Buffalo drops emotional homecoming game

Johnson scores five in 9-2 victory over Osseo

Bison wins land them in first

Buffalo turns to depth to knock off Royals

Bison battle for M8, section positioning

XC puts in extra miles

CI hitter sets mark; Bison defeat Magic

Parkside staff members deliver

BHS Homecoming Pep Band

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Buffalo drops emotional homecoming game

Royals win 36-0; Bison, team with visitors in Onell tribute

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Mixed emotions were felt throughout last Friday’s homecoming football game at Bison Field West.

The agony of defeat was evident in the body language of Buffalo players as they suffered a 36-0 loss to Rogers. It was the first time the Bison (2-2 overall) lost on their new stadium turf.

Also noticeable was the physical abuse the home team endured. The Bison lost two key running backs, junior Tannor Schiller (ankle) and senior Noah Buystedt (leg), on consecutive plays early in the first quarter. Later, freshman starting quarterback Aidan Bouman had to exit at halftime with a leg injury.

Bison head coach Todd Bouman was already without the services of starting sophomore running back Riley Habsich, out the past two games with an ankle injury.

“It makes it very difficult, especially when it’s some of your best guys,” Bouman said. “It’s the nature of the game, but it’s unfortunate when it happens to certain guys.”

The injuries forced other players to step in. Unlike a week ago where Buystedt had a career-day rushing, the Royals made sure Buffalo would not find another hero.

Sophomore Zach Phillips was held to 14 yards rushing on 13 carries. As a team, the Bison netted minus-39 yards on the ground.

“Buystedt has been a heck of a player for us so far this year,” said senior Dylan Rohlin, who played the entire second half at quarterback for the injured Bouman. “Every team has to deal with injuries. We just have to push through it. We can’t let this determine our season. Next guy has to step up and be ready.”

Prior to Bouman’s injury, twice the Bison failed to convert while in the Royals zone.

The game’s opening drive began with a 28-yard pass completion from Bouman to sophomore Treyton Welch. That drive resulted in a turnover on downs as the Royals’ defense held at their own 22-yard line.

Buffalo’s defense held Rogers’ offense to 3-and-outs on their first two possessions and didn’t allow a first down until midway through the second quarter.

Even though the Bison outplayed the Royals for most of the half, the game remained scoreless until senior linebacker Nick Camarote of Rogers intercepted Bouman for a 34-yard defensive score. A 2-point conversion made it 8-0 heading into halftime.

“Our defense can play with any team,” Rohlin said. “I was really impressed. If we can play like this with Rogers’ offense, we can play with pretty much everybody.”

For a team known for its big-play offensive ability, it’s been the defense that has made more plays of late.         

As well as Buffalo was able to hold down an explosive Royal offense, senior running back Hunter Derouin broke free for a 60-yard rushing score just 18 seconds into the second half.

Buffalo appeared to cut the lead to 15-6 when Rohlin found Welch for a 9-yard passing connection. However, a holding call nullified the play and the next play after that resulted in a sack of 18 yards. The Bison were forced to punt on a 4th and goal from the 37.

“That was a huge momentum loss, but one play shouldn’t change everything,” Rohlin said. “That’s a good team over there and they are going to keep pushing. We can’t let one play determine the whole game.”

“We had opportunities to score. We just couldn’t punch it in,” Bouman said. “Then we have a couple negative plays and it puts us in a long yardage situations.”

The defensive stand appeared to spark life into the visitors. The Royals’ only big passing play resulted in quarterback Tanner Palm finding Collin Franz for a 32-yard strike. The play set up Derouin’s second rushing score, this from 3-yards out.

The game quickly slipped away as Buffalo’s next possession resulted in a strip and fumble recovery for a 27-yard score from senior Alex Camarote. Rogers closed out the scoring with 6:23 left in regulation on a 19-yard rushing TD by Palm.

 “We throw an interception for a touchdown, and they have a fumble recovery that goes for a touchdown,” Bouman said. “The scoreboard looks bad. But realistically, in my mind, we were in that game all the way until through the third quarter. I thought the defense played great.”

It was the second straight week the Bison didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher, or a 100-yard passer. Senior defensive back Blake Gleason led the team with nine tackles. Buffalo also forced two turnovers, including a fumble recovery by junior Ryan Kluver and interception from freshman Tony Dahl.

“We have to be really proud with how our defense played tonight,” said senior offensive lineman David Hanson. “The scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story. They were fantastic.”

Following the loss, Hanson was still able to share a smile when asked about him being crowned homecoming king earlier in the week.

