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Journal-Press Internet Sports & School - May 17, 2018
Rob LaPlante

Journal-Press Sports Editor Rob LaPlante may be reached by phone at 763-682-1221 or click here to email him



Mid-season surge sparked by middies

Huebner, Oberg post hat tricks in wins over S-SR, Hermantown, Holy Family; STMA posts huge win

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With four games in five days, the Buffalo boys' lacrosse team gained some much-needed momentum as they head into the home stretch of the regular season.

A perfect 4-0 week was ignited by a ton of offense and some much improved defense, highlighted by the first-career shutout by freshman goalie Gunnar VanLith in a 21-0 road win on Tuesday, May 8 at Hutchinson.

As rare as it is for teams to post shutouts in lacrosse, it marked the fourth time in seven games the struggling Tigers (0-7) have been held without a goal. VanLith needed to make only one save in doing so.

The Bison broke the game open with a 12-goal first quarter. Tyler Braccini scored three goals and three assists in the opening 12 minutes. He finished the game with four goals and five assists. Egan Mills tallied six goals and two assists. The Bison ended the game with 11 different players finding the back of the net.

 "It was just a big first quarter," said head coach Joey Hartfiel. "We scored the majority of our goals that quarter and started possessing and working the ball around a little more. Everybody played well and got rewarded for it."

The offense continued to roll in a 19-5 home win last Thursday over Sartell-Sauk Rapids – a team the Bison defeated 18-9 in the opening round of last year's Section 8 playoffs, but a team that Hartfield knew they couldn't take for granted.

"The past two seasons, they kind of had our number," Hartfield said. "Before the playoff win, they had beat us in the regular season two years in a row. I told the boys this year that we didn't want to lose to them in the regular season three years in a row, so we had a little motivating factor there."

VanLith's bid for a second straight shutout came to an end when the Storm'n Sabres scored five times in the final 12 minutes. Buffalo had built a 17-0 lead prior to the fourth quarter on hat tricks by Mills, Tyler Braccini, Brett Oberg, and Devin Huebner. Mills led the team with five goals and three assists. Braccini had four goals.

The offense continued to roll as Buffalo reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time in three games with a 20-6 road win last Friday at Holy Family Catholic in Victoria.

The same four players from the Sartell-Sauk Rapids game ended up with hat tricks against the Fire. Twelve of Buffalo's 20 goals came from middies, which has been a key reason of late for the offensive outburst.

"Every time I look at the book, the offense is spread out," Hartfiel said. "We know our attack is going to score and the middies are starting to get a little more aggressive. We've been working on our dodges in the alley to get them open. We got guys that can shoot from the outside."

Another key reason for the recent success has been the dominance from the faceoff circle by Bison sophomore Devin Huebner.

Huebner is winning close to 65-percent of his draws, and twice in Buffalo's 18-10 home win last Saturday over Hermantown/Proctor, his faceoff win led to immediate goals in the offensive end.

"Getting the ball right off the faceoffs kind of gets your confidence going," Huebner said. "I just try and win it, but if I'm struggling on winning it, I'll try and get the ball and slide it over to the wings. If I can win it forward, it usually means a fast break, which usually means a goal."

Heubner recorded his third consecutive hat trick against the Stealth. Unlike recent wins, Buffalo had to fight back as Hermantown led 4-3 after one quarter and 6-4 early in period two. Buffalo turned the game late in the first half and early in quarter three when they scored seven unanswered goals to take a 11-7 advantage.

Despite the goals against, Huebner and the rest of his teammates have seen huge improvements from the back end from their freshman goalie, who made nine saves to improve to 6-2 on the season.

"I think Gunnar is doing great for how young he is," Huebner said. "Sometimes he'll struggle at times, but if he lets a bad one in, he'll keep his head up and keep playing how he usually does."

What's made the recent stretch of wins more impressive from the coaching perspective is his relatively young squad is still improving on the fly, and fixing the issues that cost them two earlier games against Delano and Chisago Lakes.

"The communication was significantly better this past week," Hartfiel said. "Anytime that goes down, it's usually the result in the opposing team getting a goal. Defense has played more aggressive, but a little under control. They are also hitting their slides better. This is a good few wins to build some confidence going into St. Michael (8-0)."

Recaps from the Bison's game on Tuesday, May 15 at STMA, along with Thursday's game against St. Cloud Area and Monday, May 21 at Rocori will be in next week's issue.


Buffalo 21, Hutchinson 0

(Tuesday, May 8 at Buffalo)

Bison12   2   3    4   --   21

Tigers  0   0   0    0   --    0

Buffalo Summary

Goals: Egan Mills 6, Tyler Braccini 4, Ben Klein 3, Sam Studee, Devin Huebner 1, Justin Prince 1, Brett Oberg 1, Tucker Johnson 1, Mason Schuster 1, Clayton Kjellberg 1, Treyton Welch 1.

Assists: Tyler Braccini 5, Egan Mills 2, Jake Braccini 1, Ben Klein 1.

Goalie: Gunnar VanLith (win) 1 save.


Buffalo 19, Sartell-Sauk Rapids 5

(Thursday, May 10 at Sartell)

Storm'n Sabres        0   0   0   5   --    5

Bison          5   5   7   2   --  19

Buffalo Summary

Goals: Egan Mills 5, Tyler Braccini 4, Brett Oberg 3, Devin Huebner 3, Ben Klein 2, Jake Braccini 1, Sam Studee 1.

Assists: Egan Mills 3, Jake Braccini 3, Devin Huebner 2, Tyler Braccini 1, Brett Oberg 1, Justin Prince 1.

Goalie: Gunnar VanLith (win) 9 saves.


Buffalo 20, Holy Family 6

(Friday, May 11 at Victoria)

Bison4   6   6   4   --  20

Fire              2   0   3   1   --    6

Buffalo Summary

Goals: Egan Mills 4, Tyler Braccini 3, Brett Oberg 3, Devin Huebner 3, Ben Symanietz 2, Treyton Welch 2, Jake Braccini 1, Ben Klein 1, Justin Prince 1.

Assists: Ben Klein 5, Tyler Braccini 3, Egan Mills 2, Devin Huebner 1, Brett Oberg 1.

Goalie: Gunnar VanLith (win) 9 saves.


Buffalo 18

Hermantown/Proctor 10

(Saturday, May 12 at Buffalo)

Stealth        4   2   1   3   --  10

Bison                   3   5   5   5   --  18

Buffalo Summary

Goals: Tyler Braccini 4, Brett Oberg 4, Devin Huebner 3, Egan Mills 2, Jake Braccini 2, Ben Klein 1, Sam Studee 1, Mason Schuster 1.

Assists: Tyler Braccini 3, Treyton Welch 3, Ben Klein 1, Egan Mills 1.

Goalie: Gunnar VanLith (win) 9 saves.



Undefeated Bison finding new ways to win

Bison secure top spot in conference with key victory over Hutch

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The dominant season continued for the Buffalo girls' lacrosse team, which last week included a redemption win, a blowout victory, and a rare forfeit.

The Bison started last week with a 14-6 home win on Tuesday, May 8 over the defending Greater West Metro Conference champion Hutchinson Tigers.

It was a rematch of last year's regular-season finale that saw Hutch defeat Buffalo 13-9 at home with the winner of that game earning the conference title.

Buffalo's win on Tuesday wasn't a winner take-all contest, but it did hand Hutch its first conference loss and gave the Bison sole possession of first place with five games remaining starting this week.

Buffalo held Tiger leading scorer Maddy Seifert, who scored 53 goals a year ago and ranks third in the state this season with 39 goals through nine games, to just three goals in Tuesday's win.

"Our girls came out fired up and knew this game would be our biggest challenge," said Buffalo Head Coach Peter Robson. "I told them that if we all bring a little good, it will add up to great. We did a good job controlling the ball and everything clicked that night."

Buffalo led 10-4 at halftime and held the Tigers to just two goals in the final 25 minutes. Maddy Huebner continued her strong play in goal with 14 saves.

"Maddy had an amazing game. She shut down their best players on 8-meter shots," said Bison senior captain Bailey Braccini. "Our defense was solid and so was our transition. Because those two things were good, our offense took care of itself. It was a powerful game. We are all still excited about the outcome."

Hutch held Buffalo's leading goal scorer, Emma Carlson, to just one goal, but Carlson dished out five assists. Callie Stumpfl scored four times and Jayden Perry and Erica O'Borsky each had three goals.

Carlson led Buffalo's offense two nights later in a 17-1 blowout win last Thursday at Sartell-Sauk Rapids.

Carlson finished with five goals and five assists, bringing her season total to 29 goals and 42 points. Stumpfl had her second straight four-goal performance, bringing her season total to 16 goals.

Huebner needed to make only five saves to improve her record to 6-0.

"The highlight of that win was the sportsmanship our girls showed in a lopsided game," Robson said. "Your goal is to not throttle the other team. It was brought to our attention by their team how well our players handled themselves in the win."

Buffalo's most bizarre victory to date came in last Saturday's road game at Hermantown/Proctor.

The Bison made the 177-mile trek to Hermantown, only to win by forfeit. Both teams showed up for the afternoon contest, but no sanctioned officials were present. As a result, the score went in the book as a 1-0 win for the road team.

With Buffalo making the 3-1/2 hour drive, both teams still elected to participate in a scrimmage. The Bison won the unofficial contest 21-1.

"It goes down as a win, but it's a real bummer for the girls, because stats don't count," Robson said. "We had the coach bus, so we were still able to make the road trip a fun experience."

The Bison (8-0) hosted St. Michael-Albertville on Tuesday, May 15 and traveled to St. Cloud State University for a 6:30 p.m. road game Thursday, May 17 against St. Cloud Area.


Buffalo 14, Hutchinson 6

(Tuesday, May 8 at Buffalo)

Tigers  4   2   --    6

Bison10   4   --  14

Buffalo Summary

Goals: Callie Stumpfl 4, Erica O'Borsky 3, Jayden Perry 3, Bailey Braccini 1, Emma Carlson 1, Meghan Landsberger 1.

Assists: Emma Carlson 5, Bailey Braccini 1.

Goalie: Maddy Huebner (win) 14 saves.


Buffalo 17, Sartell-Sauk Rapids 1

(Thursday, May 10 at Sartell)

Bison          8    9   --  17

Storm'n Sabres        0    1   --    1

Buffalo Summary

Goals: Emma Carlson 5, Callie Stumpfl 4, Erica O'Borsky 2, Claire Stevens 1, Grace Moran 1, Demi Mills 1, Jayden Perry 1, Grace Borgerding 1, Grace Thompson 1.

Assists: Emma Carlson 5, Bailey Braccini 1, Claire Stevens 1, Demi Mills 1, Carly Wilfahrt 1, Maddy Huebner 1.

Goalie: Maddy Huebner (win) 5 saves.


Buffalo 1, Hermantown/Proctor 0

(Saturday, May 12 at Hermantown)

Bison       1    0   --    1

Stealth        0    0   --    0 (forfeit)

Buffalo Summary

Goals: None.

Assists: None.

Goalie: None.



Buffalo ties for second in M8; open playoffs with win

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Eighteen days.

From the first official invite last April 23 at Elk River, the Bison boys' tennis squad completed the 2018 regular season in less than three weeks – 18 days to be exact.

With very little practice time, Bison Head Coach Ben Watkins had to learn about his inexperienced squad on the fly.

The result was a 7-2 conference record and 7-12 overall mark.

"I knew our doubles lineup would be a question mark coming in, but switching Noah Steinmetz into our doubles lineup has worked. Right now, he's the best doubles play in the conference," Watkins said. "He's picked up his leadership and his play, he's doing awesome with that. Andy Shaffer as an eighth grader playing one doubles has been huge. Luke Dahl and Bobby Brady playing two doubles along with Nate Allen and Jack Oistad – two seniors at three doubles, has really solidified our lineup."

Buffalo failed to win any matches during the regular season outside the conference, but the biggest loss of the year came last Thursday against conference rival St. Michael-Albertville. Buffalo was on the losing end of a hard-fought 4-3 road defeat against the Knights. STMA's win, coupled with a 5-2 victory last Friday over Rogers, clinched the Mississippi 8 title with a perfect 9-0 record. The Bison's 7-2 record tied them with Rogers for second place.

Knowing they could have tied STMA as co-conference champs with a win had everyone on the Bison squad extra motivated going into last Thursday's match.

"You knew what was on the line that match – everyone knew," said Buffalo senior captain Nick Immel. "St. Michael is our biggest rival and it's just so much fun to face them. It was a close one, but we were in it. They brought it, we brought it and it was just a good match."

Buffalo lost the first set in six of the seven matchups, but  three-set wins at No. 3 and 4 singles by Logan Miller and Gavin Wyatt split the four singles points. Luke Dahl and Bobby Brady teamed for a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles.

The Bison were down 1-3 in the match with three points still up for grabs.

"We were up the third set in all three matches, but couldn't quite pull it out," Watkins said.

Buffalo concluded regular-season play with a 7-0 home win last Friday over Princeton.

The Bison won all seven points in straight sets, in a match that took just over an hour to complete. The Bison were scheduled to play Delano in their annual "Under the Lights," matchup later that night at the middle school, but rain cancelled the matchup.


Playoff win

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"We have a lot of really good young guys with our entire singles lineup returning," he said. "We put Noah in at doubles to strengthen our whole lineup."


"I'm incredibly proud of Turner. He's a lot better at one singles than I am and I'm able to win at No. 2 for the most part. It works well either way. He just goes out and grinds every match and put the ball back. It's great to watch him play. Gavin at four has one a lot of matches too. Logan has been killing it all year. This is a great group of singles players, which will be exciting for them next year too."

"Last two years we've got Champlin Park, and I wouldn't be surprised if we face them again. I definitely think we can get past the first round and from there on, I think we can keep going. St. Michael should be towards the top of the bracket and we lost to them 4-3. I think we can surprise a few people."



"It was 1-3 with three matches left. We lost the first set in 3 and 4 singles and one doubles. We were up the third set in all three matches, but couldn't quite pull it out. We lost the first set in six of the matches, and yet we still clawed our way back and put some pressure on them."

"When you look at our lineup, we obviously have some baby faces, but at the same time, they just know how to compete. We have a good mix of people and they are tough. They have been working hard and they earned their way here. They are legit players."


