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.
Last week was another busy week for the Chatfield volleyball team with two duals and a tournament in Cannon Falls.
Chatfield got their first score against Wabasha-Kellogg Friday night on an Aaron Paulson 31-yard run at the 10:25 mark in the first quarter and rolled on to a 48-7 win from there.
“I was very pleased with the results of the meet,” said coach Chris Frye. “We had six kids run personal records (PRs), which is quite an accomplishment on our hilly course. This doesn’t happen very often. And even those who didn’t run as well as hoped, learned some things that will help down the road.”
In Three Rivers Conference matches last week, the Chatfield Gophers went 1-1, downing Kingsland 3-1 (25-7, 17-25, 25-15, 25-15) and losing to Fillmore Central 0-3 (19-25, 23-25, 19-25). The Gophers dropped out of a tie with Fillmore Central for the top spot and are now 6-1 in TRC play.
It was No. 5 state-ranked Chatfield hosting No. 2 Caledonia, with the Warriors coming out on top, 30-25 as the lead went back and forth Friday night at Chatfield.
Three Chatfield cross-country runners medaled at the recently held Kingsland Invitational: Karen Gomez-Ruiz (16:48.0,second, girls varsity), Christian Bance (17:44.9, third, boys varsity) and Payton Guenther (22:02.4, fourth, boys JV).