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Mountains too insurmountable


Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Up against it! The Chatfield Gophers ready to snap the ball from their own 1-yardline versus #1 Caledonia. It symbolized the game for Chatfield. They had a long way to go. They gained only 1-yard in the 1st half. They were ‘up against’ vaunted Caledonia and fell 29-0 in the Section 1AA title game. Photo by Paul Trende

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 tournament. In Class A, Faribault B.A. (21-7) finished the year ranked #1, Wabasha-Kellogg (29-2) finished the year ranked #2, and Mabel-Canton (31-5) finished the year ranked #7. Fillmore Central was just outside the top 10. In Class AA, Kasson-Mantorville (#2, 27-2), Stewartville (#3, 24-5), andCaledonia (#8, 23-6) all spent the entire season in the top eleven. And thus, when high-quality Fillmore County volleyball teams Mabel-Canton and Chatfield advanced to their respective Sub-Section finals, they ran into, what could only be called, higher-quality, even exceptional-quality, opponents.

Cavalco’s Cavalry

The Mabel-Canton Cougars, based off state rankings, were technically the lesser underdog versus W-K. That didn’t stop the Falcons, led by senior outside hitter Katie Cavalco, from taking out M-C without much of a fuss. All told, the Cougars held four leads (1-0, 2-0, and 2-1 in game #2; 1-0 in game #3). The Falcons won game #1 25-12. M-C put up more of a battle in game #2. After trailing 20-12, the Cougars got as close as 23-20 (on the back of a 4-0 run), only to fall 25-20. The W-K Falcons then didn’t misstep where their Fillmore Central co-monikers did in the Sub-Section semifinals. Wabasha finished off M-C 25-17 for the three-game sweep.

M-C couldn’t get much of an offense going. Wabasha-Kellogg’s attack was balanced and precise (despite M-C trying to upset it with short serves). The Falcon defense certainly wasn’t giving any points away either.

Lydia Geving led M-C with 7 kills. She also had 12 digs. Belle Sand had 6 kills and 8 digs. Christine Lee and Danielle Paul were on the defensive a lot, leading M-C with 17 and 13 digs respectively. Carly McCabe had 18 assists and 3 kills.

Super-senior Katie Cavalco (15 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces) led W-K’s many-angled attack. She got help from fellow seniors Kenzie Freihammer (8 kills, 18 digs), Kalyn Biever (38 assists, 15 digs), and Lexi Vaplon (20 digs), plus junior Ellen Vanwey (8 kills, 4 aces).

M-C finishes another successful season with 31 win and 6 losses. They’ll graduate key players Christy Welscher (OH), Kristina Mengis (RH), and Danielle Paul .....
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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
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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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