Delano weathers storm as injured boys basketball standout returns

Tiger sports report

Seth Norling is a senior guard for Delano who grabbed nine rebounds in the win over St. Cloud Apollo. (Photo by Dave Pedersen)

Seth Norling is a senior guard for Delano who grabbed nine rebounds in the win over St. Cloud Apollo. (Photo by Dave Pedersen)

BY DAVE PEDERSEN

Toby Hanson picked up an already high scoring pace when fellow Delano boys basketball proficient scorer Damon Longstreet was out with an injury and didn’t slow down when he returned to the court.

When Longstreet left the game against Hutchinson Dec. 17 with a sprained ankle, the 6-6 senior forward was leading the team in scoring at 18 points per game. The Tigers lost two of the next three games.

Hanson had been doing better than average in Longstreet’s absence, scoring 32 points in a win over Rocori and 28 points in a loss to Zimmerman. Last week the senior picked the pace up one more notch, scoring 39 points in the 61-53 win over St. Cloud Apollo.

When Longstreet returned to action last Friday in the 70-57 win over Rogers he netted 27 points. Hanson kept up his hot pace by scoring 28 more. Delano is 10-2 with the offensive leaders back in the mix. Hanson is averaging 21.6 points per game, Longstreet is at 17.2 and Sean Campbell is at 11.7.

Delano got off to a bad start against Apollo in a rematch of last year’s section title game won by the Tigers. Delano was down 12-3 but rallied to go up 27-19 at the half. Apollo cut the lead to 29-27 before Hanson scored on six straight Tiger possessions to get the lead back up to 15.

“Toby had an incredible game in setting a Delano single game scoring record,” said coach Terry Techam about Hanson, who earlier in the season became the school’s all-time career scoring leader. “He has done an excellent job picking up the scoring with Longstreet being out.”

Against Apollo, Seth Norling scored eight points with nine rebounds and five assists. Campbell had seven points and five rebounds and Austin Neisen pulled down six rebounds.

Against Rogers, Longstreet also had 14 rebounds. Norling contributed 10 assists to go with six points and five rebounds. Matt Kreklow had nine rebounds, seven points and three assists.

The Tigers play at Dassel-Cokato, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 and go to Waconia Tuesday, Jan. 14.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Tiger girls lost two of its last three basketball games, but they came against highly rated teams. At the Marshall tournament Delano lost to No. 7 Marshall 75-71 when Alex Wittinger led with 25 points and Bria Barfnecht had 17. Brooke Lemke and Erin Norling both added nine points.

Delano lost the second game at the Marshall tourney, 65-59 to Sioux Falls Washington, one of the top teams in South Dakota.

The Tigers got back on track with a 65-59 victory over Zimmerman Friday. Wittinger netted 21 points and both Kalley Koch and Lemke scored 19 points. Barfnecht was ill and did not play.

“Bria’s absence is significant, but we have teammates who can help fill the void,” said coach Amy Gould. “Koch and Norling played strong and our perimeter shooting was much more consistent, partly because we shared the basketball better.”

Delano improved to 7-3 overall, with the other defeat coming against No. 9 Monticello. The Tigers next play at home against Dassel-Cokato Thursday, Jan. 9, before playing host to Waconia Tuesday, Jan. 14.

WRESTLING

Placing fifth at the seven-team Norwood-Young America wrestling tournament Saturday, Delano had two champions. Tucker Sjomeling won the title at 113 pounds and Walker Russek took first at 285. Kevin Kneisl was second at 220 and Cole Paskach was runner-up at 126.

Delano competed in the Rumble on the River tournament in Fargo over the holiday break. Sjomeling won the crown at 106 and Kneisl was third at 220.

The team goes to Glencoe-Silver Lake Jan. 9 for a triangular meet that includes Hutchinson. The Becker tournament starts at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

GYMNASTICS

The gymnasts are home against Orono Jan. 14 and Annandale Jan. 16.

Contact Dave Petersen at david.petersen@ecm-inc.com

 

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