“I got razzed a little by my teammates,” he said. “Honestly, if you told me two weeks ago I would be homecoming king, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s pretty nice to win.”       



No pain was bigger than the emotional one felt by both schools in their tribute to the late Durand Onell.

With ties to both Rogers and Buffalo, student sections from both schools dressed in gray which is the color that represents asthma awareness. Onell passed away from his lifelong battle with asthma last March at his home.

Blue, purple and white bracelets with the hashtag #WinTheDay, a famous quote of Onell, were on sale for $1 each. Money collected went to the Onell scholarship fund.

A scoreboard video tribute was presented with a stunning double rainbow in the sky prior to kickoff. Following the game, both student sections joined the players and coaches at midfield for a farewell “Win the Day” salute.

“He meant so much to everyone out here,” Hanson said. “Just to honor him tonight was awesome.”

“It’s a unique situation,” Bouman said. “I told the kids after the game, as bad as their pain feels from losing the game, its minuscule compared to what Durand’s family has gone through. It’s nothing compared to what real life is all about.”



The task doesn’t get any easier as Buffalo hits the road for a 7 p.m. contest this Friday at Elk River (4-0).

The Elks are coming off a convincing 43-6 home win last Friday over No. 1 ranked St. Michael-Albertville, who had won 15 straight, including the Class 5A state championship game.

The Elks have outscored their opponents 162-13 through four games this season. Friday’s contest will be Elk River’s homecoming game.


Rogers 36, Buffalo 0

(Friday, Sept. 23 at Buffalo)

Rogers0     8   21    7    –   36

Buffalo0     0     0    0    –     0


First quarter

No scoring.

Second quarter

R -- Nick Camarote 34 yard interception return (Jack Kammers 2-point pass from Tanner Palm) 6:04.

Third quarter

R -- Hunter Derouin 60 run (Matt Becker kick) 11:42

R -- Hunter Derouin 3 run (Matt Becker kick)


R -- Alec Camarote 27 fumble return (Matt Becker kick) 3:30.

Fourth quarter

R -- Tanner Palm 19 run (Matt Becker kick) 6:23.


Royals leaders:

Passing – Tanner Palm 5-14--84, 1 INT.

Rushing – Hunter Derouin 11-83, 2 TD; Eric Chamlongsong 15-77; Tanner Palm 4-25, TD; Kaleb Anderson 3-14; Tyler Gelo 3-9; Reece Meskimen 1-9; Jarrett Flander 2-7; Kyle Kornovich 1-2; Andrew Stein 1-0; Cole Larson 1-(-5).

Receiving – Collin Franz 1-32; Hunter Derouin 1-22; Kaleb Anderson 1-17; Jarrett Flander 2-13.

Tackles – N/A.

Bison leaders:

Passing – Aidan Bouman 7-15--89, 1 INT; Dylan Rohlin 6-14--40.

Rushing – Zach Phillips 13-14; Tannor Schiller 1-11; Noah Buystedt 3-3; Aidan Bouman 2-(-6); Tyler Johnson 1-(-9); Dylan Rohlin 7-(-24).

Receiving – Treyton Welch 4-71; Tyler Johnson 4-24; Andrew Johnson 3-17; Blake Gleason 1-14; Zach Phillips 1-3.

Tackles – Blake Gleason 9; Jaiden Russell 7; John Gaughan 5; Tony Dahl 6, 1 INT; Dan Jacobs 5; Andrew Johnson 4; Tyler Johnson 3; Sean Johnson 3; Treyton Welch 2; Zach Phillips 2; Luke White 2, 1 sack; Ryan Kluver 1, 1 fumble recovery; Carter Patnode 1; Joe McNamara 1; Anthony Muhich 1; Jake Hendel 1.


Johnson scores five in 9-2 victory over Osseo

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

An already inexperienced Bison girls’ soccer team just got younger.

With recent injuries and illnesses rearing its ugly head, head coach Sarah Rodenwald was forced to move four girls from the junior varsity roster into the varsity lineup.

Buffalo responded with a 3-0 road win last Thursday, Sept. 22 at Cambridge-Isanti.

With all the new faces roaming the field, it was two veterans doing the scoring for the Bison.      

Junior Sydney Johnson tallied two goals and senior Jilli Hovland scored the other. It was Johnson’s team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season. Both tallies came in the second half.

With senior defender Georgia Gorr, also the team’s backup goalie, out with illness, head coach Sarah Rodenwald elected to play sophomore Carly LaPlant in the field, opposed to her normal spot in goal.

Making her first career start in net and earning a shutout was sophomore Abby Burandt. Burandt needed to make only four saves in the win. Rodenwald credited the entire team for stepping up.

