SPORTS & SCHOOL

 

 

Buffalo stays undefeated

Three champs at Mora

Mueller records third shutout

Welch to play in International Bowl in Dallas

BDT records top scores at Henry Sibley

Trojans hand Bison sixth straight loss

Bison piece together unbalanced lineup

Top talent showcasing skills against Bison

Buffalo flirts with .500 record

Varsity Mock Trial wins M8 title

First KB meet ends with top results

Journal-Press Internet Sports & School - January 12, 2017
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Buffalo stays undefeated

Swim/dive defeats Princeton; Bison fifth at Panther Invite

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo boys’ swim/dive squad remained undefeated (2-0-1) in dual meets with a 100-86 home win last Thursday, Jan. 5 over Princeton.

 Highlighting the meet was a near-record diving performance from senior Hunter Brings, who finished first at 274.95. Blake Solberg currently holds both the pool and school records for 6-dives at 287.35. 

Brings and freshman Quincy Kabe finished 1-2 in diving with Kabe second at 164.55. The 10 points proved critical as Buffalo trailed Princeton 34-28 heading into diving.

The Bison grabbed the lead for good with another 1-2 finish in the next event. Sophomore Carter Barton was first (1:01.49) in the 100 butterfly, with senior Ramon Vega second at 1:05.28.

Leading 71-69, Buffalo took control of the meet in the final three events. Buffalo took 11 of 16 points in the 100 backstroke, led by a first-place time of 1:04.49 by junior Marco Maffei.

Buffalo then took 12 of 16 points in the 100 breaststroke. Barton (1:09.41) and sophomore Dylan Neska (1:19.96) finished 1-2, respectively.

“This was a big win for us – an amazing team effort,” said Bison head coach Pam Brophy. “We had to redo the lineup with a top varsity kid out with the flu. The kids really stepped up against a fast Princeton team. I was super proud of them all.”

 

PANTHER INVITE

Buffalo scored 269 points to finish fifth in last Saturday’s 8-team Panther Invitational at Spring Lake Park.

The meet featured top athletes and teams from both classes. Elk River finished first with 499 points. Area schools Monticello finished third at 346 and Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield fourth at 287.

While times increased a bit from the previous dual against Princeton, Brophy said she isn’t panicking.

“Spring Lake Park is a great varsity invite,” Brophy said. “We are well satisfied with where our team is at for this point in the season.”

Brings had the highest individual finish for the Bison with an 11-dive score 371.15, good for second place behind Spring Lake Park’s Bailey Kwong’s 394.90.

Junior Parker Kabe showed his versatility in both distance and sprints by finishing third (5:19.58) in 500 freestyle and fifth (23.83) in 50 freestyle.

Freshman Dakota Malwitz finished ninth in the 500 freestyle with a personal record (PR)/lettering time of 5:50.47.

“That was his first 500 of the season,” Brophy said. “His time was a 23 second drop from his PR set a year ago. He is a very coachable athlete who works hard, and is very motivated.”

Freshman Max Menzemer finished eighth with a lettering time of 2:04.91 in the 200 freestyle.

Like Malwitz and many other teammates, Brophy is impressed with the younger swimmers’ work ethics.

“Max not only works hard in practice every day, but also is very self-directed and coachable – it’s a great combination,” Brophy said.

Maffei and senior Kaelan Leahy each set PR’s with Maffei finishing ninth in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.39. Leahy’s PR came with a 24th place time of 2:46.34 in the 200 individual medley.

Next up is a 6 p.m. dual meet Thursday, Jan. 12 at Cambridge-Isanti. The Bluejackets finished seventh at the Spring Lake Park Invite with 147 points.

 

Buffalo 100, Princeton 86

(Thursday, Jan. 5 at Buffalo)

200 Medley Relay (8-4-2): 1. Princeton (Wade Lawrence, Scott Furman, Ryan Kreft, Tommy Milam) 1:52.78; Buffalo (Triston Kosek, Carter Barton, Parker Kabe, Marco Maffei) 1:53.43; 3. Buffalo (Cael Tuchtenhagen, Kaelan Leahy, Ramon Vega, Max Schmit) 1:59.83. (6-8)

200 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Wyatt Lawrence (P) 1:55.26; 2. Kosek (B) 2:04.51; 3. Wade Lawrence (P) 2:05.13; 4. Max Menzemer (B) 2:05.93; 5. Dakota Malwitz (B) 2:09.63. (13-17).

200 Individual Medley (6-4-3-2-1): 1. P. Kabe (B) 2:15.52; 2. Furman (P) 2:18.88; 3. Ryan Johnson (P) 2:20.33; 4. Kolbe Kramer (B) 2:27.43; 5. Tuchtenhagen (B) 2:31.50. (22-24).

50 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Milam (P) 23.59; 2. Maffei (B) 2459; 3. Connor Metsala (P) 24.74; 4. Schmit (B) 24.82; 5. Nathan Russell (P) 25.50. (28-34).

1-Meter Dive (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Hunter Brings (B) 274.95; 2. Quincy Kabe (B) 164.55; 3. Parker Carlberg (P) 139.25; 4. Nicolas Pracht (P) 136.20; 5. Tony McNiff (P) 136.05. (38-40).

100 Butterfly (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Barton (B) 1:01.49; 2. Vega (B) 1:05.28; 3. Russell (P) 1:08.50; 4. Shane Wetrosky (P) 1:15.35; 5. Leahy (B) 1:15.50. (49-45).

100 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Kreft (P) 52.73; 2. Kosek (B) 52.85; 3. Schmit (B) 55.54; 4. Metsala (P) 55.87; 5. Kramer (B) 56.75. (57-53).

500 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. P. Kabe (B) 5:14.91; 2. Wyatt Lawrence (P) 5:19.75; 3. Wade Lawrence (P) 5:37.18; 4. Menzemer (B) 5:56.70; 5. McNiff (P) 6:28.65. (65-61).

200 Freestyle Relay (8-4-2): 1. Princeton (Kreft, Metsala, Wyatt Lawrence, Milam) 1:37.77; 2. Buffalo (Tuchtenhagen, Kramer, Schmit, Vega) 1:43.25; 3. Buffalo (Brings, Troy Giddings, Nick Oak, Menzemer) 1:47.98. (71-69)

100 Backstroke (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Maffei (B) 1:04.49; 2. Johnson (P) 1:05.92; 3. Malwitz (B) 1:06.03; 4. Tuchtenhagen (B) 1:07.31; 5. Rick Torkelson (P) 1:10.27. (82-74).

