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No heroics this time

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

A new brand of defense. Lanesboro’s Daulton Gartner (#23) literally lies down for his opponent, Fillmore Central’s Nick Powell. There was no charge call, or foul at all. The Burros committed the biggest indiscretion. They downed the Falcons 69-50. Photo by Paul Trende

The last couple regular season meetings between Lanesboro and Fillmore Central in boy’s basketball were a little bit heavy on the late game fireworks. Two years ago, then junior Zach Olstad hit a shot to give FC a 71-69 lead with 0:06 seconds left, only for Lanesboro to inbound and get a miraculous top of the key three-pointer by then junior Braden Hanson for the 72-71 win. A year ago, FC senior Ryan Baker was the hero; grabbing an offensive rebound and tossing it back in just before the buzzer for the 43-42 Falcons win.

The first game for each squad in the New Year of 2013 didn’t follow that lead. It didn’t live up to the FC-Lanesboro rivalry legacy. The Burros got a big run early. Trailing 13-10, they scored 16 of 18 points to take a 26-15 lead. At halftime, they were in front 30-22. FC responded out of the 2nd half gate. A pair of Logan Masters free throws (fouled shooting a 3-pointer) capped a 10-1 FC run, one that put the Falcons in front 32-31 (12:57 left). From there, it was a lot of Burros, particularly junior guard Kole Ruud. Lanesboro’s second big run of the game (11-2) erased that 1-point FC lead. It put the black and orange ahead (42-34), a place they stayed.

By a final of 69-50, Lanesboro upped its winning streak to six. They haven’t lost since their opener. Ruud led the way, hitting four triples, scoring 25 points. It was his 5th consecutive game of 20-plus points. Erik Peterson (18 points) and Luke Rogers (11 points, 5 assists) lent their support. For FC, Dan Gatzke and Nick Powell were the headliners. Gatzke finished with 10 points and a whopping 17 rebounds. Powell led FC with 13 points while grabbing 9 boards. FC dominated the glass 36 to 22. However, the Falcons had 23 turnovers to Lanesboro’s 13. Also, the Burros made 11 of 28 trifectas (39 percent) to FC’s 3 of 13 (23 percent). In the 2nd half, where things were decided, Lanesboro was 5 of 11 from deep and 12 of 23 overall shooting. FC was 1 of 5 and 11 of 33.

Trojans Hand Rebels First League Loss, Again

It’s funny how scripts sometimes repeat themselves. A year ago at about this exact same time, the Southland Rebels and Rushford-Peterson Trojans collided in Adams for a big 3-Rivers boy’s battle. Southland entered having won its first five 3-Rivers game (7-1 overall). R-P entered 4-2 (6-2). Behind a huge night from Trent Vix (34 points including nailing 8 of 10 three-pointers), the Trojans vanquished the Rebs, and blemished their league mark, 66-54.

Flash-forward to 2013; the same two teams met up in Rushford. Southland again entered unbeaten in league play (5-0, 8-2 overall), the #10 ranked team in Class AA in Minnesota. R-P again entered as a very good team with the exact same 4-2, 6-2 record as 2012. And like a year ago, Southland’s league record took a hit. R-P’s perimeter shooting was off (3-16), but their 2-point shooting more than made up for it. The Trojans made an amazing 30 of 42 inside the arc, for a gaudy 71.4 percent. Super-sophomore point guard Cole Kingsley was the most apt Trojan. Kingsley pumped in a team high 21 points on 10 of 12 from the field while adding 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists. Jorli Hauge was nearly as proficient. The 6’3” junior forward made 7 of 10 shots for 16 points. He added 8 rebounds. Seth Thompson chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds as R-P got past the Rebels 76-71. Mike Goergen led all scorers with 25. Luke Anderson (19 pts) and Alex Ruechel (13 pts) also reached double figures for Southland. The Trojans are 5-2 in the 3-Rivers, 7-2 overall. They’ve won six straight. They’re right in the thick of it the 3-Rivers. They trail #7 in AA P-E-M (6-0, 6-4), Caledonia (5-1, 7-1), and Southland (5-1, 8-3) while holding a game lead over Lewiston-Altura (4-3, 6-5) and Chatfield (4-3, 5-5).



