Brandon Schuttemeier (left) and Dustin Vickerman grapple for loose ball along with unidentified Lion and Waukon player on the floor.
Brandon Schuttemeier (left) and Dustin Vickerman grapple for loose ball along with unidentified Lion and Waukon player on the floor.

The Spring Grove boys basketball team began its week with a trip to Glenville-Emmons on Dec. 4. The Lions hit the ground running with a runaway win at Glenville, 74-30.

On when Waukon came calling, Spring Grove missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer, coming up short 78-75.

Another home game occurred on Friday when SG hosted Lyle/ Pacelli, downing the Athletics 76-43.

SG at Glenville, 74-30

After racing out to a 24-2 lead with five fast breaks and drilling three of five shots from beyond the arc, the Lions suffocated the Wolverine offense. SG forced 29 turnovers while giving up only six free throws and holding G-E to 31% from the field.

Spring Grove shooters wound up hitting 49% from the field along with a solid 87% (14 of 16) from the line. The Lions had 21 team assists and only nine turnovers.

Blaine Storlie poured in 31 points, shooting 62% from the field including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. The senior point guard matched a career-high with seven rebounds along with five assists and only three turnovers.

Brandon Schuttemeier was also in double figures with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The senior 6 foot, 1 inch, 250-pound center was 4 for 5 from the field and hit all four free throws but was most impressive diving on the floor several times for loose balls.

Josh Olerud was the game's leading rebounder with eight grabs while scoring seven points and passing out four assists with only two turnovers.

Freshman forward Brady Schuttemeier was the steals leader with four while scoring eight points plus five assists and no turnovers.

Freshman Alex Engelhardt added another eight points and four rebounds while also recording more assists (4) than turnovers.

Off the bench, sophomores Elliott Cross put in five points and Dustin Vickerman with three. It was the varsity debut for sophomore Tanner Sanness (one assist) and eighth-grader Chase Grinde.

Spring Grove led 46-15 at halftime and was up by as many as 48 points in the second half, which was shortened by the running-clock mercy rule.

It was a match-up between the defending champions from the two divisions in the SEC. Spring Grove won both games last year by wide margins in the series the Lions lead 19 -4.

G-E (0-1) had one returning starter, all-conference Derek Olson from last year's 17-10 team who was playing his first game for new head coach Jared Matson.

Another All-SEC Wolverine is missing his senior season following knee surgery. Olson was the primary ball handler having to face the Lions' full-court defense. Junior Gavin Allison led G-E scoring with 8 points

The Lion B-team led 44-12 at halftime before winning 70-21. It was the most points scored by the B-team in five years.

SG vs. Waukon, 75 to 78

Iowa Class AAA Waukon handed the Lions their first loss of the season. After seven late lead changes, Spring Grove missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer and fell by three.

Both teams shot the lights out in the second period, but scoring dropped off during the last two minutes as the Lions missed all five shots from the field and the Indians failed to put the game away going only 1 for 5 at the foul line.

Waukon standout Parker Hesse converted a steal into a made free throw to break a 75-75 tie with 1:35 to play.

After drawing out the Spring Grove defense with a delay offense, Hesse found Kenny Hammel open underneath for the final score.

Waukon left the door open missing all three free throws in the final 14 seconds, but Spring Grove could not get an outside shot to fall. The Indians' final three-point margin was their greatest spread of the game.

Spring Grove did not match up well with Hesse, a 6-foot, 3-inch powerfully-built point guard who recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds, and five assists.

When the Lions appeared to be taking control with a 37-22 lead, Hesse cut the deficit back down to nine with a fast-break basket, two free throws, two rebounds, a blocked shot and an assist on another transition basket.

SG led 41-35 at halftime and nursed along slim margins until Ben Ewing tied the score with a perimeter shot with 6:39 to play.

It was back and forth with seven lead changes the rest of the way. Spring Grove took a 73-68 lead as Olerud penetrated for an assist pass to Brandon Schuttemeier, but the Lions would add only two free throws in the final three minutes.

Three Lions scored in double figures. Storlie had five assists with no turnovers, took three charges and led Lion scoring with 20 points along with five rebounds.

Olerud added 15 points and was the Lion steals leader with three. Engelhardt had career-highs with 15 points and three assists.

Brady Schuttemeier added nine points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Even so, Waukon held a 33-29 advantage on the backboards.

Brandon Schuttemeier added eight points, Vickerman five and Cross with three. It was the varsity debut of freshman Gabe Solum.

Four Indians scored in double figures with Hunter Hammel coming off the bench for 18 points.

Waukon improved to 3-1, shooting better from the field (51%) than from the free throw line (47%, 8 for 17). The Lions shot 45% from the field and continued to hit most of their free throws (12 for 18, 67%).

The two teams have split their last four games with the road team winning each time. Two years ago in SG was also a three-point Waukon win. The Indians lead the all-time series 8 to 2.

Eighth-grader Chase Grinde put in 29 points to lead the Lion B-team to an exciting 49-42 win.

SG vs. Lyle/Pacelli, 76-43

Anticipation built as Spring Grove fans quietly kept count as Blaine Storlie closed in on his 1,000th point. It came early in the second half with a jump shot from the corner. The crowd roared their approval while referee Steve Hacken halted play after a subsequent Lyle/Pacelli turnover.

The historic bucket put Spring Grove up 39-27 and started a 19-2 run as the Lions left L/P far behind.

Storlie finished with 1,007 career points after leading the Lions in points (24), rebounds (6) and assists (seven with only three turnovers).

Olerud added 15 points along with four rebounds and five assists with only two turnovers.

Brady Schuttemeier scored 9 points and Brandon Schuttemeier 7 with each brother rebounding 5 times.

Grinde added 8 points, Vickerman 5 and Engelhardt 4. Cross added 2 points as did Solum.

The Athletics' two tall all-conference seniors scored 32 of their 43 points. Senior guard Skylar Meyer came back from a first-half ankle injury to score 21 points and grab seven rebounds.

Classmate David Diang put in 11 points. L/P scored the game's first three points, but the Lions' first four field goals were 3-pointers on the way to a 35-24 halftime lead.

After shooting 36% in the first half, Spring Grove ran away with the game, hitting 53% in the second period. Overall, the Lions out-shot L/P 46% to 38%. Spring Grove outscored the As by 15 points from the field and by 18 points from the free throw line.

A total of 53 fouls were called, and Spring Grove was much more successful at the charity stripe (26 for 38, 68%) than the Athletics were (8 for 23, 35%).

Ten of the 11 Lions were credited with rebounds as Spring Grove edged L/P 31 to 29 on the backboards.

It was the Lions' 28th straight conference win. Spring Grove improved to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the SEC. L/P was left at 1-1 (1-1 SEC). Spring Grove has now won 22 of the 23 games played against L/P.

The Lion B-team improved to 4-0 with a 55-39 win, led by a 20-point performance by Chase Grinde.

Up Next: Spring Grove plays at Grand Meadow on Friday, Dec. 14. On the 18th, Houston will visit Spring Grove. Two nights later, the Lions play Winona Cotter on the road.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season


Spring Grove * 3 - 0 3 - 1

Lanesboro 2 - 0 2 - 1

Hope Lutheran 1 - 1 3 - 2

Mabel-Canton 1 - 2 1 - 2

Houston 0 - 1 0 - 1


Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 1 1 - 1-

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 1 1 - 2

Grand Meadow 0 - 1 0 - 1

Glenville-Emmons* 0 - 1 0 - 2

LeRoy-Ostrander 0 - 1 0 - 3

* defending division champion