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Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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Knight Cheyenne Losey takes a three over Gopher defender Maddie Talamantes. Maddie T ‘D’ed’ up on Losey, and the Gophers mostly ‘De-nied’ the Knights. Chatfield won the game 65-40. Photo by Paul Trende

…And within two high school fieldhouses, the Chatfield Gophers squished the Kingsland Knights, like elephants to mouses.

Too Much…

On the girl’s side of things, it was too much size, too much athleticism, too much depth, and too many scoring options. The size was Chatfield’s 6-foot-plus duo of MaKenzie Miller and Traci McDonald. They may not have blocked a ton of shots, but they influenced a bunch.

Knight players certainly thought twice about testing the Gopher interior length. Miller was also nearly unstoppable inside offensively. The athleticism was (not limited to) Gopher sophomore guard Maddie Talamantes. It was mostly her responsibility to shadow Knight leading scorer, new 1,000-point scorer, Cheyenne Losey. Maddie T Rudophed the Gopher ‘D,’ helping hold Losey to just 7 points (3 of which, came on a back-iron-clank-and-in triple). The athleticism also referred to how quickly Chatfield got out in transition, particularly in the early going. The Gophs were like Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve: off and running (flying). They scored on eight of their first eleven possessions, making eight of their first eleven shots. The run built a 17-5 lead that would balloon to 28-10 at one point in the 1st half. The depth referred to the 12 Gopher gals who typically can, and do, see action amidst a contest. That meant bench support; sophomore forward Brook Irish had 5 points and 7 rebounds in the 1st half, junior forward Morgan Henry 9 points in the 2nd.

All told, the Gophs got 24 points from their bench, or double that of Kingsland (12). They came at the Knights like a whirlwind blizzard, blowing in from every direction. The Knights crawled back into the contest after trailing 28-10. They scraped on the offensive glass, grabbing 10 rebounds, turning them into 11 second-chance points in the 1st half. At the break, Chatfield’s lead was eleven (34-23). A couple Knight triples, back-to-back, got the silver and black as close as 40-30 early in the 2nd stanza, but that was as close as they would get.

At the 3:31 mark, Kingsland finally got its first 2-point FG of the 2nd stanza. They scored only seven points in the first twelve-plus minutes. That, in combination with all that Chatfield had going for it, led to a 65-40 Gopher win. Miller (20 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stls) and Talamantes (10 pts, 4 assists) led the victors in scoring. For Kingsland Marissa Bornholdt had all 9 of her points in the 1st half. Haley Colton scored 9 too (all from distance) while adding 6 assists and 5 steals.

Lizzie Tart had 8 points and 6 rebounds off the Knight bench. Losey finished with a season-tying low of 7 points (6 rebounds), albeit she only took seven shots and five were from distance. The Knights’ record falls to 3-4 in the 3-Rivers, 5-6 overall. Chatfield improves to 5-3 in league, 6-3 overall. They trail Dover-Eyota (7-0, 11-0), Caledonia (7-0, 9-0), Southland (6-1, 6-2), and Plainview-Elgin-Millville (5-2, 6-2) in the conference race.

Merry Christmas Knights…From: Skare and Bance

In Chatfield, the Knight and Gopher boys did battle. The maroon and white guys couldn’t replicated the girls out of the gate. Kingsland was actually initially quicker down the slope in their toboggan. Four of the Knights’ first six threes fell. The black and silver built an early 21-15 lead. To that Chatfield seemingly said, “Be careful what you wish for (a shoot-out).”

After feeding Jayme LaPlante for their first two buckets, and getting some mid-range game from Nate Skare, the Gophs attacked from the 3-point line. Senior guard Reid Danielson hit a couple in the first half, Skare one, but sophomore guard Christian Bance got the hottest. The 6’0” lefty nailed three triples in the final 6:00 before halftime. He scored 8 points of a 12-0 Gopher run that sent the home squad into the break up 42-29. In the 2nd half, Skare toed the (3-point) line and tickled the twine. He nailed three triples in the first 12:00.

