Volleyball keeps conference hopes alive with 3-0 victory over Magic

Princeton wins battle of unbeatens

Three Bison soccer players survive hectic 24 hours

Monti runs past Bison in homecoming win

X-Country: Basten medalist at Milaca Mega Meet

Girls soccer ends four-game streak

Bison swim/dive tallies first wins over Bluejackets, Tigers

A Homecoming to Remember

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Volleyball keeps conference hopes alive with 3-0 victory over Magic

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Even with a losing record (5-7 overall) at the midway point of the season, the Buffalo volleyball squad still has an outside chance at defending its three-time reign as conference champs.

Fresh off a pair of losses, including a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to first-place Cambridge-Isanti, the Bison rebounded two nights later for a 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 home win over the Monticello Magic, improving their record to 3-1 in the Mississippi 8.

Senior captain Hannah Daniel led the way with 11 kills, but Daniel wasn’t the only player to contribute on the attack. Six different players finished the game with at least one kill, including junior Emma Simonson who finished with four.

Simonson, along with junior Paige Dalbec, sophomore Taylor Thompson and freshman Kari Zumach have been counted on a lot this season to fill the voids lost by last year’s senior class. Simonson, a lefty, said her role as an outside hitter on either side of the net can sometimes catch other teams off guard.

“Yeah, I notice other teams say stuff about that, too,” said Simonson, on her left-handed attack. “I’m feeling comfortable with my role. It’s just fun being able to play with all the girls.”

While Buffalo has struggled for wins against some of the tougher teams on its schedule this year, Simonson said the senior captains have done a good job of keeping the team focused for each and every match.

“They are definitely good leaders,” said Simonson, referring to seniors Sammy Johnson, Tori Weber, Bailey Brownlee and Daniel. The four seniors have been a part of the past three conference title teams. “I like having them as my captains, and they are good people to look up to.”

While the experience and leadership comes from the upperclassmen, the underclassmen such as Zumach and Thompson have provided some raw physical skill the team is lacking.

The two youngest players on the varsity squad are two of the tallest players in the lineup. At 5-foot-10, Zumach is listed as the tallest girl on the Bison roster. Zumach and Thompson have been regular contributors both on the attack on the defense. The two players combined for eight kills and seven digs in their 3-0 win over Monticello.

The Magic and Bison entered the match both tied for third in the conference at 2-1. Monticello also boasted an impressive 13-4 overall record. To come away with a pretty convincing win over their Highway 25 neighbors didn’t come as an overall surprise to Buffalo head coach Laurie Zumach.

“You know what, we may not have won our last two games coming into this match, but we’ve been playing really well,” Zumach said. “This wasn’t our prettiest game, either. We usually pass and serve a lot better than we did, but we had a lot of people score and it was a good team effort.”

Brownlee had a strong overall game winding up on the stat sheet in nearly every statistical category with seven kills, two blocks (one solo), two digs and one assist. Dalbec also had an overall good match with two kills, four digs, one block and a team-high three service aces.

Like Simonson, Dalbec said she’s gaining more and more confidence each time stepping out to the court, and sees the team having a strong second half of the year.

“We’re working hard and our goal is to still win conference,” Dalbec said. “It’s good to see some of the new girls playing well. It will really help for next year.”

Coach Zumach has also noticed a progression with some of her first-year players.

“I have seen it,” she said. “Just being okay with making mistakes, but staying aggressive and learning is important, because they will be leaned on heavily next year.”

Buffalo had six days off in preparation for Thursday’s 7 p.m. road match with North Branch. The mid-season break is something that Dalbec and the rest of her teammates said came at a good time, especially after competing in three weekday matches over four days - all against teams with winning records.

“It was a really tiring week playing against two hard teams,” Dalbec said. “It was a nice break, but we’re going to get back to work (Monday) during the week off and get ready for North Branch.”          


Buffalo 3, Monticello 0

(Thursday, Sept. 18 at Buffalo)

Magic   22 16 22 - 0

Bison    25 25 25 - 3

Bison leaders:

Kills: Hannah Daniel 11, Bailey Brownlee 7, Kari Zumach 5, Emma Simonson 4, Taylor Thompson 3, Paige Dalbec 2, Sammy Johnson 1.

Digs: Daniel 11, Thompson 6, Weber 5, Dalbec 4, Brownlee 2, Simonson 2, Lexi Hanson-McNeil 2, Zumach 1, Johnson 1.

Assists: Johnson 25, Brownlee 1.

Blocks-Solo: Brownlee 2-1, Dalbec 1-0, Daniel 1-0.

Aces: Dalbec 3, Johnson 2, Daniel 1, Thompson 1.




Princeton wins battle of unbeatens

Tigers hand Bison first conference defeat of season in 7-0 shutout

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Prior to the Princeton Tigers joining the conference a year ago, the Buffalo girls’ tennis team was the king of the hill when it came to the Mississippi 8 standings.

