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Bison earn first playoff win since ‘05; Season ends in Anoka, again
By Rob LaPlante
For the Buffalo boys’ soccer team, Goodrich Field in Anoka has become the field of nightmares.
For the second year in a row, the Bison saw their season come to an end after dropping a 4-1 Section 8AA semifinal contest last Saturday, Oct. 11 to the Tornadoes. It was about the same time last season when Anoka ended Buffalo’s season with a 2-0 quarterfinal loss. The scenario could have been avoided had the Bison not blown a 3-0 first-half lead earlier this year in a 4-3 overtime loss suffered on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the same location.
In the city that calls itself “The Halloween Capital of the World,” Bison senior midfielder Trevor Lewellen said afterwards that he and his 15 senior teammates have seen enough of Goodrich Field.
“Oh yeah, we’re sick of it,” said a misty-eyed Lewellen, who played a pivotal role down the stretch in helping the Bison earn a semifinal game for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
On a beautiful mid-October afternoon, the Tornadoes struck first to score the all-important first goal when Josua Dobler buried a perfect shot just under the top left crossbar on a beautiful give-and-go passing play with teammate Felipe Genche. Buffalo senior goalie Jerame Schuetzle had no chance on the play.
Both teams exchanged opportunities for the remaining part of the first half. Just when it appeared the Tornadoes would end the half ahead 1-0, Lencho Ahmed broke free down the left side of the field and buried a shot past Schuetzle for a 2-0 Anoka lead with 25.8 seconds left in the half. Ahmed’s goal would eventually prove to be the game winner.
“We were expecting a tough physical game, which I thought we got,” said Anoka head coach Pete Hayes, who has coached his team to the section finals eight times the past nine years. “I thought it was a pretty even game. The difference was when we had our opportunities, the kids put them away. I knew Buffalo had a lot of seniors, so we’re very happy to come away with this win.”
The second half was nearly a mirror image of the first 40 minutes. With Buffalo pressing, the Anoka defense stood tall to the challenge. The lead stayed 2-0 until the 18:20 mark of the half when Ahmed broke down the right side and scored on a similar play to his first goal of the game.
The 3-0 lead looked to be the dagger, but Buffalo had one final push after a penalty inside the goal area resulted in senior Matt Simeon scoring on a penalty kick with 9:21 left in regulation making it 3-1.
Hayes said flashbacks of his team stealing a win down 3-0 in the second half to Buffalo started to creep up.
“Absolutely, it crossed our minds,” Hayes said. “All of the sudden we have a game again, and they were coming after us. I’m sure in their minds they thought they could do what we did to them. So yeah, it was kind of a scary moment there.”
But unlike the previous meeting, Buffalo couldn’t find that second goal, and with 4:09 remaining in the game, Dobler scored his second of the contest and put the finishing touches on a 4-1 win.
Bison head coach Jeff Lindstrom said he couldn’t have asked for a better effort from his team, even without his leading goal scorer, senior Luke Folkerds, missing his fourth straight game due to a foot injury.
“This is a very special group,” Lindstrom said. “Even down 4-1, they were still fighting. They showed that kind of character all year. It’s very sad to see this group go.”
Lindstrom wasn’t about to make any excuses, but he too will have nightmares about Goodrich Field.
“This is the worst field we’ve seen this year,” said Lindstrom, describing the matted-down grass that seemingly plays harder than field turf. “This field plays into Anoka’s strengths. We have some guys that like to possess and throw the ball and the field really hurts our ability to do that. But we had our chances to score. We got caught pressing trying to score some goals and Anoka is a good team that makes it to section finals every year for a reason.”
Just the fact that the Bison got to the semifinal game was newsworthy in itself. A year removed from a 4-11-2 season, and a team that was offensively challenged scoring a total of 14 goals in 17 games, the Bison’s 1-0 Section 8AA quarterfinal win on Thursday, Oct. 9 at home against Rogers was their first playoff win since a 2-1 overtime victory on Oct. 13, 2005 at home versus Bemidji.
A game removed from scoring his biggest goal of his career that clinched the first Mississippi 8 conference title since 2008 in a 2-1 road win Thursday, Oct. 2 at Cambridge-Isanti, Lewellen said his goal with 13 minutes remaining on a throw-in from senior Tyler Bruder trumped his previous goal as far as dramatics.
“The goal to win the section game was big because it was the first section game we’ve won in a number of years,” Lewellen said. “That was the first home-field playoff game in a while, too. It was nice to finish our careers with a home-field win.”
Coming off a season in which he finished second on the team as a junior with only two goals, Lewellen pointed out team chemistry as the biggest difference this season in which the team did a complete 180-degree turnaround posting an 11-6-1 record and scored a total of 50 goals.
“I feel like we gained more confidence and chemistry over the years playing with each other, and this year we did a lot of team bonding,” Lewellen said. “This group just had a lot of fun while playing together.”
The chemistry and confidence was something that Lindstrom took notice of, but admitted earlier that he didn’t see a season like this coming. But once the team went on a stretch winning seven games in a row after a 0-3 start, he could tell something special was in the air. They just came up two games short of their ultimate goal.
“We absolutely thought we had a chance at state,” said Lindstrom, which his last and only state appearance came during the 2004-05 season. “We also knew if we didn’t have a good game we could get bounced right away. They are comparable teams in the section. To beat a conference rival in Rogers was a huge win for us.”
Lindstrom takes home Coach of Year honors
By Rob LaPlante
Prior to Thursday’s 2-1 Section 8AA playoff win over Rogers, Buffalo boys’ soccer head coach Jeff Lindstrom found out he was the recipient of both the Mississippi 8 Coach of the Year and Section 8AA Coach of the Year honors.
He previously won both awards, but never had he won both in the same year. His previous honors came in 2005 for section and 2008 for conference. He said he’s humbled to have won both honors for this year, but credited a lot of different people in the process.
