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Girls Basketball Roundup: Second time's the charm for NLS' Dreier

Girls basketball report for Jan. 28, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Wildcats coach Mike Dreier earns her record 1,000th career win before a large, supportive crowd

New London-Spicer varsity head girls basketball coach Mike Dreier receives a hug from former player Angie Chamberlin
New London-Spicer varsity head girls basketball coach Mike Dreier receives a hug from former player Angie Chamberlin, who played for Dreier from 1986-87 following Dreier's 1,000th win as a coach Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 over Watertown-Mayer. The Wildcats defeated the Royals 60-36 to give coach Mike Dreier his 1,000th win as a coach.
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NEW LONDON — Mike Dreier was filled with emotion after Friday night’s 60-36 victory over Watertown-Mayer.

The legendary New London-Spicer girls basketball coach was overwhelmed with well-wishers, from former players dating back at least 40 years, to elementary school age kids asking for autographs, to his current players presenting him with a basketball, to current NLS activities director Thayne Johnson presenting him with a plaque to mark a very special occasion.

It’s what happens, apparently, when you win 1,000 career games.

“(I) just have a whole lot of memories of positive experiences with a whole lot of people,” Dreier said.

Dreier’s first crack at 1,000 came Tuesday in a 37-25 loss to Litchfield in New London. All involved from NLS said Friday was a much calmer, more-normal experience, though Watertown-Mayer is right behind Litchfield and NLS in the Wright County West Division standings.

Senior Audrey Schneider grabs a loose ball as the New London-Spicer Wildcats host the Royals Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
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“Tuesday we just kind of had a lot of nerves,” NLS senior forward Izzy Schmiesing said. “There were a lot of people here and a lot going on.

“Tonight, we were more ready to play, a lot quicker and a lot more aggressive.”

Dreier is the state’s all-time winningest girls basketball coach and has been since 1995. He’s the first girls’ coach to win 1,000 and the second to reach the milestone in either gender. Former Chisholm boys basketball coach Bob McDonald won 1,012 career games when he retired in 2014. Dreier is 12th on the national all-time list for career wins by a girls basketball coach. He has a 1,000-185 career record.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of this,” said NLS junior guard Avery Rich, whose big second half was a big reason for Friday’s victory. “It’s only happened how many times? Mike Dreier’s a great coach.”

This game may have turned when Dakota Rich sank a 3-pointer to end the first half, giving the Wildcats a 19-13 lead. Before that, Friday’s game was a lot like Tuesday, with Watertown-Mayer playing tough man-to-man defense and making NLS work hard.
New London-Spicer sophomore Delaney Hanson, at left, and junior Jaden Coahran attempt to disrupt Watertown-Mayer guard Lyndsey Penegor as the Wildcats host the Royals Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
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In the second half, Avery Rich continued the trend her younger sister started. She scored 17 of her game-best 20 points in the final 18 minutes, making four 3-pointers.

It was too much for an equally young Royals’ squad to handle, though Mallory Czinano played a strong game. The 5-foot-11 sophomore, who has two sisters playing the Big Ten, finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Sister Monika plays for the Iowa Hawkeyes and sister Maggie plays for the Minnesota Gophers.

Schmiesing was happy and relieved for Friday’s victory.


“It’s such an honor to be a part of this great legacy that he’s established,” Schmiesing said of Dreier. “There are so many people that he has impacted. I’m happy for our team, but I’m really happy for him.”

