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#1 Emphatically


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

For the second straight week, R-P boys b-ball played a huge #1 versus #2 contest. Nine days after beating #1 in Class AA Caledonia, the Trojans hosted high-scoring (81 PPG) #1 in Class A Minneapolis-North (17-3, losses to Class AAAA teams). In front of a capacity crowd, the Trojans emphatically staked their claim to the #1 ranking. North had the early fireworks, the ever-so-rare, in transition, poster-dunk by 6’2” junior guard Tyler Johnson. The same school that produced UConn stand-out Khalid El-Amin exploded to lead 15-7 early. R-P, which produced former NFL’er Steve Heiden, countered with unselfish disciplined basketball. They fed 6’8” Matt Culhane (5-5 FG’s, 10 pts, 7 rebs in the first half). North put R-P in the bonus. Team green hit 10 of 12 FT’s in the final 3-plus minutes. They were part of a 15-1 R-P run to end the stanza (40-28 at half). The Trojans led by at least nine from there. R-P again got in the bonus in the second. The advantage ballooned to 18. Making 27 of 32 freebies (84.4%), shooting 52.2 % (23-44 FG’s), and holding the Polars 16 below their average, R-P prevailed convincingly 81-65. Six Trojans hit double figures. Less heralded senior guard Jacob Merchlewitz is becoming more heralded (18 pts, 4-6 FG’s, 9-10 FT’s). Charlie Krambeer did his thing (17 pts, 3-8 three’s). Kyler Paulson (14 pts, 5-5 FG’s, 4-4 FT’s, 9 rebs) was the second half (12 points) interior guy. Cole Kingsley (11 pts, 6-8 FT’s, 3 stls) and Alex Vix (11 pts, 3 stls) also contributed. Tyler Johnson (12 pts, 4 rebs), Jamil Jackson (12 pts), and Isaac Johnson (11 pts) led North. The win is the Trojans’ 16th straight. It’s their 20th of the year (14-0 in TRC) versus one loss. They are now #1 in Class A.

Gophers Sweep Knights…#2 Girls Win 14th Straight

In the second Chatfield/Kingsland b-ball series of the year, the Gopher boys got revenge while the girls won their 14th straight. The maroon and white gals stormed to a 35-12 lead at halftime (the first meeting was 30-24). Chatfield prevailed 58-20. Sydney Gould (13 pts, 3-4 three’s), Kirsten Keefe (11 pts, 5-7 FG’s, 4 assists, 6 stls), and Maddy Larrabee (11 pts) led the way. Kellyn Webster (8 pts) led the Knights. The Gophers average margin of victory in their streak has been 20. At 12-1, 18-1, they are up to #2 in Class AA, behind #1 D-E (13-0, 18-1). Kingsland is 3-10, 5-15. Chatfield’s boys scorched the hoop in Spring Valley (16-23, 69.3%). They made .....
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Gauntlet Painted Green

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Sports

If the R-P boys’ basketball team faced one really key stretch of contests this season, mid-January was it. Five games in seven nights, only one at home, versus high-quality competition (minus the services of starting G/F Noah Carlson). With St ..... 
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Tom Vix Gets 600th Win…

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

Is it possible Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball coach Tom Vix is just hitting his prime? If you gage it by how quickly he went from 500 to 600 career wins, the answer would be yes. Win number 500 came at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Le ..... 
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County-County Week

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Burros Out-Offense Cougars In the first M-C/Lanesboro series of the year, Burro squads, in their home confines, were offensively superior. The Burro girls turned to 6’0” senior center Olivia Haug early against the Cougars. N ..... 
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R-P Rotary Perfect

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
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This year’s Trojans boys basketball schedule is chopped full of big-time (particularly non-con) marquee match-ups. Over the holidays, #4 R-P took their talents to the Rochester Civic Center for the Rotary Bank Classic. They showed how powerful a ..... 
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Baum’s Elves Down Unbeaten Caledonia

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

It’ll be a Merry Christmas season for the Chatfield Gopher girls. Ranked #5 in state, 8 and 1 heading to the holidays, coach Brian Baum’s girls have played big games, they will play big games; barring any unforeseen set-backs, it’ll be a se ..... 
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Bulldogs Top Gophers at Wolves Invite

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
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GMLOKS entered the 2014-2015 wrestling season coming off a 2-10 team campaign. They had quality wrestlers, but lacked numbers. This season, the numbers are improved. The quality is even better. The Bulldogs are dogging their competition. They ..... 
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Showdowns, Rematches, Previews

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
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In only the second full week of the winter sports season, there were big showdowns, rematches, and/or previews. In girls basketball, Chatfield had showdowns with fellow powerhouses Dover-Eyota and Plainview-Elgin-Millville, the later a rematch of ..... 
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Quick Starters

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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The first week of the basketball season saw four county teams have things go as well as could be expected. Chatfield’s girls flawlessly got through a busy week. R-P’s b-ball teams, on a small scale, mimicked last season’s starts. FC’s girls ..... 
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