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Section Golf: FC girls state bound


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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The Section 1A champion Fillmore Central girl’s golf team. Front Row (L to R): Madison Scheevel, Laura Donney, Katie Tammel, Keeley Todd, Elayna Kiehne, Grace Miller. Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Lane Powell, Assistant Coach Aaron Mens-ink. Photo by Tiffany Scheevel

Fillmore Central got its first ever (solo) state birth back in the fall, courtesy of volleyball. Now it can order a second state banner. The girls golf squad bested (379) adversaries W-K (403) and Blooming Prairie (410) to win Section 1A. FC rode the foursome of junior Katie Tammel (5th-tie, 93), senior Keeley Todd (8th-tie 95), Madison Scheevel (8th-tie, 95), and 8th grader Grace Miller (10th, 96). They were the only team to put four girls in the top ten. Scheevel, a 7th grader, actually had the team’s low 9-hole score (45). The Falcons have yet to lose this year; 12-0 in the regular season; TRC, 1A-East, and 1A champs. Coach Lane Powell (FC’s band director) has his club’s clubs finely tuned. Laura Donney (soph) and Elayna Kiehne (fresh) round a squad that has one girl each grade 7-12. L-A’s Elli Hennessy was meet medalist (82). Kingsland’s Karli Bly finished third (87) and individually advanced to state. On the boy’s side of things, Falcon junior Jordan Miller continued his standout season by medaling. He shot a four-over par 75 (two birdies, 11 pars, 4 bogies, 1 double bogey). Trojans Hudson Stensgard (82, 4th) and Charlie Krambeer (83, tied for 5th) helped the R-P boys squad to a section runner-up with their state worthy efforts. R-P (344) finished four strokes behind section champ L-A (340). FC’s Trevor Barnes (83, 5th-tie), Houston’s Sam Ross (84, 9th), and Lanesboro’s Liam Dorn/Jonathan Bierman (86’s; 11th-tie) just missed the state cut. Krambeer and Barnes were part of a four-man contingent that played a play-off hole to determine the last two entrants to state.

Chatfield Baseball State Bound

The 2013-2014 sports season just wouldn’t be complete without a Chatfield team making a state run. Brian Baum’s guys (ranked #11) played excellent all-around baseball in winning six consecutive elimination games including downing #2 in state W-K twice for the section title. They are state bound. Lewiston-Altura was one foe on Memorial Day. The Cards (10-11) beat Chatfield (16-3) in a 1A East semifinal days earlier, 8-3. Things seemed headed in the same direction. Aaron Hohensee’s fifth inning double made it 2-1 L-A. At that point, they had nine hits, Chat two. John Heim was in control on the mound; then not so much. In Chat’s fifth, he issued a pair of walks and gave up a pair of hits, the biggest a two-out two-run single by Ethan Woltz (3-2). In the sixth, he issued another walk. Successor Cullin Neeck hit a batter and walked another. Zach Eggers’ two-run single opened the game up (5-2). Jake Neis followed with an RBI sac fly. Eggers scored on a passed-ball. Chatfield got revenge 7-2. Woltz (2-4, 2 RBI) and Eggers (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R) were the Goph’s best ‘O’. Tommy Jech (5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) got the win, Nate Skare (2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB) the save. L-A out-hit Chatfield 13-5, but a 7-1 walks-issued discrepancy evened things up. L-A also left two-plus on base four times.

Things were far less offensive as #11 Chatfield played #7 Southland (18-4). The Goph’s narrowly won both regular season tilts, 2-1 and 2-0. On a neutral field (RCC), it was the hat trick by an even lower tally. With two-out in the sixth inning, Skare drew a walk. Woltz then laced a double into the left-field corner. With a little help from a bobble, a little aggressiveness from third base coach Brian Baum, and an off-target throw home, Skare scored all the way from first. Chatfield prevailed 1-0. Neis (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) got the shut-out victory, out-dueling Taylar Schwartz (6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, Loss). Woltz (2-3, 2B, RBI, ROE) stayed red-hot at the plate.

