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A heated affair

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
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Rushford-Peterson’s Amy Todd attacks over Cougar’s Lydia Geving and Sara Lind in the Mabal-Canton Labor Day Tournament. Photo by Paul Trende

It was hot outside during the day. It was sultry in the gym at night. It was only fitting the Chatfield/Rushford-Peterson volleyball match was a heated affair. In the 3-Rivers conference opener, everyone got lathered up (spectators included). Amy Todd’s 7 kills and a trio of R-P runs (5-0, 3-0, 4-0), the last to end the set, enabled the Trojans to grab the first game 25-21. Chatfield rebounded, emphatically, winning set two 25-8. The Trojans returned to set #1’s form, keyed by Todd again (7 kills). R-P took a 2-1 advantage with a 25-16 tally.

Chatfield rebounded, doing a retread of set #2. They began with 7-1 and 16-10 leads, only for R-P to tie the contest at 18. With the score 19-18 Chatfield, the Gophers were propelled by Kirsten Keefe. The sophomore got three straight kills/Gopher points, extending the lead to 22-19. The effort staved off the R-P comeback and, with a 25-20 victory, forced a deciding set. There, the good luck charm for each team, the south end of the court, seemed lucky again. R-P bolted ahead 5-1, but the Goph’s would pull even at 10. The set would see ties from there to 15. Chatfield staved off two R-P set/game points (14-13, 15-14).

The Gophers ended with the final three points, the last a kill by senior Bailey Hilgren to pull off the lucky-end-of-the-court nixing comeback victory, 17-15. Todd was a one-woman attack machine with 30 kills (versus only two errors). She also had six ace blocks and 11 digs. Her setter, Emily Wade had 39 assists. But it was Chatfield’s depth/balance, an emerging trend this year, which catapulted the Gophers to a 3-0 record. Eleven players notched kills. Keefe and MaKenzie Miller had 8, Hilgren, Brook Irish, and Maddy Kammer 7. Kileigh Dudek led the Gophers with 33 assists and was 23-23 serving with 3 aces. Liberos Alex Duxbury (36 digs) and Kendra Crawford (18 digs) led their clubs defensively.

Burros/Anderson Hold Off ‘Canes

In the early going of the 9-man non-conference match-up between SEC foes Lanesboro and Houston, it looked as if the home Burros were going to run away with it. They marched down the field on their first drive and scored (a 3-yard Niko Anderson jaunt). Early in the 2nd quarter, it was Anderson again, from 69-yards away. The run (with 2-point conversion) gave Lanesboro a 16-0 lead.

But Houston said, “hold on.” On their very next offensive play, Jake Englund broke off a 62-yard TD run. With 2-point conversion, it was 16-8. It was “game on.” After relinquishing 150 yards to Anderson alone in the first half, Houston held the Burros entire team in the red in the 3rd quarter. Offensively, the Canes had a trio of red zone opportunities. Times one (fumble) and two (downs) came up empty, but after a Burro fumble at their own 9-yardline, the third time didn’t. Peter Jergensen’s 3-yard plow pulled his Houston to within two at 16-14 early in the fourth. The 2-point play was stopped though. Burro sophomore safety (back-up-turned-starting QB, per a Garret Boggs injury) Will Semmen corralled Jergensen short of the goal-line. The stop proved critical. Houston got one more opportunity in Burro territory, but they were turned away on downs. Anderson, who opened the scoring, capped it. His sack/safety of Houston QB Christian Sires cinched it. The Burros got victory #1 in game #1, 18-14. Shifty Niko carried the ball 33 times for 205 yards, 2 TD’s, a 2-point conversion, and the safety, or 16 of Lanes’ 18 points. The Burros had 4 turnovers (to Houston’s one) and didn’t complete a pass (the ‘Canes completed two).

Mabel Extravaganza Has Familiar Ending

The Mabel-Canton Labor Day Volleyball Classic is officially five years old. Year five, like years one, two, three, and four before it, offered two harmonies; a bevy of early season, skill honing volleyball action, in rapid-fire fashion, and a familiar title game result. Squads from Waukon, Brainerd, Houston, Winona-Cotter, Spring Grove, and Rushford-Peterson all joined the host Cougars. The day began, at least in the main high school gym in Mabel, with two familiar county foes, R-P and M-C hooking up. The Cougars came out on top in the two set affair (per the pool-play tourney format) 25-10 and 25-17. From that point on, it was a long road for the two teams to play each other again. For the Trojans, they had to recover from the loss. They narrowly topped Brainerd (25-20, 21-25), getting the “W” via scoring more points in defeat. R-P then downed Winona-Cotter (25-21, 25-12), Houston (25-12, 26-24), and Waukon (29-27, 25-19), before splitting a match with Spring Grove (23-25, 25-14) but getting the “W” via the same criterion as earlier. It left them with a set win-loss record of 8-4, a match win-loss record of 5-1. Meanwhile, the host Cougars rolled through Cotter (25-15, 25-15), Brainerd (25-15, 25-12), Waukon (25-11, 25-19), Spring Grove (25-17, 25-12), and Houston (25-14, 25-23), ending with unblemished set (12-0) and match (6-0) records. It meant that the same two county schools that opened the day playing each other at 8:30 ended it playing around 4:30. The result was the same as at 9:00 and in the four previous years’ title games. Mabel-Canton, with more angles to attack from and a team that looks awfully good less than a week into the regular season (they aren’t ranked #8 in Class A for nothing), dispatched with R-P 25-15 and 25-16 (best of three format). The usual suspects, Belle Sand (43 kills, 58 digs), Lydia Geving (35 kills, 33 digs, 11 aces), Carly McCabe (120 assists, 29 kills, 8 aces), and Christine Lee (48 digs) led the champs. For R-P, Emily Wade set up Amy Todd a lot (stats incomplete). M-C is 8-0 on the season. R-P is 6-3.



