Chase Grinde defends against Lanesboro’s Erik Peterson
Chase Grinde defends against Lanesboro’s Erik Peterson
The Spring Grove boys were able to protect a narrow lead on Tuesday, Jan. 8 versus Lanesboro but could not protect a slim margin in a Saturday non-league loss to Goodhue. In between those two home cliffhangers, the Lions won convincingly on the road Friday at Schaeffer Academy. The two SEC wins left the Lions alone atop standings.

SG vs. Lanesboro, 67-62

Spring Grove and LHS arrived as the only two teams undefeated in conference play with the Lions prevailing in a thriller, 67-62.

Josh Olerud scored 27 points for Spring Grove and Luke Rogers 26 for Lanesboro - both career highs, but Spring Grove managed to hit 7 of 10 free throws in the final 1:47 to protect a slim lead.

Three consecutive three-point baskets (one from Olerud followed by two from Blaine Storlie) had given Spring Grove a sudden 60-50 lead, the greatest spread of a previously very close game, with only 3:21 to play. But during the next minute, Lanesboro hit three straight shots to make it 60-57.

After five Lion free throws and clutch Burro baskets from Rogers and Kole Ruud, it was again a three-point game at 65-62 with just 11 seconds to go. Then with only five seconds to play, an errant pass out of bounds cost LHS a chance for a tying trey. It was only the fifth turnover for the sure-handed Burros during the second half.

Olerud added the final two points at the foul line with 3 seconds remaining.

After eight turnovers during their first 21 possessions, the Burros did not have another giveaway in the first half. The Lions committed 3 turnovers during their first 7 possessions but finished with only 11 turnovers for the night.

It was competitive on the backboards in the first half (17 rebounds for SG, 16 for LHS), but Spring Grove out-boarded the Burros 21 to 10 in the second half.

Olerud matched his career-high with 10 rebounds while Brandon Schuttemeier pulled down a career-best 9 boards to go with 7 points. Rogers also led Lanesboro rebounding with 8.

For Spring Grove, Storlie scored 15 points (4 three-pointers) and rebounded 7 times. Alex Engelhardt added 8 points and passed out a career-high 6 assists. Chase Grinde also had more assists (3) than turnovers while scoring 5 points.

Brady Schuttemeier sat out several minutes of the first half in foul trouble and then missed about half of the second half with an injury. He scored 2 points along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Dustin Vickerman had 3 points, one of five Lions to score from beyond the arc.

Other Burros joining Rogers in double figures were Erik Peterson with 15 points (4 treys) and Ruud with 12.

Both teams persevered through some foul trouble and Spring Grove also with an injury. LHS played with a six-player rotation while the Lions sent seven players into action.

Spring Grove defenders did everything they could to contain the Burros' highly respected three-point attack. Lanesboro came in having scored just over half of its points from downtown.

Averaging 31 trey attempts per game, Lanesboro worked diligently to put up 28 versus Spring Grove, but the Lion defense held LHS to 25% success, considerably under the Burros' outstanding 38% season average.

The Burros sank 7 triples while the Lions netted 8 from five different players. Spring Grove shot a good 32% (8 for 25) from three-point range, close to its strong 34% season average.

Although Spring Grove out-shot LHS from 3-point range, the Burros shot extremely well from closer in (16 for 25) and out-shot the Lions from the field overall (43% to 37%).

LHS outscored Spring Grove 53-50 from the field, but the Burros were forced to foul late, and the Lions finished with an 8-point margin at the line.

Spring Grove players scored their final 7 points at the foul line, finishing 17 for 28 (61%) overall. LHS was 9 for 14 (64%) from the charity stripe.

After nine early lead changes, an 8-0 Lion run put Spring Grove up 20-13, but the Burros scored 8 of the next 10 points to cut the Lion margin back down to one (22-21). The Burros pulled even at 30-all, but Spring Grove led 34-30 at halftime and would cling to narrow margins throughout most of the second half.

Spring Grove improved to 7-0 in SEC play. LHS left at 6-1 (7-2 overall). Having won the last four games in the series, the Lions hold a narrow 47-45 edge since 1948.

The Lions won the B-team game 62-23.

SG at Schaeffer Academy, 82-57

The Lions overpowered their SEC West Division namesakes, 82-57.

Storlie scored 21 points while Olerud and Engelhardt each netted 20 (a career-high for Engelhardt). Brandon Schuttemeier added 13 points and reeled in a career-high 12 rebounds as Spring Grove forged a 37-25 backboard margin.

Spring Grove shot well all-around with 41% from three-point range (7 for 17) and 76% (19 for 25) at the foul line. SA also shot well at 47% from the field, but could not overcome 22 turnovers.

