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Kashmark sets WCA scoring record in loss to Upsala

West Central Area’s Dakotah Kashmark shoots over the defense of Osakis’ Haden Hendricks on January 2. Kashmark is WCA’s new all-time career scoring leader. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Senior guard Dakotah Kashmark set the new West Central Area scoring record, but the Knights ran into a buzz saw on Monday as Upsala moved to 23-2 with a 95-59 win over WCA.

The Cardinals are the sixth-ranked team in Class A and showed why on their way to putting up 54 points in the first half. They didn’t slow down in the second, shooting 34-of-64 from the field and hitting 12-of-26 threes.

That came on a night when Kashmark became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,266 points. Blake Olson had held the record since 2006 with 1,264 points. Kashmark finished with five points, 11 assists and three steals against the Cardinals.

“Dakotah is very deserving of this accomplishment,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “He has meant so much to our program. He has spent many hours of dedication toward basketball and has done so much over the last four years. He is also in the top five or 10 of many other career categories. Teams really key on him defensively, but he is a complete player and also an unselfish player as shown by his 11 assists again tonight.”

Upsala’s Christian Pekarek did what he could to steal the show on Monday. He finished with a game-high 36 points, while Dylan Zimmerman added 24 and Jeremy Halverson had 12.

Jay Zimmerman added 22 points and 14 rebounds for WCA and Hunter Pfingsten added 10 points. It was the regular-season finale for the Knights, who finished 17-7 overall and 10-4 in the Prairie Conference. That was good for third in the league.

West Central Area was ready to turn its attention to the playoffs, where the Knights were scheduled to welcome in Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley last night, Thursday. A win and WCA would play at the University of Minnesota-Morris against the winner of Hancock and second-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.


WCA 30 29 59

UPSALA 54 41 – 95

TOTALS – WCA – FG – 22-49; FT – 10-19; Three-point FG – 6-16; Rebounds – 29; Turnovers – 22; Upsala – FG – 36-64; Three-point FG – 12-26; FT – 16-20; Rebounds – 31; Turnovers – 7

WCA – Kashmark – 5 points, 11 assists, 3 steals; Zimmerman – 22 points, 14 rebounds; Pfingsten – 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Austin Redepenning – 6 points, 4 rebounds; Andrew Lindor – 6 points; Devin Nelson – 5 points; Brady Combs – 5 points

UPSALA – Pekarek – 36 points; Zimmerman – 24 points; Jeremy Halverson – 12 points; Jeff Halverson – 8 points; Nathan Ehrenberg – 6 points; Aiden Guthrie – 4 points; Kyle Soltis – 3 points; Keith Ripplinger – 2 points

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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