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Buffalo finishes sixth at state

Buffalo Run 5K draws 71 racers

Buffalo Trapshoot Team fourth at state shoot

Seibert homers twice at state

Fishing Klinic For Kids draws over 800 anglers

Bulldogs fall to Orphans, Lakers

The HERD debuts in Buffalo Days Parade

Journal-Press Internet Sports & School - June 23, 2016
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Buffalo finishes sixth at state

Class 3A Girls’ Golf

Morin sisters lead Buffalo to sixth place finish in 3A state tourney

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo girls’ golf team had mixed emotions following a sixth-place finish at this year’s Class 3A state tournament held Tuesday-Wednesday on June 14-15 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

On a team with two eighth graders, two first-year varsity players, and one rookie head coach, this year’s Bison squad nearly accomplished the same feat they did a year ago when they finished second at state to last year’s, and this season’s repeat champion Edina Hornets.

Buffalo shot a two-day score of 690, finishing sixth behind Edina’s 600. It was Edina’s second straight title, third in the past four years, and 10th in school history.

“When we set our goals at the beginning of the season, the team goal was to get back to state,” said head coach Debi Warpula. “With us being so young, to get back to state a second straight year, without those senior stars, was a great accomplishment.”

With Kirsten Olson and Madi Jewell no longer on the team, this year’s squad returned four faces that shot just 33 strokes higher than last year’s total of 657.

A big reason was the play on day one of sophomore Hanna Morin, who ended the first 72 holes tied for the third-lowest score of the field with a 72, which included a low score of 35 on the front nine.

Morin just missed earning a medal last season finishing 10th overall with a 159. Buffalo has had a top-8 finisher land on the medalist podium each of the past two seasons. Things took a complete 180 on day two for Morin, as she finished the tournament tied for 18th overall with a score of 158. Her round of 86 was one of her highest scores of the season.

“My putts wouldn’t drop the second day,” said Morin, who finished just two strokes back of last year’s teammate, Jewell, who finished 2015 in sixth place with a 156. “That first day was one of my best rounds of the year. I didn’t have trouble sleeping the night before the finals, but I went to bed knowing I would have to play my best round to try and win.”

Coming off one of her best weekends at the section tourney in Sauk Centre, junior Jordan Wurm struggled both days shooting a 93 on day one and 91 on day two.

New Prague senior Taylor Ledwein and Stillwater freshman Cayla Kim were tied for the field lead after day one, each with a 71. Ledwein would eventually earn her second consecutive medalist honor firing an even-par 72, for a two-day total of one-under par 143.

Finishing not far behind Morin was her younger sister, eighth-grader Sofia Morin, who finished tied for 31st with a score of 165.

Sofia and classmate Morgan Wurm were making their second straight state appearance as eighth-graders. Both golfers said they came into this year’s tournament more prepared.

“I think the experience last year helped me feel a little better,” said Sofia, who fired a 79 on day one and 86 in day two. “You feel a little more comfortable with the course and the atmosphere.”

“Last years’ experience helped a lot,” Morgan said. “There were a lot more people out to watch than our section and conference meets.”

While most her teammates flourished on day one, Morgan enjoyed her best round in day two. She tied sophomore teammate Aly Peeler for the fourth lowest team score on day one with a 95. She dropped seven strokes in the final 18 holes, shooting an 88 and tied for 70th overall at 183.

“I’m glad I did better the second day,” Morgan said. “The highlight for me was when I birdied Hole 2. It was fun to see everyone watching and clapping.”

Both middle schoolers improved drastically on last year’s finishes. Sofia shot a 199 and Morgan a 200 at last year’s state meet.

Both Sofia and Morgan shot in the 5-6 spots on last year’s team. This year’s 5-6 golfers belonged to Peeler and junior Kaylee Schultz, who edged both Sofia and Morgan’s scores from a year ago. Peeler ended with a 196 and Schultz a 197. Peeler’s day one total of 95 was the first meet this season where she scored in the top four.

“The maturity level of these girls is incredible,” Warpula said. “The pressure this event has is intense. I was very impressed with their ability to shut out the distractions. They have not played at an event before where there is so much going on. There is a lot of spectators and movement of everything. They were able to overcome that. I thought they did great.”

