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Jewell cards 68 at St. Cloud C.C.

Buffalo girls finish third at St. Cloud Area Invite; Jewell has career day

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

There seems to be some sort of magic in the air when a Bison golfer takes to the links at St. Cloud Country Club (SCCC).

The same week Buffalo’s top golfer, senior Madi Jewell, cracked the top-10 for Class 3A individual state rankings, Jewell went out and fired a career-low of 68 (4-under par) to earn medalist honors in the 18-team St. Cloud Area Invite on Thursday, May 14 at SCCC.

It’s the fifth straight year a Bison has earned medalist honors at SCCC.

“We were kidding afterwards that we’re going to have to find someone for Madi to pass down the torch,” said Buffalo head coach Riti Sanderson.

Jewell has gone on record saying SCCC is their favorite course to play in during the season. Sanderson explains that the course sort of reminds her golfers of a local one.

“It’s sort of like an 18-hole version of Buffalo Heights,” Sanderson said. “It’s really a nostalgic, old course with a lot of mature trees. If you are keeping the ball in play, it can be a really fun course to play.”

What made Jewell’s 68 more impressive was the fact she fired an 86 at the same meet a year ago, and shot 19 strokes lower than Buffalo’s second-place finisher, senior Kirsten Olson, who fired an 87. The Bison finished third as a team with 340 points. Pequot Lakes won the meet at 316 and Marshall was second at 328.

Mix in the fact the golfers had to play through wet and rainy conditions all morning. Three of the last four meets for the Bison have been in the rain and Jewell has earned medalist honors in three of them.

“I don’t know if anyone prefers to play in the wet and cold, but I seem to play well in it,” said Jewell, who finished the meet with 12 pars and five birdies. “I just kept it simple. I hit the fairway and put it on the greens for a lot of two-putts, and occasionally I stuck it close enough to make some birdies.”

While Jewell appeared to be in a zone, Sanderson said she left her to coach some of her teammates.

“I only saw a few of her rounds, but I’d say her putter was the strength that day,” Sanderson said. “She was like clockwork. It was really an awful day, but everything seemed to be clicking for her that day. We may have to bring some baskets of water and throw them at her if it isn’t raining at sections.”

Jewell currently ranks 10th in state rankings, and the Bison rank seventh in Class 3A. Jewell, a Minnesota State University – Mankato golf recruit, came into the St. Cloud Area Invite with the eighth lowest scoring average in Class 3A at 78.9. Juniors Hannah Hankinson of Edina and Taylor Ledwein of New Prague lead the state with a 74.1 scoring average. After a few higher meets, Olson dropped out of the state leaders where two weeks ago she cracked the top-10 rankings with an 80.6 average. Sanderson said it’s a friendly competition between a few of the golfers on the team.

“It’s very competitive between Madi and Kirsten, but it’s a healthy one,” she said. “The real competition is between the two sisters. I don’t think (freshman) Hanna Morin likes that her seventh-grade sister (Sofia) has passed her in a couple meets.”

 Hanna scored a 92 and Sofia a 98 at SCCC. Sophomore Jordan Wurm was fourth lowest with a 93.

While Jewell was excited with her personal results, she knows there is still a lot of work to do before the season comes to an end.

“For me, the 68 was a sense of accomplishment, but we also know that doesn’t mean we’ll make it to state,” Jewell said. “We have to practice and prepare for sections.”

The Bison are next in action at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 in the final round of the Mississippi 8 conference meet. Buffalo currently owns a 37-stroke advantage over second-place St. Francis heading into Thursday’s meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker. Buffalo has won the conference each year since the Mississippi 8 was established in 2004.



Jewell’s efforts at SCCC earned her a spot on Tuesday, May 19 as one of seven Star Tribune Athletes of the Week.


St. Cloud Area Invite

(Thursday, May 14 at St. Cloud Country Club)

Team scores: 1. Pequot Lakes 316; 2. Marshall 328; 3. Buffalo 340; 4. Rocori 356; 5. Brainerd 360; 6. St. Michael-Albertville 360; 7. Sartell 362; 8. St. Cloud Apollo 368; 9. Rogers 369; 10. Becker 374; 11. Eden Prairie 377; 12. St. Cloud Cathedral 380; 13. St. Cloud Tech 383; 14. Osakis 403; 15. Cambridge-Isanti 407; 16. Monticello 435; 17. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 437; 18. Fergus Falls 437.

Bison scores: 1. Madi Jewell 68; 2. Kirsten Olson 87; 3. Hanna Morin 92; 4. Jordan Wurm 93; 5. Sofia Morin 98; 6. Morgan Wurm 103.

Medalist: Madi Jewell (Buffalo) 68



Mississippi 8 Conference Co-Champions - Girls Softball

Rogers, Buffalo share conference title

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo Bison softball team controlled its own destiny needing to win one of its final two games to ensure at least a share of the Mississippi 8 conference title.

With two games scheduled at two different venues on the same day, the Bison took care of business earlier rather than later by squeaking out a 3-2 road victory in an afternoon contest on Friday, May 15 at Big Lake.

The win wrapped up Buffalo’s third conference championship the past five years. Senior pitcher Payton Speckel went the distance to improve the Bison’s conference record to 12-0 heading into the night contest at home against second-place Rogers (11-1).

In a game where Buffalo was held to four hits, Speckel held the Hornets to one earned run and five hits and freshman Emily Hansen provided just enough offense – scoring once and driving in one – to lead the Bison to victory.

“Big Lake was a tight game,” said Buffalo head coach Brad Zrust. “Big Lake has improved a lot since the first time we played them (a 3-1 Bison win on April 16). Our girls might have played a little tight, but we did what we needed to do.”

The Bison didn’t have long to celebrate their win as Rogers was waiting to avenge its only conference blemish, a 2-1 defeat they suffered at home on April 14 to Buffalo. Junior shortstop Kallie Wycoff said the team used the ride back home as their time to celebrate.

“We had Jimmy John’s on the bus,” she said. “It was a good time.”

With Rogers having more at stake in the final regular season game for both squads, it was Royals’ sophomore Melea Bruns leading the Royals to a pivotal 5-0 road win. Bruns wasted little time in giving the Royals the early advantage. Batting third in the order, she sent the first pitch from Speckel over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead.

Bruns wasn’t done. She pitched a perfect three innings before allowing the first two batters to reach first and second base leading off the bottom of the fourth. She escaped the inning unscathed, and the Royals added to their lead scoring two runs in the fifth. Bruns’ delivered the key blow. It was her RBI single with two outs that extended the lead to 2-0. The added another run to make it 3-0 two batters later. The Bruns at-bat was particularly frustrating for the home team as she battled Speckel for 11-pitches prior to her hit.

“I just wanted to get her so bad,” said Speckel, who saw Bruns foul off five straight full count pitches prior to her RBI single. “It kind of makes you angry, because you’re trying that much harder.”

Buffalo could never amount a threat after the fourth and a tired Speckel forced in two runs in the seventh – both coming off wild pitches.

After throwing back-to-back complete games on the same day, Speckel said she admittedly started to fatigue.

“It’s not my arm that is sore. Weirdly enough, it’s my left leg that started acting up,” she said. “I got a charley horse in there somehow that last inning. But I’ll be fine.”



The Bison learned on Thursday, May 14 they would be the No. 2 seed in this year’s Section 6-3A playoffs.

Buffalo had a first-round bye and took on Minneapolis South/Edina winner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Miller Park in Eden Prairie.

“We’re very excited with the two seed,” said Wycoff, who is hoping to spark the offense once again as Buffalo’s leadoff hitter. “I think we can go a lot further than last year’s 2-2 mark. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and a good attitude.”

Hopkins was the top seed along with No. 3 Orono and No. 4 Robbinsdale Cooper. Each of the four top seeds received first-round byes and are guaranteed at least two games with the double-elimination format.

Although Buffalo had the best overall record (15-5) of all the section teams, the top seed went to Hopkins (10-8 overall) based on a 5-0 section mark. Buffalo was 1-1 in section play.

“I was happy with the two seed,” Zrust said. “I thought it was fair. Hopkins plays a pretty decent schedule, so I was hoping for a 2-4 seed.”



Buffalo’s opening game of the Section 6-3A playoffs ended with a bang.

Senior first baseman Elisabeth King belted two home runs, including a seventh inning, walk-off homer to give the Bison a thrilling 8-7 victory on Tuesday, May 19 over Edina at Miller Park in Eden Prairie. Freshman Emily Hansen also homered and drove in four runs.

The Bison advance to the winners bracket semifinal game and will be the home team at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 against No. 6 Wayzata.


Buffalo 8, Chisago Lakes 2

(Wednesday, May 13 at Chisago Lakes)

Bison hitters: Kaitlin Maass 1-3; Lis King 1-4, double, run, RBI; Amber Styve 1-3, walk, run, RBI; Morgan Warner 0-1; Kallie Wycoff 2-4, run, 2 RBI; Emily Hansen 3-4, double, run, RBI, stolen base; Autumn Senger, 1-4, run, RBI, stolen base; Mackenzie Johnson 0-3; Nicole Goeb 1-4, run, RBI; Sarah Hudson 2-4, double, 2 runs.

Bison pitchers: Payton Speckel (win) 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts; Lis King 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.


Buffalo 3, Big Lake 2

(Friday, May 15 at Big Lake)

Bison hitters: Lis King 0-3, run; Amber Styve 1-3, stolen base; Morgan Warner 0-3 stolen base; Kallie Wycoff 0-3, walk; Emily Hansen 1-3, run, RBI, stolen base; Autumn Senger 0-4; Mackenzie Johnson 0-4, walk; Nicole 1-3; Sarah Hudson 1-3.

Bison pitchers: Payton Speckel (win) 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.


Rogers 5, Buffalo 0

(Friday, May 15 at Buffalo)

Bison hitters: Lis King 0-3; Amber Styve 0-3; Morgan Warner 0-2; Kallie Wycoff 1-3; Emily Hansen 1-3; Autumn Senger 1-3; Mackenzie Johnson 1-3; Nicole Goeb 0-3; Sarah Hudson 0-3.

Bison pitchers: Payton Speckel (loss) 7 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), 5 walks, 5 strikeouts.


Section 6-3A Tournament

Buffalo 8, Edina 7

(Tuesday, May 19 at Eden Prairie)

Bison hitters: Lis King 3-3, 2 home runs, walk, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Amber Styve 0-3; Morgan Warner 1-3; Kallie Wycoff 2-4, 2 runs; Emily Hansen 2-4, double, home run, 2 runs, 4 RBI; Autumn Senger 1-3; Mackenzie Johnson 0-3, walk, 2 runs; Payton Speckel 0-2, walk.

Bison pitchers: Payton Speckel (win) 7 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.


Experienced lineup gives top-seed Becker a scare

Buffalo defeats Magic 4-3, fall in quarterfinals to No. 1 Becker 5-2

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo boys’ tennis squad suffered a season-ending 5-2 quarterfinal loss to Becker in the Section 8AA tournament on Monday, May 18 at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

Cold temperatures could have played a factor in what could have been a home court advantage in Monday’s opening round. Buffalo, the No. 4 seed in the south, was scheduled to face No. 5 seed Monticello at Monticello. Poor conditions forced the tournament to switch to the indoor venue at Sartell.

Buffalo took three of four singles matches from the Magic. They earned a pivotal point at No. 2 doubles where junior Eric Olson and senior Victor Zwack came away with the Bison’s only doubles win 6-4, 6-3.

Buffalo head coach Ben Watkins knew going in that Monticello was a good matchup for his team. Buffalo won a 5-2 match earlier this season when the teams faced each other on April 23.

“We match up well with Monti,” Watkins said. “We have an advantage in that our singles lineup is very experienced and talented.”

Buffalo’s win set up a rematch with Becker, the top seed in the south bracket. The Bison were defeated 7-0 in straight sets in an earlier matchup on May 2.

Seniors Cole Hanson and Ryan Bunting earned singles wins at the 3-4 spots, respectively. But the one area where Buffalo has been vulnerable all season – doubles – proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs swept all three matches for the 5-2 victory.

The Bison finished the season 11-12 overall, but ended second in the conference at 8-1. Buffalo still has six players that participated in the Section 8AA individual tournament on Wednesday, May 20 at 9 a.m. in Becker (check next week’s paper for results).


Buffalo 6, St. Francis 1

(Friday, May 15 at St. Francis)

Singles: No. 1 – Jake Jungwirth (B) def. Gunner Dupont (SF) 6-4, 7-5; No. 2 – Andrew Christenson (B) def. Kyle Swenson (SF) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0; No. 3 – Ryan Bunting (B) def. Jake Bromen (SF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 – Nick Immel (B) def. Dawson O’Brien (SF) 6-3, 6-3.          

Doubles: No. 1 – Sean Harnois/Jon Immel (B) def. Dustin Doucette/Jacob Mau (SF) 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 – Blake Cipperly/Kyle Keehr (SF) def. Eric Olson.Victor Zwack (B) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4); No. 3 – Grant Wykle/Cade Stensby def. Sean Morrison/John Green (SF) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0.


Section 8AA Tournament

Buffalo 4, Monticello 3

(Monday, May 18 at Sartell)    

Singles: No. 1 – Dylan Fyle (M) def. Jake Jungwirth (B) 6-4, 7-5; No. 2 – Andrew Christenson (B) def. Tony Phillips 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 – Cole Hanson (B) def. Nate Maus (M) 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 – Ryan Bunting (B) def. Bailey Johnson (M) 6-4, 6-1.  

Doubles: No. 1 – Trevor Bautch/Logan Bican (M) def. Jon Immel/Sean Harnois (B) 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 – Eric Olson/Victor Zwack (B) def. Charlie Phillips/Evan Bartlett (M) 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 – Jacob Meierhofer/Jon Coffin (M) def. Grant Wykle/Cade Stensby 6-1, 7-6 (10-8).


Section 8AA Tournament

Becker 5, Buffalo 2

(Monday, May 18 at Sartell)    

Singles: No. 1 – Dawson Brown (BE) def. Jake Jungwirth (B) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 – Josiah Borst (BE) def. Andrew Christenson (B) 4-6, 6-2, (10-3); No. 3 – Cole Hanson (B) def. Jackson Lefebvre (BE) 6-3, 7-5; No. 4 – Ryan Bunting (B) def. Josh Duke (BE) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. Doubles: No. 1 – Austin Hill/Brandon Roemer (BE) def. Jon Immel/Sean Harnois (B) 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 – CJ Howard/Tyler Lindquist (BE) def. Eric Olson/Victor Zwack (B) 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 – Joe Gudim/Andrew Schneider (BE) def. Nick Immel/Cade Stensby 6-3, 6-4.


STMA, North Branch conference champs; Bison boys third, girls 10th

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Ten points separated the top three boy’s track and field squads at this year’s Mississippi 8 championships on Tuesday, May 19 at Cambridge-Isanti.

A year after losing its nine-year reign as conference champs, Buffalo improved on its fourth place finish in 2014 with a third-place score of 103. Last year’s conference champions, St. Michael-Albertville finished second with 105 points. North Branch claimed its first ever Mississippi 8 title scoring 113 points.

The Bison had a successful day landing all-conference spots in 12 events. Junior Jake Kluver and senior Nick Swearingen had multiple all-conference performances. Swearingen was third in the 100 dash (11.08) and fourth in the 200 dash (22.92). The top four individual finishers and top two relays earn all-conference honors. Kluver finished second in the 3,200 run (9:41.31) and fourth in the 1,600 run (4:29.73). Senior Frank Graham was fourth in the 3,200 in 9:50.17. Senior Jon Eastlund was fourth in the 800 run (2:02.26).

Buffalo also had all-conference performances in both jumps and throws. Junior Matt Montplaisir was third in the triple jump (41-11.00) and senior Joey Durr was fourth in high jump (6-00.00). Junior Jordan Thielman led the throwers with a third-place toss of 143-06 in the discus.

Last year’s state champ in the 100 wheelchair dash, sophomore Jayson Gorton, took first in both the 100 (21.33) and 200 wheelchair dashes (37.81).

The Bison took honorable mention (5-8 individual finish; 3-4 relay finish) in nine events, including the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x800 relays. Eastlund and Graham finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 1,600 run. Junior Lucas Smith was seventh in the 800 dash, junior Brandon Weber sixth in the long jump and senior Taylor Spier was fifth in both the shot put and discus.



The STMA girls’ ran away with its third straight conference title finishing with 237.5 points. Monticello was a distant second with 83 points. Buffalo slipped from ninth place in 2014 to last place with a score of 28.

Buffalo junior Rachel Bertram was the lone all-conference representative with a fourth-place leap of 10-00.00 in the pole vault.

STMA dominated the meet finishing with 12 conference champions out of 18 events. Buffalo landed six honorable mentions in six different events. Freshman Sydney Johnson was sixth in the 100 dash (13.24); senior Carolyn Feddema was sixth in the 400 dash (1:03.13) and freshman Meredith Reynolds placed seventh in the 3,200 run (12:04.13). Another freshman, Zara Wirkus, was sixth in the 300 hurdles (51.07). Junior Livia Koehler and senior Leah Mussell had fifth-place finishes – Koehler in high jump (4-10.00) and Mussell in discus (109.7).

Both teams are off until the Section 2AA preliminaries at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Section finals conclude at 10 a.m. on Friday. May 29 at the same location.


Mississippi 8 Championships

(Tuesday, May 19 at Cambridge-Isanti; Top 4 individual, Top 2 relays = all conference; 5-8 individual, 3-4 relays honorable mentions)

Team scores (girls) – 1. St. Michael-Albertville 237.5; 2. Monticello 83; 3. St. Francis 70; 4. Cambridge-Isanti 67; 5. Big Lake 54; 6. Rogers 42; 7. Princeton 42; 8. Chisago Lakes 41; 9. North Branch 38; 10. Buffalo 28.

Champion/Bison results (girls) – 4x800 relay: 1. Monticello 9:26.64; 9. Buffalo Jillie Golden, Lindsey Kauffman, Kylee Vik, Meredith Reynolds) 10:45.08. 100 hurdles: 1. Paige Joslyn (STMA) 16.44; 9. Becky Horak (B) 17.61; 11. Zara Wirkus (B) 17.67; 18. Alex Swearingen (B) 18.32. 100 dash: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 12.51; 6. Sydney Johnson (B) 13.24. 4x200 relay: 1. STMA 1:46.51; 8. Buffalo (Sydney Johnson, Brooke Oelfke, Alex Zeiss Kacey Rohman) 1:54.79. 1600 run: 1. Rachel King (STMA) 4:55.97; 9. Erica O’Borsky (B) 5:45.62; 11. Emma Weber (B) 5:46.44; 26. Marie Ruhr (B) 6:41.50. 4x100 relay: 1. STMA 49.45; 7. Buffalo (Becky Horak, Jozie Pentz, Allie Merz, Gabby Grage) 54.41. 400 dash: 1. Izzy Ferrozzo (STMA) 59.39; 6. Carolyn Feddema (B) 1:03.13; 17. Kacey Rohman (B) 1:05.56. 300 hurdles: 1. Jenny Gibbs (STMA) 47.57; 8. Zara Wirkus (B) 51.07; 14. Becky Horak (B) 52.65; 21. Hannah Anderson (B) 54.52. 800 run: 1. Lizzy Heil (STMA) 2:20.97; 21. Archie Brallier (B) 2:44.81; 22. Leighton McAlpin (B) 2:48.12. 200 dash: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 26.27; 19. Jozie Pentz (B) 28.55; 26. Georgia Gorr (B) 30.95. 3200 run: 1. Rachel King (STMA) 10:57.82; 7. Meredith Reynolds (B) 12:04.13; 9. Jillie Golden (B) 12:27.00. 4x400 relay: 1. Monticello 4:09.75; 6. Buffalo (Kacey Rohman, Carolyn Feddema, Erica O’Borsky, Lauren Kaminski) 4:26.21. Long Jump: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 17-09.50; 22. Brooke Oelfke (B) 13-10.50; 24. Carolyn Feddema (B) 13-07.50; 25. CeCe Miller (B) 13-02.50. Triple Jump: 1. Bailey Demar (SF) 36-03.00; 12. Carolyn Feddema (B) 32-01.50; 19. Zara Wirkus (B) 30-01.50; 22. Hailey Sorenson (B) 29-00.00. High Jump: 1. Sara Macek (M) 5-04.00; 5. Livia Koehler (B) 4-10.00; 19. Aivary Bouman (B) 4-04.00. Pole Vault: 1. Mikayla Johnson (NB) 11-00.00; 4. Rachel Bertram (B) 10-00.00; 11. Alex Zeiss (B) 8-06.00; 13. Rachel Haas (B) 7-06.00. Shot Put: 1. Lena Wilson (STMA) 37-04.75; 9. Leah Mussell (B) 31-09.25; 11. Maile Texeira (B) 31-00.25; 16. Emily Linderholm (B) 29-01.75. Discus: 1. Amanda Anderson (SF) 136-06; 5. Leah Mussell (B) 109-07; 20. Anna Cassady (B) 81-06; 28. Emily Linderholm (B) 63-05.


Team scores (boys) – 1. North Branch 113; 2. St. Michael-Albertville 105; 3. Buffalo 103; 4. Monticello 97; 5. Cambridge-Isanti 95.5; 6. St. Francis 53.5; 7. Big Lake 44; 8. Princeton 38.5; 9. Chisago Lakes 33.5; 10. Rogers 21.

Champion/Bison results (boys) – 4x800 relay: 1. Monticello 8:20.69; 3. Buffalo (Lucas Smith, Reed Morehouse, Landon Tourville, Henry Lemp) 8:25.49. 110 hurdles: 1. Arik Steele (NB) 14.55; 10. Conner Boster (B) 17.50; 11. Blaze Solberg (B) 18.04; 16. Max Jude (B) 18.69. 100 dash: 1. Tanner Palmborg (P) 10.98; 3. Nick Swearingen (B) 11.08; 20. Cole Scherber (B) 12.12; 22. Joe McClellan (B) 12.16. 4x200 relay: 1. North Branch 1:31.39; 3. Buffalo (Carter Patnode, Nick Hanson, Tyler Johnson, Nick Swearingen) 1:32.56. 1600 run: 1. Nate Souther (BL) 4:21.69; 4. Jake Kluver (B) 4:29.73; 5. Jon Eastlund (B) 4:33.24; 7. Frank Graham (B) 4:40.00. 4x100 relay: 1. Cambridge-Isanti 44.33; 4. Buffalo (Cole Scherber, Brandon Weber, David Glen, Matt Montplaisir) 45.36. 400 dash: 1. Josh Tracy (STMA) 50.44; 5. Carter Patnode (B) 52.36; 9. Tyler Johnson (B) 53.12; 10. Reed Morehouse (B) 53.28. 300 hurdles: 1. Arik Steele (NB) 39.56; 13. Conner Boster (B) 45.83; 14. Blaze Solberg (B) 46.03; 17. Noah Buystedt (B) 46.53. 800 run: 1. Josh Tracy (STMA) 1:58.21; 4. Jon Eastlund (B) 2:02.26; 7. Lucas Smith (B) 2:03.72; 26. Clayton Decker (B) 2:21.45. 200 dash: 1. Tanner Palmborg (P) 22.13; 4. Nick Swearingen (B) 22.92; 13. David Glen (B) 24.44; 25. Jon Pearson (B) 25.45. 3200 run: 1. Chase Cayo (STMA) 9:31.87; 2. Jake Kluver (B) 9:41.31; 4. Frank Graham (B) 9:50.17. 4x400 relay: 1. St. Francis 3:28.78; 2. Buffalo (Tyler Johnson, Reed Morehouse, Nick Hanson, Carter Patnode) 3:29.70. Long Jump: 1. Matt Grathwohl (M) 21-10.50; 6. Brandon Weber (B) 19-06.50; 12. Matt Montplaisir (B) 18-08.25; 22. Cole Scherber (B) 16-10.00. Triple Jump: 1. Josiah Ferguson (STMA) 42-03.75; 3. Matt Montplaisir (B) 41-11.00; 10. Brandon Weber (B) 38-08.50; 19. Isack Wondra (B) 36-03.25. High Jump: 1. Conner Martineau (NB) 6-02.00; 4. Joey Durr (B) 6-00.00; 15. Justin Durr (B) 5-04.00. Pole Vault: 1. Kyle Crandell (NB) 13-06.00; 7. Isaiah Nowak (B) 10-06.00; 12. Nick Hanson (B) 10-00.00. Shot Put: 1. Michael Hensch (NB) 49-11.50; 5. Taylor Spier (B) 45-09.00; 11. Luke Aguirre (B) 40-01.25; 14. Tim Pearson (B) 38-06.50. Discus: 1. Andrew Puett (B) 153-11; 3. Jordan Thileman (B) 143-06; 5. Taylor Spier (B) 140-11; 18. Dawson Mann (B) 112-08. 100 dash wheelchair: 1. Jayson Gorton (B) 21.33. 200 dash wheelchair: 1. Jayson Gorton (B) 37.81.