“The defense played well,” Rodenwald said. “We only had 12 healthy varsity players, three were injured and three were sick. It was a good team win.”

Among the injured players is senior Cadyn Luedemann, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Buffalo’s 1-0 storm-shortened victory Sept. 15 at Chisago Lakes.

Teammates were devastated by the news of Luedemann’s injury, and it showed in their play in a 7-0 home loss Sept. 20 to Princeton.

“Losing Cadyn was a big setback,” said Johnson, who has been varsity teammates with Luedemann the past four years. “The first game without her I was a little emotional, because personally this was our last year together. She has such a great impact on the field so her injury is very hard on all of us. But I think looking up and seeing how positive and supporting she is has really helped. The team and I just want to kick some butt this season for her.”

Johnson again was the ring leader in Buffalo’s 9-2 home win last Saturday over Osseo. She enjoyed a career-day scoring five goals and adding three assists.

The Bison victory was their third in the past four games. Johnson credits her teammates for getting the job done against an Osseo squad that came in with four previous wins (4-6-1).

“We were a lot more focused and the intensity was there,” Johnson said. “In general, the team just had good flow. We worked awesome together and it obviously worked in our favor.”

Senior midfielder Lauren Quiring also enjoyed a career day. Moving up from her normal midfield position to forward, Quiring registered her first career hat trick in the win. Johnson assisted on all three of her scores.

“The goals were nice, but playing up top with Sydney again was something we both enjoyed a lot,” said Quiring, who also added two assists. “It was really nice for us to put nine in the net. That game just showed what we’ve been working on and how we’ve been improving.”

Another highlight offensively was the first career goal from junior Kelly Patras.

The nine goals were the most since the team won by the identical score Oct. 4, 2011 at Big Lake.

“Despite the odds not being in our favor due to injuries and sickness, it was fun to see us win those two games,” Quiring said.

Buffalo’s improved play continued into Tuesday’s 2-0 home loss to Rogers. Despite the shutout, the Bison stood toe-to-toe with the defending conference champs.

“It was probably the best all-around game we played all year,” Rodenwald said.

Rogers broke a scoreless tie eight minutes into the second half on a goal by Kate Heimer. Sophomore goalie Abby Burandt made 22 saves in goal for Buffalo.


Buffalo 3, Cambridge-Isanti 0

(Thursday, Sept. 22 at Isanti)

Buffalo 0  3   -  3

Chisago Lakes  0  0   -  0


Bison goals: Sydney Johnson 2, Jilli Hovland 1.

Bison assists: N/A.


B - Abby Burandt (win); CI -   Kirsten Belsheim (loss).


Buffalo 9, Osseo 2

(Saturday, Sept. 24 at Buffalo)

Osseo  1  1   -  2

Buffalo 6  3   -  9


Oriole goals: N/A.

Bison goals: Sydney Johnson 5, Lauren Quiring 3, Kelly Patras 1.

Bison assists: Sydney Johnson 3, Lauren Quiring 2, Becky Horak 1, Emma Cleveland 1, Carly LaPlant 1.


O - Erica Seitz (loss), Bailey Tschida; B - Abby Burandt (win); Carly LaPlant.


Rogers 2, Buffalo 0

(Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Buffalo)

Rogers 0  2   -  2

Buffalo 0  0   -  0


Royal goals: Kate Heimer 1, Izzy Quintavalle 1.

Bison goals: None.


R - Cassidy Lehrke (win); B - Abby Burandt (loss) 22 saves.


Bison wins land them in first

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Junior Peter Deneen proved you don’t need a big foot to score goals in soccer.

Deneen scored his first career varsity goals, both coming in the second half, in the Bison boys’ soccer team’s 4-0 home shutout win Thursday, Sept. 22 over Cambridge-Isanti.

Both goals were the result of Deneen using his upper body to attack.

A corner kick by sophomore Brian Miller was redirected in off the head of Deneen making it 3-0 at 30:54 of the second half. Moments later, Deneen deflected a free kick from junior Marvin Orozco Barajas off his neck and into the net.

“The first one, I closed my eyes, so I didn’t see it go in,” Deneen said. “The second one, I didn’t think I hit it hard, but it found the back of the net.”

Both goals were insurance to a 2-0 lead built in the first half. Senior Nate Rabusch broke a scoreless tie at the 15:40 mark on a deflection of senior teammate Josh Skarin’s shot.

Sophomore John Bjork made it 2-0 with 3:04 left in the half. Bjork fired a shot from the top of the goal crease that found the top left corner of the net.

