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Another 48 hours (in the 3-Rivers)

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
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Lydia Geving (#3) and Hannah Nolte (hand up) work a little two-woman game. Geving’s pass found its way to Nolte, and Nolte finished the lay-up. It was one of only a few things for Cougar fans to cheer about though, as GM downed M-C 62-45.

In the 3-Rivers conference, on a week-to-week basis, there is no rest for the weary, either on the boy’s side of things, or the girls. The Chatfield guys, via a cancellation and rescheduling, really walked straight into the teeth of the league. Their were like Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte (circa the 1980’s, or long before most of the players were born), and embarking on a (let’s call it a) 48 hour gauntlet (cause it was more than a 24 hour one) that saw them face the top two teams in the 3-Rivers, Rushford-Peterson and Plainview-Elgin-Millville, on consecutive nights (Thursday/Friday) in Chatfield. Night one went very well.


It was sort of fitting that the streak ended the way it did. The first team on Rushford-Peterson’s 13-game voyage of success and only success was their western rival Chatfield. In Rushford on December 13th, the Trojans overcame a 13-point halftime deficit with some excellent outside shooting (8 of 13 from distance) to down the Gophers 67-56. Twelve more victory celebrations later, the Trojans traveled west. The Gophers gladly welcomed them by (re)-introducing them to 6’3” Jayme LaPlante. Whenever possible, Chatfield fed their physically imposing power forward and La Plante wasn’t dissuade too often from making close-in shots. He scored 15 points in the second half alone. The most important three points probably came around the 1:00 mark of regulation. With Chatfield clinging to a 49-47 lead, or the average margin they held for the majority of the game, La Plante got the ball at point blank range. At first, he didn’t succeed, but his second effort was good with some harm. He finished off the 3-point play at the FT line. It gave the Goph’s a 52-47 lead. They made some FT’s (3 of 5) down the stretch and ended R-P’s 13-game winning streak via a final of 55-49. In the second half, R-P led just once (36-35), the game was tied three times (lastly at 45), and Chatfield’s biggest advantage was nine (26-17) very early in the stanza (after leading 20-16 at halftime). The game boiled down to rebounding, shooting, and turnovers. Chatfield won two of three areas. They held a good edge on the glass (unofficially 41-26). They shot the ball excellently (made 22 of 43 FG’s for the game). R-P wasn’t so good (16 of 57). Turnovers were in R-P’s favor. They committed 6 to the Gopher’s 20. La Plante was the only Gopher in double figures. He made 10 of 12 shots for a season-high 22 points. Fellow post player, 6’4” Brandon Adler added 9 points and 7 rebounds off the bench, as the Goph’s exploited the Trojans on the interior. Jake Neis scored just 5, but had 8 rebounds and 8 assists. For R-P, sophomore Charlie Krambeer continued his hot streak. The 6’2” guard made 6 of 11 three-pointers to lead R-P with 18 points. Classmate Cole Kingsley added 14 points.

Chances, Chances, Chances

Night number two, at the end of it all, didn’t go as well. But it didn’t go poorly either. It certainly went better than Chatfield’s last match-up with the defending Class AA state champion Bulldogs (PEM won 72-56 on December 18th in Plainview). The Gophers led most of the first half (and for a majority of the game in reality). The first 18:00 saw one tie and five lead changes before the Gophers clung to leads less than five. At the half, they clung to a 29-27 advantage. Out of the second half gate, Jake Neis put his shooting shoes on. The Gophers 5’9” junior guard drained four three’s in the opening 6-minutes, a couple from binocular-range, catapulting his team to a 41-33 lead. Chatfield still led by eight (47-39) when PEM rallied the horses. A 15-0 run erased the home teams lead and had Chatfield looking up at the scoreboard at a 54-47 deficit. Down the stretch the Gophers closed the gap. They certainly had their chances. In the final 4:00, Chatfield had possession of the ball trailing by two or three eight times. They forced no ties and took no leads. Their last chance, with 6-seconds left, a Nate Skare 3-pointer, was blocked by P-E-M’s Nick Shanks before it left Chatfield #22’s hand. Via a final of 61-58, the Bulldogs pulled out the win. Neis led all scorers with 23 points. He canned 5 of 7 triples. He was the only Gopher in double figures, though Mitch Irish had 9 points and 9 rebounds. For P-E-M, Shanks was the man. The 6’3” junior (who leads the 3-Rivers in scoring) had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocked shots (including the one that absolutely sealed the victory). Schuyler Thompson and Alex McGuire chipped in 10 apiece for the Bulldogs. Turnovers were an issue for Chatfield. After having 9 in the first 18:00, they had 15 in the second half (24 total). PEM had 15 total. The Bulldogs also held a small edge at the free throw line, 15 of 20 to 12 of 19. Other than that, each team hit six three’s. Each team had 20 field goals. The Gophers held a small edge on the glass. The loss drops Chatfield to 9-6 in the 3-Rivers, 10-9 overall. There are a pretty formidable to be sitting in sixth place in a conference.