St. Michael-Albertville 4, Buffalo 3

(Thursday, May 10 at STMA)

Singles: No. 1 – Owen Lindstrom (STMA) def. Turner Marr (B) 7-5, 2-6, (10-6); No. 2 -- Caden Sigerud (STMA) def. Nick Immel (B) 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 -- Logan Miller (B) def. Ezra Dickerson (STMA) 6-1, 6-2; No. 4 -- Gavin Wyatt (B) def. Broderick Moehn (STMA) 7-5, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 – Michael House/David Watts (STMA) def. Noah Steinmetz/Andy Shaffer (B) 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 -- Garret Johnson/Noah Anderson (STMA) def. Bobby Brady/Luke Dahl 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 -- Johnny Merkl/Leyton Punton (STMA) def. Nate Allen/Jack Oistad (B) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.


Buffalo 7, Princeton 0

(Friday, May 11 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 – Turner Marr (B) def. Logan Miller (P) 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 -- Nick Immel (B) def. Weston Leverty (P) 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 -- Logan Miller (B) def. Kody Alickson (P) 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 -- Gavin Wyatt (B) def. Tanner Pederson (P) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 1 – Noah Steinmetz/Andy Shaffer (B) def. Cody Miller/Ricky Torkelson (P) 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 -- Luke Dahl/Hunter Fasching (B) def. Wade Lawrence/Andrew Roeder (P) 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 -- Nate Allen/Jack Oistad (B) def. Henry Lupkes/Connor L'Heureux (P) 6-2, 6-0.



Youngest Morin leads Bison in St. Cloud

Sophomore golfer shoots 73 in stacked St. Cloud Invite; Bison win two more West meets

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

When Bison Head Coach Debi Warpula fills out her lineup card prior to each girls' golf meet, sophomore Sofia Morin normally is found in the No. 2 spot.

Judging by the final scores in Buffalo's recent two outings, Morin is making an argument as Buffalo's No. 1 golfer.

She led the Bison to a third straight first-place finish in Mississippi 8 West meets with a score of 78 on Tuesday, May 8 at Riverwood National Golf Course in Otsego.

Sofia edged older sister Hanna, a senior and Buffalo's No. 1 positioned golfer, by one stroke for second place among the field. Paetyn Levis of Rogers earned medalist honors with a 75.

Sofia's 78, Hanna's 79, combined with Morgan Wurm's 88 and Raegan Wurm's 89 accounted for Buffalo's team score of 334. Rogers finished second at 350.

Hanna, who ranks 14th individually among Class 3A golfers, has seen her toughest competition in recent meets come from Sofia, ranked No. 17.

The Morins led Buffalo to a third-place score of 337 in last Thursday's 15-team St. Cloud Invitational at St. Cloud Country Club.

Defending Class AA state champion Detroit Lakes won the invite with a 325. Chanhassen, who finished one stroke lower than Buffalo for third place in last year's Class 3A state tournament finished second in St. Cloud with 329.

Leading the stacked field with a personal-best score of 73 was Sofia, which was also her first-career individual medalist win.

When asked what the biggest difference in Sofia's much-improved game is, Warpula referred to a moment in St. Cloud on the 18th hole.

After hitting a tree branch and topping her next shot with a rescue club, Sofia took some friendly advice from her coach with a smile and ended the hole with a par.

"Sofia has matured quite a bit and doesn't let one shot define her day," Warpula said. "We had a rare weekend off and some of the girls spent last weekend golfing with their families. It just shows their work ethic is very strong."

Sofia shot six strokes lower than Hanna's second-place score of 79. Morgan Wurm carded an 87, followed by Aly Peeler's 100 and Hanna VanDenEinde's 103.

Buffalo's Emma Schultz and Raegan Wurm did not golf in St. Cloud, leaving the Bison with five golfers.

"We still have room for improvement, especially in the short game," Warpula said. "But all of our golfers have dropped a little bit from their average in the past week. It's not a major drop like 4-5 strokes, but everyone is consistently dropping 2-3 strokes, which is a sign of their hard work."

Buffalo won its fourth West meet, shooting a 331 on Tuesday, May 15 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in St. Michael.

The Morins again finished with the low scores, only this time Hanna was medalist at 75 and Sofia was second with 79. Aly Peeler carded an 85, including a career-best 39 on the back nine. Morgan Wurm was fourth with 92.

The Bison will look to make it a clean sweep of West meets when  they host the final Mississippi 8 West meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 21 at Wild Marsh Golf Course in Buffalo.

The Bison return to St. Michael for a 2-person scramble invite hosted by STMA on Thursday, May 17 at noon at Cedar Creek Golf Course.


Mississippi 8 West Meet

(Tues., May 8 at Riverwood National)

Team scores: 1. Buffalo 334; 2. Rogers 350; 3. St. Michael-Albertville 361; 4. Monticello 412; 5. Big Lake 421.

Bison scores: 1-2. Sofia Morin 39-39--78; 2-3. Hanna Morin 35-44--79; 3-7. Morgan Wurm 47-41--88; 4-8. Raegan Wurm 45-44--89; 5-17. Emma Schultz 49-50--99; 6-20. Aly Peeler 50-51--101.

Medalist: Paetyn Levis (Rogers) 75.


St. Cloud Invite

(Thursday, May 10 at St. Cloud CC)

Team scores: 1. Detroit Lakes 325; 2. Chanhassen 329; 3. Buffalo 337; 4. Forest Lake 337; 5. Marshall 341; 6. Eden Praire 347; 7. Brainerd 356; 8. Sartell 367; 9. Cambridge-Isanti 378; 10. St. Cloud Tech 388; 11. Willmar 392; 12. St. Cloud Cathedral 399; 13. Monticello 405; 14. Benidle-St. Margaret's 450; 15. Becker.

Bison scores: 1-1. Sofia Morin 73; 2-3. Hanna Morin 79; 3-20. Morgan Wurm 87; 4-47. Aly Peeler 100; 5-57. Hanna VanDenEinde 103.

Medalist: Sofia Morin (Buffalo) 73.


Mississippi 8 West Meet

(Tuesday, May 15 at Fox Hollow)

Team scores: 1. Buffalo 331; 2. Rogers 353; 3. St. Michael-Albertville 364; 4. Big Lake 414; 5. Monticello 435.

Bison scores: 1-1. Hanna Morin 38-37--75; 2-2. Sofia Morin 38-41--79; 3-5. Aly Peeler 46-39--85; 4-11. Morgan Wurm 48-44--92; 5-14. Raegan Wurm 49-48--97; 6-21. Emma Schultz 56-51--107.

Medalist: Hanna Morin (Buffalo) 75.



Bison win Grand National Invite with near-record score of 299

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With outdoor temperatures consistently reaching the 70s, so were the scores for the Bison boys' golf squad at last week's Grand National Invitational at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley.

Scoring a near-team record of 299, Buffalo won the 11-team field that featured No. 5 ranked (Class AA) St. Michael-Albertville, who played the invite minus top-golfer Trey Fessler. The Knights finished fifth at 311. Duluth East was second at 308.

The score of 299 was two strokes shy of Buffalo's team record of 297, but 11 strokes lower than the 310 they fired on May 2 in the conference meet at Princeton Golf Course.

