Chase Grinde advances the ball down the floor guarded by Lanesboro’s Zach Voeltz. Grinde, last year the highest scoring eighth grade boy in school history, opened his freshman season with 16 points. 6 rebounds and 4 assists at Lanesboro. SGH/Epps
Chase Grinde advances the ball down the floor guarded by Lanesboro’s Zach Voeltz. Grinde, last year the highest scoring eighth grade boy in school history, opened his freshman season with 16 points. 6 rebounds and 4 assists at Lanesboro. SGH/Epps
The Spring Grove boys tipped off their basketball season on Nov. 26 with a trip to Lanesboro, defeating the Burros 63-55.

It was the second contest of the year for LHS, but both teams showed some early-season rough edges. A total of 50 whistles sounded for fouls, and each team suffered 21 turnovers.

Lanesboro had won their opener at Houston by 8 points, but trailed 28-20 versus the Lions at the half. In spite of a late run that closed the gap to 4, LHS was not able to catch SG in the second period.

The Lions and Burros have been the two most successful teams in the SEC East Division for several years.

Lanesboro opened a 6-point lead in the early going, only to see Spring Grove turn the tables with 9 and 8-point runs. The critical 8-0 stretch late in the first half saw SG score on four straight possessions (hitting 4 of 5 shots) while the Burros committed 3 turnovers and missed a 3-point shot.

LHS hit only 5 of 34 of its patented trey attempts, but a fairly comfortable 8-point Lion lead was put in peril when Garrett Boggs and Kole Ruud buried threes to make it 56-52 with 2:36 to play. Unfortunately for the home crowd, LHS could add only one more basket while being forced to send the Lions to the foul line.

SG hung on with Alex Engelhardt and Chase Grinde combining to net 7 of 11 free throws in the final minute and half. Overall, each team was merely mediocre at the foul line. SG hit 20 of 33 FT (61%) and LHS 16 for 28 (57%).

Coming off a 27-point effort versus Houston, reigning Conference Player of the Year Ruud was not quite as accurate as usual from 3-point land, but still scored a game-high 23 points for the Burros.

Lanesboro is noted for outstanding perimeter play, but received a strong rebounding result from junior Liam Dorn, who hit the boards for 10 rebounds to go with 3 points and 3 steals. Overall, SG still managed to win the rebounding battle 36 to 28.

Three Lions scored in double figures featuring a double double from Engelhardt. Shooting 54% from the field, the All-SEC sophomore had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Grinde added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Junior guard Elliott Cross came off the bench for a near-double double with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals - all career-high totals.

The game was also defined by who was not able to play much. Fouls played major role with several key players sent to the sideline early and often with whistle trouble. Each team had two players foul out and two others finish with 4 fouls apiece. All-Conference Burro guard Luke Rogers scored 18 points for the second time in four days along with 9 rebounds, but fouled out with just over 4 minutes to play and his team trailing by 7.

Last year's leading Lion rebounder, Brady Schuttemeier, played only 5 minutes and 40 seconds of the first half after picking up 2 early fouls. He went to the bench with four fouls just two minutes into the second half, but was effective while on the court with 9 points, 5 rebounds and a steal.

Both teams had a dependable guard seeing action for the first time since coming off an injury - only to lose additional playing time with fouls. LHS point guard Boggs had missed the previous game with an injury. He fouled out late with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 of his team's 6 assists.

SG junior guard Dustin Vickerman (3 points, 3 assists) was coming off a football injury. He sat out much of both halves before fouling out with 3:26 to play.

Drawing his first varsity start, Lion sophomore guard Dylan Kampschroer (4 points, 4 steals) took an early seat in both halves because of whistles. He finished with 4 fouls.

Each team had won 47 games in the series (going back to 1948) prior to Tuesday's contest. Last year, LHS won 2 of 3 games versus SG, but the Lions finished as SEC East Division champions while the Burros were runners-up both in the SEC East and at sub-section.

In preliminary action, SG won the close B-team game 40-37 and the not-close eighth grade game 75-25. The Burros took the seventh grade game 32-23.

SG 28+35=63

LHS 20+35=55

Field Goals: SG 21-46 (46%), LHS 17-51 (33%).

3-pt FG: SG 1-12 (8%), LHS 5-34 (15%).

2-pt FG: SG 20-34 (59%), LHS 12-17 (71%).

FT: SG 20-33 (61%), LHS 16-28 (57%).

Rebounds: SG 36, LHS 28.

Assists: SG 10, LHS 6.

Fouls: SG 27, LHS 23.

SG scoring: Engelhardt 19, Grinde 16, Cross 10, Schuttemeier 9, Kampschroer 4, Vickerman 3, Solum 2.

SG rebounds: Engelhardt 14, Cross 9, Grinde 6, Schuttemeier 5, Jaster 1, Sanness 1.

SG assist leaders: Grinde 4, Vickerman 3.

SG steals leader: Kampschroer 4, Cross 3.

LHS scoring: Ruud 23, Rogers 18, Boggs 5, Voeltz 3, Miller 3, Dorn 3. LHS rebound leaders: Dorn 10, Rogers 9, Ruud 6

Southeast Conference 2013

Boys Basketball EAST DIVISION

Spring Grove 1 - 0 SEC (1-0 season)

Lanesboro 1-1 SEC (1-1 season)

Houston 1-1 SEC (1-1 season)

Mabel-Canton 1-1 SEC (1-1 season)

Hope Lutheran 0-0 SEC (0-0 season)


Glenville-Emmons 1-0 SEC (3-1 season)

Lyle/Pacelli 1-1 SEC (1-1 season)

Grand Meadow 0-0 SEC (0-0 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-1 SEC (0-1 season)

Schaeffer Academy 0-1 SEC (0-2 season)