Jackson County Central graduate Travis Ahrens has been named head
football coach at Flandreau High School. The previous head coach,
Chad Stadem, left to become head coach at Sioux Falls Washington.
He's been an assistant coach
for the Flandreau football team for several years, including 2010
when they made an unexpected run to the state Class 11B
title, winning the championship game on a touchdown on a tipped pass
with 13 seconds to play.
Jackson County Central graduate Kate Rentschler, a senior at
Gustavus Adolphus College, has been named as an honorable mention
selection on the all-MIAC softball team.
a two-time all-conference performer.
In league play, Rentschler hit .359 (14-for-39) and finished with
an earned-run average of 3.36 after pitching a team-high 50 innings.
She also was named to the MIAC all-tournament team. She went 9-16
in the conference tournament with three walks, two doubles, four RBI
and three runs.
Gustavus softball team finished the season 15-19 overall and 9-9
in the MIAC.
Iowa Lakes Community College sophomore Sam Mueller will open
play in the NJCAA Women's Golf Championship this afternoon.
The 72-hole tournament runs Monday-Thursday at Longbow Golf
Club in Mesa, Ariz.
Mueller tees off at 12:30 Mesa time on the 10th hole.
The Lakefield native and Southwest Star Concept graduate
will play in a threesome with two other golfers from the
upper midwest in the first round, Emily Storey of Iowa
Central and Melissa Hill of Mesabi Range.
Some other notes on local
JCC grad Bryce
Christopher pitched a complete-game shutout for Rochester CTC as
the Yellowjackets beat Ridgewater 2-0 Saturday. He allowed five
hits, walked three and struck out six. Rochester swept the
doubleheader. The Yellowjackets tie for the MCAC Southern
Division title with a 9-3 record and is 24-7 overall. The state
tourney is next weekend in St. Cloud.
JCC grad Justin Cook, a
sophomore at Augustana, placed 10th in the 800 meters at the
NSIC track and field meet with a time of 1:56.75.
Sam Fransen was on the
Gustavus 4x800-meter relay team that placed eighth at the MIAC
meet with a time of 8:12.16.
Matt Kocak ran a leg on
Wisconsin-Platteville's 4x800 team that was second at the recent
WIAC meet in LaCrosse with a time of 7:45.18.
With all the crummy weather this month it's almost like the
spring sports season hasn't started, but the next two weekends mark
some big milestones on the track and field schedule.
This weekend, the top athletes in Minnesota are headed to the
Hamline Elite Meet Saturday in Saint Paul, while Iowa's best are
heading to Des Moines for the Drake Relays.
Next weekend it's the 58th Sentinel Relays in Fairmont and the
88th Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls.
Martin County West has one individual and one relay team on the
preliminary list for the Hamline meet. Entries become official
The Hamline meet brings together the top athletes from the state
from both classes.
Haley Jensen is on the preliminary list for the 100 meters and
she's on the Mavericks' 4x100-meter relay team that is on the
preliminary list. Other members of that relay team are Hailey Holtz,
Taryn Tumbleson and Libbie Lange.
Also of note, Redwood Valley's Kayla Huhnerkoch is on the
preliminary list in both the girls 800 and girls 1600 meters. Blue
Earth Area's Krista Hassing is also on the girls 800 list.
Paige Bearson of Fairmont is on the girls long jump list.
South of the border, Spirit Lake Park and Okoboji are both
sending athletes to compete at Drake.
Will Norris of SLP will compete in two open events and on a relay
team in Des Moines.
Norris will run in the 3200 meters at 4:25 p.m. Thursday and the
1600 meters at 1:09 p.m. Saturday. He'll also ran the anchor leg of
the Indians' boys 4x800 relay at 9:34 a.m. Saturday. Mark Norland,
Paul Woizeschke and Tanner Goetsch are scheduled to run the other
SLP's boys 4x100 team of Tyler Petersen, Austin
Folsom, Cody Poock and Bryson McCabe runs in the prelims of that
event at 6 p.m. Friday. If they qualify, they'll run in the finals
at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Okoboji's boys 4x800 team will join Spirit Lake Park in that
event Saturday morning. Running for the Pioneers will be Joe Hilsabeck, Jordan Hanna, Taylor
Cody and Chris Albright.
The Okoboji girls 4x100 relay team of Jordan Duncan, Darby Jones, Hannah Grosvenor
and Kim Naatjes run in the prelims at 5:15 p.m. Friday. If they make
the finals, that would be at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.
Also, Dalton Syverson of Okoboji competes in the boys high jump
at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Jackson is a stop on the inaugural Gopher Road Trip: Chalk Talk
University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague is leading
a group of Gopher coaches around the state to talk U of M athletics.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for our staff here at the
University of Minnesota to connect with our passionate fans across
this great state," said Teague. "Many of our fans are not able to
make it to campus as often to cheer on the Gophers, so this is a way
for us to bring Minnesota athletics to them. I am looking forward to
getting out into greater Minnesota, meeting and listening to Gopher
Jackson is one of 16 stops.
The Gopher entourage will be
Minnesota West Community & Technical College at 5 p.m. on
Thursday, May 16.
Coaches scheduled to be in Jackson with Teague are Mike Burns
Stefanie Golan (soccer),
Chuck Merzbacher (women's tennis),
Geoff Young (men's tennis),
Pam Borton (women's basketball),
Richard Pitino (men's basketball) and
J Robinson (wrestling).
A complimentary dinner buffet that includes pork chops, potato salad,
baked beans, fruit salad, ice cream and beverages will be served.
There will prizes and giveaways, as well as photo opportunities with
the coaches and Goldy.
A program featuring emcee Mike Grimm, Teague and brief remarks
from the coaches will be held.
Registration is free and open to the general public. More
information is available by
email or you can call 1-800-846-7437.
Sponsors of the Jackson stop are
Extended Ag Services,
New Fashion Pork and
Members of the local committee are
Jim Resch and
Postseason competition starts five weeks from today with section
softball and as outlined in yesterday's posting, many teams have yet
to compete. Imagine if it was the middle of January and winter teams
had yet to compete.
Keeping track of conference standings in spring sports is a
challenge under the best of circumstances and this year obviously
has been far from the best.
Many games are rescheduled and the scores are much harder to come
by in the spring in the fall or winter.
As far as we can tell, Windom's baseball victory over Jackson
County Central last week is the only conference game has been played
yet in the Southwest or Valley conferences in baseball or softball.
The Huskies (1-2) and Eagles (3-0) have each played three games.
Luverne and Worthington are both 1-0. Pipestone and Redwood
Valley are both 0-1. Marshall has yet to play.
Among Southwest Conference softball teams, Luverne is 1-0,
Worthington 1-1 and Redwood Valley 0-1. JCC, Marshall, Pipestone and
Windom haven't played yet.
As far as Valley Conference baseball teams, Lake Crystal-Wellcome
Memorial is 2-1, Maple River 1-1, Cleveland 1-0 and Martin
Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 0-1. Martin County West is one of
five teams to not play yet.
The MCW softball team hasn't played a game yet either, one of
seven conference teams that hasn't seen the field in competition.
Nicollet is 1-0, Madelia/Truman 1-1 and Saint Clair 0-1.
Monday was yet another day where the entire local sports schedule
was wiped out by the weather.
