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Wolves host holiday tourney


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Twelve wrestling teams descended upon Fillmore Central Middle School in Preston for the FCLMC Wolves annual Holiday Tournament (moved from Harmony due to the floor being re-done). In the end, last year’s team champion repeated, Chatfield and FCLMC combined for 12 finalists, and seven walked away with titles. The Gophers won the team championship for the second consecutive year, beating out nearest competitor P-E-M 195 to 153.5.

Five Goph’s took first, as the championship mat entertained one white and maroon singlet after another. Frosh Ty Van Sickle (11-2, #10 at 120) dominated, winning all three of his matches via first period pin. Eighth grader Jake Mandt (also 11-2) then took the mat at 126 and was also impressive, winning without too much trouble (first period pin, 9-1 MD, first period pin). At 138, top ranked Hank Friederichs (Jr. 12-1) did what Hank does and pinned his way to a title. Hank’s only loss of the year it to #1 in AA Brady Berge of K-M.

One weight later, the showcase of Gophers continued and the showcase of FCLMC Wolves began. Chat’s A.J. Riley (Sr. 9-1, #8 at 145) scored a 9-2 decision over FC’s Andy Love (Sr. 9-2) for the title. At 152, a Gopher and a Wolf again went head-to-head. Chatfield’s third-ranked Harvey Friederichs (Sr. 13-0) squared off against FCLMC’s Connor Hanson (Sr. 10-0) in a battle of undefeated’s. Hanson’s tourney had already been of note. He scored his 100th career victory in an opening round win. However, Harvey F. nixed any ideas for a perfect day by narrowly downing Connor via 4-3 decision.

At 160 and 170, Alex Haffner (Sr. Chatfield) and Tom Henry (Sr. FCLMC) each took second, losing to Thomas Miller (8-6 dec.) and #4 in A Sam McPhail of Pine Island (10-3 dec.) respectively. FCLMC’s Niko Anderson (Sr. 11-0 #1 at 170) then finally got the Wolves a first place, winning 5-2 in the 182-pound finals. Like Hanson, Anderson also notched his 100th career win with an opening round pin. Monty Holm (Sr. 11-0) got FCLMC a second title. The 195-pounder was also dominant, wrestling just twice (first round bye), a 17-3 MD in the semis and then, after a couple emphatic takedowns, a pin in the finals.

For both Anderson and Holm, it is their second tourney title in as many tries (La Crosse Logan Invite). Finally, Chatfield’s Jacob Bleess (220) rounded out the championship competitors. Bleess got to the finals with a big win over GMLOK’s Wyatt Richar .....
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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 ..... 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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