Baseball, golf teams anxious to get into action
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:59 AM
The Fillmore Central/Lanesboro baseball team and the two Fillmore Central golf teams are slowly making it to competition as another cold spring has delayed much of the early action.
Returning for his second year as head baseball coach is Keith Larson. "We will be returning nine letter winners from last year's team," said Larson. "Six seniors and three juniors. We'll also have one additional senior and two sophomores to round out the varsity squad."
Varsity team members are seniors: Clay Olson, Nick Powell, Kirby O'Connor, Garrett Boggs, Andy Love, Josh Jones and Collin Bennett. Juniors: Kiel Larson, Nick Mensink and Gatlin Woellert. Sophomores: Trace Tollefson and Blake Bigalk.
"We had a rough start last year," said Larson, "but made a nice post season run, finishing up as a section qualifier. I believe Wabasha-Kellogg, Chatfield and Cotter will contend this year for the conference. We should be able to play with everyone in the conference as long as our young pitching staff stays healthy."
Last year the team went 2-10 during the regular season, 3-2 in post-season play, for an overall record of 5-12. In the playoffs last year, the Falcons eliminated Rushford-Peterson, Chatfield and Lewiston-Altura, before losing their last game to Hayfield in the section tournament.
Two returning seniors noted by Larson for their 2013 performances were Josh Jones (3.42 ERA, best on the team) and Andy Love (.456 OBP, team high).
If the weather cooperates, FCL is scheduled to open the season against Cotter, at home, Thursday, April 17. The Falcons are scheduled to play single games against the north teams (Cotter, W-K, PEM, St. Charles, L-A, D-E), two games against the south teams (Southland, GMLOK, Chatfield, Caledonia/Sp Grove, Rushford-Peterson) and non-conference match-ups against Houston, Schaeffer Academy, Lyle/Pacelli and Mabel-Canton.
The boys golf team has 15 players listed on the varsity roster, two of which are seniors (Ascher Ostrom and Trevor Barnes), two juniors (Garrett Barnes and Jordan Miller), five sophomores (Alex Lange, Dacoda Johnson, Kurtis Hershberger, Matson Kiehne and Vaughan Schmidt) and six freshmen (Andrew Riecks, Brennan Tienter, Connor Morem, Delton Sauer, Devin Whitacre and Will Nolan).
The past couple years have been pretty good years for the Fillmore Central golf team. The team is young, but has some varsity experience coming back.
"We've had two great days on the course," said coach Brad Holten. "I was excited to get the boys on the course to see what they could do. There was some 'rust', but a lot of promise. I would like to get on the course a little more before a meet, but I think once the weather turns, it will be 'go time' again."
"Unless we have a stash of green colored balls laying around, I think we will be back inside this week," said girls coach Lane Powell. That's what Powell had to say once the weather turned bad again this week.
"Prognosis is great for us," Powell said earlier. "More girls out, 17, breeds more healthy competition. We'll have a full B squad and varsity, with a lot of varsity experience now.
"We had a winning record last year," added Powell, "with our only losses to Caledonia and Crestwood, and then in the conference tournament. We had five girls in sections last year."
Katie Tammel and Keeley Todd were all-conference last year. Tammel is a junior and Todd is a senior. Other girls returning to the program this year are Laura Donney (so.), Haley Ostrom (so.), Elayna Kiehne (fr.), Skyelar Veiseth (fr.), Kaitlyn Hansen (fr.), Grace Miller (8), Cailey Rindels (8) and Rianna Ryan (8).
"Our goal is simple," said Powell "...team going to state!"