100 Breaststroke (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Barton (B) 1:09.41; 2. Dylan Neska (B) 1:19.96; 3. Trent Burk (P) 1:20.74; 4. Leahy (B) 1:20.98; 5. Carlberg (P) 1:22.01. (94-78).

400 Freestyle Relay (8-4-2): 1. Princeton (Kreft, Metsala, Milam, Wyatt Lawrence) 3:31.68; 2. Buffalo (Kosek, Maffei, Barton, P. Kabe) 3:33.05; 3. Buffalo (Kramer, Giddings, Malwitz, Menzemer) 3:57.20. (100-86).

 

Spring Lake Park Invite

(Saturday, Jan. 7 at Spring Lake Park)

Team scores: 1. Elk River 499, 2. Spring Lake Park 460.5; 3. Monticello 346, 4. Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield 287, 5. Buffalo 269, 6. Fridley 189, 7. Cambridge-Isanti 147, 8. Robbinsdale Cooper 125.5.

200 Medley Relay: 1. Elk River (Ben Kopp, Coleman Maegi, Preston Schmeidel, Zack Kopp) 1:41.39; 5. Buffalo (Marco Maffei, Carter Barton, Parker Kabe, Triston Kosek) 1:52.75; 12. Buffalo (Cael Tuchtenhagen, Dylan Neska, Ramon Vega, Max Schmit) 1:59.20.

200 Freestyle: 1. Z. Kopp (ER) 1:47.41; 8. Max Menzemer (B) 2:04.91; 17. Tuchtenhagen (B) 2:17.37; 18. Troy Giddings (B) 2:17.79.

200 Individual Medley: 1. B. Kopp (ER) 2:02.03; 7. Barton (B) 2:13.31; 11. Kosek (B) 2:21.45; 23. Kaelan Leahy (B) 2:46.34.

50 Freestyle: 1. Payton Kilian (SLP) 23.32; 5. P. Kabe (B) 23.83; 11. Schmit (B) 25.57; 16. Vega (B) 26.14.

1-Meter Dive: 1. Bailey Kwong (SLP) 394.90; 2. Hunter Brings (B) 371.15; 10. Quincy Kabe (B) 270.05.

100 Butterfly: 1. Schmeidel (ER) 55.40; 13. Maffei (B) 1:03.45; 14. Vega (B) 1:03.78; 21. Kolbe Kramer (B) 1:14.32.

100 Freestyle: 1. Sam Dressler (M) 49.96; 9. Menzemer (B) 56.20; 12. Schmit (B) 57.82; 13. Will Bofenkamp (B) 58.06.

500 Freestyle: 1. Z. Kopp (ER) 4:52.79; 3. P. Kabe (B) 5:19.58; 9. Dakota Malwitz (B) 5:50.47; 20. Nick Oak (B) 6:36.81.

200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Monticello (Jack Whinnery, Dylan Remsik, Logan Cordell, Dressler) 1:34.24; 8. Buffalo (Tuchtenhagen, Schmit, Bofenkamp, Kosek) 1:42.49; 10. Buffalo (Kramer, Oak, Menzemer, Vega) 1:45.04.                100 Backstroke: 1. B. Kopp (ER) 52.75; 9. Maffei (B) 1:05.39; 12. Tuchtenhagen (B) 1:07.95; 17. Malwitz (B) 1:12.54.

100 Breaststroke: 1. Joe Privratsky (SLP) 1:03.35; 6. Barton (B) 1:10.45; 19. Neska (B) 1:23.51; 21. Leahy (B) 1:24.74.

400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Elk River (Z. Kopp, Schmeidel, Trey Chilstrom, B. Kopp) 3:23.58; 4. Buffalo (Maffei, Barton, Kosek, P. Kabe) 3:38.29; 10. Buffalo (Kramer, Malwitz, Menzemer, Giddings) 3:57.81.

 

Three champs at Mora

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Buffalo head wrestling coach, Ben Presler, is finally going to the score table with a near full-deck.

After missing two key wrestlers to start the season, juniors JJ Andress and Jacob Scherber – both individual state qualifiers a year ago, are back.

Andress returned from a concussion a week ago, where he placed second in last week’s Rumble on the Red Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. Scherber made his return from an ACL injury last Saturday, and was one of three Bison wrestlers to place first at the 8-team Mora Invitational.

Andress (106 pounds), Scherber (182), and sophomore Riley Habisch (152) each won their weight division.

Buffalo scored 164 points to finish second in team scoring behind Waconia’s 270.

The Bison were the only participating Class 3A varsity squad to compete in Mora. St. Michael-Albertville’s junior varsity team competed and finished fifth at 130.

“We’ve seen a lot of the metro teams, so this is a good opportunity to see teams we normally don’t see,” Presler said.

Even though they faced smaller schools, Presler noted the competition was still top-notch. Waconia ranks No. 9 in Class AA. Mora, who finished third with 162 points, ranks No. 11 in Class AA and was a state qualifier a year ago.

“Just because you’re a smaller school, wrestling doesn’t change,” Presler said.

Defending 113-pound state champion (Class AA), Garrett Vos of Waconia earned a second-round fall (3:29) over Buffalo junior Ben Ruhr at Mora. Vos won the 120-pound division, while Ruhr placed third.

The Bison placed 10 wrestlers among the top-5 in each of the 10 weight classes they competed in.

Senior Charlie DesMarais (138) and junior Caleb Drews (145) each made it to their title matches, before losing to top-ranked opponents in the finals. Ruhr and sophomore Tommy Samson (113) each finished third. Senior Hunter Newman (126) and junior Josh Anderson (160) each finished fourth. Junior Seamus Filkins (285) was fifth.

“This is the highest tournament finish we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Presler said. “We had a lot of highlights from the weekend. Josh wrestled at 160 for the first time and getting JJ and Jacob back is big. We’re still learning about JJ, but he’s fun to watch wrestle. And nobody was happier to be back wrestling than Jacob was.”

Next up for Buffalo (3-2) is a 7 p.m. home dual meet Thursday, Jan. 12 against Big Lake (4-3).

 

Mora Invitational

(Saturday, Jan. 7 at Mora)

Team scores: 1. Waconia 270.5; 2. Buffalo 164.5; 3. Mora 162; 4. Aitken 148; 5. St. Michael-Albertville JV 130; 6. Rush City-Braham 85; 7. Team X 84; 8. Spectrum 28.

