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Fillmore County Sports R-Persistance - 1/30/12

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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A pair of very good senior-led boys teams met up for a county 3-Rivers showdown. Second place Kingsland (8-1, 8-3, 6-straight wins) traveled to Rushford to face the 3rd place, #4 in Class A Trojans (8-2, 11-2, ten-straight). The Knight defense set a tone early. Sam Eberle and Soren Grandall hounded Nick Thompson and Trent Vix. They kept R-P's deadeye duo from splashing down points in increments of three. The Trojans hit only two 1st half long balls. Vix had one (his only points), Thompson none (he scored 9). On offense, 6'4" Spencer Klevan and 6'3" Devin Pokorney helped the Knights build a 28 to 19 halftime lead. R-P didn't fluster, despite trailing (by as many as 11). They kept running screens for Vix and Thompson, running offense, looking for open deep looks, or open teammates for easy buckets. As the 2nd half progressed, the persistence took effect. R-P began scoring and whittling Kingsland's lead. At the 4:50 mark, Eberle fouled out (a critical loss). Seconds later, Nick T. tied the game at 57-57. Not quite a minute later, R-P grabbed its first lead (61-59). Kingsland showed resolve though. In the final minute, Tanner Lange twice found Pokorney for interior baskets. The last tied the game at 66. R-P had the last shot, but a Vix three didn't fall. In OT, R-P's machine-like system won out. Nick T. opened up the session with a deep bulls-eye, and then another (both assisted by Vix). Momentum seized (up six quickly), R-P's 1-3-1 trap/zone stymied the Knights. They missed shots (0 FG's in OT). They had to foul. R-P made FT's. Checkmate. The Trojans moved their streak to 11 with an 80-67 victory. They scored 61 points after intermission, 56 after the 13:30 mark. Thompson had his second best game of the season, 36 points (27 after halftime, 16 in the final 4:50/OT). He was 8 for his last 9. Vix finished with 17 and 7 assists. Nate Kingsley added 13. The Trojans hit eight 2nd half/OT threes. A nearly perfect Pokorney (8-10 FG's, 8-8 FT's, career high 24 points) led the Knights. Klevan was efficient too (4-5 FT's, 5-9 FG's, 14 points, 8 boards). Eberle added 12. Tanner Lange (20.9 PPG) had three FGA's in the first seven minutes, but not another until OT. He finished with 10 (7-8 FT's). The Knights were great at the stripe (24-27), but a day-night, half-to-half, turnover situation told a tale. R-P had 17 (to Kingsland's 9) in the 1st. Kingsland had 17 (to R-P's 8) in the 2nd/OT. The Trojans had just one in the final 7-minutes/OT.

Lady Gophers Get One Big Win

It would've been tough for the Chatfield girls to have a tougher week. In the span of four days, they saw two teams above them in the 3-Rivers standings (one league loss each), and another undefeated AAA squad ranked in state. The middle game proved to be the good one. Chatfield slowed down small and quick Southland (7-1, 11-1). They took the lead at 22-21. They built it to 10 twice (43-33, 47-37). The Reb's got it to 50-47, but an immediate 7-0 Gopher run helped Chatfield to a 68-54 win. They won despite giving up 22 offensive rebounds and committing 26 turnovers. They shot much better (28-51 or 55 percent versus 18-71 or 25 percent). Five Gophers reached double-figures. Sarah Costello had 16 and 10 rebounds. MaKenzie Miller had 12 and 9 rebounds (10 and 8 in the 2nd half). Kyndra Neis hit three big triples and scored 11, as did Erin Kammer (who added 5 rebounds and 5 assists). Finally, Traci McDonald had 10 points and 5 assists. Rebel Kelli Smith's 19 points led everyone.

Losey Goes Off

Kingsland Knight G Cheyenne Losey has the ability to score the basketball. Early in the year, her prowess wasn't on full display (double-digits once in the Knights first six games). However, a 28-point 11-rebound performance against Lourdes was pivotal in getting the Knights a win. A 16-point 12-rebound performance against Chatfield helped pave the road to an OT victory over the very good Gophers. She has scored in double-figures in eight of her last nine games. Against R-P, she (technically) scored in double-figures three times. The 5'10" junior guard pumped in (a career high) 30 points (7-13 on 3's, 4-5 on 2's, 1-2 FT's) and grabbed 11 rebounds. McKayla Pruter was her best friend (8 assists). R-P's Kenzie Lind tried to keep her squad in it, scoring 23. Amy Todd helped (12 and 8), but neither did enough. Kingsland prevailed 59-47, sweeping the season series. The Knights moved their records to 5-5 and 9-7. They're in 5th behind D-E (11-1, 14-3), Southland (7-2, 11-2), Caledonia (9-2, 12-5), and Chatfield (8-3, 11-6), just ahead of L-A (5-6, 9-8) and PEM (4-6, 6-9).

