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Buffalo trapshooters fourth at state

Buffalo Rodeo June 26-27

Kluver tops all runners in Buffalo Days 5K race

Record numbers show for FKFK

Bulldogs win streak hits three; Eckstein’s win battle of brothers

Temps, scores on rise for HERD Marching Band

Journal-Press Internet Sports & School - June 25, 2015
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Buffalo trapshooters fourth at state

Clay Target State Tournament

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Wright County Area schools have dominated the fastest growing sport across the state of Minnesota.

With over 8,200 shooters participating in this year’s six-class Clay Target trapshooting league, Wright County schools brought four of the 31 teams to this year’s state tournament held Saturday, June 20 at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

Last season, it was the Buffalo High School Trapshooting Team (BHSTT) winning the inaugural Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Clay Target state championship. Monticello finished second and St. Michael-Albertville was third. 

Buffalo, Delano, Monticello, and STMA all qualified for state this season, but unlike a year ago, only one school – Monticello – brought home hardware. The Magic finished third at state with a team score of 461 out of 500. Lakeville South claimed the 2015 championship by tiebreaker over Fairmont. Both schools shot 464. Buffalo finished in fourth place shooting 460 and STMA tied for fifth place at 459. Delano was 11th overall with a score of 454.

Highlighting the team competition was BHSTT senior Max Hartman, who led all team shooters hitting 99x100 targets. Sophomore Zach Berg had his best round of the year connecting on 98 targets.

The team score of 460 was 15 targets shy of their previous total they posted the previous weekend at the state qualifier in Alexandria. Berg said the difference is huge between the two state tourneys.

“This state shoot is a lot bigger,” Berg said. “Alexandria is like a fun shoot. This one comes with a lot more pressure.”

As one of the “old” guys on the team, Hartman said the intensity of the state shoot and being one of five to represent a team of 37 members doesn’t really faze him.

“There’s not really any extra pressure,” Hartman said. “You just take the one target at a time. You don’t think about anything else when you’re shooting.”

While both of Buffalo’s shooters hit a combined 197x200 targets in team play, the rest of the team admittedly had an off-day. Sophomores Cody Weber hit 90 targets and Ben Rodelius fired an 87. Freshman Wyatt Bomstad shot an 86.

“Just like adults, kids have good days and bad ones,” said assistant coach Warren Hartman. “Most of the better teams in the state like Monticello, St. Michael and us could have a good day or bad day and they win and we don’t. That’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Hartman was filling in as acting head coach at Prior Lake as co-head coaches Mark and Sally Stevens were on another trapshooting assignment.

Even though Buffalo came home empty handed, the team still finished three successful shots behind this year’s state champions.

“We won last year and we’re fourth in the state. So we’re happy,” Warren Hartman said. “We have some really young kids that are coming up that are going to be good. Some of the kids on our current team will still have 2-3 years left.”

Buffalo has a number of top shooters that didn’t attend Prior Lake. As a younger member, Berg said he had his ups and downs this season, but he said watching a teammate like Max Hartman has been someone to emulate their routine after.

“I had a bad season, but I was happy with shooting a 98,” he said. “I just wish the team would have done better. Max was on fire. He gets in a zone and he just goes. No matter what, he always maintains a good attitude.”

Hartman finished his high school career by placing second in the individual state competition. Hartman and sophomore teammate Tyler Veches and Rodelius were three of 100 individuals to shoot a 100 rounds to determine the state’s top shooter. Last year’s top shooter, Gust Lundeen of Dassel-Cokato, won the inaugural title with a score of 99. Lundeen was back to defend his title, but finished 25th overall with a score of 94.

Bryan Grotte of Fairmont was the state champ, setting a new MSHSL record going a perfect 100x100. By way of tiebreaker, Hartman took home the second-place medal hitting his second round of 99.

Hartman ended the day missing only two targets. He said it was a memorable way to end his career.

“I’m really thrilled about second place. It’s an awesome feeling,” Hartman said. “Shooting a 198 in my final high school shoot feels great.”

Veches and Rodelius improved on their scores from the team shoot. Both fired a 93. STMA’s Wade Gammell finished sixth individually with a score of 98. STMA’s Emma Olson also shot a 98, but didn’t medal due to a tiebreaker. Olson still finished as the state’s top female shooter.

