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Gophers dome-bound!


Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

It’s one thing to make the state football tournament, to be one of the eight section champions. It’s another to get past the neutral site quarterfinal game, and make your way to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Well the Chatfield Gophers won’t need warm clothes for their next game. They will need turf shoes. They are Dome-bound. The Gophers (10-1) didn’t have too much trouble with Jackson County Central (10-1) in the quarters. Booming with confidence after beating Caledonia, Chatfield used its modes-operandi this season, run the ball and play great defense, to down the Huskies. But it was a different star in the running game. The defense also did more than just limit scores. They scored themselves, multiple times.

Standout TB Jake Neis had probably his worst statistical game of the season (15 carries, 26 yards, TD). With JCC concentrating on him, junior FB Alex Bradt damaged the Section 3AA champions. His middle probing began on the Gophers first possession. Bradt, a 5’11” 175-pounder, took a hand-off up the gut, churned his feet until there was no reason not to turn on the afterburner. Sixty-three yards later, it was 6-0 Gophers. JCC got that score back in the second quarter. A healthy diet of Keegan Moore and Paden Moore allowed Huskie QB Shadrach Wacker to boot around end for a 6-yard run (6-6). But it was all downhill from there for JCC, Wacker. Chatfield scored on their next possession, in the last minute of the first half. A Bradt 9-yard run on 4th and six helped set up a 22-yard Nate Skare to Jayme LaPlante TD pass. The Gophers took a 12-6 lead to intermission.

Out of the break, Wacker’s nightmare began. He had three turnovers in the final 24:00. All led to Gopher TD’s. On the Huskies second play, Wacker ran right, but was hit by LaPlante. The ball popped loose and Chatfield recovered at the JCC 16-yardline. Four plays later, Neis found pay-dirt from 5-yards way (19-6). In the 4th quarter, after a 47-yard Skare punt pinned JCC at their own 3-yardline, Dalton Schwier forced a Wacker fumble. LaPlante fell on the loose pigskin in the end zone for the 0-yard TD (25-6). On the Huskies next offensive play, Wacker was intercepted by A.J. Riley, the thieving hero against Caledonia. Riley then sixed it, from 47-yards out. Without nearly the drama as the Section title game, and with almost a half a quarter to cherish it, the Gophers whipped Jackson County Central 32-6 to clinch a berth in the Class AA semifinals .....
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Gopher Volleyball Section Runner-Up

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

For the Chatfield volleyball team, things didn’t go as well for their male counterparts or FC adversaries. The Gopher gals were able to win the Sub-Section 1AA East title. They took a hard fought affair over 3-seed Dover-Eyota (16-13) 3-to-1. Al ..... 
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FC VB, Chatfield FB state-bound

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

A pair of county teams, Chatfield football, and Fillmore Central volleyball, entered ‘sections’ week seeking retribution. They got so much more. The Chatfield Gophers are the 2013 Section 1AA football champions. They ended Caledonia’s remarka ..... 
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Big rematches set

Mon, Nov 4th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

At the start of the season, Sub-Section 1A-East volleyball and Section 1AA football each had a pair of teams seemingly destined for each other. On the volleyball court, Mabel-Canton and Fillmore Central ended last season with an epic 1A East semifin ..... 
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Anderson tops 100, Burros tie for first

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Usually, topping ‘100’ in football means going over a hundred yards rushing or receiving. But 100 yards rushing for Lanesboro senior tailback Niko Anderson really isn’t a noteworthy accomplishment. He often does it in one half of a game. In ..... 
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3-Rivers undefeateds do battle

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende The atmosphere couldn’t have gotten much bigger and better for a volleyball contest. The media was there. CCTV took their cameras on the road, with Bill Bentson on commentary. Devon Krueger announced the contest for KFIL. Camerame ..... 
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A Basketball Score

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Lanesboro head football coach James Semmen was worried about the amount of points his Burros have been putting up on Friday nights. He was worried about the tempo they’d been playing with. He was worried they weren’t making enough big plays ..... 
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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

On September 3 2013, the Mabel-Canton Cougar volleyball team took the court and played SEC foe Houston. The Cougars dispatched with the ‘Canes 3-0 in work-woman-like fashion. But the night was bigger than just competition. With the win, Cougar hea ..... 
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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton Sports

On September 3 2013, the Mabel-Canton Cougar volleyball team took the court and played SEC foe Houston. The Cougars dispatched with the ‘Canes 3-0 in work-woman-like fashion. But the night was bigger than just competition. With the win, Cougar hea ..... 
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