By Cara L. Dempski
The Vikings boys’ basketball team may have gotten through the final two minutes of their January 25 home game versus Boyceville two weeks ago, but the road has been somewhat rough since.
That was the night Colfax lost the second of its most influential players to injury, and while head coach Garrett Maas was impressed with how his young team refocused and finished the game, he speculated what the rest of the season would look like without George Scharlau and Treyton Teige.
[emember_protected] Maas and his team had a chance to continue their winning streak at home last Monday, January 29 against Eleva-Strum. The team seemed to play well early, but then hit some foul trouble and started to struggle offensively. The end result was a 57-52 loss.
The Vikings had a chance to regroup the following night at Spring Valley, and again played well in the first half. The second half was another story, and led to a 38-21 loss to the Cardinals on the road.
Colfax headed into its February 2 contest at Elk Mound with a 6-2 Dunn-St. Croix record and 9-6 overall. The team hosted a non-conference contest versus Augusta February 6, and travels to Glenwood City tomorrow, February 8.
The game originally scheduled January 23 against Elmwood/Plum City will instead be played this Saturday, February 10 after a weather-related postponement. There will be a short turnaround on the two teams’ next meeting, as the Wolves will be in Colfax next Tuesday, February 13.
Maas was impressed with how his team handled the Eleva-Strum Cardinals last Monday night, despite the loss.
“We played pretty well the first half,” he said. “We did a decent job of handling their pressure, and were able to get some easy baskets.”
Colfax led by 11 points at the half, but things seemed to go south in the second half. The Vikings’ head coach said his team got into some foul trouble, and was forced to use a zone defense more often than he would have liked.
In the end, Maas said the Cardinals just made more plays down the stretch to pick up the 57-52 win January 29 at Colfax.
Sophomore Ed Hydukovich had a good night, leading the Vikings with 16 points, and tying with the Cards’ Drew Severson for the game’s top score.
Ben Thompson scored 14 points in the game, Luke Heidorn picked up 11, Noah Albricht added four, Jackson Hellmann went three for five from the line, and Marcus Reisdorf and Taylor Sarauer scored two apiece.
ELEVA-STRUM 57, COLFAX 52
Eleva-Strum…………….….….19 38 — 57
Colfax…………………………..30 22 — 52
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Eleva-Strum (18-17-15-57) — D. Severson 6-1-2-16, I. Larrabee 1-4-1-7, A. Schoen 4-0-2-8, I. Hulberg 0-0-1-0, S. McRoberts 3-7-2-13, M. Tomasello 0-0-1-0, C. McSorely 0-4-3-4, N. Thompson 3-1-3-7, C. Windjoe 1-0-0-2.
Colfax (21-9-19-52) — B. Thompson 5-4-4-14, N. Albricht 1-1-3-4, E. Hydukovich 8-0-4-16, J. Hellmann 0-3-4-3, M. Reisdorf 1-0-1-2, L. Heidorn 5-1-3-11, T. Sarauer 1-0-0-2.
ES — D. Severson 3, I. Larrabee 1; C — N. Albricht 1.
In a week where the Colfax boys were searching for their identity and adjusting to the loss of two players, the effort made at Spring Valley last Tuesday was somewhat lacking in fire.
Their head coach made no bones about his feelings on the Vikings’ game against their second flock of Cardinals in a week.
“It was a pretty ugly game, as the score indicated,” he said the next day. “We couldn’t buy a bucket, and along with 24 turnovers, that was a recipe for disaster.”
The Vikings were down just 20-15 at halftime, but then could only put together six points in the second half, while the Cards tripled that effort for 18 of their own. The result was a 38-21 loss for Colfax, only its second conference set back of the season.
Maas said he was pleased with the team’s defensive effort, but expressed a hope the Vikings would find their feet again soon.
Thompson led the team with nine points, Hellmann earned five, Heidorn picked up four, Reisdorf scored two, and Hydukovich logged one.
Spring Valley’s Dylan Bosshart and Aaron Borgerding tied with Thompson to lead the game with nine points apiece.
COLFAX 21, SPRING VALLEY 38
Colfax……………………..…….15 6 — 21
Spring Valley…………………..20 18 — 38
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (9-3-11-21) — B. Thompson 4-1-1-9, N. Albright 0-0-1-0, E. Hydukovich 0-1-2-1, J. Hellmann 2-1-1-5, M. Reisdorf 1-0-1-2, L. Heidorn 2-0-4-4, B. Lawrence 0-0-1-0.
Spring Valley (16-6-12-38) — M. Bauer 0-0-1-0, A. Borgerding 4-1-0-9, L. McMurrin 1-0-2-2, C. Anderson 3-1-2-7, D. Bosshart 3-3-2-9, T. Kado 4-0-2-8, Z. Williams 1-1-3-3. [/emember_protected]