Lanesboro’s Matt Luck works against Spring Grove defender Dylan Kampschroer during early-season SEC showdown. Lee Epps/Bluff Country Newspaper Group
Lanesboro’s Matt Luck works against Spring Grove defender Dylan Kampschroer during early-season SEC showdown. Lee Epps/Bluff Country Newspaper Group
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The Burros suffered their first loss of the season on Nov. 26 when Spring Grove visited Lanesboro, edging their hosts 63-55.

It was the second contest of the year for the boys from LHS, but both teams showed some early-season rough edges. A total of 50 whistles sounded, and each team suffered 20 or more turnovers.

"We had a very poor shooting night from the three-point line which caused us to be a little impatient at times," Lanesboro coach John Smith said, adding that good defense by the Lions also took a toll on Burro shooting percentages.

LHS had won their opener at Houston by eight points, but trailed 28-20 versus SG at the half. In spite of a late run that closed the gap to four, Lanesboro was not able to catch Spring Grove in the second period.

The Lions and Burros have been the two most successful teams in the SEC East Division for several years.

Lanesboro opened a six-point lead in the early going, only to see Spring Grove turn the tables with nine- and eight-point runs. The critical 8-0 stretch late in the first half saw SG score on four straight possessions (hitting four of five shots) while the Burros committed three turnovers and missed a three-point shot.

LHS hit only five of 35 of their patented trey attempts, but a fairly comfortable eight-point Lion lead was put in peril when Garrett Boggs and Kole Ruud buried threes to make it 56-52 with 2:36 to play. Unfortunately for the home crowd, LHS could add only one more basket while being forced to send the Lions to the foul line.

SG hung on with Alex Engelhardt and Chase Grinde combining to net seven of 11 free throws in the final minute and half. Overall, each team was merely mediocre at the foul line. SG hit 20 of 33 FT (61 percent) and LHS 16 for 28 (57 percent).

Coming off a 27-point effort versus Houston, reigning Conference Player of the Year Ruud was not quite as accurate as usual from three-point land, but still scored a game-high 23 points for the Burros.

Lanesboro is noted for outstanding perimeter play, but received a strong rebounding result from junior Liam Dorn, who hit the boards for 10 rebounds to go with three points and three steals. Overall, SG still managed to win the rebounding battle 36-30.

The game was also defined by who was not able to play much.

Fouls played major role with several key players sent to the sideline early and often with whistle trouble. Each team had two players foul out and two others finish with four fouls apiece. All-Conference Burro guard Luke Rogers scored 18 points for the second time in four days along with nine rebounds, but fouled out with just over four minutes to play and his team trailing by seven.

Three Lions scored in double figures featuring a double double from Engelhardt. Shooting 54 percent from the field, the All-SEC sophomore had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Grinde added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Elliott Cross came off the bench for a near-double double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals - all career-high totals.

Last year's leading Lion rebounder, Brady Schuttemeier, played only five minutes and 40 seconds of the first half after picking up two early fouls. He went to the bench with four fouls just two minutes into the second half, but was effective while on the court with nine points, five rebounds and a steal.

Both teams had a dependable guard seeing action for the first time since coming off an injury - only to lose additional playing time with fouls. LHS point guard Boggs had missed the previous game with an injury. He fouled out late with five points, three rebounds and two of his team's seven assists. SG junior guard Dustin Vickerman (three points, three assists) was coming off a football injury. He sat out much of both halves before fouling out with 3:26 to play. Drawing his first varsity start, Lion sophomore guard Dylan Kampschroer (four points, four steals) also took an early seat in both halves because of whistles. He finished with 4 fouls.

Each team had won 47 games in the series (going back to 1948) prior to Tuesday's contest. Last year, LHS won two of three games versus SG, but the Lions finished as SEC West Division champions while the Burros were runners-up.

In preliminary action, SG won the close B team game 40-37 and the not-close eighth grade game 75-25. The Burros took the seventh grade game 32-23.

LHS hosts Grand Meadow on Thursday, Dec. 5, then travels to Schaeffer Academy on Monday, Dec 9.





SEC Football Leaders 2013

for 7 conference games only

RUSHING YARDAGE

Niko Anderson (L'boro) 1,422

Hunter Johnson (M-C) 1,129

Landon Jacobson (GM) 891

Caleb Happel (SG) 853

Daniel Bollingberg (L/P) 792

YARDS PER CARRY

Matt Schleich (SG) 11.42

Landon Jacobson (GM) 10.13

Niko Anderson (L'boro) 9.88

Garrett Boggs (L'boro) 9.80

Keyser Wenthold (M-C) 9.10

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

Niko Anderson (L'boro) 26

Caleb Happel (SG) 16

Hunter Johnson (M-C) 15

Landon Jacobson (GM) 15

Daniel Bollingberg (L/P) 12

PUNTING AVG.

Mason Drake (Hou) 34.6

Liam Dorn (L'boro) 34.0

Niko Anderson (L'boro) 31.3

Blake Olson (GM) 28.8

Matt Schleich (SG) 28.3

INTERCEPTIONS

Damon Cody (SG) 4

Blake Olson (GM) 3

Dustin Vickerman (SG) 3

SACKS

Lucas Grass (L-O) 6.0

Landon Jacobson (GM) 5.0

Liam Dorn (L'boro) 4.5

Niko Anderson (L'boro) 4.0

Zach Royston (L-O) 4.0

KICKOFF RETURNS AVG.

Dylan Lee (Hou) 27.5

Tylar Miller (L'boro) 23.9

Hunter Johnson (M-C) 21.2

Landon Jacobson (GM) 20.8

Noah Manning (M-C) 19.9

PUNT RETURNS AVG.

Niko Anderson (L/boro) 37.5

Nate Bunne (L-O) 15.6

Dustin Vickerman (SG) 12.8

Landon Jacobson (GM) 10.3

PASSING YARDAGE

Jace Bunne (L-O) 1,114

Trenton Bleifus (GM) 936

Keenan Siminski (SG) 906

Collin O'Bieglo (M-C) 613

Jordan Hart (L/P) 524

PASS COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

Hunter Leschenski (Hou) .667

Keenan Siminski (SG) .617

Collin O'Bieglo (M-C) .538

Garrett Boggs (L'boro) .521

Trenton Bleifus (GM) .500

RECEIVING YARDAGE

Dustin Vickerman (SG) 548

Cody Ojulu (GM) 435

Nate Bunne (L-O) 423

Zach Royston (L-O) 320

Kole Ruud (L'boro) 302

PASS RECEPTIONS

Nate Bunne (L-O) 26

Zach Royston (L-O) 23

Dustin Vickerman (SG) 19

Cody Ojulu (GM) 19

Donnie Lind (M-C) 17

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS

Sam Roe (L-O) 6

Dustin Vickerman (SG) 5

Cody Ojulu (GM) 5

Nate Bunne (L-O) 5

Kole Ruud (L'boro) 5

YARDS PER CATCH

Alex Engelhardt (SG) 34.9

Dustin Vickerman (SG) 28.8

Sam Roe (L-O) 25.8

Taylor Wobschall (L/P) 24.5

Cody Ojulu (GM) 22.9



FINAL STANDINGS

Grand Meadow 6-1 SEC (13-1 all)

Spring Grove 6-1 SEC (9-2 all)

Lanesboro 6-1 SEC (8-2 all)

Mabel-Canton 4-3 SEC (4-5 all)

Houston 3-4 SEC (4-6 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 2-5 SEC (3-6 all)

Lyle/Pacelli 1-6 SEC (1-8 all)

Glenville-Emmons 0-7 SEC (0-9 all)