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Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
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R-P’s Sierra McNamera takes a shot over the outstretched arm of Kings;and Joclyn Pierece. The shot didn’t fall, but the Trojans did, 47-34 to the Knights. Photo by Paul Trende

For the first full week of girl’s basketball, a theme developed. It was simple and indicative of the early season. Four of the county’s gal’s squads took the floor with new head coaches. That meant (likely) new systems. All six of the county’s girl’s teams took the floor with roster turnover (per the norm of a new season). That meant new rolls and rotations. Every team was a work in progress.

Cougars Coming of Age

Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton were two of the four squads with new coaches, Kelly McMillen for the Burros, Adam Wilder for the Cougars. The two SEC rivals met up in Lanesboro for their conference opener. When it comes to girl’s sports, M-C isn’t necessarily known for its basketball. Volleyball is the Cougar gals’ sport, and everyone knows it. Nonetheless, the likes of Lydia Geving, Christy Welscher, Carly McCabe, and Sara Lind have dutifully played b-ball in the winter over the past couple of seasons. They’ve probably wondered why a few times.

As underclassmen on varsity, they endured some pretty rough games. But 2012-2013 is a new year and finally the Cougar gals have come of age. For opening night, their starting line-up actually looked like a varsity lineup, or one with all juniors and seniors (including the four girls above). Finally, Cougar basketball (at least for one night) handed somebody else a “rough” game. It took a little while for M-C to get rolling. Eight of their first 11 possessions ended in turnovers. By just past the midway point of the first half, they had ten giveaways and Lanesboro led 10-5. But M-C shored up their ball handling for the rest of the half, and almost every shot they took went in (they made 8 of their last 10 FG’s). The results: a 14-2 run and 28-22 halftime lead.

In the second half, it was more Cougars making baskets, shooting lights out. For the game, M-C converted a gaudy 23 of 37 field goals (62 percent). Lanesboro, conversely, was 16 of 55 (29 percent) including 0-8 from downtown. The end result was a 56-42 victory for M-C. Welscher (18 points on 8 of 11 shooting, 10 rebounds), Geving (13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, 5 assists), McCabe (11 points on 4 of 8 shooting), and Lind (11 points on 5 of 7 shooting) all were in double figures. They accounted for all but three of the M-C’s points.

Lanesboro senior point guard Johanna Bearson fought the foursome hard, scoring 18 in a losing effort. Alisa Warnes had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Sophomore Olivia Haug scored 8 points and had 9 rebounds off the Burro bench.

Knights Down Trojans

The other two county girl’s teams with new coaches, Kingsland (Jill Thalmann) and Rushford-Peterson (Terry Pelzl) also hooked for some county-on-county action. R-P was probably the team that was the biggest work in progress. Early on the Trojans were piranhas on the offensive glass. They snared 13 first half caroms. Unfortunately, most of that effort was for naught on the scoreboard. R-P only had three first half second-chance-points. All in all they struggled from the field offensively, going a good chunk of the first half without points.

The Knights defense was partially to blame. They benefited from it fully on the scoreboard. R-P’s draught paved the way for Kingsland to turn a 12-11 lead into a 28-16 halftime advantage. The Knights kept it up in the second half. They used their length (four girls 5’10”) to pass for some easy buckets. Forward Marissa Bornholdt was the most recurrent receiver. The junior was 5 of 10 from the field for 10 points, all from in close.

Returning All-Conference selection Cheyenne Losey took things into her own hands at times, taking the ball to the bucket. She led Kingsland with 13 points while also snaring 8 rebounds and divvying out 4 assists. The Knights defense, passing, and depth (they regularly rotated ten versus R-P’s seven), plus a couple three-pointers by Melinda Woods, allowed Kingsland to only expand on their halftime lead. The black and silver built a 47-25 lead and prevailed 47-34. Amy Todd, R-P’s return standout, paced the Trojans with 10 points.

Gophers Warp and Contort LARP

A pair of “Lean and Mean” county affiliated wrestling programs, each sporting a trio of state ranked wrestlers, began the year facing each other in Chatfield. The Gophers, a tough Class A program, hosted Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson, a tough Class AA program. Out of the gate, Gopher 108-pounder Jared Goldsmith gave Chatfield some early momentum. The sophomore came out and got a second period pin of L-A/R-P’s 8th-ranked 8th grader, McCoy Tekautz. L-A/R-P evened the score at 6-6 a weight later (113), with Josh Doerr getting a pin.

But from there, Chatfield went on a run. They got three straight pins from (6th ranked) Hank Friederichs (120), Tye Bentz (126), and A.J. Riley (132). Harvey Friederichs got the forfeit ‘W’ at 138. Ryan Meeker (145) and (8th ranked) Alex Haffner (152) then grappled out 11-3 and 14-5 majority decision victories to give the Gophers a commanding 38-6 lead. L-A/R-P senior Tucker Speltz stopped the bleeding at 160 with a pin. Cody Bly (C) defeated Nick Hoff (LARP) at 170 in the meets most competitive start to finish match of the night.

The teams split victories in the final four weights. Jacob Bleess (195) got a pin and Justin Viss (220) a 10-1 major decision for the Gophs. Eighth ranked Greg Johnson (182) and Evan Bain (285) put shoulder to mat for L-A/R-P. Chatfield got the team victory 51-24. L-A/R-P wrestled without their 3rd-ranked 160-pounder Jordan Theede. Theede suffered a concussion at the end of the football season, ironically tackling Chatfield’s Alex Haffner. Jordan will wrestle this season.

