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Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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Trojans’ Run Collective Records to 11-0

The basketball season is two weeks old. Rushford-Peterson’s basketball teams are both undefeated. The boys are 5-0, lead the South Division, and are ranked #2 in Class A. The girls are 6-0. At 4-0, they’re tied atop the South with Chatfield (4-0, 5-0). The Trojans’ success is not a big surprise. Coach Tom Vix has as deep, as talented, and as experienced squad as he had in some time. Vix’s former varsity assistant, Terry Pelzl, took over the girls last year. With the Lady Trojans getting more acquainted with using a system Pelzl brought over from the boys, they too have become a force. Both teams are literally stealing victories.

The 2nd-ranked boys, with their harassing full-court press, are, in a word, piranhas. Fillmore Central kept some of their flesh for roughly 13:30 of the game. The Falcons trailed 32-20 late in the first half, but then the R-P piranhas picked them clean. Over the final 4:30, the Trojans scored on 9 of 10 possessions. It was basically, steal, assist, basket, steal, assist, basket. A 22-6 run was the by-product. Rather than heading to halftime down by barely double figures, FC went in down 28 (54-26). The Trojans got the win 74-39. Collectively, R-P had 26 steals. Twelve Trojans scored. Seven scored six or more headed by Cole Kingsley (13 pts, 8 assists, 5 stls) and Charlie Krambeer (12 pts, 4-8 on 3’s). Senior Austin O’Hare stuffed the stat-sheets coming off the bench (9 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assists, 2 stls, 4 blks). FC’s Nick Powell wore his piranha-repellant (7-10 FG’s, 14 pts, 6 rebs).

The Trojans then traveled to Winona for a battle with the Cotter Ramblers. Cotter played #3 in Class AA P-E-M tight on November 26, losing 86-84 in OT. The game versus R-P was not so tight. Cue the piranhas. The Trojans’ full-court D triggered 19 steals. Again, by halftime, it was essentially over. R-P led 47-31 and prevailed by a final of 82-54. Twelve Trojans again scored. Seven had six or more led by a perfect-shooting (6-6 FG’s) Jorli Hauge (13 pts). Jacob Merchlewitz (8-10 FT’s, 11 pts) and Alex Vix (3-6 three’s, 11 pts) also reached double figures.

Meanwhile, the girls went 3-0 on the week, beating Lanesboro and then FC and Cotter. All three games had 20-point margins. Against the Burros, R-P began 26-0. They led 50-13 at halftime and prevailed 75-22. Kendra Crawford scored 20 points (9-13 FG’s), had 6 assists, and 5 steals. Sierra McNamer (18 pts, 6-9 FG’s, 6-7 FT’s) and Hope Morrison (14 pts, 5-6 FG’s, 4-5 three’s, 6 stls) each had season highs. Brianna Koop added 12. The team had 33 steals. Lanesboro was led by Olivia Haug’s 6 points and 6 rebounds. Against FC, R-P again worked early (up 46-20 at halftime) so they didn’t have to late (prevailed 59-32). The Trojans had 19 steals. Seniors McNamer (15 pts), Morrison (12 pts), and Crawford (11 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists, 7 stls) all again reached double figures. FC was led by freshman Kendyl Bennett’s 10 (4-4 FG’s). R-P then finished the week up against Cotter. They built a 35-16 halftime lead and cruised to a 64-42 win. Crawford (16 pts, 6-11 FG’s and 4-4 FT’s, 6 rebs, 5 assists, 7 stls), Koop (13 pts), and McNamer (10 pts) all reached double figures. The team had 20 steals.

Gopher Girls 5-0, Ranked #8

Transitioning from the R-P girls to the Chatfield girls is appropriate. They co-share the 3-Rivers South, are both playing similar styles of basketball (up-tempo, full-court press), and thus will have a couple very interesting meetings later this season. For the week of the December 9, the Gopher girls, newly ranked #8 in Class AA, kept their record spotless with a couple easy wins. Chatfield plowed through Kingsland 75-28. They began the game 25-4. Junior guards Kirsten Keefe and Maddie Talamantes were impressive. Maddie T assisted Keefe on all four of Keefe’s made three’s. Keefe tallied a game-high 18 points (6 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 stls). Talamantes had 13 points and 7 assists. Senior forward Morgan Henry hit a trio of three’s for 11 points and Maddy Kammer chipped in 10. All told, 10 Gophers scored and they forced the Knights into 31 turnovers (21 in the first half). Marissa Bornholdt recorded her first double-double of the year (10 pts, 11 rebs) in defeat. The Gophers then hosted St. Charles and it was a lot of the same. Chatfield aided in goading the Saints into 40 total turnovers (24 in first half). Maddie T and K-squared were again a combo, Talamantes posting a career high 23 points (9-15 FG’s), Keefe flirting with a triple-double (10 pts, 11 assists, 8 stls). Seven other Gophers scored as they downed the Saints 70-46.


