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Bison Field East hosts first meet

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The debut of the new Bison Field East featured a rarity in track and field – a dual meet.

What originally was scheduled as a quadrangular, with Buffalo opening its new home complex last Tuesday, April 11 against Cambridge-Isanti, St. Francis, and St. Michael-Albertville, was postponed and rescheduled for last Thursday.

STMA and Buffalo were the only two of the four that had last Thursday open on its schedule, turning the meet into a dual.

Given the fact it was the first time ever hosting a meet at the new field, Bison head coach Scott Palmer wasn’t overly disappointed in the lack of competitors.

 “For our first meet, things moved smoothly,” Palmer said. “For the most part, the timing system kept up with posting results a few minutes after each race.”

One of the biggest perks to this field compared to Cumming’s Field is the scoreboard. In past years, track results at Cumming’s Field were never capable of being posted electronically. Now, similar to the state operations at Hamline University, the individual results are posted shortly on the Bison Field East scoreboard.

“From a logistics standpoint, it’s nice to see, and I think the athletes like it too,” Palmer said. “I think everyone wants to look up and see how they did in their competition without having to wait after the meet to see where they placed.”

STMA goes down as the inaugural winner in the first ever boys and girls team competition.

The Knight boys’ outscored the Bison boys’ 98-48. STMA senior Mitchell Kartes (100 & 200 dashes) and Buffalo senior Connor Boster (110 & 300 high hurdles) each won multiple events.

Other first-place scores for Buffalo were posted by senior Tyler Johnson (400 dash), sophomore Isaac Basten (3200 run), senior Justin Durr (high jump), senior Nick Hanson (pole vault), and senior David Hanson (shot put).

Hanson set a personal record (PR) in the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.

The STMA girls’ outscored Buffalo’s girls 121-25. The Knights finished first in every event except the 4x100 meter relay. Buffalo freshman Katie Lavato, junior Sydney Johnson, junior Gabby Grage, and freshman Josie Lavato teamed for a first-place relay time of 54.32.

Sophomore Annalise Davis (800 & 1600 runs) and senior Anna Keefer (100 & 200 dashes) each won multiple events for the Knights.

“Both St. Michael teams are clearly the team to beat in the conference,” said Palmer, when referring to facing a top-team in the Knights in three of their first four meets. “But that’s better than facing a team you can just pound on. This gives you a better understanding of where you are and where you need to be.”

A few of Buffalo’s top athletes didn’t compete in the home dual due to nagging injuries.

“Coming off spring break and being a little dinged up doesn’t help either,” Palmer said. “But we had some good performances to build off of. We’re excited to get to full strength.”


Buffalo Invite (Boys)

(Thursday, April 13 at Buffalo)

Team scores: 1. STMA 98; 2. Buffalo 48.

Individual results (1st & Bison top-5)

100 Meter Dash: 1. Mitchell Kartes (STMA) 11.39; T5. Treyton Welch 11.93; 8. Joseph Farniok 12.08; 9. Tyler Johnson 12.16; 11. Blake Gleason 12.27; 13. Dustin Sarvie 12.46.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Mitchell Kartes (STMA) 23.28; 5. Joseph Farniok 24.82; 8. Dustin Sarvie 25.35; T16. Andrew Johnson 26.20; T16. Marvin Orozco Barajas 26.20; 19. Cory Knudsen 26.54.

400 Meter Dash: 1. Tyler Johnson (B) 54.13; 2. Michael Tweten 57.35; 4. Alexei Hensel 58.01; 8. Parker Vajda 1:02.13; 10. Wesley Wilson 1:02.28.

800 Meter Run: 1. Alex Wolseth (STMA) 2:09.88; 3. Ethan More 2:16.49; 4. Anthony Urbanski 2:23.60; 7. Aaron Lao 2:33.57; 8. Levi Stottler 2:35.53; 9. Zach Anderson 2:37.57.

1600 Meter Run: 1. Brennen Baldwin (STMA) 4:54.40; 2. Nick Oak 4:54.48; 3. Travis Scotting 4:54.85; 4. Landon Tourville 5:07.44; 8. Frank Emerick 5:23.51; 13. Brenden Lonetti 5:41.57.

3200 Meter Run: 1. Isaac Basten (B) 9:51.72; 3. Braden Benson 10:32.15; 5. Ryan Russek 11:15.72; 7. Joey Anderson 11:17.18.

110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Connor Boster (B) 17.17; 4. Jacob Hagen 17.83; 8. Elijah Koopman 20.67; 13. Sam Lund 21.85; 14. Nathan Martenson 22.09; 16. Carter Barton 27.88.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Connor Boster (B) 44.08; 3. Elijah Koopman 47.76; 8. Sam Lund 50.46; 9. Nathan Martenson 50.82; 13. Carter Barton 53.54.

4x100 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 44.56; 2. Buffalo 50.52; 3. Buffalo 51.12.

4x200 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 1:39.53; 2. Buffalo 1:43.30; 3. Buffalo 1:55.82.

4x400 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 3:37.30; 2. Buffalo 3:45.60.

4x800 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 8:27.22; 2. Buffalo 8:47.62; 3. STMA 9:13.01; 4. Buffalo 9:17.07.

High Jump: T1. Justin Durr (B) 5-04; T4. John Leipholtz 4-10.

Pole Vault: 1. Nick Hanson (B) 13-06; 2. Ben Ruhr 11-06; T5. John Bjork 8-06; T8. Brady Coyle 8-00; T8. John Leipholtz 8-00.

Long Jump: 1. Travaris Ricks-Wesseh (STMA) 20-01.25; 9. Declan Thompson 16-01; 11. Blane Lindell 14-06.25; 12. Luke Noyes 14-03.75; 14. Sean Duncan 13-06.50; 15. Brady Coyle 13-01.50.

