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Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
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It was asked on Chatfield Community Television a few weeks ago, “Who are the Gopher’s biggest rivals?” A number of answers were given. An answer to the rivalry question is, “Any school in a close proximity.” By that standard, the week of Feb 13 was a rivalry week. Many Fillmore County schools did battle against one another. In Rushford on Monday, the Trojan and Burro girls faced off. It was 17-11 R-P at the half, but the home squad, led by Kenzie Lind (23 pts, 13 rebs, 3 assists, 8 stls), put together runs of 14-1 and 10-0 in the second half. They cruised to victory 57-30. Amy Todd added 13 for the R-P’er’s. The same evening, Chatfield and Kingsland went at it. In Spring Valley, the Gopher girl’s got redemption for a 2-OT loss to the Knights in December. It was all about the bench. Reserve senior G Kyndra Neis got all 15 of her points from deep (four in the span of about a minute in the 2nd half). Varsity call-up, reserve freshmen G Kirsten Keefe was perfect (4-4 FG’s, 6-6 FT’s) in getting her 15 points. Add in Karlee Moulton’s four and the Gopher non-starters played Kingsland’s entire team to a 34-34 tie. The entire Gopher team played the Knights 54-34. Cheyenne Losey (11 pts, 14 rebs) paced the Knights, who were just 3-26 from distance. In Chatfield, the boys played the game of the night, due to the shot of the night, or the shot by a Knight, specifically a tip. With the score tied at 53 in the final 0:05, Tanner Lange took a mid-range jumper that wasn’t true, but Devin Pokorney’s helper just beat the buzzer, giving the Knights the dramatic win 55-53. His offensive rebound put-back out-did Josh Bernard’s that tied the game seconds earlier. It also nullified the splendid effort of 6’2” Gopher sophomore C Jayme LaPlante. The powerful youngster keyed Chatfield by making 12 of 17 FG’s and registering a career-high 25 points. He just topped Lange (24 pts) for game-high. Kingsland benefited from turnover (15 to Chat’s 22) and FT (14-17 to Chat’s 1-4) edges.

On Tuesday, it was Fillmore Central and R-P’s turn. In Rushford, Falcon freshman G Morgan Malley was on from deep. She hit 7 of 12 3’s and scored 24 points. Teammate Alex Peterson added 17 and 9 rebounds, but R-P’s balanced team effort won out. Led by Amy Todd’s athletic interior aggression (23 pts, 16 rebs), and Kenzie Lind’s all-around play (11 pts, 8 rebs, 6 stls), the Trojans finished off their regular season (5-13, 9-16 overall) with a 58-51 victory. They led most the game (FC forced 3 ties) and held a big edge on the boards (42 to 24). In Preston, there weren’t too many ties. The eighth ranked team in boys Class A, the Trojans of R-P, dismantled the Falcons of FC 84-47. Nick Thompson (17), Trent Vix (13 pts, 8 assists), and Seth Thompson (11) led the assault, though eight Trojans scored 7 or more.

Thursday had the FC girls in Mabel. The two coaches (Doug Carlson, Sarah Tollefsrud) begged the term rivalry in as much as they each have ties to their opponent’s district (live there). Cougar Christy Welscher’s star shone brightest on the night. The junior forward scored 13 points and grabbed 18 rebounds (10 offensive). However, every time her team got real close (forced one tie, were within two twice and four six times in 2nd half), FC had an answer. The Falcons eventually prevailed 40-33. Fourteen from Alex Peterson and 11 from Leah Scheevel were the main catalysts. FC won despite giving up 28 offensive rebounds. They finish the regular season 3-14. Finally, back to where the week began, Rushford. For the second time in the week, the R-P boys trounced a county team, Mabel-Canton, 87-48. The Trojans scored 57 1st half points and hit 14 of 23 3’s. Thompson (18), Vix (18 & 7 stls), and Jorli Hauge (15) led the winners. R-P (14-4, 19-4) is tied for 2nd in the 3-Rivers with Kingsland (14-4, 17-7), behind PEM (16-2, 18-6). Steve Smith led the losers (22 pts on 10-11 shooting, 9 rebs, 5 blks). After a year of milestones, the 6’3” senior C reached the ultimate pinnacle, whilst cementing his place in M-C boy’s basketball history. He became the schools all-time leading scorer, surpassing 1,322 points set by Andy Dahlen in 1970.

