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Boys Basketball: Hoerchler’s all-around game sparks Falcons

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NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — The ACGC Falcons won their seventh straight, knocking off the Springfield Tigers 76-57 on Friday evening in an opening-round game of the Central Tournament.

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 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will play tourney host NYA Central for the championship at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Dylan Hoerchler rang the bell with four 3-pointers on the way to a 25-point game that also included 9 steals and 4 assists.

The Falcons made 8 of 19 bonus tries and 16 of 21 free throws. Taylor Larson (17), Jacob Belgum (14) and Logan Jacobs (10) also reached double figures.

The Central Raiders (7-1) swamped Glenville-Emmons 79-29.

ACGC 76, Springfield 57

Springfield (5-3)    28  29 — 57  

ACGC (7-1)    37  39 — 76

SPRINGFIELD – 22-54 FG (3-15 3-pt); 10-17 FT; 36 rebounds; 19 fouls … Scoring: Chris Kretsch 11, Cole Milbrath 12, Jacob Menage 2, Isaac Kirschstein 17, Tyler Vogel 13, KarsonHerfurth 2 … 3-point shots: Kirschstein 3

ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY – 26-58 FG (8-19 3-pt); 16-21 FT; 26 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Taylor Larson 17, Jacob Belgum 14, Dylan Hoerchler 25, Dave Kinzler 2, Austin Muller 2, Logan Jacobs 10, Colton Minnick 6 … 3-point shots: Larson 2, Belgum 2, Hoerchler 4 … Rebound leaders: Jacobs 6, Belgum 7 … Assist leaders: Hoerchler 5, Larson 3 … Steal leaders: Hoerchler 9, Larson 3, Belgum 3

Crusader Classic

St. Cloud Cathedral 67,

Litchfield 58

Litchfield will play Pierz for third place today at the Crusader Classic after the Dragons fell to St. Cloud Cathedral 67-58 on Friday in the tournament semifinals in St. Cloud.

The Dragons, now 4-2, led by 11 points at halftime but the Crusaders’ offense caught fire after the break, outscoring Litchfield 44-22 in the second half.

The Dragons’ shot well overall, hitting 56 percent from the field, but they struggled from long range, making just 2 of 15 3-point shots.

Cathedral, now 8-0, shot even better, hitting 61 percent from the field, including 8 of 17 3-point shooting.

Litchfield’s Riley Pater scored a team-high 22 points and Zach Kinny finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Zach Whitchurch hit both of the Dragons’ 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.

Cathedral’s Brindley Theisen scored a game-high 27 points and Brady Yoerg had 13. Steven Nuetzling had 8 points and 6 boards.

The Dragons and Pierz play at 1:30 p.m. today.

Cathedral plays Melrose for the championship at 3 p.m.

Litchfield (4-2)    36 22 — 58

SC Cathedral (7-0)    25 42 — 67

LITCHFIELD – 25-45 FG (2-15 3-pt); 6-9 FT; 37 rebounds; 14 fouls … Scoring: Zach Whitchurch 10, Dylan Koll 4, Cameron Sundmark 2, Zach Kinny 16, Eric Madesen 4, Riley Pater 22 … 3-point shots: Whitchurch 2 … Rebound leaders: Kinny 9 … Assist leaders: Kinny 4 … Steal leaders: Whitchruch 2

ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL – 23-38 FG (8-17 3-pt); 11-16 FT; 34 rebounds; 11 fouls … Scoring: Brindley Theisen 27, Steven Nuetzling 8, Mike O’Hagen 3, Brady Schmit 8, Brady Yoerg 13, Conor Voss 8 … 3-point shots: Theisen 2, Nuetzling 2, O’Hagen 1, Schmidt 2, Yoerg 1 … Rebound leaders: Nuetzling 6 … Assist leaders: None … Steal leaders: None

SMSU Invitational

Montevideo 60,

Mankato East 34

Montevideo kicked its offense into high gear after a low-scoring first half and thumped Mankato East in the Southwest Minnesota State Invitational in Marshall on Friday.

Jesse Brace led the Thunder Hawks with 20 points and Jordan Thompson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Thompson also had 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

Spencer Hildahl had 6 points and hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds for the T-Hawks. Ryan Maroney had 5 points and 6 assists.

Yasin Omar led Mankato East with 7 points.

Montevideo returns to regular-season action hosting Benson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mankato East (1-8)    15 19 — 34

Montevideo (4-3)    18 42 — 60

MANKATO EAST– 13-44 FG (3-15 3-pt); 5-6 FT; 26 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Brock Margenthaler 3, Josh Sloniker 3, Mattu Chuol 6, Nic Seiler 1, Brandon Adema 6, Yasin Omar 7, Matt Bornhorldt 6, Lucas Riha 2 … 3-point shots: Margenthaler 1, Sloniker 1, Omar 1 … Rebound leaders: NA … Assist leaders: NA … Steal leaders: NA

MONTEVIDEO – 22-53 FG (8-20 3-pt); 8-13 FT; 35 rebounds; 5 fouls … Scoring: Ryan Maroney 5, Jesse Brace 20, Jordan Thompson 18, Austin Hansen 4, Troy Diggins 7, Spencer Hildahl 6 … 3-point shots: Maroney 1, Thompson 5, Diggins 2 … Rebound leaders: Hildahl 13, Thompson 8 … Assist leaders: Maroney 6, Brace 3 … Steal leaders: Brace 3, Thompson 3

LQPV Tournament

LQPV 53,

Ortonville 51, OT

LQPV, which trailed the entire game, tied the game in the final 20 seconds of regulation, then held off Ortonville in overtime to win the LQPV tournament on Friday.

