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Wrestlers represent

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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With the Chatfield wrestling team already heading to state as Section 1A’s representative, it only figured the Gophers would have multiple wrestlers challenging for individual state births. Given, L-A/R-P, FC/L/M-C, and GM/L-O/K each have individual studs in their own right, it only figured the squads representing Fillmore County (and their respective schools) on the mats would be well represented at state. Figures were correct. No less than 13 county-linked athletes fought their way to fight again on Minnesota’s biggest prep wrestling stage. Naturally, the Section champion Gophers were the best represented.

Joel Viss and his assistants were busy men on Saturday the 23rd. The Gophers had individuals reach the semifinals at each of the first seven weights. Nine total Gophers (of 14 weights) made their semifinals. Winning section individual titles were the Friederichs boys, Hank, the 120-pound champ (sophomore, 42-1 record), and Harvey, the 132-pound champ (junior, 41-2). Joining them was the coach’s son, Justin Viss, the 195-pound champ (senior, 32-7). That trio wrestled in eleven matches, recording nine pins (Hank and Justin won their finales 6-3 and 5-3). Those two were state qualifiers a year ago, finishing 5th (at 106) and 6th (195) respectively. Jared Goldsmith (106), Alex Haffner (138), Ryan Meeker (145), and Cody Bly (170) each made it to their respective finals. Goldsmith (sophomore, 37-5) lost 8-4 to K-W’s Jared Clawiter. Haffner (junior 39-2) lost 3-2 to Z-M’s Mitchell Watkins. Meeker (sophomore, 30-12) won a pair of OT decisions leading up to a 3-1 loss to Lake City’s Shane Siewert. Bly (junior, 37-4) lost 2-1 in 3 OT’s to FCLMC’s Niko Anderson; the third meeting between the two. Anderson won two previous exchanges both 5-3 (once in OT). He owns three of Bly’s four defeats. Goldsmith and Meeker were crowned section runner’s-up without having to wrestle another match. Haffner beat K-W’s Trent Brossard 3-2, and Bly pinned Z-M’s Dillon Downes, in true 2nd place matches, to earn their trips to state. Haffner was a state qualifier last season. Finally, A.J. Riley (126) took the longest route to state. He (junior, 41-3) lost a 3-1 OT affair in the semis (to Goodhue’s Kyle Drehmel), and then notched three straight wins (7-0, 7-1, 6-1), the last in the true 2nd place match, to secure a state seat. Of the nine Gophers semifinalists, only Ty Van Sickle didn’t finish 1st or 2nd (earn a trip to state). He finished 4th at 113. Anderson (junior, 34-1), Connor Hanson (132), Tom Henry (160), and Monty Holm (182) made the semis for FCLMC. Anderson, via a couple close decisions (3-1 in semis over Downes, the 2-1 3-OT affair with Bly), was crowned 170-pound champ. He is the first FCLMC state entrant since Blaine Coyle (2009). Hanson and Henry each took 3rd. Holm took 4th. Viss is the only senior of the county Class A state qualifiers.

In Class AA, L-A/R-P will send three wrestlers to state. Jordan Theede (junior, 25-1), whose career wasn’t a certainty at the season’s onset per concussion issues, is the 1AA 160-pound champ. He pinned his way to the finals and then downed WEM/JWP’s Brady Ayers 7-2 for the title. It’s Jordan’s second consecutive, and third overall state trip. Greg Johnson (senior, 30-7) also fought his way to a repeat state appearance. He made the 182-pound final, but lost 12-4 to Byron’s Brian Bertram. It put him in a true second match with familiar foe, GMLOK’s Wyatt Richardson. The wrestlers each beat one another in the regular season, but Johnson got the 8-2 win when it most counted. At heavyweight, Evan Bain (senior, 28-5) racked up a couple pins to make the final, only to fall (by pin) to K-M’s Sam Stoll. He was runner-up without another match. It’s his first state appearance. LARP had seven total semifinalists. Nick Hoff (170) took 3rd. McCoy Tekautz (106), Josh Doerr (113), Tucker Speltz (152), and Nick Puetz (a non-semifinalist at 220) each took 4th. For GMLOK, Lucas Roe (senior, 38-2) headlined the mat action by being crowned 1AA champion at 152. He survived his semifinal match with K-M’s Andy Bigelow 1-0 (before getting a pin in the finals). Roe returns to state (he did not place last season). GMLOK had four semifinalists. Richardson took 3rd. Jace Bunne (a non semifinalist at 126) and Parker Hale (138) each finished 4th. Semifinalist Blake Olson (132) took 6th.

Girls Sub-Sections

It’s not March, but it’s getting close. That naturally means the ‘madness’ of post-season basketball. Every game means so much more. A loss means the end of the road. And after just quarterfinal action, two-thirds of the counties girl’s basketball teams were turning in gear.

