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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012

Dan Gatzke & Company versus Mean-Green. R-P’s defense curtailed Gatzke. The Trojans via the sophmore air attack of Jonnie Koenen, Cole Kingsley, and Alex Vix curtailed FC 21-7 in the first round of the Section 1A Football Tournament. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

Rally Cougars

All season long, two very good volleyball squads practiced a mere 15 miles apart from one another. All season long, they practiced without doing so in preparation for a game with each other. When the seeding for the Section 1A-East tournament came out, it became official that powerful squads (#7 in Class A) Mabel-Canton (the 2-seed, 30-5) and Fillmore Central (the 3-seed, 26-5) were destined for a clash. Sometimes big games live up to the hype. Sometimes they do not. This match-up was highly memorable, though one squad walked away very, very dispirited.

The Falcons got an early boost. Starting middle hitter Leah Scheevel returned from a wedding just in time to make the first serve. FC used her presence, and Taylor Case’s excellent hitting abilities, to build a 17-11 lead. Mabel responded with a 5-nil run. The teams tied at 18 and 19. M-C had a 3-nil spurt (22-19). FC responded to tie things at 23. Eight ties later, the Falcons got back-to-back kills from Victoria Peterson and Sammi Bakke to get a huge extended-game #1 win, 33-31.

In game 2, they kept up the momentum, leading the first 1/3 of the set. M-C took a brief lead in the middle portion before the Falcons slowly increased their lead to win 25-20. At that point (6 PM), it looked like FC would win, maybe in time for media personnel to make a beeline for a 7 PM sectional semi-final football game. It looked more so that way when FC jolted ahead 9-2 in game 3. From that point on, for whatever reason, the match completely changed. Mainly, M-C kept playing its game, heeding its coach, Lonnie Morken’s advice; ‘one point at a time.’ FC inexplicably faltered. The Cougs, on the strength of a huge 13-1 run, completely flipped the scoreboard, taking an 18-12 lead. They prevailed 25-18, as FC, having started 9-2, scored only nine more points.

In set #4, the Falcons initially regrouped. There were ties at one thru seven. Then Cougar setter Carly McCabe took over. She scored five setter-attack kills in the game. M-C finished the set scoring the final seven points to win 25-14, knotting the match at 2-2. At that point, FC was discombobulated. M-C was more-than resilient. The deciding game #5 had each team playing its hearts out. Nine ties were proof of it. M-C went to their graceful gazelle Belle Sand (5 kills). FC went to their angular attack ace Case (4 kills). A McCabe setter-kill gave M-C a 15-14 lead. It put them at game and match point.

A year ago, against Lewiston-Altura, they were in the exact same position, only to be denied. But when a Falcon attack went into the net, there was no denial, just jubilation. From down 2-sets-to-0, and down 9-2 in game #3, M-C roared back to win an epic match with FC 3-2 (31-33, 20-25, 25-18, 25-14, 16-14). Sand (20 kills, 19 digs) and McCabe (9 kills, 39 assists, 19 digs) were superb. Case (22 kills, 4.5 blocks, 16 digs) was similarly brilliant for FC. Chelsea Rislove (25 digs) and Christine Lee (24 digs) were very active defensively.

In heartbreaking fashion, the Falcons finish a marvelous season at 26-6. They’ll graduate only Rislove. They’ll be heard from again. M-C lives to play #2 in 1A Wabasha-Kellogg in the East Sub-Section final.

Gopher Saturday

Only one county high school had a legitimate shot of coming out of play-off Saturday with both its volleyball team and football team heading to Sub-Section/Section final games. Chatfield Gopher fans have had a lot to cheer about this season, and October 27th was no different. The volleyball team got things started, facing St. Charles in a Sub-Section 1AA East semifinal. The teams met twice in the regular season, with Gophers winning both (3-0, 3-2). The play-off contest had the teams meeting in the middle. Chatfield dominated game #1 25-9. They were seemingly in command of game #2 too (up 21-15) only for the Saints to pull even at 24, and win in extra points 28-26.

Sets three and four were eerily similar. St. Charles was game early, as set #3 was tied at 13 and set #4 10. The Saints then nearly completely disappeared. Chat finished set #3 on a 12-1 run and set #4 on a 15-3 to win 25-14 and 25-13. They won the match 3-1. Maddy Kammer led the Gophs on attack with 15 kills. Kirsten Keefe was her versatile self (29 digs unofficially, 6 kills, 3 aces), Alex Duxbury her defensive self (21 digs unofficially). Kileigh Dudek had 21 assists (unofficially) and 4 aces. The Gophers will again play Caledonia for the 1AA East crown.

