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Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
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How tough is sub-section 1A in volleyball? Two teams with double-digit win streaks did battle in the quarterfinals. Six-seed Rushford-Peterson (21-12, 10 straight) visited 3-seed Lewiston-Altura (24-4, 13 straight). Amy Todd was the Trojans' best weapon in game one. She notched five ace serves, but seven R-P attack errors benefited L-A. In the end, Todd took her spot deep with R-P trailing 24-20. The score narrowed to 24-23, but a service error gave the Card's the win. The competitive loss shook R-P. They fell easily 25-16 in game two. It looked like the match woul be anti-dramatic. It looked more so that way when L-A led game three 14-11. But it was nip-and-tuck down the stretch (ties at 21-25). A pair of attack errors on the Cards part ensured R-P wouldn't go home skunked (27-25). That shook L-A. R-P amassed a 16-10 game four lead. The Card's got composed though. Seniors Jenny Mundt and Natalie Kalmes asserted themselves. At one point, the duo accounted for eight straight points. An 18-13 Trojan lead became a 22-18 Cardinal lead. R-P got it to 21-22, but no closer. L-A prevailed 25-22 (3-1). Mundt was the difference (26 kills, 4 blocks, intimidation). L-A also got quality attacking from Brooke Schilling (12 kills) and Kalmes (7 kills), plus 46 assists from setter Maddie Hess. R-P's Kenzie Lind amassed 20 kills; Todd had nine. Kendra Crawford had 20 digs. A successful Trojans 2011 campaign ends at 21-13.

M-C, FC Advance...

Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton advanced to the Sub-Section 1A East VB semifinals. M-C did so by going through a familiar foe, 7-seed Spring Grove (19-9). In the fourth meeting of the year between the two squads, the Coug's prevailed 3-0, but by two points in each set (26-24, 25-23, 25-23). Meanwhile, the Falcons (#5, 22-6) made a lengthy trip to Goodhue (#4, 18-6). The ride home was probably long too, but good. After dropping game one (22-25), FC ripped off three straight (25-15, 25-22, 25-18). Sophomore Taylor Case was impressive, notching 23 kills and 13 digs.

...Only To Fall in Semi-Finals

Fillmore Central's reward was a semi-final contest with top-seeded, third-ranked, defending state Class A champion Wabasha-Kellogg (22-7). The big game atmosphere was a bit much for the young Falcons-South. They dropped the first two sets 25-18 and 25-16. They rallied in the third though, as Alex Peterson and Taylor Case found more open spots for their kills. After a little extra volleyball, FC won 28-26. W-K then jumped out early in set four, led throughout, and prevailed 25-17 (3-1). Katie Cavalco (22 kills), Lexi Kanz (18 kills) and company were too much for Peterson (12 kills), Case (12 kills) and company. FC's very good 2011 campaign finishes at 24-7. Mabel-Canton's affair with 3-seed Lewiston-Altura was much more dramatic. The Coug's took set one (25-21), dropped the second and third (13-25, 20-25), but rallied long and hard in the fourth (30-28) to force a deciding fifth game. There, M-C was one point away from victory (14-13). L-A held. The Card's got to one point away. M-C held. The Cards got to one point again, and finished (17-15), winning the hotly contested to-the-wire match 3-2. Trojan killer Jenny Mundt was also a Cougar killer. She finished with 35 spikes. M-C's Belle Sand (18) and Lydia Geving (13) combined for less than that. The Cougars finish an excellent season at 31-4.

