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Chatfield wrestling returns to state


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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The Chatfield Gopher wrestling team is headed back to state. They’re doing so by the skin of their teeth. They had no problem with 10-seed Wabasha-Kellogg in the 1A quarters, but 3-seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the semis (not 1-seed Kenyon-Wanamingo in the finals) got as close to beating/upsetting the Gophers as a team could.

Surviving Z-M

It isn’t hard to see why #7 Chatfield (22-1) might have overlooked Z-M (23-7). They did thump the Cougars 46-16 back on January 31. A highly awaited re-match with K-W, the only team to beat Chatfield, was also (likely) on the horizon. The Goph’s got a tense tussle from the Cougars right from the start. At 106, Treyc Van Sickle led Hayden Stensland 7-5 in the third. Stensland notched a very late takedown to force OT. He then racked up a pin, a 9-point swing from the teams’ first meeting (Van Sickle won 4-1).

The Gophers would build a 25-12 lead after 152, getting wins from #5 Jared Goldsmith (113; pin), Jake Mandt (126; 12-4 MD), Ryan Meeker (132; 3-0 D), #1 Hank Friederichs (138; 10-3 D), #5 A.J. Riley (145; 7-5 D in OT over #9 Cody Heitman), and #3 Harvey Friederichs (152; pin). The score in the regular season at the same point was 28-4 though. Z-M had made up some ground. The Cougars then won 160 (13-11), 170 (pin; another 9-point swing), and then 182 (tech fall). Heading to 195, the defending Section champs trailed 26-25. They led 34-10 in January. But ranked wrestlers Cody Bly (#5 at 170, wrestled 195; 12-2 MD) and Jacob Bleess (#9 at 220; 16-2 MD) saved the day. They gave the Goph’s an insurmountable 33-26 lead. Chatfield prevailed 33-32.

Avenging/Destroying K-W

The narrow win put Chatfield (23-1) where they wanted to be, in a re-match with #8 in A K-W (21-1) for a trip to St. Paul. The Gophers hadn’t been at full strength in the first dual. At full strength, coming off a lackluster outing versus Z-M, the Gophers rolled. Chatfield spotted the Knights three points before ripping off five straight wins. Included were a pair of huge ones, a unexpected Ty Van Sickle pin of #8 Jared Clawiter at 120, and a 3-1 OT win for Meeker at 132. Goldsmith (113; 8-3 D), Mandt (126; 3-0 D), and Hank F. (138; 2-0 D) also came out on top.

The Gophers led 18-3 heading to 145. The regular season meeting was tied at 12. Chatfield then dropped a match to narrow (3-2) decision, before Harvey Friederichs and Alex Haffner notched back-to-back pins, Haffner’s another unexpected fall (he won 15-9 the first time versus Mason Stevenson). With five weights left, the Gophers were sniffing the Xcel Energy Center with a 30-6 lead. Bly clinched things at 195 (12-0 MD).

Ian Morrison then came out at 220 and got his first varsity win (over a 20-win wrestler). Then Bleess came out at 285 and avenged a loss to Seth Donkers. Everything fell into place. Dominatingly, Chatfield downed K-W 41-14 to advance to state. They are seeded third and will face #9 Pierz (25-1) in the quarterfinals.

Trojan Boys Win 3-Rivers South

Rushford-Peterson’s boys (#4 in Class A; 18-1, 24-1) already had a share of the TRC-South sown up when they welcomed P-E-M (#10 in AA; 18-1, 20-5), the North champions, for each squad’s regular season finale. The Trojans could thank the Bulldogs for that. P-E-M handed Caledonia (17-2, 23-2) its second loss days earlier. And thus the scheduling gods were geniuses in pitting the teams against each other last (an undisputed-conference-title-like contest).

With many members of R-P’s 1989 state title team in attendance, honored at halftime, celebrating the 25th reunion of that event, the 2014 Trojan boys did everyone proud. They (in a shocker) took the Bulldogs to the woodshed. P-E-M started strong; 13-2 and later led 21-11. But for the rest of the game (26 minutes), R-P’s frenzied, chest-to-chest trapping, steal-creating defense, held the Bulldogs to 24 points. P-E-M went scoreless for a 6 ½ minute stretch of the first half. R-P went on a 20-0 run (up 31-21). The Bulldogs then went field-goal-less for the first 5 ½ minutes of the second half. R-P went on a 13-3 run, then added a 12-2 run to lead 64-33!

Running time wasn’t out of the question! The Trojans prevailed 70-45, winning the TRC-South outright. They finish the regular season as the only TRC team with one loss (19-1, 25-1 overall), winners of nine straight. Junior G Alex Vix had 18 points. Senior G/F Austin O’Hare came off the bench with his best scoring game of the year (16 pts, 4-10 three’s, 6 rebs). Cole Kingsley (10 pts, 8 rebs, 6 assists, 4 stls) showed his elite PG skills.

