Road team spoils homecoming party

Buffalo powers past conference rivals

Records fall in 91-90 home loss to Elks

Raisanen stars, but Royals secure top spot with 2-0 win

Bison record win, loss, tie

Buffalo knocks off conference champs

Freshmen teams pace Bison at Milaca Mega Meet

Homecoming crowd lights up Friday night lights

McTeacher Night raises big numbers

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Road team spoils homecoming party

Jackets stun Bison with 14-point rally

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo student section was minutes away from storming the field celebrating a 27-21 homecoming football win, and the first victory of the season for the Buffalo football squad.

But with 2:50 left in regulation, it was the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets owning the field as a 20-yard rushing score by senior running back Dylan Peterson with 31 seconds left in regulation capped off a 95-yard scoring drive, securing a 28-27 road win Friday, Sept. 25 at Cummings Field.

Trailing 14-6 at halftime, Buffalo rallied to score 21 unanswered points to take what seemed like a commanding 27-14 lead with 9:49 left in regulation. Led by junior quarterback Austin Schlenker, the Bluejackets cut the lead to 27-21 on a Schlenker 20-yard touchdown pass to Ryley Nelson. Buffalo’s attempt to run the clock out failed, but with 2:50 left, the lead still seemed secure as Bison senior punter Tyler Wurm successfully pinned the Bluejackets down to their own five-yard line.

“You don’t have words to describe this game,” said Bison head coach Todd Bouman. “It’s hard. You just hope the offense can make a couple more first downs and run out the clock. Then we pin them deep on the punt and can’t stop them. We just need a play here or there to stop them. We just quite can’t get over that hump.”

The loss was reminiscent to the Bison’s season opener in Willmar where they led 19-0 in the third quarter, only to lose 20-19 on a last-second scoring drive with 9.5 seconds remaining in regulation.

“It was on my mind (Willmar finish) the whole time,” said Buffalo junior quarterback Dylan Rohlin, as he hopelessly sat on the sidelines watching another lead dissipate in the closing seconds. “We needed one big play, but we couldn’t get it.”

Rohlin was one of a number of Bison players following the game fighting back the tears. Despite throwing for 186 yards and three touchdowns, the fact they let another game slip away was all he could think about.

“Losing this game is one of the hardest things in my life right now. It sucks,” he said. “The fans deserved a win and we couldn’t give it to them. We failed. We could easily be a .500 team right now. Things just haven’t gone our way.”

With two struggling teams entering the game with a combined record of 1-9, both coaches admitted they approached the contest with the attitude of nothing to lose.

After Cambridge-Isanti failed to convert on an opening drive field-goal attempt, Buffalo responded with a trick play resulting in a Rohlin lateral-screen pass to junior receiver Tyler Johnson, who went on to toss a perfect strike to a wide-open Wurm for a 79-yard score and a 6-0 lead.

“That was awesome. It got us going right away,” said Wurm, who finished second with 79 receiving yards and nine tackles on defense.

“In a game like this, nobody really has anything to lose,” Bouman said. “They had an onside kick after scoring in the second quarter. Ultimately at the end, they made a few more plays than we did. I just feel bad for the kids.”

As difficult as things have been for the Bison, Cambridge-Isanti head coach Mike Hennen has also seen his share of difficulties.

With the graduation of John Solberg, last year’s Mississippi 8 Quarterback of the Year, Hennen’s squad has been offensively challenged, scoring only 63 points through the first five games and a 1-4 start.

“I told the kids the past two weeks, we have nothing to lose, either,” Hennen said. “The week before, we ran some fake punts and this game we did an onside kick. I thought coming in against these guys we would be equal, but we had to take some chances and play aggressive.”

What’s clicked for most teams offensively against Buffalo has been the running game. Hennen’s squad was no different. The Bluejackets pounded the rock to the tune of 61 attempts for 337 rushing yards and three scores. Schlenker led the way with 153 rushing yards, 102 passing yards, and two touchdowns. Senior Nate Muehlberg also hit the century mark with 108 rushing yards and a score.

The ability to move the sticks and chew up the clock led to only eight offensive plays in the first half for Buffalo and a 14-6 halftime deficit.

“I don’t know what happened after our first score, but things kind of died down from there,” Wurm said. “Coach told us to come out in the second half and play with heart and give it all you got.”

Buffalo did just that. On the game’s first play of the second half, Rohlin rolled to his right and passed to the left. Johnson would later march 75 yards for a touchdown score. Returning to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion was senior Tom Bean, who would tie the game 14-14 on a two-point passing conversion.

Buffalo’s defense would force a three-and-out and senior captain Adam Treptau would block a Bluejacket punt setting up a 42-yard passing score from Rohlin to Johnson – Johnson’s third touchdown of the game (one passing, two receiving). He finished the game with three catches for 125 yards and one pass for 79 yards.