 

 

Buffalo Rodeo June 26-27

The 61st Annual Buffalo Championship PRCA Pro Rodeo hits the rodeo grounds with the first of two performances kicking off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, and concluding with a 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 27.

Davie Kimm returns for his fifth straight year as the honorary rodeo announcer.

Also highlighting the weekend is specialty acts from Scot Allerdings, who is a PRCA Rodeo Clown and Barrel Man. Allderings started his rodeo career as a bullrider in 1994. During his performances throughout his bullfighting career, Allerdings provided several means of high quality family entertainment.

Highlighting the weekend will be a special farewell performance by third generation rodeo star Jerry Wayne Olson.        His grandfather trained the first American Buffalo to be ridden and to perform in front of a crowd. His father also trained buffalo and created a high-speed roman riding act. It was this background that gave Wayne Olson the tools needed to continue the family tradition and providing an original act for spectators of all ages. Along with his sidekick Justin Boots, an 18-year old Palomino. The duo will captivate the audience with their beauty and precision.  through many hours of training and bonding, the two have developed a method of verbal and non-verbal communication, that allow them to perform as one.

 

Kluver tops all runners in Buffalo Days 5K race

By Shelby Maznio

Staff writer

Father’s Day was off to a running start this past Sunday, June 21, with the 9th annual Buffalo Run 5k and Kids Fun Run. The run in Sturges Park was one of the last events of Buffalo Days, wrapping up a week full of activities and family events.

Registration began at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K was underway at 8:30. A group of 91 total runners, ranging from elementary school-aged to senior citizens, took off down the path next to Buffalo Lake. Volunteers led the way on rollerblades, with one biking at the back of the group to offer assistance if needed.

First-place overall went to 17-year old Jacob Kluver of Buffalo, who finished with a time of 16.01. Finishing second was 14-year old Isaac Basten of Buffalo, who finished with a time of 17.53.

After the last runner crossed the finish line, the Kids Fun Run began, starting with the 6 years and under group. A total of 50 little athletes ran to the boat launch and back, totaling a quarter mile. The runners were competing for a Dairy Queen Gift Card and free kids meals.

Next up were the 7-12 years old, who ran to the library and back, totaling one mile. Miss Buffalo Justine Green, Princess Marah Moy, and Princess Cami Daniels were all present at the Kids Fun Run and handed out gift bags to the kids when they crossed the finish line.

 

Buffalo Days 5K Race

(Sunday, June 21 at Sturges Park) 

Place-Name-Age-Time

Female 19-under

1. Meredith Reynolds, 15, 20.28

2. Areefa Seepersaud, 13, 22.27

3. Lindsey Kauffman, 11, 22.37

4. Lauren Feddema, 11, 23.08

5. Kylie Edmonson, 11, 27.19

6. Makenzie Wondra, 14, 29.47

7. Izzy Carlisle, 9, 30.10

8. Sophia Wulf, 13, 30.47

9. Zia Wulf, 8, 31.22

10. Kaylee Curtis, 12, 34.20

11. Nicole Wittke, 6, 41.37

Female 20-29

1. Jordan Skelly, 23, 18.01

2. Amber Stoick, 20, 20.55

3. Ketherine Stensing, 23, 24.28

4. Lisa Zylstra, 29, 25.41

5. Rachel Mussell, 22, 26.25

6. Courtney Bjorklund, 22, 27.03

7. Korinne Wrobbel, 20, 27.08

8. Alyssa Ciatti, 22, 27.32

9. Natalie Blake, 29, 28.04

10. Michelle Hansmann, 22, 29.39

11. Vicki Rondorf, 29, 30.17

Female 30-39

1. Pam VanderSluis, 37, 23.18

2. Jenny Lanin-Dale, 35, 25.13

3. Katelyn Ortmann, 30, 25.23

4. Molly Mortenson, 30, 25.41

5. Wendy Nelson, 30, 27.49

6. Hanson Hanson, 36, 30.10

7. Monica Pack, 30, 31.16

8. Shari Beise, 37, 31.18

9. Emily Utsch, 32, 32.40

10. Martha Carlisle, 36, 34.08

11. Michelle Barlow, 38, 34.25

12. Tonia Persons, 34, 38.25

13. Natalie Aamodt, 32, 42.09

14. Cassandra Leeper, 30, 42.56

15. Jamie Wittke, 39, 47.42

Female 40-49

1. Jen Munson, 41, 20.57

2. Erin Macheel, 40, 25.16

3. Portia Badowski, 46, 31.42

4. Carmen Wyatt, 43, 31.45

5. Susan Wulf, 44, 33.12

6. Teresa Wrobbel, 49, 33.21

7. Bonnie Arms, 45, 39.49

Female 50-59

1. Wanda Riedberger, 51, 26.48

2. Pam Graham, 58, 52.10

 