Triple Jump: 1. Peyton Zahler (STMA) 40-02.50; 4. Declan Thompson 33-08.50; 5. Blane Lindell 32-04.50.

Shot Put: 1. David Hanson 43-06; 6. Josh Muntifering 35-06.50; 10. Jacob Metz 32-08.25; 12. Hunter Poncius 29-05; 15. Ryan Knutsen 25-11.50.

Discus: 1. Parker Feuerborn (STMA) 130-06.50; 3. Jacob Metz 91-05; 4. David Hanson 91-01; 7. Kyle Ynceirto 76-07; 10. Josh Muntifering 74-11; 14. Hunter Poncius 61-07.


Buffalo Invite (Girls)

(Thursday, April 13 at Buffalo)

Team scores: 1. STMA 121; 2. Buffalo 25.

Individual results (1st & Bison top-5)

100 Meter Dash: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 12.58; 3. Sydney Johnson 13.49; 4. Josie Lavato 13.58; 7. Katie Lavato 13.70; 11. Julia Lowell 14.12; 14. Larissa Lynch 14.29.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 25.60; 3. Larissa Lynch 27.17; 8. Josie Lavato 28.91; 13. Ida Christensen 29.63; 14. Mya Tiernan 29.81; 20. Joakima Smith 31.36.

400 Meter Dash: 1. Izzy Ferrozzo (STMA) 1:02.28; 6. Lily Hanson 1:12.25; 8. Leslie Solis 1:16.40.

800 Meter Run: 1. Annalise Davis (STMA) 2:24.88; 2. Alexis O’Malley 2:26.10; 3. Amanda Montplaisir 2:27.39; 10. Sophia Braun 3:05.17; 11. Jaycee Knutson 3:32.20.

1600 Meter Run: 1. Annalise Davis (STMA) 5:15.05; 7. Areefa Seepersaud 6:13.38; 10. Emma Weber 6:43.40.

3200 Meter Run: 1. Anna Belair (STMA) 12:20.25; 3. Meredith Reynolds 12:57.50; 4. Kaitlin Berg 12:59.33.

100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Paige Joslyn (STMA) 17.51; 2. Amanda Sloniker 17.98; 3. Cece Miller 18.39; 5. Camile Ruehle 19.63; 9. Katie Burandt 21.00.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Paige Joslyn (STMA) 51.04; 4. Amanda Sloniker 55.14; 6. Cece Miller 58.91; 7. Jessica Schubert 59.17.

4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Buffalo (Katie Lavato, Sydney Johnson, Gabby Grage, Josie Lavato) 54.32; 3. Buffalo 59.14.

4x200 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 2:04.71; 2. STMA 2:12.51; 3. Buffalo DQ; 4. Buffalo DQ.

4x400 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 4:15.20; 2. Buffalo 4:20.50.

4x800 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 10:43.61; 2. Buffalo 11:02.07.

High Jump: 1. Lexie Nelson (STMA) 5-00; 3. Kari Zumach 4-04; T4. Rachel Huss 4-02; T4. Aivary Bouman 4-02.

Pole Vault: 1. Grace Steffens (STMA) 9-00; T2. Rachel Huss 7-06; T2. Katie Horak 7-06.

Long Jump: 1. Katelyn Tschida (STMA) 15-09.50; 3. Hailey Sorenson 13-04; 4. Katie Horak 12-11.50; 5. Emma Forcier 12-01.50; 6. Cassie McNitt 11-06; 7. Sophia Nosbush 10-08.

Triple Jump: 1. Sophia Weston (STMA) 33-04.50; 2. Hailey Sorenson 29-11; 4. Cassie McNitt 25-02.50.

Shot Put: 1. Julia Pieper (STMA) 33-01; 6. Emma Forcier 24-07.25; 9. Sam Filipi 22-09.75.

Discus: 1. Catriona Ailts (STMA) 96-00; 7. Emma Forcier 66-08; 8. Sam Filipi 53-02.



Buffalo and STMA would compete for a third consecutive meet, with the Knights again winning both boys and girls invites at Tuesday’s Rogers Triangular.

STMA boys finished first with 117 points. Buffalo was second at 65.5.

Boster again finished first in both the 110 (16.82) and 300 (43.85) hurdles. Basten was first in the 1600 (4:38.45), and senior Landon Tourville was first in the 3200 (10:36.58). Junior Ben Ruhr won pole vault. Buffalo’s 4x400 relay team of senior Tyler Johnson, senior Carter Patnode, Isaac Basten, and Nick Hanson finished first in 3:38.53.

Buffalo girls’ were third with 32.5 points. STMA was first at 172.5.

Keefer dominated the meet finishing first in the 100 (12.47), 200 (26.01), long jump (18-10.50), and triple jump (35-04.75).

Bison junior Kari Zumach was the only non-STMA athlete to finish first in the high jump at an even five feet.


Rogers Invite (Boys)

(Tuesday, April 18 at Rogers)

Team scores: 1. St. Michael-Albertville 117; 2. Buffalo 65.5; Rogers 63.5.

Individual results (1st & Bison top-5)

100 Meter Dash: 1. Mitchell Kartes (STMA) 11.38; T5. Treyton Welch 11.96; 10. Joey Farniok 12.38; 26. Cory Knudsen 13.00; 33. Wesley Wilson 13.17; 34. Ethan Brummer 13.28.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Mitchell Kartes (STMA) 23.83; 12. Dustin Sarvie 25.71; 15. Blake Gleason 25.87; 27. Andrew Johnson 26.86; 28. Cory Knudsen 27.00; 30. Declan Thompson 27.12.

400 Meter Dash: 1. Jackson Tracy (STMA) 54.24; 5. Michael Tweten 57.64.

800 Meter Run: 1. Alex Wolseth (STMA) 2:06.41; 2. Travis Scotting 2:10.13; 11. Joey Anderson 2:27.10; 13. Aaron Lao 2:27.61; 14. Jonah Forsyth 2:31.98; 15. Joshua King 2:34.77.