The football team, on paper, had a much harder task in front of it; beat 9-0 #7 in state in Class AA Lewiston-Altura (the section’s 2-seed). The Gophers (8-1, #10 in state, the 3-seed) collectively said, “no problem.” Chatfield exploded out of the gate. On their first series, Jake Neis took a pitch going right, was seemingly tripped up after five yards, but kept his feet, broke a tackle, and then zoomed his way to a terrific 64-yard TD run (6-0). On the Gopher’s next possession, Nate Skare hit Jayme LaPlante on a simple crossing route. The big and speedy LaPlante turned it into a 74-yard pitch and catch TD (12-0). A 2nd quarter drive saw Chatfield continue to rip off big chunks of yardage, with Justin Viss doing a lot of damage. On 4th and goal from the L-A 4, the Card’s keyed on Viss and Neis. It allowed LaPlante to come around end for a 4-yard TD run. The Gophs tacked on the fourth 1st half score, a 34-yard Nate Skare FG (set up by a 42-yard Neis run). At half, Chatfield sported an impressive 22-0 lead. They had 11 first downs to L-A’s three, and 327 total yards (256 rushing) to the Card’s 102 (82 rushing). The Gopher offensive line (Brandon Adler, Michael Mabe, Tommy Jech, Mark Neppl, Luke Isensee) was a hole-making juggernaut.

L-A regrouped a bit early in the 2nd half, capitalizing on a Neis fumble, turning it into points (a Sheldon Knutson 2-yard run). But 22-6 is a close as the Cards got. Viss scored the Goph’s final TD, a 20-yard run in the 4th quarter, making it 29-6. Card QB Nate Reps hit Knutson on a 50-yard TD strike to cap the scoring. Chatfield’s impressive first half more than paved the way to a convincing 29-12 victory. Gopher blockers paved the way for both Neis (19-164, TD) and Viss (21-150, TD) to run rampant. Knutson was the Card’s weapon (10 carries, 45 yard, TD; 3 receptions 58 yards, TD). Chatfield dominated the 1st down battle, 18 to 5. They dominated total yards, 474 to 191. They likely won’t have things quite so easy in the Section 1AA title game. They get a re-match of week six’s 6-0 loss to #1 Caledonia.



•9-Man Quarterfinals > #6 LeRoy-Ostrander (2-6) 54, #3 Lanesboro (5-3) 65 (L: Niko Anderson 278 yards rushing, 7 total TD’s (6 rushing, interception return). Burros generally controlled game, leading 34-20 at halftime and 58-32 after three quarters)

•#5 M-C (3-5) 28, #4 Houston (4-4) 67 (M-C: Houston led 38-28 entering 4th quarter before scoring 29 unanswered points. Cougars end season at 3-6)

•1A Quarterfinals > #6 FC (2-6) 7, #3 R-P (5-3) 21 (R-P: Jonnie Koenen 11 of 21, 181 yards, 2 TD’s, 2 INT’s; Cole Kingsley 6 receptions, 76 yards, TD, rushing TD; Alex Vix 3 receptions, 67 yards, TD. FC: Andy Coyle 5 receptions, 74 yards, TD; Tom Henry 11 carries, 68 yards; Brandon Breitsprecher 10-23, 104 yards, TD, 3 INT’s. Teams combined for around 150 yards rushing (2.3 yards per carry). Game featured 13 three-and-outs, 13 punts, in final 21 combined possessions. FC finishes season at 2-7)

•#7 Kingsland (1-7) 6, #2 Faribault B.A. (6-2) 46 (Knights finish at 1-8)

•1AA Quarterfinal > #6 Dover-Eyota (2-6) 13, #3 Chatfield (7-1) 41 (C: J. Neis 15 carries, 186 yards, 3 TD’s, 42-yard interception return TD (all in 1st half); Ethan Wright 7 carries, 90 yards, TD; N. Skare 35-yard TD pass to Reid Danielson. D-E: Justin Johnson hit Joseph Reiss (85-yards) and Brady Boynton (6-yards) for scores)


•9-man Semifinal > #3 (6-3) Lanesboro 6, #2 (8-1) Grand Meadow 42 (L: N. Anderson 25 carries, 64 yards, TD; team amassed under 100 yards total offense. GM: Trenton Bleifus 155 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 202 yards passing, 3 TDs; Bryce Benson 4 receptions, 107 yards, 2 TDs. Burros finish season 6-4)

