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Eberle’s Revenge

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
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In January, the two best boys teams in the 3-Rivers not nicknamed Bulldogs butted heads in an OT battle. Rushford-Peterson downed Kingsland 80-67. Even as fans were leaving, they were talking about rematch. Knight guard Sam Eberle probably wanted it the most. Eberle fouled out at the 4:50 mark. The lack of his presence certainly hurt the Knights. On his home court, for senior night, in a re-match of 2nd place (#8 in state) R-P, and 3rd place Kingsland, the 6’0” senior didn’t ride the pine per fouls. He was everywhere. A stat line of 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 10 steals (or there abouts) does a pretty good job of telling his effort, his aggressiveness. R-P didn’t go quietly though. They led 27-23 at half. A pair of big Knight runs in the 2nd stanza (16-4 early, 11-2 late) though, had the home squad up 50-38 (4:45). A Trent Vix three (0:48) cut that lead to 52-49. Kingsland then did what they hadn’t done the prior few minutes; attacked. Eberle found Spencer Klevan who found two points (54-49 Knights). A subsequent R-P turnover made it academic. The Knights got payback, 56-49. Their ‘D’ held Nick Thompson to two 2nd half points (17 for the game) and Vix to 8 points (7 assists). Helping Eberle were Klevan (14 pts, 10 rebs), Tanner Lange (10 pts, 9 in the 2nd half), and the philosophy ‘press the presser.’ The Knights countered R-P’s 1-3-1 trap with full-court harassment of their own. The Trojans committed 24 TO’s. The teams tie for 2nd in the 3-Rivers (15-5) behind P-E-M. Kingsland finishes the regular season 18-8, R-P 20-5.

For a Tie, For It All

It was an ideal way to end the 3-Rivers girls regular season. First place, winners of 11-straight, #10 in state in Class AA, Southland (15-2, 22-2), hosting 2nd place, winners of 7-straight, Chatfield (14-3, 18-6). At stake, the outright 3-Rivers title (Rebel win), or a 3-way share with D-E (Goph win). Southland also had revenge on its mind; they lost to the Gophers in January. On the strength of 5 of 9 3-point shooting (versus 0-8 for the Goph’s), Southland held a 39-34-halftime lead. In the 2nd half, a pair of Kirsten Keefe trifectas, plus another by Candace Gould gave the Gophers a 52-48 lead. But Southland went into the bonus at the 7:17 mark. Mostly from the FT line they amassed a 66-61 edge (1:00). A Sidney Irish three-pointer cut it to 66-64. A subsequent Rebel TO (0:31) put the Gophers in business. One jump-ball later (arrow Rebel’s) and the Goph’s were nearly foreclosed. Southland couldn’t nail it down though. Chatfield got the ball back down 67-64, but a three didn’t find its home (0:09). When Lindsey Bottema missed two FT’s (0:07), a door was briefly opened. It slammed shut quickly. The rebound trickled out of bounds off a Gopher. The Reb’s won 68-64, becoming 3-Rivers champs. They were 22-33 on FT’s (16-25 in 2nd half). Chatfield was 10-17 (2-5). Jana Schammel was tops with 19. Haley Kirkpatrick (12 and 10 rebs), Kelli Smith (12), and Madilyn Schmitz (11) helped out. MaKenzie Miller (15 pts, 8 rebs), Sarah Costello (14 pts, 11 rebs, 4 assists), and Keefe (12 pts, 9 rebs) paced the Gophers. They (14-4, 18-7) finish the regular season tied with Caledonia for 3rd place behind Southland (16-2, 23-3) and D-E (15-3, 21-5).