Cougar Boys Get Revenge

Just six days after losing their only SEC game to a team (Lyle/Pacelli) not above them in the standings, the Mabel-Canton boys took to the court looking for payback against Athletics. L/P started out doing what they did in Lyle days earlier, hitting 3-pointers (two straight to start 6-0). But Jacoby Bigalk and Adam Fravel matched the display. From there, it was all Cougars. They took the lead 8-6 and never relinquished it, prevailing 50-38. New all-time school scoring leader Steve Smith didn’t have a monstrous night, but he couldn’t have gotten more efficient (8 of 8 for 16 points). He’s made 18 of his last 19 shots. Fravel added 11, Jacoby Bigalk 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. M-C’s defense did the job from there, as only 6’5” Skylar Meyer reached double figures (10) for the A’s. Smith was helpful there too, registering 5 blocks. The Coug’s again move a game over .500 overall (13-12). They are 11-6 in the SEC (4th place).



•Schaeffer Academy 52, M-C 62 (M-C: S. Smith 20; Noah Manning 13 pts and 9 rebs; J. Bigalk 10. SA: Nate Hanson 18; Joe Vaughan 16)

•FC 44, Southland 78 (FC: Zach Olstad 16 (four 3’s). S: Mike Goergen 28; 3 others in double figures)


•Kingsland 67, Wabasha-Kellogg 49 (K: T. Lange 30; Spencer Klevan 17; D. Pokorney 11. W-K: Hunter Baab 17. Knights led by just two (30-28) at halftime).


•#10 in A Spring Grove 76, FC 57 (FC: Isaac Sveen 18; Mitch Johnson/Dan Gatzke 10 each. SG: Eli Gleason 21; Aric Elton 20. Falcons led at half, but Lions made 7 3’s (FC had 1) and 9-14 FT’s (FC was 0-4))

•Dover-Eyota 39, Kingsland 75 (K: T. Lange 27 pts, 8 assists, 6 stls; S. Klevan 12 pts; D. Pokorney 11. D-E: Nate Vang 15. Knights are 14-4 (tied for second in 3-Rivers with R-P), 17-7 overall)

•Lewiston-Altura 83, Lanesboro 69 (L: Kole Ruud 23 (6 3’s); Braden Hanson 15; Erik Peterson 11; Cory Strom 9 pts and 8 assists; team made 15 3’s. L-A: Nate Reps 33 (6 3’s); Josh Ehlenfeldt 20; Matt Burfeind/Cole Weaver 10 each. FT’s: L-A 17-21, L 8-17. Rebs: L-A 46, L 33)


•L-A 53, Chatfield 65 (C: Nate Skare 19; Jake Peterson 13 pts & 8 ass; J. LaPlante 10 pts & 11 rebs; Jake Neis 11. L-A: M. Burfiend 14; N. Reps 11; J. Ehlenfeldt 10. Gophers are 7-11, 8-15)

•FC 42, Caledonia 82 (FC: Tyler Eickhoff 22 (5 3’s). C: Nathan Rohrer 18; 11 others scored. FC is 4-14, 8-16)

•Lanesboro 93, LeRoy-Ostrander 49 (L: Erik Peterson hit 10 of 17 threes for 36 points; Luke Rogers 15; Cory Strom 11 pts & 9 assists, team hit 17 3’s. L-O: Zach Royston 14. Burros are 14-2, 15-8 (2nd place) behind conference champion SG (17-0, 22-2), just ahead of Houston (13-3, 17-6))



•M-C 23, Houston 51 (M-C: C. Welscher 5 pts and 10 rebs. H: Vanessa Lee 15; Brooke Anderson 12)

•W-K 30, Kingsland 71 (K: C. Losey 16 pts and 8 rebs; Nicole Swanson 10; McKayla Pruter 9 pts & 8 assists)

•Lanesboro 58, L/P 64 (L: Johanna Bearson 22 (4 3’s); Alisa Warnes 18. L/P: four in double figures led by Ann Rysavy’s 15. A’s led 33-23 at half and by as many as 15 in 2nd. Burros got close just not close enough)


