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Fillmore County Sports - Gopher rebuttal leads to win

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
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A pair of county teams, coming off successful weekends, took to the court and kept to their winning ways, at the expense of another county squad. First, the LeRoy-Ostrander tournament champion FC Falcons hosted their western neighbor Kingsland. Set one was tied at 20 before four straight attack errors doomed the Knights (25-21 FC). The home Falcons were less obliging in game two. They never trailed, winning 25-14. The third game shone 19-18 FC, following a Regan Zimmer ace, but then the Falcon hitters finished the affair. Three Taylor Case kills, she had 14 for the match, stoked a lead. Alex Peterson's game-high 15th kill sealed the deal, 25-21. The Knights simply couldn't offset that frontcourt production (Lindsay Tart and Jessica Kaster led with 7 & 5 kills). Odd stat of the night; FC led in the category Balls-Stuck-in-the-Rafters 1-0. Forty-eight hours later, Kingsland played host to L-O 3rd place finisher, Rushford-Peterson. The Trojans entered on a nice little six-game streak. Boasting a couple heavy-hitters, Kenzie Lind and Amy Todd, they looked to continue their run. In game one, R-P bolted ahead 4-1, but the Knights led 18-17. A couple of Lind aces helped the Trojans into the lead, for good (25-21). Game two was the Amy Todd show. Her first serving session produced multiple aces and 11 R-P points (a 12-1 lead). It was easy-rolling from there (25-13). Set three was tied 14 apiece when Cody Manfull took a turn at serving. The score was 19-15 when she finished. That run proved the difference in a 25-20 third game (and match) R-P victory. Lind led everyone with 19 kills (plus 14 digs). Todd was second with 9 (plus 5 aces). R-P as a team had 14 aces (to Kingsland's 2). Emily Culhane had 30 assists. Tart (9 kills, 16 digs) was the Knights lead performer. R-P is 4-5, 18-12.

#5, #9, to the Eight-Tenth's

It's that time in the prep football season. Match-ups are becoming big and important. Undefeated state ranked (class A) squads, #5 Southland versus #9 Fillmore Central, perfectly embodied that. For one half, though, there wasn't much to fuss about. The deepest offensive incursion was FC to the Southland 25. It was a ground-based defensive struggle, a slobber knocker. Out of halftime, FC got its air attack going. Andy Todd hit Tyler Eickhoff for 35 yards, and then Mitch Johnson for 32 more, moving the Falcons to the 5-yardline. An Eickhoff run gave FC a 7-0 lead. Flash forward to the 4th quarter. With it still 7-0, things inched towards desperation for the Rebels. They got a break when an FC snap trickled to punter Eickhoff leaving him one thing to do, secure it (and get mowed). Southland took over 1st and 10 at the FC 29 with 3:39 left, but three plays later faced 4th and 6 from the 25. Back-up QB Jacob Frodl's scramble was stopped a yard shy of a first down. Three plays, three timeouts, and no first down later, FC again punted, giving Southland another shot with 1:00 to go, zero timeouts, from the FC 46. Immediately, Frodl hit Mike Goergen for 16 to the 30. On 4th and 6 from the 26, the two connected again for 18 yards to the FC eight. A spike and an incompletion later, Southland faced 3rd and goal with 9 seconds left. Frodl dropped to pass, but had to scramble. He was hit around the five, fumbled, and FC recovered. But a yellow hanky (an FC hold) gave the Rebels one last shot from the four-yard line with exactly eight-tenths of a second left. Frodl took the snap, a short drop, and fired over the middle into the end zone. Flanker Nick Schmitz reached down and back to get the ball, falling to the ground. He held up the pigskin as if he'd scored a touchdown. Two officials looked at each other indecisively. A third came racing in from the side, vehemently signaling two things; the ball hit the ground, the pass was incomplete. Southland's fans booed. FC's cheered. There's no instant replay. In a to-the-wire heart-stopper, the Falcons prevailed 7-0. Only Eickhoff put on an offensive display (29 carries, 160 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 41 yards). The next best yardage-getter was Goergen with (42 receiving, 15 rushing). FC's defense played magnificently, shutting-out a team that came in averaging 42 PPG. It's the first time the Falcons have started 6-0 since 1998.