Chatfield grappler Alex Haffner recorded his 150th career mat victory, breaking Chad Curry’s school mark. It happened at the Park Duals, where the 3rd ranked Goph’s went 4-0. The Friederichs brothers (Hank, Harvey) and A.J. Riley each went 4-0 at the event. All three are ranked. Hank is the #1 ranked wrestler in Class A at 138. Five FCLMC Wolves, Andy Love, Connor Hanson, Tom Henry, Niko Anderson, and Monty Holm took first at the La Crosse Logan Invite. Love and Henry pinned their way to titles. Anderson is the #1 ranked wrestler in Class A at 170. Lean and Mean LARP wrestling went 5-0 on the week. Jordan Theede and Andrew Knapczyk each went 5-0 individually. Theede did with four pins. He is ranked #1 at 170 in Class AA. Abbey Loken notched her second (21 pts, 11 rebs) and third (23 pts, 11 rebs) double-doubles of the season as Houston beat G-E and Coulee Christian on consecutive nights. In the later game, Loken went over 1,000-career points. Kendra Crawford averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6.5 steals for the week as R-P stayed undefeated. Nate Skare dropped 39 points on his former school-mates in leading Chatfield to a victory over Kingsland. Kole Ruud also topped 30 (34) in a Burro win over Schaeffer Academy. Teammate Luke Rogers had 26 a few days later in a win over L-O. Justin Ward had a career-high 28 points to lead M-C past Lyle/Pacelli. Maddie Talamantes (23) and Christian Bance (22) had career-highs as Chatfield’s boys and girls beat St. Charles and Pine Island respectively. FC’s Nick Powell had 20 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Houston. Olivia Haug had 20 as the Burro girls got their first win. Kingsland’s Jacob Rindels had the best performance in a losing cause, a career-high 28 points at PI.

Boys Basketball


Lanesboro 74, Schaeffer Academy 51 (L: Kole Ruud 34 pts, 7 rebs, 5 assists; Luke Rogers 20 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists. Burros had a 21-0 run in the first half, turning a 12-11 Lion lead in the opposite direction (32-12))


Houston 19, Spring Grove 62 (H: Hunter Laschenski 7. SG: four in double figures)

Chatfield 78, Kingsland 74 (C: Nate Skare 39; Zach Eggers 13. K: Jacob Rindels 19)

Lanesboro 68, LeRoy-Ostrander 44 (L: L. Rogers 26 pts, 7 rebs; K. Ruud 22 pts, 6 rebs. Burros are 3-1 in SEC/overall)


Kingsland 77, Pine Island 86 (K: J. Rindels 28; Nick Niemeyer 17. PI: Luke Thornton 23 pts, 15 rebs)

FC 75, Houston 51 (FC: Nick Powell 20 pts (5-7 FG’s, 10-12 FT’s), 14 rebs, 4 stls; Quentin Case 10. H: Sam Ross 16. Falcons are 2-2 in 3-Rivers, 3-2 overall)


Chatfield 63, St. Charles 80 (C: Jayme LaPlante 12 pts, 10 rebs, 3 blks; Christian Bance 11 pts, 8 rebs; Zach Eggers 10. SC: Devin Decker 29 pts, 7 assists; Andy Buck 13 pts, 6 rebs)

Kingsland 43, Dover-Eyota 44 (K: J. Rindels 14. Rindels hit a three to give Kings a 43-42 lead (0:15). D-E then came the length of court, missed a shot, but got a buzzer-beating tip by Thomas Pankonin for the winner. Knights are 1-5, 2-6 overall)

Houston 58, Glenville-Emmons 54 (H: H. Laschenski 18; Mason Drake 10. ‘Canes are 3-2 in SEC, 3-3 overall)

M-C 75, Lyle/Pacelli 63 (M-C: Justin Ward career high 28 pts (10-13 FG’s, 8-8 FT’s), 5 rebs, 5 assists; Noah Manning 13 pts, 7 rebs. Cougars trailed 32-29 at halftime, utilized 46-point second half to get victory)


Chatfield 75, Pine Island 55 (C: C. Bance 22 pts (5 three’s); J. LaPlante 16 pts, 12 rebs; N. Skare 13 pts. Gophers are 1-1 in the 3-Rivers, 2-1 overall)

St. Charles 68, M-C 56 (M-C: Donnie Lind 16 pts (6-8 FG’s, 4-4 FT’s), 6 rebs; Hunter Johnson 15; Justin Ward 14 pts, 5 assists, 4 stls. SC: A. Buck 24; D. Decker 17. Cougars are 3-1 in the SEC, 4-2 overall)

Girls Basketball


Mabel-Canton 33, #7 in A Lyle/Pacelli 76 (M-C: Carly McCabe 14. First loss for Cougars)

Houston 28, La Crescent 52 (H: Anna Sweet 11. First loss for ‘Canes)


La Crescent 42, Mabel-Canton 18 (M-C: Sara Lind 10 pts, 5 rebs. Cougars are 2-1 in SEC, 3-2 overall)

Lanesboro 45, Schaeffer Academy 34 (L: Olivia Haug 20. First win for Burros. They 1-2, 1-6)


