Alex Engelhardt shoots over Lanesboro defender Liam Dorn while Lion teammates #43 Brady Schuttemeier and #5 Gabe Solum anticipate a possible rebound. SGH/Jon Speltz
Alex Engelhardt shoots over Lanesboro defender Liam Dorn while Lion teammates #43 Brady Schuttemeier and #5 Gabe Solum anticipate a possible rebound. SGH/Jon Speltz
The Spring Grove boys improved to 14-3 (11-0 SEC) last week with a pair of home court conference victories including a key conference decision against chief championship challenger Lanesboro.

SG vs. Lanesboro

In spite of an incredible 37-point performance from Burro senior guard Kole Ruud, SG prevailed 82-67 on Monday night.

Three Spring Grove starters scored over 20 points in the contest. Brady Schuttemeier stepped up, delivering a career-high 27-point, 19-rebound double double.

Alex Engelhardt also had a double double with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Chase Grinde scored 23 points, including four three-pointers.

Luke Rogers, arriving with a 20.4 scoring average, put in 18 for the Burros while hitting 3 of 5 three-pointers.

Ruud, the reigning Conference Player of the Year, came in averaging 25.2 points per game. Against SG, he nailed 8 of 15 treys (53%), scored 4 times on dribble drives and tallied twice on fast breaks.

Fouls were a factor early as Burro senior playmaker Garrett Boggs sat down with two fouls after only 108 seconds of play. After sitting out the next eight minutes, he played only a half minute before being whistled again. Boggs did not foul out but played the final 10 minutes with 4 fouls.

The final score does not accurately reflect the character of a game that saw 9 lead changes, 5 tie scores and a narrow 34-32 SG halftime edge.

After 4 lead changes to start the second half, SG broke a 41-41 tie with an 8-point run only to see Lanesboro answer with a 12-4 run to knot the score again at 53. Spring Grove broke away from that 53-53 tie with a 13-4 run to finally separate for good.

With a 72-62 lead and 3:00 left on the clock, the Lions began to slow the pace, and the Burros soon were forced to foul. SG iced the win as Schuttemeier, Engelhardt and Grinde combined to sink 10 of 12 free throws in the final 2 minutes. The Lions shot well at the foul line all night, finishing 16 for 21 (a season-high 76%).

From the field, SG arrived after their two coldest shooting games of the season to notch a 47% success rate against the Burros. It was the Lions' second best field goal percentage of the season.

Predictably, Lanesboro relied heavily on a 3-point attack. Close to their season average, the Burros put up 39 shots from beyond the arc and 34 attempts closer in.

Hitting 32% of their treys for the season, the Burros shot 33% (13 for 39) versus SG. The 67-point output was very close to their 69-point team scoring average.

The second LHS-SG meeting proved a much higher scoring game than the Lions' 63-55 November road win at Lanesboro. With a season-high 82 points, SG was 19 points better than its season average.

Rebounds were critical with the Lions collecting 49 rebounds to only 26 for the Burros. SG had 7 more offensive boards than did Lanesboro and outscored the Burros 9-0 in put-back points.

The result was a giant championship step for the Lions, who remained undefeated in SEC East Division play, enjoying a two-game lead over the second-place Burros (8-4, 6-2 SEC). The two teams came into this season with 47 wins apiece in the series since 1948. SG has now edged ahead 49 wins to 47.

The B-team game went down to the final second. Adam Sutter hit his only 3-pointer of the game with 12 seconds to play to lift Lanesboro to a 51-50 win. A last-second Lion shot missed. Freshman Collin Scott had 18 points for the Burros with freshman Brock Schuttemeier scoring 17 for SG. It made for a season split for the B-teams with the road team winning both games.

The Lion eighth grade team (10-0) completed a season sweep 58-21 while the SG seventh grade squad (4-7) earned a split with a 44-28 win.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 47%, L 36%

3-pt: SG 27% (6-22), L 33% (13-39)

2-pt: SG 57%, L 39%

FT: SG 76% (16-21), L 57% (4-7)

Rebounds: SG 49, L 26

Turnovers: SG 14, L 11

Fouls: SG 11, L 19

HALFTIME: SG 34, L 32

INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked shots, H-hustle points, * starter.

*Brady Schuttemeier 27P, 19R, 2S, 3H; *Alex Engelhardt 23P, 10R, 2A, 1B, 3H; *Chase Grinde 23P, 4R, 4A, 1H; *Dustin Vickerman 7P, 7R, 1A, 1H; Jordan Jaster 2P, 1R, 1A; *Dylan Kampschroer 5R, 1A, 2H; Gabe Solum 3R, 2A, 1S; Elliott Cross 1B, 1H; also playing Tanner Sanness, Devon Nerstad

SG vs. Glenville-Emmons

SG demolished the Wolverines on Friday, 81-27. Ball control favored the hosts by a considerable margin. The Lions matched their season-best stat of only 6 turnovers and their second-best assist-to-turnover ratio (20-to-6).

Dustin Vickerman lifted a career-high 5 steals while Grinde added 4 thefts.

A half dozen Lions had more assists than turnovers, most notably Engelhardt, who matched a career-high 8 assists with no turnovers. Grinde passed out a career-high 6 assists with only one lost possession. The assists were even more impressive considering that both were also among the night's top scorers.

