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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Colfax boys’ basketball team will look to use its height and balance as an advantage in the upcoming 2019-20 hardwood season.
After finishing the 2018-19 season at 23-2 overall and 13-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix with a conference and regional title, Colfax and head coach Garrett Maas are hoping to repeat those achievements and more this season.
However, there will be a few key pieces missing for this season’s campaign as the Vikings had to say farewell to 2019 graduates George Scharlau, Ben Thompson, Luke Heidorn, Jackson Hellmann and Trevor Rothbauer.
Scharlau and Thompson were two of the Viking’s main starters last season. Scharlau was named first team all-conference and the Dunn-St. Croix Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Thompson was also tabbed as a first team all-conference selection and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau during the season.
Scharlau’s height, 6’ 5”, was needed on the defensive side of things as he corralled 192 rebounds on defense and snagged 56 steals. Thompson was a marksman from outside the arc for Colfax hitting 43 three-pointers as well as going 64-of-99 from the charity stripe.
Luke Heidorn made his presence known from the free-throw line going 44-of-83 and a .530 percentage.
Jackson Hellmann and Trevor Rothbauer were great off the bench for the Vikings, earning varsity minutes in all 25 games.
“We will compete as hard as we have every night and look to defend our conference championship from last year,” said Maas.
Maas, entering his seventh year as head coach of the Vikings’ boys, sports a record of 78-64.
Returning to the boys’ team will be Ed Hydukovich who averaged 9.5 points per game in the 2018-19 season, and was also a starter for the Vikings.
Cole Seehaver and Zach Rindy also return, averaging 2.4 and 1.5 rebounds per game in their limited minutes last season.
Also making their way back is Brady Lawrence, Noah Albricht, Noah Heidorn and Drew Gibson, all of whom are previous letter winners.
Colfax will have their eyes on Spring Valley, Durand, Mondovi and Elk Mound during the conference season.
“There will be a good balance at the top of the conference this year, I don’t think anybody will run away with it,” stated Maas.
The Vikings will open the 2019-20 season on the road next Tuesday, December 3, with a game in Amery and will compete at the UW-Stout Northwest Tipoff Classic on Saturday, December 7 where they will tip-off against Chippewa Falls McDonell Central. Colfax opens the home and conference seasons on Thursday, December 12 when it hosts rival Elk Mound.
Seniors: Noah Albricht, Tyler Hallquist, Ed Hydukovich, Nick Jensen, Brady Lawrence, Zach Rindy, Cole Seehaver, and Austin Snyder.
Juniors: Asher Black, Daniel Cuaquehua, Drew Gibson, Caden Erickson, Noah Heidorn, and Hunter Rebak.
Sophomores: Ryan Albricht, Nathan Hydukovich, Jamison Flatland, Tristan Lenz, Mitchel Reisdorf, Bryce Sikora, and Taylor Risler.
Freshmen: Jadent Buchholz, Brodee Everson, Kyle Irwin, Jack Kouba, Kaden Deutsch, Ashton Greenwell, Mitch Medin, and Jack Scharlau.