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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The bitter rivalry between Colfax and Elk Mound will wait a little longer as the game scheduled for last Tuesday evening, January 29, was canceled due to a wind chill concern as temperatures reached close to -28 that morning. The game was rescheduled to last evening, Tuesday, in Elk Mound.
Glenwood City held a surprising but thin two-point lead over host Colfax in last Friday night’s Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball clash but the Vikings would have the final say.
In a game of cat and mouse, the Vikings and Hilltoppers exchanged leads throughout the game before senior Luke Heidorn sank a three-point shot with a mere 0.01 left on the game clock to break a tie and give the Vikings an important 57-54 victory in February 1 contest that had been delayed a few days due to dangerous sub-zero temperatures on its originally scheduled date of January 29 .
“Friday’s game was definitely interesting,” said head coach Garrett Maas. “I didn’t know what to think considering we hadn’t practiced in a week.”
The last-second heroics by Heidorn not only gave the Vikings the win, but sole possession of first-place in the Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball standings after Durand upset Spring Valley that same evening 67-50.
With that, the Colfax boys now sit alone atop the conference with an 8-1 mark while Spring Valley slipped to 7-2 with their second consecutive conference defeat. Overall, the Vikings are a strong 14-1 and just entered the Division 4 state poll ranked tenth.
The game kicked off with Glenwood City putting up the first points from Hadin DeSmith just 30 seconds into the game. But George Scharlau answered as he sank his own two points to put Colfax on the board.
Scharlau finished the evening with 17 points including a trio of threes to lead the Vikings. The senior was a thorn in the Hilltoppers side all game long as he collected nine rebounds including eight on the defensive boards, seven assists, three deflections, three steals and two blocks
Toppers’ sophomore Brandyn Hallquist hit a trey, but was answered back by Ben Thompson for three of his own to once again tie the game at five all.
Thompson seemed lost during the remaining minutes of the first half but bounced back in the second to finish with 15 points along with four assists, three deflections and a block.
The following minutes would be a back and forth as Glenwood City would sink a basket followed up by a basket from the Vikings.
As Glenwood City called their first time out of the evening and down by one they gathered themselves quickly to gain the lead at half time by two points and a score of 30-28.
“We struggled at the free throw line and missed some bunnies,” explained Maas, whose Vikings made just three of 11 attempts at the charity stripe. “Glenwood City did a good job of taking our transition game away. I was really proud of how we didn’t panic when we fell behind toward the end of the game.”
The second half would be much like the first as Colfax and Glenwood City continued to go back and fourth before Ed Hydukovich hit two from underneath to bring the score back to even.
Hydukovich would finish with ten points for Colfax from five baskets inside the paint. He also had four offensive rebounds, two assists, and a block before fouling out of the game.
“On the final play, Glenwood City did a good job of taking away a set play that we were trying to run and Luke did a great job of getting the ball back and making a play,” explained Maas.
Heidorn watched the clock for ten seconds as he waited to make a play from outside the arc, with 0.01 on the clock he found an opening to send the ball flying through the air and sink three as the buzzer went off allowing the Vikings to take the conference lead.
Heidorn was the final Viking to score last Friday evening finishing with 15 points including three triples. He also had seven defensive rebounds and four assists.
The Viking men played in a make-up game at Elk Mound last night, Tuesday, February 5. Colfax will then host three straight home games beginning this Thursday, February 7, against Plum City/Elmwood, followed by a Saturday, February 9 contest against the Bloomer Blackhawks, and before wrapping up against Mondovi next Tuesday, February 12 for parents’ night.
COLFAX 57, GLENWOOD CITY 54
Colfax….….….….…..…….28 29 – 57
Glenwood City….….….……30 24 – 54
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — B. Thompson 6-0-3-15, G. Scharlau 6-3-1-17, E. Hydukovich 5-0-2-10, L. Heidorn 6-0-2-15.
Glenwood City — B. Hallquist 7-0-1-19, D. Hierlmeier 3-2-4-8, H. DeSmith 5-0-4-10, E. Hanson 5-1-1-11, T. Davis 3-0-4-6.
C — B. Thompson 3, G. Scharlau 2, L. Heidorn 3; GC—
B. Hallquist 5.