Eleva-Strum gets first Dairyland Conference win
Thanks to Dalton Krupka's double-double, the Eleva-Strum High School Boys Basketball Team won its first Dairyland Conference contest last week Thursday, Jan. 27 by a 57-51 score over Gilmanton.
Krupka, a 6-7 senior forward who has battling a knee injury all season and has seen limited action, has his best night of the season with 29 points and 14 rebounds. He made several plays late in the ballgame to hold off a Panther run. He was joined in the winning effort for the Cardinals by Carter Gunderson's 11 points, seven from Nick Olson, four points each for Nathan Bemis and Bradyn Olson, three for Brody Hanson and two points from Jake Bjerke. Olson also had 10 rebounds and Gunderson seven while Olson had seven assists. Trent Parr led Gilmanton (3-12 overall and 1-9 in the Small Dairyland) with 19 points.
Unfortunately the good times didn't last for the Cardinal (2-16 overall, 1-9 in the Large Dairyland). Lincoln crushed E-S at Alma Center on Tuesday, Jan. 31 by a 70-33 margin. Gunderson had 12 points for E-S but he was the only Redbird player in double figures. Hanson finished with seven points, Bradyn Olson eight, and Nick Olson, Bjerke and Bemis all had two points. Krupka finished with seven rebounds and three assists while Bemis had four assists. Bradyn Olson had four steals. The Hornets (8-10 overall, 3-7 in the Small Dairyland) held a narrow 28-22 lead at halftime but Lincoln, led by Jade Paul's game-high 21 points, outscored Central 42-11 in the second half. E-S hosts Independence on Friday.
More winning ways being stopped cold occurred to Augusta. The Beavers (5-12 and 5-5 in the Large Dairyland) had extended their winning streak to three last week Thursday, Jan. 26 at Independence (4-14, 1-8) by a 56-47 score. The Beavers' Drew Jacobs led all scorers with 23 points, including 12-for-17 shooting effort from the field, and teammate Logan Barnett finished with 15 points. Augusta's Cashton Leslin scored seven points, Brennan King five, Nolan Taylor three and Noah Schroeder two. Jacobs had eight rebounds and King had seven along with four assists. Schroeder had five steals. However, Alma/Pepin (11-5, 7-2) outscored AHS at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31 by a 42-19 margin to win 76-54. King led his team in scoring with 18 points with Barnett scoring 14 and Jacobs 12. Schroeder and Levi White both had four points and Taylor had two. King had eight rebounds and Jacobs had six. King finished with three assists. Augusta is off the rest of week to regroup before taking on Cadott at home in a non-conference game on Monday.
In WCC play last week, Fall Creek wiped out Stanley-Boyd (4-14, 3-7) at home Thursday, Jan. 26 by a 74-53 margin. Bo Vollrath pumped in 28 points and nine rebounds while teammate Isaac Steinke had a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds. Leo Hagberg finished with 12 points for FC. Vollrath also had five assists. Also scoring for Fall Creek were Jacob Wathke two points, Ben Kelly four, Tyson Flottmeier two, Jack Walden six and Jeff Ritger nine points. Despite its recent winning streak Osseo-Fairchild couldn't match-up with No. 1 ranked Chippewa Falls McDonell (18-1 overall, 9-1 in the WCC), losing 76-43 Thursday, Jan. 26 at McDonell. Or at least in the second half anyways because O-F led at halftime 29-28 before being outscored 45-18. Brody Seefeldt scored 11 points to lead O-F followed by Ashton Oliver eight points, Braeden Metzler seven, Brogan Korger six, Jack Steinke and Chase Insterness both five points, Lucas Frase three points and Tryggve Korger two. Eddie Mittermeyer, one of the league's top scorers led the Macks with 23 points and teammate Canan Huss did even more with 25 points.