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3-Rivers undefeateds do battle

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
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By Paul Trende

The atmosphere couldn’t have gotten much bigger and better for a volleyball contest. The media was there. CCTV took their cameras on the road, with Bill Bentson on commentary. Devon Krueger announced the contest for KFIL. Cameramen from both KTTC and KAAL made appearances. Even an opposing coach, whose team played a game that night, showed up midway through to catch the action.

Fans actually sat on the stage at Preston gymnasium. And it was homecoming week for the Falcons. The top two volleyball teams in the 3-Rivers, Fillmore Central (#1 in A, 19-2, 7-0 in league) and Chatfield (#15 in AA, 19-7, 7-0 in league) faced off. Each squad entered on winning streaks (Chatfield nine straight, FC twelve) and with nearly unblemished 3-Rivers set records (Chatfield 21-1, FC 21-0). Competition was high in a contest that’ll go a long way to decide the 3-Rivers VB title. One team walked out the superior squad.

The underdog Gophers were the ones to come out of the blocks fast. They built a 5-2 lead in game one. But back-to-back Morgan Malley aces helped FC engineer to 4-0 run, an 11-8 lead. Another 4-0 run later in the set extended the advantage to 20-12. Chatfield junior OH Brook Irish then had three blocks in the span of four points, the last capped a 5-0 spurt that got the Goph’s to within three (20-17). FC closed out the set with balanced attacking, getting kills from Taylor Case, Leah Scheevel (twice), Kaitlynn Aug, and finally Tori Peterson. They won set #1 25-20.

Game two started the same way as the first. Chatfield jumped out to a lead, 8-5. But a 7-1 FC run put the Falcons in front 12-9. With the score 14-12, FC rattled off 10 of 12 points. It put them at game point, up 24-14. Chatfield notched five unanswered points to pull to down 24-19, but Scheevel then slammed the door with a kill. FC (25-19) took the two-sets-to-zero lead.

At that point, it would’ve been really easy for Chatfield to go quietly into the night. Their set record versus FC on the season was 0-5. But the Gophers are proud volleyball players. Teams like that don’t fold. Game three featured ties at points 1-7, 12, and 15-17. In between, Troy Swancutt’s Gopher typically led. They owned a 20-17 edge when FC did what needed to be done. Denise Case’s gals folded there tough adversary. Kills by Sammi Bakke, Scheevel, Aug, a free ball spike by Malley, and an ace serve by Bakke, equaled a 5-0 Falcon run (up 22-20). Irish stopped the momentum with a Brook-bomb. Scheevel restarted it with a couple soft Leah-smashes. Up 24-22, FC went to Taylor Case. She authored the final kill of the night, the final point. By 25-20, 25-19, and 25-22 finals, FC go the key 3-0 sweep.

Case, Peterson, and Scheevel each had 13 kills. Case added 16 digs and was 13-13 serving, 23-24 on serve receive. Malley (who went over 2,000 career assists earlier in the week) added to her career total with 38 helpers (4 kills, 2 aces). Sara Schultz, a sophomore defensive specialist, compiled 13 digs in the Falcon back row. For Chatfield, seniors Gabrielle Salisbury (5 setter kills, 19 assists, 9 digs, 15-15 serving) and Alex Duxbury (16 digs), and junior Kirsten Keefe (15 digs) led the way. FC out-aced Chatfield 6-1 and out-killed the Gophers 48 to 29. The first was a little surprising. Chatfield entered the second best ace-team in the conference (FC 4th). The second was not surprising. Scheevel (#1, .441), Bakke (#3, .369), Case (#4, .358), and Peterson (9th, .283) entered as the 3-Rivers’ preeminent hitting foursome by a wide margin (a .300 hitting percentage is sort of like batting .300 in baseball). FC as a team came in hitting .323 (#1). Chatfield (.213) entered at #2 (team and efficiency stats courtesy of Bill Bentson). FC won the Byron tournament two days later, going 5-0. The Falcons are now 8-0, 25-2 (ranked #2 in the latest poll). Chatfield (7-1, 19-8) and Wabasha-Kellogg (6-2, 10-11) are two-three in the league.

