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Post-season volleyball honors

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Three truly outstanding senior county volleyball players finished their fabulous careers with the distinction of being named All-State. In Class AA, Chatfield libero Alex Duxbury earned her third such recognition. She was second in the 3-Rivers in aces (59) and serve receive percentage (94.47) in 2013, 7th in digs whilst helping Chatfield to a Section 1AA runner-up. Alex finished with 1,665 career digs and three All-Conference designations. She will play college volleyball at 6-time Division II National Champion Concordia University in St. Paul. Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton senior OH’s Taylor Case and Belle Sand are Class A All-State. Case led the 3-Rivers with 449 kills and 409 digs (was 2nd and 6th per set respectively). She also led the league in hitting (34.59) and serve receive percentage (98.02) while being the 4th most efficient server (97.10). She took her Falcons to a state runner-up and finished her five-year career with 1,392 kills (#1 in FC history), 1,375 digs, a .320 career hitting percentage, and four A-C recognitions. Sand too concluded her career a four-time A-C player, the four-time SEC Player of the Year. Leading her squad in kills and digs in 2013, she is third all-time in each on the M-C list with 1,276 and 1,394 respectively. Sand came in with two All-State Honorable Mention’s, Case an All-State HM in 2012.

That trio heads their respective All-Conference teams. In the 3-Rivers, FC and Chatfield each had four players selected. Joining Case are Tori Peterson (senior RH), Morgan Malley (junior S), and Leah Scheevel (junior MH). Malley and Peterson were each A-C in 2012. Malley’s 1,032 assists was tops in the 3-Rivers. Joining Duxbury are Kirsten Keefe (junior OH), Brook Irish (junior MH), and Gabrielle Salisbury (senior S). Keefe was A-C a season ago. Salisbury finishes her career with over 1,000 set assists. Two R-P Trojans also made the list, senior’s Kendra Crawford (libero) and Keela Brand (OH). It is Crawford’s second such selection. She finishes her fine four-year career with 1,450 digs. In the SEC, M-C had six girls selected A-C. In addition to Sand, seniors Lydia Geving (OH) and Carly McCabe (S) each notched their third A-C selection. Sara Lind (senior MH), Christine Lee (senior libero), and Coranda Vickerman (freshman setter/RH) also made the All-League team. McCabe ended her career second on the M-C all-time list in assists (2,578), fifth in digs (967). Geving ended first in ace serves (487), fifth in kills (965), and fourth in digs (1,122). The Sand/Geving/McCabe trio ended their five-year careers with a 158-18 record! From Houston, senior’s Abbey Loken (OH) and Natalie King (MH) each are A-C. Loken holds the big three ‘Cane kill records (match 28, season 343, career 768). She’s also third all-time in digs (502).

Players making the A-C Honorable Mention list in the 3-Rivers are Sammi Bakke (junior MH) and Sara Schultz (junior DS) from FC, Maddy Kammer (junior OH), Sheridan Salisbury (sophomore S/OH), and Maddie Talamantes (junior DS) from Chatfield, Sierra McNamer (senior MH) from R-P, and Rialie Fenske (senior DS), Kailynn Hamersma (senior MH), Brianna Musel (senior OH), and Hannah Pruter (junior S) from Kingsland. Players getting HM from the SEC are Sara Vettleson-Trutza (junior MH) from M-C, Alexa Horihan (junior S) from Houston, and Kaia Hongerholt (senior OH) from Lanesboro. *All 3-Rivers stats courtesy of 3-Rivers statistician Bill Bentson.

Girls Basketball Preview

The 2013 girls basketball season starts with no one team riding in with nearly as much fanfare as the Rushford-Peterson boys. But a couple teams look to keep their statuses as serious Sub-Section contenders. Some very notable players also return.

Chatfield headlines the list. Brian Baum’s girls finished 19-8 a season ago (16-4 in conference) losing to Cotter in the 1AA East semifinals. Their style of play this season will be different than in the past. With 6’1” McKenzie Miller graduated (now playing at UW-La Crosse), the Gophers will be a guard orientated team. Running the show will be 5’7” junior point Kirsten Keefe, a third-year player. Keefe was All-Conference a year ago (7.9 PPG, league leading 4.7 APG). Also back in the Gopher backcourt will be fellow third-year player, senior shooter Sidney Irish (5’4” > 7.6 PPG) and junior defensive-wiz Maddie Talamantes (5’6” > 6.5 PPG). Both were 3-Rivers HM a season ago. That trio was Chatfield’s top three scorers after Miller in 2012-2013. From there, seniors Camille Rasmussen (5’9” F) and Morgan Henry (5’9” F), and juniors Maddy Kammer (5’10” F) and Brook Irish (5’11” F) also are experienced. The Gophers have been one of the top teams in the 3-Rivers each of the past three years. With what Baum has back plus players off a 20-0 B-squad, 2013-2014 shouldn’t be much different.

The only girls team to bring home post-season hardware a season ago were the Rushford-Peterson Trojans. Terry Pelzl’s girls finished with a 15-13 record. They lost in the Sub-Section 1A East title game to Spring Grove. They lost 1,000-point scorer Amy Todd, so fourth-year player Kendra Crawford now leads the green and gold. The 5’7” senior guard averaged 11.5 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.7 steals a season ago enroot to an A-C HM designation. Sierra McNamer (5’10” senior F/G > 9.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG) also returns to the starting line-up after having emerged as a junior. From there, Hope Morrison (5’7” senior F), Keela Brand (5’4” senior F), and Brooke Johnson (5’6” sophomore G) saw action in 2012-2013. The Trojans are a little light in numbers (just six upperclassmen). The 3-Rivers schedule will be tough. But R-P has been to each of the last two Sub-Section finals. With their full-court press, they’ll be a team to reckon with come play-off time again this season.