It was the second straight game Bjork and Rabusch tallied goals.

The scoring depth throughout the lineup is one area that seems to have emerged midway through the season.

“As we’re getting a little more comfortable, some guys are gaining a little more confidence,” said Bison head coach Joe Pokorney. “We have a lot of guys that can put it away and today we mixed it up. It was nice to see.”

Buffalo dominated Cambridge-Isanti from the get-go. Junior goalie Noah Raisanen recorded the team’s first shutout. He faced only two shots the entire game.

“We like our speed and we did a pretty decent job of attacking the outsides,” Pokorney said. “Once we cleaned up our runs in the middle, we were able to get a little bit more going. We made a little adjustment at halftime and made some better runs in the middle.”



The Bison remained unbeated (5-0-1) in conference play with a 5-1 road victory Tuesday night at defending conference champion Rogers.

Skarin scored early to give Buffalo a 1-0 edge. Orozco Barajas made it 2-0 before the Royals scored their only goal of the game on a free kick by Matt Carik.

The Bison outscored Rogers 3-0 in the second half on a pair of goals by senior Spencer Lund. Senior Jacob Schmit made it 5-1 with 20:20 left in regulation. Raisanen made 11 saves to earn the win in goal.

The Bison (4-4-1 overall) host the Knights of St. Michael-Albertville at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.


Buffalo 4, Cambridge-Isanti 0

(Thursday, Sept. 22 at Buffalo)

Cambridge-Isanti          0  0   -  0

Buffalo 2  2   -  4


Bison goals: Peter Deneen 2, John Bjork 1, Nate Rabusch 1.

Bison assists: Marvin Orozco Barajas 1, Brian Miller 1, Josh Skarin 1.


CI - Michael Dyer (loss); B - Noah Raisanen (win).


Buffalo 5, Rogers 1

(Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Rogers)

Buffalo 2  3   -  5

Rogers 1  0   -  1


Bison goals: Spencer Lund 2, Josh Skarin 1, Marvin Orozco Barajas 1, Jacob Schmit 1.

Bison assists: Brian Miller 1, Blake Habisch 1, Spencer Lund 1, Josh Skarin 1.

Royals goals: Matt Carik 1.


B - Noah Raisanen (win) 10 saves; R - Thomas Morrison (loss).


Buffalo turns to depth to knock off Royals

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

While first place is a goal for most, the difference between a team win and loss in a swim/dive meet often depends on who finishes behind the top scorer.

In Buffalo’s 103-83 home win last Thursday, Sept. 22 over Rogers, the Bison’s depth over a first-year Royals program proved to be the difference.

A former co-op member with Elk River and Zimmerman, the Royals came into the meet not your typical new team. They previously posted wins over Cambridge-Isanti and Chisago Lakes.

Rogers jumped to an early 10-4 advantage and placed first in two of the first three swim events, but the Bison still managed a 24-22 scoring lead.

“The 200 freestyle finishes followed a strong medley relay swim, which certainly helped set the momentum for the meet,” said Bison head coach Rachel Busch. “The girls knew this meet would come down to depth – we needed to stay out of sixth place.”

Sophomores Julia Kolles and Kaitlyn Schendel finished 1-2, respectively in the 200 free. Racing as Buffalo’s B-swimmer, Kolles set a personal record time of 2:14.42. She just edged Schendel’s time of 2:15.20.

“We both swam really well,” Kolles said. “It’s a good feeling to beat your own top swimmer in the event. But I know we both swam really well.”

Kolles also placed third in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.13. 

“The season is going pretty well,” said Kolles, who admits she feels like one of the older members on a team littered with swimmers in grades 7-10.

Another sophomore, Tianna Kosek, continues to dominate the sprint events. Kolles had two first-place scores in the 50 free (25.01) and 100 free (55.06). She also anchored two first-place finishes in the 200 free relay (1:44.81) and 400 free relay (4:05.11).

Eighth-grader Kassy Shroyer, freshman Sydney Polzin, and freshman Caitlin Drews made up the other three legs of the 200 free relay. Seventh-grader Kolby Schendel, Kaitlyn Schendel, and eighth-grader Elle Kaiser were also part of the 400 free relay.

Junior Alex Zeiss scored a season-high 273.15 in the 1-meter dive event. Finishing second was freshman Olivia Yost at 194.45.

Buffalo finished the meet first in eight of 12 events. But it was 49 points accumulated in places other than the top that paved the win.

“The girls knew that each and every swim and dive mattered, and the results showed that,” Busch said. “They took that approach to heart.”

Busch also credited the home fans for pushing them to the top against a conference rival.  

