The Princeton Union-Eagle » Sports http://unioneagle.com Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:18:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tiger Girls beat Brainerd in OT http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/tiger-girls-beat-brainerd-in-ot/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/tiger-girls-beat-brainerd-in-ot/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:23:57 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111984 SPORTS ROUND-UP:   Princeton girls hockey improved its early record to 5-1 with a 4-3 overtime victory over visiting Brainerd Nov. 21. Erica Schramel skated to the high slot, picked up a pass from down low, and one-timed the game-winner home just 26 seconds into OT.

Goals by Raegan Anderson and Maddy Peterson had the Tigers out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the second period. Maggie Peterson’s goal moved Princeton ahead 3-1 in the third, but the Warriors worked back, getting the tying goal with 47 seconds left in regulation. Kara Schramel stood tall on 18 saves for the win.

“Brainerd is a very tough Class AA hockey club. They have a new coaching staff and were a very solid challenge for us,” said Tiger Coach Paul McElhone.

The night before, his girls blanked Northern Lakes 6-0 as K. Schramel made 28 saves for the first shutout of the season. Bridget Walter had two goals and an assist in the win, and both E. Schramel and Maggie Peterson collected a pair of assists. Scoring solo goals were Larkin Walter, Kenzie Skuza, Jordan Blomquist and Alanna Mattson.

The Tigers earned their first Mississippi 8 win of the season with a 4-1 effort over Rogers Nov. 18. Goals by B. Walter, E. Schramel and Skuza had the team up 3-0 10:25 into action, with Eden Betzler adding an insurance goal in the second.

Storm tops Tiger boys hoops

Princeton boys basketball opened the season with a 76-61 loss to visiting Sauk Rapids Nov. 21. TIGER SCORING VS. STORM: Brady Peterson 29, Aaron Embertson 10, Tanner Kinney 9, Ben Jungroth 6, Eric Norman 3, Marqus Flicek 3, Eli Schimming 1

Princeton: 12/26 free throws, 7 for 25 from three, 21 for 61 from the field.
Brady Peterson added 8 rebounds and 4 steals.
Eric Norman added 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Aaron Embertson added 3 steals and 4 assists
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Senior Jenna Doyle signs on with Jamestown hoops http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/senior-jenna-doyle-signs-on-with-jamestown-hoops/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/senior-jenna-doyle-signs-on-with-jamestown-hoops/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:21:07 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111980 Princeton senior Jenna Doyle will send her multi-sport athleticism to the University of Jamestown (N.D.) after she signed an agreement to join the college’s women’s basketball team next season.

Doyle with her tall frame is a four-year starter for the Tiger girls varsity squad. Last season, she averaged 9.1 points/game and grabbed 179 rebounds for Princeton. She also swatted 52 shots and made 24 steals from her post position. Jenna is also coming off a fantastic tennis season for the State-entrant Tigers.

Princeton senior Jenna Doyle signs to attend and play basketball for the University of Jamestown next school year. Next to her at the Nov. 12 ceremony were parents Denise and Mike Doyle.

Princeton senior Jenna Doyle signs to attend and play basketball for the University of Jamestown next school year. Next to her at the Nov. 12 ceremony were parents Denise and Mike Doyle.

“I really love the smaller schools and how personal they were up there. I talked with the coach (Greg Ulland) a few times, and I really like him. He’s really awesome. I went to the campus and I love how the campus felt. And it felt like the right choice, ” said Doyle. “Princeton grad Kadie Savage is up there playing for the Jimmies, and so is last year’s graduate Jack Sinkel.”

Savage is a senior for the Jimmies this winter who has 311 points and 137 rebounds over her career at Jamestown. McKenzie Bebo of St. Michael-Albertville is also on the women’s hoops roster at Jamestown which has a 4-3 start of this season after going 27-4 in the 2013-2014 campaign.

“Coach Ulland kind of mentioned that I could play either center or forward at the college level, so I could be both in the lane or outside. That would mix it up a little bit, so it should be good,” said Doyle. As for what parts of the game she wants to specifically work on this winter, she described, “I would say being aggressive when attacking the basket– leaning in instead of fading back. Always need to improve my ball-handling, too.”

