H.S. Boys Basketball
Storm Lake wins conference opener on road at ELC
ESTHERVILLE - The Tornadoes went on the road Tuesday night and came out with a 58-52 victory over the Estherville-Lincoln Central Midgets. Storm Lake trailed at the end of the first frame 11-10, but took a five point lead into half time, 29-24. The score remained close going into the final quarter as the Tornadoes held a one point advantage, 40-39.
“We played okay,” Tornado Coach Heath Stille said. “We played hard and we did enough to win. ELC made some big shots, but we were able to get some stops at the end and make our free throws.”
Senior Josh Werge led the way scoring 24 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Senior Parker Lange added 13. Junior Kevin Duque scored seven, and sophomore Cham Deng added six points and five boards.
“It was nice to win on the road,” Stille said. “Nice to start off conference play with a win.”
Storm Lake move to 2-1, 1-0 on the year. On Friday night they will host 1-1 Emmetsburg.
Demers joins 1000 point club, Panthers defeat GT-RA
GRAETTINGER - St. Mary’s went on the road Tuesday night and came away with a 76-61 victory over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Aryshire.
“The game was tight in the first half,” Panther Coach Nick Landgraf said. “Our rotations were not sharp defensively and GTRA made us pay by hitting five threes in the first half. We also did not do a good job in the first half boxing out, giving up 10 offensive rebounds.”
Senior Michael Demers scored 23 points which put him over 1,000 for his career. He hit a three from the top of the key in the fourth quarter to surpass the mark. Demers also had 10 assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Sophomore Reath Yak added 14, while junior Will Hurd had 14 points (all in the second half), 10 boards and three blocks. Junior Tanner Snyder had eight points and five boards while senior Connor Carstens added seven rebounds.
“Our defense began to wear them down in the second half, and we forced 16 turnovers in that half alone,” Landgraf said. “We did a good job moving the ball during the game, finishing with 21 assists for the night and shooting 54% from the field. I was very pleased with our effort throughout the game. It was a physical game, and everyone collectively stepped up and matched GTRA’s intensity.”
The Panthers are sitting at 3-0 to begin the season. On Friday night they will head to 0-3West Bend-Mallard.
Mustangs use strong second, fourth quarters to beat WBM
WEST BEND - On Monday evening, Newell-Fonda walked into West Bend-Mallard and came away with a 68-42 victory. The Mustangs used a 24-8 second quarter, and a 20-8 fourth quarter to create the separation in the contest.
Freshman Bryce Coppock led the way with 27 points on 7 of 12 shooting, along with making all four three point attempts. Coppock also had four rebounds and eight assists. Junior Jake Davis added 12 points and nine boards. Sophomore RJ Rojas had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Slow first period sets Newell-Fonda back
NEWELL - The Mustangs struggled out of the gate, falling behind 16-5 at the end of the first quarter against Pocahontas Area on Tuesday, and fell 51-43.
Freshman Bryce Coppock had 15 points while junior Jesse Haack had 10.
Newell-Fonda moves to 2-2 on the season. They will travel to 2-1 East Sac County on Friday night.
Alta-Aurelia gets past Sioux Central
SIOUX RAPIDS - The Warriors walked into the Rebels’ home court on Tuesday night and walked away with a 48-39 victory.
“Overall, I was very happy with the way we executed the game plan,” Alta-Aurelia Coach Evan Franzmeier said. “We stressed slowing down on offense and working for a good shot. We were much better taking care of the basketball and limiting turnovers.
Junior Carson Kruger paced the Warriors with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow junior Jordan Gano had 11 points, while senior Ryan Radke added nine.
“We shot the ball much better due to the higher percentage shot selection,” Franzmeier said. “Defensively, I was pleased as always. Our kids played hard and fought from the opening tip to the final horn. Carson Kruger and Jordan Gano played aggressively on offense and Kruger stepped up on the defensive side against (Sioux Central’s) Mac Prior.”
Prior was held to seven points for the Rebels. Sophomore Prestan Samson led the way for SC with 12 points and nine rebounds. Junior Chase Jessen added seven as well.
“We are continuing to struggle with offensively consistency and getting beat at the free throw line,” Sioux Central Coach Stephen Tjaden said. “We have gotten off to good starts the last couple of games, but we need to continue that throughout the game. We are very close to breaking through, we just need more consistent play.”
Alta-Aurelia moves to 2-1 on the year and will travel to 4-0 Pocahontas Area on Friday night. Sioux Central falls to 0-4 and will look to rebound Friday night against 0+4 Manson-NW Webster.
Ridge View wins big at River Valley
RIVER VALLEY - The Raptors overcame a small deficit at the end of the first quarter to leave River Valley with a 66-40 victory on Tuesday night.
“We played a great game last night,” Ridge View Coach Dale Tokheim said. “I thought it was the first time we played together as a team. We are still learning and our press and zone were not working in the first quarter. We switched up our defense in the second quarter and held them to four points.”
Junior Jaxon Franken led the way for Ridge View with 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Franken added six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Tyler Wingert put in 17 points and four boards. Sophomore Jake Kliegl had 10 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Ezra Miller pulled down seven rebounds.
Ridge View moves to 1-2, 1-1 on the season. On Friday night they will host 2-0 Kingsley-Pierson.