106: 1. JJ Andress (Buffalo); 3. Ryan Scherber (Buffalo). Buffalo: Andress fall 1:24 over Tyler McElrath (X); Andress 10-1 major dec. over Tyson Peitz (X); Andress 14-1 major dec. over Riese White (W).

113: 1. Ryan Nosbush (Mora); 3. Tommy Samson (Buffalo). Buffalo: Samson bye; Will Burroughs (W) 3-0 dec. over Samson; Samson fall 4:41 over Tyler Decent (A); Samson fall 3:36 over Carson Shockman (RCB).

120: 1. Garrett Vos (Waconia); 3. Ben Ruhr (Buffalo). Buffalo: Ruhr fall 1:11 over Noah Monte (STMA-JV); Garrett Vos (W) fall 3:29 over Ruhr; Ruhr 14-2 major dec. over Adam Devine (S); Ruhr 7-5 dec. over Jack Gravelle (A).

126: 1. Caine Owens (Aitken); 4. Hunter Newman (Buffalo). Buffalo: Newman fall 2:38 over Robert Bohachek (M); Dylan Hanson (STMA-JV) fall 5:49 over Newman; Newman fall 6:00 over Logan Schumacher (SP); Jim Burroughs (W) fall 3:36 over Newman.

132: 1. Ethan Prachar (Mora). Buffalo: Open.

138: 1. Tim Stapelton (Waconia); 2. Charlie DesMarais (Buffalo). Buffalo: DesMarais 7-3 dec. over Charlie Kinneberg (X); DesMarais 15-0 tech. fall over Ethan Aune (S); Tim Stapelton (W) 4-2 dec. over DesMarais.

145: 1. Tyler Wagener (Waconia); 2. Caleb Drews (Buffalo). Buffalo: Drews fall 3:35 over Luke Logan (STMA-JV); Drews fall 5:10 over Hunter Hermanson (RCB); Tyler Wagener (W) 20-3 tech. fall over Drews.

152: 1. Riley Habisch (Buffalo). Buffalo: Habisch bye; Habisch 4-3 dec. over Jon Smith (M); Habisch 3-1 dec-OT over Justin Schultz (W).

160: 1. Cade Mueller (Waconia); 4. Josh Anderson (Buffalo). Buffalo: Daniel Mielke (RCB) fall 4:51 over Anderson; Anderson fall 1:55 over Corey Clemmer (X); Anderson 3-2 dec. over Andrew Kientop (M); Mielke (RCB) 7-2 dec. over Anderson.

170: 1. Alex Logelin (Waconia). Buffalo: Open.

182: 1. Jacob Scherber (Buffalo). Buffalo: Scherber bye; Scherber fall 5:24 over Cole Bremmer (W); Scherber fall 3:48 over Cedric Farnsworth (A).

195: 1. Andrew Eklund (Aitken). Buffalo: Open.

220: 1. Dylan Gluck (Waconia). Buffalo: Open.

285: 1. Jake Hawkins (Waconia); 5. Seamus Filkins (Buffalo). Buffalo: Filkins bye; Erik Eskuri (RCB) fall 1:27 over Filkins; Brandon Udstuen (M) injury def. 1:00 over Filkins; Filkins bye.

 

Mueller records third shutout

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With the meat of their regular-season schedule behind them, the Buffalo boys’ hockey team is ready to make a run.

Step one of that process came in a 3-0 home win last Thursday, Jan. 5 over St. Francis.

After facing nine teams ranked in the top-20 of either class, last Thursday’s game with the Fighting Saints began a stretch of four-straight games against unranked conference opponents.

“We’d like to go on a little run here and get a couple games above .500,” said Bison head coach Aaron Johnson. Buffalo’s win over St. Francis evened its overall record to 7-7-0. “The early experiences we’ve had so far should bode well for us going into the second half.”

After finishing fourth in the Mississippi 8 a year ago, Buffalo currently sits atop the conference standings at 3-1-0.

“It will be fun playing conference teams now so that we can get to our goal of being conference champions,” Mueller said.

Mueller assisted on the game’s opening goal scored 58 seconds into the game by senior Cade Stensby.

The lead stayed 1-0 until senior Tom Rooney scored at 9:22 of period three. Senior Blake Habisch assisted on both goals. Senior Mateo Johnson added an insurance goal at 11:03 after re-directing a pass from senior Connor Kuhlmann.

It was Johnson’s first career varsity goal. Despite sophomore goalie Nathan Mueller making 15 saves for his third shutout of the season, it was Johnson who received the game puck in the locker room afterwards.

“You can tell by the response from the kids for his goal that they were all excited for him,” Coach Johnson said. “He’s had a tough go. He didn’t skate all summer after he got hurt from motocross. He’s a really good kid and handled his role really well. He’ll get a bigger chance going forward.”

Buffalo outshot St. Francis 34-15 and limited the Fighting Saints to perimeter opportunities most the game.

“It was a disappointment to only beat St. Francis by three,” said sophomore forward Treyton Welch. “But Nathan held us in there with the shutout. We have a young goalie that’s really good.”

Mueller has started and played every minute of every game this season for the Bison. He’s among the conference leaders in goals against average (2.31) and save percentage (.910).

Nobody has seen his progression more so than his older brother.

“He looks more confident and has got used to varsity play,” Nick Mueller said. “He’s helped us out a lot and made it easier for us to do our jobs while he’s doing his.”

Mueller’s impact in goal has also impressed his coaches.

“We’ve been talking about being a good defensive team in the second half of the season and building around Nathan and the type of goalie he is,” Coach Johnson said. “We feel if we limit teams’ chances, we’ll be in every game we play in no matter who the competition is.”

After a busy stretch which saw Buffalo play five games in nine days, a much needed break came this past week with the Bison off for a week prior to Thursday’s 7 p.m. home game against Cambridge-Isanti.

“The unusual thing is we had this past weekend off,” Coach Johnson said. “You don’t get that very often. Our schedule is pretty full and pretty compact. It was nice to step away from the rink for a few days and refresh the body and refresh the mind.”

 

Buffalo 3, St. Francis 0

(Thursday, Jan. 5 at Buffalo)

Fighting Saints  0  0  0  -    0

Bison                1  0  2  -    3

First period: B -- Cade Stensby (Blake Habisch, Nick Mueller) 0:58.

Second period: No scoring.

