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Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
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Intense concentration: Taylor Case serving for Fillmore Central. Photo by Paul Trende

It’s been awhile. It’s been a long while, since a Chatfield Gopher football team has played Plainview-Elgin-Millville and walked away having slapped the Bulldogs with a big ole “L.” It was 2000 to be exact, when Gopher coaching great Ken Jacobson was still on the sidelines. The domination, the draught, is over.

For a while, Chatfield did the dominating. Jake Neis set an early tone, picking off a Beau Nelson pass, giving Chatfield good field position. Seven plays later on 4th and 4, Nate Skare found Reid Danielson on a slant for 10-yards and the game’s first score (7-0). In the 2nd quarter, Neis again keyed the Goph’s. His 42-yard gallop put Chatfield at the PEM 15. A Skare 1-yard TD run made it 13-0. On the first play of Chatfield’s next series, Skare found Neis on a little receiver-screen. Neis made one cut, and then raced 36-yards for another Gopher TD. With the two-point conversion (Neis to Danielson pass), Chatfield led 21-0 heading to intermission.

The 2nd half proved to be an exact opposite of the first. PEM opened with a 16-play drive (eleven runs by senior tailback Eric Rahman). Beau Nelson capped things by finding Tanner Lammer’s from 12-yards away, pulling the home Bulldogs closer at 21-6. Following a Gopher punt, it was more Rahman. He toted the ball on every play of PEM’s drive (including a 66-yard jaunt), ending with a 3-yard TD plunge. With 2-point conversion, PEM was suddenly within seven at 21-14. With all the momentum, Bulldog coach Bill Ihrke made a gutsy call. PEM on-sided the ensuing kickoff, and recovered. It was then, back to Rahman. His seventh carry of the drive was a 4-yard TD plow, and more suddenly the game was tied at 21. At that point, PEM had run 31 second half plays to Chatfield’s seven.

With less than six minutes left in the game, Chatfield looked to regroup. A sack on first down put Jeff Johnson’s boys in a second and 15 from the Gopher 30. Re-enter Jake Neis. The shifty tailback took a hand-off, found a nice hole in the right side of the Gopher line, broke the ankle of a PEM defender (not literally) with a great cut, and ran into the clear for a momentum halting/seizing 27-yarder into Bulldog territory. Alex Haffner followed with a 17-yard trek, giving the Goph’s more moxie. Neis capped the drive a few plays later, off right tackle again, sprinting 12-yards for the go-ahead (28-21) score with 3:32 to go.

PEM still needed to be stopped. A 20-yard hook-and-ladder helped their cause. Rahman going out per cramps did not. A pair of incomplete passes ended the threat (downs). From 21-up, to giving up 21 unanswered, to back ahead, Chatfield warded off, toppled, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, handed them their second loss in as many weeks, 28-21. Neis was the catalyst (and gets the Athlete of the Week nod because of it). He did a little of everything, came up with the biggest plays Chatfield needed. The 5’9” 160-pound junior finished with 14 carries for 117 yards and a TD on the ground, a 36-yard TD reception, a two-point pass, and an interception. Nate Skare accounted for three Gopher TD’s, two via the air, one on the ground. Eric Rahman was PEM’s attack, carrying the ball 35 times for 200 yards and a pair of TD’s. The win gets Chatfield to 2-0, PEM to 0-2.

We Don’t Work By The Hour!

It’s an adage that refers to making quick work of an opponent. In reality, it took about two hours for Fillmore Central?s volleyballer’s to get past county adversaries Kingsland and Rushford-Peterson. They gave each foe an hour’s worth of their time (or thereabouts) and no more! Versus the Knights, the first set was competitive, with six lead changes and each team making runs. In the end, FC finished on the biggest spurt, scoring 7 of the last 8 points. They took the game 25-21. They then proceeded to roll through games two (25-7) and three (25-14) without too much trouble. Taylor Case had 9 kills, 11 digs, and 3 aces, a non-surprise, but Victoria Peterson stepped out of her sister’s shadow (or into her spot) and led the Falcons on the attack (13 kills). Morgan Malley chalked up 28 assists and 10 digs while Leah Scheevel gave FC another offensive option (6 kills). Cheyenne Losey (5 kills) and Jessi Kaster (19 digs) led the Knights. It was FC’s first 3-Rivers victory (versus one loss) and Kingsland’s first league game.