Boggs, Burros Shock #3 Larks

Lanesboro is Niko Country. The 5’9” 195-pounder is fast approaching an amazing personal milestone, 100 career TD’s. But, even with one of the area’s most distinguished RB’s, the Burros haven’t been a contending team the past two seasons (6-4 records, lost in section semis). They’ve gone 0-6 versus Spring Grove and Grand Meadow, the top two squads in the SEC and Section 1 9-man over that period. But 2013 is a new season. In week #6, Lanesboro (4-1) hosted the 3rd ranked (5-0) Super Larks.

The second Burro play of the game, Niko went around left-end, made a great cut back to the middle, and was gone. On Friday at around 7:15, Lanesboro led 8-0. After a GM three-and-out, the weather stopped everything. Lightning caused the game to be suspended until the next day at 1:30. Enter Garret Boggs. The Burro QB wasn’t everywhere. He didn’t complete a ton of passes (four), or even carry the ball that much (eight). He just executed a pair of tremendous belly-option plays, masterfully hiding the ball each time, keeping it each time, shocking the GM defense. The two carries went for a collective 115 yards, and two TD’s. The first score (68 yards) was the first snap from scrimmage on Saturday. Just four total series’ into the game, the Burros, up 15-0, had the #3 Larks reeling. From there, Lanesboro would lead by at least eight points the rest of the way. A Landon Jacobson 5-yard run late in the second quarter made the (halftime) score 22-14. A 56-yard Anderson run out of the break countered (28-14) that. Another 5-yard Jacobson run again cut the Burro lead to eight (28-20). But then Boggs performed his second vanishing (the football) and reappearing (Garret in the end zone 47 yards later) act, putting the Burros up 34-20 in the third. An Anderson TD to start the 4th quarter really put GM in a bind (down 41-20), one they couldn’t untie. By a final of 47-36, the Burros downed the defending section champs.

Niko was Niko (22 carries, 232 yards, 5 TDs), but Boggs’ help (4-5 passing, 40 yards; 8 carries, 129 yards, 2 TD’s) was huge. His dual threat kept the Lark defense honest and off-balance. Sacks (7 total) kept the GM offense from rolling without restraint. Anderson, Clay Olson, and Jeremy Hanson each got to GM QB Trenton Bleifus twice, Liam Dorn once. Amidst the pressure, Bleifus was great, completing 22 of 39 passes for 334 yards and 2 TD’s (plus a rushing TD). His favorite targets were Jacobson (6-115), Blake Olson (6-99, 2 TD’s), and Cody Ojulu (5-91). Jacobson had 210 total yards and the two rushing TD’s. At one point, GM had 11 first downs and Lanesboro one, but the Burros led 28-20 (due to 65, 68, 44, and 56-yard TD runs). Thus, Lanesboro had just one first down, but 28 points. Neither team turned the ball over. The Burros rolled up nearly 400 rushing yards. The win is a statement that the orange and black want back into the Section one 9-man title picture.



•#12 in A W-K (3-2) 0, FC 21 (2-3) (FC: McKinnen Stone 18-79 yards, TD rushing, TD receiving; Tyson Ristau 21-95 yards, TD rushing, 2-37 receiving; Bryce Whitehill 8-13, 63 yards, TD; Connor Hanson 11 tackles, FR, INT. W-K: Austin Baab 18-94 rushing. FC evened its SFA Blue mark at 3-3.)

•#1(AA) Caledonia (5-0) 14, #11(A) R-P 0 (4-1) (R-P: Alex Vix 12-23 rushing, 2-57 receiving, defensive INT. C: Ryan Pitts 40-325 yards, 2 TD’s rushing. Warriors had 400-plus yards offense, but five turnovers. R-P had just over 100 yards total offense, threw three 3 INT’s. Trojans drop to 4-2 in the Blue, 3rd place behind Cal and Chat.)