Third period: B -- Tom Rooney (Habisch) 9:22; B -- Mateo Johnson (Connor Kuhlmann) 11:03.

Goalies: SF – Nolan Garaghty (loss) 34 shots, 31 saves; B -- Nathan Mueller (win) 15 shots, 15 saves. Shots: SF – 6-4-5 – 15; B – 11-11-12 – 34. Power Plays: SF – 0-3; B – 0-2.

 

Welch to play in International Bowl in Dallas

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Buffalo High School sophomore, Treyton Welch, will represent the USA Under-17 football team in the upcoming International Bowl VIII.

The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. It will be televised live on ESPN3.

Welch earned the spot after being selected from the US National Camp he attended last summer in Maryland with Bison senior teammates Andrew Johnson, Tyler Johnson, and Dylan Rohlin.

“It was an open door that God gave me to go,” Welch said. “All glory to him.”

Welch and his family will arrive in Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 12. The weekend features the USA U-17 team playing the Japanese Nationals in a jamboree scrimmage on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Maverick Stadium on the campus of the University of Arlington.

The same two teams will play in Monday’s International Bowl.

As a first-year varsity wide receiver, Welch finished with 39 catches, 586 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

One of his most memorable games came in Buffalo’s 47-20 home win in week one over Willmar. Welch scored two touchdowns on offense, but the biggest moment came later in the contest when he snared a leaping one-handed interception on defense that oohed and awed the crowd.

 His “catch” was very similar to the ones his football idol is best known for playing for the New York Giants.

“Odell Beckham Jr.,” said Welch, when asked who his favorite NFL receiver is. “We both have the same size hands.”

Welch is hopeful to gain similar attention when he steps foot on the same turf OBJ plays on against the division-rival Cowboys.

“My goal is to play Division-I football,” Welch said. “It’s going to be a good opportunity for me with a ton of Division-I scouts there.”

 

BDT records top scores at Henry Sibley

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Dance Team participated in a meet other than the Mississippi 8.

The Bison finished seventh in both high kick and jazz at last Thursday’s 7-team mini-meet at Rogers High School.

Buffalo had a ranking score of 20 in jazz and 20.5 in high kick. Anoka won both categories with rankings of three. Anoka, Forest Lake, Rogers, Andover, Elk River, and Bemidji rounded out the field.

“Rogers was a great opportunity to compete against other teams from our section,” said Bison head coach Sarah Beyer.

All seven teams competing at Rogers compete in Section 4AAA. Brainerd, Anoka, and St. Cloud advanced to state a year ago in high kick. Blaine, Anoka, and St. Cloud Tech made state in jazz.

 

HENRY SIBLEY

The competition got even more difficult when Buffalo competed last Saturday in the 15-team Henry Sibley Invitational in Mendota Heights.

The Bison finished 14th in high kick with a score of 257, and ninth in kick at 265. Lakeville North finished first in high kick at 422. Hopkins edged Lakeville North in jazz 415 to 388. Lakeville North qualified for state in both high kick and jazz a year ago.

“Henry Sibley was another good opportunity to compete against a wide variety of teams,” Beyer said. “The kick team had their best performance of the season, and our scores reflected that. Jazz was able to climb in the ranks and we placed in the middle of the group, and they also had their highest scores.”

Beyer is hopeful that exposure to some other teams will prepare them for some bigger upcoming meets, starting with the Mississippi 8 conference finals starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Chisago Lakes.        

“We are so happy with the progression so far,” Beyer said. “Our scores continue to improve dramatically at each competition. We are very proud of the girls.”

 

Rogers Invitational

(Thursday, Jan. 5 at Rogers)

High Kick

Team ranks: 1. Anoka 3; 2. Forest Lake 6.5; 3. Rogers 8.5; 4. Andover 13; 5. Elk River 14; 6. Bemidji 18.5; 7. Buffalo 20.5.

Jazz

Team ranks: 1. Anoka 3; 2. Forest Lake 6; 3. Rogers 10; 4. Andover 10; 5. Elk River 14; 6. Bemidji 19; 7. Buffalo 20.

 

Henry Sibley Invitational

(Saturday, Jan. 7 at Mendota Heights)

High Kick (Class 3A)

Team scores: 1. Lakeville North 422; 2. Hopkins 402; 3. Mounds View 367; 4. Henry Sibley 360; 5. Andover 354; 6. St. Francis 331; 7. Duluth East 329; 8. Centennial 324; 9. Irondale 301; 10. Woodbury 293; 11. East Ridge 291; 12. Osseo 283; 13. Coon Rapids 277; 14. Buffalo 257; 15. Cretin-Derham Hall 228.

Jazz (Class 3A)

Team scores: 1. Hopkins 415; 2. Lakeville North 388; 3. Mounds View 351; 4. Henry Sibley 341; 5. St. Francis 336; 6. Duluth East 335; 7. Andover 323; 8. Centennial 285; 9. Buffalo 265; 10. Woodbury 266; 11. Coon Rapids 261; 12. Irondale 259; 13. East Ridge 252; 14. Osseo 236; 15. Cretin-Derham Hall-DQ. 

 

Trojans hand Bison sixth straight loss

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

For a team hungry for a win, the recent schedule for the Buffalo boys’ basketball squad wasn’t the best recipe for success.

The Bison dropped to 1-8 on the season following a 54-39 home loss last Friday, Jan. 6 to New Prague.

The Trojans, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A, improved to 11-0 with the win. Despite suffering their sixth-consecutive loss, Bison head coach Josh Ortmann liked his team’s game – minus a 10-minute lag in the second half.

“You know what, these kids could have very easily put their chins in their chests after the St. Cloud Apollo loss. But they continue to fight and try and get better,” said Ortmann, referring to a Jan. 3 home defeat in which they blew a 15-point halftime lead only to lose 53-51 at the buzzer.

Buffalo never led against New Prague, but a strong defensive effort kept the game within reach, trailing the Trojans 23-15 at the half.

The Bison cut New Prague’s lead to 23-21 just two minutes into the second half on consecutive field goals by seniors Dylan Rohlin, Noah Evans, and freshman Brandon Maatz.

“At halftime, we talked about coming out with a run,” said Maatz, who finished the game with five points. “It was only an 8-point game. We really came out firing those first three minutes.”

The two points would be as close as the Bison would get, as New Prague eventually went on an 18-0 run over the next 10 minutes to take a commanding 41-21 lead.