Jorli Hauge showed his elite big-man versatility (13 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists, 3 stls). Nick Shanks, a 6’5” F who entered the contest leading the TRC with 25-plus per game, was the only ‘Dog (17 pts, 7 rebs) in double digits.

Gopher Girls Down D-E, Stay Undefeated

Chatfield girls coach Brian Baum has a problem. He has too many (good) guards. Said guards are a big reason the #3 Lady Gophers (15-0, 18-0) entered their marquee TRC dual with Dover-Eyota (13-2, 19-2) undefeated, and why they came out of the contest still sporting zeroes.

Chatfield started fast, up 11-2 and 19-9. But in a battle of big, D-E four starters listed at 5’10” or better, versus small, Gophers four starters under 5’10”, the Eagles were best in half court sets. They fought back, using 6’0” sophomore Megan Hintz as ammunition, tying the contest at 23.

At the half, it was 32 apiece. In the second half, Chatfield led 48-47 when they starting clicking offensively. They got to the FT line and were efficient from the field (6-8 FG’s) in scoring on 10 of 11 trips up the court. A 17-4 run resulted in a 65-51 lead. Chatfield moved to 16-0 and 19-0 with a 75-61 victory. Four Gopher guards, Maddie Talamantes (17 pts, 4 assists, 4 stls), Maddy Larrabee (14 pts off the bench), Kirsten Keefe (12 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists, 5 stls), and Sidney Irish (10 pts, 4 stls), reached double figures. Chatfield’s full-court press triggered 31 Eagle turnovers (Chat 15). Their second until out-scored D-E’s 28-3. The Eagles were led by Hintz (22 pts, 12 rebs, 5 blks) and Madison Nelson (17 pts, 9 rebs). They played without star junior Brandi Blattner (ACL).

‘Finally’ For Cougar Boys Versus Burros

It’s been quite some time since Mabel-Canton’s boys beat Lanesboro. It’s been since the 2006-2007 school year. Sixteen Burro wins without a loss later, the steak is over. Just one week after Kole Ruud scored a career-high 41, and Lanesboro handled M-C 80-57, the Cougars got revenge. They did so with defense; routinely swarming Ruud, Luke Rogers, and company, limiting their drives, and kicks for three’s.

The R/R duo combined for 31 points, 28 less than the first meeting. With 3:30, M-C senior Noah Manning hit a three to put the Coug’s up 53-50. Hunter Johnson then scored in transition (55-50). A Ruud bucket got the Burros to 55-52 (3:00). Johnson answered with a floating right-hand 4 to 6 footer (57-52; 2:00). A Garret Boggs bucket made 57-54 (1:30). After a Boggs steal, Rogers missed a two, Boggs grabbed the rebound, but then a turnover. M-C then made 6 of 6 FT’s in the final 0:35 seconds. They hit their last 8 field goals. They got their biggest win of the season, 65-56. Junior G Keyser Wenthold led the first half charge (10 pts, 15 for the game), Johnson the second half effort (12 pts, 17 for the game). Donnie Lind (12 pts, 6-8 FG’s, 12 rebs), Mac Nelson (7 pts, 10 rebs), and Manning (8 pts, covered Ruud) made it a team effort. For Lanesboro, relying on Ruud (16 pts, 5 rebs) and Rogers (15 pts) hit a snag when each scored well below their averages (27 and 18.7). They combined for just three made 3-pointers (all Ruud), one of their worst collective deep outputs of the season. Boggs chipped in 10 points. M-C held a 13-2 second-chance-points edge, a 36-26 rebounding edge, whilst shooting better overall (25-51/49% to 20-49/41%), particularly in the second half (14-23/61% to 11-27/41%).