Engelhardt hit 9 of 12 shots from the field for a game-high 20 points while Grinde posted 14. Vickerman added another 14 points while Brady Schuttemeier was the fourth Lion scoring in double figures, totaling 13 points.

In all, Lion defenders snagged 21 steals, leading to a season-high 29 fast-break points.

The two tallest (6-foot-3) players wore Wolverine jerseys, but SG won the rebound race for the 16th time in 17 games and for the 10th time by a double digit margin (35 to 21).

Vickerman was also the rebound leader with 8. Schuttemeier and Tanner Sanness each rebounded 6 times.

Rebounds were the key to the Lions surpassing 80 points for the second straight game. SG shot close to its season average (39%) at 41%, but the Lions also used offensive boards to score 24 second-chance points. Spring Grove had 20 offensive boards alone while the Wolverines had only 21 total rebounds.

G-E shot a mediocre 35% from the field and had 37 turnovers (a season worst for SG opponents) while attempting only 32 shots.

Wolverine starting point guard Christian Voss played only briefly before mysteriously sitting out the remainder of the first half. After 27 lost possessions, G-E trailed 51-13 at halftime.

Freshman Derek Van Ryswyk (6-3) led the visitors with 12 points, 9 rebounds.

Coach Wade Grinde was back on the Lion bench three days after heart surgery.

With 8 hustle points, Lion sophomore Dylan Kampschroer led in that Coach Grinde statistical category.

Freshman Devon Nerstad came in late to record his first varsity points (6) and his first steal. Likewise, freshman Brock Schuttemeier had his first varsity assist on a Nerstad 3-point basket that put the cap on SG scoring.

Spring Grove was effective from the foul line hitting 14 of 19 free throws (74%). After hitting 54% through their first dozen games, the Lions have shot 70% during the last five contests.

G-E did not have enough players for a B-team game. The Lion eighth grade team (11-0) walloped North Winneshiek 71-3 while the seventh grade squad (5-7) also defeated the Mustangs 31-22.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 41%, G-E 35%

3-pt: SG 28% (7-25), G-E 29% (2-7)

2-pt: SG 48%, G-E 37%

FT: SG 74% (14-19), G-E 47% (7-15)

Rebounds: SG 35, G-E 21

Turnovers: SG 6, G-E 37

Fouls: SG 14, G-E 14

HALFTIME: SG 51, G-E 13

INDIVIDUALS: *Engelhardt 20P, 3R, 8A, 2S, 3H; *Vickerman 14P, 8R, 2A, 5S, 2H; *Grinde 14P, 4R, 6A, 4S, 4H; *Brady Schuttemeier 13P, 6R, 1A, 1S, 3H; Sanness 4P, 6R, 1S, 1H; Nerstad 6P, 2S; *Kampschroer 5P, 2S, 8H; Cross 3P, 2R, 2S, 4H; Solum 2P, 3R, 2A, 2S; Jaster 3R; Brock Schuttemeier 1A

Up Next:

After the Herald went to press Spring Grove (15-3, 12-0 SEC) won at Houston 78-37 on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Complete coverage will be in next week's Herald.

Two days later they will take a trip to Leroy-Ostrander. On Monday, Jan. 27, the Lions hit the road a third time, playing at Mabel-Canton.

Southeast Conference Boys

Basketball through Jan. 21 games

EAST DIVISION

Spring Grove 12-0 SEC (15-3 all)

Lanesboro 8-2 SEC (10-5 all)

Mabel-Canton 8-3 SEC (9-8 all)

Hope Lutheran 5-5 SEC (7-8 all)

Houston 4-7 SEC (4-10 all)

WEST DIVISION

Schaeffer Academy 5-5 SEC (7-9 all)

Grand Meadow 4-6 (5-10 all)

Lyle/Pacelli 4-8 SEC (4-11 all)

Glenville-Emmons 3-7 SEC (5-10 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-10 SEC (1-12 all)



SG varsity basketball

15-3 (12-0 SEC)

W at Lanesboro 63-55

W vs. Hope Lutheran 72-30

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 74-28

W at Waukon 54-42

W vs. Houston 62-19

W at Grand Meadow 60-40

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 80-53

W vs. Kingsland 62-54

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 76-41

L vs. Caledonia 57-90

L at Rushford-Peterson 43-79

W vs. Mabel-Canton 68-46

W at Fillmore Central 79-55

01-07 at Lyle/Pacelli postponed

W at Hope Lutheran 53-22

L vs. Randolph, Wis. 47-67

W vs. Lanesboro 82-67

W vs. Glenville-Emmons 81-27

W at Houston 78-37

01-23 at LeRoy-Ostrander

01-27 at Mabel-Canton

01-31 Grand Meadow

02-03 at Lansing Kee

02-06 at Schaeffer Academy

02-08 Southland 4 p.m.

02-14 at Glenville-Emmons



SG B-team basketball

7-7 (6-3 SEC)

W at Lanesboro 40-37

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 67-16

L at Waukon 56-60

L vs. Houston 37-41

W at Grand Meadow 40-19

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 50-14

L vs. Kingsland 38-46

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 64-36

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 33-39

W vs. Caledonia 43-39

W vs. Mabel-Canton 47-34

L at Fillmore Central 67-53

L vs. Lanesboro 50-51

L at Houston