By Cara L. Dempski
ELLSWORTH — The basketball game at Ellsworth last Tuesday night was not the only game George Scharlau played that day.
The Colfax junior participated in an assembly earlier in the day to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and was selected as one of two “barnyard turkeys” for the junior class (the other turkey was portrayed by Jeremy Artist).
[emember_protected] The goal of the game was for each turkey to find the other while fighting through a group of other students making as much “barnyard noise” as possible. The class whose turkeys found each other the fastest won the game.
It is, perhaps, a bit difficult to reconcile the six foot, five inch teenage boy wandering around the Colfax gym bellowing “gobble gobble” to find his fellow turkey a few hours earlier with the varsity basketball player who put up 32 points and went 10 for 11 from the line in the Vikings’ season-opening, 65-59, loss at Ellsworth Tuesday, November 21.
Coach Garrett Maas said the team was down by 12 points at the half, before the Vikings cut the lead to five points early in the second half. Colfax managed to cut the Panthers’ lead to just four points twice with 2:30 left to play, but could not get over the hump.
The Vikings’ coach is still pleased with his team, despite the loss.
“It was the best basketball that we have played in a long time,” he said. “I was really happy with our team chemistry, and how our kids kept fighting all game.”
While Scharlau garnered the game’s highest individual score, he and senior Treyton Teige got into foul trouble early. While Teige, who picked up 12 points in the contest, picked up his fourth foul in the opening 20 seconds of the final half, Scharlau came out of the game after landing a fifth late in the matchup.
Junior Jackson Hellmann hit a pair of field goals and charity throws to take home six points for the night, Noah Albricht tacked up five points, senior Marcus Reisdorf added three more points, and Luke Heidorn rounded out the score with a single field goal for two.
Maas said Heidorn handled Ellsworth’s full-court press very well, and said he was pleased to see the 11th-grade player keeping up with the defense.
The Panthers’ top-scoring player in the matchup was junior Logan Benson, who picked up 23 points against the Vikings to assist his team to the win.
Colfax took on Thorp at home last night, November 28, before taking a break and then heading to Chippewa Falls McDonell December 4 and hosting Turtle Lake December 5. The Vikings will open the Dunn-St. Croix season December 7 at Boyceville before taking part in the 2017 Northwest Tip-off Classic at UW-Stout December 9 with a contest against Fall Creek.
COLFAX 59, ELLSWORTH 65
Colfax…………………………..23 36 — 59
Ellsworth……………….…..….35 30 — 65
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (20-12-19-59) — N. Albricht 2-0-1-5, G. Scharlau 9-10-5-32, T. Teige 5-0-4-12, J. Hellmann 2-1-2-6, M. Reisdorf 1-0-4-3, L. Heidorn 1-0-2-2, T. Sarauer 0-0-1-0.
Ellsworth (23-11-21-65) — E. Lange 3-0-4-8, C. Woodland 1-0-0-3, L. Benson 9-4-4-23, I. Galle 1-0-1-3, L. Richards 1-4-4-6, D. Flom 8-3-3-22, Z. Nugent 0-0-4-0, L. Betthauser 0-0-1-0.
C — N. Albricht 1, G. Scharlau 4, T. Teige 2, M. Reisdorf 1; E — E. Lange 2, C. Woodland 1, L. Benson 1, I. Galle 1, D. Flom 3. [/emember_protected]