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Basketball hot starts

Mon, Dec 16th, 2013
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A number of county basketball coaches have to be pleased with the way their seasons have started. Five squads’ records are unblemished through a week and a half of action. The Rushford-Peterson boys and girls, the Chatfield girls, and the Mabel-Canton girls are all 3-0. The Houston girls are 2-0 (and have half as many wins as last year total). Additionally, M-C’s boys are 3-1 (and are almost half way to last year’s win total).

Who’s Better,

Trojan Boys or Girls?

The R-P girls highlight the undefeateds because of the streaks they ended to get to 3-0. Their first win of the week came over Caledonia, 64-58. has results back to the 2004-2005 season. R-P doesn’t have a win over the Warriors in that nine-season, 18-game span. The Trojans then made the long trip to Adams to down Southland 68-56. The last time R-P’s girls beat the Rebels was the 2009-2010 school year, or a six-game span. Helping spearhead those wins is the revelation that is sixth-woman Brianna Koop. After scoring 22 in R-P’s season opener versus Hope Lutheran, the 5’9” freshman forward followed that up with 24 points (11-13 FG’s), 7 rebounds, and 3 steals against Caledonia, and then 22 points (6-11 FG’s, 10-11 FT’s), 10 rebounds, and 6 steals versus Southland (both off the bench). Of course, Koop isn’t doing it alone. Senior guard Kendra Crawford had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals versus Caledonia, and then 24 points (9-12 FT’s), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals versus Southland. Hope Morrison had 13 points and Brooke Johnson 9 rebounds and 6 steals against Caledonia. Keela Brand (a 5’3” forward mind you) had 8 points and 14 rebounds against the Rebels. Terry Pelzl’s ladies aren’t actually on par with their 2nd-ranked male counterparts, but they are progressing in that direction.

The R-P guys also got two wins on the week, matching their ranking in state. One would think starting the season 3-0 would be a natural occurrence for the Trojans, but they haven’t done so since 2010-2011. They started 1-2 each of the past two seasons (before, well, turning it around). R-P got its first win of the week over Caledonia, 73-66. The Trojans trailed 36-34 at the half, before finding the win column with a better second half effort. Senior forward Jorli Hauge had a big overall night (14 pts, 13 rebs, 6 assists, 6-8 FT’s). Junior guard Alex Vix was pretty good too (18 pts, 6 rebs, 5-6 FT’s). Austin O’Hare added 13. R-P then rolled through Southland 80-39. Charlie Krambeer led the way (5 of 9 three’s, game-high 19 points). Cole Kingsley had 8 rebounds and 6 assists (4 pts, 3 stls). Up 44-22 at the break, R-P got good work from reserves Jacob Merchlewitz (12 pts), Zach Vix (11 pts), and Kyler Paulson (7 pts, 6 rebs). The boys are 3-0 in league, the girls 2-0.

A Gopher Swarm

The Chatfield football season just got over, so the phrase ‘swarm’ might lead a reader to think of the football team’s defense. Actually, it refers to the Gopher girls basketball team’s ‘D’. Head Coach Brian Baum is playing a multitude of players, pressing a bunch cause of his depth and athleticism, and it is paying dividends; a 3-0 start to the season. Southland was no match. Chatfield suppressed the Rebels 76-45. All 12 Gophers to play scored. Kirsten Keefe (12 pts, 5 assists), Sidney Irish (11 pts, 7 stls), Sydney Gould (10 pts, 8 rebs), and Camille Rasmussen (10 pts, 5 rebs) were in double figures. McKenzie Kirtz had 24 for Southland. Chat then took on Fillmore Central. The score was tied at 13 thru roughly 9:00, but Chatfield out-scored the Falcons 43-12 the rest of the way for the 56-25 victory. Ten Gophers scored led by Maddy Larrabee’s 10 (including a half-courter to beat the first half buzzer). Keefe and Irish each had 9. The backcourt duo of Morgan Malley (9 pts, 5 rebs) and Kenzie Broadwater (7 pts, 5 rebs) led FC. They are 1-1 (in league/overall). The Gophers finished their week with a big win over the Lourdes Eagles. The Gophers’ pressing triggered 16 first half turnovers and prompted a 31-17 intermission lead. Sidney Irish hit a three out of the break to extend that lead to 34-17. Lourdes then made pushes that cut Chatfield’s lead to single digits. Gopher junior Kirsten Keefe made plays that put her team back ahead by double digits. The 5’7” guard either scored or assisted Chatfield’s other six second half field goals. Her three field goals all were trifectas including the third, a ‘heat check’ shot (three feet behind the line) that hit the net with an emphatic, ‘yep, still hot.’ Chatfield got the win 52-43. Six Gophers had four or more led by Keefe (13 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists). Lourdes was led by 6’0” freshman F Megan Hobday (18 pts, 7 rebs, 4 blks). The Gophers are 2-0 in league play.

Coug’s 3-0, ‘Canes 2-0

In the SEC, M-C coach Adam Wilder has used his four returning starters to get off to a great 3-0 beginning to the season. The Cougar’s started with a 57-32 win over Riceville, Iowa. It wasn’t as close as that score indicated. M-C led 37-7 at halftime. Lydia Geving had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals to lead the way. Fellow seniors Carly McCabe (10 pts) and Sara Lind (9 pts, 9 rebs, 4 blks) also were big contributors. The Cougars then handily downed Schaeffer Academy 51-20. The senior triad of Lind (15 pts, 8 rebs), McCabe (13 pts, 9 rebs, 6 stls), and Geving (10 pts, 5 rebs, 8 assists, 3 stls) was again money. M-C finished off its week with another cake-walk victory, a 67-19 drubbing of Glenville-Emmons. Cue Geving (21 pts, 7 rebs) and Lind again (11 pts, 9 rebs). Freshman PG Coranda Vickerman chipped in 10 points, 7 steals, and 5 assists. M-C is 2-0 in the SEC, 3-0 overall.