Place-Name-Age-Time

Male 19-under

1. Jake Kluver, 17, 16.01

2. Isaac Basten, 14, 17.53

3. Joseph Anderson, 14, 18.35

4. Ethan Cady, 14, 18.46

5. Mike Bunker, 19, 19.23

6. Andrew Macheel, 10, 21.08

7. Austin Willey, 15, 22.56

8. Weston Whittaker, 14, 23.17

9. Isaac Wondra, 17, 24.32

10. Jacob Macheel, 8, 25.16

11. Maxwell Zook, 10, 26.17

12. Tyler Beise, 8, 26.46

13. Samuel Zook, 8, 30.32

14. Justin Rud, 12, 31.19

15. Carter Schmidt, 11, 33.42

16. Jonah Anderson, 9, N/A

17. Sam Happe, 13, 43.52

18. Noah Wittke, 8, 47.42

Male 20-29

1. Seth Sorenson, 24, 24.28

2. Tim Blake, 28, 25.47

3. Olivia Haggerty, 21, 26.23

4. Jacob Wrobbel, 22, 28.48

5. Andrew Cina, 29, 30.34

Male 30-39

1. Jeremy Macheel, 39, 21.09

2. Jeremy Waschek, 39, 22.20

3. Dan Willey, 36, 22.58

4. Richy Lanin, 32, 25.33

5. Brian Wall, 36, 34.09

6. Dustin Aamodt, 34, 36.49

7. Josua Leeper, 31, 42.56

Male 40-49

1. Michael Cady, 43, 20.22

2. Mark Bye, 47, 22.23

3. Vince Welch, 45, 23.49

4. Steven Severson, 41, 24.00

5. Ray Przekurat, 46, 25.27

6. Vern Quast, 49, 25.39

7. Ryan Rud, 40, 27.00

8. Kirk Wulf, 46, 31.22

9. Phillip Diers, 44, 32.26

10. Brian Barlow, 41, 37.53

11. Joe Happe, 48, 39.58

Male 50-59

1. David Dorow, 52, 25.00

2. Joe Wondra, 50, 34.38

Male 60-over

1. Tim Cady, 73, 30.18

2. Richard Koeller, N/A, 53.35

 

Record numbers show for FKFK

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Limits were reached, and then some, at this year’s 18th annual Fishing Klinic For Kids (FKFK) on Saturday, June 20 at Sturges Park on Buffalo Lake.

According to FKFK board member Chris Husom, a record number totaling well over a 1,000 kids with their parents registered for this year’s event. FKFK organizer Jim Wedell said a ton of people deserve a lot of credit for putting on this event.

“We were short five people, so the staff we had worked their butts off,” Wedell said.

Staffers prepared for this year’s event as early as 5:30 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Klinic. Wedell said FKFK members Jerry Stech, Mark Olson, and Don Helmbrecht all deserved a lot of credit for setting up tables, chairs, and canopies from 5:30-7:30 a.m.

“It was just a determined effort on their part until the volunteers showed up later,” Wedell said. “I woke up at 4:30 a.m. that morning and it was raining “cats and dogs” outside. When the crew originally setup, we weren’t expecting a lot of people.”

Last year’s FKFK drew around 700 kids in similar rainy conditions. Unlike a year ago, weather started to cooperate around the 9:30 a.m. start time. Record numbers flocked to Buffalo Lake and Wedell said the Klinic had reached its limits.

“Most of the booths ran out of prizes because of the large turnout,” he said. “There was a big line of people waiting to get in 45 minutes before the event started.”

Jim Grant, president of The Happy Hookers Club, said they had well over 250 kids participate at their booth and ran out of prizes. They had planned for about 200 kids to pass out prizes such as organizers, minnow nets and fishing rods.

