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First full week of high school sports action

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
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Deja Vu?

Last year, Lanesboro made it all the way to the 9-man football state title game. The run wasn't without a couple early season bumps though. One came against Mabel-Canton in the season opener. To begin the 2011 season, history seemed poised to repeat itself. The Cougars, through three quarters, were the only team on the scoreboard. Gabe Lind's 50-plus-yard gallop, and subsequent 5-yard touchdown run (in the second quarter), had been the best offensive strikes in a 7-0 slugfest. But the Burros kept punching, getting a 1-yard score from their biggest hitter, 250-pound fullback Brandon Hongerholt, early in the 4th quarter. QB Garret Boggs subsequently hit Cory Strom for a two-point conversion and the visitors led 8-7. The Cougars fumbled (their third) on their next possession, and Lanesboro took advantage (albeit, not without a little tension). With the down fourth and the distance goal-to-go, Boggs was nearly sacked in the backfield, but somehow managed to avoid two would-be-tacklers, out-race two other pursuers, and find himself on the business end of a pivotal 8-yard TD scamper. It gave Lanesboro a 14-7 lead. The Cougars had one chance, and then two. The first went by in a flash; four plays and out. Then came a gift fumble. However, with a minute to go, a 64-yard drive would've been asking a lot, particularly from a squad with one pass completion up until that point. Lanesboro held and prevented a repeat of 2010. Lind finished as M-C's horse, (unofficially) racking up in the neighborhood of 90 yards. Sophomore Niko Anderson propelled the Burros, accumulating over 100-yards total offense (around 90 rushing, 32 receiving).

The Beginning of Something Skare?

A sophomore starting at quarterback is usually an uncertain deal. The future is definitely bright, but how many lumps will there be along the way? After one game, there were no lumps for Chatfield signal caller Nate Skare, just 7-9 passing for 180 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a huge part in leading his team to an emphatic 41-8 victory over St. Charles. Amazingly, Skare might not have been the Gophers biggest star. Senior tailback Jake Peterson did his best Marshall Faulk-circa-2000 impression. Peterson ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter, and then caught second and third quarter paydirt strikes, racking up over 100 yards total offense. Justin Viss chipped in, leading the team in rushing with 87 yards. Jesse Julian (58 yards) and Jake Neis (34 yards) hauled in Chatfield's other scores. Cole Small was St. Charles' best weapon (20 carries for 82 yards). The Saints only score came on a third quarter Alvaro Lange to Travis Paape 12-yard hook-up. Chatfield next faces defending state champion Caledonia.

Gopher's Dig In Early

It's always good to start a season quickly. Chatfield volleyball currently sits in that 'good' area. After dispensing with non-conference foe Medford in week one, the young ladies of the Chosen Valley then hosted Pine Island. Chatfield began the match by handily prevailing 25-13, propelled by an 11-point (consecutive) scoring barrage with Erin Kammer serving. In the second set, they fell behind 11-6, but PI struggled returning serves, leaving the Goph's to tie the game at 12. With the help of three straight aces by sophomore libero Alex Duxbury, they jumped to a 22-17 advantage, ultimately prevailing 25-19. In set three, the home squad fell behind again, but too far to recover (though they pulled to within one on four separate occasions). The Panthers narrowly prevailed 25-22. In the fourth set, the Gopher's silenced any Panther comeback hopes, jumping ahead early (2-1), widening their lead midway through the set (18-10), before coasting to a 25-15 (3-1) victory. Duxbury had 13 assists, 12 digs, and 5 aces. Underclassmen hitters Brooke Irish (Fr) and Gabrielle Salisbury (So) each had 8 kills. A pair of nights later, in the same gym, the conference season opened. Rushford-Peterson (1-1) came to town. Chatfield controlled the first half of set one, but R-P fought back to take a 19-17 lead. The Gophers then rattled off five straight points (four with Kammer serving again), a spurt that proved the difference in spurting them to a 25-21 victory. Set number two wasn't so back-and-forth. Chatfield got the first point and stayed ahead throughout, winning 25-20. Down two-zero in the match, the Trojans rallied in the third set. They took the lead at 3-2 and, at one point, led 22-18. A side out later, Chatfield's good luck server thus far on the season, Kammer, again took her spot behind the inline. Five straight points later, the Gophers led by two (24-22). A few minutes later, the comeback and straight-sets victory was complete, 26-24. Duxbury (20 digs), Salisbury (13 assists), and Kenna Moechnig (6 kills) helped lead a balanced Gopher attack. R-P got double-digit kills from Kenzie Lind (13) and Amy Todd (11), double-digit digs from Mariah Mueller (11) and Cody Manfull (10), and 28 assists from Emily Culhane.