•Hope Lutheran 50, Mabel-Canton 55 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 16 pts, 7 rebs; Noah Manning 15 pts, 8 rebs, 6 assists. HL: Andrew Fratzke 22; Brady Meyer 11; Jason Klug 10. Cougars made 9 of 16 trifectas (56.3 percent))

•Lewiston-Altura 63, Kingsland 46 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 19. L-A: Josh Ehlenfeldt 18; Nate Reps 15; Jay Sommers 11; Matt Burfeind 10. Knights are 2-4, 2-6)


•Chatfield 68, St. Charles 63 (C: Jayme LaPlante 14 pts, 5 rebs; Christian Bance 14 pts, 4 assists; Mitch Irish 8 pts, 14 rebs; Brandon Adler 8 pts, 9 rebs. SC: Aaron Leistikow 40 pts, 13 rebs. A close game came to a head when Chatfield built a 10-point lead in the final four minutes. St. Charles got as close as three with 0:06. They got a steal and attempted a game-tying three that was no good. Gophers added a couple insurance FTs in the waning ticks. Chatfield is 4-3 in the 3-Rivers, 5-5 overall)

•M-C 36, Grand Meadow 58 (M-C: Justin Ward 11; N. Manning 8 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assists. GM: Andrew Riedemann 19 pts, 7 rebs; Collin Jacobson 15 pts, 8 rebs; Bryce Benson 11 pts, 13 rebs. Cougars trailed by one, 22-21, at halftime. FG percent: M-C 27.3, GM 46.3. M-C is 3-4 in the SEC, 3-7 overall)

•Glenville-Emmons 24, Lanesboro 69 (L: K. Ruud 19 pts, 4 assists; E. Peterson 15 pts, 5 stls; L. Rogers 12 pts, 7 rebs; Garret Boggs 8 pts, 7 stls, 5 assists. Burros started game 14-0. They are 6-0 in the SEC (tied for 1st), 7-1 overall. They are tied with Spring Grove (6-0, 6-3) atop the conference.)


•Winona-Cotter 69, FC 42 (FC: D. Gatzke 12 pts, 14 rebs; N. Powell 11. W-C: Jon Eichman 19; Matt Schrupp 18; Charlie Kretschmer 12. FC is 1-5 in 3-Rivers, 2-7 overall)



•HL 59, M-C 51 (M-C: Lydia Geving 16 pts, 5 rebs; Carly McCabe 15 pts (4 of 7 from distance), 6 rebs; Christy Welscher 7 pts, 17 rebs. HL: Tiahia Aune 19; Dakota Ellinghuysen 15)


•Kingsland 60, L-A 46 (K: Lizzie Tart 19 pts, 8 rebs, 4 stls, 3 assists; Cheyenne Losey 12 pts, 11 rebs, 6 stls, 4 assists; Melinda Woods 12. L-A: Raelynn Speltz 25. Knights are 4-4 in 3-Rivers, 6-6 overall)

•M-C 39, Grand Meadow 45 (M-C: L. Geving 10 pts, 6 rebs; Sara Lind 10; C. Welscher 9 pts, 9 rebs. GM: Rio Landers 12. Score was GM 15, M-C 9 at halftime. Teams combined to shoot 17-43 from FT line. M-C was 9 of 26. Cougars are 4-3 in the SEC, 6-4 overall. They trail Spring Grove (6-0, 6-5) in the SEC East, and Lyle/Pacelli (6-1, 8-1) and the Larks (5-2, 6-5) in the SEC West)

•Rushford-Peterson 47, Southland 66 (R-P: Kendra Crawford 14; Keela Brand 9 pts, 7 rebs. S: McKenzie Kirtz 21; Elizabeth May 14; Jana Schammel 10. Score was tied at 22 at halftime. Trojans are 3-5, 5-6)