Along with the nice turnout came ideal fishing conditions. Youth Contest winners each received an “Ugly Stick” rod and reel from the National Professional Anglers Association. This year’s winner’s included: Gravyn Dingmann, Brayden Ashbaugh, Ben Lintz, Izek Hagman, Tony Leintz, Kyle Douglas, Audrey Neuerburg-Chapman, Ruley Ashbaugh, and Emma Alwisted.   

 

Bulldogs win streak hits three; Eckstein’s win battle of brothers

Bison defense steps up in pair of wins over Montrose

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo Bulldogs baseball team swept a pair of seven-inning games, 16-1 and 10-0, against the Montrose-Waverly Stingers and in the process, the Eckstein family earned bragging rights over the Kunze family from Montrose.

The game featured a rare pitching matchup which had Buffalo starter John Eckstein going against Montrose-Waverly starting pitcher Ben Kunze. What made the matchup unique was catching John was his younger brother Tommy, and behind the plate for the Stingers was Ben’s older brother Tim.

Both Ben and Tommy were teammates this spring for the Bison baseball squad. As for catching his older brother, Tommy said it was a great experience.

“It’s kind of fun having your brother on the mound and knowing how he pitches,” Tommy said. “We were on the same page most the time.”

It marked the first time both John and Tommy had played organized ball as teammates. Tommy graduated from Buffalo High School in 2015 and John in 2011. Making his third start, John pitched seven innings of shutout ball to earn a 10-0 home victory – his first win of the season – on Saturday, June 20 over the Stingers.

“I had to shake him off a couple times,” said John, who just completed his junior season as a pitcher at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. “But for the most part, we were on the same page. We had a plan going into the game. We just wanted to be aggressive and go after the hitters. It was fun being the battery and it was pretty cool to come out and enjoy the night with my brother.”

While John was taking care of business on the mound, Tommy was dealing at the plate. A second-inning sacrifice fly by Tommy gave the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. It proved to be all the offense they would need, but for good measure, they took a 2-0 lead later that inning on an RBI single by leadoff hitter Jason Senger.

The Bulldogs would extend the lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning. The big hit came on a bases-loaded double by Tommy that plated two runners. The game would end in seven innings based on the 10-run rule.

While the offense has been Buffalo’s strong point to a 4-6 start to the season, more notable in the 10-0 win was the improved defensive play that saw the Bulldogs commit only one error.

“The last week, we’ve been fielding the ball a little better and we’ve been more efficient on the mound. Put all those things together, usually good things happen,” said Bulldog skipper Joe Pokorney. “We’ve been so dang close in a lot of games. It’s nice to finally come out and get quality wins.”

As for the rare brother matchup pitting the Kunze’s versus the Eckstein’s, Pokorney said it was fun to watch.

“I know John and Tommy wanted to do it. They have always wanted to be a battery,” Pokorney said. “Tommy caught the ball well and had a big hit, and Johnny threw the ball well. It was fun to see them battle Timmy and Ben.”

As good as the offense was in a 10-0 home win, it was even better in the first game of back-to-back matchups with the Stingers. A nine-run eighth inning propelled Buffalo to a 16-1 road victory over Montrose-Waverly on Friday, June 19 at Watertown.

Jon Euerle picked up his second victory of the season pitching seven innings of seven-hit ball. Euerle allowed one run and struck out seven. Kyle Cole recorded the final three outs in the eighth inning.

The Bulldogs collected 11 hits, but took advantage of 13 free passes allowed by an erratic Stinger pitching staff. Brett Renshaw led the hit parade going 4-5 with a triple, three runs scored and four RBI.

“Renshaw is really hitting the ball well,” Pokorney said. “We had some timely hits and we kept tacking runs on.”

Although they didn’t hit a long ball, Buffalo’s lineup has posed a difficult test this season for opposing pitchers. The Bulldogs have scored 75 runs through the first 10 games of the season.

The back-to-back wins over Montrose-Waverly accounted for 26 runs, 27 hits, and only two fielding errors. The last stat is the one players and coaches were most thrilled about.

“It was good to come out and get a couple wins and turn things around,” John Eckstein said. “We had a lot of games that we should have won that we let get away from us with our defense, or whatever the case may be. We’ve played a lot better defense the last few games, and we’re making some difficult ones as well, not just the routine ones. So we’ve cleaned some things up.”

Buffalo’s first win of the mini-streak came in a 9-8 home win on Wednesday, June 17 against the Rockford River Bandits.