Walter Ylitalo carded Buffalo's lowest score at 72, one stroke behind Chisago Lakes' Ben Forsberg's 71 for medalist honors. All four of the Bison's top scorers shot their season-best rounds. River Goodmanson fired a 74, John Russett 76, and Trevor Dalbec 77.

"Walter and River have been very consistent players in recent meets, with multiple scores in the low to mid 70s," said Bison Head Coach Paul Olson. "They are playing with confidence. I think that the biggest difference is that the guys are now expecting to make good shots and not waiting for bad shots to happen. Their course management and ball striking was much improved and they overcame adversities without getting derailed. They now understand what they are capable of and also that it will take more hard work to sustain that level."

Dalbec was taking the place this meet for teammate Joe Carothers, who shot a 78 earlier this season at Fox Hollow Golf Club in St. Michael.

"Trevor has been rotating between varsity and junior varsity," Olson said. "He doesn't get rattled regardless of the setting."

Nate Persson carded a respectable 81 and Charlie McClay 86.

Buffalo's top-four finished among the top-13 overall.

Ironically, with warmer temps allowing for better playing conditions of late, Buffalo's best meet to date came in wet conditions and temps in the 50s.

To put up near-record scores in those conditions on a course they were unfamiliar with was a major positive.

"Breaking 300 is a goal that is a challenge for many high school teams to accomplish," Olson said. "It requires four players to average less than 75. The team has been working very hard to get their games on track. With the late spring, it has taken a lot of work for the guys to get their swings and feel for the game back. It was fun to watch them play."


West win

The Bison carded a 312 to win Monday's Mississippi 8 West meet at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

It was the first time in three meets STMA did not claim the low score in a West meet. The Knights, still minus Fessler, finished third at 318. Monticello finished second at 317. Keith Holme of the Magic was medalist with an even-par 72.

Joe Carothers finished with the second lowest score at 73. Also scoring for the Bison was Ylitalo at 75, Dalbec 81, and McClay 83. Goodmanson (85) and Russett (86) rounded out the scoring.

"What this meet showed is our depth – we are seven deep," Olson said. "All our kids have been working really hard and it's showing up in the meets. We've been able to rotate people out to get caught up on school work, which is a good thing."

The Bison will host the fourth of five Mississippi 8 West meets with a 3 p.m. tee-time on Thursday, May 17 at Wild Marsh Golf Course in Buffalo. 


Grand National Golf Club Invite

(Wednesday, May 9 at Hinckley)

Team scores: 1. Buffalo 299; 2. Duluth East 308; 3. Andover 309; 4. Chisago Lakes 309; 5. St. Michael-Albertville 311; 6. Anoka 312; 7. St. Francis 321; 8. Forest Lake 321; 9. Cambridge-Isanti 331; 10. Big Lake 348; 11. Princeton 352.

Bison scores: 1-3. Walter Ylitalo 36-36--72; 2-7. River Goodmanson 36-38--74; 3-10. John Russett 40-36--76; 4-13. Trevor Dalbec 41-36--77; 5-25. Nate Persson 43-38--81; 6-49. Charlie McClay 46-40--86.

Medalist: Ben Forsberg (Chisago Lakes) 71.


Mississippi 8 West Meet

(Monday, May 14 at Pebble Creek GC)

Team scores: 1. Buffalo 312; 2. Monticello 317; 3. St. Michael-Albertville 318; 4. Big Lake 331; 5. Rogers 332.

Bison scores: 1-2. Joe Carothers 35-38--73; 2-5. Walter Ylitalo 36-39--75; 3-9. Trevor Dalbec 40-41--81; 4-13. Charlie McClay 40-43--83; 5-18. River Goodmanson 44-41--85; 6-20. John Russett 45-41--86.

Medalist: Keith Holme (Monticello) 72.


North Star League Preview

A sweet bite of success

Historic run ended with Bulldogs advancing to Sweet 16; Same faces return

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

It was a bittersweet ending for the Buffalo Bulldogs Amateur Baseball team a year ago.

Already having made team history as far as playoff success, Buffalo's memorable season concluded with a 3-2 loss to Lake Henry in the Sweet-16 of the Class C Amateur State Baseball Tournament.

For the Bulldogs, it was the team's first state berth since 2010. That season, Buffalo was eliminated in the first round. Last year, the Bulldogs posted wins over Crookston and Fairmont, before losing out to Lake Henry, who eventually lost 6-4 to Kimball in the championship game.

Making state was only a small portion of the vast improvements made a year ago.

Buffalo's 14-8 record in the North Star League tied them for third place and a four seed into the Region 12C Tournament, where they won the first two games over top-seed Hutchinson and host Dassel-Cokato to clinch a state berth.

Hutch was last year's North Star League regular-season champion with a 19-3 record and are favored to repeat in 2018.

One of Buffalo's goals this year is to challenge the Huskies, or whoever else may contend for that top spot.

Buffalo is the coaches pick to finish second this season, with Maple Lake and Howard Lake closely behind. The Lakers returns its usual core group that finished second to Hutch in last year's Region 12C championship game.

"For sure it's a goal to win our league, but our league is so tough. Teams are so good," said Bulldog skipper Joe Pokorney, last year's recipient of the NSL Manager of the Year Award. "There are five, six, or seven teams that legitimately compete for that championship. Even a team like Waverly is better. That's why it's such a fun league to play in."

Just to be mentioned as a league contender has brought new energy to the ballpark and plenty of interest as well.

The veteran presence and leadership of Pokorney, Jon Euerle, Carter Vogt, Corey Braun, and Scott (Scooter) Iano return, as do core players such as JD O'Donnell, Brett Renshaw, Colton Haight, and Jason Senger.

Buffalo adds a couple new faces to the puzzle this season in Tony McCombs and Christian Johnson, both can play the field and pitch.

The Bulldogs also return a recent influx of college students who were former high school standouts in Jonny Senger, Luke Merz, Hunter Brings, Wyatt Brings, Isaac Noble, Tommy Eckstein, Mitch Gabrelcik, Eric Newman, Jon Weber, and Ramon Vega Jr.

It's the ability to recruit young players, without losing that veteran presence that Pokorney says is key to success for any town ball team.

"It's the only way a team is successful in this league, is you have young guys that want to come play," Pokorney said. "It's the only way you can sustain a team. It's fun to see some of those guys come back and want to play."

Obviously, with only nine positions, some players will have to sit. Euerle and Vogt will remain the workhorse pitchers. Vogt posted an impressive 6-2 record a year ago and led the team with 63 strikeouts in 58 innings. Euerle also went 6-2 with a 1.14 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 71 innings.

Newman and Weber each threw 33 innings a year ago as both starters and relievers and Buffalo has plenty of arms available that can do the same.

Haight has been a mainstay at catcher the past few years, including the 2016 season when he was named North Star League MVP. Haight played outfield some late last year with the addition of Luke Merz to the lineup, who currently is a sophomore catcher at Bethel University in St. Paul.

The rest of the infield includes Braun, Jason Senger, Duske, and O'Donnell. McCombs can play both infield and outfield, as can Vega Jr. and Jonny Senger. Renshaw and Wyatt Brings were last season's mainstays in the outfield.

With a lot of options, Pokorney says it's a good problem as the manager to have.

