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Some nice “D” and some Neis

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
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Look mom, no eyes! Mabel-Canton setter Carly McCabe and one of her patented ‘blind’ attacks. It fell (for a kill), and so did M-C’s opponent Grand Meadow, in straight sets, as the Cougars clinched a 13-0 SEC season. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

Most expected the Chatfield Gophers to have a good season on the 2012 gridiron. Goodness accomplished. Sporting a 6-1 record and a #10 ranking in Class AA heading into Week 8, Chatfield’s sole blemish was a 6-0 loss to #1 Caledonia. Rushford-Peterson, on the other hand, was a bit of an unknown in August. But a mixed group of talented young players, and rugged experience ones, allowed R-P to deliver its fans a 5-2 2012 campaign heading into Week 8. With the two (competitive) losses coming to Caledonia and #7 Lewiston-Altura (both undefeated), the Trojans procured a few votes in the Class A state rankings; ditto on the goodness. Thus, the 3-Rivers South season ended with a pair of its powers doing battle.

R-P special teams fired the first shot. Cole Kingsley returned the opening kickoff 56 yards. On R-P’s first offensive play, the Trojan gun misfired. A reverse went awry (fumble). Jake Neis got the recovery, starting the Goph’s first drive. He ended it with a 13-yard TD run (7-0). R-P was quick to answer. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball was initially bobbled. Casey McLellan then grabbed it, and had a good handle for 78 yards, to paydirt (7-7).

The Gophers answered on their next possession. A bit of misdirection was the finisher. Six-foot three, 210-pound tight end Jayme LaPlante took the ball on a end-around and used his big-man wheels to score from 17-yards away. The 1st quarter was a bit of a track meet with Chatfield leading 14-7. The second quarter was not. At the half, Chatfield still led 14-7. In the 3rd quarter, the teams exchanged interceptions. R-P senior LB Dalton Bellock tooketh from Chatfield. Gopher junior LB Dalton Schwier then tooketh back from R-P. Schwier’s 41-yard return set the Goph’s up nicely. Justin Viss capped things with a 3-yard run (21-7). Nate Skare kicked a 27-yard field goal late in the 3rd quarter (24-7). Skare drove the final nail with a 4-yard TD run (30-7) with just under 4:00 to play. The Trojans got a final score from Zach Boehmke, a 22-yard run (set up by a Steve Adcock 58-yard KOR). Via a 30-14 final, Chatfield downed R-P.

Speedy and elusive Neis was the workhorse (26 carries, 145 yards, TD #11 on the year). Gopher ‘D’ did the rest, holding R-P to 26 yards of total offense in the 1st half, 150 for the game (five 1st downs). The only Trojan immune to maroon and white was Boehmke. R-P’s multi-versed senior tailback had 15 carries, for 145 yards, and TD #8 on the season. R-P’s “other” best weapon was kickoff returns (three over 50 yards). Explosive Trojan sophomores Alex Vix and Cole Kingsley, who combined for 14 TDs through seven games, combined for just one offensive stat, a Vix 25-yard reception. Chatfield finishes the season at 7-1 (4-1 in the 3-Rivers South; 2nd place). R-P finishes at 5-3 (3-2 in the 3-Rivers South; 3rd place). The squads are the 3-seeds in Sections 1AA and 1A.

SEC Unblemished

It’s not a secret; Mabel-Canton is the SEC’s premier volleyball team. With a win over Lanesboro on October 9, they clinched their 15th straight league title. All that was left after that, regular season-wise, was to run the table in conference and get a little East-West Showcase redemption. Grand Meadow (9-3 in league, 14-10 overall) offered up the last hurdle to a flawless SEC campaign.

A plus .500 team, the Larks aren’t a cupcake. M-C just made it look that way. The Cougs were in control of set #1 13-7 when junior libero Christine Lee served nine consecutive points including four aces to lead M-C to a 25-10 win. GM managed to keep game #2 closer, but they still never led. The Coug’s attacked from everywhere, getting multiple kills from four girls, (amazingly) none named Sand, enroot to a 25-18 victory. M-C left no doubt, taking game #3 25-15 for the 3-0 sweep. They finish their SEC season 13-0.

