The Spring Grove varsity boys routed Winona Cotter by 38 points to close their summer basketball season on July 31 with an 11-5 record (5-2 league).

One day earlier, the SG Little League baseball team had the most hits in both games but lost both in the double-elimination Fillmore and Houston County League Tournament. The Lions closed at 9-4.


With a second place finish in the East Division, SG drew a first-round bye in the tournament and faced Spring Valley, which came in off a 9-3 win over Grand Meadow.

Spring Valley 10, SG 3

SG 003 00 - 3 9 3

SV 213 4x -10 6 4

Grinde and Jaster

The Lions had three more hits and committed one fewer error than did Spring Valley. But the Lions also stranded five more runners and had three runners put out on the base paths.

Jordan Jaster batted 2 for 2 while both Tobias Leahy and Chase Grinde went 2 for 3. Other hits came from Brock Schuttemeier, Noah Elton and Alex Folz.

Well-executed sacrifice bunts by Devon Nerstad and Adin Solum helped the Lions score all three of their runs in the third inning.

After a double play in the final fifth frame, SG was one out away from defeat when three successive hits loaded the bases before the game ended with a fly ball to right field.

On the mound, Grinde struck out seven and walked only three.

Lanesboro 7, SG 6

SG 111 30 - 6 9 2

Lb 220 21 - 7 7 1

Folz, Grinde (5) and Jaster

The game ended with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the final fifth inning.

SG scored in every inning except the last one. A two-RBI single from Grinde gave the Lions their only lead of 6-4 in the fourth. But a Lanesboro triple helped the Burros tie it up in the bottom of the inning.

Despite a walk and a Burro error, SG could not score in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, three walks loaded the bases to set up Lanesboro's winning single.

The Burros would go on to place second. The six-team tournament was won by the older Fillmore Central team, which won all four of its tourney games but had fallen to SG 11-10 during the regular season.


SG 71, Cotter 33

The Lions ran roughshod over the Ramblers, scoring the first six points on the way to a 34-15 halftime bulge. A suffocating SG defense disrupted the Cotter attack all evening.

Six three-pointers went down for the Lions from three different players. SG played with three seniors, two sophomores, four freshmen and an eighth grader. One other sophomore was out injured.


Westby Team Three 33, SG 22

SG scored 11 points in each half, but it was not nearly enough in the first half. Westby was in control at halftime, 24-11.

The Vikings were adept on defense and with a decided height advantage, made it difficult for the Lions to get open looks at the basket.

The summer season ended with a 7-3 record (5-2 league) for the B-boys. SG played with two upcoming sophomores, two freshmen and five eighth graders. Another eighth grader is on the injured list, and a couple more were absent.