Lanesboro’s Will Semmen goes up strong against Hope Lutheran.  CHRIS OLSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS GROUP
Lanesboro’s Will Semmen goes up strong against Hope Lutheran. CHRIS OLSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS GROUP
The Burro boys won two at home, and came within an eyelash of a perfect week.

Lanesboro at Fillmore Central

On Thursday, LHS lost 65-64 in Harmony.

"Both teams played hard and it was a typical, down-to-the-wire exciting Lanesboro/FC game with a good crowd and a great atmosphere," LHS coach John Smith said. "It seemed like we had trouble finding our rhythm the entire game. We did not execute as well as I would have liked on the offensive end and some early foul trouble had some things to do with that. We also had trouble rebounding vs. their size, which led to some extended possessions for F-C."

The Falcons led 29-26 at intermission.

Lanesboro bombed away for six three pointers, but FC answered with four. The Burros hit 16 of 24 (67 percent) from the charity stripe, while FC only sank 11 of 19 (58 percent).

After a reasonably close second period, LHS was down 54-62 with under two minutes left. That's when Kole Ruud hit a trey to cut the margin to five. FC hit one of two free throws, but Ruud replied with a lay-up and the score stood at 59-63. After another one-for-two trip to the line for the Falcons, Luke Rogers went to the boards for a lay-up with under a minute to play, and the FC lead was only three (64-61). Back to the line, and another one-for-two put the home team up by four.

Tylar Miller then hit a clutch trey with 12 seconds left and the FC lead stood at one point. Another foul sent the Falcons to the line, but both attempts failed to score. Liam Dorn rebounded and passed to Ruud, who drove the length of the floor at full tilt and passed to Zach Voeltz when he was trapped in the corner. Voeltz's buzzer-beater was blocked as time expired, and the home crowd finally exhaled.

Full statistics were not available as this issue went to press, but Ruud led all scorers with 31 points. Rogers poured in 14, while Dorn added eight. Miller came in for five points, and Voeltz hit for four. Garrett Boggs had two points.

Nick Powell paced the Falcons with a 15 point 10 rebound double double. Logan Masters also hit the net for 15, and snagged 7 steals. Collin Bennett added 8, while Carter Rindels and Nick Mensink hit for 7 points apiece.

Lanesboro vs. Schaeffer Academy

LHS shot the lights out on Friday, scoring an amazing 18 triples while dominating SA 74-45.

After an opening 3-3 tie, the Burros took off on a 16-0 run that included five straight treys. The Lions were never able to cut the margin to less than 11 thereafter, falling behind by 18 at the half and 30 midway through the second period.

Rogers had nine treys while totaling 31 points. Ruud canned four three-pointers en route to 24 points, while Voeltz hit four for all of his 12 points, and Miller netted one for three points. Eric Holst added two points, while Dorn and Cole Schwichenberg scored one point each.

The Lions totaled seven triples and out-scored LHS at the foul line, hitting six of 13. They also avoided fouls, as Lanesboro only had seven chances from the charity stripe, sinking two.

Zach Sanger scored 14 points for the Lions, including 3 treys. Roman Lahr added 13, while Josh Hanson and Eric Zeldenrust each netted six.

Lanesboro vs. Hope Lutheran

Saturday's home game with Hope had a very similar result, as the Burros won big again, 77-47.

The Patriots enjoyed some early success, when a Jason Klug shot from the post gave the visitors a 14-8 lead. LHS scored the next seven points, but HL kept things close, cutting the Burros' margin back to one point on the first score of the second half, 25-24.

The game was tied at 27-all shortly after.

Gradually, the Burros then took over, staging scoring runs of 8-0 and 15-1.

Ruud once again topped all other scorers with 31 points. Rogers poured in 13, while Schwichtenberg had nine. Dorn scored eight, while Matthew Luck, Will Semmen and Holst had four points apiece. Miller and Voeltz hit for two points each.

Free throws were almost even, with HL hitting seven of 10 and LHS canning eight of 13.

Lanesboro worked inside the three point arc more often, only totaling five treys to Hope's two.

Senior guard Jason Klug led the Patriots with 26 points. Junior forward Andrew Fratzke added 16, while Hayden Meinke chipped in five.

Averaging 29.2 points per game in January, Ruud was named the KFIL-Radio boys' basketball player of the month.

Up next

On Monday, Feb. 3, the Burros were scheduled to visit Mabel-Canton. Thursday features another road game, this time at Glenville-Emmons. Finally, a Saturday trip is planned to Hope Lutheran. They start next week with home games against Rushford-Peterson Monday and Mabel-Canton Tuesday.