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Big Win Week


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
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Knight Cheyenne Losey takes the ball to the hole against Trojan defenders Kendra Crawford (#5) and Amy Todd (behind Losey). R-P took it to Kingsland, avenging an earlier season loss with a 50-42 victory.

Golden Gophers

The basketball season may or may not be living up to its pre-season promise for both the Chatfield squads. Each is talented. Each has encountered some bumps in the 2012-2013 road. But on two separate nights, each shined like Klondike gold.

The boys did a number on 3-Rivers co-leader Southland (8-1, 11-3). In the 1st half, one trend/stat stood out like the mother-load. The Goph’s (ridiculously) went 24 straight possessions without a turnover. Chat outscored the Reb’s 34-17 in that span. They built a 46-30 halftime lead. From there, Southland only got as close as eight. The Goph’s convincingly won by thirteen, 81-68. They got balance from their starters Nate Skare (19 pts, 10 rebs), Jayme LaPlante (16 pts, 9 rebs), Mitch Irish (16 pts, 7 rebs), Jake Neis (11 pts, 7 assists), and Reid Danielson (7 pts, 6 rebs, 7 assists, 3 blks). Southland did too, from 4 of 5 starters, Mike Goergen (17 pts, 7 rebs), Nick Schmitz (16 pts, 4 assists), Lukas Anderson (12 pts, 11 rebs), and Decker Bendtsen (11 pts, 8 rebs). Sam Klaehn added 10 off the bench. Free throws aided the Gophers (11-18), hindered the Reb’s (5-16). Chatfield shot 48% (31-64), Southland 38% (26-68).

The girls hosted undefeated (17-0), 5th ranked Dover-Eyota. The Eagles entered the game having played only three single digit contests (K-M 68-60, Caledonia 69-61, P-E-M 61-58), averaging 74.4 PPG. An earlier contest saw D-E shellack Chat 69-43. The second meeting was quite different. A 16 to 4 mid-first-half run helped Chatfield to a 41-28 halftime lead. They led by as many as 21 in the 2nd, and 68-52 with 4:00 left. They were in control. Then, they got conservative offensively. D-E got frantic defensively. The result was a 14-1 Eagle run. Megan Ihrke’s 3-pointer (under 0:20) put the visitors within three (69-66). But Sidney Irish subsequently closed the door, nailing a pair of FT’s with 0:10 left. The Gophers stunned D-E and handed them their first loss 71-68. Four starters, MaKenzie Miller (16 pts, 10 rebs), Kirsten Keefe (15 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assists), Maddie Talamantes (11 pts), and Traci McDonald (8 pts, 7 rebs, 6 assists), plus the Irish reserves, Brook (9 pts, 7 rebs) and Sidney (8 pts), all contributed heavily. Soph Brandi Blattner (17 pts, 15 rebs) and senior Sarah Pease (16 pts, 5 rebs) led D-E. Making 18 of 29 first half 2-point FG’s spurred the Goph’s into the lead. The 3-Rivers girls race looks like this: D-E (12-1, 17-1), Southland (12-1, 14-2), Caledonia (9-3, 13-4), P-E-M (9-4, 13-5), and Chatfield (9-4, 11-6).

Worked and Progressed

Very early in the year, the Kingsland girls downed R-P 47-34. The Trojans shot horribly (1-20 from deep). They were implementing a new system (the ‘R-P boys’ system). It was a struggle. The Knights took advantage. A month-plus later, R-P’s progressed. It just didn’t look like it at halftime. Kingsland led 25-19, utilizing roughly the same M.O. as meeting #1 (at times, good passing to beat R-P’s 1-3-1). That lead ballooned to 11 early in the 2nd half. Then Trojan Sierra McNamer hit back-to-back three’s. She R-P back in the game (down 30-27). From there, FT’s were crucial. All told, the Trojans made 20 of 26. On eight occasions, they sank both shots. Kingsland was 9 of 19 (5 of 13 in the 2nd half). Hope Morrison (a Trojan reserve junior F) also made a couple huge shots. The first was a 3-pointer that capped a 4-point possession and put R-P up 39-35 (5:00). The second was a 2-pointer (3:30) that put R-P back in the lead, 41-40, for good. In the final 3:30, they made 9 of 10 FT’s. They got the win 50-42. McNamer was huge in the 2nd half (10 pts, 8 rebs, 5 stls; 12 pts, 10 rebs, 7 stls for the game). Amy Todd had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Cody Manfull scored 10 (6-6 FT’s late). Lizzie Tart (10 pts, 10 rebs, 6-6 FT’s), Marissa Bornholdt (10 pts), and Cheyenne Losey (5 pts, 10 rebs, 4 assists, 5 stls) led Kingsland. The Knights were 3-5 from 2-point-land and 3-15 from 3-point-land in the 2nd half. They had 33 total TO’s.

