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‘Chatfield senior RB Alex Haffner runs nearly unimpeded through the Kingsland secondary, as Michael Mabe and Jayme LaPlante look to throw a block. The Goph’s, save for a one-point loss to Caledonia, ran unimpeded through the SFA Blue. They downed Kingsland 48-20 to finish the regular season 7-1. The Knights remain winless at 0-7.” Photo by Paul Trende
Neis Tops 1,000,
Gophers Win 7th Straight
The season opening match-up of Chatfield versus Caledonia was pretty much pegged by many as the SFA Blue Division title game. That’s how it played out. The #1 (in AA) Warriors got the 1-point win, and barring some kind of unseen debacle at Kingsland in week #8, will finish the regular season 8-0, as SFA Blue champs. The #8 (AA) Gophers, meanwhile, haven’t lost since week zero. Their season, per a bye in the final week, concluded in week #7 versus the Knights. Chatfield (6-1) topped Kingsland (0-7) 48-20. The score was 28-0 after one and 42-0 at halftime. The Goph’s opened with a 65-yard Nate Skare to Jayme LaPlante TD pass. Skare was 2-3 for 113 yards and the TD. Jake Neis had five carries for 120 yards and a TD in the first quarter/game. Those stats pushed his season totals to 136 carries for 1,075 yards and 19 TD’s (all rushing). The rest of his backfield mates, sophomore Carter Duxbury (7-106, 3 TD’s rushing), senior Alex Haffner (7-76, TD rushing), and junior Ryan Meeker (7-45, TD rushing) took it from there. For Kingsland, senior tailback Lenny Moore was very busy, carrying the majority of the load for the Knights (26-112, 2 TDs rushing; 3-51 receiving). Sophomore QB Quinn Larson was 11-21 for 174 yards, an INT, and an 8-yard TD strike to Jacob Rindels. Kingsland’s 20 points all came in the 4th quarter. Chatfield (7-1) and Triton (6-1) are the teams vying for the #2 and #3 seeds in Section 1AA. Kingsland (0-7) is destined for the 8-spot in Section 1A and a trip to Blooming Prairie.
Volleyball Nitty Gritty
The regular season is winding down. Conference championships have been determined. The post-season is just around the corner. Post-season seeding is set. For the volleyball teams of Fillmore County, a lot has already been accomplished. But a lot more lays waiting to be achieved.
M-C Tops SEC Again
It was a piece of cake. The #7 in A Mabel-Canton Cougars are again SEC champs. They did so going 13-0 in league including holding a 39-0 set record. Only twice did an SEC foe get to 20 on M-C (Spring Grove/Houston; 22). The last two wins of the season were over Hope Lutheran (25-8, 25-2, 25-19) and Grand Meadow (25-9, 25-15, 25-8). The usual’s, seniors, Sara Lind (10 kills, 3 blocks), Belle Sand (9 kills, 10 digs, 3 aces), Lydia Geving (8 digs, 7 aces), and Carly McCabe (23 assists) led the way against the Patriots. The same foursome (Sand 9 kills, 5 digs; Geving 5 kills, 6 aces, 6 digs; Lind 8 kills, 2 blocks; McCabe 25 assists) also spelled the Larks’ demise. The Cougar seniors have yet to be a part of a loss this season. They’ve only lost one set (25-22 to Brainerd at M-C’s Labor Day Tourney) and, all told, M-C boasts a 30-2 record. They are 1A East’s 2-seed, and will play either #7 Houston or #10 Kingsland.
