Airborne Chase Grinde will come to a jump stop against Mabel-Canton defender Keyser Wenthold. The eighth grade guard scored 25 points for Spring Grove.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->photos by Jon Speltz
Airborne Chase Grinde will come to a jump stop against Mabel-Canton defender Keyser Wenthold. The eighth grade guard scored 25 points for Spring Grove.

photos by Jon Speltz
Displaying their best shooting of the season so far, Spring Grove defeated Mabel-Canton 91-51 on Feb. 5. The Lions matched that explosive total for in Friday's 91-72 win over Schaeffer Academy.

Just as the Herald was going to press, the boys' 29-game conference winning streak came to an end, buried beneath an avalanche of 15 three-point baskets at Lanesboro, 79-68.

The Burros (17-4, 16-1 SEC) thus earned a season split with the Lions and moved a half-game ahead of Spring Grove (17-5, 15-1 SEC) atop the SEC East Division standings. Look for complete coverage in next week's edition.

SG versus Mabel-Canton

Displaying their best shooting of the season so far, Spring Grove defeated Mabel-Canton 91-51 on Feb. 5. The Lions hit 58% overall from the field, 65% from two-point territory.

After pouring in 35 three-point baskets during the previous three games against zone defenses, the Lions dribbled inside for 35 points against the Cougar man-to-man defense last Tuesday.

Those forays inside led to 25 Cougar fouls and 21 Lion trips to the line. Spring Grove then hit 24 of 37 from the charity stripe. Lion defenders only sent the Cougars to the foul line a paltry four times where M-C netted 5 of 7 free throws.

Although the Lions did not shoot often from the perimeter, they shot well (5 for 11, 45%). M-C was an acceptable 4 for 13 (31%) from beyond the arc and a good 45% overall.

Spring Grove ball handlers had 13 giveaways on the night while the always-aggressive Lion defense engulfed M-C ball handlers resulting in 30 lost possessions for the Cougars.

The blowout did not come until the second half. Hanging tough, the Cougars never led but hit some tough shots and remained within single digits until an Alex Engelhardt three-pointer sent Spring Grove into halftime up by 11 (43-32).

The Lions opened the second half with a 15-4 run and had only one turnover during their final 31 possessions.

Lion eighth-grader Chase Grinde, who was not even on the varsity roster when the teams met on Dec. 1, was off the bench early in the rematch. He hit 9 of 13 shots (69%) and led all scorers with a career high 25 points. The slender 5-foot, 9-inch guard did his part on defense as well with a career-best 5 steals.

The KFIL-Radio Players of the Game were M-C junior center Collin O'Bieglo and Spring Grove senior point guard Blaine Storlie.

O'Bieglo shared Cougar scoring honors with Hunter Johnson (13 points each). Storlie hit 6 of 10 shots from the field for 19 points. He also had 5 rebounds.

Lion sophomore guard Dustin Vickerman was the KFIL Game Ball Winner with 13 points, 3 assists and a career-best 5 rebounds.

Josh Olerud missed the final seven and half minutes of the first half after drawing his second foul but would finish with 14 points and 4 steals.

Brandon Schuttemeier hit 5 of 6 shots from the field for 11 points and led Lion rebounders with 6. Engelhardt had 3 points and led the Lions with 4 assists and no turnovers.

Spring Grove received 2 points each from Brady Schuttemeier, Elliott Cross and Gabe Solum. One memorable play came when Brady dove on the floor for an offensive rebound, and while lying amongst a pile flat on his stomach, had an assist after flipping the ball out to Grinde for a three-point bucket.

The Cougars were most competitive on the backboards where Spring Grove held a thin 24 to 21 edge in rebounds. M-C junior Mac Nelson led all players with 9 grabs off the glass.

Both teams are young. Spring Grove has two freshmen and an eighth grader in a seven-player rotation. M-C starts five juniors and has only one senior and a few sophomores for depth.

The Cougars had played state-ranked (no. 8) Rushford-Peterson the night before. And after back-to-back games versus two of the top three rated teams in the sub-section, M-C dropped to 4-16 overall and 4-10 in the SEC.

The 91 points is the most scored by either team in the 101-game series. The 40-point margin is second only to the Cougars' 43-point spread (80-37) in 1981

Elliott Cross scored 17 points and eighth grader Damon Cody 16 in the Lions' 47-39 B-team win.

