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Panthers pounce on Jags IHS boys open season, 2-1


by Bob Statz by Bob Statz
Messenger Staff Writer Messenger Staff Writer
The Onamia High girls’ bas- The Isle Huskies boys bas-
ketball team split a pair of ketball team opened the season
Great River Conference games with wins over Cromwell-
last week, beating Hinckley/ Wright and Hinckley/Fin-
Finlayson and losing to East layson, before dropping a close
Central, bringing their overall encounter with East Central.
record to 1-3.
Cromwell-Wright
PHOTO BY BOB STATZ
Hinckley/Finlayson The Isle Huskies sparred
Onamia used a dozen 3- with Cromwell during the first
Rob Oswaldson, Jon Roberson, Corvez Howze and Steve Crotty each scored in pointers to beat the visiting half, then built as much as a 16-
double digits against St. John’s. Hinckley/Finlayson Jaguars on point lead during the final
Dec. 7. frame to beat their hosts, 50-38.

OHS boys open with split The Panthers built a 13-


point lead by half-time, thanks
in part to 15 Jaguar turnovers
Offensively, the Huskies
were led by Kyle Larson with
16 points and Wesley Oswald
digit lead late in the game, est of margins, 56-55. and four 3-pointers from Jaisie
by Bob Statz with 10.
before a couple late Johnnie The Royals built a 1-point Schmidt and three from long
Messenger Staff Writer Isle turned the ball over 24
buckets tightened things up. lead by half-time and both range by Leah Peterson.
The Onamia boys basketball The game may have been teams scored 30 points in the times, but “our defense kept us
With two minutes remaining in the game,” said head coach PHOTO BY BOB STATZ
team opened its season with a decided at the free-throw line second half. in the second half, the Jags had
win and a loss against two where Onamia made good on The game was decided dur- Terry Blood. The Huskies held Isle’s Jared Haglund scored seven points in the
outscored the Panthers by two Cromwell to just 14 points Huskies’ loss to East Central.
non-conference opponents. 12 of 23 attempts, while St. ing the final 18 minutes at the points, and Hinckley was with-
They are scheduled to play John’s made just nine of 20 free-throw line, where the during the second half. six minutes of the game.
in 11 points of the lead.
their first Great River Confer- tries. Royals had 21 free shots and Onamia made three of four Isle 23 27 50
East Central East Central connected on
ence foe on the road against Four Onamia players scored made 13, while Onamia had Cromwell 24 14 38 The Isle Huskies hosted the eight field goals in the final
free throws down the stretch to frame, but two of them came
Hinckley/Finlayson on Dec. in double digits, including Rob just three tries from the charity win, 72-57. PHOTO BY BOB STATZ East Central Eagles on Dec. 9
Scoring: Larson 16, Oswald 10, Weiers during the final minute of play
14, before taking part in the 3- Oswaldson with 15, Corvez stripe and made two. It was the first victory of the Ryan Jones and Mark Francour took first place in their weight classes in the annu- 9, Haglund 7, LeCocq 6, Olbekson 2. and lost by five points, 50-45.
day St. John’s Invitational Howze with 14, Jon Roberson For the game, Royalton was season for Onamia. Hinck- al Rush City Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 4. An aggressive press by East with Isle down by just one
beginning Thursday, Dec. 16. with 12 and Steve Crotty with 13-23 from the free-throw line ley/Finlayson has yet to win. Hinckley/Finlayson Central led to a quick 12-5 point.
10. and Onamia was 4-7. Despite turning the ball lead, but Isle mounted a bril- Isle finished the night with
Onamia finished the game
St. John’s Prep
The Onamia Panthers boys’ Onamia
basketball team opened their
St. John’s
17
20
41
36
58
56
Crovez Howze, Jon Rober-
son, Robert Oswaldson,
Steven Crotty and Ben Sam
shooting 32 percent from the
field and Hinckley shot 31 per-
cent.
Jones, Francour are champs onship match 6-1 over a Kim- Winning three matches and
over 35 times during the liant

29-17 lead over the Hinck- the first half.