Fillmore Central and Lanesboro had to play their way into the final eight in Sub-Section 1A. The 7th-seeded Falcons (6-19) hosted 10th seed Houston (5-18). FC put up a season-high 82 points (21 better than their previous best, 61 versus W-K). That was enough to best the Hurricanes, 82-72. Four Falcons reached double figures. Senior Jordan O’Connor, in her last home game, had a season-high (career-high) 23 points (5 of 9 three-pointers). Morgan Malley added 18 and Sammi Bakke 13. Eighth grader Kenzie Broadwater stuffed the stat sheet (11 pts, 7 rebs, 7 stls, 4 assists).

Eighth seeded Lanesboro (7-18) used its inside play to take down 9-seed Schaeffer Academy (6-18) 58-48, their third win over the Lions this season. SA had little answer for Burro post players Olivia Haug and Alisa Warnes. Haug (a sophomore) had the game of her young career (20 pts, 14 rebs). Warnes played well in her last home game (18 pts, 7 rebs). Lanesboro had 17 offensive rebounds and 23 second-chance-points. Senior PG Johanna Bearson had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Those two teams got the Sub-Section’s top two seeds. Rushford-Peterson (#1, 13-12) thumped Lanesboro (#8, 8-18) by a final of 73-22, ending the Burros season at 8-19. R-P got contributions from everywhere. Amy Todd (16), Mariah Mueller (14), and Kendra Crawford (11) all reached double figures. Seven Trojans had six or more. Haug and Bearson each had six for Lanesboro. The score would’ve been worse had the Trojans not made just 13 of 34 FT’s. FC (7-19) got the same kind of treatment from 2-seed Spring Grove (20-6). The Lions used balance (five in double figures) to down FC 69-30, SG’s 13th win in a row. Morgan Malley’s (7 pts and 8 rebs) led the Falcons. They finish the season with a 7-20 record. In other 1A action, 6-seed Mabel-Canton (13-12) trekked to 3-seed Grand Meadow (15-10). They then trekked home, season complete. The Larks swept the 3-game season series with M-C via a 59-48 win. Senior Audra Durhman was an M-C menace (20 pts, 10 rebs). Cortney Olson and Autumn Thorsen had 13 apiece. Carly McCabe’s season-high 18 points paced M-C. The Cougar season finishes at 13-13.

In AA action, the East’s top seeded, Chatfield (18-7), had no problem downing 8th-seeded Lewiston-Altura (3-23) 65-18. Sixteen Gophers scored. MaKenzie Miller led all players with 14. Then there was the only (county-related) quarterfinal to truly be competitive. Kingsland (13-13), the 4-seed in the West, hosted Rochester-Lourdes (10-15), the 5-seed. The 1st half had two ties and six lead changes. The home Knights clung to a 20-18 halftime edge. In the 2nd half, Kingsland built a 33-25 lead. From there, the Knights scored just six points. Lourdes ratcheted up their defensive intensity. Eagle senior G Jennifer Rahman hit a couple of big shots, none larger than a 3-pointer with 1:23 remaining. It broke a 39 tie and put R-L in front for good. The Eagles ended on a 16-2 run over the final 8:00 to (mildly) upset the Knights 47-39. Jessi Kaster led Kingsland (16 pts, 8 rebs). Junior F Marissa Bornholdt added 9 and 6 rebounds. Rahman and freshmen Katie Helt each had 12 for Lourdes. The Knights season ends at 13-14.

Top Seeds Square Off

It’s definitely an oddity. Due to weather cancellations, a pair of teams knowing they’d boast the top seeds in their respective Sub-Sections, squared off against each other to end the regular season. Chatfield, Sub-Section 1AA-East’s top seeded, trekked to Rushford to faced Sub-Section 1A-East’s top seed, the R-P Trojans. The phrase of the night was ‘defense and MaKenzie Miller.’ The Gophers used each to top the Trojans 48-38. Miller was the only player to reach double figures. The Trojans had no answer for the 6’1” senior center. She made 10 of 16 FG’s, and 4 of 5 FT’s, for a season high 24 points. Miller added 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Kirsten Keefe benefited from Miller’s effectiveness, registering 7 helpers (4 pts, 3 rebs). For R-P, seniors Amy Todd and Mariah Mueller each had 9 points. The loss has R-P finishing the regular season with an 8-12 record in the 3-Rivers, a 13-12 overall mark. Chatfield finishes in 3rd place in the 3-Rivers with a 15-5 record. They finish at 18-7 overall.

