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Hanson tops 1,000

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
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For 16-plus minutes of the Lanesboro boys' dual with Hope Lutheran, the Burros were a bit tight. They were a little anxious. A teammate was on the cusp. Braden Hanson, the Burros multi-talented 6'2" senior guard, came into the contest with 986 career points. Naturally, his teammates were trying to get him the ball. Nearing the end of the half, Hanson was 12 points closer, a shot away, from the milestone. The elbow jumper that did it is probably one Braden's let fly a thousand times. But this free throw 'J' will likely be the one he most remembers, the one that's most significant. As his coach John Smith put it, "It was a great accomplishment for Braden. He has put in a lot of time in the gym over the years and it was nice to see him rewarded for his efforts." Hanson poured in 20 more points in the second half (34 for the game). He added 12 rebounds. His double-double, and a Burro 16-3 run to end the contest, helped make the night doubly delightful for black and orange fans (67-50 victory). Hanson has been a fixture in the line-up since his freshmen year (7.4 per game), a starter since his sophomore (11.9 per game). A season ago, he averaged 16 a game. Through four games this year, he's scoring at a 25/game clip. If he keeps that rate up (stays healthy), he could become the Burros all-time leading male scorer (surpassing Bill Johnson's 1,352 points set in 1961).

43! ...If Only 46

In HS basketball, scoring in double figures is a solid night. In the 3-Rivers boy's battle between L-A and R-P, six players achieved the feat. Scoring 20-plus is a good night. Josh Ehlenfeldt, the Card's well aimed 5'7" SG, hit the mark exactly. Scoring 30 happens every so often, and scoring 40 infrequently. R-P's Nick Thompson scored the first half. He added the second half. Trojan number 21's spot in the book was well marked; Thompson lit up L-A for 43! He needed another bucket. He had the chances. A Trojan press allowed the home squad to lead most of the first half, but a 7-0 run midway through the second gave L-A a six-point lead. It got as high as eight. R-P cut it to two (71-69) at the 2:16 mark. At that point, a rare situation occurred. R-P didn't foul; L-A was far from the bonus. The Card's, meanwhile, were out of timeouts; they had to throw the ball in-bounds. A frantic game of desperate in-bounds passing and defense ensued. R-P's franticness won out, sort of. They forced a number of TO's and got five (three-point) attempts at taking the lead (and another at a tie). Finally, with 3.9 seconds left, the saga repeated itself. L-A desperately in-bounded. R-P desperately played 'D'. R-P got their steal. They got the ball to Thompson. With seven trifectas already under his belt, he launched for number eight (his third go-head attempt late). It careened off the rim. No exclamation point was put on Nick T's splendid night. L-A escaped with a 71-69 win. Neither team scored in the final 2:16. It was the Card's balance that proved critical. Ehlenfeldt led the way, but Nate Reps (16), Cole Weaver (11), John Nahrgang (10), and Justin Wise (9) all supplied offense. Thompson was R-P's offense. He made 16 of 24 shots. Trojans not named Nick went 2 of 23 from distance and 8 of 37 from the field total.

Have Guard's Will Travel

It's nice to have senior guards, players who've battled, played critical minutes in critical games; those who can be clutch. It's nice to have good guards period, even of the non-senior variety. Sophomore Sidney Irish was the one to lead the Chatfield girls early against R-P. Her sweet shooting netted her 11 first half points. An 11-2 Gopher run to end the first put them up 27-24. Amy Todd was R-P's counter. The 5'9" junior gave up a lot of size inside to Chat's frontline (both 6'1"). Todd's offense was to miss her first shot, but then rebound it and put it back in and/or draw fouls. She tallied 16 points (8 on FT's) and 11 rebounds (7 offensive). But in the end, it came back to Chatfield's senior backcourt of Erin Kammer and Sarah Costello. Kammer's driving lay-up with 1:01 extended the Gopher lead from three to five. Forty-three seconds later, she went to line with her team up one (46-45). She only made the first, but a miss, an offensive rebound, and a foul put Costello on the line. She sank both attempts, giving the guest a 49-45 lead with 11.7 seconds remaining. Kenzie Lind subsequently nailed a triple, but the clock ran out without an inbounds pass. Chat held on, 49 to 48. Costello and Irish each netted 13. MaKenzie Miller added 10. For R-P (besides Todd), sophomore G Kendra Crawford returned (concussion). She did so successfully (12 pts, 5 rebs, 5 stls, 4 assists). The Trojans out-rebounded the bigger Gopher's 32-24, but were doomed by a six-minute late-second-half scoreless streak. Chat is 3-1 in the Three Rivers, 4-3 overall. R-P is 1-5 overall and in conference.