“The spectators and teams filled the pool with an immense amount of cheering. Our ears were ringing,” Busch said. “The coaching staff is incredibly proud of the energy the girls brought to the meet. They competed with intensity.”

Buffalo (3-1 overall, 3-0 conference) will face another conference rival when they travel to Monticello for a 6 p.m. dual Thursday, Sept. 29 against the Magic.


Buffalo 103, Rogers 83

(Thursday, Sept. 22 at Buffalo)

200 Medley Relay (8-4-2): 1. Rogers (Amber Secrist, Andie Timpe, Beth Kelzer, Abbi Northuis) 1:57.30; 2. Buffalo (Sydney Polzin, Kolby Schendel, Kassy Shroyer, Caitlin Drews) 2:01.65; 3. Rogers (names N/A) 2:09.44

200 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Julia Kolles (B) 2:14.42; 2. Kaitlyn Schendel (B) 2:15.20; 3. Katie Ibe (R) 2:18.65; 4. Kenzie Otkin (R) 2:19.88; 5. Elle Kaiser (B) 2:27.78.

200 Individual Medley (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Andie Timpe (R) 2:23.57; 2. Kolby Schendel (B) 2:27.54; Sydney Polzin (B) 2:33.63; 4. Caitlin Drews (B) 2:34.94; 5. Kayli Huber (R) 2:36.26.

50 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Tianna Kosek (B) 25.01; 2. Beth Kelzer (R) 25.10; 3. Kassy Shroyer (B) 26.76; 4. Abbi Northuis (R) 28.01; 5. Jinnae Koop (R) 28.40.

1-Meter Dive (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Alex Zeiss (B) 273.15; 2. Olivia Yost (B) 194.45; 3. Meghan Schaeffer (R) 189.30; 4. Hannah Finstad (R) 186.55; 5. Emily Van Tassell (B) 147.60.

100 Butterfly (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Kassy Shroyer (B) 1:02.66; 2. Beth Kelzer (R) 1:03.15; 3. Caitlin Drews (B) 1:10.06; 4. Kennedy Stromberg (B) 1:10.94; 5. Lauren Tate (R) 1:11.86.

100 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Tianna Kosek (B) 55.06; 2. Amber Secrist (R) 1:01.68; 3. Abbi Northuis (R) 1:02.50; 4. Elle Kaiser (R) 1:03.99; 5. Olivia Uecker (B) 1:07.10.

500 Freestyle (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Kaitlyn Schendel (B) 6:02.04; 2. Kenzie Otkin (R) 6:08.27; 3. Katie Ibe (R) 6:08.93; 4. Kennedy Stromberg (B) 6:25.34; 5. Marisa Kranitz (R) 6:31.49.

200 Freestyle Relay (8-4-2): 1. Buffalo (Kassy Shroyer, Sydney Polzin, Caitlin Drews, Tianna Kosek) 1:44.81; 2. Rogers (Beth Kelzer, Jinnae Koop, Abbi Northuis, Andie Timpe) 1:46.98; 3. Rogers (Katie Ibe, Kenzie Otkin, Ali O’Mara, Marisa Kranitz) 1:56.54.

100 Backstroke (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Amber Secrist (R) 1:02.23; 2. Sydney Polzin (B) 1:06.30; 3. Julia Kolles (B) 1:10.13; 4. Jinna Koop (R) 1:12.43; 5. Madeline Hill (B) 1:13.78.

100 Breaststroke (6-4-3-2-1): 1. Andie Timpe (R) 1:13.50; 2. Kolby Schendel (B) 1:16.61; 3. Kayli Huber (R) 1:19.61; 4. Lauren Verweg (R) 1:20.71; 5. Alyssa Hane (B) 1:26.44.

400 Freestyle Relay (8-4-2): 1. Buffalo (Kolby Schendel, Kaitlyn Schendel, Elle Kaiser, Tianna Kosek) 4:05.11; 2. Rogers (Marisa Kranitz, Kenzie Otkin, Katie Ibe, Amber Secrist) 4:16.27; 3. Buffalo (Madeline Hill, Kennedy Stromberg, Olivia Uecker, Zoe Carik) 4:28.82.


Bison battle for M8, section positioning

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With the section tournament nearing, the Buffalo girls’ tennis squad earned a pivotal 4-3 road win last Thursday over St. Michael-Albertville.

The win killed two birds with one stone as the Bison held serve with Cambridge-Isanti to remain in a third-place tie in the Mississippi 8.

More importantly, it evened Buffalo’s record to 2-2 against Section 5AA opponents.

“It was a big win for us,” said Bison head coach Scott Larson.