Wright County

NLS 60, W-M 36

W-M (9-6)         13   23 — 36
NLS (14-2)       19   41 — 60
WATERTOWN-MAYER - Scoring: Eleanor Rundell 2, Haley Baker 2, Carly Killian 2,  Madelyn Onell 2, Izabella Barden 2, Lyndsey Renegor 3, Abby Otterness 2, Mercedes Burmeister 7, Mallory Czinano 14 … 3-point shots: none … Rebound leader: Czinano 6 … Assist leader: Renegor 2 … Steal leader: Killian 3, Rynegor 3 ... Block leader: Czinano 3
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Nyla Johnson 5, Jaden Coahran 11, Avery Rich 20, Izzy Schmiesing 3, Ellary Peterson 4, Dakota Rich 2, Courtney Rich 2, Zoe Arnold 2, Delaney Hanson 6 … 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Coahran 1, A. Rich 4, Schmiesing 1, D. Rich 2 … Rebound leader: Peterson 12,Hanson 9, Schmiesing 5, Ava Carlson 5 … Assist leader: Coahran 5, Hanson 5 … Steal leader: A. Rich 4, D. Rich 3, Peterson 2 ... Block leader: A. Rich 2, Coahran 2, Schmiesing 1, Peterson 1

Litchfield 49, Rockford 37

Litchfield rattled off its sixth straight victory with a road win over Rockford.

Four Dragons finished in double figures, led by Izzy Pennertz’s 12 points. Greta Hansen had 11, and Ryanna Steinhaus and Kylie Michels each finished with 10.

Makayla Graunke paced the Rockets with 11 points.

Litchfield goes to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at 7 p.m. Monday

Litchfield (14-6)        18   31 — 49
Rockford (5-11)        15   22 — 37
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Ryanna Steinhaus 10, Kylie Michels 10, Greta Hansen 11, Izzy Pennertz 12, Maggie Boerema 5, Morgan Falling 3 … 3-point shots: Michels 1 … Rebound leader: Boerema 8, Hansen 7 … Assist leader: Steinhaus 6 … Steal leader: Steinhaus 4, Michels 3 ... Block leader: Boerema 2, Hansen 1
ROCKFORD - Scoring: Rylee Larson 3, Emma Sather 5, Aliyah Robran 6, Makayla Graunke 11, Julia Houghton 8, Kaitlyn Eilderts 4 … 3-point shots: Sather 1, Robran 1, Graunke 1, Houghton 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 


Central Lakes

Willmar 61, Alexandria 51

Still without the presence of Willmar senior Sam Christoffer, the Cardinals managed to take a 10-point home win against Central Lakes conference opponent Alexandria.

Ellary Lange led the team with 22 points, Jaida Reiman finished with 15. Ella Shinn totaled nine points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals.

“What a battle between two teams that both played to win,” Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson said. “Our girls refused to lose tonight. I saw so many positive interactions after big plays and, more importantly, after not good plays. We had each other’s back tonight which made it easier to be more successful. So proud of our hustle and determination.”

Willmar travels to Monticello for a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Monday.

Alexandria (8-8)        23   28 — 51
Willmar (12-7)            29   32 — 61
ALEXANDRIA - Scoring: Ella Steussy 9, Hadley Thul 27, Macee Linow 11, Allie Haabala 4  … 3-point shots: Steussy 3, Thul 3, Linow 3 
WILLMAR - Scoring: Telilie Lange 10, Brielle Ogdahl 2, Ellary Lange 22, Zoe Schroeder 1, Kenedee Salonek 2, Jaida Reiman 15, Ella Shinn 7, Adia Laidlaw 2 … 3-point shots: T. Lange 2, E. Lange 4,  … Rebound leader: Shinn 9 … Assist leader: Reiman 4 … Steal leader: T. Lange 1, E. Lange 1, Shinn 1 ... Block leader: Ogdahl 1, Shinn 1 

West Central

Montevideo 53, BOLD 41

Hailey Dirksen had 20 points and seven rebounds and Avery Koenen had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Montevideo beat BOLD at Olivia.

Mari Ryberg’s 13 points led the Warriors.

Montevideo will go to Barrett on Monday for a 7:30 p.m. game against West Central Area.

BOLD is back at home Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Minneota in Olivia.