Houston’s girls got off to a nice start mostly courtesy of the services of stand-out senior 6’0” center Abbey Loken. In a season opening 56-53 win over conference rival Lanesboro, Loken had 22 points (10-16 FG’s) and 10 rebounds. Anna Sweet helped out, scoring 9 points with 6 steals. For the Burros, they went to their 6’0” center Olivia Haug and she delivered 21 points. Kelsey O’Koren added 11. The Hurricanes then got a slightly easier victory over Schaeffer Academy. Behind Loken’s 19 points (8-13 FG’s), 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, they downed the Lions 46-25. Kelly Jerviss added 7 points, 6 boards, and 5 steals. The ‘Canes are 2-0 in league/overall.

Boys Basketball


Riceville IA 35, M-C 59 (M-C: Noah Manning 14 pts, 5 assists, 5 stls; Donnie Lind 11 pts, 10 rebs; Justin Ward 11 pts, 5 assists. R: Emilio Gomez 14 pts, 9 rebs. Cougars, led 24-23 at half. Their press wore out the Wildcats in second stanza)


Kingsland 73, Fillmore Central 79 (FC: Carter Rindels 17 pts (9-11 FT’s), 14 rebs; Logan Masters 14 pts (10-12 FT’s), 5 assists; Nick Powell 10 pts (6-9 FT’s), 9 rebs; Collin Bennett 10 pts. K: Quinn Larson 21 pts (5-9 three’s); Jacob Rindels 16; Marcus Plaehn 12. Knights led 40-32 at halftime. FT’s: FC 27-37, K 12-21. Falcons are 2-1 in league/overall)


Schaeffer 62, Houston 64 (H: Mason Drake 13; Christian Sires 12; Sam Ross 12. ‘Canes are 2-1 in league/overall)

Caledonia 92, Kingsland 63 (K: J. Rindels 11. C: Kyle Sorenson 21)


G-E 44, M-C 70 (M-C: J. Ward 18 pts (9-15 FG’s), 5 rebs, 6 stls; Mac Nelson 10 pts, 8 rebs; Wayne Ross 10. Coug’s are 2-1/3-1. For more on the Coug’s 3-1 start to the season, go to and click on the sports tab)


Lake City 36, Kingsland 42 (K: Q. Larson 14. Knights improve to 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the 3-Rivers)

Girls Basketball


FC 49, Kingsland 34 (FC: K. Broadwater 16 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists; M. Malley 15 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists, 7 stls. K: Marissa Bornholdt 17 pts, 7 rebs. For more on this game, go to and click on sports tab)


Kingsland 61, Caledonia 60 (K: Melinda Woods 14 pts, 9 rebs, 4 assists; M. Bornholdt 11 pts, 8 rebs; Lacey Schwartz 10 pts; Haley Colton 8 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists. Knights led 34-21 at halftime. With just under 0:10, Caledonia scored to take a 60-59 lead. Knights got a basket by frosh Gracie Schmidt (her only) score just before the buzzer for the win)

Lanesboro 43, Lewiston-Altura 55 (L: O. Haug 21. L-A: Emilia Schindeldecker 22 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists)


Grand Meadow 74, Lanesboro 50 (L: O. Haug 12. GM: Rachel Oehlke 25; Rio Landers 21. Burros are 0-2/0-5)


Lake City 51, Kingsland 23 (Knights are 1-1, 1-3 overall)



St. Charles 36, FCLMC 44 (Via forfeits, Wolves spotted Saints 24-0 lead. Wins from Alex Fishbaugher (132, 5-2 dec), Gabe Decker (138, pin), Andy Love (145, 17-0 tech fall), Connor Hanson (152, pin), and Trevor Barnes (160, pin) changed that. Wolves led 26-24. Saints got the lead back after 170 (30-26), but a pin from Tom Henry (182), a forfeit victory for Niko Anderson (#3 at 182, wrestled 195), and a pin from Monty Holm (225) secured the team win)

L-A/R-P Triangular > Stewartville 34, L-A/R-P 36 (Xavier Riser (106), Jordan Theede (170), Dominick DePestal (195), and Cody Nahrgang (220) won via pin; Nahrgang’s sealed the team victory. McCoy Tekautz (126) won via 20-5 TF. Jackson Riebel (160) won via 15-6 MD. Justin Mueller (113) won via a 2-1 Dec); Dover-Eyota 38, L-A/R-P 34; Dover-Eyota 45, Stewartville 16.


Winona Invite (Chatfield placed 3rd (171), L-A/R-P 4th (158) of 12 teams. K-M (198.5) and D-E (180) went 1-2. For the Goph’s, Ryan Meeker (138; pin, 3-0 dec, 6-5 dec) and Harvey Friederichs (#3 at 152; three pins) won their respective weights. Hank Friederichs (#6 in Class A at 145) and Jacob Bleess (220) took 2nd at their respective weights. Hank lost 23-8 to K-M’s Brady Berge (#1 in AA at 145). For the Eagles, McCoy Tekautz (126; 19-3 TF, 21-4 TF, 12-8 dec) and Jordan Theede (#1 at 170 in AA; two pins, 3-0 dec) won their weights. Sam Riebel (132) and Andrew Knapczyk (182) each took second)

Jackson County Central Pizza Ranch Invitational (GMLOK finished 9th of 10 teams using just six wrestlers. Parker Hale won 152 (pin, 3-1, 5-1) and Jace Bunne (145) took 3rd place (won 4-1, lost 7-1, pin, won 7-4))

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