Josh Olerud heads to the hoop despite blocking attempt of Grand Meadow’s Bryce Benson. Both players scored 20 points and had double digit rebounds in Spring Grove’s 79-49 road win. Ready to rebound is Brady Schuttemeier
Josh Olerud heads to the hoop despite blocking attempt of Grand Meadow’s Bryce Benson. Both players scored 20 points and had double digit rebounds in Spring Grove’s 79-49 road win. Ready to rebound is Brady Schuttemeier
For the fourth outing in a row, Spring Grove scored over 70 points, defeating Grand Meadow 79-49 on Dec. 14. Three senior starters led the way for the Lions, notching double figures in the decisive road win.

Blaine Storlie poured in a game-high 23 points and matched a career-best with eight assists and only one turnover. The point guard also had six rebounds and two steals.

Guard Josh Olerud had a double-double with career-highs of 20 points and 11-rebounds.

Center Brandon Schuttemeier, despite a decided height disadvantage inside, scored 13 points and rebounded 5 times.

Freshman forward Brady Schuttemeier added nine points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Alex Engelhardt had five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Eighth-grader Chase Grinde put in sixth points along with three rebounds. Sophomore guard Dustin Vickerman scored three points.

The Superlarks' strength was inside but GM was often content to fire from 3-point range where they only sank 3 of 27 attempts (11%).

Inside, the Lions did not match up well with 6-foot, 6-inch senior forward Bryce Benson who canned 9 of 15 shots while scoring 20 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

Inside the arc, about one of every seven Spring Grove shots was blocked. With senior guard Andrew Riedemann adding 12 points, both of the Larks' two leading scorers came off the bench.

Spring Grove scored the first five points and GM the next five. The Lions then scored eight straight points and never looked back, taking a 42-29 lead into the locker room before launching an 18-2 run early in the second period.

Except for a season-low 21% from three-point range (3 for 14), it was a strong overall performance by Spring Grove: even with Benson and 6-3 senior forward Mike Ojulu in the 'Lark lineup, GM only out-rebounded Spring Grove 38-37.

And, for the third time in five games, the Lions had more assists (15) than turnovers (10).

Spring Grove defended well, sending the 'Larks to the foul line only five times for a total of eight free throws (4 for 8). The Lions netted 18 of their 28 free throws (64%).

Lion coach Wade Grinde told KFIL-Radio, "Grand Meadow to me is a very scary basketball team, the athletes that they have. I think as time goes on they are just going to get better and better. The best for Grand Meadow is yet to come. Fortunately, we played them early. On the flip side, I couldn't have been happier with the way my guys played... defensively, we were just in great position, and we had great balance."

Asked about GM's superior height inside, Grinde said, "We knew going into the game that were not going to be the stronger team, we were not going to be the bigger team so we had to be the smarter team.

"Our overall execution, the way that we did things, the way we helped each other out on defense, the way that we made the extra pass on offense. We were so patient and took care of the basketball. We just played a good, solid, smart court game."

It was the Lions' 30th straight win versus the Superlarks. Spring Grove improved to 4-1 (4-0 SEC) while GM is winless after three games (0-2 SEC). Caledonia alumnus Bob Burmester is in his first season as head coach at GM.

In the leadoff game, eighth grader Damon Cody scored 15 points as the Lion B-team improved to 5-0 with a 53-19 win at GM.

Up Next: The Lions hosted Houston on Dec. 18. On the 20th, they will travel to Winona Cotter (St. Teresa Campus).

The varsity boys play in the annual Holiday Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 28 in La Crescent. The Lions play two double headers drawing the 6 p.m. early game on both nights.

On the 26th, the Lions play Caledonia followed by the La Crescent vs. Rushford-Peterson nightcap.

On Friday, SG opens the evening versus R-P followed by the Warriors versus the Lancers.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season


Lanesboro 5 - 0 5 - 1

Spring Grove * 4 - 0 4 - 1

Hope Lutheran 2 - 2 4 - 3

Mabel-Canton 2 - 2 2 - 2

Houston 0 - 3 0 - 3


Lyle/Pacelli 3 - 1 3 - 2

Schaeffer Academy 2 - 2 3 - 4

Grand Meadow 0 - 2 0 - 2

Glenville-Emmons* 0 - 3 0 - 4

LeRoy-Ostrander 0 - 3 0 - 5

* defending division champion