Cougars Take Own Tourney

Saturday the 3rd was a good day for Volleyball in the sleepy berg of Mabel. Seven teams, Winona-Cotter, Houston, Spring Grove, Alma (WI), Brainerd, Rushford-Peterson, and the host Cougars convened, producing a day of endless bumps, sets, and spikes. It began with pool play. M-C traipsed through unscathed (6-0), defeating Cotter (25-9, 25-14), Brainerd (25-23, 28-26), Alma (25-13, 25-13), and Houston (25-8, 25-17), whilst getting tiebreak (least points given up) victories over Spring Grove (23-25, 25-11) and Rushford-Peterson (25-18, 23-25). The Trojans went 5-1 in pool play (losing to M-C), beating Brainerd (28-26, 25-15), Cotter (25-19, 25-17), Houston (25-14, 25-15), Alma (25-17, 25-15), and Spring Grove (25-15, 23-25). It set up a re-match between R-P and M-C, the two Fillmore County schools, in the championship. The Coug's prevailed two-zero (25-12, 25-21), moving their season record to 8-0. Tournaments leaders for the victors were the sophomore triumvirate of Belle Sand (69 kills, 70 digs), Carly McCabe (127 assists), and Lydia Geving (27 ace serves to go with 62 digs and 46 kills). Tournament leaders for the runner up Trojans were Kenzie Lind (71 kills, 50 digs), Emily Culhane (112 assists), and Amy Todd (16 service aces to go with 38 digs and 34 kills). R-P's season record stands at 6-4.



Mabel Canton 3, Leroy-Ostrander 0 > 25-15, 25-14, 25-23 > (M-C: Carly McCabe 30 assists; Belle Sand 20 kills, 11 digs; Christine Lee 11 digs; Christy Welscher 9 kills. L-O: Jessica Jennings 20 digs. Season and conference opener for both squads)

Rushford-Peterson 3, Winona-Cotter 0 > 25-15, 25-18, 25-18 > (R-P: Emily Culhane 17 assists; Kenzie Lind 16 kills, 8 digs; Amy Todd 11 kills, 9 digs, 6 aces; Kendra Crawford 9 digs, 3 blocks. W-C: Katelyn Vaselaar 14 assists)

Lanesboro 3, Schaeffer Academy 0 > 25-13, 25-14, 25-10 > (L: Kaia Hongerholt/Linnea Thiss 6 aces each; Katarina Miehlisch/Bryn Harmon 3 kills each)


Stewartville 3, Kingsland 0 > 12-25, 13-25, 19-25 > (K: McKayla Pruter 12 digs; Jessica Kaster 8 digs; Lindsay Tart 6 digs, 5 kills; Emily Schlitter 5 assists. S: Danielle DeGeus 9 assists, 9 digs; Katie Bauman 11 digs; Paige Tapp 7 kills, 4 blocks. First match for each squad)

Caledonia 3, Fillmore Central 1 > 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 25-12 > (FC: Morgan Malley 27 assists; Alex Peterson 17 kills; Taylor Case 10 digs. C: Emma Lange/Maria Fruechte 18 kills each; Katie McCarthy 7 blocks. Falcons are 1-1 overall)


Rochester-Century Invite (Chatfield, Waseca, Kasson-Mantorville, Southland, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Red Wing, Fairmont, Byron)

> Pool Play: Chatfield 2, Waseca 0 (25-18, 25-10); Kasson-Mantorville 2, Chatfield 0 (25-19, 25-17); Chatfield 2, Southland 0 (25-17, 25-18) > Third Place Match: Chatfield 2, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1 (19-25, 25-22, 15-6) > Championship: Byron defeated Kasson-Mantorville.



