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Spring sports start in Chatfield

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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It doesn’t happen too often that a school hosts three varsity sporting activities all in the same day. To kick off the spring season, Chatfield did the honors. The baseball and softball teams hosted GMLOK in a trio of lopsided affairs. Gopher track and field hosted the Chatfield invitational with R-P/H, L/FC/M-C, and Kingsland competing alongside GM/L-O/S, Dover-Eyota, and Lewiston-Altura. The three big county track squads (Kingsland is short on numbers) all had their standout performers.

The Gopher boys (101) won their portion of the meet, besting R-P-H (78). Chatfield hitched their team wagon to the backs of Jayme LaPlante, Alex Haffner, and a couple relays. LaPlante broke his own Chatfield discus record with a throw of 171’9”. It was not quite 28-feet better than R-P-H’s second place Matt Culhane (133’10”). It was four feet better than Jayme’s second place state throw last year (167’9”), the former record, and better than last year’s state title throw (169’). Jayme also set a meet record (49’7”) in the shot put whilst placing third at the 100-meters. Haffner, meanwhile, dueled with D-E’s Billy Lovett in the two hurdle events. Haffner won the 110-meter version and took second in the 300-meters. The Gopher 4x200 (Austin Swancutt, Kevin Bradt, Alex Bradt, Parker Fossum) and 4x400 teams (Chase Salerno, K. Bradt, Fossum, Jarrett Oakley) also placed first besting GM/L-O/S. Swancutt (200), K. Bradt (400), Fossum (High Jump), and Keagan Clarke (3,200), as well as the 4x800 team (Justin Friedrich, Clarke, Nolan Salerno, Anthony Voigt), added second place finishes. R-P-H had first six place finishers, Jeremiah Munson (3200), the 4x100 (Carter Chiglo, Noah Carlson, Harry Chiglo, Tyler McLellan), the 4x800 (Ryan Ruberg, Munson, Logan Quimby, Dylan Linder), Zach Thelen (Pole Vault), McLellan (Long Jump), and Carlson (Triple Jump). L/FC/M-C took fourth with Zach Voeltz (1,600 and 3,200), Gabe Decker (100), and Niko Anderson (200) winning events. Kingsland finished seventh (of 7). Hunter Meisner (3rd 1600 and 3200) and Josh Bradley (4th 100, 5th 200 and 400) were the two best of a single digit Knight contingent.

On the girl’s side, GM/L-O/S and D-E went 1-2 over 3-4-5 L/FC/M-C, R-P/H, and Chatfield. Gopher defending 400-meter state champ Maddy Kammer notched three firsts, individually in the 200 and 400, collectively (Autum Erickson, Ashley Baker, and Maddie Talamantes) in the 4x200. She added a third place at the High Jump. Baker was just behind Kammer in the 200. Erickson was second in the 100. L/FC/M-C’s Olivia Haug, the defending Section 1A discus champ, swept the two throwing events, beating GM/L-O/S’s Morgan Schmitz each time. R-P-H had their best performances in the field events. Ashley Agrimson won the Long Jump and High Jump. Teammate Jordan Honken took the Pole Vault over nearest competitor Mikaela Bray of Chatfield. Tro-Cane Anna Sweet was also busy, winning the 100-meters, the 4x100 meters (Agrimson, Kenzie Ness, and Megan Holien), whilst taking third in the Long Jump. L/FC/M-C’s Kiera Olson (3200) notched a first place. Kingsland’s top competitor was Lacey Schwartz (4th 100).

On the softball diamond, things went from bad, to worse, to even worse, and then back to bad for GM/L-O/K. In game one, it took Chatfield four pitches to score the first run. Sidney Irish led off with a triple and then plated on a wild pitch. It took four batters for the Gophers to get their first home run. Brook Irish hammered a 2-run shot making it 3-0 one out into the season (bad). After two innings of action, eight of nine Gophers had a hit (worse). The ninth, Megan LaPlante, had scored twice. Chatfield led 7-0. Then came the 20-minute bottom of the third (even worse). Sixteen Gophers batted, twelve scored, and the lead ballooned to 19-0. Chatfield prevailed 21-0 in five. Seven of nine Gopher starters had at least two hits headed by Shelby Bernard (3-5, 2 RBI), Sydney Gould (3-4, 3 R, RBI), and the Irish’s short (2-4, 3B, 3 R, RBI, SB) and tall (2-3, HR, 5 RBI, R). Jennifer Hanson (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 2 BB) got the win. Jessi Lohuis (1-2, 2B) had the only Bulldog hit. In game two, things were just bad for GM/L-O/K. Chatfield scored a couple in the first, four in the second, and four more in the fourth. The Gophers again prevailed in five innings, 10-0. Tall Irish (Brook) pitched a no-hitter (5 IP, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 H, 0 R) if the error rules are strictly abided. If not, Rio Landers and Hannah Corson had hits for the Bulldogs. Short Irish (Sidney) led the way (3-3, 2 RBI, 2 R) for Chatfield, with Bernard (2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R), and Brook (1-2, 2B, 2 RBI) helping out.