A number of Jackson County Central and Martin County West teams
have yet to compete this spring.
The baseball Huskies have played three games, which might tie
them for the most in the state. Windom, Adrian and Lake
Crystal-Wellcome Memorial have also played three. It's been
postponed twice, but Worthington is the only game JCC has had
postponed. The Huskies and Trojans are now scheduled to play
Thursday at Wacker Field.
JCC's track and field teams have each compete once and had three
The softball Huskies have yet to play. They've had three dates
and four games postponed.
JCC's golf teams have one competition cancelled and as now each
have two dates listed as postponed.
The softball team is the only team scheduled to play Tuesday.
They're scheduled to play at Fairmont. A golf dual at Marshall has
At Martin County West, the baseball, softball and golf teams have
yet to compete.
The baseball Mavericks have been postponed five times and the
softball squad four times.
MCW's golfers have had two events cancelled and have one listed
The MCW track and field squads have had two meets (one indoor and
one outdoor) and have had two meets cancelled.
All of the Martin County West teams are scheduled to be in action
Two are scheduled on the road as the Maverick baseball team is
scheduled to be at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, while the track
and field squads are slated to be at a meet in Wells.
MCW's golfers are scheduled to host Blue Earth Area and the
softball team is slated to entertain Maple River.
Eight college baseball games scheduled for Wacker Field
Wacker Field in Jackson is scheduled to host eight college
baseball games over the weekend.
There are four games Saturday and four more Sunday.
First up Saturday is a doubleheader between Rochester Community
and Technical College and Rainy River (International Falls), with
games scheduled for noon and 2 p.m.
That will be followed by Minnesota State Community and Technical
College, Fergus Falls playing Western Technical College of LaCrosse
at 4 and 6 p.m.
Sunday's schedule has Fergus Falls vs. Rainy River at 11 a.m. and
1 p.m., followed by Rochester vs. WTC at 3 and 5 p.m.
Two Jackson County Central graduates are members of the Rochester
team, Bryce Christopher and Nolan Luhmann. The Yellowjackets played
nine games on a trip to Florida, but weather and field conditions
have kept them from playing a game since.
Gustavus opened its MIAC softball schedule Thursday with a sweep
of Saint Olaf at Hollingsworth Field, winning 4-3 and 7-0.
In the opener, Martin County West graduate Sam Breneman's single in the bottom of the seventh scored two
runs to give the Gusties the win, with JCC grad Breane Rentschler scoring the
first of those two runs.
Kate Rentschler was the DH in that game for the Gusties,
collecting two hits (both doubles) and an RBI.
In the second game, Kate pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout,
walking one and striking out two. She also had a two-run single at
Sam Breneman had two more hits in that game, including a two-run single.
Gustavus hosts Hamline in another doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday
on the field turf at Hollingsworth Field, which is usually the
Gusties' home football field.
A number of area graduates are involved in spring sports on the
Freshman Kaylee Benson has played in two tournaments this spring
with the Northern Iowa women's golf team.
The Panthers opened their spring schedule at the 36-hole Bobby
Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tenn. Kaylee, a 2012 Jackson
County Central graduate, had rounds of
84 and 87 for a 171 total.
UNI then played at the Arkansas-Little Rock Classic this Monday
and Tuesday at Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, Ark.
She was second for the Panthers in that tournament. After rounds
of 88 and 84 she finished with a 75 for a 54-hole total of 247.
Next up for Northern Iowa is a tournament in Peoria, Ill. April
Martin County West graduate Stephanie Biehn is a junior with the
University of North Dakota women's tennis team.
She has a singles record of 6-8 for UND, which is 3-11 in dual
Biehn has played with four different partners in doubles and has
a record of 6-6.
North Dakota heads to California this weekend for a pair of
matches in Sacramento, playing Northern Colorado Saturday and
Sacramento State Sunday.
UND hosts Southern Utah in Grand Forks on April 6.
Matt Kocak is a sophomore with the Wisconsin-Platteville men's
track and field team.
The Pioneers opened their outdoor season last weekend at the
Washington University Mini Meet in St. Louis.
Kocak, a JCC grad, placed second in the 800 meters with a time of
Platteville has a meet at Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Saturday, April
Cook and Isaacson at Augustana
Two JCC grads are on the men's track and field team at Augustana
Sophomore Justin Cook will compete in middle distance events for
Freshman John Isaacson will run sprints.
Augustana opens its outdoor season Saturday, April 6 at the
Wildcat Classic in Wayne, Neb.
Maybe they'll run into Jackson High School graduate Shane
Drahota, who is just a couple of months into his new gig as
Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Affairs at Wayne State.
Fransen at Gustavus
Sam Fransen is a junior middle distance runner with the Gustavus
Adolphus College men's track and field program.
The JCC grad is a junior with the Golden Gusties.
Cook, Isaacson and Fransen all ran in the same indoor meet,
the Ted Nelson Classic in
Mankato this winter.
Cook competed in two events, placing second in the 600 meters with a time of 1:25.33 and
fourth in the 1000 meters (2:41.47).
Fransen also ran in the 1000 meters, placing seventh (2:44.74). Isaacson was fourth in the 800 meters (2:04.47).
Cook and Fransen made up half of JCC's state champion 4x800-meter
relay team in 2010.
Gustavus will go to the Wartburg Select April 6-7 and hosts the
Lee Krough Invitational on Saturday, April 13.
Three at Minnesota West
There are three 2012 JCC graduates who are freshmen with the
Minnesota West baseball team.
The Bluejays have played a pair of doubleheaders at the
Dustin Pronk has pitched and played first base, Brett Larson has
seen time at catcher, shortstop and left field, while Kyle Gruhlke
has also seen some time in the outfield.
Two at Rochester
Two 2011 Jackson County Central grads are sophomores with the
Rochester Community and Technical College baseball team.
Bryce Christopher is a pitcher for the Yellowjackets, while Nolan
Luhmann is listed as an outfielder and infielder.
Rochester played a number of games in Florida recently.
Next weekend, the Yellowjackets are scheduled to play two doubleheaders in
The Yellowjackets play Rainy River at Wacker Field at 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 6; and Northland at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 7.
Bargfrede at Concordia
Trevon Bargfrede, a 2010 JCC grad, is a sophomore first
baseman-outfield with the Concordia University (St. Paul) baseball
Bargfrede has seen action in six games for the Golden Bears, who
have a 7-5 record.
He's scored two runs, including the game-winner vs. Northern
State in the season opener at the Metrodome.
Concordia is opening NSIC play this weekend at Ronken Field in
Sioux Falls vs. Bemidji State. The Golden Bears and Beavers are
scheduled to play doubleheaders starting at 5:30 p.m. both Friday
Evan Tufvesson, a 2011 JCC grad, is a sophomore outfielder at
Dakota State University.
The Trojans have a 5-14 record on the season.
Dakota State has doubleheaders scheduled vs. Mayville State
Friday and Saturday in Lennox, S.D.
Rentschlers, Brenemans on Gustavus softball team
Two former Huskies and two former Mavericks are playing softball
at Gustavus and they come from two families.
From JCC, Kate Rentschler is a senior utility player and Breanne
Rentschler is a sophomore outfielder.
From MCW, Sam Breneman is a senior and Paige Breneman is a
sophomore. Both ate listed as utility players.
