Area boys' basketball results
The loss of a classmate in a snowmobiling accident took its toll on the Ashby boys' basketball team Tuesday night as they fell to West Central Area 76-34.
Both the Arrow boys and girls were to have played that night, with the girls' team opting to postpone their game at Parkers Prairie, while the boys decided to go ahead with their home game against the Knights.
"It was a tough night for the Arrows, physically, mentally and emotionally," said Ashby head coach Ryan Risbrudt. "I have to give my guys credit, they hung in there, played their hearts out for 21 minutes, and finally, at the 15-minute mark of the second half, everything caught up with to them and we collapsed.
"I'm proud of their effort given the circumstances they had to face."
The Arrows trailed by 13 at the half, but were able to connect for just 10 more, despite going on an 8-0 run to start the second half.
"We have to give the Arrows a lot of credit for coming out and playing after a tragedy in their school," said Knight coach Kraig Hunter. "I think they got emotionally drained in the second half.
"Our hearts go out to the family, the community of Ashby and their school during this tough time."
Sam Richards led three Knight players in double figures as he netted 23, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to his stats.
Jordan Lillemon had seven points to lead the Arrows.
WEST CENTRAL 37 39 76
ASHBY 24 10 34
WEST CENTRAL AREA - Sam Richards 23, Colton Blascyk 15, Beau Kashmark 11, Bryce Olson 9, Christian Hammer 8, Bryan Starner 4, Neil Hyttsten 3, Jake Boeddeker 2 Bryan Barrera 1. Field goals 29-73, 3-pt 5-24, Rebounds 51 (Richards 7, Olson 7, Logan Pfingsten 6), Steals - Richards 2, Olson 3, Pfingsten 3, Assists - Richards 3, Pfingsten 8, Fouls 19, Turnovers 15.
ASHBY - Jordan Lillemon 7, Riley Mickelson 6, Sam Graham 4, Justice Witt 4, Pat Rolhoff 4, Jon Quernemoen 3, Mason Johnson 2, Allard LaRue 2. Field goals 13-50, 3-5 3-pt, Free throws 5-12, Rebounds 35 (Mickelson 1), Fouls 22, Turnovers 23.
Ortonville 63, B-E 37
The Ortonville Trojans took care of the Bradon-Evansville boys' basketball team with a 63-37 win last Tuesday night.
The Trojans jumped out early, building a 33-13 lead by halftime. They never looked back from there on their way to shooting 52 percent (26-50) from the field.
Turnovers doomed the Chargers as they gave the ball away 25 times. They also shot just 13-of-40 from the field, including 3-of-16 from the three point line.
Phillip Krueger finished with 10 points and five rebounds for Brandon-Evansville. Sean Henneman and Brandt Bitzan led the team in assists with three apiece, while Tyson Meissner had four steals.
Minnewaska had two players in double figures, but couldn't keep up with the No. 2 ranked Class AA Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers Thursday night, who cruised to a 72-51 win.
Ben Peters led the Lakers with 17 points, while Shane Bosek added 12 points and six rebounds in Minnewaska's first conference loss of the season.
They are now in a second place tie with Montevideo, while Morris stands alone at the top of the West Central South Conference.
The Tigers were able to play a strong game behind strong rebounding with a 31-15 edge over the Lakers.
Cory Hennen led the Tigers with 22 points and five assists.
MINNEWASKA 23 28 51
MORRIS/CA 33 39 72
MINNEWASKA - Cory Holten 3, Brady Johnsrud 7, Mike Whittemore 7, Shane Bosek 12, Taylor Kollman 2, Trenton Berg 2, Eric Elbe 1, Ben Peters 17, Andrew Ostrander 1, Blake Johnsrud 1. Field goals 17-38, 3-pt 3-9 (Br. Johnsrud 1, Whittemore 1, Bosek 1), Free throws 14-23, Rebounds 16 (Peters 7), Fouls 16, Steals 9 (Br. Johnsrud 2), Assists 7 (Br. Johnsrud 3), Blocks 3 (Peters 2).
The Minnewaska boys' basketball team rolled over Yellow Medicine East 80-50 last Friday night behind a balanced scoring effort that saw 16 players score for the Lakers.
Minnewaska shot 32-of-49 from the field. Brady Johnsrud led that offensive attack with 15 points. Shane Bosek finished with 11, while Cory Holten had 10.
The Lakers were never challenged in this one. They built a 39-13 lead by halftime and stretched that out with 41 points in the second half. The String got going more in the final 18 minutes but it was not near enough to overcome the offensive efficiency of Minnewaska.
The Lakers improved to 6-3 overall with the win and 6-1 in the West Central South Conference.
MINNEWASKA 39 41 - 80
YME 13 37 - 50
MINNEWASKA LEADERS - Mike Whittemore - 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 4 assists; Brady Johnsrud - 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, 1 block; Shane Bosek - 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 2 assists; Mike Nielsen - 2 points, 2 assists; Ben Peters - 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists; Ryan Kleven - 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Jake Mikkelson - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Cory Holten - 10 points, 2 steals; Trenton Berg - 4 points, 1 assist; Alex Harste - 3 points, 1 assist; Tanner Holten - 2 points, 1 assist; Kris Daniels - 2 points, 1 assist; Eric Elbe - 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Taylor Kollman - 2 points; Andrew Ostrander - 4 points; Blake Johnsrud - 2 points
WCA 52, U-H 43
The West Central Area boys' basketball team overcame a tough night from the field to post a 52-43 win over Ulen-Hitterdal last Thursday.
The Knights shot just 19-of-50, including 5-of-14 from behind the three-point line. They were able to overcome that behind a solid defensive effort. WCA held the Spartans to 33 percent shooting. They hit just 4-of-18 shots from behind the line.
Sam Richards had another big game for West Central Area with 19 points and five rebounds.
"Olson played an outstanding game tonight, leading us in three important categories," Hunter said.
The win moved WCA to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the Heart O' Lakes Conference.
WCA 30 22 - 52
ULEN-HITTERDAL 22 21 - 43
WCA LEADERS - Sam Richards - 19 points, 5 rebounds; Colton Blascyk - 12 points; Bryce Olson - 8 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals; Beau Kashmark - 6 points, 5 rebounds; Christian Hammer - 4 points; Logan Pfingsten - 3 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Jake Boeddeker - 5 rebounds
Osakis 49, Royalton 43
The Osakis boys' basketball team improved to 5-0 in the Prairie Conference with a 49-43 win over Royalton last Tuesday night.
Things were a little closer than expected against the 2-9 Royals. Royalton held a two-point lead at the break before the Silverstreaks outscored them 26-18 in the second half.
Adam Sadlemyer had another nice night for Osakis. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Roggenbuck scored all eight of his points in the second half. He also added nine rebounds and seven assists for the Silverstreaks.
Young was held to 13 points and just six in the second half. That allowed the Silverstreaks to gain the lead and hold on for the win. It is the eighth win of the season for them as they moved to 8-3 overall.
OSAKIS 23 26 - 49
ROYALTON 25 18 - 43
OSAKIS LEADERS - Adam Sadlemyer - 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block; Dominic Baker - 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Tony Roggenbuck - 8 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals; Devin Waldvogel - 8 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals; Andrew Allen - 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; James Cowdery - 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Mitch Herzog - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist