By Cara L. Dempski
Just three nights after beating the Glenwood City squad to earn a regular season split against the Hilltoppers, the Vikings boys’ basketball hit the road to Cadott.
Colfax carried some of its energy from the win against Glenwood City into the Monday, February 20 game to add another win to its record by beating the Hornets 55-49. That left just one final home game to play against Dunn-St. Croix foe Mondovi last Friday, February 23.
The Vikings extended their winning streak to three games when they corralled the Buffaloes 66-51 to end their conference season with a record of 3-11. Two of Colfax’ three D-SC victories came in the final week of play with wins over Glenwood City and Mondovi. The other win came against conference cellar dweller Boyceville back on December 9.
With the regular season behind it, Colfax, 7-15 overall, will turn its attention to the post season and a recent and familiar foe. It opened the WIAA Division 4 basketball tournament in Glenwood City last night. The Vikings drew the ninth seed in the lower half bracket of the Eau Claire Memorial Sectional while the Hilltoppers were seeded eight.
The winner of the February 28 regional quarterfinal will advance to the regional semifinal on Friday, March 4 to play at number-one seed Stanley-Boyd, who had an opening round bye. The winner of the contest against the Orioles will play March 4 for the regional championship against the other semifinal which features Durand (#4) and the Feb. 28 winner of Mondovi (#5) and Osseo-Fairchild (#12).
Head coach Garrett Maas was pleased with the effort the Viking boys’ put together on their road trip to Cadott.
“It was a very physical game, and I was proud of how our guys responded,” he said.
Maas complimented his team, stating they presented a balanced attack and controlled the glass in the game’s second half.
The game was tied at 25 when both teams headed to the locker room for halftime, but the Vikings were trailing in the closing seconds of the game when Ben Thompson nailed a go-ahead basket with only nine seconds left to play.
Treyton Teige then stepped up to the free throw line and sealed the deal with a pair of charity shots, and Jacob Larson iced the cake when he dropped in another two free throws to give Colfax a 55-49 win.
Thompson led the Viking offensive effort with 13 points, and Larson and George Scharlau tied with 10 points each. Teige tied with Matthew Reisdorf with eight points apiece, and Luke Heidorn and Adam Pretasky each hit outside shots for three.
Hornet Matt Drilling earned the game’s high score with 16 points.
COLFAX 55, CADOTT 49
Colfax………………………………25 30 — 55
Cadott……………………………..25 24 — 49
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (14-9-9-55) B. Thompson 5-0-0-13, J. Larson 3-4-4-10, T. Teige 0-2-1-8, G. Scharlau 2-3-1-10, L. Heidorn 0-0-1-3, A. Pretasky 0-0-0-3, M. Reisdorf 4-0-2-8.
Cadott (14-6-12-49) N. Nesvacil 0-2-0-5, G. Roth 0-0-2-0, P. Freadon 1-1-3-3, M. Drilling 5-0-2-16, B. Ryan 0-0-0-3, J. Starck 5-0-3-10, B. Boyea 2-3-1-7, C. Bowe 1-0-1-5.
THREE-POINTERS COL — B. Thompson 1, T. Teige 2, G. Scharlau 1, L. Heidorn 1, A. Pretasky 1; CAD — N. Nesvacil 1, M. Drilling 2, B. Ryan 1, C. Bowe 1.
It was obvious to everyone watching the Vikings hit the court against Mondovi that they were playing to win the game, and that includes head coach Garrett Maas.
“We had a nice, balanced scoring attack,” the Colfax coach said. “Jacob Larson started things off fast, having 10 points in the first five minutes.”
Maas went on to say the team is hitting its peak at the best possible time, and he is glad to see everyone playing with such confidence.
Larson may have gone on a 10-point run, but the first score of the game belonged to Viking sophomore George Scharlau, who pushed into the paint to bounce one off the glass and nab two points before barely five seconds had ticked off the first-half clock.
Mondovi’s Ben Larson responded in kind with a two-point jumper at the 17:30 mark to tie the game. Jacob Larson’s first score was a two-point shot, which was again answered just seconds later by Mondovi to tie the contest at four.
From there, Larson kept striking with field goals, with Scharlau, Matthew Reisdorf, and Luke Scharlau joining in the first-half fun to lead by 27-26 at the break.
The Vikings opened up the scoring from there, hitting an impressive nine of 11 free throws after being only one for six in the first half.
Larson’s 10-point run in the early minutes of the game, led to a 22-point finish to account for one-third of Colfax’s total score. Heidorn, who was a game-time decision due to illness, played to an 11 point individual score. It was the best game of his season so far, according to Maas.
Scharlau and Ben Thompson tied with 10 points apiece, Treyton Teige recorded seven points, and Reisdorf earned six points.
Mondovi’s highest-scoring player was Shane Van Roo, who scored 15 points.
MONDOVI 52, COLFAX 66
Mondovi…………………………..18 34 — 52
Colfax………………………………29 37 — 66
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Mondovi (18-7-18-52) B. Olson 0-0-0-3, C. Johnson 1-0-1-2, A. Hoepner 4-1-4-9, S. Van Roo 4-4-1-15, R. Fath 2-0-1-4, H. Evans 0-0-3-0, B. Becker 2-0-5-7, B. Larson 5-2-4-12.
Colfax (19-10-17-66) B. Thompson 2-0-1-10, J. Larson 9-4-3-22, T. Teige 2-3-1-7, G. Scharlau 2-0-4-10, Mar. Reisdorf 0-0-1-0, L. Heidorn 1-3-2-11, A. Pretasky 0-0-1-0, Mat. Reisdorf 3-0-4-6.
THREE-POINTERS M — B. Olson 1, S. Van Roo 1, B. Becker 1; C — B. Thompson 2, G. Scharlau 2, L. Heidorn 2.