The Gopher lead ballooned into the twenties. The verdict was sealed. By a final of 77-53, Chatfield downed Kingsland. Skare was Santa Gopher; offering up many gifts (25 pts, 8 rebs, 4 assists, and 3 stls) to Chatfield fans. He was 10 of 15 from the field, 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, or the equivalent of coal in the Knights’ Christmas stockings. Bance had a career-high 18, making 5 of 10 FGs, 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, the equivalent of a Skare’s (Santa’s) lead elf.

Danielson was also helpful, reaching double figures (10 pts) and dealing out 6 assists. The Gophers as a team were better from distance (12 of 20, 60 percent), and nearly better from the field (25-51, 49 percent), than they were from the FT stripe (13-25, 52 percent). Sophomore Jacob Rindels (15 points) and senior Marshall Oeltjen (12 points, 9 rebounds) led the Knights (who feature only two seniors). Kingsland’s record is 2-3 (3-Rivers), 2-5 (overall). Chatfield’s record is 3-3 (3-Rivers), 4-3 overall.



•Mabel-Canton 42, Riceville IA 48 (M-C: Noah Manning 10 pts; Justin Ward 6 pts (season low), (but) 10 rebs, 7 assists, 4 stls. FTs: M-C 0-5, Riceville 20-27. Rebounds: M-C 23, Riceville 34)


•Schaeffer Academy 52, M-C 40 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 13. SA: Nathan Hanson 22. Cougs led 21-19 at half, got outscored 33-19 in 2nd. FTs: M-C 3-8, SA 15-21. Cougars are 2-3, 2-4 on the season)

•Chatfield 56, #7 in AA P-E-M 72 (C: N. Skare 17 pts, 9 rebs; Brandon Adler 11; Mitch Irish 10 pts, 7 rebs; Luke Isensee 10. PEM: Nick Shanks/Beau Nelson 20 each. Gophs 29 TOs, 3-19 from deep)

•D-E 41, Fillmore Central 29 (FC: Dan Gatzke 9 pts, 6 rebs. D-E: Travis Austin 8 pts, 11 rebs; Alex Jech 8 pts, 9 rebs. Eagles led 28-8 at half. Neither team got a player into double figure scoring)

•St. Charles 56, Kingsland 61 (K: Jordan Meskill 12; Quinn Larson 10. SC: Devin Decker 15)

•Wabasha-Kellogg 35, Rushford-Peterson 69 (R-P: Cole Kingsley 11 pts, 7 rebs, 8 assists; Shane Jacobson 10 pts (5-5 FG’s); 11 more Trojans scored. R-P: 8-29 on 3-pointers (27.6 percent), 18-24 on 2-pointers (75 percent), 6 TOs)


•R-P at M-C; St. Charles at Lanesboro; FC at Houston (All cancelled. R-P/M-C and FC/H re-scheduled for February 4, the later will be a home game)


•FC 36, Southland 59 (FC: D. Gatzke 14. S: Mike Goergen 18. Falcons are 1-5, 2-5 overall)

•R-P 65, D-E 48 (R-P: Seth Thompson 15; C. Kingsley 12; Austin O’Hare 11. Five Trojans hit two or more triples. The team nailed 12. Eleven Trojans scored. R-P was up 41-14 at half. The Trojans are 4-2 in league/overall. They trail Southland (5-0, 7-0), P-E-M (5-0, 5-1), and Caledonia (4-1,4-1) atop the 3-Rivers)

•Rochester Area Home School at Lanesboro (Cancelled. Burros are 5-0, 5-1 on the season. They are tied with Spring Grove (5-0, 5-1) atop the conference)



•M-C 45, Riceville, IA 37 (M-C: Lydia Geving 12; Sara Lind 10 pts, 7 rebs; Christy Welscher 8 pts, 8 rebs. Cougars are 4-1 (SEC), 5-1. They trail Spring Grove (5-0, 5-3) while being tied with Lyle/Pacelli (4-1, 6-1) atop the SEC)


