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Volleyball preview

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Like football, volleyball season begins with a couple changes. Both the Three Rivers and Southeast Conferences welcome new members. Randolph joins the SEC. The addition of the Rockets gives the league eleven teams for most sports (volleyball). In the TRC, La Crescent starts its first year of play in the league. Their addition, just a year after Cotter joined, makes the 3-Rivers a 13-team league. And just like football, in a change from the past, the 2014 volleyball season begins with a Journal covered team entering with state credentials.

Fillmore Central Falcons

After years of it being the Falcons in the TRC, it was the year of the Falcons again in 2013. Fillmore Central broke Wabasha-Kellogg’s (and Caledonia’s) recent stranglehold on the conference. Behind the Case’s, Head Coach Denise, and player Taylor, FC won the TRC (11-0) and S-S 1A then downed power Faribault B.A. to win Section 1A. FC pressed on all the way to the state championship game before falling to Southwest Christian of Chaska. They finished with the school’s best ever season, 35-3. Hopes will be high and goals the same as the defending state runner-ups enter the 2014 season. They graduated just two players, Case and Tori Peterson (both All-Conference). They’ll again take their cues in family style. Former assistant Travis Malley takes over as Head Coach. He’ll direct daughter Morgan, FC’s two-time A-C setter. The athletic 5’8” senior has well over 2,000 career assists including 1,032 last year alone. She’ll set up A-C MH/OH Leah Scheevel (5’9”), who’ll inherit a bigger role in the offense. The senior had 264 kills and 43 blocks in 2013. Sammi Bakke (5’11”) and Kaitlynn Aug (5’11”) also should swing often. Defensive specialist/libero Sara Schultz (5’5”) rounds out a very experienced senior fivesome. Bakke (156 kills, 46 blocks) and Schultz (337 digs) were each A-C Honorable Mention in 2013. Sophomore Tayah Barnes (5’5” OH) is another returning full-time regular. FC will have around 700 kills to make up for (Case and Peterson), but they lost as few players as anyone in the conference. They’ll again be a TRC and a Sub-Section favorite. It’ll be a battle of Falcons to start the season as W-K visits FC on August 28th.

Chatfield Gophers

The 2013 Gopher girls put together their own excellent volleyball season. Behind All-State libero Alex Duxbury, Chatfield took second to FC in the TRC (10-1). They then finally grabbed the 1AA East title before pushing Kasson-Mantorville hard in the Section title game. The Section runner-up Gophers finished with a school record 25 wins, nine losses. Like FC, hopes will be high as Chatfield enters 2014. They graduated three seniors (Duxbury, Gabrielle Salisbury, and Camille Rasmussen). They have a highly experienced returning senior foursome. All-Conference performers, versatile OH Kirsten Keefe (5’7”), and powerful MH Brook Irish (5’10”), lead the way. Keefe had 203 kills and 326 digs in 2013, Irish 232 kills and 50 blocks. Maddy Kammer (5’10” OH, 236 kills) and Maddie Talamantes (5’6” DS) each were A-C HM. All four have played since there freshman years. Junior Sheridan Salisbury (5’8”), Gabrielle’s sister, likely will assume a setting role. She too was A-C HM in 2013. Juniors Megan LaPlante (5’5” DS) and Brook Adler (5’10” OH) round out Chatfield’s key returnees. The Gophers will start the year with a new coach. RuthAnn Lund, a former assistant, takes over for Troy Swancutt. After a ten-gal crew in 2013, Chatfield has 15 out in 2014. They should be a TRC and 1AA East force. They begin with a formidable home-stand, PEM (Aug 28th), Mayo (Sep 2nd), and Caledonia (Sep 4th). FC looms on September 25th.

Mabel-Canton Cougars

In Mabel, Cougar fans will see a new-look team. Gone are long-time standouts Belle Sand, Lydia Geving, Carly McCabe, Sara Lind, and Christine Lee. That group led M-C to their 16th straight SEC title a year ago. The season ended with a 1A-East title game loss to FC. It was the only defeat the Cougars suffered as a full unit all season. They finished 33-3. Sand (Syracuse), Lind (St. Mary’s), and McCabe (RCTC) all are playing at the next level. It’s re-grouping time for Head Coach Lonnie Morken. The Coug’s return four key holdovers. Versatile 5’9” sophomore setter Coranda Vickerman (171 digs, 130 assists, 91 aces) was All-SEC a year ago, and 5’9” senior OH Sara Vettleson-Trutza (118 kills, 31.5 blocks) was All-SEC HM. Hannah Nolte (5’7” Sr. MH) and Courtney Graves (5’9” Jr. MH) each also got in on M-C’s rotation. From there, numbers are stretched out from a couple more seniors all the way down to a 7th grader. But that’s the norm in Mabel (start them early). As for the re-grouping, seems more like re-loaded early. The Cougars dispatched with their first two foes, including West favorite Lyle/Pacelli, with neither cracking 15. Even more will be known about the new Cougars after their August 30th M-C Labor Day Weekend Tourney, where TRC schools R-P and Cotter, plus Brainerd and Waukon are competition.