The Tigers broke the Bison’s run of five conference championships in six years when they finished in first place with an 8-1 mark in 2013. This year’s conference title is still a week away from officially being decided, but Princeton shoved one of its closest competitors a little further down the hill thanks to a convincing 7-0 road win last Thursday, Sept. 18 over Buffalo.

The Bison have been dominant all season in singles play with juniors Claudia Botzet, Mattie Lubben, senior Jen Allen and sophomore Claire Stevens all owning winning records as singles players. With a potential conference title on the line, Buffalo head coach Charley Keifenheim loaded his singles lineup with his top four players against Princeton.

“I don’t think it would have made any difference as far as lineup goes,” Keifenheim said. “They are a real good team. It would have taken an amazing effort by everyone on our team to get a win.”

Princeton took all seven points with straight-set victories. The closest match came at No. 3 singles where Princeton freshman Kelsey Dorr defeated Lubben 7-5, 7-5. The loss was the first this year for Lubben, who came into that match with a perfect 7-0 mark in singles play.

Lubben has bounced back and forth between singles and doubles for most the season. Stevens has been the normal player in the No. 3 spot. With Keifenheim trying to stack the singles lineup, Stevens was moved to No. 4 and lost 6-4, 6-3 to Princeton’s Sarah Stark.

It was only the second time this season Stevens has been defeated. In two of the last three Bison wins, it was Stevens’ match point that clinched the team win for the Bison.

“I love being able to win the team point,” Stevens said. “But when you’re the last one playing and everyone is watching, it is very nerve racking.”

One of those nerve-racking moments came a week ago in Buffalo’s 4-3 victory on Monday, Sept. 15 at St. Michael-Albertville. With the match tied 3-3, Stevens won the pivotal fourth point by defeating her cousin, Cory Eull, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) at No. 3 singles.

“I was really nervous, but I was really excited,” Stevens said. “I played her last year in a tournament and beat her 6-4, 6-4. I thought it would kind of be an easier match, but it went down to the wire.”

Even with a new-look lineup, the Bison dropped their second straight conference match 6-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Rogers.

Mattie Lubben, Stevens and Allen all were moved to doubles and moving up in their spots at singles were junior Sydney Brandes, sophomore Emily Lindberg and eighth-grader Emma Carlson. The Royals took every point except No. 1 singles where Botzet won 6-1, 6-3.

Buffalo is next in action with a 4 p.m. home match Thursday, Sept. 25 against St. Francis. The regular season finale concludes with a 4:30 p.m. road match on Monday, Sept. 29 at Holy Family Catholic. The Bison will likely be seeded as a road team for the Section 2AA quarterfinal round beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 at a site yet to be determined.

“Our section is real deep and real tough,” Keifenheim said. “We’ve been ranked near the bottom half of our section the past few years and with teams like Minnetonka, Delano, Mound Westonka, Eden Prairie and Chanhassen, we’ll probably be ranked near the bottom again this year.”

The Skippers have finished as the Class 2A state runner-up to Edina in back-to-back seasons. The Hornets have won the state title an unprecedented 17 years in a row. The last time somebody other than Edina has won the Class 2A state title was Bloomington Jefferson in 1996.      


Princeton 7, Buffalo 0

(Thursday, Sept. 18 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 - Mary Claire Mayerchak (P) def. Claudia Botzet 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 - Brianna Dorr (P) def. Jen Allen 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 - Kelsey Dorr (P) def. Mattie Lubben 7-5, 7-5; No. 4 - Sarah Stark (P) def. Claire Stevens 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 - Jenna Doyle/Hannah Johnson (P) def. Abby Wyatt/Sydney Brandes 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 - Reilee Schepper/Krysta Maus (P) def. Megan Doose/Mya Lubben 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 - Becca Maus/Megan Farley (P) def. Molly Jungwirth/Alisha Hackworth 6-2, 6-1.


Rogers 6, Buffalo 1

(Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Rogers)

Singles: No. 1 - Claudia Botzet (B) def. Kaylie Conlin 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 - Sam Fitzpatrick (R) def. Sydney Brandes 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 - Hannah Stolba (R) def. Emma Carlson 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 - Sam Stickler (R) def. Emily Lindberg 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 - Liz Rubbelke/Kiana Koeppe (R) def. Mattie Lubben/Abby Wyatt 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-1; No. 2 - Amanda Penick/Lauren Dunham (R) def. Jen Allen/Claire Stevens 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 - Samantha Stickler/Emily Rubbelke (R) def. Mya Lubben/Megan Doose 7-5, 6-4.




Three Bison soccer players survive hectic 24 hours

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The phrase ‘Manic Monday’ can often be blown way out of proportion, but for Buffalo High School seniors Gabe Brovege-Trossen, Ryan Bunting and Jake Jungwirth, Monday, Sept. 22 was truly a 24-hour mania.

Upon hearing their names called as three of this year’s nine homecoming king candidates at the school’s pep fest on Friday, Sept. 12; Brovege-Trossen, Bunting and Jungwirth quickly realized that Monday, Sept. 22 was going to be a hectic one.

