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Track teams win at Lewiston

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
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For the second straight week, all four county track and field teams participated in the same meet. Two programs walked away with respective first place finishes. Nine days after Chatfield’s boys won the Chatfield invite, R-P/H’s boys and L/FC/M-C’s girls each notched top honors at the Lewiston-Altura Invite. L/FC/M-C’s boys also took second. The nine teams competing (R-P/H, L/FC/M-C, Chatfield, Kingsland, L-A, D-E, W-K, St. Charles, C-SG) braved a cold winter Thursday afternoon where the base word sweat was used, but only to describe clothing taken often immediately pre-event, not the look of the athletes post-event.

The Lanesboro et al girls’ contingent narrowly bested Dover-Eyota 116 to 114. L/FC/M-C used good event-balance. They were strong in the relay events. The 4x200 (Cassidy Ruud/Sara Vettleson-Trutza/Paige Bennett/Rachel Eversole) and 4x800 (P. Bennett/Leah Ruen/Alyssa Gathje/Kendyl Bennett) teams each took first. The 4x400 team (K. Bennett/Gathje/Kenzie Broadwater/P. Bennett) finished second. The latter two squads are comprised of all freshmen. Twin magic was in effect. If a Bennett twin were in an event, L/FC/M-C took either first or second. Kendyl also won the individual 400-meters. The Fal-Bur-Coug’s also got big points in the throw events courtesy of Olivia Haug. The junior won both the discus and shot put competitions. Bailey Ruen (2nd 1600, 3rd 800), Kiera Olson (1st 3200), and Leah Ruen (3rd 3200), again all freshman or younger, supplied points in the distance events. Broadwater (2nd 200, 3rd Long Jump, 6th 100), Vetttleson-Trutza (5th 400), Ruud (6th 400), and Eversole (5th 100-hurdles and 300-hurdles) scored team points elsewhere.

Behind L/FC/M-C and D-E was R-P/H (100) and Chatfield (81). Ashley Agrimson and Jordan Honken led the Tro-Canes from the field events. Agrimson won the High Jump and Long Jump. Honken won the Pole Vault. Anna Sweet (100), Elizabeth Loken (Discus), Olivia Hoff (100-hurdles), and the 4x100 team (Kenzie Ness, Agrimson, Megan Holien, Sweet) added second place finishes. The frosh Agrimson also finished fourth in the 100, giving her four top four finishes. Chatfield’s relays won those FC/L/M-C did not, the 4x100 (Ashley Baker/Maddy Kammer/Mikaela Bray/Autum Erickson) and 4x400 (Baker/Nicole Peterson/Maddie Talamantes/Kammer). Erickson was first place three for three. She won the 100 and 200 as well. Talamantes won the 300-hurdles. Baker added a couple top five’s (3rd 100, 5th Long Jump), Karen Gomez-Ruiz a couple top three’s (2nd 800, 3rd 1600). Lauren Buchholtz (3rd 400, 6th 800) notching 7 of 8 team points for a small Kingsland squad.

On the boy’s side, R-P/H (121) bested nearest competitor L/FC/M-C (114). Chatfield finished sixth and Kingsland ninth. The Tro-Canes and Fal-Bur-Coug’s competed at the top alongside one another a number of times. Ryan Ruberg (5:00.34) nipped L/FC/M-C’z Zach Voeltz (5:00.46) at the finish line of the 1,600-meters. Voeltz won the 800. Travis Troendle topped R-P/H’s Dylan Linder in the 3200. The Tro-Cane 4x100 (Carter Chiglo/Noah Carlson/Dan Thorson/Tyler McLellan) took first over L/FC/M-C (Niko Anderson/Monty Holm/Bram Van Lent/Gabe Decker). The 4x200 (McLellan/Zach Thelen/Thorson/Carlson) did the same (Anderson/Damon Zutz/Quentin Case/Decker). R-P/H’s 4x800 (Ruberg/Jeremiah Munson/Logan Quimby/Linder) took second. Carlson, a freshman, added a Triple Jump first and a 400-meters second to place top two four times. McLellan, a senior, won the Long Jump to finish first three times. Thorson was right behind Carlson in the Triple Jump. Sam Schneider (Shot Put) and Matt Culhane (Discus) were each runner-up’s as well.