•Kingsland 53, St. Charles 42 (K: C. Losey 15 pts, 13 rebs, 3 blks, went over 1,000 career points; L. Tart 19 pts (season high), 7 rebs, 3 assists. SC: Jessica Brubaker 15)

•P-E-M 43, Chatfield 63 (C: M. Miller 16 pts, 12 rebs; Kirsten Keefe 7 pts, 10 assists; M. Talamantes 13 (3-4 on 3’s); Sidney Irish 10. PEM: Sarah Hart 17)

•#8 in AA D-E 77, FC 46 (FC: Jordan O’Connor 14 pts, 3 stls, 3 assists; Sammi Bakke 12 pts, 8 rebs. D-E: Megan Ihrke 13; 10 others scored)

•R-P 69, W-K 45 (R-P: Amy Todd 24 pts (season high, 11-17 FG’s), 6 rebs, 5 assists; Kendra Crawford 12 pts, 5 assists, 5 stls; Cody Manfull 10; Mariah Mueller 5 pts, 4 rebs, 5 assists, 7 stls)


•Houston at FC; M-C at La Crescent (Both cancelled. H/FC re-scheduled for Feb. 11th. M-C/LC re-scheduled for Jan 28)


•#8 in AA D-E 75, R-P 40 (R-P: A. Todd 16 pts, 10 rebs. D-E: Sarah Pease 15; Brandi Blattner 14 pts, 10 rebs, 5 stls. Eagles lead 3-Rivers at 7-0 (11-0 overall). Trojans are 3-4 (3-Rivers), 3-5 (overall))

•Southland 80, FC 44 (FC: J. O’Connor 13 pts, 6 rebs. S: Jana Schammel 21; Haley Kirkpatrick 18. Falcons are 2-6, 2-7 on the season)

•Lanesboro at Spring Grove (Cancelled. Burros are 1-3, 2-4 on the year)



•L-A/R-P 46, FC/L/M-C 27; L-A/R-P 60, Triton 24; FC/L/M-C 37, Triton 42 (LARP took the 1st three matches with FCLMC to lead 16-0, only for the Wolves to get the next four to lead 24-16. The Screaming Eagles dominated the upper weights (152 and above), sandwiching four pins and a forfeit win around one of the matches of the night, Niko Anderson’s 6-5 win over Nick Hoff. FCLMC led Triton 25-6 (after 138) and 37-18 (after 170), only for the Cobras to secure two forfeits and two pins over the last four matches to take dual. Individually, LARP’s Maverick Jackson (106 > pin & FF), Justin Mueller (113 > FF & pin), Sam Riebel (120 > 12-2 MD, pin), Tucker Speltz (152 > two pins), #3 in AA Jordan Theede (160 > pin & FF), Nick Puetz (220 > two pins), and Evan Bain (285 > two pins) all got a pair of wins. FCLMC’s Alex Fishbaugher (126 > pin & FF), Connor Hanson (132 > FF and 3-2 dec), Andy Love (138 > two pins), and Niko Anderson (170 > 6-5 dec and pin) all got a pair of wins. LARP’s 10th ranked (AA) wrestler, McCoy Tekautz, did not compete. LARP is 12-4 in duals)


•Chatfield 63, GM/L-O/K 12 (Gophers got pins from Tye Bentz (126), #5 in A Harvey Friederichs (138), and #9 in A Alex Haffner (152). They got decision victories from #10 in A A.J. Riley (132) over Jace Bunne 4-1, Ryan Meeker (145) over Parker Hale 8-1, and Jacob Bleess (195) over Blake Benson 7-2. Gophers got forfeit victories at 106, 113, 120 (#4 in A Hank Friederichs), 170, 220 (#3 in A at 195, Justin Viss), and 285. GMLOK got forfeit victories at 160 (#2 in AA Lucas Roe) and 182. Gophers are 12-1 in duals.

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