Larson singled out junior Mya Lubben’s performance at No. 2 singles as key to victory.

Lubben dropped her first set to STMA’s Allie Hinz, 6-0. Hinz led 3-0 in the second set before Lubben rallied for a 7-5 victory. Lubben would win the third and deciding set 6-4.

“That was an impressive come-from-behind victory,” Larson said. “That gave us the team win.”

Seventh-grader Anna Lee was dominant at No. 3 singles winning 6-0, 6-0 over STMA’s Emma Thole. Lee is 10-5 as a first-year varsity singles player. Buffalo’s most successful singles player, sophomore Emma Carlson, won 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 4 spot over Brooke Beck. Carlson improved to 10-2 at singles.

STMA took points at one and two doubles. Senior captain Molly Jungwirth and sophomore Cassie McNitt teamed to win 6-4, 6-4 over Ruthie Schultz and Meadow LaDuke at the No. 3 spot.

“This win was a complete team effort,” Larson said. “Singles has been a strength for us, and our doubles teams continue to develop and play with confidence each week.”

Buffalo had another key conference and section matchup Monday, Sept. 26 at Rogers. Tuesday, Sept. 27 they hosted conference-leading Big Lake. Updates coming.

Buffalo concludes regular season competition with a 4 p.m. home match Thursday, Sept. 29 against Cambridge-Isanti. The Section 5AA team tournament will begin next Wednesday, Oct. 5 at sites yet to be determined. 

“I am pleased with our compete level as we head into our last regular season week,” Larson said. “The fun part about this team is that we have different players stepping up each match.”

Buffalo’s recent momentum took a bit of a hit following a 4-3 road defeat on Monday, Sept. 26 at Rogers.

Lee and Carlson continued to roll with straight-set wins at bottom two singles. Rogers won the match by taking two of three doubles points.

Jungwirth and McNitt won at No. 3 doubles for Buffalo 6-4, 6-3.

The Bison returned home Tuesday to take on undefeated Big Lake (7-0 conference, 9-3 overall). The match was suspended due to rain with the Hornets leading the match 3-2. The final two points were in the third sets at the time of suspension. They resumed play Wednesday at 4 p.m. Check next week’s paper for final results.


Buffalo 4, St. Michael-Albertville 3

(Thursday, Sept. 22 at STMA)

Singles: No. 1 – Cory Eull (STMA) def. Claire Stevens (B) 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 -- Mya Lubben (B) def. Allie Hinz (STMA) 0-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 3 -- Anna Lee (B) def. Emma Thole (STMA) 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 -- Emma Carlson (B) def. Brooke Beck (STMA) 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles: No. 1 – Rachel Jenkins & Brianna Woitalla (STMA) def. Ella Stevens & Ohnica Melenich (B) 6-0, 6-3; No. 2 -- Abbie Kiester & Amanda Anderson (STMA) def. Hillary Hovland & Gina Miller (B) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4; No. 3 -- Molly Junwirth & Cassie McNitt (B) def. Ruthie Schultz & Meadow LaDuke (STMA) 6-4, 6-4.


Rogers 4, Buffalo 3

(Monday, Sept. 26 at Rogers)

Singles: No. 1 – Sam Fitzpatrick (R) def. Claire Stevens (B) 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 -- Kaylie Conlin (R) def. Mya Lubben (B) 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 -- Anna Lee (B) def. Paetyn Levis (R) 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 -- Emma Carlson (B) def. Anna Luksik (R) 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 1 – Hanna Stolba & Emily Rubbelke (R) def. Ella Stevens & Ohnica Melenich (B) 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 -- Kaitlynn Lloyd & Sam Stickler (R) def. Hillary Hovland & Gina Miller (B) 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 -- Molly Jungwirth & Cassie McNitt (B) def. Abby Johnson & Maggie Wuollett (R) 6-4, 6-3.


XC puts in extra miles

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

It was a lighter week of competition for the varsity cross country squads, but both teams still managed to put in quality miles.

Led by senior boys’ captain Landon Tourville, the Bison runners delivered the game ball – by foot – from Rogers to Buffalo in time for the start of last Friday’s 7 p.m. homecoming football game.

“We ran eight groups in 2-mile stretches,” said co-head coach Dave Knutsen. “We left Rogers High School about 4:30 p.m. We had parents help us with transportation of athletes.”

This marked the 29th year the cross country squads have continued their homecoming tradition of delivering the game ball from the opposing school’s city.



Buffalo sent 28 total runners to compete in last Saturday’s 46th annual Milaca Mega Meet at Stone’s Throw Golf Course in Milaca.

