A Tennis Story

It was a cloudy, rainy day in Cambridge, Minnesota, but tennis stops for nothing, and so Logan Miller had a tennis meet in the rain.

Miller was a freshman, and this was his first year playing high school tennis, though he had also played in middle school. On the outside, Logan was a quiet kid, but fiercely competitive. Logan didn’t intend to lose this match, especially given the long drive to Cambridge.

“It took us about an hour and a half to get to Cambridge, so about three hours round trip. When we got there, it was going to start, but then it started to rain so they had to postpone the match. Given the three hour trip, we really didn’t want the meet to be cancelled, so we waited out the rain.”

After about an hour, it stopped raining, so the match could begin. It was a singles match, and Logan was up against a Cambridge kid named Jacob. The first set ended with a win for Jacob, the second a win for Logan.

“I was feeling pretty good going into the third set,” he said, “but at that point the time was getting pretty late, so they decided to end the match with a superbreaker.”

In order to win a superbreaker a player only needs to reach ten points and win by two.

“We started off the set, and it didn’t go very well for me.”

Jacob just kept scoring, over and over, until he had reached nine points while only allowing four points from Logan.

“At that point, it was 9-4,” Miller said, “and so if he scored the next point he won the entire match.”

Miller, who had driven an hour and a half to get there and sat through rain for an hour, did not want to lose this match.

Slowly but surely, he began to eat away at his opponent’s lead.

“I came back to 8-9,” Miller said, “and I served the best serve I’ve ever done.”

At this point, Jacob would still win if he scored this point.

“And somehow he managed to return it. I don’t know how he did it, but he did.”

“At this point I saw that my serve had been back far enough, so that I knew that if the shot I did next was just a little tap over the net, there was no way in heck he could sprint up and hit it back over.”

Logan, adrenalin pumping, knew he had to get this point in order to not lose the match.

“So I tapped it over, the ball hits the white tape on the top of the net, it bounces up…

“And it lands back on my side.”
Logan had lost the match.

The Future of Girl’s Basketball

After years of coaching and hard work, Scott Sorenson was recently let go of his position as the Buffalo girls Varsity coach. For many people this news came as a shock and people didn’t know what to do.

“I am very sad and shocked that this happened and still don’t understand it. I know I am his daughter, but I was also a player of his and I don’t want to play for anyone else,” said Alyssa Sorenson.

For many years Sorenson has lead the girls basketball program. From fourth grade to eighth grade, you could always count on seeing him at practices or games trying to get you excited for the future of high school basketball. After coaching countless games and practices, it is time for Sorenson to say goodbye to the program he has so successfully built over the years.

“Sorenson is someone that is filled with passion, he has one of the biggest hearts I know and he will be missed.

On Monday, May 22 the school board meeting was held that decided Sorenson’s departure. People were able to write emails to voice their support and even show up to the meeting. At the meeting old players, current players, and even four coaches from rival schools made their way over to Buffalo to show their support for the way Sorenson has represented Buffalo over the years.

Now all that is left to do is to thank Sorenson for his years of dedication, and to look forward to the future of Buffalo girls basketball.

Girls Lacrosse goes on a 10 game win streak

Girls lacrosse has been underrated for a long time at BHS, but this year with the amount of skill and the ability to work with one another the Bison girls lacrosse team is now 18-5 and is on a 10 game win streak.

With the girls being on such a long win streak it has raised the girl’s confidence. “I think that everyone has been playing hard and wanting to keep the win streak going. Everyone is playing off the energy of each other and overall just playing great making us win more games.” said junior Lily Hershley.

Almost all of the games that the girls have one have been a blowout. More than half the games have been won by over 10 goals. Girls lacrosse is dominating teams in their conference. “I think the win streak makes us a little more confident knowing we have a good record, but it also motivates us to work harder so we can keep not only the win streak going but to do well the rest of the season,” said sophomore Jayden Perry.

The Bison look to stay hot in their final game of the year, “It has been really fun winning a lot of games and we hope to take that good play into sections” said Sophomore Callie Stumpfl. Unfortunately, the Bison came up short in the final game of the year losing in Hutchinson.

Overall this year girls lacrosse has been underrated by the students at BHS. This year they proved all of the students wrong, so far winning 18 games and only losing five and having a 10 game win streak moving into sections the following week where the bison will likely be a high seed.

It ended before it started

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“Your heart felt like it would jump out of your chest when the national anthem started,” The first Football game of the 2016 season for the Bison was surrounded with a ton of hype. With the brand new turf stadium, Bison Field West, was built. The day of the first game was nerve racking for some players. A morning walk through on gameday brought confidence in the players for the beautiful afternoon game. About two hours before kickoff, the entire team met back at the school to eat and get their mind right for the first game on Bison Field West. Kick off was at 7:30.

said Junior Alan Hernandez. Friday nights under light is always a dream for some kids. Moving up to playing varsity football was faster and you played against stronger, fast and more talented players. “I remember the first game that I played on varsity it was a lot faster and harder to play. That’s when I started to be scared of getting hurt,” said Hernandez

For some of the players it would be a great game, others not so much. Hernandez started the game with high hopes with not only for this game,  but also for the season. The first game was played against Willmar High School and Hernandez’s season would be cut short after tearing his ACL in the first defensive series that the Bison played.

