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By Amber Hayden
The Colfax boys’ basketball squad went 2-1 in last week’s games, with their only loss being to Bloomer in a non-conference game.
More importantly, Colfax (8-5) downed conference foes Boyceville and Spring Valley which, coupled with Elk Mound’s upset road win over Durand, pushed the Vikings back into a first-place tie with the Panthers. Both teams are 6-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Sickness has plagued the Vikings in recent games and it showed when they took on Bloomer last Monday, January 20, losing 35-56. The Blackhawks kept Ed Hydukovich at bay for the majority of the game, allowing the senior only four points.
Colfax stared adversity in the face when it took a 14-point win over the Boyceville Bulldogs on Tuesday, January 21. Hydukovich was big in the paint as he was able to score 18 of his 22 points from inside during the 62-48 win.
In their best game of the year, Colfax was able to take the win over the Spring Valley Cardinals, 53-42, last Friday, January 24.
Colfax traveled to Ellsworth this past Monday, Janaury 27 and will make their way to Elk Mound for the second meeting of the season with the Mounders this Thursday, January 30. Colfax will also travel to Glenwood City next Tuesday, February 4 to open the final month of regular-season play.
The Colfax boys’ basketball team has been in a funk lately on the hardwood, and Monday evening was no different as they took another loss on the road against the Bloomer Blackhawks, 35-56.
“Last night, Monday, was another poor shooting performance for us,” said head coach Garrett Maas. “We are in a little bit of a funk right now.”
Cole Seehaver led the Vikings on the floor with twelve points, he was five-for-eight from inside, two-for-four from behind the arc, led in blocks with two, and had five defensive rebounds.
Colfax’s shooting percentages were low from every area of the court as they went 47.1 percent from inside and 25 percent from the three point arc.
Bloomer was effective on defending senior Ed Hydukovich and limiting him to just four points all evening, he had a double and was two-for-four at the line along with two deflections and five rebounds.
“I felt that we had a lot of good looks that just didn’t go down,” explained Maas. “They did a good job limiting Ed to only seven shots and we have to do a better job of finding ways to get him the ball.”
Drew Gibson had a decent game for Colfax putting up ten points off of two doubles and a pair of threes.
Also scoring for Colfax was Tyler Hallquist with a triple and foul shot, Zach Rindy with a double and one-for-two at the foul line, and Bryce Sikora with a lone double.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 1-1-0-3, C. Seehaver 5-0-2-12, T. Hallquist 1-1-2-4, E. Hydukovich 1-2-1-4, D. Gibson 4-0-0-10, B. Sikora 1-0-0-2. Totals 13-4-6-35.
FG-FT-F-TP: A. Thur 5-0-1-11, M. Harelstad 1-0-0-2, C. Crane 4-0-2-9, C. Rubenzer 3-5-2-11, C. Herrick 3-0-1-6, L. Iverson 5-1-2-13, F. Ullom 2-0-3-4. Total 23-6-12-56.
Colfax 16 19 – 35
Bloomer 30 26 – 56
3-point goals: Colfax: C. Seehaver (2), T. Hallquist, D. Gibson (2); Bloomer: A. Thur, C. Crane, L. Iverson (2).
Colfax was able to rebound and take a 62-48 win the following evening, Tuesday, January 21, against the Boyceville Bulldogs.
“I think we did a better job of asserting ourselves on the offensive end,” said coach Maas. “I liked how we did a good job of establishing Ed Hydukovich early and that opened things up for the other guys.”
Hydukovich led Colfax on the floor with nine baskets from in the paint, and shot 50 percent from the free throw line going four-for-eight. He also had three deflections, four defensive rebounds, and one block.
Cole Seehaver was able to find himself unguarded long enough to get off three doubles and a pair of threes for twelve points, along with six defensive rebounds and two offensive rebounds.
“We did a better job of taking care of the ball, but we can still improve on it,” Maas added.
Drew Gibson and Noah Heidorn had 16 points between the pair. Gibson had a double and pair of threes and led with seven defensive rebounds, and Heidorn put up four-for-six at the line and two doubles and four assists.
The remaining twelve points were split between Zach Rindy, Hunter Rebak, and Noah Albricht. Rindy had two doubles, Rebak and Albricht each had a double and were two-for-two at the line.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 2-0-2-4, C. Seehaver 5-0-3-12, N. Albricht 1-2-1-4, E. Hydukovich 9-4-1-22, N. Heidorn 2-4-1-8, H. Rebak 1-2-0-4, D. Gibson 3-0-2-8. Totals 23-12-11-62.
FG-FT-F-TP: W. Retz 2-0-4-6, B. Sempf 2-0-3-5, L. Knudtson 7-4-3-20, C. Larson 1-0-0-2, K. Wruck 2-0-1-5, C. Klefstad 2-0-3-4, T. Hollister 3-0-1-6. Total 19-4-16-48.
Colfax 32 30 – 62
Boyceville 22 26 – 48
3-point goals: Colfax: C. Seehaver (2), D. Gibson (2); Boyceville: W. Retz (2), B. Sempf, L. Knudtson (2), K. Wruck.
The Viking men were on the road last Friday evening, January 24, and were able to grab a 53-42 win in Spring Valley.
“We played our best game of the year after a slow start,” said coach Maas. “After falling behind 0-8 we slowly chipped away and had a four-point deficit at halftime.”
Ed Hydukovich and Noah Heidorn were top dogs for the Vikings as they each garnered 12 points. Hydukovich had five doubles and was two-for-two at the line, and Heidorn went four-for-seven at the charity stripe and had four doubles.
Junior Drew Gibson has been a big relief for Colfax and went three-for-seven from outside the arc for a total of nine points.
“We really moved the ball well, and we were passing up good shots for great shots in rhythm,” said Maas.
Zach Rindy and Tyler Hallquist combined for 13 points. Rindy had a double, triple, and was three-for-four at the line, and Hallquist had a double and a triple.
Also scoring for Colfax was Cole Seehaver with four points and Noah Albricht with three points.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 2-3-1-8, C. Seehaver 1-1-0-4, N. Albricht 1-0-0-3, T. Hallquist 2-0-1-5, E. Hydukovich 5-2-3-12, N. Heidorn 4-4-1-12, D. Gibson 3-0-1-9. Totals 18-10-9-53.
Spring Valley (42)
FG-FT-F-TP: T. Stangl 2-0-1-5, M. Bauer 3-0-1-7, A. Borgerding 3-0-1-6, T. Bowman 2-0-2-5, C. Maier 1-0-0-2, C. Hannack 2-0-0-4, K. Olson 1-0-2-3, C. Ducklow 4-2-5-10. Total 18-3-14-42.
Colfax 18 35 – 53
Spring Valley 22 20 – 42
3-point goals: Colfax: Z. Rindy, C. Seehaver, N. Albricht, T. Hallquist, D. Gibson (3); Spring Valley: T. Stangl, M. Bauer, T. Bowman.