Posted On: 12/24/17 1:00 AM

There were not a lot of marquee names on display at the HVL-TRC Showdown, but that was the point. We went to Rochester to take a look at some outstate teams that are difficult to see when you have a day job to attend to and a full schedule of must-see games that are already on the calendar. In doing so, we were able to watch Cannon Falls vs Fillmore Central, Hayfield vs Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Rochester Lourdes vs LaCrescent, Lake City vs Southland, Pine Island vs St. Charles, and Chatfield vs Zumbrota-Mazeppa. In the end, however, the most intriguing encounter of the day turned out to be one between two familiar faces: Sydney Lodermeier of Goodhue up against Katie Tornstrom of Caledonia.

Goodhue are the top dogs in Class A, a perennial small-school power with a current state championship trophy in the case. Caledonia entered the contest ranked 14th in Class AA, a quality team with a high-quality leader in Tornstrom. The first half was a dogfight that saw Caledonia take a 25-22 lead into the break. In the second, Lodermeier and Tornstrom did a few rounds of anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better as the two teams engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse. Down the

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