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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 LaPlante first stepped foot on a varsity football field. Over the next three seasons, there were of course, pitfalls, bumps in the road. Their biggest obstacle was Caledonia. The Gophers went 1-4 versus the Warriors. The last three losses were each agonizing in their own way. There was the ‘we’re close, we lost 6-0 cause of the field position game’ contest in the 2012 regular season. Then there was the, ‘oh, we’re not so close, we just got beat, humiliated, 29-0 and struggled to even get yards’ Section Title game in 2012. Then there was this season’s opener where, ‘well, we beat them, but beat ourselves, and that ref made a horrible call!’ But all of that, and all the off-season hard work, came to an amazing crescendo when, in the 2013 Section title game, the Gopher’s defense repeatedly stopped Caledonia in the red zone, Skare kicked ‘the field goal’, and A.J. Riley authored ‘the interception.’ Chatfield got its win. Three wins later, the story had a most fabulous ending. Hard-working aching senior lineman Sawyer Prinsen raised the Class AA trophy. The Gophers are the 2013 Class AA Football State Champions. Their ‘one team, one dream’ season is now an immortalized reality.

Chatfield’s final hurdle was a tough one. Just like the Gophers (three titles, seven state appearances since 1981), Minneota/Lincoln HI (12-0, ranked #4) came in with a rich football tradition (four titles, 11 state appearances since 1985). Defense highlighted the early game play. Minneota was in Chatfield territory three times. Chatfield was in Minneota territory twice. Neither ‘D’ relinquished a point. The Gophers, run game somewhat stymied, turned to a little razzle-dazzle. On 2nd and eight from the Minneota 48 late in the second quarter, Skare hit junior WR Drew Hurley for a short gain. Hurley was hit nearly immediately, but pitched the ball just as expediently, to Jake Neis; the hook and ladder play. Neis sped up the sideline for a 21-total-yard gain. On the next play, with the Vikings defense reeling, Neis took a hand-off and exploded to daylight off the left side. He dove for an apparent TD. The referee ruled him down at the one. The 26-yard gain set the Gophers up on the doorstep. Neis .....
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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
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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
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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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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