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Viss and Bartels: Wrestling Coaches of the Year


Fri, May 9th, 2014
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On Saturday April 26, at the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame Banquet, Chatfield’s Joel Viss and Travis Bartels were bestowed lofty honors. Viss was named State Coach of the Year. Bartels was name State Assistant Coach of the Year. Both of these awards are chosen from every wrestling coach, in every class, in the state of Minnesota. Chatfield’s twosome are thus the most honored high school wrestling coaches in the state, a humbling award for their hard work and their team’s dedication-inspired achievement. Viss had previously been christened Section 1A and Class A Coach of the Year, Bartels Section 1A and Class A Assistant Coach of the Year. The Gopher wrestling program won Chatfield’s first ever Class A wrestling title in dominating fashion in late February. The dream season came just one year after the Gophers had taken third at state. Congratulations go out to Coach Viss and Coach Bartels and all involved in the Gopher program.

Weather Warriors

It is a big shock for a Minnesota spring; the weather cancelled or postponed a great number of sporting events. Like last year (where snow was the culprit), activities directors were again put in shuffling-mode to accommodate a week-long batch of rain. The TRC baseball and softball seasons have been altered. North and south conference champions will be determined by the ten games played against fellow division opponents. Teams will attempt to play full schedules (two games against division foes, one against inter-division foes), but the former will be prioritized. All in all, the week featured Chatfield baseball, Abbey Loken, and a bunch of golf.

Gopher Baseball a Team Thing

Brian Baum’s Gophers have gotten off to an excellent start to the season. They’ve done so in workmanlike, star-less fashion. The most drama came in their losses, both by a single run. Chatfield is just one simple glove close away from having a lone loss (to superpower Wabasha-Kellogg). It has all come without starting ace pitcher Nate Skare setting foot on the mound. It has all come as a team effort. Through nine games, five Gopher pitchers had tossed at least seven innings. Five had victories. None of the seven pitchers to throw had allowed more than two earned runs total. The staff gave up just ten earned runs (team ERA at 1.09). Eight guys had three or more RBI’s (Tommy Jech 10). Nine had at least five hits (Jake Neis 14). Eight scored at least four runs (Neis 12). The team batting average sat at .297. In games versus Dover-Eyota, Caledonia-Spring Grove, and Lewiston-Altura, it was a different handful of guys each night/morning.

The Eagles were no match for Chatfield on Thursday, as the Gophers plowed thru D-E 15-5 in six innings. Eleven Gophers had a hit and eleven scored a run. Seniors Zach Eggers (3-3, 3 RBI) and Ben Pierce (3-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI) led the way. Sophomore pitcher Tristan Aguilar picked up his first varsity win (4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; 2-2, RBI). An eight-run fourth inning made it 10-2 Gophers. D-E’s Dillon Lehman was 2-2 with 2 RBI.

Chatfield then welcomed C-SG. Junior pitcher Ethan Woltz tossed a gem (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, Win). The only hit he allowed was a bloop single. Drew Hurley got the save. The duo allowed just three base-runners. They got help from an error-less defense. Offensively, the Gophers got an RBI-single from Neis, an RBI-double from Noah Grant, and an RBI-sac fly from Jech all in the third inning. The 3-0 lead held up as the final. Grant (2-3, 2B, RBI) was the only player with two hits. Neis reached base safely three times (1-2, SB, R, 2 BB).

The Gophers then played L-A in a Saturday morning game. Jech grabbed a bat before he took to the mound. He gave himself some run support with a first inning 2-run double. It was a lightning rod for the Gopher’s early offense. Woltz followed with an RBI single. Dan Narveson followed that with a 2-run double of his own. A half inning into the game, Chatfield led 5-0. Jech took it from there. The strong right-hander went the distance (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, Win; 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI). Neis (2-4, R, SB), Hurley (2-4, RBI), and another error-less defensive effort also helped the Gopher cause. Chatfield got their third win in as many days, 6 to 1. The wins put Chatfield at 7-2. With a couple doubleheader sweeps, the Gophers start the year 11-2.

Loken Powers ‘Canes Past RP

A couple of area pitchers (Morgan Malley, Samantha Bratland) have already put on some awesome performances. Lest anyone forget about Houston’s All-State Honorable Mention hurler Abbey Loken. The senior’s talents were on display as the ‘Canes battled Rushford-Peterson. Loken had the Trojan line-up, save for Haley Mueller, in the palm of her hand. She struck out a season high 18 batters. Mueller (3-4, two 3B’s, 2 R, SB) had three of R-P’s four hits. With the game generously in hand (Houston up 11-2) in the seventh, Loken dished out some offensive punishment with a 2-run HR. The final was 13-4 ‘Canes. Loken (7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 18 K, 2 BB, Win; 3-5, HR, 4 RBI, R) was a two-fold standout. One-two hitters Alyvia King (0-2, 3 BB) and Becca Proudfoot (3-5, 3 RBI) each scored three runs. Six errors hurt R-P’s cause. The Hurricanes improve to 3-4. R-P falls to 1-5.