The fireworks would continue for Buffalo into the fourth quarter as Rohlin marched the Bison downfield setting up and a seven-yard passing score to senior receiver Gavin Welch.

With the return of Bean, Buffalo has five healthy receivers (Bean, Wurm, Tyler Johnson, Andrew Johnson, and Welch) that have all found the end zone this season.  A sixth receiver, senior Matt Montplaisir, is also a breakaway threat, but has missed the last three games with a leg injury.

“It sucks, we have so much talent,” Wurm said. “We just have to execute and fix all our problems. Little mental mistakes over and over seem to cost us.”



Buffalo’s crack at win number one would take a gigantic effort as the Bison (0-6 overall, 0-4 Blue Division) travel in week seven for a 7 p.m. showdown Friday, Oct. 2 at Blue Division champion St. Michael-Albertville (5-1, 4-0).

After losing 26-16 in week one to Moorhead, the Knights have gone unbeaten in five straight, including victories over Rogers, Elk River, and St. Francis.

STMA has won four straight games over the Bison, who currently are owners of the Muddy Crow traveling trophy.

“We’re going to come out swinging, I’ll tell you that,” Wurm said. “We got Big Lake at home in our last game. We’ll get one win in there. We have good coaches and good kids. We’re 0-6, but we’re all there for each other.”


Cambridge-Isanti 28, Buffalo 27

(Friday, Sept. 25 at Buffalo)

Cambridge-Isanti        0    14     0    14   –  28

Buffalo    6     0    15     6   –  27


First quarter

B – Tyler Wurm 79 pass from Tyler Johnson (kick failed)

Second quarter

CI – Austin Schlenker 14 run (Michael Larson kick)

CI -- Nate Muehlberg 14 run (Larson kick)

Third quarter

B -- T. Johnson 75 pass from Dylan Rohlin (Tom Bean 2-point pass from Rohlin)

B -- T. Johnson 42 pass from Rohlin (Carter Patnode kick)

Fourth quarter

B -- Gavin Welch 7 pass from Rohlin (kick failed)

CI -- Dylan Peterson 20 pass from Schlenker (Larson kick)

CI -- Ryley Nelson 20 run (Larson kick)

Bluejacket leaders:

Passing – Austin Schlenker 9-14--102 (TD)

Rushing – Schlenker 23-153 (TD), Nate Muehlberg 22-108 (TD), Ryley Nelson 16-76 (TD).

Receiving – Muehlberg 4-38, R. Nelson 2-34, Peterson 2-29 (TD), Luke Johnson 1-1.

Tackles – Schlenker 7, Muehlberg 4, Jeremy Jorgenson 4, Alex Spizman 3, Peterson 3, R. Nelson 2, Ben Nelson 2, Hunter Fuhol 2, Jett Gaudette 2, Erik Mickelson 2, Diego Aldana 2, Mitch Ziebarth 1, Zack Koukol 1.

Bison leaders:

Passing – Dylan Rohlin 9-17–186 (3 TDs), Tyler Johnson 1-1-79 (TD).

Rushing – Joe McClellan 10-54, Hunter Brings 5-24; Rohlin 4-3, T. Johnson 2-0.

Receiving – T. Johnson 3-125 (2 TDs), Tyler Wurm 1-79 (TD), Gavin Welch 6-61 (TD).

Tackles – Adam Treptau 12, T. Wurm 9, McClellan 7, Jon Pearson 6, Alan Hernandez 7, Cedric Bela 6, Robert Sahli 5, Harlan Johnson 5, Carter Patnode 4, Jordan Thielman 3, Noah VanderKooi 3, Welch 3, Mitchell Benson 1.


Buffalo powers past conference rivals

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With the regular season winding down, the colors of the Buffalo girls’ tennis squad are rising near the top of the Mississippi 8 conference standings.

While the defending champion Princeton Tigers likely will repeat as conference champs, three pivotal wins over St. Michael-Albertville, Rogers, and Big Lake have the Bison competing with three teams for the second-place spot.

A Sept. 17 rainout with Rogers forced a rescheduled date of Monday, Sept. 28 in Buffalo. It was the second of three matches over a six-day span. The Bison responded with a convincing 7-0 victory over the Royals – who finished second to Princeton in last year’s final standings.

“This was one of our best overall performances,” said Buffalo head coach Joel Peterson. “Our singles played well against a very good Rogers’ team, and our doubles keeps getting better every match.”

Stability throughout the lineup is something Peterson said he’s tried to instill with a team that has a strong mix of both upper and underclassmen.