A Familiar Number

Back in the fall, the R-P Trojan volleyball team trekked to Plainview with something other than (just) winning on their mind. Senior teammate Amy Todd was on the verge of 1,000 career kills. She accomplished the milestone. The Trojans won. All was well that evening. A few months later, the R-P girl’s basketball team trekked to Lanesboro in the same scenario. Todd again sat on the verge of a huge prep milestone, 1,000 career points. At the 10:56 mark of the first half, Todd cut down the lane. Junior point guard Kendra Crawford found her and, voila, Todd was again the center of attention in the R-P sports world. The game stopped. The athletic 5’9” forward got a round of applause. She accepted congrats from all around her. Then the game began again, and Todd continued scoring. She tallied 25 in the first half and a season-high 35 for the game (made 14 of 22 FG’s and 7 of 8 FTs). The Trojans, with a their swarming trap (facilitated 40 Burros TO’s), and surgical offense (R-P scored on 11 of their first 12 2nd half possessions), re-commenced scoring. When the horn finally blew, they were victorious over Lanesboro 93-39. Crawford set up Todd often (unofficially was credited with 10 assists). She added 13 points and 8 steals. Sierra McNamer had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. The Trojans as a team were 34 of 57 (59.6%) from the field and 16 of 23 (69.6%) from the FT line. Every R-P’er to play scored (though that’s only nine girls, as they now dress just 10 for varsity). Lanesboro’s main highlight was the play of 6’0” sophomore Olivia Haug. The long-armed center led the Burros in scoring (12), rebounding (11), and (unofficially) assists (4) while adding two steals and two blocks. Kirsten Ruen added 9 points.

That Old Tale of Two Halves Story

Who know why it happens? It just does. On certain nights, one team shoots lights out for a half, and then goes cold. The other squad starts cold, and then shoots lights out. Blame it on whatever; a looser rim on one end of the floor facilitating friendly bounces, random better/worse execution from one half to the next for each squad, happenstance, or maybe the girls in the crowd (for a boys game) on one end of the floor were hotter, facilitating better play in their vicinity! When it came to the Fillmore Central boys and Mabel-Canton, there was probably a more rationale explanation. When the Cougars came out hot in the first half, making 10 of 16 total shots (63%), and FC wasn’t as sharp-aimed (8 of 20 for 40%), leading the Coug’s to sport a 22-19 halftime lead, it caused a change in FC’s second half demeanor. The bigger, more battle-tested, 3-Rivers Falcons bore down. They likely executed better, concentrated harder, and were more intense in the second half. That picked up their shooting (11 of 16, 69%). Defensively, they likely picked it up too, and held M-C to 4 of 21 from the field (19%). Or, again, the girls on one end of the court were quite attractive and the Falcons didn’t want to be upstaged (look like putzes)! Nonetheless, behind the second half resurgence, Nick Powell’s 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Dan Gatzke’s 14, the Falcons erased the 3-point halftime deficit. They outscored the Cougars 31-12 in the second stanza to win the game 50-34. Hunter Johnson (9 points) paced M-C. FC wound up shooting 52.8% (19-36) for the game, the Coug’s 37.8% (14-37). The Falcons also dominated the glass (24 to 12) and at the FT line (11 of 16 to 3 of 6).

