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Third annual boys all-county team (Assisted greatly by Bill Bentson’s Three Rivers Conference Stats)

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

1st Team

Kole Ruud (5’11” junior G, Lanesboro) Of the Burros three big-scorers (Peterson, Rogers), Ruud was the best, the most difficult to defend. He could do it from deep (68 made 3-pointers at a 40% clip), beat his guy off the dribble and make tough shots in the lane, or get fouled and make a living at the line (76% FT shooter). And that’s why he was the SEC Player of the Year. Averaged just over 22 points per game, which was top three in the SEC. Also averaged 3.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.4 steals. Scored a season-high 40 (9 three-pointers) against long and athletic 3-Rivers foe Lewiston-Altura. Went over 30 points in a game four times; three came in the final five contests where Kole averaged 31.0 PPG. Went over 20 points in a game 18 times and only once didn’t get to 10. A scorer-de-jour. Helped lead Lanesboro to second place finish in the SEC and a Sub-Section 1A runner-up. All-SEC.

Cole Kingsley (5’11” sophomore G, Rushford-Peterson): When you are the starting PG, on a team that ties for the conference title, goes 28-4, and takes third at state, and you are a threat to notch 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and/or 10 steals in a game; you’re something special. On a team of skilled and poised basketball players, Kingsley was probably the best amalgamation of skill, poise, and athleticism. Cole led the Trojans in scoring (10.7 per game), assists (4.8 per game), and steals (3.1 per game). The later two were first and second in the 3-Rivers conference respectively. Kingsley also snared 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 55.8% from the field (3rd in the 3-Rivers), and 38.5% from beyond the 3-point arc (5th in the 3-Rivers). Cole was smooth-running efficient engine that drove the R-P machine. 3-Rivers All-Conference

Jayme LaPlante (6’3” junior F, Chatfield): The phrases unstoppable and man-child come to mind when discussing LaPlante. It just took the Gophers roughly half the year to start focusing their offense on the super-athletic 6’3” 215-pounder. Once they did, their team record improved resultantly (6-7 in first 13 games, 9-5 over last 14). Jayme led the 3-Rivers conference in FG percentage at 61.7 (hence unstoppable). He was second on his team in scoring (10.8 PPG) and rebounding (6.2 RPG) while also averaging 1.4 steals per game. Over the last half of the year (14 games), he only failed to reach double figures once while scoring a season high 22 points in big wins over R-P and St. Charles. 3-Rivers All-Conference.

Erik Peterson (5’8” senior G, Lanesboro): Didn’t have the varied offensive game as Ruud, but didn’t necessarily need to ‘branch out’. His range was anywhere he could see the 3-point line in front of him. Peterson led the SEC with 71 made trifectas (at a 40% clip). He averaged 15.3 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. Dropped a season-high 29 on Spring Grove in their second regular season meeting, making 9 of 12 3-pointers; leading the Burros to a key SEC victory. Scored in double figures 22 times in 27 games. Went out playing hard; scored 46 points and grabbed 18 rebounds (he’s 5’8” remember) combined in his last two high school games versus Spring Grove (Sub-Section semis) and R-P (Sub-Section final). Helped lead Lanesboro to a Sub-Section 1A runner-up. All-SEC.

Dan Gatzke (6’3” senior F, Fillmore Central): The Falcons end-season record wasn’t impressive (7-21). That can’t be put on Gatzke. Dan led FC in scoring (13.6 per game) and rebounding (9.3 per game). Both were top 5 in the 3-Rivers conference. He also made 56.3% of his shots, which was #2 in the conference (minimum 50 attempts). Could’ve done more, scoring-wise, if he would’ve shot a little better at the FT line (54 of 113, 48%). Scored in double figures 22 times in 28 games (scored 8 or 9 five of the other six games). Gatzke’s size, athleticism, and strength made him difficult to defend. The Falcons as a team may have been out-manned most nights, but Gatzke rarely was. 3-Rivers AC HM.

2nd Team

Nate Skare (6’1” junior G, Chatfield): Led the Gophers in scoring for a second consecutive year (12.7 per game). Was again one of the 3-Rivers conference’s most feared 3-point shooters, connecting on a team leading 56 long-range shots (the second most in the 3-Rivers conference). Also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. 3-Rivers All-Conference

Luke Rogers (6’1” junior G/F, Lanesboro): Probably the ‘glue’ guy of Lanesboro’s big three, Rogers’ overall versatility was key to Lanesboro’s successful season. Averaged 18.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game while making 39% of his 3-pointers and 77% of his FT’s. Led the Burros with 7 double-doubles. His 56 made 3-pointers was 4th most in the SEC. It gave the Burros three of the top four long-range assassins in the SEC. All-SEC.

