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Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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Every year there is a week where the squads in Fillmore County play a lot of games against each other. The week starting Monday the 27th was it. Seven basketball games featured county teams versus each other, and a pair of wrestling matches. One thing to come from all of it; ‘Gophers’ equal ‘W’.

Gophers Sweep Falcons…

Chatfield’s b-ball teams convincingly beat FC’s the first go-around (girls 56-25, boys 82-62). In the second meetings, the Falcons squads were tougher outs. A week after their first game, the Gopher fellas, led by Nate Skare (16 pts, four first half trifectas), were headed toward another win, up 30-22 at halftime. But the Falcons began the second with a 15-2 run, taking a 37-32 lead. Trailing 39-34, Chatfield’s answer; hit eight straight FG’s, score on nine of 10 possessions, go on a 21-8 run, go up 55-47. They prevailed 66-52. Skare (6-13 three’s, 27 pts, 10 rebs 6 assists) was brilliant. Jayme LaPlante (16 pts, 14 rebs) also had a double-double. Jake Neis (4 pts, 5 rebs, 8 assists, 6 stls) did everything but score big. For FC, Nick Powell struggled with his shot (4-14 FG’s), but was solid all-around (11 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 3 stls). Junior Nick Mensink (11 pts) was a spark off the bench. Quentin Case added 10 points and 5 steals. Three-point shooting was a key in the game (C 8-21, FC 4-17).

In Chatfield, FC’s girls battled the undefeated #3 Gophers. Chatfield jumped out 20-6. FC closed to 24-20. The Goph’s led 28-20 at halftime. In the second half, Chat again got ahead, 40-26. FC reeled them back in with a 14-5 run. With around six-minutes to play, the Gophers lead was five (45-40). Then Chat coach Brian Baum performed another hockeyesque ‘line change’. Whatever mass substitution it was, was the optimal number for optimal results; the Goph’s scored on nine of ten possessions, 16 unanswered points, they finished the game on a 20-5 run, to prevail 66-45. Maddie Talamantes led the charge (17 pts, 7-11 FG’s). Brook Irish had 11 off the bench. Kirsten Keefe filled the roll of multi-faceted contributor (5 pts, 7 rebs, 5 assists, 7 stls). FC was led by Kendyl Bennett (14 pts, 6-7 FT’s, 6 rebs, 4 stls) and Sammi Bakke (11 pts, 7 rebs). Turnovers told the story (FC 32, C 13).

...and Knights….

The Gophers then moved on to sweeping Kingsland. The girls did so without much fuss, jumping out 13-2.

Leading 19-8, a 15-0 run helped send Chat to half up 43-15. They prevailed 73-40. Keefe (13 pts, 5-7 FG’s, 5 rebs, 5 assists, 5 stls), Sidney Irish (13 pts), and Megan LaPlante (10 pts) reached double-figures. Twelve Gophers scored. Jamie Thompson (7 pts, 7 rebs) and Melinda Woods (7 pts) paced the Knights. The Gophers moved their records to 11-0 (first in the TRC South), 14-0. Kingsland fell to 2-9, 3-14. On the guys’ side, the Knights were game in the first half. They erased a 21-11 deficit to lead 29-27 late. But Chatfield ended on a 6-0 mini-run (up 33-29 at the break). Knight Jacob Rindels opened the second with a three (33-32), only for Chatfield go on a 21-3 spurt (9-12 FG’s). They bolted ahead 54-35. Each team then got hot (King 7-9 FG’s, Chat 6-10 FG’s) before a 8-0 Gopher run made it academic (74-53, under 5:00). In that run, Gopher senior G Nate Skare hit a 3-pointer that put him in the 1,000-point club. Chatfield prevailed 80-55. Interior players LaPlante (23 pts, 8 rebs, 3 blks) and Brandon Adler (12 pts 9 rebs) dominated. Chat had 24 o-boards, 23 second-chance-points (King 9 and 7). The Goph’s held a 57-32 overall rebounding edge. Neis (13 pts, 6 rebs, 8 assists) and Skare (10 pts, 7 rebs) also reached double-figures. Three Knights, Rindels (14), Lenny Moore (14), and Quinn Larson (10 pts, 7 rebs) did the same.