•#10 in AA Chatfield (5-1) 25, Hayfield (3-2) 7 (C: Jake Neis 25-152, 2 TD’s rushing; Nate Skare 5-8, 118 yards, TD & INT passing, TD rushing; Drew Hurley 2-83, TD receiving. H: Cameron Rutledge 8-25, 90 yards, TD & 2 INT’s passing, 16-49 rushing. A second quarter Rutledge to Cole Kruger TD pass put Goph’s behind on scoreboard for first time since week one. They trailed 7-6 at halftime. Skare and Neis TD runs in third put Chat back in control. Neis’ second TD early in the 4th quarter iced it. Chosen Valley boys improved record to 6-1. They’ve won 6 straight)

•Lyle/Pacelli (1-4) 0, Mabel-Canton (2-3) 26 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 34-237 yards, 3 TD’s rushing; Collin O’Bieglo 6-12, 114 yards, TD, INT passing; Keyser Wenthold 13-41 rushing, 42-yard TD reception. L/P: Jordan Hart 8-19, 161 yards, INT passing; Taylor Wobschall 5-101 receiving. Cougars improve to 3-2 and 3-3)


•Glenville-Emmons (0-5) 6, Houston (1-4) 42 (H: Peter Jergenson 19-91, TD rushing; Hunter Laschenski 6-9, 83 yards, TD passing, 2 TD’s rushing; Sam Mlsna 8-70, TD rushing; Brady Ramin-Pierce 3-53, TD receiving; Dylan Lee 90-yard KOR TD. G-E: Christian Voss 6-81, TD rushing (80-yard TD run). ‘Canes improve records to 2-3, 2-4)



•SG 0, R-P 3 • 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 (R-P: Sierra McNamer 9 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks; Keela Brand 6 kills, 12 digs; Kendra Crawford 18 digs; Savannah Skalet 15 assists; Haley Mueller 13 assists; Brianna Koop 6 kills)


•Chatfield 3, Rochester Mayo 2 • 17-25, 30-28, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13 (C: B. Irish 13 kills, 2 blocks; K. Keefe 11 kills, 20 digs, 3 aces; G. Salisbury 26 assists, 7 digs; A. Duxbury 23 digs; B. Adler/Camille Rasmussen 8 kills each. Mayo came in with a 14-2 overall record and a league leading 5-0 Big 9 mark.)

•GM 3, Lanesboro 0 • 24-26, 9-25, 22-25 (L: Olivia Haug 6 kills; Madison Ming/Kaia Hongerholt 6 digs)

•Houston 3, G-E 0 • 25-10, 25-21, 25-20 (H: Kelly Jerviss 11 kills; Abbey Loken 10 kills, 5 digs; Alexa Horihan 21 assists; Natalie King 5 kills)

•L/P 0, #6 in A M-C 3 • 25-5, 25-16, 25-11 (M-C: Lydia Geving 9 kills, 7 digs, 5 aces; Belle Sand 9 kills, 4 aces; Sara Lind 8 kills, 3 blocks; Carly McCabe 27 assists; Sara Vettleson-Trutza 6 kills)

•Kingsland 0, #1 in A FC 3 • 25-4, 25-10, 25-8 (FC: T. Case 10 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces; L. Scheevel/S. Bakke 9 kills; M. Malley 26 assists including #2000; S. Schultz 6 digs, 4 aces. K: Rialie Fenske 3 kills, 9 digs; Hannah Pruter 6 assists, 11 digs)


•Houston 3, Spring Grove 2 • 23-25, 28-26, 25-15, 23-25, 15-6 (H: A. Loken 28 kills, 30 digs, 3 blocks; K. Jervis 12 kills; A. Horihan 46 assists, 12 digs, 3 aces. Canes improve records to 8-3 and 14-10 overall. They, GM (7-2, 9-10), SG (8-3, 16-9), and L/P (6-3, 11-9) are 2-5 in the SEC behind Mabel-Canton)

