Girls North Sub Section 6AA:
Melrose over Holdingford 43-41 OT
Staples/Motley beat LP/GE 68-33
Sauk Centre defeated Pierz 75-52
Osakis over Pillager 59-20
Saturday in the Sub Section semi finals: Melrose vs Staples/Motley at 4:30 at SJU.
Sauk Centre will play Osakis at 6:00
What a win for the Melrose girls at Holdingford. Melrose seeded #5 went to Holdingford, the #4 seeded team and won in overtime 43-41. What turned out to be the game winning basket was scored by Emily Tschida with 1:22 left in the overtime. It was the only basket in the game for Tschida. What Tschida did defensively in the game was also a big factor. For most of the game, it was up to Tschida to guard Joelle Ertl of Holdingford. Melrose played a box and one defense against Holdingford, with Tschida taking Ertl. For the game Ertl had two baskets and 10 points. Melrose was led in scoring by Emily Goerdt with 18 points. Goerdt also went over 1000 points in her high school career. Gabi Sawyer hit a three point shot at the buzzer to end the first half to give Melrose a 15-11 halftime lead. Sawyer had 12 points in the game. Justine Reverman added 7.
In the Sauk Centre 75-52 win over Pierz, the Pierz team was concentrating on stopping Sauk Centre’s outside shooters. That left the post players open. Julie Bushard had a big night with 24 points, Amanda Weir with 19.
Girls South Sub Section 6AA:
NLS over Benson 72-33
Minnewaska beat Morris 55-36 NLS vs Minnewaska at 1:00 Saturday at SJU
Litchfield over Paynesville 55-34
Eden Valley Watkins defeated St. John’s Prep 59-35 Litchfield vs Eden Valley Watkins at 2:30 SJU
Girls North Sub Section 6AA:
The Melrose boys basketball team has a trip to the State basketball tournament within their reach as they play New London Spicer for the Section 6AA championship Friday night. Gametime will be at 6:00 at St. Cloud State University. The game will be broadcast on 105.5 FM radio. MIDMNSPORTS will not be able to webcast the game because the boys State hockey tournament is being played, as a result, no web casting can be done. Here’s an on line link for audio only http://tunein.com/radio/Bob-FM-1055-s32264/
Melrose comes into the game with a record of 19-9 overall, after playing a solid game to defeat Sauk Centre 61-45 this past Saturday. NLS beat Eden Valley Watkins 65-43. NLS has a record of 18-10 overall. It’s important to point this out, don’t be fooled by NLS and that they have 10 losses. They play in a very competitive Wright County Conference during the year. For example, last year three teams out of that conference made it to the State tournament. This year, out of the Wright County Conference, Annandale (22-6) is playing for the Section 5AA championship after knocking off St. Cloud Cathedral the other night. Holy Family Catholic (26-2) is playing for the Section 6AAA championship against Waconia (19-8), another team out of that conference. Orono (20-8) is playing for the Section 5AAA against Delano (17-11), two more teams in that same Wright County Conference. One final point, this group of NLS athletes played on their football team that made it to the Class AA championship game.
Another point to make is that the Melrose basketball team is ready to meet the challenge. The team has been improving each time out. It seems each individual player is playing their best basketball right now. These two teams played against each this season, it was way back when the season started. It was the second game for Melrose and the first game for NLS. The NLS team won at home that night 61-42.
There will be a second game at SCSU Friday night, it’s the championship for Section 5AA with Annandale playing Howard Lake Waverly.
The Boys Class AA State basketball Tournament will open up play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday 3/12 at either Williams Arena or Target Center at 6:00 or 8:00, depending on where the teams are seeded.
Keeping the lead from start to finish, the Melrose boys basketball team defeated Sauk Centre 61-45 to win the North Sub Section. Melrose will play NLS Friday night at 6:00 at SCSU. NLS beat Eden Valley Watkins 65-43 to win the South Sub Section.
Melrose got off to a quick start, leading 9-0 and then later 27-10 in the first half. The halftime score was 27-14 Melrose. The lead grew to 18 points in the second half at 43-25 for Melrose. Sauk Centre tried to cut into the lead and got it down to 11 at 52-41 with 3:44 to go but that was as close as it would get.
Melrose had the two sophomores come through with a big night, Tyler Breagelmann had 13 points, Colton Meyer had 12. Also in double figures was Seth Noll and Cole VanBeck with 10 each. Sauk Centre had Seth Otte do as much as he could to provide some offense with 16 points, Matthew Moritz added 15. Sauk Centre ended their year at 18-8.
BBE over Kimball 70-43
Browerville beat Nevis 81-54 BBE plays Browerville Friday for the Section 5a title.
In their final regular season game, the Sauk Centre girls basketball team defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 69-24 at the Sauk Centre gym Monday night. Now it’s the playoffs Thursday night at home against Pierz.