BBB

01-14 > Chatfield 68, Wabasha-Kellogg 36 (C: N. Skare 17 (3 of 4 from deep); Christian Bance 14 (4 of 6 from deep); Luke Isensee 10 pts, 6 rebs. Goph’s made 8 of 16 triples)

> FC 50, P-E-M 81 (FC: Nick Powell 15. P-E-M: Schuyler Thompson 21. Halftime score was 43-38 Bulldogs)

> Southland 76, Kingsland 49 (K: Marcus Plaehn 9. S: M. Goergen 25; N. Schmitz 17)

01-15 > Rochester Home School 61, Lanesboro 43 (L: Luke Rogers 14 pts, 7 rebs. RAH: Elias Rosedahl 26; Ryan Lowe 19. Burros were up 31-25 at half, scored 12 2nd half points. For the first time all year, the Lanesboro scoring trio (L. Rogers, Erik Peterson, Kole Ruud) didn’t all reach double figures. Every RAH starter is 6’4” or better)

> R-P 65, Kingsland 50 (R-P: Austin O’Hare 21; Cole Kingsley 14 pts, 9 assists, 9 stls. K: Marshall Oeltjen 10)

> FC 65, St. Charles 76 (FC: Dan Gatzke 23; N. Powell 20. SC: Aaron Leistikow 21)

01-17 > Lanesboro 80, Lyle/Pacelli 56 (L: K. Ruud 27; E. Peterson 21; L. Rogers 14; Daulton Gartner 10; Garret Boggs 8 assists. L/P: Skylar Meyer 21; David Diang 20. Smaller Burros held 33-19 rebounding advantage)

> M-C 55, Houston 36 (M-C: Noah Manning 18 pts, 14 rebs, 7 assists; Hunter Johnson 15 pts, 8 rebs. Coug’s outscored ‘Canes 35-16 in 2nd half after the game was tied at 20 at halftime)

01-18 > Chatfield 61, D-E 42 (C: N. Skare 14; J. LaPlante 11 pts, 9 rebs; J. Neis 7 pts, 8 assists. Goph’s win three on the week, improve to 7-4, 8-7 overall)

> Lanesboro 76, Grand Meadow 52 (L: K. Ruud 30 (7-7 from deep); L. Rogers 18; Issac Freese 16 pts, 11 rebs. Burros are 9-1, 10-4 overall. They trail Spring Grove (10-0, 10-4) in the East. GM (7-3, 8-6) leads the SEC West)

> M-C 49, Leroy-Ostrander 56, OT (M-C: H. Johnson 18 pts, 6 stls; N. Manning 14 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assists; Donnie Lind 10 pts, 13 rebs; Justin Ward DNP. L-O: Zach Royston 22. Coug’s are 4-6, 4-10)



GBB

01-14 > Caledonia 66, R-P 45 (R-P: S. McNamer 14. C: Taylor Winjim 30)

> W-K 28, Chatfield 62 (C: M. Miller 14 pts, 9 rebs, 6 stls, 5 assists; T. McDonald 10)

> Kingsland 35, Southland 80 (K: C. Losey 12 pts, 7 rebs. S: Jana Schammel 24)

> L-A 46, Lanesboro 37 (L: Johanna Bearson/Alisa Warnes 9 each. L-A: Alyssa Ellinghuysen 10)

> P-E-M 73, FC 34 (FC: Morgan Malley 15)

