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Amy’s Milestone

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
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Not just an ordinary swing; Amy Todd seconds before her 1,000th kill. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

The volleyball term “kill,” broken down, is a consonant followed by a vowel, and then the same consonant twice. It’s only a coincidence the last name Todd is the same way. In R-P volleyball circles this season (especially), the two have been virtually synonymous. If there’s a Trojan kill, odds are 5’9” senior everywhere-hitter Amy Todd authored it. She’s slammed home a bunch this season (in her career).

In Plainview, late in set #1, Todd took a pass from cousin Savannah Skalet and hammered the ball off a Bulldog block out of bounds; kill number 1,000. She becomes only the second R-P player to attain the milestone, joining former teammate Kenzie Lind. They did it in slightly different ways. Kenzie was finesse and power. Todd is 5-foot 9-inches of bundled up energy and power, ready to explode up, and swing hard, from a variety of different spots and angles. She’s listed as a middle hitter, but she attacks from everywhere. She has to be well-versed offensively. As R-P’s best hitter, and one of the best in the Three Rivers conference, teams definitely gear up to stop her, including PEM.

Kill number 1,000 was against a double-block. The Bulldogs sometimes sent three defenders. The Todd formula (as in, set her up often) has R-P off to a 10-4 start to the season, a 3-0 week (a 3-0 downing of PEM). They’re on their way to finishing in the vicinity of last year’s school record win total of 21. That recent success is directly tied to Todd’s overall on-court abilities. The two are definitely not coincidences. It’s also not a coincidence, after reaching the 1,000 kill milestone, Amy Todd is the FCJ Athlete of the Week (topping Lanesboro’s Niko Anderson; see “Get Real”).

Get Real

If one were to say that Niko Anderson gained 144 yards on 11 carries and scored 2 TDs in a football game, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Niko is a talented running back. If one were to say Garret Boggs had 5 carries for 122 yards and 2 TDs, Burro fans would be happy to see Niko have a sidekick. If one were to say Mabel-Canton tailback Hunter Johnson amassed 229 yards on 15 carries and scored 4 TDs, one would say, Hunter has been a big offensive bright spot for the Cougar’s amidst a win-less start to the season. If one would say Lanesboro outscored Mabel-Canton 44-32 in a 9-man score-fest of long-time SEC rivals, one would say, that figures.

All of that happened. It happened, though, with a disclaimer. It happened in one half of play. At the break, the teams had combined to roll up 760 yards and score 76 points. In the 2nd half, things got more realistic. The Burros used a couple 3rd quarter scores to build a 58-32 lead. Turnovers were then M-C’s demise (four in the 2nd half plus a blocked punt). The scoreboard’s lights flickered often in a 72-39 Burro win. Anderson (19 carries, 232 yards, 4 TDs, plus the play-of-the-game, a scintillating fingertip-juggling 70-yard TD reception) led the way, with an assist from Boggs (8 carries, 143 yards, 2 TDs rushing, one and three two-pointers passing). Daulton Gartner, Gabe Decker, and Will Semmen got in on the detonation (TD runs of 35, 57, and 57 respectively).

Lanesboro had scoring plays of 48, 57, 35, 64, 30, 70, 33, 35, 19, and 57 yards. Johnson led M-C (23 carries, 242 yards, 4 TDs). Colin O’Bieglo hit Donnie Lind from 26-yards away for a score. Sophomore Keyser Wenthold sped 81 yards to paydirt on a kick-return for the final Cougar tally. Lanesboro is 1-1 (2-1 overall), M-C falls to 0-2, 0-3 overall.

Fruechte, Lange, Enough Said

Usually, when volleyball powers Caledonia and Mabel-Canton meet up, it’s a competitive affair. The squads have met in the regular season the past four years. Caledonia has won two (3-2 in 2008, 3-1 in 2011). M-C has won two (3-1 in 2009, 3-2 in 2010). Given the rankings of each squad (Caledonia #8 in AA, M-C #9 in A), the talent, 2012’s meeting looked to be a battle. It ended up being the first of the Warrior-Cougar series that wasn’t. One play summed things up.