Doyle and the Tigers are in their second week of practice and have a nice stack of scrimmages over the early going to further challenge them. Coach Andrew Fenske has  the team opening with a weekend up north when they take on Duluth East Friday, Dec. 5 (7 p.m.), do a little team bonding with a hotel stay, then play at Hermantown for a 1:30 p.m. matinee match on Saturday, Dec. 6.

“We have everyone returning on varsity, and we worked a lot in the off-season. So I’m super-excited for this season. Practices have been going well so far, and we have a lot of energy. Yeah– it should be a really good season,” Doyle projected.

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Tiger Girls Hockey opens with win http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/tiger-girls-hockey-opens-with-win/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/tiger-girls-hockey-opens-with-win/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:26:14 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111822 Opening the season on the road Nov. 11, Princeton girls hockey recorded a 6-5 win at Hutchinson. Maggie Peterson scored the first goal of the season, with teammates Kenzie Skuza and Larkin Walter also netting shots for a 3-1 lead in the first period. Larkin W. finished with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Kara Schramel returned to the nets to make 25 saves against the Hutch Tigers.

Princeton’s next two games will be at home:  Thursday, Nov. 13 against North Metro and Saturday, Nov. 15 against Silver Bay (both 7 p.m. starts).

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State berths for two more Tigers http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/state-berths-for-two-more-tigers/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/state-berths-for-two-more-tigers/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:16:34 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111815 A successful Autumn 2014 for Princeton High sports will conclude at one more State meet since Tiger juniors Montana Lawrence and Megan Gourley extended the season after last weekend’s Section 5A finals.

Montana Lawrence cutting through the water in the Nov. 7 Section 5A 500 Freestyle prelims. Lawrence beat the State standard while placing third in that event in Saturday’s finals in Duluth.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Montana Lawrence cutting through the water in the Nov. 7 Section 5A 500 Freestyle prelims. Lawrence beat the State standard while placing third in that event in Saturday’s finals in Duluth. Photo by Greg Hunt

Swimming in the fancy new pool at Duluth’s Lincoln Park school on the hill, Lawrence placed third in both the 500 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle races. Her 500 time of 5:28.03 advanced her to State since it was lower than the qualification standard. She also broke her team record in the 200 Free finals at 2:01.5 while just missing the State standard.

Gourley had a very consistent diving day which began early on Saturday morning and continued into the afternoon finals. She held third place throughout the competition, finishing with an 11-dive mark of 356.65 points which placed her behind Big Lake’s Mallary Dick and Monticello’s Taylor Boraas. The top four divers from the section moved on to the Nov. 12 Class A diving prelims.

The next highest placing for the Tigers came in the 200 Medley Relay where Gabby Donais, Amanda Johnson, Emma Carlberg and Lawrence came in fifth at 2:05.9. Princeton ended up eighth in the final team standings behind defending champ Monticello.

Tiger junior Megan Gourley earned her first State trip by placing third in Section 5A Diving on Saturday.  Photo courtesy of Karen Donais

Tiger junior Megan Gourley earned her first State trip by placing third in Section 5A Diving on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Karen Donais

“Our girls did very well at sections this year! There were numerous big time drops and very exciting swims,” noted Princeton Coach Sarah Durch.

More Tiger results from the section events:

• 200 Free Relay– Amanda Johnson, Stevie Stewart, Gabby Donais & Lawrence 8th, 1:51.7.

• 200 IM– Clara Skeim and Emma Carlberg, tied for 23rd at 2:46.8; Megan Carlberg 25th, 2:49.0.

• 50 Free– Donais 23rd, 27.8; Johnson 25th, 28.1; Stewart 31st, 29.1.

• Diving– Jordan Spencer 20th, 155.5 pts.

• 100 Butterfly– E. Carlberg 18th, 1:13.5; Sophie Hoffer 19th, 1;13.7; M. Carlberg 24th, 1:18.4.

• 100 Free– Spencer 26th, 1:03.7.

• 500 Free– Drew Hansen 21st, 6:31.1: Zoe Thorson 26th, 6:44.5.

• 100 Backstroke– Johnson 8th, 1:10.5; Hoffer 10th, 1:09.2; Donais 12th, 1:09.9.