The Gusties are 3-5 on the season. They're scheduled to play
Simpson and Wisconsin-Eau Claire Friday in Indianola and Central
College and Saint Scholastica Saturday in Pella.
Gustavus, which was picked to finish second in the MIAC behind
Saint Thomas in the coaches' preseason poll, is scheduled to open
conference play at home Tuesday vs. Saint Olaf.
Kate Rentschler has a 1-3 pitching record this season, with a
3.50 earned-run average. At the plate, she's hitting .286 (6-21)
with a double and three runs batted in.
Sam Breneman is hitting .385 (10-26) with three runs scored and
Breanne Rentschler is 2-4 at the plate and has a stolen base,
while Paige Breneman is 1-2.
Iowa Lakes golf
Two area grads are playing golf at Iowa Lakes Community College.
JCC graduate Tyler Asa is a sophomore with the Laker men's team,
while Southwest Star Concept grad Sam Mueller is back for her
sophomore season with the Iowa Lakes women.
Mueller qualified for the NJCAA tournament in Florida last
Both Iowa Lakes teams are scheduled to play in the DMACC Spring
Invitational in Boone next Thursday.
Academy senior Cole VonOhlen is first at 149 pounds in the pre-seed
rankings for Saturday's NCAA West Regional/Western Wrestling
Conference Championship in Laramie, Wyo. Final seeds for bracketing
will be determined Friday night at the coaches’ seeding meeting.
VonOhlen, who has missed a portion of the season with a shoulder
injury, has a 24-2 record with 13 pins. He's the all-time pin leader
for the Falcons.
He's won two tournament titles this season, the Hokie Open
and UNK Holiday Inn Open and placed second at the Cliff Keen
Las Vegas Invitational, Southern Scuffle and All-Academy
For the 149-pound weight class at the West Regional, the top
three place winners will qualify for the NCAA Championships at Wells
Fargo Arena in
Des Moines March 21-23.
VonOhlen is ranked third in the country at 149 by Intermat,
Amateur Wrestling News, WrestlingReport.com and DI College
Wrestling, and fourth by W.I.N. Magazine.
Former Cobra wrestler Spencer
Johnson, a redshirt sophomore at the University of Nebraska, has
moved up to the heavyweight division with the Cornhuskers after
returning to the lineup after knee surgery.
Johnson, who got into the lineup in
mid-January, is the No. 9 seed for this weekend's Big Ten Tournament
at Champaign, Ill. with a 6-5 record, including 4-4 record in duals.
He has one pin.
Johnson had a 23-6 record at 197 pounds last season, winning
seven matches by fall and seven by major decision. He won three of
the six tournaments he entered and was in the top five in the other
three. At one point, he had a 16-match winning streak.
As a redshirt in 2010-11, he won 31 matches and won three
tournaments, was second in one and third in another.
With the Cobras, Johnson was the Class 2A 189-pound champion in
2010 when he compiled a 42-3 record. The previous year he was 42-6
and was the runnerup at Class 2A 171
Spencer is majoring in sociology and earned a spot on the
Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in 2012. He was chosen to the
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of
Minnesota and Iowa each have two top-seeded wrestlers for the Big
Top-seeded Gophers are Logan Storley (174) and Tony Nelson (285).
Hawkeyes with number one seeds are Matt McDonough (125 pounds) and
Derek St. John (157).
Nichole Hendricksen inducted into Laker Hall of Fame
A Jackson County Central graduate
was in the inaugural
class for the Laker Athletics Hall of Fame created by the
Iowa Lakes Alumni & Friends Association.
Nichole Hendricksen, who played volleyball for the Lakers from
2004-2006, was in the first group of inductees that was honored last
weekend in Estherville.
Nichole went on to also play at the University of South Dakota.
Hendricksen and ILCC volleyball coach Scott Tschetter.
Also honored were two men's basketball standouts (Bob Grems and Von
McDade), two football players (Jeff Kelly and Brent Shatto), two
golfers (Kent Schroeder and Char Cruchelow) and baseball player
The sixth group of inductees into the Jackson County Wrestling
Hall of Fame will be honored Friday night when Jackson County
Central hosts Windom/Mountain Lake.
Being honored this year are Troy Schultz and Bruce Bakalyar.
It's also of note that it's been 20 years since a team from the
county first advanced to a state tournament as the 1993 Heron
Lake-Okabena-Lakefield squad made it to the "Brawl in St. Paul."
To get to the state tourney, that Silver Bullet team had to put
an end to Canby's string of state tournament appearances.
The Minnesota State High School started the state dual meet
tourney in 1975 and the Lancers had been a participant in each of
the first 18 tourneys.
During the 1992-93 season, Canby had defeated HLOL in a dual in
Adrian, but on the final night of the Section 3A tourney in Slayton,
the Silver Bullets beat Minneota in the semifinals and then put a
halt to the Lancers' streak.
"We (HLOL) had lost to them (Canby) the previous year in the
finals and finished 16-1 in duals," said Randy Baker. "It was a big
rivalry and a great challenge to get by them. We went on and
finished third in state in my first trip with a team.
"Some members of that team were Dusty Burmeister, Josh and
Jerrico Wessels, Jesse "the man" Bakalyar, Matt and Chad Kraft, Matt
Henkels, Brandon Hendrickson, Greg Pauling, Jeremy Pitts and "Bubba"
"It was a great building time for our program and led to a great
deal of desire and fire in our youth and future stars."
To commemorate that season, the Huskies will wear throwback
singlets for Friday's match.
Of course, there's been a lot of team success for Baker's teams
since that first trip to the state tournament.
The Jaguars of HLOL/Jackson made state trips in 1996 and 1997.
And since consolidation, Jackson County Central has made eight
trips to state as a team, winning six state titles (1999, 2000,
2008, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Only three coaches have won more state titles than Baker. Apple
Valley's Jim Jackson has 14, while Don Dravis of Staples and Jim
Short of Simley each have seven.
Three Jackson County Central
graduates were busy competing on the college level Saturday:
Cooper Moore went 5-0 to win
the 165-pound title at the Grand View Open wrestling tournament in
A redshirt freshman at Northern
Iowa, Moore won one match by fall, one by major decision and three
pinned Nathaniel Stadeker of Grand View University in 1:00, won a
12-1 major decision over Santonio Cathery of Wisconsin, won a 7-4 decision
over Walt Gillmor of Iowa, a 4-1 decision UNI teammate Kyle Lux and
then won a 3-0 decision in the finals over North Dakota State's Matthew Gray.
Patrick Garvin led Bethany Lutheran in rebounds with nine and
assists with four as the Vikings beat Minnesota-Morris 72-64 in UMAC
men's basketball. He also scored two points.
The Vikings are 5-2 in the
conference and 7-10 overall.
BLC heads to New Ulm to face Martin
Luther College Tuesday.
Ashley Kruse scored a
game-high 25 points for the Iowa Wesleyan women's basketball team in
a 65-42 loss to Viterbo. She was 8-from-15 the field and 9-9 from
the free-throw line. She also pulled down four rebounds and recorded
Wesleyan falls to 7-14 on the
season. The Tigers face Ashford University Tuesday in Clinton, Iowa.
About eight weeks after her final college match, another honor
has come in for Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball
player Brooke Burmeister.
