Lauryn Bohr dives to return serve during last week’s summer league matches. PHOTO: S. Lee Epps/Spring Grove Herald
Lauryn Bohr dives to return serve during last week’s summer league matches. PHOTO: S. Lee Epps/Spring Grove Herald
In addition to the seventh grade boys state title run (see front page article), there were three other Spring Grove teams playing in state tournaments last weekend at St. Cloud. The freshmen boys were also in a Pacesetter state basketball tournament while two volleyball squads competed at the Star of the North Games. Weekly summer league play continued in baseball, volleyball and basketball.



In the Star of the North Games on June 21 and 22, the Lions were among 20 teams in "Division C". In the opening wave of pool play, SG won one match and lost two, but with the tie breaker, placed fourth among four teams. The Lions opened with a 2-0 loss versus NLS age 17 Black (19-25, 17-25).

SG came back to defeat the Mora Blue Devils 2-1 (25-22, 15-25, 15-11). The girls then fell to Henning 2-0 (18-25, 15-25).

Those results sent them into another four-team pool (Wave 2) where they placed second, SG dominated the Mustangs 2-0 (25-11, 25-8) before a narrow 2-0 loss against the BBE (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa) Blaze (23-25, 22-25). SG quieted the Lakers 2-0 (25-15, 25-16).

That runner-up finish sent SG into the Silver Bracket Tournament. (There were Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets). With the No. 7 seed, the Lions dismissed No. 2 G-F-W (Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop) Topspin 2-1 (23-25, 25-19, 15-10).

It ended with a 2-1 semi-final loss against Wave 1 rival NLS Black (18-25, 25-23, 10-15).

The Lion lineup included Nicki Ellingson, Kailee Bjerke, Sierra Hunter, Jordan Anderson, Lauryn Bohr, Lauren Arneson, Carrie Hagen and Elizabeth Johnson.



Also in "Division C", the younger netters opened their Wave 1 pool with a close 0-2 loss to Osakis Starz 2 (21-25, 21-25), Then came another close-call setback 2-1 versus Jordan 2 (22-25, 25-23, 10-15). The Lions then battered Bagley 2-0 (25-4, 25-9) to finish third in the pool.

Then the Lions did not drop a set while sweeping their Wave 2 pool starting with a convincing 2-0 win versus Mahnomen (25-7, 25-3). The girls got past Osakis Starz 3 by another 2-0 score (25-19, 25-14). SG closed it out with a 2-0 victory over Fertile-Beltrami Blue (25-5, 25-13).

The 14 & Under Lions then took the No. 6 seed into the Silver Bracket where the road ended in an exciting 2-1 loss against Fertile-Beltrami Red (25-23, 23-25, 10-15).

On the court for SG were Makena Speltz, Harlee Gavin, Kyleigh Doering, Alyssa Johnson, Kailee Olerud, Sydnie Kampschroer and Kaitlyn Gross.



Eight Lion boys (mostly freshmen going to be sophomores) were in St. Cloud at the Pacesetter Minnesota Invitational Tournament. SG had qualified with only one loss in the region tourney. The Grove guys outscored the opponents by 17 points overall but won only one out of three games.

Lions in action were freshmen Brock Schuttemeier, Noah Myrah, Chase Grinde, Zach Rains, Toby Leahy and Jordan Jaster along with eighth graders Cullen Patterson and Adin Solum. Freshman Devon Nerstad was there despite being unable to play due to injury.

Norman Co. East/Ulen-Hitterdal 40, SG 36

SG fought back from a second-half 10-point deficit. The Lions cut the deficit down to 7 points and then to 5 points before falling by 4.

Ulen-Hitterdal High School and Norman County East High school have a combined enrollment of 166 (75 + 91). Located northeast of Fargo and Moorhead, the two schools combine as a Class A basketball team.

PERHAM 41, SG 38

In the consolation bracket, Perham drilled a very long last-second 3-point shot with a Lion in his face.