That’s because the three seniors are also members of the Bison boys’ soccer team. With Homecoming Coronation taking place on the same day, the soccer team was forced to move their originally scheduled 7 p.m. game the same night against St. Cloud Tech to a 4:30 p.m. game to accommodate the 7:30 p.m. coronation start.

Jungwirth said it was a bit weird to play in a weekday afternoon game.

“It was a little bit rushed with the game being moved up,” Jungwirth said. “We had to leave right after school. We’re not used to that. Usually, varsity we get to take a couple hours off, before we leave after the junior varsity.”

Up until the past few games, the soccer team had been on a tear winning a season-high seven games in a row. That streak came to an end in stunning fashion when Buffalo blew a 3-0 halftime lead last Saturday, Sept. 20 at Anoka. The Tornadoes rallied for a 4-3 overtime win, scoring the game-winner in the first half of overtime.

After six hours of classes, Bison players immediately left school Monday as their game with Tech was played at Husky Stadium at St. Cloud State University.

That meant the three seniors had 180 minutes to complete an 80-minute soccer game, and a 30-mile road trip back from St. Cloud.

“A couple of the St. Cloud Tech guys were giving me crap,” Bunting said. “They were joking around telling us, ‘oh, you guys have to be famous, so we have to move our soccer time up earlier.’” 

In the end, the Tigers got the last laugh as they not only handed the Bison their second straight loss with a 2-1 defeat, but they forced an extra 10 minutes of overtime in doing so.

When the game finally ended, the normal clock time read 6:40 p.m. Brovege-Trossen said the 7:30 p.m. coronation was in each of the three players’ heads, but they knew they had an important game on hand, too.

“At that point of the game (overtime), we were just so focused on trying to win,” Brovege-Trossen said. “If anything, it (coronation) was in the back of your mind, because there were more important, more immediate things to deal with. It was a good intense game, so I was more pre-occupied if anything else.”

With little or no time to fret about their loss, the three players found their own rides back to Buffalo instead of taking the team bus.

Bunting and Jungwirth razzed their teammate a bit for still finding enough time to clean up.

“Ryan and I couldn’t take a shower, because we were too much in a hurry,” Jungwirth chuckled. “Gabe somehow got a shower in. His dad must have been driving faster than our dads.”

When the clock struck 7:30 and the main floor of the Performing Arts Center all set for coronation, BHS math teacher Stacy Eggers informed the crowd that the players were sending text messages to friends saying they were running a bit late.

Upon arrival, Bunting and Jungwirth had about 10 minutes to quickly change out of soccer gear into formal wear. They also said they didn’t have time to prepare their hair, which people who know them would say they have a healthy dose of it.

“We didn’t have time to really do anything,” Bunting said. “We rushed to the high school; we got to the bathroom; we helped each other get our bow ties all fancy. We just left the hair how it was.”

It wasn’t until about 7:45 p.m. when they finally started to introduce the royalty. When it all was said and done, the three teammates stood on stage as the crowd saluted fellow senior Bo Bauman as the Homecoming King.

Although he didn’t win the honor, Bunting said it was neat to see his prom date from his junior year, Payton Speckel, to be honored as the Homecoming Queen.

“At the end of the day, it’s just really sweet to be nominated with all those other guys,” Bunting said.

“It was a cool experience,” Brovege-Trossen said. “It felt good to be appreciated by people.”

The Bison played their third game in four days when they hosted Big Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

With three games in four days and a coronation now complete, Jungwirth said the ride the past week has been a hectic one, and now he can concentrate on getting back to soccer.

“I’m a little bit tired,” Jungwirth said. “But soccer actually helps me get through the day, because I have something I can look forward to.”




Monti runs past Bison in homecoming win

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

A week after committing five turnovers in a 20-19 loss at Big Lake, the Buffalo football team’s miscues continued into week four resulting in a 35-3 road loss Friday, Sept. 19 at Monticello.

Three first-half fumbles led to 28 unanswered Monticello points. Mix in the Magic’s ability to rush for 272 total yards on the ground, and you had the makings of a 35-3 homecoming blowout for the black and red.

“Turnovers are going to hurt you every single time,” said Bison head coach Todd Bouman. “It’s tough to win games if you don’t win the turnover battle. We’ve been on the wrong end of that since the season started.”

 Unlike the game at Big Lake when four of the five miscues came off interceptions, all four of Buffalo’s mistakes against the Magic came via fumble. Junior Matt Montplaisir was one of the players who mishandled the ball. His fumble during a kick-off return led to a 17-yard rushing score by Monticello senior Lowell Laudert that made it 21-0. It was the second of three rushing touchdowns Laudert would finish the night with.

More frustrating was the fact that two of Buffalo’s four fumbles came without a defender even touching the ball carrier. Montplaisir, who made a spectacular touchdown catch late in the Big Lake game said it was a combination of a couple things that led to all the fumbles.

“The gloves got slippery a bit, but we have to hold on to the ball and not make mental mistakes,” said Montplaisir, referring to the unseasonably warm, wet and muggy conditions that left a bit of mist in the grass fields.

