Mabel-Canton’s Donnie Lind fends off Lions Chase Grinde (#13) and Gabe Solum (#5) with the game official plus Lions Dustin Vickerman and Alex Engelhardt closing in. SGH/Craig Moorhead
Mabel-Canton’s Donnie Lind fends off Lions Chase Grinde (#13) and Gabe Solum (#5) with the game official plus Lions Dustin Vickerman and Alex Engelhardt closing in. SGH/Craig Moorhead
On Dec. 30, the Lion lads traveled to Rushford falling to the No. 2 team in Minnesota Class A. On Thursday, they returned home for a win against their neighbors from M-C. The week wound up at Preston with a Friday victory over Fillmore Central and a season record of 11-2 (8-0 SEC).

SG at Rushford-Peterson

The Trojans rolled to a 79-43 win over the Lions, sinking an incredible 70% of their shots from beyond the arc. R-P also stymied the Spring Grove offense with two different full-court defenses and hit 70% from the foul line.

Coach Wade Grinde (19 seasons at SG) noted that R-P is the best ball-skill team he has seen. "They're surgical," he said of the Trojan offense.

R-P had a lot more than offense working. Eight of the Lions' 22 turnovers came while attempting to get the ball past mid-court.

The Lions had won their first nine games while shooting 42% from the field. They hit 41% against R-P and out-rebounded the Trojans 20 to 17 but were undone by turnovers and the Trojan offense.

SG actually led early by as many as four points, and the game was tied 13-all when the Lions suddenly began to crumble against the full-court pressure.

While SG was not getting shots, R-P scored on 12 of 15 possessions during a 25-2 run.

With only 3 first-half turnovers, the Trojans led 46-19 at halftime. That 27-point spread was the Lions' greatest halftime deficit in the 15 seasons for which that statistic exists.

The second half opened with KFIL-Radio R-P Player of the Game Charlie Krambeer burying his eighth trey. He went 8 for 10 from beyond the arc before sitting out much of the second half.

R-P dropped out of the full-court press with a 33-point lead, but the half-court trapping pressure was also intense.

The Lions played good defense, limiting the Trojans' dribble penetration and sending R-P to the foul line only six times (7 for 10). They also denied rebound baskets and tried to cover perimeter shooters. But Trojan ball-handling, passing and shooting was steller.

Five different Trojans contributed to the 14-for-20 three-point accuracy. SG scored 43 points, while R-P scored 42 with 3-point shots alone. R-P hit 57% overall from the field, a season-best for SG opponents.

Coming off the bench to join Krambeer in double figures were Austin O'Hare with 14 points and Tyler McLellan with 10.

Sophomore Brady Schuttemeier hit 5 of 6 shots and was the KFIL Lion Player of the Game with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Freshman Chase Grinde led SG scoring with 14 points, hitting 4 of 7 triples in the second half.

With its seventh straight victory against the Lions, R-P improved to 10-0. State-ranked No. 10 SG dropped to 9-2.

all FG: SG 41%, R-P 57%

3-pt: SG 31% (5-16), R-P 70% (14-20)

2-pt: SG 48%, R-P 48%

FT: SG 50% (5-10), R-P 70% (7-10)

Rebounds: SG 20, R-P 17

Turnovers: SG 22, R-P 10

Fouls: SG 10, R-P 16

INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked shots, H-hustle points, * starter.

*Chase Grinde 14P, 2R, 2A, 3S, 1H; *Brady Schuttemeier 10P, 6R, 1A, 2H; *Dustin Vickerman 7P, 6R, 4A; *Dylan Kampschroer 5P, 1R, 1A, 1S, 2H; *Alex Engelhardt 3P, 1R, 3A, 1S, 4H; Elliott Cross 3P, 2H; Jordan Jaster 1P, 3R, 1A, 2H; Gabe Solum 2H; Tanner Sanness 1R, 1H; Brock Schuttemeier 1H

SG vs. Mabel-Canton

On Jan. 2, the Lions bounced back from two straight non-conference losses, defeating M-C 68-46.

With 38 total rebounds, SG nabbed 20 offensive boards while M-C managed only 22 total rebounds.