"It gets kind of busy in the summer, but we have a lot of guys wanting to play baseball, so we should have no problem filling in a roster. It's a good situation." Pokorney said. "It's just fun to be more competitive. There were years where it was hard to get up for some games and guys knew it would be a long day. Now we at least think we can be competitive every time out. It just changes the vibe in the dugout from that standpoint."

As for trying to repeat last season's feat, he knows it will tall order, but the guys are destined to make a return trip to state.

"It's kind of what we always say, let's do a few more things right and try and take a little jump every year," Pokorney said. "Last year we did as well as we hoped we could and when it got to the end, we were like, man, maybe we can keep going. We would like to get back there, it was a lot of fun and good learning experience."



Hudson powers Bison in split, sweep of rivals

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports editor

The No. 2 state ranked Bison softball team posted a 3-1 record this past week in back-to-back doubleheaders against two of their biggest rivals.

Buffalo reached double digits in runs for the seventh time this season in a 10-3 home win on Tuesday, May 8 over St. Michael-Albertville.

Morgan DeMarais and Brooke Burditt were locked in a 1-1 pitcher's duel until Buffalo scored four times in the fourth inning, sparked by Emily Hansen's 12th home run that scored Jordan Zrust, who earlier hit a solo homer in the first inning.

The Knights closed the gap to 5-3 in the top of the sixth inning, but the Bison blew it open with five more runs in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a grand slam by Sarah Hudson.

It was Hudson's fifth homer of the season and second straight game hitting a grand slam.

"It always feels good to hit home runs and back your team, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates," said Hudson, one of three Division-I softball commits on this year's squad.

Hudson's production has increased due to opportunity. With Katie Carlson and Zrust setting the table at the top of the order, more teams have been pitching around Hansen, despite having runners on base.

"That's huge for Emily's success the rest of the year," said Bison Head Coach Brad Zrust. "To have the batters get on in front of her, where we don't have a ton of open bases, and our hitters behind to make them pay for putting Emily on base."

Hudson was a force again in the second game of the doubleheader with STMA, but the Knights ended Buffalo's 7-game win streak with an 8-7 victory.

Playing as the home squad on the road, STMA scored in every plate appearance in the night cap, sparked by a pair of homers from Elle Potts and one from Cassie Schuster. Buffalo rallied from an 8-2 deficit to pull within 8-6 in the top of inning four, but the Bison's comeback came up a run short in the five-inning contest. Sydney Schwartz also homered for the Bison.

"We always want to beat STMA, because they are a big rivalry in every sport," Hudson said. "It was tough losing to them, but it was also good, because we learned a lot from that game."

The loss was only the second suffered this season by the Bison (12-2), but a previous defeat earlier in the year to North Branch jeopardized Buffalo's hopes of back-to-back conference titles.

The Bison improved their chances greatly when they swept Rogers in back-to-back games by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 last Thursday in Rogers.

Despite a young squad, the Royals had previously owned a perfect 6-0 mark in the Mississippi 8 prior to Thursday's showdown with their former section rival.

Buffalo jumped to an early 3-0 lead in game one on an RBI double by Hansen and a 2-RBI single by Schwartz in the first inning. Morgan DeMarais didn't allow a hit until one out in the fourth inning and lost her shutout bid in the fifth with Buffalo ahead 6-0. Hansen hit her 13th homer in the top of the fifth.

Rogers made Hansen a non-factor in game two, intentionally walking her in both plate appearances. Like game one, Buffalo grabbed an early 2-0 first-inning lead on a 2-RBI double by Codi Zwack.

They added four more runs in the third to make it 6-0. Rogers closed out the scoring in the fourth on a 2-run homer by Krysta Felber.

"They had a nice record coming in and played some good teams really tough. I wasn't sure what they really had, but they have a nice ball club," Coach Zrust said. "We're a little more veteran I think, and we kind of got them down a bit. We kept applying pressure to them, which was the biggest thing."

The two wins extended Buffalo's win streak over the Royals to seven straight games – three of the wins coming the past two seasons in the section tournament.

Rogers' move from Section 8-4A back to Section 5-4A this season means Buffalo and Rogers will no longer meet in the section finals, which has been the case the past two years.

"It probably didn't have the total feel, but they still are conference foe, and we wanted conference victories to finish higher up there," said Bison Head Coach Brad Zrust. "It's kind of weird to wish them luck in sections, which I did after the game."

Knowing that didn't decrease the rivalry according to Hudson.

"Not at all," Hudson said. "You never know, we could still face them after sections, so we wanted to go out with the mentality that we wanted to beat them and go after them hard, even if they are in our section or not."

Buffalo was at Chanhassen on Tuesday night in a rematch game between two top-10 ranked teams in Class 4A. Buffalo won the first meeting 14-3 last April 25. The game was a late addition to the schedule.

"We both needed games and it will get us ready for the playoffs," Coach Zrust said.

The Bison conclude the regular season this week with a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at Big Lake. Friday they host Chisago Lakes at 4:30 p.m.


Buffalo 10

St. Michael-Albertville 3

(Tuesday, May 8 at Buffalo)

Knights   1  0  0  0  0  2  0   –   3  10   1

Bison      1  0  0  0  4  5  0   – 10  14   0

BISON    AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

K. Carlson       4    1    1    1    0    0

Zrust       4    3    3    1    0    0

Hansen       2    2    1    2    1    0

Hudson       3    1    2    4    0    0

Zwack       4    1    3    0    0    0

Schwartz       4    1    1    0    0    1

Pawelk       3    0    0    0    0    3

- Imes       1    0    0    0    0    0

DeMarais       3    0    2    2    0    1

Stoll       1    1    1    0    2    0

Totals     29  10  14  10    3    4

2B- Zwack; HR- Hudson, Hansen, Zrust; SB- Stoll 2.

BISON             IP  H  R  ER  BB  K  NP     

DeMarais-W    7    9    3    3    0    0   93


St. Michael-Albertville 8

Buffalo 7

(Tuesday, May 8 at Buffalo)

Bison            2  0  0  4   1   –   7    8   1

Knights            2  3  1  2   x   –   8  10   1

BISON    AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

K. Carlson       3    0    0    0    0    2

Zrust       3    1    1    0    0    1

Hansen       2    2    1    0    1    0

Hudson       3    2    3    4    0    0

Zwack       3    1    1    0    0    0

Schwartz       3    1    1    2    0    0

Pawelk       2    0    1    0    0    0

DeMarais       2    0    0    0    0    0

Stoll       2    0    0    0    0    2

Totals     23    7    8    6    1    5

2B- Zrust; HR- Hudson 2, Schwartz.

BISON             IP  H  R  ER  BB  K  NP     

DeMarais-W    4    9    8    5    1    2    68


Buffalo 6, Rogers 1

(Thursday, May 10 at Rogers)

Bison3  0  0  0  3  0  0   –   6    7   2

Royals0  0  0  0  1  0  0   –   1    4   2

BISON    AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

K. Carlson       5    0    0    0    0    1

Zrust       4    1    1    0    0    0

Hansen       3    2    2    2    0    0

Hudson       2    0    1    0    0    0

Zwack       3    2    1    0    1    0

Schwartz       4    1    1    2    0    0

Pawelk       4    0    0    0    0    0

DeMarais       4    0    2    2    0    1

Stoll       2    0    0    0    1    1

Totals     30    6    8    6    2    3

2B- DeMarais, Hansen; HR- Hansen; SB- Zwack 2.