Gopher Rebuttal Leads to Win

Late in the 3rd quarter of the Rushford-Peterson/Chatfield football game, the home Trojan's Chris Boehmke broke off a 56-yard TD run to tie the game at 13. Until that point, Chatfield had led 7-0, courtesy of a 16-yard Jake Peterson run, and 13-7, courtesy of a 15-yard Nate Skare to Jesse Julian pass. R-P's only score came via a fake punt 53-yard TD run by Tyler McLellan. And thus, with a quarter-plus to play, it looked like Boehmke's run turned momentum. It looked like the game would be decided in the 4th. But Gopher tailback Jake Neis replied, breaking off a 68-yard scamper on Chatfield's first offensive play of the ensuing possession (seconds later). The run put the visitors back in the lead (20-13). A series later, in the 4th, the Goph's struck again. Skare found Julian, this time from 11-yards away and that was it. Chatfield prevailed 27-13, led by Neis' running (22-119, TD) and Julian's receiving (5-66, 2 TD's). Boehmke paced R-P (17-128, TD rushing). Chatfield moved to 3-3, R-P to 2-4.



Houston 0, Rushford-Peterson 3 > 25-11, 25-17, 25-17 (R-P: Kenzie Lind 15 kills, 7 digs; Amy Todd 8 kills, 5 aces; Emily Culhane 18 assists, 5 aces; Kendra Crawford 9 digs. H: Vanessa Lee 5 kills, 6 assists; Kalene Hill 17 digs)

#13(A) Mabel-Canton 1, #8(AA) Caledonia 3 > 16-25, 20-25, 25-14, 12-25 (M-C: Belle Sand 15 kills, 17 digs; Carly McCabe 28 assists, 8 digs; Christy Welscher/Kristina Mengis 6 kills each. C: Maria Fruechte 16 kills, 12 digs; Emma Lange 18 kills; Taylor Winjim 39 assists. After 25 straight to wins, Coug's have lost last two, but to AAA Faribault and the ranked Warriors. Caledonia leads Three Rivers without a conference loss)


St. Charles 0, R-P 3 > 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 (R-P: Todd 20 kills, 15 digs, 5 aces; Lind 19 kills; Culhane 30 assists; Crawford 25 digs, 3 aces)

#13(A) M-C 3, Houston 0 > 25-21, 25-14, 25-8 (M-C: Lydia Geving 7 kills; McCabe 24 assists, 10 digs; Welscher 4 kills, 4 blocks, 4 aces; Sand 10 digs. H: Lee 6 kills, 5 assists; Hill 12 digs. Cougars get kills from 9 girls, end brief two game skid, still lead SEC with 10-0, 27-2 record)

Lanesboro 0, Spring Grove 3 > 20-25, 15-25, 14-25 (L: Bryn Harmon 9 digs, 3 kills; Katarina Miehlisch 7 digs, 3 kills; Linnea Thiss 11 digs, 5 assists; Kaia Hongerholt 9 digs)


Chatfield 1, Lewiston-Altura 3 > 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-24 (C: Kenna Moechnig 9 kills; Erin Kammer 7 kills. L-A: Jenny Mundt 16 kills, 15 digs, 5 blocks, 3 aces; Natalie Kalmes 10 kills, 14 digs; Maddie Hess 34 assists, 14 digs. Gophers are 5-3, 13-7, tied with FC for 4th in Three Rivers. Cards are 6-2, 22-4, 3rd Place in Three Rivers)

Fillmore Central 0, #3(A) Wabasha-Kellogg 3 > 21-25, 23-25, 19-25 (FC: Peterson 16 kills, 9 digs; Case 12 kills, 19 digs; Malley 35 assists. W-K: Katie Cavalco 20 kills, 8 digs; Kalyn Biever 42 assists, 8 digs; Jordan Wolfe 23 digs. W-K is 8-1, 17-4 overall, 2nd in Three Rivers behind Caledonia)

Grand Meadow 3, Lanesboro 1 > 25-18, 11-25, 17-25, 24-26 (L: Harmon 4 kills, 10 digs; Miehlisch 5 kills; Hongerholt 11 digs. GM: Courtney Olson 13 kills; Audra Durham 9 kills; Autumn Thorsen 31 assists, 8 aces)