•Chatfield 55, L-A 49 (C: Sarah Costello 13 pts and 7 rebs; MaKenzie Miller 10; K. Keefe 9 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assists, 5 stls. L-A: Natalie Kalmes 19; Jenny Mundt 14. A Card three-pointer put them up 43-42, but FT’s down the stretch (7-9 in 2nd half) allowed Gophers to persevere through a 1 of 26 night from deep and post 7th straight victory. Chatfield (14-3, 18-6) will meet Southland (15-2, 22-2) on Feb 21, a three-way share of the 3-Rivers crown on the line. D-E (15-3, 21-5) & Caledonia (14-4, 17-9) round out the top four)

•Kingsland 57, D-E 62 (K: N. Swanson 17 pts & 11 blks; M. Pruter 11 pts 7 rebs, and 8 assists. D-E: four in double figures led by Sarah Pease’s 15. Knights finish regular season 7-11, 11-15)

•L-O 54, Lanesboro 55 (L: Paige Hungerholt 23 pts, 9 rebs; Bryn Harmon 9 pts & 10 rebs. L-O: Chanda Riedemann 18. Third try is the charm; Burros lost to Card’s 43-41 in Nov. & 51-49 in Jan. They finish regular season 12-6 (13-14), good enough for 4th in the SEC behind SG (18-0, 23-3), L-O (15-3, 19-7), & L/P (14-4, 17-7))

•L/P 57, M-C 25 (M-C: C. Welscher 16 pts and 10 rebs. L/P: A. Rysavy 19 pts, 8 rebs, 6 stls; Courtney Walter 17. Coug’s finish regular season 4-14 in SEC, 5-19 overall)

•Girls Sub-Sectional Tournament Parings: 1A East (#9 Schaeffer at #8 M-C, winner at #1 Spring Grove; #5 Houston at #4 Lanesboro; #10 FC at #7 Hope Lutheran, winner at #2 L-O; #6 Grand Meadow at #3 R-P. Play-in games on Feb 21st, quarters on Feb 24th, semis & finals at Mayo Civic Auditorium on Feb 28 and March 2nd). 1AA East (#8 W-K at #1 Caledonia; #5 P-E-M at #4 L-A, #7 St. Charles at #2 Chatfield; #6 La Crescent at #3 Winona-Cotter. Quarters on Feb 24th, semis & finals at Mayo Civic Arena on Feb 28th and Mar 2nd). 1AA West (#8 Cannon Falls at #1 Pine Island; #5 Kingsland at #4 Z-M; #7 Lake City at #2 Stewartville; #6 Rochester-Lourdes at #3 D-E. Quarters on Feb 24th, semis and finals at Mayo Civic Arena on Feb 27 and Mar 2)


Team Sectionals


•1A 1st Round; #12 FCLMC 8, #5 Z-M 68 (FCLMC won two majority decisions)

•1A Quarters; #9 Triton 15, #1 Chatfield 54 (Gophers won 4 forfeits, 4 pins, & 2 decisions)

•1AA 1st Round; #9 GMLOK 30, #8 Cannon Falls-Randolph 42

•1AA 1st Round; #11 Austin/Austin Pacelli 6, #6 LARP 75 (LARP won 5 forfeits, 7 pins, & one decision)

•1AA Quarters; #6 LARP 31, #3 P-E-M 35 (LARP wins: Josh Doerr (106) 11-2 maj. dec., Justin Doerr (120) 6-4, Jordan Theede (145) pin, Chris Boehmke (152) pin, Nick Hoff (182) pin, Greg Johnson (195) pin. They led 31-24 heading to last two weights, only to suffer a pin and majority decision losses)


•1A Semifinals; #5 Z-M 37, #1 Chatfield 28 (Gopher wins: Hank Friederichs (106) 6-4, A.J. Riley (120) 12-0 maj. dec., Alex Haffner (132) pin, Justin Viss (195) pin, Sam Fryer (220) 15-11 OT, Cody Wrubel (285) pin. Weights 138-182, Cougars scored 30 unanswered points to build 37-13 lead, secure upset victory. In addition to Chatfield, Z-M topped #4 Lake City 43-21 in quarters and #2 Kenyon-Wanamingo 33-31 in finals to secure state birth).

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