100 Breaststroke– Beth Milam 20th, 1:22.9; Kaitlyn Dierks 28th, 1:28.2.

400 Free Relay– Thorson, M. Carlberg, Hansen & E. Carlberg 10th, 4:19.9.

Section 5A Team standings: Monticello 450, Big Lake 353, Foley 313.5, Sauk Rapids 277, Proctor-Hermantown 171, Cloquet-E-C 160, Becker 146, Princeton 135, Milaca 108.5, Ogilvie 69.

Emma Carlberg came in 18th in the 100 Butterfly and tied teammate Clara Skeim in the 200 IM at sections.

Emma Carlberg came in 18th in the 100 Butterfly and tied teammate Clara Skeim in the 200 IM at sections.

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Fall trap shooters finish 3rd in conference http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/fall-trap-shooters-finish-3rd-in-conference/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/fall-trap-shooters-finish-3rd-in-conference/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:31:32 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111773 Princeton’s James Hill and Michael Murphy on the Minnesota Sportsman’s Club range.  Photos submitted by Coach Michelle Cunningham

Princeton’s James Hill and Michael Murphy on the Minnesota Sportsman’s Club range. Photos submitted by Coach Michelle Cunningham

For the fall competitive shooting season, the Princeton  Trap team finished third in the Conference 4 standings behind Richfield-Holy Angels and McGregor-Aitkin-Cromwell. Other members in the conference were Roseau, Blackduck, Woodbury and Bloomington Jefferson.

In the overall standings, Princeton junior Matt Hofstad tied for 26th out of 1,520 athletes, and sophomore Reed Hamers tied for 71st. Sophomores Peter Hanson, JC Westling, and David Mach were more top shooters with scores averaging above 20.

Also making up the Princeton Trap team were SR James Hill; JRS Michael Murphy, Corey Karst;  SOPHS Cole Akemann, Colter Salmonson, Jack Radke; 9TH GRADE Ben Noard, Ashton Cunningham, Dylan Leiding, Hunter Bryant, Shane Wetrosky; 8TH Alyssa Schmeaedeka; and 6TH Charles Elllingson

Overall this fall, there were 67 trap teams across the state divided into 11 conferences based on team numbers.

“The season consisted of one practice/reserve week, which started the week of Sept. 14, and five competition weeks. We competed at Minnesota Sportsman’s Club in Zimmerman on Monday nights,” commented Coach Michelle Cunningham. “It was a great season, and we are so proud of the growth in our athletes.”

Three Princeton members also shot in the skeet portion of the fall season. Matt Hofstad was tied for 9th place overall and James Hill was 15th place overall out of 119 athletes. Alyssa Schmaedeka was in 8th place for the girls.

The Fall 2014 Princeton Trap Shooting team (Row 1, l-r): Matt Hofstad,  JC Westling, Ben Noard, Hunter Bryant, Alyssa Schmaedeka, Reed Hamers, David Mach, Peter Hanson, and Cole Akemann, (Row 2) Jack Radke, Ashton Cunningham, James Hill, Shane Wetrosky, Corey Karst, Charlie Ellingston, and Michael Murphy. Not pictured: Colter Salmonson and Dylan Leiding.

The Fall 2014 Princeton Trap Shooting team (Row 1, l-r): Matt Hofstad, JC Westling, Ben Noard, Hunter Bryant, Alyssa Schmaedeka, Reed Hamers, David Mach, Peter Hanson, and Cole Akemann, (Row 2) Jack Radke, Ashton Cunningham, James Hill, Shane Wetrosky, Corey Karst, Charlie Ellingston, and Michael Murphy. Not pictured: Colter Salmonson and Dylan Leiding.

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Neubauer follows footsteps as PHS baseball coach http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/neubauer-follows-footsteps-as-phs-baseball-coach/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/neubauer-follows-footsteps-as-phs-baseball-coach/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:28:18 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111769 Like father, like son.

That’s an old saying that has different connotations but fits exactly for Jordan Neubauer being named Princeton High School’s newest baseball coach.

Jordan Neubauer

Jordan Neubauer

Neubauer, 26, follows in the footsteps of his father, Paul, who was boys basketball coach at PHS for five years starting in 1994.