The first half had a similar feel to the 42-0 loss in week one at St. Michael-Albertville. Buffalo could only muster one first down in the opening 24 minutes of play - a half that was dominated by the Magic on the ground.

Magic head coach Jason Telecky said the ground game is what their team lives and dies with.

“That’s the team we are,” Telecky said. “That’s our strength is the run. We have to establish it and stick with it.”

Ironically, the tell-tale story of Buffalo’s season came in their opening drive to start the second half. Backed up on its own goal line, Bison senior quarterback Taylor Spier converted a third and long hitting junior running back Joe McClellan on a screen pass that went for 50 yards.

The very next play resulted in another fumble as McClellan coughed it up in the backfield and killed the little momentum they had in the game.

“That’s the hardest part, you watch the film and you see a lot of good things,” Bouman said. “You have positive plays and then you have two or three missed assignments or mental breakdowns. That makes the game tough and right now, we have too many lapses.”

Telecky said the Magic had a similar game the week before the Bison game in a 31-0 home loss to No. 2 rated St. Michael-Albertville.

“We turned the ball over five times against St. Michael. We did exactly what Buffalo did against Big Lake and us,” Telecky said.

He went on to say that Buffalo will be a team that needs time to grow into the new schemes and get adjusted to the new coaching philosophies.

“Anytime you have a new coach it’s a growing process,” Telecky said. “When I got the job at Monticello six years ago, we were 1-8 overall. It takes some time, but Buffalo will be fine.”

The Bison nearly connected for their biggest play of the season in the third quarter when a pressured Spier at his own 20-yard line just missed a wide open Gavin Welch in stride at midfield. The two would later make a connection on an unbelievable third-down conversion that saw Welch leap high over two defenders to pull in a 41-yard grab.

The drive eventually led to the Bison’s only points in the game, a 26-yard field goal by senior Jared Alexander. The drive could prove costly, though, as Spier left with an apparent ankle injury after a hit he suffered during a roughing the passer call.

Bouman said after the game that he wasn’t sure the severity of the injury, but sophomore backup Dylan Rohlin came in relief and completed three passing plays.  

Monticello had one final scoring drive on a three-yard rushing score by senior McRae Voll.


Monticello 35, Buffalo 3

(Friday, Sept. 19 at Monticello)

Buffalo 0    0    3     0   --     3

Monticello        7   21   0     7   --   35


First quarter:

M - Lowell Laudert 6 run (Taylor Modaff kick), 7:46

Second quarter:

M - Ryder Beckman 1 run (kick failed), 6:58

M - Laudert 17 run (2-pt conversion Noah Jacobson run), 5:45

M - Laudert 7 rush (Modaff kick), 3:43

Third quarter:

B - Jared Alexander 26 field goal, 10:29

Fourth quarter:

M - McRae Voll 3 run (Modaff kick), 8:03


Bison leaders:

Passing - Taylor Spier 7-12-125, Dylan Rohlin 3-6-28.

Rushing - Spier 5-13, Joe McClellan 7-5, Zach Wurm 1-5, Taylor Wurm 2-3, Jonny Senger 1-(-2).

Receiving - McClellan 1-50, Gavin Welch 1-41, Matt Montplaisir 2-18, Zach Dahl 1-18, T. Wurm 4-14, Wyatt Brings 1-12.

Tackles - Senger 9, Tom Bean 8, Montplaisir 6, McClellan 6, Michael Williams 5, James McNamara 5, Adam Treptau 4, Jordan Thielman 4, Harlan Johnson 4, Luke Aguirre 4, Dahl 4, 10 players with 3 or less.

Magic leaders:

Passing - Aaron Hanson 4-5-83; Nick Zwack 1-2-5.

Rushing - Ryder Beckman 16-94, 1 TD; Lowell Laudert 13-60, 3 TD’s; Ty Kline 3-38; McRae Voll 11-26, 1 TD; Hanson 6-25; Michael Cooper 4-14; Kyle Bushman1-7; Ahmed Mire 1-7; Nick Bomersine 2-2; Zwack 1-(-1).

Receiving - Andrew Cole 3-56; Matt Grathwohl 2-32.



The Princeton Tigers (3-1) will be Buffalo’s next opponent at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 in Buffalo’s Homecoming game. The Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season a week ago in a 21-14 loss to Chisago Lakes.

The Bison dropped a road game a year ago to Princeton by the same 21-14 score in the Tigers’ homecoming game. Montplaisir said this year’s 0-4 start hasn’t changed the attitudes in the locker room, and that this week’s game is one everyone is jacked for.

“Absolutely, this is the biggest game of the year,” said Montplaisir, who has had his steady dose of work both as a receiver, a defensive back and a kick returner.

He said he’s having a ton of fun this season, and thinks the fortunes will eventually turn around.

“I’m feeling more and more confident on both sides of the ball,” he said. “We’re getting there. It’s a work in progress. We keep adding a few new wrinkles in each week, but it’s coming along. We just need to take better care of the ball.”