•R-P 0, Lewiston-Altura 3 • 21-25, 19-25, 23-25 (R-P: S. McNamer 9 kills, 2 blocks; K. Crawford 27 digs; K. Brand 15 digs; Kate Mackenzie 6 kills; H. Mueller 12 assists, 3 aces)

•Lanesboro 0, #6 in A M-C 3 • 25-14, 25-10, 25-5 (M-C: L. Geving 13 kills, 5 aces; B. Sand 10 digs, 5 digs, 4 aces; S. Lind 8 kills, 2 blocks; C. McCabe 21 assists; Coranda Vickerman 6 aces, 5 digs. L: O. Haug 3 kills; 4 blocks. Cougars improved to 11-0 and 28-2. They are the SEC-East champions. Burros fell to 1-10, 2-13)

•P-E-M 3, Kingsland 1 • 15-25, 14-25, 29-27, 21-25 (K: Brianna Musel 8 kills, 16 digs, 19-19 serving; Kailynn Hamersma 8 kills, 3 aces; R. Fenske 17 digs; H. Pruter 18 assists; Reann Kimbal 7 kills, 2 blocks)


•Byron Tournament (#1 Fillmore Central went 5-0, beating Pine Island (25-13, 25-15), South St. Paul (25-9, 25-13), Bloomington-Kennedy (25-9, 25-14), Triton (25-12, 25-20) and Goodhue (25-10, 25-16) to claim the championship. R-P went 2-3, losing to Byron (10-25, 14-25), Triton (22-25, 16-25), and Goodhue (21-25, 17-25), beating PI (25-23, 17-25, 16-14) and Kingsland (25-19, 25-19). Trojans are 3-5, 12-11 on the season. Kingsland went 1-4, losing to Goodhue (10-25, 9-25), Bloom-Kennedy 2-1 (32-30, 14-25, 12-15), Byron (13-25, 9-25), and R-P (7th place game), while beating South St. Paul (25-22, 24-26, 16-14). Knights are 0-8, 4-16 on the season)

Cross Country


•Chatfield Invite (Boys Team: 1st P-E-M, 2nd L-A/R-P, 5th Chatfield, 7th (of 9) L/FC. Top 20 county runners: 1st Austin O’Hare (LARP), 2nd Christian Bance (Chat), 8th Ryan Ruberg (LARP), 14th Dylan Linder (LARP), 16th Hunter Herber (LARP), 17th Justin Friedrich (Chat), 20th Jeremiah Munson (LARP). Girls Team: 1st P-E-M, 2nd Stewartville, 4th L/FC, 7th L-A/R-P, 8th (of 10) Chatfield. Top 20 county runners: 3rd Karen Gomez (Chat), 4th Kiera Olson (L/FC), 6th Leah Ruen (L/FC), 9th Bailey O’Hare (LARP).)


•L-A/R-P Ole Olmstead Invite (Boys Team: 1st L-A/R-P, 2nd Lourdes, 7th (of 8) Kingsland. Top 20 county runners: 2nd A. O’Hare (LARP), 7th R. Ruberg (LARP), 9th H. Herber, 11th D. Linder (LARP), 12th J. Munson (LARP). Top Knight: Hunter Meisner (40th of 82). Girls Team: 1st D-E, 2nd Lourdes, 6th L-A/R-P, 8th (of 8) Kingsland. Top 20 county runners: 9th Erica Earley (King), 13th B. O’Hare (LARP))

•Pine Island Invite (Boys Team: 1st Chat, 2nd PI, 3rd Cannon Falls. Top Gophers: C. Bance (1st), J. Friedrich (3rd), Keagan Clarke (6th) and Nick Maki (8th). Girls Team: 1st CF, 2nd PI, 3rd Chat. Top Goph: Karen Gomez (2nd))


•Crestwood Invite (Boys Team: 1st Turkey Valley, 2nd South Winneshiek, 7th (of 9) Kingsland. Top Knight: H. Meisner (24th). Girls Team: 1st Crestwood, 2nd South Winneshiek, 4th (of 9) Kingsland. Top Knights: E. Earley (4th), Melinda Woods (20th))

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