And the Oct. 7 decision by the Princeton School Board to hire Neubauer continues a legacy for baseball coaches at Princeton.

Steve Davis, a 1970 Princeton grad, succeeded Howard Solheim in 1980 after Solheim coached for 17 years. PHS grad (1996) Jesse Zimmer took over for Davis in 2005 and now Neubauer, a 2007 PHS graduate, has taken the reins.

He becomes only the fourth baseball coach at Princeton in the past 51 years.

Neubauer is in his second year of teaching math at Princeton Middle School after one year of doing the same at Pelican Rapids following his 2012 graduation from Southwest State in Marshall.

He majored in elementary education at Southwest with an emphasis in middle school math.

“I knew I wanted to teach at the middle school level and I always had a passion for math,” Neubauer said.

There was a family background for the job at Pelican Rapids, where he was also the assistant varsity baseball coach.

His mother, Kim Neubauer, a physical education teacher at Princeton’s South Elementary, was a graduate there and his grandfather Rex Haugen was basketball coach there for more than 30 years.

Since coming to Princeton, Neubauer has been ninth-grade basketball coach and a volunteer coach with the varsity baseball program.

His interest in being a coach began in high school at Princeton where he played baseball, football and basketball, and was a captain in basketball and baseball.

“There were a lot of coaches here who had a positive impact on me, like Doug Patnode, Eric Bjurman and Jesse Zimmer,” he said.

And then at Southwest State, head baseball coach Paul Blanchard continued that influence, Neubauer said, especially the philosophy of being team-oriented.

“I actually wanted to be a basketball coach,” Neubauer said. “My dad being a coach had an impact on me. But I realized my personality was better suited for baseball.”

Neubauer said Zimmer, his former baseball coach who retired from the job in June, has been “nothing but helpful” since he got the job.

“He’s been very supportive and he’s more of a friend now (than when he was Neubauer’s coach). Now we’re colleagues and it’s an interesting dynamic.”

Troy Kinney, another PHS grad who is the head Legion baseball coach and had Jesse Zimmer as his assistant, will continue as assistant coach for Neubauer. And Jules Zimmer, Jesse’s father, will stay on as ninth-grade coach. Jesse will volunteer at the ninth-grade level, Neubauer said.

Captains will be Sam Archer, Eric Norman and  Nick Zeroth.

Neubauer said he hopes to be a “player’s coach” but will nonetheless have lofty goals for them.

“I have very high expectations of how they conduct themselves, both on and off the field,” he said. “They should always being representing Princeton baseball.

“Getting kids to be good citizens comes first. I want them to approach failures and success with class.”

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PHS grad Klaphake gets start as a coach http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/phs-grad-klaphake-gets-start-as-a-coach/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/11/phs-grad-klaphake-gets-start-as-a-coach/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:26:53 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111765 Phillip Klaphake, a 2009 graduate of Princeton High School who rewrote St. Cloud State’s record book as a four-year starter at quarterback, is now a grad assistant coach at SCSU.

Phil Klaphake on the 2013 SCSU football team

Phil Klaphake on the 2013 SCSU football team

He’s coaching the receivers, some of whom he threw to last season, and is helping with recruiting.

He’s wanted to be a football coach since he was a student at Princeton Middle School and looks at this opportunity as the beginning of a quest to be a college football coach.

“I’m living my dream,” he said in an Oct. 30 St. Cloud Times story.

He puts in 12-hour days at school (he’s taking classes to finish his master’s degree in educational administration and leadership) and then sometimes watches film at home at night of possible recruits.

He plans to be the receivers coach for SCSU again in 2015 and then see what turns up next in the coaching profession.

“I’m not worried about five or 10 years from now,” he said in the Times story. ”I’m worried about tomorrow. I just want to be coaching football somewhere in the future.”

Klaphake threw for 11,261 yards for the Huskies and was twice a Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s equal to the storied Heisman Trophy) finalist.

He also ran for 2,515 yards and is only the third Division II player ever to throw for more than 10,000 and run for more than 2,000.

He ran for 699 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, and passed for 3,548 yards and 31 touchdowns.

PHS connection continues at St. Cloud

Karl Eichinger, a 2012 Princeton High School grad, is the starting left tackle on offense for the St. Cloud State football team this season.

