The Chatfield boys basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with a 79-60 Three Rivers Conference win over Southland, in Adams, last Friday night.
Last year the Chatfield girls compiled an overall record of 24-1, losing their only game in the 1AA East Sub-section finals to Plainview-Elgin-Millville. Their overall record for the regular season was 22-0, including a perfect 19-0 in Three Rivers Conference play.
It will be difficult to repeat last year’s performance by the Chatfield wrestling team, but the Gophers have some very talented wrestlers returning to the mat in 2014-15. Last year the team finished as the state champions, compiling a record of 27-1, 8-0 in the Three Rivers Conference.
The 2014-15 boys basketball schedule gets underway this Friday night when the Chatfield Gophers travel to Adams to take on the Southland Rebels. Last year the team’s opening game was delayed because the team was involved in a state championship run for the Class AA football crown.
The Chatfield volleyball team finished the season with a 19-10 record, 18-9 regular season, and runner-up in the Three Rivers Conference at 11-1. The Lady Gophers were seeded No. 1 in the 1AA East sub-section tournament, but took an early exit when they lost to No. 5 Dover-Eyota, 1-3, in the sub-section semi-finals.
Senior middle hitters Brook Irish and Maddy Kammer along with senior setter Kirsten Keefe were named to the team. Keefe was all-conference in 2013 and 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. Irish was all-conference in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012. Kammer was honorable mention in 2013, 2012 and 2011.
The Chatfield Gophers volleyball team opened sub-section action with a 3-0 over LaCrescent (25-12, 25-16, 25-13), but stumbled in the semi-finals, losing to Dover-Eyota, 1-3: 25-17, 22-25, 24-26, 23-25.
The Chatfield Gophers football team beat Dover-Eyota, 45-42, in a triple-overtime thriller, then lost to Caledonia, 22-0, in its final game of the 2014 football season. The team finished with an overall record of 5-5, after going 4-4 in regular season play.
Chatfield senior Christian Bance finished third in the Section 1A cross-country meet last week and qualified for his third straight trip to the state meet, which will be held this Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Bance ran the 5,000 meters in a time of 16:57.4.
The Chatfield volleyball team downed Lewiston-Altura last Tuesday, 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-16), finishing the regular season with an 18-9 record, 11-1 in the Three Rivers Conference. The gals finished one game behind TRC champion Fillmore Central.
The Chatfield Gophers traveled to Adams last Wednesday and lost the season finale, 12-0, to the Southland Rebels. With the loss, Chatfield finished the regular season at 4-4, and suffered their first shutout in 2014.
“Karen Gomez-Ruiz (third, 16:26.0) and Christian Bance (second, 17:33.3) ran their expected strong races to earn all-conference honors,” said coach Chris Frye. “Dillon Nolan (19th, 19:11.5) has been progressing nicely all year and had a break-out race to also earn all-conference.”
At the Jodi Rahman Invitational, hosted by Plainview-Elgin-Millville, the Chatfield (169 points) girls finished seventh as a team and the Chatfield (180 points) boys were eighth.
The Chatfield volleyball team got two Three Rivers Conference wins last week, downing Dover-Eyota (3-0: 25-20, 25-8, 25-14) and St. Charles (3-1: 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20), improving its record to 10-1 (TRC) and 17-9 (all).
To say the least, it was a wild finish in last Friday night’s football game between the Chatfield Gophers and the visiting Goodhue Wildcats.