Hot-Shots

The FC girls took a big step toward 1A East’s two-seed by downing M-C 53-38. They held the Coug’s to 28 points thru 32 minutes (led 48-28). They then held L-A scoreless in the second half enroot to a 50-9 win. They went 2-0 on the week and have won 7 of 11 (after a 4-8 start). Nick Powell scored 28 as FC’s boys beat Lyle/Pacelli. Christian Bance had 21 versus Cotter, and a career-high 28 on 11 of 12 shooting versus Southland, both Gopher wins. Nate Skare added 21 versus the Rebels and Jake Neis had 20 in a win over D-E. The Gopher boys finished the regular season winning 8 of 9. R-P’s Kendra Crawford had 21 versus L-O, and 24 and 11 assists versus W-K, both Trojan wins. The Lady Trojans have won six straight. Houston soph F Kelly Jerviss hit 10 of 14 FG’s and 5 of 5 FT’s for a career-high 25 in a loss to GM. Teammate Abbey Loken had 26 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to L-O. On the boy’s side of things, ‘Cane Sam Ross had a triple double (19 pts, 13 rebs, 12 assists) in a win over L-O, and 25 in a loss to GM. The boys’ basketball regular season is over. Seeding’s are out. In 1A East, R-P (1-seed; 19-1, 25-1) hill host the winner of Houston (9-seed; 6-11, 6-16) and Schaeffer Academy. Lanesboro (4-seed; 14-4, 16-9) will host Kingsland (5-seed; 4-16, 6-20). FC (3-seed; 6-14, 11-15) will host M-C (6-seed; 12-6, 14-11). In 1AA East, Chatfield (3-seed; 14-6, 18-6) will host La Crescent. Girls’ records; Chatfield (16-0, 19-0), R-P (14-3, 19-3), FC (7-11, 11-12), Kingsland (2-15, 3-20), M-C (11-4, 12-9), Houston (7-10, 8-13), and Lanesboro (5-12, 7-18).

Boys Basketball

02-10:

#4 in A R-P 76, Lanesboro 38 (R-P: J. Hauge 16 pts (7-11 FG’s), 6 rebs, 3 stls, 3 assists; Charlie Krambeer 14 pts (4-8 three’s); C. Kingsley 13 pts, 7 rebs, 5 assists, 6 stls; Seth Thompson 11 pts (5-7 FG’s). L: K. Ruud 13 pts, 6 rebs)

#10 P-E-M 76, Kingsland 49 (K: Marcus Plaehn 10)

FC 77, Lyle/Pacelli 66 (FC: N. Powell 28 pts (11-19 FG’s), 9 rebs; Quentin Case 15 pts (7-10 FG’s), 10 rebs)

Houston 46, Coulee Christian (West Salem) 49 (H: Austin Peplinski 13; Sam Ross 9 pts, 7 rebs)

02-11:

Kingsland 60, St. Charles 65 in OT (K: Jacob Rindels 15; Julius Wolf 11; Lenny Moore 10)

Chatfield 68, Cotter 49 (Chat: C. Bance 21 pts (4-8 three’s); Jayme LaPlante 15 pts (7-10 FG’s), 8 rebs; Zach Eggers 10)

#4 R-P 55, Wabasha-Kellogg 37 (R-P: A. Vix 12 pts, 4 rebs, 4 assists; J. Hauge 11 pts (4-6 FG’s), 10 rebs, 4 assists)

02-13:

FC 73, L-A 54 (FC: N. Powell 16 pts, 14 rebs; Q. Case 10 pts, 10 rebs; Jordan Miller 10 pts, 4 stls; Carter Rindels 10)

Roch. Home Sch. 48, M-C 52 (M-C: N. Manning 13 pts; K. Wenthold 12 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assists, 5 stls; Wesley Richert 10)

Chatfield 90, Southland 66 (C: C. Bance 28 pts (11-12 FG’s, 4-5 three’s), 6 rebs, 4 assists; N. Skare 21 pts (5-11 three’s), 6 rebs, 5 assists; J. Neis 13 pts, 6 assists, 4 stls)

02-14:

L-O 63, Houston 93 (H: S. Ross 19 pts (9-15 FG’s), 13 rebs, 12 assists; A. Peplinski 19 pts (7-10 FG’s, 3-5 three’s), 6 assists; Nick Schneider 16 pts (8-10 FG’s); Trevor Lundberg 12. ‘Canes shot 59% at as a team)

Lanesboro 64, Lyle/Pacelli 67 (L: K. Ruud 15; Liam Dorn 14; L. Rogers 11)

M-C 43, GM 46 (M-C: H. Johnson 17 pts (8-13 FG’s), 7 rebs. Coug’s missed a three and had a TO on final two possessions)

Chatfield 67, D-E 62 (C: J. Neis 20 pts (8-10 FT’s), 6 rebs; J. LaPlante 14 pts, 10 rebs; Drew Hurley 11. Half: C 40, D-E 23)

St. Charles 43, #4 R-P 71 (R-P: A. Vix 13 pts, 4 stls; C. Kingsley 11 pts, 5 rebs, 9 stls; J. Hauge 9 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists, 5 stls)

Kingsland 47, #10 PEM 74

02-15 > GM 82, Houston 62 (H: S. Ross 25 pts (7-11 FG’s, 10-14 FT’s); A. Peplinski 14; N. Schneider 11)

Girls Basketball

02-10:

LeRoy-Ostrander 28, R-P 75 (R-P: K. Crawford 21 pts, 4 stls; Keela Brand 11 pts, 6 rebs, 7 stls)