•St. Charles 42, Chatfield 65 (C: MaKenzie Miller 21 pts (10 of 15 shooting), 8 rebs; Kirsten Keefe 20 pts (4 of 6 from deep), 7 stls; Sidney Irish DNP. SC: Jessica Brubaker 16; Abby Ludens 12. Goph’s are 6-3 in 3-Rivers, 7-4 overall. They trail #8 in AA Dover-Eyota (8-0, 13-0), #6 in AA Caledonia (7-1, 11-1), Southland (7-1, 8-2), and P-E-M (6-2, 10-3) atop the 3-Rivers)

•Lanesboro 41, G-E 13 (L: Johanna Bearson 10; Olivia Haug 8 pts, 5 rebs. Game was ended prematurely (second half) due a medical emergency (a girl fainted and suffered a head injury). Burros are 2-3 in SEC, 3-6 overall)



•Caledonia-Spring Grove 12, Chatfield 50 (Gophers Ty Van Sickle (113), Ryan Meeker (145), Cody Bly (170), and Jacob Bleess (195) got pins. A.J. Riley (132), Harvey Friederichs (138), and Alex Haffner (152) won via majority decisions. Hank Friederichs (120) won via tech fall. Sam Fryer (182) won a 12-11 decision. Justin Viss (220) won via forfeit)

•Wabasha-Kellogg 33, FC/L/M-C 34 (Wolves Chris Collett (120) and Josh Jones (152) won via pinfall. Alex Fishbaugher (126) won a 7-5 OT decision, Connor Hanson (132) a 7-4 decision, Tom Henry (160) a 9-7 decision, Niko Anderson (170) a 7-1 decision, and Dalton Mart (285) a 6-3 decision. Jarrett Brown (220) won via forfeit. The match ended in a 33-33 tie, but FCLMC won the tiebreaker (most matches won))

•L-A/R-P 31, Dover-Eyota 42 (Screamin’ Eagles got pins from Tucker Speltz (152), Greg Johnson (#7 in AA at 182), and Nick Puetz (220). Justin Mueller (106) won a 9-0 MD. Nick Hoff (170) won a 4-2 decision. Jordan Theede (#4 in AA at 160) won via forfeit. D-E built a 33-4 lead after the 145-pound match. LARP closed to 25-33 after 182. At 195, LARP’s Cody Nahrgang was up 13-0, only to make a mistake and get pinned. That iced the match for D-E. LARP is 12-4 on the season)

•P-E-M 48, GMLOK 28; Riceville/St. Ansgar 36, GMLOK 33; Riceville/St. Ansgar 33, PEM 34 (Jace Bunne (132), Blake Olson (138), Lucas Roe (#3 in AA at 160), Wyatt Richardson (182), and Blake Benson (195) all went 2-0. Bunne and Benson did so both by pinfall. Olson did so via decision (5-2) and major decision (10-1). Roe and Richardson each did so via forfeit and fall)


•Flanagan Invite - Cresco, Iowa (FCLMC took 7th of 10 teams. Niko Anderson (170) and Monty Holm (182) each took 1st. Tom Henry took 2nd at 160. Connor Hanson (132) took 4th)

•Maple River Invite (GMLOK took 3rd of 8 teams. L. Roe (160), W. Richardson (182), and B. Benson (195) each took 2nd. Roe lost to the #1 ranked Class A 160-pounder. Stephen Kassel (120) and B. Olson (138) each took 3rd. J. Bunne (132), Sam Roe (152), and Brandon Turner (170) each took 4th)

•Farmington Koda Classic (Chatfield beat Lake City (51-19), Milaca (47-21), and Lakeville-North (48-22) to claim first place. The Gophers are 16-1 on the year and have climbed to #11 in the latest Guillotine Class A rankings. Jared Goldsmith (#8 in Class A at 106), Hank Friederichs (#4 in A at 120), A.J. Riley (#7 in A at 132), Harvey Friederichs (#4 in A at 138), A. Haffner (#10 in A at 152), C. Bly (170), and J. Viss (195) were all 3-0, doing so in a myriad of ways)

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