1600 Meter Run: 1. Isaac Basten (B) 4:38.45; 2. Braden Benson 4:47.97; 6. Joey Anderson 5:11.97; 8. Austin Willey 5:19.51; 17. Aaron Noble 5:37.45.

3200 Meter Run: 1. Landon Tourville (B) 10:36.58; 2. Ryan Russek 11:01.71; 5. Frank Emerick 11:21.54; 8. Brenden Lonetti 13:53.88.

110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Connor Boster (B) 16.82; 5. Jacob Hagen 18.14; 6. Elijah Koopman 19.14; 12. Sam Lund 21.37.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Connor Boster (B) 43.85; 3. Jacob Hagen 45.86; 4. Carter Patnode 46.15; 9. Elijah Koopman 48.05; 11. Sam Lund 50.77.

4x100 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 44.87; 3. Buffalo (Blake Gleason Tyler Johnson, Joey Farniok, Treyton Welch) 50.67. 

4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Rogers 1:36.19; 2. Buffalo (Blake Gleason, Tyler Johnson, Carter Patnode, Nick Hanson) 1:36.87.

4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Buffalo (Tyler Johnson, Carter Patnode, Isaac Basten, Nick Hanson) 3:38.53; 3. Buffalo 3:56.60.

4x800 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 8:21.63; 2. Buffalo (Travis Scotting, Ethan More, Landon Tourville, Alexei Hensel) 8:50.91.

High Jump: 1. Xavier Thurman (STMA) 6-04; 3. Justin Durr 5-10; 5. John Leipholtz 5-02.

Pole Vault: 1. Ben Ruhr (B) 11-00; T6. John Leipholtz 8-00.

Long Jump: 1. Mitchell Kartes (STMA) 20-07.50; 12. Zach Rome 16-02; T13. Devan Revolinski 16-01; 16. Declan Thompson 15-10; 18. Luke Noyes 15-02.50; 21. Alejandro Adan 14-06.75.

Triple Jump: 1. Xavier Thurman (STMA) 39-11; 6. Declan Thompson 32-08; 7. Blane Lindell 32-02.50.

Shot Put: 1. Paker Feuerborn (STMA) 44-04; 2. David Hanson 42-08.50; 10. Josh Muntifering 36-03.50; 12. Luke White 35-08.50; 14. Jacob Metz 33-07; 22. Ryan Knutsen 28-03.

Discus: 1. Zach Aanerud (R) 140-09; 7. Jacob Metz 98-03; 8. Luke White 94-00; 11. Josh Muntifering 88-09; 17. Luke Noyes 79-06; 21. Kylie Ynceirto 73-00.


Buffalo Invite (Girls)

(Tuesday, April 18 at Rogers)

Team scores: 1. St. Michael-Albertville 172.5; 2. Rogers 38; 3. Buffalo 32.5.

Individual results (1st & Bison top-5)

100 Meter Dash: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 12.47; 4. Josie Lavato 13.58; 6. Katie Lavato 13.72; 15. Julia Lowell 14.44; 17. Larissa Lynch 14.51; 18. Mya Tiernan 14.58.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 26.01; 6. Katie Lavato 28.67; 12. Mya Tiernan 30.33; 13. Larissa Lynch 30.35; 18. Julia Lowell 31.31; 19. Joakima Smith 31.34.

400 Meter Dash: 1. Izzy Ferrozzo (STMA) 1:01.96; 6. Ida Christensen 1:08.58.

800 Meter Run: 1. Mia Salas (STMA) 2:33.71; 2. Kaitlin Berg 2:39.49; 5. Sophia Wulf 2:46.99; 6. Meredith Reynolds 2:47.49; 7. Lila Hoover 2:50.57; 10. Areefa Seepersaud 2:52.32.

1600 Meter Run: 1. Paige McAloon (STMA) 5:42.18; 4. Meredith Reynolds 5:54.22; 9. Lily Hanson 6:33.98; 10. Alyssa Wallenta 6:41.02; 12. Sophia Braun 6:59.54.

3200 Meter Run: 1. Annalise Davis (STMA) 11:20.07.

100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Paige Joslyn (STMA) 17.40; 2. Amanda Slonkier 17.63; 5. Cece Miller 18.98; 7. Camille Ruehle 19.91.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Paige Joslyn (STMA) 51.29; 9. Camille Ruehle 59.25.

4x100 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 53.01.

4x200 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 1:49.83.

4x400 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 4:18.62; 2. Buffalo (Emma Latchem Rieter, Josie Lovato, Amanda Montplaisir, Emma Weber) 4:28.50.

4x800 Meter Relay: 1. STMA 10:04.66; 2. Buffalo (Emma Latchem-Rieter, Kaitlin Berg, Alexis O'Malley, Amanda Montplaisir) 10:12.30.

High Jump: 1. Kari Zumach (B) 5-00; 5. Aivary Bouman 4-06; 6. Rachel Huss 4-00.

Pole Vault: 1. Grace Steffens (STMA) 10-00; 2. Katie Horak 7-06; T4. Rachel Huss 7-00; T6. Danielle Ruhr 6-06; 9. Olivia Uecker 5-06.

Long Jump: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 18-10.50; 9. Julia Gleason 13-01.25; 10. Aivary Bouman 13-00; 12. Hailey Sorenson 12-08.50; 13. Katie Horak 12-07.25; 15. Sophia Nosbush 11-05.

Triple Jump: 1. Anna Keefer (STMA) 35-04.75; 7. Hailey Sorenson 28-11.50.

Shot Put: 1. Sam Duerr (STMA) 32-10.50; 5. Mackenzie Dircks 29-02.25; 11. Emma Forcier 23-06; 17. Samantha Filipi 20-11.