“My assistant coaches do a good job, my players do a good job and our booster parents do a good job, and I get a shiny plaque with my name on it,” Lindstrom said. “It’s really a huge group of people that make stuff like that happen. I’m honored to get it, but at the same time I feel a little guilty, because it’s a group award.”
One coach who is no stranger to success is Anoka’s Pete Hayes, who has over 300-career wins under his belt. Hayes said Lindstrom is very deserving of the honors.
“He really deserves it,” Hayes said. “That team from last year to where they are this year has made tremendous strides. He’s been great for soccer and I’m really happy for him.”
Girls soccer fights to end in 2-1 playoff loss at Elk River
By Rob LaPlante
When the final horn sounded, the Buffalo girls’ soccer team was on the short-end of the scoreboard in a 2-1 Section 8AA playoff loss Thursday, Oct. 9 at Elk River.
Shortly after a player only meeting at midfield at the conclusion of the contest, hugs, tears and smiles were visibly noticeable on the faces of the Bison players.
After starting the year off with a 2-7-1 record, with six of the seven losses resulting in shutouts, frustration could have easily sunk in for the remainder of the season. But instead of folding their tents, Buffalo responded by winning four of its final six games, including three wins by way of their own shutout.
The end result was still a losing record, but coming off a three-win season in 2013-14, the Bison doubled its win total this year with six, and received a No. 6 seed in this year’s playoffs.
“The girls were on a slow incline all year,” said Bison head coach Steve Doimer. “The one thing that they never did was shut it down. You see some teams struggle and pack it in. This team doesn’t do it and that’s a tribute to them.”
Buffalo’s 2-1 playoff loss to the Elks could best be described as a small microcosm to its entire season.
After a bit of a rough start in which Elk River controlled play, Elks’ leading goal scorer Shayne Shoenfelder used her speed to split the Bison defense and get a shot that was stopped by Bison senior goalie Jordyn Hanson. A clearing attempt ended up right back on the foot of Shoenfelder, and she was able to sneak it past Hanson against the near side post.
“Shoenfelder is fast, smart and relentless,” Doimer said. “It took our girls a while, but we figured her out. But that girl was by far the toughest outside player I’ve seen all year.”
With a bit of a sluggish start, the Bison seemed to build a bit of momentum prior to the end of the first half. Senior forward Chloe Boster just missed scoring on two close-in opportunities. The first shot was stopped on a leaping glove save by Elk River goalie Alyse Grunewald. The other came with Grunewald out of position, but Boster’s attempt from a very sharp angle at an open net was fired just wide.
Much like the Bison were paying attention to Elk River’s speedy and talented Shoenfelder, Elk River’s game plan was to keep a body near Buffalo freshman forward Sydney Johnson.
Johnson’s speed and skill has been noticeable this season, especially of late scoring five goals in the Bison’s final five games, including her first career hat trick in a 4-3 loss on Sept. 30 at St. Francis.
Johnson and the Bison would tie the playoff game 1-1 scoring in the opening seven minutes of the second half. Buffalo scored a total of 21 goals this season and Johnson was the team-leader with eighth. Boster was second on the team with four and sophomore Cadyn Luedemann and senior Carolyn Feddema each had two.
“It was a really good pass to me by Chloe,” Johnson said. “We just pulled the goalie out to the side of the net and laid the ball right back to the open side.”
With the game tied, Elk River responded with a solid five minutes of pressure, and a free kick from near midfield resulted in a loose ball being slammed home by the Elks’ Rachel Ness with 27:23 remaining in regulation.
The Bison had a handful of great scoring chances in the closing 20 minutes. Luedemann’s shot from 30 yards was labeled for the top left corner of the net, but a leaping glove save by Grunewald spoiled that opportunity.
The best chance to tie the game came with 1:13 left in regulation time. After Johnson dribbled past an Elk River defender, who fell on the play, Johnson found herself with a 2-on-1 near the top of the goal crease. Instead of shooting, Johnson’s pass attempt to senior Carolyn Feddema, who was wide open at the side of the open net, was broken up by the lone Elk defender.
“I should have shot. We could have been still playing had I shot,” Johnson said. “We were very confident and pumped up coming into this game. We were all cheering and dancing on the bus ride over. Things just didn’t go our way.”
The sprits seemed pretty good considering most end of season losses.
A 6-10-1 overall record was an improvement from last year’s 3-10-4 mark. While Doimer will say goodbye to eight of his seniors, he too was in decent spirits following the loss.
“We played a solid 80, and that’s all I can ask,” Doimer said. “I have extremely high hopes for next year. I have a very nice junior class, and a lot of girls will be playing at a very high level this summer. Sydney and Cadyn are great young players who will be around a couple more years, and we won’t lose a thing in goal with (junior) Paige James replacing Hanson.”
Santiago carries St. Francis past Buffalo 27-14
By Rob LaPlante
If you told Buffalo head coach Todd Bouman they would be tied 7-7 at the half and end the game holding the Mississippi 8’s top-ranked offense 20 points under their season average of 48.3 points per game, he probably would have signed up for that.
Last Friday’s 27-13 road loss at St. Francis ended Buffalo’s two-game winning streak, but considering the improvements shown since a 0-4 start to the season, the loss felt somewhat like a moral win.
“The kids played hard,” Bouman said. “I knew this season was going to take time. Everything terminology wise from the offense to the defense is so new to everybody. Like I said from day one, the biggest thing I’m so proud of is these kids come out to practice and work hard. They fight and fight and never hang their heads.”
Buffalo knew going in St. Francis would pose a similar challenge to what St. Michael-Albertville and Rogers both possessed earlier in the year. With star power all over the field, the Bison were able to chew up nearly 10 minutes of the opening quarter on a 90-yard scoring drive that was capped by a four-yard touchdown run by junior Gavin Welch.
The quarter ended with Buffalo on top 7-0 and the high-powered attack of the Saints and the conference’s leading rusher John Santiago playing the waiting game for most of the first half.
