By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — The Chiefs may have suspected the Vikings’ boys basketball team was not just playing around when Colfax junior George Scharlau opened last Thursday’s game with a dunk attempt.
Granted, he did not make it, but it was definitely a taste of things to come as the home team pummeled Cornell for a 75-31 non-conference win December 21 to take a 6-3 record into the holiday break.
It was the Colfax boys sixth consecutive win after starting the year 0-3.
The Vikings were not their usual tight defensive unit, according to coach Garrett Maas, but they still managed to easily handle the Chiefs. The Colfax helmsman steered his team back onto course over the halftime break, and it was a different, more aggressive team in the second half.
“It was sloppy at times,” Maas admitted afterward. “I was a little disappointed with our help defense in the first half, even though the score didn’t reflect it. I thought the kids didn’t communicate well.”
Maas acknowledged juniors Scharlau and Ben Thompson both had tremendous games, scoring 27 and 21 points respectively, but said he has his heart set on finding another player on the team to step up and help out against some of the tougher Dunn-St. Croix teams down the stretch.
“Whether it be Treyton (Teige), Luke (Heidorn) or Marcus (Reisdorf), we’ve got to be a little more balanced,” he finished.
It took a little over two minutes for the Vikings to find their stride in the game, but once Scharlau hit the first of his seven three-point shots, there seemed to be no looking back. Colfax led the game by 25 at the halftime break, before spending the final 18 minutes manhandling the Chiefs.
When the team was not forcing turnovers or nabbing defensive rebounds, they were grabbing the offensive rebounds and sinking deep shots to slowly edge out to a 46-point lead with just 9:37 to play. A significant portion of the Colfax bench picked up some varsity experience in the game’s second half after Maas started rotating his junior varsity squad in and out to give his varsity players an early Christmas break.
While Scharlau and Thompson definitely led the team in scoring, they also shared the ball well with their teammates, of whom another seven put up points in the win.
Senior Taylor Sarauer nabbed six after dropping in a trio of field goals, Jackson Hellmann and Bryce Schindler each scored five, Ed Hydukovich, Treyton Teige and Marcus Reisdorf each picked up three points, and Zach Rindy added the final two.
Maas and his pack of Vikings took a break for the two winter holidays, but will be back in action January 5 when they host Glenwood City. They will then head to Elmwood/Plum City January 11 for a match-up against the Wolves.
CORNELL 31, COLFAX 75
Cornell……………………………..17 14 — 31
Colfax………………………………42 33 — 75
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Cornell (11-13-14-31) — L. Thompson 1-0-0-2, D. Popp 2-4-3-9, J. Roshell 0-0-1-0, J. Hall 5-0-4-13, R. Larsen 2-0-0-4, M. Anderson 1-0-3-2, Z. Jenneman 1-0-3-2, K. Glaus 0-0-3-0.
Colfax (25-7-17-75) — B. Thompson 8-2-0-21, G. Scharlau 10-0-0-27, E. Hydukovich 1-1-4-3, T. Teige 1-1-2-3, J. Hellmann 2-1-1-5, M. Reisdorf 1-1-2-3, Z. Rindy 1-0-0-2, B. Schindler 2-1-2-5, T. Sarauer 3-0-2-6.
Cornell — D. Popp 1, J. Hall 3; Colfax — B. Thompson 3, G. Scharlau 7.