FC Clinches Share of
It’s been an amazing year for the Fillmore Central volleyball team. But finally the season has hit a snag. FC didn’t get caught by an offensively talented Dover-Eyota squad. The Falcons powered through the Eagles in straight sets (25-13, 25-15, 25-22) to clinch at least a share of the 3-Rivers title. It was a match-up of powerful attackers. Taylor Case, probably 3-Rivers most reliable go-to offensive weapon, squared off against D-E’s Brandi Blattner, the conference’s leader in kills. Case won out, racking up 24 spikes to Blattner’s 14. Taylor added 9 digs and 3 aces, Blattner 10 digs. Leah Scheevel (7 kills) and Rylee Forshee (9 kills) also got offensive. Morgan Malley (37 assists) and the back-row duo of Sara Schultz and Tayah Barnes (combined 23 digs, 31-31 serving) also contributed heavily. Eagle setter Callie Hanley (22 assists, 11 digs) and libero Jazmin Schott (13 digs) were also busy. The reason for Case’s extra workload was FC’s snag. Senior cohort in crime, Tori Peterson, didn’t play. She watched, supported by crutches. Her loss isn’t a knockout blow to FC. It definitely changes things for the Falcons. They’ll be down one experienced, aggressive, powerful attacker. FC is 10-0 in league (1st), and 27-2 overall (back to #1 in state). They are 1A East’s top seed and await the winner of #8 Spring Grove and #9 Hope Lutheran.
Gophers Top 20 Wins
The Chatfield volleyball team, in the last full week of the regular season, got to a nice milestone. They notched win #20 against Rushford-Peterson. The Gophers got the 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-13, 25-22), but the match-up was more hard fought than the scores indicated. Points didn’t come easy. Rally after rally allowed the digs to pile up. Chatfield’s offense more oft put down the point than R-P’s. Sophomore Brooke Adler (9 kills) had probably her best game. Kirsten Keefe (8 kills) and Brook Irish (7 kills) also shared the attacking load. Trojan Sierra McNamer’s 8 kills led the green and gold. Defensively, R-P’s Kendra Crawford (23 digs) and Keela Brand (11 digs) were very active, dido for Chatfield’s Keefe (20 digs) and Alex Duxbury (15 digs). Keefe added 4 aces. Gabrielle Salisbury had five aces (22-23 serving) while notching 15 assists. With a win over P-E-M later in the week, Chatfield moved its records to 9-1, 21-8. They are second in the 3-Rivers. They are 1AA East’s top seed and will host #8 Lake City.
Winning Six Straight
Overshadowed by the great campaigns put together by M-C, FC, and Chatfield are the Houston Hurricanes. Steve Kinstler’s girls finished the year winning six straight, and nine of their last ten (only loss to M-C). They went 10-3 in the SEC (tied for 2nd in the East) and 17-10 overall. Their final two SEC wins were over GM 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-14) and Schaeffer Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-10). Standout 5’11” senior OH Abbey Loken (23 kills vs. GM, 14 vs. SA) has been the leading force. From there, Kelly Jerviss, a 5’10” sophomore OH, is an emerging talent (6 kills vs. GM, 3 kills vs. S.A.), senior Natalie King (6 kills, 6 blocks vs. GM; 6 kills, 5 blocks vs. S.A.) is a presence at the net, and Alexa Horihan (37 assists vs. GM, 9 vs. S.A.) typically does the setting, though Valerie Hibbs (17 assists vs. S.A.) can do so also. The ‘Canes earned the #7 seed in the 1A East tourney. They will host #10 Kingsland.