Senior captains Claudia Botzet and Mattie Lubben have posted winning records as Buffalo’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. Sophomore Mya Lubben has her share of long battles this season, but has proved to be able to win in the clutch as well. After starting the season as a doubles player, freshman Emma Carlson has posted a winning record the past two weeks in the No. 4 position.

Sophomore Claire Stevens spent the beginning of the year playing No. 3 or No. 4 singles, but a move to No. 1 doubles with senior partner Abby Wyatt has strengthened the overall lineup.

“I’m trying not to overthink things,” Peterson said. “Moving Claire to doubles has made the entire lineup much stronger.”

Highlighting the Royals meet was a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 2 doubles by Bison junior Molly Jungwirth and senior Vivien Schuber. Senior Sydney Brandes and eighth-grader Ella Stevens also won in three sets 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.



Prior to the Royals win, the Bison and STMA played a match that both teams will remember forever. Buffalo won 4-3, but the match took over four hours to complete and featured two lighting delays, and two different tennis courts.

The match was decided at No. 3 singles when Mya Lubben outlasted STMAs Cory Eull 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4. The singles match took over four hours to complete. After starting at the high school courts, the delayed start of about 30 minutes forced both teams to move to the middle school to play under the lights due to darkness. With the match tied 3-3, all eyes were on Lubben and Eull as the winning point would clinch the team win.

“It’s a little nerve racking. Every single eye is on you,” said Mya, who had gone three sets in four of her previous five matches. “It also makes you play harder. Everyone is counting on me to win the match.”

All eyes were on both Lubben and Eull, until early in the third set when the power went out due to a timing glitch. When the lights eventually turned on, Lubben powered her way to a hard fought 6-4 victory in the final set.

“This match, it was like I was playing against the exact same person as me,” Mya said. “It was weird to play here. Everything was the same. The entire match was just back-and-forth. Winning this match means a lot to me.”

Mya’s older sister, Mattie, claimed a 6-1, 6-3 victory over STMA senior Kiana Eystad. Buffalo’s other two points came from Claire Stevens and Wyatt at No. 1 doubles, and Brandes and Ella Stevens at No. 3 doubles.



Update coming Tuesday night…

Bison (11-3 overall, 5-2 M8)


Buffalo 4, St. Michael-Albertville 3

(Thursday, Sept. 24 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 – Ana Getz (STMA) def. Claudia Botzet (B) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; No. 2 – Mattie Lubben (B) def. Kiana Eystad (STMA) 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 – Mya Lubben (B) def. Cory Eull (STMA) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4; No. 4 – Allie Hinz (STMA) def. Emma Carlson (B) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 1 – Claire Stevens/Abby Wyatt (B) def. Brianna Woitalla/Serena Gjesvold (STMA) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4; No. 2 – Sydney Hanlon/Emily Solberg (STMA) def. Molly Jungwirth/Vivien Schuber (B)  6-4, 6-2; No. 3 –  Ella Stevens/Sydney Brandes (B) def. Nicole Meyer/Morgan Schumm (STMA) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.


Buffalo 4, Rogers 3

(Monday, Sept. 28 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 – Claudia Botzet (B) def. Kaylie Conlan (R) 7-5, 6-0; No. 2 – Mattie Lubben (B) def. Sam Fitzpatrick (R) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1; No. 3 – Mya Lubben (B) def. Alanna Sperr (R) 6-3, 6-3; No. 4 – Emma Carlson (B) def. Jenna Reust (R) 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 1 – Claire Stevens/Abby Wyatt (B) def. Amanda Penick/Hannah Stolba (R) 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 –  Molly Jungwirth/Vivien Schuber (B) def. Sam Stickler/Emily Rubbelke (R) 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; No. 3 –  Ella Stevens/Sydney Brandes (B) def. Abby Johnson/Caitlin Lloyd (R) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.


Buffalo 4, Big Lake 3

(Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Big Lake)

Singles: No. 1 – Ana Getz (STMA) def. Claudia Botzet (B) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; No. 2 – Mattie Lubben (B) def. Kiana Eystad (STMA) 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 – Mya Lubben (B) def. Cory Eull (STMA) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4; No. 4 – Allie Hinz (STMA) def. Emma Carlson (B) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 1 – Claire Stevens/Abby Wyatt (B) def. Brianna Woitalla/Serena Gjesvold (STMA) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4; No. 2 – Sydney Hanlon/Emily Solberg (STMA) def. Molly Jungwirth/Vivien Schuber (B)  6-4, 6-2; No. 3 –  Ella Stevens/Sydney Brandes (B) def. Nicole Meyer/Morgan Schumm (STMA) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.


Records fall in 91-90 home loss to Elks

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The final scoreboard read: Elk River 91, Buffalo 90.

While those not in attendance would assume another nail-biting finish in a Section 8AA girls’ swim/dive matchup Thursday, Sept. 24 at Buffalo Community Middle School, truth be told, the dual meet was clinched when Elk River took a 91-65 lead following the 10th of 12 events.