Coug’s Host Tough Larks

The Grand Meadow Super Larks have a couple pretty good basketball teams this season. The boys, on February 1st, were atop the SEC-West with a league record of 9-4 (10-7 overall). Only eastern foes Spring Grove (12-0, 13-4) and Lanesboro (11-1, 12-4) sported better SEC/overall records. The Lady Larks, on the other hand, entered sitting in second place in the SEC-West (9-3, 10-7) behind Lyle/Pacelli (10-2, 16-2). They too boasted the third best record in the SEC, behind L/P and Spring Grove (12-0, 14-6). That meant both the Mabel-Canton squads had their work cut out for them as the schools hooked up for a double-header in Mabel.

The boys took to the court first. The Cougars stayed close through better than half the first 18:00. With about 6:00 left, M-C led 22-21. From there though, GM ended the half on a 15-3 run. They began the second stanza on a 10-2 run. All told, they went 25-5 on the Cougars, turning that one-point deficit into a 46-27 lead. The Larks (sporting many of the same athletes that led the football team to state in November) were just too much. M-C had no answer for 6’4” Bryce Benson (19 pts, 11 rebs, 3 blks) inside. They had no answer for the all-around play of 6’0” junior G Trenton Bleifus (16 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls). Add in the contributions of Andrew Riedemann (11 pts, 5 rebs) and Landon Jacobson (10 pts) and GM had more than enough to down Mabel-Canton, 70-52. Justin Ward (17 pts, 4 rebs, 5 assists) and Noah Manning paced the Cougars (13 pts, 7 rebs). The Larks shot 48% from the field (24-50) to M-C’s 40% (22-55). They also owned a huge advantage at the free throw line, making 17 of 34 (50%) to M-C’s 4 of 12 (33.3%). The loss put M-C’s records at 4-9 in the SEC, 4-14 overall.

The Cougar and Lark girls then took the court. Judging by records (both above .500, both in second place in their division), and judging by the first meeting between the two squads (a 45-39 Lark victory in Grand Meadow), a good game could’ve been expected. Lark senior G’s Audra Durhman and Autumn Thorsen had other ideas. Each nailed a pair of shots (a two and a three) in the opening minutes and, before you knew it, GM led 11-0. M-C countered by going inside. Following a Hannah Nolte bucket, the Cougars were almost back to even (down 20-18) with 6:00 left in the first half. And then the wheels came off. Turnovers plagued the Cougars. They committed 14 to GM’s 7 in the first stanza. Grand Meadow continued its hot shooting. They made 16 of 29 FG’s including 6 of 13 three’s in the first half. The Larks were super in ending the half on a 21-0 run to lead 41-18 at the break. Durhman, at that point, had 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting (3 of 5 from behind arc). Thorsen had 12 points. M-C kept working in the second half, getting spirited play from junior guard Lydia Geving. They got to within 14 on three different occasions, but no closer. They couldn’t make a true game of it (though they outscored GM 27-21 in the second half). By a final of 62-45, Grand Meadow got the win, the boys-girls sweep. Durhman (21) and Thorsen (18) led the victors, doing the critical damage very early. Rio Landers, a 6’0” freshmen C helped close the door, at one point scoring 7 straight GM points late. Geving (12 pts, 6 rebs, 9 stls) and Christy Welscher (12 pts, 9 rebs) led M-C. Abby Hanson had 9 points and 6 rebounds off the M-C bench. The Cougars played without starting guard Carly McCabe. On top of GM’s hot early shooting and M-C’s cold early ball handling; free throws hurt the Coug’s. They went 5 of 18 from the line. GM finished making 10 of 22 three-pointers.