Once again SG came back from a double-digit hole in the second half. This time, the Lions took a late lead 38-36. The next Yellowjackjet basket tied the score in the final minute.

The Lion freshmen missed a tough shot in the fading moments, but Perham hit a well-guarded long shot to break the tie and avoid overtime.

Perham, located near Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls, is a Class AA school with an enrollment of 398, roughly four times that of Spring Grove.


The final game was a mismatch. Deer River, a Class AA school in the far north near Grand Rapids, has an enrollment of 199.



After Hokah took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, SG scored one in the fourth and then went ahead with 4 runs in the final fifth inning. Singles by Payton Leahy and Carter Bratland highlighted the late rally.

The only other Lion hit was a triple by Alex Folz in the scoreless first. SG scored a run in the fourth without a hit. Three walks and a sacrifice fly from Takoda Boyd put the Lions on the scoreboard.

Each team had 3 hits, but the Lions committed no errors while Hokah had 2 miscues.

Folz picked up the pitching win in relief of Bratland. That pair combined to strike out 8 while walking 5.

In the second participation game, the Lions hammered the home team 11-2. Once again, there were no SG errors.

The Lions banged out 11 hits including 2 each from Isaac Gengler, Caleb Nerstad and Michael Blackburn. Chandler Bergrud and Blackburn had back-to-back triples in the fourth inning. Gengler led off the game with a double as 4 Lion hits produced a quick 4-0 lead.

Other hits came from the bats of Garrison Van Minsel, Garrett Bergrud, Bratland and Wyatt Murphy.


SG scored the winning run in the top of the final fifth inning with a Mustang error and a pair of passed balls.

Twice SG had taken one-run leads with North Winn tying the score each time in the bottom of the inning.

Nic Peterson opened the game with a double, advanced on a passed ball and came around to score on a ground out.

SG went up 2-1 when Folz led off the fourth frame with a home run.

North Winn had 3 hits while there were only 2 SG base hits. But the Lions stranded only 2 runners while the home team left 4 on base.

Folz pitched all five innings striking out 14 and walking only 2. All but two Mustang outs were strikeouts.

In the second participation game, SG clubbed the home team 13-1. The Lions trailed 2-0 after one inning before turning the tide with 7 runs in ther second.

Each hitting 2 for 3 were Murphy, Folz and Leahy. Nerstad and Peterson each hit safely once.

Nerstad was the winning pitcher between two mound stints by Peterson.


Back in league play, Chandler Bergrud pitched a 1-hit shutout in the run-rule-shortened 3-inning game. He got seven of the nine outs with strikeouts while walking no one.

At the plate, Peterson batted 3 for 4 with a double. Folz hit 2 for 2 including a 2-run home run. Nerstad and Leahy both had doubles. Takoda Boyd and Isaac Griffin had RBI singles.

SG improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in league action.

In the second participation game, the Lions won 12-1 with a no hitter pitched by Bratland (4 innings) and reliever Jakob Myrah (1 inning). Bratland fanned 9 and walked only 3 while backed by an errorless defense.

Houston scored first, but SG scored 12 runs on 5 hits aided by 6 Hurricane errors.

Boyd hit 2 doubles in the same inning as the Lions added 6 runs in the final fourth inning. Other hits came from Kyle Hagen, Chandler Bergrud and Garrison Van Minsel. The game ended with the run rule after four.



27-29, 12-25, 15-13

The teams split the two close sets, but the Warriors ran away with the middle set. Both teams played efficiently in the extra-long 29-27 opener. Tight throughout, there were 11 lead changes and 14 tie scores. Statistics were equally close with 17 earned points for the Lions (10 kills, 2 blocks, 5 aces) and 16 for Caledonia.

C-FC 2, SG 1

25-12, 21-25, 12-15

The Lions dropped two of three sets despite outscoring Cochrane-Fountain City overall 58-52. The Pirates won both of the close sets after the Lions had rolled to 13-point win in set one. In that first set, SG had 17 earned points along with 8 C-FC error points.