Elks head coach Luke Johnson might have been the only person in the building to realize they mathematically clinched the meet after his squad took first, second, and third place in the 100 backstroke.

“Usually a coach doesn’t exhibition until you get to 94 points, which is the total you need to win,” said Bison head coach Rachel Busch. “We were very surprised that he chose to exhibition for the last couple events. It’s his choice, which is fine.”

In Buffalo’s previous meet, the Bison did battle to the final event in a rare 93-93 road tie at Cambridge-Isanti. While last Thursday’s final score with the Elks looks competitive, Buffalo was guaranteed the final 25 points of the meet as exhibition races for the winning team count for personal times only, not for team points.

Nearly half of Elk River’s score came early in the meet. The Elks finished 1-2 in every event minus one to build a comfortable 45-17 lead into the diving competition.

What’s been a strength all season for Buffalo proved to be the catalyst once again as senior diver Rachel Bertram and sophomore Alex Zeiss finished 1-2 in the one-meter, six-dive event. Zeiss was second at 240.20 and Bertram, fresh off setting a Bison school record with a 269.30 at Cambridge-Isanti, broke both the BCMS Pool and BHS school records with a personal-best 282.30.

Her score broke her own mark for both records. She nearly broke the all-time school and pool record of 287.35 set in 2011 by Blake Solberg.

“Wow, I didn’t realize I was that close to the boys’ record, too,” said Bertram, following her third meet of the year in which she’s broke some sort of school record. “I guess this year, I’m just focusing a lot more than I did a year ago. Last year, I just kind of did the dives.”

With her and Zeiss almost a lock to finish 1-2 in diving at most dual meets, Bertram said it’s been nice to have a teammate push her. Zeiss actually had a higher scoring average of 238.65 to Bertram’s 229.55, prior to the Elk River meet.

“Alex has definitely made major improvements this year,” said Bertram, who is still undecided on where she is planning on diving next season in college. She said she’s taken recent recruiting trips to the University of Nebraska and Ball State in Indiana, but has not yet verbally committed on a college.

Bertram and Zeiss are not the only ones enjoying career years. Freshman Tianna Kosek set a season-best time in 5:46.72 for a first-place score in the 500 freestyle. Her personal-best came last season at sections in 5:32.00.

As one of a number of underclassmen on the squad, Kosek is pleased with the way the season is going, despite the Bison still searching for their first dual win (0-3-1).

“The season is going well,” Kosek said. “All the girls are super supportive of each other. Everyone is just cheery and that’s what gets you motivated.”

Kosek and senior captains Mika Bordak, and Hayley Schendel have excelled this season in the individual events. Bordak edged Elk River’s Alaina Sylvester 57.28 to 57.87 for the top time in the 100 freestyle. The three also teamed up with sophomore Cat LaCasse to finish first in the 200 freestyle in 1:47.99.

Kosek admits, the 500 freestyle sometimes presents a challenge for her in other events, particularly when the 200 freestyle relay is immediately after the 500 and the 100 breaststroke is two after the relay.

“It takes a lot of energy away from me, but you have to dig deep to find the energy to pull through it,” Kosek said. “I feel like I’ve been doing pretty well this season. I’ve been training hard for the 500. I look forward to keep improving in the future. My goal is to improve every meet and keep dropping times.”

Fatigue is something Busch is trying to keep from happening, as she purposely setup a lighter work load.

“In years past, we usually averaged around two meets per week,” Busch said. “I purposely made our schedule with trying to limit them to just one meet a week. Sometimes it’s inevitable. I can’t avoid True Team Sections, nor would I want to. I also can’t pick when invites are. There’s a week in October where we have a Tuesday and Thursday, but I tried to avoid it as much as possible this season.”

The Bison next compete with a 6 p.m. home meet Thursday, Oct. 1 against Princeton.


Elk River 91, Buffalo 90

(Thursday, Sept. 24 at Buffalo)

200 Medley Relay (8-4-2): 1. Elk River (Beth Kelzer, Alaina Sylvester, Maggie Teschendorf, Leah Dehn); 2. Elk River (Kaylee Benson, Andie Timpe, Anya Larson, Hailey Odegard) 2:02.53; 3.  Buffalo (Kaitlyn Schendel, Tianna Kosek, Mike Bordak, Kassy Shroyer) 2:03.83.

200 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Kelzer (ER) 2:11.67; 2. Marisa Kranitz (ER) 2:20.08; 3. Katie Ibe (ER) 2:21,74; 4. Shroyer (B) 2:25.56; 5. Ashlee Hale (B) 2:27.22.

