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Lucky #13 and Lucky #11


Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
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Lanesboro's Isaac Freese goes in for the dunk against Mabel-Canton (not really). Freese got the lay-up to go. The 6'2 senior gave the Burros an interior presence (10 pts., 10 rebs). His perimeter teammates gave M-C fits, and a 68-54 loss.

It takes a very good team to go once through the 3-Rivers schedule without a defeat, to win thirteen straight games. The newly ranked (#8 in A) Rushford-Peterson Trojans boys had a chance to do each. The road to those accomplishments, and to staying tied atop the 3-Rivers, went through the last team to down Tom Vix’s club, Lewiston-Altura. That loss occurred on December 11th, in two overtimes, by one (72-71): an instant classic. The re-match probably wasn’t destined to live up the first meeting. It was still a hotly contested affair in front of an awfully full Rushford auditorium between two rivals. Through much of the 1st half, the Card’s rode the efforts of senior Josh Ehlenfeldt. The 5’7” shot-taker pumped in 14 points. He helped his team lead by as many as eleven late. Enter the youngster who turned out to be the man of the night. Trojan sophomore Charlie Krambeer hit back-to-back three’s late to cut L-A’s lead to 30-25 at the half. The teams battled defensively in the 2nd half, R-P trying to solve L-A’s long 2-3 zone, L-A trying to beat R-P’s 1-3-1 trap/zone. Neither offense was consistently successful. Midway through the half, the Trojans went back to Krambeer. He made three’s on consecutive possessions. The later gave R-P their first lead, 41-39, since 8-5. L-A responded by scoring 5 out of the next 6 points. Krambeer then nailed another trifecta (3:00). Again, he pushed R-P into the lead (45-44). Jorli Hauge then made two huge defensive plays on back-to-back possessions. He drew a charge and then blocked a shot, following the latter up with a bucket on the other end (47-44 R-P). The Trojans made 4 of 6 FT’s down the stretch. They denied L-A defensively (the Card’s went scoreless over the final 7-plus minutes). Via a final of 51-44, the Trojans got their 13th victory in a row. Lucky #11, sharp-shooting 6’2” sophomore Charlie Krambeer led the way (18 pts, 6-11 deep shooting, 6 rebs, 3 stls off the bench). Alex Vix (12 pts) and Austin O’Hare (10 pts, 6 rebs) also reached double figures. Cole Kingsley had 6 points but 8 assists. Ehlenfeldt (24 pts) was the only L-A player in double figures. Nate Reps had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Free throws were one big discrepancy (R-P 11 of 25, L-A 1 of 2). Krambeer’s deep shooting (6 of 11) versus the rest of R-P from range (3 of 18) was another. The win keeps R-P (11-2, 14-2) tied for 1st place with PEM (11-2, 11-6). Southland (11-3, 14-5) is in 3rd. Caledonia (8-4, 11-5), L-A (8-5, 10-7), and Chatfield (8-5, 9-8) are 4-6.

Burro Winners

If one had to place bets on the winner of the Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton boys-girls series, conventional wisdom would have picked the M-C girls and Lanesboro boys. Each entered with much better records and having already downed their counterparts once. The Lady Burros kicked conventional wisdom right in the buttocks. They outplayed their M-C counterparts. Lanesboro ran the flex-cut well, and junior F Kaia Hongerholt exploited it with her passing. She assisted nine Burros buckets (added 7 rebs, 2 pts). Johanna Bearson did the bulk of the scoring (game-high 18 pts, 8 rebs). Alisa Warnes added 10 and 7 as Lanesboro, save for an early 4-2 deficit, led the entire way enroot to a 45-34 victory. M-C struggled to crack the Burros 2-3 zone. Sara Lind (9 pts, 11 rebs) and 8th grader Coranda Vickerman (9 pts, 3-6 from deep) led M-C. Christy Welscher (7 pts, 13 rebs, 3 blks) and Lydia Geving (5 pts, 7 assists) also did work.