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When FC and Lanesboro’s boys get together, it usually comes down to the end. This year is no different. FC led nearly the entire way, by as many as nine (21-12) in the first, three at halftime (39-36), by as many as eleven (41-30) in the second. Lanes replied with a 9-0 run (41-39). Collin Bennett and Kiel Larson then carried the Falcon flag, scoring 11 points of 13-5 FC run. FC took a 54-44 lead (5:31). Lanesboro inched closer the rest of the game. With 12-seconds left, Tylar Miller hit a 3-pointer to pull the Burros within one (65-64). After a couple missed FT’s (0:07.4 left), Kole Ruud brought the rock up the court. He got to the FT-line extended only to face multiple defenders. He kicked to Zach Voeltz in the corner, who let loose a game-winning 3-pointer, which was swatted by Nick Mensink down the corridor toward the Burros locker room, where Lanesboro shortly thereafter retreated. FC survived 65-64. Ruud (31 pts, 9-11 FT’s) was nearly uncoverable. Luke Rogers added 14 (pts) and 10 (rebs). Nick Powell (15 pts, 10 rebs) and Logan Masters (15 pts, 5 assists, 7 stls) paced FC. The taller Falcons beat up Lanes on the boards (42-32, 15-7 offensively). They held a 13 to four edge in second-chance-points.

Meanwhile in Harmony, FC’s girls again battled another good team, TRC-South 2nd place Rushford-Peterson (who beat FC 59-32 back in December). The Trojans led 31-23 at halftime, only for FC to open the second on a 9-0 run to lead 32-31. R-P rallied from there and came away with a 57-47 win. Brianna Koop (17 pts, 7-10 FG’s, 6 rebs, 4 stls) and Kendra Crawford (12 pts, 7 assists, 5 stls) led the effort. Leah Scheevel (13 pts, 4-5 FG’s, 5-6 FT’s, 9 rebs) and Kendyl Bennett (10 pts, 4-5 FG’s) led FC. The Trojans are now 14-3 on the year (10-3 in the TRC). A night later, R-P’s boys easily handled FC, 80-47. Thirteen Trojans scored led by Alex Vix (14 pts) and Seth Thompson (12 pts). Powell had 18 (pts) and 8 (rebs) for the Falcons. The win moved the Trojans’ records to 14-1, 18-1 (basically tied for first in TRC-South with 12-1, 17-1 Caledonia). FC’s records fell to 4-11, 8-12.

On the mats, FCLMC and GMLOK did battle, one littered with good matches. The Bulldogs got ahead in the early weights, taking 106, 113, and 145 by forfeit. Josh Graves secured a pin at 126. Jace Bunne (138) scored a 1-0 win over Gabe Decker. Brady Ristau won 120 for FCLMC via pin, Alex Fishbaugher took 132 via 6-5 decision over Stephen Kassel. Thru 145, the ‘Dogs led 27-9. Thereon in, it was all Wolves. Decision victories from Connor Hanson (#8 at 152; 15-9 over Blake Olson) and Trevor Barnes (160; 4-1 over Sam Roe), and then pins from Tom Henry (170) and Niko Anderson (#1 at 170, wrestled 182), evened the match at 27. In the biggest bout of the night at 195, undefeated Monty Holm downed #7 Wyatt Richardson 3-1. GMLOK forfeited 220, which wrapped up the dual. Jacob Thomas (285) put the finishing touches on it with a pin. FCLMC downed GMLOK 42-27. Wolves are 9-10, GMLOK 1-7. For more on Chatfield dominating their own triangular with LARP and Z-M, read further.

