Dustin Vickerman defends Hope Lutheran leading scorer Jason Klug. SGH/Jon Speltz
Dustin Vickerman defends Hope Lutheran leading scorer Jason Klug. SGH/Jon Speltz
After a Tuesday game at Lyle-Pacelli was postponed due to bitter cold, the boys from Spring Grove hit the road during a warming trend. A 31-point road win at Winona versus Hope Lutheran on Friday preceded a 20-point showcase setback against powerhouse Randolph (Wis.) at Wisconsin Dells on Saturday afternoon.

SG at Hope Lutheran

On Friday, Jan. 10, the Lions overcame their worst shooting percentage of the season with defense and rebounding, defeating Hope Lutheran 53-22.

Posting an amazing 25 to 2 margin in offensive boards, SG outscored the Patriots 26-2 in second chance points.

With a 14-4 scoring spread in fast breaks, the Lions outscored Hope 35-14 near the basket.

SG had shot very well from the field and poorly from the foul line in an early-season 72-30 destruction of Hope Lutheran. But in the rematch, SG experienced the opposite disparity of shooting success. The Lions' 31% shooting from the field Friday night was a season worst. That number included 20% (4 for 20) from 3-point land, the Lions' second worst percentage in that category.

From the foul line, SG was on-target. The Lions hit 72% (13 for 18) - their second best percentage of the season.

The Lions' point total was their fewest in 16 games (all time) against Hope, all of which were won by SG.

The visitors used a team effort to dominate the Patriots in rebounding, totaling 45 caroms to 16 for the home team. Brady Schuttemeier led the Lions with 9 rebounds while a half dozen teammates had either 5 of 6 boards apiece.

Alex Engelhardt took scoring honors with 17 points while Chase Grinde added 14.

The Lion defense limited Hope to only 9 points in the first half (29-9) and handcuffed the Patriots' two offensive threats.

Lion junior Dustin Vickerman successfully guarded three-time all-conference Jason Klug for much of the night. On offense, Klug had the ball in his hands most of the time and had to work extremely hard to lead Hope in points (11), rebounds (7) and assists (5).

The tallest player on the floor, 6-foot-4 junior forward Andrew Fratzke, was limited to 7 points and 4 rebounds.

SG defended with only 8 fouls. It was the first time in four years that a Lion opponent did not attempt any free throws all game. That was also Hope Lutheran (in 2010).

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

*Alex Engelhardt 17P, 6R, 3A, 1S, 4H; *Chase Grinde 14P, 6R, 2A, 5S, 4H; *Dustin Vickerman 6P, 5R, 4A, 2S, 3H *Brady Schuttemeier 5P, 9R, 1A, 2S, 1H; Elliott Cross 5P, 6R, 2A, 1H; *Dylan Kampschroer 4P, 5R, 1A, 1S; Jordan Jaster 2P, 1A, 1H; Gabe Solum 6R, 1S, 2H; Brock Schuttemeier 1R, 1S; Devon Nerstad 1R, 1H; Tanner Sanness 2H

SG vs Randolph, Wis,

at Wisconsin Dells

The Randolph Rockets were the foe the following afternoon as Spring Grove traveled to JustAgame Fieldhouse at Wisconsin Dells as part of the "Tri State Border Battle." In the first-ever meeting between programs, the Lions faced the defending Wisconsin small school state champions. The Rockets won, 67-47.

Spring Grove suffered through its coldest shooting game of the season while the Rockets proved to be the hottest shooting SG opponent thus far. One night after the previous low of 31% shooting, SG managed only 30% with about 1 out of every 7 shots being blocked. Randolph was twice as accurate, hitting a sizzling 60% from the field.

The tempo was established immediately. The Rockets (8-3) hit their first 5 shots and led 11-4. Down by 13 points, the Lions answered, running off 8 straight points and trailed only 22-17. But the Rockets scored on 6 of their next 7 possessions and led 39-24 at halftime.

