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Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Nice match-up: Cole Kingsley (#22) versus Dan Gatzke (#9). Each was his team’s Player of the Game. Each scored twice, Kingsley notched 3 INT’s. R-P downed FC 33-21

In football terminology, a ‘pick six’ is a quick abbreviation for interception-returned-for-a-TD. For the Rushford-Peterson Trojans, it ended being up the rally cry after their contest with Fillmore Central. It was a ‘pick-six’ that clinched the game.

For most of the contest, though, it looked as if R-P wouldn’t need such a play. They scored the game’s first 13 points. Talented sophomore Alex Vix got it going, finding paydirt from 64 yards away on R-P’s second play from scrimmage. Senior Zach Boehmke followed it up with a 2nd quarter 1-yard TD run making it 13-0. FC got a response from Devin Block, a 62-yard kickoff return. They utilized the good field position. Tom Henry’s 2-yard plunge made it a 13-7 game.

One FC series later, Cale Stensgard’s second fumble recovery got the Trojans the ball back at the Falcon 35. On 4th and 11 from the 36, sophs Jonnie Koenen and Cole Kingsley made their acquaintances. The football was the messenger on a 36-yard TD strike that propelled R-P to a 19-7 halftime edge. Out of intermission, Kingsley was at it again, a 58-yard kickoff return to the FC 27. R-P then got some more late down heroics, a 17-yard Boehmke to Tyler McClellan half-back TD pass on 4th and goal. It gave the Trojans a 26-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter.

That play was cue for 6’2” 195-pound Dan Gatzke to turn from a hard-running TB, into a high-jumping WR. The game’s next two scores were Brandon Breitsprecher to a leaping Gatzke passes (11 and 5 yards). The last trimmed the R-P lead to 26-21 with 3:31 to go. FC then got a three-and-out. They got the ball back at their own 18 with 2:02 remaining. Looking for some late game heroics, the Falcons only found Kingsley. R-P #22 picked Breitsprecher, and then sixed him from 36-yards away, icing the game. Cole added a third interception moments later. The Trojans walked away with a 33-21 victory.

A year after winning two games, R-P has just two losses (3-1, 5-2). Vix was R-P’s top rusher (7 carries, 75 yards, TD). Boehmke did a little of everything (1-1 passing, 17 yards, TD; 9 carries, 49 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 24 yards). Super-soph’s Vix and Kingsley combined for five plays of 35-yards or longer, three of which were scores. R-P’s ‘D’ held Gatzke (fresh off a 175-yard 4 TD effort) to 17 carries for 41 yards. Dan wasn’t denied though, snaring 5 passes for 61 yards and 2 TD’s. The team’s respective QB’s, Koenen (5 for 12, 122 yards, TD, INT), Breitsprecher, (11 of 23, 139 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT’s) each played prominent roles. The Falcons fall to 1-3, 2-5 on the season.

‘O’ Or ‘D’?

It doesn’t completely describe each team, by any means. But, when it comes to volleyball, one could say Fillmore Central has been very good this season because of their offense, Chatfield very good because of their defense. Falcons Taylor Case and Victoria Peterson have really hammered the ball down. Leah Scheevel and Sammi Bakke have given FC balance (all aided by setter Morgan Malley).

Gophers Alex Duxbury and Kirsten Keefe have really defended. Chatfield’s big front-line (6’2” Haley Kohlmeyer, 6’1” McKenzie Miller, 5’10” Brook Irish) has affected many an attack. So in the third meeting between the two teams, it was the rubber match between the two styles. Game one saw FC post an early lead (4-1, 8-2). Chatfield chipped away, eventually tying the game at 19. Seven ties later, Case served an ace. Peterson then hammered home game point for the 29-27 win. In game two, there were six ties up to a 10-10 contest. FC then inched ahead. An Irish kill pulled the Gophs to within one (17-18). It was the Gopher’s last score of the set. A Peterson kill got a side-out. Malley then served the final six points, giving the Falcons a 25-17 win (a 2-0 lead). Game three saw FC again start fast (6-2). Chatfield didn’t wilt though. The set turned into a tie-a-thon. A kill by Kohlmeyer broke the eleventh tie. On FC’s next attack, Kohlmeyer got a tip, then spiked down the ricochet, giving the Gophers a 25-23 victory.