This traditionally is the largest race, in terms of teams and runners, in the state during the season. This year drew a total of 4,763 runners.

The Bison finished third out of 24 teams in the seventh-grade 3.2K boys’ race with 211 points. Bemidji was first with 53. Jadon Boots finished second overall out of 323 individual finishes in a time of 11:47.53.

Highlighting the day was sophomore Isaac Basten’s medalist time of 17:16.87 in the sophomore boys’ 5K race. It was the third time and second straight meet Basten has finished first. A total of 402 competed.

Buffalo’s sophomore’s finished fourth out of 37 teams with a score of 123. Bemidji won the race at 100. Brett Hanson was seventh in 17:54.85.

The final complete team Buffalo sent to Milaca finished 23rd out of 27 teams in the freshmen boys’ 5K race. The Bison scored 618 points. White Bear Lake was first at 68. Nick Oak highlighted the race with a time of 17:53.86, good for fourth overall out of 361 runners.

No complete teams competed for the Bison girls’, but six individuals did compete.

The only girl to finish near the top was Emily Kern, who was eighth out of 230 racers in a time of 21:34.68 in the sophomore girls’ 5K race.

“We had sloppy and wet conditions,” Knutsen said. “Athletes competed very well. We should be right on track to run fast at our home meet on Thursday.”

The Bison were set to host the 14-team Buffalo Invite this Thursday, Sept. 29 at Buffalo Heights Golf Course. Sloppy field conditions forced the meet to be postponed. A makeup date is yet to be announced.



The Bison sent non-varsity runners in grades 7-9 to compete in a makeup invite Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Lake Marion in Hutchinson. The meet was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed due to weather.


Milaca Invite (Boys-7th)

(Saturday, Sept. 24 at Milaca)

Team scores (Top 5 of 24 & Area): 1. Bemidji 53, 2. Sartell 83, 3. Buffalo 211, 4. Maple Grove 217, 5. St. Cloud Cathedral 226, 24. Maple Lake 532.

Medalist: 1. Mitiku Nies (Sartell) 11:28.78.

Bison places-overall (323 runners): 1-2. Jadon Boots 11:47.53; 2-31. Jared Gregoire 13:00.00; 3-47. James Dorado 13:15.01; 4-65. Aaron Rourke 13:24.99; 5-216. Jacob Williams 15:43.75; 6-225. Andrew Crone 15:50.49; 7-277. Austin Laumann 17:13.13; 8-293. Santhony Johnson 17:54.02.


Milaca Invite (Boys-9th)

(Saturday, Sept. 24 at Milaca)

Team scores (Top 5 of 31 & Area): 1. White Bear Lake 65, 2. Sartell 98, 3. Minot 112, 4. Perham 134, 5. Roseville 154, 23. Buffalo 618, 27. Rockford 666.

Medalist: 1. CJ Young (Maple Grove) 17:19.66.

Bison places-overall (361 racers): 1-1-4. Nick Oak 17:53.86; 2-184. Troy Giggings 21:25.61; 3-241. Thomas Hoepner 22:19.09; 4-268. Max MacCallum 22:57.11; 5-353. Kyle Yniierto 28:04.88;


Milaca Invite (Boys-10th)

(Saturday, Sept. 24 at Milaca)

Team scores (Top 5 of 38 & Area): 1. Bemidji 100, 2. Stillwater 110, 3. Moorhead 111, 4. Buffalo 123, 5. St. Cloud Tech 129, 37. Delano 852.

Medalist: 1. Isaac Basten (Buffalo) 17:16.87.

Bison places-overall (402 runners): 1-1. Isaac Basten 17:16.87; 2-7. Brett Hanson 17:54.85; 3-35. Ryan Russek 18:44.33; 4-47. Austin Willey 18:53.75; 5-49. Mitchell Rabehl 18:56.79; 6-83. Nathan Smith 19:34.16; 7-234. Jonah Forsyth 21:47.60.


CI hitter sets mark; Bison defeat Magic

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

In a showdown of the two remaining undefeated volleyball teams in the Mississippi 8, it was Cambridge-Isanti coming away with a 3-1 victory last Thursday, Sept. 22 over Buffalo.

Highlighting the meet was the 2,000th career kill by Bluejacket senior Claire Sheehan.

Sheehan, a Division-I volleyball recruit at the University of Iowa, came into the contest needing eight kills to register the milestone. She ended the night with 28.

In a rare accomplishment, fans, coaches and players from both schools took a moment to embrace her achievement.

“The gym had a lot of fans,” said Bison head coach Jenn Sheedy. “Our girls all congratulated her (Sheehan).”