01-15 > Chatfield 58, Southland 66 (C: M. Miller 21 pts, 11 rebs; S. Irish/K. Keefe 12. S: four in double figures led by J. Schammel’s 22. Reb’s led by 13 at half, as many as 19 in second. Goph’s got as close as four)

> M-C 51, Houston 49 (M-C: Christy Welscher 12 pts, 9 rebs; Sara Lind 12; Lydia Geving 11 pts, 6 rebs, 7 assists. H: Abbey Loken 16; Kelly Jerviss 12 pts, 13 rebs)

> St. Charles 51, FC 52 (FC: M. Malley 26 pts (5-6 from deep). SC: Jessica Brubaker 20)

01-17 > R-P 48, P-E-M 59 (R-P: Kendra Crawford 17 pts; A. Todd 15. PEM: Sarah Hart 28. Trojans are 5-8, 8-8 overall)

> Lanesboro 22, Lyle/Pacelli 71 (L/P: had four girls in double figures led by Courtney Walter’s 15)

01-18 > Kingsland 60, FC 23 (K: L. Tart 11; 13 girls scored. FC: Leah Scheevel 8; starters Morgan Malley and Sammi Bakke did not play, Jordan O’Connor got injured. Knights are 6-7, 8-9. Falcons are 3-10, 3-12)

> GM 68, Lanesboro 23 (GM: Theresa Gehling 20. Burros are 2-8, 3-12)

> L-O 61, M-C 60 (M-C: C. Welscher 14 pts, 9 rebs; L. Geving 13 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assists, 5 stls; S. Lind 13 pts, 7 rebs. L-O: Jessica Jennings 20 (five three’s); Becca Bunne 16. Coug’s are 5-4 in SEC, 9-5 overall. They’re in 2nd behind SG (10-0, 11-6) in the East. L/P (7-2, 11-2) and GM (7-2, 8-6) lead the West)

Wrestling

01-15 > Wabasha-Kellogg/Alma 15, Chatfield 52 (Ty Van Sickle (113), Hank Friederichs (120), A.J. Riley (126), Harvey Friederichs (132), Ryan Meeker (138), and Austin Dahl (160) all won via pin, Alex Haffner (145) via TF (21-6), Ethan Wright (152) & Cody Bly (170) via MD (15-5 and 10-0), and Jared Goldsmith (106) via 7-4 D)

01-17 > Chatfield 51, NRHEG 18 > Chatfield 39, Kenyon-Wanamingo 30 (Gophers J. Goldsmith (106; 12-1 MD, 5-3 D), T. Van Sickle (113; two pins), Hank Friederichs (120; pin, TF), A.J. Riley (126; pin, 2-0 D), Harvey Friederichs (132; two pins), A. Haffner (145; TF, 12-3 MD), C. Bly (170; two pins), and Justin Viss (220/285; 7-0 D, FF) all won both their matches. The 9th ranked Gophers are 22-1 on the season)

01-19 > Hayfield Invitational (LARP won the individual tourney, downing nearest competitor Estherville Iowa (198 to 127). GMLOK finished 6th (of 6). J. Doerr (113), J. Theede (160), Greg Johnson (182), J. Heim (195 – didn’t have to wrestle), and E. Bain (285 – wrestled just one match) took 1st. McCoy Tekautz (106), S. Riebel (120), Tucker Speltz (152), N. Hoff (170), and N. Puetz (220) took second. For GMLOK, L. Roe (152) took first, beating T. Speltz (for the second time on the week) by decision (5-0). Blake Olson (132) and Wyatt Richardson (182) took 2nd. Richardson lost to G. Johnson 7-4 days after beating him 3-2)