Rushford-Peterson Trojans

In Rushford, its year two of Nikki Schultz’s reign. R-P posted a third consecutive winning season (15-13, 5-6 in TRC) in 2013, bowing to Goodhue in the 1A East quarters. The Trojans graduated five seniors including a pair of A-C players (Kendra Crawford and Keela Brand) plus their leading hitter (Sierra McNamer). The 2014 campaign will mark year two in which R-P relies a lot upon the (now) sophomore foursome of Brianna Koop (5’9” OH), Ashley Agrimson (5’10” MH), Mikayla Crawford (5’6” DS), and Savannah Skalet (5’4” Setter). Each were regulars a season ago. They’ll do so cause Bailey Holien (5’10” OH), a third-year player, is the only senior, and Carissa Bieberdorf (5’4” DS), is the only returning junior. Holien and Koop are the top returning attackers. Skalet co-set in 2013. Crawford will replace Crawford. The Trojans have 14 listed on their varsity roster. Their season begins at home against L-A on the 28th. They then take the annual trip down Highway 43 for M-C’s annual tournament.

Houston Hurricanes

Last season, Houston volleyball posted their best campaign, 18-11, in a number of years. They rode a senior class led by school all-time kill leader Abbey Loken. The Hurricanes downed Kingsland in a 1A East play-in game, only to fall to M-C in the quarters. The 2014 season begins with a new coach. Hannah Bauman takes over for Steve Kinstler. She inherits seven seniors. Eight of ten players on her varsity roster played (some) in 2013. Junior Kelly Jerviss is Loken’s heir-apparent. The 5’11” OH (149 kills) should hook up with returning senior A-C HM setter Alexa Horihan (509 assists, 106 digs) often. Kenzie Ness (5’8” MH), Lizzy Tippery (5’5” OH), Erica Langen (5’2” DS), Elizabeth Loken (5’10” MH), and the Scanlon twins, Brandy (5’3” L) and Bailey (5’3” OH), are the other seniors. Two more juniors make it a roster of ten. The ‘Canes season began with a 3-1 loss to Lyle/Pacelli, then a 3-0 win over G-E. Games 5-7 are versus R-P, M-C, and Lanesboro all at ‘The Shelter’ in the span of nine days.

Lanesboro Burros

The Lanesboro Burros are coming off a 2013 campaign in which they tripled their 2012 win total. Unfortunately, they went from just one to three. Chris Knutson’s gals bowed to L-A in a 1A-East play-in game to finish 3-16. Tripling a three-win season in 2014 is probably a realistic goal. The Burros bring back a number of key pieces. Included are seniors Olivia Haug (6’0” RH; 43 blocks), Steph Erickson (5’6” Setter; 206 assists, 89 digs, 33 aces), Alexis Jorgenson (5’8” MH), Kelsey O’Koren (5’7” OH), and Claire Peterson (5’7” OH). Juniors Olivia Rogers (5’8” MH), Rachel Eversole (5’5” OH), and Rachel Kimball (5’7” OH), plus sophomore Cassidy Ruud (5’8” MH), also have some varsity experience. That group helped make the Burros B-squad highly competitive (handed SEC benchmark M-C their only B-squad lost set). A six-senior, six-junior roster is a plus. Early returns are positive. The Burros handled Schaeffer Academy 3-0, then downed LeRoy-Ostrander dramatically 3-2. They’ll get tested more in games three-thru-five; on the road versus Lyle/Pacelli, Spring Grove, and Houston.

Kingsland Knights

In Spring Valley, it is all about change. The Knights turned over nearly their entire varsity volleyball lineup. They graduated seven seniors off a squad that went 5 and 23, one that didn’t win a TRC match (0-11) and lost to Houston in a 1A-East play-in game. They even changed coaches. Jackie Whitacre is out and Kelsey Frank is in. The later returns just two players who saw extensive on-court varsity action in 2013. Senior A-C HM setter Hannah Pruter (5’8”) is back to direct the offense (152 assists in 2013). Junior MH Reann Kimball (5’9”) is Kingsland’s other returning key player. Seniors Carly Thompson (OH) and Rachel Harder (RH), plus sophomore Alayna Meskill (5’3” Libero), were also on varsity a year ago. The Knights do have seven more juniors and another sophomore. They dropped game one of the season to always tough Stewartville, but will likely see a more competitive affair in their conference opener with similarly junior heavy La Crescent.

