The first order of business on this last day of November 2017, is to congratulate Spring Grove (Nine-man), Caledonia (Class AA) and Owatonna (Class AAAAA) on their state football championships. Wow, what an exciting time for those three communities.

The Lions shutout the Tigers, 32-0, for its first state football championship, and finished the season with a 14-0 record. Nevis finished the season with an 11-2 record.

Spring Grove was better than Nevis in virtually every statistical category: first downs, 23-13; rushing, 239 yards-174 yards; passing, 196-76; total offense, 435-250; and turnovers, 0-2. Spring Grove did lose the time-of-possession “stat” by 16 seconds, 23:52 to 24:08.

Cullen Patterson led the team with 124 rushing yards (1 TD), followed by Alex Folz (112, 1 TD) and Noah Elton (3). Folz was 16/22 in passing for a total of 196 yards and three touchdowns. Receiving the passes were Sam Sanness (3 catches/60 yds), Ethan Matzke (3/48, 1 TD), Adin Solum (3/25), Elton (3/18, 1 TD), Luke Schneider (2/37, 1 TD) and Patterson (2/8). Folz and Matzke also “hooked-up” on a two-point conversion in the first quarter.

Spring Grove led at all the “stops,” 14-0 (1Q), 26-0 (half), 26-0 (3Q) and 32-0 (final).

Defensively, Taylor Holty was in on 12 tackles (2 solo, 10 assists). Others with defensive stats include Sanness (4s, 6a, 1 fumble recovery, 1.5 tackles for loss), Folz (4s, 4a, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass break-ups), Elton (3s, 5a, 1 quarterback sack), Schneider (1s, 8a), Matzke (2s, 5a, ½ TFL), Patterson (2s, 4a), George Boyd (2s, 3a), Reese Crouch (2s, 3a), Solum (2s, 3a, 1 sack, 1 INT), Calvin Sylling (2s, 1 qb sack), Tyler Kersten (2a) and Casey Otterness (1a).

Folz did the kicking off and the punting for the Lions. Spring Grove scored on five of its nine possessions in the game, four of five in the first half.

Congratulations, Spring Grove, on a great season!

Caledonia vs. Pipestone

In the Class AA championship game, the Warriors totally DOMINATED Pipestone Area, beating the Arrows 57-6. The score was 12-6, Caledonia, after the first quarter, 36-6 at halftime, 50-6 at the end of three quarters and the final, 57-6.

Caledonia held Pipestone Area to a deficit of minus-11 yards of total offense. PA had -11 yards rushing and zero yards passing. First downs were 20-0 in favor of the Warriors. Pipestone Area’s only score came on a kickoff return midway through the first quarter.

Caledonia had 422 yards of total offense, 176 rushing and 246 yards in the air.

Owen King combined for six touchdowns in the game, tying a Prep Bowl record. He threw five touchdown passes and rushed for one other. He shares the record with Kirk Midthun, Triton, who threw six touchdown passes back in 1994, in the Cobra’s win over Becker in the Class B championship. King had 45 TD passes and 10 rushing touchdowns this past season. He finished his high school career with 137 passing touchdowns. And in case you forgot, he’s going to South Dakota State (Brookings) to play basketball.

Caledonia had 11 players with “all-purpose” yards, led by Sam Barthel with 185 (103 yards in pass receiving with three touchdowns). Mason Staggemeyer led the team in rushing with 83 yards and one touchdown. Andrew Goergen had seven catches for 63 yards and one TD. Barthel and Jordan Burg each had five pass receptions. Evan Denstad had one catch for 22 yards and a score. Marten Morem did the punting and Riley Cordes did the kickoffs. Spencer Stemper led the defense with five solo tackles and five assisted tackles. Two and one-half of his solos were for losses. Caledonia had 11 tackles for losses in the game. Morem had two interceptions in the game. That was the third consecutive title for Caledonia, and ninth overall. They also had three consecutive wins back in 2010-2012, to go along with titles in 1976, 2007 and 2008.

Owatonna vs. Elk River

The other Section 1 championship went to Owatonna. They beat the defending 5A champion Elk River, 63-26. Running back Jason Williamson also tied the TD record for a game. He rushed for five scores and returned a kickoff for another, accounting for six touchdowns for the Huskies, tying King and Midthun’s record. Of particular interest to us was the play of Zach Mensink. He had one solo tackle and five assists. Cole Rocha, Owatonna had nine solos and six assists. Logan Starkson, Owatonna, also had nine solo tackles.

