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Fillmore County Sports - Trojans Out-Jockey Lion

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
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Post-season seeding was on the line as the R-P Trojans hosted Spring Grove in a non-conference VB affair of quality sectional adversaries. The Lions entered sitting tied for 2nd in the SEC (15-7 overall). R-P sat in 6th place in the Three Rivers (18-12 overall). Both teams entered on streaks, SG taking 8 of 9, R-P seven in a row. Set one was crisply played and laden with kills. The Trojans' simply were more powerful and proficient (at a 15 to 7 clip). They also took the final five points enroot to a 25-17 victory. Game two saw R-P notch another points-streak, eight straight, turning a 10-9 deficit into a 17-10 lead. SG responded though late, turning a 24-20 R-P-lead into a 24-all tie. But an SG serving error and a Sierra McNamer block led to R-P celebration (26-24, 2-0). The Lions could've packed it in at that point, but they battled. The 3rd installment saw 12 ties. The Lions wound up with a 25-22 victory. Game four saw R-P start quickly (4-1). SG countered with a 7-0 spurt, jumping ahead 9-6. R-P then went 9-3 to take a 15-12 lead. From there they held, led in attacking (oddly) by Cody Manfull and Mariah Muller (rather than Kenzie Lind or Amy Todd). They took game four 25-18 and the match 3-1. Lind and Todd were big on offense (22 and 20 kills respectively) and defense (22 and 14 digs respectively). Kendra Crawford led R-P with 24 down-and-got-it's. Emily Culhane had 43 here-you-go's. SG's Richell Mehus had 15 kills and 29 digs in defeat. R-P previously held a 1-1 (tournament) victory over the Lions. The Trojans (4-5, 19-12) are in 6th place in Three Rivers.


Fillmore Central and Chatfield competed in an epic 5-set volleyball affair on September 20, one that ended with a Gopher victory. The (non-conference) re-match in Chatfield, though 66.6% hotly competed, and featuring teams tied for 4th in the Three Rivers, wasn't so long. One squad appeared primed for the post-season, the other in limbo. Set one saw FC hold three 6-point leads before Chatfield engineered a 7-0 run to go ahead 18-17. The Goph's were one point away from a win at 24-23, but Taylor Case (kill) denied them. The Gophers were nearly one point away again. Kenna Moechnig seemingly slammed down a point (to give Chat a 25-24 lead), but she was called for a net violation giving the Falcons a 25-24 lead. FC then got set point from Alex Peterson (26-24). Game two wasn't so close. FC led wire-to-wire, prevailing easily 25-15. Chatfield led the 3rd set early 6-2, but the later portion saw nine ties including 23-all. A Chatfield return error and, poetically, an Alex Peterson kill later, that was that. A more alert and quicker recovering FC team got their revenge 3-0, their 21st victory of the season. Peterson's 14 kills led everyone. Case added 11 plus a team-high 15 digs. Morgan Malley set the table nicely with 28 assists. Moechnig and Maddy Kammer each had 9 kills in defeat. The win is FC's 4th straight and 14th in 16 tries. It was the Gopher's 4th straight defeat.