200 Individual Medley (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Timpe (ER) 2:26.56; 2. Hayley Schendel (B) 2:35.73; 3. Ali O’Mara (B) 2:36.54; 4. LaCasse (B) 2:38.32; 5. Jinnae Koop (ER) 2:39.36.

50 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Sylvester (ER) 26.49; 2. Benson (ER) 28.00; 3. Madeline Hill (B) 29.32; 4. Stromberg (B) 29.80; 5. Julia Kolles (B) 29.93.

1-Meter Dive (6-4-3-2-1): *#1. Rachel Bertram (B) 282.30; 2. Alex Zeiss (B) 242.20; 3. Meghan Schaeffer (ER) 186.60; 4. Hannah Finstad (ER) 177.65; 5. Olivia Yost (B) 151.05. *School record, #Pool record.

100 Butterfly (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Larson (ER) 1:05.91; 2. Shroyer (B) 1:09.99; 3. Chloe Bechtel (ER) 1:12.42; 4. Sydney Polzin (B) 1:12.67; 5. Kolles (B) 1:17.17.

100 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Bordak (B) 57.28; 2. Sylvester (ER) 57.87; 3. Odegard (ER) 1:00.67; 4. Dehn (ER) 1:02.91; 5. Hill (B) 1:04.57.

500 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Kosek (B) 5:46.72; 2. K. Schendel (B) 6:04.21; 3. Teschendorf (ER) 6:08.83; 4. Ibe (ER) 6:10.12; 5. Stromberg (B) 6:19.14.

200 Freestyle Relay (8-4-2): 1. Buffalo (H. Schendel, Kosek, LaCasse, Bordak) 1:48.48; 2. Elk River (Timpe, Odegard, Dehn, Teschendorf) 1:51.11; 3. Elk River (Koop, O’Mara, Bechtel, Kranitz) 1:57.22.

100 Backstroke (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Kelzer (ER) 1:04.83; 2. Benson (ER) 1:07.10; 3. LaCasse (B) 1:10.85; 4. Emma Johnson (ER) 1:12.94; 5. H. Schendel (B) 1:16.91.

100 Breaststroke (6-4-3): 1. Kosek (B) 1:16.81; 2. Polzin (B) 1:24.94; 3. K. Schendel (B) 1:25.23. Exhibition: Larson (ER) 1:16.77.

400 Freestyle Relay (8-4): 1. Buffalo (H. Schendel, Shroyer, K. Schendel, Polzin) 4:11.09; 2. Buffalo (Hill, Stromberg, Kathleen Tierney, Kolles) 4:28.83; Exhibition: Elk River (Ibe, Kranitz, Koop, Katlyn Flagle) 4:20.82.


Raisanen stars, but Royals secure top spot with 2-0 win

Boys Soccer

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Rogers Royals boys’ soccer team took a big step in dethroning the current defending conference champion Buffalo Bison following a 2-0 road win Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Buffalo.

Despite a 4-8 overall record, the Bison came into the contest 4-1 in the conference – one game back of Rogers in the Mississippi 8 standings. Buffalo and sophomore goalie Noah Raisanen were able to frustrate the high powered Royals early. Both teams played to a scoreless first half.

Rogers came into the contest having scored five or more goals in eight of its first 12 games. After a slow start, the Bison had won three of their last five, including a 3-0 road shutout win Thursday, Sept. 24 at Cambridge-Isanti.

A motivated Royals squad came out flying in the second half. Senior Logan Olkon finally beat the Buffalo goalie just three minutes into the second half. Rogers had numerous chances to extend its lead, but Raisanen was equal to the task.

“Noah played great,” said Bison head coach Ben Watkins. “He made a number of big saves to keep us in the game. By far, this was his best game of his career.”

The Royals attempted 22 total shots on goal and Raisanen stopped a career high 17 of 19 that hit the net.

“It was a fun game to play in,” said Raisanen, who the game before recorded his second shutout of the season at Cambridge-Isanti. “When you’re playing the best teams, those are the most fun to play in as a goalie. Even though most the time you come out losing, it’s still a lot of fun.”

Despite the tilted field for most the contest, Buffalo nearly tied the game 1-1 late in the second half. Bison senior Miguel Arroyo Hernandez took a centering pass and fired a shot that beat Royals goalie Joseph Schlottman, but defender Michael David made the save of the game sprawling out to block Arroyo Hernandez’s shot prior to crossing the goal line.

Seconds later, speedy forward Trevor Klink dribbled from his own end of the field to the right of Buffalo’s goal. Senior Henry Lemp took away the shot, but Klink was able to find an open Olkon who buried his second goal of the game for a 2-0 lead.

“That definitely decided the game right there,” Raisanen said. “That was the momentum changer.”

“It all came down to a 10-second span,” Watkins said. “We come that close and they come down seconds later and score.”

