SPORTS & SCHOOL

 

 

Knights capture third-place trophy

Annandale falls to Minnehaha Academy

Buffalo wrestling coaches step down from positions

Familiar faces to lead Buffalo

Bison look to improve on 15-win season

Buffalo track teams kick off season at SCSU Husky Indoor High School Invite

BHS Knowledge Bowl teams finish second, sixth at regions

Journal-Press Internet Sports & School - March 26, 2015
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Knights capture third-place trophy

Girls Basketball Class 4A State Tournament

STMA rebounds from Eastview loss to capture third-place trophy with 60-46 win over Shakopee

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The perk of advancing to the semifinal round of the Minnesota State High School League state basketball tournament is fans and players get their share of television time.

Unlike the quarterfinal round where games are not televised, this year’s St. Michael-Albertville girls’ basketball squad had a chance to showcase to the television audience the talent they have shown the past four seasons to get them to the state tournament.

Unfortunately for the Knights, the Williams Arena crowd and the television viewing audience witnessed one of the worst halves of shooting any Kent Hamre coached team has displayed in a 48-30 Class 4A state semifinal loss to Eastview on Thursday, March 19.

The Knights actually got off to a strong start tied 21-21 at halftime, and junior guard Kitri Zezza did her part holding Ms. Basketball finalist, Madi Guebert, to just two first-half points. Guebert averaged 20.4 points per game heading into the state tournament.

Zezza, who has emerged this year as one of STMA’s top shutdown defenders, said she was pretty excited about the matchup.

“Madi is a great player, who is a really hard worker,” Zezza said. “It definitely took a lot of our energy to guard her and try and slow her down.”

Zezza and sophomore guard Lizzy Heil, who was starting in place of sophomore Rae Johnson, who missed the contest due to the flu, were doing their job defensively, but the STMA offense in the second half was non-existent, scoring just nine points.

Outside of a pair of free throws by Heil, STMA didn’t record a field goal in the second half until 7:56 was left in regulation on a 3-point basket by senior Bobbi Brendefur. By that time, the Eastview lead had grown to 35-26, and without their second leading scorer in the lineup, the Knights could muster nothing offensively against a hard attacking Eastview defense.

“It was tough. Would have Rae made a difference? I don’t know,” said STMA head coach Kent Hamre. “Obviously, we’re not going to win too many games scoring nine points in the second half. We don’t know what would have happened with Rae here, but I love the way our kids battled.”

Down 39-28, a little momentum turned the Knights way after a Zezza steal led to Guebert fouling out with 5:09 left in regulation. Guebert was held to just seven points in the game. Heil cut the lead to 39-30, but the Knights’ offense stalled again, failing to score in the final four minutes of the game.         

“Eastview’s defense is pretty tenacious and that’s why we try and emulate it in practice, or who we schedule,” Hamre said.

“Give them a lot of credit, they really knew how to pressure us,” Zezza said. “They really knew how to defend our team. We just couldn’t get moving.”

 

THIRD PLACE

The Knights salvaged their season with medals and hardware thanks to a 60-46 victory in the consolation third-place championship game over Shakopee on Saturday, March 21 at Concordia University.

Brendefur led the charge scoring 19 points. Brendefur finished the tournament scoring a total of 41 points in three games. Her efforts landed her one of 10 spots on the 2015 Class 4A Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team.

Returning to the lineup was Johnson, who finished scoring 14 points. Junior Sydney Tracy scored 12. STMA finished the season 27-4 overall.

“We got to end the season on the last day of basketball – the last possible day to play,” Hamre said. “This is a super bunch of kids to be around. We’re excited about getting a trophy and being the third best team in the state.”

    

Eastview 48, St. Michael-Albertville 30

(Thursday, March 19 at Williams Arena)  Knights         21    9  -  30

Lightning           21  27  -  48    

Knights (30): Bobbi Brendefur 13, Lizzy Heil 7, Jordyn Walker 6, Kirti Zezza 2, Sydney Tracy 2.

Rebounds: Heil 9, Brendefur 4, Walker 3, Zezza 2, Tracy 2, Jaymie Hansen 1, Carlie Brostrom 1. Assists: Heil 2, Hansen 2, Brendefur 1. Steals: Brendefur 3, Heil 2, Walker 2, Tracy 1 (1 block), Zezza 1, Hansen 1.