Satisfactory Saturday

A pair of afternoon games on a non-school day proved to be a winning formula for Mabel-Canton's basketball squads. The Cougars out-scratched, out-clawed, and out-hissed the Riceville (IA) Wildcats. In the girl's opener, it came down to the wire. Trailing by one in the waning seconds, M-C sophomore Lydia Geving was fouled (non-shooting). In the one-and-one bonus, the Coug's most versatile player stepped to the line and made both freebies with 8 ticks left. Riceville couldn't formulate any follow-up heroics, giving M-C (now 3-7, 4-11) the win, 45-44. No Cougar reached double-figures. Six girls scored six or more led by Christy Welscher (9 and 10 rebounds), Carly McCabe (8), and Geving (7 points, 9 rebounds). Victory came despite Riceville hitting 6 of 12 3's. The Cougar boys then took their turn in the catfight. They did so in a more manly manner. The game was tied at the half, but behind seniors Steve Smith (21 points, 15 rebounds), Gabe Lind (career-high 14), and Adam Fravel (9 and 7), the Coug's pulled away and won 59 to 45. M-C shot better (43.6 percent to 35.8 percent), won the boards (39 to 30), and the turnover battle (12 to 18). They (5-2, 6-6) remain tied for 3rd in SEC with Lanesboro (5-2, 6-6) behind SG (8-0, 11-2) and Houston (7-1, 11-3).



• St. Charles 87, FC 74 (FC: Isaac Sveen 20; T. Eickhoff/Zach Olstad 17; Mitch Johnson 10. SC: Will Swiggum 30; Aaron Leistikow 21; Chase Busian 15 (all 3's). Saints hit 12 3's to FC's 4)

•Chatfield 56, Southland 71 (C: Mitch Irish 12; Jake Neis 10. S: Mike Goergen 26; Nick Schmitz 17; Decker Bendtsen 13. Reb's jumped on Goph's early, led by 17 at halftime)


•FC 48, Kingsland 69 (K: S. Klevan 20 pts & 12 rebs; T. Lange 18 pts and 6 assists; D. Pokorney 13; S. Eberle 9 pts & 9 rebs. FC: T. Eickhoff 16. Knights used 16-2 mid-2nd-half-run to turn 40-35 game uncompetitive. They did so by turning 11 OR's into 19 second-chance points (in 2nd half alone). Falcons drop to 2-9, 5-10 (haven't won in 2012; 0-6). Knights improve to 9-2, 9-4. Via an R-P loss, they regain 2nd place in 3-Rivers behind PEM)

•Dover-Eyota, Chatfield (C: Nate Skare 20 and 7 rebs; Jake Peterson 16. D-E: Bryan Halverson 17. Game had 8 ties and15 lead changes. Gophers had 10-0 mid-2nd-half run to break game open. They are 5-6, 6-9)

•Lanesboro 49, Winona-Cotter 66 (L: Braden Hanson 15; Cory Strom 11. W-C: Gus Cochran/Bryan Richter 20 each. Burros trailed by 9 at half (30-21), got only as close as 4 (35-31) in 2nd half)


•R-P 51, PEM 66 (R-P: Seniors N. Thompson & T. Vix combined for 16 (10 & 6, both season lows), freshmen Cole Kingsley and Alex Vix combined for 19 (11 and 8); N. Kingsley 10. PEM: Levi Folkert 26. R-P's 11-game win streak snapped. The Trojans (9-3, 12-3) fall back to 3rd place in the 3-Rivers behind PEM (10-1, 14-3) & Kingsland (9-2, 9-4). Surging squads St. Charles (7-4, 11-4, 9 in a row) & Caledonia (5-4, 7-5, have Josh Lampert back, beat PEM), plus Lewiston-Altura (6-5, 7-9) & Southland (6-6, 9-6) round out the top half of the conference)


