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FC gals down R-P, head to subsection finals....


Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

For a third time, county rivals Fillmore Central and Rushford-Peterson hooked up in girls b-ball. For a third time, the result was the same. Like two earlier meetings, the Trojans were stern competition. R-P held a 31-29 lead at the 11:38 mark of the second half. But from there it was a downhill slide (similar to meeting number two where R-P led 42-32 with eight minutes to go). The Falcons rattled off a 12-0 run until the 6:08 mark. With a solid lead and with time waning, FC fought off any R-P advance, ended the game on another 8-0 run, and walked away with a 55-39 victory. The Trojans (and foul trouble) held Connor Nagle generally in check. She scored only 10. They didn't suppress junior forward Alex Peterson. She scored 15 in the second half, and 24 for the game. Opposite her, junior Kenzie Lind led R-P with 16 points. Two-point field goal percentage proved the winning difference. R-P shot 34% from short, FC 52%. The young Trojans finish the season 5-15 in the Three Rivers, 9-18 overall. They graduate only one senior.

...But Fall

On January 11th, the Fillmore Central Falcons played then 7th ranked Spring Grove in Harmony. FC led at the half, only for SG to switch to a zone. The Falcon tide turned. The Lions prevailed 62-47. In a re-match, for the sub-section title, the 3rd ranked Lions generally continued upon that second half trend. By halftime, SG had built a 17-point lead (despite losing junior guard Taylor Elton to injury). Connor Nagle did her part to prolong her senior season/high school career. She scored 32. Her accomplishments, however, were nullified by the duo of Richell Mehus (24 points) and Katelyn Bjerke (22 points). The one-loss Lions kept it that way with a 79-59 victory. The Falcons finish a fine season 14-6 in the Three Rivers, 2nd place, and 20-8 overall. They lose six seniors including Nagle, who is Winona State bound.

Three seed proves a curse

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In the Class 1AA girls' tourney, two county teams secured three seeds. Each faced a two-seed with a birth in the sub-section finals on the line. Neither moved on to face a one-seed. In the East, Chatfield couldn't get past the Lancers of La Crescent ..... 
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Rivalry renewed

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

One meeting (headlined by a miraculous buzzer beater) wasn't good enough for bitter rivals Lanesboro and Fillmore Central. With a little help from tournament seeders, the boys' squads needed/got a second. The Falcons began quick, jumping out 7-0 and ..... 
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One door closes, another opens

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Fillmore Central's girls' basketball season abruptly ended on Saturday, March 5, 2011, with a 79-59 loss to a very solid Spring Grove team. The loss ended the high school basketball career of local star, senior Connor Nagle. Connor didn't go down wi ..... 
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The madness

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

It's (almost) that time of year again, March Madness. With the Journal being a week behind, I'm forced into doing an analysis, before selection Sunday, so all can read and take notes before filling out brackets! Inaccuracies are because of this and ..... 
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Vix/R-P denied

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Rushford-Peterson Coach Tom Vix came into the week sitting on 499 wins. After two games, he'll sit there a week longer. His Trojans played two worthy adversaries. The Kingsland Knights, on paper, were the smaller hill. R-P already defeated the Sprin ..... 
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LARP threesome, chat twosome state bound

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In sectional wrestling tournaments, LARP (Class A) headlined the county's schools sending three wrestlers to state. Junior Justin Doerr (119), freshman Jordan Theede (130), and senior heavyweight Alex Hoff all won their respective Class A individual ..... 
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Gophers start slow, complete comback

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

On senior night in Chatfield, the home team immediately faced an onslaught from visiting Fillmore Central. The Falcons hit eight of their first nine shots. Those buckets put the Gopher's in a substantial hole (as high as 14-points). Tyler Eickhoff s ..... 
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Four gals teams make semis

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Fillmore County's remaining five gals' squads finished with an, as good as could be expected, 4-1 record in the quarterfinals of (sub)-section tournaments. In Section 1AA East, 3-seed Chatfield dispensed with highway 74 rival 6-seed St. Charles 71-5 ..... 
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