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Falcons soaring

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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That scoreboard’s about to change: R-P Sophomore Alex Vix hauls in a second quarter TO versus Kingsland. Photo by Christine Vreeman

It might be a year before Fillmore Central volleyball truly reaches its peak. They might not finish first in the conference this year (see #1 in Class A Wabasha-Kellogg), or second (See #7 in AA Caledonia). But if one is to contend W-K and Caledonia are better (they are FC’s only two losses), all one can say is, the Falcons are awfully good for being the third best 3-Rivers team. They staked their claim to that position in Chatfield, as a pair of two loss squads (Gophers 8-2, FC 9-2) battled.

In set one, Chatfield’s defensive block made a difference. The combination of 6’2” senior Haley Kohlmeyer and 5’10” sophomore Brook Irish stymied/impacted many Falcon attacks. A 6-0 run midway thru the game helped Chatfield to a 21-14 edge. They held from there, 25-20. Down a game, FC went to their splendid hitter Taylor Case. The 5’10” junior amassed 9 kills in game two, hammering the ball where Chatfield wasn’t: a tough task given the defensive stalwart-ness of Gopher libero Alex Duxbury.

The Falcons grabbed a big lead (15-8) and won 25-20. Game 3 saw what often happens in volleyball, the seesaw effect. The Gopher’s built an early 10-5 lead, warded off a pair of FC comebacks, to take a 2-1 advantage with a 25-22 victory. With Fillmore with its back against the wall, and Chatfield sniffing out a big conference victory, set #4 proved the most competitive. The teams tied 15 times, but the Falcons ended on a 7-1 run, going from down 19-18, to winning 25-20. In pivotal set #5, the verdict was sealed when FC (trailing 4-3) scored 7-straight. A 10-4 lead became a 15-9 victory, completing the comeback. Case was mammoth (season high 28 kills, led FC with 25 digs). Morgan Malley had 39 assists including #1000 of her career; pretty good considering, as her male peers chanted, “She’s a sophomore!”

She also had 18 digs. Libero Chelsea Rislove added 21 digs. Victoria Peterson added 9 kills. For the Goph’s, sophomore Maddy Kammer had 10 kills, Kohlmeyer and Kirsten Keefe six apiece. Brook Irish had 8 total blocks. Duxbury (42 digs) and Keefe (20 digs) were busy on “D.” The later was 23-of-23 serving.

The Falcons followed that win up by overcoming some early hiccups (down 3-1 and 4-1 in sets one and three) versus mid-tier Dover-Eyota. In the end, the scores maybe were closer than one would’ve expected (25-20, 25-20, 25-23), but FC was victorious nonetheless. Case (14 kills), Malley (34 assists), and Peterson (11 kills, 5 aces) did the big work. With the “W,” FC moves to 5-1, 11-2 overall. They, Chatfield (5-1, 11-6), and Caledonia (4-1, 11-4) all are behind W-K (5-0, 19-0) atop the 3-Rivers conference.

3-Phase Trojans Move to 3-1

Rushford-Peterson football posted two wins the entire 2011 season. After four games in 2012, they have three. The Trojans moved to 3-1 by emphatically downing Kingsland, scoring in all three phases of the game. The first points came 26 seconds into the contest. Senior RB Casey McLellan took the first hand-off of the game and didn’t stop running until opponents stopped chasing him. The 66-yard score gave the Trojans a 6-0 lead.

Still in the 1st quarter, Zach Boehmke broke off a 15-yard run (on 4th and four from the Knight 20), but fumbled. Steve Adcock fell on the ball and then was rewarded a play later, plunging in from two yards out. R-P took a 13-0 edge. Kingsland responded, capitalizing on a fumble. Sophomore QB Jacob Rindels’ 15-yard TD pass to Jordan Kohn pulled the visitors closer (13-6). From there, it was all Trojans. They scored three unanswered 2nd quarter TDs, the first a beautiful Tyler McLellan to Alex Vix 17-yard pass (19-6), the second the Trojans’ defensive score, a 41-yard Boehmke interception return (26-6), and the last an 18-yard Vix run. At halftime, R-P led 33-6. All they needed was the special teams TD.

Sophomore Cole Kingsley thought he had it in the 3rd quarter, returning a punt 64 yards to money, but it was nullified by a penalty. One Knight punt later, the speedy sophomore did a rerun, housing a punt from 77-yards away. Each squad added a TD; R-P a Boehmke 51-yard run, Kingsland a Rindels 1-yard tunnel. The final was R-P 46, Kingsland 12. R-P has scored 21 TDs in their last three games (all wins): 15 offensively (9 rush, 6 pass) and three each defensively and on special teams. Marshall Oeltjen (17 carries, 80 yards) and Lenny Moore (19 carries, 81 yards) led the Knights on “O.” They are 1-3.

Home(coming) Wreckers

The Chatfield football team didn’t break up any Southland high school relationships (that anyone knows of). They just ruined the Reb’s homecoming. They did so by making their second big statement of the year. Nate Skare got the Goph’s on the board with an early 28-yard field goal. Justin Viss brutalized Southland defenders with 96 total first half yards (77 rushing) including a 2-yard 2nd quarter TD that gave Chatfield a 10-0 halftime edge. Southland seized some momentum in the 3rd quarter.