•Frederick WI 51, Lanesboro 38 (L: B. Hanson 16. F: Waylon Buck 15; Adam Chanel 15. Lanesboro trailed 34-33. Frederic then ended game on 17-5 run. L: 2-18 on 3's. Played at Target Center. Burros are 5-2, 6-6)



•Chatfield 56, #7 AAA Kasson-Mantorville 96 (C: E. Kammer 11 & 5 ass; M. Miller 11; S. Costello 8 & 9 rebs. K-M: five in 2B-figures; Abbey Lacey 25. The 16-0 Komets went 13 of 21 from deep)


•Lanesboro 44, Houston 62 (L: Paige Hungerholt 18. H: Brooke Anderson 20 & 8 rebs; Vanessa Lee 16 and 11 rebs. Burros (7-3, 8-9) are in 3rd in SEC behind SG (10-0, 15-2) and L-O (9-1, 12-4) just ahead of L/P (6-3, 8-4))

•# 4 in A Spring Grove 58, M-C 20 (M-C: Lydia Geving 7 pts and 5 rebs. SG: Richell Mehus 18. Halftime: 44-9)

•FC 33, SC 40 (FC: Morgan Malley 11; Alex Peterson 9 pts, 5 rebs, & 6 stls. SC: Bridgid Smith 10. FC is 2-8)


•PEM 31, R-P 48 (R-P: Kendra Crawford 13 and 7 rebs; A. Todd/Cody Manfull 10 each; K. Lind 8 pts, 8 rebs, and 5 assists. FT's: R-P 19-26, PEM 1-6. Trojans finished game out 14-2. Move record to 3-9, 5-12)

•Chatfield 50, D-E 54 (C: M. Miller 14. D-E: Megan Ihrke 12 and 8 rebs. Gophers (8-3, 11-6) are behind D-E (11-1,14-3), Southland (7-2, 11-2), and Caledonia (9-2, 12-5) in conference race)



•Wabasha-Kellogg Triangular (LARP 26, W-K 40 > Screamin' Eagle wins: Hunter Herber (113) 13-0, Justin Doerr (120) forfeit, Jackson Riebel (138) 4-0, Chris Boehmke (152) pin, Dylan DePestal (170) 11-2, & Greg Johnson (182) 10-7. LARP 66, La Crescent 12 > Screamin' Eagle wins: Josh Doerr (106) pin, H. Herber (113) forfeit, Jus. Doerr (102) pin, Jonnie Koenen (132) 9-2, J. Riebel (138) 9-3, Ivan Martic (145) pin, C. Boehmke (152) pin, Tucker Speltz (160) pin, D. Depestal (171) pin, Nick Hoff (195) forfeit, & John Heim (220) forfeit)


•LARP 48, St. Charles 20 (Screamin' Eagle wins: H. Herber (113) 13-10, Jus. Doerr (120) pin, Calvin Doerr (126) pin, Jordan Theede (145) pin, C. Boehmke (152) forfeit, T. Speltz (160) pin, N. Hoff (170) forfeit, D. DePestal (195) 7-4, and J. Heim (220) pin)

•W-K 26, Chatfield 36 (Gopher wins: Hank Friederichs (106) tech fall, Tye Bentz (113) 10-1, Harvey Friederichs (126) pin, Alex Hafner (132) pin, Ryan Meeker (138) 4-2, Jeremy Benike (152) pin, Matt Salerno (170) 8-4, and Justin Viss (195) 10-6)


•Hayfield Tournament (LARP finished 1st, GMLOK 4th, LARP JV 7th and FCLMC 8th (of 8). LARP's Jus. Doerr (120), J. Theede (145), T. Speltz (160), D. DePestal (170), G. Johnson (195), & Evan Bain (285) were champions. Josh Doerr (106), J. Riebel (138), and C. Boehmke (152) were runners-up. GMLOK's Noah Schlee (125) and Lucas Roe (160) were champions. Wyatt Richardson (170), Perry Stejskal (182), & Richard Bain (220) were runners-up. FCLMC's Connor Hanson (126) was a runner-up)

•State Wrestling Rankings: LARP is Lean and Mean in AA, Chatfield is Lean and Mean in A. In AA, LARP's Justin Doerr is 7th at 120, Jordan Theede is 4th at 145, and Greg Johnson is 10th at 182. GMLOK's Lucas Roe is 4th at 152. In A, Chatfield's Hank Friederichs is 8th at 106, A.J. Riley is 10th at 120, and Justin Viss is 10th at 195.

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