While the loss hurt Buffalo’s chances at a repeat for a conference title, it was a bigger loss in the section standings as the Bison (4-8 overall) dropped to 0-4 in Section 8AA. The Royals (11-1-1 overall) improved to 4-1-1 in the section.

The Bison have three remaining games starting with a 7 p.m. road contest Thursday, Oct. 1 at St. Michael-Albertville. They also have an Oct. 6 road game at Big Lake and close with an Oct. 9 home game against Monticello.


Buffalo 3, Cambridge-Isanti 0

(Thursday, Sept. 17 at Chisago Lakes)

Buffalo 3  0   -  3

Cambridge-Isanti          0  0   -  0

Scoring: B - Reniel Christianson, Luke Smith, Spencer Lund; CI - None.

Goalies: B - Noah Raisanen (win) 80 minutes; CI -  Braydon Holzinger (loss) 80 minutes.


Rogers 2, Buffalo 0

(Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Buffalo)

Rogers 0  0   -  0

Buffalo 0  2   -  2

Scoring: R - Logan Olkon 2; B - None.

Goalies: R - Joseph Schlottman (win) 80 minutes; CI -  Noah Raisanen (loss) 80 minutes.


Bison record win, loss, tie

Girls Soccer

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

It was a bittersweet ending to a 2-1 home win last Thursday, Sept. 25 for a Bison girls’ soccer team struggling early on for wins.

The Bison rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit by scoring two second-half goals – the first from senior captain Abby Munsterteiger and the eventual game winner coming in the final minutes of regulation off the foot of junior Cadyn Luedemann.

It was the first goal of the season for both players, more importantly, it helped Buffalo record its second win in eight tries.

While the wins have been difficult to come by, Bison head coach Steve Doimer has been pleased with his team’s effort.

“This I no different from our 2-1 home loss to Chisago Lakes,” Doimer said. “Our troubles are inside the two sixes – our defending six and our attacking six.”

The final score could have been a lot more lopsided had Buffalo capitalized on its chances.

“They attacked the heck out of Cambridge-Isanti. We dominated the field,” Doimer said. “We’re just not getting the finish and we also are making some mental errors in our defending six. The other three quarters of the field, I’m thrilled to death with this team. I’m happy with the way they play. I’m just not happy with the way they score.”

The win turned a little melancholy as the hero of the game, Luedemann, was injured in the final minute after landing awkwardly trying to save a ball from going out of bounds.

Luedemann laid on the sidelines in pain as the final 45 seconds played out. She later left the field with ice wrapped around her knee.

“She’s a little bit on borrowed time,” explained Doimer, regarding a sprained MCL in her right knee. “She has an injury that probably will have to get fixed.”

Senior Paige James earned the win in goal for the Bison.



Playing without the injured Luedemann, the Bison and Waconia Wildcats battled to a 1-1 tie Saturday, Sept. 26 at Waconia.

The Bison forced Waconia goalkeeper Erin Larsen to make eight saves. Both teams exchanged first-half goals. Junior forward Jilli Hovland scored the lone goal for Buffalo.



Buffalo’s modest two-game unbeaten streak (1-0-1) came to an end with a 7-1 road loss Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Rogers.

Royals leading scorer Courtney Henderson had three goals and an assist. Bison sophomore Sydney Johnson scored the lone goal in the second half for Buffalo (2-7-1 overall, 2 -4 M8). The Bison next are in action with a 7 p.m. home game Thursday, Oct. 1 against STMA.


Buffalo 2, Cambridge-Isanti 1

(Thursday, Sept. 24 at Buffalo)

Cambridge-Isanti          1  0  -  1

Buffalo 0  2  -  2

Scoring: CL - Bailey Richards; B - Abby Munsterteiger, Cadyn Luedemann.

Goalies: CI - Kirsten Belsheim (loss), 80 minutes; B - Paige James (win) 80 minutes.


Buffalo 1, Waconia 1

(Saturday, Sept. 26 at Waconia)

Buffalo 1  0  -  1

Waconia           1  0  -  0

Scoring: B - Jillian Hovland; W - Kayla Kirsch.

Goalies: B - Paige James (tie), 90 minutes; B - Erin Larsen (tie) 90 minutes.


Rogers 7, Buffalo 1

(Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Rogers)

Buffalo 0  1  -  1

Rogers 5  2  -  7

Scoring: B - Sydney Johnson; R - Courtney Henderson 3, Claire Swan 2, Savannah Wedell, Felicia Smith.

Goalies: B - Paige James (loss), 80 minutes; R - Cassidy Lehrke (win) 40 minutes; Olivia Johnson Puttin, 40 minutes.


Buffalo knocks off conference champs


By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo Bison volleyball squad broke even against two defending conference champs.