Falcon Gals Get a Sweep

It’s not the most impressive thing in the world. Every girl’s team in the 3-Rivers might do it. But the young Fillmore Central Falcons girls swept conference foe Lewiston-Altura. They did so in a rare make-up Saturday matinee session (12:00 start). FC got in the driver’s seat early, building an 11-4 lead that, at halftime, was 21-15. In the second half, the Cardinals brought in their secret weapon. Emilia Schindeldecker seemingly was trying to score one point for every letter of her last name (she came one point short). The unknown-heighted freshmen forward netted nine of L-A’s first 11 points of the second stanza. The last point, a free throw, gave the Card’s a 26-25 lead. Shindeldecker’s last points of the half, a few minutes later, tied the game at 31. At that point, the home Falcons went on a 10-0 run. It gave them a 41-31 lead with around 4:00 to go. And though the Card’s finished the game making 4 of their final 5 shots, their chances were pretty rendered null and void when Morgan Malley hit a 3-pointer with under 2:00 to play to give FC a 45-36 lead. The Falcons won by a final of 48-40. FC won 45-42 in Lewiston on December 14th. Malley’s 13 paced the Falcons. Sammi Bakke, who has missed much of the year per a medical issue, scored 10 and had 6 rebounds. Eighth grade point guard Kenzie Broadwater had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Schindeldecker’s 13 paced L-A, though the Card’s beat the Falcons up on the boards (unofficially 42-28). Carmen Kryzer (8 points) and Andrea Weaver (4 points) each had 14 rebounds. Turnovers were the big story. FC had 18. L-A had 36. The win improves FC’s records to 5-12 (3-Rivers) and 5-15 (overall).


02-01 > FC 36, D-E 39 (FC: D. Gatzke 11. D-E: Travis Austin 18 pts, 12 rebs. Ben Hintz got his only points of the contest on a game winning three-pointer with less then a second to play. Falcons are 3-11, 5-14)

> Kingsland 59, St. Charles 78 (K: Marshall Oeltjen/Marcus Plaehn 12 each; Quinn Larson 10. SC: Aaron Leistikow 26 pts, 10 rebs. Saints avenge 61-56 loss in December. Knights are 4-9, 5-13)

> #8 in A R-P 67, Wabasha-Kellogg 41 (R-P: Charlie Krambeer/Austin O’Hare 12 each; 12 Trojans scored. They are 12-3, 15-3. That’s 2nd place in 3-Rivers behind P-E-M (12-2, 13-6). Southland (11-3, 14-5) is a half-game behind R-P. L-A (9-5, 11-7), Caledonia (8-5, 11-6) and Chatfield (9-6, 10-9) round out the top six)

> Lanesboro 81, Glenville-Emmons 60 (L: Luke Rogers 26 pts (5-10 3’s), 10 rebs, 7 assists; Kole Ruud 20 pts (10-10 FTs), 5 assists; Isaac Freese 12 pts, 19 rebs; Daulton Gartner 10 pts, 7 rebs. G-E: Derek Olson 30. Burros are 12-1 in SEC, 13-4 overall. They are in 2nd in the East behind SG (13-0, 15-4). GM (10-4, 11-7) leads the West)


01-31 > Spring Grove 65, FC 50 (FC: Morgan Malley 15; Leah Scheevel 10. SG: Randi Mehus 15; Addy Cross 13 pts, 7 rebs; Nicki Ellingson 11 pts, 10 rebs; Samantha Bratland/Julianna Sand 9 each)

02-01 > D-E 67, FC 26 (FC: M. Malley 10. D-E: twelve girls scored. Nikayla Ratz’s 10 was high-game)

> Chatfield 58, P-E-M 56 (C: Sidney Irish 14 pts, 5 assists; Kirsten Keefe 11 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists; MaKenzie Miller/Maddie Talamantes 9 each. PEM: Sarah Hart 21. Goph’s are 12-4, 14-6. That’s 3rd place in the 3-Rivers behind #10 in AA Southland (15-1, 17-3) and D-E (14-2, 20-2). Caledonia (10-5, 15-6) and PEM (10-5, 14-6) are 4-5.)

