Vikings fall to Turtle Lake late in second half

Caleb Schott of Frederic heads up for a layup against Turtle Lake. He finished with 17 points but the Vikings lost late in the second half. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Turtle Lake 71, Frederic 64

FREDERIC – After controlling the tempo and the lead throughout much of the second half and portions of the second half, the Frederic boys basketball team let one slip against Turtle Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Vikings led by as much as 10 points in the first half but the Lakers went on a 10-0 run to tie the game with under five minutes to play in the first half. Turtle Lake led at halftime, 35-30.

After scoring four points in the first half, Frederic sophomore Logan Lillehaug got hot from the perimeter, hitting five threes and leading Frederic through a back-and-forth second half. With eight unanswered points to start the second half, and two threes from Lillehaug the Vikings regained the lead. Lillehaug finished with 19 points and Caleb Schott had 17 points and five assists.

There were as many as seven lead changes in the second half but the Vikings led by as much as seven with 6:30 to play. Turtle Lake clamped down defensively late in the game and Frederic still led the game until 1:32 remained. The Vikings got to within a point of the Lakers with under a minute to go but couldn’t hang on.

Other Frederic scorers included Trent Kuechenmeister and Steven Hall each with seven points, Chase Rowe had six, and Adam Drier and Derek Steele each had four.

Caden Torgerson led the Lakers with 26 points.

Drier led Frederic with 10 rebounds.

Frederic’s Chase Rowe comes down with the rebound against the Lakers. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg 62, Amery 42

GRANTSBURG – Despite missing a pair of key starters the Pirate boys basketball team still managed to power through with a win over Amery Tuesday, Nov. 28.

“Talk about a little adversity to overcome to start the year. Once we settled in after the first few minutes, we played pretty well,” said coach Nick Hallberg.

Jacob Ohnstad led Grantsburg with 24 points and was 8 for 8 from the foul line. Tyrell Brande finished with 14 points, followed by John Chenal, 10, Austin Wedin and Gabe Chenal each scored five and Jared VanWatermuelen added four.

“Always room to improve on both ends, but good team effort. Looking forward to Spooner on Friday,” Hallberg said.

Jacob Ohnstad of Grantsburg led the Pirates with 24 points in a win over Amery on Tuesday, Nov. 28. – Photo by Becky Strabel

Webster 59, Cumberland 49

CUMBERLAND – The Webster boys basketball team picked up their first win of the season on the road against Cumberland Tuesday, Nov. 28.

“We struggled offensively and seemed out of sync for awhile but got it going on the defensive end. We were very balanced offensively and if we continue to do that we will be tough to matchup against. Cumberland is a tough basketball team so to come to their house and take one is a big step for our program,” said Webster coach Rob Scherrer.

Scoring was balanced for Webster as Jack Washburn led with 17, followed by Trevor Gustafson, 16, Hunter Gustafson, 11, Hunter Rosenbaum, 10, Carsen Stenberg and Coleton Peterson each had two, and Brad Sigfrids added one.


Luck 70, Cochrane-Fountain City 54

LUCK – In their first game of the season the Luck boys basketball team found a way to win over Cochrane-Fountain City on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Sophomore Ben Smith led the Cardinals with 20 points, followed by Payton Ellefson, 16, Jack Johansen, 13, Levi Jensen, nine, Carson Eley, six, Grant Richter, three, Gage Johansen, two, and Riley Runnels, one.


Somerset 46, St. Croix Falls 43

ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints boys basketball team blew a 25-11 halftime lead on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in their first game of the season.

We did an excellent job on defense in the first half holding Somerset to 11 points. We struggled a bit on the defensive end in the second half primarily due to foul trouble with our post players. The same can be said for our rebounding as we looked solid in the first half and couldn’t keep Somerset to one shot as they grabbed a lot of offensive rebounds,” said coach Chad Hall.

Despite losing the halftime lead Hall was still positive about the takeaways from the game, which included defense overall with only two players on the court with varsity experience.

Jameson Kahl led the scoring with 21, Kullan Parks had eight, Alex Mysicka and Isiah Hoggatt each had four and Trevor LaMirande and Declan Greenquist each had three.

Siren 89, Shell Lake 42

Chad Songetay, Jr., gets an easy layup against Shell Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Dragons won 89-42. – Photo by Larry Samson
The Siren defense clamped down on Shell Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 28, with an 89-42 win. – Photo by Larry Samson