BISON             IP  H  R  ER  BB  K  NP     

DeMarais-W    7    4    1    1    1    2   69


Buffalo 6, Rogers 2

(Thursday, May 10 at Rogers)

Royals0  0  0  2  0   –   2     3   1

Bison2  0  4  0  x   –   6  14   0

BISON    AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

K. Carlson       3    1    1    0    0    1

Zrust       2    1    1    0    0    0

Hansen       0    2    0    0    2    0

Hudson       2    1    1    1    0    0

Zwack       2    0    1    2    0    0

Schwartz       2    1    1    0    0    0

Pawelk       2    0    0    0    0    0

DeMarais       2    0    1    1    0    0

Stoll       2    0    0    0    0    2

Totals     17    6    6    6    2    3

2B- Zrust, Zwack, K. Carlson.

BISON             IP  H  R  ER  BB  K  NP     

DeMarais-W    5    3    2    2    1    4    74



Slumping squad catching no breaks

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

What a difference a week makes.

After starting the season a perfect 6-0, the Buffalo baseball squad has dropped six of its last seven, including a pair of doubleheader losses in matchups against Rogers and St. Michael-Albertville.

The Bison were outscored 17-2 in two home defeats on Tuesday, May 8 to the Knights. Defense, which has been a strength all season for Buffalo, committed a season-high six errors, leading to eight unearned runs in a 9-1 loss in game one to the Knights.

Micah Rassat suffered the defeat, despite allowing only one earned run over three innings. STMA led 7-1 when Rassat was replaced by Kai Brisk with nobody out in the top of inning four.

Brisk retired three of the next four hitters, but an infield error allowed two more runs to cross home plate.

Errors and wildness from Bison pitchers continued into game two, as the Knights blew the game open with a 7-run second inning in an 8-1 victory.

Six hits, a hit batter, two walks, and one error led to STMA's big second inning, which came off Bison staff ace Bailey Erickson, who suffered his first loss in four starts.

The sweep extended STMA's win streak to five straight over the Bison, a team Buffalo Head Coach Mike Beilke thought his squad matched up well against.

"I felt we had a good approach, and even between games, I felt our rhythm was good," Beilke said. "We had a good season going, and when you drop two games like that in a day going for a conference championship against a top team kind of takes a bit of wind out of your sails. But we have to learn to bounce back."

Paxton Thompson got the win in game one for the Knights and Kolby Gartner won game two.

The victories improved STMA's conference record to 7-0 and overall record heading into this past week was 11-1 – their only blemish coming in a 5-4 road defeat in the season-opener at Minnetonka.

If spirits were down following the two losses to the Knights, problems were magnified even more so after dropping a pair of road games last Thursday at Rogers.

Mental errors cost Buffalo in a 2-1 loss in game one, and physical errors led to an 8-3 defeat in game two.

Noah Christenson pitched 5-1/3 solid innings but suffered the loss in game one. The defeat was a head scratcher for Beilke, who saw Buffalo runners picked off second base to end threats in both the first and third innings.

"Running bases and defensively we're not making good decisions," Beilke said. "I don't understand the lack of concentration on the bases. Some of the situations where we're getting picked off, we don't even have steals on with 3-0 counts and the heart of our order coming up and we get picked off."

Rogers won game two 8-3, which featured two more pivotal errors that led to three unearned runs in the first inning off starting and losing pitcher Cal James.

Ethan Hansen, who started both games as catcher, pitched in relief in both losses.

Buffalo trailed 5-1 in the third, before Jack Munsterteiger scored from third base on a wild pitch. Hansen later delivered an RBI single scoring James to close the gap to 5-3.

Rogers added two insurance runs in the top of inning four and one more in the fifth to secure the win.

Although Buffalo outhit Rogers in the two games 15-12, the Royals took advantage of 10 base on balls from Buffalo pitchers to go with four Bison errors.

The four straight losses drop Buffalo's record to 7-6 overall and 4-5 in conference play, while the Royals leapfrog Buffalo in the standings with a 6-3 conference record.

"Rogers is one of those teams that's always in the mix," Beilke said. "They're not at the top of the conference, but they are always about where we are. I always come to the ballpark thinking we have a chance to win, and I certainly did these two games."

The recent string of bad luck stems to lack of execution and a number of routine plays not being made in the field, according to Beilke.

"We don't have the approach at the plate right now and we're taking too many pitches early on in counts," Beilke said. "We're finding ourselves down in the count and swinging at the pitcher's pitch with two strikes on us. In the field, we're just not making good decisions."

So what's the solution? Beilke says a few gaps in the schedule coming up can allow some much-needed practice time. That, and one other major factor.

"We are tight," he said. "We have to loosen up and start having some fun. Right now, the looks on some faces, we're struggling to have some fun. We have to come out and have fun playing on the same field as your friends. If we play loose, than maybe all these scores come out a little differently."



STMA 9, Buffalo 1

(Tuesday, May 8 at Buffalo)

Knights1  0  4  4  0  0  0  –  9   5   1

Bison0  0  1  0  0  0  0  –  1   4   6

BISON     AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

Christenson       2    0    0    0    0    1

- Johnson       1    0    0    0    0    0

James       3    0    1    1    0    0

Hansen       3    0    0    0    0    0

Soeffker       3    0    0    0    0    0

Brisk       3    0    0    0    0    1

Biegert       3    0    1    0    0    1

Brings       2    0    0    0    0    0

- Uecker       1    0    0    0    0    0

Buscher       3    1    2    0    0    0

Munsterteiger    2    0    0    0    1    0

Totals     26    1   4    1    1    3

E- Christenson 2, Brinks, Brisk, James, Rassat; LOB- 5.

BISON             IP  H   R  ER  BB  K  NP     

Rassat-L      3    3    9    1    3    3   69

Brisk     2.2  2    0    0    3    0   49

James     0.1  0    0    0    0    0     2

Uecker      1    0    0    0    1    1   14


STMA 8, Buffalo 1

(Tuesday, May 8 at Buffalo)

Bison0  0  1  0  0  –  1   4   2

Knights0  7  1  0  x  –  8   8   0

BISON     AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

Biegert       2    1    1    0    0    0

- Johnson       1    0    0    0    0    1

James       2    0    1    0    0    0

- West       1    0    0    0    0    1

Soeffker       1    0    1    1    1    0

Hansen       2    0    0    0    0    2

Brisk       2    0    0    0    0    0

Munsterteiger    2    0    0    0    0    1

Haight       2    0    0    0    0    1

Buscher       2    0    1    0    0    0

Christenson       1    0    0    0    0    0

- Uecker       1    0    0    0    0    0

Totals     19    1   4    1    1    6

2B- Biegert, Soeffker; E- Erickson, Hansen; LOB- 4.