*All 3-Rivers stats courtesy of Bill Bentson.

Hot Shots

Randolph’s first SEC football game was a crazy season-opener with Mabel-Canton. Scoring went 20-0 M-C after one, 20-20 tie at halftime, and 34-20 M-C after three. Randolph then scored 22-unanswered 4th quarter points. They got the winning 38-yard TD pass with 0:03 ticks to end a quarter-by-quarter back-and-forth shootout 42-34. The teams combined for 971 yards of offense (M-C 485, R 486). The Cougars had three (Weston Whalen, Keyser Wenthold, Wayne Ross) 100-yard rushers. Randolph had three 100-yard players as well. Houston spotted L-O a 6-0 lead, then ripped off 26-unanswered points. They prevailed 26-12 behind three Chiglo TD’s (Carter two, Harry one). Meanwhile, TD’s came in groups of three (or more) for three individual county athletes. R-P senior Cole Kingsley ran for 160 yards and a trio of TDs whilst adding a pick-six as the Trojans whipped Kingsland 47-0. In Chatfield, senior Drew Hurley caught a pair of first quarter TD’s, then had a pick-six of his own, one of the 99-yard variety as the Gophers rolled FC 46-0. Lanesboro senior QB Will Semmen had a trio of TD runs and a fourth through the air as the Burros hammered G-E 76-0. Eight more Burros scored TD’s in a game they led 62-0 at half.

Football (Openers)


•M-C 34, Randolph 42 (M-C: W. Whalen 21-193, TD rushing, 4-5 PAT’s, 21-yard receiving TD from Jon Selness; K. Wenthold 16-142, TD rushing; W. Ross 17-103, 2 TD. R: Luke Dubbels 14-26, 281 yards, 4 TD’s, INT passing, 15-78, TD rushing; Hunter Ehlers 6-119, 3 TDs receiving; Drake Speight 4-102, TD receiving; Justin Waldvogel 17-101, TD rushing)

•LeRoy-Ostrander 12, Houston 26 (H: Carter Chiglo 15-63, TD rushing, 53-yard FR-TD; Hunter Laschenski 12-19, 119 yards, TD passing, 16-57 rushing; Harry Chiglo 83-yard KOR TD; Brett Hoskins 20-yard TD reception)

•R-P 47, Kingsland 0 (R-P: C. Kingsley 7-162, 3 TDs rushing, 51-yard INT return TD; Alex Vix 5-110, TD rushing; Jonnie Koenen 16-yard TD pass to Charlie Krambeer; Keann Benson rushing TD. K: Quinn Larson 14-30, 77 yards, 2 INT’s passing)

•FC 0, Chatfield 46 (C: D. Hurley 4-78, 2 TDs receiving, 99-yard INT-return TD; Ben Pierce 6-10, 98 yards, 2 TDs passing; Alex Bradt 4-65, TD rushing; Carter Duxbury 8-57, TD rushing; Riley Ahern/Ryan Meeker rushing TDs. FC: Tyson Ristau 12-64 rushing, 2-37 receiving, 9 tackles; Dylan Bathke 18-59 rushing. Turnovers: FC 6, Chatfield 0)

•G-E 0, Lanesboro 76 (L: W. Semmen 7-115, 3 TDs rushing, 31-yard TD pass to Matt Luck; Collin Scott 7-118, TD rushing; Tylar Miller 5-80, TD rushing; Cole Schwichtenberg 2-52, TD rushing; Liam Dorn 53-yard TD run; Zach Voeltz 47-yard TD run; Brett Wangen/Alex Reed rushing TDs)

Volleyball (Openers)


•M-C 3, L-O 0 > 25-14, 25-14, 25-10 (M-C: S. Vettleson-Trutza 11 kills, 3 aces; C. Graves 9 kills; C. Vickerman 24 assists; Lexi Thorson 8 digs, 4 aces. L-O: Sam Siskow 11 kills, 13 digs)

•Lanesboro 3, S.A. 0 > 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 (L: Rachel Kimball 8 kills; Lexi Melander 21 assists; R. Eversole 8 digs)

•Houston 1, L/P 3 > 25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 22-25 (H: K Jerviss 15 kills; A Horihan 17 assists; Br. Scanlon 23 digs)

•Kingsland 0, Stewartville 3 > 7-25, 11-25, 9-25 (K: Reann Kimball 5 kills; H. Pruter 6 assists, 6 digs)

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