Lyle/Pacelli 0, M-C 3 > 25-10, 25-8, 25-6 (M-C: Sand 10 kills, 12 digs; McCabe 25 assists, 9 aces; Danielle Paul 5 aces. L/P: Madison Truckenmiller 4 kills)


Byron Tournament (Fillmore Central and Kingsland) > FC lost to Byron 2-1 (26-24, 14-25, 6-15), but downed Pine Island 2-0 (25-15, 25-15), South St. Paul 2-0 (25-8, 25-15), & Winona 2-0 (25-19, 25-11) in Pool Play. Defeated Fridley 2-0 (26-24, 25-17) to take 3rd Place. Tournament Leaders: kills (Peterson 49, Case 41), assists (Malley 94), digs (Case 40, Peterson 34), blocks (Sammi Bakke 8), aces (Malley 6, Peterson 6). Falcons are 5-3, 20-5, tied with Chatfield for 4th in Three Rivers. Kingsland lost to Fridley 1-2 (25-19, 14-25, 7-15), Triton 0-2 (12-25, 21-25), Goodhue 1-2 (25-17, 25-18, 15-13), & Kenyon-Wanamingo 0-2 (24-26, 27-29) in Pool Play. No place game. Knights record is 2-6, 4-16)

Lanesboro Tournament (Lanesboro) > Burros beat St. Paul-Como Park 2-1 (25-11, 18-25, 15-10), but lost to Rochester-Lourdes 0-2 (18-25, 18-25), Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 0-2 (16-25, 15-25), & St. Croix Lutheran 0-2 (16-25, 15-25). Stat Leaders: kills (Miehlisch 14), assists (Thiss 17), digs (Hongerholt 33), aces (Hongerholt 6). Burros are 5-5, 6-12.


#7(AA) Caledonia 21, Kingsland 0 (K: Knights had 0 rushing yards. Tanner Lange 3-12 for 53 yards passing. C: QB Keenan Bruening 2 rushing TD's; Matt Peterson 9 rushes, 56 yards, TD; Connor McCormick 15 rushes, 61 yards. Knights are 2-4)

Leroy-Ostrander 8, Lanesboro 54 (L: Sophomore Niko Anderson 17 carries, 252 yards, 4 TD's; Burros finished with nearly 600 yards of offense. L-O: Jace Bunne 15-43, 254 yards passing. Lucas Roe 5-117 yards receiving. Burros are 5-1)

Mabel-Canton 21, Glenville-Emmons 14 (M-C: Gabe Lind 27 carries for 100 yards, 3 TD's; Jesse Amdahl 22 carries for 128 yards; Noah Manning INT'ed a G-E pass at the M-C 5-yardline with 36 ticks remaining to clinch win. M-C moves to 3-3)


10-4 Chatfield Invitational (Chatfield, Kingsland, and LFC) at Chosen Valley Country Club

> Boys Team Results: 1st Hayfield, 2nd Chatfield, 3rd Rochester Area Home School, 4th Pine Island, 5th Stewartville, 6th Kingsland. Top Gopher finishers: 1st Alex Paulson, 7th Justin Friedrich, 13th Josh Johnson, (of 55 runners). Top Knight finisher: 19th Jeremiah Ondieki. Top LFC finisher: 37th Travis Troendle > Girls Team Results: 1st Chatfield, 2nd Stewartville, 3rd Rochester Area Home School, 4th Pine Island, 5th Hayfield, 6th Kingsland. Top Gopher finishers: 1st Kayla Woltz, 2nd Karen Gomez, 6th Haley Woltz, 11th Sarah Costello. Top Knight finisher: 14th Melanie Woods. Top LFC finisher: 7th Kirsten Ruen.

10-6 Lewiston-Altura Invitational (LARP) at Lewiston Country Club

> Boys Team Results: 1st PEM, 2nd La Crescent, 3rd Byron, 4th Rochester-Lourdes, 5th L-A/R-P, 6th W-K, 7th L/P. Top LARP finishers: 5th Austin O'Hare, 21st Ryan Ruberg, 22nd Graham Sullivan (of 47). > Girls Team Results: 1st La Crescent, 2nd PEM, 3rd LARP, 4th Lourdes, 5th Byron, 6th W-K. Top LARP finishers: 10th Mariah Olson, 11th Alyson Mueller (of 43).

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