With 11 straight Mississippi 8 titles and two straight section championships under their belt, nobody is more excited about this team’s future than Warpula, especially with everybody returning next season. Even though they took a minor step back from a year ago, to finish sixth with such a young squad was a huge accomplishment.

“I’m proud most of all the girls and the little victories in their day, even if it didn’t lead to the podium,” Warpula said. “This group of girls has been nothing but pure joy to work with, and I am so excited for next year all ready.”

“We have a shot at winning a state title,” Hanna Morin said. “A couple teams are losing seniors this year. So we should be pretty good with nobody leaving.”

“If we work hard in practice and we all play well, we possibly could give Edina a run,” Morgan said.

 

Class 3A State Tournament

(Tues-Wed, June 14-15 at Bunker Hills)

Team scores (day one only): 1. Edina 600; 2. Forest Lake 636; 3. Red Wing 638; 4. Stillwater 656; 5. Chanhassen 669; 6. Buffalo 690; 7. Woodbury 691; 8. Mounds View 713.

Bison team scores-overall finish: 1-T18. Hanna Morin 72-86--158; 2-T31. Sofia Morin 79-86--165; 3-70. Morgan Wurm 95-88--183; 4-T71. Jordan Wurm 93-91--184; 5-78. Aly Peeler 95-101--196; 6-T79. Kaylee Schultz 100-97--197.

Medalists (Top 8, *Individual State Qualifier): 1. Taylor Ledwein (New Prague) 71-72--143; T2. Hannah Hankinson (Edina) 75-74--149; T2. Megan Welch (Lakeville North) 78-71--149; T4. Christine Portillo (Edina) 72-78--150; T4. Grace Kellar (Edina) 75-75--150; T4. Cayla Kim (Stillwater) 71-79--150; 7. Kate Schaaf (Forest Lake) 79-72--151; 8. Ally Rogers (Spring Lake Park) 76-76--152.

 

Buffalo Run 5K draws 71 racers

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

A total of 71 runners took part in this year’s 10th Annual Buffalo Run 5K race held Sunday, June 19 at Sturges Park in Buffalo.

Recording the lowest overall time in 17.07 was 24-year old Nicholas Teetzel of Rogers. Teetzel was one of two runners to compete in the male 20-29 age bracket.

According to race coordinators Mark Lindquist and Laura (Barta) Lindquist, numbers were down from last year’s total of 91. Even with declining participants, plenty of families still made it out to Sturges Park for both the 5K race and Kids Fun Run.

“It was a beautiful morning, full of families out to celebrate our anniversary, Buffalo Days and Father’s Day,” said Laura Lindquist.

Racers of the 5K race all received 10th anniversary medals (including the kids) and 10th anniversary t-shirts. First-place prizes were $15 gift cards to Jimmy Johns; second place were $10 gift cards to Dairy Queen; and third place were $5 gift cards to Dairy Queen.

Kids’ ages 7-12 received a $10 gift card to Jimmy Johns for finishing first place, and second and third winners received Dairy Queen Kids’ meals. All Kids Fun Run participants received goodie bags and medals after they crossed the finish line.

Spencer Frisch and Cady Macheel each won their respective race for kids’ 6-under. Jonah Anderson and Lily Vandersluis won the kids 7-12 races.

 

Buffalo Run 5K

(Sunday, June 19 at Sturges Park) 

Place-Name-Age-Time

Female 14-Under

1. Ella Danielson, 8, 33.52

Female 15-19

1. Meredith Reynolds, 16, 23.18

Female 20-29

1. Jordan Skelly, 24, 19.14

2. Arynn Maznio, 23, 24.48

3. Korinne Wrobbel, 21, 29.00

4. Jillayne Menard, 28, 31.55

Female 30-39

1. Pam Vandersluis, 38, 23.46

2. Jennifer Lanin-Dale, 36, 24.54

3. Molly Propes, 32, 27.21

4. Kelly Brouwer, 36, 27.40

5. Becki Melvie, 35, 32.44

6. Natalie Blake, 30, 33.12

7. Kristen Danielson, 32, 33.52

8. Wendy Hendrickson, 32, 33.58

9. Mandy Jordan-Lemmerman, 35, 36.44

10. Lindsey Groettum, 35, 45.45

11. Martha Krueger, 37, N/A

Female 40-49

1. Jen Munson, 43, 24.03

2. Erin Macheel, 41, 24.58

3. Stacey Vaillancourt, 42, 25.02

4. Kerry Skarin, 41, 28.37

5. Melissa Otten, 40, 31.37

6. Molly Geislinger, 40, 31.55

7. Jamie Franzen, 40, 32.57

8. Chris Pommerenke, 49, 39.48

Female 50-59

1. Teresa Dahl, 50, 28.31

2. Tracy Daleiden, 54, 35.19

3. Teresa Wrobbel, 50, 37.34

4. Ann Lloyd, 50, 43.44

 

