Wheelin’ With WEB

By Bill Bentson                                                                                        Jan. 16, 2020

                                                                                                                                                Vol. 5, No. 13


              ‘Weathered’ last night’s ‘cold blitz’.  I took a little nap between 7 and 9 p.m. (Wednesday) so I would be awake around midnight, at which time I would go out and start my truck.  After doing some stats, I went out about 1 a.m. (Thursday).  When I started my truck, my external temperature gauge read -7.  I let the truck warm up for a while and then went for a drive, just around town.  When I returned to the front of the house, probably seven minutes later, the temperature was -17.  It was clear, but cold!

              We’ve had some problems in the past with our water freezing up, in the house.  All was well, thanks to my running the faucet every 4-5 hours. 

              They’re saying (the weatherman/person) that we could get, up to eight inches of snow, later Friday and into Saturday.  We have our Hall of Fame Showcase on Saturday, so hope I can make it for the games.  I think I’ll take off from here (Halstad) sometime today, stop in Pillager for their game, and then head down to St. Michael and stay at Jacquie’s place.  Carol is already there, dog-setting.  I suppose I’ll be running (driving) back and forth for the next few weeks. 

              The final college football rankings came out, after LSU beat Clemson in the championship game.  Our Minnesota Gophers were ranked at #10 in the AP poll, and in the Coaches rankings.  LSU was first, naturally, Clemson was second and then followed by Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon, Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Penn State and then Minnesota.  Other Big 10 teams in the top 25; Wisconsin (#11), Iowa (#15), and Michigan (#18).  Rankings are ‘recognition’ only.  If you remember, we beat Penn State and Wisconsin and Iowa beat us.  The pollsters must have really liked our win over Auburn. 

              In the final ‘Playoff Selection Committee’ rankings, we were at #18, with Iowa at #16, Michigan at #14, Penn State at #10, Wisconsin at #8 and Ohio State at #2.  Auburn was at #12.

              I think I read some place that the last time we were in the final top 10 rankings, was back in 1962 (the year I graduated from Windom h.s.).

              And by the way, North Dakota State (#1 in the FCS, beat James Madison) is going to play Oregon in their season opener next fall.  Oregon’s second game is against Ohio State.  The other night at a basketball game, a NDSU fan commented; wouldn’t it be a ‘hoot’ if NDSU beat Oregon, and then Oregon turned around and beat ‘The’ Ohio State!

              I was wrong.  Didn’t get any more ‘memorable moments’, so will report on the two. 

              I first heard from Carlyn Kraabel.  He wrote this…

Bill, Remember me – I’m the Agriculture teacher, FFA Advisor and Senior Class Advisor,

the fellow who ran the sports concessions during the first nine years of Fillmore Central.

I retired in 2002 after 30 years of teaching, then I went to work for Hawkeye Stages in

Decorah, Iowa building the student historic travel program.  I retired from Legacy Tour &

Travel of Hawkeye Stages in June of this year at the age of 77.

            Your article is the first thing that I read when the Bluff Country Reader arrives in my

mailbox.  It’s interesting to hear some of the sports from the Northwestern part of Minnesota.

I have one brother living in Bemidji and another brother living just south of Perham. We five

Brothers were raised on a small dairy farm located between Belgrade & New London, MN.

We went to the Belgrade school after 6 years in rural country school.

            I have several favorite memories of 2019:  In sports it would be watching Spring Grove

playing in the MN State High School Tournament.  I know that the Henning team beat Spring Grove

by a wide margin, but the Grover boys regrouped and beat a good team to place third in the

tournament. Also in sports it was gratifying to see the Minnesota Gophers football team play

exciting football and put together a nice win streak.  In my work it was retiring after 50 years of

work and still wanting to work.  In farming it was seeing my farm produce the highest corn yield

that I’ve ever seen on my land – 262 bushel per acre dry.  Family:  Seeing two grandkids off to

college and both of them doing very well in school.


            Keep your article going and keep traveling…………….Respectfully, Carlyn G. Kraabel

              I do remember you Carlyn.  Thanks for the info…Keep following those Lions.  They’re down a bit this year, but they’ll be back. Great coaching staff; Wade Grinde, Al Lochner, Dave Konz, Tom Vix, Aric Elton and Matt Rosaaen.  Wade does a great job, and then add Tom, wow!  And I know Al and Dave have been on the staff for several years. 

              I also got a note from Nancy Dahly.  Here’s what she had to say.  “Happy New Year!!  I am probably the least likely person you will hear from regarding sports!  Your Wheelin' headline caught my eye.  My most memorable sporting moment of 2019 was the NCAA AAC Womens semi-finals at the Mohegan Sun  Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on March 10.  UCONN  81- vs USF -45.  Front row seats, my 3yr.old met the UCONN Huskie (ON HIS BIRTHDAY), and we were on national TV each time they were at that end of the court!  Rick took a TV pic - not very complimentary but serves as proof!  YES - it was memorable. Mike's wife is  Senior Compliance Officer for the AAC.”  And the picture is a gem! (even if it was via ‘the television’  Great job Rick!

              I worked with Nancy when I was principal at Preston-Fountain and Fillmore Central.  Many thanks to both.  Great stuff!


              First of all, I want to congratulate Joe Cullen and the FCLMC wrestling program.  Talk about persistence and patience.  Good job Joe!  And also, hats off to Travis Bartels and the Chatfield Gophers.  Keep up the great work.  Dover-Eyota is ranked 11th and GMLOS and Caledonia/Houston are in the ‘Lean and Mean’. 