X-Country: Basten medalist at Milaca Mega Meet

Eighth graders lift cross country teams at Milaca Meet; Graham seventh

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Don’t let the half-pint sized body of Buffalo Community Middle School eighth-grader Isaac Basten fool you. When it comes to competing with the big boys on the varsity cross country team, Basten takes a back seat this season to only senior Frank Graham and junior Jake Kluver.

Basten has jumped into the varsity lineup, finishing every meet thus far as Buffalo’s No. 3 scorer on the timesheet. That is until last Saturday’s 150-team Milaca Mega Meet on Sept. 20 at Stones Throw Golf Course in Milaca. Not running with the regulars, but with his peers, Basten took home medalist honors in the eighth-grade 3,200K race with a time of 10:58.7.

It marked the second time in as many years he finished the Milaca Mega Meet with medalist honors. A year ago he finished first in the seventh-grade 3,200K race with a time of 11:35.

“Isaac has been doing a very good job,” said Bison co-head coach Dave Knutsen. “He works hard in practice. He likes to win. He is very competitive and he has a little bit of an edge.”

One thing that Knutsen and head coach Jill Hanson said they have been careful of with all of their young runners is monitoring their work load.

“The hardest part of coaching a young athlete with ability is figuring out how many miles to put on a young body,” Knutsen said.

The boy’s squad had an impressive day overall finishing the Class 4A race in a ninth-place tie with Mounds View with 305 points. There were 25 teams and 180 runners to compete in the Class 4A race.

Bison senior captain Frank Graham finished seventh overall with a time of 16:32. Junior Jake Kluver was 28th overall in 17:12 and senior Reed Morehouse had Buffalo’s third-best time and 79th overall with an 18:04.9. Seniors Clayton Decker and Joe Slicer also scored in the top five.



Even without its top varsity runner, the Buffalo girls’ cross country squad had a couple decent individual showings at the Milaca Mega Meet.

BCMS eighth-grader Erica O’Borsky nearly brought home medalist honors in the girls’ 3,200 eighth-grade race with a third-place overall time of 12:35.4. Rush City’s Elena Herberg won the race with a 12:29.2.

O’Borsky has been Buffalo’s second top varsity runner this season, second only to freshman Amanda Montplaisir, who did not make the trip to Milaca due to personal matters.

Buffalo had two racers finish in the top 21 of the girls ninth-grade 4K race. Meredith Reynolds finished 16th overall in 17:23.3 and Emma Weber was 21st in 17:35.5.

The Bison finished last in the 27-team, Class 4A race. Junior Jillie Golden was the top scorer finishing 115th overall in 17:00.3. Junior Macey McClay was 122nd overall in 17:03.0.



The Bison will host one of two meets this season at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Buffalo Heights Golf Course. Knutsen said the 14-team meet will be a measuring stick as to how the Bison stack up for the rest of the season.

“Most of the conference teams will be at the meet and it will be the first time this year we see most of these teams,” Knutsen said. “We will definitely see Thursday if we will be able to challenge for the conference. It’s time for our athletes to step up.”  



Boys Results:

Milaca Mega Meet Boys 5K (Class 4A)

(Saturday, Sept. 20 at Stones Throw Golf Club in Milaca)

Team scores: 1. White Bear Lake 154, 2. Robbinsdale Armstrong 178, 3. Bemidji 181, 4. Elk River 183, 5. Duluth East 191, 6. Andover 217, 7. East Ridge 254, 8. Henry Sibley 261, T-9. Mounds View 305, T-9. Buffalo 305, T-11. Blaine 309, T-11. Rogers 309, 13. Minot (ND) 322, 14. Prior Lake 344, 15. Totino-Grace 355, 16. Maple Grove 361, 17. Osseo 365, 18. Centennial 415, 19. Coon Rapids 435, 20. Woodbury 437, 21. Champlin Park 475, 22. Anoka 509, 23. North St. Paul 543, 24. Tartan 582, 25. Park Cottage Grove 735.

Medalist: Kevin Dado, (Totino-Grace) 16:09.7.

Bison finishes-overall): 1-7. Frank Graham 16:32.0; 2-28. Jake Kluver 17:12.0; 3-75. Reed Morehouse 18:04.9; 4-79. Trevor Otto 18:06.4; 5-116. Clayton Decker 18:38.9; 6-118. Joe Slicer 18:39.4-ex; 7-149. Ethan Hosey 19:14.7-ex. 


Boys 5K (10th Grade)

Team scores (24 total): 1. Centennial 26; 4. Buffalo 180.

Medalist: Reed Kurak (Centennial) 16:30.3.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-31. Sullivan McKinley 19:07.9; 2-33. Landon Tourville 19:14.9; 3-35. Drake Fiske 19:25.2; 4-37. Matthew Fenton 19:28.7; 5-44. Zac Lane 19:40.1; 6-90. Hunter Newman 20:57.1-ex; 7-144. Andrew Scherber 24:11.1-ex.


Boys 5K (9th Grade)

Team scores (33 total): 1. Sartell-St. Stephen 41.

Medalist: Jon Hall (Milaca) 16:31.2.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-46. Braden Benson 19:27.5; 2-159. Josh Anderson 21:17.5.


