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Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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Trojans Tested, Down M-C, Remain Undefeated

A pair of teams at or near the top of their conferences squared off in Mabel. The Cougars (5-2 in the SEC, 6-5 overall) hosted the undefeated R-P Trojans (6-0 in the 3-Rivers, 9-0 overall). In the early going, the contest was defined by one thing; fouls. The game had very little first half flow as each squad paraded to the free throw line. The situation favored M-C in as much as; it took R-P out of its harassing full-court defense; it took the Trojan’s lead guard, Kendra Crawford, out of the game (foul trouble). R-P started the game up 13-2 and 28-16 with their aggressive defense. But when the fouls piled up they had to pull back. M-C cut the double digit lead to four three times before going to the half down 38-32. At that point, the teams had combined to shoot 42 FT’s (R-P 8-24, M-C 11-18). In the second half, M-C began with a 7-0 run, one capped by a Lydia Geving three. It gave the Cougars their first lead (39-38) since 2-0. R-P, tested, regrouped quickly. They ran their half-court sets. They hit the offensive glass big time. They went on an 8-0 run to again assume control. From there, the floodgates slowly opened. R-P scored on 12 of 17 possessions at one point. They broke M-C’s late desperation full-court pressure with ease. With under four to go, the lead had ballooned to 20 (65-45). R-P prevailed 74-55. Frosh forward Brianna Koop led the way (19 pts, 15 rebs, 7 stls), Sierra McNamer was efficient (7-11 FG’s, 16 pts), Hope Morrison hit her first four three’s, and five for the game (15 pts), and Crawford, after a foul-shortened first half (4 pts, 2 assists), finished up nicely (15 pts, 9 assists). For M-C, Carly McCabe (15 pts, 5 rebs, 4 stls), Geving (13 pts, 10 rebs, 4 assists), Coranda Vickerman (10 pts), and Sara Lind (9 pts, 9 rebs) were their own solid foursome. The Trojans snared 23 offensive rebounds. They had a whopping 26 second-chance-points. The teams combined for 51 turnovers (M-C 28, R-P 23). R-P was anemic at the free throw line (11-34) while M-C (18-28) was much better. R-P stays perfect atop the 3-Rivers South (6-0, 10-0). M-C, in second the SEC East, falls to 6-6 overall.

Freshman Push

Falcons Past Burros

The phrase ‘young Falcons’ has been rather redundant over the past few years to describe FC’s girls’ basketball team. This season, they are junior led, but still rely heavily on a couple underclassmen. Each was big in helping the Falcons to a rivalry win over Lanesboro. Freshmen Kendyl Bennett and Kenzie Broadwater were driving forces in the inter-conference affair. The duo scored FC’s first eight points. The Falcons’ full-court harassing defense, headed by Broadwater, turned Lanesboro over nine times in their first 10 possessions. FC jumped out 15-5. Lanesboro rallied with an 8-0 run to pull to within two (15-13). But they’d notch just a single bucket over the final seven minutes of the half. FC went on a 14-2 run to take a 27-15 lead into halftime. Interior players Bennett (10 pts) and Burro six-footer Olivia Haug (7 pts, 11 rebs) were pacing their teams. In the second half, FC extended its lead to 35-17 at one point. Lanesboro got as close as 40-32 with 2:15 left. Bennett, Broadwater, and a third frosh, Tayah Barnes, hit six of nine FT’s down the stretch. The Falcons got a win for their Sub-Section resume, 46-32 over the Burros. Bennett paced FC with 14 points (a career high) and 7 rebounds. Broadwater had 7 points, 8 assists, and 6 steals. Morgan Malley had 10 points (but on a rough night, 3-17, shooting). Haug was a rebounding machine for Lanesboro. On top of her team-leading 11 points, she had 20 boards and 5 steals. She was the only Burro with over five of any statistic. Both teams were off from deep (1-11 apiece). Lanesboro (Haug) controlled the glass 49 to 34, but the Burros were doomed by 36 turnovers (24 in the first half). FC had 16 for the game.