The Bulldogs staved off a furious rally as Rockford battled back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the game 8-8 in the seventh inning. Buffalo scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the seventh on an infield single by Scott Iano that scored Annis. Kyle Cole pitched 0.2 innings in relief of starter Connor Martin to earn the win. Senger earned the save pitching a perfect two innings.

 “Rockford is always a tough team for us,” Pokorney said. “For whatever reason, they always play us tough, especially when we’re at home. No question about it; that was a good win.”

The Bulldogs hosted the Howard Lake Orphans at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 at Bentfield Mills Park. The return to action this weekend where they look to defend their title when they participate in the annual Hinckley Tournament Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28 in Hinckley.

 

Buffalo 9, Rockford 8

(Wednesday, June 17 at Buffalo)

River Bandits         101 020 400  --  8  14  3

Bulldogs    203 300 10x  --  9   9   1

River Bandits          AB  R   H  RBI BB  K

Jordan Williams        4    0    0    0    1    0

Cody Kielsa  4    3    2    0    0    1

Andy Jorges  5    3    3    4    0    1

Anthony Brenner      5    0    3    1    0    0

Donnie Mavencamp 5    1    1    0    0    0

Haven Williams        4    1    1    1    0    1

Alex Bjorkland          5    0    0    0    0    3

Travis Peterson        4    0    3    1    0    1

Lance Reynolds       3    0    1    1    0    0

2B - Kielsa 2. HR - Jorges 2. SF - Williams. HBP - Kielsa. SB - Brenner 1, Peterson 1. LOB - 9.

River BanditsIP   H   R  ER  BB  K

Lance Reynolds       7    9    9    1    4    1

Haven Williams (L)   1    0    0    0    1    1

Bulldogs     AB  R   H  RBI BB  K

Jason Senger           5    3    1    0    0    0

Jared Wycoff 4    0    0    0    0    0

Colton Haight3    3    2    1    1    0

JD O’Donnell5    0    1    1    0    1

Brett Renshaw           3    2    1    4    1    0

Mitch Annis   2    1    0    0    1    1

Jesse Soeffker           4    0    1    1    1    0

Corey Braun  2    0    2    0    1    0

Nolan Triden 2    0    0    0    0    0

Scott Iano     1    0    1    1    0    0

HR - Renshaw 1. SF - Renshaw. HBP - Annis 2, O’Donnell 1. SB - Haight 1, Senger 1. LOB - 10.

Bulldogs       IP   H   R  ER  BB  K

Connor Martin         6.1  11   7    7    1    4

Kyle Cole (W)        0.2   3    1    1    0    1

Jason Senger (S)      2   0    0    0    0    2

 

Buffalo 16, Rockford 1, 8 innings

(Friday, June 19 at Watertown)

Bulldogs    011 022 19  --   16  11  1

Stingers     000 001 00  --    1   7   3

Bulldogs     AB  R   H  RBI BB  K

Jared Wycoff 2    2    0    0    3    0

Jesse Soeffker           6    2    1    1    0    0

Colton Haight5    2    3    2    1    0

Brett Renshaw           5    3    4    4    1    0

JD O’Donnell3    3    1    2    1    0

Mitch Annis   3    1    2    2    2    0

Corey Braun  3    1    0    1    1    0

Ramon Vega Jr. 0    0    0    0    1    0

Scott Iano     3    1    0    2    2    0

Connor Martin           3    1    0    0    1    0

Joe Pokorney     1    0    0    0    0    0

2B - Soeffker 1. 3B - Haight 1, Renshaw 1. SF - Annis, O’Donnell. HBP - Iano, Wycoff, Martin, O’Donnell. SB - Haight 1, Renshaw 1. LOB - 14.

Bulldogs       IP   H   R  ER  BB  K

Jon Euerle (W)         7    7   1    1    1    9

Kyle Cole      1    0   0    0    1    1

Stingers      AB  R   H  RBI BB  K

Joe Aalid       4    0    0    0    0    4

TJ Aalid        2    0    0    0    0    0

Tyler Aalid    2    0    0    0    0    1

Robb Moynagh        2    0    1    0    0    0

Jeff Holt        1    0    0    0    0    0

Eddie Kolasa      0    0    0    0    1    0

Kirby Moynagh         2    0    1    0    0    0

Travis Fieke        2    0    0    0    0    1

Nick Zellmer 2    0    1    0    0    0

Asher Kahn        1    1    1    0    0    0

Marcus Dalbec   1    0    0    0    0    0

Travis Bickman         3    0    1    0    0    1

Ben Kunze    2    0    0    0    1    1

Jake Sohns    1    0    0    0    0    1

Jared Klahsen    2    0    0    0    0    1

Tim Kunze     3    0    2    1    0    0

LOB - 7.