19-4 run to go up by eight 18 turnovers, and gave up at
game, the Isle Huskies built a points with six minutes left in least six transition baskets off
East Central’s press.
season with a win over St. Scoring: Oswaldson 15, Howze 14, accounted for 52 of Onamia’s by Bob Statz ley/Finlayson Jaguars during The Eagles came soaring Leading scorers for the
Leading the Panthers on ball opponent. earning third place were Tim Huskies were Jade LeCocq
John’s Prep. Roberson 12, S. Crotty 10, Nieken 5, 55 points. offense were Peterson with 23 Messenger Staff Writer the first half on Dec. 7, and back with a 15-4 spurt, and
Jones avenged a loss he Kent, Nik Borchert, Matthew were up 31-29 with two min- and Caleb Weiers, each with
Down 20-17 at half-time, the Sam 2. points and Schmidt with 21.
PHOTO BY BOB STATZ
held on to win, 52-45.
The Mille Lacs Raiders incurred last season to Petty, Zack Olson and Bradley
Panthers came roaring back in Onamia 25 30 55
The Panthers were 14-19 Onamia forward Kiana Goplen snagged a rebound in Wesley Oswald, with 19 utes left before intermission. A 11 points, followed by Wesley
wrestling team competed in Camaron Hansen, a 152- Brown. Luke Olson won two
the second frame, outscoring Royalton
Royalton 26 30 56
from the free-throw line. The the Panthers’ win over Hinckley/Finlayson. points, was the lone Huskie to follow-up tip-in at the buzzer Oswald with 10.
The Royalton Royals hosted the annual Rush City Invita- pounder ranked sixth in the matches and placed fourth. Isle was 8-15 from the free-
the Johnnies 41-36 to win, 58- Scoring: Howze 13, Oswaldson 12, Jaguars made good on 11 of 16 score in double figures.The by Wesley Oswald brought the
tional on Dec. 4. Despite scor- state, when he won in over- Commenting on the Raiders’
56. the Onamia Panthers on Dec. 9 Roberson 10, Crotty 9, Sam 8, Kieffer 3. free shots. lost to East Central, 62-51. the comeback. Huskies were 13-27 from the Huskies to within two points throw line. East Central made
ing a whopping 231.5 points, time, 15-11, to advance to the performance, head coach
Onamia had built a double- and won the game by the clos- Seniors Jessica Barnett and Peterson’s feat included five Onamia finished the game charity stripe and shot 19-44 of the lead as the teams headed good on two of nine attempts
the Raiders finished in second finals. Brady Hermel said, “Every- to the locker-room. from the charity stripe.
Tayler Grimm accounted for from 3-point range to bring her making good on 17 of 26 free- from the field.
place behind Kimball. Also making the finals for body wrestled well. I was real- Both offenses went dry dur- E/C

Happy
26 of the Jaguar’s 57 points. week’s output from long range throw tries, while East Central The Raiders had seven Mille Lacs were Cody Whit- ly happy with our new 33 17 50
Isle 29 23 52 ing the second half with Isle Isle 31 14 45
to 12. was 5-13. wrestlers reach the finals and ney, Chase Niesen, Nate Bres- wrestlers today who got their H/F 17 28 45
H/F 26 31 57 making just six field goals
“Leah scored 55 points and Kiana Goplen was the only two of those — Ryan Jones nahan, Tyler Knudson and taste of varsity experience. Scoring: LeCocq 11, Weiers 11, Oswald
Onamia 39 33 72 Scoring: Oswald 19, Larson 8, Haglund including none during the final 10, Haglund 7, Olbekson 4, Larson 2.