Lightning (48): Samantha Trammel 20, Rachel Ranke 16, Madi Guebert 7, Allie Pickrain 4, Erika Schlosser 1.

Rebounds: Trammel 12, Ranke 4, Guebert 3, Pickrain 3, Schlosser 3, Hana Metoxen 3. Assists: Guebert 5, Schlosser 3, Ranke 2, Pickrain 1, Metoxen 1. Steals: Guebert 3, Pickrain 2, Metoxen 1 (2 blocks), Ranke 1, Trammel 1.

 

St. Michael-Albertville 60, Shakopee 46

(Saturday, March 21 at Concordia University)  Sabers  22  24  -  46

Knights 28  32  -  60    

Sabers (46): Taylor Koenen 13, Haley Zerr 12, Caleigh Rodning 9, Sydney Zerr 4, Mateya Hutton 4, Annie Rhinesmith 2, Olivia Iverson 2.

Knights (60): Bobbi Brendefur 19, Rae Johnson 14, Sydney Tracy 12, Jordyn Walker 4, Jaymie Hansen, Lizzy Heil 3, Kitri Zezza 2, Whitney Dold 2.

 

 

Annandale falls to Minnehaha Academy

Girls Basketball

Class 2A State Tournament

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Most teams hold parade celebrations after a championship season. Not in Annandale.

For the first time in school history, both the boys and girls basketball teams advanced to the state tournament in the same season. The boys made their third straight appearance at state, but were defeated 72-66 in the opening round on Wednesday, March 11 to Caledonia.

A thrilling 45-40 overtime win over Providence Academy on Friday, March 13 in the Section 5-2A championship game sent the girls team to state for the first time since 2010. The two appearances are the only two in school history. Like the boys team, the fifth-seeded girls were defeated 49-38 on Wednesday, March 18 in the opening round of the Class 2A state quarterfinal contest against No. 4 seed Minnehaha Academy.

“We had a little parade with fire trucks and policemen leading us out of town before our state game,” said Annandale head coach Amy Gagnon. “It’s special anytime you go to the state tournament. The town of Annandale is so supportive, and to have that happen is a big deal and so exciting for all the kids.”

In a rare basketball game played at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, the Cardinals fell behind the 8-ball early as Minnehaha Academy jumped out to an early 8-0 advantage.

Gagnon had to burn an early timeout to try and settle her team down. Senior captain Hannah Spaulding said it took a few moments for their team to get used to their surroundings. The big arena and the fact it was a hockey arena admittedly threw them off guard.

“When we heard we were playing at the hockey arena, I was like, ‘what?’” she said. “It took a little getting used to, but it was actually pretty cool.”

Once they got settled in, it was Minnehaha Academy’s pressure defense that was creating the headaches. The Redhawks boasted one of Class 2A’s stingiest defenses. In their previous two wins in the section playoffs, Minnehaha Academy held both St. Agnes and St. Croix Lutheran to under 30 points.

It appeared they were underway to holding its third straight team to under 30 when they led Annandale 19-14 at halftime.

Gagnon said they were well aware from watching on tape the defensive schemes Minnehaha Academy throws at you, but to play against it was a different animal.

“You know you’re going to see a zone defense all the time, but they change things up all the time, including their zones and full-court presses,” Gagnon said. “You’re never going to see the same thing defensively. They make you make decisions as a basketball player.”

A couple moments in the second half it appeared the Redhawks were about to blow the game open, but Annandale proved they could play some strong defense of its own forcing its opposition into 12 total turnovers in the game.

The Cardinals cut a 36-25 deficit down to 38-34, but like most the game, Annandale could never get to that break-even mark and Minnehaha Academy eventually stretched the lead back to double digits with just a few minutes left in regulation.

Gagnon credited her squad for matching Minnehaha Academy’s defensive intensity with some strong play on its own.

“At the beginning of the year, we really struggled in that area (defense),” Gagnon said. “Throughout the year, we’ve really come into our own and communicating with what we’re looking for defensively. We can’t be disappointed with our defensive effort.”

With only two graduating seniors, the Cardinals return a core group of players that likely should challenge for another state berth in 2015-16.

Gagnon said she’s optimistic about the future, but admits, it won’t be easy getting back to state.

“You have to be excited about what’s coming back,” Gagnon said. “But like I told the girls after the loss, it doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen. We have some tough teams in our section that are young too. Now we have that target on our back that we’ll have to deal with next year.”