The Cougars shot reasonably well (45%), but with that rebounding deficit and 26 turnovers, could not keep up.

SG hit a solid 36% from 3-point range (5 for 14) and was effective getting inside with the dribble for 22 points. They also outscored the Cougars 19-2 in transition.

Spring Grove attempted 20 more shots from the field and 13 more free throws than M-C, but the Lions made only 11 of 25 free throws (44%). The Cougars had similar difficulties, sinking just 41% (5 of 12) from the charity stripe.

Schuttemeier had a 14-point, 11-rebound double double for SG, while Grinde led all scorers with 19 points.

Four Lions scored in double figures with Alex Engelhardt adding 15 and Dustin Vickerman 11. They each also rebounded 7 times.

The fifth starter, Dylan Kampschroer, sat out all but the first two minutes of the first half in foul trouble. He came back to score 6 points in the second half.

Donnie Lind led Cougar scoring with 10 points. Justin Ward put in 8 points along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Noah Manning scored another 8 points and led M-C rebounding with 6.

Devon Nerstad scored 17 points as SG won the B-team game 47-34. The Lions won the eighth grade game 50-35 while M-C prevailed 37-32 in the seventh grade game.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 42%, M-C 45%

3-pt: SG 36% (5-14), M-C 27% (3-11)

2-pt: SG 44%, M-C 52%

FT: SG 44% (11-25), M-C 42% (5-12)

Rebounds: SG 37, M-C 22

Turnovers: SG 14, M-C 26

Fouls: SG 15, M-C 18

INDIVIDUALS: *Grinde 19P, 4R, 2A, 2S, 5H; *Engelhardt 15P, 7R, 2A, 2S, 1H; *Brady Schuttemeier 14P, 11R, 3S, 1H; *Vickerman 11P, 7R, 4A, 1S; *Kampschroer 6P, 1R, 2S, 3H; Solum 2P, 1R, 1A, 1S, 4H; Brock Schuttemeier 1P, 1R, 1S, 2H; Elliott Cross 2R, 2A, 3S, 4H; Tanner Sanness 2R; Jordan Jaster 1R, 1S; also playing Devon Nerstad

SG at Fillmore Central

Perimeter shooting and efficient ball handling gave Spring Grove a non-conference road win with playoff seeding implications as the Lions prevailed 79-55.

Grinde tossed in a career-high 27 points with a team-high 5 assists while Fillmore Central forward Nick Powell scored 24 points along with 14 rebounds.

But Grinde had more help as four Lions scored in double figures. Schuttemeier put in 18 points along with 9 rebounds, while Engelhardt hit 3 of 4 beyond the arc on the way to 14 points (despite missing significant playing time in foul trouble).

Elliott Cross came off the bench for 10 points, hitting 2 of 3 treys. Vickerman had 6 points, matched Schuttemeier with 9 rebounds, and with 4 assists, was one of four Lions with more assists than turnovers.

There were a pair of assists each from Kampschroer and Gabe Solum as the Lions had their second best assist-to-turnover ratio of the season - 15 assists, 9 turnovers.

Both teams scored 44 points in the lane. The Falcons entered mostly with the pass (18 points) while SG preferred the dribble (31 points).

The Lions were also effective from the perimeter where they outscored FC 29-8. SG shot a strong 41% (7 for 17) from 3-point land and a good 46% overall from the field. Lion free throw shooting improved to 64% (16 for 25).

While Powell was a threat all over the court, 6-foot-3 Quentin Case was inside for 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both Falcons are powerfully built seniors, but Powell played taller than his listed 6-3 height. He came into the game as the fourth leading scorer (17.5 ppg) and sixth leading rebounder (8.4 rpg) in the 12-team Three Rivers Conference. He ranks fourth in free throw accuracy (77%) and hit 7 of 10 versus SG.

Senior 5-7 Falcon point guard Logan Masters ranks fifth in assists and doubled his average with 8 assists against the Lions.

Other than Masters, the other four FC starters were either 6-2 or 6-3 in height, helping FC be the first team to out-rebound SG, but only by the slimmest of margins (33-32).

