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“Nick T...” for 1,000

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
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If an announcer were to call a basketball game in which Rushford-Peterson Trojan Nick Thompson played, he’d likely use the phrase ‘Nick T…for three!’ It rhymes. It offers clarity (Nick’s younger brother Seth is a teammate so saying ‘Thompson for three’ could be confusing). It’s catchy. One could almost hear a Sportscenter anchor’s grandiose dictation. It’s something that happens very frequently at Trojan games. The wiry 6’4” senior forward is deftly capable of splashing down threes, of scoring points. On January 26, in a road game against Lewiston-Altura, Thompson went over the 1,000 for his career. He’s the 4th R-P player to do so, joining Aaron Hungerholt, Tyler Drinkall, and Jamie Carrier (R-P’s all-time scoring leader with 1,435 points). He’s at least the 13th Rushford, Peterson, or R-P player to do so (a list headed by Peterson’s Terry Highum and his 1,693 points). It’s the second time this season Nick has victimized the Cardinals. In their first meeting, he hit for a career high and school record 43 (including tying a career best, unofficially, with 7 threes). It would’ve been poetic if Nick broke the 1,000-point threshold from distance, but he didn’t. He did it at the free throw line. It did take him three attempts (at 999 points, he missed a pair of FT’s, but hit two moments later). No matter how he achieved the feat, Nick is a shooter, not exclusively, but it’s his calling card. In the words of his coach Tom Vix, ‘(he’s) probably the best pure shooter I have ever coached. Nick is a great example of what hard work will do for you. His many hours of practicing have paid off.’ That’s saying something given Vix’s coaching reputation. The numbers most certainly confirm Nick’s dead-aim too. Through 17 games this season, he’s shooting a gaudy 48.8 percent from 3-point range (60-123). That’s almost not comprehendible. That’s 3.5 makes per game. He’s averaging 22.8 points per contest. Both stats are sizeable improvements on a great All-Conference junior year (83-236, 35 percent from deep, 485 points, not quite 17/game). The sleek left-hander and his quick release are definitely not a dream to play against. Behind Thompson and the Vix’s, PG Trent and Head Coach Tom, R-P is fighting with PEM, Kingsland, St. Charles, and Southland for positioning atop of the 3-Rivers. When Section 1A tournament time comes, the Trojans will be legitimately fighting for a trip to state. Thompson’s been there. As a sophomore, he played a part (129 points, 5/game, 25-59 from deep) in ‘09-‘10’s 4th place squad. If ‘11-12’s squad makes it, it’s almost a guarantee; thousand-plus-point scorer, three-point ace, Nick Thompson, will be a big reason why.

Curse Them Rims!

A Fillmore Central boy’s basketball fan went to extreme measures to end his/her team’s six-game slide (they have won in 2012, an error from last week’s sports). They snuck into Chatfield’s gym early Tuesday morning and hexed the rims. The specifics; the irons were to be unkind to shots taken by players in maroon and white jerseys. It worked. The Gopher’s shooting that evening was dreadful; FT’s 4-18, FG’s 13-60, 3’s 1-22! Leading scorer on the season, Nate Skare, had two. Mitch Irish was the only Gopher to have performed a counter-ritual that (partially) lifted the force field above the hoops. He was high-man for Chatfield with 9 points (8 rebounds). The rest of the Gopher starters combined for 8. FC accepted the non-stellar but astonishing showing, with open arms. Zach Olstad led the way with 12 points, but Tyler Eickhoff (9 & 9 rebounds), Isaac Sveen (8 & 9 rebounds), and Andy Todd (8) all put the biscuit in the basket. The Falcons ended their losing streak, avenged an earlier loss to the Gophers, 55-31.

Turn-About Is Fair Play

Part 1

After watching LeRoy-Ostrander dismantle their girls in the front half of a double-header, the Mabel-Canton guys took the floor seeking redemption. They jumped on the their one-win Cardinal adversaries 20-6. Leading scorer Steve Smith then sat with foul trouble. L-O capitalized. They cut M-C’s lead to 27-23. But before the half was over, Smith was back. Non-coincidentally, the Coug’s propelled ahead on the scoreboard (39-28 at halftime). Early in the 2nd, Smith picked up foul #4, giving L-O a chance to again make a run. But the rest of the Cougars picked up the slack, headed by senior PG Jacoby Bigalk. By the time Smith re-entered late, to notch another double double and take a rare (and awesome) standing charge (the Card offender bounced off like a rubber ball), the Cougars had only expanded their lead. With Smith getting 21 points and 10 rebounds, Bigalk scoring 18 and grabbing 8, Adam Fravel chipping in 10, and the team making 5 of 10 from deep, M-C toppled L-O 68-53. The boys improved to 6-3, 7-7. They’re in 4th in the SEC behind SG (10-0, 13-2), Houston (9-1, 13-3), and Lanesboro (7-2, 8-6). Of note, Smith became M-C’s 4th all-time leading scorer, passing Heath Olson (1119 points).

