Tiger sports report
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Delano boys basketball lost more than the game against Litchfield last week, but lost the top scorer this season and in school history when senior Toby Hanson fractured a wrist and is feared out for the season.
Hanson, averaging 20.9 points per game, scored 17 points in the first half alone against Litchfield as the Tigers trailed 28-27 at the break.
Delano built a seven point lead in the second half before Litchfield knocked down some 3-point shots to crawl back into the game. The Tigers were up 47-44 with 5:30 left when Hanson drove in the lane and was called for a charge. He took a hard fall on the play and was unable to return. It was later learned his wrist was fractured.
Litchfield continued scoring on long shots and then made their free throw down the stretch to win 60-45. Hanson scored 23 points and Damon Longstreet netted 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Sean Campbell had nine points and four rebounds. Seth Norling scored 11 points with nine rebounds.
“We not only lose Toby’s scoring, but we will miss his leadership and his will to win,” said coach Terry Techam about the team’s leading scorer the past three seasons. “Our team is very resilient and we have had a lot of injuries to overcome this year with Damon Longstreet and Seth MacLeod missing games. I think our team will work awfully hard to compete in the final month of the season without Toby.”
Earlier this season Hanson became Delano’s all-time leading scorer in boys basketball. The three-sport standout helped Tiger teams get to state in baseball, football and basketball. He will play for the University of Minnesota baseball team next season.
With a big chunk of the offense missing, Delano lost to Orono 57-43 Saturday. The Spartans were fresh from upsetting highly ranked Holy Family. Delano took a 23-21 halftime lead before, “Orono’s depth kind of wore us out,” says Techam.
Campbell made some big baskets when scoring 15 points to lead the offense. Longstreet had 12 points and seven rebounds. Norling added 10 points while Austin Neisen grabbed seven rebounds.
Earlier in the week Delano edged Hutchinson 63-61. Techam gave credit to Campbell for knocking down shots when his team was struggling to score. He nailed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to bring Delano to within two at 32-30 at the half. He finished with 14 points.
Hutchinson jumped in front by eight early in the second half. Delano climbed back in the game with a couple of baskets by Campbell and layups by Longstreet and Matt Kreklow.
Delano finally took the lead at 61-57 with two minutes to play. Hutchinson tied the game with 30 seconds left. Hanson was fouled with 17 seconds left and made both free throws. A last second shot by Hutchinson rimmed out.
Longstreet led with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Hanson had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kreklow added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Norling had eight assists.
The next game is at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Mound-Westonka as part of a boys and girls double header. The boys also play at Rockford, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 in a non-conference neighborhood rivalry game. The Tigers are home to Waconia Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Delano defeated Hutchinson 62-58 and Litchfield 57-40 last week, improving to 12-6 on the season. Alex Wittinger did much of the damage against Hutchinson, scoring 23 points with 14 rebounds, five blocks and five steals.
Bria Barfnecht had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists. Brooke Lemke had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Erin Norling added four assists and three blocks.
Litchfield used a triple team to cover Wittinger, opening up chances for teammates. Despite the attention, Wittinger still scored 17 points.
Lemke scored 13 points to go with six assists, four steals and three rebounds. Norling scored 11 points, Barfnecht had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Kalley Koch added five assists and four rebounds.
Delano plays in the second game of a double header at Mound-Westonka Thursday, Feb. 6. The Tigers play at Waconia Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Delano rolled over Glencoe-Silver Lake at home Thursday, winning 131.7 to 105.25. The Tigers claimed the top three all-around spots with Amelia Sutherland, Cassie Moe and Alexus Aguirre.
Sutherland also was first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, plus was second on vault along with Kaarina Eskola. Moe was second on beam and floor and third on bars. Aguirre finished second on bars and was third on floor and beam. Paige Hagen took first on vault.
The team is home against Litchfield Friday, Feb. 7 before defending the title at the Section 5A meet Feb. 14 at Breck.
Tucker Sjomeling improved to 33-0 when winning the Wright County Conference tournament championship. Delano entered just six wrestlers with some out with injuries and others having match limit issues.
Earlier in the week Delano lost to Dassel-Cokato 48-21 and Litchfield 48-22. Victories against DC were by Tanner Kroells, Sjomeling, Camden Tschudi, Marty Soderberg, Kevin Kneisl and Walker Russek.
Against Litchfield the winners were Kroells, Sjomeling, Soderberg, Kneisl and Russek. In both matches the Tigers forfeited at three weight classes, losing 18 points each time.
Sjomeling captured the title at the Spectrum Invitational Jan. 24 at 106 pounds. Claiming second place medals was Soderberg at 152 and Kneisl at 220, with Cole Paskach third at 126.
Delano will be at home Thursday, Feb. 6 to take on Cooper at 5 p.m. and Buffalo-West Lutheran at 7 p.m.