With the Bison clearly focusing on shutting down Santiago and the Fighting Saints’ running game, St. Francis finally struck when junior quarterback Hunter Trautman tied the score 7-7 prior to half on an eight-yard touchdown passing connection to tight end Jake Vanness.
Santiago, who came into the game needing just 26 rushing yards to crack the 1,000-yard mark for the season was held off the scoreboard in the opening 24 minutes of play. He was coming off a monster week in which he tallied 344 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns in their team’s 45-32 win Oct. 3 at Princeton.
Santiago knew going into their game with Buffalo that yards would not come easy, particularly knowing this was the same team that has held the conference’s leading scorer Gunnar Bloom of Rogers out of the end zone earlier in the season.
St. Francis’ opening drive of the second half appeared to result in a quick three-and-out, but on third and 19, Santiago showed why he’s one of the leading rushers in the state. What looked to be about a 10-yard loss, Santiago used his power and speed to break free from two arm tackles and sprinted from one sideline to the other and eventually busted the play for an apparent 64-yard touchdown score. The play however was called back due to a penalty. Moments later, a first-and goal resulted in Santiago’s second trip to the end zone, but again the play was called back due to a flag.
“I have frustration all the time,” said Santiago, who eventually would rush for 201 yards on 26 carries and two touchdown scores. “But coach emphasizes all the time that we have to fight through adversity, and in a game that could have got away from us, I believe we fought through that well.”
Santiago and the Saints finally found the end zone for good scoring on a 14-yard run at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter. Buffalo’s special teams came up with a block of the extra point to make the score 13-7. The lost point was eventually made up on their next possession when Max Greene scored on a 13-yard run and Trautman converted the two-point pass conversion to make it 21-7.
But much like the past two games have gone, just when you think the Bison could lay over and die, Buffalo’s special teams once again came up big making a play. After St. Francis’ third score, junior Matt Montplaisir immediately cut the lead to 21-14 taking the kickoff 85 yards for a kick-return score.
Montplaisir has become a big-play guy for the Bison, and for a team that has struggled to make big plays all season, the 98-yard return was something Bouman said he saw coming, eventually.
“He makes plays in practice all the time,” Bouman said. “He plays so much on defense, but we try and get him in certain spots here and there and Coach (Nick) Guida’s been telling me for weeks that we’re going to have that big play. It was just a matter of time before he broke one.”
Santiago’s second rushing touchdown four seconds into the fourth quarter gave St. Francis a 27-14 lead.
“He’s a great running back,” Bouman said. “He hits it hard. He’s always turning his legs and getting positive yards.”
Unlike the past two games when sophomore quarterback Dylan Rohlin would rally the team with a late fourth quarter score, the Bison’s offense could never find that equalizing score.
Even with senior captain Taylor Spier healthy again, Rohlin was making his third straight start at quarterback. He said Spier has treated the entire situation with class and the two have no problems on or off the field. Rohlin actually connected for two passing plays with Spier, who played a few series as a tight end.
“We get along well, we’re good friends,” Rohlin said. “It’s been going good and it felt good to finally hit him with a couple plays.”
St. Francis 27, Buffalo 14
(Friday, Oct. 10 at St. Francis) Bison 7 0 7 0 -- 14
Saints 0 7 14 6 -- 27
B - Gavin Welch 4 run (Jared Alexander kick), :57
SF - Jake Vanness 8 pass from Hunter Trautman (Landon Henjum kick), 8:18
SF - John Santiago 14 run (kick blocked), 8:29
SF - Max Greene 13 run (Tyler Pallum pass from Trautman of 2-pt conversion), 3:42
B - Matt Montplaisir 98 kick return (Alexander kick), 3:15
SF - Santiago 2-run (2-pt rush attempt failed), 11:56
Passing - Dylan Rohlin 6-9-67; Tyler Wurm 1-1-8.
Rushing - Joe McClellan 11-50; Jonny Senger 3-13; Wyatt Brings 2-4; Gavin Welch 1-4, TD; Rohlin 5-(-26).
Receiving - Taylor Spier 2-34; Hunter Brings 1-16; Zach Wurm 2-11; W. Brings 1-6; T. Wurm 1-1.
Tackles - Adam Treptau 8 (1 sack); Michael Williams 7; Senger 7; McClellan 6; Pierce Molin 5; Zach Dahl 5; Hawthorne Bjorback 5; Tom Bean 4; Matt Montplaisir 4; James McNamara 4, INT; Robert Sahli 3; Luke Aguirre 2; Alex Garrett 2; Spier 1; Tyler Johnson 1; Levi Peterson 1.
Fighting Saints leaders:
Passing - Hunter Trautman 7-12-77, TD, INT.
Rushing - John Santiago 26-201, 2 TD; Max Greene 10-34, TD; Trautman 4-28; Isaiah Brunette 8-25.
Receiving - Santiago 3-42; Taylor McMorrow 2-21; Jake Vanness 1-8, TD; Tyler Pallum 1-6.
The Duluth East Greyhounds snapped a 20-game losing streak with an 18-6 victory last Friday night against its neighbors from Duluth Denfeld.
The Bison (2-5 overall) defeated the Hounds (1-6) 47-8 a year ago in Duluth East. This week’s 7 p.m. kickoff came on Wednesday, Oct. 15 due to MEA week. Results of this game were unavailable at the time of the Journal-Press’ deadline.
The Bison (0-3 section record) will have another short week next week, likely playing on the road in the Section 6-5A play-in game on Tuesday, Oct. 21 against a team yet to be determined.
Bison show promise at True Team Meet
By Rob LaPlante
If last Saturday’s Section 8AA True Team Meet on Oct. 11 at Elk River is a fore-shadow of things to come, than the Buffalo girls’ swim/dive team should be very happy when they return to Elk River on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8 during the Section 8AA Championships.