A five-set, 3-2 home victory Thursday, Sept. 24 against Cambridge-Isanti, the defending Mississippi 8 champions improved the Bison’s conference mark to 3-1. Buffalo took the opening two sets 25-21, 25-20. The Bluejackets forced a fifth-set tiebreaker by taking the third and fourth sets by scores of 25-11, 25-17.

With momentum on the visitor’s side, Buffalo took the all-important fifth set by a 15-11 score.

“It was a great team effort and I was really proud of the girls for battling until the end,” said Buffalo assistant head coach Becky Karna, who was filling in for absent head coach Lauri Zumach, who was out of town for the weekend for a family matter.

“I was so excited and proud of my team for getting the win,” said senior captain Emma Simonson. “I think our hitting went very well that night and we really came together as a team to beat them.”

The win at the time put Buffalo in a three-way tie for second place, one game behind undefeated St. Michael-Albertville.



While Buffalo upset one conference champ, they were unable to do so in its next match Monday, Sept. 28 against Central Lakes Conference champion Rocori Spartans.

Rocori – ranked No. 12 in Class 2A and last year’s fifth-place finisher in the 2014 state volleyball tournament, defeated the Bison in three sets 25-13, 25-8, 25-23.

It was the 12th straight victory for Rocori, and improved its record to 15-1 overall.

“Rocori is a good team and they are definitely taller than the teams we have played so far this season,” Simonson said. “Their size gave us a problem when we hit because they blocked us a lot and that challenged us to cover our hitters even more on defense.”



Buffalo improved to 4-1 in conference play and 4-9 overall with a 3-1 victory Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Monticello.

The win moved Buffalo into a four-way tie for first place with STMA, North Branch, and Rogers.

The Bison took the first two sets against the Magic 26-24, 25-13. Monticello  won the third set 25-23 and nearly forced a fifth-set tiebreaker, but the Bison made up a 12-point deficit in the fourth set to win 25-23.

Even though they are tied atop the standings, Simonson said the main focus isn’t winning a conference championship.

“I don’t think our main goal is to win conference,” she said. “We are definitely focusing on being in the top three. But our goal is to come together even more as a team on the court and surprise other teams we have yet to play with our skills and the potential we possess. We are excited for what the future holds for the team and the competition it will bring.”


Buffalo 3, Cambridge-Isanti 2

(Thursday, Sept. 24 at Buffalo)

Cambridge-Isanti 21  20   25  25  11  -  2

Buffalo          25  25   11  17  15  -  3

Bison stats

Not available


Rocori 3, Buffalo 0

(Monday, Sept. 28 at Rocori)

Buffalo 13    8  23   -  0

Rocori  25  25  25   -  3

Bison stats

Not available


Buffalo at Monticello

(Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Monticello)

Buffalo 26  25  23  25   -  3

Monticello        24  13  25  23   -  1

Bison stats

Not available


Freshmen teams pace Bison at Milaca Mega Meet

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The largest cross country meet in the state took place Saturday, Sept. 26 at Stones Throw Golf Course in Milaca.

Over 150 teams with over 6,000 runners competed in a total of nine races throughout the day. Highlighting the meet for the Bison was a second overall finish from Amanda Montplaisir in the girls’ 5,000-meter sophomore race. Montplaisir set a personal-best time in the 5K in 20:12.38.

Also running the sophomore race were Meredith Reynolds (38th place-23:06.54) and Archie Brallier (65-24:07.63).

The Bison finished third overall out of 20 teams in the freshmen race. Erica O’Borsky highlighted the race finishing second in team scoring and fifth overall in 21:03.83.

“Erica went hard from the get-go and that was awesome,” said Bison girls’ head coach Jill Hanson. “She does not like to start out fast, so it was great to see her have the confidence to start quickly at such a big race.”

Buffalo had three runners finish the freshmen race in the top 17 for scoring. Areefa Seepersaud was 15th in team and 26th overall in 22:28.43 and Laila Ragab was 17th and 28th overall in 22:35.68. Hailey Strenge (24:39.04) and Sydney Mischke (25:12.89) also scored for the freshmen.

Mischke had a solid showing and got rave reviews from the coaching staff following the junior varsity race at the Bauman/Rovn Invite Sep. 10 at Gale Wood Farm in Minnetrista.

“She was our runner of the meet at the Bauman/Rovn meet,” Hanson said. “She ran a fabulous race and is looking to push for a varsity position.”

Lily Hanson and Kaitlin Goldonik also ran the freshmen race for Buffalo.

Senior Ivy Christanson was the lone upperclassmen from Buffalo to race. She finished the Class 4A girls’ varsity 5K race in 142nd place in 24:50.73.

“She competed hard and made Buffalo proud,” Hanson said.