Turn-About Is Fair Play

Part 2

Kingsland’s boys found themselves in the same spot as M-C’s. They took the floor to face Winona-Cotter moments after watching their girls lose. They too got redemption, though it wasn’t without a tussle. Cotter came out on fire. The Ramblers nailed 6 of 8 three’s in the 1st stanza, 13 of 21 total FG’s. The Knights weren’t exactly cold. They were 12 of 24 on FG’s. Cotter’s hot-hands gave them a 36-29 midway lead. In the 2nd, the teams switched ends of the court, Kingsland got to shoot the ball into a bigger basket, and after spotting W-C the first two points, the Knights went on a 23-2 run. Tanner Lange was a jet going to the basket (22 points), a surgeon with his passes (9 assists). Spencer Klevan was dominant in and around the paint (19 points), a beast on the boards (13). Devin Pokorney (14) and Sam Eberle (11) were also in double figures. Cotter’s Gus Cochrane led all scorers with 25, but Kingsland found the winners circle 69-62. They boosted their record to 11-5 overall (10-2 in 3-Rivers). They’re alone in 2nd place behind PEM (11-1, 13-5). R-P (10-4, 13-4), St. Charles (8-5, 12-5), and Southland (8-6, 11-6) round out the top five.



• #10 in A R-P 53, St. Charles 66 (R-P: N. Thompson 21 pts & 7 rebs; T. Vix 15 pts & 7 assists. SC: Will Swiggum 18 pts and 9 rebs; Aaron Leistikow 18 pts & 11 rebs. Saints jumped out 20-5, led 35-27 at half. R-P got to down 37-35 early in 2nd half. SC then went 18-6, taking control. FT’s: R-P 2-3, SC 20-32)

•Caledonia 53, Kingsland 74 (K: D. Pokorney 26; T. Lange 26; S. Klevan 12. FT’s: King 16-20, Cale 4-12)

•Lyle/Pacelli 56, Lanesboro 78 (L: Braden Hanson 15; Kole Ruud 13; Cory Strom 7 pts/rebs/assists. L/P: David Diang 17. Athletics held 34-32 early 2nd half lead. Burros responded with 25-4 run. They hit 12 triples & assisted 21 of 29 FG’s)

•Houston 57, M-C 49 (M-C: S. Smith 18 pts and 17 rebs; J. Bigalk 10. H: Josh Vix 20; Hans Lundberg 19)


•#10 in A R-P 74, L-A 58 (R-P: N. Thompson 20 and 7 rebs; T. Vix 19 pts, 5 rebs, 11 assists; Nate Kingsley 13 pts & 7 rebs; Jorli Hauge 10. R-P snapped two-game losing-streak, avenged loss to Card’s. At 10-4, 13-4, Trojans are 3rd in the 3-Rivers behind PEM and Kingsland)


•Caledonia 70, Chatfield 53 (Chat: Nate Skare 27 including 6 three’s he had 2 points on 1-17 shooting versus FC two days earlier. Cale: J. Lampert/Alex Varney 16 points. Gophers led at halftime 30-28, record is 5-8, 6-11)

•Byron 53, Kingsland 47 (K: T. Lange 17; S. Klevan 10. B: Brady Fuchs 16 pts and 13 rebs. Knights led by two at halftime. Bears entered with a 13-1 record, tops in the HVL)

•Grand Meadow 40, Lanesboro 81 (L: B. Hanson 23 pts & 6 assists; Erik Peterson 15; K. Ruud/Lucas Rogers 11 each; C. Strom 8 pts/assists. Burros nailed 14 triples; Peterson 5, Hanson 4, Ruud 3. They’re 3rd in the SEC (7-2, 8-6))

•FC 50, Wabasha-Kellogg 39 (FC: I. Sveen 12; T. Eickhoff 11. W-K: Joe Glomski 15. FC is 4-9, 7-10)



•Kingsland 36, Caledonia 44 (K: Cheyenne Losey/Nicole Swanson 10 each. C: Taylor Winjim 22 (28 last time two teams met). Knights led 20-18 at halftime. Warriors had 23 OR’s to King’s 10)

•SC 46, R-P 43 (R-P: Kenzie Lind 11 pts; Amy Todd 11 pts and 7 rebs. SC: Jessica Brubaker 15. R-P led 28-18 at half. Saint Genesis Gomez hit three 2nd half triples, including one with 2.8 seconds for win. R-P FT’s: 11-21)


•Lanesboro 49, L-O 51 (L: Paige Hungerholt 25 pts & 10 rebs; Alisa Warnes 16 pts (10-13 FT’s) & 11 rebs. L-O began 14-0. Lanes fought to have a couple chances at the tie/win late. With 7 seconds, they went the length of the court, Hungerholt got a good look for three, but it rimmed out. Burros lost to Card’s 43-41 in November)

