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Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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It doesn’t happen very often. It takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of overall skills. Not much else needs to be said. The numbers speak for themselves. Versus Wabasha-Kellogg, R-P senior forward Kenzie Lind scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out 12 assists, and collected 13 steals for the ultra-rare quadruple double. Just how rare? It’s the 15th in Minnesota state girl’s basketball history. There have been just four in boy’s history. She’s the only Fillmore County player ever to have done so (Spring Grove’s Cassie Glasrud achieved the feat in 1997). It was a good sight to see for Trojan fans (already used to G Kendra Crawford in street clothes). A couple nights earlier, Kenzie missed most of the 2nd half versus Chatfield after bumping her head on the floor. She’s obvious healthy. Her rare feat, plus Amy Todd (20 points, 13 rebounds), plus Cody Manfull (career-high 17), equaled R-P victory 65-31 over the winless Falcons. R-P is 5-12 in the 3-Rivers, 7-15 overall.

Passing Clinic, Shooting Clinic

Good passing leads to open looks, better shots, and more makes. Lanesboro’s boys did the first and got the later three against Mabel-Canton. A summation of the contest could also be, ‘Hanson’s Half, Burros Game.’ Lanesboro’s senior 1,000-point guy Braden Hanson was unconscious out of the gate. He made five threes and scored 22 points in the first 18 minutes, putting a foot to M-C’s neck (40-20 Burros at the half). The Coug’s wouldn’t so much as threaten. The Burros passing and shooting was too effective. They assisted 24 of 27 FG’s, made 17 of 40 trifectas (43 percent), and shot not quite 50 percent from the field. They defended 3rd place in the SEC with a 74-48 victory. In addition to Hanson’s 29, Erik Peterson got 15 (all from deep), and Kole Ruud added 12. For the Cougar’s, their 1,000-point man Steve Smith was effective (16 points, 10 rebounds), just not effective enough. He did move into 3rd place all-time for M-C in scoring (surpassing Matt Garness, 1128). Jacoby Bigalk added 12 for M-C. The team’s combined for just 20 TO’s.

“Under Pressure”

In 1981, Queen/David Bowie collaborated on a hit song called “Under Pressure” (made more famous when Vanilla Ice sampled it for “Ice Ice Baby”). The song should’ve been pumped into St. Charles’ locker room before their boys’ contest with Kingsland, at halftime, and maybe afterwards. It made clear the thesis of the night. The 4th place Saints (9-5, 13-5) got a steady diet of half-court ball pressure from the Knight’s quick-limbed backcourt duo of Tanner Lange and Sam Eberle. It hindered SC from getting the rock to their big weapon (6’5” Will Swiggum; 20 PPG). Turnovers were forced, 26 for the game, 18 in the 2nd half. The Knights got into the open court. They scored 12 of the games final 16 points, winning the game by a final of 54-44. Lange had 16 points and 7 steals, Eberle 14 and 8 steals. Aaron Leistikow had 24 and 11. The Saints had a season low point total. Swiggum was twelve below his average.

Wholly Upset

It’s now safe to say 3-Rivers boys’ teams don’t fear Plainview-Elgin-Millville anymore. On January 17, PEM lost its first league game (Caledonia) since February 19, 2008 (Caledonia). Between was a string of 72 straight wins (three 20-0 seasons) in conference play. They started a new string after losing, but it ended after just three games. The Chatfield Gophers, who’ve had a few bumps this season (scoring 31 points in a loss to FC), didn’t just down PEM. They beat them. They took the lead midway thru the 1st half, led at halftime, and still were ahead (50-43) at the 4:00 mark. An 8-0 Bulldog run put the Gophers in a pressure- packed situation, down 51-50 with 1:10 left on the road. But sophomore Jake Neis made a pair of huge FT’s. PEM guard Cory Speer missed a 12-footer with under 0:10 to go (ball OB to Chat). Nate Skare was fouled (made 1 of 2 with less than 0:05 to go). A last second PEM heave was well short. For the first time ever, Chatfield defeated, upset, the consolidated P-E-M, 53-51. In a December meeting, PEM won 85-51. Gopher coach Tom Bance, “our crowd was into the game the whole night and when PEM made their run with about four minutes to go, (went) ahead with one minute to left, their crowd was extremely loud as well. A great high school sports atmosphere.” The Gophers are now 6-9 in league, 7-12 overall.