The second set, after 5 early tie scores, became a series of runs. A 7-point spurt put the Pirates up 14-8. The Lions then scored 6 straight to tie at 14. Another 7-0 Pirate run made it 21-15. SG won 6 of 8 points to get back within two points before the Pirates closed it out. C-FC served 10 aces.

The match was then decided in the third set. The score was tied for sixth time at 12 before the Pirates won with 2 kills and a misfired Lion attack.

Heading into the last week of the four-week schedule, SG has a 3-3 match record.


With two starters away at Girls State, the varsity girls (1-3) split a pair of competitive summer league games on June 17.


The Lions led most of the way during a low-scoring contest.


It was a reversal of fortunes as SG trailed by narrow margins throughout most of the nightcap.

Following four first-half tie scores, the Blugolds edged ahead 16-12 at halftime and were never caught. The Lions got back within one at 28-27 and trailed only by two (31-29) before Aquinas put the game away at the foul line.

The Blugolds had hit only 2 of 5 free throws before SG was forced to foul late. Then Aquinas hit 5 of 6 foul shots in the closing moments while scoring the game's last 7 points.


With two usual starters alleviating varsity vacancies, the B-girls (0-4) were playing without the their primary two ball handlers. But several younger players were available for the first time this summer.


The Lions played from behind all game against an athletic opponent.

WINONA 44, SG 17

SG actually scored 18 points and the Winhawks 48, but the official scorer failed to record one basket and 3 made free throws.

An early 11-1 Winona run did much to decide the outcome. The Winhawks extended a 19-11 halftime lead by scoring the first 14 points of the second half.

The Winona point guard often dictated the pace especially with fast breaks.



Down by 5 points at halftime, the Lions outscored the Hilltoppers 32-18 after the break. The Lions opened the second half with a 10-3 run to lead 35-33. SG moved ahead for good by breaking a 40-40 tie with a 6-2 run.

Both teams hit 11 of 16 free throws. The Lions netted 6 three-point baskets; the Hilltoppers sank 3 treys.

With this win in the summer league opener, the varsity boys have a 6-2 summer record.


WESTBY Team IV 51, SG 49

The Lions' potential game-winning desperation half-court shot at the buzzer almost went in, but Westby Team IV escaped in the summer league opener.

The B-boys trailed by 14 points in the second half. But 3 three-point baskets sparked a 15-1 Lion run that evened the count at 37-all.

But Westby went back in front by 7 points before SG scored the final 5 points of the game.

The Lions sank 7 of 9 free throws; the Vikings went 5 for 9. The B-boys have a 6-2 summer record.


Larson Well Drilling and Soland Carpentry both remained unbeaten atop the standings after three games. Mabel Liquor (1-2) fell for the second time by a rather narrow 2-run margin.


Crunchy led 4-0 before a pair of 5-run frames put Soland ahead 10-4. OCS was back within one run (10-9) in the fifth inning before the Soland guys created some breathing room with 4 runs in each of their last two times at bat.

Ben Steuart and CB each hit home runs for Crunchy while Soland belted four. Nate Gosman had 2 round trippers with one each from Riker Bergo and Mitch Hogan.


Larson broke a scoreless tie in the second inning with a 5-run eruption. Riley Austin and Eric Wilder homered in the winning cause.


ML opened with 4 runs, but Steuart replied with 9 in the bottom of the first. It was15-6 before Liquor made things interesting in the last inning. After crossing the plate only 2 times during the previous four innings, ML rallied for 5 runs in the top of the seventh.

Blaine Coyle, Tory Nelson and Rick Aske all sent pitches over the fence for Liquor. Labs countered with 2 home runs from Levi Schmitz along with one apiece from Trevor Storlie and Marty Lesnar.


Soland 3-0

Larson Well 3-0,

Steuart's Labs 2-1

Mabel Liquor 1-2

On the Crunchy Side 0-3

SG Legion 0-3