A night later, the boys took the floor at Mabel-Canton Coliseum. Conventional wisdom held strong and firm. The Burro junior duo of Kole Ruud and Lucas Rogers made it hold firm. Early on, the Burros pulled a fast one and fed 6’2” senior F Isaac Freese in the post. Freese delivered the Lanes’ first six points. Then things got back to normal. Erik Peterson bombed away. Rogers bombed away. Ruud bombed away. M-C never had a scoring draught. They just exchanged four points, for six and nine, six points, for nine and twelve. Courtesy of 9 made trifectas (18 attempts), the Burros rolled to a 45-28 halftime lead. Roger’s 2nd half perimeter exploits kept the Lanes lead big. M-C scored the final 13 points to make the final Burros 68, Cougars 54. Ruud (23 pts, four 3’s in the 1st half, 6 assists), Rogers (21 pts, 6-11 from deep, 11 rebs), Peterson (12 pts, four 3’s), and Freese (10 pts, 10 rebs) all reached double figures. Noah Manning (17) and Justin Ward (13) led M-C. Lanesboro made 14 of 34 three’s.

Bulldogs Bulldog Wolves

The GMLOK and FCLMC wrestling programs have a number of similarities. Both don’t have enough wrestlers to fill out every weight. Both thus don’t have winning dual meet records. Both have quality wrestlers though, ones who’ve won a number of tournaments. Each has a state-ranked wrestler (GMLOK Lucas Roe, the 4th ranked 152-pounder in AA; FCLMC Niko Anderson, the 7th ranked 170-pounder in A). Both have three-combined high schools all rolled into one large acronym for a name. A match-up of the two programs in Harmony looked to be a competitive affair.

GMLOK opened with a couple wins. Bren Olson (8th) notched a first period pin and then Jacob Oehlke (8th) took a win by forfeit to give the Bulldogs the early lead (12-0). FCLMC then rolled off a couple quick wins, as Chris Collett (Sr.) picked up a first period pin and Alex Fishbaugher (Jr.) a second period one to tie things at 12 after about 10 minutes of real time. At 132, FCLMC’s Connor Hanson (Jr.) and GMLOK’s Blake Olson (So.) competed in the match of the night. Olson led 1-0 after two periods only for Hanson to get an escape in the third to force OT. In the first sudden death one-minute period, neither wrestler scored. That meant, two more thirty-second OT sessions, where Olson scored an escape in the first thirty, Hanson the second thirty, to keep the score tied 2-2. That forced a 4th, sudden death, thirty-second period, where Olson notched an escape for the 3-2 victory.

GMLOK rode the momentum of that big win. Parker Hale (Fr.) trailed Andy Love (Jr.) 5-2 after 2 periods at 138, only to secure a head-lock take over and transition it into a third period pin. Sam Roe (So.) and Lucas Roe (Sr.) followed that up with pins at 145 and 152, Sam in period two, Lucas with 0:10 left in period one. Brandon Turner (8th) wrestled out a 10-5 decision (got takedowns in each period) over Josh Jones at 160. Connor Hartson (Fr.) followed suit with the Roe boys and notched a first period pin at 170 to complete the Bulldog run. Before 182, the score was GMLOK 42, FCLMC 12. The visitors gave FCLMC’s undefeated Niko Anderson (Jr.) the free pass at 182. At 195, GMLOK’s Wyatt Richardson (So.) and FCLMC’s Monty Holm (Jr.) exchanged first period takedowns, but Richardson got the most of his; a first period pin. The match ended with each team getting a forfeit win, GMLOK Blake Benson (8th) at 225, FCLMC Dalton Mart (Sr.) at 285. By a final of 54-24, the Bulldogs secured the victory.

