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An eventful Tuesday

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
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A “bandaged” Justin Ward puts the moves on a LeRoy-Ostrander defender. The junior forward was huge in leading MC to a comeback victory over the Cardinals. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

The first full night of both girl’s and boy’s basketball action was an apropos opener. Six county squads faced each other. One contest went to overtime. One county boy’s team nearly was on the bad end of an epic collapse. Another, that ended last season with a victory, squared off with squad that also ended last season smiling in a battle of powers. That contest went to OT and featured a 47-point scorer. It was an early December evening to remember.

In county-versus-county action, Kingsland and Fillmore Central did battle. On the girl’s side of things, the Knights ho-hummed their way to a 28-19 halftime lead. But in the 2nd half, the fledgling Falcons, led by sophomore Morgan Malley, made a run. The 5’6” guard scored seven points of a 9-0 FC spurt that trimmed the Kingsland lead to 30-28. The Knights replied back, as senior G/F Cheyenne Losey accounted for eight points of a 10-0 run that put King in control again (40-28). Down by as many as 17 (53-36), the Falcons didn’t go away. Malley did all the scoring in a 10-2 FC run late. However, time wasn’t on FC’s side. The Knights fended off the scrappy Falcons 57-48. Malley finished with 23 (19 in the 2nd half). Losey was ever-present and impressive, very assertive offensively (27 pts) and on the glass (15 rebs).

On the boy’s side of things, it was a match-up of two new-look teams and two new coaches. John Fenske’s Knights hosted Aaron Janssen’s Falcons. Kingsland took control in the 1st half and went to the break up 17. The script then reversed itself in the second stanza. Keyed by Dan Gatzke’s 19 points, FC rallied to force OT, score tied at 58. There, Kingsland got the win 71-64. Guards Jacob Rindels (11 for 13 at the FT line) and Jordan Meskill (four 3’s) paced the Knights with 16 apiece. Marcus Plaehn and Marshall Oeltjen each had 10. For FC, Gatzke had 21 (10-13 FG’s). Jake Tammel and Nick Powell had 15 and 14 respectively. Kingsland held a big edge at the FT line, making 28 of 40 to FC’s 8 of 16.

The Mabel-Canton and Lanesboro boys competed in the third county-county game of the night.

The end of the 1st half was key. Trailing 17-14, Lanesboro scored the final 11 points to lead 25-17 at the intermission. They would lead the rest of the way, typically by single digits. M-C never closed to a one-possession game.

The closest margin was 43-39. Lanes’ prevailed 46-39. Though struggling from long-range (4 of 21), Luke Rogers (15 pts, 14 rebs), Erik Peterson (13 pts), and Kole Ruud (13 pts) led the Burros offensively. Isaac Freese grabbed 14 rebounds (3 pts). Noah Manning (14 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists) and Justin Ward (10 pts, 7 rebs) led the Cougars.

In Chatfield, the Gopher boys came into their contest with Dover-Eyota with high expectations on the season. After shaking off some first game rust, they built a 53-32 midway through the 2nd half. Then they went to the concession stands. Nine or so minutes later (0:40 left) they returned to find Eagle Joseph Reiss at the FT line with a chance to tie the game at 56. The sophomore only made one of two. A few seconds later, Nate Skare stepped to the FT line, his team clinging to that 56-55 lead. The junior, the Gopher’s best shooter and second year starter, sank both freebies. D-E heaved a desperation three, that was rebounded and put back in just before the buzzer, making the final 58-57. Chatfield survived the wrong end of an 18-0/23-3 run where D-E made 10 of 13 FG’s and 3 of 4 FT’s (to the Goph’s 1 of 10 and 1 of 3). Starters Skare (10 pts, 7 rebs) and Mitch Irish (10 pts), plus 6th-man/6th starter Luke Isensee (11 pts, 8 rebs), paced the Gophers. Travis Austin (16) and Gunnar Schwartz (14) led D-E.

