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A Chat trick!


Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Chatfield boys baseball is Section 1A champs. Photo by Paul Trende

Going to state once and bringing home a football title. Amazing. Going to state twice and bringing home a wrestling title. Incredible. The same Class A school sending a third boys team to state in the same school year? Inconceivable. Reality! Chatfield’s baseball team has made it a hat trick for male sports in the Chosen Valley. They defied the odds, won six elimination games in a row, including back-to-back victories over the second-ranked Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons (20-2), to win the Section 1A baseball crown. From the office of redundancy, Chatfield (21-3) is again state bound. The Gophers leaned on a pair of senior pitchers (there football QB and TB), some clutch two-out hitting, and an all-around team effort to accomplish a feat they haven’t since 2006.

Finally Skare Good

Pitcher Nate Skare would’ve been the Gophers ace this year. But a nerve issued relegated the senior (mostly) to hitting and first base duty. He entered section title game one having pitched just 11 total innings this season. He picked a good time to get healthy, a good time to throw his first seven innings, a good time to throw a very good seven innings. His offensive mates gave him some early help. The Gophers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jake Neis and Ethan Woltz singled. With two-out, Noah Grant then rolled one between short and third to plate both runners (2-0). Ever tough W-K was quick to respond. With one out in their second, Bryce Breuer doubled to deep right center. Mike Guidinger reached on an error. Austin Passe’s sac fly scored Breuer. Brandon Huth singled home Guidinger making it 2-2 after two. Thru the middle innings, neither Skare nor W-K ace Austin Baab allowed a runner past second. Baab set down ten straight. It stayed tied until the bottom of the sixth. Neis led off with a double into the left-field corner. Skare then turned a sac bunt attempt into a single, putting runners on the corners. Up stepped post-season Mr. Clutch Ethan Woltz. Chatfield’s contact four-hitter did his job, lifting a fly ball to centerfield. It was deep enough to bring Neis in from third (3-2). With two away, Drew Hurley reached on an error, putting runners on the corners again. But a double steal then went awry. Tristan Aguilar (Skare’s pinch-runner) was gunned down at home to end the inning. The extra run didn’t matter. Skare stepped to the mound in the seventh and set down the bottom of W-K’s order. In a very good game .....
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Section Golf: FC girls state bound

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Fillmore Central got its first ever (solo) state birth back in the fall, courtesy of volleyball. Now it can order a second state banner. The girls golf squad bested (379) adversaries W-K (403) and Blooming Prairie (410) to win Section 1A. FC rode ..... 
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Minnesota Twins to offer youth baseball/softball clinics in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Sports

The Minnesota Twins offer free baseball and softball clinics to youth in Chatfield, Minn. on Friday, June 13, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Chatfield High School. The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics program provides boys and girls from throughout ..... 
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Falcon Softball: 1A East Champs

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

FC/L softball started off the season finding out it would senior-less. Those senior-less Falcons are now 1A East champs. They are headed to Austin and the Section Final Four. The Falcons’ (#1, 12-3) trek began with a quarterfinal contest versus ..... 
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Gopher baseball wins TRC south

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Chatfield baseball came into the last (full) week of the regular season in the TRC South driver’s seat (up one game, two left). The first of those contests was a re-match with Southland. Chatfield (#12 in Class A) now sits in the king’s thrown as ..... 
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Gopher baseball seizes south

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

One baseball team stands alone atop the Three Rivers South, the Chatfield Gophers. Brian Baum’s crew swept R-P in one ‘baseball’ doubleheader. In game one, Nate Skare (2-run single), Tommy Jech (2-run double), and Ethan Woltz (RBI-single) g ..... 
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Athlete of the Week - Drew Hurley

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Sports

It was a routine out in most games. But Drew Hurley's bloop-single over a drawn in infield was more than routine. It plated Payton Lund, giving Chatfield a 2-1 win in the bottom of the seventh over #2 Southland, handing the Rebels their first loss. ..... 
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Gopher baseball seizes south

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende One baseball team stands alone atop the Three Rivers South, the Chatfield Gophers. Brian Baum’s crew swept R-P in one ‘baseball’ doubleheader. In game one, Nate Skare (2-run single), Tommy Jech (2-run double), and Ethan Wo ..... 
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Viss and Bartels: Wrestling Coaches of the Year

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

On Saturday April 26, at the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame Banquet, Chatfield’s Joel Viss and Travis Bartels were bestowed lofty honors. Viss was named State Coach of the Year. Bartels was name State Assistant Coach of the Y ..... 
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