Even though Buffalo’s team score of 701 was fifth best out of seven schools, the Bison had four different players in four events that landed finishes that would have been good enough to qualify for the state tournament.
Junior diver Rachel Bertram and freshman Alex Zeiss each registered top-three finishes in the 1-meter dive event with Bertram landing a top score of 254.15. Zeiss was third best with a career-high score of 232.90.
Eighth-grader Jordan McGinty is making a strong bid for her first state tournament berth finishing first in the 100 butterfly in 55.13 and second in the 50 freestyle in 25.61. Junior Mika Bordak also landed a top score with a first-place time of 56.77 in the 100 freestyle.
Despite the success, Bison head coach Melissa Miller knows that the True Team Meet isn’t always a good measure of the actual section meet.
“A lot of people swim off their events at True Team Meet,” Miller said. “It’s exciting for the girls, but we still need to work very hard at it and still cut times.”
After an 0-2 start in conference dual meets, the Bison finished their conference schedule with three straight dual wins.
Buffalo (3-2) defeated Chisago Lakes on Thursday, Oct. 9 with a 94, 78 road win. They also defeated Big Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at home by a similar score of 94-87.
The Bison return to action with a 6 p.m. home meet on Tuesday, Oct. 21 against Wayzata.
Miller said the team is fired up for a strong finish.
“The end of the season is in sight, so a lot of the girls start to get rejuvenated and fire up a little bit more,” Miller said.
Buffalo 94, Chisago Lakes 78
(Thursday, Oct. 9 at Chisago Lakes)
200 Medley Relay: 1. Buffalo (Lauren Kaminski, Tianna Kosek, Jordan McGinty, Taylor Susa) 2:02.54; 3. Buffalo (Hayley Schendel, Sarah Kolling, Mika Bordak, Cat LaCasse) 2:11.86; 4. Buffalo (Laura Danielson, Celeste Goodwin, Kaitlyn Schendel, Kenzi Laumann) 2:19.29.
200 Freestyle: 1. Bordak (B) 2:04.88; 2. Susa (B) 2:05.68; 4. H. Schendel (B) 2:15.71.
200 Individual Medley: 1. K. Schendel (B) 2:35.43; 3. Kennedy Stromberg (B) 2:41.91; DQ. Kaminski (B).
50 Freestyle: 1. McGinty (B) 26.46; 2. Kosek (B) 27.15; 5. Ashlee Hale (B) 28.90.
1-Meter Diving: 1. Rachel Bertram (B) 254.15; 2. Alex Zeiss 232.90; 5. Allie Swearingen (B) 179.40.
100 Butterfly: 1. McGinty (B) 1:03.35; 2. Susa (B) 1:03.98; 3. Kolling (B) 1:06.71.
100 Freestyle: 1. Bordak (B) 56.77; T3. H. Schendel (B) 1:01.21; T3. LaCasse (B) 1:01.21.
500 Freestyle: 1. Lindsey Albrecht (CL) 6:20.34; 2. Stromberg (B) 6:21.15; 4. Hale (B) 6:28.26; 5. Laumann (B) 6:30.81.
200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Buffalo (Bordak, Kaminski, Susa, McGinty) 1:47.10; 3. Hale, Kosek, LaCasse, Laumann) 1:55.50; 4. Buffalo (Lydia Berg, Danielson, Goodwin, Schendel) 2:01.45.
100 Backstroke: 1. Kallie Jo Olson (CL) 1:03.54; 4. Kaminski (B) 1:03.65-ex; 5. K. Schendel (B) 1:10.89-ex; 6. Danielson (B) 1:19.04-ex.
100 Breaststroke: 1. Danielle Barnes (CL) 1:23.34; 4. Kosek (B) 1:16.50-ex; 5. Kolling (B) 1:28.11-ex; 6. Goodwin (B) 1:28.28-ex.
400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Chisago Lakes (Albrecht, Jessica Smythe, Olson, Danielle Berg) 4:08.13; 4. Buffalo (Kolling, Hale, LaCasse, H. Schendel) 4:24.06-ex; 5. Buffalo (Stromberg, Kia Hanson, Josie Peterson, Kathleen Tierney) 4:47.60-ex; 6. Buffalo (Sophia Strommen, Sydney Becker, Jenna Mundahl, April Leahy) 5:08.28-ex.
Buffalo 94, Big Lake 87
(Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Buffalo)
200 Medley Relay: 1. Buffalo (Kaminski, McGinty, Susa, Bordak) 1:58.15; 3. Buffalo (K. Schendel, Kosek, Kolling, LaCasse) 2:07.40; 6. Buffalo (Nelson, Becker, Goodwin, Laumann) 2:24.87.
200 Freestyle: 1. Bordak (B) 2:05.70; 2. Susa (B) 2:09.14; 5. H. Schendel (B) 2:11.85.
200 Individual Medley: 1. Gabbie Werner (BL) 2:25.14; 2. K. Schendel (B) 2:30.57; 5. Stromberg (B) 2:42.66; 6. Tierney (B) 2:57.92.
50 Freestyle: 1. McGinty (B) 26.10; 3. Bordak (B) 26.25; 4. LaCasse (B) 27.75.
1-Meter Diving: 1. Mallary Dick (BL) 237.60; 2. Bertram (B) 237.45; 3. Zeiss (B) 222.60; 6. Swearingen (B) 148.60.
100 Butterfly: 1. Susa (B) 1:03.99; 2. Kolling (B) 1:06.58; 3. H. Schendel (B) 1:06.69.
100 Freestyle: 1. McGinty (B) 56.84; 2. Kaminski (B) 57.86; 5. LaCasse (B) 1:01.16.
500 Freestyle: 1. Laurin Ebert (BL) 5:43.72; 3. Kosek (B) 5:53.30; 4. Kolling (B) 6:12.83; 6. Stromberg (B) 6:20.69.
200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Buffalo (Bordak, Susa, Kaminski, McGinty) 1:45.31; 3. Buffalo (Kolling, K. Schendel, Kosek, H. Schendel) 1:53.97; 5. Buffalo (Hanson, Nelson, Peterson, Laumann) 1:59.13.
