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Holiday Hoops

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Eight local basketball teams participated in multiple holiday hoops tournaments. The Rushford-Peterson boys hosted the annual R-P/Spring Grove/La Crescent/Caledonia get-together. Chatfield’s boys and girls trekked northward to Annandale for the Cardinals tourney. Mabel-Canton’s boys and girls and the Lanesboro girls took the floor for Winona State’s holiday tourney. Lanesboro’s boys competed in the four-team St. Charles tourney. Houston’s boys trekked to Wisconsin for a tournament in Cashton. A trio of teams sporting Christmas colors (red/maroon and green) had very merry tourneys. The rest of the teams in action will hope for a better New Year.

A Maroon and White Christmas

For the first time in the three years Chatfield’s squads have traveled north to Annandale, both came home with two wins to talk about. The 8th-ranked Gopher girls, via their victories, kept their record unblemished heading to 2014. They got a win on Friday versus Annandale (who had been ranked in state before losing to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted a game earlier). It was a defensive contest, one laden with turnovers (28 for Annandale, 26 for the Gophers). Chatfield came out on top though 49-40. The 40 points was a full 20 below the Cardinals average points-per-game out-put coming in (60.5). Point guard Kirsten Keefe led the way for Chatfield, shooting 50 percent or better from everywhere (7-11 FG’s, 1-2 3’s, 3-4 FT’s), netting 18 points. She added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals; a typical all-around effort for the multi-capable junior. Keefe was the only Gopher in double figures, though (similarly versatile) sophomore guard/forward Sydney Gould had 9 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. In the Gopher’s Saturday game versus Eden Valley-Watkins, the Chatfield bench again was key. They accounted for 33 of Gopher’s 61 total points. Senior Morgan Henry and sophomore Megan LaPlante each had season-highs with 12 apiece. LaPlante is now the ninth Gopher to score 10-plus in a game this season. Starting guard Maddie Talamantes also reached double figures with 11 and Keefe (8 pts, 4 stls) kept things together when the game got ‘scary’, as Coach Baum put it. The Gophers moved their overall record to 8-0 with a 61-52 win over the Eagles. Chatfield has a couple very big games early in the New Year, at #7 Dover-Eyota on January 7 and versus Plainview-Elgin-Millville on the 14th.

The boys, meanwhile, used the two holiday games to shake off the rust from the season starting late. They beat Watertown-Mayer 53-44 on Friday. Chatfield didn’t shoot particularly well from anywhere (20-61 FG’s, 3-16 3’s, 10-22 FT’s), but they did enough. Senior shooting guard Nate Skare led the way with a big stat-line; 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jayme LaPlante had 16 and 8 rebounds. Jake Neis added 10 points and 5 steals. Game two on Saturday was absolutely down to the wire versus the host Annandale Cardinals, ranked #5 in Class AA. The Gophers trailed most of the including by nine with under 7:00 to play. With about 1:00 left, Neis hit a three to pull Chatfield within one. Annandale then turned the ball over (Skare steal). Chatfield held for the last shot. Christian Bance’s attempt was wayward. Drew Hurley’s offensive-rebound put-back was also no good, but LaPlante got the offensive-rebound tip-in on that shot with about 0:01 left to put the Gophers ahead 61-60. Annandale had no miracle and Chatfield moved their overall record to 5-3 with the big last second victory. LaPlante led the way with 16 points (7-9 FG’s) and 10 rebounds. From there, Chatfield got good balance from Neis (12 pts, 7 rebs, 9 assists), Bance (9 pts), Brandon Adler (8 pts, 9 rebs), and Skare (8 pts, 5 rebs). The Gophers will have three winnable games before some more prime competition, a murderous four-game stretch in mid-January (at PEM, Caledonia, Lourdes, at R-P).

A Green and White Christmas

The second ranked R-P boys were the only Trojan squad to participate in a holiday tournament. They hosted their annual four team get-together that also included Caledonia, La Crescent, and Spring Grove. The Trojans, per the norm, played the Lancers and Lions. Each game started roughly the same, and then finished roughly the same. In Friday’s contest with La Crescent, the Lancers came out fast, hitting their first six shots from the field and their first four free throws. All that came with just one turnover. And yet, after that sixth made FG, they still trailed 22-16! That is because R-P started the game hitting its first nine FG attempts all-together, its first four trifectas, and its first four FT’s. After the last pair of made freebies, La Crescent couldn’t have played much better but they still trailed 26-16! The Trojans survived LC’s opening salvo and then took control from there. By halftime, R-P led 51-27 and they coasted home for the 75-45 victory. R-P’s top seven players each scored at least seven. Austin O’Hare led the way with 13 points, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds off the bench. Alex Vix also had 13 with 4 assists. Charlie Krambeer had 9, Seth Thompson, Jorli Hauge, and Jacob Merchlewitz 8, and Cole Kingsley 7. Hauge added 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Kingsley 4 rebounds and 5 assists. The Trojans moved the ball very well offensively (20 assists on 27 made FG’s) and their defense forced 24 Lancer turnovers. Athletic 6’3” guard Zach Melbostad had 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks for the La Crescent.

