Goodhue (3-1, 4-1) came into the game in second place in the Southeast-White. They had just one loss, 34-33 to St. Charles. The sub-district leader Chatfield (3-0, 4-1), ranked #8 in Class AA, came in without a loss in White play. And despite each squad sporting the same overall record, it was all Gophers. Jeff Johnson’s crew collected five Wildcat turnovers. They scored a touchdown after each miscue. The Gophers spectacular junior running back Sam Backer had the game’s first four scores. Two were highlight reel runs, a tackle-breaking 21-yarder and an “I’m faster than all of you’”68-yarder. All told, the Gophers scored the first 34 points and dominated in a 40-15 win. Backer topped 1,000 yards rushing for the year with a 14-carry, 186-yard, 4 TD night. Save for the 68-yard TD run, he sat the entire second half. Gopher ball carriers Parker Delaney (15-73, TD rushing; 3-3, 45 yards passing) and Kail Schott (8-51, TD rushing) carried the load afterward. Chatfield ran for 310 yards and 6 TDs. Luke Carrier had two fumble recoveries, Miles Mulhern the third. Carter Daniels and Drew Schindler each had interceptions. Sam Opsahl (11-19, 78 yards, 2 INTs passing), Grant Reed (4-42 rushing), Malakye Parker (8-32, TD rushing), and Ethan Breuer (7-yard TD run) did work for the Wildcats. Triton survived Lewiston-Altura in double OT. Chatfield (4-0, 5-1) leads the Cobras (3-1, 5-1) in the sub-district and section.
Bunke/Trojans Make Statement, Stay Perfect
At the beginning of the year, Rushford-Peterson and Randolph were two favorites in the Mid-Southeast-East. Fillmore Central has since emerged as #2 (courtesy of a week five win over the Rockets). But in week six, the Trojans didn’t just take the long trip north to Randolph to win. They won emphatically. Senior quarterback Malachi Bunke is in the midst of a great season. He keyed his teammates, as R-P scored on its first seven possessions. Meanwhile, the defense held Randolph to 33 total yards in the first half. Bunke (11-13, 158 yards, 3 TDs passing, 11-53, 2 TDs rushing) had his hands on five TDs (156.8 passer rating). He hit Grady Hengel (6-106, TD receiving), Alex Ronnenberg (2-33, TD receiving), and Justin Ruberg (3-76, 2 TDs receiving) for scores while Hengel hit Ruberg for another, the game’s first TD (a 51-yard pass). Hadyn Kahoun (12-78, TD rushing) added some good ground work to keep R-P balanced. By a final of 47-8, Davin Thompson’s group more than lived up their #6 ranking in Class A. R-P notched four sacks defensively. Carson Thompson (1 ½), Ruberg (1), Tommy Ekern (1), and Logan Skalet (1/2) all got to Randolph QB Jacob Weckup. The defense also notched a safety for the Trojans’ final two points. Randolph finished with under 100 yards total offense (23 rushing, 64 passing) while R-P rolled up almost 400 yards (169 rushing, 209 passing). The Trojans (5-0, 6-0) now lead sole second place team Fillmore Central (4-1, 5-1) in the MSE-East standings and Section 1A. The Trojans beat FC 26-15 in week two.