Not So Warrior-like

It doesn’t happen very often, and that makes it an occurrence. Typically, when a county girls basketball team plays Caledonia, at least in most recent history (the past two-plus years), they lose. From the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, to the morning of January 22nd of 2013, county teams (in the regular season) were a collective 1 and 18 against the mighty Warriors. The Chatfield Gophers were the only team to pick up a win (last season) versus Caledonia. They added another win in the 2012-2013 Sub-Section 1AA East final. So for two county teams to each rack up a win in the same week, well obviously it doubled the (regular season) win total from over two years. It was a rare, big occurrence (albeit with a slight asterisk; Caledonia played both games without second leading scorer Maddy Mullins).

The Kingsland Knights were the first team to do so. Not too many people could’ve seen that coming. Caledonia thumped Kingsland 64-22 in the first meeting on December 6th. In meeting two, at the half, the Warriors seemingly were on there way again. They led 39-33 and were scoring like the good team they are. The second half proved an entire different story. Clogging the lane (preventing Taylor Winjim from having a hay-day) and getting to open shooters, the Knights held Caledonia to 11 second-half points. Senior Jessi Kaster exploded offensively. The 5’10” forward entered the game averaging 4.6 PPG. Her season high had been 9 points. She racked up 18 points (many on loose ball put ins). From there, the Knights got offense from the more expected sources, fellow seniors Cheyenne Losey and Lizzie Tart. Losey had a huge all-around game (15 pts, 12 rebs, 6 assists, 4 blocks). Tart muscled her way to 13 points and 5 rebounds out of the post. Point guard Haley Colton chipped in 6 points and 7 assists as Kingsland, shooting a 56% from the field, upset Caledonia 56-50. In their coach Jill Thalmann’s words, “the girls played an amazing game against Caledonia on Tuesday. It was a team effort and was fun to take part in. This win proves how great our team is when we work together.” Winjim (15 pts), Maria Fruechte (14 pts), Lauren Rusert (10), and Marie Doering (10) all reached double-figures for the Warriors. It’s the first time this season a team below the top five (Kingsland, R-P, FC, St. Charles, W-K, or L-A) in the 3-Rivers has beaten a team in the top five (Southland, D-E, Chatfield, Caledonia, P-E-M).

Caledonia then trekked to Chatfield, the one Fillmore County team the Warriors can consider an arch-nemesis. The Gophers routinely play the Warriors tough, and get their wins (including twice last season). After losing the first battle of 2012-2013, 50-36, the Gophers had retribution on their minds. By the way they boxed out in the first half, one couldn’t tell it though. Caledonia ripped down 18 offensive rebounds. The Goph’s didn’t get hurt much by it. Caledonia couldn’t put the ball in the water standing on a 2-foot by 2-foot island. They shot a dreadful 3 of 37 from the field in the first half (2-24 on 2’s, 1 of 13 on 3’s). Three Rivers conference second leading scoring Taylor Winjim (17 PPG) had exactly one point. On the back of a late Sidney Irish 3-pointer, Chatfield led 18-15 at the half. It was a 2-3 zone versus 2-3 zone half-court defensive battle. The second half was back-and-forth (four lead changes, two ties) right up to the crucial segment of the game. Winjim hit a three to give Cale a 35-32 lead with 6-plus minutes left. The Gophers then strung together eight straight possessions in which they scored (a feat given they had only managed to score on back-to-back possessions up to that point). All tallied it equaled a 17-4 Gopher run. It, in combination with Chatfield making 9 of 11 FT’s in the final six-minutes, equaled Gopher victory, 52-44. In the words of Gopher coach Briam Baum, “Big win!” The home squad got a game-high 15 points (5-6 FT’s, 7 rebs) from a finally mended Sidney Irish. Maddie Talamantes (12 pts), MaKenzie Miller (9 pts, 9 rebs), Kirsten Keefe (7 pts, 6 assists), and Morgan Henry (6 pts all of the bench in the second half) also contributed big to the Gopher cause. Lauren Rusert (11 pts, 10 rebs), Fruechte (11 pts, 9 rebs), Winjim (9 pts), and Hannah Rusert (7 pts, 11 rebs) led Caledonia. The victory moved Chatfield into sole possession of third place in the 3-Rivers (11-4, 13-6). They trail Southland (15-1, 17-2) and Dover-Eyota (13-2, 18-2) while narrowly leading P-E-M (10-4, 14-5) and the Warriors (9-5, 14-6).