See-Saw Ends With Gopher VB in Sub-Finals

One can't say Chatfield (17-11) came out like balls of fire against 3-seed Lake City (14-13) in the Sub-Section 1AA East VB semis. They dug a 0-5 hole in game one, rallied for a 10-all tie, but then lost 25-20. The Gopher attacks kind of flew anywhere and everywhere. But set two saw the Goph's tighten things up. They led from wire-to-wire and won 25-17. Set three went back (Chatfield led 3-1) forth (Lake City held a 9-5 advantage) and back again (Chatfield took the reigns 11-10). They held them (holding off a Tiger push that closed the score to 22-21) until declared victorious 25-21. In set four, the Tigers stole a page from Chatfield's set two playbook. They led the entirety, winning 25-19. And thus it came down to the final push to 15(+) points. Like the first four games, it was a yoyo-like (Gophers 5-3, Tigers 8-5, Gophers 10-8). The two teams then tied at 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18! At one point, Lake City had a 16-15 lead and Kenna Moechnig's attack was ruled out, getting the Tigers into a victorious uproar. But a back judge ruled 'tip', giving the Gophers the point, keeping them alive. They lived to be denied match points at 17-16 and 18-17, but not 19-18. A Lake City four-hit gave the Gophers a 20-18 win and a birth in the Sub-Section 1AA East finals. Both teams relied on a number of players for production. Kenna Moechnig (16 kills, 5 blocks) and Alex Duxbury (5 aces) led Chatfield; Taylor Koller (12 kills, 4 blocks) paced the Tigers.

County FB Teams Get One Play-Off Win, No More

Four of the counties football teams advanced to their sectional semifinals. In 9-man, Mabel-Canton and Lanesboro both withstood scares to do so. The Cougars (#3, 5-3) trailed 6-seed Glenville-Emmons (2-6) 20-14 early in the 4th. A Gabe Lind run (plus PAT) put the Coug's in the lead 21-20. A Jacoby Bigalk short TD run made it 27-20 with two-to-go. G-E's last gasp got to around midfield before running out of downs. Lind had 23 carries for 100-plus. Bigalk accounted for three scores (two rush, one pass). Lanesboro faced a similar situation. The 4-seed Burros (5-3) trailed 5-seed Houston (4-4) 14-6 entering the 4th. But Niko Anderson notched two scoring runs and Braden Hanson added another, as the Burros outscored the 'Canes 21-7 in the final stanza. They won 27-21. Anderson eclipsed 200 yards and had 3 TD's. In 1A, (#2, 6-2) Fillmore Central began sluggishly (led 7-0 at the half) versus (#7, 2-6) Rushford-Peterson. They responded in the 3rd quarter though, scoring 20 points in a four-minute span, led by new tailback Tanner Ristau (21-139, 3 TD's). The Falcons ended R-P's season at 2-7 with a 30-0 drubbing. Stat of the game; R-P's Casey McLellan broke off a 50-yard run on the games second play. It took the Trojans another 30 plays to equal that yardage. In 1AA, Chatfield (#2, 5-3) built a 27-7 halftime lead versus (#7, 1-7) Pine Island. But a Panther score with less than three minutes to go trimmed the margin to 35-28. Justin Viss then iced the game, breaking off a 50-yard TD run on 3rd and 9 from midfield. Chatfield prevailed 42-28. Viss ended with 116 yards and 3 TD's. Backfield mate Jake Neis tallied 257 yards and 2 TD's. All four teams then faced massive struggles in semifinal contests. Mabel-Canton couldn't tame (#2, 7-2) Grand Meadow (like they did in week 4). The Coug's spotted the Larks a 14-0 1st quarter lead and couldn't recover, losing 34-20. They end with a 6-4 record. Number six in state Spring Grove (#1, 9-0) shellacked Lanesboro 62-6. It was ugly: 41-0 at half, 62-0 after three. Lanesboro's season concludes at 6-4. Fillmore and Chatfield each got handled too. FC turned the ball over twice on their first three possessions. Southland (#3, 7-2) turned each into TD's. At one point, FC had 19 yards total offense, the Rebels 14 points. Southland built a 35-0 lead on the backs of Tyler Kressin (18-126, 2 TD's rushing) and Mike Goergen (2 TD's). Only then did FC finally score; Andy Todd hit Ristau and Marcus Tucker for 55 and 65-yard TD passes. The final was 35-12. The Reb's avenged a week six 7-0 loss. FC concludes the season at 7-3. The Gophers were victims of their own carelessness, plus Zumbrota-Mazeppa's (#3, 5-4) aerial attack. Chatfield committed seven turnovers, four in the first half. A pair of Z-M QB's combined to throw 5 TD's. Kevin Niebuhr caught three of them (7 catches for 93 yards). The score was 27-0 at halftime and would balloon to 40-0 before the Gophers scored (Nate Skare 26-yards to Jesse Julian, Alex Haffner 9-yard run, Brandon Adler safety). The final was 40-16. Chatfield's season ends at 6-4.