SG Netters Collect Three SEC Wins
Spring Grove swept three SEC matches in three nights the week of Monday October 4, all by 3-0 scores – at Lanesboro, at Houston, and then at home versus Kingsland. The 85th all-time match with Lanesboro decided which of the two contenders would stay closest on the heels of league-leading Mabel-Canton. It was a third loop loss for Lanesboro, while SG closed the week at 9-1, 13-6, with only one SEC setback. Lion freshman Kendal Van Minsel stepped in and averaged 30 assists per match in the illness absence of senior setter Rachel Normann. Kenadee Gerard exploded at the net, averaging over 16 kills per match. For the week, Addyson McHugh served 54-54 with 8 aces. Danika Holty went 28-28 with 5 aces. The Lions outscored Lanesboro 26-24, 25-22, 25-16. SG received strong performances from premier passer Maggie Lile (17 digs, 10-10 serving), Gerard (15 kills, 6 digs, 3 blocks), Van Minsel (24 assists, 11 digs), McHugh (13 digs, 19-19 serving), and Julia Halverson (12 digs, 13-13 serving, 2 aces). The Burros countered with Kaci Ruen (14 kills, 13 digs, 3 aces, 2 blocks), Ella Cambern (24 assists, 19 digs) and Malia Tessum (24 digs), getting help from Jessie Schreiber (6 kills, 10 digs), Skyler Check (10 digs), Lynsey Ruen (7 digs), and Ellie Anderson (4 kills). The blockers, diggers, and serve receivers made it difficult for the hitters and servers. At the net, Lanesboro had a 28-27 edge in kills, but the Lions had a 10-6 scoring margin with blocks. Set one went to extra points, 26-24, after the Burros had rallied from a six-point deficit to tie it at 24-all. Set two was tied six times, finally at 18-all before SG pulled away. The Lions then took an early eight-point lead in set three and went on to win by nine. The next night, SG won at Houston 25-18, 25-16, 25-19. Lion contributors were Gerard (career-high 19 kills, 47% efficiency), McHugh (14 kills, 6 digs, 21-21 serving, 5 aces), Van Minsel (32 assists), Holty (10-10 serving, 3 aces), Lile (14 digs) and Halverson (11 digs). Houston leaders were Sydney Torgerson (8 kills, 5 digs), Lilly Carr (14 assists), Jaden Woodard (6 kills), and Emily Botcher (15 digs). The Lions jumped out to early leads in the first two sets but needed an 11-point scoring streak to overtake the ‘Canes in set three. Error totals were similar, but SG exhibited more scoring success with 22% hitting efficiency to the Hurricanes’ 8%. There were few serving errors, but the Lions had 11 aces to 4 for Houston. Houston is now 4-7, 4-12. SG then defeated Kingsland 25-14, 25-17, 25-21. The Knights led 14-12 in both of the first two sets before SG achieved 13-0 and 13-3 scoring runs. Set three was tied 11 times, finally at 20-20 before the Lions closed with a 5-1 run. Again, error totals were evenly split, but SG had more scoring punch. The Lions served 95%, Kingsland 85%. SG leaders included Gerard (15 kills), McHugh (10 kills, 8 digs, 14-14 serving, 3 aces), Holty (7 digs, 9-9 serving, 2 aces), Halverson (11 digs, 20-21 serving), Lile (2 kills, 25 digs, 13-14 serving) Van Minsel (34 assists), and Lydia Solum (8 kills). For the Knights, Shelby Beck (5 kills, 4 blks), Anika Reiland (13 digs), Alyssa Link (4 kills, 13 assists, 6 digs), and Audrey Webster (11 digs) led the way. SG improved to 9-1, 13-6. Kingsland is 3-6, 10-11.
Larks Blank Rebels, Win Fifth Straight
Maybe there will be a re-match. Maybe another Section 1 9-Man team won’t allow it. Grand Meadow football started the year with a 28-0 loss to now #2 in 9-Man Lanesboro. They haven’t lost since. Burros versus Superlarks part two may be pending. Gary Sloan’s group (3-1, 4-1) solidified itself as the sections number two team by thoroughly handling Southland (3-2, 3-2), a battle of second and third place teams. The Rebels entered having smacked Spring Grove 46-14 in week five while the Larks had a 20-17 tussle with the Lions in week four. Those numbers didn’t hold true in week six. GM got four total TDs from senior quarterback Taylor Glynn. He connected with Isaac Harmening (33 yards), Jacob Kerrins (10 yards), and Dustin Copley (46 yards) for scores, while adding an 8-yard TD run. Grand Meadow scored twice in each of the first two quarters to lead 28-0 at half. They posted a 35-0 shut-out win. Glynn (12 of 16 – 75% completion, 207 yards, 3 TDs passing; 11-53, TD rushing) and Copley (13-57, TD rushing; 4-96, TD receiving) continue to be an excellent senior pair. Corbin Ludemann (14-70 rushing, 3-49 receiving) led the Lark ground game. Kerrins and Harmening had just three combined catches, but each scored. GM had 391 yards total offense while holding the Rebels to 160. The Superlarks won the turnovers battle 3:1. Southland was 1 of 9 on third down, GM 6 of 11. GM was 2 of 3 on fourth down, Rebels 1 of 4. Winners of five straight, the Larks (4-1, 5-1) trail Lanesboro (5-0, 6-0) in the South-East.
