Netters take final two; Little Leaguers log first win
Friday, July 05, 2013 4:05 AM
SG batter/runner Jordian Leahy sprints toward first base as Brownsville’s Jackson Fort makes bare-handed play in the infield during Pee Wee baseball.
There were no games on last week's schedule.
The varsity girls closed their summer league slate with a 4-4 record after winning both June 26 matches.
SG 2, Lake City 1
SG: 25-15, 16-25, 15-4
The Lions dominated the deciding third set with the most efficient play of the night for either team.
The Tigers had twice as many errors as winning plays while dropping set one. Likewise, SG struggled with twice as many errors as winners while falling in set two.
The Lions raced out to a 12-3 lead in set three, using 6 kills and 5 ace serves while losing only 3 points with miscues. Overall, SG outscored Lake City 32-27 at the net and 16-13 from the service line.
SG 2, Winona Black 1
SG: 25-12, 25-11, 10-15
Spring Grove won with the serve - 16 aces, four times that of the Winhawks, with only 2 errors. The Lions also prevailed at the net with 19 kills and only 7 misfires.
Set one went to SG with 3 ace serves from Jordan Anderson during a critical 6-point Lion run,
A 7-point run, featuring 3 aces served by Nicki Ellingson, gave SG a 14-5 lead in set two.
Beset with a dozen hitting errors during the first two sets, Winona had 7 kills with no miscues while winning set three. Two of the Winhawks' 4 total service aces also came in the final set.
Winona Black was a team comprised of sophomores and freshmen.
SG 33, Winona 29
Winona hit only 2 of its first 20 shots in the second half as SG constructed a seemingly comfortable 31-21 lead.
But the Lions would miss their final five shots from the field and hit only 2 of 6 late free throws, missing the front ends of two 1-and-1 attempts. Meanwhile the Winhawks hit their final three shots and then cashed in two free throws to suddenly make it interesting at the end.
Scoring came predominantly from post play as each team hit only two perimeter shots and scored only twice in transition. Nicki Ellingson and Aly Folz battled tall opponents inside for SG as Samantha Bratland sat out with an injury.
Futility reigned at the foul line where SG was 4 for 10 and Winona 4 for 12.
La Crescent 36, SG 35 (OT)
SG missed a shot at the buzzer, and the La Crescent girls escaped with the one-point overtime decision. The Lancers had forced the extra period by scoring the tying field goal with two seconds left in regulation time.
The Lions (2-4) had trailed by four points at halftime before taking their first lead with about six minutes remaining. SG was up by 4 with two minutes to play and was clinging to a 2-point lead with 15 seconds to play in regulation.
La Crescent fouled three times to get the Lions to the free throw line. A missed 1-and-1 opportunity with nine seconds to play gave the Lancers a chance they converted into the tying bucket.
In OT, a Julianna Sand trey put SG ahead 33-32, but the Lancers answered with a triple of their own.
La Crescent hit one of two free throws for a 36-33 lead, but SG scored to get back within one point. A defensive trap by Anderson and Lauren Arneson resulted in a steal giving SG a final opportunity, but the last shot from about 15 feet did not find the net.
BOYS BASKETBALL VARSITY
SG 37, Bangor 34
SG fought from behind in both halves and hung on for a 3-point win over Bangor (Wisc.). There were four lead changes in the second half - the last of which with 2:43 to play as Chase Grinde broke a 32-all tie with his fourth 3-point field goal of the game.
After the Cardinals converted a steal into a transition basket, the Lions led 35-34 with 1:06 to play.
Dustin Vickerman buried two free throws with 35 seconds to go for another three-point lead,
The Lions kept the door ajar by twice missing the front ends of 1-and-1 opportunities in the final 15 seconds. But the Cards missed their final three shots. Overall, the Lions hit only 5 of 12 free throws.
Bangor scored the first 7 points in each half. The Lions gained their first lead at 18-17 after treys from Grinde and Elliott Cross, and SG was up 21-20 at the break. The Lions answered the Cards' next 7-point spurt with an 8-point run.
Both teams favored an up-tempo fast-breaking pace. The Lions (3-0 league, 6-4 summer) had a match-up problem with Bangor's tall and solidly-built post player. SG was playing with starter Alex Engelhardt sidelined with an injury.
SG 55, Caledonia (#5) 25
The Lions scored 11 times with fast breaks, often following steals. SG enjoyed a 14-2 run in the first half and scored 15 unanswered points after intermission.
Caledonia Team Five was a team of eighth graders becoming freshmen. The Lion lineup included 5 freshmen-to-be, 2 eighth graders and a half dozen upcoming seventh graders. SG improved to 2-1 in summer league action.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
La Crescent (#4) 60, SG 37
La Crescent Team Four never attempted a free throw but had a decided height advantage inside and also shot a hot 46 percent (6 for 13) from three-point range.
SG (0-3) was only outscored 22-19 in the second half but had trailed 38-18 at halftime. Playing for the Lions were upcoming eighth and seventh graders
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
In two home games last week, SG (1-4 league) experienced both ends of the league race, breaking into the win column with a resounding home whitewashing of Brownsville before falling to front-running New Albin for the second time this summer.
SG 17, Brownsville 0
The first batter of the game had an infield hit, but that was the only base hit for Brownsville and the lone base runner except for a walk in the third inning.
After SG sent 19 batters to the plate in a 15-run bottom of the third inning, the game ended in the middle of the fourth with the 10-run rule,
Chandler Bergrud batted 3 for 3 while Reese Crouch (double) and Caleb Nerstad each went 2 for 2. The Lions received triples from Kai Bjerke and Noah Elton.
On the mound for SG, Alex Folz struck out 10 and issued only one walk.
Bv 000 0 - 0 1 4
SG 11(15) x -17 11 0
Folz and Elton
SG logged another shutout, taking the non-league second game 21-0. A trio of Brownsville pitchers struggled with control from start to finish. Buoyed by 13 walks and 3 hit batters, the Lions crossed home plate 21 times on 8 hits.
The big blow was an RBI double by Isaac Griffin while Austin Patterson went 2 for 3, the only batter with multiple hits.
New Albin 12, SG 2
The visitors committed no errors with the glove, and with the bat, banged the ball all over the park with 4 triples and 2 doubles among 14 total hits.
New Albin pitcher Seth Rask allowed only three hits, two to Lion leadoff batter Nick Peterson (2 for 2). The centerfielder scored both SG runs. He led off the first inning with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before coming home on a ground out.
In the third inning, Peterson led off with a double, advance to third on a single from Kai Bjerke and scored on a sacrifice fly from Folz.
NA 720 3 -12 14 0
SG 101 0 - 2 3 6
NA: Rask and Colsch
SG: Bergrud, Folz(2) and Elton
New Albin won the second non-league game 11-7. The Lions took an early 5-0 lead without a hit but were overwhelmed with an 8-run NA rally in the third inning.
Tucker Colsch, who had gone 3 for 3 at the plate for New Albin in the first game, went 3 for 3 again plus a walk in the finale, overall including a pair of triples and a double while scoring 6 runs.
NA reliever Micah Reinke allowed only 2 hits - a double by Folz and a single by Griffin.
NA 028 01 - 11 7 2
SG 500 02 - 7 2 5
NA: Colsch, Reinke (1) and Peters
SG: Nerstad, Hagen (3) and Folz