Discus: 1. Catriona Ailts (STMA) 108-08; 6. Emma Forcier 74-05; 7. Mackenzie Dircks 74-01; 16. Samantha Filipi 50-06.


Braccini’s hat trick lifts Bison past Monti

Boys LAX rallies late to win opener

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The first ever lacrosse game at Bison Field West was a memorable one for the home team.

Tyler Braccini, a first-year freshman attacker, scored his third goal of the game with 2:35 left in regulation, lifting the Buffalo boys’ lacrosse team to a 14-13 home win Tuesday night over Monticello.

Freshman midfielder Devin Huebner’s goal just 39 seconds earlier tied the score 13-13. Buffalo never led prior to Braccini’s eventual game-winning goal.

“The defenseman just backed away from me a little,” said Braccini, on describing his memorable goal. “I just cut and (senior) Hunter Landsberger made a perfect pass -- I just finished it.

The late rally was caused due to Monticello senior Casey Chiodo, a University of Minnesota recruit, scoring four of his game-high seven goals in the first half, giving the Magic an 8-6 halftime lead.

Buffalo trailed 12-7 with 5:01 left in the third quarter before rallying to score six of the game’s final seven goals.

Sophomore midfielder Ben Klein helped spark the rally assisting on Braccini’s second goal and tallying two of his own in the closing minutes of the third quarter. Junior attacker Brett Oberg’s also had a hat trick for Buffalo.

“We started a little bit rough in the first three quarters, but we all pulled together and started playing like a team that last quarter,” Braccini said.

Senior goalie Christian Marschel earned the win.

Buffalo played the game with 12 players making their varsity debut.

Huebner scored twice and won three faceoffs. Senior defender Sean Johnson collected six ground balls.

“A lot of these new guys are good athletes and have some skills,” an exhausted Bison head coach Joey Hartfiel said afterwards. “I think if we stick to our game, we can do this every night.”

Given the nature of the win, Braccini says it’s one he will never forget.

“This field is just sweet to play on,” he said. “The fans were unbelievable tonight. It was just super-fun.”


Buffalo 22, Monticello 7

(Tuesday, April 18 at Buffalo)

Magic     3   5   4   1  --   13

Bison      1   5   4   4  --   14

Buffalo Summary         

Goals: Tyler Braccini 3, Brett Oberg 3, Devin Huebner 2, Ben Klein 2, Hunter Fobbe 1, Hunter Landsberger 1, Egan Mills 1, Sam Studee 1;

Assists: Klein 3, Mills 3, Jake Braccini 1, Fobbe 1, Studee 1.

Goalie: Christian Marschel (win) 6 saves.


Adapted Softball

Bison face state’s best

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo Adapted Softball team opened the 2017 campaign with a 12-9 come-from-behind home win on Tuesday, April 11 over White Bear Lake.

Thanks to five consecutive walks by White Bear Lake pitching, the Bison grabbed an early 3-1 lead after one inning. The Bears, who qualified for last year’s state tournament, trailed 8-7 after five innings, but rallied for two runs in the sixth off Bison senior pitcher Kail Dornbusch.

Timely hits and aggressive Bison base running led to a 4-run bottom of the sixth, and a 12-9 Buffalo lead.

Dornbusch pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win. He and first-year eighth-grader Brandon Powers each had five RBI. Junior third baseman Amber Bloom had three hits. Bloom was one of a number of faces starting at a new position this year.

“We had some new faces, and players stepping into new roles,” said co-head coach Dave Kaufmann. “It was just great to get the kids out playing again.”

The Bison suffered their first taste of defeat two days later with a 13-2 road loss last Thursday, April 13 at Mounds View.

“We started out shaky on offense, and we were definitely tense,” Kaufmann said.

Buffalo trailed 8-0 after two innings to a Mounds View team that finished as state runner-up in 2015. The Bison responded with two runs in the third on RBI hits by Dornbusch and junior Park Gilmer.

“As the game went on, we were more relaxed and swung the bat better. But by that time, it was a little too late,” Kaufmann said. “Mounds View always has a lot of numbers, and are strong competitors. It was our first test against one of the stronger teams in the conference. Even though it was a tougher team, we showed great improvement from our first game.”

Buffalo (1-1) played North Suburban, the defending state champions, on Tuesday at Centennial (check next week’s issue for recap). Next up is a 4:30 p.m. home game on Thursday, April 20 against Anoka.


Wild two innings prove costly

Miscues cost Bison two games; Osseo wins duel

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

After cruising to a 3-0 record to start the 2017 season, the Bison baseball team suffered its first hiccups.

Sloppy conditions led to sloppy play as the Bison dropped back-to-back games, starting with a 7-5 road defeat last Thursday at St. Michael-Albertville.

Five Bison errors led to seven unanswered STMA runs, including a 5-run fourth inning off junior starting pitcher Bailey Erickson, who suffered a tough-luck loss, allowing just one hit over 3.1 innings.

The Knights scored seven runs, despite only collecting three hits.

Buffalo led 4-0 prior     to the five-run fourth. The Knights added two insurance runs in the fifth to take a 7-4 advantage. Bison junior Eathan Soeffker’s solo homer with one out cut the deficit to 7-5 in the seventh. STMA’s Isaiah Harken recorded the final two outs to record the save.

Soeffker was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The homer was his second of his varsity career, and the team’s second in four games. The two homers already matched last year’s season total as a team.

“We have seven-plus guys who can put it over the fence this year,” Soeffker said. 

The sloppy play continued into last Friday’s 4-0 road loss at Waconia. Soeffker started and suffered the loss after allowing four runs over 2.1 innings pitched.