Warrior VB Clears Escalating Hurdle, Top Trojans
It was a strange or ideal bit of scheduling. Caledonia volleyball (#7 in AAA, 5-0, 14-4), competing for the TRC title, wouldn’t play three of its top league foes, R-P, Chatfield, and FC, until the second half of the season. Caledonia’s only match the week of Monday, October 4 had them hosting the Trojans (4-2, 13-6). R-P had already lost to FC 3-2 and Chatfield 3-0. A match that pitted two of the TRC’s top hitters, Logan Koepke and Kaylee Ruberg, saw each providing plenty of spikes. Game one was all Warriors. Koepke, a 5’10” sophomore, had six kills and two blocks as the home Warriors jumped out 17-2. Paige Klug served eight of those points, Jovial King six. R-P made it more respectable, but Caledonia prevailed 25-15. The Trojans rallied in the second game. They built a 15-9 lead. Caledonia got within one twice (17-16 and 20-19). But spurred by Emarie Jacobson, who had four blocks, the Trojans finished on a 5-2 run to prevail 25-22, evening the match. The Warriors then went to Koepke in game three. She had six kills in the set. The Warriors only trailed briefly early in posting a 25-15 win. Game four was the most competitive with seven ties. But the taller Warriors got two key combo blocks in the spurt that turned a 14-14 tie into a 17-15 lead. Back-to-back kills by Koepke and Grace Myrhe enhanced the lead to 19-15. The Trojans narrowed the score to 22-21, but an R-P service error followed by back-to-back ace blocks by Klug and Alysha Heaney ended the match. Caledonia got the solid 3-1 win (25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 21-25). Koepke (18 kills, 16 digs, 3 blks) led the cause. She got help from King (19 assists, 15-15 serving, 3 aces), Emma Rommes (20 assists, 18-19 serving, 4 aces), Myhre (6 kills, 2 ½ blks), Klug (7 kills, 6 digs), Brianna Stemper (3 kills, 10 digs, 21-21 serving, 5 aces), and Sadie Treptow (6 kills). The Warriors had 16 total aces, with 12 coming from King, Rommes, and Stemper (who collectively served 54 of 55). The Warriors also had 11 blocks. Ruberg (14 kills, 17 digs) and setter Isabelle Kahoun (3 kills, 25 assists, 17 digs) each notched double-doubles to lead R-P. Elly Malone (6 kills, 7 digs), Hannah Ronnenberg (5 kills, 13 digs), and Jacobson (6 blks, 3 aces) helped. R-P had 7 aces and 7 blocks. The Warriors (6-0, 15-4) and FC (8-0, 14-11) are loss-less in the TRC and lead the league.
Cougars Breeze Two SEC Foes, Take First in Riceville, Kingsland Takes Second
By week’s end, they are by far the winningest of all the Journal 11 volleyball teams, having surpassed 20 wins. Lonnie Morken’s #6 in Class A Mabel-Canton squad easily went 8-0 on the week. They started by easily sweeping SEC foes Schaeffer Academy (25-6, 25-5, 25-10) and Lyle/Pacelli (25-5, 25-9, 25-5). Versus the Lions, Sahara Morken (28 assists, 6 digs, 15-16 serving, 4 aces), Molly Lee (10 kills), Saijal Slafter (8 kills), Sophie Morken (6 kills), Emily Carolan (5 kills), Kinley Soiney (4 kills), Lydia Vatland (8-8 serving, 4 aces), and Ava Jacobsen (4-4 serving, 3 aces) did work. Versus the Athletics, So. Morken (8 kills, 14 digs), Sa. Morken (17 assists, 23-23 serving, 4 aces), Slafter (4 kills), Lee (4 kills, 4 digs, 7-7 serving, 3 aces), Soiney (4 kills, 4 blks), Emily Carolan (3 kills, 12-13 serving, 5 aces), Emma Tollefsrud (8-8 serving, 4 aces), and Kasey Ingvalson (3-3 serving, 3 aces) again made it a team effort. M-C went to its bench quickly in each contest. The Cougars then trekked to Riceville. They usually win at least one tournament a year, and this proved the theory true. In Pool 1, M-C beat Turkey Valley (21-11, 21-18) and Southland (21-10, 21-6). In Pool 4, they beat L/P (21-7, 