Stingers        IP   H   R  ER  BB  K

Eddie Kolasa (L)       5    5   4    3    5    0

Neal Eidenschink    1.2   2   3    2    3    0

Nick Zellmer           0.2   0   0    0    0    0

Asher Khan   0    1   1    1    3    0

Joe Borders 1.1   2   8    0    0    0       

 

Buffalo 10, Rockford 0, 7 innings

(Saturday, June 20 at Buffalo)

Stingers     000 000 0  --   0   4  5

Bulldogs    020 042 2  --  10 16 1

Stingers      AB  R   H  RBI BB  K

Travis Bickman         3    0    1    0    0    0

Tim Kunze     3    0    1    0    0    0

Robb Moynagh        3    0    0    0    0    0

Kirby Moynagh         3    0    0    0    0    0

Nick Zellmer 3    0    0    0    0    3

Ben Kunze    2    0    1    0    0    0

Marcus Dalbec   1    0    1    0    0    0

Jared Klahsen          3    0    0    0    0    0

Eddie Kolasa      1    0    0    0    0    0

Jake Sohns    2    0    0    0    0    1

LOB - 3.

Stingers        IP   H   R  ER  BB  K

Ben Kunze (L)         6.2  16  10   6    4    5

Bulldogs     AB  R   H  RBI BB  K

Jason Senger           4    0    2    1    1    0

Jared Wycoff 5    1    1    0    0    2

Colton Haight5    1    2    0    0    1

JD O’Donnell4    0    0    1    1    0

Brett Renshaw           4    3    4    1    1    0

Jesse Soeffker           4    2    1    1    0    1

Mitch Annis   3    1    2    0    0    1

Andrew Iverson  1    1    0    0    0    0

Scott Iano     3    0    2    2    1    0

Tommy Eckstein       3    1    2    3    0    0

2B - Renshaw 1, Soeffker 1, T. Eckstein 1. SF - T. Eckstein. SB - Senger 1. LOB - 9.

Bulldogs       IP   H   R  ER  BB  K

John Eckstein (W)    7    4   0    0     0    4

 

Temps, scores on rise for HERD Marching Band

“Gateway to the Northland Festival” - Milaca Parade

By Rob LaPlante

School News Editor

With temperatures the past week consistently reaching the 80s, the scores for “The HERD” Marching Band have also been on the rise.

Buffalo High School’s summer marching band concluded a busy week of competition by posting its first score above 80 on Saturday, June 20 in the Buffalo Days Parade. Being its hometown parade, The HERD’s overall score of 82.2 was only an unofficial tally as schools marching in their hometown parades do not qualify for competitive judging. Benson earned the Grand Champion honor with an official score of 79.6.

Even though the parade didn’t count, HERD Band Director Scott Rabehl was ecstatic with his band’s score, but wasn’t fully satisfied with the results.

“Although the scores were very high, it was not our finest performance of the season,” Rabehl said. “The energy level seemed a bit low and our intonation was a bit suspect. These are things that we will improve upon next week.”

Hot and muggy conditions may have played a bit of a factor. But overall, Rabehl said he was happy with how they competed.

“It was a little uncomfortable,” he said. “It was warm and humid all afternoon, followed by a parade with a steep incline early on and a long march into the sun at the end.  Even so, they pulled off another crowd pleasing performance.”

Senior Grace Walker of the drumline was the recipient of the band’s “Golden Dinkle Award” for best visual performance.

While the Buffalo Days Parade was their first unofficial score in the 80s, Rabehl was most pleased with their performance on Thursday, June 18 in Milaca.

The HERD finished first among four Class 3A schools with an overall score of 78.6. The 728 Cadets were Grand Champions with a score of 82.5. Buffalo finished second to the 728 Cadets in the categories of Music and Marching.