Frosh Jackson Koenigs picked Nate Skare, and then sixed him, from 33-yards away, making it a 10-6 game. Jake Neis, who’d been quiet up until that point (8 carries, 19 yards), seized momentum back, returning the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the Southland-4. Viss bashed his way there (1-yard TD run), giving the Goph’s a 17-6 lead. Chatfield’s defense repelled a pair of Rebel drives. Neis put a period on the affair. He cracked off runs of 23, 28, and 18, the last the final score of the game. By a final of 24-6, Chatfield got its first win over the Reb?s since 2008 and moved to 4-0 on the season. They keep pace with #1 in AA Caledonia. Viss (13 carries, 82 yards, 2 TDs) and Neis (13 carries, 93 yards, TD) led a mainly ground-based Gopher attack, which rolled up over 300 yards. Chat’s “D” held Southland to less than 80 yards rushing and zero offensive points. Southland played the game without star RB Mike Goergen, lost (for the season) to an elbow injury.



•Glenville-Emmons 6, Lanesboro 34 (L: Niko Anderson 31 carries, 159 yards, 4 TDs (one in each quarter); James Semmen 12-yard TD run. G-E: held to under 100 yards total offense. Thru four games, Anderson has around 750 rushing yards and 13 total TD?s (12 rushing), leading the Burros to a 2-1, 3-1 record (2nd place in the SEC behind 3-0, 4-0 squads Grand Meadow and Spring Grove)

#1 in AA Caledonia 40, FC 7 (FC: Dan Gatzke 5 carries, 79 yards, 74-yd TD run for Falcons only score. C: Brad Strub 14 carries, 158 yards; Alex Varney 2 TD?s passing, 1 TD rushing; Jacob Swindell 12 carries, 53 yards, TD; Levi Schmitz 32-yard TD run, 24-yard TD reception; Adam Buttell 2 receiving TD?s. FC is 1-3)

M-C 21, Grand Meadow 50 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 31 carries, 176 yards, 3 TDs (he has over 650 yards rushing and 10 TDs on the season). GM: Trenton Bleifus 6 of 10 passing, 131 yards, 2 TDs, 8 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs; Landon Jacobson 10 carries, 102 yards, 3 TDs; Bryce Benson 4 receptions, 86 yards, 2 TDs. Score was 26-15 Larks at the half. Cougs are 0-4)



•St. Charles 3, Kingsland 2 > 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 12-15 (K: Cheyenne Losey 20 kills, 4 blocks, 11 digs; Lizzie Tart 40 assists; Jessi Kaster 9 kills, 19 digs; Brianna Musel 8 kills. SC: Jessica Brubaker 15 kills; Kallie Kiefer 18 digs, 23-23 serving; Abbie Schaber 23 digs, 19 assists, 22-22 serving)

•Lanesboro 0, #9 in A M-C 3 > 25-16, 25-10, 25-14 (M-C: Christy Welscher 11 kills, 3 aces; Belle Sand 10 kills, 9 digs; Carly McCabe 29 assists)


•Chatfield 3, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 0 > 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 (C: MaKenzie Miller 7 kills; K. Keefe 6 kills, 13 digs; K. Dudek 11 assists, 3 aces; A. Duxbury 23 digs, 3 aces. PEM: Hayley Rau 5 kills, 3 blocks)

•Kingsland 1, Lewiston-Altura 3 > 21-25, 14-25, 25-23, 24-26 (K: J. Kaster 12 kills; L. Tart 25 assists, 19 digs; B. Musel 10 kills. L-A: Taylor Daley 15 kills, 17 digs, 5 aces, 25-26 serving. Knights are 1-5, 4-8)

#9 in A M-C 3, Hope Lutheran 0 > 25-12, 25-11, 25-13 (M-C: B. Sand 11 kills, 8 digs; C. McCabe 24 assists, 8 digs; Christine Lee 13 digs, 4 aces)

Spring Grove 3, Lanesboro 0 > 17-25, 15-25, 16-25 (L: Kaia Hungerholt 8 digs. SG: Nicki Ellingson 16 kills; Addy Cross 25 assists. Burros are 1-6 in SEC, 1-10 overall)


Class A/AA Showcase in Burnsville (Rushford-Peterson and Mabel-Canton competed in the Class A portion, Chatfield in the AA portion. R-P went 1-2 in Pool Play and 1-2 in the Silver Bracket, for a 2-4 showing. They are 2-2 (3-Rivers), 12-7 (overall). M-C went 2-1 in Pool Play, 1-2 in the Gold Bracket, for a 3-3 showing. They are 6-0 (SEC), 16-4 (overall), ranked #6 in Class A. Chatfield went 0-2 in Pool Play, 2-1 in their Silver Bracket for a 2-3 showing. They are 5-1 (3-Rivers), 11-6 (overall). Now #1 in A Wabasha-Kellogg won the Class A Gold Bracket. Now #3 Kasson-Mantorville defeated #7 Caledonia for the Class AA Gold crown.)

Cross Country


Pine Island Invite (Kingsland’s boys finished 7th, Chatfield’s 10th, L-A/R-P’s 11th (of 12). Knight Richard Swanson finished 4th (.08 seconds out of third). L-A/R-P’er Ryan Ruberg finished 8th. Gopher Christian Bance finished 10th. Knights Ryan Swanson (15th) and Clayton Friemuth (24th) finished in the top 25 (of 154 total runners). Chatfield’s girls finished 4th, L-A/R-P’s 10th (of 11). Kingsland doesn’t have a complete team. Gophers Kayla Woltz (3rd) and Karen Gomez (9th) finished in the top 10. Knight Erica Earley finished 17th. Mariah Olson was the top L-A/R-P’er (27th of 116).


Jim Flim-Winona Invitational (L-A/R-P’s boys and girls both finished 9th (of 11 and 9). Individual top finishers were Ryan Ruberg (23rd of 78) and Mariah Olson (31st of 65))

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