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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Colfax boys’ basketball team finished up a successful season in third place after Thursday evening’s game against Spring Valley.
The Vikings fell 55-44 to the Cardinals in the February 27 conference and regular season finale and are currently 12-10 overall. Colfax finished 9-5 in the Dunn-St. Croix to tie with Mondovi and Elk Mound while Spring Valley took second at 11-3, a game back of conference champion Durand (12-2).
“We played pretty well in the first half,” said head coach Garrett Maas. “We did a good job moving the ball from side to side which allowed us to get some really good looks inside.”
Spring Valley was first to score when Mike Bauer found an open spot from outside the arc, but Zach Rindy answered back two minutes later with two points of his own.
The game was back-and-forth between Colfax and Spring Valley in the following minutes, with Rindy and Cole Seehaver putting up doubles to tie the game twice in the opening 18 minutes.
Rindy and Seehaver wrapped up the evening with 25 points between the pair. Rindy had three doubles, a trey, and was one-for-two from the line, and Seehaver had three doubles, three triples, and a deflection.
With under two minutes to go, Hunter Rebak was sent into the game and was able to score his only double to give the Vikings the lead. Rebak assisted on the next play after almost falling out-of-bounds with the ball.
Rebak got the ball back just in time for Seehaver to extent the lead to 28-23 going into halftime.
The second half would see neither the Vikings nor Cardinals putting any points up in the first three minutes, but that was brought to an end when the Cardinals’ Tyler Bowman hit a double.
Colfax kept the lead until 9:28 in the second half when Trevor Stangl tied the game for the Cardinals, leaving the Vikings to struggle to get within reach of a win as Spring Valley widened the lead to ten points.
Senior Tyler Hallquist played throughout both halves of the game for Colfax and was able to score two and a bonus shot at the line in the second half. Hallquist was battling a cold throughout the game, but was able to assist several teammates for a basket.
Ed Hydukovich and Noah Albricht were double- and triple-teamed on their way to the basket during the second half. Hydukovich was allowed a mere three points in that second half and seven all evening, and Albricht got his third double in the final minutes of the game.
Also scoring a point for Colfax was Noah Heidorn as he went one-for-two at the charity stripe.
“We did a better job of taking care of the ball and we had some great looks, but we just couldn’t knock down shots in the second half,” Maas explained.
Colfax’s five seniors received awards before the beginning of the game, as it was the Vikings’ final regular-season home game.
All five had the same response when asked about the last four years of being together: they are more than a team; they are a family.
“We have learned that basketball is not an individual sport, we have to play together to win,” said Zach Rindy.
Colfax (#7) hosted number ten seed Shell Lake last night, Tuesday, in the first round of regional in the 2020 WIAA Division 4 tournament. A win would give the Vikings the opportunity to travel to the number two seed and Heart O’ North champion Cameron (16-6) this Friday, March 6.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 4-1-4-10, C. Seehaver 6-0-1-15, N. Albricht 3-0-2-6, T. Hallquist 1-1-3-3, E. Hydukovich 3-0-1-7, N. Heidorn 0-1-1-1, H. Rebak 1-0-1-2. Totals 18-3-14-44.
Spring Valley (42)
FG-FT-F-TP: T. Stangl 2-0-0-6, M. Bauer 3-0-0-8, A. Borgerding 4-5-1-13, T. Bowman 5-2-1-16, K. Olson 4-1-3-10, C. Ducklow 1-0-3-2. Total 19-8-11-55.
Colfax 28 16 – 44
Spring Valley 23 32 – 55
3-point goals: Colfax: Z. Rindy, C. Seehaver (3), E. Hydukovich; Spring Valley: T. Stangl (2), M. Bauer (2), T. Bowman (4), K. Olson.