Female 60-Over

1. Karen Jordan, 61, 31.34

2. Deb Groettum, 63, 45.45

 

Place-Name-Age-Time

Male 14-under

1. Johnny Cantin, 13, 20.18

2. Jadon Boots, 12, 21.25

3. Andrew Macheel, 11, 23.23

4. Justin Bye, 12, 23.50

5. Jacob Macheel, 9, 24.56

6. Ryder Zvorak, 11, 26.50

7. Isaac Brandstrom, 8, 27.10

8. Nathaniel Passig, 11, 27.12

9. Samuel Zook, 9, 31.11

10. Charley Cooper, 9, 31.12

11. Christian Melvie, 8, 32.44

12. Maxwell Zook, N/A

Male 15-19

1. Joseph Anderson, 15, 19.10

2. Zachary Lane, 17, 19.26

3. Austin Willey, 16, 22.23

4. Weston Whittaker, 15, 23.41

5. Jayce Boots, 16, 24.04

6. Wyatt Jacobs, 15, 31.44

Male 20-29

1. Nicholas Teetzel, 24, 17.07

2. Tim Blake, 29, 27.31

Male 30-39

1. Steven Brouwer, 37, 23.40

2. Brenton Clyne, 32, 24.37

3. Richard Lanin, 33, 26.28

4. Lars Propes, 39, 27.25

5. Carl Vidmar, 34, 28.16

6. Andrew Groettum, 35, 34.14

7. Thomas Smith, 35, N/A

Male 40-49

1. Mark Bye, 48, 24.02

2. Paul Anderson, 45, 25.12

3. Jeff Cooper, 42, 28.02

 

Male 50-59

1. John Stangl, 53, 20.22

2. Vern Quast, 50, 25.04

3. Duane Pullines, 58, 25.12

4. Scott Christenson, 53, 27.46

5. Steve Edmonson, 56, 38.10

6. Brian Laven, 52, 43.28

Male 60-Over

1. Gary Tintes, 61, 30.12

2. Gerald Lindquist, 71, 30.59

3. Tim Cady, 73, 33.11

 

Kids Fun Run

(Sunday, June 19 at Sturges Park)

Kids 6-Under

Boys

1. Spencer Frisch

2. Robert Dale

3. Andrew Husom

Girls

1. Cady Macheel

2. Joanna Brouwer

3. Natalie Schutzer

Kids 7-12

Boys

1. Jonah Anderson

2. Isaac Schmutzer

3. Reiker Wignes

Girls

1. Lily Vandersluis

2. Sophia Schmutzer

3. Kylie Hanes

 

Buffalo Trapshoot Team fourth at state shoot

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

For the first time in three years, the Buffalo High School Trapshooting Team (BHSTT) will not participate in the Minnesota State High School League’s Clay Target State Tournament held Saturday, June 25 at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

As a result of a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Class 6A state tournament held Sunday, June 19 in Alexandria, BHSTT just missed the top-3 cutoff to qualify for the exclusive state shoot in Prior Lake.

Buffalo shooters scored 462 out of 500 points, finishing just three points behind third-place Chaska-Chanhassen’s 465. Bemidji finished first (476) and Elk River was second (465).

“Bemidji was the big winner and deservedly so,” said BHSTT co-head coach Sally Stevens. “They rocked out great scores in the oppressive heat and 20-plus mile per hour winds. Wind gusts blew some of our shooters off their posts and when we checked, gusts were clocked at 36 mph.”

One of the bright spots from the tournament was Buffalo shooter Brady Ebnet, who finished as state champion with a score of 89x100 in the Male Junior Varsity High Gun category. Teammates: Brandie Evens, Kyle Schibonski, and Tyler Veches, all shot a perfect 25x25 in the competition.

