SGH/Jon SpeltzJosh Lampert will score for Caledonia as L-A catcher John Heim tries to control the bouncing baseball. On Thursday, June 20, Caledonia Legion Baseball will once again be holding a Chicken-Q and alumni baseball games at the City/Legion Ball Park. The High School Volunteers of the Year will be honored. Serving begins at 5 p.m.
SGH/Jon Speltz

Josh Lampert will score for Caledonia as L-A catcher John Heim tries to control the bouncing baseball.

On Thursday, June 20, Caledonia Legion Baseball will once again be holding a Chicken-Q and alumni baseball games at the City/Legion Ball Park. The High School Volunteers of the Year will be honored. Serving begins at 5 p.m.

Caledonia 8, Lewiston-Altura 0

Ryan Frank tossed a three-hit shutout as Caledonia improved to 3-0 with a June 13 home flogging of Lewiston-Altura, Frank scattered those 3 hits and 3 walks into three different innings while striking out 5 Cardinals

At the plate, Frank batted 2 for 3 and scored 3 runs, one of eight Warriors to record base hits. Justin Burg hit 3 for 3 and Seth Twite went 2 for 3, both with a double. Tanner Lange (1 for 3) also had a two bagger with 3 RBIs. Josh Lampert (1 for 2) drove in two runs.

Travis Frank, TJ Schultz and Kyle Sorenson also contributed to the Warriors' 12-hit attack.

Caledonia left the bases loaded with a 3-0 lead in the fourth before creating a more comfortable cushion while adding 5 runs with 5 hits in the sixth inning, their final at bat.

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R. Frank (2-0)) and T. Frank


The high school girls won the first two sets during a 2-1 win over Winona High. Always powerful Stewartville was too tough taking all three sets from the Lions. SG is 2-2 after two weeks of league play.

Playing for SG were Tara Solberg. Nicki Ellingson, Heidi Buxengard and Aly Folz along with Samantha Bratland, Kailee Bjerke, Elizabeth Johnson, Lauren Arneson, Carrie Hagen, Jordan Anderson and Sierra Hunter.


The summer league season at Viterbo University for the varsity girls began with two games on Tuesday, June 11.

Onalaska 50, SG 28

Onalaska dominated inside as the Hilltoppers were taller both inside and on the perimeter.

The Lions came back from a 7-2 deficit to tie at 9-9 with a trey from Samantha Bratland. But a SG scoring drought followed as the Hilltoppers scored the next 15 points on the way to a 30-13 halftime count. Switching to a zone defense after the break, SG was outscored only 20-15 in the second half.

SG 31, Viroqua 27

The Blackhawks were also coming off a lopsided loss to a larger school (Winona). The game was tied three times until the Lions broke a 17-all deadlock with a five-point spurt and led late by nine before Viroqua (Wis.) closed with a 6-1 run.

SG shot only 26% from the field and only 50% from the foul line. But the Lions limited Viroqua to only two free throws and outscored the Blackhawks 8-2 with free throws in a four-point win. SG converted offensive rebounds into 13 points.

Playing for SG were Lauren Arneson, Nicki Ellingson, Aly Folz, Samantha Bratland, Elizabeth Johnson, Kailee Bjerke, Jordan Anderson and Kelsey Hermanson


SG 54, West Salem (#2) 25

The summer league opener was a mismatch versus West Salem Team #2. While forcing 19 turnovers, the aggressive Lion defense limited West Salem to many difficult shots.

In the La Cross Central Tournament on June 15 and 16, the Lions won one and dropped three, holding their own while facing schools with far greater enrollments

SG 61, Holmen 44

SG broke two early ties, never trailed and pulled away with an eight-point second-quarter run. The Vikings played well but shot poorly and were denied second chances by effective Lion defensive rebounding. Holmen has roughly 12 times the enrollment of SG.

Jefferson 49, SG 38

Jefferson (Wis.) was tall and athletic at every position with the exception of a shorter but excellent point guard. The taller Eagles forced SG into many three-point shots. Five of the Lions' first six baskets were treys. SG came from five points down to regain the lead just before going into halftime down 25-24

The Lions led 30-29 before Jefferson scored 11 straight. Lion perimeter shooting cooled off, and SG was outscored 24-14 in the second half. Jefferson has an enrollment approximately four times that of SG.

Despite the loss, the Lions won their three-team pool by the scoring-margin tiebreaker after suddenly hot-shooting Holmen decisively defeated Jefferson.

Owatonna 54, SG 43

This was a match-up with another pool winner - the third game of the day in a warm humid gym. SG led 11-10 after one quarter but was outscored 17-7 in the second period. The Huskies outscored SG by only one point in the second half, The Class AAAA school has about 16 times as many students as Class A Spring Grove.

Onalaska 68. SG 63

On Sunday, the Lions faced another pool champion. SG led 24-12 early in the second quarter before the Hilltoppers fought back within three points at halftime.

Onalaska (Wis.) scored the first nine points of the second half and won the third period 16-8. The Lions trailed by as many as 16 points before finally falling by five.

Onalaska would have an enrollment about nine times that of SG.

The Lions played with no seniors, three juniors (Dustin Vickerman, Elliott Cross, Tanner Sanness), four sophomores (Brady Schuttemeier, Alex Engelhardt, Dylan Kampschroer, Gabe Solum) and three freshmen (Chase Grinde, Jordan Jaster, Devon Nerstad).


La Crescent (#3) 54, SG 44

Coach Dave Konz was pleased with Lion play, but noted SG "ran out of gas" against La Crescent Team 3, a taller and physically stronger squad.

The Lion lineup included Devon Nerstad, Tobias Leahy, Brock Schuttemeier, Cullen Patterson, Alex Folz, Jordan Jaster and Noah Myhre.


Caledonia (#5) 55, SG 41

The Lions came back from a 10-point deficit to take a 28-25 lead into halftime. In a rapidly paced game, a SG scoring drought allowed Caledonia Team 5 to open the second half with an 18-6 run. The Warriors possessed a height advantage while the Lions had a deeper bench.

Playing were Takoda Boyd, Noah Elton, Kai Bjerke, Cullen Patterson, Ethan Matzke, Noah Myrah, Sam Sanness, Alex Folz, Brock Schuttemeier, Luke Schneider, Devon Nerstad.


New Albin 8, SG 1

The league opener went to New Albin (Iowa) behind the two-hit pitching of Seth Rask who struck out 9 while walking only one. Kai Bjerke and Reese Crouch had the hits for SG.

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SG: Bergrud and Elton

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New Albin dominated the second non-league game featuring the reserves, 18-3.

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SG: Leahy, Nerstad (2), Bergrud (4) and Folz

NA: Rask and Colsch

Mabel 3, SG 2

There were two late lead changes. The Lions used a single by Noah Elton to score two unearned runs and take a 2-1 lead In the bottom of the fourth. Mabel scored the tying and winning runs with only one hit in the final fifth.

Each team had only two hits. Elton struck out 10 batters for SG while Isaiah Nolte fanned 13 and walked only two for the visitors.

Mabel had to play with only eight players after a first-inning injury. In league play, Mabel improved to 2-0 while SG slipped to 0-2.

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Ma: Nolte and Selness

SG: Folz and Elton

Mabel rolled to a 14-3 win in the second non-league reserves game, The play of the day was a diving catch by Lion second baseman Chandler Bergrud.

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SG 201 00 - 3 7 4

Ma: Richardson and Nolte

SG: Griffin, Nerstad (3), Elton (4), Bergrud (5) and Folz