•L/P 67, FC 49 (FC: Alex Peterson 22 pts and 10 rebs; Morgan Malley 12 all in 1st half. L/P: four in double figures, another with 9; Ann Rysavy 22. Battle of youth: A’s started two soph’s, frosh, & two 8th graders to FC’s three frosh, junior, andsenior. At half, L/P led 29-28. A 22-7 2nd half run propelled L/P to victory. 2nd Half TO’s: FC 12, L/P 4)

•R-P 57, D-E 81 (R-P: A. Todd 19 pts; K. Lind 8 pts, 13 rebs, & 7 ass. D-E: Sarah Pease 18; four more with 10+)


•Chatfield 50, Caledonia 32 (Chat: MaKenzie Miller 20 pts & 6 rebs (15.2 PPG over last 9 games); Sarah Costello 11 pts, 9 rebs, 6 assists, 5 stls. It’s D-E (13-2, 17-4), Southland (9-2, 13-2), Caledonia (10-3, 13-7), and Chatfield (9-3, 12-6) at top of 3-Rivers)

•Lanesboro 58, GM 54 OT (L: A. Warnes career high 19; P. Hungerholt 18 pts and 14 rebs; Bryn Harmon 11. GM: Courtney Olson 22. Burros trailed by six inside 2:00. Down three in the final 0:30, a Harmon 3-point play tied it. In OT, Burros out-scored Larks 6-2. FT’s: Lanes 14-18, GM 6-13. Burros (8-4, 9-10) are tied for 4th with L/P (8-4, 11-5) behind #5 SG (12-0, 17-3) & L-O (11-1, 14-4))

•L-A 46, R-P 48 (R-P: A. Todd 21 pts, 8 rebs, & 5 stls; K. Lind 13 pts, 13 rebs, and 8 assists. L-A: Raelynn Speltz 17. Trojans had 11-0 run in 2nd half to tie game. A Lind triple gave R-P their first lead. They held despite a couple last ditch L-A efforts in the final ticks (and not having Kendra Crawford - injury). R-P lost to L-A 62-45 in Dec. They improve to 4-11, 6-14)

•M-C 18, L-O 52 (Top five scorers were all Cardinals. Coug’s had only 13 1st half FGA’s. They are 3-9, 4-13)

•Rochester Area Home Schools 64, FC 36 (FC: M. Malley 9. RAHS: Rachel Hart 22. Falcons are 2-10)


•Cotter 56, Kingsland 42 (K: N. Swanson 14 pts and 7 rebs; C. Losey 11 pts and 12 rebs; Lizzie Tart 10 pts. W-C: Micaela Trainor/Jo Beyer 15 each. Cotter began the game 21-6, led 29-13 at half. King got as close as five, thrice. The last, Trainor nailed the games only three. Cotter made 10 of last 11 FT’s. Knights were 0-11 on 3’s. They fall to 9-9 overall, 5-6 in league)



•Southland Triangular (LARP 52, United South Central 24; LARP 78, Southland 6)


•Medford Triangular (Chatfield 49, Medford 24; Chatfield 72, Southland 9)


•Lake City Invite (Chatfield finished 3rd (160) behind Caledonia (210) and PEM (160.5) in a ten squad field. Hank Friederichs (103), Harvey Friederichs (126), & Alex Haffner (132) were champions. Hank is 31-1 on the season (#7 at 106 in A). Harvey is 28-3 (#10 at 126). Alex is 25-6. A.J. Riley (120) took 2nd. He is #9 at 120 in A. Jeremy Benike (152) took 3rd. Justin Viss (195) took 4th. Gophers are Lean and Mean in A)

•K-M Swalla Duals (Pool C: LARP 54, Waseca 13; LARP 24, Jackson County Central 58. 5th Place Bracket: LARP 33, NRHEG 35. 7th Place: LARP 31, Centennial (Circle Pines) 38. JCC is #1 in A, NRHEG in Lean and Mean in AA, & Centennial is #11 in AAA. Sam Riebel (106), Justin Doerr (120/126), Jordan Theede (145), and Tucker Speltz (160) went 3-1 on the day. Jus. Doerr is #7 at 120, Theede is #4 at 145, Chris Boehmke is #10 at 152, Dylan DePestal is #6 at 170, & Greg Johnson is #10 at 182 all in AA. LARP is Lean and Mean in AA)

•Robbinsdale-Cooper Darrel Sohn Invite (Rd 1: FCLMC 28, Goodhue 38. Rd 2: FCLMC 49, Mankato-West 27. Rd 3: FCLMC 59, Minneapolis Southwest 18)

•Wisconsin Dells Invitational (GMLOK took 1st of 11 teams. Jace Bunne (120), Noah Schlee (126), Lucas Roe (152), Perry Stejskal (182), and Richard Bain (220) took 1st. Schlee is 24-1 on the season (#5 at 126 in AA); Roe is 25-3 (#3 at 152 in AA). Blake Olson (113) and Wyatt Richardson (170) took 3rd).

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