BISON             IP  H   R  ER  BB  K  NP     

Erickson-L      2    6    7    5    4    0   59

Christenson     0.2  2    1    1    0    0   17

Uecker     1.1  0    0    0    0    2   13


Rogers 2, Buffalo 1

(Thursday, May 10 at Rogers)

Bison0  0  0  1  0  0  0  –  1   6   0

Royals0  2  0  0  0  0  x  –  2   6   0

BISON     AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

Biegert       4    0    0    0    0    2

James       3    0    1    0    1    1

Hansen       4    0    2    0    0    0

Soeffker       1    1    0    0    2    1

Brisk       3    0    1    0    0    1

- Uecker       0    0    0    0    0    0

Christenson       2    0    0    0    1    0

Brings       3    0    1    1    0    1

Buscher       2    0    0    0    0    0

Munsterteiger    3    0    1    0    0    0

Totals     25    1   6    1    4    7

3B- Hansen; HBP- Buscher; LOB- 8.

BISON             IP  H   R  ER  BB  K  NP     

Christenson-L  5.1  6    2    2    4    5   75

Hansen     0.2  0    0    0    0    0     5


Rogers 8, Buffalo 3

(Thursday, May 10 at Rogers)

Royals3  2  0  2  1  –  8   6   0

Bison1  0  2  0  0  –  3   9   4

BISON     AB  R   H   BI  BB  K

Munsterteiger    2    1    0    0    1    0

James       3    2    3    0    0    0

Soeffker       2    0    1    0    1    0

Hansen       3    0    1    1    0    1

Brisk       3    0    1    1    0    1

Christenson       2    0    0    0    0    1

Brings       2    0    2    0    0    0

Johnson       2    0    0    0    0    0

Biegert       2    0    1    0    0    0

Totals     21    3   9    2    2    3

2B- James; E- Soeffker 3, Brings; LOB- 5.

BISON             IP  H   R  ER  BB  K  NP     

James-L      1    3    3    0    1    0   30

Hansen      1    2    2    2    0    0   14

Soeffker      3    1    3    2    5    2   70



O'Malley, Basten lead Bison at True Team

STMA, Alexandria to represent 8AAA at state True Team

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By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The St. Michael-Albertville boys' and Alexandria girls' track and field squads claimed this year's Section 8AAA True Team championship held last Thursday in Brainerd.

The Knights scored 1,013 team points to claim the boys' championship and an automatic berth into this Friday's True Team State Meet in Stillwater.

Buffalo boys' placed last out of 10 teams with 439 points. While the Bison struggled for team points, individually, they were led by junior Isaac Basten, who recorded first-place finishes in both the 1,600-meter run (4:23.77) and 3,200 run (9:50.62).  

Travis Scotting placed third in the 800 run (2:02.16). Scotting, Alexei Hensel, Brett Hanson and Ryan Russek also teamed for a third-place finish in the 4x800 relay (8:25.96).

Alexandria boys' finished second to STMA with 970 points.

Alexandria girls' edged STMA (1,044) to claim their second straight Section 8AAA True Team championship with 1,060.5 points. Both teams will represent the section in Friday's state meet, as the Knights earned a spot via the wild card for finishing fourth among all teams from all sections.

Buffalo girls' scored 647 points to finish sixth among 10 teams.

The Bison finished with two first-place scores, including a first-place time of 2:20.49 by Alexis O'Malley in the 800 run. Amanda Montplaisir was third in the same event in 2:24.74. Montplaisir was also third in the 1,600 run in 5:14.15.

O'Malley ran anchor on the 4x200 relay squad of Katie Lavato, Lauren Feddema and Josie Lavato that finished first in 1:48.37.

Other top scorers for the Bison included a second-place height of 4-foot, 10 inches by Kari Zumach in the high jump and second-place time of 61.47 by Feddema in the 400 dash.

Moorhead's Claire Howell was the highest individual scorer, finishing first in the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes.

Both teams participated in Tuesday's Last Chance Meet in Big Lake. The Bison will contend for the conference championship and all-conference status when all 10 schools compete at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 in the conference championships at Princeton (see next week on recap for both meets).


Section 8AAA True Team (Girls)

(Thursday, May 10 at Brainerd)

Team scores: 1. Alexandria 1,060.5; 2. St. Michael-Albertville 1,044; 3. Moorhead 915.5; 4. Brainerd 842.5; 5. Sartell-St. Stephen 753.5; 6. Buffalo 647; 7. Bemidji 631.5; 8. St. Cloud Tech 590.5; 9. Sauk Rapids-Rice 404.5; 10. St. Cloud Apollo 311.5.

Individual results (1st place & Buffalo)

100 Meter Dash: 1. Claire Howell (Moorhead) 12.78; 9. Brianna Bluiett 13.12; 14. Katie Lavato 13.51; 29. Gabby Grage 14.38.

200 Dash: 1. Claire Howell (Moorhead) 25.84; 7. Brianna Bluiett 27.25; 8. Josie Lavato 27.32; 13. Julia Lowell 28.06.

400 Dash: 1. Claire Howell (Moorhead) 58.57; 2. Lauren Feddema 61.47; 16. Emma Latcham-Reiter 65.88; 22. Zolia Dabet 67.09.

800 Run: 1. Alexis O'Malley (Buffalo) 2:20.49; 3. Amanda Montplaisir 2:24.73; 28. Sophia Braun 3:01.84.

1600 Run: 1. Annalise Davis (STMA) 5:10.61; 3. Amanda Montplaisir 5:14.15; 25. Sophia Braun 6:07.80; 27. Alyssa Wallenta 6:24.35.

3200 Run: 1. Ali Weimer (STMA) 11:03.31; 9. Meredith Reynolds 12:22.31; 17. Lily Hanson 13:03.66.

100 Hurdles: 1. Jacy Roste (Alexandria) 17.14; 7. Katie Burandt 17.71; 12. Cece Miller 18.15; 13. Macie Guida 18.24.

300 Hurdles: 1. Carlie Rein (St. Cloud Tech) 50.21; 14. Brooke Gunderson 52.84; 21. Carly Kauffman 54.20; 27. Sophia Braun 58.80.

4x100 Relay: 1. Moorhead 51.87; 2. Buffalo (Brianna Bluiett, Josie Lavato, Mya Tiernan, Katie Lavato) 51.89.

4x200 Relay: 1. Buffalo (Katie Lavato, Lauren Feddema, Josie Lavato, Alexis O'Malley) 1:48.37.

4x400 Relay: 1. STMA 4:12.36; 4. Buffalo (Alexis O'Malley, Lauren Feddema, Zolia Dabet, Amanda Montplaisir) 4:15.68.

4x800 Relay: 1. STMA 9:58.24; 6. Buffalo (Meredith Reynolds, Emma Latcham-Reiter, Ryleigh Stenson, Sara Volden) 10:42.30.

High Jump: 1. Lexie Nelson (STMA) 5-02; 2. Kari Zumach 4-10.

Pole Vault: 1. Cami Harmer (Brainerd) 9-06.

Long Jump: 1. Jodi Lipp (St. Cloud Tech) 18-00.75; 11. Lauren Feddema 15-02.75; 17. Larissa Lynch 14-08.75; 29. Julia Gleason 12-01.

Triple Jump: 1. Jodi Lipp (St. Cloud Tech) 37-00.50; 24. Kassy Shroyer 28-09; 27. Julia Gleason 28-06.50; 28. Olivia Yost 26-09.50.