21-8) and Lansing-Kee (21-5, 21-7). In the championship pool, they beat Kingsland (21-17, 21-14) and Turkey Valley (21-13, 23-21) again for first place. Cougar tourney leaders; So. Morken (36 kills, 63 digs, 7 aces), Sa. Morken (112 assists, 27 digs, 6 aces), Lee (27 kills, 41 digs), MaKenzie Kelly (66 digs, 48-49 serving, 8 aces), Soiney (28 kills, 8 blks), and Carolan (20 kills, 16 digs). M-C improved to 12-0, 26-3. Meanwhile, Kingsland defeated Kee (21-12, 21-11) while losing to Glenville-Emmons (17-21, 21-18) in Pool 2. In Pool 6, the Knights beat Postville (21-12, 21-19) and Southland (21-13, 21-13). In the championship pool, Kingsland fell to M-C but beat Turkey Valley (21-14, 21-18). They took second of nine teams, going 4-2 on the day. The Knights are 3-6, 11-11.
Gopher VB Follows PI Title With Win vs W-K
On October 2, Chatfield volleyball trekked to Pine Island for a weekend tournament. It was good one for Molly Thomas’s girls (semi-detailed in last week’s sports). Chatfield beat Lanesboro (25-16, 25-17) and La Crescent/Hokah (25-15, 19-25) while losing to Medford (25-18, 17-25) in pool play. The Gophers took first in their pool via point differential. Chatfield then beat Red Wing (25-15, 25-20), Hill-Murray (25-8, 25-22) and Lake City (25-16, 25-21) to win the tournament. It is their first tournament win since taking the Decorah Invite in the early 2010’s. Gopher tourney leaders were Zayda Priebe (54 kills, 10 blocks), Peyton Berg (30 kills, 50 digs, 12 aces), Devann Clemens (52 assists, 36-36 serving), Sydney Allen (64 assists, 7 aces), Jaelyn LaPlante (23 kills), Shelby Nolan (26 digs), and Kara Goetzinger (13 kills). Three days later, Chatfield had its only match the week of Monday October 4. They dispatched with Wabasha-Kellogg 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23). Priebe (11 kills, 3 ½ blks), Berg (9 kills, 11 digs), LaPlante (8 kills), Allen (12 assists, 6 digs, 16-17 serving, 5 aces), Clemens (15 assists, 8 digs, 11-11 serving), and Jaiden Zimmerman (4-4 serving, 3 aces) did work for Chatfield. The Gophers (7-1, 17-6) hopes of tying for a TRC title mainly hinge on beating Caledonia (6-0, 15-4) on May 12, then hoping the Warriors beat FC (8-0, 14-11) on May 14. Those are the top three teams in the TRC.
Rohweder Nearly Tosses for 400, ‘Canes Top ‘Cougs
For most of Head Coach Cody Hungerholt’s tenure in Houston, Hurricane football has been a predominantly running team. And it worked, as Houston played in a pair of 9-Man Section title game from 2015-2019. The 2021 season marked a change, which was particularly on display in Mabel in week six. Houston rode freshman quarterback Morgan Rohweder and his receivers to victory. The Hurricanes scored the first three TDs to lead 22-0 late in the third quarter. But M-C made it a game by scoring on back-to-back possessions, thanks to an interception in between. The Cougars closed to down 22-14 in the fourth. But Houston then went 70 yards in nine plays. Rohweder’s 10-yard TD pass to Tanner Kubitz late in the quarter was a game-clincher. Houston won its second straight, 28-14. Rohweder, just a freshman, had a huge-huge game (34-48, 389 yards, 3 TDs, INT passing). His receivers, Aydin Florin (10-117 receiving), Kenneth Grupe (9-89 receiving), Ethan Hargrove (7-81, TD receiving), Isaac Heyer (4-41, TD receiving, 1-yard TD run), and Kubitz (4-61, TD receiving) were quite busy. M-C was led by Cayden Tollefsrud (27-149, TD rushing). Jordan Larson (5-9, 67 yards, INT passing) added some passing stats while Tyler Larson (4-yard run) had the other Cougar score. The teams combined to go 5 of 23 on third down, but 6 of 7 scoring TDs in the red zone. Houston improved to 2-4, 2-4. M-C fell to 2-3, 3-3.