With Buffalo trailing 4-3 in the sixth, Waconia extended its lead to 12-3 thanks to an eight-run inning. Three errors and four wild pitches led to the big inning. Waconia sent 12 men to the plate while only collecting two hits. Buffalo committed five errors in the field for the second straight game.

“We go out that inning and have to stand in the pouring rain. We give up eight runs, and as soon as we came off the field, the rain goes away,” said head coach Mike Beilke. “I don’t like making excuses, but those were tough playing conditions. We dropped two routine fly balls that we don’t normally drop.”

Prior to the fifth inning, Buffalo’s offense was held without a base runner until junior Tyler Brown’s leadoff single spoiled Waconia pitcher Jack Stoddard’s no-hit bid. Stoddard’s shutout bid was also foiled after Brown scored following a 2-out RBI single by senior Mitch Gabrelcik.

With two days off to regroup, Buffalo junior pitcher Tyler Brown helped restore order with a 5-hit complete game effort Monday night at Osseo.

While the pitching was solid, and the defense committed no errors, it was Osseo pitcher John Bezdicek outdueling Brown for a 1-0 victory.

The Orioles scored the game’s lone run in the third inning. Bezdicek wiggled out of two late jams for the 3-hit shutout win.

A hobbled Soeffker was held hitless in the game. Buffalo’s biggest threat came in the top of the fifth when senior Ramon Vega and Brown each reached on singles. Senior Jake Hendel drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Senior Jacob Strong was retired when he hit a hard grounder to third, but Osseo’s infield turned a 5-2-3 double play to end the threat.

“He took a good cut and three guys just made a good play on defense,” Beilke said. “We did square up some balls, but they were right at people. Their pitcher is throwing strikes, so we had guys up there taking their hacks, trying to be aggressive.”

After outscoring teams 17-4 in a 3-0 start, Buffalo has since been outscored 20-9 in a current 0-3 losing streak. The good news for the Bison is they played an error-free game against Osseo.

“From a defensive standpoint, this was good,” Soeffker said. “But we need to find our bats that we had in our first three games.”



The Bison will host on Saturday, April 29 the annual Sam Munoz Memorial Game. Buffalo varsity and junior varsity teams will host Minnetonka at 4 p.m. at Bentfield Mills. The freshmen and varsity reserves will also have games at 1 p.m.

In conjunction with the games, a silent auction will be held, with door prizes, and concessions sold. There is no admission fee. This game is to commemorate the memory of former BHS student and baseball player, Sam Munoz. Money raised goes to a scholarship given in his name to a deserving BHS senior baseball player.


St. Michael-Albertville 7, Buffalo 5

(Thursday, April 13 at STMA)

Bison          3  0  0    1  0  0   1  –     5   6   5

Knights      0  0  0    5  2  0   x  –     7   3   4     Bison hitters: Mitch Gabrelcik 1-4, R; Eathan Soeffker 3-4, 2R, RBI, K, HR; Cal James 0-2, RBI, K, SF, HBP; Ramon Vega 1-4; Kurtis Kunkel 1-3, R, RBI; Tyler Brown 0-3, K; Hunter Brings 0-1, R, 2 BB; Jacob Strong 0-2; Jack Munsterteiger 0-3, RBI, K. Totals: 7-29, 3 R, 2 RB, 3 BB, 8 K. 

Bison pitchers: Bailey Erickson (loss) 3.1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 ER 5 BB, 1 K, 56 TP; Tyler Brown 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER 1 BB, 3 K, 45 TP. Totals: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 101 TP.


Waconia 14, Buffalo 4

(Friday, April 14 at Waconia)

Bison           0  0  0    0  1  2   1  –     4   3    5

Wildcats      1  0  3    0  0  8   x  –   12   6    2  Bison hitters: Mitch Gabrelcik 2-4, RBI; Eathan Soeffker 0-3, K, HBP; Kurtis Kunkel 0-3, R, K, HBP; Ramon Vega 0-1, R, RBI, BB, 2 HBP; Cal James 0-2, 2 BB; Tyler Brown 1-3, R, RBI; Hunter Brings 0-3, K; Jacob Strong 0-1; Jake Hendel 0-1, BB, K; Luke Brings 0-0, R; Jack Munsterteiger 0-3, K. Totals: 3-24, 4 R, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K. 

Bison pitchers: Eathan Soeffker (loss) 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, TP 59; Christian Johnson 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER 1 BB, 3 K, 42 TP; Jack Munsterteiger 0.1 IP, 1 H, 7 R, 0 ER 3 BB, 0 K, 29 TP; Kurtis Kunkel 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, TP 23. Totals: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 12 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 4 K, 153 TP.


Osseo 1, Buffalo 0

(Monday, April 17 at Osseo)

Bison          0  0  0    0  0  0   0  –     0   3   0

Orioles       0  0  1    0  0  0   x  –     1   5   0    Bison hitters: Mitch Gabrelcik 0-3, K; Eathan Soeffker 0-2, BB, K; Kurtis Kunkel 0-2, BB; Ramon Vega 1-3; Cal James 1-3, K; Tyler Brown 1-3, K; Jake Hendel 0-2, BB, 2 K; Jacob Strong 0-3, K; Hunter Brings 0-2, K. Totals: 3-23, 0 R, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K. 

Bison pitchers: Tyler Brown 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 73 TP. Totals: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 73 TP.


Weather plays factor in first M8 golf meets

Boys finish third with 319

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo boys’ golf team ran into stiff competition in the first of five Mississippi 8 West meets.

St. Michael-Albertville, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A, carded a field best 292 to win the opening meet Tuesday at Fox Hollow Golf Course in St. Michael.

Buffalo had three of four golfers score in the 70s. But a team score of 319 was only good for third place. Rogers was second at 314.

Brady Groenwold fired a 1-under par 71 to earn medalist honors for the Royals.