In game #4, FC again was quick out of the gate (4-1, 12-4). Chatfield could not pull a redo of set #3. The Falcons closed out the Gophers 25-17 for the 3-1 victory. FC also won the conference meeting between the teams 3-2 on Sep. 18. They win just three days after falling to Chatfield 2-0 (minus Peterson) at the Byron Tourney (won by the Gophers). Peterson, usually the kill-bridesmaid to Case, was every bit the bride with 20 slams. Taylor had 19 and 17 digs. Malley had 39 assists and a team-leading 21 digs. Leah Scheevel, a 5’9” sophomore, had 4.5 blocks. The sophomore trio of Kirsten Keefe (28 digs, 7 kills), Maddy Kammer (14 kills), and Brook Irish (13 kills) led Chatfield. Camille Rasmussen chipped in 9 kills.

Knight VB: Six Days, Five Wins

On October 5, Kingsland volleyball’s record was 4 and 11. In a matter of less than a week, the Knights more than doubled their win total. Three victories came at the Byron Tournament. The Knights then came home for a pair of games, one non-conference for parent’s night, and one conference for senior night. SEC 2nd place (tie) team LeRoy-Ostrander was the non-conference foe.

Even though the teams entered with contrasting league records, Kingsland 1-7, L-O 7-3, the difference between 3-Rivers, and SEC teams, was ever visible. Kingsland hammered the Cardinals 25-5 in game one. They then won game two 25-20. The Card’s won game three 25-14. Kingsland closed the match-up out in game 4, 25-14. Cheyenne Losey (23 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks) and Jessi Kaster (16 kills, 10 digs) were too much for L-O to contend with at the net. Lizzie Tart registered 42 assists. Seventeen Knights got in on the action. Cardinal setter Megan Grant had 17 assists and 4 kills, outside hitter Becca Bunne 7 kills.

A couple evenings later, the Knights honored 11 seniors. They then played some spirited volleyball and dishonored Southland. Keyed by a five-ace serving session by Losey, Kingsland took game one 25-13. In game two, things were closer. The key was a 5-0 Knight spurt that turned an 11-all tie into a 16-11 lead. The black and silver held from there (25-22).

In game three, it looked for all the world Kingsland would get the sweep. They led 24-21 only for Jana Schammel to step up. The Reb’s best female athlete spiked a kill, and then served three more points to give her squad a 25-24 lead. Kingsland pushed at 25, but a kill from Elizabeth May, and then an ace from Hilary Bottema, meant there would be a game four (27-25 Rebs).

There, Kingsland was up 20-15, only for things to get interesting (22-22 tie). With it 23-all, Losey notched a kill. Haley Colton then served an ace, giving the home squad the 25-23 victory, the 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23) win. It was truly a senior night. No juniors played until game four. Losey had 6 kills, 5 aces, and 3.5 blocks. Kaster had 6 kills, 11 digs, and 6.5 blocks. Fellow seniors Tart (12 assists) and Mikaylah Hellickson (17 assists) orchestrated the offense. Schammel (10 kills, 11 digs, 11 assists, 3 blocks) and May (7 kills, 15 digs, 9 assists, 5 aces, 3 blocks) spearheaded the Rebel attack. Kingsland is 2-7, 9-13 overall.

Football

10-12

•Kingsland 6, Chatfield 39 (C: Nate Skare 6 of 9 passing, 139 yards, 2 TDs, 2 rushing TD’s; Jake Neis 12 carries, 45 yards, TD, 3 receptions, 94 yards, 2 TD’s; Ethan Wright 31-yard TD run, 25-yard TD reception. K: Marshall Oeltjen 21 carries, 77 yards, TD. 1st quarter: 0-0. 2nd quarter: C 26, K 0. Knights dressed just 19 players (9 freshmen). It’s the 5th straight game Chatfield has given up 6 points. Knights are 0-4, 1-6. Gophers are 3-1, 6-1)

•Glenville-Emmons 14, M-C 35 (M-C: Noah Manning 15 carries, 211 yards, 3 TDs; Hunter Johnson 31 carries, 182 yards, 2 TDs. G-E: Derek Olson 32 carries, 211 yards, 2 TDs. M-C led 35-0 thru three. After starting the year 0-4, the Cougs have rallied for three straight wins. They are 3-3 in the SEC, 3-4 overall)

