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Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
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Chatfield’s Nate Skare shoots a picturesque three-pointer over R-P’s Seth Thompson. The Trojans final portrait was nicer though, a 67-56 win. Photo by Paul Trende

It happens often. It makes no sense. One team comes out hot/looking good, the other cold/not so good. Then those rolls switch after the intermission. The Chatfield boys came out smoking against Rushford-Peterson. Looking for some redemption after losing 68-32 to Caledonia two nights earlier, Nate Skare helped the cause, splashing down a three 3’s in the first 5:00. By halftime, the Gophers were up 33-20. R-P, at the point, was 1 of 12 from deep.

Somebody then flipped the Trojan (three-point) switch. The baskets got bigger. R-P’s players’ aims got better. By mid second half, the game was tied at 40. Chatfield built a 50-45 edge, before R-P hit some more long balls. The final R-P triple (they were 8-13 in the 2nd half), a Charlie Krambeer bomb, gave the Trojans a 61-53 lead (3:00). R-P finished it off at the FT line, making 6 of 8 late, and got the win 67-56. The Trojans vaunted full-court trap was also key in the turnaround. Chatfield scored 30 points the first 13:00, 26 the final 23:00.

Austin O’Hare (16 pts, 8 rebs, 4 stls), Jorli Hauge (13 pts, 6 stls), Cole Kingsley (13 pts, 8 rebs, 6 assists) and Alex Vix (10 pts) all reached double figures. Kingsley, R-P’s young PG, was everywhere in the 2nd half (unofficially 10 pts, 7 rebs, 5 assists). For Chatfield, Skare finished with 15. Jake Neis added 11 and 5 assists. Junior 6’4” center Brandon Adler was big (10 pts, 4 rebs, 2 assists, 2 stls, 2 blks) off the bench. Chatfield’s record falls to 2-2 in the 3-Rivers, 3-2 overall. R-P improves to 2-2 overall and in league.

Miller Block, Put-Back, Equals Gopher Victory

The Chatfield and R-P girls also did battle, one night after their boys. After a close 1st half (26-24 Goph’s), Chatfield went on a 22-6 run (as a result of full court pressure) and built 48-30 lead (9:00 left). It looked over. R-P then ratcheted-up the intensity on their full-court press. With about 6:00 left, Chatfield led 50-37. With about 3:00 left, the score was 50-47. A couple MaKenzie Miller buckets made it 54-47, but then more frenetic R-P ‘D’. Two Amy Todd FT’s, a Kendra Crawford steal and lay-up, and a Cody Manfull put-back bucket, the score was 54-53.

The Goph’s then nearly turned the ball over. Kirsten Keefe’s hustling out-of-bounds save (tossed the ball backhanded between a defenders legs) led to Sidney Irish shooting FTs. She made one of two (1:27). R-P then quickly got a game-tying (55-all) Manfull jumper (1:00).On Chat’s ensuing possession, Maddy Kammer wound up with a deflected pass, but Sierra McNamer blocked her lay-up attempt. R-P took possession. With 0:16 left, they tried an inbound lob-play under their own basket. McNamer (who’d made a number of plays down the stretch) was the recipient but Miller blocked her close-range shot. Maddie Talamantes grabbed the rebound and raced the other away only to get fouled shooting a lay-up. She hit the first FT, but missed the second, ball out of bounds off R-P. Irish was then fouled (0:05). She missed the front end of the 1-and-1, but Miller, the Gopher’s 6’1” standout center, rebounded the miss, put the ball back up and in, cinching it.

The Gophs held off R-P 58-55 in a frenzied battle. Miller (21 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stls, 4 blks), Talamantes (15 pts, 6 rebs), and Keefe (2 pts, 12 assists, 7 stls) led Chatfield. For R-P, Crawford had 16, Amy Todd 15, and McNamer 13. Chatfield improved to 3-3 in the 3-Rivers (4-3 overall). R-P falls to 2-3 in league (2-4 overall).

Cougars Double-Whip G-E

It is always nice when a school’s boys and girls sweep an opponent. It is even nicer when both do so in front of the home crowd. Glenville-Emmons visited Mabel for a boys-girls Friday double-header. The guys got things going. M-C had to deal with the limit-less range of G-E senior Derek Olson. The 5’8” guard scored his team’s first 11 points, but M-C’s offensive efficiency was the story. For the game, they made 25 of 53 shots, with 15 TOs. A string of 7 straight made FGs in the 1st half turned a tie game into a 29-18-halftime lead. In the 2nd half, M-C had a string of six consecutive FGs made. The run made it academic. The Cougars evened their league/overall record at 2-2 with a 64-51 victory.

