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Trojans on top!


Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Rushford-Peterson girls basketball team: Sub-Section 1A East Champs. Photo by Paul Trende

The basketball season is done for all but one Fillmore County Journal covered school. Rushford-Peterson High School stands tallest at the end of the 2013-2014 campaign. Their boys are section champs and headed to state. Their girls finally broke through the 1A East title game. They’ll play for the Section 1A crown.

Section Three-Peat for Boys

The 2013-2014 boys Section 1A title was about Rushford-Peterson (#3 in state, 28-1) in more than one way. On top of the Trojans making their fifth straight final, their opponent, 1A West champ Goodhue (19-10), entered with a head coach familiar to R-P fans. Matt Halverson was a starting guard on R-P’s last state title team (2006). In his first year as head coach of the Wildcats, Halverson had a plan versus his alma mater R-P and mentor Tom Vix. Slow it down. Slow it way down. Do not get in a frenetic track meet with the speedy Trojan piranhas. Goodhue limited the game’s possessions with a very patient approach offensively and very good defense. The two things held R-P to an easy season low in points. Yet ultimate success belonged to the Trojans. The game was the anti-thesis of a track meet. The halftime score was 16-13 Trojans. The teams combined for 43 possessions (25-seconds per possession). The Trojans forced 12 Wildcat turnovers, but per 7 of 21 shooting, they didn’t really capitalize. Things didn’t change much in the second half. At times, the Wildcats seemed content to pass the ball from guard to guard to the high post, without much offensive aggressiveness. The slow paced defensive struggle limited R-P (a team that averages 73 points per game) to four second half field goals (in the 1A East final versus Spring Grove, Alex Vix had as many in the first half, and Austin O’Hare five in the second half). Three of the four makes were part of a very protracted 9-0 Trojan run. O’Hare hit a three around the 13-minute mark. Jorli Hauge had a rebound-put-back basket around the 9-minute mark. Charlie Krambeer hit a three around the 7-minute mark. Those were the only points in about 6-minutes of game action. Krambeer’s trifecta gave R-P a 25-16 lead. Goodhue responded with five unanswered points (25-21). R-P then got their fourth FG, a beautiful give and go from Hauge to Cole Kingsley (27-21 Trojans, under five left). From there, the Trojans made 11 of 15 FT’s down the stretch. Goodhue was never out of it. Trojans fans couldn’t relax until the end. But the Wildcats never go .....
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2014 MSHSL section football finals changed

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Region One A Committee, at their March 5, 2014 meeting approved a change in their Section Football Finals. All four championship games in 2014 will be played at the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium. Doubleheaders will be played on Friday, Oct ..... 
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Golden again! Gophers win state wrestling title

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The 2013-2014 school year won’t be forgotten for a long while for Chatfield Gopher sports fans, parents, students, and athletes alike. Three-plus months after a state football title, a team wrestling championship! Chatfield’s place atop the Cla ..... 
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Gopher GBB finishes perfect

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Not too many teams go through an entire regular season undefeated in conference. Fewer trek through undefeated overall. League championships aren’t exactly handed out like candy at a parade either. The #3 in AA Chatfield Gopher girls have accompl ..... 
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Chatfield wrestling returns to state

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Chatfield Gopher wrestling team is headed back to state. They’re doing so by the skin of their teeth. They had no problem with 10-seed Wabasha-Kellogg in the 1A quarters, but 3-seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the semis (not 1-seed Kenyon-Wanamingo in ..... 
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Seeding on the Line in FC M-C Girls Match-up

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Late season, inter-conference, intra-sectional games, like that between Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton, have huge repercussions on the post-season seeding process. The Falcons (6-11, 9-12), who already own a victory over SEC 2nd place Spring Grov ..... 
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Burro Milestones

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Ruud Shatters School Scoring Record Coming into a key SEC match-up between two of the three teams in the conference with winning records, Lanesboro (11-2, 13-6) and Mabel-Canton (10-3, 11-8), Kole Ruud needed 23 points to break Braden Hanson’s al ..... 
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County-County week

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Every year there is a week where the squads in Fillmore County play a lot of games against each other. The week starting Monday the 27th was it. Seven basketball games featured county teams versus each other, and a pair of wrestling matches. One th ..... 
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Winds blow in Marquee blow-outs

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende On a blustery Monday night, Chatfield and Rushford-Peterson basketball fans had a lot to blow their horns about. Their teams took the courts in what looked to be a couple marquee 3-Rivers South games. The 2nd-ranked R-P boys (10-0, 1 ..... 
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