BBB

11-30

•Winona-Cotter 60, Lanesboro 51 (L: Erik Peterson 15 pts (5-10 from deep); Kole Ruud 15 pts (4-8 from deep), 9 rebs, 4 assists; Luke Rogers 14 pts. W-C: Kyle Kerrigan 15 pts; Jon Eichman 14 pts. TO’s: L 31, W-C 22. FT’s: L 8-20, W-C 18-23. Score was 53-51 (Cotter leading) with 1:00 to go. Ramblers scored final seven points)

12-1

•Kingsland 45, Lake City 61 (K: Jacob Rindels 13 pts; Filip Swanson 12 pts, 9 rebs; Marcus Plaehn 11 pts, 8 rebs. LC: Knights trailed 34-22 at half, cut lead to two midway thru second, only for Tigers to go on a 15-2 run)

•Spring Grove 56, Mabel-Canton 42 (M-C: Justin Ward 16 pts (8 of 12 FGs); Noah Manning 3 pts, 8 rebs, 6 assists. SG: Blaine Storlie 32 pts. FTs: M-C 1-6, SG 14-21)

GBB

11-27

•Southland 61, Kingsland 53 (K: C. Losey 16 pts, 6 rebs; Lizzie Tart 12 pts, 6 rebs; Jessi Kaster 9 pts, 4 assists, 3 stls; M. Bornholdt 8 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists. S: Jana Schammel 20; Megan Mullenbach 11)

•Caledonia 66, R-P 38 (R-P: A. Todd 15; Cody Manfull 10. C: Maddy Mullins 19 pts, 5 rebs; Maria Fruechte 12 pts, 10 stls; Taylor Winjim 12 pts, 9 stls. Warriors led 29-18 at halftime)

•Chatfield 59, Wabasha-Kellogg 37 (C: Sidney Irish 16 (four 3’s); MaKenzie Miller 16 pts, 7 rebs. Gophers led 44-13 at halftime, played everyone, 12 of which, scored.)

•Fillmore Central 34, P-E-M 78 (FC: Morgan Malley 9. PEM: Karlie Gilbeck 22 pts, 9 rebs)

11-30

•Southland 64, Chatfield 53 (C: S. Irish 12 pts (three 3’s), 5 assists; M. Miller 11 pts, 11 rebs; Kirsten Keefe 9 pts, 6 assists. S: J. Schammel 24 (10 of 16 FG’s, three 3’s); Haley Kirkpatrick 22 (6 of 9 FG’s). Southland broke a close game (35-34) open in the 2nd half with a 14-3 run (49-37). Threes by Morgan Henry and Candace Gould got Chatfield to within five (50-45) at about the 6:00 mark. The Rebs made their final eight FTs to help close the door. FG %: South 50 (22-44), Chat 35 (19-54))

•Spring Grove 61, M-C 35 (M-C: S. Lind 7 pts, 5 rebs. SG: Addy Cross 16; Nicki Ellingson 12)

•St. Charles 64, FC 33 (FC: M. Malley 13. SC: Jessica Brubaker 21 pts, 11 rebs. FC is 0-2 in league/overall)

12-1

•Kingsland 32, Lake City 57 (K: C. Losey 18 pts & 7 rebs. Knights are 1-1 in 3-Rivers, 2-3 overall)

•Chatfield 51, Rochester-Lourdes 38 (C: M. Miller 22 pts (7-12 FG’s), 11 rebs; K. Keefe 13 pts, 4 assists. R-L: Betsey Daley 12 pts, 10 rebs. Gophers are 2-1 overall, 1-1 in 3-Rivers)

Wrestling

11-29

•P-E-M 49, FCLMC 24 (Wolves got pins from Niko Anderson (170), Monty Holm (182), and Jarrett Brown (220). Connor Hanson (132) and Andy Love (138) won via 7-1 and 3-1 decisions. P-E-M won via pin four times, via decision twice, and via forfeit thrice)

12-01

•New Prague Invite (Chatfield beat Sibley East (35-31), St. Peter (43-25), Waseca (72-12), and Cannon Falls/Randolph (42-29). They lost to New Prague (32-31); Justin Viss, wrestling heavyweight, had a chance at the team win (needed a pin for 6 points), but won by major decision (4 points). Hank Friederichs (120) was 5-0 (two pins, tech fall, two forfeits). Harvey Friederichs (138) was 5-0 (four pins, decision). A. Haffner (152) was 5-0 (three pins, major decision, decision). J. Goldsmith (106) was 4-1 (three pins, decision win, decision loss to the #2 ranked AA wrestler). A.J. Riley (132) was 4-1 (two major decisions, decision, forfeit ‘W,’ and lost 1-0 to the #1 ranked 120-pounder in AA). C. Bly (170/182) was 4-1 (two pins, decision, forfeit ‘W’, decision loss). Chatfield’s record is 5-1)

•Rochester Tournament (L-A/R-P beat Stewartville (47-27) and P-E-M (40-33). They lost to Rochester-John Marshall (43-24). M. Tekautz (106) was 3-0 (two tech falls, pin). J. Doerr (113) was 3-0 (two pins, major decision). N. Hoff (170) was 3-0 (major decision, decision, pin). G. Johnson (182) was 3-0 (two decisions, pin). L-A/R-P’s dual record is 2-2)

•Winona Invite (FCLMC finished 10th of 11 teams. Niko Anderson took 1st at 170, going 3-0 (pin, major decision, 6-2 decision in final). Monty Holm took 4th at 182, going 1-2 (decision win, pinned, decision loss). Alex Fishbaugher (126), Connor Hanson (132), and Andy Love (138) all took 5th, losing 1st or 2nd round matches only to run the gauntlet in the consolation bracket.

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