•L-O 44, Lanesboro 68 (L: Niko Anderson 15 carries, 219 yards, 4 TD’s; Garret Boggs 8 carries, 72 yards, 2 TDs, 10 of 10 passing, 77 yards, 2 TDs; Isaac Freese receiving TD, 30-yard INT ret TD; Kole Ruud receiving TD. L-O: Jace Bunne 26 of 44 passing, 426 yards, 4 TDs; Nate Bunne 12 receptions, 259 yards, 4 TDs; Tony Steinkamp 9 carries, 67 yards, 2 TDs. Burros led 38-6 after one, 54-14 at the half. They are 3-3 in the SEC, 4-3 overall (4th place))

Volleyball

10-09

•#8 in A M-C 3, Lanesboro 0 > 25-15, 25-8, 25-12 (M-C: Belle Sand 8 kills; Lydia Geving/Kristina Mengis 5 kills; Carly McCabe 20 assists, 4 kills; Christine Lee 5 aces, Danielle Paul 4 aces. L: Kaia Hongerholt 6 digs. The win gives M-C their 15th straight SEC championship)

10-11

•Hope Lutheran 0, #8 M-C 3 > 25-12, 25-11, 25-14 (M-C: B. Sand 9 kills, 4 aces; L. Geving 6 digs, 4 aces; D. Paul 6 aces; Christy Welscher 4 kills, 3.5 blocks, 3 aces; C. McCabe 18 assists, 7 digs. Coug’s are 12-0 in the SEC, 27-5 overall)

•FC 3, St. Charles 0 > 25-19, 25-12, 25-14 (FC: T. Case 14 kills; L. Scheevel 10 kills; V. Peterson 9 kills, 3 aces; M. Malley 33 assists. SC: Kelsi Bockenhauer 14 digs. Falcons are 7-2 in the 3-Rivers (3rd place), 22-5 overall)

•Spring Grove 3, Lanesboro 0 > 17-25, 10-25, 16-25 (SG: Nicki Ellingson 18 kills. Burros are 1-11, 1-14)

•#1 in A Wabasha-Kellogg 3, R-P 0 > 16-25, 17-25, 23-25 (R-P: Kendra Crawford 20 digs; Mariah Mueller 14 digs; Amy Todd 12 kills, 7 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks; Emily Wade 20 assists. W-K: Katie Cavalco 15 kills; Lexi Kanz/Ellen Vanwey 10 kills each; Kenzie Freihammer 9 kills; Kalyn Biever 42 assists. Falcons win 3-Rivers at 10-0. They are 27-1 overall, having only lost to AA #3 Kasson-Mantorville. R-P is 5-4 in league (5th), 21-10 overall)

•Chatfield 0, #8 in AA Caledonia 3 > 20-25, 23-25, 18-25 (Ch: Alex Duxbury 25 digs. Ca: Emma Lange 22 kills; Maria Fruechte 15 kills; Taylor Winjum 45 assists. Gophers are 6-3 in the 3-Rivers (4th), 18-9 overall)

Cross Country

10-09

•Plainview/Jodi Rahman Invitational (L-A/R-P’s boys finished 5th, Chatfield 7th, and Kingsland 8th (of 14). Lanesboro was incomplete. Knight Richard Swanson finished 2nd (16:36.7) to PEM’s Pat Reinschmidt (16:30.3), the #9 ranked runner in Class A. Gophers Christian Bance (17:23) and Justin Friedrich (17:55.6) finished 7th and 19th. L-A/R-P’er Ryan Ruberg (17:56) finished 20th (of 94 total runners). Chatfield’s girls finished 4th and L-A/R-P 7th (of 14). Kingsland and Lanesboro were incomplete. Gopher Kayla Woltz, the #7 runner in Class A, took 2nd (15:16) to Cannon Falls’ Emi Trost (14:41.2), the #3 runner in Class A. Karen Gomez (Chatfield) took 5th. Knight Erica Earley took 9th. L-A/R-P’er Mariah Olson took 12th (of 84 total runners))

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