While some individuals stood out over others, Stevens said the highlight of the weekend was the tremendous team and fan support – particularly with Buffalo’s turn to shoot coming on Father’s Day.

“Parents and family members joined the team and spent the entire day with the team, enjoying the camaraderie, competition, and tournament environment,” Stevens said. “I’m incredibly proud of what this team accomplished. First off, 86-percent of our team traveled and competed in Alexandria, making us the largest team on site. Second, every single athlete gave the team their best effort, which in itself is a tremendous success.”

 

BERG, BOMSTAD TO STATE

Buffalo failed to qualify for the MSHSL Clay Target State Tournament for the first time since winning the inaugural state tourney in 2015. But two members will still participate at this Saturday’s state shoot.

Zach Berg and Wyatt Bomstad will compete in Prior Lake in the individual competition. As a result of both shooters finishing among the top-100 male shooters in their class during the 5-week regular season shooting period.

Berg ranked 56th out of 10,000 total shooters in the state with a 23.5 average. Bomstad tied for 100th at 23.2. Both shooters earned a spot on this year’s All-State Team.

 

CENTS FOR TARGETS

BHSTT raised $14,500 for Buffalo Rotary’s Adopt-A-Family & Beds for Kids. 

This year’s “Cents for Targets” fundraiser was headed by Mark Stevens, Dave Zumbusch, and Beau Zumbusch.

 

 

Seibert homers twice at state

Senior’s HR lifts Irish to 1-0 opening- round victory

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Maple Lake Laker amateur baseball team has a resume that includes 25 state tournament appearances and three state championships.

That same success hasn’t trickled down to the high school program – until this season.

After clinching their first ever section championship, the Maple Lake Irish baseball squad made more history when they recorded their first ever state tourney win, a 1-0 shutout over Proctor last Thursday, June 16 at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.

Junior Hunter Malachek stood toe-to-toe on the mound with Proctor junior John Aase. A pair of southpaws, Aase and Malachek were cruising to a scoreless contest until the bottom of inning six,

Senior catcher Jack Seibert led off the inning with a solo homer that just cleared the left-field fence. It was Seibert’s fourth homer and 38th RBI of the season.

Nobody was more excited to see the ball clear the outfield fence than Malachek, who started the contest pitching 4.2 innings of no-hit ball.

“I was freaking out when that ball went over the fence,” Malachek said. “Jack’s been doing very well all season with his hitting. Actually, all of our hitters have done well. We’ve been breaking school records left and right.”

Outside of Seibert’s hit, the high-powered Irish offense was held to four hits in six innings by Aase, who suffered a tough-luck defeat.

The one run was all Malachek would need, as he improved to 5-0 on the season with a two-hit shutout win. In a game dominated by pitching and defense, the contest took just 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete.

 “I’ve never played in a game in that short of time,” Malachek said. “It was a pretty fun game to play in. We’re not used to such big crowds like this.”

He credited the pace of the game for keeping him loose and keeping him in a groove.

“It’s easy to pitch in a game like this,” Malachek said. “The game is moving super quick, so you’re not sitting on the side and getting a cold arm. Both pitchers were pitching real well.”

Maple Lake’s bid for a shot to play in last Monday’s Class AA state championship game at Target Field came to a heartbreaking finish after suffering a 6-4 loss in the semifinals to Belle Plaine on Friday, July 17 at Dick Putz Field.

Once again, it was Seibert jump-starting the offense. His second homer of the tourney came with a man on in the first inning, giving the Irish a 2-0 lead.

Seibert drove in his fourth run of the tourney and third of the game with an RBI single in the third inning to build a 3-0 advantage. The Irish led 4-0 through three, but the wheels came unglued as Belle Plaine rallied to score one run in the fourth, four more in the fifth, and one in the sixth.

Sophomore pitcher Grant Mergen had allowed no runs and struck out six through the first three innings. But control problems in the fifth inning led to Belle Plaine’s big inning.

Mergen walked five over four innings. It was only his third defeat suffered this season. He led the team with seven wins and two saves and a 1.33 ERA.

Maple Lake (23-8) concluded the tournament with an 11-4 loss to Pierz in the third-place game on Friday, June 17 at Dick Putz Field.

The Pioneers scored six times in the fifth inning to extend a 3-1 lead to 9-1. Despite the two losses, Malachek spoke for his teammates on how great of a season it was.