“We made a couple soft plays on offense and our rotation on defense wasn’t good,” said Maatz, referring to the 10-minute stretch that cost them the game. “We can’t let it go from a 6-0 run for us, to them stretching out their lead.”

Maatz’s 3-pointer with eight minutes left in regulation ended the Trojan run, and started a mini-Bison run in which Buffalo closed the gap to 51-39 with three minutes left.

New Prague leading scorer, Zach Hanson, a 6-foot-6 senior center committed to St. John’s in Collegeville, helped salt the game away, scoring 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second half.

Hanson used his big frame to make life difficult for Buffalo’s big guys. Evans was held to three points, before fouling out late in the second half. Hanson recorded 14 rebounds, and quieted the student section with his first-half dunk.

Despite the continued losses, Ortmann feels his team is starting to evolve in its game compared to earlier defeats where Buffalo was losing by 30-plus points.

 “What we do for a game plan isn’t rocket science,” Ortmann said. “You can see what we’re doing in practice is starting to carry into games. We lost by 20, but that game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. You take that 10-minute stretch away, and that’s a darn good basketball game.”

“We played well, but we still have things we need to build on,” Maatz said. “We want to win.”

Maatz has been the only non-senior to start for Buffalo in recent games.

While he’s averaging only 6.3 points per game, it’s the other areas of his game that has earned him a starting role as a ninth grader.

“What I love about Brandon; I got to the gym about an hour before practice every single day over holiday break, and every single day, he’s waiting for me at the door,” Ortmann said. “Matt Willert and Aidan Bouman (both freshmen) are in the same boat. We have some young guys that love the game of basketball. Brandon has proven he can be a consistent shooter and he understands how to rotate on defense.”

Maatz credits the senior class for welcoming him in as a youngster. He also is determined not to give up his spot in the lineup.

“Every single day I try and better myself anyway possible,” Maatz said. “Whether it’s shooting or watching film, I’ll do whatever it takes to get on that floor.”

Buffalo’s game Tuesday night at Big Lake was postponed due to weather. A makeup date is yet to be determined. The Hornets (8-2) rank No. 6 in Class 3A.

 

TEN-YEAR TRIBUTE

The Bison plan to salute the 2006-07 state championship team at Friday’s home game Jan. 13 versus North Branch. Some of the members will be in attendance, along with a special presentation to former head coach Nick Guida.

 

New Prague 59, Buffalo 39

(Friday, Jan. 6 at Buffalo)

Trojans 23  36   -  59

Bison                15  24   -  39

Scoring:

Trojans (59): Zach Hanson 24; Jared Milinkovich 11; Tyler Lindell 7; Tyler Kemp 6; Jacob Milinkovich 5; Jacob Washa 4; Somto Eneh 2.

Bison (39): Dylan Rohlin 16; Brytan Matzke 6; Andrew Johnson 5; Brandon Maatz 5; Noah Evans 3; Tyler Johnson 2; Derek Nauman 2.

 

Bison piece together unbalanced lineup

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Bison gymnastics squad posted a score of 133.45 last Thursday, Jan. 5 against Princeton, and won. On Monday, they posted a score of 134.25 against St. Michael-Albertville, and lost.

The math doesn’t seem to add up, but considering the opponents, and factoring in some injuries, the results do.

Buffalo’s score of 133.45 was more than enough to defeat a Princeton squad that tallied just 119.70 points. The Tigers finished last a year ago with a 0-8 record in the Mississippi 8.

Bison head coach Martha Driscoll-Nelson said the Princeton win was a nice bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season in their previous meet last Dec. 22 at North Branch.

“That was a great meet,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “The gymnasts were determined to correct some of the mistakes from North Branch. Beam was much improved and bars were a lot better.”

Eighth-grader, Madi Peters, finished first in all four events, earning a top all-around score of 35.850. Sophomore Sam Poeschl finished second to Peters in beam, bars and all-around (32.850). Junior Rachel Haas was second on floor, third on vault, fourth on bars, fifth on beam, and third in all-around (32.150).

With junior Amanda Montplaisir still out with a broken toe, Poeschl says she’s relishing the opportunity to have an expanded role.

“It’s pretty cool being able to do varsity right away,” Poeschl said. “I like doing bars the most.”

The hope was to get Montplaisir back to the lineup in early January, but a setback have coaches hopeful for a late January return.

The injury front also picked up with senior Allie Merz rolling both ankles in practice prior to Monday’s STMA meet. Peters is also dealing with a nagging back injury.

“Both Amanda and Madi are really tough girls,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “Allie usually does all-around for us, but with both ankles taped, we kept her off the beam against STMA. She was still able to do floor, and had a good routine.”

Bad ankles and all, Merz still finished fifth on floor. Bad back and all, Peters took first on floor, beam, and finished with the top all-around score of 36.05.

Buffalo’s score of 134.25 was an increase over Princeton, but a much improved STMA squad handed the Bison their second loss with a score of 138.250.

Haas and Poeschl finished fourth (33.30) and fifth (32.325), respectively, in all-around. STMA’s Allie Zipp was second in all-around at 34.925 and Anna Tschida was third at 34.15.

The Knights outscored Buffalo in all events except beam. Peters had a top score of 9.200. Haas was third at 8.775, and senior Ingrid Nelson was fifth at 8.450.

 

With only 11 girls on the roster, the Bison were down to nine capable bodies against STMA with junior Peyton Retterath not available for Monday’s meet.

“I think we did okay, considering all the girls that are missing,” Poeschl said. “It will be nice when we get everyone back.”

“Everybody likes to win,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “But they understand that you can only step up so far. Last year, we had more girls. The girls are stepping up and busting their rear ends. They are doing really well, but you can only step up so much. We slowly are trying to work in more difficult stuff, but you have to be able to do it.

“I’ll say this much, we have wonderful kids,” Driscoll-Nelson continued. “Win or lose, honestly, this group is probably the best people I’ve ever had.”

The Bison (3-2) next compete at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at St. Francis.  

 

Buffalo 133.45, Princeton 119.70

(Thursday, Jan. 5 at Buffalo)

Vault: 1. Madi Peters (B) 9.150; 2. Peyton Retterath (B) 8.500; T3. Rachel Haas (B) 8.450; T3. Jackie Hellman (P) 8.450; T5. Millie Anderson (P) 8.400; T5. Sam Twardy (B) 8.400; T7. Allison Murphy (P) 8.250; T7. Samantha Poeschl (B) 8.250; 9. Lily Opay (P) 8.050; 10. Briana Dokken (P) 7.500. Team scores: Buffalo 34.500, Princeton 33.150.