Annandale returns a big junior class that includes Brittany Reimer, who scored nine points in defeat. Guards Emma Atkinson and Hannah Groth also return, as well as youngsters Kamryn D’Heilly, a freshman who scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds paired up against 6-foot-1 Redhawk senior center Lily Thomey. Freshman Allie Spaulding and eighth-grader Hannah Purcell also saw playing time as underclassmen.

“We have a lot of young girls and this year they got that experience,” said Hannah Spaulding. “I have a younger sister (Allie) on the team and I’m hoping they get back. I’ll be watching.”

    

Minnehaha Academy 49, Annandale 38

(Wednesday, March 18 at Mariucci Arena)

Cardinals          14  24  -  38

Redhawks        19  30  -  49    

Cardinals (38): Kamryn D’Heilly 15, Hannah Spaulding 9, Brittany Reimer 9, Hannah Purcell 3, Hannah Groth 2.

Rebounds: Spaulding 9, D’Heilly 7, Reimer 5, Purcell 3, Medvec 1, Groth 1. Assists: Spaulding 6, Purcell 2, Reimer 1, Groth 1, Emma Atkinson 1. Steals: D’Heilly 1 (1 block), Spaulding 1 (1 block), Medvec 1, Groth 1, Reimer 0 (1 block).

Redhawks (49): Terra Rhoades 13, Lilly Thomey 10, Sarah Kaminski 9, Gracia Gilreath 6, Angela Scharf 4, Avery New 4, Megan Thurow 3.

Rebounds: Thomey 8, Kaminski 6, Gilreath 4, Rhoades 3, New 3, Tory Kronschnabel 1. Assists: Kaminski 6, Gilreath 4, Rhoades 1, Thomey 1. Steals: Gilreath 2, Thomey 1, Rhoades 1, Kaminski 1, New 1, Nevaeh Galloway 0 (1 block).

 

Buffalo wrestling coaches step down from positions

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo wrestling squad announced at its end-of-the-year team banquet held Sunday, March 22 that head coach Jason Maurer, along with assistant coaches Andrew Neumann and Chris Lian will not return to their positions.

All three officially stepped down for their own personal reasons. A search will begin for all three positions.

Maurer spent 13 seasons coaching wrestling, which included stops at Redwood, Becker, St. Francis and the last three years at Buffalo.

Nine months removed from suffering cardiac arrest, Maurer said his overall health played a key role in his decision.

“There were times that I didn’t think it was going to be a possibility to even coach this year,” said Maurer, who was named the Section 6-3A Coach-of-the-Year late in February after leading his team to a 14-9 overall mark and sending three wrestlers to the Class 3A individual tournament in St. Paul. “I feel like the best thing to do is step down. This will give me some time to take care of myself.”

Lian is taking time off to spend with his family, and Neumann is pursuing a career in administration. The loss of both assistants also played a role in Maurer’s decision.

“I’ve tried hiring assistant coaches before,” Maurer said. “Wrestling is tough to get assistants within the administration.”

Maurer made drastic improvements in his three seasons as head coach. His first year in 2012-13 was a struggle going 2-16 overall. He turned the program around last season finishing 10-14. His career mark at BHS is 26-39.

“I still hope to be part of the program,” Maurer said. “Whether it’s a co-head coach, or assistant, I still want to help. I just need help with the day-to-day operations.”

 

Familiar faces to lead Buffalo

Adapted Softball 2015 Season Preview

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

It’s not often a team at either the high school or collegiate level can say they lost no players from the previous year’s squad to graduation. But that’s the case for this year’s Buffalo adapted softball team.

With 19 kids on this year’s roster, 17 of those faces are all returning from last year’s team that finished with a 3-9 overall record. The extra two faces are new to the team, and with so many familiar faces in the mix, Bison head coach Ruth Clarke said she’s extremely optimistic for the upcoming season.

“It’s exciting to have all the same faces back,” Clarke said. “You don’t feel like you’re starting over from the beginning.”

Clarke will be flanked once again by assistant head coach Dave Kaufmann. And like her players, two new faces also join the coaching staff in volunteer coaches Dale Gilmer and Bo Bauman.

“The extra help is going to be very beneficial,” Clarke said. “It adds more opportunities for individual coaching.”

While Clarke is optimistic they can improve on last year’s record based on its experience, she is aware that the schedule always presents a difficult challenge.