Destiny Fairbanks finished the 3.2K seventh-grade race in 227th place for Buffalo in 21:36.30. Three Bison runners competed in the 3.2K eighth-grade race. Finishing 86th overall in 15:22.92 was Lucy Johnson. Josie Lavato was 125th overall in 16:13.08, and 192nd overall in 17:44.38 was Maizie Mattson.

“We are such a young team,” Hanson said. “I really like to let kids be successful and that happens more in age races. It is the first time this season, as a team, everyone competed.”



With Buffalo’s top two varsity runners, senior Jake Kluver and freshman Isaac Basten dealing with nagging injuries, Buffalo boys’ head coach Dave Knutsen was forced to juggle his lineup. Kluver did not race at all in Milaca, and Basten competed in the freshmen race only, where he paced Buffalo to a fourth-place finish out of 35 teams with a score of 96.

Basten finished fifth overall individually in 17:51.98, but re-aggravated his injured foot, which will keep him from competing in Buffalo’s home invite Thursday, Oct. 1 at Buffalo Heights Golf Course. Kluver, battling a quad injury, will also miss the home meet.

Other scorers for the freshmen team were Joey Anderson (10-18:18.87); Brett Hanson (15-18:44.12); Nathan Smith (32-19:29.60); and Mitchell Rabehl (34-19:39.7). Austin Willey and Noah Zimmerman also ran the race.

“The ninth-grade boys’ placing fourth overall was a highlight of the day,” Knutsen said. “They are a talented group. If they continue to work and improve, they will be special.”

Running without two of its top runners, the varsity squad took a hit finishing 18th out of 21 Class 4A teams in the boys’ 5K race. Junior Landon Tourville jumped into the No. 1 spot due to the injuries and responded with a personal-best time of 17:33.79. “Landon was a little ahead of pace at the first mile but did a good job of controlling his tempo,” said Bison boys’ head coach Dave Knutsen. “We needed him to make that jump with Jake and Isaac both out.”

Including Tourville, Knutsen said all the varsity runners were guilty of running at a poor pace. “The leaders went out at 4:45 for the first mile. That is way too fast,” Knutsen said.

Sophomore Braden Benson was 80th place in 18:18.59. Other scorers: junior Zac Lane (85-18:20.78); Matt Fenton (128-19:55.75); and Wyatt Jacobson Hanson (132-20:15.75).

The Bison junior varsity team finished the 5K race in 22nd place out of 49 teams. Senior Trevor Otto placed 25th in team and 27th overall in 18:51.50. Sophomore Josh Anderson was 126th and 145th overall in 20:28.50. Other JV runners included: juniors Charlie DesMarais, David Putz, and Sullivan McKinley. 

Nick Oak finished the eighth-grade 3.2K race in 56th place in 12:26.91. Kylie Yniierto was 19:58.98. The two were the lone runners to compete for Buffalo.

The Bison seventh-grade squad finished 22nd out of 23 teams with a score of 515. Scoring for Buffalo: Cole Anderson (76-14:34.29); Parker Ryan (85-14:47.96); Brennan Mattson (91-15:02.21); Hunter Korbel (126-16:49.71); and Justin Rud (137-18:49.05). Carter Schmidt finished one place behind Rud in 20:41.47.



* The Monticello girls’ teams won two races. The seventh-grade team finished first in the 3.2K race scoring 50 points. Kaelin McDermott, Gabriella Witschen, and Emma Cordell each finished in the top 10.

The Magic Class 3A varsity girls’ squad finished first in the 5K race with a team score of 73. Freshman Madison McDermott led the way with a sixth-place time in the 5K race in 19:44.23.

* The Bison will host the Buffalo Invite starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Buffalo Heights Golf Course.


Homecoming crowd lights up Friday night lights

Buffalo’s homecoming royalty marched the sidelines during halftime of Friday’s homecoming football game. Pictured (front row, left-right): Junior Royalty members Brianna Eggers and Liam Karn; (back row): Queen Mattie Lubben and King Aric Haluska.


McTeacher Night raises big numbers

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Tatanka Elementary School (TES) hosted its 3rd Annual McTeacher Night held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the McDonald’s in Buffalo.

Teachers, students, and their families gathered from 4-7 p.m. for a night of dinner and fun.

TES Principal Don Metzler was one of a number faculty members on hand to share the experience. With the restaurant nearly filled to capacity, some teachers helped work the drive thru, as well as serve coffee and ice cream. Metzler said McDonalds donated 20-percent of its profit earned over the three hours back to TES. The total fundraiser amount came to $974.18.

Metzler said McTeacher Night has become a very popular school event for both staff and students, and the goal is to potentially host this more than once a school year.

“This event is just a good time for everyone,” Metzler said. “I think the kids are very excited to see their teachers somewhere outside of the school area.”