Lady Saints come out ahead against Frederic
Unity, Siren pick up conference wins Tuesday
Siren 45, Grantsburg 33
Marty Seeger |Staff writer
FREDERIC – Missed opportunities by the Frederic girls basketball team kept them from picking up a win over St. Croix Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Yet according to Frederic coach Troy Wink the Vikings were still in a position to win the game.
We had a close game with SCF tonight. I thought we did some good things, but really hurt ourselves by not converting layups and free throws."
The Vikings shot just 5 of 20 from the free-throw line but Frederic was able to hold strong defensively against a height disadvantage by the Saints.
"Coming into the night we really focused on getting rebound position as SCF has a height advantage on us. I think early on they hurt us but in the second half it seemed like we were getting the first rebound on their missed shots," said Wink.
Frederic held an 11-10 lead after the first quarter but couldn't convert much on offense in the second quarter, scoring three points as St. Croix Falls led 20-14 at the half.
"Our offense did its job in the sense we got good looks at the basket, we just didn't convert enough shots," said Wink.
The Saints were led by Jessica Rademacher with 14 points, while Katie Kopp had seven, Mariah Rohm, six, Bailey Ewald, four, Adriene Stoffel and McKenzie Christenson each had two and Erica Bergmann had one.
The Vikings were led by Lara Harlander with 11 points, Carly Gustafson, nine, MaKayla Arthurs, three, Abigail Brightbill and Brandi Bahr each had two and Lexi Domagala added one.
Siren 41, Luck 40
LUCK– The Lady Dragons picked up a big conference win over Luck on Tuesday, Dec. 10, knocking down important free throws at just the right time. As a team the Dragons shot 13 of 27 from the line but Emily Howe went 7 of 8 from the line in the fourth quarter to help the Dragons pull out the narrow win.
"We came out flat and Siren came ready to play," said Luck coach Marty Messar. "We played with a lot of heart to cut into the hole we dug, but came up short!"
Luck held an 8-7 edge in the first quarter but Siren came up with 16 points in the second quarter to take a 23-14 lead at halftime. Luck outscored Siren 18-12 in the fourth quarter but couldn't pull out the win.
Caitlynn Daniels had 15 points for the Dragons while Howe had 11, Carly Good and Haley Peterson each had four, Hope Peterson, three, and Jessica Strabel and Zoe Emery each had two.
Tayler Dow and Angela Gore each had six rebounds for the Cardinals and Camille Marsten had five. Whitney Petersen had 13 points, followed by Jenni Holdt and Marsten with eight apiece, Jillian Klatt and Gore each had four and Dow had three.
Unity 39, Webster 28
WEBSTER– Rory Paulsen picked up his first win as Eagles new head coach on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Webster. Maddie Ramich had a season high 21 points, and Paulsen said Emma Moore had some key rebounds in the second half, while Raelin Sorenson was solid on both sides of the ball in the second half to help give the Eagles the win.
"Our game with Webster was evenly matched and hard fought," Paulsen said. "Our shot selection versus theirs in the second half was better than the first."
The Eagles trailed by one after the first quarter and the game remained tied at the half, 21-21. The Eagles outscored Webster 12-5 in the third quarter.
Sorensen scored six points for the Eagles, while Moore and Whitney Rock each had three and Emily Gross added two. The Tigers were led by Kaitlyn Moser with eight points, Aleah Heinz had six, Stefanie Wambolt, five, Kenna Gall, four, Christina Weis, three, and Lidia Wilson, two.
LFG wrestlers win over Glenwood City
LFG 39, Glenwood City 27
Marty Seeger |Staff writer
GLENWOOD CITY – LFG wrestlers found a way to win in a dual match against Glenwood City on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Hunter Dodds, Dakota Schultz and Tristan Brewer each had pins on the night, and Tony Britton pulled out a double-overtime win over returning state qualifier, Isaac Tuttle, 4-1, according to LFG head coach Chris Bartlett.
Tim Lund picked up a 5-1 win and Josh Glover beat a solid opponent in Blayze Wood by a 6-4 decision.
"The kids worked hard and deserved the win," Bartlett said.
LFG wrestlers travel to a tournament Barron this Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m.
Saints boys, Eagles continue to roll in wins Tuesday
Luck sneaks by Siren in a close one
Luck 50, Siren 42
Marty Seeger |Staff writer
LUCK – The Cardinals continued their winning ways in the Lakeland with a close win against Siren at home on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
"Close game all the way. Siren is going to play everybody tough," said Luck coach Rick Giller. (Jared) Emery and (David) St. John do a good job in the post."
It was tied after the first quarter, while Siren led 20-19 at the half. The Cardinals had just a two-point, 30-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
"Noah (Mortel) and Karsten (Petersen), our post guys, got it going in spurts offensively with 19 and 16 resepectively, and they both did a great job on the boards," Giller said, adding that Logan Hamack and Trent Strapon kept their cool on point, but it wasn't a great night of shooting for the Cardinals.