“It’s been a long run here without a state appearance, so to be part of the first state team in school history really means something,” he said. “You want to represent the school well, because it doesn’t happen too often in our area.”

 

Fishing Klinic For Kids draws over 800 anglers

WINNERS

Ages 0-5

Perch: Lindsey Linder

Size: 6-1/4”

 

Sunfish: Owen Hendricks

Size: 7-1/2”

 

Bass: Keira Lemke

Size: 10”

 

Other: None

 

Ages 6-9

Perch: Vinnie Baker

Size: 7”

 

Sunfish: Tony Leintz

Size: 8-1/2”

 

Bass: Joey Peloquin

Size: 10-1/2”

 

Other: None

 

Ages 10-plus

Perch: Sophia Ellis

Size: 7”

 

Sunfish: Sully Scherber

Size: 7”

 

Bass: Mike Caspers

Size: 7-1/2”

 

Other:

Evan Krasnow

(Carp-22”)

 

Emmit Baker

(Catfish-14”)

A total of 850 participants were registered for the 19th annual Buffalo Days’ Fishing Klinic For Kids event held Saturday, June 19 at Sturges Park and Buffalo Lake.

This free event had a number of great prizes, including Shakespeare fishing rods to winners in each fishing contest.

Contests included three age groups: 0-5, 6-9, and 10-above; and four categories: Perch, Sunfish, Bass, and other (see table on left for winners).

Other features included youth fishing professional, Corey Bechtold, who was a guest speaker from Cabela’s, giving fishing tips and advice to people of all ages.

A number of great games and prizes were given away, including: 1,000 youth backpacks, 700 tackle organizers, and 50 fishing pole combos giveaways.

Other features included Raptor Center’s Eagle Program, a wildlife face painter, emergency vehicles on display, plus test ride for lake rides, as well as the kids fishing contest on the pier.

 

Bulldogs fall to Orphans, Lakers

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo Bulldog baseball team dropped a pair of home games against two of the North Star League’s top teams.

Maple Lake’s staff-ace Jeremy Schmidt allowed no runs, two hits and struck out seven over five innings to earn the win. Tommy Eckstein suffered the loss, lasting only 1.1 innings, as the Lakers jumped to an early 8-0 lead through two innings.

The lone highlight for the Bulldogs came in the sixth inning when Brett Renshaw hit a solo homer over the left-field fence off Laker relief pitcher Riley Decker.

The Bulldogs dropped their third straight game and second contest in a week to second-place Howard Lake.

The Orphans broke open a 3-1 contest, scoring five times in the ninth inning off Bulldog reliever Eric Newman. Two of the five runs were unearned, as Newman fell victim to his own error that sparked the big inning.

Jon Euerle pitched 6.1 strong innings, but suffered his second straight defeat to the Orphans. Euerle allowed one unearned run and fanned seven. Buffalo hitters were held to just four hits. Jared Koch started and got the win for Howard Lake.

Buffalo (6-4 overall, 5-4 NSL) was in action with a 7:30 p.m. home game Wednesday, June 22 against Delano. The Bulldogs will compete in the Hinckley Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Hinckley.

 

Maple Lake 13, Buffalo 3

(Wednesday, June 15 at Buffalo)

Lakers        4  4  2  1  1  0  0  1  –  13  14   2

Bulldogs    0  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  –    3    5    3

LAKERS   AB  R   H  BI  BB  K

Haney          3    1    0    0    1    2   

- M. Brown  1    0    0    0    0    1

L. Fobbe      2    2    1    1    1    0

D. Decker    3    3    3    0    0    0

- B. Fobbe   1    0    0    0    0    1

Raiche          3    2    1    2    1    1

- Wurm        0    0    0    0    1    0

Mavencamp 5    0    3    4    0    0

Fuller3    2    0    3    0    1

Russell          5    0    2    1    0    2

Rachel          3    1    1    0    0    2

- G. Brown   1    0    0    0    0    0

R. Decker    4    2    3    1    0    0

2B - R. Decker, Russell, Mavencamp; SAC - L. Fobbe; SAC FLY - Fuller 2, L. Fobbe; SB - L. Fobbe; HBP - D. Decker; LOB - 10; E - Mavencamp, Fuller.