A Thursday night later, FC trekked to Rushford to take on the Trojans in what looked to be a highly competitive affair. Alas, looks were somewhat deceiving. The Falcons downed R-P in the three sets. It took a couple modest comebacks to do so. A 7-1 Falcon spurt in the first game was ultra-key, turning a 9-7 deficit into a 14-10 lead, which held (25-16). A 9-1 spurt in game two was more critical, turning a 20-17 R-P lead into a 25-21 Falcon victory. The teal and black won the final game 25-16. Case (15 kills, 17 digs) and Peterson (9 kills) led the way, assisted (21 times) by Malley. With 16-16 night, Sammi Bakke finished the week 31-31 serving. R-P’s one-woman-attack-show of Amy Todd (15 kills) just couldn’t keep up, or wasn’t given the opportunity to (she nursed a sore shoulder thru the contest and was limited). Kendra Crawford racked up 19 digs defending the Falcons attack. Fillmore moved to 2-1 in the 3-Rivers, 3-1 overall. R-P drops to 1-2 in league, 7-4 overall.



•Lewiston-Altura 35, Fillmore Central 0 (FC: Dan Gatzke 13 carries, 111 yards. L-A: Sheldon Knutson 9 carries, 117 yards; Nate Reps 7-14, 124 yards, 2 TD, INT, TD rushing; Hunter Moe 6 carries, 44 yards, TD; Jordan Theede 6 carries, 31 yds, TD; Jay Sommers 2 receptions, 80 yards, TD; Matt Burfeind receiving TD. Card’s led 21-0 after one quarter. Falcons fall to 1-1 on season. L-A is 3-0)

#5 Spring Grove 32, Lanesboro 22 (L: Niko Anderson 22 carries, 149 yards, 2 TD’s; Daulton Gartner 6 carries, 70 yards, TD; Garret Boggs 18 carries, 59 yards. SG: Josh Olerud 27 carries, 148 yards, 3 TD’s; Caleb Happel 12 carries, 120 yards, 2 TDs. Burros led 22-8 in 3rd quarter. Lions scored 24 unanswered points. 1st half yards: L 190, SG 113. 2nd half yards L 72, SG 233. Lanes’ is 0-1 in SEC, 1-1 overall)

•Onalaska-Luther 36, Rushford-Peterson 52 (R-P: Cole Kingsley 4 receptions, 139 yards, 2 TDs, 89-yd INT ret for TD; Jonnie Koenen 6 of 10 passing, 168 yards, 3 TDs; Zach Boehmke rushing TD, 2 INT’s - 40 yd ret TD; Steve Adcock 14 carries, 75 yards, TD; Alex Vix receiving TD, 86-yard KOR TD. O-L: Brandon Yang 24 carries, 127 yards; Christian Kennedy 7 of 23, 109 yds, 2 TDs, 4 INT’s; Ryan Kastenschmidt 5 carries, 74 yds, 2 TDs; Austin Schroeder 2 receptions, 40 yds, 2 TDs; Trojans led 26-7 after 1st Qtr, 46-13 after three. R-P is 1-1)

•Wabasha-Kellogg 10, Kingsland 22 (K: Lenny Moore 25 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs; Jacob Rindels 12 carries, 56 yards, TD. W-K: Austin Baab 63 yards rushing, TD. Knights built 22-2 halftime lead, gave up just 150 total yards. They move to 1-1 overall)

•Mabel-Canton 13, Houston 44 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 20 carries, 107 yards, 2 TDs. H: Jake Englund 10-yard receiving TD, 4-yard rushing TD, 30-yard INT-ret TD; Peter Jergensen 17 carries, 172 yards, TD. Score was 14-13 ‘Canes at halftime. M-C falls to 0-1 in SEC, 0-2 overall)