Burmeister has been named a
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Myles Brand All-Academic
with Distinction Award winner.
The announcement was made Wednesday by NSIC Commissioner
The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is
bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility
and are on track to graduate. Each of the 80 student-athletes
honored by the NSIC will be
recognized with a certificate of achievement and a
“The NSIC is excited to have this opportunity to honor an elite
group of our student-athletes for their accomplishments,” Raymond
said. “We feel very privileged to name the award after Dr. Brand in
recognition of his strong support and the continued emphasis he
placed on academics in the ‘Life in Balance’ theme of Division II.”
Burmeister was a four-year
letter winner for the Mustangs and was a 2012 CoSIDA first-team
Academic All-American. A three-time Academic All-NSIC honoree,
Burmeister has carried a 3.79 GPA in environmental science.
court, she was a three-time all-NSIC and three-time all-American
honoree, while concluding her career ranking third in SMSU history
in attack attempts (4,096), fifth in kills (1,550), sixth in points
(1,756.5) and seventh in kills per set (3.44).
Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served
as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age
of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His impact on Division
II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a
strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional
attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its
game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve
academic success rates.
Ashley Kruse, a 2009 Jackson County Central graduate, is the
leading scorer and rebounder for the Iowa Wesleyan College women's
Kruse, a 5-foot-10 senior forward, is averaging 14.4 points and
7.7 rebounds per game for the Tigers heading into a Wednesday
evening game vs. Clarke University in Dubuque.
In IWC's most recent game Saturday, Kruse scored 10 points, was 2-for-3 from
the field and a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line. She also
grabbed eight rebounds in the 52-33 win over MacMurray College. The win improves the Tigers to 6-13 on the season,
2-3 in January.
Her season high is 32 in a 62-55 win over Viterbo University
earlier this month. In that game, she was 11-19 from the field and
10-14 from the charity stripe.
Kruse is shooting 46 percent from the field and 74 percent from
Exciting part of schedule starts tonight for JCC gymnasts
Today starts a busy and exciting nine-day stretch for the Jackson County
Central gymnastics program.
Meets will be held at the JCC High School gym for four consecutive days
Friday-Monday. Then, after four days in the
practice room, the Huskies will host another big meet when the state Class A
true team meet comes to town.
Starting the stretch is a Southwest Conference dual meet with Luverne Friday.
JV competition starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Huskies have won their only conference dual this season as they go after
another league title.
There have been 33 Southwest Conference gymnastics champions.
Jackson High School won every title from 1979-1997. JCC won the title in 1998
and 1999 in its first two years of existence. Worthington won three titles in a row from 2000-2002. The Huskies have
won nine straight since then.
Saturday brings the 28th annual KKOJ-KRAQ Sweetheart Invitational, with eight
teams competing, including five teams ranked in the top 20.
Four teams are rated in Class A, with New Prague first, JCC fifth, Martin
County Area 13th and Worthington 20th. Owatonna is rated fourth in Class AA.
Filling out the field are Eagan, coached by former Worthington coach Shelly
Eklund; along with Mound Westonka and Redwood Valley.
Competition begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, the younger gymnasts will get their chance to perform as the
Junior Huskies Sweetheart Invitational is held. That meet also starts at 11 a.m.
Monday is a new event as Jackson County Central hosts the four-team JV
Sweetheart Invitational, with that meet to start at 5 p.m.
Other teams in that meet will be Martin County Area, Luverne and Worthington.
Then a week from Saturday (Jan. 26), the state Class A true team meet returns to Jackson for
the first time since 1996.
The top 10 teams in this week's state ratings, regardless of what section
they're in, are invited to the true team meet.
Teams in the field for the true team will be Alexandria, Austin, Becker,
Detroit Lakes, Jackson County Central, Melrose Area, New Prague, Perham, Sauk
Rapids-Rice and Watertown-Mayer.
That meet starts at noon.
Scoring for the true team meet is different than usual as all five scores go
toward the team total. Usually, the low score is thrown out.
No individual awards are presented.
After that, the only other regular-season home meet for the Huskies is
Friday, Feb. 8 vs. Pipestone.
JCC will host the Section 3A meet on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Following are the rotation orders for the Sweetheart and JV Sweetheart meets.
The order for the true team meet is drawn that morning.
VonOhlen earns conference honor; moves up in ratings
Cole VonOhlen was named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week
after his second-place finish at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. last
VonOhlen is a 2008 Jackson County Central graduate and a senior at the Air
Force Academy. It's the second time this season and ninth time in his career
that he's received that honor.
VonOhlen recorded three falls and two decisions and had a 5-1 record for the
tournament to finish as the runner-up at 149 pounds.
In addition to pinning Minnesota's Thomas Giaimo, Army's John Belanger and
Navy's Zach Basich, VonOhlen earned a 9-7 decision over nationally ranked Drake
Houdashelt of Missouri and a 10-5 semifinal win over then-second-ranked Dylan
Ness of Minnesota.
He lost in the finals to top-ranked Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State.
In this week's 149-pound national rankings, VonOhlen has moved up to fourth.
He is 21- 2 overall on the season with 12 of those wins coming by fall.
VonOhlen was also named Air Force Athlete of the Week for his performance.
The Falcons are rated 25th as a team. They host No. 13 Oregon State Friday and
then entertain both Northern Iowa and New Mexico Highlands on Sunday.
The Jackson County Central gymnastics team will be at home for only the
second time this season Monday when the Huskies host Marshall in a Southwest
Conference dual. The JV meet starts at 6:30 p.m.
And there will be a lot of fun events taking place in addition to the
It's “Meet the Huskies” Night and JCC Gymnasts fighting Cancer Night.
Junior Huskies gymnasts will be admitted free to the meet. The adult must
Each family of a JCC team member has put together a gift basket that will be
up for bids, with all proceeds go to the local American Cancer Association.
Members of the Huskies Junior Achievers and Believers team will tumble right
after the five-minute stretch for varsity ends. JCC gymnasts will be introduced
with a cancer survivor.
Spectators are encouraged to wear pink.
After the meet, the Jackson County Central gymnasts will be autographing
their team posters.
Monday is the first of four home competitions for the Huskies this month.
They'll host Luverne in a dual on Friday, Jan. 18 and then have two big home
tournaments, with the Sweetheart Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19 and the state
Class A true team meet on Saturday, Jan. 26.
JCC will also host the Section 3A meet on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Travis Janssen, a senior with the Windom Area boys hockey team, leads the
state in goals scored and is tied for the top spot in points.
Janssen's 25 goals leads all players in Class A or AA. He also
13 assists for 38 points, which is tied for the state lead with
Jared Christen of Saint Cloud Apollo. Christen has 23 goals and 15
assists for his 38 points.
Class AA, Westin Michaud of Cloquet/Esko/Carlton is the top scorer
with 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points. Grant Besse of
Benilde-Saint Margaret's is the top goal scorer with 21.
Former Jackson County Central wrestler Travis Rutt placed third
at 184 pounds recently at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships
in Evanston, Ill.
Rutt, a senior with the Oklahoma University wrestling team, was
He was seeded fourth for the tournament and went 5-1 in the
tournament, losing only a 3-2 decision to top-seeded Robert Hamlin
of Lehigh in the semifinals. Hamlin is ranked fifth in the country.