Warrior Football Blanks Lourdes
Streaks of the losing-kind don’t happen often down round Caledonia territory. Warrior football (1-3, 1-4) ended a rare losing skid by beating Rochester-Lourdes (1-3, 1-4) in a battle of schools that’ve been state play-off newsmakers over the years. The Warriors scored all 15 of their points in the third quarter, after a 0-0 first half. Kyle Bechtel caught a 30-yard TD from freshman Ethan Stendel, while Logan Banse ran in the conversion for an 8-0 lead. Chris Pieper then near immediately intercepted the Eagles quarterback and sixed it from 30-yard out. With PAT, the home Warriors led 15-0. They held Lourdes to 1 yard of net offense in the second half and posted a 15-0 win (ending a three-game slide). Stendel (4-4, 64 yards, TD passing) was perfect in his limited attempts in relief of Lewis Doyle (8-15, 80 yards, INT passing). Eric Mauss (15-81 rushing) led the Warrior ground game. Jackson Koepke (5-65 receiving), Bechtel (2-38, TD receiving), and Ayden Goetzinger (3-27 receiving) did work through the air. Jordan Tornstrom had eight total tackles and two sacks defensively. Caledonia had five total sacks, as Garrett Ness, Mauss, and Goetzinger also got in on the act. Evan Schroeder joined Pieper in posting interceptions. Caledonia improves to 2-3, 2-4 ahead of a match-up with Southeast-White second place team Triton (5-1).
More Home Cooking Cross Country
For a second time this year, multiple Journal 11 cross country programs hosted home meets and, one way or another, all five squads competed at those meets. Chatfield hosted its annual meet at the Chosen Valley Golf Course. LARP hosted their second home meet, this time at Heartland Golf Course in Lewiston. In Chatfield, Jayna Harstad’s Gopher were the only Journal 11 program to compete, but seven other schools descended for the 5,000-meter races. On the girls side, Chatfield (35) claimed the team crown over Goodhue (61) and R.A.A.C.H.E (66) of five complete teams. All five of the Gophers scoring runners finished top 15 overall. Tessa McMahon (22:13.4) led the Gophers, as the senior took fourth to Stewartville 8th grader Luella Jeche (21:42.2), Blooming Prairie 7th grader Gloria Hernandez (21:54.2), and R.A.A.C.H.E.’s Isabelle Alderman (21:54.7). Gophers Katelyn Dornack (22:26.2), Belle Carr (22:27.2), and Aletta Strande (22:29.9) ran in a pack, finishing 6th, 7th, and 8th. Ella Bakken (22:51.2) and Abbi Gillespie (23:29.3) took 11th and 14th, giving the Gophers six in the top 14. Savannah Thompson (23.54.5) took 18th, giving Chatfield seven in the top 20. No other team had more than three top 20. Chatfield had four across the finished line before any other team had two. On the boys side, Chatfield (96) took third to R.A.A.C.H.E. (52) and Stewartville (56) of eight complete teams. R.A.A.C.H.E.’s Kevin Hagstrom (18:03.4) took first over Stewartville’s Caleb Goff (18:04.3). Gopher senior Logan Thompson (18:15.7) posted his highest finish by taking third. R.A.A.C.H.E. and Stewartville each had three in the top 10. Chatfield had two, as Treyton Lanning (19:12) took ninth. Gabe Erding (19:46.1) took 17th to give the Gophers three in the top 20. Two days later, LARP hosted it