> G-E 26, Lanesboro 61 (L: Alisa Warnes 13; Johanna Bearson 12; O. Haug 11. Burros are 5-8, 6-13 overall)

> St. Charles 36, Kingsland 44 (K: Cheyenne Losey 10 pts, 13 rebs, 6 blks; Marissa Bornholdt 10. Knights are 8-7 in 3-Rivers, 10-10 overall)

> W-K 31, R-P 78 (R-P: Hope Morrison career high 23; A. Todd 22 pts, 13 rebs; S. McNamer 11 pts 13 rebs; K. Crawford 10. Trojans led 30-21 a half before outscoring Falcons 48-10 in second half. Trojans are 7-9, 11-9)

02-02 > M-C 45, Spring Grove 75 (M-C: L. Geving 14. SG: A. Cross 18; S. Bratland 14; R. Mehus/N.Ellingson/J. Sand 11 each. FTs: SG 17-28, M-C 2-8. Cougars are 6-7, 10-8. That’s 3rd in the SEC-East behind the Lions (14-0, 16-6) and Hope Lutheran (7-7, 10-7). Lyle/Pacelli (11-2, 17-2) lead the West)


01-31 > FCLMC 36, D-E 45 (Eagles began match up 21-0 after four weights. The Wolves rallied to trail 39-36 heading to 285, but suffered a pin. Andy Love (138), Tom Henry (160), and Jarrett Brown (220) scored pins. Connor Hanson (132), Niko Anderson (170), and Monty Holm won via forfeit)

> LARP 28, C-SG 42 (C-SG won first eight matches to lead 36-0. Jordan Theede (160), Nick Hoff (170), and Greg Johnson (182) won by pin, Nick Puetz (220) via decision, and Evan Bain (285) via forfeit. LARP is 16-8)

> GMLOK 28, Medford 27; GMLOK 48, Southland 24; Medford 39, Southland 12 (Versus Medford, GMLOK’s 4th-ranked 152-pounder Lucas Roe wrestled out a 15-2 MD at 170. It proved the difference in the match. Trailing 21-18 at the time, those four points gave GMLOK the lead/win (the teams exchanged FFs thereon in). Another difference was 113-pounder Josh Graves losing via 11-6 decision (versus and MD). He trailed 11-1 in 3rd period but got an escape, takedown, and near-fall points. Stephen Kassel (120; pin, FF), Blake Olson (132/138; two pins), Sam Roe (145/152; pin, FF), L. Roe (170; 15-2 MD, pin), and Wyatt Richardson (182; two FF) went 2-0)

02-02 > Pine Island Tourney (FCLMC finished 6th, GMLOK 8th (of 9). For the ‘Dogs, L. Roe (152; 17-2 TF, 8-2 D, 9-1 MD) and W. Richardson (182; pin, 3-1 D, 5-3 D) each took 1st. Richardson trailed FCLMC’s M. Holm 3-0 in the 3rd period, but got a throw (takedown) and near-fall points in final 0:15 for win. For FCLMC, Holm (182; pin, 3-5 D) and A. Love (138; pin, 4-3 D, 5-13 MD) took 2nd. C. Hanson (132; pin, 2-7 D, 11-6 D) took 3rd. Records: Roe (27-2), Richardson (22-7), Holm (19-8), Love (19-12), and Hanson (23-10). FCLMC’s Niko Anderson did not wrestle)

> WEM/JWP Mike Fasnacht Memorial (Class A #9 Chatfield (203) took 3rd to #1 in Class A Jackson County Central (233) and WEM/JWP (207). Jared Goldsmith (#8 in A at 106) took 1st, beating Medford’s Seth Elwood (#9 in A) 6-5 in the final. Hank Friederichs (#2 at 120) took 1st beating JCC’s Jordan Biehne (#7 at 120) 3-2 in 2 OT’s in the finals. Alex Haffner (#8 at 152, wrestled 138) took 1st (14-3 MD, 6-2 D). Ryan Meeker (145) also took 1st (11-6 D, 6-2 D). Harvey Friederichs (#2 at 138, wrestled 132) took 2nd, losing 3-1 to JCC’s Eliot Jurries (#2 at 132). A.J. Riley

(#5 at 132, wrestled 126), Sam Fryer (182), and Justin Viss (#9 at 195) each took 3rd. Records: Goldsmith (30-3), Hank F. (32-1), Haffner (32-1), Meeker (24-10), Harvey F. (31-2), Riley (30-3), Fryer (10-14), Viss (24-7))

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