Uneven Bars: 1. Peters (B) 8.350; 2. Poeschl (B) 8.200; 3. Lauren McHenry (B) 7.800; 4. Haas (B) 7.500; T5. Dokken (P) 7.250; T5. Murphy (P) 7.250; 7. Retterath (B) 6.800; 8. Hellman (P) 6.650; 9. Anderson (P) 5.850; 10. Kassie Bastian (P) 5.650. Team scores: Buffalo 31.850, Princeton 27.000.

Balance Beam: 1. Peters (B) 9.100; 2. Poeschl (B) 8.350; 3. Ingrid Nelson (B) 7.900; 4. McHenry (B) 7.700; 5. Haas (B) 7.600; 6. Hellman (P) 7.550; 7. Murphy (P) 7.400; 8. Anderson (P) 7.100; 9. Dokken (P) 6.950; 10. Opay (P) 6.100. Team scores: Buffalo 33.050, Princeton 29.000.

Floor Exercise: 1. Peters (B) 9.250; 2. Haas (B) 8.600; 3. Hellman (P) 8.150; T4. Nelson (B) 8.100; T4. Retterath (B) 8.100; 6. Poeschl (B) 8.050; 7. Dokken (P) 7.550; 8. Murphy (P) 7.450; T9. Anderson (P) 7.400; T9. Kathryn Conner (P) 7.400. Team scores: Buffalo 34.050, Princeton 30.550.

All Around: 1. Peters (B) 35.850; 2. Poeschl (B) 32.850; 3. Haas (B) 32.150; 4. Hellman (P) 30.800; 5. Murphy (P) 30.350; 6. Dokken (P) 29.250; 7. Anderson (P) 28.750.

 

St. Michael-Albertville 138.25

Buffalo 134.25

(Monday, Jan. 9 at Buffalo)

Vault: 1. Allie Zipp (STMA) 9.350; T2. Madi Peters (B) 9.050; T2. Anna Tschida (STMA) 9.050; 4. Peri Dombeck (STMA) 8.600; 5. Sydney Chervenak (STMA) 8.500; 6. Rachel Haas (B) 8.425; 7. Sam Twardy (B) 8.400; T8. Sam Poeschl (B) 8.300; T8. Katelyn Tschida (STMA) 8.300; 10. Alex Kahlert (B) 8.250. Team scores: STMA 35.500, Buffalo 34.175.

Uneven Bars: 1. Chervenak (STMA) 8.900; 2. Zipp (STMA) 8.900; 3. Peters (B) 8.400; 4. Molly Davison (STMA) 8.000; 5. A. Tschida (STMA) 7.850; 6. Lauren Pomerleau (STMA) 7.700; 7. Poeschl (B) 7.625; 8. Haas (B) 7.475; 9. Allie Merz (B) 6.900; 10. Lauren McHenry (B) 6.550. Team scores: STMA 33.200, Buffalo 30.400.

Balance Beam: 1. Peters (B) 9.200; 2. Dombeck (STMA) 8.825; 3. Haas (B) 8.775; 4. Zipp (STMA) 8.525; 5. Ingrid Nelson (B) 8.450; 6. K. Tschida (STMA) 8.400; 7. A. Tschida (STMA) 8.300; 8. Poeschl (B) 7.950; T0. Sophi Gagnon (STMA) 7.500; T9. McHenry (B) 7.500. Team scores: Buffalo 34.375, STMA 34.050.

Floor Exercise: 1. Peters (B) 9.400; 2. Dombeck (STMA) 9.000; T3. A. Tschida (STMA) 8.950; T3. K. Tschida (STMA) 8.950; 5. Merz (B) 8.775; 6. Haas (B) 8.625; 7. Zipp (STMA) 8.600; 8. Nelson (B) 8.500; 9. Poeschl (B) 8.450; 10. Chervenak (STMA) 8.250. Team scores: STMA 35.500, Buffalo 35.300.

All Around: 1. Peters (B) 36.050; 2. Zipp (STMA) 34.925; 3. A. Tschida (STMA) 34.150; 4. Haas (B) 33.300; 5. Poeschl (B) 32.325.

 

Top talent showcasing skills against Bison

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Immediately following a 4-0 loss Thursday, Jan. 5 at Rogers, Bison head coach Mark Nordvall told his girls’ hockey squad an important message.

“We can’t get used to losing,” he said.

After winning 3-straight games in early December, the Bison have since dropped seven of their past eight contests, which included their most recent defeats – a 6-0 shutout last Saturday, Jan. 7 at Moorhead, and 4-2 loss Tuesday at Sartell-Sauk Rapids.

While the team has struggled recently on defense, the Bison had averaged 3.11 goals per game prior to the most recent back-to-back shutouts.

Hailey Hartlage needed to make only 13 saves in leading Rogers past Buffalo.

Paetyn Levis, an Ohio State commit, finished with two goals and one assist for the Royals. All three of Levis’ points came off Bison miscues.

The first coming at 8:44 of period one when Rogers’ top line of Levis, Madi Chapman and Kaitlyn Lloyd took advantage of a long shift for Buffalo’s third line. The end result was Levis scoring her 30th goal of the season.

The score remained 1-0 until 12:14 of period two when Marie Reimer beat Bison sophomore goalie Kennedy Sohler with a turn-around shot from the slot.

Sohler and the Bison trailed 2-0 after two. While the shots after two heavily favored Rogers 25-7, Nordvall was convinced the game was more even then the scoreboard indicated.

“I think we had three shots in the second period, but I bet we took 15,” Nordvall said. “We have to hit the darn net.”

Buffalo’s best chance to score was denied by Rogers goalie Hailey Hartlage early in period three when she stopped Bison senior Taylor Thompson point blank after Thompson had blown past her defender.

Moments later, Levis made it 3-0 after scoring on a breakaway from the blue line after a Bison defender had fell down.

The Royals added a late goal on another miscue when Levis and Chapman converted on a 2-on-0 breakaway.

Sohler committed towards Levis, who leads the conference in goals (31) and was seeking her third goal of the afternoon, but dished a backhand pass to a wide open Chapman for the tap in.

It wasn’t the first time this season Buffalo has faced D-I players. But each game they have, Sohler said the team sometimes becomes guilty of puck watching.