Other games at Prep Bowl

The other results from the Prep Bowl include Class A, Minneota, 28, against Wabasso, 13; Class AAA, Pierz, 34, against St. Croix Lutheran, 21; Class AAAA, Holy Angels, 14, versus Cloquet, 0; and Class AAAAA, Eden Prairie, 38, versus Minnetonka, 17.

I got five of the seven right. Messed up on the 4A (went with Cloquet) and 5A games (sorry, Owatonna, I just thought the Elks had too much scoring. Guess you proved me wrong).

So that does it for the prep football season, but there is the all-star game on Saturday, Dec. 9. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium. This year’s event will feature all-stars from the south versus the all-stars from the north. Karl Urbaniak, Mabel-Canton, is one of the coaches for the south team. Zach Myhre, Grand Meadow, and Andrew Goergen, Caledonia, are two players from our area who will be playing for the south all-stars. The Coaches Association website has all the information on the game, including ticket info.

Girls basketball

The newest top-ten for the girls is out, and Lyle/Pacelli (3-0) has moved into the top spot in Class A. Goodhue is at 1-1 (lost to Red Wing) and dropped down to number two. Hayfield is still at number three, but hasn’t played any games yet. In AA, Lourdes (1-2) dropped out of the top ten, with Byron remaining at number six. Nobody from down our way is in the top ten. The top 20 has not been posted yet on the Minnesota Basketball News website.

Quite a few of the area schools had games this past Tuesday. Caledonia beat Fillmore Central, 74-41. Katie Tornstrom led the Warriors with 13 points, Jenna Twite had 12 and Jenna Banse added 10. Paige Donlinger led the Lady Falcons, and all scorers, with 14.

Chatfield got a 51-42 win over Southland. Alanna Goetzinger led Chatfield with 13 points and eight rebounds. Britney Fretland had two three-pointers and 12 points for the Lady Gophers. McKendry Kennedy led the Rebels with 13.

Rushford-Peterson lost to Cotter, 69-28. Nicole Blagsvedt, Lauren Lawston and Megan Oian each had six for the Lady Trojans.

Plainview-Elgin-Millville squeaked by Dover-Eyota, 54-52. Hayley Dessner led the Lady Bulldogs with 20. D-E led by four at halftime. Abbe Lacey and Lindsay Field each had 13 for the Lady Eagles.

Lewiston-Altura got a big win over La Crescent, 71-44. Myia Ruzek had a double-double and led the Cardinals with 21 points and 16 rebounds. St. Charles got a 71-50 win over Wabasha-Kellogg. No stats available for the Saints.

In the Southeast Conference, Grand Meadow downed Houston, 67-43. Jordyn Glynn led the Lady Superlarks with 21.

Lanesboro was a dozen better than Glenville-Emmons, 54-42. The Burros had three in double-figures, Lexie Johnson (21), Payton Benson (16) and Bailey Ruen (10).

Spring Grove had four in double figures, Lauryn Bohr (14), Mariah Edgington (17), Alyssa Johnson (16) and Kaitlyn Gross (14), as they defeated Schaeffer Academy, 63-54. Gross had a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to her nights work.

Boys basketball

The first top 10 is out for the boys. Pre-season Class A has Rushford-Peterson at number four and Goodhue at number eight. In AA, Caledonia is at the number-three spot and Lake City comes in at number eight. AAA sees Austin at number eight and nobody from our southeast area is in the AAAA rankings. North Woods (Cook) is number one in Class A, Minnehaha Academy is on top in AA, DeLaSalle is number one in Class AAA and Apple Valley and Tre Jones are on top in AAAA.

That is going to do it for me. I am off to a dance recital in Brainerd this weekend. I saw Kyle Sorenson (Bemidji State, Caledonia) play last weekend up in Crookston (U of M-Crookston). He looked pretty good. He was the first one off the bench and scored eight points.

Hope you have a great week, one day at a time. Hasta la vista, my friends. Hey to the Great 8 and my wife, Carol, you are the greatest. Thanks Melissa, as always. Easy does it. WEB