Trojans Keep Streaking

Three games into the season; the R-P Trojan boys were 1 and 2. But there was likely no cause for concerned. Their two losses had each come in overtime, to very good squads P-E-M and Lewiston-Altura. Thirty-eight days later, R-P’s players went to bed grinning with satisfaction. They’d just avenged their first loss of the year and downed conference heavyweight, the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs. They’d also just run their winning streak to eleven. They haven’t lost since game three of the season. Unlike a year ago, it wasn’t the 3-point shot that sealed the Trojans fate. Tom Vix’s bunch made just 3 of 21 long balls against P-E-M. But their two-point shooting was great (53%, 19 of 38). They also got points the easy way, making 24 of 37 FT’s (65%). PEM shot better (17 of 22, 77%), but not as many. Balance was also very key. P-E-M tied its wagons to Nick Shanks, who incidentally scored 47 points the first time the schools hooked up. The junior had 24 go-around number two, but he was the only Bulldog in double figures. R-P used the quadri-faceted attack of Austin O’Hare (18 pts, 7-7 FT’s), Alex Vix (17 pts, 6 stls), Cole Kingsley (12 pts, 7 assists), and Jorli Hauge (9 pts, 11 rebs, 5 stls). They (9-2, 12-2) moved into a first place tie with P-E-M (9-2, 9-6) and Southland (9-2, 12-4) atop the 3-Rivers conference with a 71-63 victory. P-E-M played without its other star player, Beau Nelson (who had 24 in game #1 with R-P). He is injured.

What Do Eagles, Falcons, and Bulldogs Have in Common?

Answer? They all met up in Spring Valley for a wrestling triangular. GMLOK hosted LARP and Wabasha-Kellogg/Alma. The ‘Dogs and Falcons-North got things started. GMLOK spotted W-K/Alma a 12-0 lead and, at 120, it looked like the Falcons would get some more points. Jeff Speedling led Bulldog junior Stephen Kassel 7-0 after one period, only for Kassel to get a second period pin. The Bulldogs then used their middle-weights to go ahead on the scoreboard. Blake Olson (132) got a pin. Parker Hale (138) defended a shot and got a takedown in OT versus Ryan Lager to notch and 8-6 decision victory. Sam Roe (145) won a 4-2 decision to put GMLOK in the lead (18-16). Stated ranked Lucas Roe (152) and 8th grader Brandon Turner (160) finished off the run with a pin and a 9-1 major decision respectively. Heading to the final five weights, the host Bulldogs led 28-16. But, that’s when the GMLOK fun mostly ended. They forfeited 170. Wyatt Richardson fought state-ranked Porter Secrist hard for two periods, trailed 7-0 in the third, only to succumb (get pinned). Blake Benson (195) stopped the bleeding for a match. His pin kept GMLOK ahead 34-28, but the ‘Dogs forfeited the final two weights and fell 40-34.

LARP then took their turn against W-K/A. With a full squad, they faired much better. They got three pins in a row at 113 (Josh Doerr), 120 (Sam Riebel), and 126 (Justin Grindland) to take an 18-6 lead. The Falcons then ran off three straight (forfeit, tech fall, pin), to rally ahead 23-18. Standout senior 152-pounder Tucker Speltz ended the run with a first period pin. He put LARP ahead 24-23. That’s where they stayed. Save for that pesky Porter Secrist at 182 downing Greg Johnson (in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers), the Eagles won out the rest the way. Jordan Theede (160) took a forfeit ‘W.’ Nick Hoff (170) and Jon Heim (195) won via 12-6 and 5-0 decisions. Nick Puetz (225) and Evan Bain ended the dual right with back-to-back pins to give LARP the 48-29 win. Puetz did so with exactly 0:01 on the clock in the 3rd period.

LARP and GMLOK, the two county based schools, then finished the triangular grappling each other. After four weights, the Screamin’ Eagles were up 18-6 courtesy of a forfeit win at 113 (J. Doerr), and pins at 120 (S. Riebel) and 126 (J. Grindland). Brenn Olson got a pin at 106 for the Bulldogs. Then came GMLOK’s strength, the middle-weights. Blake Olson (132) took a forfeit. Parker Hale (138) scored a third period pin, Sam Roe (145) a first period pin. State ranked wrestlers Roe and Speltz slugged it out at 152; only Lucas controlled most of the match and scored a 6-0 decision win. At that point, GMLOK led 27-18. But then the upper-weights, where the Bulldogs aren’t short-handed, they’re virtually no-handed. LARP racked up forfeit wins at 160 (J. Theede), 170 (N. Hoff), 220 (N. Puetz), and 285 (E. Bain). Sandwiched in there was the match of the night between Greg Johnson (LARP) and Wyatt Richardson (GMLOK). Richardson, a sophomore, got the best of Johnson, a senior, surviving a third period throw (rolled thru to avoid the takedown), sneaking away with a 3-2 decision win. At 195, Jon Heim registered a pin. The final tally was thus LARP 48, GMLOK 30. Of the seven actual matches, the Bulldogs won five. For the triangular, LARP’s Josh Doerr, Sam Riebel, Justin Grindland, Jordan Theede, Nick Hoff, Jon Heim, Nick Puetz, and Evan Bain won both matches. GMLOK’s Blake Olson, Parker Hale, Sam Roe, and Lucas Roe went 2-0.