“When we play against D-I players, I feel sometimes we get too focused on one player instead of a whole team,” Sohler said. “Levis is good, but I feel we could have shut them down.”

The loss to Rogers dropped the Bison (4-2) two wins behind the Royals (6-1) for first place in the Mississippi 8.

Moorhead’s Kara Werth was the latest D-I commit to do damage to the Bison.

The University of North Dakota recruit registered a hat trick in the Spuds’ 6-0 home win. Werth opened the scoring with an unassisted short-handed goal at 11:12 of the first period. She added her second and third goals of the game late in period three.

Despite the recent struggles, Sohler is hopeful of a stronger second half.

“This is my first year of high school hockey and I want to help the seniors go out as winners,” Sohler said. “I’m still pretty confident in net, and in my team. It’s not always up to me. It’s a whole team effort.”

Nordvall couldn’t agree more.

“We’re doing more little things right,” Nordvall said. “Effort wise, we’re working our butts off. But the minor breakdowns here-and-there are costing us.”

Buffalo (5-12 overall) dropped its fourth straight game with a 4-2 road loss Tuesday night at Sartell-Sauk Rapids.

The Bison’s shutout streak of eight straight periods came to an end with a goal at 6:10 or period three by sophomore Emma Carlson.

The losses to Moorhead and SSR dropped Buffalo to 0-6 against section opponents.

The Bison host North Wright County at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. 

Rogers 4, Buffalo 0

(Thursday, Jan. 5 at Rogers)

Bison                0  0  0  -    0

Royals              1  1  2  -    4

First period: R -- Paetyn Levis (Madi Chapman, Kaitlyn Lloyd) 8:44.

Second period: R -- Marie Reimer (Sam Scherling, Ella Achterkirch) 12:14.

Third period: R -- Levis (Courtney Johnston, Chapman) 10:50; R -- Chapman (Levis) 16:25.

Goalies: B – Kennedy Sohler (loss) 39 shots, 35 saves; R – Hailey Hartlage (win) 13 shots, 13 saves; Shots: B – 4-3-6 – 13; R – 11-14-14 – 39. Power Plays: B – 0-3; R – 0-3.

 

Moorhead 6, Buffalo 0

(Saturday, Jan. 7 at Moorhead)

Bison                0  0  0  -    0

Spuds               2  1  3  -    6

First period: M -- Kara Werth (unassisted) SH, 11:12; M -- Shelbi Guttormson (Brenna Mjoness, Jordie Egerdahl) 16:58.

Second period: M -- Makayla Keller (Emma Cullen) 6:38.

Third period: M -- Marissa Herdt (Mjoness, Egerdahl) 12:31; M -- Werth (Emily Meyer) 13:20; M -- Werth (Hailey Raske) 15::30.

Goalies: B – Kennedy Sohler (loss) 30 shots, 24 saves; M – Paige Schmidt (win) 24 shots, 24 saves; Shots: B – 9-4-11 – 24; M – 14-10-6 – 30. Power Plays: B – 0-2; M – 0-1.

 

Sartell-Sauk Rapids 4, Buffalo 2

(Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Sauk Rapids)

Bison                0  0  2  -    2

Storm’n Sabres1  3  0  -    4

First period: SSR -- Brooke Walkers (Megan Mohr, Bria Ferns) 12:01.

Second period: SSR -- Grace McCabe (Lizzy Minnerath, Allie Hemmesch) PP, 5:08; SSR -- Libby Asper (Ellie Hansen) 11:02; SSR -- Walters (Alexa Paulson) 12:25.

Third period: B -- Emma Carlson (Morgan Wurm, Jilli Hovland) 6:10; B -- Taylor Thompson (unassisted) 13:52.

Goalies: B – Kennedy Sohler (loss) 15 shots, 11 saves, B -- Anna Monsrud (9 shots, 9 saves); SSR – Chloe Stockinger (win) 34 shots, 32 saves; Shots: B – 14-10-10 – 34; SSR – 6-11-7 – 24. Power Plays: B – 0-3; SSR – 1-3.

 

Buffalo flirts with .500 record

Twice this season,  the Buffalo girls’ basketball team has reached the .500 mark, only to drop a game below it in its next contest.

A 49-44 road win Friday, Jan. 6 at Rogers evened the Bison’s record at 5-5. Buffalo hasn’t been a game above .500 since its season-opening win last Nov. 29 at St. Cloud Tech.

Jordan Zrust scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the opening 11 minutes of the first half.

In a foul-fueled game, the struggling Royals stayed close by hitting their free-throws, but dropped to 3-10 with the loss.

Junior Megan Lowell had six points and 15 rebounds. Senior Autumn Senger and junior Bailee Larson each had 10.

Buffalo failed the next day to climb above the elusive .500 mark after suffering a 76-51 road loss last Saturday, Jan. 7 at Moorhead.

Lowell was one of three players to record a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bison.

Moorhead’s Sam Haiby and Brooke Tonsfeldt each had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Spuds.

Buffalo’s home game Tuesday against Big Lake was postponed due to weather. Next up is a 7:15 p.m. road game Friday, Jan. 13 at North Branch.

 

Buffalo 49, Rogers 44

(Friday, Jan. 6 at Buffalo)

Bison                18  31   -  49

Royals              16  28   -  44

Scoring:

Bison (49): Jordan Zrust 16 (7 rebounds); Bailee Larson 10 (5 rebounds); Autumn Senger 10 (4 assists); Megan Lowell 6 (15 rebounds); Hailey Sorenson 5 (6 rebounds, 5 steals); Claire Boser 2.

Royals (44): Raven Schwieters 10; Claire Swan 9; Allison Dahlgren 5; Ashley Hanauska 5; Autumn Yelich 5; Haylee Fingelsen 4; Megan Secrist 4; Emily Rubbelke 2.

 

Moorhead 76, Buffalo 51

(Saturday, Jan. 7 at Moorhead)

Bison                20  31   -  51

Spuds               44  32   -  76

Scoring:

Bison (51): Megan Lowell 19 (10 rebounds); Hailey Sorenson 11 (9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks); Bailee Larson 7 (7 rebounds); Claire Boser 6 (5 rebounds); Jordan Zrust 6 (6 rebounds, 3 assists); Autumn Senger 2.

Spuds (76): Not available. Sam Haiby 21 (10 rebounds); Brooke Tonsfeldt (9 rebounds); other

 

Varsity Mock Trial wins M8 title

By Laurie Raymond

Contributing writer

On Thursday, Jan. 5 the Buffalo High School varsity and junior varsity Mock Trial teams traveled to St. Michael-Albertville to participate in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet. 