Wrestling Crème

de la Crème

One would have a hard time finding a better assortment of wrestling talent, at a 10 team invite, than that that showed up for the WEM/JWP Mike Fasnacht Memorial Tournament. Thirty-plus individually ranked wrestlers took to the mats, from a number of top level squads. The team standing at the top after it was all said and done, the #8 Chatfield Gophers (196.5). They bested #4 in A Jackson County Central (177.5), #11 in A Sibley East (135.5), plus Class A Lean and Mean Dover-Eyota and (a less than full strength) AA #3 Totino Grace. Two of Chat’s seven finalists won titles. Jared Goldsmith (#7) took 113 (pin, pin, 6-2). He is now 19-0 on the year. Top ranked Hank Friederichs won 138, beating the guy behind him in the rankings, #2 Austin Brockhoff of Sibley East (2-1). Hank is now 30-2. Treyc Van Sickle (106), A.J. Riley (145), Harvey Friederichs (152), Cody Bly (170), and Jacob Bleess (220) all took second. Each lost to highly ranked opponents. Van Sickle (unranked) fell 6-3 to #4 Tanner Pasvogel of SE. Riley (#6) lost 3-0 to Hunter Retslaff (#2) of SE. Harvey (#4, 30-1) suffered his first loss of the season, a 10-8 to Paden Moore (#2) of JCC. Bly (#4, 18-1) suffered his first loss of the season also, an 18-1 tech fall to top ranked 182-pounder Keagan Moore of JCC. Bleess (#10) fell (14-6 MD) to Totino Grace’s 7th-ranked (Class AA) 220-pounder Kez Flomo. Ty Van Sickle (#10, 120) and Ryan Meeker (132) each took third, each losing via decision in the semis (Meeker, again, to a highly ranked foe). Jake Mandt (126) and Alex Haffner (160) took fourth, each losing both of their matches to ranked opponents. Eleven of 13 Gophers to compete finished top four.


R-P BBB narrowly avoided a first-loss hang-over. They overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to beat 3-15 Southland 91-88 in OT. R-P beat the Reb’s 80-39 on December 6. After having just two 20-point scorers the whole season, both Seth Thompson (season high 24) and Alex Vix (20) did so in the game. Vix is averaging 15 per over his last nine games (double figures in each contest). The Chatfield BBB team went 3-0 on the week. They’ve gone 11-2 in their last 13 games and are 9-5, 13-5 on the season. M-C’s boys, with a win over Lyle/Pacelli, have won 6 of 7. Hunter Johnson was on fire (11-16 FG’s) versus the A’s in scoring 25. The Cougars are 10-3, 11-8. Lanesboro boy’s hit 18 three-pointers, nine by Luke Rogers (seven in the first half), in a win over Schaeffer. Rogers scored 31, Kole Ruud 24. They then out-scored Hope Lutheran 52-25 in the second half (led 25-22 at half) to win 77-47. Ruud had 31. The Burros are 11-2, 13-6. Olivia Haug was an interior force (23 pts, 19 rebs) as the Lady Burros rallied in the second half for a win over HL Niko Anderson (30-1) posted his third individual tournament title of the year at Pine Island. GMLOK wrestling had three champions at the Wisconsin Dells Invite, Jace Bunne, Parker Hale, and Wyatt Richardson. Trojan Sierra McNamer had a career-high 22 in a loss to Southland.

Boys Basketball


#5 in A R-P 91, Southland 88 in OT (R-P: Seth Thompson 24 pts (9-12 FG’s), 8 rebs, 4 assists, 3 stls; Alex Vix 20; Charlie Krambeer 14; Austin O’Hare 13. R-P FT’s: 23-40)


Kingsland 47, #10 in AA Caledonia 83 (K: J. Rindels 11. C: Colton Lampert 24. Knights are 3-11, 5-15)

Schaeffer Academy 45, Lanesboro 74 (L: L. Rogers 31 (nine trifectas); K. Ruud 24 (four threes); Z. Voeltz 12)

Lyle/Pacelli 49, M-C 75 (M-C: H. Johnson 25 pts, 5 assists; Noah Manning 15 pts, 10 rebs, 6 assists; Donnie Lind 13)

Glenville-Emmons 62, Houston 44 (Hurricanes are 4-10, 4-12)


Hope Lutheran 47, Lanesboro 77 (L: K. Ruud 31 (8-11 FT’s); L. Rogers 13. HL: Jason Klug 26)

D-E 40, Chatfield 75 (C: J. Neis 17 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists, 5 stls; C. Bance 17; N. Skare 14; J. LaPlante 10 pts, 7 rebs)