Falcons End Slide

Four games into the season, FC coach Aaron Janssen probably didn’t think, when his team was 2-2, that it would be another month-plus before they got win #3. Alas, 36 days after beating Grand Meadow, the Falcons snapped a 9-game slide by beating western rival Kingsland. Nick Powell, the Falcons 6’2” junior stud, was the main impetus. Powell rose up often, and nailed shots, leading FC with 16 points. He added 12 rebounds. Dan Gatzke’s 12 boards helped out on the glass. Diminutive FC point guard Logan Masters scored 10. He hit 8 of 8 FT’s. The Falcons led by a sole point at the half (18-17) and they progressively built their lead until winning by the final tally of 41-31. Kingsland never really mounted a rally. They lost interior presences Marshall Oeltjen and Filip Swanson to fouls and injury respectively. Sophomore Jacob Rindels and Marcus Plaehn were their leading scorers. Each had just six. Free throws killed the Knights. They were 6 of 19. FC faired much better (17 of 28). Both teams shot sub-30% from the field. FC improved its records to 2-9, 3-11. Kingsland fell to 4-7, 4-10.

Notable County Wrestler Records

> (26-0) Hank Friederichs, Soph, Chatfield (ranked #4 in A at 120)

> (25-1) Alex Haffner, Jr., Chatfield (ranked #8 in A at 152)

> (25-1) Harvey Friederichs, Jr., Chatfield (ranked #2 in A at 138)

> (24-0) Niko Anderson, Jr., FCLMC (170)

> (24-2) Jared Goldsmith, Soph, Chatfield (ranked #8 in A at 106)

> (24-2) A.J. Riley, Jr., Chatfield (ranked #5 in A at 132)

> (23-3) Cody Bly, Jr., Chatfield (170)

> (21-2) Lucas Roe, Sr., GMLOK (ranked #2 at 160 in AA)

> (21-5) Nick Puetz, Sr., LARP (220)

> (20-5) Tucker Speltz, Sr., LARP (ranked #8 at 152 in AA)

> (20-8) Connor Hanson, Jr., FCLMC (132)

> (19-2) Evan Bain, Sr., LARP (285)

> (19-4) Nick Hoff, Jr., LARP (170)

> (19-5) Greg Johnson, Sr., LARP (ranked #5 at 182 in AA)

> (19-6) Justin Viss, Sr., Chatfield (ranked #7 in A at 220)

> (18-8) Jacob Bleess, So., Chatfield (182)

> (18-10) Andy Love, Jr., FCLMC (138)

> (17-2) Josh Doerr, 8th, LARP (113)

> (17-6) Wyatt Richardson, Soph., GMLOK (182)

> (17-6) Monty Holm, Jr., FCLMC (182)

> (17-9) Ryan Meeker, So., Chatfield (132)

> (16-4) McCoy Tekautz, 8th, LARP (106)

> (15-3) John Heim, Soph., LARP (195)

> (15-9) Sam Riebel, Soph., LARP (120)

> (15-11) Ty Van Sickle, Jr., Chatfield (113)

> (14-11) Blake Olson, Soph., GMLOK (132)

> (13-12) Parker Hale, Frosh., GMLOK (138)

> (12-1) Jordan Theede, Jr., LARP (ranked #3 in AA at 160)

> (12-8) Tye Bentz, Jr., Chatfield (126)

> (8-2) Justin Mueller, 8th, LARP (106)

> (8-7) Chris Collett, Sr., FCLMC (120)

> (7-2) Tom Henry, Jr., FCLMC (160)

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