Varsity came home as 2017 Mississippi 8 Conference Champs, and JV came home with the second-place award.

Kylee Kaminski and Lizzie Stanforth each were awarded high scores of 10.

 

MINNEAPPLE

On Sat., Jan. 7th the Bison teams traveled to the Minneapple Mock Trial Tournament in Apple Valley. 

Varsity Coach, Jason Swanson split varsity members into two teams as he is still determining roles for region play.    Some of the team members were playing new roles for the first time, but this opportunity gave all members a chance to compete. 

Buffalo Junior Varsity Team 2, coached by Heather Eld were outscored 120-101 by Lakeville South 1 (Defense) 120. Receiving the highest score for Buffalo JV (Plantiff) was Abby Vogeler with a nine. Buffalo JV (Defense) was also outscored 115-91 by Owatonna JV (Defense).

Rounds and scores for Buffalo Varsity Team 3 were 114-112 in favor of Eagan 1 (Defense). Earning the highest score of 10 was lawyer (Plantiff) Sydney Mischke for her opening statement. Buffalo Team 3 (Defense) earned a 121-117 win over Lakeville North 1 (Plantiff). Earning the highest score of 10 were: Irene Fitzgerald as Corrie Late and Perrin Thompson as Dr. Morrie Powers.

Buffalo Varsity Team 1 (Defense) defeated Lakeville North 3 (Plantiff) 117-114. Earning a high score of 10 for Buffalo was Chloe Botts as Corrie Late. Buffalo Varsity Team 1 (Plantiff) lost 122-119 to Prior Lake 1 (Defense). Earning a high score of 10 for Buffalo was lawyer Jack Oistad.

Final tournament placement put Buffalo Team 1 in 15th place, Buffalo Team 3 in 16th place, and Buffalo JV in 26th place.  There were a total of 27 teams competing, the largest Minneapple ever. 

 

CIVIL CASE

This year’s civil case features, Plaintiff Chris Jackson bringing this action against the Defendants for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, damages, and attorney’s fees and costs, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983 for the unconstitutional infringement of his/her right to free speech as guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.  

Jackson is 18 years old and a senior at John Madison High School in Stearns County, Minnesota, which is operated and controlled by Independent School District 999.

In early September 2016, Plaintiff and the John Madison High School Student Council organized a week of protest against the School Administration’s refusal to change to open campus lunch periods, including wearing black armbands in protest and staging a boycott of the school’s cafeteria meals. During the week of Sept. 5, 2016, Plaintiff, as well as numerous other students, protested the refusal of the open campus lunch period by wearing black armbands. In addition, for the week of Sept. 5, 2016, Plaintiff and 97-percent of the student body engaged in a boycott of the meals provided in the school’s cafeteria. The wearing of armbands and boycott of the cafeteria meals did not violate school policy.  A video, made by this student group, was circulated throughout the school.   The legal question was this video disruptive to the workings of John Madison High School. 

 

First KB meet ends with top results

Four BHS varsity teams finish upper half among 57 schools in home meet

By Doug Voerding

Staff Reporter

The 2017 Knowledge Bowl season is underway, and the first meet was an eye opener and a challenge for the Buffalo High School teams.

The first meet was at BHS last Saturday, Jan. 7 with 57 varsity teams and 36 junior varsity teams from 25 schools ready to show their knowledge and group skills in direct competition.

Buffalo’s top varsity Knowledge Bowl Team One took sixth place, while Team Two was not far behind in eighth place.

“I feel good about the performance of the varsity teams,” said first-year Coach Hanna Mahan. “We were competing against some strong schools that are out of our region, so I think they did well and got to see some of the competition that will be at state.”

Team One of Tyler Dirks, Sophie Lefebvre, Max Nagel, and Travis Wolden started the meet in fifth place after scoring 48 out of 60 in the written round. After scoring 10 and 14 in the first two oral rounds, the team moved up to third place and the top room.

A disapponting score of six in the third round brought the team back down to seventh place, but a strong score of 14 in the last round gave the team its sixth-place finish with a total of 97 points.

Chaska and St. John’s Prep won the meet, tying with 116 points. Also above Buffalo were teams from Sauk Rapids-Rice, Big Lake, and St. Francis.

Team Two of Ryan Dirks, Kris Hamann, Jayde Hoppe and Josh Thielen scored 44 in the written round for a start in ninth place. After falling to 12th place after scoring only seven points in the first oral round, the team came back with double-digit scores of 10, 16, and 13 for an eighth place finish with 91 points.

Said Mahan, “These two teams were just finalized this last week due to college scheduling issues. The fact that they were both in the top 10 in the first meet after practicing with their teammates for only two days is awesome and a sign that we are only going to get better as we go on.”

Varsity Team Three of Alli Kohls, Ethan Roadfeldt, Andrew Scherber, and Adriana Weiss came in 17th place with a score of 79, while Varsity Team Four of Brian Irwin, Heidi Peterson, Rachel Peterson, and Lena Preugschas scored 74 points, putting the team in 25th place in the 57-team tournament.

“Overall, the varsity all scored within the top half of teams there,” said Mahan, “which in my opinion is a great start to our season.”

On the junior varsity side, a competition that uses the same questions as varsity, Buffalo teams did nearly as well as the varsity teams, all placing in the top half of the 36-team tournament.

Junior Varsity Team A of Holly Durham, Bennet Eld, Ben Dismang, and Anthony Woodis scored 74.5 for a seventh place finish. Junior Varsity Team B of Will Kunze, Abby Lane, Jack Lanners, and Sam Lefebvre came in ninth with a score of 68.

Junior Varsity Team C of Shannon Bowers, Tommy Chalupnik, Sam Happe. Kiara Kuhns, and Logan Miller scored 61.5 for 16th place, and Junior Varsity Team D of Erin Bowers, Alex Duerr, Kiley Irwin, Sophia Nosbush, and Emma Staut placed 18th with a score of 60.5.

Said Mahan, “As far as my teams, we have some things to work on. It’s my belief that you always have something you can improve upon and work towards, and we will be doing that. We’ll be working on different strategies for written rounds, communication between team members, and working on increasing our knowledge and buzzing speeds. Overall, the Buffalo meet was a great start to our season, and we started off pretty strong and will continue to get better as we go on.”