FC 53, M-C 38 (FC: Morgan Malley 11; Tayah Barnes 11 (3-5 three’s). M-C: Sara Lind 9 pts, 13 rebs; Lydia Geving 9 pts, 5 rebs. For more on this game, go to www.fillmorecountyjournal.com and click on the sports tab)

Kingsland 27, P-E-M 60 (K: Haley Colton 9)

#3 in AA Chatfield 60, Caledonia 40 (Chat: Brook Irish career-high 17 pts, 13 rebs; Megan LaPlante/M. Talamantes 10)

02-11:

W-K 57, R-P 85 (R-P: K. Crawford 24 pts, 11 assists, 4 stls; Brianna Koop 18 pts (8-12 FG’s), 10 rebs; Sierra McNamer 16 pts (7-12 FG’s); Hope Morrison 11 pts, 6 stls; Keela Brand 9 pts, 14 rebs, 4 stls)

Grand Meadow 61, Houston 51 (H: K. Jerviss 25 pts (10-14 FG’s, 5-5 FT’s), 9 rebs, 4 stls; A. Loken 15 pts, 10 rebs)

St. Charles 58, Kingsland 48 (K: Kailynn Hamersma 16 pts, 9 rebs, 5 assists; Marissa Bornholdt 11 pts, 5 rebs)

Cotter 34, #3 Chatfield 64 (Chat: M. Talamantes 14 pts, 4 stls; M. Larrabee 11; K. Keefe 7 pts, 7 rebs, 6 assists)

SG 59, M-C 51 (M-C: L. Geving 19 pts, 8 rebs; Carly McCabe 13 pts, 6 rebs; S. Lind 10 pts, 6 rebs. Cougars led 28-21 at half)

02-13:

L-O 56, Houston 41 (H: A. Loken 26 pts, 20 rebs; K. Jerviss 8 pts, 13 rebs)

#5 in A Lyle/Pacelli 76, Lanesboro 40 (L: Haely Polin 12; Olivia Haug 10 pts, 12 rebs, 4 assists)

R-P 51, St. Charles 47 (R-P: B. Koop 18 pts (7-11 FG’s, 4-6 FT’s), 8 rebs; K. Crawford 12 pts, 5 rebs, 8 stls)

02-14:

FC 50, L-A 9 (FC: Sammi Bakke 17 pts (7-12 FG’s), 4 stls; Leah Scheevel 11 (7-10 FT’s))

M-C 60, GM 53 (M-C: Coranda Vickerman 17; L. Geving 16; Sara Lind 10. GM: Rio Landers 25 pts, 10 rebs)

PEM 78, Kingsland 34 (K: Melinda Woods 15; M. Bornholdt 8 pts, 7 rebs)

02-15:

Lanesboro 49, L-O 62 (L: O. Haug 14 pts, 12 rebs; Heather Boyum 14; Bailey Gartner 10 pts, 7 rebs)

SG 52, Kingsland 49 (K: Kailee Link 13; M. Woods 10 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assist; Jamie Thompson 10 pts, 5 rebs)

Wrestling (Play-offs)

02-13:

1A Prelim > 10-seed W-K 47, 7-seed FCLMC 33 (Match had seven FF’s. A pin at 220 sealed the match for W-K. Wolves’ Josh Jones (170; 5-1 D) & Monty Holm (#7 at 220; pin) wrestled out wins. FCLMC finishes at 8-13)

1A Quarter > 10-seed W-K 9, 2-seed #7 Chatfield 66 (Falcons FF’ed five weights. Treyc VS (106), J. Goldsmith (113), J. Mandt (126), Austin Dahl (170), & C. Bly (182) notched pins. A. Haffner (160) won 10-7 and J. Bleess (220) 4-2)

2A Prelim > 9-seed Medford 28, 8-seed GMLOK 45

2A Quarter > 8-seed GMLOK 20, 1-seed #6 Jackson County Central 57 (Jace Bunne (138; pin), Parker Hale (145; 12-0 D), #8 Wyatt Richardson (195; pin), & Blake Benson (220; 12-4 MD) notched wins. GMLOK finishes at 2-10)

1AA Prelim > 9-seed Byron 30, 8-seed LARP 29 (Justin Mueller (113; 6-5 D), Josh Doerr (120; pin), #7 at 126 McCoy Tekautz (132; 5-4 D), & Sam Riebel (145; 16-0 TF) got LARP a 17-9 lead. Bears won next six bouts including narrow decisions of 4-2, 3-2, 2-1, and 3-2 to lead 30-17. Dominick DePestal (220) and Cale Stensgard (285) notched pins. LARP finishes at 11-13)

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