Golf Teams Stay Busy

Golf was the most active sport of the week. Athletes were able to tolerate the light rain, drizzle, and cool temperatures. FC’s teams stayed hot. The boys downed R-P (168-184). Trevor Barnes (39) medaled. Alex Lange (FC), Jordan Miller (FC), and Hudson Stensgard (R-P) each shot 41’s. The Falcons then moved to 7-0 with wins over Kingsland and Chatfield (162-220-226). Connor Morem (39) medaled. Miller (40), Barnes (41), Lange, and Matson Kiehne (42) were right behind him. Simon Broadwater (King, 45) and Chris Hanson (Chat, 51) paced their squads. FC’s girls, meanwhile, also moved to 7-0. They beat Houston and R-P (200-277-289). Keeley Todd (46) was the medalist. Grace Miller (48) and Laura Donney (53) were behind her with Hurricane Kelly Jerviss also shooting a 53. FC then beat Chatfield and Kingsland (199-261-270). Todd again was top girl (48) with Miller and Knight Karli Bly each shooting 49’s. Madison Scheevel (FC, 50) and Paige Isensee (Chat, 51) rounded out the top five. All the above meets were held in Harmony (par-36). Lanesboro and Houston also tangled. Liam Dorn (45) led the Burros over the Sam Ross (49) led Hurricanes (202-210). Jerviss (50) medaled on the girl’s side, but Lanesboro had the next three scores (56’s by Hope Knepper, Madeline Snyder, & McKenzie Hanson). They aided the Burros to victory, 228 to 267. The meet was held at Valley High (par 35/36). The ‘Canes, Burros, and Falcons also competed in the W-K Invite at The Bluffs at Coffee Mill (par-71) outside Wabasha. FC’s boys and girls each faired best, finishing third. L-A (boys) and Lake City (girls) claimed top honors. Houston’s Sam Ross (82) finished just one stroke off the leader to claim second. Falcons Jordan Miller (boys 8th) and Keeley Todd (girls 10th) finished top ten.

Baseball

04-30:

Houston 0, Onalaska-Luther 10; 5 innings (Luther pitcher Sawyer Rode pitched a no-hitter. ‘Canes are 1-3)

05-01:

W-K 9, GMLOK 1 (GMLOK: Blake Olson 2-3, 2B; Isiah Bubany 1-3, RBI. W-K: Ben Glomski 4-4, GS-HR, two 2B’s, 6 RBI, 2 R; Mike Guidinger 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, Win. Bulldogs are 2-7)

05-02:

St. Charles 6, R-P 1 (R-P: Cale Stensgard 3-4, 2B, Loss; Riley Vitse 2-3, 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, No Decision; Mason McManimon-Myers 1-2, RBI. Trojans out-hit Saints 10-7, but out-errored them 4-0. R-P is 0-8)

(Game One) Mabel-Canton 2, Lyle-Pacelli 3; (Game Two) M-C 7, L/P 3 (Cougars are 2-3)

Softball

04-29:

P-E-M 12, R-P 2; 6 innings (R-P: Lauren Hadley 1-1, 2 BB, R, 2 SB; Keela Brand 1-2, RBI, SB; pitching 15 BB’s)

05-01:

D-E 1, Chatfield 15; 6 innings (C: Brook Irish 3-4, HR (4), 2B, 2 RBI (15), R; Janessa Erding 3-4, 3 R, RBI, SB; Shelby Bernard 3-5, 3 RBI; Sidney Irish 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB; Maddy Larrabee 2-3, RBI, 3 R)

05-02:

Cotter 9, Chatfield 3 (Chat: Sidney Irish 3-4; Sydney Gould 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI. Cot: Gabby Bowlin 3-4, 3 RBI, R; Kelly Vaselaar 3-5, 2 RBI. Gould’s HR came in third. Gophers got out-scored 9-1 the rest of the way. They are 5-3)

(Game One) M-C 13, L/P 0; 5 innings (M-C: Coranda Vickerman 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R; Abby Hanson 2-2, 2 R, 4 SB; Hannah Underbakke 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R; Chelcie Busch 2-3, 2 RBI, R; Courtney Graves 2-3, RBI, R; Sara Lind Win); (Game Two) M-C 20, L/P 8; 5 innings (M-C: A. Hanson 2-2, 3 R, 3 SB, RBI; C. Busch 2-5, 2 RBI; Kourtney Coyle 1-3, 3 RBI, R; Ashlyn Dahl Win. Cougars are 2-1)

Track and Field

05-02:

GMLOS Invite (LFCMC, Stewartville, Hayfield, Schaeffer Academy, and the host Super-Card-Reb’s competed. Fal-Bur-Coug boys finished second, the girls third. Quentin Case (110-hurdles), Bram Van Lent (300-hurdles), Travis Troendle (800), McKinnen Stone (Shot Put), Bailey Ruen (3200), & the girls 4x200 (Leah Scheevel/Kenzie Broadwater/Cassidy Ruud/Paige Bennett) took first. Van Lent added a second (110-hurdles), a third (200), and a fourth (Triple Jump). Case added a second (300-hurdles). Broadwater (2nd 100 & 200, 4th Long Jump), Niko Anderson (2nd 100 & 200, 3rd Long Jump), and Olivia Haug (2nd Shot Put & Discus) had multiple top four’s. Troendle added a third (1600). Alyssa Gathje finished second (800))

Golf

(Boys) C-SG 205, Chatfield 202 (C: C. Hanson 47, Alex Hompe 48. C-SG: Zach Sanness 47); (Girls) C-SG 205, Chatfield 247 (C: Morgan Henry 49, P. Isensee 52. C-SG: Rebakah Schroeder 49, Ashley Gavin 50. Par-34 Chosen Valley GC)

(Boys) R-P 181, Southland 232 (R-P: Alex Vix 40, H. Stensgard 45. S: Brandon Bergene 42. Trojans are 5-2); (Girls) R-P 315, Southland Inc. (R-P: Rachel O’Shaughnessy 75. S: Tess Douty 60, Cassidy Reinartz 68. Par-36 Cedar River CC)

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