Gopher baseball also took care of business at Molly Baum Field. The first three Chaties to bat all scored giving the Goph’s a 3-0 lead. That’s all the Chatfield pitching staff, headed by starter Tommy Jech, needed. GMLOK managed just three hits. Chatfield added a pair of runs each in the second thru fifth innings to get the 11-0 win in five. Nate Skare (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R) and Jake Neis (2-4, 2 SB, 3 R, RBI) led the way. Jech got the win (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K). Jacob Rindels, Blake Olson, and Isaac Tangen were all 1 for 2 for the Bulldogs.

Pitching Highlights Falcon-Bulldog SB Affair

It doesn’t happen too often that a pair of pitchers turn in the performances FC/L’s Morgan Malley and GM/L-O/K’s Alayna Meskill did. In the first game of the teams’ doubleheader, they combined for 23 strikeouts, one walk, and two wild pitches. They showed great control (with an assist to catchers Shelby Ebner and Rialie Fenske). Malley’s effort was the better of the two (7 IP, 15 K’s, 0 BB’s, 4 H’s, 1 R, 1 ER, Win). She struck out at least two batters in every inning but the first. Courtney Schmidt (2-3, R) and Haley Colton (2-3, 2 2B, RBI, SB) collected all four GM/L-O/K hits. They collaborated (Schmidt single, Colton double) to plate the only Bulldog run in the fourth inning. But the rest of the GMLOK lineup went 0 for 18 (14 K’s). The Falcons answered in their half of the fourth. Malley doubled and later scored on an error. An inning later, Tayah Barnes singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then scored on a Taylor Pierce-Sprenger RBI single. It turned out to be the game-winner. FC/L edged GMLOK 2-1. Meskill, just a freshman, took a ‘good’ loss (6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER).

The Falcons also took game two. They led 5-2 entering their half of the fifth when the dagger came. With a pair on, Barnes smacked a shot to right off the outfielder’s glove and to the fence. Both girls on base and Barnes scored for the 3-run four-base-error play. FC/L prevailed 9-3. Pierce-Sprenger (RBI, R, SB), Steph Erickson (2B, RBI, R, SB), and Haley Polin (2 R, 2 SB) each went 2-4. Kaitlynn Aug had an RBI each on a pair of sac bunts. Erickson got credit for the win. GM/L-O/K was led by Jamie Stevens (2-4, 2 2B’s, R, RBI). The Bulldogs fall to 0-4. FC/L is 2-0.

Bulldog Baseball Downs R-P

The third time was the charm for the GM/L-O/K baseball team. Playing their third game of the season, the Bulldogs got in the win column versus Rushford-Peterson. Courtesy of three singles and a hit-bats-man, the Trojans got a run in the top of the first. In the bottom half, GM/L-O/K rapped out three hits of their won, the biggest a 2-run triple by Isaac Tangen. They scored four total runs in the first to lead 4-1. The advantage would grow as high as 8-1 before R-P got three in the seventh to make the final 8-4. Tangen (2-3, 3B, 3 RBI, R; 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 5 K, 2 BB, Win) combined with Trenton Bleifus (4-4, 3B, 2 RBI’s, 3 R’s, SB), and Jacob Rindels (2-4, 3 R, 2 SB) to spell the green and gold’s demise. The Trojans were led by Ross Anderson (2-3, 2B, RBI, R) and Mason McManimon-Myers (2-4, R). Cale Stensgard took the loss (6 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 7 K, 2 BB). GM/L-O/K performed the rare feat of amassing three triples (Doug Sabatke had the third). They are 1-2. R-P is 0-2.