For Fillmore Central, the good news is they don’t have just one senior on their girls roster (like the past two seasons). The bad news is, they have zero. The good news is, head coach Sarah Tollefsrud has some juniors. Heading that cast is Morgan Malley. The 5’8” guard averaged 14.7 PPG a season ago (7th in the 3-Rivers). She hit 55 three-pointers and was A-C HM. Joining her in their third year of varsity action are classmates Leah Scheevel (5’9” F), Sammi Bakke (5’10” F), and Kaitlynn Aug (5’11” F). Freshman Kenzie Broadwater (5’5” G) also is back. FC returns five of its top six scorers. The Falcons finished 7-21 last season. They fell to top-seeded Spring Grove in the 1A East quarters. Like R-P, the 3-Rivers schedule will be rigorous, but the play-offs offer up more promise.

In Spring Valley, the bad news is Coach Jill Thalmann has just nine girls on her varsity roster. The good news is, six are experienced seniors. Leading the cast are Marissa Bornholdt (5’10” F) and Haley Colton (5’4” G). Bornholdt is the Knights leading returning scorer (7.7 per) and rebounder (3.5 per). She was 3-Rivers A-C HM a year ago. Colton led King in assists (3.5 per) in 2012-2013. Melinda Woods (5’7” G), Hannah Ramaker (5’4” G), Kailynn Hamersma (5’8” G), and Jamie Thompson (5’7’ G) also got their varsity feet wet as juniors. The Knights ended with a 13-14 record last year. They fell to Rochester-Lourdes in the 1AA West quarters and lost 1,000-point scorer Cheyenne Losey. They will move down to Class A, which bodes better come the post-season.

In the SEC, Mabel-Canton climbed its way up to a middle-of-the-road a season ago. Adam Wilder’s girls finished 13-13, losing to Grand Meadow in the 1A East quarters. They return four starters. Heading the cast is Lydia Geving (5’8”), a multi-capable G/F (10.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 3.0 SPG) in her fourth year on varsity. She was All-Conference a season ago. Sara Lind is an athletic six-footer who is a double-double threat (9.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG). She was A-C HM. Senior Carly McCabe (5’4” G > 7.4 PPG) and freshman Coranda Vickerman (5’7” G > 3.6 APG) round out M-C’s foursome. Abby Hanson (5’7” senior G) and Hannah Nolte (5’9” junior C) were also regulars a year ago, so the Cougars aren’t short on experience. M-C should be a plus .500 squad this year. They’ll look to move up the SEC standings and compete in Sub-Section 1A East.

The Lanesboro Burros and Houston Hurricanes will look to climb up from sub-five-hundred 2012-2013 campaigns. Lanesboro lost to R-P in the Sub-Section quarters and finished with an 8-19 record. Houston fell to FC in 1A East play-in game and finished with a 5-17 record. Kaia Hongerholt (5’6” senior F, third-year player), Olivia Haug (6’0” junior C), Bailey Gartner (5’6” junior G), and Chelsea Hanson (5’8” junior G) are returning players for Kelly McMillen’s Burros. Houston is heavy on interior players, led by Abbey Loken. The 5’11” senior center averaged 16.4 point per game last year and is closing in on 1,000 for her career. From there, Houston has a pair of other seniors in Natalie King (5’9” F) and Heather Chapel (5’8” F), and a pair of juniors in Kenzie Ness (5’6” C) and Elizabeth Loken (5’9” C). For new head coach Lisa Myran-Schutte, guard-play could be the issue. The ‘Canes have three listed on their roster and all are underclassmen.

Boys Basketball

(Season Openers)


•Lanesboro 58, Houston 50 (L: Kole Ruud 27 pts, 7 stls, 5 rebs; Luke Rogers 18 pts, 8 rebs. H: Sam Ross 18 pts, 10 rebs, 4 assists; Mason Drake 13 pts, 8 rebs. Burros led by eight at half, by at least five the rest of the way. They played without PG Garret Boggs)

•Kingsland 26, #2 in A Rushford-Peterson 83 (R-P: Charlie Krambeer 12 pts (4-7 from distance); Alex Vix 11 pts (4-4 FG’s), 5 assists; Noah Carlson 11 pts, 3 stls (all in second half); Tyler McLellan 9; Ryan Ruberg 9; Seth Thompson 8 pts (4-5 FG’s), 5 stls, 4 assists. K: Jacob Rindels 11. Ten Trojans dressed. Ten scored. Nine had two or more FG’s. Vix and Thompson did nearly all their damage in the first half. Halftime: RP 44, K 13. R-P played without PG Cole Kingsley)

•Fillmore Central 73, Southland 65 (FC: Nick Powell 20 pts, 9 rebs; Logan Masters 12 pts, 5 assists, 4 stls; Jordan Miller 11; Carter Rindels 10. S: Lukas Anderson 26; Alex Ruechel 18. Teams combined to shoot 62 FT’s. FG’s: FC 26-54, S 19-55)

•Schaeffer Academy 59, Mabel-Canton 71 (M-C: Justin Ward 21 pts, 7 rebs, 7 assists, 6 stls; Donnie Lind 18 pts, 13 rebs; Keyser Wenthold 8 pts, 7 assists. SA: Joe Vaughan 19. Game was tied 35-35 at halftime. An 8-0 M-C run turned a 43-42 lead into a 51-42 edge. SA got as close as 59-55 (3:00), but no closer. Coug’s played without Noah Manning, Hunter Johnson, and Collin O’Bieglo.)

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