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R-P Volleyball extracts revenge

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Funny how they find the camera so quickly! R-P Trojan volleyball players are quite happy after winning the LeRoy-Ostrander tournament. Photo by Paul Trende

On September 9, R-P and FC met for a 3-Rivers volleyball contest. The Falcons beat the Trojans 25-18, 25-21, and 25-16. R-P is better than that loss. FC is darn good. All that made the LeRoy-Ostrander Tournament, where both schools were participants, intriguing. Could the teams (play to form and) find a way to meet (in the title game)? FC had no problems, vanquishing there four pool play opponents, PEM (25-12, 25-10), the host Cardinals (25-15, 25-11), Riceville, Iowa (25-8, 25-2), and Glenville-Emmons (25-3, 25-7), in sweat-less fashion.

Things were quite so perspiration-less for the Trojans. They opened the day dropping set #1 to Blooming Prairie 20-25, only to rally to win set #2 (25-16) and the match (scored more total points). R-P treaded through Alden-Conger (25-14, 25-23). They beat Hope Lutheran (27-25, 25-18), but only after trailing 24-25 in game #1 (with reserves playing) to the non-powerhouse Patriots. R-P then beat Grand Meadow (25-20, 25-17) to win their pool.

And thus the Trojans got what they wanted, a re-match with the Falcons. There, their intensity picked up. R-P scored the first three points and led most of the early going of set #1. FC held a brief advantage, but R-P then went on a 5-0 spurt. They wouldn’t trail again (won 25-20). The Trojans kept it up in set #2 (best of three series), again jumping out 3-0. FC, dominant throughout the course of the day, was pressed by the Trojans spirited/competitive play. R-P was just motivated/focused. After a couple early ties, the Trojans took a 12-6 lead with a 7-0 spurt. They didn’t look back enroot to a 25-15 win. They got revenge. They avenged themselves. They were crowned L-O Tournament champions. In the title match, Amy Todd (11 kills, 3.5 blocks, 10 digs), Emily Wade (11 assists, 4 kills), and Sierra McNamer (2 kills, 3.5 blocks) came up big. Taylor Case (7 kills) and Morgan Malley (15 assists) led the way for FC. The Falcons are 6-1 (3-Rivers), 17-3 (overall), tied for 2nd with AA #7 Caledonia (6-1, 13-4) behind A #1 W-K (6-0, 20-0). Chatfield (5-2, 12-7) is 4th. R-P (3-3, 18-8) is tied for 5th with St. Charles (3-3, 7-9).

Trojan Football Takes

Shot at #1

Caledonia is the number one ranked football team in Class AA, the two time defending state champions. They’ve won 18 straight. Any squad that wants the biggest test, needs only to look to the week in which the Warriors are the opponents. Week #5 of 2012 was it for 3-1 Rushford-Peterson. When the battle was done, it was unknown who was tested the most though, the emerging Trojans, or the vaunted Warriors. Caledonia struck first with a Levi Schmitz 21-yard FG (3-0). Early in the 2nd quarter, R-P got a big play. Tyler McClellan found Zach Boehmke for a 45-yard gain to the Warrior 13-yardline. The drive was stopped though by a Jacob Swindell pick in the end zone on a 4th and 6 from the nine. On Cale’s next play, QB Alex Varney went around right end 80 yards for a TD (9-0 Warriors). In the 3rd quarter, R-P recovered a fumble, and promptly intensified the game. McClellan swept right for a 25-yard TD making it 9-7. Caledonia seemingly answered immediately. Ryan Pitts returned the ensuing kickoff 93-yards for six, but a penalty saved the Trojans. The Warriors still started near midfield. Six plays later, Varney found paydirt from 7-yards out. The PAT was missed, keeping it a one-possession game at 15-7. From there, R-P ventured into Warrior territory three times (to the 35, 41, and 48-yardlines). The last intrusion came around the 2:00 mark. It was stopped when, on 4th and 6, Casey McClellan ran for 5 ½ yards. The Warriors got a first down. They ran out the clock. They prevailed 15-7. Yardage was close; R-P 201 total (139 rush, 62 pass), Caledonia 240 (189 rush, 51 pass). The teams were a combined 9-29 passing, for 103 yards, 0 TDs, and 4 INT’s (three by Trojan QBs). Each squad had 3 turnovers. Boehmke (74 total yards), Steve Adcock (13 carries, 62 yards), and T-McClellan (10 carries, 42 yards, TD; 4-14 passing, 62 yards, 2 INTs) led R-P. Varney did the damage (11 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs) for Caledonia. The Trojans fall to 3-2 (1-1 in 3-Rivers).

