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Vikings falter against Macks; beat Lakers, Bulldogs and Crickets

By Cara L. Dempski

The Colfax boys’ basketball team was busy last week.

The Vikings started out with a December 4 game against the state-ranked Division 5 McDonell Central High School Macks. Coach Garrett Maas said the Colfax boys held their own for much of the game, but eventually succumbed 65-56.

The Colfax squad redeemed itself the following night at home against Turtle Lake, a team that came in averaging 70 points per game. Not only did the Vikings keep the Lakers well below that in the contest, but they picked up a 52-50 win in overtime for their first victory of the season as they turned their attention to the Dunn-St. Croix opener.

Maas and his team traveled to Boyceville Thursday, December 7. Through the Vikings trailed 19-17 at one point, Colfax built a 14-point halftime lead and held on for 72-58 win.

The team finished the week with a non-conference contest against Fall Creek as part the UW-Stout Northwest Tip-off Classic on Saturday, December 9. The Vikings had doubled up on the Crickets to take a 37-18 lead into the locker room at halftime, and eventually won the game 76-60.

Colfax came into this week with a 3-3 overall record and a 1-0 conference record.

The Vikings will began a four-game homestand hosting Spring Valley last evening, December 12. Rival Elk Mound will be in town tomorrow (December 15) and Cornell will play on the Colfax home court next Thursday, December 21 to head into the holiday break.

McDonell

Colfax coach Garrett Maas put his team’s performance against McDonell very simply.

“We had the number-two team in Division 5 on the ropes,” he said. “We had a five-point lead with about eight minutes to go.”

If things had continued to go that way, the Vikings would be have had the distinction of beating one of the best teams in the area. Instead, they suffered through a three-minute stretch without scoring.

Still, the Colfax coach was pleased with his team, noting the Vikings competed, and presented a very balanced scoring attack. He also seemed happy with how the Colfax boys forced Hayden Baughman to work harder for shots.

The game was tied at 25 at the half, but then the Macks outscored the Vikings 40-31 in the second half.

Junior Ben Thompson led the Colfax scoring attack with 15 points after picking up six field goals in the game. Luke Heidorn and Treyton Teige each logged nine points, George Scharlau picked up eight, Marcus Reisdorf recorded six, Jackson Hellmann scored five, and sophomore Noah Albricht rounded out the score with four.

Baughman picked up 31 points for the Macks to lead the game in individual scoring.

COLFAX 56, MCDONELL 65
Colfax………………………………25  31 — 56
McDonell………………………….25  40 — 65

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Colfax (24-2-14-56) — B. Thompson 6-0-3-15, N. Albricht 2-0-2-4, G. Scharlau 3-2-2-8, T. Teige 4-0-2-9, J. Hellmann 2-0-0-5, M. Reisdorf 3-0-1-6, L. Heidorn 4-0-4-9.

McDonell (22-8-11-65) — C. Hoglund 1-8-1-10, J. Bourget 0-0-2-0, J. Schwetz 1-0-1-2, H. Baughman 12-2-3-31, J. Huffcutt 2-1-1-6, E. Kressin 4-2-2-10, C. Bleskachek 2-2-1-6.

THREE-POINTERS
C — B. Thompson 3, T. Teige 1, M. Reisdorf 1, L. Heidorn 1; M — H. Baughman 5, J. Huffcutt 1.

Turtle Lake

It might not have been the prettiest win in Colfax’s history, but coach Maas says he’ll still take it.

“We still need to take care of the ball a little better, and our decision-making needs to improve,” Maas noted, “but we did a really good job of limiting their (Turtle Lake’s) transition baskets.”

He was also very happy with how the Vikings did not panic when the Lakers scored the first basket of overtime in the December 5 game. Colfax and Turtle Lake were tied at 44 when the buzzer sounded to end the second half and put the Vikings in their second OT period in a week, but the home team prevailed for a 53-51 win.

It was Colfax’s first win of the season.

Treyton Teige and George Scharlau combined for the win when the senior Teige nailed a three-point shot with the Vikings trailing by two, and then Scharlau put in one of two charity throws to seal the deal.

Junior Scharlau had the game’s highest individual score after draining six field goals and going six for 11 from the line to total 21 points. Ben Thompson chalked up 19 points, Noah Albricht and Marcus Reisdorf each added four, Teige had the lone three-point shot, and Luke Heidorn hit a single field goal for two.

Turtle Lake’s leading player was Caden Torgerson, who scored 17 points in the game.

TURTLE LAKE 51, COLFAX 53
Turtle Lake…………………….22  22  7 — 51
Colfax…………………………..24  20  9 — 53

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Turtle Lake (17-14-17-65) — L. Torgerson 1-0-4-2, C. Torgerson 7-3-4-17, M. Dietrich 0-0-2-0, C. Kahl 1-0-0-3, J. Kahl 2-9-0-15, C. Heffner 1-2-3-4, J. Stachowiak 0-0-1-0, C. Schneider 5-0-3-10.