100 Backstroke: 1. Kaminski (B) 1:06.31; 3. Nelson (B) 1:12.20; 4. Danielson (B) 1:17.75.
100 Breaststroke: 1. Laura Wellumson (BL) 1:15.86; 4. Kosek (B) 1:18.61-ex; 5. K. Schendel (B) 1:22.33-ex; 6. Goodwin (B) 1:27.40-ex.
400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Big Lake (Jordyn Robarge, Valerie Childs, Laurel Pietrzak, Maggie Knier) 4:04.46; 4. Buffalo (Laumann, Berg, H. Schendel, LaCasse) 4:18.97; 5. Buffalo (Stromberg, Hanson, Danielson, Tierney) 4:35.26.
True Team Meet
Section 8AA True Team Meet
(Saturday, Oct. 11 at Elk River High School)
Team scores: 1. Maple Grove 1,137; 2. St. Michael-Albertville 1,080; 3. Brainerd 953.5; 4. Elk River 858; 5. Buffalo 701; 6. St. Cloud Tech 628; 7. Rogers 623.5.
200 Medley Relay: 1. Rogers (Elizabeth Kelzer, Alaina Sylvester, Anya Larson, Jessica Young) 1:56.06; 3. Buffalo (Kaminski, McGinty, Susa, Bordak) 1:57.65; 14. Buffalo (K. Schendel, Kosek, Stromberg, Kolling) 2:09.81; 17. Buffalo (LaCasse, Mundahl, H. Schendel, Laumann) 2:15.53; 22. Buffalo (Danielson, Becker, Hale, Berg) 2:26.78.
200 Freestyle: 1. Erin Buck (MG) 1:55.92; 4. Susa (B) 2:05.07; 7. Bordak (B) 2:07.08; 12. H. Schendel (B) 2:10.07; 27. Goodwin (B) 2:29.34.
200 Individual Medley: 1. Sylvester (R) 2:16.79; 22. Stromberg (B) 2:43.30; 26. Tierney (B) 3:02.39; 27. Danielson (B) 3:06.50; 28. Leahy (B) 3:07.91.
50 Freestyle: 1. Taylor Odegard (ER) 25.60; 2. McGinty (B) 25.61; 5. Kaminski (B) 26.49; 10. Kosek (B) 27.09; 19. LaCasse (B) 28.12.
1-Meter Diving: 1. Rachel Bertram (B) 465.25; 3. Zeiss (B) 413.25; 17. Swearingen (B) 263.40.
100 Butterfly: 1. Katie Streiff (BR) 1:00.55; 2. Susa (B) 1:03.28; 6. Kolling (B) 1:06.11; 13. H. Schendel (B) 1:09.98; 28. Tierney (B) 1:27.67.
100 Freestyle: 1. McGinty (B) 55.13; 17. K. Schendel (B) 1:02.12; 25. Goodwin (B) 1:09.16; 27. Leahy (B) 1:17.42.
500 Freestyle: 1. Rose Gallagher (MG) 5:18.96; 12. Kolling (B) 5:59.86; 19. Stromberg (B) 6:24.15; 26. Danielson (B) 7:07.00.
200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Elk River (T. Odegard, Hannah Johnson, Hailey Odegard, Samantha Hendricks) 1:43.67; 3. Buffalo (Kaminski, Bordak, Susa, McGinty) 1:44.99; 17. Buffalo (H. Schendel, Laumann, Strommen, LaCasse) 1:58.31; 21. Buffalo (Tierney, Kosek, Stromberg, K. Schendel) 2:02.45; 26. Buffalo (Mundahl, Berg, Leahy, Goodwin) 2:11.90.
100 Backstroke: 1. Erin Buck (MG) 59.36; 4. Kaminski (B) 1:03.64; 12. Bordak (B) 1:06.87; 27. Strommen (B) 1:27.36; 28. Berg (B) 1:28.80.
100 Breaststroke: 1. Sylvester (R) 1:11.68; 9. Kosek (B) 1:18.27; 14. K. Schendel (B) 1:21.37; 27. Laumann (B) 1:32.94; 28. Mundahl (B) 1:33.21.
400 Freestyle Relay: 1. STMA (Maddie Gallagher, Jordyn Schnell, Lexi Heil, Taylor Pehrson) 3:47.79; 17. Buffalo (Danielson, Laumann, LaCasse, Kolling) 4:22.34; 25. Buffalo (Tierney, Goodwin, Leahy, Strommen) 4:56.97.
Girls’ tennis exits along with coach
By Rob LaPlante
The Buffalo girls’ tennis season officially came to an end with three-first round and one second-round exits at the Section 8AA (North) Individual Tournament held last Friday, Oct. 10 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Juniors Mattie Lubben and Claudia Botzet teamed up in doubles play to defeat Sam Burtis and Lauren Brady of Mound-Westonka 6-3, 6-1. The duo was eliminated in the second round 6-2, 6-1 by No. 1 seed Theresa Tebon and Anna Letto of Minnetonka.
“Claudia, Mattie and (senior Jen) Allen were a level up from the rest of our team this year,” said Bison head coach Charley Keifenheim. “Putting Claudia and Mattie together in doubles was fun to see, but they were just overpowered by a really strong Minnetonka team, who more than likely will be in the running for a state championship.”
Although they lost in straight sets to the Minnetonka tandem that ended up winning the Section 2AA doubles championship, Lubben and Botzet were still able to win three games against Tebon and Letto, who went on to advance to the Section championship final. Keifenheim said the highlight was Lubben and Botzet’s win in the first round.
“They started out cold and were down 3-1 to a doubles team that had played together all year,” Keifenheim said. “They settled down and really dominated the rest of that match.”