Lydia Geving (8 kills), Christy Welscher (7 kills), and Kristina Mengis (6 kills) all out-spiked teammate Belle Sand (5 kills), something that hasn’t happened this season (making coach Lonnie Morken the Dean Smith to Sand’s Michael Jordan, for the evening). Carly McCabe notched 25 assists. Welscher joined Lee in serving 4 aces. Danielle Paul (7 digs) joined Lee (8 digs) in leading the team on defensive.

The Cougars then faced LeRoy-Ostrander in the East-West (champions) game. A season ago, M-C entered in the same situation, 13-0, only for the Cardinals to hand them a 3-1 defeat. It isn’t a season ago (L-O no longer has Chanda Riedemann). M-C came out with an attacking clinic in game #1. Twenty-one of their 25 points came via kill. That included nine straight points-via-spike late in the set. The Cougars ended on a 10-0 run to win 25-9. Game #2 wasn’t quite so surgical, but L-O only moved four points closer in losing 25-13.

The Cards wouldn’t go down without a fight in game #3. Led by senior’s libero Jessica Jennings and outside hitter Becca Bunne, they won it 26-24. M-C quickly regrouped, began game #4 5-0, and ended it 6-0, to win the set 25-10, the match 3-1. Six Cougars had six or more kills. Four had 16 or more digs. It was a team effort: Sand 18 kills, 16 digs; McCabe 45 assists, 18 digs, 6 kills; Geving 10 kills, 18 digs; Welscher 11 kills, 5 aces, 2 blocks; Mengis 7 kills; Lee 16 digs; Sara Lind 7 kills. For L-O, Jennings was a hustling attack-denying machine (38 digs). Bunne led the Card’s with 13 kills. Freshman Haley Riedemann, sister to Chanda (now at RCTC), had 7 kills. M-C ends with a 29-5 overall mark, the #2 seed in Section 1A East.

Keefe Serves Chatfield to Finale Win

When it comes to Gopher volleyball, the first name that probably comes to mind is Alex Duxbury. Alex is one of the best libero’s in the area, in the state. But Chatfield also has sophomore Kirsten Keefe. She has been the Gopher’s most versatile player. The Kingsland Knights got a good look at Keefe’s multi-talents, as the teams met up for their 3-River’s finales’.

In game #1, the 5’7” sophomore put her superb serving skills (95+ percent) on display. A trio of Keefe aces (five total points scored) was the majority of a 6-0 Gopher run that turned a 3-3 tie into a 9-3 Chatfield lead. The Knights would get as close as (down) 13-12, but Chatfield would win 25-20. In game #2, Keefe was the first server. When done, Chatfield led 10-1. Keefe’s second service session was the game’s last. An ace fittingly was the final point as the Gophs won 25-10.

In game #3, it wasn’t Keefe’s serving, but her attacking (4 kills) that helped Chatfield. Short of ties at 1-1 and 3-3, Chat led throughout enroot to a 25-20 win, a 3-0 sweep. Keefe finished the night 24 of 25 serving with 8 aces. She added 7 kills and 16 digs. Classmate Maddy Kammer led Chatfield with 9 kills. Duxbury led the Goph’s with 18 digs.

For Kingsland, seniors Cheyenne Losey (7 kills, 2 blocks), Lizzie Tart (19 assists, 11 digs, 4 kills), and Jessi Kaster (15 digs, 4 kills) led the way. Chatfield finishes the regular season 7-3 in the 3-Rivers (4th place), 19-9 overall. They are the 2-seed in Section 1AA East.



•Lanesboro 42, Houston 35 (L: Niko Anderson 33 carries, 215 yards, 4 TD’s, 85-yard KOR TD; Gabe Decker 9-yard TD run. H: Christian Sires 13 of 27 passing, 200 yards, 4 TD’s, INT; Tyler Hoskins 4 receptions, 95 yards, 2 TD’s; Jake Englund 7 receptions, 53 yards, TD, 10 carries, 56 yards, 70-yard KOR TD; Mason Drake 50-yard TD reception; Dylan Lee 12 carries, 122 yards. Burros led 42-21 early in 4th quarter. With 1:19 left, Houston scored to make it 42-35. They tried an onside kick that Burro Matt Luck recovered to ice game. TO’s: L 0 H 3. Burros won season opener, 18-14. They finish regular season 4-3 mark in SEC, 5-3 overall; 9-man Section 1’s 3-seed)