‘Top gunnar’ leads Buffalo in St. Cloud

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With temperatures this spring trying to reach its normal averages, the same could be said for the scores of the Buffalo boys’ golf team.

After an unusually rough first half of the season, senior captain Gunnar Goodmanson has settled in and posted scores more familiar to his season average of 79.43 he posted as a junior.

Goodmanson led the Bison to a first-place team score of 320 on Wednesday, May 13 at the 18-team St. Cloud Apollo Invite at Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud. Goodmanson finished second overall with a score of 75 – one stroke behind Ian Hiltner of St. Cloud Tech, who finished with medalist honors at 74.

Goodmanson continued his solid play shooting a 74 at a wet and rainy St. Cloud Country Club (SCCC) on Thursday, May 14 in the 18-team St. Cloud Area Invite. The Bison finished fourth with a team score of 324, but Goodmanson posted the field’s second-best score – two strokes behind Sartell’s Rowan McDonnell, who shot a 72.

It was the third time in the last five meets that Buffalo’s No. 1 golfer has finished with scores in the seventies.

“I am extremely happy where my golf game is at right now,” Goodmanson said. “This week was a big confidence builder for me.”

Senior Josh Fischmann continued his good play, carding a 78 at the Apollo Invite and an 84 at SCCC. Sophomore Tom Russett fired a 38 on the back nine at Territory Golf Club to finish third on the team with an 81.

Despite the playing conditions, Bison head coach Charley Keifenheim was pleased with the results.

“Wind and cold most of the day resulted in higher than normal scores, but Gunnar and Josh managed the conditions well and both broke 80,” Keifenheim said.

It was the third time and second consecutive year the Bison have won the Apollo Invite. Last season they took first with a team score of 307. More impressive from last year’s invite was they shot four strokes lower than eventual Class 3A state champions Edina (311).

“It was really nice to defend our championship from last year,” Keifenheim said. “I don’t know exactly why we have fared so well at this tournament. It is a very nice golf course with a mix of links-style and woodsy holes. Our team seems to start scoring better at this time of year and I hope it continues these upcoming weeks.”

Buffalo enjoyed a six-day layoff to prepare for its final conference meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker. The Bison (319) currently trail St. Michael-Albertville (317) for the overall conference championship by two strokes, while Chisago Lakes (321) and Cambridge-Isanti (321) are also in contention. Other scores from the first conference meet: North Branch (341), St. Francis (349), Rogers (350), Big Lake (352), Monticello (358), and Princeton (373).

With Buffalo proving this season they have at least five golfers capable of winning a meet, unlike a year ago, they have struggled to find that magic chemistry in which all of the golfers are on in the same day.

“Everyone has their good and bad days, but we just need to start putting four scores together like we know we’re capable of,” said Goodmanson, who is confident the team can make up the two strokes they trail STMA heading into Thursday’s finals. “The team is really close right now and hopefully we can carry our momentum from the past two meets into conference and sections – the two most important meets of the year.”

Keifenheim also is aware that an off-day could drop the Bison down to the middle of the pack in the standings.

“We are two shots back of STMA and two strokes up on Chisago Lakes. Two strokes means little or nothing for a team score,” Keifenheim said. “If we come out and play our best we will probably win. Gunnar has posted some very solid scores recently and seems to be gaining confidence; now if we can get everyone playing well at the same time we will really have something.”


St. Cloud Apollo Invite

(Wednesday, May 13 at Territory Golf Club, St. Cloud)

Team scores: 1. Buffalo 320; 2. Brainerd 323; 3. St. Cloud Tech 329; 4. St. Michael-Albertville 330; T5. Sartell 332; T5. Rogers 332; 7. St. Cloud Cathedral 337; 8. Fergus Falls 339; 9. Big Lake 344; 10. St. Cloud Apollo 358; 11. Milaca 360; 12. Monticello 361; T13. Rocori 362; T13. New London-Spicer 362; 15. Little Falls 379; 16. Rockford 388; 17. Pequot Lakes 423; 18. Sauk Rapids 455.

