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Alex Folz gets to the basket at Randolph as Spring Grove clinched at least a share of a seventh straight conference championship. The sophomore point guard had 8 points, 7 assists and 7 steals in the Lions’ road rout of the Rockets. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Alex Folz gets to the basket at Randolph as Spring Grove clinched at least a share of a seventh straight conference championship. The sophomore point guard had 8 points, 7 assists and 7 steals in the Lions’ road rout of the Rockets. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:54 PM
Ranked No. 9 in Class A, the Spring Grove boys basketball team won two blowouts last week, clinching at least a share of the SEC East Division title with a 59-33 road rout over Randolph on Monday, Feb. 6. The Lions would end the week winning a matchup of state-ranked Class A teams against visiting No 12 Cleveland 81-41 on Friday in front of a packed gymnasium. The Lions ended the week at 19-3 overall (12-0 SEC) with only four games left in the regular season.
  • State-ranked rout, another SEC crown for Lion boys
    Ranked No. 9 in Class A, the Spring Grove boys basketball team won two blowouts last week, clinching at least a share of the SEC East Division title with a 59-33 road rout over Randolph on Monday, Feb. 6. The Lions would end the week winning a matchup of state-ranked Class A teams against visiting No 12 Cleveland 81-41 on Friday in front of a packed gymnasium. The Lions ended the week at 19-3 overall (12-0 SEC) with only four games left in the regular season.
  • Girls bury G-E, succumb to hot-shooting R-P, M-C
    After two losses last week to hot-shooting teams, the Spring Grove girls’ seven-year division championship streak is close to coming to an end. The Lions lost a non-conference road game to Rushford-Peterson 72-46 on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and then dropped a critical league game at home to Mabel-Canton 69-57. The all-time leading scorers for both opponents had big nights.

  • Boys crush Cards, ‘Canes, host state-ranked Cleveland Friday
    The win streak is up to six in a row for the Spring Grove boys basketball team after two conference victories last week, both at home, starting with a 73-44 win over LeRoy-Ostrander on Monday, Jan. 30. Spring Grove also clobbered Houston on Thursday 80-20. SG improved to 17-3 overall, still unbeaten in the Southeast Conference at 11-0.
  • Last-seconds loss, SEC split for Lion girls
    The Spring Grove girls basketball team experienced a wide range of emotion last week, starting with a non-conference, hard-fought, last-seconds loss at Waukon, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 30 by a 45-44 score. The team picked up a road win at Houston the next night, 55-47, before wrapping up the week at home, by losing to Randolph 77-48. 
  • Last week brings historic feats to boys basketball program
    The Grinde family had a lot to celebrate Friday night, Jan. 27, starting with a pre-game presentation to head coach Wade Grinde. 
  • Grinde breaks career scoring record; Boys win three, 400th for coach Grinde
    The Spring Grove boys ran their current basketball winning streak to four games, notching three straight runaway wins last week, starting at home against Waukon, Iowa, 94-57 on Jan. 23. The Lions hit the road the next night for a win at Mabel-Canton 65-29 and finished Friday with a home rout over Lyle-Pacelli 84-33. Spring Grove, winners of five of their last six games, improved to 15-3 overall (9-0 SEC). 
  • Girls defeat Falcons, fall to L/P, Kee High
    The Spring Grove girls spent last week on the road with a three-game stretch that began Jan. 23 with a 65-48 win at Fillmore Central. The girls ended the week against state-ranked No. 6 teams from two states. The Lions were in Austin on Jan. 26 to face powerhouse Lyle/Pacelli and came up short 79-32. The next night was a makeup game at Lansing Kee, a game originally part of the Iowa-Minnesota Border Battles earlier this season. Spring Grove would drop that contest to Kee 62-41. Spring Grove entered this week at 11-6 overall and 6-3 in the SEC.

  • Boys, Folz reply to R-P with threes
    The Spring Grove boys won their only basketball game of the week against visiting Rushford-Peterson by a 53-43 score on Thursday, Jan. 19, a game that the Lions led the entire way. Spring Grove is now 12-3 overall, 7-0 in the SEC. 
  • Ladies clip Lancers, swept by Larks
    The Spring Grove girls took one of two non-conference home basketball games last week, using a school-record number of free throws in beating La Crescent 75-52 on Friday night, Jan. 20, before coming up short against Grand Meadow on Saturday 77-57. The Lions are now 10-4 overall, 6-2 in the SEC.
  • Girls survive another scare at Hope Lutheran
    The Spring Grove girls picked up their ninth basketball win of the season, but they had to work hard for it, hanging on at Hope Lutheran 53-49 on Jan. 12. It turned out to be their only game of the week as the non-conference home game with Grand Meadow on Tuesday night had been postponed due to weather and rescheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. The Lions are 9-3 (6-2 SEC) one game behind Mabel-Canton in the loss column.
  • Boys take two of three mismatches; Folz pours in career-high 30 at Hope
    The No. 6 in Class A Spring Grove boys were busy last week with three games, starting with a 78-38 win at Hope Lutheran on Tuesday night, Jan. 12. The Lions won again on Thursday at home against Lanesboro 76-37. Spring Grove wrapped up its week at Wisconsin Dells in a one-day event that pitted Wisconsin teams against visitors from Iowa and Minnesota. The Lions ran into a buzz saw against Ripon, Wisc., coming up short 79-50. The Lions are 11-3 overall (7-0 SEC).
  • Lion rally falls short at Mabel-Canton; Houston rally rebuffed
    The Spring Grove girls opened the 2017 portion of their basketball schedule with back-to-back-to-back three conference games in three days last week, going 2-1. Two were makeup dates. 
  • Cold shooting shelves Lion boys at Byron
    Spring Grove shooting was as cold as the weather on Jan. 5, and the Lion boys would lose their second game of the year, falling to Class AA Byron 60-48. The Class A No. 6 Lions had only one basketball game on the schedule last week at Byron, originally scheduled for Jan. 3, but was pushed back two days because of very icy roads.
  • Lion boys suffer first loss; Grinde hits 2,000 in tourney split
    Every basketball team at any level will have an off night shooting the ball, but the Spring Grove boys took it to both ends of the extreme in the two-day Grand8 Holiday Tournament in Perham on Dec. 27 and 28. The No. 4-ranked Class A Lions endured a 10-minute-plus scoreless drought in losing the first game to undefeated Class A Heritage Christian Academy 56-41 but then rebounded nicely the next day in the third place game, beating Class AA Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 70-49. 
  • Girls grab win against La Farge in Cashton Holiday Classic
    The Spring Grove girls made a late-scheduled trip to Cashton, Wis. last week to take part in the Cashton Holiday Classic for a game against La Farge. The Lion girls would win the game 50-32, upping their record to 6-2 (3-1 SEC, first place tie with Houston in East). 
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