STORM LAKE - Led by 13 points from post player Heath Stille and 13 from Nate Hinkeldey, the Alta Cyclone boys basketball team ran to a 77-33 win over Storm Lake-St. Mary's here Friday night.
Justin DeMan added double figures for Alta with 11 points while Steve Hamer and Adam Pederson added seven each for the Cyclones.
"I thought we did a good job of taking control early in the game and doing what we needed to do," said Alta coach Larry McNutt over the weekend. "We still have some improving to do but the guys are playing hard and doing a lot of good things."
Stille was five of seven from the field and hit three of four free throws. Hinkeldey was five of five from the field and also hit on three of four free throws.
Six-foot-nine Alta post player Luke Letzring had 11 rebounds while Stille added ten. Point guard Eric Holton dished out six assists and he and Stille had four steals each.
Andy Dahm led St. Mary's with ten points while Nick Netsch added nine. In addition, T.J. Miller added five points, Abe Flanigan four, Devin Landgraf three and Charlie Benz two.
Prairie Valley 72, Laurens-Marathon, 34
The Laurens-Marathon boys basketball team lost a 72-34 decision to Prairie Valley here Friday night, according to coach James Laughlin.
Eric Japenga led the way for the Chargers with 11 points while Shane Sindegaard added nine and Ryan Sones and Brandon Bush six points each.
Japenga hit on five of nine field goals for the Chargers while Sones had a team-high five rebounds. Japenga also dealt out five assists.
Aurelia 63, ACT 36
Four players reached double figures here Thursday night for the Aurelia boys basketball team in its 63-36 win over Albert City-Truesdale.
Senior forward John Ireland led the way with a game-high 15 points while Matt Berg and Brent Kai each added 11 and Bryan Lemke ten.
Luke Lovin led AC-T with 14 points and Taylor Heideman added nine.
"We played an excellent game," said Aurelia boys basketball coach Grant Peckenschneider. "I was pleased with the way we passed the ball and with our effort and intensity. We only had seven turnovers and that was a vast improvement over our previous games.
"I'm really pleased with the improvement we made in just two games. We need to keep doing that all season long."
Berg led the Bulldogs in rebounding with 11 while Lemke added seven. Kai and Tyler Nelson led in assists with five and four, respectively.
Ireland scored his 15 points on 7 of 13 field goal shooting while Berg was 4 of 12 but three of five from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs led 23-17 at the half.
Alta JV 64, HMS 48
Alta JV The Alta JV boys basketball team got the season started off on the right with a 68-48 home victory over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Eleven Cyclones got in the scoring column with Adam Pedersen leading the way with 21 followed by Brad Payne with 16. Colin Huseman also scored in double figures with 10.
Kylor Cone netted two three pointers for 6 points, Ky Barker scored 4, Tom Hinkeldey 3, Derek Lietz, Russ Hinkeldey, and Jon Marks all tallied 2, while Jon Weiland rounded out the scoring with 1. Joel Corlew and Colin Huseman led Cyclone rebounders with 6 each while Adam Pedersen totaled 5. Jon Weiland had 6 assists and Brad Payne and Joel Corlew had 4 steals apiece.
"This was a nice way to start the season," said Coach Lietz, "We had a total team effort and just pushed the margin throughout the game."
The Alta JV team ran their record to 2-0 with a hard fought 41-39 victory over the Newell-Fonda Mustangs. Brad Payne and Kylor Cone led the way for Alta with 10 points each. Adam Pedersen followed with 6, Derek Lietz and Colin Huseman had 4 each, Thomas Hansen 3, while Neal Peterson and Joel Corlew had 2 apiece.
Corlew and Huseman had 5 rebounds each, Payne charted 4 assists and 2 steals to help Alta to victory. "It's always nice to beat a rival like Newell-Fonda," said coach Lietz, "We knew coming in it would be a hard fought game and it was."
The Alta JV team pushed its record to 3-0 with a convincing 81-50 home victory over Odebolt-Arthur.
Six Cyclones scored in double figures with Joel Corlew leading the way with 14, followed by Kylor Cone and Colin Huseman with 12 each, Adam Pedersen and Neal Peterson with 11 each, and Brad Payne with 10. Pedersen led Cyclone rebounders with 8 while Jon Weiland and Derek Lietz each had 4.
Neal Peterson had 4 assists and Weiland 3. Ky Barker had 5 points and 3 steals while Russ Hinkeldey had 4 points and 2 rebounds to help Alta's cause. "We are very happy with this win," Alta Coach Dean Lietz said, "We had balanced scoring from nine players and shot the ball very well. We took care of our home court, now I'm anxious to see how we react to our first road game."