Boys 3200K (8th Grade)

Team scores (33 total): 1. Sartell-St. Stephen 54.

Medalist: Isaac Basten (Buffalo) 10:58.7.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-1. Basten 10:58.7; 2-374. Bjorn Pederson 17:24.0; 3-380. Charly McClay 18:04.1.


Boys 3200K (7th Grade)

Team scores (21 total): 1. Sartell-St. Stephen 42, 21. Buffalo 513.

Medalist: Zach Nemeth (Sartell-St. Stephen) 11:15.4.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-55. Dane Huotari 13:37.6; 2-105. Walter Ylitalo 15:09.8; 3-107 Troy Giddings 15:25.8; 4-115. Nick Oak 16:09.5; 5-131. Dom Baker 19:21.0; 6-132. Cole Carlson 19:25.6-ex.


Girls Results:

Milaca Mega Meet Girls 4K (Class 4A)

(Saturday, Sept. 20 at Stones Throw Golf Club in Milaca)

Team scores: 1. East Ridge 69, 2. Bemidji 88, 3. Moorhead 142, 4. Duluth East 184, 5. Andover 228, 6. Totino-Grace 229, 7. Wayzata 232, 8. Roseville 248, 9. Maple Grove 289, 10. Henry Sibley 292, 11. Robbinsdale Armstrong 302, 12. Stillwater 311, 13. River Falls 335, 14. Owatonna 374, 15. North St. Paul 384, 16. Minot (ND) 435, 17. Champlin Park 451, 18. Prior Lake 473, 19. Elk River 492, 20. Blaine 511, 21. Woodbury 520, 22. Centennial 555, 23. Park Cottage Grove 562, 24. Rogers 597, 25. Osseo 601, 26. Tartan 742, 27. Buffalo 772.

Medalist: Annie Frisbie, (River Falls) 14:15.6.

Bison finishes-overall): 1-115. Jillie Golden 17:00.3; 2-122. Macey McClay 17:03.0; 3-176. Allie Palmer 19:41.5; 4-178. Nina Johnson 20:10.2; 5-181. Natalie Brady 20:40.7; 6-182. Marie Ruhr 20:52.9-ex.


Girls 4K (10th Grade)

Team scores (11 total): 1. Wayzata 25.

Medalist: Annika Lerdall (Wayzata) 15:40.1.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-191. Alex Werner 25:26.


Girls 4K (9th Grade)

Team scores (12 total): 1. Wayzata 21, 11. Buffalo 239.

Medalist: Ellie Emerick (Wayzata) 15:36.8.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-16. Meredith Reynolds 17:23.3; 2-21. Emma Weber 17:35.5; 3-61. Lauren McAlpin 20:55.2; 4-69. Avery Fiske 22:24.3; 5-172. Bailey Bracciul 24:25.3.


Girls 3200K (8th Grade)

Team scores (16 total): 1. Wayzata 31.

Medalist: Elena Herberg (Rush City) 12:29.2.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-3. Erica O’Borsky 12:35.4; 2-30. Areefa Seepersaud 13:57.0; 3-66. Erica Laho 14:38.9.


Girls 3200K (7th Grade)

Team scores (14 total): 1. Minot (ND) 41.

Medalist: Abigail Hoffarth (Minot, ND) 12:34.4.

Bison finishes-overall: 1-135. Kaitlin Berg 15:58.2; 2-212. Kaitlin Galdonik 17:57.8; 3-234. Sophia Braun 20:07.0.




Girls soccer ends four-game streak

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Buffalo head coach Steve Doimer was visibly upset after his Bison girls’ soccer squad was defeated 2-1 last Saturday, Sept. 20 against a struggling Osseo Orioles team.

The road loss dropped Buffalo’s record to 2-7-1 overall. But more significant was the fact that it was the first win of the season for the Orioles, who came into the contest with a 0-9 record under first-year head coach Traci Ohlenkamp.

The two goals scored by the Orioles matched their entire season total of offense as they had been shutout in seven of their nine losses.

“We have a tendency to play down to our level of competition,” Doimer said. “Their last goal came on a four-on-two rush. We are lacking at times that sense of urgency, and if that isn’t there for 80 minutes, you can lose to anybody.”

The game started off well for the Bison with junior midfielder Morgan Doimer banging home the game’s first goal early in the first half as a result of a corner-kick taken by sophomore Becky Horak.

The next 30 minutes of play in the opening 40 looked like two teams that came in struggling to score goals. The Bison’s 3-0 shutout loss at home on Thursday, Sept. 18 to Rogers was the sixth time in nine games that Buffalo had been blanked.

Osseo and Buffalo took turns turning the ball over, but with 1:31 remaining in the half, Oriole freshman midfielder Lyla Lor tied the score 1-1.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Bison senior defender Ciara Pepper. “We’ve been off and on, and we just kind of fell apart.” 

Buffalo nearly took a 2-1 lead in the early stages of the second half when freshman forward Sydney Johnson’s shot from 20 yards out hit the crossbar. Shortly after, the Orioles took advantage of a defensive breakdown and Lor scored her second goal of the game at the 34:55 mark, giving the Orioles the 2-1 lead.