Buffalo’s other doubles team of freshman Claire Stevens and junior Abby Wyatt were defeated 6-1, 6-1 in the first round by Minnetonka’s Abby Steiger and Jenna Fester. Also losing in round one was Allen, 6-0, 6-2 to Eden Prairie’s Lily Fredricks and freshman Mya Lubben 6-1, 6-0 to Mound-Westonka’s Evan Welty.
The Bison team season concluded with a 6-1 loss on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the Section 8AA tournament at Eden Prairie. Buffalo (14-10 overall) finished this season with a 7-2 conference record good for third place in the Mississippi 8 standings.
The Bison graduate four seniors: Allen, Megan Doose, Alisha Hackworth and Mackenzie Malewicki. Buffalo will also say goodbye to longtime head coach Charley Keifenheim, who is retiring after 30 years as head girls’ tennis coach. Keifenheim leaves the program having nine conference titles under his belt.
“It has been an honor and thrill to be part of the program, and to have worked with so many wonderful players, coaches and parents,” Keifenheim said. “What I will miss most is instruction of the game and camaraderie of the team. What I will remember most is the amazing and diverse personalities of the teams.”
Section 8AA Individual Day One
(Friday, Oct. 10 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter)
First Round (North) Singles:
No. 1 Hayley Haakenstad (Chanhassen) bye
No. 2 Bella Lambert (Minnetonka) bye
No. 3 Evan Welty (Mound-Westonka) def. No. 14 Mya Lubben (Buffalo) 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 Karina Smiley (Minnetonka) def. No. 13 Sophia Peterson (Orono) 6-2, 6-0.
No. 5 Lily Fredricks (Eden Prairie) def. No. 12 Jen Allen (Buffalo) 6-0, 6-2.
No. 6 Kitty Bonine (Delano) def. No. 11 Morgan Swenson (Orono) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 7 Nicole Ruppert (Eden Prairie) def. No. 10 Abby Niebeling (Chanhassen) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 8 Steph Almquist (Delano) def.No. 9 Kristina Linder (Mound-Westonka) 6-1, 7-5.
Second Round (North) Singles:
No. 1 Haakenstad (C) def. No. 8 Almquist (D) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 Lambert (M) def. No. 7 Ruppert (EP) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 Welty (MW) def. No. 6 Bonine (D) 6-2, 6-3.
No. 4 Smiley (M) def. No. 5 Fredricks (EP) 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Third Round (North) Singles:
No. 1 Haakenstad (C) def. No. 4 Smiley (M) 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 Lambert (M) def. Welty (MW) 6-1, 6-1.
First Round (North) Doubles:
No. 1 Theresa Tebon/Anna Letto (M) bye
No. 2 Tayler Hedtke/Jackie Damberg (D) bye
No. 3 Zoe Lindbloom/Mckenzie Gill (O) def. No. 14 Abby Martens/Sam Lee (EP) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
No. 4 Sophie Farmer/Eleanor Martin (EP) def. No. 13 Abby Altmon/Lizzy Kroll (O) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 5 Katie Schleif/Ginger Valentine (D) def. No. 12 Paige Poque/Laura Taylor (C) 7-6 (7), 6-2.
No. 6 Abby Steiger/Jenna Fester (M) def. No. 11 Claire Stevens/Abby Wyatt (B) 6-1, 6-1.
No. 7 Reilly Poque/Lydia Passolt (C) def. No. 10 Rachel Lee/Erin Ehlers (MW) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 8 Claudia Botzet/Mattie Lubben (B) def. No. 9 Sam Burtis/Lauren Brady (MW) 6-3, 6-1.
Second Round (North) Doubles:
No. 1 Tebon/Letto (M) def. No. 8 Botzet/Lubben (B) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 7 Poque/Passolt (C) def. No. 2 Hedtke/Damberg (D) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 Lindbloom/Gill (O) def. No. 6 Steiger/Fester (M) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
No. 4 Farmer/Martin (EP) def. No. 5 Schleif/Valentine (D) 6-4, 6-2.
Third Round (North) Doubles:
No. 1 Tebon/Letto (M) def. No. 4 Farmer/Martin (EP) 6-4, 6-1.
No. 3 Lindbloom/Gill (O) def. Poque/Passolt (C) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4).
Section 8AA Individual Day Two
(Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter)
No. 1 (North) Haakenstad (Chanhassen) def. No. 10 (South) Grace Johnson (Hutchinson) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 (South) Lexi Miller (Mankato West) def. No. 2 (North) Lambert (Minnetonka) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 (North) Haakenstad (Chanhassen) def. No. 2 (North) Lambert 6-1, 6-4.
Third Place Finals:
No. 1 (South) Miller def. No. 10 (South) Johnson 6-0, 6-3.
No. 1 (North) Theresa Tebon/Anna Letto (Minnetonka) def. No. 2 (South) Ellyssa Holversten/Tayla Card (Hutchinson) 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 (South) Haley Lickfold/Taylor Koenen (Shakopee) def. No. 3 (North) Zoe Lindbloom/Mckenzie Gill (Orono) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 (North) Letto/Tebon (Minnetonka) def. No. 1 (South) Lickfold/Koenen (Shakopee) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Third Place Finals:
No. 3 (North) Linbloom/Gill (Orono) def. No. 2 (South) Holversten/Card (Hutchinson) 6-0, 6-2.
Bison end regular season with six tough matches at STMA
By Rob LaPlante
The heavyweights of Class 3A volleyball were present at the 32-team, two-day St. Michael-Albertville tournament held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11 at STMA.
The state’s No. 4 ranked Hopkins Royals went a perfect 5-0, including a 2-1 victory over No. 12 ranked Wayzata in the championship game. No. 9 ranked Delano went 4-1 and captured the third-place championship game with a 2-1 win over No. 14 Rosemount. The host Knights finished in seventh place after losing 2-1 in the opening round of the fifth-place bracket to Shakopee and Monticello struggled with a 0-5 record while finishing in 32nd place.