second meet of the season, with double-digit other schools showing up, including Kingsland, LFC, and GMLOS. Matt Kingsbury’s LARP boys finished the highest, taking second (74) to Rochester-Lourdes (49). Kingsland (130) and LFC (145) took third and fourth behind Pine Island (114). GMLOS took 7th (159) of 13 complete teams. Lourdes’ Kevin Turlington (16:39.2) topped LARP’s Tyler Rislov (16:56.8) and Kingsland’s Garrison Hubka (17:08.9) for first place. LFC’s Carson Ruen (17:33.6) and LARP’s Ryan Prinsen (17:50.5) took 7th and 10th to make the top 10. Cole Kruegel (18:07.8) of Kingsland took 12th. Tyler Betthauser (18:18.5) and Sam Adamcyk (18:53.8) gave LARP four in the top 25, as they finished 13th and 21st. Isaac Snyder (18:28.9) and Riley Serfling (18:31.9) gave LFC three in the top 20, as they finished 16th and 18th. GMLOS had three in the top 25, Tate Goergen (18:46.8), Cohen Wiste (19:04.3), and Carter Glynn (19:13.7), who finished 19th, 23rd, and 25th respectively. LARP’s Andrew Hoiness did not compete. On the girls side, PEM (70) nipped Pine Island (71) by a single point for first. LFC (97) took third, GMLOS (143) fifth, and LARP sixth. Ten complete teams competed. Pacelli’s Kirsten Koopal (20:22.2) won the race over Lourdes’ Mariah Brooks (20.28.6) and Abigail Oxentenko (20:30.6). The top Journal 11 runner was GMLOS’ McKenna Hendrickson (20:35.3), who took fourth. LFC’s Lillyan Kiehne (20:48.5) took fifth. LFC had three in the top 25, as Brielle Ruen (22:09.9) took 13th and Morgan Pickett (22:26.6) 18th. LARP’s Lauren Honken paced her team (22:24.1) with a 15th place finish. GMLOS’ Naomi Warmka (22:45.3) and Kingsland’s Susan Mettler (22:56.5) took 22nd and 24th to make the top 25, leading their squads.
Lanesboro football (#2 in 9-Man) hammered Nicollet 64-20 to stay perfect on the year (5-0, 6-0). Eight Burros scored TDs, led by 100-yard rushers J.T. Rein and Orion Sass. Alec Sikkink accounted for 200 total yards as FC won its fourth straight, 27-6 over K-W. FC (4-1, 5-1) trails R-P (5-0, 6-0) in the MSE-East. Tristan Lewison had six catches for 184 yards and 2 TDs and Chase Johnson four total TDs as L-O (3-2, 4-2) beat SG 46-6. Johnson is over 1,000 yards rushing. Kingsland football (2-3, 3-3) beat L/P 54-6, behind Kale Mensink’s four passing TDs, James Howard’s four total TDs, and Kaden Rath’s three total TDs. The Knights post their first three-win season since 2011. GM volleyball (9-2, 12-8) won two more SEC matches. They lead the SEC-West. Jordan Runde had 14 kills and 20 digs, Gracie O’Byrne 29 digs, as L-O volleyball beat Houston 3-1. All told, there are eight Journal 11 volleyball teams above five-hundred: #6 in A M-C (26-3), #7 in AA Caledonia (15-4), Chatfield (17-6), SG (13-6), Lanesboro (15-8), R-P (14-7), FC (14-11), and GM (12-8) while Kingsland (11-11) and L-O (9-10) are close. The top six Journal 11 football teams are #2 in 9-Man Lanesboro (6-0), #6 in A R-P (6-0), FC (5-1), #8 in AA Chatfield (5-1), GM (5-1), L-O (4-2). Caledonia/SG/Hou girls soccer rallied from down 3-0 to beat Lake City 5-4. Hailey Alfson scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick. It was her sixth goal of the week, as C/SG/H’s girls went 2-0-1.
