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Masters' heroics annul Manning's FC tops M-C

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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It was a brilliant three minutes of play. With his team trailing Fillmore Central 53-44, Mabel-Canton senior G Noah Manning hit three three-pointers (a couple from way out there) and added a three-point play in about 180 seconds. The buckets were all of a 12-2 M-C run, one that put the Cougars up 56-55 with 1:20 left.

Manning was fixing to be the hero. But after missing the front end of a one-and-one, after authoring a steal, but then losing the ball out-of-bounds, Manning’s hero crown was stolen away by Falcon PG Logan Masters.

With under 0:20 to play, Masters did what he’d done all game long. He drove the lane and converted a lay-up to put FC back in front. The bucket gave him a career-high 20 points.

With 0:14 left, the Cougars didn’t call timeout. They brought the ball up court and had two shots at the win, a Hunter Johnson elbow-jumper, and then a Donnie Lind lefty lay-up put back, but both were too strong. Falcon Nick Powell secured the rebound, time expired, and FC eked out a sectional victory, 57-56. It was a game that saw M-C jump out early (22-10). FC then made its final nine baskets of the first half for a 20-6 run and a 30-28 halftime lead. M-C led 42-39 in the second half before FC spurted again (14-2) to set up Manning’s run, and then Masters’ game-winner.

Noah finished with a career best 20 points (4-5 three’s) and 7 rebounds. Ward (11 pts, 6 rebs) and Johnson (11 pts, 5 rebs) also reached double figures. Logan’s mastery (8-11 FG’s, 4-4 FT’s, 20 pts) led FC. Nick Powell, who averaged 27.3 PPG over his previous four games, was limited to ‘just’ 16 and 11 rebounds. He was efficient (7-9 FG’s). The smaller Cougars won the battle on the glass (32 to 25), particularly the o-boards (19 to 7). They were also 7 of 15 3’s to FC’s 0-5. But FC’s size allowed them to be much more efficient overall offensively, 22-39 FG’s (56%) to M-C’s 22-57 (39%). The win moves FC to 7-7 on the season (4-6 in league). M-C is also .500 (8-8). They are 7-3 in the SEC East (3rd place behind SG and Lanesboro).

Lions Overwhelm Burros, Seize Control of SEC

It was the Lanesboro’s boys’ best shot at sharing, or out-right winning, the SEC title. Beat Spring Grove, split the season series, force a tie atop the league (in the loss column), and then see where the cards fall as the season evolves. But the Lions were too much for Lanesboro for a second time this season. Spring Grove downed the Burros 82-67. It was a back and forth affair until SG, leading 56-55, went on a 10-2 run to lead 66-57 with around 5:30 to play.

The Lions squelched any Burro comeback bids by nailing 12 of 14 FT’s down the stretch. They squelched the efforts made by Burro senior Kole Ruud. Ruud hit five second half three-pointers (8 of 16 for the game) enroot to a 37-point (13-25 FG’s), 8-rebound night. Luke Rogers chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. However, the rest of the Burros were 5 of 28 shooting for 12 points.

Spring Grove, meanwhile, had three studs, Brady Schuttemeier (27 pts, 20 rebs), Chase Grinde (23 pts), and Alex Engelhardt (23 pts, 11 rebs). They dominated the glass (50 to 31). Their offense ran on all cylinders in the second half (15-26 FG’s, 57.5%). They have a stranglehold on the SEC and the 2-seed in 1A East.

Trojan Girls Drop First Game, Rebound

At the beginning of the season, not too many people would’ve guessed the R-P girls would get to mid-January before losing. After a 10-0 start, the Trojan ladies finally fell. In a close contest to the end, they lost to P-E-M 67-61. Standout senior G Kendra Crawford had 21 points (3-5 three’s) and 5 steals. Frosh Brianna Koop (15 pts), and seniors Sierra McNamer (11 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stls) and Keela Brand (8 pts, 6 rebs), also contributed to the cause. But the narrow loss to a pre-season #6 in Class AA, pre-season 3-Rivers favorite, 9-2 P-E-M team means the R-P girls are for real. They then rallied the wagons versus Kingsland. R-P pressed. They triggered turnovers, a good start (up 11-1). But the aggressive ‘D’ got R-P in foul trouble. They had to scale back. Behind the bench play of junior G Lacey Schwartz, who scored seven straight points, the Knights clawed back into the contest (down 18-15). They trailed 25-18 later in the half when R-P recommenced its pressure, ending on a 16-6 run to lead 41-24 at the break. They cruised to the 74-40 victory. Crawford ran the ‘O’, finishin with the hard kind of double-double (14 pts, 11 assists, 5 stls). McNamer led R-P with 17 points (7-14 FT’s, 7 rebs, 7 stls). Hope Morrison (16 pts) and Brand (6 pts, 8 rebs, 6 stls) helped out. Kingsland was led by Kailynn Hamersma (8 pts) and its bench which scored 19 of the Knights 40 points. R-P (7-1, 11-1) now trails idle Chatfield (7-0, 10-0) in the 3-Rivers South.

