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By Amber Hayden
The Colfax boys’ basketball players and coaches have had the rematch with Spring Valley circled ever since the Cardinals knocked off the Vikings in a hotly contested Dunn-St. Croix game played back in early December.
That 53-46 road loss to Spring Valley was the last and only loss the Colfax boys have suffered all season. And the Vikings were not about to let the league-leading Cardinals take another win and two-game lead in conference race when the two met again last Thursday in Colfax.
Colfax exacted its revenge, and in doing so, secured a draw in the season series and a first-place tie in the Dunn-St. Croix basketball standings with a dominating 20-point win over the Spring Valley.
The Vikings’ dominating 61-41 triumph over the Cardinals in the January 24 match up, gave Colfax a share of the conference lead as both teams are now 7-1.
The Vikings improved to 13-1 on the season with Spring Valley win, their tenth straight win, which came on the heels of a tough tune up match against non-conference foe Turtle Lake last Monday, January 21. Colfax squeaked out a 79-72 win against a tough Lakers squad thanks to some excellent shooting from outside the arc in the first half.
Colfax traveled to Elk Mound last evening, Tuesday, in yet another anticipated contest and the second meeting this season between the bitter rivals. In their first meeting, Colfax outscored the Mounders by 12 points in the December 11 game in Colfax. Then on Friday, February 1, the Vikings welcome the Glenwood City Hilltoppers to their home court for the start of four straight home games.
The cold weather outside seemed to translate into cold shooting inside especially in the first half of the January 24 game between second-place Colfax and the Dunn-St. Croix leading Spring Valley Cardinals.
The exception was the first basket of the evening coming from Cardinals junior Trevor Stangl as he sank a triple with a minute off the game clock.
Colfax attempted several offensive shots in last Thursday game, before finally getting on the board a minute and a half later off a bonus shot by Luke Heidorn.
Heidorn had a fairly quiet evening with a triple and a bonus shot for four points for the Vikings.
A strong defensive effort helped Colfax take a 7-6 lead around the 14-minute mark of the first half and expand it 13 points by the intermission, doubling up Spring Valley 26-13.
Despite the slow start and the periodical look of confusion on some of the Vikings’ players faces, Colfax eventually found its groove and was able to pull together two strong halves against Spring Valley.
Ben Thompson got off to a hot start for Colfax, scoring ten points in the first half with the remaining six points coming in the second 18 minutes. Thompson hit the backboards for five doubles, a lone trey, and was three-of-four from the charity stripe to tally 16.
The Vikings knew what a win would mean for Colfax, and they continued to play strong in the second half with a mindset of not letting Spring Valley gain a lead and kept the fouls to a minimum.
With every basket sunk by Colfax, the fans erupted with excitement until the last few seconds of the game when they began to count down from ten seconds.
George Scharlau had a big night for Colfax as he netted 14 of his 21 points in the second half. His seventeenth point of the night came from his own rebound and assist underneath the basket and a quick tip of the fingers. He finished his evening with six doubles and was nine-of-eleven from the foul line.
Spring Valley open the second half with a basket for two points from Cardinals guard Dylan Bosshart, but George Scharlau had an answer of his own at 15:25 as he bucketed two points.
Ed Hydukovich and Cole Seehaver scored eight and six points respectively. Hydukovich netted four doubles and Seehaver was two-of-two from the line with two doubles.
Colfax continued playing well on both ends of the court throughout the remaining six and half minutes as they made 23 points in those final minutes. Spring Valley could not recover as too many forced, quick shots and ten second-half fouls took a toll on the Cardinals’ chances for victory.
Three of Spring Valley’s fouls came within a minute of each other sending Ben Thompson, Cole Seehaver and George Scharlau to the line for a two.
Spring Valley switched to a full-court press in the remaining minutes, but it wasn’t enough to stop Jackson Hellmann and Noah Heidorn from scoring. Hellmann hit the basket from underneath with an assist from Zach Rindy as well as going two-of-two from the line, while Heidorn sank a double from inside the paint.
COLFAX 61, SPRING VALLEY 41
Colfax….….….….……26 35 – 61
Spring Valley…..…….13 28 – 41
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 6-3-0-16, C. Seehaver 2-2-1-6, G. Scharlau 6-9-3-21, E. Hydukovich 4-0-1-8, J. Hellmann 1-2-1-4, L. Heidorn 1-1-0-4, N. Heidorn 1-0-0-2.
Spring Valley— T. Stangl 4-0-0-11, C. Kotval 1-0-0-3, A. Borgerding 5-2-3-14, L. McMurrin 1-0-5-2, D. Bosshart 4-2-4-11.
C— B. Thompson 1, L. Heidorn 1; SV— T. Stangl 3, C. Kotval 1, A.
The Colfax boys traveled to Turtle Lake last Monday evening, January 21, and weathered the Lakers’ long-range shooting storm in the first half finding themselves down by only four, 44-40, at the intermission.
“They hit 12 out of 17 threes in the first half,” Vikings head coach Garrett Maas said of Turtle Lake. “I was really proud of our kids on how they handled the situation.”
Turtle Lake hit 16 of their 30 shots from outside the arc, while Colfax was only eight-of-twenty from three-point range.
George Scharlau was the leading force for Colfax scoring 28 to outduel Turtle Lake’s Brendan Strenke, who finished with 25 points. Scharalau hit nine doubles, three triples and was one-of-two from the foul line. Scharlau also led the Vikings defensively with seven rebounds, a deflection and a block, on the offensive end he snagged two rebounds and four assists.
Junior Cole Seehaver stepped up in a big way for the Vikings earning his career and season high against the Lakers. Seehaver put in 15 points off of three doubles and hitting the net from the outside for three triples, along with stellar shooting for Colfax he managed three rebounds, an assist, one deflection and a steal.
“I was really proud of our kids on how they handled the situation,” Maas stated. “We fell behind by twelve at one point in the first half and they didn’t panic.”
Also scoring in the double digits was the Vikings’ Luke Heidorn who finished with 13 points and lead the offense with seven assists. Heidorn hit the glass for four doubles, a trey and was two-of-two from the line as well as nabbing one defensive rebound and seven assists.
Jackson Hellmann and Ed Hydukovich put up 15 points between the pair. Hellmann sank two doubles and a triple for seven points as well as six rebounds and two assists. Hydukovich sank four baskets for eight points and had five rebounds, two assists and two steals against the Lakers.
“We made some good adjustments at halftime and closed out on the shooters much better.” coach Maas explained.
Adding to the point total for the Vikings, were Ben Thompson with a double and triple and Zach Rindy with a double and a bonus shot. Thompson grabbed a pair of rebounds and three assists while Rindy had one rebound in his minutes played.
COLFAX 79, TURTLE LAKE 72
Colfax….….….……40 39 – 79
Turtle Lake…..…….44 28 – 72
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 2-1-3-5, C. Seehaver 6-3-2-15, G. Scharlau 12-1-2-28, E. Hydukovich 4-0-0-8, J. Hellmann 3-0-0-7, Z. Rindy 1-1-0-3, L. Heidorn 5-2-3-13.
Turtle Lake— L. Torgerson 6-0-2-15, B. Thill 2-0-2-6, C. Kahl 4-2-1-13, B. Strenke 9-0-3-25, C. Heffner 3-0-1-9, C. Hassel 2-0-0-4.
THREE-POINTERS C— B. Thompson 1, G. Scharlau 3, J. Hellmann 1, L. Heidorn 1; TL— L. Torgerson 1, B. Thill 2, C. Kahl 3, B. Strenke 7, C. Heffner 3. Borgerding 2, D. Bosshart 1.