The Bison started day one of the tourney on Friday with a hard-fought 2-0 defeat (25-23, 30-28) to Owatonna. They responded later that night with a two-set 25-12, 25-15 victory over Stillwater.
The Bison carried their momentum into Saturday morning when they defeated St. Cloud Tech in two sets 25-13, 25-14. Anoka ended the Bison’s chance in the 17th place championship bracket with a 2-0 win (25-22, 26-24). The final match of the weekend resulted with a 2-1 three-set loss (17-25, 25-22, 16-14) to Bemidji.
Despite finishing the tournament in the bottom half with a 2-3 record, senior captain Hannah Daniel said the team fought to the end, but struggled to pull out the close matches.
“We worked hard at the tournament, and I think we felt okay with how we finished,” Daniel said. “But it’s always hard losing those close matches against teams that you know you can beat.”
The Bison played their sixth match in a row at STMA when they took on the Knights in the final match of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Buffalo (12-15 overall) will be seeded later this week for the Section 2-3A Tournament which begins with a play-in game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the high seeds gym.
With potentially only one more match left in her high school career, Daniel said the next week is going to bring out the emotions.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that I only have a few matches left in my high school volleyball career,” Daniel said. “It has been a really long, but fun journey these past four years. There have been tough times and there has been the best of times, and I have loved it. I know I will miss it when the season is over.”
The Bison got a big glimpse of their future in their 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-20) home win last Thursday, Oct. 9 over St. Francis. It was Teacher Appreciation Night in Buffalo, as the Bison players celebrated their favorite teachers in likely their final home match of the season.
Freshman Kari Zumach led the team in kills with 14. Juniors Paige Dalbec and Emma Simonson finished with eight and seven kills, respectively. Sophomore Taylor Thompson was second on the team with eight digs. All four players will be relied on heavily next year to replace the six graduating seniors on this year’s squad.
Buffalo closed out its regular season with a 3-1 road loss Tuesday, Oct. 14 at St. Michael-Albertville.
The Knights (8-1, 19-9 overall) finished the season as conference runner-up to undefeated Cambridge-Isanti (9-0, 24-4 overall). After three straight conference title runs the Bison finished in fourth place at 6-3 in the Mississippi 8.
Buffalo likely will open the Section 2-3A playoffs on the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 against a team yet to be determined.
Buffalo 3, St. Francis 0
(Thursday, Oct. 9 at Buffalo)
Tigers 15 14 20 - 0
Bison 25 25 25 - 3
Kills: Kari Zumach 14, Hannah Daniel 10, Paige Dalbec 8, Emma Simonson 7, Bailey Brownlee 7.
Digs: Sammy Johnson 13, Tori Weber 10, Daniel 9, Taylor Thompson 8, Simonson 4, Brownlee 4, Dalbec 3, Zumach 1, Lexi Hanson-McNeil 1.
Assists: Johnson 39, Brownlee 1, Weber 1.
Blocks-Solo: Simonson 2-1, Dalbec 1-0, Brownlee 1-0, Zumach 1-0.
Aces: Brownlee 4, Daniel 3, Weber 2, Payton Speckel 1.
St. Michael-Albertville 3, Buffalo 1
(Tuesday, Oct. 14 at STMA)
Bison 19 21 27 20 - 1
Knights 25 25 25 25 - 3
Owatonna 2, Buffalo 0
(Friday, Oct. 10 at STMA)
Huskies 25 30 - 2
Bison 23 28 - 0
Kills: Brownlee 7, Zumach 6, Daniel 4, Simonson 2, Dalbec 2, Johnson 1.
Digs: Johnson 7, Weber 5, Thompson 5, Brownlee 4, Zumach 2, Dalbec 1.
Assists: Johnson 18, Weber 1.
Blocks-Solo: Brownlee 1-1, Zumach 1-0.
Aces: Brownlee 3, Weber 2, Dalbec 1, Johnson 1.
Buffalo 2, Stillwater 0
(Friday, Oct. 10 at STMA)
Ponies12 15 - 0
Bison 25 25 - 2
Kills: Daniel 9, Zumach 8, Simonson 4, Brownlee 4, Johnson 2, Hailey Sorenson 1, Kirsten Deladi 1.
Digs: Johnson 5, Weber 5, Zumach 3, Thompson 2, Deladi 1, Daniel 1, Hanson-McNeil 1, Brownlee 1, Speckel 1.
Assists: Johnson 22, Daniel 1, Zumach 1, Weber 1, Dalbec 1.
Blocks-Solo: Zumach 1-0, Deladi 1-0, Simonson 1-0, Dalbec 1-0, Daniel 1-0.
Aces: Johnson 5, Thompson 2, Daniel 1, Weber 1, Speckel 1.
Buffalo 2, St. Cloud Tech 0
(Saturday, Oct. 11 at STMA)
Tigers 13 14 - 0
Bison 25 25 - 2
Kills: Zumach 8, Daniel 7, Brownlee 4, Dalbec 4, Simonson 1.
Digs: Weber 9, Johnson 5, Daniel 4, Dalbec 4, Zumach 2, Aivary Bouman 1, Thompson 1.
Assists: Johnson 18, Brownlee 2, Weber 1.
Blocks-Solo: Johnson 1-0, Brownlee 1-0.
Aces: Johnson 5, Weber 3, Brownlee 2, Dablec 2, Thompson 2, Daniel 1, Bouman 1.
Anoka 2, Buffalo 0
(Saturday, Oct. 11 at STMA)
Tornadoes 25 26 - 2
Bison 22 24 - 0
Kills: Zumach 5, Daniel 5, Brownlee 5, Dalbec 2, Simonson 1.
Digs: Weber 9, Daniel 8, Johnson 7, Zumach 3, Dalbec 2, Brownlee 1, Thompson 1.