Two of his wins were by falls.
Rutt won the 184-pound title at the Midlands in 2010 while
wrestling for Wisconsin. He's in his first season with the Sooners
after starting for the Badgers for three years and then taking an
Olympic redshirt last season.
He was a two-time state high school champion at Jackson County
Central and was on the Huskies' 2008 state championship team. Rutt
also earned academic all-state honors twice.
Some of state's top scorers to be on the ice in Luverne
Some of the state's top scorers will be on the ice Tuesday at Blue Mound
Arena in Luverne when Windom Area and the host Cardinals meet in Southwest
Conference boys hockey.
Senior Travis Janssen is tied for the lead in goals scored with 14 for the
Eagles, who are off to a 5-0 start.
He shares the lead with Galt Goettl of
Mankato West, who has 14 goals in eight games, along with
Jared Christen of Saint Cloud Apollo and Mitchell Swanson of
Wadena-Deer Creek, who have each scored 14 goals in seven games.
Janssen's eight assists give him 22 points,
which is tied for ninth in the state. Willmar's Hunter Schneider is first
with 29 points on 12 goals and 17 assists.
Junior Zach Bartosh has scored nine goals, which is tied for 17th in the
state. He also has seven assists for 16 points.
Also, senior Kyle Luhmann has seven assists, which puts him in a tie for 17th
in the state in scoring among Class A defensemen.
For Luverne, sophomore Toby Sengvongxay's 11 goals are tied for ninth in
the state; junior Logan Norman's 10 assists are tied for 20th in that
category; and senior Austin Maxwell has nine points on two goals and
seven assists, tied for eighth among defensemen.
The Eagles will be at home at Windom City Arena Thursday vs. Fairmont.
A few items from the weekend involving some Jackson County Central
Justin Cook, a sophomore at Augustana, won the 800 meters with a time of
1:57.6 at the Chuck Peterson Open indoor track and field meet Saturday at MSU,
John Isaacson, a freshman with the Vikings, was sixth in the 600 meters
Northern Iowa freshman wrestler
Cooper Moore placed fourth in a 23-man bracket at 165
pounds at the
UNI Open Saturday.
He won his first two matches by falls, lost
a 5-1 decision, won an 8-1 decision and a 15-0 technical fall before dropping
a 9-3 decision in the third-place match.
Patrick Garvin had eight points, two rebounds and two assists for
Lutheran men's basketball team in a 79-77 loss to Central (IA). The Vikings are
hosting St. Thomas Monday.
Busy day at the
high school; Falcons make video
Jackson County Central High School will be a busy place Friday
with a normal school day, a big wrestling event and the fall
Activities Director Amy Voss has provided some information for
The "Battle for the Planes" wrestling event will be held at the
JCC High School gym.
Doors won’t open until 3 p.m. because school will be in session.
Advance ticket sales will be held at the high school office from
8 a.m.-4 Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday. Tickets
are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
For those who have an activity pass, admission is $2, but be
ready to show your pass.
Student-athletes who are going out of town for events on Friday
night will be picked up by the busses in the lower north parking
lot. You are asked to park in that lot.
If you're attending the musical “Bye, Bye, Birdie” at the JCC
Performing Arts Center, you're asked to park in the upper north
parking lot if possible.
The wrestling starts at 3:30 p.m. We'll have reports during the
early part of the evening on KKOJ-KRAQ and move-by-move coverage of
the 8 p.m. matches with Air Force wrestling Augustana and JCC taking
on Fargo Davies on 105.7 KRAQ andf KKOJ.com.
The next paragraph was written by Air Force coach Joel Sharratt
and sent to Falcon supporters this week:
the heels of a strong performance at both the Cliff Keen Las Vegas
Invitational and the Fort Hayes Open the Air Force Academy Wrestling
Team is back at work preparing for this week’s competition in
Jackson, Minnesota. The Battle for the Planes will offer our guys
the opportunity to close out the 2012 fall semester with three duals
against Midwestern opponents in a small Midwest All-American town
And the Falcons marked the occasion by making a video.
Ashley Kruse is in her senior season with the Iowa
Wesleyan women's basketball team.
The 5-foot-10 forward from Jackson County Central has led the
Tigers in rebounds in five of their six games and in scoring in
three games. Wesleyan has a 1-5 record heading into a Monday night
home game vs. Culver-Stockton.
Ashley has had back-to-back double-doubles for the Tigers.
She had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting and 10 rebounds (six
offensive) in a 55-53 loss to the South Australian under 20 Club.
Prior to that, she had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to
For the season, Kruse is 28-for-61 from the field (.459) and
19-26 from the free-throw line (.731). She's averaging 12.7 points
per game. Ashley is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game and has 12
assists, 10 blocks and nine steals.
Jackson will be hopping next weekend with Holiday Fest
activities, but the weekend of Dec. 7-8 will be a big one too.
On Pearl Harbor Day Friday, Dec. 7, the Jackson County Central
wrestling program will honor the nation's veterans; a couple of its
former wrestlers attending the Air Force Academy; and host a series
of eight dual meets.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Huskies will host a tournament with both
varsity and JV divisions.
Friday's event involves four college teams and three high school teams based
in five states.
On hand for the college duals will be NCAA Division I Air Force
Academy, NCAA Division II power Augustana and a pair of NAIA schools
from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Dakota Wesleyan and
Also, two-time defending Minnesota Class 1A champion Jackson County Central will wrestle
duals against two schools from Fargo.
Two JCC graduates are on the Air Force roster.
Senior Cole Von Ohlen has wrestled in three NCAA Division I
tournaments and has started his senior season by winning tournaments
at Virginia Tech and Nebraska-Kearney. He's tied the Falcons' career
record for falls.
In high school at JCC, he was a two-time
state champion and three-time state finalist.
A Military Appreciation Night event honoring veterans is
scheduled for that evening, followed by a brief program to recognize
Also on the Falcons' roster is freshman Willie Baker. He's
placed in two tournaments this season, placing third at the
Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyo. and fourth at Kearney.
Another Minnesota wrestler on the Air Force roster is Adam Jackson
of Rosemount (freshman, 157-165).
One of the wrestlers on the Dakota Wesleyan roster is
senior Shea Klooster, an Adrian grad. Also, former
Worthington Trojan wrestler Jason Reitmeier is in his 10th
season as head coach at Augustana.
In the high school portion, JCC is scheduled to face Fargo North at 6:30 and
Fargo Davies at 8 p.m.
The Fargo North Spartans return three state place winners from
last year in senior Tom Walton (first at 106), junior Anthony
Coronato (eighth, 120) and junior Olaf Hanson (eighth, 220).
The Fargo Davies Eagles bring back six place winners in freshman
Bryce Burnside (eighth, 113), senior Cole Mehring (first, 132),
junior Cole Alexander (seventh, 145), senior Darren Crissler (sixth,
152), junior Zander Mairs (sixth, 170) and sophomore Nick Kjera
JCC has four state place winners, senior Elliot Jurries (fifth,
126), sophomore Paden Moore (fifth, 145), sophomore Luke Norland
(fourth, 152) and senior Darick Vancura (first, 160).
Plans are for the Air Force team to arrive in Jackson on
Wednesday, Dec. 5 and conduct a youth wrestling clinic on Thursday,
Dec. 6. We'll have more details on that as the date draws closer.