R-P then took on Spring Grove (9-1), who entered ranked #10 in Class A. The Lions lost to Caledonia (who R-P beat on December 3) in game one of the tourney 90-57. And thus, a match-up between to two ranked schools wasn’t quite so big. The Lions, though, came out strong just like La Crescent. They hit the offensive glass hard and the score sat tied at 13 roughly 7:00 into the contest. And then the R-P piranhas got hungry. The Trojans upped their defensive intensity and the Lions were chewed to bits. After starting the game with nine shot attempts in their first eight possessions, the Lions finished the half with eight shot attempts (14 turnovers) in their next 24 possessions. For R-P offensively, shooting guard Charlie Krambeer was drunk on trifectas. The 6’1” junior hit 7 of 9 long distance shots in the first half. His eight makes (of eleven attempts) for the game, and 24 points, were both career-highs. The Lions’ ineptitude and Krambeer’s stellar-ness allowed R-P to turn that 13-13 tie into a 46-19 halftime lead, a 79-43 victory. R-P’s other four starters (besides Krambeer) combined for just 17 points. But the bench had 38 points. Sixth man O’Hare (14), Tyler McLellan (10), and seventh man Merchlewitz (8) contributed the majority of it. Chase Grinde had 14 for Spring Grove and Brady Schuttemeier 10 and 5 rebounds. The Trojans will head to 2014 with a 10-0 overall record (7-0 in the 3-Rivers South). The R-P girls are also undefeated at 8-0.

Boys Basketball


Mabel-Canton 49, Cotter 79 (M-C: Donnie Lind 14 pts (6-9 FG’s), 5 rebs. FG’s: M-C 20-62, Cotter 28-56. FT’s: M-C 3-8, Cotter 17-20. WSU Tourney)


Houston 39, La Farge WI 56 (H: Austin Peplinski 11 pts, 4 assists, 3 stls; Sam Ross 8 pts, 9 rebs. Cashton Wisconsin Tourney)

Lanesboro 58, St. Charles 60 (L: Kole Ruud 28 pts, 7 rebs; Zach Voeltz 15. Burros trailed 59-51 with 1:10 left, cut lead to two (60-58) with 0:08 but that’s where it ended. St. Charles Tourney)


M-C 34, Cochrane-Fountain City 53 (M-C: D. Lind 11 pts, 9 rebs. Rebs: M-C 33, CFC 45. FGs: M-C 14-53, CFC 21-61. Cougars were 0-11 from deep. WSU Tourney. M-C is now 5-5 on the season, 4-1 in the SEC)

Houston 37, Cashton, Wis. 52 (H: S. Ross 13 pts, 6 rebs. Cashton Tourney. Hurricanes are 3-6 overall, 3-3 in SEC)

Lanesboro 75, Dover-Eyota 80 in OT (L: K. Ruud 30 pts, 4 rebs, 4 assists; Luke Rogers 23 pts, 8 rebs; Liam Dorn 10 pts, 11 rebs; Z. Voeltz 12. Only those four Burros scored. D-E: Travis Austin 32 pts, 11 rebs; Thomas Pankonin 15 pts; Brandon Jech 10. Burros led 65-61 with 2:05 left in regulation. A two and a three by Austin, and a two by Pankonin, put D-E up 68-65. Voeltz tied the game with a three with 0:39.6 left. D-E missed a shot with 0:02. The Burros then got two in-bound attempts. The first went off the ceiling (Ruud was open deep). The second was intercepted. In OT, Lanesboro trailed 78-75 with under 0:20. Ruud tried to get fouled while taking a three. There was no call. Dorn rebounded the miss, kicked to Ruud for an open three, but it didn’t fall. D-E rebounded and got a leak-out basket for the 80-75 victory. St. Charles Tourney. Burros are 6-3 overall, 5-1 in SEC)

Girls Basketball


M-C 32, Cotter 60 (M-C: Lydia Geving 9; Sara Lind 8. WSU Tourney)


Lanesboro 40, St. Charles 51 (L: Olivia Haug 12 pts, 12 rebs. SC: Carolyn Shanahan 22. Burros trailed 25-19 at halftime. Score was 35-34 Saints before SC went on a 9-0 run that proved pivotal in the win. WSU Tourney)


M-C 43, C-FC 44 (M-C: L. Geving 23; S. Lind 9. WSU Tourney. Cougars are 5-4 overall, 4-1 in the SEC.)

Lanesboro 47, Lewiston-Altura 46 (L: Haley Polin 13 pts (5-5 FT’s); O. Haug 10 pts, 11 rebs; Cassidy Ruud 10. L-A led 24-23 at halftime. Second half had five lead changes and four ties. Buckets by Ruud and Haug gave Lanesboro a 47-44 lead, which held. Win avenges a 55-43 Dec 5th loss to Cardinals. WSU Tourney. Burros are 2-8 on the year, 1-3 in the SEC)

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