•Southland 0, Chatfield 3 > 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 (C: Maddy Kammer 8 kills; Gabrielle Salisbury 9 assists, 4 aces; Alex Duxbury 25 digs. S: Jana Schammel 5 kills, 13 assists. Gophers start year 2-0, 4-0 overall)

•R-P 3, D-E 1 > 20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 26-24 (R-P: A. Todd 29 kills, 14 digs; Emily Wade 37 assists)

•Spring Grove 0, Mabel-Canton 3 > 25-11, 25-17, 25-10 (M-C: Belle Sand 10 kills, 16 digs, 3 aces; Carly McCabe 24 assists, 13 digs, 4 kills; Sara Lind 7 kills. SG: Addy Cross 13 assists, 10 digs)

•Lanesboro 3, Schaeffer Academy 0 > 25-16, 25-18, 25-14 (L: Sydney Johnson 5 kills, 3 aces; Linnea Thiss 10 assists; Steph Erickson 7 assists, 8 aces)


•M-C 3, Houston 0 > 25-14, 25-11, 25-21 (M-C: B. Sand 9 kills, 10 digs; C. McCabe 27 assists, 5 kills, 7 digs; S. Lind 8 kills; Danielle Paul 4 aces; Lydia Geving 7 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces. H: Abby Loken 6 kills, 16 digs; Vanessa Lee 6 kills, 11 assists, 14 digs. Cougars are 3-0, 10-0)

•PEM 1, Kingsland 3 > 19-25, 25-20, 25-7, 25-22 (K: J. Kaster 13 kills, 24 digs, 4 aces, 4 blocks; C. Losey 8 kills, 5 aces; Lizzie Tart 31 assists, 12 digs; Gabriel Drees 15 digs, 22-22 serving. Knights get first win of season, are 1-1 in 3-Rivers, 1-2 overall)

•Hope Lutheran 3, Lanesboro 1 > 32-34, 25-21, 23-25, 21-25 > (L: S. Johnson 6 kills, 7 aces; Madison Ming 6 kills; Kaia Hongerholt 6 kills, 4 aces; L. Thiss 10 assists. Burros are 1-2 in SEC, 1-3 overall)

Cross Country


•Stewartville Invitational (Kingsland’s boys finished 5th (of 12 full teams). Chatfield finished 8th. Knight Richard Swanson notched his second race win of the season (17:02) over Byron’s Alex Ondler (17:43). Gopher Christian Bance finished 8th (18:16). Chatfield?s girls finished 3rd (of 9 full teams). Kingsland was incomplete. Kayla Woltz took 1st (15:26) over La Crescent’s Katie Shepardson (2nd - 15:54) and fellow Gopher Karen Gomez (3rd - 16:24). Kingsland’s top finisher was Erica Earley (15th))


La Crescent “Crazy Buffalo” Invitational (Kingsland’s boys finished 4th (of 8 full teams). L-A/R-P finished 7th. Lanesboro was incomplete. Knight Richard Swanson took 2nd (16:54) behind Winona-Cotter’s Matt Schrupp (16:37). L-A/R-P’er Ryan Ruberg took 10th (18:01). Knights Ryan Swanson and Clayton Friemuth took 12th and 15th. Travis Troendle was the top Burro (24th of 90 total runners). L-A/R-P?s girls finished 6th (of 7 full teams). Lanesboro and Kingsland were incomplete. Knight Erica Earley finished 9th. L-A/R-Pers Mariah Olson and Bailey O’Hare finished 19th and 24th. The Burros top finisher was Heather Boyum (30th of 78 total runners))


All-American Invite at Luther College, Decorah Iowa (Chatfield boys finished 13th of 14. Christian Bance finished 27th (of 95). Chatfield girls finished 10th of 15. Kayla Woltz finished 3rd, Karen Gomez 15th (of 105))

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