Schedule of events:
3:30 p.m. - Air Force vs. Dakota Wesleyan; Augustana College vs.
5:00 p.m. - Dakota Wesleyan vs. Augustana;
Northwestern vs. Air Force
6:30 p.m. - Dakota Wesleyan vs. Northwestern;
JCC vs. Fargo North
7:45 p.m. - Military Appreciation Night
7:55 p.m. - Cole Von Ohlen recognition
8:00 p.m. - Air Force Academy vs. Augustana;
JCC vs. Fargo Davies
Pizza Ranch tournament
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the annual Pizza Ranch Invitational will be held
at JCC High School, with
16 schools from four states represented. The varsity tourney will be held in the
main gym, with a JV tourney in the auxiliary gym.
Minnesota teams are host Jackson County Central, Adrian, Eagan,
Fulda/Murray County Central,
Hayfield, Luverne, New Ulm, Wabasha-Kellogg, Wabasso,
Windom/Mountain Lake and Worthington/Round Lake-Brewster.
There are two teams from Iowa, Sioux City East and Spirit Lake and Fargo
Davies and Fargo North representing Rounding out
the field is Harrisburg, S.D.
Jackson County Central graduate Nate Brandt was named to the second team
on the all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football
He was a 6-foot-2, 196-pound senior wide receiver for the
Brandt led the WIAC in receptions per game, catching 75 passes for 734 yards and four touchdowns.
He averaged 9.8 yards per catch. He finished fifth in the league in
receiving yards per game with a 73.4 average.
"In a tough year for
us offensively, Nate was a huge, bright spot and emerged as the
leader on that side of the football," said UWRF coach Matt Walker.
"His work ethic and
relentless play will be missed and will serve as a great example to
our young players. To lead the conference in receptions is something
to be very proud of. He was our go to guy in every situation."
It's an important football game, but it's a football game
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Thursday will certainly be an exciting day as the Jackson County
Central football team heads to the Metrodome to take on Moose
Lake-Willow River in the state Class 2A football playoffs.
As important as the game seems, it is just that, a football game.
That's hitting home especially hard this week for JCC head coach
Tom Schuller and assistant coach Charlie Clarksean.
The past couple of summers, they've been coaches for the South
Central Hawgs, a semi-pro nine-man football team that plays its home
games in Truman.
A big figure in the Hawgs' success on the field was Fred Statz,
who played defensive line and linebacker and was a team leader.
Statz died in a car accident in Waseca Monday night.
He was a varsity assistant and B-squad football coach at Waseca High
School. He'd previously been a defensive lineman and student coach
at Minnesota State University, Mankato before joining the Bluejays'
program in 2010.
"Fred loved playing football and he loved coaching football,"
Schuller said. "I enjoyed coaching him and coaching with him. It's a
tragic deal. We're going to carry some of that perspective with us.
It's an important football game, but you need to remember that is a
And with that, Schuller said he'll take a few moments to look around
and let everything sink in when the Huskies hit the turf Thursday
"I'm going to let it soak in a little," said Schuller, whose JCC
team won the state Class 3A title in 2001. The Huskies had
Fred Statz (50)
lost section championship games five times in seven years before
making it back to the state playoffs this year.
"I was a little arrogant when we were there before, thinking we'd
back a lot more times and it hasn't happened. That doesn't mean I
won't coach just as hard (Thursday). We won't be afraid to take a
few chances along the way because our entire coaching staff knows
that our guys can play. But, we will also play loose and enjoy the
Statz had been working with Jay "Boss Hawg" Doyscher, owner of the
Hawgs on a game play as they
were getting ready for the Southern Plains Football League Winter Pigskin
Classic at the Metrodome on Dec. 15. All of the teams from the
league are playing that day.
While that was expected to be the next gathering of many of the
SPFL's players and coaches, many will now gather Saturday in Statz's
home town of Martinsville, Wis. for his funeral.
SPFL players and coaches, as well as the Waseca team captains and
coaches are planning to wear their jerseys to the funeral.
Below is a decal will be made for helmets and cars. It will also
likely be made into a jersey patch.
Also, you check out a video tribute put together by Preston
Schultz and Gemini Studios in Fairmont by
In his final game with the Wisconsin-River Falls football
team, senior Nathan
Brandt matched a career-high with 11 catches including a 43-yard
touchdown and set a career best with 146 yards in a 28-7 loss to
Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday.
Brandt, a 6-foot-2, 196-pound wide receiver, led the Wisconsin
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in receptions and finished in
the top 20 in all of NCAA Division III.
His 75 catches is the third most
in school history.
Alex Hohenstein, a 6-4, 236-pound junior defensive
lineman, had two solo tackles for the Falcons on Saturday.
Aaron Brandt is a 6-4, 235-pound freshman defensive
lineman at Valparaiso University.
For the season, he has two solo tackles, three assists
and a fumble recovery.
The Crusaders close out their season next Saturday at Morehead State
Brooke and Whitney Burmeister
Brooke Burmeister and Whitney Burmeister and
the Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team finished in a
three-way tie for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate
Conference title with Concordia (St. Paul) and
It's the first NSIC title for the
Mustangs since 2001.
Brooke had eight kills and four digs Saturday in a loss
The NSIC tournament starts Friday, with Concordia seeded
first and earning the right to host.
SMSU is second and UMD third.
The Mustangs will face seventh-seeded Minnesota State,
Mankato at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament's first round.
Briel Hendricksen is a 5-5 junior defensive specialist for
the Mavericks. She had six digs Saturday in a win over University of
Megan Bezdicek, a 5-11 junior at Augustana, had 15
kills for the Vikings in a 3-1 loss to Upper Iowa Saturday.
The Vikings are seeded eighth for the NSIC tourney and get
the top-seeded Golden Bears in the first round at 7:30 p.m.
The NCAA Division II Central Regional opens on Nov. 29 at
a site to be determined.
Matt Kocak placed 84th in a field of 271 runners with
an 8K time of 26:20.13 at the NCAA Division III Midwest
Regional men's cross country meet at Lake Breeze Golf Course
in Winneconne, Wis.
The Pioneers were eighth of 39 teams
in the team standings.
Local grads busy on the college level this weekend
Sunday, Oct. 28
Here's a look at what some local high school grads did on the college sports
scene this weekend:
Brooke Burmeister had her second double-double in as many matches as she
had a season-high 23 kills and 22 digs for the Southwest Minnesota State
volleyball team in a 3-1 NSIC road volleyball win over Upper Iowa in Fayette.
She had 12 kills and 15 digs in a 3-0 win Friday at Winona State.
Whitney Burmeister had 12 digs and an ace serve for SMSU Saturday after
posting three digs, one ace serve and one assist Friday.
Top-ranked SMSU is at No. 18 Wayne
State at 7 p.m. Thursday and hosts Augustana at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Briel Hendricksen had nine digs and four assists Saturday for the
14th-ranked Minnesota State, Mankato volleyball team in a 3-0 loss at No. 18
Wayne State Saturday.
Friday, she had 15 digs in a 3-0 loss at Augustana.
The Mavericks host Upper Iowa Thursday.
Maggie Prunty had five kills, one dig, one assist and a block solo for
Saint Olaf in a 3-0 road win at cross-town rival Carleton Saturday.