Gopher Wrestling

Takes Stillwater

Chatfield wrestling has participated in three weekend team tournaments this season. They are three times a champion. Their latest conquest was the Stillwater Invite. They hammered Minneapolis-Roosevelt 84-0, getting seven first period pins (eight total with six forfeits ‘W’s’). They then downed WEM/JWP. The Gophers won seven of the first nine matches, only dropping bouts at 120 (major decision to AA #1 Skyler Petry) and 132 (Ryan Meeker fought #3 in AA Collin Ayers to a 1-4 decision). It left the score 35-7 after 160. The final was 50-17.

Chatfield then met Albert Lea in the finals, a match-up of 8th-ranked teams (Chatfield A, Albert Lea AA). The Tigers took 106. The Gophers ‘decisioned’ the next four to go up 14-6. Devin Nelson (#10 in AA) then edged Hank Friederichs (#3 in A) 4-3 at 138 (just Hank’s second loss). The teams split 145 and 152, leaving the score 18-12 Gophers heading to 160.

Chatfield’s bigger boys then got the job done, winning five of the final six matches, three by pin, for the 45-18 victory. For the day, Jared Goldsmith (113; pin, pin, 11-2 MD), Jake Mandt (126; pin, 7-4 D, 14-4 MD), A.J. Riley (145; FF, pin, 11-0 MD), Harvey Friederichs (152/160; three pins in a combined 87 seconds), Cody Bly (182; FF, two pins), Jacob Bleess (220; FF, 7-4 D, pin), and Logan Karver (285; three FF’s) all went 3-0. Chatfield is now 15-1 on the season with five ranked wrestlers (Hank and Harvey, Goldsmith, Riley, and Bly).


The 2nd-ranked R-P boys stayed perfect on the season (14-0) with a pair of conference wins over D-E and Kingsland. The Trojans lead the 3-Rivers South with a 10-0 record. Guard Charlie Krambeer has hit at least a trio of three-pointers in each of his last seven games. Perfection also equals the now #5 in Class AA Chatfield girls (7-0, 10-0), who were idle due to weather postponements.

Jake Neis scored a season high 22 points (9-11 FT’s) as the Chatfield boys edged Rochester-Lourdes to collect their 6th straight win. On the wrestling mat, it took Gopher Harvey Friederichs a little over one period’s worth of time (0:46, 0:30, 0:28, 0:29 seconds) to rack up four wins via pin-fall on the week, moving his record to 22-0. Lanesboro senior guard Kole Ruud racked up three 30 point games (37, 30, 38) on the week. Teammate Luke Rogers averaged 21.3 PPG over the same span as the duo accounted for 80% of the Burros offense (169 of 212 points). GMLOK got it first dual-meet win (1-6), upsetting LARP (9-5) 36-32. Frosh Blake Benson’s pin at 285 sealed the deal. Bulldog Parker Hale (145) took first at the Hayfield Invite.

Boys Basketball


#2 in A R-P 69, Dover-Eyota 58 (R-P: Alex Vix 18 pts (7-11 FG’s); Charlie Krambeer 16 pts (5-10 three’s); Seth Thompson 13 pts, 6 assists, 6 stls. D-E: Thomas Pankonin 20)


M-C 50, Houston 35 (M-C: Keyser Wenthold 13 pts, 6 stls; J. Ward 12 pts, 6 rebs, 5 stls. H: Sam Ross 14. Coug’s avenge loss to ‘Canes on November 26)


Grand Meadow 59, M-C 67 (M-C: N. Manning 18 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists; J. Ward 13 pts, 8 rebs, 6 assists; H. Johnson 11 pts, 6 rebs. GM: Trenton Bleifus 30)

Houston 62, LeRoy-Ostrander 40 (H: S. Ross 14; Trevor Lundberg 11. Win snaps 6-game slide. ‘Canes are 4-6, 4-9)

Southland 70, FC 80 (FC: N. Powell 29 pts (11-19 FG’s), 12 rebs; Kiel Larson 15 (3-4 three’s); Nick Mensink 12 pts, 5 rebs; L. Masters 10 pts (6-8 FT’s), 6 assists. S: Lukas Anderson 29 (10-13 FT’s); Alex Ruechel 17)

Lyle/Pacelli 45, Lanesboro 69 (L: K. Ruud 30 (6-9 three’s, 11-19 FG’s); L. Rogers 25 pts (5-8 three’s, 9-14 FG’s)

#2 in A R-P 79, Kingsland 47 (R-P: S. Thompson 15 (6-8 FG’s); C. Krambeer/Austin O’Hare 11 each; A. Vix 10 pts, 7 rebs; Cole Kingsley 9 pts (4-4 FG’s), 8 assists, 6 stls. K: Jacob Rindels 13. Knights are 2-8, 4-11)