Uphill Battle

In big games, it helps when little things go right; you get a friendly bounce, a lucky break, a helpful penalty, good field position. In the showdown of newly anointed #6(A) Fillmore Central and #7(AA) Caledonia, it was the later that didn't go the Falcons way. Things started great. Tanner Ristau took the opening kickoff 82-yards to the Warrior 10. A play later, FC was at the one. Three plays later, Caledonia's offense was coming onto the field. Their defense had held. A fumble on the Warrior's drive got FC going again, to the one again. They only got a field goal (3-0 lead). From there, the Falcons fought uphill against field position. They started inside the 20 on six consecutive possessions (average, the 9 yard-line). Caledonia's worst starting position over that span was their own 43 (average, the FC 45). The Falcon offense couldn't flip the field, and/or, the Warrior defense wouldn't allow it. The absence of RB Tyler Eickhoff (injured in the 1st quarter) certainly didn't help. FC's defense also couldn't get a turnover. Meanwhile, the Warrior 'O' was methodical and persistent. They got a 5-yard Matt Peterson TD run to go up 7-3, and a 10-yard Kennan Bruening to Houston Halverson TD pass to lead 14-3 at the half. FC only got a field position reprieve early in the 4th. An FC drive beginning at the 49 was capped when Andy Todd hit Mitch Johnson from 15 yards out. With two-point conversion, the scoreboard shone 14-11 with 6:39 left. The Falcon 'D' needed a stop. The Warrior 'O' pounded the football, impressively. Ten running plays later, it was 3rd and 2 from the FC 9. QB Bruening took the snap, went right, then cut up inside, executing the 'keeper' portion of his option-read. He found paydirt, icing the game (21-11), and putting Caledonia in the driver's seat for anther conference title. Bruening finished with 21 carries for 122 and a TD. He tossed for another score. The Warriors won time of possession by a wide margin. Their was a large discrepancy in rushing yardage; FC had 73 to Caledonia's 285. In fact, Ristau (a slot receiver) was FC's top runner with 3 carries for 31 yards. Johnson led in receiving with 5 for 45. FC moves to 6-1 (3-1), tied with Southland for 2nd in the South.

Confident in the Kicker

In college or the pros, playing for game-winning short field goals is common. Kickers at those levels are generally proficient from PAT distances. Playing for game-winning short field goals in high school isn't quite so sure-fire. It certainly doesn't happen routinely. Yet, when Chatfield drove the ball down the field on Kingsland in the final minutes of their Three Rivers South affair, attaining the five-yard line (following nice runs by Justin Viss and Jake Peterson), that's exactly what Gopher coach Jeff Johnson seemingly did. It didn't backfire. Senior Matt Salerno booted a 22-yarder (fighting a steady wind) with 11 seconds left, turning a 16-15 deficit into an 18-16 win. It culminated a night that saw the home Gophers turn the ball over five times. Chatfield also withstood Knight Sam Eberle's every last attempt at leading his team to victory. The senior threw Kingsland's first TD (an 8-yarder) to Devin Pokorney. He intercepted Nate Skare twice, the second late in the 4th quarter. That turnover led to Kingsland's second score. Naturally it was a 2-yard Eberle run (that, with a 2-point conversion, put the Knights in the lead). Sam was the black and silver's leading receiver (29 yards) and rusher (57 yards). But it wasn't enough, as Chatfield got 100-plus yard rushing evenings from Peterson (20 for 126, 2 TD's) and Viss (11-105). They out-gained the Knights by 100 yards. They improved their record to 4-3 overall (2-2 in the South). Kingsland drops to 2-5 (0-4 in the South).


(10-10) Kingsland 3, LeRoy-Ostrander 2 > 9-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-11 (K: Lindsay Tart 12 kills, 19 digs; Cheyenne Losey 12 kills; Emily Schlitter 41 assists; McKayla Pruter 20 digs. L-O: Chanda Riedemann 23 kills; Krista Bunne 11 kills, 27 digs; Megan Grant 47 assists)

(10-11) Houston 0, Lanesboro 3 > 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 (L: Linnea Thiss 14 digs, 11 assists, 3 aces; Karlee Ruen 11 digs, 11 assists; Katarina Miehlisch 8 kills. H: Whitney Wieser 10 kills. Burros avenge earlier 3-0 loss to 'Canes)

Mabel-Canton 3, Glenville-Emmons 0 > 25-8, 25-11, 25-13 (M-C: Lydia Geving 5 kills, 8 digs, 8 aces; Christy Welscher 6 kills, 5 aces; Carly McCabe 29 assists, 7 digs; Belle Sand 8 kills; 10 Coug's registered kills, 9 notched multiple).

