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Class A Titans


Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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The Fillmore Central Falcon varsity volleyball team poses with their first place trophy after winning the Class A Showcase. They are (left to right, front row) Shelby Ebner, Tayah Barnes, Sara Schultz, Larissa Armstrong, Morgan Malley, (back row) Leah Scheevel, Sammi Bakke, Paige Bennett, Kaitlynn Aug, Taylor Case, and Tori Peterson. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

At the beginning of the season, Fillmore Central volleyball coach Denise Case stated that her talented squad, one that had posted 20-plus victories the past two seasons but hadn’t made it beyond the Sub-Section semifinals, could no longer hang their hats on being a ‘young’ team. The junior and senior-laden Falcons needed to play like an ‘experienced’ team. Through just about a month of the volleyball season, they’d looked every bit the part of experienced. They beat #10 in Class AA Chatfield 3-0. They went to Wabasha and downed W-K 3-0, and then took second in W-K’s Veteran’s Invite (both losses to AAA Rosemount). A week later, FC traveled to Burnsville for the Class A Showcase, a tournament composed of not just some of the best teams in Class A, but most of the best teams. FC was the best.

Seven ranked Class A schools were among the 16 that competed in the two-day tourney, #1 Southwest Christian, #4 Win-E-Mac, #5 Mabel-Canton, #7 Nevis, the 8th ranked Falcons, #9 Wabasha-Kellogg, and #10 Tracy-Milroy-Balatan. When all was said and done, Fillmore Central had beaten four of the seven. They own victories over five of the seven (W-K). They’ll likely play the 6th (M-C). They can’t play themselves. In Pool Play, FC split with Mayer Lutheran 1-1 (24-26, 25-16), but got the win (scored more points in defeat). They beat Dawson-Boyd 2-0 (25-16, 25-15) before taking on #7 Nevis. FC swept the Tigers 2-0 (25-22, 25-14). The 3-and-0 Friday earned the Falcons their pool’s top seed. They moved on to Saturday action in the championship bracket (best of three). In the quarterfinals, they beat Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 2-1 (25-18, 22-25, 15-9). They then took on the top ranked undefeated Southwest Christian Stars and caused them to supernova 2-0 (28-26, 25-18). It put the Falcons in the finals versus another undefeated, the 19-0 #4 ranked Win-E-Mac Patriots. The Falcons won the revolution though, 2-0 (25-11, 25-18). They were crowned champions of the premier in-season Class A tournament in the state. Taylor Case, FC’s most dominant hitter and best all-around player, was named tournament MVP (led FC with 51 kills, 58 digs, 98 percent serving, 98 percent serve receive). Setter Morgan Malley (139 assists) and OH Tori Peterson (37 kills, 8 aces) were also named to the All-Tournament team. The experienced, talented, and athletic Falcons are now 16-2 on the season. They are the #1 ranked team in Class A. All six of t .....
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Lanesboro Excelsiors

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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Coming on the heels of an 8-2 victory over the Minneapolis Quicksteps, the Lanesboro Excelsiors would like to “pitch” the following message to area residents: Interested parties wanting to sport vintage 1860 Base Ball in the following communit ..... 
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Holding Serve at Home

Thu, Sep 26th, 2013
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It’s pretty rare that three of the county volleyball teams all played just home games during a given week. It’s probably even more rare that all would hold serve at home and rack up a pair of victories. That’s just what Fillmore Central, Cha ..... 
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Triskaidekaphobia Football

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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By Paul Trende Every high school football player fears losing, but they fear losing badly even more. Friday the 13th is a notoriously (facetiously) feared day. In week three of the 2013 football season, the two came together. It was either a very l ..... 
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Grind, Ground, Gone

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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By Paul Trende The Mabel-Canton offense wasn’t ripping off yardage. In their SEC 9-man opener versus Houston, the Cougar philosophy throughout was a grinding ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ ground game. Forty-seven running plays into the c ..... 
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Twelve miles, no fingernails

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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By Paul Trende The first full week of high school football competition was just that, at least for the four county squads facing off against each other. In Rushford, Fillmore Central took on the Trojans. The game came down to the final thirty seco ..... 
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Football Team Capsules

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
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Chatfield Gophers Head Coach: Jeff Johnson (2012 Co-Three Rivers South Coach of the Year) 2012 Record: 9-2 (Section 1AA runner-up, lost to Caledonia 29-0 in title game) Class Breakdown: 9 seniors, 18 juniors, 13 sophomores, 1 freshman (41 total) ..... 
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Volleyball Team Capsules

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
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Mabel-Canton Cougars Head Coach: Lonnie Morken 2012 Record: 31-6 (SEC champions, Sub-Section 1A East runner’s-up) Class Breakdown: 6 seniors, 4 juniors, 2 freshmen, 1 8th grader (13 total) Seniors: Belle Sand (5’7” OH, reigning SEC POY, All ..... 
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Volleyball Preview/Blue blasts off

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
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By Paul Trende Volleyball Preview Just like on the gridiron, the beginning of the 2013 volleyball season is marked by changes. As of fall sports, the Winona-Cotter Ramblers (a former HVL school) are now officially in the 3-Rivers. They bring the ..... 
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