Rochester-Lourdes 68, Chatfield 70 (C: J. Neis 22 pts (9-11 FT’s), 6 rebs, 7 assists; Christian Bance 16 (4-7 three’s); Nate Skare 14 pts (3-5 three’s), 5 rebs. R-L: Jacob Schaefer 19 pts, 8 rebs, 4 assists, 5 blks; Andre Stewart 18; Ryan Braun 15. A couple FT’s by Neis (2:18) and a three by Bance (2:08) broke a 61-all tie and put Chatfield up 66-61 with around 3:00 left. Lourdes then got a 4-point play from Stewart. Neis made 3-4 FT’s in the final 0:38 (69-65) to seal the deal. Chatfield is 4-3, 8-3)


Lanesboro 76, Prairie Seeds Academy 81 (L: K. Ruud 38 pts (6-15 3’s, 10-13 FT’s); L. Rogers 21 pts, 11 rebs. PSA: Landon Kirkwood 25 (19 in second half); Brady Reinke 22 (18 in second half). Burros led 42-34 at half. PSA took lead at 67-64 and then held. Game played at Owatonna as part of the Metro versus Out-State Classic. Burros are 7-2, 9-5)

Girls Basketball


L-A 28, FC 63 (FC: Morgan Malley season high 18 pts; Kendyl Bennett 12; Kaitlynn Aug 8 pts, 9 rebs)


FC 40, #8 in AA D-E 56 (FC: Sammi Bakke career high 17 pts, 8 rebs. D-E: Megan Hintz 18. Contest was a 4-point game with around 7:00 to play. Eagles were without all-everything G/F Brandi Blattner (torn ACL)

Lanesboro 24, #5 in A Lyle/Pacelli 95 (L: Olivia Haug 8 pts, 10 rebs. Burros are 1-5, 3-11)

Houston 39, L-O 49 (H: Anna Sweet career high 16 pts, 8 rebs. L-O: Becca Bunne 19 pts, 11 rebs. ‘Canes are 3-5, 4-7)


FC 45, Southland 65 (FC: K. Bennett 8 pts, 5 rebs; S. Bakke 7 pts, 7 rebs. Falcons are 3-7, 4-7)

Kingsland 54, GM 50 (K: Haley Colton career high 17; Marissa Bornholdt/Melinda Woods 10 each. Knights are 2-6, 3-9)



D-E 54, FCLMC 22 (Wolves dropped first seven matches (36-0). Winners: #7 at 152 Connor Hanson (pin), Tom Henry (170; pin), #2 at 170 Niko Anderson (182; 12-1 MD), Monty Holm (195; pin). FCLMC is 5-7)

#8 in A Chatfield 50, St. Charles 11 (Goph winners: Treyc Van Sickle (106; 8-4 D), #7 at 113 J. Goldsmith (9-1 MD), Ty Van Sickle (120; 10-6 D), J. Mandt (126; 11-4 D), R. Meeker (132; 6-5 D), #1 at 138 Hank F. (FF), #7 at 145 A.J. Riley (14-2 MD), #3 at 152 Harvey F. (pin), #4 at 182 C. Bly (170; FF), Austin Dahl (182; 16-13 D), Dalton Lundy (195; FF), J. Bleess (220; 11-6 D))

GMLOK 36, LARP 32 (LARP jumped 16-6 after 132, only for GMLOK to lead 21-16 after 152. The teams than alternated wins the rest of the way with GMLOK’s Blake Benson getting a pin at 285 for the win. Bulldog winners: Brenn Olson (106; pin), Jace Bunne (138; 8-2 D), Parker Hale (145; pin), Blake Olson (152; FF), Brandon Turner (170; 4-0), #6 at 195 Wyatt Richardson (pin), & Benson (285; pin). LARP winners: Justin Mueller (113; FF), #6 at 126 McCoy Tekautz (15-5 MD), Sam Riebel (132; FF), Jackson Riebel (160; 15-6 MD), Andrew Knapczyk/John Heim (182/220; FF’s). GMLOK won 6 of 8 actual matches)


Z-M Duals (LARP lost to AA Lean and Mean Barnesville 45-31 in the quarters. B-ville got it done from 132-152 with three pins and a FF victory to lead 30-16. LARP then beat Glenwood City WI 45-31 in the consolation semis. They won the first six bouts (3 pins, 3 FF’s) to lead 36-0. LARP then fell to AA Lean and Mean Maple River 43-31 in the 5th place dual. LARP began 19-3, only for M-River to win five straight (four pins) from 138-170 to lead 31-19. Josh Doerr (120; pin, FF, pin), M. Tekautz (126; pin, pin, 19-6 MD), and A. Knapczyk (182; 7-0 D, 4-0 D, pin) each went 3-0. LARP is 9-6 on the season)

Hayfield Tournament (GMLOK took 4th of nine teams. P. Hale (145; 4-3 OT D, 12-2 MD, pin) took 1st. W. Richardson (195), B. Benson (220), and Broc Fiegel (285) each took 2nd. Br. Olson (106) and B. Turner (170) took 3rd).

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