LQPV led 2-0 then didn’t lead again until overtime. The Eagles hit a free throw for a 48-47 lead and Ortonville regained the lead with a basket. But the Eagles’ Eric Smith scored a layup to retake the lead and LQPV held on.

Dylan Erickson led the Eagles with 21 points and Smith scored 19 and had 10 rebounds. Garrett Olson had 5 points and 6 rebounds.

Ortonville (3-2)    27 20 4 — 51

LQPV (4-5)    22 25 6 — 53

ORTONVILLE – 19-44 FG (6-18 3-pt); 7-8 FT; 26 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: James Nitz 16, Jade Hasslen 17, Riley Thompson 18 … 3-point shots: Hasslen 5, Thompson 1 … Rebound leaders: Thompson 13 … Assist leaders: Thompson 4

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY – 18-56 FG (4-11 3-pt); 13-21 FT; 29 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Dylan Erickson 21, Garrett Olson 5, Austin Haas 1, Colby Siegert 5, Dazhown Coleman 2, Eric Smith 19 … 3-point shots: Smith 4 … Rebound leaders: Smith 10, Olson 6 … Assist leaders: Siegert 3, Erickson 2 … Steal leaders: Coleman 3, Haas 2

Cougar Shootout

Mayer Lutheran 58,

BOLD 36

The Warriors suffered their second-straight loss in the Cougar Holiday Shootout on Friday and poor shooting was the main culprit.

Mayer Lutheran’s tough defense limited BOLD to just 11-of-44 field goal shooting and the Warriors made 4 of 16 from beyond the 3-point arc.

BOLD was within seven at the break but managed only 14 second-half points.

Austin Weis and Nick Kubesh led the Warriors with 8 points apiece and Trent Athmann added 7.

Kubesh had 9 rebounds and Tyler Rock had 3 points, 5 boards and 3 steals.

Mayer Lutheran (2-5)    29 29 — 58

BOLD (4-4)    22 14 — 36

MAYER LUTHERAN – 22 FG (5 3-pt); 7-9 FT; 20 fouls … Scoring: Joel Burfiend 5, Tanner Luebke 6, Cole Buttenhoff 5, Phil Burfiend 2, Anthony Gruenhagen 21, Taylor Otterstatter 2, Brandon Wroge 5, Mason Diedrick 5, Sam Schlueter 7 … 3-point shots: Gruenhagen 3, J. Burfiend 1, Wroge 1

BOLD – 11-44 FG (4-16 3-pt); 10-18 FT; 32 rebounds; 9 fouls … Scoring: Austin Weis 8, Trent Athmann 7, Nick Feige 1, Tyler Rock 3, Lucas Wertish 4, Nick Kubesh 8, Tyler Lothert 5 … 3-point shots: Athmann 2, Rock 1, Lothert 1 … Rebound leaders: Kubesh 9, Rock 5, Weis 4, Athmann 4, Wertish 3, Lothert 3 … Assist leaders: Kubesh 2 … Steal leaders: Rock 3

Non-conference

WCA 76, Hancock 41

West Central Area’s Dakotah Kashmark and Hancock’s Jordan Miller battled basket-for-basket but the Owls had no answer defensively against WCA’s potent offense in a non-conference game Friday in Hancock.

Kashmark led WCA with 31 points and Miller led the Owls with 24, but Hancock fell behind by 21 at the half and scored just 13 second-half points.

Justin Miller scored 8 points for the Owls and Taylor Holleman had 10 assists and 8 rebounds.

West Central Area (5-2)    49 27 — 76

Hancock (1-4)    28 13 — 41

WEST CENTRAL AREA – 119-25 FG (7-14 3-pt); 18-25 FT; 25 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Dakotah Kashmark 31, Jay Zimmerman 12, Austin Redepenning 9, Brady Combs 6, Alex Toms 6, Andrew Lindor 5, Drew Peterson 3, Austin Hennen 3 … 3-point shots: Redepenning 3, Kashmark 2, Toms 2 … Rebound leaders: NA … Assist leaders: NA … Steal leaders: NA

HANCOCK – 9-34 FG (7-17 3-pt); 2-10 FT; 27 rebounds; 23 fouls … Scoring: Jordan Miller 24, Taylor Holleman 1, Justin Miller 8, Jerrid Jepma 6, Collin Brown 2 … 3-point shots: Jordan Miller 5, Jepma 2 … Rebound leaders: Holleman 8, Jordan Miller 6 … Assist leaders: Holleman 10 … Steal leaders: Brown 3

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