The Oles host the Knights Tuesday in the opening round of the MIAC Playoffs.
Paige Breneman recorded 18 digs, three ace serves and two assists for
Gustavus in a 3-0 loss to Saint Mary's Saturday.
The Gusties finish the season 4-7 in the MIAC and 10-18 overall.
Dakota State's Stacey Schuller had 29 assists and eight digs vs. Valley
City State and 22 assists and six digs vs. Jamestown on Friday. The Trojans
dropped both of those matches.
DSU also lost to Mayville State Saturday. No stats were available from that
Wisconsin-River Falls was a 24-14 winner over Wisconsin-Stout Saturday to move
its record to 3-5.
Nate Brandt caught 10 passes for 98 yards, including a long of 37.
Alex Hohenstein had two solo tackles (one for a five-yard loss) and one
assist for the Falcons, who host Wisconsin-LaCrosse next Saturday.
Matt Kocak of Wisconsin-Platteville finished 31st out of 105 runners with an
8K time of 25:54.9 at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's
cross country meet at
Cole Acres Golf Course in Cuba City, Wis.
The Pioneers were third in the team standings.
Platteville runs in the Division III regional at Oshkosh on Nov. 10.
Sam Fransen was 118th out of 235 runners at the
MIAC men's cross country meet at
Como Golf Course in Saint Paul.
Maple River won't have starting QB for semifinal game
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Jackson County Central will host Maple River in the semifinals of
the Section 3AA football playoffs, but the Eagles will be without
their starting quarterback for Saturday's 3 p.m. game at Swearingen
It seems senior Michael Lewis is also an outstanding fastpitch
In fact, he's leaving Thursday to play for Team USA in an
international tournament in Argentina.
Lewis had major knee surgery last November and he told Eagles
coach Brian Schoneck he'd back to play his senior season, but would
have to cut it short if Maple River won its opening round game.
The Eagles did win Tuesday, with Lewis going 7-for-9 passing in a
33-8 win over New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva.
Now, he'll be representing his country while his teammates face
the Huskies in Jackson.
JCC and Maple River haven't met in football since 2005, but two
Huskies' coaches are familiar with a couple of the Eagles coaches.
Tom Schuller was offensive coordinator and Charlie Clarksean defensive coordinator for
the national nine-man champion South Central Hawgs semi-pro team.
They've coached a couple of the Maple River coaches on that team.
Jake Umbreit is a safety and running back for the Hawgs, while
Dusty Drager plays on the line on both sides of the ball.
Jackson County Central eighth grader Keegan Klontz was a member
of the White Sox team in the Minnesota State, Mankato Fall Baseball
In the front row
(from left) are Dylan
Schumacher, Belle Plaine; Kobe Perez, Belle Plaine; Payton Buboltz,
GFW; TJ Roseland, Sibley East; Ben Brinkman, Sibley
East and Keegan Klontz, Jackson County Central. In the back row are
coach Trevor Patterson, Nick Morrison, Belle Plaine; Carter Brinkman, Sleepy Eye; Kyle Huiras, GFW; Aaron Marthaler,
Mankato East; Jesse Kraus, New Ulm; Avery Stevens, Sleepy Eye and
Coach Nolan Johnson.
Jackson County Central is second in the latest QRF for Section 3AA
football. The QRF determines section seeding and playoff parings.
They were recalculated for Week 6 Sunday and for Week 7 Monday
and each time the Huskies were actually first and Luverne second.
That came despite the Cardinals being 7-0 and Huskies 5-2 and
Luverne beating JCC head to head.
Some sort of problem was found factoring Harrisburg, S.D. into
the formula. Luverne beat Harrisburg in its season opener.
That was fixed and the Cardinals went to first in the section. In
fact, Luverne went to first in the state in QRF after being 14th.
The current QRF figures for Section 3AA teams:
Jackson County Central 56.3
Maple River 43.8
Pipestone Area 36.5
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 14.4
Saint James Area 9.6
First-round games are next Tuesday, but the complete pairings may
not be known until late Thursday night or early Friday.
Most teams play Wednesday, but Pipestone doesn't play until
Thursday when the Arrows are at Madison, S.D.
While the JCC-Luverne problem was fixed, there were still two
glaring QRF errors in the state.
In Section 1A, Bethlehem Academy and Blooming Prairie are both
6-1, with the Awesome Blossoms beat the Cardinals head-to-head, yet
BA was ahead in the QRF.
In Section 1AAA, Lake City is 6-1 and Stewartville is 4-3, with
Lake City beating Stewartville 54-13, but Stewartville was ahead in
However, that section doesn't use the QRF for seeding. The
West Central coach gives update on injured players
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Received an email Tuesday from Kent Mueller, head football coach
from West Central, which was here to play Jackson County Central
I had several people ask about the condition of the condition of
the Trojan players who were injured that night.
Noah Matson, the quarterback and player that was taken off by
ambulance in the second quarter, suffered a mild concussion and was
actually back on the sidelines before the game ended.
Mueller wanted to give the EMT's and hospital staff a big thank
you from West Central for their excellent care of Noah.
Cody Bussell suffered a knee injury and was being evaluated
Tuesday with a MRI. Best case, there was a possible MCL sprain with
a slight meniscus tear. Worst case there were MCL and ACL tears.
Josh Auble, the fullback-linebacker, who was playing in his first
game of his senior season re-fractured his arm in the same location
and is done for the season.
The our other running back, Anthony Lueth, has been dealing with
a stinger since the Harrisburg game and re-aggravated it.
Other than that, Mueller said his team had the usual assorted
bumps and bruises that come with playing against a very physical
Mueller went on to say: "Jackson County Central plays football
the right way and we really appreciate the opportunity to go toe to
toe with them each season. Best of luck through the remainder of the
season. and again thank you for your concern."
Everyone involved with the West Central program has been a great
host the years the Huskies have gone to Hartford and they've been a
first-class group the years they've come to Jackson.
It's appreciated that Mueller gracious enough to take the time to
reply to the questions about the condition of his players.
As far as the series with the Trojans, it's tied at two games
apiece with the home team winning each game.
Will the series continue?
JCC Assistant Athletic Director Eric Tvinnereim hopes and thinks
that it will continue. The West Central administration would like to
continue the series.
However, schools in South Dakota have their football schedules
set by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, so West
Central is not certain of its schedule for the next two years.
In Minnesota, schools do their own scheduling and that is
getting more difficult for a number of reasons.
Southwest Conference teams play two nonconference games each
season in addition to the six-game conference slate.
JCC does have an opponent locked up for one of its nonconference
games, as Foley is on the schedule for next year.
The Falcons are a small Class 3A team with an enrollment this
year of 436. By comparison, Worthington is also a Class 3A team with
an enrollment of 563. JCC's is 310.
They have a 4-2 record this season, having won three straight.
The schools have met once before.
Foley beat Jackson County Central 21-7 for the state Class 3A
title at Prep Bowl in 1998. Larry Herm was the Falcons' coach then
and he is still at the helm.
Here's a look at what some local college athletes did over the
Kaylee Benson is tied for sixth place out of 45 golfers after
the first round of the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational women's golf
tournament at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls.
She had rounds of 78 and 79 Sunday for a 157. Amy Anderson of
North Dakota State is the leader 71-70 - 141.