Montevideo (12-1)      25   28 — 53
BOLD (10-8)                27   14 — 41
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Teagan Epema 3, Tenley Epema 8, Avery Koenen 18, Keely Foley 2, Hailey Dirksen 20, Cassie Pauling 2 … 3-point shots: Tea. Epema 1, Ten. Epema 2, Dirksen 1 … Rebound leader: Avery Koenen 11, Dirksen 7 … Assist leader: Koenen 5, Foley 3 … Steal leader: Foley 1, Epema 1, Koenen 1 ... Block leader: Konen 1 
BOLD - Scoring: Lainey Braulick 9, Mari Ryberg 13, Lidia Plass 5, Kenzie Visser 2, Lily Dean 3, Leslie Snow 5, Abby Meyers 4 … 3-point shots: Plass 1, Dean 1, Snow 1 … Rebound leader: Meyers 8, Ryberg 5 … Assist leader: Dean 3, Braulick 2, Ryberg 2 … Steal leader: Ryberg 2, Braulick 1 ... Block leader: None



Lac qui Parle Valley recorded the Camden Conference victory over MACCRAY at Madison

For MACCRAY, Ella Bourne had 15 points and Brielle Janssen added 12.

The two teams will face off again on Friday, Feb. 4 in Clara City.

MACCRAY (10-9)      22   22 — 44
LQPV (14-5)               19   36 — 55
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Bourne 15, Sydney Thein 8, Emma Thein 2, Brielle Janssen 12, Elsie Sumner 5, Annie Bourne 2 … 3-point shots: E. Bourne 1, S. Thein 1, Janssen 2, Sumner 1 … Rebound leader: Janssen 6 … Assist leader: Sumner 4 … Steal leader: Janssen 4 ... Block leader: Sumner 1, Janssen 1
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Stats not available


Sauk Centre 65, BBE 50

Sauk Centre held Belgrade-Brooten-Elorsa to 19 first-half points on 30-percent shooting to get a win in a ranked non-conference matchup at Sauk Centre.

The Mainstreeters are eighth in Class AA while the Jaguars are seventh in Class A.

Tiyana Schwinghammer had a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds for BBE. Brooklyn Fischer followed up with 13 points and seven boards.

The Jaguars will go to Grove City at 7 p.m. Monday to face Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

BBE (11-7)                     19   31 — 50
Sauk Centre (12-5)       40   25 — 65
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Brooklyn Fischer, 13, Shelby Anderson 5, Anna Jaeger 4, Tiyana Schwinghammer 14, Allison Dingmann 5, Kailey Fischer 2, Ella Halvorson 3, Bree Thieschafer 4 … 3-point shots: B. Fischer 1, Dingmann 1, Halvorson 1 … Rebound leader: Schwinghammer 8, B. Fischer 7 … Assist leader: Anderson 2 … Steal leader: Dingmann 3 ... Block leader: None
SAUK CENTRE - Stats not available

Swanville 62, Paynesville 31

Paynesville drops to 4-12 with the loss and is on a two-game skid at Swanville.The Bulldogs improve to 8-7.

Paynesville is back to Central Minnesota Conference play at 7 p.m. Monday against Kimball in Paynesville.


Rochester 50, CCS 35

Rochester Home School handed Community Christian of Willmar its first loss of the season in a Christian Athletic League game played at Mankato.

For the Eagles, Sophia Bollig had 15 points and 18 rebounds and Hope Reid had 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

CCS goes to Hutchinson on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. game against Maplewood Academy.

CCS (12-1)                 24   11 — 35
Rochester                 38   12 — 50
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Sophia Bollig 15. Hope Reid 10, Lexi Nelson 4, Gabbie Bollig 2, Margo Klassen 2, Kailey Hines 2  … 3-point shots: none … Rebound leader: Bollig 18, Reid 9 … Assist leader: Klassen 5 … Steal leader: S. Bollig 2, Reid 2 ... Block leader: Reid 5
ROCHESTER - Stats not available

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