Burros, ‘Canes, Overtime, Part Doux

The first time they met, it took extra time. Part two was no different, only it was. With 2nd place in the SEC on the line, Lanesboro (9-2, 10-6) faced Houston (9-1, 13-3). In the 1st half, the Burros built a 10-point lead, only for it to get whittled to one by halftime. In the second, Houston had a huge 17-0 run to take a 48-38 lead, but a 19-4 Burro run gave them a 59-56 edge in the final minute. After a Hans Lundberg basket, Braden Hanson was fouled, but he made just the first freebie. Down 60-58, ‘Cane Tyler Peplinki authored a hoop and some harm in the final 0:10. He missed the go-ahead FT, but Mitchell Beckman grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He missed both freebies. The game went to OT tied at 60. There, Houston built an early 4-point lead (65-61), only for Hanson to take over. Burro #21 sandwiched a bucket, two FT’s, and a 3-pointer, around teammate Kole Ruud’s trifecta, putting Lanesboro in command 71-67. It was enough for the victory, final score 74-69. Hanson scored 9 of his 27 in the extra period. Ruud added 16 and Cory Strom 12. Lundberg (27), Josh Vix (18), and Troy Sires (10) paced Houston. Both squads, Lanesboro 11-2 (12-6), Houston 10-2 (14-4), are behind Spring Grove (12-0, 15-2) in the SEC.



•Chatfield 59, #9 in A R-P 73 (R-P: Trent Vix 24 pts (six 3’s) and five assists; Nick Thompson 15; Nate Kingsley 11. C: N. Skare 14 (four 3’s); Josh Bernard 12; J. Neis 11; Jake Peterson 10. Half: R-P 43, Chat 34)

•Lewiston-Altura 63, Fillmore Central 32 (FC: Tyler Eickhoff 9 pts and 7 rebs. L-A: Josh Ehlenfeldt 20 (17 in 1st half); Matt Burfeind 10. Two Falcons starters were benched for receiving T’s)

•PEM 57, Kingsland 54 (K: S. Eberle 18; Spencer Klevan 16; T. Lange 11. PEM: four in double figures. Knights led 35-31 at half. A King win would’ve tied them for 1st in the 3-Rivers)

•Hope Lutheran 48, M-C 57 (M-C: S. Smith 23 pts and 12 rebs; Noah Manning 12 pts, 11 rebs, and four assists (off the bench). HL: Jason Klug 17; Caleb Forst 14. HL started the game 25-14, but an 18-2 run gave M-C 32-27 halftime lead. In the final 3:00, M-C had 7-0 run to expand on a 47-44 lead and ice the game)

•LeRoy-Ostrander 42, Lanesboro 75 (L: B. Hanson 15 pts and 8 rebs; K. Ruud 13 (4-4 from deep); Joey O’Koren 12; C. Strom/E. Peterson 11 each)


•FC 34, D-E 52 (FC: Ryan Baker 8. D-E: Nate Vang 16. Falcons are 4-11, 7-12)

•Kee (Lansing Iowa) 61, M-C 53 (M-C: S. Smith 18 pts & 8 rebs; J. Bigalk 10 pts, 5 rebs, 5 ass; Justin Ward 9 pts, 6 rebs, 4 ass (off bench). K: Dillon Hogan 19; Zach Larson 16; Jack Jannett 15. Kee led 32-24 at halftime. Coug’s led 49-44 around the 5:00 mark. A 13-0 Kee run got them in the lead (57-49) for good. TO’s: M-C 24, Kee 14)

•#9 in A R-P 61, W-K 50 (R-P: N. Thompson 23 pts, 8 rebs, 5 stls; T. Vix 16. W-K: Matt Meyer 19. Trojans are 12-4, 15-4. They’re alone in 3rd place (12-4, 15-4) behind PEM (12-2, 14-6) and Kingsland (11-3, 13-6))


•Schaeffer Academy 53, Lanesboro 63 (L: B. Hanson 18; C. Strom 14 (all in 2nd half). SA: Nate Hanson 16. Burros had six guys combine to hit 16 3’s. They led 44-21 at halftime. They are 11-2, 12-6 (2nd place tie))

•M-C 49, Glenville-Emmons 34 (M-C: S. Smith 23 pts & 16 rebs; team had two 1st half TO’s (led 31-22). G-E: Wyatt Madson 17; 3 of 24 from 3 as a team. Coug’s (8-4, 9-9) are 4th in SEC behind SG, Houston, and Lanesboro)

•Stewartville 56, Kingsland 67 (K: T. Lange 22 pts, 7 assists, 5 stls; S. Klevan 12 pts and 8 rebs; S. Eberle 11 pts and rebs; Devin Pokorney 10. S: Will Gisler 24 pts and 10 rebs. Halftime: King 38, Stewie 20. Knights (11-3, 13-6) are 2nd in 3-Rivers behind PEM, ahead of R-P).