Finally in Plainview, a pair of heavyweights did battle, one not confined to 36 minutes. P-E-M, the (9th ranked) defending Class AA state champs, hosted R-P, the defending Class A 3rd place squad. R-P led 40-36 at halftime but trailed by 12 with 5:00 left, only to pull even on a Cole Kingsley bucket with 0:05 to go. P-E-M nailed a subsequent shot, but after the buzzer, and the game went to overtime tied at 77.

There, P-E-M got it done 90-81, with FTs being a critical factor. The Bulldogs made a whopping 42 of 47 freebies to R-P’s 15 of 35. Beau Nelson ‘chipped in’ 24 points for P-E-M, as junior teammate Nick Shanks had 47. Both sank a bunch of FT’s. With a combined 62 fouls and 82 FTs shot, the refs sank their mouths in ice afterwards. Jorli Hauge (17 pts, 7 rebs), Kingsley (16 pts, 5 stls, 4 assists), Seth Thompson (13), and Alex Vix (12) all made double figures for R-P. Four Trojans (three starters) fouled out.

Cougar Boys Rally

Big-Time Late

For three-quarters of the Mabel-Canton/LeRoy-Ostrander boy’s basketball affair, the Cardinals controlled. They didn’t do so convincingly. M-C just couldn’t seem to get started offensively. They missed 14 of their first 15 shots (fell behind 12-2), many solid mid-range looks. Even after closing (down 14-12), M-C only lagged behind again (trailed 25-16 at the half). For the first nine or so minutes of the 2nd half, it was more of the same. L-O led 36-26, but then something happened. M-C upped its intensity, trapping full-court. The Card’s maybe tired. M-C exchanged solid mid-range shots for super-duper close-range lay-ups. Cougar Justin Ward was a catalyst. Not every offensive rebound was his, it just seemed that way. Back-to-back put-backs by the soaring 5’10” forward got the Coug’s to within six (36-30). A Dom Lazzara 3-pointer stemmed the tide, but Cougar F Mac Nelson responded with a 3-point play. That sequence of events began a 34-15 M-C run to close the game, one that paved the way for a 60-51 Cougar victory. Ward’s stat-line was ever indicative of his all-around play; 25 points (12 of 19 FG’s), 9 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 assists, and 2 emphatic blocks, plus one band-aid (courtesy of a 1st half collision with something behind the stage). Hunter Johnson had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Nelson led M-C with 11 rebounds (off the bench). Lazzara’s 13 paced the Card’s. It was the Coug’s first win. They are 1-2 in the SEC/overall.



•R-P 69, St. Charles 51 (R-P: A. Vix 19; J. Hauge 11; C. Kingsley 9 pts, 7 assists. SC: Talon Mercer 20. Trojans led 35-29 at halftime, broke game open with 12-0 run. They forced 32 TO’s. R-P is 1-1 in league/overall)

•FC 45, Chatfield 56 (C: N. Skare 17 pts; L. Isensee 12 pts, 9 rebs. FC: N. Powell 20 pts (three 3’s), 7 rebs; D. Gatzke 11 pts, 12 rebs. Gophers got ahead early (17-9), stayed there. FC is 0-2 in league/overall)


•Pine Island 59, Chatfield 62 in OT (C: Reid Danielson 16 pts (3-3 from distance, 4-4 total FG’s, 5-6 FT’s), 7 assists; Jake Neis 13 pts, 5 assists; N. Skare 12. PI: Ben Warneke 23; Colton Sinning 15. Gophers generally led. Warneke hit a three with 0:12 left to tie it at 56. Neis missed a two and Warneke a desperation three in the final 0:12. In OT, Danielson’s driving lay-up was the first score. He then made 3 of 4 FTs in the final 0:22 to help ensure Gopher victory. He had 5 of Chatfield’s 6 OT points. Gophers are 2-0 in league, 3-0 overall)

•GM 36, Lanesboro 77 (L: K. Ruud 29 pts (6-8 on 3’s, 11 of 14 total FG’s); L. Rogers 22 pts (4 triples), 10 rebs; E. Peterson 15 pts (all triples), 5 assists; I. Freese 12 rebs. Burros nailed 16 trifectas, led 56-20 at half. They are 2-0 in SEC, 2-1 overall)