Chatfield then immediately went to Mayo Field to take on 1A-West champ #14 Kenyon-Wanamingo (15-7). In the fourth, Neis (double) and Skare (single) reached in succession. Woltz then chopped one off the plate. K-W pitcher Drew Sathrum was unable to field it and flip home. Neis scored (1-0). A sac bunt moved the runners over. Drew Hurley singled in another run (2-0). Those two runs were all pitchers Jech and Skare needed. Gopher left-fielder Dan Narveson saved a run a half inning later by making an ‘ESPN top plays’ diving catch. Chatfield added runs in fifth (unearned) and sixth (Eggers RBI single). K-W got their only (unearned) run in the sixth. Skare facilitated a fly-out to end the Knights’ bases loaded threat. He saved (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB) Jech’s win (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). The Gophers prevailed 4-1. Senior 1-3 hitters Eggers (RBI), Neis (2B, R), and Skare (R) were all 2-4. Ben Pierce (RF) had seven put-outs, giving him 13 on the day. The Gophers (19-3) then toppled Wabasha-Kellogg (winners of 18-straight) twice the same night to win the Section title. More next week.

Carlson, LaPlante, O’Hare Head State Track Cast

Three county athletes have qualified to compete in multiple individual track and field events at the state meet. Eight other athletes are state bound. R-P/H freshman Noah Carlson racked up a pair of section first place finishes (400, Triple Jump) and one second (Long Jump) to qualify in three events. It’s his second trip to state in the Triple Jump. Senior teammate Austin O’Hare qualified in two events, taking second to Lourdes’ Ian Torchia in the 1,600 and 3,200. Chatfield senior Jayme LaPlante defended his section discus and captured the section shot put crown. He was state runner up in the first and participant in the second last year. Carlson is seeded first in the 400, O’Hare second (Torchia) in the 3200, and LaPlante first (Shot Put) and second (Discus). The top discus seed (177’0”) is Tyler Kolander (Waseca). LaPlante’s top throw this year is 179’8”. R-P/H sophomore Matt Culhane also qualified (by standard) in the discus (finished fourth). Chatfield’s girls state champion 4x200 team (Autum Erickson/Maddie Talamantes/Ashley Baker/Maddy Kammer) will return to defend their crown. They won their preliminary section heat, but finished fourth in the final, qualifying on standard. It’s a slightly different squad. Talamantes is in place of an injured Mariah Bell. Erickson qualified (by standard) in the individual 100 (took third). R-P/H’s Anna Sweet took second. They’ll again compete against each other (at the state level). Sweet narrowly missed the 200 state cut (finished 3rd). L/FC/M-C’s Olivia Haug defended her section discus crown. She’s headed back to state as the lone L/FC/M-C rep. R-P/H junior Jordan Honken qualified in the Pole Vault (took second). She just missed the state cut last year (finished third). Three girl’s relays just fell short. The RPH 4x100 and the LFCMC 4x400 and 4x800 squads each finished fourth. Five individuals just missed state, Ashley Baker (4th 100) and Maddy Kammer of Chatfield (3rd 400, 4th 200), Bram Van Lent (3rd 300-hurdles) and Kenzie Broadwater (5th 100) of LFCMC, and Elizabeth Loken of RPH (4th Discus). Kammer was last year’s 400-meter state champ.

May (Softball) Madness

In March, basketball has their collegiate on-court madness. In May, in Austin, there was some on-field softball madness. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro and Chatfield saw walk-off wins, cold bats, revenge, and a back-to-back big collapses in the Sectional Final Four. One team was just inches from punching a birth to state.

In the ‘winner’s’ bracket, 8th-ranked FC/L (East #1, 15-3) played K-W (West #4, 11-11) in a battle of Sub-Section champs and pitchers (Morgan Malley and Kailee Berquam). The Falcons managed just one hit. Berquam struck out 15. In the fifth, K-W strung three hits together. A passsed-ball, and an RBI single by Ellen Beulke, plated two runs. The 2-0 score stood as the final. Berquam (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB) got the win. The Falcons had just three base runners (Megan Hendrickson 1-3, ROE). Malley (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 3 BB) took just her second loss of the year.

In the ‘one-loss’ bracket, Chatfield (15-7) played 7th-ranked Hayfield (West #1, 17-4). The Vikings got a couple sac flies to post a 2-0 first inning lead. In the third, Sidney Irish plated a run with an RBI-double. She scored on a wild pitch (2-2). Hayfield then got a fifth inning run per a Dani Wagner walk, stolen base, and two errors. It stayed 3-2 until the bottom of the seventh. Megan LaPlante led off with a walk, went to second on a sac bunt, and then scored on two wild pitches (WP’s). In the bottom of the eighth, Janessa Erding reached and went to second on an error. She was sacrificed to third. Sydney Gould’s hard-shot between short and third was the GW-RBI. Chatfield prevailed 4-3. Gould was 2-4 (RBI). Jennifer Hanson (8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K, 3 BB) got the win. Viking 1-2 hitters Wagner (2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 R) and Jessi Foster (2-3, BB, R) scored all three Hayfield runs.

