Eagles win, split with Saints

Grantsburg continues to roll with win over Luck

Unity 58, St. Croix Falls 42

Marty Seeger|Staff writer

BALSAM LAKE – The Saints and Eagles went toe-to-toe for the second time this season on Friday, Feb. 2, but the Eagles came out with the win this time around. St. Croix Falls won the first meeting between the two teams back in mid-December, but Unity was able to pull away midway through the second half, after what had been, up to that point, a close game.

Carson Eley of Luck heads outside the arc to guard Grantsburg’s Joseph Ohnstad on Friday, Feb. 2. Ohnstad had a big night for the Pirates with 18 points in the win for Grantsburg. – Photo by Lori Nelson

Unity was playing without starter Cody Ince, who was sidelined with an injury. Ince was also absent during their first meeting against St. Croix Falls in December, but the Eagles were persistent on both offense and defense.

“We had some guys really step up, especially in the second half. The team continues to improve on both ends of the floor and we are looking forward to an exciting push towards the playoffs against some talented and challenging teams coming up in our schedule,” said Unity coach Shaun Fisher.

Unity’s Cullen Feist hits a jump shot against the Saints on Friday, Feb. 2. Feist had 17 points in the conference win. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Unity led by as much as six points in the first half but the Saints closed that gap quickly. Kullan Parks hit a pair of timely 3-pointers for the Saints and Jameson Kahl hit a long range shot as well, to help give the Saints a 22-21 lead and force a Unity timeout with 2:35 to play in the first half. The Saints went up 24-21 after the timeout but Unity closed the first half on a 5-0 run with help from a free throw by Jaxon Flaherty and a pair of buckets by Logan Hendrickson, to take the 26-24 halftime lead.

In the second half, Unity shot out to a 30-24 lead to force St. Croix Falls to take a timeout. A minute later the Eagles extended that lead to 34-24 before Kahl was able to stop the bleeding with a 3-pointer, but Hunter Pederson answered right back for the Eagles with another 3-pointer and Unity was able to find a rhythm on both offense and defense.

The Saints managed to get within nine points with 4:54 left in the game, but were never able to get closer than that.

Logan Hendrickson had a big night to lead Unity with 21 points, followed by Cullen Feist, 17, Hunter Pederson, 10, Jaxon Flaherty, seven, Jake Bloom, two, and Landon Hendrickson, one.

Jameson Kahl led the Saints with 14 points, Kullan Parks, 11, Declan Greenquist and Tyler Cooper each had five, Trevor LaMirande, three, and Isiah Hoggatt and Alex Mysicka each had two.

Unity improved to 6-3 in the conference with the victory, while the Saints experienced their sixth straight loss.

Grantsburg 66, Luck 51

LUCK – The Grantsburg boys basketball team came away with another big conference win on Friday, Feb. 2, against the Luck Cardinals. The Pirates improved

to 8-1 in the conference and have put themselves in a good position. Webster and Unity are trailing the Pirates in the conference standings, and the Pirates have just three conference games left against Siren, St. Croix Falls and Unity.

“It’s a great feeling anytime you can go on the road, late in the year, and get a win in the conference. We did a lot of things well tonight,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg, after their win over Luck. “We finished the first half on a nice little run and then followed that up in the first part of the second half to build up a lead. Luck battled back by hitting shots and getting it down to about 10 points with just a couple minutes left, but our guys remained composed and finished the game the right way.”

Several 3-pointers were hit by players from both sides and Pirates senior Joseph Ohnstad had the hot hand, hitting four from the outside in the second half along with one in the first half. He led the Pirates with 18 points, followed by John Chenal, 16, Tyrell Brande, 12, Leo Chenal, nine, Austin Wedin, eight, and Luke Anderson, two.

Gage Johansen hit four threes in the second half to finish with 12 points for the Cardinals. Levi Jensen led Luck with 18 points, Payton Ellefson had 14 points, Carson Eley, five, and Jack Johansen, three.

Webster 63, Turtle Lake 60

TURTLE LAKE – The Webster boys basketball team was able to hold off the Turtle Lake Lakers in a close game Friday, Feb. 23. The Lakers led 34-33 at the half but Webster hung on for the nonconference win on the road.

Jack Washburn and Coleton Peterson led the Tigers with 15 points apiece, followed by Trevor Gustafson, 14, Carsen Stenberg, nine, Hunter Gustafson, seven, Tanner Pardun, three, and Austin Moser, one.

Turtle Lake was led by Jonah Kahl with 19 points, Carson Schneider had 18, and Caden Torgerson had 14.

Siren 75, Frederic 58

SIREN – It was a competitive game on Friday, Feb. 2, between the rival Siren Dragons and Frederic Vikings, but the Dragons came away with their seventh win of the year to improve to 3-7 in conference play.

Nathan Kosloski had a big night offensively for the Dragons, leading the team with 37 points with eight rebounds. Colton den Hoed finished with 12 points, Sequoia Bellanger and Kaanan Christianson each had nine points, and Riley Churchill had two.

For Frederic, Caleb Schott had 17 points, followed by Chase Rowe with 14, Trent Kuechenmeister, five, Derek Steele, four, Oscar Lahti, three, and Cade Engen and Andrew Tinman each had two.