Hamack had 10 points for the Cardinals, while Taylor Hawkins added five. The Dragons were led by Emery with 15, St. John, 13, Neil Oustigoff, nine, and Nate Martin, five.
Unity 58, Webster 31
WEBSTER – The Eagles won big over Webster on Tuesday, Dec. 10, improving to 3-1 overall. Dakota Ward scored 18 points for the Eagles while Logan Bader added 12, Oliver Raboin, eight, Zac Johnson, six, Hunter Ward and Wyatt Stenberg each had four, and Cash Hickethier, Cole Garvey and Dylan Ruck had two apiece.
The Tigers were led by Dade McCarthy with 11 points, Sean Martinez, six, Oudy Weber, Bailey Weeks, William Cooper and Grant Preston each had three, and Shawn Stevens added two.
St. Croix Falls 69, Frederic 33
FREDERIC – St. Croix Falls remained undefeated with a win over Frederic on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Vikings record has dropped to 1-3 overall. No game stats were available at press time.
Amery 49, Grantsburg 41
AMERY – Despite a 49-41 loss to Amery in a nonconference game on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Grantsburg coach Nick Hallberg was pleased with the effort of the team.
"Good game for us to play and we came ready to execute tonight. Lots of good things to take from it, but we still didn't get over the hump," Hallberg said.
Amery went up 15-8 after the first quarter and Grantsburg had fallen behind 31-20 at halftime, but came back in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 16-8. Jordan Knutson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers while Jacob Ohnstad scored six of his 11 points in the third.
"Offensively it was the most balanced game we've had so far, and we hit some open shots. Hit big shots too, late in the game," Hallberg said.
Knutson left with 10 points, while Jaeger Staeven had 10, Austin Olson, seven and Jackson Gerber added three.
Blizzard boys get a win over Becker
Blizzard 3, Becker 2
Marty Seeger |Staff writer
PRINCETON, Minn. – The Blizzard boys hockey team pulled out a 3-2 win over Becker/Big Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 10, extending the Blizzard record to 4-2.
"It was by no means the prettiest game but in the end the boys got the job done. We showed a lot of resiliency in the third period by overcoming some big penalty calls and were able to get the two goals in the third to tie it and take the lead," said coach Andy Richardson.
Brett Richison scored a first-period goal for the Blizzard on assist from Carter Lee. Later in the period, Becker answered to tie the game. Becker retook the lead in the only second period goal before Alex Hopkins knotted the game 2-2 at the 7:39 mark in the third period, with assist from Austin Bowman. With 15:44 on the clock, Aaron Dietmeier helped put the game away for good.
"Aaron Dietmeier was in the box for 15 minutes on a tough major call, he ended up coming through and netted the game winner," Richardson said. "Feels good to come out with a win on this type of game."
The Blizzard host Amery on Thursday, at Grantsburg, beginning at 7 p.m.
Saints win conference opener over Unity
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Cardinals crush Pirates Tuesday
St. Croix Falls 58, Unity 42
Marty Seeger|Staff writer
ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints will be tough to beat in the West Lakeland this season as they proved in a big win over Unity on Tuesday, Dec. 3, while several other game scheduled for Tuesday were postponed due to snowy conditions. The Eagles struggled to get shots to fall while the Saints semed to be hitting from all over the court, including from 3-point range. After a bit of a slow start for both teams in their first conference games of the season, the Saints took a 9-4 first quarter lead with help from a 3-pointer by Lovro Kusec at the buzzer.
The Saints continued to spread their offense around in the second quarter, with Jake Jacobson and Nick Lunde each hitting 3-pointers and Trevor Cross and Niko Neuman each knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to help give St. Croix Falls a 28-16 lead at the half.
At the start of the second half the Eagles came storming back quickly, with Dakota Ward fighting his way to the basket for two-points and connecting on a two-and-one moments later to help get the Eagles within five points. After a timeout from Saints coach Chad Hall, the Saints regrouped and never surrendured the lead. Conference games for both teams are scheduled for this Friday, Dec. 6, with St. Croix Falls hosting Webster, and Unity hosting Frederic.
Luck 66, Grantsburg 21
GRANTSBURG – The Cardinals basketball team shut down the Pirates offense on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to win their first conference game of the season. Sophomore Taylor Hawkins came off the bench for the Cardinals to score 18 points, with 12 coming in the second quarter, while Karsten Petersen added 18 points as well.
Luck took a 12-4 lead in the first quarter and held the Pirates to just two points in the second quarter as the Cardinals led 34-6 at halftime. Other Luck scorers included Logan Hamack with 10 points, Nick Mattson and Noah Mortel each had six, Trent Strapon, four, and Trevor Dexter and Sam Nelson each had two points.
Jacob Ohnstad had eight points for the Pirates, Jordan Knutson, seven and Jaeger Staeven, six.
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