•1A Semifinal > #3 (6-3) R-P 7, #2 (7-2) Faribault B.A. 14 (R-P: A. Vix 5 receptions, 41 yards, TD; Zach Boehmke 15 carries, 56 yards. B.A.: Blake Langerud 16 carries, 147 yards, TD; Matt Seigfried recovered an R-P fumble with 3-plus minutes left in the game and returned it 32 yards for the deciding score. R-P’s next drive ended in an interception. Total yards: R-P 128, B.A. 271. Trojans finish the year 6-4)



•1A East Play-Ins > #13 (1-16) Lanesboro 1, #6 (15-11) Spring Grove 3 > 18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 8-25 (L: Madison Ming 7 kills; Megan Kiehne 6 aces; Kaia Hongerholt 14 digs, 5 kills. SG: Nicki Ellingson 17 kills, 6 blocks; Addy Cross 24 assists, 10 digs, 2 blocks, 3 aces. Burros finish year 1-17)

•#9 (10-16) Houston 0, #8 (11-16) Kingsland 3 > 25-11, 25-17, 25-14 (K: Cheyenne Losey 16 kills; Lizzie Tart 26 assists; Jessi Kaster 4 kills, 15 digs, 3.5 blocks, 10-10 serving)

10-26 > 1A East Quarterfinals > #5 (10-15) Goodhue 3, #4 (22-10) R-P 1 > 25-22, 22-25, 25-27, 18-25 (R-P: Amy Todd 26 kills; Emily Wade 37 assists; Kendra Crawford 42 digs; Mariah Mueller 21 digs. G: MiKayla Miller 21 kills, 29 digs; Mikayla Tipcke 49 assists, 7 kills; Emilee Roschen 33 digs. Trojans led game #3 20-17 and were at set point twice (24-23 and 25-24). They finish the year with a school record 22 wins, 11 losses)

•#8 (12-16) Kingsland 0, #1 (27-2) W-K 3 > 9-25, 8-25, 12-25 (K: L. Tart 9 assists, 8 digs. W-K: Katie Cavalco 16 kills, 15 digs; Kalyn Biever 35 assists. Knights finish season at 12-17)

•#7 L-A (12-17) 0, #2 M-C (29-5) 3 > 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 (M-C: Lydia Geving 11 kills, 5 aces; Christy Welscher 9 kills; C. McCabe 25 assists, 5 kills; B. Sand 11 digs, 4 kills. L-A: Taylor Daley 13 digs, 6 kills)

> #6 Spring Grove (16-11) 0, #3 (25-5) FC 3 > 25-12, 25-17, 25-15 (FC: T. Case 12 kills, 10 digs; Tori Peterson 10 kills; Morgan Malley 30 assists, 3 aces; Danielle Zinsmaster 13 digs. SG: N. Ellingson 10 kills)

•1AA East Quarterfinal > #7 (5-18) Lake City 0, #2 (19-9) Chatfield 3 > 25-14, 25-15, 25-20 (C: M. Kammer 11 kills; Alex Duxbury 24 digs; Kirsten Keefe 13 digs; Gabrielle Salisbury/Kileigh Dudek 16 assists each. LC: Taylor Koller 10 kills, 5 blocks; Tiffany Hoops 5 kills, 14 digs)



Section 1A Meet (Boys Team: L-A/R-P finished 8th, Chatfield 9th, and Kingsland 13th (of 18 teams). Lanesboro was incomplete.

Knight sophomore Richard Swanson led a good part of the race, before finishing (17:08.8) behind Lourdes’ Ian Torchia (16:39.6), P-E-M’s Pat Reinschmidt (16:53.9), and Cotter’s Matt Schrupp (17:02.3). Swanson, and Chatfield sophomore Christian Bance (8th place) each qualified for state. Ryan Ruberg (18th) and Erik Peterson (24th of 136 total runners) were L-A/R-P’s and Lanesboro’s top finishers.

Girls Team: Chatfield finished 5th, L-A/R-P 13th, and Kingsland 18th (of 19). Lanesboro was incomplete. Gopher senior Kayla Woltz, a five-time state qualifier (with four top five finishes) couldn’t quite run down Cannon Falls’ Emi Trost for the championship. Trost (15:26.6) edged Woltz (15:29.7) by a mere three seconds. Woltz (2nd) and teammate Karen Gomez (12th place) both earned trips to state. Kingsland 8th grader Erica Earley finished 25th (of 130 total runners))

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