Bison scores: 1. Gunnar Goodmanson 75; Josh Fischmann 78; 3. Tom Russett 81; 4. Jake Ramsey 85; Ben Zitur 86; Luc Persson 91.

Medalist: Ian Hiltner (St. Cloud Tech) 74


St. Cloud Area Invite

(Thursday, May 14 at St. Cloud Country Club)

Team scores: 1. Sartell 314; 2. Brainerd 316; 3. St. Michael-Albertville 321; 4. Buffalo 324; 5. Bemidji 325; 6. Marshall 327; 7. Alexandria 328; 8. St. Cloud Tech 331; 9. Detroit Lakes 334; 10. Pequot Lakes 336; 11. St. Cloud Cathedral 336; 12. Becker 343; 13. Little Falls 347; 14. Sauk Rapids-Rice 352; 15. Cambridge-Isanti 357; 16. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 359; 17. St. Cloud Apollo 362; 18. Willmar 362.

Bison scores: 1. Gunnar Goodmanson 74; 2. Jake Ramsey 81; 3. Josh Fischmann 84; 4. Ben Zitur 85; 5. Tom Russett 85; 6. Luc Persson 88.

Medalist: Rowan McDonnell (Sartell) 72


Boys lacrosse gets defensive in wins

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

After a 1-4 start to the season, a young Buffalo boys’ lacrosse team heads into its final regular season game on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. against Monticello with a vote load of confidence.

With four games in six days, Buffalo saw its three-game winning streak come to an end with back-to-back losses, an 8-4 road loss on Thursday, May 14 at St. Michael-Albertville, and a 12-10 home defeat on Friday, May 15 against Holy Family.

After two tough losses, the Bison responded with two complete games that saw their defense come to the forefront.

A 15-4 road win on Monday, May 18 at Providence Academy was followed by a 11-3 home win on Tuesday, May 19 over St. Cloud Tech.

Junior Gavin Welch scored three first-half goals to help build a 7-3 halftime cushion. The seven goals were more than enough as the Buffalo defense and sophomore Christian Marschel shutout the Tigers the final two quarters.

Welch said it was nice to contribute offensively, but the defense is what’s most impressive. Three of the last four games have resulted in less than 10 goals for the opponents.

“Our defense is getting a lot more solid,” he said. “The biggest thing is communication and keeping guys fresh. Confidence is big and keeping a positive mindset.”

Welch appeared as surprised as anyone following his three-goal game. He came into the contest with Tech having just four goals on the season.

“Things were open,” he said. “A lot of picks were set for me so I was just taking the open field and going with it.”

Buffalo head coach Joey Hartfiel noticed more than just space as the key to Welch’s success.

“I talked to Gavin earlier in the season and he told me he wasn’t having a whole lot of confidence with his shot,” Hartfiel said. “The last couple games, he’s started to use what the good Lord gave him. He’s got some wheels and he’s attacking the middies when he has a short stick on him and using a well-placed shot.”

Buffalo’s senior captain Noah VanderKooi was held in check. Coming off a pair of five-goal performances in the Holy Family and Providence Academy games, VanderKooi scored just once against the Tigers. The goal turned out to be a personal milestone as it was his 30th of the season – a career high.

Hartfiel has noticed a maturity not only in his leading scorer, but with the entire team. With only four seniors, the results he said have been noticeable both on and off the field.

“Penalties happen, but if someone takes one that hurts the team, they get pushups,” Hartfiel said. “We have a no swearing policy on the field. If they swear, pushups come with that. There was a little banter on the field, so I was proud of these guys that they kept their cool and didn’t lose it.”


St. Michael-Albertville 8, Buffalo 4

(Thursday, May 14 at STMA)

Bison scoring: Conley Stumpfl 1, Tyler Bruder 1, Kevin Kemp 1, Elijah Driver 1.

Bison goalies: Christian Marschel (loss)


Holy Family 12, Buffalo 10

(Friday, May 15 at Buffalo)

Bison scoring: Noah VanderKooi 5, Elijah Driver 2, Tyler Bruder 2, Kevin Kemp 1.

Bison goalies: Christian Marschel (loss)


Buffalo 15, Providence Academy 4

(Monday, May 18 at Providence Academy)

Bison scoring: Noah VanderKooi 5, Tyler Bruder 2, Mario Eiden 2, Kevin Kemp 1, Conley Stumpfl 1, Max Hershley 1, Gavin Welch 1, Brady Hartman 1, Tommy Gaughan 1.

Bison goalies: Christian Marschel (win)


Buffalo 11, St. Cloud Tech 3

(Tuesday, May 19 at Buffalo)

Tigers   1 2 0 0 –     3

Bison    2 5 1 3  –  11

Bison scoring: Gavin Welch 3, Eljiah Driver 2, Conley Stumpfl 2, Max Hershley 1, Noah VanderKooi 1, Tyler Bruder 1, Kevin Kemp 1.

Bison goalies: Christian Marschel (win)


Coudron’s hot hand can’t save girls lacrosse

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The future of the Buffalo girls’ lacrosse team appears in good hands.