In the third set, an M-C serve was sent short and to the right Caledonia’s defense. Maria Fruechte dove to receive it, staving off an ace. Taylor Winjum accepted the (pretty darn good) pass (considering the difficulty). She set it back into the air, to an already-on-her-feet-and-ready-to-attack Fruechte. The 5’10” senior super-hitter emphatically slammed down a point, having gone from diving to her knees and elbows, to ascending to 9-plus feet in the air, in the blink of an eye. That’s what Fruechte (13 kills, 8 blocks), and 6’2” senior teammate Emma Lange (18 kills, 6 aces), offered all night long: great volleyball athleticism. Both will have a shot at the next level. With an assisting Winjum (32 times), the Warriors defeated M-C 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-14). Belle Sand was a smaller version of Fruechte/Lange, tallying 14 kills (9 digs) for the Coug’s. Carly McCabe (23 assists) and Christine Lee (12 digs) were M-C’s other statistical leaders. It’s the Coug’s first loss. They entered having won 23 of 23 sets played.



•Kingsland 6, #10 in AA Lewiston-Altura 33 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 27 carries, 72 yards; Jacob Rindels 7-yard TD run. L-A built 33-0 lead. Knights scored with 0:27 left. They are 1-2 overall)

St. Charles 6, Chatfield 34 (C: Nate Skare 6-13 passing, 108 yards, 2 TDs, INT, 6 carries, 51 yards; Jake Neis 124 total yards (90 rushing, TD); Justin Viss 87 total yards (54 rushing); Alex Haffner rushing TD; Reid Danielson receiving TD; Brandon Adler BP resulting in safety. Gophers led 34-0 at half, move to 3-0 on the season)

R-P 41, W-K 13 (R-P: Alex Vix 3 receptions, 135 yards, 2 TDs, rushing TD; Casey McLellan 57 yards, rushing TD, 81-yard KOR TD; Zach Boehmke 65 yards rushing, TD; Steve Adcock 75 yards rushing. Trojans led 27-0 at halftime. They are 2-1 on the season)

FC 0, Kickapoo (Viola), WI 8 (FC: Devon Block 17 carries, 80 yards; Dan Gatzke 82 total yards (69 rushing). K: games only score came on a Jacob Joseph to Carver Phillps 56-yard pass in 1st Quarter. Falcons had a chance late (4:23 to go), but a 3rd and 3 pass from the Kickapoo 8-yardline was intercepted in the end zone. FC is 1-2)



•R-P 3, Houston 0 > 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 (R-P: Amy Todd 17 kills, 9 digs, 5 aces; Emily Wade 26 assists; Kendra Crawford 16 digs, 5 aces. H: Abbey Loken 10 kills; Vanessa Lee 17 assists)

St. Charles 0, Chatfield 3 > 25-13, 26-24, 25-16 (C: Maddy Kammer 9 kills; Haley Kohlmeyer 8 kills; Gabrielle Salisbury/Kileigh Dudek 29 combined assists; Alex Duxbury 28 digs)


•Dover-Eyota 3, Kingsland 2 > 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 11-15 (K: Jessi Kaster 14 kills, 18 digs; Lizzie Tart 35 assists, 17 digs; Sarah O’Connell 14 kills. D-E: Brandi Blattner 16 kills, 19 digs)

Houston 3, Lanesboro 0 > 23-25, 21-25, 25-27 (L: Kaia Hongerholt 5 kills, 4 aces; Madison Ming/Olivia Haug 4 kills, 3 blocks each; Steph Erickson 12 assists. H: A. Loken 14 kills; V. Lee 19 assists)

R-P 3, L-A 0 > 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 (R-P: A. Todd 20 kills, 6 aces; E. Wade 31 assists; K. Crawford 18 digs)


•R-P 3, P-E-M 0 > 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 (R-P: A. Todd 16 kills. Trojans are 3-2, 10-4 on the season)

