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Still untarnished


Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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It’s a good kind of broken record. The R-P boys and girls, and the Chatfield girls, are still yet to taste defeat as the 2013 basketball season turns into the 2014 basketball season. It’s not much a surprise the R-P boys are undefeated (8-0 in the 3-Rivers, first place in the south, 11-0 overall, ranked #2 in Class A). Their latest victim was Wabasha-Kellogg. The Trojans had things under control at halftime (42-15) and cruised to a 72-44 victory. Senior Ryan Ruberg hit all four shots he took including three trifectas for a team-high 11 points (off the bench). He is now the seventh Trojan to lead (or co-lead) R-P in scoring in a game. Alex Vix and Charlie Krambeer each added 10. Jorli Hauge had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Of R-P’s 11 wins, only one is by less than 10 points (73-66 over Caledonia). Nine of the other 10 wins have been by at least 18 points. Seven have been by 30 points or more. They’ve reached 70 points in all but one game (Chatfield) this season. The Trojans’ female counterparts also stayed undefeated (6-0, 9-0) and tied for first, also downing W-K by a healthy margin (76-36). Senior Hope Morrison likes to play the Falcons. She hit a season-high five 3-pointers for a season high 19 points (four off her career-high of 23 set against W-K late last season). Brianna Koop (17 pts, 7-12 FGs, 3-3 FT’s, 10 rebs), Kendra Crawford (14 pts, 7 assists, 4 stls), and Keela Brand (11 pts) also reached double figures. Crawford has done so every game this season, the only female county player to do so. Koop has scored in double figures every game but one (had nine versus FC). The Trojan girls last six wins have been by an average of 37.8 points. Matching the R-P girls win-for-win are the 7th-ranked Chatfield Gophers (6-0, 9-0). They had things a little tougher against the team that vanquished them from the post-season last year, Cotter. Chatfield led the whole way including 31-22 at halftime, only for the Ramblers to close to down four with around five to play. But three-pointers by junior guards Kirsten Keefe and Maddy Larrabee pushed the lead back to ten. Chatfield got the win 56-45. Larrabee led the way with a career-high 16 (2-3 three’s, 4-5 FT’s). Keefe was solid all-around (9 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists, 6 stls). To keep their records perfect, all three teams have big tests to pass in the very near future.

1A East Hierarchy

It’s just past the first of the year. Already the boy’s hoops landscape at the top of Sub-Section 1A East (where six of the seven county teams play) is quite defined. Undefeated R-P (11-0) is the overwhelming favorite. They’ve already handily downed fellow 1A competitors Kingsland, Fillmore Central, Mabel-Canton, Spring Grove, and Wabasha-Kellogg. After that, there is Spring Grove. The Lions’ only loss in 1A competition is to the Trojans. They are 10-1 against section foes and 11-2 overall. That includes wins over Lanesboro, Houston, Kingsland, and most recently, Mabel-Canton and Fillmore Central on back-to-back nights.

The Cougars tried to tame the Lions on a Thursday, but offensive rebounding and turnovers were first half bugaboos. Spring Grove’s full-court defense helped trigger 16 Cougar TO’s and the Lions muscled their way to 14 offensive boards. They turned those extra opportunities into ten points. Courtesy of a Chase Grinde trifecta just before the buzzer, the Lions went to half up 33-22. The lead never dipped into single digits from there. Spring Grove got the win 68-46. The Lions are young, with no seniors even on their roster. Grinde, a freshman, led the way with 19 points. Sophomores Alex Engelhardt (15 pts, 8 rebs) and Brady Schuttemeier (14 pts, 10 rebs), and junior Dustin Vickerman (11 pts, 9 rebs) each also reached double-figures. For M-C, junior forward Donnie Lind had 10. Justin Ward had 8 points and 4 assists, Noah Manning 8 points and 6 rebounds. M-C had 27 turnovers for the game, SG 15. The Lions thus took 20 more shots than M-C (26 of 63 to 19 of 43 FG’s).

