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Making up for lost time


Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

It might be…it could be…it is…times two. GMLOK center fielder Brittany Erding twice just had to look up and watch as softballs hit by Chatfield 1B Brook Irish left the yard. The Gophers won both games handily and are undefeated (8-0) as of May 1st. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

With it suddenly going from wintry 30 and 40-degree temperatures with snow/rain mixes, to late spring 70-degree days with bountiful sunshine, spring sports finally got (mostly) started. With it being midway thru the season already, with few games under teams’ belts, there is only one solution when it comes to all the make-up games.

Traditional Double-Headers

By the way the Chatfield Gopher softball team has started the year, one would think it is mid-season. Their bats are in mid-season form. They, thus far, aren’t missing last year’s (graduated) power threats, Tori Woltz (7 HR’s) and Sarah Costello (6 HRs). After a couple blowout victories to start the season, Jeff Johnson’s gals added two more versus the GMLOK Bulldogs in a double-shot from Spring Valley South Park. The Gopher girls were game-book wreckers. They wrecked the second and third innings of game one, and the first and third innings of game two. For those not aware of softball/baseball terminology, it meant they batted around, and scored a lot of runs, eight, nine, six, and seven in those four innings respectively. All of that was bad news for the home ‘Dogs. By the finals of 22-2 (five innings) and 14-0 (six innings), the Gophers had their way with GMLOK for the double-shot sweep.

Sophomore first base-person Brook Irish (replacing Woltz) is hitting like her predecessor. Irish homered twice in game one, a 2-run blast in the first and a 3-run blast in the third, both to center field. She finished the two-game series 5 for 7 with 9 RBI’s and 5 runs scored. Classmate Shelby Bernard (batting in the Woltz-vacated four-hole) was also an RBI machine. The sophomore catcher was 5 for 7 with 7 RBIs. Leadoff girl Sidney Irish (5 for 7, 6 runs, 4 RBIs) and designated player Ashley Wolter (4-4, 100% on-base-percentage, 4 runs) also solved Bulldog pitching. Every Gopher starter got a hit in both games and Jennifer Hanson and Kirsten Keefe collected wins. For GMLOK, junior leadoff third-base-person Haley Colton reached in four of five plate appearances and scored both of GMLOK’s runs.

The R-P girls also played a double-header, and did to Southland what Chatfield did to GMLOK (though not so resoundingly). The Trojans swept the Rebels by 11 to 9 and 14 to 0 (five innings) finals. Junior pitcher Kendra Crawford was money in the series (and all week for that matter), going 7 for 8 with 4 RBI’s and a pair of p .....
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A Spring Sports Smattering

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Team Mother Nature is no longer undefeated. Multiple county baseball and softball teams finally had their openers (golf is still waiting). They didn’t get much further into their season than an opener though. The weather was go ..... 
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Lack of Spring brings sports siesta

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende April is vastly dwindling away. Rescheduled athletic events are quickly piling up. Area activities directors are hurriedly turning May into a jam-packed month for Fillmore County’s spring sports teams. Thus far, virtually the on ..... 
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Third annual boys all-county team (Assisted greatly by Bill Bentson’s Three Rivers Conference Stats)

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende 1st Team Kole Ruud (5’11” junior G, Lanesboro) Of the Burros three big-scorers (Peterson, Rogers), Ruud was the best, the most difficult to defend. He could do it from deep (68 made 3-pointers at a 40% clip), beat his guy off th ..... 
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Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announces 114 trap teams

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) announced that 114 high school teams representing 195 schools and 3,400 student athletes are participating in the 2013 spring season. Led by the support of their ..... 
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East Beasts

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Waiting For the Inevitable It just seems to happen, probably all too often for non-Trojan fans. An opponent tests the Rushford-Peterson boys, usually early on, and then presto. R-P forces some turnovers. They score in bunches. Next thing you kn ..... 
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Fillmore County Sports

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Gopher Wrestling Posts Best Finish Ever If someone had told the Chatfield wrestling team that they’d end the 2012-2013 season with a win, the Gophers would’ve naturally been ‘all-in on that one.’ A third place finish probably wasn’t thei ..... 
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FCLMC’s Anderson ‘pins’ state runner-up title

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

Niko Anderson is a junior at Lanesboro High School and a wrestler for the Fillmore Central-Lanesboro-Mabel-Canton Wolves’ wrestling team. Now a person can tag the title “Class A 170 pound state runner-up” to his list of titles after the indivi ..... 
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Fillmore Central 7th Grade Boys Basketball

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Sports

The Fillmore Central 7th grade boys won consolation championship last Saturday, February 22, in St. Cloud for the Pacesetter Winter Classic Tournament.
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