6 overall record). They didn’t enter as slouches though either, having lost four times by ten or less including a 69-67 defeat at the hands of HVL leader Kasson-Mantorville. Led by a pair of junior guards, 5’11” Katie Waller and 5’6” Jen Michalke, the competitive Lancers looked to be a good test for the ‘working’ and ‘progressing’ Trojans.

It didn’t take long for the game to see a pivotal stretch. Midway thru the first half, R-P got back-to-back trifectas from Cody Manfull and Kendra Crawford, followed by seven straight points (4-4 FT’s) from Amy Todd. That equaled a 13-0 R-P run that broke a 6-all tie and put the Trojans in the lead. It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. R-P took a 34-20 advantage into halftime and led by as many as 21 (49-28) past the midway point of the second stanza.

But like the NBA, where everyone makes a run, the Lancers didn’t go down without a fight. Michalke (8 points) and Waller (4 points) did all the scoring in a 12-2 LC run that got the Lancers as close as eleven (51-40) with 5:00 to go. R-P quickly responded, getting a Sierra McNamer jumper and then back-to-back three-point plays from Mariah Mueller and Crawford. Add in another Crawford bucket and it spelled a 10-3 R-P run that extinguished the La Crescent comeback fire for good. The last 4-plus minutes took awhile, as the teams combined to score 35 points, many at the FT line.

In the end, behind some good 2-point shooting (23-46, 50 percent), some good FT shooting (13-17, 76.5 percent), and a 1-3-1 full-court trap that caused the Lancers fits (26 turnovers and negated their size advantage), the Trojans downed La Crescent 71-52. R-P only trailed 3-0 and 3-2. Todd was a fit-causer. The 5’9” senior forward headed R-P’s trap. Her jumping ability and quick hands got her 7 steals, to go along with 18 points (8-8 FT’s) and 9 rebounds. Crawford was another Lancer menace. She led R-P with 19 points (8 for 13 FG’s) while also snaring 5 rebounds and dishi .....
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Trojan squads end year happily

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende By the time people read this it will be 2013. For Rushford-Peterson basketball fans and players, they’ll enter the New Year smiling. They ended the Old Year winning. Both did so at holiday tournaments. Todd’s Quick Hands… ..... 
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‘Twas four nights before Christmas...

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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…And within two high school fieldhouses, the Chatfield Gophers squished the Kingsland Knights, like elephants to mouses. Too Much… On the girl’s side of things, it was too much size, too much athleticism, too much depth, and too many scor ..... 
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Flip the switch

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
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It happens often. It makes no sense. One team comes out hot/looking good, the other cold/not so good. Then those rolls switch after the intermission. The Chatfield boys came out smoking against Rushford-Peterson. Looking for some redemption after lo ..... 
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An eventful Tuesday

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
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By Paul Trende The first full night of both girl’s and boy’s basketball action was an apropos opener. Six county squads faced each other. One contest went to overtime. One county boy’s team nearly was on the bad end of an epic collapse. Anot ..... 
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Works in progress

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
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For the first full week of girl’s basketball, a theme developed. It was simple and indicative of the early season. Four of the county’s gal’s squads took the floor with new head coaches. That meant (likely) new systems. All six of the county ..... 
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Basketball Previews

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
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Girls Basketball CHATFIELD GOPHERS Head Coach: Brian Baum 2011-2012 finish: 14-4 in 3-Rivers (tied for 3rd), 21-8 overall; S-S 1AA-East champs; 1AA runner’s-up (lost 56-52 to Zumbrota-Mazeppa in Section final) Starters Lost: Sarah Costello (5 ..... 
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Football players of the year

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
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By Paul Trende Football in Fillmore County in 2012 wasn’t quite as good as volleyball. Just three of the six teams (versus four) came out with winning records. The Chatfield Gophers essentially fulfilled the promise they showed ever since the end ..... 
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Volleyball players of the year

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
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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, ..... 
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