Holidays
had a dozen 3-pointers in our other Panther to score in dou- and Mark Francour — were Antonio Griffin. For Knudson Tim (Kent) and Luke (Olson) 8, Weiers 8, LeCocq 5, Olbekson 4.
Scoring: Peterson 23, Schmidt 21, two games this week, which is ble figures with 10 points. crowned champions. and Griffin, it was their first really gave us a boost at the
Kiana Goplen 8, Donovan 7, Bolin 6, quite something,” Onamia Francour won his champi- finals as varsity wrestlers. top of the line-up.”

from all of us at
Barsody 4, Kightlinger 3. coach Dave Naslund said. Onamia 22 29 51

Huskies remain perfect


The Panthers, who were East Central 35 27 62
East Central down as much as 16 points in
First National
Scoring: Peterson 32, Kiana Goplen
Despite the 32-point produc- the first half, rallied to cut the 10, Schmidt 3, Barsody 2, Stephenson
tion from Onamia junior guard lead to eight during the final 2, Donovan 2.

Bank Leah Peterson, the Panthers frame, but couldn’t complete


by Bob Statz
Isle
Rush City
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25
33
19
59
44
Mora
Messenger Staff Writer Scoring: Coomes 14, Lahr 12, Cooper Isle hosted the Mora Mus-