Spring Grove then trekked highways 44 and 52 to Preston for a Friday match-up with the Falcons. Most of the first half was tight. The score sat tied at 28 before the Lions hit a trio of trifectas that amounted to a 9-2 run. Grinde authored another basket just before the first half buzzer and SG went to intermission up 43-36. The Lions again only expanded their lead in the second eighteen minutes. Their offense kept clicking, FC’s fell off, and the SG got the win 79-55. Grinde was a busy guy, racking up a game-high 27 points (8-22 FG’s, 9-9 FT’s). Schuttemeier (18 pts, 10 rebs), Engelhardt (14 pts), and Elliott Cross (10 pts) again made it so four Lions were in double figures. FC was led by senior Nick Powell. The 6’3” forward had another double-double (24 pts, 14 rebs). He has scored in double figures in every game this year and is averaging 18 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Quentin Case had 11 points and nine rebounds. Three-point shooting was a big key in the contest. The Lions went seven of 14 from distance, FC two of nine. After starting the year 4-2, FC is now 4-6 overall (2-5 in the 3-Rivers).

Hot-Shots

Chatfield wrestling (ranked #9 in Class A after a loss to Kenyon-Wanamingo, 9-1 on the season) went 4-0 at the Farmington Koda Classic. Nine Gophers individually went 4-0, Maleek Hussein, Jared Goldsmith (#6 at 113), Ty Van Sickle, Ryan Meeker, Hank Friederichs (#1 at 138), A.J. Riley (#7 at 145), Harvey Friederichs (#3 at 152), Cody Bly (#8 at 182), and Jacob Bleess. Harvey F. remains undefeated on the year (17-0). Hank F. (16-1) and Riley (13-1) have just one loss. L-A/R-P wrestling beat W-K to move their record to 8-1 on the season. FC/L/MC wrestlers Connor Hanson (#7 at 145), Niko Anderson (#1 at 170), and Monty Holm each went undefeated at the Crestwood Tourney. Anderson (16-0) and Holm (15-0) remain that way for the season. Hanson is 14-1. Lanesboro’s Olivia Haug had her third straight double-double (17 pts, 14 rebs) in a win over Rochester Home School. Luke Rogers (28 pts, 12 rebs) and Kole Ruud (24 pts) combined for 52 as boys also downed the Defenders. Nick Powell had two huge double-doubles (16 and 18, and 24 and 14) in a couple Falcons defeats.

Boys Basketball

01-02:

FC 51, Dover-Eyota 55 (FC: N. Powell 16 pts, 18 rebs; Collin Bennett 13 pts, 7 rebs. D-E: Brandon Jech 20. Falcons led 25-18 at halftime, got out-scored 37-26 in second stanza)

Houston 53, Grand Meadow 62 (H: Sam Ross 14 pts, 12 rebs; Mason Drake 14. GM: Trenton Bleifus 23; Landon Jacobson 18. Hurricanes are 3-4 in the SEC, 3-7 overall)

Cotter 46, Chatfield 48 (Chat: Nate Skare 9 pts, 9 rebs; Jake Neis 9 pts, 4 assists. Cot: Garrett Crowley 27 pts (8-12 FT’s), 10 rebs. Gophers led nearly entire first half, by as many as nine (24-15), and 29-25 at halftime. Cotter tied game at 33 early in second. Three ties and four lead changes later, Rambler Kyle Kerrigan tied the game at 46 with a reverse lay-up (0:16). Jake Neis was then fouled on his way up the court. He made both FT’s (0:12). Cotter then got the ball to Crowley on a half-court in-bound, but he lost his balance. He passed to Caleb Forst who missed a game winning three. The rebound went out-of-bounds to Chatfield (0:01). Their in-bounds was stolen, but at half-court. A Cotter prayer three wasn’t close. Neis had Chatfield’s last seven points, Drew Hurley the six points before that. Goph’s are 3-3, 6-3)

01-03:

St. Charles 73, Kingsland 36 (K: Jacob Rindels 17 SC: Devin Decker 27. Knights are 1-7, 2-10)

M-C 48, Hope Lutheran 50 (M-C: J. Ward 17 pts, 7 stls; N. Manning 11 pts, 8 rebs. Patriots led by as many as eight (16-8) in first half, only for M-C to lead 21-20 at halftime. On the back of a 10-0 run, Hope built a 9-point second half lead (40-31). M-C got to within two twice including with 1:02 to go, but 50-48 stood as the final. Coug’s are 4-3, 5-7)

Rochester Home School 38, Lanesboro 80 (L: Luke Rogers 28 pts, 12 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls; Kole Ruud 24 pts (6-11 three’s). Burros are 5-1, 7-3. They trail Spring Grove (8-0, 11-2) in the SEC East)

Girls Basketball

01-02:

#7 in AA D-E 63, FC 28 (FC: Morgan Malley 10. D-E: Brandi Blattner 19. Falcons are 2-4 in 3-Rivers/overall)