10-24 1A East Sub-Section Play-Ins

#9 Houston 0, #8 Kingsland 3 > 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 (No Stats)

#12 Schaeffer Academy 0, #5 Fillmore Central 3 > 25-2, 25-5, 25-0 (FC: Taylor Case served all 25 points in set 3)

#10 Lanesboro 0, #7 Spring Grove 3 > 8-25, 8-25, 16-25 (Burros end 2011 campaign 6-7, 8-16 overall)

#11 Hope Lutheran 0, #6 Rushford-Peterson 3 > 5-25, 16-25, 20-25 (10th straight Trojan victory)

10-27 East Sub-Section Quarterfinals

1A > #8 Kingsland (8-19) 0, #1 Wabasha-Kellogg (20-7) 3 > 18-25, 10-25, 16-25 (K: Cheyenne Losey 9 kills; Lindsay Tart 7 kills, 12 digs; Emily Schlitter 16 assists; McKayla Pruter 15 digs. W-K: Katie Cavalco 19 kills, 12 digs; Kenzie Freihammer 7 kills, 15 digs; Kalyn Biever 38 assists; Jordan Wolfe 18 digs. Kingsland's 2011 campaign ends at 8-20)

1AA > #7 PEM (5-20) 0, #2 Chatfield (16-11) 3 > 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 (C: E. Kammer 11 kills; Tori Woltz 8 kills)


10-25 Section Quarterfinals

1A > #5 Kingsland (3-5) 22, #4 Goodhue (5-3) 48 (K: Sam Eberle 26-156, 2 TD's rush. G: Alex Bronholzl 20-206, 4 TD's rush; Jeremy Schrimpf 12-83, 3 TD's rush. Goodhue led 21-0 after one & 48-14 after three. Kingsland finishes 2011 at 3-6)


10-27 Section 1A Meet (at Northern Hills Golf Course, Rochester)

> Chatfield junior Kayla Woltz (for her fifth time) and freshmen Karen Gomez earn trips to state, as does L-A/R-P's sophomore Austin O'Hare. > Boys Team (Top 5 plus county squads): 1st Winona-Cotter 62, 2nd PEM 63, 3rd La Crescent 109, 4th Byron 108, 5th Rochester-Lourdes 179, 9th LARP 225, 11th Chatfield 308, 14th Kingsland 397, LFC Inc. (17 complete teams competed) > Top County Individuals: 9th Austin O'Hare (LARP), 12th Alex Paulson (CHAT), 28th Graham Sullivan (LARP), 36th Ryan Ruberg (LARP), 44th Justin Friedrich (CHAT), 49th Clayton Friemuth (KING); 122 runners competed > Girls Team (Top 5 plus county squads): 1st La Crescent 44, 2nd Lourdes 70, 3rd PEM 115, 4th Chatfield 134, 5th Stewartville 138, 7th LARP 209, 16th Kingsland, LFC Inc (16 complete team competed) > Top County Individuals: 2nd Kayla Woltz (CHAT), 6th Karen Gomez (CHAT), 21st Mariah Olson (LARP), 22nd Haley Woltz (CHAT), 36th Alyson Mueller (LARP), 49th Courtney Doerr (LARP); 118 runner competed.

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