Assists: Johnson 14, Brownlee 1, Weber 1.
Blocks-Solo: Simonson 2-1, Zumach 2-0, Brownlee 2-0, Dalbec 1-0.
Aces: Johnson 3, Brownlee 1.
Bemidji 2, Buffalo 1
(Saturday, Oct. 11 at STMA)
Bison 25 22 14 - 1
Lumberjacks 17 25 16 - 2
Kills: Daniel 16, Brownlee 14, Zumach 8, Dalbec 5, Simonson 2, Thompson 1.
Digs: Weber 12, Daniel 9, Thompson 9, Johnson 7, Brownlee 5, Zumach 5, Simonson 3, Speckel 2, Dalbec 1.
Assists: Johnson 40.
Aces: Johnson 2, Weber 2, Brownlee 1.
BHS takes home top honors at MHSPA convention
By Rob LaPlante
School News Editor
The journalism department at Buffalo High School is no stranger when it comes to receiving high honors.
At the 2014 Minnesota High School Press Association awards held Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the University of Minnesota, the BHS 2013 Tatanka yearbook took home All-State Gold honors. It was the 11th time the past 13 years the yearbook has won this honor. It also won Best of Show - making it the best yearbook in the state a second consecutive year.
The accolades didn’t stop there. The school’s newspaper, “The Hoofprint” also took home All-State Gold honors. This was the seventh straight year the newspaper has finished with that status.
English teacher Ryan McCallum has been the BHS Newspaper and Yearbook Adviser since 2002. McCallum said one of their tricks in putting together an award winning newspaper and yearbook is being able to look at their downfalls.
“We take criticism a lot,” McCallum said. “We go to Dallas to learn. They only invite 15 schools across the country and they invite us because they know we can take it. But, they rip our book apart. They completely take apart everything and tell us what is bad about our book. We have to be open to hear that and abandon bad ideas. It’s a humbling experience.”
McCallum said receiving Best of Show for both yearbook and newspaper was self gratifying for a number of reasons.
“The newspaper award is really different from the yearbook because Best of Show is based on one issue and All-State Gold is your whole body of work,” McCallum said. “We put more stock into the yearbook competition because Best of Show competes against every single yearbook.”
Tatanka yearbook currently staffs 47 students, up from last year’s total of 42. The Hoofprint currently has 33 students. Both groups put in numerous hours of work, and McCallum said the unique thing about the newspaper staff compared to other top schools they compete against, is BHS does it on their own time.
“We do all our work after school,” McCallum said. “We don’t have a class for The Hoofprint. All the other schools we compete against have their own class with higher budgets. We do all our work after school.”
While the entire newspaper and yearbook department was recognized for their work gaining Best of Show and All-State Gold, a number of different individuals also received recognition.
Senior Molly McMullen won first place in news photo, second place in sports photo and she and Class of 2014 graduate Whitney Nyholm combined to take second place in newspaper page one design.
Other winners included: Junior Sam Quiring receiving honorable mention for newspaper opinion writing; Class of 2014 graduate Maddie Sebey and seniors Dan Holland and Blaze Solberg each were recognized for outstanding sports writing; senior Leah Mussell took second in yearbook sports writing; senior Mackenzie Malewicki took first place for yearbook sports photo and last year’s seniors Danielle Odeen and Alyssa Baldwin were also honored. Odeen won honorable mention for newspaper feature photo and first place for yearbook feature photo. Baldwin, who was the yearbook’s Editor-in-Chief in 2014, was recognized for yearbook sports photography.
In a year where BHS stood out for its photography, Mussell said her second-place award for yearbook sports writing was something she will always remember.
“I did a story on the girls’ basketball timeline, leading up to last year’s Coaches vs. Cancer game,” Mussell said. “I was really proud of that story. It was probably one of the best stories I’ve ever wrote. It’s cool I got an award, but I’m just happy that it went in the yearbook.”
“The more I advise, the less I care about awards,” said McCallum, who in 2011 was the MSHSPA Journalism Educator of the Year winner. “Awards can be so fluky. But this year meant a little bit more than others. It let them know it wasn’t just because they worked, but because they worked well.”
A yearbook is often referred to as a memory book. Not only plastered with a bunch of student photos, but McCallum said the thing that separates his yearbooks from other schools is the story being told within the 256 pages of colored pages.
“I inherited a good program from Marissa Russell, and Vicki Cary before that,” McCallum said. “One of our strengths is we are open to change. It’s very little about what I want to do, and it’s more so what we want to do. When I look over at the collection of all the yearbooks, there is a different story being told in each book, and that goes back to a class from the 1940’s.”
The most heart-felt story arguably came from last year’s yearbook. Although she only spent a few summer days in her role as Editor-in-Chief, the picture of would-be Class of 2014 graduate Emma Rodelius was arguably the most inspirational memory.
This year’s yearbook editors, seniors Anna Demgen and Josh Fischmann, both had their own inspirational story to tell about their former staff member, who died tragically in the summer of 2013 in a car accident.
“Her mom (Kathy Rodelius) gave me a photo of a tweet that said, ‘Be you, and you will do great things,’” Demgen said. “Even though Emma didn’t have a chance to meet a lot of the writers before she passed, we all knew she was a good writer and I felt pressure to be like her. That picture her mom gave me has given me the confidence.”
Fischmann shared his own great memory. “My sister was on the yearbook staff, but Emma and McCallum were the ones that got me interested in it,” he said. “Even though most of the editors didn’t get a lot of work time with her, she was the lead force. This award we got at the convention was for Emma.”
McCallum said it was mixed emotions attending the awards convention. “It was difficult knowing she wasn’t there to enjoy it,” he said. “But the convention didn’t make note of it, either. Which I thought was a good thing. I didn’t want it to come off as some pity thing that we won the award. This way the kids who worked hard all year for it know they did something good.”