LAKERS    IP  H  R  ER  BB  K

Schmidt (W) 5    2    0    0    2    7   

R. Decker2    3    3    1    1    1

TP - Schmidt 72, R. Decker 41.

BULLDOGS          AB  R   H  BI  BB  K

Ja. Senger    3    1    0    0    1    2

Triden          4    0    0    1    0    1

Haight          3    0    1    1    0    0

O’Donnell    2    0    1    0    0    1

- Vega Jr.     2    0    0    0    0    0

Renshaw      3    1    1    1    0    0

Eckstein   2    0    1    0    1    1

Braun           1    0    0    0    0    0

- Annis         2    0    0    0    0    2

Martin          2    1    0    0    0    0

- Iverson      1    0    1    0    0    0

Brings           1    0    0    0    0    1

- Sawdey     1    0    0    0    1    0

2B - Eckstein; HR - Renshaw; SF - Haight; LOB - 7; E - O’Donnell, Annis, Vega Jr.

BULLDOGS         IP  H  R  ER  BB  K

Eckstein (L)           1.1    6    8    8    2    2   

Vogt       3.2    7    5    4    1    4

Newman  2    1    0    0    1    4

TP - Vogt 70, Eckstein 57, Newman 44.

 

Howard Lake 8, Buffalo 1

(Sunday, June 19 at Buffalo)

Orphans     1  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  5  –   8  10   4

Bulldogs    0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  –    1    4    2

ORPHANSAB  R   H  BI  BB  K

J. Gruenhagen     4    2    2    1    0    0

Boger           5    1    2    0    0    1

Schreifels      4    1    0    0    0    1

Donovan      5    0    2    1    0    0

R. Gruenhagen    5    1    1    2    0    1

A. Koch       4    1    0    0    1    1

Dehn3    1    0    0    2    1

Kadrie          5    0    0    0    0    5

S. Kittock    4    1    3    0    0    0

2B - Boger; SB - J. Gruenhagen 2; HBP - J. Gruenhagen, Schreifels; LOB - 9; E - Schreifels2, J. Koch 2.

ORPHANS IP  H  R  ER  BB  K

J. Koch (W) 8    3    1    0    0    4   

Dockendorf         1    1    0    0    1    2

TP - J. Koch 94, Dockendorf 21.

BULLDOGS          AB  R   H  BI  BB  K

Pokorney     4    0    1    0    0    0

Haight          4    0    1    0    0    0

Renshaw      4    0    0    0    0    1

Vega3    0    0    0    1    0

O’Donnell    4    0    0    0    0    1

Eckstein       4    0    0    0    0    2

Annis3    0    0    0    0    1

Martin          2    0    0    0    0    0

- Soeffker     1    0    1    0    0    0

Brings           2    1    1    0    0    0

- Iano           1    0    0    0    0    1

SB - Brings; LOB - 5; E - Newman, Euerle.

BULLDOGS         IP  H  R  ER  BB  K

Euerle (L)  6.1    7    3    1    2     7   

Newman2.2    3    5    2    1    3

TP - Euerle 91, Newman 41.

 

The HERD debuts in Buffalo Days Parade

By Rob LaPlante

School News Editor

Although it didn’t count in judging, The HERD Marching Band from Buffalo High School left this year’s Buffalo Days Parade feeling satisfied.

Alexandria earned Grand Champion honors at this year’s event. Alexandria scored 78.9 and received the highest marks for Best Marching, Best General Effect, and Best Color Guard.

A total of 10 bands (including Buffalo) participated: including KMS, who finished first among Class A bands. The Patriots of Spring Lake Park and St. Anthony finished first among Class AA bands. Also participating were Benson, Sartell-St. Stephen, St. Francis, St. Michael-Albertville, St. Peter, and Maple Lake.

The HERD’s unofficial score of 76.2 would have ranked them second overall. They would have tied for first for Best Drumline and finished second for Best Music and Best Marching.

“This is one of our highest scores, ever, at the Buffalo Days Parade,” said HERD Band Director Scott Rabehl. “It is a fantastic start to our competitive season.”

Hannah Zimmerman, from the Clarinet Section, received “The Golden Dinkle Award,” presented to the outstanding visual performer at every parade. Reynah Johnson, from the Honor Guard, earned the first Golden Dinkle Award for the week of “Sweat Camp” and the Parent Performance.