For L/FC/M-C, Case won the 110-hurdles and was second at the 300-hurdles to notch three top two finishes. Anderson (3rd 100), Decker (2nd Pole Vault, 4th 200), and Van Lent (3rd 110 and 300-hurdles) scored points elsewhere. Eric Holst was also a double scorer (3rd Discus, 5th Shot Put). Chatfield’s Jayme LaPlante dominated the throw events (first at both) with his discus toss (171’6”) setting a meet record. It was three inches off his Chatfield record throw a week earlier. All told, ten of the twelve throws to score team points in the discus and shot put events came from county athletes. R-P/H had five different individuals score. Hunter Meisner (2nd 800) and Josh Bradley (6th 100 and 200) scored Kingsland’s ten team points.

Two for Six

When the phrase ‘two for six’, particularly in the spring, usually has to do with a player’s hitting. On Thursday April 17th, it pertained to the number of times Fillmore County ball teams won, versus the times they lost. Of eight games, all between county and non-county teams, only FC/L and R-P softball got in the victory column. Four other games were close. The verdicts of two were sealed by home runs. Another saw a one-hitter prevail over a no-hitter, in extra innings.

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball moved their record to 3-0 on the season with a win over perennial AA power Cotter. The Falcons did their damage right out of the gate, scoring three runs in the top of the first. They added a fourth run in the top of the third. Megan Hendrickson and Morgan Malley led the way. Hendrickson was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and all three of FC/L’s RBI’s. Malley also collected two hits (2-4, 2B) but, with an early multi-run lead, took control of FC/L’s fate from the pitching mound. She pitched seven scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits, one walk, while striking out seven. She moved to 3-0 on the season with the 4-0 Falcon win. Katie Nachtigal did double-duty for the Ramblers (2-2, 7 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, Loss).

The R-P girls opened their season with a victory. They downed Dover-Eyota 8 to 5. The lead was 8 to 1 heading to the bottom of the seventh. Senior Keela Brand led the way for the Trojans, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, a pair of RBI’s, and a run scored. Lauren Hadley was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Haley Mueller was 1 for 3 (2B) and scored three times while Savannah Skalet (1-4) and Indy Hermanson (1-3) drove in runs. Skalet got the win (7 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 6 BB). Jordan Meyers was 2 for 3 for D-E.

Chatfield’s ball teams each lost, and did at the hands of a couple of Baab’s. The boys fell to Wabasha-Kellogg 2 to 1 in a match-up of good baseball programs. Falcon Ben Glomski put the game’s first run on the board, doubling and then scoring on an error in the first. Chatfield got the run back in the fourth. Jake Neis led off with a single. He stole second and was moved to third on a groundout. Tommy Jech then sacrificed him in with a fly-out to right. The 1-1 score stood until the top of the seventh where, with 2-out, Austin Baab smashed a 2-1 delivering over the left-centerfield fence for what turned out to be the game-winning HR. It culminated a fast-moving game that saw Chatfield throw out two W-K runners at home. They stranded 10 Falcons on base. But the Gophers only managed three hits (Neis 1-3, SB, R; Ethan Woltz 1-1; Ben Pierce 1-2, 2B). Neis also took the loss (7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Baab (2-3, HR, RBI, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Win) and Glomski (2-3, 2B, R) were the heroes for W-K. The Gophers are 2-1. Their pitching staff has given up just one earned run in 19 innings.