Inter-State BBB

The R-P boys are looking for some competition. They’ll play anyone, anywhere. They did so by heading to Winona State to take on Onalaska, Wis. The Hilltoppers went 27-1 in 2011-2012, winning Wisconsin’s Division II state title (the second largest classification). They went 24-3 in 2012-2013 and lost in the state semifinals. They graduated some players and took the court versus the Trojans sporting three freshman starters. The Hilltoppers fate was the same as R-P’s other 11 opponents this year. The critical runs came just before, and just after, halftime. With the contest tied at 23 late in the first, the Trojans scored eight unanswered points. They took a 36-28 lead into the break. Onalaska got a bucket right away to pull to down 36-30, but R-P responded with a 9-0 run to push the lead to double digits. They’d lead by at least nine the rest of the way enroot to a 69-58 inter-state victory. R-P sported a four-pronged guard attack (minus the services of F Jorli Hauge). Alex Vix matched his season high with 18 points. Charlie Krambeer had 14. Cole Kingsley (11 pts, 8 rebs, 5 assists) and Seth Thompson (12 pts, 7 rebs, 3 assists, 4 stls, 2 blks) did about everything. As per the norm with the defensively stout, offensively efficient, Trojans, turnovers told a story (R-P 10, Onalaska 21). As a result, R-P took more shots (22 of 56 to 17 of 41). The Hilltoppers mastered the free throw line (18-22). R-P was a solid 15 of 23. The Trojans are still ranked #2, still alone atop the 3-Rivers South (8-0), and still undefeated (12-0). Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is #1.


The #7 in AA Chatfield Gopher girls had a big ranked-versus-ranked game with Dover-Eyota annulled due to weather. They then kept their records perfect (7-0, 10-0) with a win over Lewiston-Altura. They are at full strength and tied with R-P atop the 3-Rivers South. LARP wrestling participated in an amazing back-and-forth match (nine lead changes) with Lake City, only to fall 36-33. They then got first place finishes from Justin Mueller (113), McCoy Tekautz (126), and Sam Riebel (132) at the Tri-City United Tourney. Tekautz beat the #2 and #10 ranked wrestlers in Class A for his title. The wins catapulted him to #6 at 126 in Class AA. Monty Holm (FCLMC) and Wyatt Richardson (GMLOK), each 195-pounders, took home titles at the Lancaster and Stewartville Invites respectively. Kingsland Knight basketball got off the losing schneid. The boys won back-to-back games versus GM and W-K, ending a 7-game slide. The girls, paced by Marissa Bornholdt’s double-double (20 pts, 10 rebs), beat W-K in overtime to end a six-game skid. Chatfield’s Christian Bance had a career high 25 points (5-7 3’s) as the Gophers downed the L-A Cards. It’s the Gopher guys’ fifth straight victory. Fillmore Central’s Nick Powell continued his tear, scoring 27 points in a win over L-A, and then 29 in a loss the next night versus Cotter. He is averaging 24.6 points (54% shooting) and 12 rebounds per game over his last five contests. Lanesboro’s Olivia Haug collected 37 rebounds over games with FC and Hope Lutheran. Kole Ruud had 29 as the Burro boys beat Houston.

Boys Basketball


Grand Meadow 55, Kingsland 71 (K: Jacob Rindels 17; Isiah Bubany 13; Lenny Moore 11)

Lewiston-Altura 60, Fillmore Central 66 (FC: Nick Powell 27 pts (11-17 FG’s); Kiel Larson 10; Logan Masters 7 pts, 8 assists. L-A: Cullen Neeck 27. Neeck took 27 shots, the rest of his team 31)


Wabasha-Kellogg 47, Kingsland 52 (K: J. Rindels 18; L. Moore 17; Quinn Larson 10. Knights are 2-7, 4-10)

Cotter 72, FC 59 (FC: N. Powell 29 pts (10-19 FG’s, 3-6 3’s, 6-6 FT’s), 13 rebs; L. Masters 10 assists. C: Caleb Forst 21; Josh Forst 20. SEC fans might remember the Forst names; each formerly played for Hope Lutheran. Falcons are 3-6, 5-7)

Houston 47, Lanesboro 75 (L: Kole Ruud 29 pts (10-19 FG’s, 6-7 FT’s), 5 stls; Luke Rogers 18 pts (6-7 FT’s), 8 rebs; Liam Dorn 13 pts (5-7 FG’s, 3-4 FT’s). H: Christian Sires 17; Mason Drake 14. FT’s: L 16-22, H 7-12. TOs: L 12, H 25. Burros are 6-1, 8-3. They trail Spring Grove (9-0, 12-3) in the SEC East. ‘Canes are 3-5, 3-8)

L-A 42, Chatfield 79 (C: Christian Bance 25 pts (9-12 FG’s, 5-7 3’s); Jayme LaPlante 13 pts, 9 rebs. Gophers are 4-3, 7-3)

M-C 55, Schaeffer Academy 51 (M-C: Justin Ward 16 pts, 10 rebs. SA: Roman Lahr 18. FT’s: M-C 7-27, SA 10-19. TO’s: M-C 19, SA 31. 3’s: M-C 2-15, SA 7-16. M-C led at half, all through second stanza. Cougars are 5-3, 6-7)

Girls Basketball


#7 in AA Chatfield 71, L-A 17 (C: Maddie Talamantes 14; Kirsten Keefe 12 pts, 4 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls; Sidney Irish 11. Goph’s are 7-0, 10-0)

