Paynesville scoring record stood test of time
PAYNESVILLE -- Who would have thought a basketball scoring record would last 48 seasons? Certainly not Don Liestman. But his Paynesville boys basketball career scoring record did just that, until it was surpassed Friday by current Bulldogs' star ...
PAYNESVILLE -- Who would have thought a basketball scoring record would last 48 seasons?
Certainly not Don Liestman. But his Paynesville boys basketball career scoring record did just that, until it was surpassed Friday by current Bulldogs' star Cory Nietfeld.
Liestman played from 1995-58 and recorded 1,286 points.
"With the three-point (basket), it's amazing (the record) hasn't been broken before," said the now 66-year-old Liestman. "I'm very happy for (Nietfeld). He's a nice kid."
Nietfeld needed nine points to tie the record and started the game off against Minnewaska with a breakaway dunk. He set the new record in the second half on a short hook shot and finished the game with 20 points. On the season, Nietfeld has 241 points and is third in the West Central Tribune area with a 21.9 point-per-game scoring average.
- T.J. Bartelt
Fragodt, Ascheman Triple 'A' picks in 3A
Daniel Fragodt and Jessica Ascheman, both of Benson, have been selected to the Minnesota State High School League Region 3A Academics, Arts and Athletics Program.
The Triple 'A' Award goes to high school seniors who have a 'B'-or-better grade-point average and who participated in multiple League-sponsored athletics and fine arts activities.
Ascheman and Fragodt are active members in the National Honor Society, Peer Coaching and the Math Team. Both are activie in their church and community.
Ascheman is a three-sport athlete who is all-conference in volleyball, gymnastics and track. Fragodt is a four-sport athlete who has been all-conference in football, basketball, track and tennis.
League officials will announce the four award recipients (one boy and one girl from both Class A and AA) at a recognition ceremony March 24.
- Scott Thoma
Only five unbeaten wrestlers left in area
Whether it's because the competition is better or the number of top wrestlers in the area has slipped, there are only five wrestlers in the area, among regulars, who still have not suffered a loss this season.
Two of the five are from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: A.J. Frederiksen at 160 pounds and Nic Leither at 189.
The other three are: Chad Henle of New London-Spicer at 112 pounds, Cameron Jurgenson of Dawson-Boyd at 130 and Kevin Steinhaus of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 145.
A glance at the Wrestling Honoro Roll (right) reveals that ACGC has 10 wrestlers among the 14 weight classes.
Next is Yellow Medicine East and BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector with seven each making it on the list. KMS and Minnewaska Area have six apiece and New London-Spicer and Litchfield five each.
- Scott Thoma