SG never got closer than 9 points in the second half and were behind by 16 (52-36) after three quarters. (Wisconsin plays 8-minute quarters).

The Rockets proved capable of scoring in any manner, tossing in 25 points from the perimeter, going inside for 29 and fast breaking for 15.

Their only starter under 6-foot-1 was lightning-quick jumping-jack point guard Duke Vander Galien who scored 18 points and contributed 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Perhaps the most difficult to contain was Kyle Roberts. The 6-5 senior captain was the last starter to score before launching his 24-point, 13-rebound double double. Kyle Roberts also blocked at least 4 shots. Greg Roberts scored all of his 12 points with 3-pointers

Engelhardt hit 3 of 5 trey attempts and led Lion scoring with 18 points. Grinde added 11 points. Vickerman scored 9 points, going 7 for 10 at the free throw line.

The Lions shot a good 65% from the foul line but were outstanding on the backboard. SG was out-rebounded 8 to 3 in the first quarter before taking control of the glass and finishing with a 31 to 23 rebounding margin.

Randolph coach Tyler Fischer said SG was the best rebounding team the Rockets had faced in years. That would include last year's state championship run.

Randolph has won 10 state crowns including four straight earlier in this decade. The Rockets return 2 starters from last year's title squad.

all FG: SG 30%, Ran 60%

3-pt: SG 22% (4-18), Ran 35% (6-17)

2-pt: SG 35%, Ran 73%

FT: SG 65% (11-17), Ran 50% (5-10)

Rebounds: SG 31, Ran 23

Turnovers: SG 12, Ran 12

Fouls: SG 10, Ran 10

HALFTIME: SG 24, Ran 39

INDIVIDUALS: *Engelhardt 18P, 8R, 1A, 4S, 2H; *Grinde 11P, 6R, 2A, 1S, 1H; *Vickerman 9P, 5R, 2A, 1H; *Brady Schuttemeier 4P, 9R, 1S, 3H; Jaster 3P; Cross 2P, 1A, 1H; *Kampschroer 2R, 3S; Sanness 1R; also playing Gabe Solum

This week and next:

Just after the Herald went to press on Monday, Spring Grove hosted and defeated Lanesboro 82-67. The game was much closer than the final score indicates with many lead changes until the last few minutes.

Kole Ruud scored 37 points for the Burros while three Lions had explosive scoring nights. Early unofficial stats had Brady Schuttemeier with 27 points and 20 rebounds while Alex Engelhardt had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Chase Grinde also put in 23 points.

The result had huge conference and sub-section seeding implications. The game left SG (13-3 overall) undefeated at 10-0 in conference play with Lanesboro (8-4 overall) two games behind the conference loss column at 6-2 with both SEC setbacks against the Lions. Complete coverage will be in next week's edition.

Lanesboro won the B-team game with a late 3-point basket 51-50. The Lions won the eighth grade game 58-21 while the seventh graders earned a season split with a 44-28 victory.

On Friday Jan. 17, the varsity and B-team boys host Glenville-Emmons. Next week the Lions play at Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 21 before a Thursday trip to LeRoy-Ostrander.

Southeast Conference Boys Basketball through Jan. 13 games


Spring Grove 10-0 SEC (13-3 all)

Lanesboro 6-2 SEC (8-4 all)

Mabel-Canton 6-3 SEC (7-7 all)

Hope Lutheran 5-3 SEC (6-6 all)

Houston 3-6 SEC (3-9 all)


Grand Meadow 3-4 (4-8 all)

Lyle/Pacelli 4-6 SEC (4-8 all)

Glenville-Emmons 3-5 SEC (5-8 all)

Schaeffer Academy 2-5 SEC (3-9 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-8 SEC (1-10 all)

SG varsity basketball

13-3 (10-0 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

W at Hope Lutheran 53-22

L vs. Randolph, Wis. 47-67

W vs. Lanesboro 82-67

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

L vs. Lanesboro 50-51