Buffalo sophomore River Goodmanson carded a 78 to lead the Bison. Sophomore John Russett and senior Tom Russett each fired a 79. Freshman Joe Carothers was fourth with an 83.

“We struck the ball much better this meet under some cold and windy conditions,” said Buffalo head coach Paul Olson. “I was pleased how some guys overcame some crooked numbers to post good scores.”


Mississippi 8 West Meet

(Tuesday, April 18 at Fox Hollow)

Team scores: 1. St. Michael-Albertville 15-142--292; 2. Rogers 165-149--314; 3. Buffalo 162-155--319; 4. Monticello 167-154--321; 5. Big Lake 175-163--342.

Bison scores: 1-9. River Goodmanson 40-38--78; 2-11. Tom Russett 41-38--79; 3-12. John Russett 39-40--79; 4-16. Joe Carothers 42-41--83; 5-20. Nate Persson 42-43--85; 6-23. Luc Persson 49-39--88.

Individual Medalist: Brady Groenwold (Rogers) 37-34--71.


Girls edge Rogers by 21 strokes

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The second meet of the season for the Buffalo girls’ golf team resulted in higher scores, but the Bison still managed to win Tuesday’s Mississipi 8 West meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker by 21 strokes over second-place Rogers.

The Bison scored a 351. Rogers was second at 372. Freshman Sofia Morin tied for medalist honors with Rogers’ Paetyn Levis at 82, including an impressive 39 on the front nine.

The meet was the second straight win for Buffalo, who shot a 333 last April 10 at Monticello Country Club.

Both meets were played in less than ideal playing conditions.

 “No rain, no snow, but gusting winds and wet conditions from the morning rain made for a challenging day,” said head coach Debi Warpula. “We are all looking forward to a break in the weather and hopefully that comes Friday at Riverwood in Otsego. With that said, I am very proud of the girls and their great attitudes in another day full of weather challenges.”


Mississippi 8 West Meet

(Tuesday, April 18 at Pebble Creek)

Team scores: 1. Buffalo 351; 2. Rogers 372; 3. St. Michael-Albertville 381; 4. Big Lake 420; 5. Monticello 435.

Bison scores: 1. Sofia Morin 39-43--82; 2. Hanna Morin 40-47--87; 3. Morgan Wurm 44-46--90; 4. Jordan Wurm 44-48--92; 5. Aly Peeler 51-51--102; 6. Kaylee Schultz 51-53--104.

Individual Medalist: Sofia Morin (Buffalo) & Paetyn Levis (Rogers) 82.


Bison tennis dents win column at Big Lake

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo boys’ tennis team recorded its first win of the season with a 4-3 road victory Tuesday at Big Lake.

The Bison swept all three doubles points, and seventh-grader Turner Marr’s 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles proved to be the extra point.

Doubles points came from the all-senior doubles lineup with Grant Wykle and Jack Stevens at the No. 1 spot, Stone Goodmanson and Cade Stensby at No. 2, and Josh Skarin and Saami Larson at No. 3.

The win snapped a 7-game losing streak to open the season, which was extended after a 5-2 home loss last Thursday to No. 10 ranked (Class A) Mound-Westonka.

Bison doubles again played strong, winning 2-of-3 matches.

Wykle and Stevens won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles. Goodmanson and Stensby won 6-2 in a third-set tiebreaker.

An inexperienced singles lineup continued its struggles as Buffalo was defeated in straight sets in all four spots.


Mound-Westonka 5, Buffalo 2

(Thursday, April 13 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 – Tony Levens (MW) def. Nick Immel (B) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 -- Victor Nelson (MW) def. Noah Steinmetz (B) 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 -- Jack Linder (MW) def. Turner Marr (B) 7-5, 6-1; No. 4 -- Reed Kohls (MW) def. Logan Miller (B) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1.

Doubles: No. 1 – Jack Stevens/Grant Wykle (B) def. Torsten Lee/Andrew LaFortune (MW) 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 -- Stone Goodmanson/Cade Stensby (B) def. Alex Brown/Andrew Abegglen (MW) 6-0, 0-6, 6-2; No. 3 -- Jonathan Neve/Trey Courneya (MW) def. Saami Larson/Josh Skarin (B) 2-6, 6-3, (11-9).


Buffalo 4, Big Lake 3

(Tuesday, April 18 at Big Lake)

Singles: No. 1 – Spencer Mattson (BL) def. Nick Immel (B) 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 -- Zach Gibis (BL) def. Noah Steinmetz (B) 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 -- Turner Marr (B) def. Eli Flicker (BL) 6-1, 6-7, 6-1; No. 4 -- Jack Flicker (BL) def. Logan Miller (B) 7-6, 7-6.

Doubles: No. 1 – Jack Stevens/Grant Wykle (B) def. Stefan Jones/Isaiah Storm (BL) 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 -- Stone Goodmanson/Cade Stensby (B) def. Scotty Scharber/Alex Heltemes (BL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0; No. 3 -- Saami Larson/Josh Skarin (B) def. Peter Knier/Coy Bailey (BL) 6-1, 6-2.



Former student leads BHS tech crew


Thurs-Sat, April 27, 28, 29 @ 7p.m.

Sunday, April 29 @ 2p.m.

By Rob LaPlante

Sports edtior

This year’s spring musical at Buffalo High School features a familiar face directing the technical crew, but for the viewing audience, it’s a face that may not be quite as familiar.

Bekah Herdklotz, a 2011 BHS graduate, spent three years working in theater tech in high school. She later received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Technical Theater, with an emphasis in Scenic Design from North Dakota State University.

Herdklotz fondly remembers her sophomore year of fine arts at BHS.

“I auditioned for the show, “Les Miserables,” and I did not get the cast,” Herdklotz said. “That’s when I decided to do tech crew, and I never looked back after that – it’s a passion for me.”         