Dover-Eyota 14, Chatfield 37 (C: Jake Neis 14 carries, 156 yards, 2 TD’s; Justin Viss 7 carries, 88 yards, TD ; Alex Haffner 8 carries, 34 yards, 2 TD’s; Nate Skare rushing TD; Gophers had 375 rushing yards. D-E: Brady Boynton 5 receptions, 74 yards, TD, 2-pointer. Gophers led 18-0 after Qtr #1)

Fillmore Central 6, Wabasha-Kellogg 0 (FC: Devon Block 27 carries, 105 yards; Dan Gatzke 8 carries, 61 yards, TD; Andy Coyle blocked punt set up a Gatzke 1-yard run for the game’s only score in 3rd quarter. W-K: Austin Baab 17 carries, 87 yards. TO’s: W-K 3, FC 0)

Rushford-Peterson 6, Lewiston-Altura 20 (R-P: Tyler McClellan 9 carries, 46 yards, 5-15 passing, 96 yards, TD; Charlie Krambeer 53-yard TD catch for Trojan’s score; Cole Kingsley 2 carries, 47 yards, 2 receptions, 29 yards. L-A: Sheldon Knutson 12 carries, 146 yards, TD. Score was 7-6 after three)

Mabel-Canton 6, Spring Grove 60 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 17 carries, 145 yards, TD. Cougar’s lone score came on a Johnson 85-yard TD run in the 4th quarter. SG: Josh Olerud 157 yards, 3 TD’s rushing)

Kingsland 14, Sleepy Eye 27 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 16 carries, 83 yards, TD; Lenny Moore 9 carries, 40 yards, 3 receptions, 27 yards; Jacob Rindels 11-27 passing, 92 yards, 4 INT’s, TD rushing. Teams combined for 10 TO’s. Knights had 7. An Indian TD at the 8:00 mark of the 4th gave Sleepy Eye a 27-6 lead)



LeRoy-Ostrander 0, #8(A) M-C 3 > 25-14, 25-17, 25-15 (M-C: B. Sand 13 kills, 16 digs; C. McCabe 31 assists, 13 digs, 5 kills; C. Lee 5 aces, 9 digs. Coug’s avenge only loss to SEC team in 2011)

Winona-Cotter 1, R-P 3 > 25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20 (R-P: A. Todd 17 kills, 15 digs, 8 aces, 4.5 blocks; E. Wade 28 assists, 4 aces; K. Crawford 13 digs, 4 aces. Trojans had 23 aces)

Lanesboro 1, Glenville-Emmons 3 > 29-27, 27-29, 22-25, 24-26 (L: Madison Ming 8 kills, 4 blocks; Olivia Haug 6 kills, 5 blocks; Linnea Thiss 12 assists, Kiah Hongerholt 8 digs. Burros led most of sets two and four only to fall. G-E: Madi Ziebell 13 kills. Burros are 0-2 overall, 0-1 in SEC play)

Rochester-Mayo 1, Chatfield 3 > 23-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20 (C: A. Duxbury 23 digs, 9 aces; K. Dudek 12 assists, 5 aces; B. Irish 9 kills. Gophers led set #1 20-13 but gave up 6-0 and 5-0 runs at the end)


Kingsland 0, #2 in AA Stewartville 3 > 10-25, 9-25, 21-25 (K: Jessi Kaster 10 digs, 3 (of 4 total Kingsland) kills. Contest was season opener for both teams)

#14(A) FC 0, #11(AA) Caledonia 3 > 22-25, 16-25, 23-25 (FC: Taylor Case 19 digs, 13 kills; Morgan Malley 23 assists, 4.5 blocks. C: Emma Lange 15 kills; Taylor Winjum 34 assists. FC is 1-1 overall, 0-1 in 3-Rivers)

Cross Country


Wabasha-Kellogg Gallup (Kingsland’s boys finished 4th (of 11) behind Red Wing, PEM, and St. Charles. Richard Swanson won the event in a time of 17:02.1. Teammates Clayton Friemuth and Ryan Swanson took 8th and 22nd (of 134 runners). L-A/R-P’s top finisher was Trinity DeRooy (46th). Kingsland’s girls don’t have a complete team. Erica Earley finished 5th. LARP’s top finishers were Bailey O’Hare (13th) and Erika Hinz (20th of 86))

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