Houston 38, GM 70 (H: Anna Sweet 16; Elizabeth Loken 10 rebs; Abbey Loken and Kelly Jerviss DNP. GM: Rio Landers 27 pts, 9 rebs, 5 blks; Rachel Oehlke 22 pts, 5 assists, 8 stls. ‘Canes are 3-4, 4-6)

M-C 32, Spring Grove 47 (M-C: C. McCabe 12. SG: Nicki Ellingson 16 pts, 11 rebs; Samantha Bratland 16 pts, 8 rebs)


FC 31, Cotter 53 (FC: K. Bennett 8 pts, 6 rebs; M. Malley 8. Falcons are 2-5, 3-5)

W-K 55, Kingsland 57 in OT (K: Marissa Bornholdt 20 pts, 10 rebs; Kailynn Hamersma 12 pts, 5 rebs. W-K: Nautika Kotero 24. Knights are 2-5, 2-8)

01-11 > Lanesboro 39, Hope Lutheran 47 (L: O. Haug 21 pts, 17 rebs. Burros are 1-4, 3-10)



FCLMC 10, #9 in A Chatfield 62 (Wolves FF’ed 106, 113, 120. Gopher pins: Jake Mandt (126), Hank Friederichs (#1 at 138), Cody Bly (#4 at 182, wrestled 170), Jacob Bleess (220), & Logan Karver (285). MD’s: Ryan Meeker (132; 11-1) & Harvey Friederichs (#3 at 152, 11-2 over #7 at 152 Connor Hanson). FCLMC pin: Monty Holm (195). FCLMC MD: Niko Anderson (#1 at 170, wrestled 182, 15-5). A.J. Riley (#7 at 145) beat Andy Love 5-2. Gophers are 10-1. Wolves are 5-6)

W-K Quadrangular > GMLOK 24, Cannon Falls 45 (Bulldogs FF’ed five weights, got one win via FF, went 5-3 in actual matches. Winners: Stephen Kassel (126; 8-6 D), Jace Bunne (138; 6-1 D), Parker Hale (145; 10-6 D), Brandon Turner (170; pin), and Wyatt Richardson (#7 at 195; 8-6 D)); GMLOK 24, Goodhue 51 (Bulldogs FF’ed five weights, went 5-4 in actual matches. Winners: Bunne (138; 3-0 D), Hale (145; 14-1 MD), Sam Roe (160; 17-2 TF), Richardson (195; pin), and Blake Benson (220; pin)); GMLOK 27, W-K 43 (‘Dogs FF’ed four weights, one won via FF, went 4-4 in actual matches (with one double FF). Winners: Kassel (126; pin), Bunne (138; pin), Hale (145; 5-1 D), and Richardson (195; pin). GMLOK is 0-6 in duals.)

P-E-M Triangular > L-A/R-P 33, Lake City 35 (Amazing back-and-forth match saw nine lead changes. LARP led 33-29 heading to 285, but suffered a pin for the loss. Winners: Justin Mueller (113; 4-3 dec), Josh Doerr (120; 18-11 dec), McCoy Tekautz (132; pin), Justin Grindland (152; FF), Jackson Riebel (160; 8-4 dec), Andrew Knapczyk (182; pin) & Cody Narhgang (220; pin)); LARP 18, P-E-M 49 (Winners: Doerr (120; pin), Sam Riebel (132; pin), Tekautz (138; 12-6 dec), and Knapczyk (182; 8-5 dec). LARP is now 8-3 on the season)


Lancaster Wisconsin Invite (FCLMC took fourth of 13 teams. Monty Holm (195) pinned his way to a title and is now 19-0 on the season. Andy Love (145), Connor Hanson (152), and Niko Anderson (182) each took second. All fell via decisions (Love 5-0, Hanson 6-3 to 20-0 Trenton Cornell of Lancaster, and Anderson 7-1) in the finals. It was Anderson’s first loss of the year (19-1). Trevor Barnes took third at 160)

Stewartville Tournament (GMLOK finished 6th of 8 teams. Wyatt Richardson (#7 at 195) took first (pin, pin, 5-1 dec in finals). He is 11-1 on the year. Brenn Olson (106) took second. Jace Bunne (138) and Blake Olson (152) each took third)

Tri-City United Titan Invitational (LARP took 3rd of ten teams. J. Mueller (113; pin, pin, 9-1 MD), M. Tekautz (126; pin, 7-4 dec over #2 in Class A Seth Elwood of Medford, 10-8 dec over #10 in Class A Patrick Ramirez of Triton), and S. Riebel (132; pin, 12-10 D, 11-2 MD) won titles. Justin is 14-2 on the season, McCoy 15-1. J. Doerr (120) and A. Knapczyk (182) took second. J. Riebel (160) took third)

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