•Southland 21, Fillmore Central 7 (FC: Dan Gatzke 26 carries, 153 yards, TD. S: Nick Schmitz 19 carries, 118 yards, 2 TD’s, 5 receptions, 48 yards; Coty Kirtz 13 carries, 60 yards, TD. Score was 7-7 early in the 4th. Schmitz scored on an 8-yard run (10:54). Southland then immediately got an INT. Schmitz scored five plays later on a 6-yard run (7:32). Falcons finish regular season at 1-4 in 3-Rivers, 2-6 overall; Section 1A’s 6-seed)

•#1 in AA Caledonia 40, Kingsland 13 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 55 yards rushing, TD; Jacob Rindels 48 yards rushing, 70-yard TD pass to D’Angilo Funches. C: Jacob Cuda 133 yards rushing, TD; Jacob Swindell 5-yard TD run, 38-yard punt return TD; West Spier 50-yard TD run. Warriors led 40-7 at halftime. Knights finish regular season 0-5 in 3-Rivers South, 1-7 overall; Section 1A’s 8-seed)

• #3 in 9-Man Spring Grove 51, M-C 13 (M-C: Keyser Wenthold 2 carries, 82 yards, TD; Noah Manning 13 carries, 47 yards, TD; Hunter Johnson 17 carries, 54 yards. SG: Josh Olerud 22 carries, 335 yards, 5 TD’s; Caleb Happel 9 carries, 106 yards, TD, receiving TD. Score was 44-0 at halftime. Coug’s finish regular season with 3-4 SEC mark, 3-5 overall record; 9-Man Section 1’s 5-seed)



•Lewiston-Altura 0, FC 3 > 25-10, 25-10, 25-7 (FC: Taylor Case 16 kills; Morgan Malley 29 assists; Sammi Bakke 10 kills; Tori Peterson 9 kills; Sara Schultz 8 digs; Chelsea Rislove 7 digs, 3 aces. Falcons finish regular season 8-2 in 3-Rivers (3rd place), 25-5 overall; the 3-seed in 1A-East)

•Lanesboro 0, L-O 3 > 10-25, 16-25, 12-25 (Burros finish regular season 1-12, 1-16; 13th seed in 1A East)

•R-P 3, Southland 2 > 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12 (R-P: Amy Todd 24 kills, 20 digs; Emily Wade 35 assists; Kendra Crawford 25 digs. S: Jana Schammel 18 kills, 14 assists, 11 digs, 5 blocks; Elizabeth May 11 kills, 19 digs, 18 assists, 3 blocks; Hilary Bottema 9 kills, 7 assists, 24 digs. Trojans finish season at 6-4 in 3-Rivers (5th place), 22-10 overall; the #4 seed in 1A East)


•Rochester Exchange Club Tourney (Kingsland lost to Cannon Falls (18-25, 22-25) and Forest Lake (18-25, 18-25) before beating Rochester-Lourdes (25-20, 10-25, 15-10) for Pool A 7th place. They then beat Pine Island (25-15, 20-25, 15-6) for 13th place overall (of 16). Leaders: C. Losey 29 kills/37 digs, L. Tart 71 assists/5 aces, J. Kaster 11.5 blocks. Knights finish regular season 2-8 in 3-Rivers, 11-16 overall; the 8-seed in 1A East)

Cross Country


•Three Rivers Conference Meet (Chatfield boys finished 3rd, L-A/R-P 4th, and Kingsland 6th. Knight Richard Swanson finished 2nd (16:14:06) to P-E-M’s Pat Reinschmidt (16:09:06). Gopher Christian Bance finished 4th. L-A/R-P’er Ryan Ruberg finished 6th. Chatfield’s girls finished 3rd, L-A/R-P 4th, and Kingsland 6th (of 6). Gopher Kayla Woltz won the event (15:11:07) handily over P-E-M’s Sierra Stucky (15:57:08). Gopher Karen Gomez finished 4th. L-A/R-P’er Mariah Olson finished 8th. Knight Erica Earley finished 11th)

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