Adin Solum searches for a passing target during B-Team summer league basketball. PHOTO: S. LEE EPPS/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Adin Solum searches for a passing target during B-Team summer league basketball. PHOTO: S. LEE EPPS/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Summer league volleyball came to a close with two Lion wins in Winona last week while Spring Grove's first-ever 7-on-7 football summer league season got underway at University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.

Both the varsity and B-team basketball boys posted wins against quality competition. There were no close basketball games for the Lion girls. A pair of previously undefeated men's softball teams clashed with the league lead at stake in Canton. The Little League boys dominated Fillmore Central on Tuesday before being rained out on Friday.



Winning pitcher Alex Folz and reliever Carter Bratland combined to handcuff the Falcons while pitching a one-hitter. The boys from Harmony and Preston scored first in the top of the first inning. But the Lions quickly went ahead 2-1 with a Folz home run.

Three Falcon errors helped SG add 2 more runs in the third. Then 3 of the Lions' 5 total hits came while tallying 6 runs in the fourth as the score soared to 10-1.

While Folz had the big hit, Bratland had the most hits going 2 for 3 including an RBI double. The other two hits were a triple from Nic Peterson and a single from Caleb Nerstad.

Fourteen of the 15 Falcon outs came with strikeouts. Folz fanned 11 with only 3 walks. In one inning of relief, Bratland got all three outs with strikeouts. This crossover game will not figure into the East Division standings.

FC 100 00 - 1 1 4 (2 LOB)

SG 202 6x -10 5 2 (5 LOB)

In the second younger-guys game, SG won 11-7 storming out to an early 11-0 lead and holding off a late Fillmore Central rally.

SG had only one more hit than did the Falcons, but the Lions took advantage of 8 walks and one hit batter.

Wyatt Murphy batted 2 for 2 with other hits provided by Isaac Griffin, Garrett Bergrud, Allen Michels and Collin Van Minsel.

Griffin, the winning pitcher, went the first two innings of the three-inning game striking out 5 and walking only one.

SG 650 -11 6 0 (3 LOB)

FC 016 - 7 5 0 (3 LOB)

Friday's league game at New Albin was rained out. The boys closed the week with a 4-2 record, 2-1 in league play.


It is all passing touch football (one hand below the neck). The quarterback must throw the ball within four seconds. The offense scores points not only with touchdowns but also with each completion according to the amount of yardage gained. The defense scores by breaking up or intercepting a pass as well as when the quarterbacks fails to pass within four seconds.

SG's returning starter at quarterback, Keenan Siminski, was unavailable as was head coach Zach Hauser. Upcoming sophomore Chase Grinde assumed passing duty and performed with outstanding accuracy according to coach Kaare Sanness who also credited Dustin Vickerman with numerous exceptional receptions.


The Mustangs dominated after a tie score at halftime. The Lions scored more touchdowns, but M-M successfully employed a primarily short-pass attack.


The Lions earned a split with a convincing 17-point victory against the Red Raiders.



25-10, 25-21, 15-17

Lake City scores improved as the match progressed with the Class AA Tigers winning the final set. SG had swept all three sets in the teams' previous summer league match.

The Lions rode an 11-point run to a dominant 15-point win in set one with 12 winning plays and giving away only 4 error points.

But in set two, SG errors more than doubled while Tiger kills more than doubled. SG appeared to be in control at 22-15 before Lake City scored the next 6 points. The Lions secured the set and the match by taking 3 of the final 4 points.

SG appeared to be back in control with a 12-6 start in the 15-point third set. But the Tigers rallied again, and this time, maintained momentum until the end. SG was one point away from a sweep at 15-14 before Lake City scored the final 3 points.


25-21,25-18, 15-8

The slide in Lion fortunes continued as the Ramblers scored the first 5 points. But Cotter began to give away a few points, and then Jordan Anderson served the Lions back into the match. Her 5 straight service aces closed out a 7-point run that put SG ahead 15-12. The Lions held on for a 4-point win.

The second set was the Lions' best of the evening with winning plays on 19 of their 25 points. It started with another run, but this time SG took an 8-0 lead on the way to a 7-point win.

The Lions maintained their early momentum in the 15-point finale. SG jumped out ahead 7-1 and would win 15-8. SG scored 11 of its 15 points with winners (8 kills, 3 aces).

This ended the four-week, eight-match summer league at Winona State. SG closed with a 5-3 record. The Lions defeated Lake City (twice), Cotter, Lanesboro and La Crosse Central with losses to Caledonia, Cochrane-Fountain City and Winona.

