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3-Rivers undefeateds do battle


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

The atmosphere couldn’t have gotten much bigger and better for a volleyball contest. The media was there. CCTV took their cameras on the road, with Bill Bentson on commentary. Devon Krueger announced the contest for KFIL. Cameramen from both KTTC and KAAL made appearances. Even an opposing coach, whose team played a game that night, showed up midway through to catch the action.

Fans actually sat on the stage at Preston gymnasium. And it was homecoming week for the Falcons. The top two volleyball teams in the 3-Rivers, Fillmore Central (#1 in A, 19-2, 7-0 in league) and Chatfield (#15 in AA, 19-7, 7-0 in league) faced off. Each squad entered on winning streaks (Chatfield nine straight, FC twelve) and with nearly unblemished 3-Rivers set records (Chatfield 21-1, FC 21-0). Competition was high in a contest that’ll go a long way to decide the 3-Rivers VB title. One team walked out the superior squad.

The underdog Gophers were the ones to come out of the blocks fast. They built a 5-2 lead in game one. But back-to-back Morgan Malley aces helped FC engineer to 4-0 run, an 11-8 lead. Another 4-0 run later in the set extended the advantage to 20-12. Chatfield junior OH Brook Irish then had three blocks in the span of four points, the last capped a 5-0 spurt that got the Goph’s to within three (20-17). FC closed out the set with balanced attacking, getting kills from Taylor Case, Leah Scheevel (twice), Kaitlynn Aug, and finally Tori Peterson. They won set #1 25-20.

Game two started the same way as the first. Chatfield jumped out to a lead, 8-5. But a 7-1 FC run put the Falcons in front 12-9. With the score 14-12, FC rattled off 10 of 12 points. It put them at game point, up 24-14. Chatfield notched five unanswered points to pull to down 24-19, but Scheevel then slammed the door with a kill. FC (25-19) took the two-sets-to-zero lead.

At that point, it would’ve been really easy for Chatfield to go quietly into the night. Their set record versus FC on the season was 0-5. But the Gophers are proud volleyball players. Teams like that don’t fold. Game three featured ties at points 1-7, 12, and 15-17. In between, Troy Swancutt’s Gopher typically led. They owned a 20-17 edge when FC did what needed to be done. Denise Case’s gals folded there tough adversary. Kills by Sammi Bakke, Scheevel, Aug, a free ball spike by Malley, and an ace serve by Bakke, equaled a 5-0 Falcon ru .....
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A Basketball Score

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Lanesboro head football coach James Semmen was worried about the amount of points his Burros have been putting up on Friday nights. He was worried about the tempo they’d been playing with. He was worried they weren’t making enough big plays ..... 
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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

On September 3 2013, the Mabel-Canton Cougar volleyball team took the court and played SEC foe Houston. The Cougars dispatched with the ‘Canes 3-0 in work-woman-like fashion. But the night was bigger than just competition. With the win, Cougar hea ..... 
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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton Sports

On September 3 2013, the Mabel-Canton Cougar volleyball team took the court and played SEC foe Houston. The Cougars dispatched with the ‘Canes 3-0 in work-woman-like fashion. But the night was bigger than just competition. With the win, Cougar hea ..... 
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Class A Titans

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

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 ..... 
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Lanesboro Excelsiors

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

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
Posted in All Sports

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
Posted in All Sports

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
Posted in All Sports

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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