Houston 58, G-E 30 (H: Abbey Loken 21 pts, 11 rebs, 4 stls; Kelly Jerviss 15 pts, 13 rebs)


Coulee Christian 40, Houston 51 (H: A. Loken 23 pts (including 1,000th of career), 11 rebs; A. Sweet 11 pts, 7 rebs; K. Jerviss 9 pts, 13 rebs. Houston is 3-0 in the SEC, 4-1 overall. They have matched last year’s win total)

P-E-M 72, FC 22 (FC: Morgan Malley 15. Falcons are 1-3 in the 3-Rivers/overall)

#7 in AA D-E 77, Kingsland 52 (K: M. Bornholdt 13 pts, 5 rebs; Melinda Woods 9 pts, 8 rebs, 5 assists; Haley Colton/Kailynn Hamersma 10 each. Knights are 1-3 in 3-Rivers, 1-5 overall)



Stewartville 36, FC/L/M-C 33 (Four FF’s and a pair of pins put Wolves down 36-0 after six weights. They won the next eight matches, Andy Love pin (145), Connor Hanson 5-0 dec (152), Trevor Barnes 4-3 dec (160), Tom Henry 8-3 dec (170), Niko Anderson 5-2 dec (182), Monty Holm pin (195), Justin Ristau FF(225), Jacob Thomas 3-2 dec (285) but couldn’t quite make up the gap); FC/L/M-C 51, La Crescent 24 (Four FF’s put Wolves down 24-0, but they won out from there. Pins: C. Hanson (152) and M. Holm (225). FF wins: Alex Fishbaugher (132), T. Henry (170), N. Anderson (182), Walker Ward (195), and J. Thomas (285). Dec’s: Gabe Decker (138; 5-1), A Love (145; 5-4), and T. Barnes (160; 7-2). Wolves are 2-1)

St. Clair/Mankato-Loyola 21, L-A/R-P 42 (LARP started 15-0 and never trailed. Pins: Jordan Theede (170) and Dominick DePestal (195). FF wins: Justin Mueller (113), Josh Doerr (120), McCoy Tekautz (132), and Jordan Bergan (285). Dec’s: Xavier Riser (106; 4-2) and Andrew Knapczyk (182; 4-3)); L-A/R-P 42, Triton 33 (LARP started 16-0 and never trailed. Pins: Doerr (120), Sam Riebel (138), and Theede (170). FF W’s: Mueller (113) and Jackson Riebel (160). MD’s: Xavier Riser (106; 10-2), Clay Johnson (145; 9-1), and Knapczyk (182; 10-2))


GM/L-O/K 15, P-E-M 56 (Brenn Olson (pin 113), Blake Benson (9-4 dec 220), and #6 at 195 in A Wyatt Richardson (pin 285) got wins for Bulldogs)


La Crosse Logan Invite (FCLMC finished third (178.5) to Logan (207.5) and Arcadia Wisconsin (191). A. Love (145), C. Hanson (152), T. Henry (170), N. Anderson (182), and M. Holm (195) won titles, Hanson and Henry via all pins)

Park (Cottage Grove) Wolfpack Duals (Chatfield, ranked #3 in Class A, took first of eight schools. They built a 34-6 advantage over Lean and Mean Class A school Blue Earth and prevailed 40-28 in round one. Against AA #5 Hutchinson in round two, they trailed 13-9 after 132, but five straight wins (pins from Hank Friederichs, A.J. Riley, Kevin Bradt, and Alex Haffner, an MD from Harvey Friederichs) put the Goph’s up 37-13. They held on from there. They then beat Tartan 63-6 in round three. In round four against #11 in AA Cannon Falls, they trailed 10-9 after 132, only for the Friederichs’, Riley, and Bradt to secure 21 points from 138-160, a 30-10 Gopher lead. They held from there. For the tourney, Hank F. (#1 at 138) and Harvey F. (#3 at 152, wrestled 160 too) each went 4-0, as did Riley (#8 at 145). Bradt (152) went 2-0. Treyc Van Sickle (106), Ty Van Sickle (#10 at 120), Jake Mandt (126), and Haffner (160/170) each went 3-1. Haffner surpassed Chad Curry (149) for the Gopher all-time win total. Jared Goldsmith (#4 at 113) and Cody Bly (#4 at 182) did not wrestle. It’s the Gopher’s first four duals)

St. Charles Invite (LARP went 3-0. They beat Rochester JM 52-23, St Charles 36-31, and St. Paul Central 54-24. In the close match versus the Saints, LARP trailed 25-12 heading to 170, but J. Theede, A. Knapczyk, D. DePestal, and Cody Nahrgang went pin, FF, pin, pin to propel the Screamin’ Eagles to the win. M. Tekautz (126; pin, FF, pin), Theede (170; pin, pin, FF), Knapczyk (182; 2 FF’s, 3-0 dec), DePestal (195; FF, pin, pin), and Nahrgang (225; 7-3 dec, pin, FF) went 3-0. LARP is 6-1)

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