A team dominated by underclassmen, the Bison have shown they can play with most the teams in the state. All but two of their games have resulted in losses of five goals or more. While tight games have been the norm, winning games has been the biggest hurdle. The losing streak hit 11 straight games after a 0-4 week with losses to Monticello, St. Michael-Albertville, Wayzata and St. Cloud Area.

Of the recent games, Buffalo head coach Andrea Lund said a 10-9 road loss on Thursday, May 14 to STMA the most disappointing.

“We were up by three goals in that game it seemed forever,” Lund said. “The first few minutes of the second half, STMA scored three quick goals on us. We played so well, but to let it slip away like that was frustrating.”

Freshman Claire Stevens led the way with three goals and juniors Gabby Coudron and Aimee Swanson each scored twice.

Coudron was coming off a huge performance the game prior where she netted six goals in an 18-13 road defeat on Wednesday, May 13 at Monticello. Sophomore Jilli Hovland and Stevens also scored twice. While offense has not been an issue, defense and goaltending has, as the Magic had four players finish with at least three goals. Missy Bondhus led the attack with five.

Buffalo suffered its worst defeat of the season in a 15-4 home loss on Monday, May 18 to Wayzata. Coudron and Hovland again supplied the offense, each scoring two goals. Junior goaltender Jordan Thompson suffered the loss in goal.

The Bison fell to 1-10 on the season with a 15-13 road loss on Tuesday, May 20 at St. Cloud Area. No other information was available at deadline.

Despite the lack of wins, Lund still remains positive.

“We’re really proud of the girls,” Lund said. “The meat of our team is very young. When you play 3-4 games in a week, it’s exhausting for the girls and they get little or no practice time to work on their skills. There have been so many games that have been so close, but little breakdowns here and there seem to cost us in the end.”


Monticello 18, Buffalo 13

(Wednesday, May 13 at Monticello)

Bison scoring: Gabby Coudron 6, Jilli Hovland 2, Claire Stevens 2, Sofia Fiebelkorn 1, Alyssa Englund 1, Grace Volden 1.

Bison goalies: Jordan Thompson (loss), Melain Dumas 


St. Michael-Albertville 10, Buffalo 9

(Thursday, May 14 at STMA)

Bison scoring: Claire Stevens 3, Gabby Coudron 2, Aimee Swanson 2, Sofia Fiebelkorn 1, Jilli Hovland 1.

Bison goalies: Jordan Thompson (loss)


Wayzata 15, Buffalo 4

(Monday, May 18 at Buffalo)

Bison scoring: Jilli Hovland 2, Gabby Coudron 2.

Bison goalies: Jordan Thompson (loss)


St. Cloud Area 15, Buffalo 13

(Tuesday, May 19 at SCSU)

Bison scoring: N/A

Bison goalies: N/A



AVID 11 students make difference in/out classroom

How much impact can one person have?

The AVID 11 World Studies class at Buffalo High School has spent the past year investigating history and modern issues facing the world today through a lens of leadership and hope.

During the Africa unit, students explored different critical issues facing the continent and presented their research papers on ways individuals can help make a difference here at home.

One solution close to home is Feed My Starving Children, where people can pack meals that are sent around the world.

In April, AVID students in grades 10-11 packed meals at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, connecting classroom learning to a hands-on project. The group packed a total of 89 boxes that created a total of 19,224 meals feeding a total of 52 kids in a calendar year. Together, the cost of the project was $4,229.68.

“It was really cool to see that we could impact 52 children for a year with two hours of work,” said AVID junior student Holly Larkin.

Junior AVID member Julia Huston added: “It was something quick and fun to do with our friends here in Minnesota that will change lives of those 52 kids in Haiti. That was powerful.”

Shortly after their visit to Feed My Starving Children, US Congressman Tom Emmer wrote an editorial for the Star Tribune newspaper about his recent visit to Africa. Curious to hear his perspective, AVID teacher Lacy Schramm emailed him to see if he would be willing to speak with her students. One day later, a video chat through Google Hangout was arranged.

Junior AVID student Mia Woodwick asked Emmer the following question, “How has serving in Congress changed your mind on foreign aid in Africa?”

The ensuing discussion with the congressman tied together everything learned about in class and hear about on the news.

“He was very down to earth and talkative,” added Huston.

“It was interesting to hear his perspective on the issues we studied in class all year,” said AVID junior student Brandon Weber.

As the school year winds down, Schramm said it has been fun to see all the real world connections the students were able to make.

This particular class is the AVID 11 elective paired every-other-day with the required World Studies course at BHS.

It was the first time the course was integrated in this way with Mrs. Schramm and it opened up new doors for exploration.

“I was able to blend the AVID strategies for college readiness, like writing and inquiry, into the world studies curriculum,” said Schramm.  “And at the same time, I was still able to keep the focus of college readiness including college research, ACT preparation, college visits, resume building, mock interviews, tutorial support, scholarship applications, community service and much more,” Schramm concluded.