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Taylor Filipek of Rejects, which would go on to win the Men’s Open division, goes up for a basket on the lakeside court defended by Jordan Boonstra of Quick Penetration of Raymond/Clara City. At left, is Jordan Stommes of Rejects. No. 34 is Derek Rambow of Quick. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.
Taylor Filipek of Rejects, which would go on to win the Men’s Open division, goes up for a basket on the lakeside court defended by Jordan Boonstra of Quick Penetration of Raymond/Clara City. At left, is Jordan Stommes of Rejects. No. 34 is Derek Rambow of Quick. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

3-on-3 Basketball: Hoops by the Lake maxes out

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SPICER  —  It started small in New London and four years later moved to Saulsbury Beach as part of the Fourth of July celebration.

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Eighty-five teams signed up this year, a record by more than 10 entries. After a one-hour rain delay Saturday morning, the 3-on-3 tournament went ahead at 9 a.m. on 10 courts, including one lakeside with a new support and backboard. The day wrapped up about 7 p.m.

“We’re looking at limiting the number of teams next year,” said Dave Cors. “It just gets to be too much. It’s a long, long day.”

The New London-Spicer men’s basketball coaches, including head coach Chad Schmeising, organize the events with the help of about 60 dedicated volunteers, Cors points out.

The talent is top drawer, especially in the Men’s Open. Justin Stommes, the former Rocori star and a thousand-point scorer at Eastern Kentucky, is home from the summer after his second year playing pro ball in Germany.

He joined up with the Filipek brothers, the former Willmar Cardinals, and Justin Zylstra of New London-Spicer. Together, they took the 18-team Men’s Open championship edging Team St. Cloud, 21-19. Ryan Filipek played football at Concordia and Taylor is now at Minnesota Moorhead after playing with Stommes at Eastern Kentucky.

Team St. Cloud took out the Repeats, 22-19, a local team of ex-NLS standouts, who were the Open champions a year ago. The Rejects won a close game against Condon and Co., ex-MACCRAY stalwerts, including Lehigh junior-to-be Seth Hinrichs.

Also represented were members of the Springfield team that won the Class A boys basketball title in 2011 and the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa team that won in 2012.

The boys varsity championship went to the Splash Brothers of Willmar, composed of Kyler Johnson, Dylan Schueller, Joe Carter and Casey Schlatter, the latter listing Iowa as his home state.

They topped three boys from Sweden: Zaki Penser, Max Johansson and Emil Svantesson, who are here to attend the basketball camp a Gustavus Adolphus this week. Emil’s grandparents Marlyn and Ildi Sundheim live in New London. Emil’s mother Kari Nadin is a 1983 NLS graduate.   

3-on-3 Hoops by the Lake

At Spicer, Saturday

Male division winners

Mens Open – Rejects, Taylor Filipek, Ryan Filipek, Justin Stommes, Justin Zylstra, def Team St. Cloud, 21-19

11-12-grade – Splash Brothers, Willmar, Kyler Johnson, Dylan Schueller, Joe Carter, Casey Schlatter. def The Swedes, Sweden, 21-9.

9-10 grade – Shift, Morton/Redwood Falls, Dean Pendleton, James Pendleton, Bryce Irsfeld, Jordan Kohout, def. Moonstars, NLS, 21-18

7-8 grade – Rim Rockers, Dassel-Cokato, Trever Kaiser, Jake Nelson, Alex Terning, Caleb Olson def. Get Buckets, Morgan/Springfield, 21-16

5-6 grade – Just Do It, BOLD, Anthony Maher, Matt Moorse, Andrew Sheehan, Gavin Vosika def Hot Shots, Willmar, 15-3

Female division winners

5-6 grade – Thunder, Annandale, Kitri Reimer, Josie Burd, Holle Jansen, Olivia Kuechle def. Swish Crew, BOLD, 13-11

7-8 grade – Big Four, Morgan, Abby Jemmings, Erica Bock, Jordan Kevelin, Taylor Rose def M-Wildcats, Morris, 21-9

9-10 grade – Strokin’ 3s, BOLD, Whitney Haney, Allison Krause, Emily Gass, Amanda Tersteeg def. Swishers, BOLD/RF, 17-16

11-12 – Cardinals, Willmar, Jordan Martins, Kalley Fosso, McKenzie Hastad, Megan Rudnick (played in Women’s Open).

Women’s Open – Team Hutch, Hutchinson, names not available, def Hauske Sports, Paynesville.

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Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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