Eichinger, 6-5 and 285 pounds, was one of Klaphake’s protectors last season when he started as a sophomore and was named to the All-NSIC North Division first team.

He had a 36-2 wrestling record at PHS as a senior and was originally recruited by SCSU as a wrestler after finishing third in the state.

But he decided to try football and was eventually switched from the defensive line to the offensive line.

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Tigers tipped by Hermantown in section semifinals http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/tigers-tipped-by-hermantown-in-section-semifinals/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/tigers-tipped-by-hermantown-in-section-semifinals/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:11:05 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111607 Princeton's Dylan Petschl delivered a hit and tackle on special teams in the Oct. 25 semifinals battle at Hermantown.

Princeton’s Dylan Petschl delivered a hit and tackle on special teams in the Oct. 25 semifinals battle at Hermantown.

Hermantown quarterback Kole Zuidmulder snuck in a late 1-yard touchdown, then he hit tight end Zack Brendon for the go-ahead two-point conversion to lift the No. 2 seed Hawks over No. 3 Princeton 22-21 in the Section 7AAAA semifinals held the evening of Oct. 25.

Princeton received two touchdowns from QB sam Archer and one from wide receiver Tanner Palmborg to open up a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Hermantown will take on No. 1 seed Cloquet in the Section 7AAAA championship Oct. 31 at Duluth Public Schools Stadium. Defending champ Cloquet downed Grand Rapids 44-24 in the earlier semifinals on Saturday.

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Tiger Soccer falls in State quarterfinals http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/tiger-soccer-falls-in-state-quarterfinals/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/tiger-soccer-falls-in-state-quarterfinals/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:15:18 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111599 Princeton's Kieran Lekatz (40) shadows Hill-Murray's Callyn Loughrey during the Oct. 23 State quarterfinal match at St. Cloud State.

Princeton’s Kieran Lekatz (40) shadows Hill-Murray’s Callyn Loughrey during the Oct. 23 State quarterfinal match at St. Cloud State.

PLAYOFF UPDATES:  The Princeton girls soccer squad ran into slick-passing Hill-Murray in the Class A quarterfinals at SCSU Oct. 23. The Pioneers’ Callyn Loughrey netted three goals to lead her team to a 5-0 win to end the Tigers’ season.

Hill-Murray will next take on top-seed Minneapolis Washburn in the Oct. 29 semifinals back on the SCSU turf. Orono and Park Center are still alive in the other half of the brackets.

Princeton Football on to Hermantown

For the second time in three seasons, Princeton will travel to Hermantown for a football playoff game when they match up in the Saturday, Oct. 25 Section 7AAAA semifinal battle. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

The Tigers opened the playoffs with a 48-24 victory over Duluth Denfeld Oct. 21.

Princeton Volleyball finishes at Elk River

Host Elk River swept Princeton 3-0 in the Oct. 22 opening round of the Section 7AAA volleyball playoffs. The Elks next travel to No. 2 seed North Branch for the Oct. 24 quarterfinals.

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Tiger Tennis 6th at State tourney http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/tiger-tennis-6th-at-state-tourney/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/tiger-tennis-6th-at-state-tourney/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:06:14 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111594 Bri and Kelsey Dorr competing in the opening round of the Class AA Doubles tourney Oct. 23 on the U of M campus.

Bri and Kelsey Dorr competing in the opening round of the Class AA Doubles tourney Oct. 23 on the U of M campus.

The Princeton girls enjoyed an extended stay on the U of M Baseline Center courts during this week’s Class AA tournament. In the Team tourney, the Tigers went 1-2 to finish in 6th place, with their lone win coming 4-3 against St. Cloud Tech in the consolation semifinals. Princeton opened with a 7-0 loss to No. 2 seed Prior Lake and finished with a 6-1 loss to Rochester Mayo.

The Tigers’ individual entrants, Bri and Kelsey Dorr, also got in extra matches in the Class AA Doubles tourney. They opened with a tough three-set loss to SC Tech’s Kedrowski & Eisenreich. The Dorr sisters stayed alive by defeating an entry from Coon Rapids before bowing to a Mahtomedi twosome in two sets.

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