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By Amber Hayden
The Colfax boys kept pace with the league leader Spring Valley in the chase for this season’s Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball championship with a pair of impressive conference wins last week to extend their winning streak to eight straight games.
Hosting their first game in over a month, Colfax took on the Durand Panthers last Tuesday evening, January 15. Senior Ben Thompson dazzled the home crowd and lead the Vikings’ charge to victory with a career high of 34 points in an 80-53 triumph over the Panthers as ten Colfax players garnered varsity minutes.
Colfax then packed its collective bags last Friday for a short trip west on Highway 170 to Boyceville where the Vikings’ easily caged the Bulldogs, the conference lone winless team, with a lopsided 76-28 win as the mercy rule kicked in with nine minutes still left in the second half of the January 18 game.
With the two most recent wins, Colfax remained just one game in back of the Spring Valley Cardinals in the conference standings at 6-1 and is 11-1 overall. Spring Valley narrowly maintained its advantage with a tight 60-57 home win over Glenwood City January 18.
Colfax played at Lakeland-Central’s Turtle Lake on Monday, January 21, before gearing up for a re-match at home against Dunn-St. Croix leader Spring Valley this Thursday, January 24, in a game that may likely decide this year’s conference title holder.
The following Tuesday, January 29, Colfax will go to rival Elk Mound for the conclusion of their home-and-home regular season series. The Vikings won the first meeting, 40-28, back on December 11.
Colfax hosted their first home game since the December 11 win over the rival Mounders when the Durand Panthers visited the Vikings home court last Tuesday evening, January 15, defeating the Panthers 80-53 to keep the sole ownership of the second-seed in the Dunn-St. Croix.
“We played really well, it was a fast-paced and exciting game as the first three minutes were back and forth,” coach Garrett Maas said.
After the first three minutes, the Vikings began a 27-6 run to open up the lead they would carry throughout the entirety of the contest against Durand. Colfax lead 40-26 at half and then outscored Durand 40-27 in the second half.
After already breaking his personal scoring record the previous Thursday in Mondovi, Ben Thompson set out to beat his season high against Durand and did so with 34 points crushing not only his season high, but also his career high.
Thompson was a scoring machine from the outside, sinking five-of-six three point shots, as well as nine doubles and a single foul shot. Thompson also had four defensive rebounds, three assists, one deflection, two steals and a block against Durand.
“Ben had a phenomenal performance on both ends of the floor,” Maas stated.
George Scharlau was also strong underneath for the Vikings with four doubles from the inside the paint giving him a 71.4 percent shooting average. Scharlau also had one triple and was four-of-five from the line for 15 points and snagged seven rebounds and finished with six assists, four deflections and four steals.
Swingman Ed Hydukovich stepped up for Colfax with a 60 percent shooting average for 12 points. Hydukovich also found the ball for four offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds, two assists, two deflections, two steals and a block.
The Vikings were effective from inside the paint hitting 27 of their 43 shots for an average of 62.8 and from the charity stripe they went eight-of-twelve for a 66.7 percent shooting average.
“We played really good team defense and made Durand take some pretty tough shots,” Vikings coach Maas explained.
Zach Rindy and Jackson Hellmann each saw 14 minutes of play and finished with four and seven points respectively. Hellmann was one-of-one from the line, Rindy was able to nab a rebound and assist while Hellmann had four rebounds and an assist.
Senior Luke Heidorn struggled throughout the contest receiving four fouls and tallied just eight points against the Panthers. He did, however, have seven assists and a deflection to help the Vikings out.
COLFAX 80, DURAND 53
Colfax….….……40 40 – 80
Durand…..………26 27 – 53
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 14-1-1-34, G. Scharlau 5-4-3-15, E. Hydukovich 6-0-0-12, J. Hellmann 3-1-0-7, Z. Rindy 2-0-3-4, L. Heidorn 3-2-4-8.
Durand— F. Weiss 2-2-2-6, C. O’Keefe 3-0-2-9, L. Pelke 3-1-1-9, G. Hurlburt 1-2-2-4, R. Radle 2-0-1-4, T. Tulip 3-0-2-8, I. Whitwam 3-0-4-8, C. Berger 2-0-2-5.
C— B. Thompson 5, G. Scharlau 1; D— C. O’Keefe 3, L. Pelke 2, T. Tulip 2, I. Whitwam 2, C. Berger 1.
Its long-armed defense and the ability to score inside as well as from the outside lead Colfax to a big win in Boyceville last Friday evening, January 18.
The Vikings, who opened the game with a 28 to 5 run and lead 35-11 at halftime, had nine players score points including double digits by the trio of Ben Thompson, Cole Seehaver and George Scharlau in a 76-28 rout of the Bulldogs. The mercy rule, which institutes a running game clock when a team leads by 40 or more points in the second half of play, was in effect for the final nine minutes of Friday’s game.
Senior Ben Thompson once again led the Vikings as he finished with 19 points, Scharlau added 16 points on five baskets and six-for-nine from the foul line and Seehaver sank four three to finish with 13 points.
The Vikings held the Bulldogs to 11 points in the first half and a mere 17 points in the second which included five threes by Boyceville.
Colfax netted eight threes as the Bulldogs had no answer on how to stop the Vikings’ offense that scored 35 in the opening half and tallied another 41 in the second.
Boyceville opened the second half with a three pointer but Colfax scored the next 15 points to lead 50-14. Its an advantage that continued to grow for the Vikings throughout the final 18 minutes of play.
Trevor Rothbauer stepped up for the Vikings with a shot from the inside for two and one from outside the arc for three, while teammate Zach Rindy hit three doubles in his minutes played.
Adding to Colfax’s points were Jackson Hellmann with nine points off three doubles and a trey, Brady Lawrence netted a three pointer, Luke Heidorn contributed three points, and Ed Hydukovich sank a lone two points.
COLFAX 76, BOYCEVILLE 28
Colfax….….….……35 41 – 76
Boyceville…..………11 17 – 28
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 9-1-1-19, C. Seehaver 4-1-0-13, G. Scharlau 5-6-0-16, T. Rothbauer 2-0-2-5, E. Hydukovich 1-0-1-2, B. Lawrence 1-0-1-3, J. Hellmann 4-0-3-9, Z. Rindy 3-0-0-6, L. Heidorn 1-0-2-3.
Boyceville— J. Reismer 4-1-2-10, B. Sempf 2-1-4-7, C. Sempf 1-1-2-2, B. Nye 2-0-0-6, C. Klefstad 1-0-3-2.
C— C. Seehaver 4, T. Rothbauer 1, B. Lawrence 1, J. Hellmann 1, L. Heidorn 1; BV— J. Reismer 1, B. Sempf 2, B. Nye 2.