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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — Championship teams know how to win games.
And that is exactly what the Colfax boys’ basketball team has done since an early season loss to Spring Valley.
After falling 53-46 on the road to the Cardinals in a December 6 league contest, the Vikings have reeled off 18 consecutive wins, albeit a couple in nail-biting fashion, to win the outright Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball championship for the first time since the 2011-12 season when it edged rival Elk Mound by a game to take that season’s title. Colfax also shared the boys’ crown with Elmwood/Plum City in 2014-15 after both squads finished atop the conference standings with 10-4 marks.
In a busy final week of the regular season that featured three home games in just four days, Colfax knocked off league foes Elmwood/Plum City 61-46 last Tuesday, February 19 and Boyceville 77-33 on Thursday, February 21 to secure sole possession of the championship with a 13-1 conference mark and one-game advantage over second-place finisher Spring Valley, who was the runner-up for a third consecutive season. The Vikings tuned up for those games by cutting down the Minong Northwood Evergreens 59-46 in a non-conference tilt on Monday, February 18.
Colfax heads into the 2019 WIAA Division 4 boys’ basketball tournament sporting an impressive 21-1 record and has earned a bye in the first round of regional competition as the top seed in its half of the sectional bracket. The Vikings will face the winner of the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (#11) and Unity (#6) quarterfinal game this Friday evening, March 1, at home.
Colfax capped its regular season last Thursday evening, February 21, with their 18th consecutive win, a 77-33 home-court pummeling of the Boyceville Bulldogs. They earned the right to call themselves the Dunn-St. Croix conference boys’ basketball champions for 2018-19.
Ben Thompson had a monster game for the Vikings, pumping in 28 points to lead all scorers just two nights after netting 27 in a win over E/PC. Colfax got plenty of offensive support with seven players in all putting in points including fellow double-digit performers George Scharlau and Luke Heidorn, who finished with 16 and 12 points respectively.
Together the senior trio accounted for nearly three-quarters of the Vikings points against Boyceville.
The Vikings built a huge first-half lead as they out scored the Bulldogs 46 to 19. From there it was an uphill battle for Boyceville, who scored just 14 points in the final 18-minutes of the contest. Colfax added just 21 points following the intermission, but they didn’t need to score much against the offensively-challenged Bulldogs and went on to take a 44-point victory and season sweep.
Contributing to Colfax’s score were Trevor Rothbauer with eight points, Ed Hydukovich chipped in for six, Jackson Hellmann added five and Cole Seehaver tacked on two.
Jaden Reisimer led Boyceville with nine points and William Link and Brady Nye each contributed six. The Bulldogs (2-17) finished winless in the Dunn-St. Croix (0-14) and entered the playoffs on a 17-game losing streak
At the time of publication coaches had not sent stats or comments for this game.
COLFAX 77, BOYCEVILLE 33
Colfax 46 21 – 77
Boyceville 19 14 – 33
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — B. Thompson 28, C. Seehaver 2, G. Scharlau 16, T. Rothbauer 8, E. Hydukovich 6, J. Hellmann 5, L. Heidorn 12.
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 9, B. Sempf 3, C. Sempf 2, B. Nye 6, W. Link 6, C. Larson 3, C. Klefstad 2.
The Vikings had no intentions of backing down in their second and final meeting of the season with the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves, they kept the offensive pedal to the hardwood for a 70-46 win last Tuesday night.
The victory assured the Vikings of at least a tie for the conference title.
Senior Ben Thompson led the way in all facets for the Vikings with a massive 27-points performance against E/PC. Among his scores, Thompson had five triples, five doubles and a pair of foul shots as well as eight rebounds, a steal and a block.
Ed Hydukovich has been a shining star for Colfax as of late and managed 15 points against the Wolves off of six baskets from underneath and went three-of-three from the line. Hydukovich also had six offensive rebounds.
For George Scharlau and, Luke Heidorn it was a quiet night as they combined for 15 points. Scharlau had three doubles and a foul shot to finish with seven points and collected an equal number of defensive rebounds, to go with eight assists and three steals. Heidorn had eight points on a pair of threes and was two-of-two from the line and grabbed two rebounds and tallied three assists and two steals.
Cole Seehaver added a three-pointer and Zach Rindy hit a lone foul shot. The pair also had three defensive rebounds, an assist and a deflection between them for Colfax who led by 12 at half and added a dozen points to that lead in the second half to account for the 24-point margin of victory.
COLFAX 70, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 46
Colfax 32 38 – 70
Elmwood/Plum City 20 26 – 46
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — B. Thompson 10-2-1-27, C. Seehaver 1-0-1-3, G. Scharlau 3-1-1-7, Ed Hydukovich 6-3-1-15, Z. Rindy 0-1-0-1, L. Heidorn 2-2-0-8.
Elmwood-Plum City — N. Gansluckner 3-0-1-6, N. Forster 2-2-2-7, J. Glampe 2-0-2-4, T. Maxwell 6-1-3-16, J. Brunner 1-0-1-3, L. Webb 3-1-2-8, T. Asher 1-0-0-2.
C — B. Thompson 5, C. Seehaver 1, L. Heidorn 2; EPC — N. Forester 1, T. Maxwell 3, J. Brunner 1, L. Webb 1.
The Viking men kicked off their last week of the busy regular season with a non-conference home game against the Northwood Evergreens last Monday evening, February 18, and after a slow start grabbed the win 59-46.
“We started out pretty slow against Northwood,” head coach Garrett Maas said. “We did a much better job in the second half of establishing an interior game.”
Looking to cause trouble for Northwood were seniors Ben Thompson and George Scharlau with the pair sinking over half of Colfax’s points between them.
Thompson hit 19 points against the Evergreens off of eight buckets from inside the paint and went three-of-six from the line. He also had five offensive rebounds, three assists, a deflection and a steal.
Scharlau added six doubles and a trey against Northwood for 15 points and pulled down four defensive rebounds, tallied seven assists, made three deflections and came up with two steals.
Junior Ed Hydukovich refused to be left out of the scoring as he put in 14 total points off seven baskets underneath for the Vikings. He also led the defense with five rebounds, a deflection, one steal, and two blocks.
“Ed, George and Ben did a nice job of attacking them inside which caused them a lot of trouble,” Maas explained.
Colfax only led by three points, 22-19, following a low scoring first half. But the Vikings offense got on track in the second half, outscoring the Evergreens by ten – 37 to 27 – for the 13-point win.
Luke Heidorn added seven points for Colfax with two doubles and a three-of-three night at the line. He also had two blocks. Cole Seehaver had a lone triple and three defensive rebounds and Jackson Hellmann went one-of-two from the line with four rebounds.
Northwood, 7-4 in the Lakeland Central and 15-5 overall, was led by Hunter Phillips’ 22 points.
COLFAX 59, NORTHWOOD 46
Colfax 22 37 – 59
Northwood 19 27 – 46
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — B. Thompson 8-3-2-19, C. Seehaver 1-0-0-3, G. Scharlau 7-0-2-15, E. Hydukovich 7-0-2-14, J. Hellmann 0-1-2-1, L. Heidorn 2-3-2-7.
Northwood — C. Krmpotich 1-0-3-2, S. Gulbrandsen 1-0-1-3, H. Phillips 8-2-3-22, J. Meling 3-1-0-7, G. Butkovich 1-0-2-3, H. Frahm 1-0-0-2, N. Blegen 2-1-2-5, J. Daleiden 1-0-1-2.
C — C. Seehaver 1, G. Scharlau 1; N — S. Gulbrandsen 1, H. Phillips 4, G. Butkovich 1.