Girl’s Sub-Section Quarterfinals

With M-C and FC winning play-in games, all six county girl’s programs played quarterfinal contests. The Cougars got the unenviable task of facing #4 in Class A, Spring Grove. It went as expected, Lions 73, Cougars 20. Richell Mehus (30 points) and Taylor Elton (24 pts) individually out-scored M-C. The Coug’s finish the season 6-20 overall (4-14 in the SEC). Young FC gave 2-seed LeRoy-Ostrander all it could handle. A close game was decided when Cardinal Anna Miller hit an off-balanced bank-in three late to give L-O a 49-47 lead. FC got three looks (two good), but none fell, allowing the 2-seed to escape. Becca Bunne led all scorers with 19. Chanda Riedemann and Miller each had 11 for L-O. Alex Peterson’s 14 and Sammi Bakke’s 10 paced the Falcons, who, with a few more FT makes (9-18 versus L-O’s 8-9) could’ve sprung the upset. FC finishes the season 4-15. L-O will play 3-seed R-P who handled 6-seed Grand Meadow 62-46. It was 28-26 R-P at the half, but the Trojans engineered a prolonged 30-10 run in the second, making it academic. The final was 62-46. Kenzie Lind (21 pts, 11 rebs), Amy Todd (12 pts, 10 rebs), Kendra Crawford (11), and Cody Manfull (10) all did work. They’re the only 1A girl’s team from Fillmore County to make it to the sub-sectional semis, as 5-seed Houston downed 4-seed Lanesboro 51-35. The score was 23-20 ‘Canes at halftime, but the Burros didn’t score until the 7:23 mark of the 2nd (0-14 shooting, 7 TO’s). Houston wracked up 17 unanswered points (9 courtesy of three Whitney Wieser 3’s). She led everyone with 15. Sophomore center Abby Lokken contributed 14 and 10 rebounds. Paige Hungerholt (9 pts, 12 rebs) led Lanesboro. The Burros finish the season 13-15 overall (12-6 in SEC play). In Class AA (West Sub-Section), 5-seed Kingsland fell to 4-seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa 76-50. The Knights made 6 of 12 three’s, but shot 29 percent from the field. Z-M made 8 of 11 threes and shot 53 percent. Laura Brunner (27 points, 5 three’s) and Ashley Hinsch (10 pts, 9 rebs, 14 assists) were the main antagonists. Lindsey Tart had 12 for the Knights, McKayla Pruter 8 and 7 assists. They finish the year 11-16 (7-11 in league play). Finally, 2-seed Chatfield defended its way to a 44-32 win over 7-seed rival St. Charles in the East Sub-Section. They had to D-up. MaKenzie Miller (14 pts, 10 rebs) and Sarah Costello combined for 9 of 13 shooting, but the rest of the team was 6 of 37. The Gophers trailed 32-30 with 5:00 left, but finished the game on a 14-0 run. They held the Saints to 10 2nd half points and SC leading scorer Leah Putzier to one FT. Jessica Brubaker (SC) matched Miller for game-high (14).

State Bound Grapplers

Seven athletes, from Fillmore County linked wrestling programs, earned the right to grapple it out individually at state. In Class A, Chatfield sophomore Alex Haffner and junior Justin Viss were crowned section champs. Haffner (34-7 record) took out #9 in state Cody Ball (SC) 9-6 in the 132-pound final. After a pin and a 9-6 decision, Viss (#6, 32-9) pinned his way to the 195-lb title. They’ll be joined by frosh teammate Hank Friederichs (#3, 38-3). Hank was pinned by #4 Joey Majerus of Z-M in the 106 final. It’s each athlete’s first state bid. Sophomores Harvey Friederichs (#9, Chatfield) and Niko Anderson (FCLMC) both wrestled for births, but lost 8-3 and 5-0 in true 2nd place matches at 126 and 160. Gopher Jeremy Benike (152) fought all the way back from getting pinned in the quarters to secure 3rd place. A.J. Riley (120) and Cody Wrubel (220) both took 4th. In Class AA, LARP will send sophomore Jordan Theede and junior Greg Johnson, GMLOK senior Noah Schlee and junior Lucas Roe. Theede (#6, 24-2) took home the 145-pound title (pin, tech fall, 6-3 decision). It’s Jordan’s second straight state trip. Johnson (29-11) worked for his voyage. After falling to GMLOK’s Perry Stejskal 13-2 in the quarters, Greg posted a 10-0 decision and two pins before meeting Stejskal again. Johnson got the pin, then turned around and got another in the 182-pound true 2nd place match. Noah Schlee (#6, 33-3) took home the 126-pound title (two tech falls, 12-2 decision, 5-2 decision). It’s his second state appearance (2009). Lucas Roe (#7, 33-4) posted a pair of tech-falls, beat county nemesis Chris Boehmke (LARP) 8-0, and then defeated #6 in AA Corbin Hansen (K-M) 3-1 in OT for the 1AA title at 152. Boehmke (152) got close (lost 11-0 in the true 2nd match). Tucker Speltz (160, LARP) and Richard Bain (220, GMLOK) both fought their way to 3rd place finishes. L-A/R-P wrestlers Dylan DePestal (170) and Nick Hoff (195) each took 4th. Haffner, Johnson, Schlee, and Roe all break thru after getting close (3rd, 4th, 3rd & 3rd place finishes) last year.