Home(coming) Cooking

In college and the NFL, football teams love to play at home. It’s all about the home-cooked meals. In high school, that theory doesn’t apply as much (no one’s too far from home). After wrecking Southland’s homecoming (newly anointed Class AA #10) Chatfield had their homecoming. They feasted on Fillmore Central. The Gophers didn’t stuff themselves immediately. Ryan Meeker took a bite with a 1-yard TD run (7-0). FC answered right back, giving the Gophers a plate full of 6’2” 195-pound senior RB Dan Gatzke. The Falcons had 18 offensive plays that amassed yardage in the 1st half. Gatzke had 14 of them, including a 46-yard 1st quarter TD reception from Brandon Breitsprecher that made it a 7-6 game. Chatfield answered that, getting a couple Nate Skare to Jayme LaPlante completions, and then an 8-yard helping of Justin Viss (14-6 Gophers). Chatfield added a third TD just before the half (0:20), a Nate Skare 15-yard strike to Reid Danielson, on 3rd and 11. It extended the Goph’s lead to 21-6 at halftime. They gorged themselves in the second stanza, getting unanswered TDs from Jake Neis (28-yard INT-ret), Cody Bly (10-yard run), and Alex Bradt (40-yard run). The final was 41-6. Neis had 17 carries for 114 yards, getting help from sophomores Meeker (9 carries, 65 yards, TD) and Bradt (3 carries, 58 yards, TD). Viss played sparingly (two carries), and Alex Haffner sat, due to injuries. Gatzke accounted for 153 of FC’s total 241 yards (81 rushing, 73 receiving). FC is 1-4 (0-2). Chatfield is 5-0 (2-0). The #10 Gophers will meet #1 Caledonia (5-0, 2-0) in week 6 marquee match-up.



•FC 3, Crestwood (Cresco, IA) 0 > 25-22, 25-16, 25-10 (FC: T. Case 12 kills, 11 digs; Leah Scheevel 12 kills, 2.5 blocks; M. Malley 29 assists; Victoria Peterson 7 kills)


•#1 in A W-K 3, Chatfield 0 > 20-25, 11-25, 21-25 (C: Alex Duxbury 11 digs; Kirsten Keefe 10 digs. W-K: Katie Cavalco 18 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces; Lexi Vaplon 19 digs; Kenzie Freihammer 18 digs)

•# 7 in AA Caledonia 3, Kingsland 0 > 11-25, 15-25, 12-25 (K: Jessi Kaster 6 kills; Gabriel Drees 12 digs; Lizzie Tart 10 assists. C: Maria Fruechte 17 kills; Taylor Winjum 32 assists. Knights are 1-6, 4-9)

•#6 in A M-C 3, Spring Grove 1 > 25-12, 27-29, 25-15, 25-22 (M-C: Belle Sand 16 kills, 23 digs; Lydia Geving 15 kills, 10 digs; Carly McCabe 38 assists, 27 digs, 6 kills. SG: Addy Cross 22 assists, 8 kills, 7 digs, 3 blocks)

L-A 0, R-P 3 > 25-10, 25-22, 25-23 (R-P: A. Todd 24 kills, 2 aces; E. Wade 30 assists; K Crawford 16 digs)


•Chatfield 3, St. Charles 2 > 25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 15-9 (Gophers are 5-2, 12-7; in 4th)

FC 3, PEM 0 > 25-15, 25-19, 25-15 (FC: V. Peterson 10 kills; T. Case 9 kills, 14 digs; M. Malley 24 assists)

Hope Lutheran 3, Lanesboro 1 > 30-28, 22-25, 25-27, 13-15 (Burros are 1-7, 1-10)