Kingsland 54, Lyle/Pacelli 6 (K: K. Mensink 8-11, 194 yards, 4 TDs passing; J. Howard 3-116, 2 TDs receiving, 4-88, TD rushing, 0-yard fumble recovery TD; K. Rath 2-99, 2 TDs receiving, 2-51, TD rushing, 2-2, 70 yards, TD passing; Beau Wiersma 4-36, TD receiving)
Spring Grove 6, LeRoy-Ostrander 46 (L-O: C. Johnson 11-26, 171 yards, 3 TDs passing, 14-100, TD rushing; T. Lewison 6-184, 2 TDs receiving; Tanner Olson 4 sacks; Morgan Jasper 15-66, 2 TDs rushing; Gavin Sweeney 2-19, TD receiving, 2 sacks, blocked punt, 23-yard field goal. SG: Reid Bjerke 90 KO return TD, 2-54 receiving; Tysen Grinde 9-21, 105 yard, INT passing; Jaxon Strinmoen 2-52 receiving; Elijah Solum 16 tackles. Cardinals scored with three rushing TDs, three passing TDs, a field goal, and a safety. L-O limited the Lions to four rushing yards and outgained SG overall, 458 yards to 111. L-O had eight sacks, a safety, a blocked punt, and four turnovers, getting INTs from Johnson and Lewison, fumble recoveries from Olson and Layne Bird. Jasper forced two fumbles. It was 37-6 at halftime. Lions > 2-3, 2-3)
Nicollet 20, #2 in 9-Man Lanesboro 64 (L: J.T. Rein 9-151, TD rushing; O. Sass 6-125, 2 TDs rushing; Seth Semmn 5-6, 86 yards, TD passing, 4-yard TD run; Mason Howard 3-61, TD receiving; Hayden Lawstuen 9-53, TD rushing; Parker Storhoff 56-yard TD run; Michael Rein 13-yard blocked punt return TD; Boston Wright 5-yard TD run. Burros ran for 445 yards with six guys scoring on the ground. They scored on every drive but two (fumble, game-ending knee))
Fillmore Central 27, Kenyon-Wanamingo 8 (FC: A. Sikkink 4-105, 2 TDs receiving, 11-95 rushing; Chase Christianson 8-18, 166 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs passing; Bryce Corson 16-51, TD rushing; Jayce Kiehne 38-yard TD reception, 68-yard interception return. Falcons scored 14 third quarter points to turn a 7-0 halftime lead into a 20-0 edge. FC led 27-0 before the Knight scored the final TD of the game on their final drive. Falcons are 4-1, 5-1)
Volleyball (10/4 – 10/9)
Three Rivers Conference
St. Charles 0, Fillmore Central 3 > 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 (FC: Lauren Mensink 6 kills, 29 assists, 2 ½ blks; Marissa Topness 8 digs, 18-19 serving, 4 aces; Kammry Broadwater 9 kills, 8 digs; Abby Bothun 8 kills, 6 digs; Regan Hanson 8 kills; Alyssa Britton 7 kills, 13-13 serving; Kyla Hellickson 8 digs)
LeRoy-Ostrander 3, Houston 1 > 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15 (LO: J. Runde 14 kills, 20 digs, 5 aces; G. O’Byrne 29 digs; Jenna Olson 20 assists, 5 digs, 4 aces; Sidney Lewison 5 kills, 4 aces, 4 total blks; Anna Welsh 17 assists, 5 digs, 3 aces; Sam Volkart 10 kills; Kylie Welsh 7 digs; Brianna Tucke 5 kills; Benita Nolt 4 kills. H: Lilly Carr 18 assists, 3 total blks; Sydney Torgerson 6 kills, 5 total blks; Emily Botcher 5 kills, 6 digs; Jaden Woodard 5 kills; Priya Kingsley 5 digs.)