Faribault-B.A.14, Fillmore Central 31 > (FC: Andy Todd 11-17, 149yds, 3 TD's passing; Tyler Eickhoff 22 carries, 143 yards; Mitch Johnson 5 receptions, 95 yards, 2 TD's; Zach Olstad 30-yard INT return TD; FC 300+ total yds. B.A: Joey Pleskonko 4-18 for 62 yards, 2 TD's passing)

Rushford-Peterson 6, Lewiston-Altura 13 (R-P: 200+ rushing yards; Only score was 2-yard Ethan Wilkemeyer run; Had ball in red zone, 1st and 10 late, but couldn't convert. L-A: Scored on 11-yard pass from Nate Reps to Tanner Jensen and two Jalen Heyer field goals; Sheldon Knutson 12 carries, 130 yards; It was the 'Cards second game of the season)

Dover-Eyota 8, Kingsland 18 (K: Knights scored a TD in each of the first three quarters, amassing 18-0 lead; Sam Eberle 23 carries, 156 yards, 2 TD's rushing; Jared Miner 16 carries, 59 yards, TD rushing. D-E: Turned ball over four times and totaled only 128 yards of offense)



W-K Gallop (at Coffee Mill Country Club)

> Boys Team: 1st PEM 32, 2nd Red Wing 37, 3rd Z-M/K-W 101, 4th Hayfield 116, 5th Rochester Area Home School 140, 6th W-K 162, 7th Pine Island 172, 8th Kingsland 210, 9th Medford 256. > Boys Individual: Top two L-A/R-Per's: 11th Austin O'Hare, 44th Graham Sullivan. Top Two Knights: 40th Clayton Friemuth, 57th Dane Gillespie. > Girls Team: 1st Red Wing, 2nd PEM, 3rd L-A/R-P, 4th Z-M/K-W, 5th Rochester Area Home School, 6th Pine Island, 7th Hayfield, 8th W-K. > Girl's Individual: Top L-A/R-Per's: 7th Mariah Olson, 17th Alyson Mueller, 22nd Courtney Doerr, 24th Grace Nelson, 31st Heather Rolfing, 34th Danielle Eberhard. Top Two Knights: 40th Melinda Woods, 43rd Melanie Woods.

9-1 Stewartville Invite (at Bear Cave Park)

> Boys Team: 1st Winona-Cotter 24, 2nd La Crescent 59, 3rd Byron 99, 4th Z-M/K-W 134, 5th D-E/SC 170, 6th Hayfield 174, 7th W-K, 8th Luther 199, 9th Pine Island 243, 10th Stewartville 268. > Boys Individual: Top two Chatfield athletes: 18th Alex Paulson, 25th Justin Friedrich. Top Kingsland athlete: 57th Clayton Friemuth. Top L/FC athlete: 94th Matt Kiehne. > Girls Team: 1st D-E/SC 44, 2nd La Crescent 47, 3rd Stewartville 115, 4th Chatfield 125, 5th Winona-Cotter 141, 6th Byron 187, 7th Z-M/K-W 203, 8th Blooming Prairie 207, 9th Luther 242, 10th Pine Island 242. > Girls Individual: Top Gophers: 4th Kayla Woltz, 6th Karen Gomez, 31st Haley Woltz, 48th Hannah Friedrich, 56th Sarah Costello. Top LFCer: 34th Kirsten Ruen. Top Knight: 79th Melinda Woods.

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