”Getting hurt during the game is always on my mind until I play, then I play hard and forget about the rest,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez recalled the event.  “I heard a pop,” Hernandez said, “and knew right away something was very wrong. I was in so much pain. The only thing I could think about was the game and not playing with my friends under the lights every Friday night.”   Steve Kipputh, the athletic trainer came out to see what was wrong, all of the Bison surrounded the two of them as he layed on the ground in pain. Hernandez got helped up and slowly walked off the field with the help of his teammates. By the time he reached the sidelines everyone was clapping.  Once that series was over all of the starting defense was surrounding him as he sat on the bench with slight tears in his eyes. “The only thing I was afraid of before every game was getting hurt,” said Hernandez. Hernandez would end up being out for the entire season and he played a big role on the Bison defense.

Goals for the Spring Sport Season

Hunter Fobbe

Grade: Senior

Sport: Lacrosse

Goal for the season: “I want to win conference and to be the top scorer in Minnesota”

John Russett

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Golf

Goal for the season: “I want to be in the top 100 players in state.”

Ben Rodelius

Grade: Senior

Sport: Trap Shooting

Goal for the season: “I want to shoot a perfect season this year, I’m not gonna miss a single target.”

Isaac Basten

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Track & Field (Mile & 2 Mile)

Goal for the season: “I want to run sub 4:30 in the mile and run sub 9:30 in the 2 mile.”

Jack Stevens

Grade: Senior

Sport: Tennis (Captain)

Goal for the season: “As a captain I would love to have the whole team make it to state.”

Photo Credit – @BHSBison Twitter

Palmer’s Big Goals for 2017 Track Season

Monday March 13th held the first practice of the 2017 high school track and field season, and it’s already sprinting into action. With 140 students signed up, the athletes are ready to hopefully bring Buffalo to state.

With such a high number of track students, head coach Scott Palmer states that trying to get everyone on board and doing the same thing is sometimes challenging, but he says there are positives to being coach.

“Just being able to work with kids and help them set goals and try to work to attain those goals.”

Palmer has some big goals for his athletes this season, and is looking forward to helping along the way.

“To trying to build a close and tight knit team, being able to see kids improve over the course of the year, and help them try to reach their goals…That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

But his goals don’t stop there.

“You know the big goal is to come together as a close-knit team, also, you know help them reach their goals. We always try to improve upon past performances in certain meets even though we can’t control what other schools have, and ultimately to we want to try to qualify as many kids to the state meet as we possibly can. Have a good representation from Buffalo.”

Palmer’s idea of a close-knit team continues when he tells about wanting to have leaders emerge, and doing activities together.

“You know and one of the things we are doing is going to Feed My Starving Children, trying as a group, and stuff like that. We have kinda warmed up, boys team, and girls team to try to allow for leaders from both sides to develop instead of just having one person. We’ll do some different things along the way, hopefully we can do some spaghetti dinners, and things like that where we can be together.”

Home Town Hero

Being home schooled has never stopped junior Ben Ruhr in accomplishing his goals. On February 25, one of Ruhr’s many dreams became a reality when he qualified to wrestle at the 2017 Minnesota state wrestling tournament for the first time in his career.

To qualify into the state tournament you must be top two in your section. There are 8 sections in class AAA and Ruhr took second place in the section 5AAA to secure his spot in the 120 pound class tournament.

“The thing that excites me the most about state is the atmosphere and being able to say I went to state, that feeling of accomplishment.” said Ruhr upon qualifying. Although Ruhr didn’t place this year, he has high hopes for what senior year will bring. “I would like to finish my senior year as one of the top six at state.” 

There is one thing that separates Ruhr from the rest of the high school athletes, the fact that he doesn’t actually go to high school full time. This year Ruhr is taking one quarter class at BHS, but other than that he is fully home schooled, and has been all his life. “I like the flexibility of being home schooled,” said Ruhr, “being able to do things on my time and not worry about due dates for everything.”

Home schooled or not, Ruhr had a great year of wrestling, and it should only be expected that more great things will come.

Seniors say goodbye to their high school sports careers

As September rolled in, seniors were suddenly hit with the reality that this would be their last year participating in high school sports. After four years, countless games, and even more practices, it’s time to say goodbye.

Looking back on memories and what they will miss most about their teams, seniors think back to what made their high school careers so special.

“I’m going to miss hanging out with the boys everyday after school and joking around with the guys,” senior basketball player Noah Evans said. The boys basketball team has become close this year, and Andrew Johnson said “I’m going to miss competing with the boys and having fun.”

Thinking back to freshman year, where it all started, senior basketball, softball, and volleyball player Autumn Senger said the advice she would have given herself was to “work hard everyday in practice because one day you’re going to realize you only have four guaranteed practices left.” The girls basketball season is finishing up on their last two weeks before sections and player Jordan Warner also had advice to give.

“Don’t take it for granted, push yourself to work hard and give your best because your time is limited.”

