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Buzzer-Beater Decides Girls 1A East


Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

Kingsland’s girls basketball, headed by Head Coach Jake Vetter (tallest in the back) are 1A East runner-up. The senior-less Knights went 16-13. Knight squads had 10 wins total the previous two seasons. Photo by Paul Trende

There was a 75% chance a county school would win the girls 1A East title. Three of the schools involved in the semis were R-P, Kingsland, and FC. After the semis, the chances improved to 100%. In the end, it came down to the final 2.7 seconds and one shot.

Knights Make First Final Since 2010

It has been awhile since Kingsland’s girls have been play-off relevant. A win over W-K in the quarters was their first post-season victory since 2011. A year prior to that was their last sub-section final (lost in the 1AA West championship to Lourdes). The Knights (2-seed, 15-12) took on defending 1A East champs Fillmore Central (3-seed, 13-14) in one 1A East semifinal. Jake Vetter’s girls got the win the old-fashioned way. In an era of Steph Curry dominating the NBA with 3-pointers, and college and high school teams basing large parts of their offense around the long-range shot, Kingsland attempted just three (making two). They drove to the basket, or went inside offensively, and played defense. Gracie Schmidt, a 6’0” junior center, was the target early. But when she and back-up center Courtney Fate each got two fouls, Kingsland fed Ericka Kolden. With just 18 points on the year, the 5’9” junior center scored seven straight late in the first half. Kingsland ended the stanza on a 10-3 run, taking a 24-18 lead to the break. But the biggest foul trouble belonged to the Falcons. Leading scorer, 5’10” junior center Kendyl Bennett, was plagued most of the game. Without her interior scoring, the Falcons, save for Kenzie Broadwater, struggled offensively (particularly in the second half). Kingsland mixed up defenses, and generally stymied everyone not wearing #5 in white. Broadwater, the Falcons fourth-year junior point guard, valiantly did her part, scoring 14 points after halftime. A Paige Bennett three-pointer was the only other FC points in the stanza. Sarah Tollefsrud’s girls got to within four (39-35; 4:41). They then had back-to-back turnovers, and a pair of missed free throws. Kingsland scored the final seven points for the 46-35 win. The Knights’ top scorers had 10 (Courtney Schmidt), 9 (Kellyn Webster), 8 (G-Schmidt), 7 (Kolden), and 6 (Lauren Buchholtz). G-Schmidt (7) and Buchholtz (6) were the top rebounders. C-Schmidt added 4 assists and 4 steals. Broadwater (career-high 19 pts, 5 rebs) and P-Bennett (9 pts, 3-5 three’s) scored all but seven of FC’s points. Kingsland had 13 bench points (Kolden/Buchholtz) .....
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Four Place at State Wrestling

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

Four local guys entered the 2016 individual state wrestling tournament as Section runner-up. They proved southeastern Minnesota’s grit. All placed top five at state. Jake Mandt (32-4) wrote another chapter in his wrestling career. Last year ..... 
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Four Grapplers Head to State

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

Three of the four county-related wrestling programs are sending individuals to the state tournament. Double-A entities GMLOKS and LARP were the busiest. A pair of Bulldogs secured trips to the Xcel Energy Center. Heading the cast is Brenn Olson ..... 
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Redemption, 1,000-points, 20-wins

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Sports

It was a big week for the Houston boys basketball. Monday was about redemption. One of the ‘Canes’ four losses, their first and worst loss, given their other defeats came to SG (25-1) and GM (19-5), was 65-63 to FC (8-18) in December. In a r ..... 
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Top-Seed Stranglers

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

A couple basketball games occurred on a Thursday night, both involving Rushford-Peterson, which had 1A East top seed implications. The Trojan girls notched their fifth straight win in downing Fillmore Central 53-36, a move that has them strangle-ho ..... 
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Green Machines

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com By the end of January, only one FCJ covered school could boast two basketball teams with winning records. R-P’s boys improved to 12-2, 15-6 with wins over Lewiston-Altura (53-42), La Crescent (50- ..... 
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Friday Guarantee

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
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sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com In a week that saw county basketball teams go a collective 6-16 Monday thru Thursday, Friday boasted three games where FCJ covered teams were guaranteed wins. ..... 
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Gophers Girls Run Streak to Seven

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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From struggling to surging (or maybe playing better against more even competition), Chatfield’s girls have righted their basketball ship. Courtesy of a seven-game win streak, they’ve dug out of a 1-7 hole. The Gophers first got past FC. They ..... 
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Gopher GBB Boomerang

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
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Seven losses in eight games (1-7). It was a futility Chatfield girls basketball was absolutely not accustomed to. Their previous seven losses came with 50 wins attached. A lot of (college) talent has departed in the past few years. This year’s ..... 
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