Both teams battled foul trouble including Falcon starters Carter Rindels (3 points) and Collin Bennett (9 points). Reserve Nick Mensink (6 points, 5 rebounds) fouled out. Engelhardt fouled out with just under eight minutes remaining. Grinde achieved his personal scoring record despite losing some playing time before finishing with 4 fouls.

There were seven early lead changes with SG moving in front for good at 21-20 in the middle of a 7-point spurt.

The Lions led by seven at halftime (43-36) and opened the second half with an 8-3 run. FC was never able to put together a run and gradually fell out of contention, outscored 36-19 in the second half. SG went into a delay offense for the final six minutes and expanded a 15-point lead into a 24-point victory

The Falcons started five seniors with three juniors coming off the bench with the outcome still in doubt.

With a fourth straight win in the series, the Lions improved to 11-2 while FC dipped to 4-6. The teams had three common opponents (Caledonia, Rushford-Peterson, Kingsland) with nearly identical results and scores. This game should figure significantly in sub-section seeding.

The young Lion B-team - consisting of freshmen, eighth graders and seventh graders - competed well against and even led at halftime versus an all-sophomore Falcon B-team with FC eventually winning 53-47. B-team stats from the last four games are below.

The Lion eighth graders remained undefeated (9-0) with a 50-38 win. The SG seventh graders (3-7) won 24-20.

Up Next:

Spring Grove visits Lyle/Pacelli on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Three days later the Lions travel to Hope Lutheran. On Saturday SG hits the road again, this time bound for the Wisconsin Dells to play Randolph.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 46%, FC 37%

3-pt: SG 41% (7-17), FC 22% (2-9)

2-pt: SG 48%, FC 40%

FT: SG 64% (16-25), FC 68% (13-19)

Rebounds: SG 32, FC 33

Turnovers: SG 9, FC 17

Fouls: SG 19, FC 20

INDIVIDUALS: *Grinde 27P, 4R, 5A, 1S, 3H; *Brady Schuttemeier 18P, 9R, 3S, 2H; *Engelhardt 14P, 2R, 1A, 1S, 2H; Cross 10P, 1R, 1A, 3S, 3H; *Vickerman 6P, 9R, 4A, 2S, 1H; *Kampschroer 2P, 4R, 2A, 2S; Solum 2P, 2R, 2A, 2H; also playing Tanner Sanness, Brock Schuttemeier, Devon Nerstad

B-team vs. Rushford-Peterson

SG 33, R-P 39

Halftime: SG 20, R-P 22

all FG: SG 26%, R-P 36%

3-pt: SG 15% (2-13), R-P 16% (3-19)

2-pt: SG 31%, R-P 50%

FT: SG 65% (11-17), R-P 17% (2-12)

Rebounds: SG 25, R-P 31

Turnovers: SG 21, R-P 19

Fouls: SG 19, R-P16

INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked shots, H-hustle points, * starter.

*Tanner Sanness 14P, 7R, 1S, 2H; Brock Schuttemeier 6P, 1R, 1A, 3S, 2H; Alex Folz 5P, 1R, 1S; *Jordan Jaster 2P, 8R, 6A, 2S, 1H; *Gabe Solum 2P, 5R, 2A, 2S, 4H; Toby Leahy 2P, 1R, 1S, 1H; *Dylan Kampschroer 1P, 2R, 3S; Noah Myrah 1P, 1H; *Devon Nerstad 3H; also playing Ethan Matzke

B-team vs. Caledonia

SG 43, Caledonia 39

Halftime: SG 24, Caledonia 21

all FG: SG 37%, Cal 29%

3-pt: SG 31% (4-13), Cal 27% (4-19)

2-pt: SG 40%, Cal 33%

FT: SG 47% (7-15), Cal 50% (5-10)

Rebounds: SG 29, Cal 31

Turnovers: SG 18, Cal 17

Fouls: SG 12, Cal14

INDIVIDUALS: Folz 13P, 5R, 1A, 1S, 1H; *Nerstad 9P, 2R, 1S, 2H; *Sanness 5P, 6R, 1A, 1S, 1H; *Kampschroer 5P, 2R, 1A, 2S, 1H; Schuttemeier 4P, 4R, 1S, 2H; *Jaster 4P, 2R, 1A, 2H; *Gabe Solum 3P, 4R, 4A, 2S, 1H; Myrah 2R, 1A, 2H; Leahy 1R, 1A, 1S, 2H; Cullen Patterson 1R, 1H; also playing Adin Solum, Matzke