Shot Put: 1. Lilianna Charlier (Brainerd) 41-06.25; 12. Mackenzie Dircks 30-10.50; 24. Samantha Filipi 25-07; 28. Amanda Krinke 23-10.25.

Discus: 1. McKenzie Duwenhoegger (Alexandria) 122-06; 7. Mackenzie Dircks 97-00; 28. Amanda Krinke 47-07; 29. Samantha Filipi 46-07.


Section 8AAA True Team (Boys)

(Thursday, May 10 at Brainerd)

Team scores: 1. St. Michael-Albertville 1,013; 2. Alexandria 970; 3. Moorhead 965.5; 4. Brainerd 813; 5. Sartell-St. Stephen 812-5; 6. Bemidji 705; 7. Sauk Rapids-Rice 601; 8. St. Cloud Apollo 541; 9. St. Cloud Tech 462; 10. Buffalo 439.

Individual results (1st place & Buffalo)

100 Meter Dash: 1. Ethan Peal (STMA) 10.88; 27. Owen Herbst 12.40; 29. Caleb McCormick 12.80; 30. Brandon Czanstkowski 12.88.

200 Dash: 1. Drew Olson (Alexandria) 22.81; 25. Logan Smitherman 25.48; 26. Caleb Carlson 25.62.

400 Dash: 1. Cole Crompton (Moorhead) 51.05; 26. Logan Smitherman 57.35; 29. James Simon 59.78; 30. Aaron Noble 59.89.

800 Run: 1. Jackson Tracy (STMA) 2:00.42; 3. Travis Scotting 2:02.16; 6. Alexei Hensel 2:02.72; 29. Parker Ryan 2:23.72.

1600 Run: 1. Isaac Basten 4:23.77; 13. Braden Benson 4:43.76; 27. Parker Ryan 5:10.08.

3200 Run: 1. Isaac Basten (Buffalo) 9:50.62; 10. Ryan Russek 10:18.53; 23. Joey Anderson 10:53.39.

110 Hurdles: 1. Jeff Spieker (Brainerd) 15.00; 18. Riley Stuart 18.17; 19. Nathan Martenson 18.29; 27. Nathan Sinkel 20.23.

300 Hurdles: 1. Jeff Spieker (Brainerd) 39.33; 23. Nathan Martenson 47.14; 25. Riley Stuart 50.35; 28. Vance Winter 52.53.

4x100 Relay: 1. STMA 42.95.

4x200 Relay: 1. Moorhead 1:32.75; 9. Buffalo (Owen Herbst, Andrew Johnson, Peyton Brenny, Logan Smitherman) 1:52.13.

4x400 Relay: 1. Brainerd 3:26.81; 4. Buffalo (Braden Benson, Travis Scotting, Alexei Hensel, Peyton Brenny) 3:37.14.

4x800 Relay: 1. Moorhead 8:20.43; 3. Buffalo (Travis Scotting, Alexei Hensel, Brett Hanson, Ryan Russek) 8:25.96.

High Jump: 1. Xavier Thurman (STMA) 6-07; 24. Toby Ritter 5-00.

Pole Vault: 1. Jaden Newbands (Sauk Rapids-Rice) 12-06; 3. Ben Ruhr 12-00; 16. Brady Coyle 9-06; 23. Toby Ritter 8-06.

Long Jump: 1. Ryan Bieberdorf (Bemidji) 22-08.25; 26. Brady Coyle 16-01.25; 27. Owen Herbst 15-10.75; 28. Brennan Mattson 15-04.50.

Triple Jump: 1. Ryan Bieberdorf (Bemidji) 43-08.50; 25. Brennan Mattson 32-01.50.

Shot Put: 1. Bryce Ludwig (Alexandria) 54-09.50; 13. Jacob Metz 41-05; 20. Zak Karels 39-09.50; 30. Ryan Knutsen 31-02.50.

Discus: 1. Bryce Ludwig (Alexandria) 160-07; 13. Zak Karels 119-06; 23. Jacob Metz 98-05; 30. Ryan Knutsen 57-03.


Tri-M inducts 33 new members

Tri-M Music Honor Society

BHS Members, Chapter No. 2003

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Eric Braun



Madelyn Backes



Sam Twardy



Archie Brallier



Tucker MacCallum

Cassie McNitt


New Members

Dominque Baker

Justin Bunting

Hayley Burling

Zoe Carik

Cole Carlson

Madeline Carlson

Holly Durham

Emily Eiden

Jonah Forsyth

Tate Hanson

Samuel Happe

Audrey Hilk

Isabelle Jamison

Micah Kafka

Sara Kivi

Owen Klaphake

Logan Klohs

Annaka Kurtz

Abigail Lane

Jack Lanners

Luke Lichtenberg

Mya Lubben

Mikayla Schmidt

Natalee Schmidt

Taite Stevens Aldrich Patrick Stonecipher

Kennedy Stromberg


Amy Weston

Grayson Wubben

Sigourney Wubben

Sophia Wulf

Noah Zimmerman


Current Members

2nd Year

Nathan Beal

Jacob Braun

Madison Buhse

Sarah Burke

Anna Ebnet

Emilee Feldman

Kaitlin Galdonik

Kristofer Hamann

Grace Happe

Victoria Herda

Maggie Hermanson Gabriella Hernandez

Rachel Huss

Meaghyn Kramer

Amanda Krinke

Emma Kuitunen

Larissa Lynch

Tucker MacCallum

Luke McGorry

Cassie McNitt

Logan Miller

Sydney Mischke

Sofia Morin

Hailey Nelson

Aaron Noble

Ian Pappenfus

Sydney Polzin

Danielle Ruhr

Emma Staut

Adam Steinbach

Luke Steinbach

Jack Stonecipher

Declan Thompson

Grace Thompson

Tye Van Pelt

Abigail Vogeler

Hazel Wintermantel


3rd Year

Madelyn Backes

Thomas Bazan

Erin Bowers

Shannon Bowers

Archie Brallier

Lauren Cepress

Naomi Curran

Allison Hargreaves

Nick Immel

Emily Kern

Nicole McHenry

Jesse Meyer

Mary Oehlke

Jennifer Prigge

Mitchell Rabehl

Christian Snyder

Sophia Strommen

Serena Tupper

Sam Twardy

Emma Weber

Wesley Wilson

4th Year

Eric Braun

Peter Deneen

Caitlin Hutchcraft

Alexis Nichols


Tweten, Deneen named BHS Hall of Fame winners

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The 34th Annual Academic Ecellence Awards Program took place Monday, May 14 in the main gymnasium at Buffalo High School.

Students in grades 9-12 were presented Academic Letter Awards for achieving the required GPA for terms 1-3. Freshmen and sophomores maintained a GPA of 3.80 or higher, juniors 3.75 or higher, and seniors 3.70 or higher.

Presidential Award winners were presented to seniors that have maintained a GPA of 3.67 or higher througout their high school careers. Also honored were students in grades 9-12 who held a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Departmental Awards were also presented to students who met criteria in their certain classes.

The show concluded with the presentation of the ExCEL, AAA, Kurt Weiche Friends of Education, and American Legion Cit 10 finalists for the Hall of Fame Awarizenship Awards, as well as the presentation of the Hall of Fame candidates, which was awarded to BHS seniors Danika Tweten and Peter Deneen.


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