•FC (3-3) 6, Goodhue (2-4) 20 (FC: Monty Holm 13 tackles, 12-yard fumble recovery TD; McKinnen Stone 10-49 rushing; Tyson Ristau 12-46 rushing. G: Tyler Schumacher 17-24, 157 yards, 2 TD’s, INT passing; Alex Thomforde 12-136 receiving; Sam McNamara 2 receiving TD; Riley Huemann rushing TD. Falcons fall to 3-4)
•Houston (2-4) 70, Lyle/Pacelli (1-5) 18 (H: Dylan Lee 5-96, 2 TD’s rushing, 2-93, 2 TD’s receiving, 77-yard KOR TD; Hunter Laschenski 3-3, 109 yards, 3 TD’s passing; Brett Hoskins 8-74, TD rushing; Peter Jergenson/Garrett Thornton-Paulson/Nathan Lee rushing TDs; Mason Drake receiving TD. L/P: Jordan Hart 6-12, 83 yards, TD passing, 13-110 yards, TD rushing; Jordan Cotter 11-85, TD rushing. ‘Canes improve to 3-3, 3-4)
•M-C (3-3) 60, Glenville-Emmons (0-6) 18 (M-C: Keyser Wenthold 11-249, 4 TD’s rushing; Hunter Johnson 17-77 (now has 1,001 rushing yards for year), 2 TD’s rushing, 64-yard TD reception; Collin O’Bielgo 3-5, 102 yards, TD passing; Wayne Ross 14-88, TD rushing; Weston Whalen TD rushing. M-C improves to 4-2, 4-3)
•R-P 21 (4-2), Wabasha-Kellogg 16 (3-3) (R-P: Alex Vix rushing TD, receiving TD; Cole Kingsley 79-yard FR TD. W-K: Austin Baab 28-131, TD rushing; Tommy Loechler 10-64, rushing TD. Trojans are 5-2; 3rd place behind Cale (7-0) and Chat (6-1) in SFA Blue)
•La Crescent 0, Houston 3 • 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 (H: A. Loken 19 kills, 5 aces; K. Jerviss 9 kills; A. Horihan 33 assists)
•FC 3, P-E-M 0 • 25-12, 25-18, 25-13 (FC: T. Case 18 kills, 15 digs; T. Peterson 9 kills, 2 aces; M. Malley 33 assists; L. Scheevel 8 kills; S. Schultz 13 digs)
•Kingsland 0, D-E 3 • 25-23, 25-22, 25-15 (K: Brianna Musel 4 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces; Rialie Fenske 11 digs; Hannah Pruter 10 assists; Haley Colton 5 kills. D-E: B. Blattner 26 kills, 16 digs)
•Lanesboro 0, SG 3 • 25-6, 25-18, 25-12 (L: Madison Ming 8 digs, 2 blocks)
•P-E-M 0, Chatfield 3 • 25-17, 25-10, 25-16 (C: A. Duxbury 16 digs, 6 aces; G. Salisbury 14 assists, 10 digs, 5 aces; B. Irish 7 kills, 3 blocks; Camille Rasmussen/B. Adler 6 kills; K. Keefe 13 digs)
•R-P 3, Southland 0 • 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 (R-P: K. Crawford 9 digs, 2 aces; Brianna Koop 7 kills; S. McNamer 6 kills. Trojans are 4-6, 13-12. They are 1A East’s 6-seed and will play at #3 Goodhue)
•Caledonia 3, Kingsland 0 • 25-23, 25-9, 25-14 (K: R. Fenske 10 digs. Knights are 0-10, 4-18. They are 1A East’s 10-seed at will play at #7 Houston)
•L-O 0, Lanesboro 3 • 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 (L: M. Ming/Regan Howerton 6 kills; Steph Erickson 15 assists, 9 digs; Alexis Jorgenson 8 aces. Burros are 2-11, 3-14. They are 1A-East’s #12 seed and will play at #5 L-A)
•P-E-M/Jodi Rahman Invite (Boys Team: 1st P-E-M, 2nd Cotter, 4th Chatfield, 11th L/FC, 12 (of 14) Kingsland. Top 25 county runners: 1st Christian Bance (Chat), 17th Travis Troendle (L/FC), 19th Justin Friedrich (Chat), 25th Keagan Clarke (Chat). Top Knight: Hunter Meisner (56th of 135). Girls Team: 1st D-E, 2nd P-E-M, 7th L/FC, 9th Chatfield, 10th (of 14) Kingsland. Top 25 county runners: 3rd Karen Gomez (Chat), 4th Kiera Olson (L/FC), 19th Leah Ruen (L/FC). Top Knight: Erica Earley (34th))