R-P 0, #7 in AA Caledonia 3 > 24-26, 17-25, 12-25 (R-P: A. Todd 10 kills, 3 aces; K. Crawford 21 digs; E. Wade 20 assists. C: Emma Lange 16 kills; M. Fruechte 12 kills, 3 blocks; T. Winjum 40 assists)

Houston 0, #6 in A M-C 3 > 25-11, 25-12, 25-22 (M-C: B. Sand 12 kills, 7 digs; C. McCabe 28 assists, 9 digs; Christine Lee 14 digs, 3. M-C was 70-73 serving (14 aces). H: Vanessa Lee 15 assists, 6 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces)


•Pierz Tournament (M-C went 5-1, beating St. Cloud-Cathedral (25-15, 25-20) and Swanville (25-5, 25-15) in a Round 1 three-team pool. They beat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (25-16, 25-18) and Pierz in a Round 2 three-team pool (1st place teams from Rd #1). They then lost to LP-GE (17-25, 19-25) and beat Mounds View (25-18, 25-14) in a Round 3 three-team pool (the top two teams from Round 2’s 1st place pool, the top team from Round 2’s 2nd place pool). Stat leaders: kills and digs (B. Sand 57 and 55), assists (C. McCabe 108). Cougars are 8-0, 23-5)



•Lanesboro 44, Lyle/Pacelli 51 (L: Niko Anderson 31 carries, 325 yards, 3 TDs; Gabe Decker 8 carries, 54 yards, 2 TDs; Kole Ruud 15-yard TD pass from Will Semmen. L/P: Garrett Lester 26 carries, 213 yards, 3 TDs, 84-yard KO return TD; Sean Shapiro 19 carries, 79 yards, 2 TDs; Daniel Bollingbrook 46-yard TD pass from Jordan Hart. Lester had a 55-yard TD run with under 3:00 to play to give L/P the lead and snap a 13-game losing streak. Burros played without three starters and lost three more during the game. They are 2-2 (3rd place), 3-2 overall)

L-O 12, M-C 52 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 24 carries, 275 yards, 4 TDs; Justin Ward 6 carries, 77 yards, TD; Noah Manning 10 carries, 47 yards, TD; Collin O’Bieglo 2 of 7 passing, 56 yards, 2 TDs; Donnie Lind 2 receptions, 56 yards, 2 TDs. L-O: Jace Bunne 16 carries, 56 yards, TD, 7 of 16 passing, 72 yards, TD; Tony Steinkamp 13-yard TD catch. Second half scoring: M-C 26, L-O 0. Cougars get first win. They are 1-3 in the SEC, 1-4 overall)

Southland 20, Kingsland 19 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 31 carries, 93 yards, 2 TDs, FR, INT; Jacob Rindels 19 carries, 40 yards, 5 of 8 passing, 64 yards, 18-yard TD pass to J.J. Fenske. Knights scored late in the 4th quarter to pull to within one, went for two (the win), but couldn’t convert. TOs: S 4, K 0. Kingsland is 1-4 (0-2 in 3-Rivers))

Cross Country


•Kingsland Invite (Chatfield’s boys finished 5th, Kingsland’s 6th (of 8 full teams). Lanesboro was incomplete. Knight Richard Swanson defended his home grass, winning the event by 0:41 seconds (his third win this season). Gopher Christian Bance took 5th. Knight Ryan Swanson took 9th. Burro Erik Peterson finished 12th. Chatfield’s girls finished 4th (of 6). Kingsland and Lanesboro were incomplete. Gopher Kayla Woltz (ranked #7 in A) took 2nd to United South Central’s Emily Mantor (#2 in A) by 0:26 seconds. Teammate Karen Gomez took 4th. Knight Erica Earley finished 10th)


•Z-M/K-W Invite (L-A/R-P’s boys finished 10th (of 13), the girls 8th (of 10). Ryan Ruberg (8th place) and Bailey O’Hare (28th place) were their top finishers)


•Roy Griak Invitational at the U of MN (Kingsland boys finished 43rd (of 48). Richard Swanson finished 9th of 455 runners. Ryan Swanson finished 213th. Knight girls were incomplete. Erica Earley finished 116th out of 415 runners)

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