In a sport with two divisions: PI (physically impaired) and CI (cognitively impaired), the Bison compete in the CI North Division.

Buffalo will play a dozen regular season games with five of those coming against three teams (Anoka-Hennepin, North Suburban and Osseo) that made last year’s state tournament. South Washington is the defending CI state champion.

Anoka-Hennepin was the 2012 state champion and even though Mounds View-Irondale-Roseville didn’t qualify for last year’s state tournament, they previously had qualified in seven of the last eight eight.

“Mounds View, Osseo and Andover, those teams are always good,” Clarke said. “I think our team looks really promising too. We are really excited for the season.”

Sophomore Kail Dornbusch returns after pitching in every game last season for the Bison. Other key starters are eighth-grader Austin Peterson-Lomker, freshman Park Gilmer, sophomore Trevor Van Horne and James Gulliford, juniors Allie Mattson, Amanda Aberle and Jared Peterson-Lomker, and seniors James Madden, Alec Willard and Claire Strege.

Unlike a year ago, Buffalo has four seniors: Madden, Willard, Strege and Chelsey Angermeier on this year’s roster. Clarke said this year’s team is a year older and ready to start competition, which begins with a 4:30 p.m. road game on Monday, April 6 at White Bear Lake.

One major change to this year’s schedule from last season is games being played on Mondays and Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

 

Bison look to improve on 15-win season

Holes in field leave Bison searching for new faces, home turf

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

It’s not uncommon for a head coach to look to replace departed faces on the softball field. The Buffalo softball team is no exception. Bison head coach Brad Zrust heads into the 2015 spring season looking to replace five starters.

What is uncommon is midway through the season, Zrust and his new faces will look to replace his own field as they will switch mid-season from the high school to Bentfield Mills Park in Buffalo due to the construction project of the new high school football field.

“We’re going to maybe get three games on our high school field, and the remainder of the games will be at Bentfield Mills,” Zrust said. “Somewhere around May 5 we may make the switch. I think the girls will adapt, and it could be a nice change of pace to go to a different venue.”

One of the new faces this year is actually an old one. With the loss of starting pitcher Madi DesMarais, who led the team with an 11-4 record, senior Payton Speckel will assume the role as the staff ace. Speckel went 4-4 a year ago, but led the team with a 1.88 ERA and nearly averaged one strikeout per innings pitched.

When comparing her pitching style to DesMarais, Speckel said the two had different approaches.

“Madi had a lot of good changes in pitches,” she said. “I’d say I’m more a power pitcher. I like to get that strikeout in key situations.”

As for developing a feel for two different home ball fields, Speckel said it will take some getting used to.

“I pitched there (Bentfield Mills Park) when I was younger, but never for school ball, so it will definitely be different,” Speckel said. “The atmosphere may change too, because they don’t have dugouts. We have a really nice field at the school.”

The Bison will also look to replace the other half of the battery connection as three-year starter Cassie Kunkel leaves a hole at the catcher position. Kunkel provided strong defense and leadership, as well as being a clutch hitter at the plate.

Senior Elisabeth King was a major contributor last season offensively. She finished the season with a .382 batting average. She also hit three home runs and led the team with 19 RBI. Primarily used as a designated hitter in 2013-14, King will likely replace Nicole Duske at first base, and relieve Speckel as the team’s backup pitcher.

The outfield also has holes with departed seniors Katelyn Radford and Chelsey Henson gone. The lone returner is senior right fielder Amber Styve.

“I have about half of our starters back from last year,” Zrust said. “I have my right fielder back. I have my third baseman (freshman) Emily Hansen and shortstop (junior) Kallie Wycoff back. After that, we’re patching in.”

Hansen led the team in 2013-14 with five homers, 19 runs scored and 12 walks. She also drove in 12 runs. Zrust is hoping a few more young faces can make a similar impact.

“We have some good young stuff coming up,” he said. “We’ll find some people to fill in the holes.”

Early in the season, offense appears to be the least of Zrust’s worries.

“I’m a firm believer in pitching and defense,” he said. “If you have that, you’re going to be in a lot of ballgames. I think Speckel is going to have a good year on the mound. If we can get that and defensively limit teams to three outs, we’ll be able to scrape together a few runs.”