Falcons Fall on Senior Night

Senior night is always a special occasion; the last (regular season) home game for the longest tenured group of players on the team, the ones whose careers are coming to a close. The Fillmore Central boys hosted the Aaron Leistikow led St. Charles Saints for senior night. The Saints 6’2” F leads the 3-Rivers conference in scoring at 25 a game. It was FC’s job to slow him down. They did admirably. The competitive action picked up in the 2nd half. After trailing 27-20 at intermission, the Falcons went on an 11-4 run to knot the game at 31. They rode junior forward Nick Powell, who, after a 2-point first half (Aaron Janssen played all of his seniors, reducing the junior’s playing time), exploded for 15 in the second 18:00. FC held two leads from there (34-33, 37-35), but every time they got close, Leistikow, or Saint junior F Devin Decker made a play to keep SC on top. A Jake Tammel three at the 1:51 mark tied the game for the third time in the 2nd half at 49. St. Charles then got a 3-point play from Leistikow. They made 6 of 7 free throws down the stretch, finishing the game on an 8-2 run. By a final of 57-51, the Saints ruined FC’s senior night. Powell’s 17 points (6 rebs) paced the Falcons. Senior F Dan Gatzke chipped in 11 and 7 rebounds. Leistikow was held under his average, but he still scored 23 (6 rebounds). Decker had a nice all-around game, slashing to the hoop with great body control, stuffing the stat column (13 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists, 3 stls). The loss ends FC’s regular season. They finish 3-17 in the 3-Rivers, 6-20 overall.


02-18 > M-C 46, SC 78 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 10 pts, 6 rebs; Collin O’Bieglo 10. SC: Aaron Leistikow 22)

> FC 42, L-A 47 (FC: Dan Gatzke 16 pts, 10 rebs. L-A: Josh Ehlenfeldt 17; Nate Reps 10 pts, 13 rebs)

02-19 > Caledonia 42, #7 in A R-P 59 (R-P: Austin O’Hare 21 pts (5-9 on 3’s, 8-13 FG’s); Seth Thompson 11 pts, 5 rebs; Jorli Hauge 9 pts, 9 rebs, 6 assists, 4 stls. Trojans built a 38-21 halftime lead and cruised. With one regular season game left, they are 16-3, 21-3. With a win, they’ll tie for co-3-Rivers champs with PEM. R-P has won 7-straight and 20 of there last 21 games. They are Sub-Section 1A-East’s 1-seed)

> Wabasha-Kellogg 41, Chatfield 68 (C: Jayme LaPlante 17 pts, 10 rebs; Nate Skare 18 (made 4 of 6 3’s); Reid Danielson 8 pts, 5 assists. W-K: Joe Meyer 17)

> Lanesboro 73, L-A 91 (L: Kole Ruud 40 (hit 9 of 19 3’s); Erik Peterson 17; Isaac Freese 10 pts, 13 rebs. L-A: J. Ehlenfeldt 34; N. Reps 22. Burros got beat 46-27 on the boards by a taller L-A team)

> P-E-M 68, FC 51 (FC: N. Powell 15 pts, 8 rebs; J. Tammel 13; D. Gatzke 9 pts, 11 rebs. PEM: Nick Shanks 26)

02-22 > Houston 36, M-C 62 (M-C: H. Johnson 16 pts, 6 rebs; Justin Ward 14 pts, 11 rebs, 6 assists; C. O’Bieglo 10 pts, 9 rebs. Coug’s finish regular season at 6-12, 6-19. They are the 7-seed in 1A-East)

02-23 > Lyle/Pacelli 87, Lanesboro 81 (L: K. Ruud 33 pts (6-8 three’s), 5 assists; E. Peterson 21 pts, 7 assists; Luke Rogers 19. L/P: Skylar Meyer 34; David Diang 29; Jordan Hart 14. Athletics made 7 FT’s in the final minute to cinch the win. Burros made 15 of 30 3’s and 50% of FG’s but L/P shot 58%. TO’s: L 15, L/P 6. Burros (16-2, 17-7) finish in 2nd in SEC-East behind SG (17-1, 20-6). Burros do receive the #2 seed in 1A-East)

> Chatfield 70, Southland 65 (C: Jake Neis 29 pts (5-10 from deep, 12 of 15 FT’s), 10 rebs; J. LaPlante 16 pts, 9 rebs; Nate Skare DNP. S: Decker Bendtsen 21; Mike Goergen 14; Nick Schmitz 12; Luke Anderson 11. Gophers finish regular season at 14-6, 15-11. They finish in 4th in the 3-Rivers behind R-P (16-3, 21-3), PEM (17-3, 18-8), and Southland (15-5, 19-7), ahead of L-A (13-7, 16-10) and Caledonia. Goph’s are 1AA-East’s 4-seed)


02-19 > Kingsland 51, P-E-M 62 (K: C. Losey 17; Marissa Bornholdt 14. PEM: Karlie Gilbeck 16; Sarah Hart 14. Knights finish regular season at 10-10 in 3-Rivers, 13-13 overall)

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