Kingsland 36, St. Charles 48 (K: Kailynn Hamersma 8. SC: Carolyn Shanahan 15 pts, 20 rebs. Knights are 1-5, 1-8 overall)

01-03:

M-C 47, Hope Lutheran 43 (M-C: Sara Lind 11 pts, 10 rebs; Lydia Geving 11 pts, 7 rebs; Carly McCabe 11. HL: Dakota Ellinghuysen 18. Cougars are 5-1, 6-4. They trail Spring Grove (6-0, 7-2) in the SEC-East)

Rochester Home School 50, Lanesboro 64 (L: Olivia Haug 17 pts, 14 rebs; Bailey Gartner 14 pts, 7 stls; Rosie Jones 11; Cassidy Ruud 9 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists. Score was 21-19 Lanes at halftime. It was tied at 33 when Lanesboro went on the critical 10-2 run to go ahead 43-35. Burros assisted 21 of 26 FG’s. They are 1-3, 3-8)

Spring Grove 64, Houston 19 (H: Abbey Loken 11 pts, 14 rebs. Hurricanes are 3-3, 4-5)

Wrestling

01-02:

D-E 48, GMLOK 16 (Brenn Olson (106; 7-0 dec), Blake Olson (152; 6-4 dec), #7 in Class at 195 Wyatt Richardson (195; FF), and Blake Benson (220; 10-2 MD) won for the Bulldogs)

01-03:

Caledonia-Houston-Spring Grove 44, FCLMC 25 (Score was 35-0 Warriors before Wolves got on board. FCLMC winners: Niko Anderson (182; forfeit), Monty Holm (195; injury default), Connor Hanson (152; 13-3 MD), Andy Love (145; 4-2 dec), Tom Henry (170; 12-5 dec), and Walker Ward (220; 4-3 dec))

W-K 24, LARP 57 (LARP started match with 4 pins and 3 forfeit victories (42-0). Pins: Dominic Jenkins (106), Josh Doerr (120), McCoy Tekautz (126), Clay Johnson (138), Andrew Knapcyzk (182), and Dominick DePestal (195). FF’s: Justin Mueller (113), Sam Riebel (132), Justin Grindland (145). Decisions: Jackson Riebel (160; 11-6). LARP is 8-1 on the season)

01-04:

Farmington Koda Classic (#9 in Class A Chatfield took first. They won Pool B by beating Bloomington-Kennedy 59-6, Lake City 63-6, and Milaca 52-15. They then beat Pool A champion Lakeville-North 47-21. Nine Gophers went 4-0; Maleek Hussein (106; FF, 4-0 dec, pin, FF), Jared Goldsmith (113; 5-1 dec, pin, pin, 9-5 dec), Ty Van Sickle (120; 7-2 dec, 7-1 dec, pin, pin), Ryan Meeker (132; 4-0, pin, FF, pin), Hank Friederichs (138; pin, 3-1, 12-6, 19-6 MD), A.J. Riley (145; 16-1 TF, FF, pin, pin), Harvey Friederichs (152; pin, pin, 9-3 dec, 9-7 dec), Cody Bly (170/182; pin, pin, 12-4 MD, 7-0), and Jacob Bleess (220; pin x 3, 13-4 MD). Gophers are 9-1 in dual meets)

Crestwood Duals > FCLMC 48, South Winneshiek 27 (Each team forfeited four weights. Wolves went 5-1 in actual matches (pins from Alex Fishbaugher (132), A. Love (145), and C. Hanson (152), decisions from N. Anderson (182; 12-6) and M. Holm (195; 7-0)); FCLMC 45, Waukon 30 (Wolves trailed 30-21 after 170, but got pins Anderson (182), Holm (195), and Walker Ward (220) in sequence for the win. Fishbaugher (132; 2-0 dec), Gabe Decker (138; pin), and Love (145; pin) also wrestled out victories. Jacob Thomas (285) won via FF); FCLMC 30, New Hampton 51 (Wolves fell behind 24-0 and couldn’t recover. Fishbaugher (132), Decker (138), Love (145), Anderson (182), and Thomas had the FCLMC wins, all via pin. Wolves FF’ed seven weights); FCLMC 24, Crestwood 53 (Cadets jumped on Wolves 38-0. FCLMC got two FF victories (Anderson at 182, Ward at 195) and pins from Hanson (152) and Holm (195). Wolves dual meet record is 4-5.)

GMLOK Tourney (Bulldogs Brenn Olson (106) and Blake Olson (152) each took first in the non-team scored event)

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