Juniors Justin Ward (25 pts, 7 rebounds, 5 stls), Noah Manning (15 pts, 4 assists), and Hunter Johnson (13 pts, 5 rebs) were a three-pronged menace. Olson got his (25 points, five 3’s) for G-E. The girls then took the floor. G-E left 8th grader Coranda Vickerman open early. She made the Wolverines pay by making a pair of trifectas. At the half, M-C led 29-15. In the 2nd half, M-C rolled, outscoring G-E 32-10 for a 61-25-blowout win. Long-armed senior F/C Christy Welscher notched her 4th double-double of the season (18 pts, 10 rebs, 4 blks). Balance was then the word. Carly McCabe (11 pts, 5 rebs), Vickerman (8 pts, 3 assists), Lydia Geving (7 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists), Danielle Paul (6 pts), and Sara Lind (5 pts, 7 rebs) all contributed heavily. The Lady Cougars are 4-1 in the SEC/overall. They have as many league victories as they did all last year (4-14).

Burros Bombing Away

To make it short and sweet, the Lanesboro boy’s basketball team is torching the nets from deep this season. They rattled off three wins the week of Monday the 10th, downing Hope Lutheran 86-46, Houston 84-39, and Schaeffer Academy 74-55. The wins ran Lanesboro’s SEC record to a perfect 5-0 (5-1 overall). The trio of senior Erik Peterson and juniors Kole Ruud and Luke Rogers has been scintillating. Against the ‘Canes, each scored 20-plus points. For the week, they hit 35 of the Burros 42 made trifectas (at a 42.2 percent clip). Peterson made 18 of those 42 (8 versus Houston). Ruud has scored 20 or more in four straight games and leads the Burros with 20.3 PPG. Peterson (17.8) and Rogers (16.5) aren’t too far behind. The triumvirate each has scored in double figures every game this season. Moreover, the Burros have side-kicked a little defense with their ultra-smooth drive-and-kick offense. Three of their five SEC foes didn’t score 40 points. They are allowing a minuscule 43 PPG to league opponents (2nd only to Spring Grove’s 41 PPG). Though early, the Lions (4-0, 4-1) and Burros are the front-runners in the SEC.



•Caledonia 68, Chatfield 32 (Chat: 9-43 FG’s, 3-19 on three’s. Cale: Alex Varney 22)

•FC 48, W-K 46 (FC: Dan Gatzke 17 pts, 12 rebs; Nick Powell 14 pts, 10 rebs; Jacob Masters 8 assists)

•R-P 71, Lewiston-Altura 72; 2 OT (R-P: A. O’Hare 18; Phil O’Shaughnessy/C. Kingsley 12 each. L-A: Josh Ehlenfeldt 25; Jay Sommers 22 (four 3’s); Matt Burfeind 14 pts, 8 rebs; Nate Reps 9 pts, 11 rebs)


•Grand Meadow 54, FC 69 (FC: N. Powell 22 pts (4-5 from deep), 13 rebs, 4 assists; D. Gatzke 15 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists; Andrew Coyle 14 pts (7-8 FG’s); J. Masters 7 assists. GM: Trenton Bleifus 17)


•L-A 65, FC 51 (FC: D. Gatzke 14 pts, 7 rebs. Falcons are 1-3 in the 3-Rivers, 2-3 overall)

•Kingsland 58, AA #9 P-E-M 91 (K: Jordan Meskill/Marshall Oeltjen 12. PEM: Nick Shanks 31)

•AA #2 Rochester-Lourdes 79, Kingsland 55 (K: J. Meskill/Quinn Larson 12. Knights are 1-2, 1-4 overall)



•Hope Lutheran 58, Lanesboro 45 (L: Bailey Gartner 11. HL: Dakota Ellinghuysen 22 pts, 15 rebs.