Colfax (19-7-16-53) — B. Thompson 8-0-2-19, N. Albricht 1-1-4-4, G. Scharlau 6-6-4-21. T. Teige 1-0-3-3, M. Reisdorf 2-0-3-4, L. Heidorn 1-0-0-2.

THREE-POINTERS
TL — C. Kahl 1, J. Kahl 2; C — B. Thompson 3, N. Albricht 1, G. Scharlau 3, T. Teige 1.

Boyceville

It may have been Colfax’s first Dunn-St. Croix game of the year, but it was the team’s third game in four days.

“I was really happy,” coach Garrett Maas said. “I didn’t know what to expect tonight with our legs in our third game of the week, and we’ve got one more to go. We’re nuts for playing four games in six days, but it is what it is, and can only make us better.”

The Vikings did not seem terribly tired when they faced Boyceville December 7 and copped a 72-58 win to move to 1-0 in the D-SC.

Maas said he was happy with how the team shared the ball and how everyone on the floor was making the extra pass to put the ball in the best possible position for scoring. That, coupled with a more aggressive push to the inside, is what the Viking coach credited with the win.

It also probably helped that the Colfax boys’ shot north of .500 from the free throw line for the first time this season.

Ben Thompson copped the team’s top score with 15 points, while George Scharlau was just behind him with 13. Marcus Reisdorf was 100 percent from the line to help himself to 11 points, Jackson Hellmann and Luke Heidorn each scored nine, Ed Hydukovich took credit for four points, and Taylor Sarauer drained a charity throw for one.

The game’s highest-scoring player was Boyceville senior Luke Knudtson with 18 points.

COLFAX 72, BOYCEVILLE 58
Colfax…………………..……….40  32 — 72
Boyceville…………………..…..26  32 — 58

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Colfax (29-9-11-72) — B. Thompson 6-1-0-15, G. Scharlau 6-0-1-13, T. Rothbauer 0-0-1-0, E. Hydukovich 2-0-2-4, M. Reisdorf 4-3-0-11, T. Teige 5-0-3-10, J. Hellmann 3-3-2-9, L. Heidorn 3-1-1-9, B. Schindler 0-0-1-0, T. Sarauer 0-1-0-1.

Boyceville (22-1-15-58) — B. Boda 6-0-4-17, J. Reisimer 2-0-3-6, C. Boesl 2-0-3-4, Lo. Knudtson 3-0-0-8, J. Gonzales 1-0-1-2, C. Klefstad 0-0-2-0, B. Nye 1-0-0-3, Lu. Knudtson 7-1-2-18.

THREE-POINTERS
C — B. Thompson 2, G Scharlau 1, L. Heidorn 2; B — B. Boda 5, J. Reisimer 2, Lo. Knudtson 2, B. Nye 1, Lu. Knudtson 3.

Fall Creek

The Vikings earned a little over double the Crickets’ score in the first half of the game, were outscored by three points in the second half, and still won the game by 16 points.

It must have been a fun game to watch.

Colfax went into the December 9 Northwest Tipoff Classic at UW-Stout with a 2-3 record, but walked away that afternoon with a .500 record after besting the Cloverbelt-West’s Fall Creek Crickets 76-60.

Juniors Ben Thompson and George Scharlau each played a whopper of a game, with Thompson picking up 30 points and Scharlau 28 to lead the contest’s individual scores. Marcus Reisdorf chalked up eight points, Ed Hydukovich added three, and Luke Heidorn and Brady Lawrence each earned three.

In contrast, Fall Creek’s highest score belong to Marcus Cline, who picked up 13 points.

COLFAX 76, FALL CREEK 60
Colfax………………………………37  39 — 76
Fall Creek…………………………18  42 — 60

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Colfax (25-21-18-76) — B. Thompson 11-8-1-30, N. Albricht 0-0-3-0, G. Scharlau 9-6-1-28, E. Hydukovich 2-0-2-4, T. Teige 0-0-1-0, J. Hellmann 0-0-3-0, M. Reisdorf 1-4-4-8, L. Heidorn 0-3-2-3, B. Lawrence 1-0-0-3, T. Sarauer 0-0-1-0.

Fall Creek (21-14-0-60) — J. Pritzl 3-2-0-8, L. Dallas 2-1-0-5, J. Kinderman 1-2-0-4, M. Cline 5-0-0-13, D. Schultz 3-1-0-7, C. Williams 0-1-0-1, D. Anderson 1-3-0-5, T. Anders 0-2-0-2, D. Falbo 1-1-0-3, J. Burghardt 5-2-0-12.

THREE-POINTERS
C — G. Scharlau 4, B. Lawrence 1; FC — M. Cline 3, D. Falbo 1.