The Bison finished last season with a 15-8 overall record which included a 2-2 record in the Section 6-3A playoffs. Buffalo opened with a 14-2 win over Blake and 9-3 victory over Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The bats were then silenced in a pair of shutouts beginning with a 7-0 loss to Orono and a 3-0 season-ending defeat to Edina.

Despite coming two wins shy from reaching state, Styve said last season was a memorable one.

“I felt last year was successful,” she said. “We made a lot of progress throughout the season, which I think is where it really counts. Working together as a team sometimes is more than just wins and losses.”

The Bison also finished last season in second place to Rogers (13-0) with an 11-2 record in the Mississippi 8. Zrust expects the Royals to be the top dog once again.

“Rogers lost one girl from last year’s team, so they will be the team to beat,” he said. “They are the conference champs from last year, and they have everybody back. Chisago Lakes and St. Francis are good and St. Michael has made a bunch of improvements, so you can’t count them out.”

With a lot of new faces in the mix, some of the older faces are not quite sure what to expect this year.

“I think we’ll compete well, but it will be interesting to see how the new girls develop,” Speckel said. “We lost a lot of people from last year, so it will be kind of different, but I’m really excited.”

Styve had a different outlook on the upcoming season. She said young talented players like Hansen a year ago made the other players step up. 

“I think it’s good when the younger players come up and do well,” she said. “It’s almost like a reality check for some of the older players where you could lose your position. So it keeps us going.”

Buffalo has six seniors on this year’s pre-season roster. Seniors include: Styve, King, Speckel, Elise Swanson, Kaitlin Maass and Morgan Warner. The season is scheduled to get underway with a 4:30 p.m. home game on Tuesday, April 7 against North Branch.

 

Buffalo track teams kick off season at SCSU Husky Indoor High School Invite

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The unseasonably warm weather conditions early this spring season took a nasty turn back to winter.

With spring teams, including both the boys and girls track and field squads already practicing outside, the Bison spent a brisk Saturday afternoon competing in their first meet of the year at the annual Husky Indoor High School Invite on March 21 at the Halenbeck Fieldhouse at St. Cloud State University.

No team scores were kept, but the Bison boys’ squad started off strong thanks to five top-three finishes, including first-place times in the 3,200-meter run by junior Jake Kluver (10:29.16) and senior Jon Eastlund in the 1,600-meter run (4:55.08).

Senior Clayton Decker’s time of 2:15.87 in the 800 meter run was good for second place. Senior Taylor Spier had a first-place throw of 46-2 in heat two of the first round in the shot put. He had an identical throw for distance in the finals round good for third place overall.

Junior Matt Montplaisir finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 39-3.

No first-place finishes were recorded on the girls side, but a number of girls enjoyed a successful first meet.

Junior Livia Koehler posted a height of 4-10 in the high jump, good for second place overall. Koehler was also a member of Buffalo’s sprint medley relay team, along with sophomore Allie Merz, sophomore Becky Horak, and senior Carolyn Feddema. The four combined to record a  second-place time of 2:06.45.

Senior captain Leah Mussell just missed qualifying for state last year with a third-place finish at the section meet in the shot put. Mussell also finished third at the SCSU indoor invite with a toss of  33-5.50. Mussell improved nearly two feet from her throw of 31-7.50 in the opening heat that qualified her for the finals round.

One of the younger faces, freshman Kacey Rohman, also enjoyed a good day. Rohman finished fourth overall in the 200-meter dash in 29.59, and was one of four members of the fourth-place 4x400 relay team. Junior Hannah Anderson, freshman Meredith Reynolds and freshman Emma Weber were the other members of the relay.

The Bison are next in action with a 2 p.m. meet on Friday, March 27 at the University of Minnesota  Field House in the U of M High School Indoor Track and Field Meet.

Boys Results

 

(Saturday March 21 at SCSU)

- Bison results only

 

60 Meter Dash:

Round 1, Heat 1:

3. Sean Kelly 7.83

Round 1, Heat 2:

3. Noah Buystedt 8.23; 7. Carter Patnode 8.60

Round 1, Heat 3:

3. Tyler Johnson 7.74; 6. Jon Pearson 7.99

Round 1, Heat 4:

6. David Glen 8.12

Round 1, Heat 6:

7. Wesley Wilson 8.73

Round 1, Heat 9:

1. Nick Swearingen 7.610

Round 1, Heat 10:

3. Blake Gleason 7.93

Round 1, Heat 11:

2. Joe McClellan 7.93

 

200 Meter Dash:

9. Carter Patnode 24.94; 11. Tyler Johnson 25.14; 26. David Glen 26.41; 28. Noah Buystedt 26.48; 36. Blaze Solberg 26.82; 41. Jacob Hagen 27.223; 42. Martin Pastor 27.224; 46. Harlan Johnson 27.450; 48. Max Jude 27.78; 56. Wesley Wilson 28.68; 57. Jacob Schmidt 28.92; 59. Sean Kelly 29.62; 63. Elijah Koopman 34.06 

 

400 Meter Dash:

10. Jon Pearson 60.14; 16. Jacob Scherber 61.23

 

800 Meter Run:

2. Clayton Decker 2:15.87; 7. Ryan Dugan 2:24.19

 

1600 Meter Run:

1. Jon Eastlund 4:55.08; 11. Isaac Basten 5:15.49; 16. Trevor Otto 5:29.92

 

3200 Meter Run:

1. Jake Kluver 10:29.16

 

60 Meter Hurdles:

Round 1, Heat 2:

4. Blaze Solberg 9.76

Round 1, Heat 3:

4. Max Jude 11.02

Round 1, Heat 4:

4. Jacob Hagen 11.98

 

800 Meter Relay:

7. Buffalo 1:47.44

 

4x400 Meter Relay:

3. Buffalo 3:50.93 (Blake Gleason, Carter Patnode, Henry Lemp, Matt Montplaisir)

 

4x800 Meter Relay:

7. Buffalo 9:46.97

 

Long Jump:

25. Brandon Weber 16-10; 30. Matt Montplaisir 16-2.75; 39. Justin Durr 13-7; 47. Isaac Wondra 8-2

 

Triple Jump:

4. Matt Montplaisir 39-3; 16. Brandon Weber 35-11; 22. Isaac Wondra 30-3

 

Shot Put:

Round 1, Flight 1:

3. Harlan Johnson 36-1.75; 4. David Hanson 33-8; 7. Lucas White 33-4.50

Round 1, Flight 2:

1. Taylor Spier 46-2; 2. Tim Pearson 41-1.50; 4. Luke Aguirre 34-7; 8. Lucas Jergenson 26-11.50

Finals:

3. Taylor Spier 46-2; 6. Tim Pearson 41-1.50

 

High Jump:

5. Joey Durr 5-10; 13. Justin Durr 5-2; 17. Joe McClellan 5-0

 

Pole Vault:

6. Isaiah Nowak 10-0; 15. Ben Ruhr 8-0

Girls Results

 

(Saturday March 21 at SCSU)

- Bison results only

 

60 Meter Dash:

Round 1, Heat 1:

5. CeCe Miller 9.22

Round 1, Heat 2:

5. Allie Merz 9.18

Round 1, Heat 3:

7. Taylor McNitt 10.39

Round 1, Heat 5:

3. Alex Zeiss 9.26

Round 1, Heat 6:

5. Sydney Johnson 9.56

Round 1, Heat 7:

4. Sydney Crowser 9.56

Round 1, Heat 9:

5. Georgia Gorr 9.62

Round 1, Heat 10:

3. Gabby Grage 9.03; 7. Catherine LaCasse 9.74

 

200 Meter Dash:

4. Kacey Rohman 29.59; 26. Georgia Gorr 31.620; 38. Catherine LaCasse 32.57; 46. Kathryn Cassady 33.28; 52. Allie Swearingen 34.36; 58. Taylor McNitt 35.50; 59. Lindsay Decker 36.89

 

800 Meter Run:

6. Lindsey Kauffman 2:47.34; 9. Archie Brallier 2:53.33

 

1600 Meter Run:

5. Meredith Reynolds 5:59.30; 6. Erica O’Borsky 6:07.39; 10. Jillie Golden 6:15.37; 19. Marie Ruhr 6:44.94; 25. Ivy Christianson 7:31.54.