14 players scored in the game for Sauk Centre, senior Ali Peterson topped the scoring with 13 points, making three threes. Amanda Weir and Madi Greenwaldt had 10 each.
The win puts Sauk Centre at 19-5 on the season.
Minnewaska over Paynesville 74-47
The Melrose/Sauk Centre Fusion swimming team had their final day at the State Swim Meet at the U of M Saturday. Justin Hoppe finished 15th in the 200 Free. The 200 Free relay and 400 Free relay of Matthew Beste, Justin Hoppe, Ben Heller and Brent Blommel finished 14th in both events.
North Sub Section 6AA:
Sauk Centre over Staples/Motley 61-48
Melrose beat LP/GE 56-38 Melrose vs Sauk Centre Tuesday at 7:45 at SJU
South Sub section 6AA:
NLS over Paynesville 62-45
Eden Valley Watkins defeated Litchfield 59-44 NLS vs Eden Valley Watkins Tuesday at 6:00 at SJU
Section 5A Sub Section:
BBE over Swanville 95-39
Kimball beat Upsala 88-67
Sauk Centre (18-7)
It’s going to come down to Sauk Centre vs Melrose for the North Sub Section championship, it’ll be Tuesday night at 7:45 and here on MIDMNSPORTS.
Both teams played well Saturday night to get their wins to set up the big game on Tuesday.
Sauk Centre led by 6 at half 30-24, they had their led cut down to just four points late in the game but they were able to make their freethrows to keep the game out of reach. Three players were in double figures, Josh Buschette was outstanding and led the scoring with 16, Seth Otte kept the team together, made 6/6 freethrows and had 13, Matthew Moritz added 12.
When you talk about a player taking control of the game, that’s what Seth Noll did for Melrose. Noll scored 30 points, on 6 three point shots. The Melrose defense was tight allowing just 38 points.
Playing against a team that had 18 wins on the season, the Melrose girls basketball team played a solid night of basketball and defeated Southwest Christian 59-54 Friday night at the Melrose gym. That puts the Melrose team at 12-12 on the season as they head to the playoffs on Thursday at Holdingford.
Emily Goerdt and Gabi Sawyer combined for 43 of the 59 points, Goerdt had 24 and Sawyer 19. Sawyer made some pressure free throws to keep Melrose in the lead late in the game.
Holdingford over Maple Lake 58-45
Pierz over Kimball 56-45
Zimerman defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 60-38
Rockford over BBE 68-61
Albany over Minnewaska 70-39
Osakis defeated Browerville 69-56
The Class A individual State swimming meet is being held at the U of M.
For Melrose/Sauk Centre:
Justin Hoppe finished in 16th place in the 200 Free with a 1:51.02
John Schwieters 20th in 200 IM 2:11.92
Ben Heller 22nd 500 Free 5:07.84
200 Free Relay 15th 1:32.37
John Schwieters 24th 200 Back 58.820
400 Free Relay 15th 3:24.35
Second day qualifiers: Justin Hoppe in the 200 Free, both relay teams, the 200 Free and the 400 Free, Matthew Beste, Justin Hoppe, Ben Heller and Brent Blommel
The Class A individual State wrestling tournament is going on at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
In the first round match at 132#, Will Funk won his match 3-2. Funk will wrestle again at 5:30 in the quarterfinals against Ty Griffen of Rockford, a senior (34-2) Griffin won his first round match 11-5. Funk is (28-7). In the quarterfinals, Funk was defeated 10-1 by Griffin. Griffin was a State champion two years ago. Then Funk wrestled in the wreslte backs Friday night and was beaten by Connor Rohr 10-3. Rohr is a senior from Cannon Falls. Rohr was beaten by Griffin 11-5 earlier in the day. Funk finishes his year at 28-9.
At 195# Arturo Stefanoni lost his match by fall at 1:05
North Sub Section Section 6AA boys basketball quarterfinals:
Sauk Centre over Osakis 73-45
Staples/Motley over Pierz 65-56 Sauk Centre vs Staples/Motley Saturday at 4:30 at SJU
Melrose defeated Holdingford 59-42
LP/GE over Pillager 68-51 Melrose vs LP/GE Saturday at 6:00 at SJU
South Sub Section:
NLS over St. John’s Prep 67-44
Paynesville over Minnewaska 74-73 OT NLS vs Paynesville Saturday at 1:00 at SJU
Eden Valley Watkins defeated Morris 68-60
Litchfield over Benson 50-38 Litchfield vs Eden Valley Watkins Saturday at 2:30 at SJU
Sauk Centre game: 15 different players scored for Sauk Centre, Josh Buschette had 15, Casey Weber 8, Seth Otte, Austin Landkammer and Cole Neubert had 7 a piece.
Melrose game: Tyler Braegelmann with 14, Cesar Cervantes 10, Cole VanBeck and Ben Klaphake with 9 each, Seth Noll 8.