The Bison had at least three good chances in the later stages of the second half, but still failed to sneak one past Oriole goalie Sam Brecht.

“The last 20 minutes you could tell that we really wanted it,” Pepper said. “When we actually really want it, we play well. But it seemed like we only wanted it in that 20 minutes.”

The 2-1 loss was the third straight defeat for Buffalo. The Royals ended the season last year with a 5-2 Section 8AA win over the Bison. Doimer said the Bison actually played a much better game against Rogers, who came into the game undefeated (4-0) in the conference and 7-1 overall.

Rogers got two goals from Courtney Henderson and one from Abbie Gearou. Lydia Hubert-Peterson made four saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season.

“We did a nice job defending against them, and they had very few opportunities inside our 18 (yard line),” Doimer said. “Each one of their goals came from 30 yards. Two of those goals were as good as a ball you can hit. There’s not a chance in the world my keeper saves two of those.”

The game proved costly off the scoreboard, too. Buffalo sophomore midfielder Cadyn Luedemann was injured late in the game in a play where she took a hit that injured her ribs. The injury forced her to miss the Osseo game.

“She was up and the girl went low. It wasn’t a cheap low, but she caught her towards the back end of her ribs,” Doimer said. “She’s pretty sore and pretty tender, but she will likely only miss a week. So that’s good news.”

Buffalo ended its three game losing streak and four game winless streak with a convincing 4-0 road victory on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Big Lake.

After playing eight of their first 11 games on the road, the Bison (2-4 conference, 3-7-1 overall) finish with four of the next five at home. The Bison host Monticello at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 and Waconia at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.




Bison swim/dive tallies first wins over Bluejackets, Tigers

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The first three dual meets for the Buffalo girls’ swimming and diving team have resulted in unusually fast endings.

All three previous losses to Elk River, St. Michael-Albertville and Monticello ended with the opponents sending the meet into exhibition by clinching the victory prior to the conclusion of the final event.

Buffalo finally turned the tables on its opponent, thanks to a convincing 101-80 home victory last Thursday, Sept. 18 on Parent’s Night against Cambridge-Isanti. The Bison clinched the win after taking 11 of 16 points in the 100 backstroke, which sent the meet into exhibition with Buffalo leading 101-55. Buffalo had first-place times in nine of the first 10 events prior to clinching.

Bison head coach Melissa Miller said it was a good win, but the season has been a little different in that it’s pretty rare to have every meet end in exhibition.

“It’s somewhat uncommon, especially against the teams we’ve competed against,” Miller said. “I’m sure we’ll have one go down to the wire before the end of the year, though.”

Highlighting the meet was the Bison’s usual suspects. Eighth-grader Jordan McGinty was moved up from her usual 50 freestyle race to the 200-individual medley. The extra 150 meters didn’t seem to faze the young McGinty, as she raced to a top time of 2:21.21. She also took first in the 100 freestyle in 56.53 and helped the 200 medley relay team of senior Lauren Kaminski, junior Mika Bordak and senior Taylor Susa to a first-place finish in 1:58.31.

“It’s really nice to have Kaminski, Bordak, Susa and McGinty,” Miller said. “I can put them in any event and they do really well. All of the girls contribute in so many ways.”

 Kaminski and Susa also had first-place times in two individual events. Susa was first in both the 200 freestyle (2:09.23) and 100 butterfly (1:04.55). Kaminski was first in the 50 freestyle (26.81) and 100 backstroke (1:04.52).

The biggest highlight of the meet came in the 1-meter diving event. Junior Rachel Bertram came within a point of breaking the pool record with a score of 236.65. Class of 2013 graduate Mariah Brings holds the current pool record at 237.70, set in 2012.

The Bison had their first meet come down to the final event in a 108-86 road win on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at St. Cloud Tech.

Buffalo had first-place scores in 10 of the 12 events to earn its second straight dual win.

“We swim against St. Cloud Tech for sections, so it’s always a good meet,” Miller said. “We are comparable in talent with them.”

Buffalo is next in action on Saturday, Sept. 27 when they host the Buffalo Invitational at 1 p.m. Big Lake and Watertown-Mayer will make up the three-team invitational. 


Buffalo 101, Cambridge-Isanti 80

(Thursday, Sept. 18 at Monticello)

200 Medley Relay: 1. Buffalo (Lauren Kaminski, Mika Bordak, Taylor Susa, Jordan McGinty) 1:58.31; 3. Buffalo (Kaitlyn Schendel, Tianna Kosek, Sarah Kolling, Cat LaCasse) 2:07.60; 5. Buffalo (Laura Danielson, Celeste Goodwin, Kia Hanson, Kenzie Lauman) 2:29.53.