 

60 Meter Hurdles:

Round 1, Heat 1:

5. Kathryn Cassady 12.11

Round 1, Heat 2:

7. Lindsay Decker 13.96

Round 1, Heat 3:

1. Allie Swearingen 11.39

Round 1, Heat 5:

2. Becky Horak 10.61

Finals:

6. Allie Swearingen 11.33; 8. Becky Horak 12.68

 

800 Meter Relay:

6. Buffalo 2:07.04

 

4x400 Meter Relay:

4. Buffalo 4:38.29 (Kacey Rohman, Hannah Anderson, Meredith Reynolds, Emma Weber)

 

Sprint Medley Relay:

2. Buffalo 2:06.35 (Allie Merz, Becky Horak, Livia Koehler, Carolyn Feddema)

 

Long Jump:

14. Carolyn Feddema 12-11; 25. Svenja Rockemer 11-2; 27. CeCe Miller 11-1; 28. Aivary Bouman 10-3.50; 33. Emily Skoog 7-5

 

Triple Jump:

8. Hailey Sorenson 30-5.25; 10. Carolyn Feddema 29-3.50; 13. CeCe Miller 26-1.75; 14. Svenja Rockemer 25-7.50

 

Shot Put:

Round 1, Flight 1:

2. Anna Cassaday 27-10

Round 1, Flight 2:

1. Leah Mussell 31-7.50; 3. Emily Linderholm 29-6.50; 6. Allie Palmer 22-0

Finals:

3. Leah Mussell 33-5.50

 

High Jump:

2. Livia Koehler 4-10; 12. Hailey Sorenson 4-4

 

Pole Vault:

6. Rachel Haas 7-0

 

 

BHS Knowledge Bowl teams finish second, sixth at regions

Buffalo Team One advances to state; set to defend title

By Doug Voerding

Staff Reporter

The Buffalo High School Knowledge Bowl squad is returning to the state tournament to defend its title after a strong finish at last Thursday’s region tournament in Sartell.

The team is nearly the same as the one that won state last year. Ryan Bowers, Abbie Kunze, Jacob Nosbush, and Jon Thielen are returning members. Added to the team is Sophie Lefebvre, who replaces Aaron Hamann who graduated last year. But, Lefebvre does have state tournament experience since she was on the second team that Buffalo sent to the state tournament last year.

At the region tournament, Buffalo Team One scored 122.5 points for a second-place finish, beating out Big Lake with 118.5 points and Sartell with 117 points. St. John’s Prep, a team that has been Buffalo’s top competitor this year, won the tournament with 137.5 points.

Coach Lacy Schramm said, “I am very proud of Varsity Team One for their performance on Thursday. We were all acutely aware that the region meet would come down to a few points and that it was anybody’s guess as to which teams would move on. This whole season has been interesting, as we knew the competition in room two oftentimes unseated the teams in room one by a few points.”

Buffalo approached the meet in a different and unexpected way.

Said Schramm, “On the bus ride there, we discussed that this could be our last Knowledge Bowl meet of the season, so we should just have fun and play our best. Varsity Team One took that to heart. While they played very well through tough competition, parents and coaches remarked that the squad appeared to be having a blast. In the end, playing well and having fun won out.”

In Region 7, which covers Central Minnesota, 31 schools participate in Knowledge Bowl, allowing the region to send its top 5 teams to the state tournament. Region 7 sends to state the two highest-scoring large school teams, the two highest-scoring small school teams, and the next highest scoring team at the region tournament to the state tournament.

At the region tournament, Buffalo was the highest scoring large school team, followed by Big Lake. Two teams from St. John’s Prep will represent the region at state in the small school division. Taking the fifth spot will be Sartell. At the state tournament, the St. John’s teams will be competing in the A division, while Buffalo, Big Lake, and Sartell will be in the AA division.

Buffalo Team Two placed sixth in the region tournament with a score of 105 points. That team of Evan Burandt, Tom Dirks, Sam Hamann, Dylan Harcey, and Spencer Martin held ninth place throughout most of the tournament, but jumped up to the sixth place finish after a top tournament oral round score of 16 in the final round. The sixth place finish was not enough to send the team to the state tournament.

“Varsity Team Two played their hearts out as well,” said Schramm. “From the beginning of the season, they have been extremely competitive in nature, always trying to unseat Varsity Team One and setting state as a goal. Their performance at regions was admirable, staying in the top rooms most of the meet. They finished strong with a huge round of 16 points. In the end, they finished true 6th out of 18 teams.”

The Knowledge Bowl state tournament is April 9 and 10 in Brainerd.

Said Schramm, “Looking ahead to state, we know that the teams from our region, Big Lake and Sartell, as well as Chaska, will be stiff competition. It will depend on the day, but I am confident that Varsity Team One will enjoy their trip to state and play with integrity and a positive attitude. It will be fun to watch.”