“They absolutely killed it in the judging stand, but were even better down the road in front of the park,” Rabehl said. “I am humbled by their willingness to do the things we ask them to do in rehearsal, trusting that it will pay off in the end.”

Freshman Cat Bjerke of the trumpet section earned the Golden Dinkle Award.

The HERD began the week with another impressive showing on Wednesday, June 17 in the Foley Parade. Buffalo scored a season-high total of 79.0, which was second among Class 3A bands and third overall. Litchfield was Grand Champion with a score of 82.1 and Mankato 77 Lancers finished second overall with a score of 80.3. The HERD finished third in the category of General Effect. Arlett Huerta-Tapia earned the Golden Dinkle Award.

Buffalo’s third-place overall finish was the second highest placing ever at the Foley Parade. Rabehl said a bit of a slow beginning cost them potentially an even higher score.

“Rehearsal at school was a bit ‘wonky.’ The steady mist gave me a rather dreary feeling and it seemed as if the band, as a whole, was feeling the same way,” Rabehl said. “But, we worked out a few problem areas and improved our performance level. Our hour of prep time in Foley seemed to pay off, as 3-of-4 performances were really fantastic.”

The HERD resumes its busy summer schedule with three parades in three days beginning with a 6:30 march on Thursday, June 25 in the Brooklyn Center Parade. The next day will have a 6 p.m. showing at the Sauk Rapids Parade, and they conclude with a 10 a.m. march on Saturday, June 27 in the St. Cloud Parade.

 

Foley Parade

(Wednesday, June 17 at Foley) 

Class A: 1. Litchfield 82.1; 2. Milaca 79; 3. Lake City 66.5; 4. Bertha-Hewitt 58.8; 5. Albany 58.2.

Class AA: 1. Sauk Rapids-Rice 78.8; 2. St. Franics 69.4; 3. Bemidji 66.6 (less 1.0 for timing penalty); 4. Maple Grove 64.4; DQ. St. Michael-Albertville 67.7 (disqualified for timing penalties).

Class AAA: 1. Mankato 77 Lancers 80.3; 2. The HERD 79.0; 3. Champlin Park 75.6; 4. St. Cloud Solar Sound 69.4.

Grand Champion: Litchfield 82.1; First in Music: Litchfield, (Buffalo 5th); First in Marching: Mankato, (Buffalo 5th); First in General Effect: Litchfield, (Buffalo 3rd). HERD Golden Dinkle Award: Arlett Huerta-Tapia/Best Visual Performance.

 

Milaca Parade

(Thursday, June 18 at Foley) 

Class A: 1. KMS 75.1; 2. Benson 71.5; 3. Lake City 69.7; 4. Foley 59.1; 5. Royalton 55.9; 6. Maple Lake 54.8.

Class AA: 1. Park Center 77.9; 2. Henry Sibley 77.4; 3. Sauk Rapids-Rice 77.1; 4. Bemidji 73.7; 5. Sartell 68.0; 6. Albany 60.6.

Class AAA: 1. The HERD 78.6; 2. Champlin Park 76.5 (less 1.0 for timing penalty); 3. The Patriots 74.6; 4. Blaine 71.7.

Grand Champion: 728 Cadets 82.5; First in Music: 728 Cadets, (Buffalo 2nd); First in Marching: 728 Cadets, (Buffalo 2nd); First in General Effect: 728 Cadets, (Buffalo 6th); First in Percussion: 728 Cadets, (Buffalo 3rd); First in Color Guard: 728 Cadets, (Buffalo 8th); HERD Golden Dinkle Award: Cat Bjerke/Trumpet Section.

 

Buffalo Days Parade

(Saturday, June 20 at Buffalo) 

Class A: 1. Benson 79.6; 2. St. Peter 66.4; 3. Bertha-Hewitt 58.7; 4. Maple Lake 55.6.

Class AA: 1. St. Michael-Albertville 76.7; 2. Dassel-Cokato 63.6.

Grand Champion: Benson 79.6; Exhibition: The HERD 82.2; First in Music: Benson, (Buffalo 1st in exhibition); First in Marching: Benson, (Buffalo 2nd in exhibition); First in General Effect: Benson, (Buffalo 1st in exhibition); First in Drumline: STMA, (Buffalo 1st in exhibition); First in Color Guard: STMA, (Buffalo 2nd in exhibition); HERD Golden Dinkle Award: Grace Walker/Drumline.