The eight-player SG lineup included five seniors - Carrie Hagen, Samantha Bratland, Kailee Bjerke, Elizabeth Johnson and Lauren Arneson. Also on the court were juniors Sierra Hunter and Jordan Anderson plus sophomore Grace Edgington


The Lions are 2-4 in summer league play at Viterbo after splitting lopsided decisions on June 24.


Lanesboro scored first, but the Lions were up 23-13 at halftime and then outscored the overmatched Burros 27-2 in the second half. Lanesboro had more turnovers than points.


It was a different story in the nightcap as the Lions were not able to keep up with Onalaska. SG remained in contention early but appeared to run out of gas against an athletic, good-shooting team.



TOMAH 41, SG 12

Points were difficult to come by for the young Lion B-team.


SG 53, WESTBY 36

The varsity boys never trailed even during a very closely contested first half. The Vikings were working to cut into a 4-point deficit as the first half clock wound down. But with 13 seconds on the clock, Alex Engelhardt stole the ball and converted a traditional 3-point play. After hitting 8 of 9 free throws, the Lions led by 7 points (28-21) at halftime.

SG opened the second half with a 15-2 run and would lead by as many 20 points before winning by 17.


SG 47, ONALASKA Team Four 32

The B-boys defeated a good team and did it by a 15-point margin. The Lions led by only four points before Alex Folz scored 5 points within a few seconds just before halftime. After burying a 3-point field goal, the eighth grader-to-be came up with a steal and transition lay-up to put SG up 21-12 at intermission.

Onalaska Team IV scored the first 4 points of the second half, but the Lions would lead by 19 points before a late Hilltopper trey created the final score.


Soland Carpentry won the showdown between previously undefeated league-leading teams


Soland Carpentry led all the way after a five-run first inning. That would be enough to hand a first loss to Larson Well Drilling. Soland took sole possession of first place in a game in which both teams went scoreless four times.

The only home run came from Paul Tollefsrud of LWD.

SC 500 020 3 -10

LWD 200 100 1 - 4


Spring Grove Legion enjoyed its first win of the season with home runs by John Otterness, Ryan Lange and Dakotah Rostad. Rick Aske homered for Mabel Liquor.

SGL 128 016 0 -18

ML 000 215 0 - 8


Steuart Labs trailed until pulling even at 8-8 in the next to last inning. Labs took its first lead with four runs in the top of the final inning and then held on as the On the Crunchy Side rally came up one run short. Steuart Labs moved into a tie for second place.

Blaine Storlie and Trevor Storlie both homered for Steuart; Dalton Woellert hit one out for Crunchy in the first inning.

SL 004 202 4 - 12

OCS 503 000 3 - 11


Soland Carpentry 4-0

Larson Well Drilling 3-1

Steuart Labs 3-1

SG Legion 1-3

Mabel Liquor 1-3

On the Crunchy Side 0-4



by Joel Lidstrom

The Caledonia Legion baseball team earned a 4-0 victory at home against Lewiston-Altura on June 17, cruising aboard the submarine arm of Kai Lidstrom. All told, Lidstrom was responsible for fourteen outs as he struck out nine and threw out five. It was an impressive win against a formidable and previously unbeaten ball club.

It didn't take long for Caledonia's offense to synch with Lidstrom's defense. In the second inning, the Warriors scored three runs sending eight men to the plate as they made the most of a walk to Mason Drake, a bunt hit by Austin Werner and a mishandled ball at third that Derek Vonderohe beat out to load the bases.

Dylan Lee then laced a single to center to score Drake and Werner, and Tanner Langen completed the rally with a single to score Vonderohe.

The Caledonia mood was loose as they entered the dugout for the bottom half of the third inning after Lidstrom had struck out the side. As third-baseman Tyler Hoskins took the bench, he smiled saying, "They can't win if they can't score!"

This proved prescient. As the game moved into the later innings, Lewiston's hope of acclimating to Lidstrom's pitches dimmed as batters continued to guess among sinking and tailing fastballs as well as plummeting changeups.

Caledonia got an insurance run in the fifth on back-to-back blasts-a Tanner Langen double to lead off the inning and a towering drive by T. J. Schultz over the head of the Lewiston center-fielder that scored Langen and put Schultz on third. Caledonia could not bring Schultz home, however, as the next three batters went down in order.

Caledonia: 4 runs, 6 hits, no errors and 4 left on base

Lewiston-Altura: 0 runs, 2 hits, no errors and 4 left on base