•Kingsland 35, Caledonia 68 (K: Quinn Larson 14. C: Nathan Rohrer 13. King is 1-1 in league, 1-2 overall)



•P-E-M 61, R-P 50 (R-P: Kendra Crawford 21 pts, 5 stls; Amy Todd 17 pts, 10 rebs)

•Chatfield 43, D-E 69 (C: Morgan Henry 10; Brook Irish 10 pts, 6 rebs. D-E: Sarah Pease 20 pts, 6 rebs, 5 stls; Brandi Blattner 11 pts, 13 rebs; Krista Horn 10 pts, 7 rebs, 6 stls. FT’s: C 10-11, D-E 24-33)


•Kingsland 22, #8 in AA Caledonia 64 (K: C. Losey 9. C: Taylor Winjim 19 pts, 8 stls. Knights are 2-2 in 3-Rivers, 3-4 overall)

•Chatfield 64, FC 28 (C: MaKenzie Miller 19 pts, 5 stls; 10 other Gophers scored, nine in 1st half. FC: M. Malley 8; Jordan O’Connor 7 pts, 6 rebs. Gophers are 2-2 in league, 3-2 overall; Falcons are 0-4 in league/overall)


•St. Charles 33, R-P 56 (R-P: Sierra McNamer 19 (three 3’s); K. Crawford 12 pts, 5 stls; A. Todd 11 pts, 7 rebs. TO’s: R-P 12, SC 31. Halftime score: R-P 21, SC 20. Trojans are 1-3 in league/overall)

•M-C 62, L-O 34 (M-C: Sara Lind 22 pts (9-13 FG’s), 11 rebs; Christy Welscher 13 pts, 11 rebs, 4 blks; Lydia Geving 11 pts, 8 rebs. L-O: Jessica Jennings 21. M-C led 32-12 at half. Cougars are 2-1 in SEC/overall)

•Lanesboro 43, Grand Meadow 53 (L: Johanna Bearson 10 pts; Olivia Haug 16 rebs. GM: Audra Durhman 19 pts, 8 rebs; Rio Landers 14 pts, 10 rebs. FT’s: L 6-20, GM 20-37. Burros are 0-2 in SEC, 1-3 overall)



•L-A/R-P 33, GMLOK 18; L-A/R-P 49, Rochester-John Marshall 27; JM 58, GMLOK 13 (For LARP, McCoy Tekautz (#10 at 106), Tucker Speltz (152), and Greg Johnson (182) wrestled their way to two wins. For GMLOK, Jace Bunne (132) wrestled out two wins. LARP is 5-4, GMOK 0-2)


•Cottage Grove-Park Invite (Class A Lean and Mean Chatfield defeated Goodhue (51-21), AAA Lean and Mean Stillwater (66-11), AA #12 Kimball Area (42-37), and Cottage Grove-Park (53-25) to go 4-0. Jared Goldsmith (106), Hank Friederichs (#4 at 120), A.J. Riley (132), Harvey Friederichs (#5 at 138/145), Alex Haffner (#9 at 152/160), and Cody Bly (170) all went 4-0 (the Friederichs boys won all eight matches via pin). Jacob Bleess (195/220) went 3-0. Justin Viss is also ranked in state (#3 at 195). He wrestled 220 (2-0) and 285 (0-2). Gophers are 9-1 in duals, falling by a lone point in their only loss)

•Dave Scharberg Memorial Tourney at Byron (L-A/R-P lost to Byron (43-30) in Round 1, beat D-E (48-29) in Round 2, and lost to W-E-M/J-W-P (47-30) to take 3rd of 4. G. Johnson (182/195), Nick Puetz (220), and Evan Bain (285) were all 3-0. They won via pin in each of the nine matches)

•La Crosse Logan Invitational (FCLMC took 2nd (145.5) to Arcadia Wisconsin (149.5) of 9 teams. Chris Collett (120), Niko Anderson (170), and Monty Holm (182) all took 1st. Collett pinned his way through the tourney. Connor Hanson (132) and Andy Love (138) took 2nd. Alex Fishbaugher (136) and Dalton Mart (285) took 3rd. Trevor Barnes (145) and Jarrett Brown (220) took 5th).

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