SG versus Schaeffer Academy

The Lions topped 90 points for the second game in a row in Friday's 91-72 win over SA. As a matter of fact, the two teams combined for a remarkable 163 points, the fifth highest scoring game in Spring Grove boys' history.

The Lions hit 55% from the field against Schaeffer, their second best percentage of the season. With 71 points scored in the lane, SG got the ball to the hoop. Dribble drives accounted for 37 points with fast breaks adding 19. Spring Grove also shot a season-best 50% from three-point range (5 for 10).

Schaeffer Academy nailed 8 three-pointers while shooting a strong 49% from the field, the third best for a SG opponent this season, but the visiting Lions took themselves out of the game with 33 turnovers.

Spring Grove was a good 18 for 25 (72%) at the foul line; SA hit 16 of 23 (70%).

The high-scoring teams also combined for 54 turnovers (SG 21, SA 33), 42 fouls and 48 free throws.

Despite 20 steals, SG coach Wade Grinde was not pleased with the defense. Both teams suffered from fouls. With most of the SG rotation seeing reduced court time with fouls, a few players posted some of the best numbers of their careers.

Hitting 11 of 15 free throws, Olerud was one under his career high with 26 points while matching a career-best with 9 steals. The senior guard also led Spring Grove in assists - the lone Lion with more assists (4) than turnovers (2).

Brady Schuttemeier, who missed the previous game against SA with an injury, had a double-double in the rematch with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds while matching a career-best 4 steals. The freshman also earned 9 of Coach Grinde's hustle points, the second highest total for any Lion in that category this season. Schuttemeier was 6 for 7 from the field while Vickerman came in to hit 7 of 9 while scoring 15 points, two under his career high.

Storlie sat out over half of the second half with foul problems but still scored 14 points. Grinde was the fifth Grove guy scoring in double figures with 10 points.

Brandon Schuttemeier missed a good deal of action after drawing two fouls during the first 37 seconds, but the senior center hit 2 of 3 shots from the field and all 3 free throws to finish with 7 points and 3 rebounds. Engelhardt added 4 points and Solum 2.

Two home Lions fouled out as did one visitor. Schaeffer's most celebrated starter, playmaker Nathan Hanson, missed over six minutes in foul trouble but still led the visitors with 21 points and 5 assists.

The first half was a matter of runs, featuring both offensive frustration and offensive fireworks. After committing 19 turnovers, SA was only four points down just over two minutes before halftime. The visitors compensated by hitting 12 of 20 first-half shots (60%).

SG had broken open a close game with a 17-2 run fueled by 6 steals and 11 fast-break points, but SA then took advantage of SG turnovers and fouls. They hit 7 of 8 free throws during a 16-2 run which chopped an 18-point spread down to four (38-34).

Momentum swung back to the home team as Spring Grove closed the half with a 9-2 run to lead by double digits at the break, 47-35. SG then put the game away by opening the second half with a 23-7 run on the way towards a 28-point lead.

SA shooting cooled off in the second half while SG hit over 50% in both periods. Six of the eight SG players who saw action hit at least half of their attempts from the field.

All five SA starters were seniors and juniors between 6-feet, 2-inches and 6-4. But with Brady Schuttemeier's bakers' dozen, SG out-rebounded the taller visitors 28 to 26.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Schaeffer (12-9, 9-6) dropped two games behind SEC West leader Grand Meadow. With its 29th straight conference win, SG set up the SEC showdown rematch at Lanesboro.

The B-team boys (13-4) also completed a season sweep of Schaeffer, 62-42. Four Grove players scored in double figures led by Tanner Sanness with 17 points.

Up Next: On Thursday, Feb. 14 the Lions will travel to Houston. The last three games of the regular season have earlier-than-usual tip-offs. On Friday, Spring Grove hosts Hope Lutheran at 6 p.m. in the first game of a varsity boys/girls double header.

The regular season wraps up next week with a make-up road date at Winona Cotter on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and a late-scheduled home contest versus Rochester Area Home School on Saturday, Feb. 23 at approximately 6:30 p.m.



Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Lanesboro 16 - 1 17 - 4

Spring Grove * 15 - 1 17 - 5

Hope Lutheran 5 - 11 9 -13

Mabel-Canton 4 - 11 4 -17

Houston 1 - 14 1 -21

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 11 - 4 13 - 9

Lyle/Pacelli 10 - 5 12 - 10

Schaeffer Academy 9 - 6 12 - 9

Glenville-Emmons* 4 - 11 5 - 17

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 - 13 3 - 18