•Chatfield 71, Wabasha-Kellogg 43 (C: Jayme LaPlante 22, Jake Peterson 10. Gophers led by 18 at half)

•FC 32, PEM 82 (Teams combined to have to have 24 players score)

•#8 in A R-P 69, Caledonia 59 (R-P: N. Thompson 19 pts, 6 rebs, 5 stls; T. Vix 17, Jorli Hauge 16 pts, 6 rebs, 5 stls. C: Josh Lampert 13; Kennan Bruening 10. Trojans were a remarkable 27-30 from the FT line)

•Southland 69, Kingsland 62 (K: T. Lange 22; S. Eberle 17 pts and 10 stls; S. Klevan 10. S: Mike Goergen 26 pts and 9 rebs; Nick Schmitz 18; Decker Bendtsen 13. FT’s: South 19-32, King 13-21. Reb’s scored 47 points in 2nd half)

•Lanesboro 54, #9 in A Spring Grove 85 (L: Kole Ruud 15. SG: Blaine Storlie 31; Aric Elton 30. FG’s: L 37 percent, SG 59 percent. Lions leave no doubt; go undefeated in SEC for title. They haven’t lost since Christmas break (R-P))


•M-C 33, Houston 53 (M-C: Steve Smith 12 pts, 12 rebs, and 5 blks. H: Mitchell Beckman 22 pts and 14 rebs. Teams combined to shoot 7-36 from deep. Coug’s finish regular season 11-7, 13-13; 4th place in SEC)

•Southland 55, Chatfield 53 (C: Nate Skare/J. Peterson 12; Jake Neis 11. S: M. Goergen/N. Schmitz 14; Sam Klaehn 12; D. Bendtsen 11. Gophers led 53-49 with under 1:00 to go. Goergen hit a three, Southland got a steal, and then Klaehn hit a top of the key three with 0:01 for the game-winner. Goph’s finish regular season 8-12, 9-16)

•FC 45, St. Charles 69 (FC: Tyler Eickhoff 13; Isaac Sveen 12. SC: Chase Busian 21; Andy Johnston/Will Swiggum 11 each. 3’s: FC 3, SC 14. Falcons finish regular season 4-16, 8-18)

•Lanesboro 83, Lyle/Pacelli 60 (L: Cory Strom 17; Braden Hanson 16; Joey O’Koren 13; C.D Hanson 9 pts and 11 rebs. L/P: Skylar Meyer 19. Burros (16-9 overall) finish regular season tied for 2nd (15-3) with Houston (19-6))

•Boys Sub-Sectional Seedings > 1A East (#9 HL at #8 SA, winner at #1 R-P; #5 Houston at #4 Lanesboro; #10 L-O at #7 GM, winner at #2 SG; #6 M-C at #3 FC. Play-ins Feb. 28, quarters Mar. 1. Semis Mar. 6 at Mayo Auditorium, finals Mar. 10 at Mayo Arena) > 1AA East (#8 W-K at #1 P-E-M; #5 Chatfield at #4 Cotter; #7 La Crescent at #2 SC; #6 L-A at #3 Caledonia. Quarters Mar 1, semis and finals Mar. 6 and 10 at Mayo Arena) > 1AA West (#8 D-E at #1 Byron; #5 Z-M at #4 Lake City; #6 Pine Island at #3 Kingsland; #7 Stewartville at #2 Lourdes. Quarters Mar. 1, semis and finals Mar. 5 and 10 at Mayo Arena)



Sub-Section 1A Play-Ins

•#9 Schaeffer Academy 34, #8 M-C 38 (M-C: Sara Lind 11. FT’s: M-C 14-25, SA 6-14. It was the teams’ 3rd meeting; Coug’s won two).

•#10 FC 47, #7 Hope Lutheran 31 (FC: Morgan Malley 14 pts and 6 rebs; Leah Scheevel 10. Falcons won despite not making a three. Holding the Patriots to 10 1st half points, 21-10 lead at the break, was a good start)

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