BBB

01-21 > Fillmore Central 67, Spring Grove 71 (FC: Dan Gatzke/Nick Powell 18 each; Jake Tammel 15. SG: Josh Olerud 15; Blaine Storlie/Chase Grinde 13 each. A big (25-4) mid-game (thru halftime) run was key of SG)

01-22 > Chatfield 71, FC 67 (C: Nate Skare 16; Jayme LaPlante 10 pts, 6 rebs; Reid Danielson 7 pts, 6 assists. FC: D. Gatzke 20 pts, 11 rebs; N. Powell 14 pts, 12 rebs. Win was Goph’s 4th in a row)

> Kingsland 76, Caledonia 99 (K: Marcus Plaehn 29; Marshall Oeltjen 21; Quinn Larson 11. C: West Speir 31; Colton Lampert 15; Austin Bauer 13; Josh Nord 12. Each team brought out its track shoes)

> St. Charles 54, R-P 70 (R-P: J. Hauge 14 pts, 5 rebs; A. O’Hare 13 pts, 5 rebs; C. Krambeer 12 pts (4-6 from deep). SC: Aaron Leistikow 20 pts (including 1,000 for career); Chase Busian 13; Talon Mercer 11)

01-24 > Chatfield 55, Caledonia 66 (Chat: R. Danielson 13; J. LaPlante 10 pts, 7 rebs; Nate Skare 10. Cale: four in double figures. Goph’s are 8-5, 9-8 overall. They’re in 6th place in the 3-Rivers)

> Pine Island 51, Kingsland 56 (K: M. Oeltjen 21; Lenny Moore 13. FT’s: K 19-30, PI 8-14)

> Wabasha-Kellogg 44, FC 47 (FC: N. Powell 13; D. Gatzke 10 pts, 12 rebs. FC is 3-10, 4-13)

01-25 > M-C 48, Glenville-Emmons 62 (M-C: J. Ward 16; Hunter Johnson 11. Cougars are 4-8, 4-12)

> Lanesboro 72, Schaeffer Acad. 58 (L: L. Rogers 28 pts, 12 rebs; K. Ruud 19; E. Peterson 12 pts, 7 rebs, 6 assists. TO’s: L 8, SA 22. Burros (11-1, 12-4) are 2nd in East behind SG (12-0, 13-4). GM (8-4, 9-7) leads the West)

01-26 > Kingsland 36, Winona-Cotter 48 (K: M. Oeltjen 17 pts, 9 rebs. Knights are 4-8, 5-12)

GBB

01-22 > FC 16, Chatfield 62 (C: Morgan Henry 14 pts, 5 rebs; MaKenzie Miller 11 pts, 8 rebs. FC: starters Morgan Malley/Jordan O’Connor/Sammi Bakke DNP. Thirteen of fourteen Gophers to play scored)

> R-P 52, St. Charles 59 (R-P: Kendra Crawford 21 pts, 5 assists, 4 stls; Hope Morrison 10. SC: Jessica Brubaker 20. FT’s: R-P 9-19, SC 24-37. Trojans were 18 of 70 from the field (25.7%))

01-24 > FC 61, W-K 58 (FC: Morgan Malley 34 (14 of 25 FG’s, 4-8 from deep); Leah Scheevel 9 pts, 15 rebs, 6 stls; Kenzie Broadwater 7 pts, 5 assists. W-K: Lexi Kanz 17. FC is 4-11, 4-13)

> R-P 75, L-A 11 (R-P: Amy Todd 22 pts, 7 stls; K. Crawford 18 pts, 7 rebs, 7 stls, 6 assists. Trojans are 6-9, 9-9)