Girls Basketball


Lanesboro 29, SG 50 (L: Haely Polin 14; Olivia Haug 10 pts, 17 rebs. Game was 40-29; Lions ended on 10-run)

R-P 69, Southland 85 (R-P: S. McNamer career-high 22 pts (10-13 FG’s); K. Crawford 21 pts, 6 assists, 5 stls; Brooke Johnson 10 pts (5-7 FG’s), 6 rebs; Keela Brand 6 pts, 11 rebs, 6 stls. S: four in double figures led by McKenzie Kirtz’s 25)


G-E 23, Houston 63 (H: Abbey Loken 15 pts, 9 rebs; Kelly Jerviss 14 pts (7-9 FG’s); Natalie King 12 pts, 9 rebs)

Kingsland 51, Byron 73 (K: Melinda Woods 10; Gracie Schmidt 9 pts, 11 rebs. B: Vanessa Anderson 29 pts, 11 rebs)

#5 in A Lyle/Pacelli 70, M-C 37 (M-C: Lydia Geving 18 pts, 7 rebs, 4 stls; Sara Lind 10 pts, 10 rebs. Coug’s are 8-3, 9-7)

Schaeffer Acad. 35, Lanesboro 37 (L: H. Polin 14 pts, 9 rebs; O. Haug 8 pts, 20 rebs. Burros led 34-8, hung on for win)


FC 59, Grand Meadow 49 (FC: Morgan Malley 18; Kaitlynn Aug 13 pts, 9 rebs; Leah Scheevel 10 pts, 12 rebs. GM: Rio Landers 25 pts, 9 rebs, 8 blks. Falcons are 5-10, 8-10)

Houston 35, Coulee Christian 40 (H: A. Loken 12 pts, 19 rebs; K. Jerviss 10. ‘Canes are 6-5, 7-8)


Hope Lutheran 50, Lanesboro 57 (L: O. Haug 23 pts, 19 rebs. HL led 30-23 at half. Burros went on a 13-3 run to take a 38-37 lead. Down 42-38, they went on an 18-1 run (up 56-43) to make it academic. Burros are 3-8, 5-14)



Chatfield Triangular > Lean and Mean Z-M 16, #8 Chatfield 46 (Goph’s won 11 of 14 matches. J. Goldsmith (113) & J. Bleess (220) scored pins. Harvey F. (152; 18-1) recorded a TF. J. Mandt (126; 15-1) & R. Meeker (132; 11-3) won via MD. Treyc VS (106; 4-1), Hank F. (138; 9-3), A.J. Riley (145; 5-2), Austin Dahl (170; 6-2), & C. Bly (182; 7-0) won via D. Z-M forfeited 195); LARP 6, Chatfield 68 (The S-Eagles’ only win was a pin from Cale Stensgard at 285. Goldsmith (106) and Treyc VS (113) won via MD (13-0 & 17-8). LARP FF’ed 120. Meeker (132) beat Sam Riebel 4-0, Hank F. (138) beat McCoy Tekautz (#6 in Class AA at 126) 10-4. Riley (145), Alex Haffner (152), Harvey F. (160), Dahl (170), Bly (182), and Bleess (220) won by pin. Dalton Lundy (195) won via injury default); Z-M 49, L-A/R-P 22 (LARP led 16-11 after 132, won just twice more. Justin Mueller (113) and Josh Doerr (126) had pins, S. Riebel (132) a 13-4 MD, Jackson Riebel (160) & Cody Nahrgang (220) 7-2 decisions. Screamin’ Eagles are 10-12. Gophers are 19-1)


Pine Island Tournament (Team scoring was not kept. FCLMC’s Niko Anderson won 182 (bye, tech fall, pin). Connor Hanson (152) took second, losing to Mayo’s Class AAA #5 Brady Nelson 7-3. Alex Fishbaugher took third at 132)

Wisconsin Dell Invite (GMLOK took 4th of 11 teams. Jace Bunne (138; pin, 3-1, pin), Parker Hale (145; pin, 8-0, pin), & Wyatt Richardson (195; 16-2 MD, 5-3, pin) each took first. Josh Graves (120) and Blake Olson (152) each took third).

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