Grand Meadow 3, Schaeffer Academy 0 > 25-9, 25-4, 25-15 (GM: Anna Oehlke 9 kills, 5 digs; River Landers 9 kills; Emma Grafe 4 kills, 8 assists, 8 aces, 6 digs; Isabelle Fretty 16 assists, 9 digs; Kendyl Queensland 5 kills, 10 digs, 3 aces; Sydney Cotton 7 digs; Lauren Queensland 6 digs)
Southland 2, Kingsland 3 > 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 12-25, 15-12 (K: Shelby Beck 6 kills; Alyssa Link 20 assists, 5 digs; Anika Reiland 5 kills, 11 digs; Audrey Webster 9 digs; Alexys Harwood 5 kills, 3 blks; Shayla Aarsvold 4 kills)
LeRoy-Ostrander 0, Grand Meadow 3 > 25-20, 25-12, 25-19 (GM: K. Queensland 5 kills, 12 digs; I. Fretty 13 assists, 8 digs; R. Landers 7 kills, 8 total blks; A. Oehlke 7 kills, 8 digs; E. Grafe 4 kills, 16 assists, 9 digs; L. Queensland 5 kills, 10 digs; S. Cotton 8 digs. L-O: J. Runde 8 kills, 10 digs; S. Volkart 8 kills, 3 aces; G. O’Byrne 20 digs; Jenna Olson 10 assists, 5 digs; Anna Welsh 10 assists, 8 digs; K. Welsh 8 digs. Cardinals > 6-4, 9-10)
Glenville-Emmons 0, Lanesboro 3 > 26-24, 25-9, 25-13 (L: J. Schreiber 12 kills, 9 digs; E. Cambern 30 assists, 5 digs; M. Tessum 20 digs; K. Ruen 12 kills, 14-15 serving, 4 aces; E. Anderson 7 kills, 8-8 serving, 3 aces; L. Ruen 10 digs. Burros > 7-3, 15-8)
Fillmore Central 0, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 3 > 13-25, 13-25, 20-25 (FC: A. Bothun 6 kills, 6 digs; L. Mensink 11 assists, 9 digs; K. Broadwater 4 kills, 10 digs; A. Brittton 4 kills, 2 ½ blks; K. Hellickson 10 digs; M. Topness 14-14 serving. Falcons (8-0, 14-11) are virtually tied atop the TRC with Caledonia (6-0, 15-4))
Rushford-Peterson 3, Southland 0 > 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 (RP: K. Ruberg 8 kills, 3 aces; I. Kahoun 3 kills, 18 assists, 12 digs; Brie Papenfuss 10 digs; Aviana Anderson-Ingram 7 kills; Josie Brown 4 kills, 6 digs; Brooke Johnson 8 digs. Trojans > 4-3, 14-7)
Pine Island Tourney (GM beat PEM (25-19, 25-12) but lost to Pine Island (23-25, 15-25) and Hill-Murray (17-25, 22-25) in pool play. They then again lost to Hill-Murray (18-25, 16-25) in the tournament. Lanesboro beat La Crescent-Hokah (25-20, 25-18) while losing to Chatfield (16-25, 17-25) and Medford (25-23, 21-25) in pool play. They then lost to Lake City (13-25, 18-25) in tournament play. GM tourney leaders: A. Oehlke 17 kills, 19 digs, 4 aces; E. Grafe 40 assists, 21 digs; K. Queensland 10 kills, 20 digs, 5 aces; I. Fretty 18 assists; S. Cotton 16 digs; L. Queensland/Lexy Foster 12 kills. Lanesboro leaders: K. Ruen (30 kills, 13 digs, 11 aces, 8 blks), E. Cambern (65 assists, 11 digs), J. Schreiber (22 kills, 10 aces, 5 blks), M. Tessum (23 digs), Jensyn Storhoff (13 digs). Enhanced GM and Lanesboro results from tournament on October 2)
Soccer (10/5 – 10/9)
(G) Caledonia/SG/Hou 2, La Crescent/Hokah 2 in OT (The Warrior girls led by a goal in both regulation time and in overtime. Hailey Alfson and Therese Jore scored for Cal/SG/Hou. Josie Foster made 19 saves.)
(B) La Crescent/Hokah 3, Caledonia/SG/Hou 1 (Austin Meyer scored for the Warriors in the second half, but the Lancers completed a conference sweep. Cal/SG/Hou closed the regular season at 5-8-2 overall, 3-6-1 TRC)
(G) Triton 0, Caledonia/SG/Hou 9 (The Warriors received four goals from Ayshia Gay, three more from Hailey Alfson and one goal each from Therese Jore and Marley Sherbon)
(G) Caledonia/SG/Hou 5, Lake City 4 (The girls trailed 3-0 before rallying for the road win. Hailey Alfson and Ayshia Gay each scored twice along with a goal from Grace Denstad. Gay tied the score for the first time at 3-3 with her fifth goal of the week. Alfson scored the game winner with a penalty kick – her sixth goal of the week. Cal/SG/Hou closed the regular season at 4-9-2 overall, 1-8-1 TRC. Complete coverage on our web site.)
*The Fillmore County Journal Sports page is a written collaboration of Paul Trende and Lee Epps.