In Wabasha on the softball diamond, Adrianna Baab hit a 2-run home run in the third inning, and added a suicide-squeeze RBI bunt in the bottom of the sixth for insurance, as W-K downed the Gophers 3 to 1. Chatfield out-hit the Falcons 8 to 6, with Janessa Erding (2-3, 2B), Kaitlyn Griffen (2-3, RBI), Sydney Gould (2-3, R), and Shelby Bernard (2-3) collecting the hits. Bailey LaRocque (7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) out-dueled Jennifer Hanson (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) on the mound. The Gopher girls are 3-2.

Finally in Houston, Hurricane pitcher Abbey Loken gave up exactly zero hits thru eight innings of work. She pitched an extra-inning no hitter (8 IP, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K), but took the loss anyway. Pine Island plated the game’s only run in the top of the eighth to get the 1-0 victory. Panther pitcher Kaitlyn Champa gave up just one hit (to Alexa Horihan) in a shut-out victory (8 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Houston falls to 1-2 on the season.



GMLOK 0, P-E-M 12; 5 innings (GMLOK: Jacob Rindels/Doug Sabatke 1-2. Bulldogs are 1-3)


Cotter 6, FC/L 1 (FC/L: Kiel Larson 2-4, RBI; Garret Boggs 1-1, 3 BB’s, 2 SB’s; Gatlin Woellert 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 K, 4 BB, Loss. Each team had six hits. First game for Falcons)

Dover-Eyota 18, R-P 1; 5 innings (R-P: Cale Stensgard 1-3, 2B, RBI; Logan Dittman 1-2, R. D-E: Dillon Lehman 3-3, 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win; Mitch Sanders 3-5, 2 2B’s, 3 RBI, R. Eagles smacked out 15 hits, seven doubles, and benefitted from nine walks. Trojans are 0-3)



GMLOK 4, St. Charles 5 (GMLOK: Rio Landers 1-3, 2 RBI; Jessi Lohuis 1-3, 2 RBI, R; Alayna Meskill 1-1, R, 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, Loss. SC: Allison Swiggum 7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 BB, 8 K, Win. Bulldogs are 0-5)

Track and Field


Stewartville Glen Amundsen Invite (A small Kingsland contingent finished 7th of 7 on both the boys and girls side of things participating alongside the host Tigers, Byron, GM/L-O/S, Pine Island, Hayfield, Triton, and Blooming Prairie. For the girls, Lacey Schwartz won the 200-meters. Seventh grader Lauren Buchholtz had three top five’s (4th Long Jump, 5th 400, 5th 800). For the boys, Hunter Meisner had two top five’s (3rd 1,600, 5th 800))



(Boys) D-E 209, Chatfield Inc. (Chris Hanson (51) and Rhett Littrell (54) paced the Gophers); (Girls) D-E Inc., Chatfield Inc. (Morgan Henry (57) and Paige Isensee (59) paced Chatfield. Meet at Chosen Valley GC)

Stewartville Boys Invite (FC, Lanesboro, R-P, Houston, and Kingsland competed with the host Tigers, Byron, Z-M, Lake City, K-M, Hayfield, Blooming Prairie, Pine Island, Caledonia, and Lyle/Pacelli. Stewie (335) and Byron (352 went 1-2. FC (367) finished 8th, R-P (372) 9th, Lanesboro (387) 12th, Houston (414) 15th, and Kingsland (473) 16th. Falcon Jordan Miller shot a 79, which tied atop the leaderboard with Byron’s Hunter Fjerstad. Miller was awarded the medalist honor via tiebreaker (Miller shot better on the top handicap hole (#8), the toughest hole on the course). Houston’s Sam Ross (88) tied for 17th. FC’s Trevor Barnes (90) tied for 21st. R-P’s Hayden and Hudson Stensgard (91’s) tied for 24th. Tristen Chiglo (94) paced Lanesboro. Simon Broadwater (102) paced Kingsland. Meet held under ‘spine-tingling cold 40-degree temps’ at the par-70 Willow Creek GC)

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