“We have a video scoreboard so the countdown started at 1,992 kills,” said Cambridge-Isanti head coach Vicki Courts. “Once it hit 2,000, I grabbed Claire the ball and gave her a hug. She went into the stands for a photo and stood by her mom and dad with a sign that said 2,000th kill. It was a fun night.”

Ironically, the set Sheehan reached the milestone was the one set the Bison won, 25-22.

“It kind of sparked our girls’ energy in the positive direction,” Sheedy said.

“It’s really humbling when you play against her (Sheehan),” said Bison senior Taylor Thompson, who finished with a game-high 20 digs. “Especially when you get a dig against her. It’s one of the best feelings, ever.”

 After winning the first set 25-14, the Bluejackets cemented the win and grabbed sole possession of first place in the conference with a 25-22, 25-18 win in sets three and four.



The Bison returned to their winning format with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21) home victory Tuesday night over Monticello.

Junior Kari Zumach led the way with 21 kills and 21 digs. Thompson added 14 kills and 14 digs.

“They always seem to give us a run for our money,” Thompson said. “They always seem to play their best against us. It’s nice to beat them.”

Each set was decided by four points or less minus the first, where Buffalo broke a 11-11 tie by going on a 7-1 run.

“The energy is what seems to spark us,” Sheedy said. “When we had our little lulls, that’s when Monticello seemed to get back into games.”


Cambridge-Isanti 3, Buffalo 1

(Thursday, Sept. 22 at Isanti)

Buffalo  14  25  22  18   -  1

Cambridge-Isanti     25  22  25  25   -  3

Bison stats:

Kills: Kari Zumach 16, Taylor Thompson 11, Hailey Sorenson 4, Aivary Bouman 2.

Digs: Thompson 20, Sorenson 15, Zumach 15, Jade Schrupp 8, Bouman 4, Payton Dannewitz 2, Nicole Odeen 2, Autumn Senger 2, Annika Huston 1.

Assists: Bouman 16 Odeen 13, Thompson 1.

Aces: Bouman 4, Odeen 4, Senger 3, Thompson 1.

Blocks-solo: Senger 2-2, Dannewitz 2-0, Bouman 1-1, Sorenson 1-1, Zumach 1-1.


Buffalo 3, Monticello 1

(Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Buffalo)

Monticello         17  23  25  21   -  1

Buffalo  25  25  23  25   -  3

Bison stats:

Kills: Kari Zumach 21, Taylor Thompson 11, Autumn Senger 5, Aivary Bouman 4, Payton Dannewitz 4, Hailey Sorenson 3.

Digs: Zumach 21, Thompson 14, Nicole Odeen 9, Jade Schrupp 8, Bouman 5, Dannewitz 3, Annika Huston 3, Senger 2, Sorenson 2, Brittney Olson 1.

Assists: Bouman 21, Odeen 16, Dannewitz 2, Zumach 2, Schrupp 1.

Aces: Bouman 5, Schrupp 4, Zumach 3, Odeen 2, Senger 1.

Blocks-solo: Bouman 3-0, Dannewitz 3-0, Senger 2-1, Zumach 2-1.


Parkside staff members deliver

PES 7th Annual Staff Bus Tour

Generally it’s the students that wait for the school bus each morning to bring them to school, however for the seventh year in a row Parkside Elementary School (PES) has done the complete opposite. On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 20 the school staff loaded a school bus and stopped in several of their students’ neighborhoods. They weren’t bringing homework to the students, instead they handed out cookies donated by Buffalo SuperAmerica, Holiday and Walmart. Students also had a chance to enter to win a waterpark prize package donated by the Holiday Inn in Maple Grove. The families enjoyed free books, glow sticks, magnets, and cookies while they visited with Parkside Staff, neighbors and their school mascot Feathers. Students, parents, and siblings (names not available) pose at Methodist City Park in Buffalo. Other stops included: Pine Meadows Park, Buffalo Manor, Buffalo Run Playlot, Schonhaugen Park, and Lion’s Park Mega Playground. (Submitted photo)


BHS Homecoming Pep Band

Even though the first official music concert isn’t until mid-October, the Buffalo High School Pep Band, led by music directors Mike Knutson and Scott Rabehl, were on hand to perform at last Friday’s homecoming football game. The pep band can be seen at a number of upcoming sporting events throughout the season. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)


King and Queen

Seniors David Hanson (left) and Allie Swearingen (right) wave to the crowd at halftime during a homecoming royalty walk at Bison Field West. Hanson and Swearingen were this year’s king and queen. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)