“This was a great effort on the part of the kids,” said coach Chris Frye, “with 19 of our 25 runners registering personal best times. They’ve been working very hard and it’s paying off. We also had three girls run honor roll (HR, top 10 all time) for a 5K distance.
Last week the Chatfield volleyball team picked up a pair of Three Rivers Conference wins, and with some help from their friends, moved into sole possession of first place in the TRC standings. The two Gopher wins came over Kingsland 3-0: (25-14, 25-13, 25-21) and Fillmore Central 3-1: (25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20). The help came from Caledonia defeating Wabasha-Kellogg (3-0) and Rushford-Peterson knocking off St. Charles (3-1).
The Chatfield Gopher football team had no problem defeating Cotter last Friday night, scoring 61 points, and racking up 621 total yards in the lopsided 61-14 win. The team, literally, ran away with the game, accumulating 575 rushing yards, as 10 different players took their turn in the backfield.
The Whitewater Country 10U state championship team was invited to Target Field to be honored during the pre-game show on Sept. 23 before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians. The boys marched from the outfield to home plate along the third base line. There they lined up in front of the Twins dugout and the announcer gave the highlights of their season to the fans waiting for the start of the Twins game. The players were greeted with high-fives from Twins outfielder Eduardo Escobar and from TC Bear, the Twins mascot.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa got on the board first with a touchdown in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead in last Friday night's contest at Zumbrota. Then it was Chatfield’s turn. The Gophers scored twice in the second quarter to take a 12-6 lead, but the Cougars came right back to tie the game at 12-12 with a 1:39 left in the first half.
“We had a very good effort,” said coach Chris Frye. “The girls strategy was to run as a pack, and they executed that very well. The spread between our first and fifth runner at the finish was only 15 seconds, which is outstanding,” Frye added. “Now we need to move the whole pack up. It’s a very young team, one ninth grader and the rest seventh and eighth graders in our top seven, so they’re learning. I’m pleased with the progress.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the St. John’s Eagles hosted Rochester Central Lutheran School. RCLS defeated the Eagles in the B team game by a score of 2 – 1.
This past weekend the Chatfield volleyball team traveled to Farmington and came away with one win and three losses, but the coach was pleased with the play of the team. “We had a good tournament,” said coach Ruth Ann Lund. We were one and three, but were just a couple plays away from being three and one.”
“We definitely didn’t put our best foot forward and did not have our best showing,” said Chatfield football coach Jeff Johnson. “The kids will continue to work hard in practice,” he added.
It hasn’t happened very often, if ever, but the 46th running of the Mayo Invitational was cancelled last week because of inclement weather. Officials did get three races in, C boys, C girls, and JV girls.
Last week the Chatfield volleyball team lost to a very good Rochester Mayo team, 3-0 (10-25, 9-25, 17-25), and then rebounded Thursday with a come-from-behind win over Caledonia, 3-2 (7-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-12).
Who says, “You can’t go home?” Chatfield coach Jeff Johnson did, and his team brought home a 33-0 win last Friday night. Johnson, who graduated from Pine Island a few years ago, returned to his high school alma mater as the coach of the Panthers' opponent. “I was a little anxious,” he said about returning home, “but the players responded to my emotions and played extremely well. Our defense gave up 10 yards in the second half,” he continued.
Twenty teams ran in the boys All-American varsity meet at Luther College in Decorah last Saturday. The Chatfield boys finished 20th of those 20 teams. Dillon Nolan was the top Chatfield finisher, 75th, in a time of 18:51.4, for the 5000 meters. Some of the top teams in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin participated in this meet.
The Chatfield volleyball team opened the season Thursday with a 3-1 Three Rivers Conference win over Plainview-Elgin-Millville.