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Sportin’ goose-eggs


Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Trojans’ Run Collective Records to 11-0

The basketball season is two weeks old. Rushford-Peterson’s basketball teams are both undefeated. The boys are 5-0, lead the South Division, and are ranked #2 in Class A. The girls are 6-0. At 4-0, they’re tied atop the South with Chatfield (4-0, 5-0). The Trojans’ success is not a big surprise. Coach Tom Vix has as deep, as talented, and as experienced squad as he had in some time. Vix’s former varsity assistant, Terry Pelzl, took over the girls last year. With the Lady Trojans getting more acquainted with using a system Pelzl brought over from the boys, they too have become a force. Both teams are literally stealing victories.

The 2nd-ranked boys, with their harassing full-court press, are, in a word, piranhas. Fillmore Central kept some of their flesh for roughly 13:30 of the game. The Falcons trailed 32-20 late in the first half, but then the R-P piranhas picked them clean. Over the final 4:30, the Trojans scored on 9 of 10 possessions. It was basically, steal, assist, basket, steal, assist, basket. A 22-6 run was the by-product. Rather than heading to halftime down by barely double figures, FC went in down 28 (54-26). The Trojans got the win 74-39. Collectively, R-P had 26 steals. Twelve Trojans scored. Seven scored six or more headed by Cole Kingsley (13 pts, 8 assists, 5 stls) and Charlie Krambeer (12 pts, 4-8 on 3’s). Senior Austin O’Hare stuffed the stat-sheets coming off the bench (9 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assists, 2 stls, 4 blks). FC’s Nick Powell wore his piranha-repellant (7-10 FG’s, 14 pts, 6 rebs).

The Trojans then traveled to Winona for a battle with the Cotter Ramblers. Cotter played #3 in Class AA P-E-M tight on November 26, losing 86-84 in OT. The game versus R-P was not so tight. Cue the piranhas. The Trojans’ full-court D triggered 19 steals. Again, by halftime, it was essentially over. R-P led 47-31 and prevailed by a final of 82-54. Twelve Trojans again scored. Seven had six or more led by a perfect-shooting (6-6 FG’s) Jorli Hauge (13 pts). Jacob Merchlewitz (8-10 FT’s, 11 pts) and Alex Vix (3-6 three’s, 11 pts) also reached double figures.

Meanwhile, the girls went 3-0 on the week, beating Lanesboro and then FC and Cotter. All three games had 20-point margins. Against the Burros, R-P began 26-0. They led 50-13 at halftime and prevailed 75-22. Kendra Crawford scored 20 points (9-13 FG’s), had 6 assists, and 5 steals. .....
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Post-Season Football Awards

Mon, Dec 16th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

All-State (3rd Team): Jayme LaPlante (Sr. TE/LB Chatfield), Cale Stensgard (Sr. OL/DL Rushford-Peterson) SFA Blue All-Conference Team (county players): Chatfield > LaPlante, Jake Neis (Sr. CB/RB), Nate Skare (Sr. QB), Sawyer Prinsen (Sr. OL/DL), I ..... 
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Basketball hot starts

Mon, Dec 16th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

A number of county basketball coaches have to be pleased with the way their seasons have started. Five squads’ records are unblemished through a week and a half of action. The Rushford-Peterson boys and girls, the Chatfield girls, and the Mabel- ..... 
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State Champs!

Mon, Dec 9th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Everyone likes a good sports story. Everyone loves a winner. The 2013 Chatfield Gopher football team is both. Their tale is a three-plus year one dating back to 2011, when the then-sophomore class headed by Jake Neis, Nate Skare, and Jayme LaPlan ..... 
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Post-season volleyball honors

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Three truly outstanding senior county volleyball players finished their fabulous careers with the distinction of being named All-State. In Class AA, Chatfield libero Alex Duxbury earned her third such recognition. She was second in the 3-Rivers in a ..... 
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Gophers Bury Nuggets, Make Prep Bowl

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

It’s long been known, that the 3-Rivers conference is a mecca for great football, great football teams. From the 1995 season where two teams won state titles (Chatfield Class C, Kingsland Class B), to the 2002 season which saw three 3-Rivers teams ..... 
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FC gives back

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

During the month of December bring a non-perishable food item; new or gently used hats, mittens or gloves; non-wrapped Christmas gift item for a toddler through teen, to any home Fillmore Central basketball game or wrestling meet and receive $1.00 o ..... 
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Fantastic, Falcons

Mon, Nov 18th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Wow! What a year, what a last couple weeks, for the Fillmore Central volleyball team. The 2013 state tournament was an amazing trio of days for any Falcon fan or former graduate (like the writer of this column). All state trips are special. This one ..... 
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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 ..... 
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