 State rankings…Class A Teams

1.LPGE-Browerville (5); 2. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4); 3. Minnewaska Area (5); 4. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5); 5.Blue Earth Area (2); 6.Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (8); 7.Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie (6); 8.Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (3); 9.Frazee (8); 10.Minneota (3); 11.Dover-Eyota (1); 12.Chatfield (1)

Lean and Mean
West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6), Ottertail Central (6), Jackson County Central (3), GMLOS (1), Kimball Area (4), Caledonia/Houston (1), Maple River (2), United North Central (8), Kenyon-Wanamingo (2).

Individual rankings.  Class A.  106 lbs; Anthony Romero (GMLOS, 5th), Brodie Kellen (DE, 7th).  113 lbs; Cohen Wiste (GMLOS, 6th).  120 lbs; Cael Bartels (Chatfield, 3rd).  126 lbs; Landon Lehnertz (DE, 8th), Tucker Ginther (Caledonia/Houston, 10th).  132 lbs; Gavin Gust (DE, 6th).  138 lbs; Seth Goetzinger (Chat, 5th), Donavon Felten (GMLOS, 6th).  145 lbs; Taylor DeFrang (DE, 2nd).  152 lbs; Isaac Denstad (Cal/H, 4th), Rece Voigt (GMLOS, 8th).  160 lbs; Christian Jacobsen (GMLOS, 8th).  170 lbs; Noah Sayles (GMLOS, 6th).  182 lbs; Gavin Dabelstein (DE, 9th).  285 lbs; Alec Francis (Cal/H, 7th).

AA rankings; Simley is at #1 and Kasson-Mantorville is at #3.  Both are in Section 1AA, but nobody in our Reader-area is ranked, team-wise.

Individual rankings for AA, from our ‘Reader-area’.  132 lbs; Ross Herber (LARP, #4); 152 lbs; Joe Stucky (PEM, #7); and 285 lbs; Logan Wingert (PEM, #2).  There was a great article about Logan in the Post Bulletin recently.

              Congratulations to all the guys and good luck; tournaments are only about 4-5 weeks away.

Basketball, boys

State rankings, CLASS 2A; 1. Caledonia (1) 14-0; 2. Waseca (2) 10-3; 3. Lake City (1) 12-1; 4. Minneapolis North (5) 8-5; 5. St. Croix Prep (4) 12-0; 6. Perham (8) 11-0; 7. East Grand Forks (8) 10-0; 8. Stewartville (1) 11-2; 9. Minnesota Valley Lutheran (2) 12-1; 10. Rockford (5) 11-2

CLASS 1A; 1. BOLD (2) 13-0; 2. Henning (6) 12-1; 3. Ada-Borup (8) 9-1; 4. Southwest MN Christian (3) 13-0 ; 5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (2) 11-1; 6. West Central Area (6) 10-2; 7. New Ulm Cathedral (2) 12-1; 8. Springfield (2) 11-1; 9. Fertile-Beltrami (8) 14-0; 10. North Woods (7) 10-2; 11. Blooming Prairie (1) 8-1; 13 Hayfield (1) 10-3.

Class AAAA; Eden Prairie (12-0) is at #1, Eastview (12-1) is #2, followed by Cretin-Derham Hall (11-2), Shakopee (10-2) and Hopkins (9-3). 

Class AAA; Minnehaha Academy (#1, 10-2), Mankato East (#2, 12-1), DeLaSalle (#3, 8-2), Totino-Grace (#4, 8-4) and Marshall (#5, 13-1).  Austin (11-1) is at #6.

Basketball, girls

State rankings.  Class A; 1. Minneota (3) 15-1; 2. Cromwell-Wright (7) 13-1; 3. Mountain Iron-Buhl (7) 8-4; 4. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (5) 12-1; 5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (2) 15-0; 6. Henning (6) 13-1; 7. Blooming Prairie (1) 11-2; 8. Mayer Lutheran (4) 11-2; 9. Cherry (7) 10-3; 10. Hills-Beaver Creek (3) 11-1; 20. Southland (1), 9-4. AA.  1. Sauk Centre (6) 13-1; 2. Fergus Falls (8) 13-1; 3. Rochester Lourdes (1) 12-2; 4. New London-Spicer (3) 13-1; 5. Minnehaha (4) 11-3; 6. Duluth Marshall (7) 11-1; 7. Proctor (7) 13-1; 8. Goodhue (1) 15-1; 9. Providence (5) 13-4; 10. Pelican Rapids (8) 14-0; 16. Stewartville (1), 11-5; 17. Lake City (1), 13-4; 18. Cotter (1), 14-3. AAA; 1. DeLaSalle (4) 8-3; 2. Holy Angels (6) 8-4; 3. Becker (5) 10-2; 4. Simley (3) 10-2; 5. Marshall (2) 15-0.  Class AAAA;1. Hopkins (6) 14-0; 2. Wayzata (6) 14-1; 3. Rosemount (3) 13-1; 4. Farmington (1) 13-2; 5. St. Michael-Albertville (8) 10-3.

              Check out the Minnesota Basketball News website and Minnesota-Scores.net for more scores and rankings.  Those two websites have it ALL!

              That’s it for this week.  A big thanks to Nancy and Carlyn for sharing their special moments.  Didn’t get to the conference standings this week.  Guess you’ll have to check the papers to see how the SEC and TRC conferences are doing.  Thanks to Lee Epps, even though I didn’t get a chance to use the standings. 

              Hey to the Great 8, my Fab 4, my lovely wife Carol (see you soon) and to you, the GREATEST Readers in the world, at least in Minnesota.  Hasta luego my friends.  Have a great week, one day at a time.  WEB