Herdklotz’s first major experience behind the scenes came her junior year of high school where she was a student director for both set and stage crew for the musical “Seussical.”

Her roles in tech crew expanded into One Act, including last winter’s starred state BHS’ performance of “Amber Waves.”

She continues to work at BHS this spring as tech director for the spring musical “Pippen,” a musical by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirsen, based on the original 1972 Broadway production directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

“This is a show that can be done a lot of different ways,” Herdklotz said. “The concept that HD (Tracy Hagstrom Durant) our director came up with was a circus theme. There will be a circus pole in the back as well as a red and white curtain to represent the circus tent. We are trying to add opportunities for levels so that grandmas and families can see all their kids’ shining faces.”

The circus theme brings elicit colors and fast-paced action to the set.

She says this musical reminds her of the one she directed her senior year at BHS.

“It’s really fun for me coming back, because my senior musical we did “Godspell,” and the theme we did was a circus,” Herdklotz said. “I’m kind of re-inventing my show from my senior year for this show.”

One major change from her senior year to the current production is the increase of bodies joining the tech crew. “Pippen” currently has 35 students working in some form of capacity in tech.

“Thirty-five is an impressive number,” Herdklotz said. “When I was in high school, there were only about 6-8 tech kids, so there has been a drastic increase in the number of kids interested in doing tech since I graduated in 2011.”

Junior Harrison Bjorback is one of the many taking on lead roles behind the scenes.

Bjorback is the Student Tech Director and also helps with assignment controls for the Deck Chief Stage Left.

“I’m next in command after Bekah,” Bjorkack said. “A lot of my job is supervising and making sure people are doing things right.”

A total of 16 tech members received lead assignments based on hours put in during rehearsals.

Bjorback admits, the addition of Herdklotz can be both a blessing and a challenge.

“Getting to know another person who is in charge of you is the most difficult thing to adjust to,” Bjorback said. “But I knew her from doing the One Act Play, so I knew she was an amazing person. In the past, it’s been really hard with this many people. With Bekah being here, she has taught us how to be a little more independent, and we actually have jobs for everybody.”

Other key people behind the scenes include: Cierra Fagerlie (Stage Manager), Jack Stonesifher (Light Board Operator), Teagan Woods (Spot Light Operator), Tate Stevens-Aldrich (Spot Light Operator), Tye Van Pelt (Sound Board Operator), and Sam Happe (Microphone Wrangler). Joining Bjorback as lead Dark Crew Stage Left include: Micah Kafka, Kyra Nygard, Emma Stout, and Lauren Cepress. Dark Crew State Right leads include: Grace Happe, Aspen Jaeger, Melanie Linzbach, Josh Thielen, and Maddie Carlson.

Other tech crew contributors include: Paige Bistocleau, Payton Diel, Kelly Winczewski, Brandon Otten, Kyra Berggren, Daniela Correa Rodriguez, Joshua Sperr, Abbie Pohl, Lucy Johnson, Abby Lane, Erika Michaels, Emma Staut, Mariah Scheuermann, Jack Lanners, Meaghyn Kramer, Teagan Saylor, Emmaline McGarvey, Abby Luo, and Peyton Retterath.

With so many faces, Herdklotz says one of the more challenging projects leading up to the first of four public performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Performing Arts Center is the painting.

“We are doing a lot of detailed-oriented painting,” she said. “Trying to coordinate 35 kids in a space we’re trying to share with actors to do painting can be a lot of hard work. We haven’t had a ton of time to put this together, but kids are never bored. If they are standing around without a job, I told them to come find me and I will give them a job. With how many tech kids there are, I need them to keep an eye on me just as much as I need to keep an eye on them.”

While tech kids rarely are seen in the spotlight, the entire ensemble knows the importance of what goes on behind the scenes – something Herdklotz explains as a hidden talent.

“This group of kids hasn’t had any attitude where they felt I’m here because I didn’t get let in the cast,” Herdklotz said. “At my last school, I had kids that didn’t get casted and they did tech and absolutely loved it. These kids put in a lot of work and we try and make it a fun environment. This is classified as an activity and I want them to feel like it’s an activity.”



Buffalo suffers defeat; improves to 5-0 in M8

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

It wasn’t her best stuff, but junior pitcher Morgan DeMarais improved to 4-0 with a complete-game 13-9 win last Thursday at home over St. Michael-Albertville.

Fresh off her perfect-game performance in her previous outing last April 11 against Monticello, DeMarais allowed nine runs (five earned), and nine hits over seven innings against the Knights.

“Morgan had a couple control problems,” said head coach Brad Zrust. “Her drop ball that she had against Monticello wasn’t there. I think with her knee, there will be some games this year where she’s off a bit.”

Despite allowing two homers and a season-high nine runs, Buffalo never trailed in the contest. Sophomore Jordan Zrust scored a first-inning run and Buffalo led 4-0 after two. STMA trailed 5-4, but a seven-run bottom of the fifth opened up a 12-4 advantage for the Bison.

Senior Kenzie Johnson, junior Katie Carlson, and senior Autumn Senger each homered in the fifth inning. The Knights made things interesting scoring four runs in the seventh. Molly Wilde hit a 2-run homer to start the inning.

“The wind was a little favorable that day,” Coach Zrust said. “But the Johnson and Senger hits were no doubters.

After going 0-for-4 in her first two games, Senger responded with three hits in the next two contests.

“Autumn had a couple hitless games, but she was hitting some at’em balls,” Zrust said. I wasn’t too worried about her slow start. I was just hoping she wouldn’t get frustrated.”

Johnson and Jordan Zrust each went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Senior Nikki Goeb had two hits and scored three runs.

The win improved Buffalo’s conference and overall record to 4-0.



Monday’s makeup home game versus Blaine resulted in Buffalo’s first home defeat – a 14-6 loss.