GMLOK 0, St. Charles 7 (GMLOK: T. Bleifus 1-3, 2B; D. Sabatke 1-2. Bulldogs had just the two hits)


Houston 0, Lyle/Pacelli 17 in 5 innings (H: Brett Hoskins/Evan Scheck/Taylor Johnston 1-2 each. L/P: Daniel Bollingberg 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 5 R, 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 10 K, 1 BB, Win. Houston pitching gave up nine walks); Houston 3, L/P 13 (H: Jeremiah Johnson 3-4, R, 3 SB; E. Scheck 1-2, 2B, 3 RBI. L/P: Jordan Hart 3-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R. Hurricanes are 0-2)

Southland 12, R-P 0; 5 innings (R-P: Jonnie Koenen 1-2. Hits: S/L 13, R-P 2. Trojans had six errors, issued eight walks)

Chatfield 6, Caledonia-Spring Grove 2 (C: J. Neis 2-3, RBI, R, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 0 BB, Win. Gophers are 2-0)



Onalaska 10, Houston 0; 5 innings (Lizzy Tippery had only ‘Cane hit. Abbey Loken 5 IP, 6 H, 10 K, 10 BB, Loss)


Spring Grove-Caledonia 7, Chatfield 3 (C: S. Irish 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Hailee Stock 2-3, RBI, SB; B. Irish 2-4, RBI, losing pitcher. SG-C: Samantha Bratland 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 8 K, 0 BB, Win; Lottie Augedahl 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Taylor Augedahl 2-4, 2B, RBI. Bratland hit a 2-run HR in first inning to give SG-C momentum, a 3-0 lead. Three of their four runs were unearned. Chatfield left ten on base; seven in scoring position); SG-C 0, Chatfield 4 (C: Jennifer Hanson 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K, 2 BB, 0 WP, Win (2-0); S. Irish 2-4, R;. S. Bernard 1-4, 2B, RBI; S. Gould 1-3, RBI. Hanson faced just five more batters than the minimum surrendering two infield hits. Only one of Chatfield’s runs was earned. SG-C had five errors. Gophers are 3-1)

Lyle/Pacelli 1, Houston 14; 5 innings (H: A. Loken 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 13 K’s (of 15 outs), 1 BB, Win. Hurricanes are 1-1)

Track and Field


C/SG Quad (R-P-H’s boys finished second to La Crosse-Central. The girls finished tied for second to LCC. Boys firsts: Noah Carlson (400), Dylan Linder (800), the 4x800 (Ryan Ruberg, Jeremiah Munson, Logan Quimby, Linder), Zach Thelen (Pole Vault), and Matt Culhane (Discus). Carlson was also second in the Long Jump and third in the 200. Connor Johanson was second in the Discus. R-P-H had four of the top five in the event (of 22). Jordan Honken (Pole Vault) had the only first finish on the girls’ side. Ashley Agrimson (Long Jump), Elizabeth Loken (Discus), and the 4x100 team (Kenzie Ness, Agrimson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Anna Sweet) each took second. Agrimson added thirds in the 100-meters and High Jump)



(Boys) Chatfield 262, Caledonia 191 (Chris Hanson and Alex Hompe (60’s) were top two Gophers); (Girls) Chatfield 277, Caledonia 224 (Paige Isensee (56) and Morgan Henry (59) were top two Gophers. At Ma-Cal-Grove GC)

(Girls) Lewiston-Altura 173, Houston 271 (Cardinals’ top four golfer were each better than ‘Canes’ best one. Seven holes played due to darkness at par-37 Valley High GC)


(Boys) R-P 188, Houston 232 (R-P: Charlie Krambeer 43, Hudson Stensgard 45, Alex Vix 49, Kyle Weidemann 51. H: Sam Ross 44); (Girls) R-P 311, Houston 285 (H: Kelly Jerviss 57, Kassandra Kitching 75. R-P: Rachel O’Shaughnessy 75. At Valley High GC)


(Boys) Houston 202, Lyle/Pacelli 223 (H: Sam Ross 46, R.J. Meeks 49. L/P: Thomas Marx 47); (Girls) Houston 265, L/P Incomplete (H: K. Jerviss 52. L/P: Maggie Leif 48. At par-36 Meadow Greens GC)

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