200 Freestyle: 1. Susa (B) 2:09.23; 2. Hayley Schendel (B) 2:16.09; 6. Lyia Berg (B) 2:40.02.

200 Individual Medley: 1. Jordan McGinty (B) 2:21.21; 2. K. Schendel (B) 2:32.74; 6. Kathleen Tierney (B) 2:56.70.

50 Freestyle: 1. Kaminski (B) 26.81; 3. Ashlee Hale (B) 27.98; 4. LaCasse (B) 28.70.

1-Meter Diving: 1. Rachel Bertram (B) 236.65; 3. Alex Zeiss (B) 174.30; 6. Allie Swearingen (B) 120.40.

100 Butterfly: 1. Susa (B) 1:04.55; 2. Kolling (B) 1:07.00; 3. H. Schendel (B) 1:08.29.

100 Freestyle: 1. McGinty (B) 56.53; 3. Hale (B) 1:03.60; 4. LaCasse (B) 1:03.71.

500 Freestyle: 1. Bordak (B) 5:48.78; 2. Kosek (B) 6:03.44; 6. Laumann (B) 6:40.82.

200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Cambridge-Isanti (Maria Vavra, Addie Smrekar, Sydney Manke, Brooke Olson) 1:51.57; 2. Buffalo (Kolling, Hale, H. Schendel, K. Schendel); 3. Buffalo (Laumann, Hanson, LaCasse, Ingrid Nelson); 5. Buffalo (April Leahy, Berg, Tierney, Kosek) 2:07.83.

100 Backstroke: 1. 1. Kaminski (B) 1:04.52; 2. K. Schendel (B) 1:11.33; 5. Hanson (B) 1:22.03.

100 Breaststroke: 1. Megan Scheiller (CI) 1:19.19-ex.

400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Cambridge-Isanti (Vavra, Manke, Riley High, Olson) 4:17.36-ex.


Buffalo 108, St. Cloud Tech 86

(Tuesday, Sept. 23 at St. Cloud)

200 Medley Relay: 1. Buffalo (Kaminski, Bordak, Susa, McGinty) 1:59.95; 5. Buffalo (K. Schendel, Kolling, H. Schendel, LaCasse) 2:14.99; 6. Buffalo (Hanson, Kosek, Stromberg, Hale) 2:16.04.

200 Freestyle: 1. Susa (B) 2:07.64; 3. H. Schendel (B) 2:17.33; 6. Laumann (B) 2:20.87.

200 Individual Medley: 1. Bordak (B) 2:23.66; 2. Kaminski (B) 2:30.25; 4. K. Schendel (B) 2:34.03.

50 Freestyle: 1. McGinty (B) 26.54; 5. LaCasse (B) 28.71; 6. Hale (B) 28.77.

1-Meter Dive: 1. Bertram (B) 223.90; 3. Zeiss (B) 190.40; 6. Swearingen 138.90.

100 Butterfly: 1. McGinty (B) 1:06.25; 2. Kolling (B) 1:07.39; 3. H. Schendel (B) 1:09.20.

100 Freestyle: 1. Jeeho Sohn (SCT) 58.74; 4. Hale (B) 1:03.11; 5. LaCasse (B) 1:04.14; 6. Laumann (B) 1:04.54.

500 Freestyle: 1. Susa (B) 5:45.75; 4. Kosek (B) 6:07.47; 6. Tierney (B) 6:40.60.

200 Freestyle Relay: 1. St. Cloud Tech (Lizzie Schaefer, Morgan Mangel, Yemaya Hanna, Taylor Terfehr) 1:50.43; 2. Buffalo (Hale, Kolling, H. Schendel, LaCasse); 5. Buffalo (Kosek, Berg, Nelson, Laumann) 2:03.17; 6. Buffalo (Goodwin, Stromberg, Abby Becker, April Leahy) 2:12.32.

100 Backstroke: 1. Kaminski (B) 1:05.78; 2. K. Schendel (B) 1:09.73; 6. Hanson (B) 1:22.12.

100 Breaststroke: 1. Bordak (B) 1:11.68; 3. Kosek (B) 1:20.33; 6. Kolling (B) 1:27.02.

400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Buffalo (Kaminski, Susa, Bordak, McGinty) 3:57.87; 5. Buffalo (Laumann, Josephine Peterson, Berg, K. Schendel) 4:30.22; 6. Buffalo (Tierney, Hanson, Becker, Laura Danielson) 4:51.88.




A Homecoming to Remember

The 2014-15 Homecoming Coronation at Buffalo High School was held Monday, Sept. 22 at the Performing Arts Center with Bo Bauman and Payton Speckel announced as this year’s king and queen. Pictured are royalty and junior royalty members (front row, left-right): Jacob Jungwirth, Ryan Bunting, Reed Morehouse, Joshua Fischmann, Junior Royalty Brandon Rodenwald, Junior Royalty Natalie Mix, Shyanne Lambrecht, Anna Demgen, Sydney Driver, Hannah Daniel; Back row (left-right): Nicholas Swearingen, Gabe Brovege-Trossen, Jacob Bonde, Chad Peitz, King Bo Bauman, Queen Payton Speckel, Abby Deneen, Madison Phyle, Nina Johnson and Katie Harty. (Photos by Rob LaPlante)