(10-13) LeRoy-Ostrander 3, Lanesboro 0 > 15-25, 9-25, 11-25 (L: Miehlisch 5 kills, 2 blocks; Bryn Harmon 3 kills; Kaia Hongerholt 13 digs. L-O: Riedemann 14 kills, 4 blocks; K. Bunne 12 kills; Becca Bunne 8 kills. Burros are 6-6 in SEC, 8-14 overall. They are tied for 5th with Houston behind M-C, L-O, SG, & GM)

St. Charles 0, Fillmore Central 3 > 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 (FC: Peterson 10 kills, 10 digs, 3 aces; Case 9 kills, 15 digs; Malley 28 assists; Victoria Peterson 8 kills. SC: Leah Putzier 12 kills, 22 digs; Kelsi Bokkenhauer 22 digs. FC sits in 4th place in 3-Rivers, 6-3 22-5 overall. Caledonia is conference champ at 10-0 23-5. W-K is 2nd at 8-1 18-4. L-A is 3rd at 7-2 23-4)

#8(AA) Caledonia 3, Chatfield 1 >19-25, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25 (After taking set 2, Gophers led 13-8 & 21-19 in 3rd but couldn't prevail against 9-0, 20-5 Warriors. CHAT: Kenna Moechnig 11 kills. CALE: Maria Fruechte 18 kills; Emma Lange 15 kills, 9 blocks. Gophers are in 5th place in Three Rivers, 5-4 13-9 overall)

Kingsland 3, Southland 0 > 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 (K: Cheyenne Losey 12 kills. Second-straight win is a season best streak. Knights move to 3-6, 6-16)

Mabel-Canton 3, Hope Lutheran 0 (M-C: Sand 14 kills, 11 digs; Christy Welscher 6 kills, 2.5 blocks; McCabe 28 assists, 4 kills; Geving 7 digs, 5 kills, 5 aces. Cougars lead SEC with 13-0, 29-2 mark)


(10-11) PEM Jodi Rahman Invitational (at Piper Hills Golf Course)

> Boys Team Results: 1st PEM 41, 2nd Cotter 44, 3rd Byron 95, 4th D-E/SC 127, 5th Hayfield 147, 6th W-K 177, 7th LARP 183, 8th Chatfield 211, 9th Rochester Home School 231, 10th Pine Island 247, 11th Cannon Falls 284, 12th Kingsland 303, LFC Inc. > Top County Individuals: 8th Austin O'Hare (LARP), 9th Alex Paulson (CHAT), 22nd Graham Sullivan (LARP), 29th Justin Friedrich (CHAT). Jeremiah Ondieki was KING's top finisher (50th). ravis Troendle was LFC's (66th of 85).

> Girls Team Results: 1st D-E/SC 32, 2nd PEM 65, 3rd Chat 88, 4th CF 129, 5th Byron 142, 6th LARP 153, 7th W-C 185, 8th Roch Home School 189, 9th PI 234, 10th W-K 254, 11th King 271, Hayfield Inc., LFC Inc. > Top County Individuals: 3rd Kayla Woltz (CHAT), 19th Haley Woltz (CHAT), 23rd Alyson Mueller (LARP), 25th Mariah Olson (LARP), 27th Sarah Costello (CHAT), 29th Courtney Doerr (LARP), 33rd Melanie Woods (KING). Heather Boyum was LFC's top finisher (53 of 81).

FOOTBALL (10-14)

Lanesboro 22, Grand Meadow 49 (L: Niko Anderson 16 carries, 151 yards, 2 TD's. GM: Perry Stejskal 150 yards rushing, 3 TD's; Richard Bain 97 yards rushing, 2 TD's; Landon Jacobson rushing TD. Larks led 27-14 after three, outscored Burros 22- 8 in 4th. The win propels them into 2nd place in SEC behind Spring Grove, snap Lanesboro 4-game win streak. The Burros are 4-2, 5-2 overall, tied for 3rd with Houston & Mabel-Canton)

Rushford-Peterson 6, #9(A) Southland 37 (R-P: Only score came on Ethan Wilkemeyer run. Trojans are 0-4, 2-5 overall)

Mabel-Canton 60, Lyle/Pacelli 6 (M-C: Led 25-0 after one quarter. Gabe Lind, Jesse Amdahl, and Hunter Johnson all had over 100 yards rushing. Johnson scored 3 TD's. The team put up over 600 yards offense, 450+ on the ground. It's the Cougar's 4th straight victory after starting 0-3. They're tied with Houston and Lanesboro for second in the SEC at 4-2)

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