Engelhardt hit 5 of 8 from the field and 10 of 12 free throws along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists with no turnovers. Storlie collected 7 rebounds, had 4 steals and passed out 5 assists with only 2 turnovers.

In the starting lineup for injured Brady Schuttemeier, Vickerman had 4 points and 4 assists with no turnovers. Off the bench, Grinde had 4 points and a career-high 5 rebounds.

Spring Grove hit 5 of its first 9 shots and never trailed. They were up 45-29 at halftime and led by as many as 31 points in the second period. The Lions committed only 10 turnovers while logging 15 assists.

Spring Grove had difficulty defending versatile 6-foot, 2-inch senior Nate Hanson who scored with four post moves, three rebounds, two dribble drives and three times on fast breaks, recording 25 points.

Spring Grove (8-3, 8-0 SEC) extended its conference-winning streak to 32 games. Schaeffer left at 7-7 overall, 4-4 in SEC match-ups.

The Spring Grove B-team (9-2) walloped Schaeffer 71-33. Jordan Jaster scored 22 points and Tanner Sanness 20.

SG vs. Goodhue, 70-73

Saturday featured a SEC/ Hiawatha Valley doubleheader. The Lions jumped ahead 12-2, and Goodhue did not catch up until a Riley Bollum three-point basket made it 67-all with 4:04 left to play. Wildcat senior Zach Hinsch then scored the next 4 points, and the Lions would not catch up, -losing a 73-70 home heartbreaker.

Goodhue hit only 5 of 9 late free throws, but played the last five minutes without a turnover. The Lions had 3 turnovers during the same time span, but still had a chance after Engelhardt brought Spring Grove to within a point (71-70) with a 22-foot trey with 43 seconds remaining.

Two Bollum free throws established the final score with 16 seconds left. Spring Grove got off a long trey attempt, and Grinde ran down the rebound in the corner, but the Lions did not get off another shot as time expired.

The Spring Grove task was complicated by three Lions fouling out during the final three minutes. Four Wildcats finished with 4 fouls.

The Wildcats already had the edge in experience with a predominantly senior and junior lineup while Spring Grove played the final minute with one senior, three freshmen and an eighth grader. Freshman starter Brady Schuttemeier was still unavailable on the injured list.

Goodhue had a height advantage with 6-foot, 4-inch Tyson Dicke and 6-2 Hinsch. But Spring Grove won the rebound battle 33 to 29 with 6-1 Brandon Schuttemeier grabbing a career-high 10 boards.

Engelhardt had a career-best 8 rebounds and Storlie 7. That trio also led Lion scoring with 18 points from Engelhardt and 15 apiece from Storlie and Schuttemeier.

Olerud sat out 13 minutes of the first half in foul trouble but added 10 points with 7 from Grinde, 3 from Dylan Kampschroer and 2 from Vickerman.

It was the second straight double-double for Schuttemeier, and Storlie was the assist leader with 7. But those two both fouled out before the finish.

Spring Grove did not shoot as well from the field (38%) as did Goodhue (45%), but the Lions were magnificent at the foul line, netting 26 of 29 free throws (90%). The Wildcats were 18 for 28 (64%).

The Wildcats' scoring edge came in transition where they outscored Spring Grove 17-8. Goodhue was two turnovers better (17-19) and scored 11 points off Lion giveaways.

Both teams scored the majority of their points inside, Goodhue mostly with the pass and Spring Grove with the dribble.

Seniors Hinsch and Bollum shared scoring honors with 21 points each.

Spring Grove saw an early 10-point lead cut to one then balloon up to 12 before taking a 38-30 lead into halftime. The Lions then nursed narrow margins until finally being overtaken at the end. Goodhue shot a hot 59% including 4 of 8 treys while making their second half comeback.

Still the only undefeated conference team at 8-0, Spring Grove left this non-league game at 8-4 overall. Playing a schedule versus many Class AA schools, the Class A Wildcats improved to 5-8 and lead the recently established series with Spring Grove 3 games to one.

There was no B-team game.

Up Next: A trip to Hope Lutheran was scheduled for Jan. 15. On Friday, the Lions play at SEC West co-leader Lyle/Pacelli. On Monday, Jan. 21, Spring Grove hosts Fillmore Central. The 22nd features a visit from Glenville-Emmons.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season


Spring Grove * 8 - 0 8 - 4

Lanesboro 7 - 1 8 - 3

Hope Lutheran 3 - 5 6 - 7

Mabel-Canton 3 - 5 3 - 9

Houston 0 - 7 0 -12


Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 2 8 - 4

Grand Meadow 6 - 2 7 - 5

Schaeffer Academy 4 - 4 7 - 7

Glenville-Emmons* 1 - 6 1 -11

LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 7 1 -12

* defending division champion