B-team vs. Mabel-Canton

SG 47, M-C 34

Halftime: SG 21, M-C 12

all FG: SG 42%, M-C 31%

3-pt: SG 10% (1-10), M-C 27% (3-11)

2-pt: SG 51%, M-C 32%

FT: SG 73% (8-11), M-C 20% (1-5)

Rebounds: SG 25, M-C 28

Turnovers: SG 17, M-C 23

Fouls: SG 14, M-C 11

INDIVIDUALS: *Nerstad 17P, 2R, 2A, 1S, 8H; *Schuttemeier 10P, 5R, 1A, 3S, 2H; Folz 5P, 3R, 2A, 3H ; *Jaster 4P, 9R, 1S, 3H; *Leahy 4P, 5R, 1A, 3S, 8H; Matzke 3P, 1H; *Myrah 2P, 2S, 4H; Adin Solum 2P; Patterson 1R, 1S, 1H; also playing Zach Rains

B-team at Fillmore Central

SG 47, FC 53

Halftime: SG 31, FC 29

all FG: SG 34%, FC 54%

3-pt: SG 25% (4-16), FC 0% (0-5)

2-pt: SG 38%, FC 60%

FT: SG 21% (3-14), FC 25% (1-4)

Rebounds: SG 31, FC 28

Turnovers: SG 10, FC 15

Fouls: SG 14, FC 17

INDIVIDUALS: *Nerstad 14P, 6R, 2A, 2S, 5H; *Jaster 7P, 9R, 2H; *Schuttemeier 6P, 4R, 4A, 1S, 2H; Folz 4P, 2R, 1H; Matzke 4P, 2R, 1A; Myrah 4P, 1R; *Leahy 3P, 2R, 2A, 1S, 3H ; Rains 3P, 1H; *Gabe Solum 2P, 3R, 1A, 1S, 2H; Patterson 2R; also playing Adin Solum

Southeast Conference Boys Basketball through Jan. 4 games


Spring Grove 8-0 SEC (11-2 all)

Lanesboro 5-1 SEC (7-3 all)

Hope Lutheran 5-2 SEC (6-5 all)

Mabel-Canton 4-3 SEC (5-7 all)

Houston 3-4 SEC (3-7 all)


Grand Meadow 2-3 (3-6 all)

Lyle/Pacelli 3-5 SEC (3-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons 2-5 SEC (4-8 all)

Schaeffer Academy 1-4 SEC (2-8 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-6 SEC (1-8 all)

SG varsity basketball

11-2 (8-0 SEC)

W at Lanesboro 63-55

W vs. Hope Lutheran 72-30

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 74-28

W at Waukon 54-42

W vs. Houston 62-19

W at Grand Meadow 60-40

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 80-53

W vs. Kingsland 62-54

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 76-41

L vs. Caledonia 57-90

L at Rushford-Peterson 43-79

W vs. Mabel-Canton 68-46

W at Fillmore Central 79-55

01-07 at Lyle/Pacelli postponed

01-10 at Hope Lutheran Girls 6:00, boys 7:15 double header

01-11 vs. Randolph, WI 3 p.m. at The Dells

01-13 Lanesboro

01-17 Glenville-Emmons

01-21 at Houston

01-23 at LeRoy-Ostrander

01-27 at Mabel-Canton

01-31 Grand Meadow

02-03 at Lansing Kee

02-06 at Schaeffer Academy

02-08 Southland 4 p.m.

02-14 at Glenville-Emmons

SG B-team basketball

7-5 (6-1 SEC)

W at Lanesboro 40-37

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 67-16

L at Waukon 56-60

L vs. Houston 37-41

W at Grand Meadow 40-19

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 50-14

L vs. Kingsland 38-46

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 64-36

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 33-39

W vs. Caledonia 43-39

W vs. Mabel-Canton 47-34

L at Fillmore Central 67-53