Northern Iowa 631 for tie for third, 12 behind NDSU.
Brooke Burmeister had 10 kills, seven digs, one ace serve, one
set assist and one block assist for the Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team
Saturday. Whitney Burmeister had 12 digs, two ace serves and one assist as
the No. 2 Mustangs beat MSU, Moorhead 3-1.
SMSU, which has won seven straight, hosts Upper Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday and Winona State
at 3 p.m. Saturday as the Mustangs celebrate homecoming.
Briel Hendricksen had three digs for No. 10 MSU, Mankato in a 3-0
loss to No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth
The Mavericks will host Wayne State Friday and Augustana Saturday
Paige Breneman recorded 14 digs for Gustavus Saturday in a
3-0 loss to Augsburg.
The Gusties are 1-5 in the conference and 7-11 overall. They'll
be at Wartburg next weekend.
Maggie Prunty had two kills, one block solo and one block assist
for St. Olaf in a 3-0 loss to St. Benedict.
The Oles, 3-2 in conference play and 6-11 overall, host Saint Mary's Wednesday.
Nathan Brandt caught six passes for 40 yards for Wisconsin-River
Falls in a 19-7 homecoming football loss to Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the
Falcons' WIAC opener.
Alex Hohenstein recorded two solo tackles and one assist.
The Falcons are at three-time defending national champion Whitewater next week.
Matt Kocak placed 23rd in a field of 272 runners in the Maroon
Division of the Roy Griak Invitational cross country meet Saturday
at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course.
A sophomore at Wisconsin-Platteville, Kocak had a time of 26:32.8. The
Pointers were second to Wisconsin-LaCrosse as a team.
Platteville will host Wisconsin-Whitewater in a dual Friday.
Jackson County Central and Martin County West both have home
volleyball matches Thursday and there's a little extra meaning to
each as both are having events to raise cancer awareness.
The Huskies are having their "Tie it Teal" event, with many of
the players wearing teal shoe laces. Light Blue and teal represent
ovarian cancer awareness.
There will be a tailgate meal in the commons starting at 5:30
p.m. and running throughout the evening.
Barbeques, beans, pasta salad, chips, lemonade and root beer
floats will be served as a fund-raiser for the JCC Huskies Fighting
Martin County West, in cooperation with the volleyball parents, is
recognizing Thursday “Imagine a World Without Cancer”
This initiative is designed to recognize cancer awareness and
raise funds for cancer research and programs. Funds raised will be
split equally between the American Cancer Society and the Fairmont
Community Hospital Foundation's chemo fund.
Students, staff, and the MCW community are
encouraged to dress in purple to recognize cancer awareness.
At the match, volleyball
players in grades 9-12 will be introduced with a cancer survivor of
their choice after the B-squad
match. Cancer survivors will be admitted to the volleyball match
free of charge.
A bake sale will take place.
Volleyball players in grades 7-12 will provide a bake sale item to be sold.
You're asked to have the items at
the junior high in Trimont by 4 p.m.
A silent auction will take place, with that will include a pink/zebra
volleyball autographed by the MCW team, numerous gift certificates, Maverick Gear and punch passes
and hand-crafted items from local talent and more.
Also, a serving skills challenge will be held, offering another chance to win
a number of different prizes.
T-shirts are being sold at all of the MCW schools or by contacting Melissa Tumbleson or Jill Taylor. The shirts are dark purple and cost $10.
Or, anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at any of the school
buildings. Checks can be written
to American Cancer Society or Fairmont Community Hospital
The schedule is set for a big day of college and high school
wrestling in Jackson on Friday, Dec. 7.
Four college and three high school teams representing five states
will participate in the “Battle of the Planes” at the Jackson County
Central High School gym.
On hand for the college duals will be NCAA Division I
Academy, NCAA Division II power Augustana and a pair of NAIA schools
from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Dakota Wesleyan and
two-time defending state Class 1A champion JCC will wrestle duals
against two schools from Fargo.
Two Jackson County Central graduates are on the Air Force
roster, including senior Cole Von Ohlen, who has wrestled in three NCAA
Division I tournaments. In high school at JCC, he was a two-time
state champion and three-time state finalist.
Also on the Falcons' roster is freshman Willie Baker. He was
called William and then Will while at JCC, but on the Air
Force website he's listed as
Cole VonOhlen Willie Baker
Dec. 7 is Pearl Harbor Day, so
recognition of military personnel is planned to honor some of
the heroes who give and have given us many freedoms in their
sacrifice, along with
recognition of Cadet Cole Von Ohlen of the Air Force Academy.
Here's the schedule of events:
3:00 p.m. - Doors open
3:30 p.m. - Mat #1 Air Force Academy vs. Dakota Wesleyan;
Mat #2 Augustana College vs. Northwestern College
5:00 p.m. - Mat #1 Dakota Wesleyan vs. Augustana College;
Mat #2 Northwestern College vs. Air Force
6:30 p.m. - Mat #1 Dakota Wesleyan vs. Northwestern College;
Mat #2 JCC vs. Fargo North
7:45 p.m. - Military Appreciation Night
7:55 p.m. Cole Von Ohlen recognition
7:58 p.m. - Presentation of the colors by the Jackson
National Guard and National Anthem
8:00 p.m. - Mat #1 Air Force Academy vs. Augustana College;
Mat #2 JCC vs. Fargo Davies
Fargo North and Fargo Davies will also be in the 16-team field
for the Pizza Ranch Invitational in Jackson on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Plans are still being worked out for the Air Force team to spend
some time with area youth wrestlers during their time in Jackson.
Playing a big role in bring the Air Force team to the area is
Falcons' assistant coach Sam Barber, who is married to Danielle
(Kraft), daughter of Dan and Brenda Kraft, as well as sister to Chad
This will be a busy time for Chad as he is being
inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame.
The former HLOL Silver Bullet and Golden
Gopher wrestler is going into the hall along with his college coach, J Robinson.
While at Minnesota, Chad had a
record of 115-23 (an .833 win percentage) and was Minnesota's
first four-time all-American in any sport. He never placed outside
of the top five at the NCAA tournament.
Kraft still ranks 18th in school
history with career wins (115) and seventh in career dual meet wins
He was an integral part of teams
that placed second in the Big Ten in 1997 and won a Big Ten title in
Also, the Maroon and Gold were third
at the 1997 NCAA Championships and had consecutive runner-up
finishes in 1998 and 1999.
Before his career with the Gophers,
Kraft was a four-time state place winner at HLOL, including three
state titles. He was fifth at 112 pounds in 1991, then won the state
title at 125 pounds in 1992, 140 pounds in 1993 and at 145 pounds in
Also, Chad was named Mr. Minnesota
Wrestler in 1994. His career record was 195-14-1.
Other inductees are Lindsey Berg
(volleyball, 1989-2001), Tyrone Carter (football, 1996-99), Bryan
"Butsy" Erickson (men's hockey, 1979-83), Shani Marks Johnson (track
& field, 2000-03), Dan Morgan (baseball, 1975-77), John Williams
(football, 1965-67) and Jennifer Walek (soccer, 1993-95, 1997).
The official induction of the 2012
class will take place during a ceremony to be held in the DQ Club
Room at the TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday. The class of
2012 will also be honored at the Gophers' football game against
Syracuse on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.