•Lanesboro 49, L-A 75 (L: Bryn Harmon/Paige Hungerholt 9 pts and 6 rebs each. L-A: Jenny Mundt 26; Raelynn Speltz 20 pts & 10 ass. Burros made 7 of 14 3’s but had 24 TO’s)

•Kingsland 52, Southland 64 (K: Nicole Swanson 13 pts and 6 rebs; Cheyenne Losey 12; McKayla Pruter 10 pts and nine assists; Lindsay Tart 10. S: Jana Schammel 24; Kelli Smith 12. Rebels led by 10 at half. Knights got to within four with 6:00 left, but no closer. 3’s: King 2-11, South 6-13. FT’s: King 8-13, South 16-26)

•SA 38, M-C 34 (M-C: Christy Welscher 11 pts and 11 rebs; Lydia Geving 7 pts and 10 rebs. SA: Nicole Arpin 21. M-C: 1-17 3’s. FT’s: SA 11-19, M-C 3-8. Coug’s won in December 50-15)


•R-P 35, Chatfield 59 (C: MaKenzie Miller 16 pts and 5 rebs; Sarah Costello 10 pts. R-P: A. Todd 12 pts and 8 rebs; already without Kendra Crawford, K. Lind sat most of the 2nd half (head). Gophers won in Dec. 49-48).

•FC 41, L-A 52 (FC: Morgan Malley 16 all in 1st half (7-10 FG’s); Alex Peterson 8 pts and 13 rebs. L-A: Natalie Kalmes 18; J. Mundt 16; R. Speltz 10. After leading 29-28 at half, Falcons got out-scored 24-12 in 2nd)

•PEM 37, Kingsland 43 (K: N. Swanson 12 pts and 7 rebs. PEM: Hayley Rau 13. Knights snap 3-game slide)

•HL 49, M-C 45 (M-C: C. Welscher 15 pts and 11 rebs; Lydia Geving 12; Carly McCabe 10. HL: Dakota Ellinghuysen 15. Geving (fouls) and Ellinghuysen (injury) sat late in 2nd half. M-C missed front end of 1-and-1 down two with 0:10 left. HL was fouled, made both for final score. FT’s: M-C 5-11, HL 14-27)

•Lanesboro 32, #5 in A Spring Grove 79 (SG: Richell Mehus 21 pts; Taylor Elton 16 pts)


•PEM 37, Chatfield 57 (C: Erin Kammer 13 (all in 1st half); S. Costello 10 pts, 8 stls, 4 assists; M. Miller 10 pts, 8 rebs and 6 stls; Traci McDonald 10. Gophers jumped out 21-6 and never looked back. They (11-3, 14-6) are still tied for 2nd place in 3-Rivers with Caledonia (12-3, 15-7) behind D-E (13-2, 18-4) & Southland (13-2, 17-2))

•FC 38, D-E 76 (FC: A. Peterson 10 pts and 6 rebs; M. Malley 12. D-E: Sarah Pease 18. Falcons are 2-12)

•Kingsland 49, St. Charles 50 (K: C. Losey 12 pts; Lizzie Tart 10. SC: Leah Putzier 16. Saint Cloe Spaeth hit a shot with 0:08 to go to give SC lead. A subsequent King 3 was no good. Knights won previous two meetings)


•G-E 15, M-C 39 (M-C: C. McCabe 10. Cougars led 29-2 at halftime. They are 4-10, 5-14)

•SA 30, Lanesboro 51 (L: Bailey Gartner 12 (all in 2nd half); Alisa Warnes 11. SA: Melanie Murray 13. Burros led 23-8 at break. They (9-5, 10-12) are in 4th behind SG (15-0, 20-3), L-O (13-1, 16-5), and L/P (10-4, 13-6) in SEC)


•Stewartville 65, Kingsland 47 (K: C. Losey 17 pts and 12 rebs; Lind. Tart 17 pts (5 threes). S: four in double figures led by Katie Bauman’s 15. King is 6-8, 10-12))



•GMLOK 58, La Crescent 15


•PEM 32, LARP 31 (LARP wins: Josh Doerr (106) pin, Justin Doerr (126) 4-2 dec., Calvin Doerr (132) 8-4 dec., Jordan Theede (145) pin, Chris Boehmke (152) forfeit, Dylan DePestal (170) 8-0 maj. dec., and John Heim (220) 4-1 dec. LARP led 28-17 heading to 182)


•Pine Island Invite (GMLOK finished 6th of 10; FCLMC wasn’t in team competition. 2nd place: Noah Schlee (126) GMLOK, Niko Anderson (160) FCLMC, Monty Holm (170) FCLMC, and Perry Stejskal (182) GMLOK. 3rd place: Connor Hanson (126) FCLMC & Tom Henry (152) FCLMC)

•WEM/JWP Mike Fasnacht Memorial Tourney (Chatfield took 2nd of 8. 1st place: Justin Viss (195) and Cody Wrubel (220). 2nd place: Hank Friederichs (106), A.J. Riley (120), Harvey Friederichs (126), and Alex Haffner (132). 3rd place: Nick Haffner (160), Matt Salerno (170), and Sam Fryer (285)).

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