Poor defense got the best of Buffalo’s pitching staff, allowing eight unearned runs to score. DeMarais struggled through the first four innings allowing seven hits and eight runs (5 earned). Hansen allowed five runs (1 earned) over two innings in relief. Zrust allowed one unearned run to score in one inning of work.

The Bengals scored in every inning but the second. Buffalo’s offense kept pace until Blaine scored three runs in the fifth, and four more in the sixth.

Carlson was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, and three RBI. Hansen was 2-for-3 with two homers, and senior Codi Zwack was a perfect 3-for-3. Buffalo’s three homers bring their season total to nine. Hansen leads the team with four.

Making her first start of the season, Zrust pitched four shutout innings leading the Bison (5-1) to a 13-0 win Tuesday at Princeton in five innings. The Bison scored six runs in the top of the fifth and Hansen pitched a scoreless bottom half to 10-run the Tigers. Hansen also had three hits and five RBI.


Buffalo 13, St. Michael-Albertville 9

(Thursday, April 13 at Buffalo)

Knights 0  0  2    1  1  1   4  –   9   9   3

Bison    1  3  0    1  7  1   x  – 13 12   1

Bison hitters: Katie Carlson 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR; Jordan Zrust 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double; Emily Hansen 1-2, R, BB; Autumn Senger 1-3, R, 3 RBI, 2 K, HR; Sarah Hudson 0-4, K; Nikki Goeb 2-4, 3 R; Kenzie Johnson 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR; Codi Zwack 1-3, R, RBI; Shelby Stoll 0-2, R; Claire Boser 0-2; Kim Olson 0-1. Totals: 12-33, 13 R, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K.

Bison pitchers: Morgan DeMarais (win) 7 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Totals: 7 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.


Blaine 14, Buffalo 6

(Monday, April 17 at Buffalo)

Bengals2  0  2    2  3  4   1  – 14  13   2

Bison    2  0  1    1  0  1   1  –   6  12   4 

Bison hitters: Katie Carlson 4-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 doubles, SB Jordan Zrust 0-4, K; Emily Hansen 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 HR, SB; Autumn Senger 0-4, K; Sarah Hudson 2-4; Nikki Goeb 1-4, K; Kenzie Johnson 0-4, R; Codi Zwack 3-3, R; Claire Boser 0-3. Totals: 12-33, 6 R, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K.

Bison pitchers: Morgan DeMarais (loss) 4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Emily Hansen 2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Jordan Zrust 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Totals: 7 IP, 10 H, 14 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.


Buffalo 13, Princeton 0 (5 inn.)

(Tuesday, April 18 at Princeton)

Bison    2  4  0   1  6   –  13  12   0

Tigers   0  0  0   0  0    –   0    3   0

Bison hitters: Katie Carlson 1-2, 2 R, RBI, BB; Jordan Zrust 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI; Emily Hansen 3-4, R, 5 RBI; Autumn Senger 0-3, RBI; Sarah Hudson 1-4, R; Nikki Goeb 1-2, R; Kenzie Johnson 1-2, R; Codi Zwack 1-2, R, RBI; Shelby Stoll 0-1, 2 R; Claire Boser 0-0, R, BB; Kim Olson 1-1, R. Totals: 12-25, 13 R, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K.

Bison pitchers: Jordan Zrust (win) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K: Emily Hansen 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Totals: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.


‘Backpack Buddies’ provides food to local families in need

By Doug Voerding

Staff reporter

The strong support of the community for “Backpack Buddies” provides much needed food for the weekends for students at all of the District 877 schools.

And, every Wednesday, students at the District 877 wRight Choice program learn about community service as they fill those backpacks. wRight Choice is a nationally-recognized alternative program for students temporarily suspended from Wright County schools.

At the end of each week during the school year, more than 200 children take one of those backpacks home, available by request to those families that qualify for free school lunches.

Backpack Buddies is administered by wRight Choice lead teacher Joy Turner. Turner, who applies for funding grants, also orders the non-perishable food for the packing that is done at wRight Choice in the basement of the Wright County Courthouse.

Said Turner, “The benefit of having the Backpack Buddies program intertwined with wRight Choice is that it provides students with an opportunity to directly impact the community in a positive way. wRight Choice students are making a difference in the lives of District 877 students, and they are also developing leadership skills that they will bring back to their home district. This program thrives on community involvement and student volunteer work.”

Backpack Buddies would not be possible, however, without community involvement. Backpack Buddies costs an estimated $15,000 per year and is funded totally by contributions of both money and food.

Wright County Area United Way is a major contributor to the program as is CentraSota, United Methodist Church, Buffalo Lions Club, and individual members of the community.

Other local organizations contribute to the program including Buffalo Food Shelf, Wright County Court Administration, and Wright County Court Services.

District 877 teachers and staff donated food and money last fall during the Back-to-School workshop week.

Community volunteers Dale Schroeder and Scott Larsen deliver the backpacks to the schools. Students at Phoenix Learning Center assist in packing on a regular basis. District 877 school secretaries and counselors help return the empty backpacks each week.

And, even more community help is always welcome.

Members of the community are always welcome to donate their time by filling backpacks.  Contact Joy Turner at 763-684-2395 to set up at time to help.

People can donate food by bringing it to the Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo or to Buffalo High School. Cub Foods has a donation box near the checkout lanes for Backpack Buddies.

Backpack Buddies also accepts money donations. Checks of any size should be made out to “Backpack Buddies” and can be sent to District 877 Business Office, c/o Joy Turner, 214 1st Ave. NE, Buffalo, MN 55313.

Turner said that a special donation of $1200 last December allowed wRight Choice the opportunity to provide Christmas food and gift baskets to all of the schools in Wright County. Each partnering wRight Choice school received a holiday basket to give to a student in their school.

Community support does make a difference in the lives of the wRight Choice students and for the families who are in need of good food every day of the week.