Second Half Tale

For one half of the R-P versus Chatfield boys contest, it wasn't a contest. R-P's trapping defense forced Chatfield into 13 TO's. The Gophers made two FG's and registered just 12 points. Meanwhile, Nick Thompson and Trent Vix combined for 22 of the Trojans 28 points. R-P got the first bucket of the second half, but then Chatfield went on a crazy 24-8 run (making 9 of 11 shots), bringing the score to 38-36 Trojans. With 1:30 left, the score was still tight at 54-50. But R-P finished the game out 7-0, stellar free throw shooting (14-17 on the night) a key. They withstood the comeback and walked away with win #2, 61-50. Coming off a 43-point night, Nick T. was pedestrian with 25 (6-8 on threes). Coming off a poor shooting night, Vix scored 17 while adding 6 rebounds and 7 assists (unofficially). Nate Skare and Tyler Lund had 10 apiece for the Gophers. Chatfield is 2-2 in 3-Rivers, 2-4 overall. R-P is 2-2 in league/overall.



•Chatfield 47, Caledonia 57 (CHAT: Nate Skare 16; Luke Isensee 14. CALE: ten players scored)

•Wabasha-Kellogg 56, Fillmore Central 71 (FC: Mitch Johnson 22; Tyler Eickhoff 14; Zach Olstad 12 pts & 11 assists; Isaac Sveen 10. W-K: Hunter Baab 17; Matt Meyer 14; Joe Meyer 11)


•Mabel-Canton 39, FC 53 (FC: Z. Olstad 18; T. Eickhoff 11. M-C. Steve Smith 17 pts, 13 rebs & 4 blks; Jacoby Bigalk 12 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists. FC led by 10 at half, made 14 FT's to M-C's 4)


•Glenville-Emmons 48, M-C 54 (M-C: S. Smith 18 pts & 14 rebs. G-E: Derek Olson 25. FT's: M-C 18-24, G-E 8-12. FG %: M-C 42.9, G-E 28.1. G-E led 23-22 at half. Cougars are 2-1 in SEC play, 2-3 overall)

•FC 54, L-A 76 (FC: I. Sveen 13. L-A: four players in double-digits. FC is 1-3 in 3-Rivers, 3-3 overall)

•Schaeffer Academy 32, Lanesboro 69 (L: B. Hanson 21 pts, 17 in first half, 10-11 FT's; Luke Rogers 15. Burros are 4-0 in SEC, 4-1 overall; tied for 1st with Spring Grove and Houston, undefeated in league)

•PEM 67, Kingsland 50 (K: Tanner Lange 14; Devin Pokorney 13. PEM: Sam Ruth 20 pts & 10 rebs)


•Kingsland 51, Roch-Lourdes 62 (K: T. Lange 19; D. Pokorney/Spencer Kleven 10 each. R-L: Jacob Schaefer 20; Mark Pagel 19; Alex Glynn 16. FT's: King 7-13, R-L 19-31. Knights are 2-1 in 3-Rivers, 2-3 overall)



•#3 in AA Caledonia 67, Chatfield 58 (CHAT: M. Miller 16 pts & 9 rebs; S. Costello 11 pts, 7 rebs, 5 ass; Traci McDonald 11 pts. CALE: Maria Fruechte/Maddy Mullins 19 each. Gophers trailed 38-24 at half. A 20-6 run tied the game 44-all with 7:56 left. Warriors hit 30 of 41 FT's; 14 of 18 in final 7 minutes to ensure victory).