With FC/L (15-4) losing and Chatfield (16-7) winning, the teams then played each other. The Falcons stole both games of a double-header in the regular season. It wasn’t a surprise the Gophers extracted revenge. Sidney Irish’s lead-off double started things. She came around to score on an Erding sac bunt attempt (1-0). The Gophers did their big damage in the third. Shelby Bernard (RBI double), Kirsten Keefe (RBI single), and Brook Irish (2-run single) drove in four Gopher runs. FC/L managed just two hits and one run. Chatfield prevailed 6-1. The senior Hanson collected another win (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 10 K, 3 BB). Malley (7 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) tallied more losses on the day (two) than the rest of the season (one). S-Irish (2-4, SB, R) and Bernard (2-4, 2B, RBI) led Chatfield. Erickson (1-2, RBI) and Taylor Pierce-Sprenger (1-2, R) had the FC/L hits. Their excellent season ends at 15-5.

The Gopher win meant Chatfield (17-7) made a Thursday trip to Austin to play K-W (12-11) in the section title game(s), a trip to state a stake. What transpired were a couple of high-pressure affairs that inevitably led to a half inning of mayhem, an implosion by each team. Game one was a 0-0 pitcher’s duel until the sixth. Knight Makayla Sokoloski reached on a walk. Five batters later, Sydney Klemish’s single broke the deadlock (1-0). K-W left the bases loaded. Chatfield went to their seventh needing a run, or done. They got seven. Knight standout hurler Kailee Berquam hit the first batter, authored two WP’s, then walked the second batter. With runners on second and third, Shelby Bernard’s hard smash to short took a wicked hop, plating the tying-run (1-1). Gould followed with a bloop single (bases loaded). Keefe then blooped in an RBI-single (2-1). Two throwing errors on the play allowed two more runs to score (4-1). Keefe then scored on two WP’s (5-1)! The inning saw three Gopher bloop hits, one bad-hop hit, a bunt single hit, six WP’s, two walks, and a hit-batter! Chatfield forced a second game by a final of 7-1. Hanson, Chatfield’s pitching pillar, got her third win of the sectional final four (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB). Berquam struck out 12 (7 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 5 BB) in defeat.

In game two, K-W grabbed some momentum back by plating a couple first inning runs. Hanson, who didn’t start the game, had to pitch Chatfield out of a second-and-third, no-out jam (three K’s). A 2-run Keefe single in the bottom of the inning tied the game. The Knights then got two in the third, and another in the fourth (5-2.) An Erding two-out two-run single in the fourth made it 5-4. Doubles by Bernard and Keefe (RBI) in the fifth tied things at five. In the top of the seventh, K-W loaded the bases. A pitcher-catcher force out ended the threat. Chatfield left two on in their half of the inning. K-W left the bases juiced in their eighth. In the bottom, with a runner on second and two out, Sidney Irish hit a hard shot off the pitchers leg. It fell at Berquam’s feet. She recorded the out at first. A little each away, the ball goes thru. Chatfield goes to state. As it were, the game went to the (nightmarish for Chatfield) top of the ninth. The go-head run scored via walk, passed-ball, ground-out, and strike-three passed-ball (6-5 K-W). Chatfield then got the second out. K-W had just a runner on first. Then came five hits, five walks, one error, multiple wild pitches and eight more runs. K-W took a 14-5 lead. They won the section title by a final of 14-9. Megan LaPlante was 3-5 (2B, RBI, 2 R) and Keefe 2-4 (2B, 3 RBI, R). Hanson (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 0 BB) and Keefe (4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 5 BB, Loss) handled most of the pitching load. Keefe pitched just one prior inning on the season. Berquam (3-5, RBI, 9 IP 10 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 7 K, 7 BB, Win), Ellen Beulke (2-5, HR, 2 RBI, R), Siri Swiggum (2-4, 3 R), and Marah Quam (2-5, 2B, RBI, R) led the Knights. Chatfield finishes a memorable season at 18-8 as Section 1A runner-up. They (LaPlante, Keefe, S. Irish, and Bernard included) were section runner’s-up two year ago also.

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