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By Amber Hayden
The Colfax boys picked up a pair of road basketball wins on consecutive evenings last week to extend its unbeaten streak to six games.
The Viking men stayed in second place in the boys’ Dunn-St. Croix basketball standings with a 75-50 win in Mondovi last Thursday. They followed that win with another double-digit victory the next evening at Eleva-Strum as they beat the Cardinals 70-47 in a non-conference match up.
Colfax’s team defense helped lead to the win against the Buffaloes January 10 as it kept the Buffaloes’ leading scorer, Avery Hoepner, to 14 points below his scoring average.
In the next night’s game, the Vikings dominated Eleva-Strum, in the January 11 out-of-conference contest, as Luke Heidorn scored a season-high of 20 points for Colfax.
The Vikings, currently in second place in the conference with a 4-1 mark and 9-1 overall, hosted Durand last evening, Tuesday, January 15. They will travel to Boyceville this Friday, January 18 to take on the Bulldogs. Colfax will also be on the road next Monday, January 21 to face Turtle Lake.
The Vikings made their way to Mondovi last Thursday evening to take a win by keeping the ball inside and attacking the rim in their 75-50 win against the Buffaloes.
“We had a really good team defensive effort, and kept the leading scorer in the conference 14 points below his average,” Vikings coach Garrett Maas explained. “We did a nice job at getting the ball inside and attacking the rim.”
Ben Thompson hit a season-high against the Buffaloes with 30 points in the two halves played to lead the Vikings. Thompson was three-of-six from the outside and hit the rim for nine doubles and three foul shots.
Thompson also led the Vikings with five offensive rebounds and three defensive boards, along with a block and a deflection.
Senior guard, George Scharlau, was strong in the paint with eight buckets and a trey for a total of 19 points. Scharlau snagged a staggering 17 defensive rebounds against the Buffaloes, had a deflection, a steal, and four blocks as well as two assists.
“Any time that Mondovi started to make a run we had a timely basket from Ben or George,” coach Maas stated. “It is always a good feeling when you can win on the road, especially against a good team like Mondovi.”
The Vikings were effective from the paint with a 56.9 percent average but just 45.5 percent from the foul line, hitting on just five of 11 attempts.
Luke Heidorn, Ed Hydukovich, and Cole Seehaver each put up six points for Colfax, Seehaver and Heidorn each hit the glass for three doubles while Hydukovich hit two doubles and two bonus shots. Heidorn and Seehaver had seven rebounds between the pair along with two steals while Hydukovich snagged 11 rebounds, two assists and a block.
Adding to the Viking’s total points were teammates Zach Rindy with two doubles, and Brady Lawerence and Jackson Hellmann each with two points.
COLFAX 75, MONDOVI 50
Colfax 29 46 – 75
Mondovi 18 32 – 50
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 1212-3-2-30, C. Seehaver 3-0-1-6, G. Scharlau 9-0-2-19, Ed Hydukovich 2-2-2-6, B. Lawrence 1-0-1-2, J. Hellmann 1-0-2-2, Z. Rindy 2-0-1-4, L. Heidorn 3-0-0-6.
Mondovi— B. Christopherson 2-0-1-4, E. Gray 2-0-2-6, A. Hoepner 4-2-5-10, W. Falkner 1-0-1-2, R. Fath 3-0-1-7, J. Parr 1-3-0-5, O. Schultz 7-0-3-16.
C— B. Thompson 3, G. Scharlau 1; M— E. Gray 2, R. Fath 1, O. Schultz 2.
The Vikings made their way to Eleva-Strum on Friday, January 11, and dominated the Cardinals by a score of 70-47.
“We started the game a little sluggish, you could tell that we had some tired legs from playing the night before,” explained coach Maas. “Once we settled it and started attacking the rim things went a little better.”
Leading the way for Colfax with a 2018-19 season high of 20 points, was senior guard Luke Heidorn. He hit eight doubles, a trey and was one-of-two from the foul line. Heidorn also had four defensive rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The first half the Vikings led the Cardinals by 22 points, giving them the lead they needed going into the second 18 minutes of play.
Ben Thompson and Ed Hydukovich stepped up for Colfax with 23 points between the pair, Hydukovich snagged the rebound eight times defensively along with three assists, two deflections, four steals and a block, while Thompson grabbed four offensive rebounds, two assists and a deflection.
Senior guards, Jackson Hellman and George Scharlau, each had nine points against Eleva-Strum. Hellmann netted four doubles and a foul shot, as well as five rebounds, one assist and two deflections, Scharlau nabbed the ball for 10 rebounds, a steal and a block.
“We shared the ball really well and it showed with the seventeen assists,” Maas said. “Luke played really well and we had a nice balanced scoring attack.”
In 16 attempts at the foul line the Vikings netted ten of their shots giving them a 62.5 percent shooting average from the line, they were also 27 of 51 from inside the paint to finish the evening with a 52.9 percent shooting average.
Adding to the Vikings total points were teammates Zach Rindy with four points, Trevor Rothbauer contributed three points and Drew Gibson snagged two points in his limited minutes.
COLFAX 70, ELEVA-STRUM 47
Colfax 38 32 – 70
Eleva-Strum 6 31 – 47
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 4-4-1-12, G. Scharlau 3-3-3-9, T. Rothbauer 1-0-0-3, Ed Hydukovich 5-1-2-11, J. Hellmann 4-1-2-9, Z. Rindy 2-0-0-4, L. Heidorn 9-1-0-20, D. Gibson 1-0-0-2.
Eleva-Strum— M. Tomasello 3-0-3-7, I. Larabee 4-0-0-8, C. McSorley 2-1-2-5, A. Schoen 2-2-2-6, E. Karlstad 1-0-1-3, N. Higley 3-0-0-8, J. Bautch 2-0-0-5, C. Windjue 2-1-2-5.
C— T. Rothbauer 1, L. Heidorn; ES— M. Tomasello 1, E. Karlstad 1, N. Higley 2, J. Bautch