Pat’s led 35-10 at the break (Burro starters were benched for awhile). A 26-8 Burro run got them as close as 51-42)

•Chatfield 36, AA #8 Caledonia 50 (Chat: M. Miller 10 pts, 10 rebs. Cale: Taylor Winjim 21; Maddy Mullins 10 pts, 7 rebs. Warriors led by one at halftime. Foul trouble plagued the Gophers. FTs: Chat 2-4, Cale 20-27)

•L-A 37, R-P 69 (R-P: A. Todd 15 pts, 9 rebs; K. Crawford 14; C. Manfull 13; Keela Brand 11 rebs (7 offensive))

•Schaeffer Academy 38, M-C 49 (M-C: C. Welscher 14 pts, 10 rebs; S. Lind 15 pts, 10 rebs)

•FC 58, W-K 43 (FC: Morgan Malley 23; Leah Scheevel 13 pts, 6 rebs, 6 stls; Kaitlynn Aug 10 pts. W-K: Lexi Kanz 17. Falcons-South trailed 30-25 at half, took the lead with 9:00 to play, and got first win of season)


•FC 38, Lyle/Pacelli 71 (FC: M. Malley 13. L/P: Sarah Holtz 18; Madison Truckenmiller 17 and 8 rebs)


•FC 45, L-A 42 (FC: Jordan O’Connor 18; M. Malley 12. L-A: Raelynn Speltz 18. FC led by 18 only for the Card’s to tie the contest late at 42. FC hit FT’s to get 2nd win of the year. They are 2-4, 2-5 overall)

•P-E-M 65, Kingsland 56 (K: Cheyenne Losey 24 pts, 11 rebs, 4 assists, 4 steals; Lizzie Tart 10 pts. PEM: Sarah Hart 18; Karlie Gilbeck/Hayley Rau 14 each. Knights led at half (33-31). FTs: K 13-26, PEM 17-28)


•S.A. 47, Lanesboro 53; OT (L: Alisa Warnes 16; Johanna Bearson 13; B. Gartner 10. SA: Melanie Murray 18; Nicole Arpin 16. S.A. sandwiched halftime between 11-0 and 8-2 runs, going from down 19-11 to up 30-21. Burros fought back. A Bearson three sent the game to OT, where Warnes scored 7. Burros are 1-3, 2-4 overall)

•Rochester-Lourdes 38, Kingsland 52 (K: C. Losey 20 pts, 8 rebs. Knights are 2-3 in league, 4-5 overall)



•FCLMC 27, St. Charles 41; FCLMC 15, Chatfield 66; Chatfield 54, SC 19 (Chat’s Hank (120) and Harvey (138) Friederichs each had two pins, FCLMC’s Niko Anderson (170) two wins. Gophs are 11-1)

•L-A/R-P 57, La Crescent 24; L-A/R-P 45, Lake City 25; La Crescent 31, Lake City 46 (McCoy Tekautz (#10 in AA at 106), Josh Doerr (113/120), Nick Hoff (170), John Heim (195), and Evan Bain (285) wrestled out two wins, Tekautz, Hoff, and Heim via pin fall each time)


•FCLMC Wolves Holiday Tourney (Chatfield took 1st of 12 teams. FCLMC was 7th, GMLOK 10th. Gophers Hank Friederichs (sophomore, #4 in A at 120, 15-0), Harvey Friederichs (junior, #5 in A at 138,15-0), Jared Goldsmith (sophomore, 106, 14-1), Alex Haffner (junior, #9 in A at 152, 14-1), and A.J. Riley (junior, #10 in A at 132, 13-2) all took first. FCLMC’s Niko Anderson (junior, 170, 12-0) took first. GMLOK’s Lucas Roe (senior, #2 in AA at 160, 9-1) took first. County wrestlers taking 2nd included Chatfield’s Tye Bentz (126), Ryan Meeker (145), Cody Bly (170), and Justin Viss (#3 at in A at 195, wrestled 220), FCLMC’s Connor Hanson (132) and Monty Holm (182))

• St. Charles Tournament (L-A/R-P went 3-0, beating La Crosse-Logan 52-27, St. Paul-Harding 56-6, and St. Paul-Central 56-17. M. Tekautz (106/113), J. Doerr (113/120), Sam Riebel (126), and T. Speltz (152) each had three pins. N. Hoff (170), Greg Johnson (182) and J. Heim (195) each wrestled to three wins. Jordan Theede (#3 in AA at 160) made his season debut (concussion) with a forfeit win and two pins. L-A/R-P?s dual record is 11-4)

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