Isle Bowling Scores The Isle girls basketball


12, Zimpel 8, Haggberg 5, Conner 4,
Benjamin 2, Boser 2.
tangs in the only round of the
annual Carly Bruske Memorial
team continued their winning Tournament on Dec. 10.
ways, winning three times last Pine City Despite turning the ball over
Monday Men’s Washout
Three
week to extend their overall It was bombs away for the 21 times and scoring just five
Nov. 1 - Bob Mickus - 242, 201, 198 - 641, Jason Gallion - 213, 212, 191 - 616, Ethan Phillips - 228,
196, 183 - 607, Tim Rogers - 232, 213, 152 - 597, Dave Walters - 203, 202, 182 - 587, Rand Syverson - record to 5-0 through the first Isle offense on Dec. 9 when field goals in the second half,
convenient 201, 194, 186 - 581, Jim Leschak - 221, 179, 157 - 557, Bill Young - 205, 180, 156 - 541, Jeff Strecker -
201, 168, 163 - 532, Gary Bergstad - 199, 180, 152 - 531, Ivars Wagner - 200, 167, 150 - 517, Nick
two weeks of the season. the five different Huskies com-
bined for 11 3-pointers en
the Huskies managed to beat the
Mustangs by 14 points, 65-51.
locations...
Leschak - 180, 170, 161 - 511, Jake Strecker - 183, 173, 145 - 501.
Nov. 15 - High Scores - Greg Miller - 211, 192, 187 - 590, Bob Mickus - 223, 199, 167 - 589, Rand Syver-
Rush City route to a convincing 79-49 Isle used the outside, 23-
son - 224, 198, 149 - 571, Kevin Strand - 204, 199, 162 - 565, Jeff Strecker - 198, 181, 175 - 554, Jim Isle jumped out to an early rout of Pine City. point shooting of Lindsey
Leschak - 198, 178, 172 - 548, Dave Walters - 214, 171, 158 - 543, Craig Hovland - 185, 178, 175 - 538, 12-4 lead against the Rush The win was the fourth in as Lahr, Amber Zimpel, Tember
Jake Strecker - 200, 183, 151 - 534, Ethan Phillips - 188, 176, 167 - 531, Marty Breuer - 180, 177, 163 City Tigers, but the Huskies many games for Isle beginning
- 520, Arlo Paulsen - 189, 183, 147 - 505, Jason Gallion - 174, 168, 163 - 505, Tim Flom - 200, 158, 145 Cooper and Jordan Haggberg
Milaca - 503, Katie Vivant - 183, 162, 157 - 502. had three key players run into the season.
foul trouble allowing their The Huskies got even scor-
to build a 12-point lead by
half-time.
Tuesday AM Senior Coffee hosts to keep the game close ing from their starters, includ- PHOTO BY BOB STATZ
Nov. 16 - John Telander - 127, 194, 203 - 524, Gary Olson - 131, 158, 152 - 441, Darrell Jones - 163, The Huskies made just two
... we are here to 195, 159 - 517, Duane Altman - 194, 151, 168 - 513, Tony Bosquez - 170, 130, 95 - 395, Fred Lane -
139, 112, 125 - 376, Eric Emerson - 133, 137, 137 - 407, Lou Telander - 146, 156, 156 - 458, Nancy Lane
through the first half. ing 14 points from both Lind-
Up by just one point at inter- sey Lahr and Jordan Haggberg,
field goals and two free-throws
during the opening 11 minutes
Mark and Becky Bruske joined a bunch of jubilant Isle basketball players follow-
ing the Huskies’ win over Mora in the seventh annual tournament dedicated to the
serve you! - 110, 104, 108 - 322, Sunny Emerson - 116, 123, 155 - 394, Clara Kiel - 125, 141, 144 - 410, Jeanette
Carter - 83, 105, 100 - 288.
mission, Isle pulled away dur- along with 13 from Maja
ing the final seven minutes of Coomes and 11 by Amber
of the second half, allowing memory of Bruskes’ daughter, Carly, a member of the 2003 Isle team who died in
a car accident during her senior year.
Nov. 23 - John Telander - 190, 218, 149 - 557, Gary Olson - 127, 175, 207 - 509, Darrell Jones - 239, the Mustangs to pull to within
the second half to win, 59-44. Zimpel.
First National Bank of Milaca 180, 187 - 606, Victor Lease - 177, 182, 177 - 536, Fred Lane - 119, 123, 127 - 369, Tony Bosquez - 182,
141, 160 - 483, John Bosquez - 137, 169, 221 - 526, Duane Altman - 203, 193, 191 - 587, Eric Emerson Maja Coomes, Tember
five points of the lead.
Clutch buckets by Coomes, remaining, causing Mora to ing 22 of 34 free-throws. Mora finished the game just two
- Isle Office - have to foul. was 15-26 from the line. points shy of her 1,000th
Gilman
- 91, 106, 110 - 307, Lou Telander - 146, 103, 176 - 425, Diane Olson - 156, 144, 150 - 450, Sunny Emer- Cooper, Lindsey Lahr and Isle 35 44 79 Jessica Benjamin and Hagg-
son - 148, 148, 188 - 484, Linda Lease - 137, 127, 106 - 370, Vee Bosquez - 112, 121, 133 - 366, Nancy Amber Zimpel accounted for Pine City 26 23 49 The Huskies made good on The leading scorer for Isle career point.
310 W. Main St., PO Box 7 Lane - 120, 142, 90 - 352, Clara Kiel - 141, 149, 121 - 411. berg around the 6-minute mark
Isle, MN 56342 46 of the Huskies’ 59 points. brought the lead back to 12 10 of 14 shots from the line was Lahr with 16 points,
Scoring: Lahr 14, Haggberg 14,
We will close at 1:00 on Christmas Eve and Thursday Mixed Doubles Isle was 12-17 from the free- Coomes 13, Zimpel 11, Cooper 9, Con- during the final three minutes, including 11-13 from the char- Mora 24 27 51
be closed on Christmas Day (320) 676-3154 Nov. 11 - Men - High Scores - John Donahue - 144, 166, 229 - 539, Gordie Phillips - 213, 174, 140 - throw line. ner 8, Boser 5, Benjamin 2, Muller 2,
points, and from there it was a
battle of free-throws. including eight by Lahr, to ity stripe. Coomes and Cooper
Isle 36 29 65
462, Bob Olson - 151, 130, 160 - 441, Gary Olson - 157, 162, 119 - 438, Women - High Scores - Brenda Larson 1. secure the win. each had 11 points.
Isle’s offense went into stall Scoring: Lahr 16, Cooper 11, Coomes
'CF;=;)@@C=? !CFG;H)@@C=? Sam - 158, 157, 179 - 494, Diane Olson - 125, 185, 147 - 457, Lisa Heairet - 138, 147, 133 - 418, Barb
Isle finished the night mak- Mora senior Karlee Erickson 11, Zimpel 10, Haggberg 8, Conner 3,
    QQQ @H<GCF;=; =IG Phillips - 122, 131, 164 - 417. mode with four minutes Boser 3, Benjamin 3.

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