Chatfield 3, D-E 1 > 25-13, 24-26, 26-24, 25-11 (C: M. Kammer 13 kills; Brook Irish 9 kills; A. Duxbury 39 digs, 4 aces; K. Dudek 20 assists, 4 aces; G. Salisbury 18 assists. D-E: B. Blattner 14 kills, 12 digs)

Schaeffer Academy 0, #9 in A M-C 3 > 25-11, 25-6, 25-10 (M-C: B. Sand 10 kills, 5 aces; C. McCabe 23 assists; Lydia Geving 5 aces. Cougars lead SEC at 4-0, 11-1 overall)

Lyle/Pacelli 3, Lanesboro 0 > 25-13, 25-19, 25-15 (L: M. Ming 3 kills, 2 blocks; O. Haug 3 blocks. L/P: Ann Rysavy 6 kills, 16 digs, 5 aces; Sarah Holtz 7 kills, 8 aces; Madison Truckenmiller 6 kills)

Kingsland 0, #2 in A W-K 3 > 25-10, 25-9, 25-13 (K: Cheyenne Losey 6 kills; L. Tart 7 assists, 7 digs. W-K: Katie Cavalco 25 kills; Kalyn Biever 40 assists, 8 digs. Falcons are undefeated at 4-0, 12-0)

Southland 0, FC 3 > 26-24, 25-13, 25-9 (FC: Victoria Peterson 11 kills; Morgan Malley 21 assists)


•W-K Tourney (FC went 5-1, Lanesboro 1-2. Pool Play: FC 2, Cochrane-Fountain City 0 (21-16, 21-12); FC 2, D-E 0 (21-17, 21-7); FC 2, Red Wing 0 (21-10, 21-17). Lanesboro 0, Lake City 2 (7-21, 4-21); Lanesboro 2, L-A 0; Lanesboro 0, #2 in A W-K 2 (7-21, 4-21); Quarterfinals: FC 2, Goodhue 1 (22-25, 25-14, 15-8). Semifinals: FC 2, Winona High 1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-11); it was the Winhawks first loss of the season versus 14 wins. Finals: FC 0, W-K 2 (14-25, 21-25). Falcons take 2nd. Loss ends an 8-match win-streak. The Falcons are 9-2 on the season, 3-1 in the Three Rivers. Burros are 1-4 in SEC, 2-7 overall)

Southland Tourney (Kingsland went 3-2. Pool Play: Kingsland 1, Blooming Prairie 2 (22-25, 25-16, 9-15); Kingsland 2, L/P 1 (23-25, 26-24, 15-8); Kingsland 2, P-E-M 1 (25-14, 25-12, 13-15). Semis: Kingsland 2, Medford 1 (24-26, 25-20, 15-9). Finals: Kingsland 1, BP 2 (12-25, 25-15, 6-15). Knights are 4-6, 1-3 in the 3-Rivers)

Farmington Tourney (Chatfield went 2-2, losing 2-0 (11-25, 22-25) to New Prague, beating White Bear Lake 2-0 (25-10, 25-15) and Lakeville-South 2-1 (22-25, 25-20, 15-12), losing to Rosemount 2-0 (21-25, 23-25). All four schools are Class AAA. Stat leaders: M. Kammer 26 kills, G. Salisbury 31 assists, K. Dudek 28 assists, A. Duxbury 80 digs/7aces, Kirsten Keefe 53 digs. Gophers are 8-2 on the season, 4-0 in 3-Rivers)

Cross Country


•D-E Invite (Chatfield’s boys finished 4th, L-A/R-P 6th (of 9). Top 10 finishers: Christian Bance (C) 6th; Ryan Ruberg (L-A/R-P) 7th. Chatfield’s girls finished 2nd, L-A/R-P 6th (of 8). Top 10s: Kayla Woltz (C) nipped D-E’s Anna Buntrock 16:04 to 16:07 for 1st, Karen Gomez (C) took 3rd. Lanesboro’s squads were both incomplete)

Byron Invitational (Kingsland’s boys finished 3rd of 5). Richard Swanson (2nd), Ryan Swanson (7th), Clayton Friemuth (10th) all finished top 10. Kingsland’s girls were incomplete, but 8th grader Erica Earley took 1st)

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