Charlie Krambeer (6’0” sophomore G, Rushford-Peterson): His on-court play may not have been as diversified as other teammates not on this list (O’Hare, Hauge, Thompson), but make no mistake, Krambeer was as much a go-to-guy offensively, as any other Trojan player. Coach Vix routinely set up plays for Krambeer to get open looks from three, and Charlie routinely knocked them down. He hit six three’s in a game four times. Of his 89 made FG’s, 85 were from deep (212 of 224 total attempts were from deep). The attempts and makes both, by far, led the 3-Rivers, as did his 3-point shooting percentage (40.9). He hit at least one trifecta in all but three games, and ended the year doing so in 18 consecutive contests (hit multiple trifectas 16 times). All that, despite the fact he didn’t play full varsity minutes until the second half of the season. He was a big-time offensive difference-maker for R-P. 3-Rivers AC HM.

Nick Powell (6’2” junior F, Fillmore Central): Teamed with Gatzke to form one of the most impressive athletic scoring-rebounding duos in the 3-Rivers conference. Powell was second on the Falcons in each category (13.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG), behind Gatzke. Both were top 10 in the 3-Rivers. Led the Falcons with 32 3-pointers made at a 33% clip; could rise up at any time. 3-Rivers AC HM.

Marshall Oeltjen (6’1” senior F, Kingsland): If there was one Knight who was steady across the board, it was Oeltjen. The only returning Kingsland player to see much varsity action in 2011-2012, Marshall showed it in 2012-2013. He led the Knights in scoring (9.6 per), rebounding (6.8 per) while hitting 71.3% of his FT’s (2nd on the team). Typically displayed on court poise and toughness.

Others Worth Mentioning

Austin O’Hare (6’3” junior G/F, Rushford-Peterson): Averaged 10.2 points (2nd on team), 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 1.7 assists per game; ‘Spiderman’ O’Hare was quite precise from everywhere (47.7 FG%, 39% 3-point %, 77.6 FT %). Tied for third most three’s made in the 3-Rivers. 3-Rivers All-Conference

Jorli Hauge (6’4” junior F, Rushford-Peterson): Averaged 9.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.2 assists, shot 48% from the field and 70% from the FT line. Ability to rebound and handle the ball (for a big-man) were keys to the Trojans’ success. One of R-P’s steady, poised, disciplined basketball players. 3-Rivers All-Conference

Noah Manning (6’0” junior G, Mabel-Canton): Averaged 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game for the Cougars. Came close to registering a triple double on a couple of occasions (18 pts, 14 rebs, 7 assists at Houston; 10 pts, 12 rebs, 8 assists at Hope Lutheran). He was M-C’s most versatile, most complete player. All-SEC.

Jake Neis (5’9” junior G, Chatfield): Was second to Kingsley in the 3-Rivers with 4.75 assists per game. Also averaged 8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. His 29 points versus Southland was the most by any Gopher in 2012-2013. 3-Rivers AC HM.

Seth Thompson (6’1” junior G, Rushford-Peterson): Another one of the Trojans’ steady, poised, and disciplined basketball players, Thompson finished the season averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 2.6 assists per game, but was huge in the play-offs with his three best games (29, 19, and 20) of the season. All state Class A Tournament team. 3-Rivers AC HM.

Alex Vix (5’10” sophomore G, Rushford-Peterson): Averaged 7.1 PPG, 2 SPG. 3-Rivers AC HM.

Justin Ward (5’10” junior F, Mabel-Canton): Averaged 11.9 PPG. SEC AC HM.

Isaac Freese (6’2” senior F/C, Lanesboro): Was second in SEC with 9.0 RPG. SEC AC HM.

3-Rivers Wrestling


Chatfield > Jared Goldsmith (sophomore, 106); Hank Friederichs (junior, 120); A.J. Riley (junior, 126); Harvey Friederichs (junior, 132); Alex Haffner (junior, 138); Ryan Meeker (sophomore, 145); Cody Bly (170, junior); Justin Viss (195, senior).

FCLMC > Niko Anderson (170, junior)

GMLOK > Blake Olson (132, sophomore); Lucas Roe (152, senior); Wyatt Richardson (182, sophomore), Blake Benson (195, 8th grader).

LARP > Tucker Speltz (152, senior); Jordan Theede (160, junior); Nick Hoff (170, junior); Greg Johnson (182, senior); Evan Bain (285, senior).

Track and Field

03-25 > Lewiston-Altura Early Bird Indoor Meet at St. Mary’s (Kingsland and LFCMC’s girls competed, Kingsland, LFCMC, and Chatfield’s boys competed (no team scoring). On the girl’s side, Kingsland’s Lacey Schwartz (1st 55-meters, 4th 200-meters) and Marissa Bornholdt (3rd 55-meters, 3rd Pole Vault) stood out. LFCMC’s 4x400 and 4x800 teams took 1st and 2nd. On the boy’s side of things, Kingsland’s DeAngilo Funches (2nd 400-meters, 2nd Long Jump. 3rd 55-meters) and Chatfield’s Jayme LaPlante (1st Shot Put, 2nd 200-meters, 6th 55-meters) stood out. Chris Collett (LFCMC) won the 800-meters. LFCMC’s 4x400 team took 1st, their 1,600 sprint medley squad 2nd. Alex Haffner (CHAT) took 2nd at the 55-meter hurdles. The Gopher 4x800 team took 2nd).

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