High school sports have not only taught seniors how to balance school, sports, and family at the same time, but life lessons that will stay with them forever. “Soccer has taught me to work hard,” said player Becky Horak.

Another senior reflected back on his career and what he has learned through high school sports. “Wrestling has taught me that even when I’m down or losing to not give up on my team,” wrestler and soccer player Josh Skarin said.

For some seniors this year marks the end of their sports careers, and for some it’s merely a new beginning. No matter where these seniors go, the memories they made and the work they dedicated to their teams and school will last forever.

A Tradition Lives On Through Recognition of the Varsity Boys Hockey Players

The definition of the word “team” from Merriam-Webster is as follows: a group of people who work together [for a common goal]. The Buffalo Bison Boys’ Hockey team meets just that definition, working together and utilizing their individual strengths in order to reach a common goal: a win. When the boys achieve that common goal, Coach Aaron Johnson of the Varsity Boys Hockey team acknowledges key players of the game by giving them a “game puck,” a hockey puck decorated with the player’s name, date, and game they received it after. This game puck is used as a symbol of recognition.

“Anything you can do to raise spirits and makes guys feel like they’re important pieces of the puzzle,” said Coach Johnson.

This tradition started back in the ’80s at Armstrong High School when Coach Johnson’s dad was his coach. He started it because his team was doing well and he wanted to recognize them, just as it’s done today. The tradition started off as a player just getting a game puck for playing well and then expanded to where Johnson’s mom or other coaches’ wives would write fancy calligraphy on the puck in a more formal recognition. Johnson has carried on this tradition since, doing it all ten years he’s been a high school hockey coach.

After the team has won a game, the coaches take a few minutes and talk. They each throw out a couple of names who they think deserve a game puck. Most nights, three to five guys get recognized.

“They choose who really pushed the team to do their best,” said sophomore goalie Nathan Mueller.

“It just boosts your confidence because you know you’re playing good and the coaches tell you that,” said senior Blake Habisch, the leading scorer on the team, who has earned a few game pucks for some of his accomplishments, including a hat trick.

Nathan Mueller said, “They boost confidence and kind of encourage you to perform like that again.”

Mueller has gotten five shutouts this season and received a puck for each one. But even though these pucks are confidence boosters, they’re not usually something the players use as motivation.

“I just think that the most important thing is getting a team win,” said Habisch.

The one that sticks out the most in Coach Johnson’s mind is when senior Mateo Johnson received his.

“The kids were just so excited for Mateo and that’s one of those special moments where you just get to see how much it meant to the entire group,” Coach Johnson said.

During the first game against St. Francis, Mateo Johnson scored his first varsity goal, earning himself a game puck.

“It was nice, it felt like I got noticed,” said Johnson about receiving the game puck.

To Coach Johnson, it’s all about the recognition of his team. He wants the players to feel included, especially when they perform well.

“We want to recognize guys for the contributions they make to helping us win,” Coach Johnson said.

The team members agree: Mateo Johnson said, “It’s a good way to recognize the players that stand out each game.”

When you’re recognized, it’s something to be proud of. Receiving a puck is like receiving a trophy for these players.

As Coach Johnson expressed, “We go to kids’ houses for team practice and things like that and you see their pucks laying in their bedroom on their mantel or on display so I think it means a lot to the kids to be recognized by their coaches.”

STMA-Buffalo Rivalry

The St. Michael Albertville and Buffalo rivalry exists in all sports, some more than others. Athletes sometimes play this team harder, not even always for the game records, but occasionally just for their pride.

“When I played St. Michael in lacrosse it wasn’t so much that I cared if we won or lost because I don’t get too beat up over it, it is a lot just beating them because they are just so mean on the field. Beating them just feels good.” Sophomore Lily Hershley says about her experience playing the rivals.

The rivalry takes place in even the more calm sports. “Even with baseball being a more mellow sport there is definitely a lot more energy in the game. The preparation to play St. Michael is always just more intense than playing any other team.” Senior David Watermiller explains.

The boys baseball team defeated a top ranked St. Michael 6-5 in a thrilling game. St. Michael was ranked 13th in the state at the time and looking for another bid at state. “It’s nice to finally beat those guys, you can just tell they’re all cocky pricks,” stated David.

The boys and girls of the track and field team understand the frustration and rivalry that come with competing  against St. Michael too. “It’s different with track and field, but it does start to get old seeing them win in just about everything” said Senior Jordan Thielman. Both the boys and girls track teams suffered losses to the St. Michael track team.

“It was hard losing to them last year with knowing a lot of the kids, so we were extra prepared for the game,” said Senior Kevin Kemp. It was a close game all the way through with a 6-6 tie at halftime. “We knew it was going to be a hard game but if we played well, we were going to win,” stated Kemp.

After the third the boys were down by three and needed some people to step up. Senior Brady Hartman came to the call by finishing the game with 4 goals. But it was Senior Gavin Welch scoring the game winning goal with just 2 minutes to play. “I was able to use my speed to beat him to the net, and then I had a good finish low on the goalie,” said Welch.

The Bison wrap up their season Friday with a game against Hutchinson. The boys have had a good season with only three losses, and hope to make a run in a tough section 8 for boys lacrosse.