•M-C 50, Schaeffer Acad. 15 (M-C: Carly McCabe 12; Danielle Paul 12. Coug's shot 52 percent from two, made 6 3's)

•R-P 45, L-A 62 (R-P: Kenzie Lind 17 pts & 8 rebs. Game was tied 29 all at the half)

•Lanesboro 54, Hope Lutheran 40 (L: Kirsten Ruen 14; Paige Hungerholt 13. HL: Shaina Laska 18; Dakota Ellinghuysen 13. Patriots hung around until final five minutes where Burros pushed lead into double-digits for good)


•#4 in A Spring Grove 62, Lanesboro 14


•Lanesboro 51, Schaeffer Academy 24 (L: P. Hungerholt 23. Burros are 5-1 in SEC, 5-4 overall)

•L-A 43, FC 37 (FC: Morgan Malley 16; Jordan O'Connor 10. L-A: Jenny Mundt 21. Falcons are 0-3)

•M-C 53, G-E 29 (M-C: Christy Welscher 14 pts & 15 rebs; Lydia Geving 13 pts & 6 rebs; D. Paul 12 pts including 3-3's. Rebounding: M-C 47, G-E 24. Coug's are 2-3 in SEC/overall)

•Kingsland 34, PEM 40 (K: MacKenzie Marzolf 11 pts & 8 rebs. PEM: Taylor Aakre 15. Both teams shot under 30 percent FG's, under 15 percent from deep, and combined for 50 percent from line. Rebs: PEM 42, King 28. TO's: PEM 9, King 17)


•Kingsland 60, Roch-Lourdes 51 (K: Cheyenne Losey 28 pts (10-14 FG's, 7-8 FT's), 11 rebs & 5 stls; Lindsay Tart 12. R-L: Stephanie Helt 34. Knights won board-battle 47-26. Record is 1-2 in 3-Rivers, 4-3 overall)



•Chatfield 57, FCLMC 27 (Gopher pins: A.J. Riley (120), Josh Johnson (145), & Cody Wrubel (285). Wolves' pins: Tom Henry (152) & Monty Holm (170). Gopher decisions: Ryan Meeker (138). Wolves' decisions: Ross McKenna (182). Wolves' majority decision: Niko Anderson (160). FCLMC forfeited 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 195, & 220)

•Chatfield 57, St. Charles 21 (Gopher pins: Hank Friederichs (106), J. Johnson (145), Jeremy Benike (152), Nick Haffner (160), Matt Salerno (170), Justin Viss (195), & C. Wrubel (285). Gopher majority decision: Tye Bentz (113). Saints forfeited 120)

•St. Charles 54, FCLMC 27 (Wolves' pins: Josh Jones (145) & T. Henry (152). Wolves' majority decisions: Brandon Hongerholt (285). FCLMC forfeited 106, 113, 126, 132, 182, 195, & 220. SC forfeited 120 & 160)


Fillmore Central Tournament

Team finishes (1st-11th): Decorah, Chatfield, PEM, GMLOK, Dover-Eyota, Austin, Pine Island, FCLMC, La Crescent, Nicollett, Winona

•Top Chatfield individual finishers: 1st Hank Friederichs (106) & Harvey Friederichs (126); 2nd A.J. Riley (120) & Cody Wrubel (285); 3rd Alex Haffner (132), Nick Haffner (160), & Justin Viss (195)

•GMLOK individuals: 1st Noah Schlee (132) & Lucas Roe (160); 2nd Perry Stejskal (195); 3rd Wyatt Richardson (170) & Richard Bain (220); 4th Blake Olson (113)

•FCLMC individuals: 2nd Niko Anderson (160); 3rd Tom Henry (152); 4th Monty Holm (152).

•St. Charles Duals (LARP defeated St. Paul-Central 79-3, La Crosse-Logan 57-18, St. Paul-Highland Park 78-6, & Rochester-John Marshall 41-29. Individual match records (forfeit 'W's' not included): (106) Josh Doerr 0-2 (5-6 dec, 3-11 maj dec), (113) Hunter Herber 3-0 (all pins), (120) Sam Riebel 1-2 (pin, pinned, 6-12 dec), (126) Justin Doerr 4-0 (all pins), (132) Calvin Doerr 3-1 (2 pins, tech fall, pinned), (138) Gabe Daley 0-2 (pinned), (145) Jackson Riebel 3-1 (two pins, 9-8 dec, 0-8 maj dec), (152/160) Chris Boehmke 2-0 (pins), (152) Jordan Theede 1-1 (pin, 5-6 dec), (160) Tucker Speltz 2-0 (pins), (170) Nick Hoff 3-1 (2 pins, 14-8 dec, 1-6 dec), (182/195) Greg Johnson 3-1 (3 pins, 2-6 dec), (182/195) Dylan DePestal 2-1 (2 pins, 3-7 dec), (220) John Heim 2-0 (pins), (285) Evan Bain 1-0 (pin). Screamin' Eagles have an 11-2 dual meet record.

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