01-25 > M-C 61, G-E 19 (M-C: C. Welscher 17; L. Geving 14; Carly McCabe 10. Coug’s are 6-5, 10-6. That’s just ahead of Hope Lutheran (7-6, 10-6) in the SEC-East and behind SG (12-0, 13-6). L/P (9-2, 14-2) leads the West)

> Lanesboro 46, S.A. 38 (L: Alisa Warnes 27. Burros trailed 24-16 at half. They are 4-8, 5-12)

01-26 > Kingsland 45, W-Cotter 57 (K: L. Tart 15 pts (9-10 FT’s), 9 rebs; C. Losey 12 pts (all in 2nd half), 10 rebs. W-C: Kathleen Bowlin 15 pts, 6 rebs; Kelsey Stenzel 14; Paige Gernes 8 pts, 9 assists. Knights are 7-7, 9-10)

Wrestling

01-22 > La Crescent 34, FCLMC 30 (Lancers led 22-0 after four weights. C. Hanson (132; 7-2), Andy Love (138; 8-6), Trevor Barnes (145; 9-7), and Gabe Decker (152-; 5-2) won decisions (22-12 LC). N. Anderson (#7 in A at 170) won a forfeit, Monty Holm (182) a pin (28-24 LC). A Lancer pin at 195 sealed it. The teams double FF’d 220. Dalton Mart won by forfeit at 285)

01-25 > LARP 24, K-W 51; LARP 45, P-E-M 22 (Josh Doerr (113; 2 pins), Jordan Theede (#2 in AA at 160; two pins), Greg Johnson (#4 at 182; pin, MD), and Evan Bain (new #8 at 285; FF, pin) went 2-0)

01-26 > Swalla Duals – Kasson (In Pool Play, LARP lost to AA #1 Kasson-Mantorville (58-11) and AAA Lean and Mean Centennial (42-34) while beating Sparta Wisconsin (39-31). In the 5th place dual, LARP beat Byron (39-31). J. Theede (160) was the only LARPer to go 4-0 (MD, MD, pin, TF). Tucker Speltz (#9 at 152), Nick Hoff (170), G. Johnson (182), and E. Bain (285) each went 3-1. LARP is 16-8)

> Robbinsdale Cooper Darrel Sohn Duals (FCLMC beat Mille Lacs (42-34), lost to Annandale/Maple Lake (36-15), and Minneapolis-Patrick Henry (43-28). Tom Henry (160) went 3-0. C. Hanson (132) went 2-0. N. Anderson (170) & D. Mart (285) wrestled to 2-1 records. Anderson suffered loss #1 (1-0 dec), to Teddy Erickson (#4 at 170 in AA) of A/ML. G. Decker (145), M. Holm (182) and Jarrett Brown (220) also went 2-1 (FF ‘W’s’). Wolves are 4-11)

> Lake City Tourney (Chatfield (#9 in A) took 1st (227.5) over Rochester-Mayo (202.5). A.J. Riley (#5 in A at 132, wrestled 126), Harvey Friederichs (#2 at 138, wrestled 132), Alex Haffner (#8 at 152, wrestled 138), Cody Bly (#9 at 170), and Justin Viss (#9 at 195) all took 1st. Friederichs, Bly, and Viss pinned their way through. Jared Goldsmith (#8 at 106), Hank Friederichs (#2 at 120), and Sam Fryer (182) took 2nd. Goldsmith lost to Seth Elwood (#9 in A at 106) 4-2 in the finals. Hank suffered loss #1 on the season, 6-4 to Mayo’s Miles Patton. Ryan Meeker (145) took 3rd)

> Wisconsin Dells Tourney (GMLOK took 2nd (174.5) to La Crosse-Aquinas (178). Bren Olson (106; 3 pins), Blake Olson (132), and L. Roe (152; 3 pins) took 1st. Stephen Kassel (120) and W. Richardson (182) took 2nd. P. Hale (138), S. Roe (145), and B. Benson (195) took 3rd. All nine Bulldogs to compete placed)

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