The 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament has come and gone, and what a tournament it was. There were instant classic nail-biting games, fantastic individual performances and the Lewiston-Altura girls basketball team ending a 30-game losing streak.
A wealth of memories, but when it comes to the All-Tournament team, these players stood out from both the boys and girls sides.
Player of the Tournament — Gach Gach (Austin): Gach’s Packers club didn’t come away with a win, but it wasn’t due to a lack of performance on the floor. Gach scored 19 points against Simley and 23 on Caledonia in two games, keeping Austin in both till the final buzzer sounded
Cullin Neeck (Lewiston-Altura): Neeck exploded for a tournament-high 28 points against Hope Lutheran to go along with six rebounds, and followed that up with 23 points against Mabel-Canton
Owen King (Caledonia): King dropped 24 points on Winona in the Warriors’ tourney opener, then had 19 against Austin
C.J. Woda (Heritage Christian Academy): Woda scored 14 against Fillmore Central, but exploded for 25 versus Cotter, earning him a spot in the starting five
Jack Stensgard (Simley): One half of the “Splash Brothers” had 16 points against Austin and then 19 against Austin in impressive back-to-back performances
Honorable mention: Andrew Fratzke (Hope Lutheran), Alex Murphy (Cochrane-Fountain City), P.J. Appicelli (Winona), Donald Ells III (Winona), Keyser Wenthold (Mabel-Canton), Tanner Scott (Heritage Christian Academy), Kyle Sorenson (Caledonia)
Player of the Tournament — Carolyn Shanahan (St. Charles): Shanahan scored a girls two-game best 39 points, including 25 against Alden-Conger to lead the Saints to a pair of victories
Bella Lien (Heritage Christian Academy): Lien went for 15 points against Lanesboro and 20 on Fillmore Central
Gabby Bowlin (Cotter): Bowlin led the Ramblers to a win with 11 points against Lanesboro, then nearly helped pull the upset win over WSHS with 23 on the Winhawks
Emelia Schindeldecker (Lewistion-Altura): Schindeldecker notched 13 points for the Cardinals in their victory over Hope Lutheran on Day 1, which snapped an overall 30-game losing streak. Schindeldecker then dropped 20 on Mabel-Canton to make it two in a row for L-A
Kerrigan Lyga (Cochrane-Fountain City): Lyga paced the Pirates with 18 points against Mabel-Canton, then had 12 against Hope Lutheran in a pair of C-FC wins
Honorable mention: Annika Simonson (Heritage Christian Academy), Emily Beeman (Lewiston-Altura), Rylee Gabel (Cochrane-Fountain City), Cori Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville), Kristin Scott (Kasson-Mantorville)
HBC Sports’ Ty Schwartzlow took a few minutes to touch base with Andrew Fratzke and Kyle Meyer to discuss Patriots basketball and what the experience of the Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament means now and as the season progresses.
Alex Murphy and Reed Willadsen each scored fifteen points as the Cochrane-Fountain City boys basketball team built on a seventeen-point halftime advantage to defeat Hope Lutheran 79-39 at the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.
Six different players accumulated at least four rebounds for C-FC, led by Murphy’s seven. Andrew Bremer had six and Mason Baecker five, while Brad Scharlau, Lucas Gabel and Willadsen all had four. Gabel and Baecker also scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The lone bright spot for Hope Lutheran (1-9) was Andrew Fratzke, who followed up a 23-point, eight-rebound performance against Lewiston-Altura on Friday with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Hayden Meinke added seven points and Hunter Reed five for the Patriots.
The Cochrane-Fountain City girls basketball team allowed just five points and held Hope Lutheran scoreless over the final twelve minutes of the first half in a 50-13 trouncing at the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.
Kerrigan Lyga, coming off of an 18-point performance on Friday, scored a game-high 12 points, while Meghan Wenger had 10 and Rylee Gabel finished with nine.
Kayla Kamrowski pulled down a game-best nine rebounds for C-FC, with Gabel right behind her with eight.
Just five players scored for Hope Lutheran (4-7), led by Alex Ludford’s five.
Cullin Neeck scored a Day 1 high 28 points as the Lewiston-Altura boys basketball team doused Hope Lutheran 74-40 in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Friday.
Neeck scored 12 fewer points than the Hope Lutheran team and added six rebounds for good measure.
Eleven different players scored for L-A (4-7). Logan Knutson and Peyton Schumacher both accounted for nine and Bradley Miller, a member of the Patriots team a year ago, finished with eight and five rebounds for the Cardinals.
The game was not only a showcase for Neeck, as Hope Lutheran’s Andrew Fratzke putting on an impressive display, himself. The senior led Hope (1-8) with 23 points and eight rebounds, while only Hunter Zenk managed as many as five for the Patriots.
Three players scored in double figures as the Lewiston-Altura girls basketball team snapped an overall thirty-game losing streak and picked up its first win of the season, 54-33 over Hope Lutheran in the first game of the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Friday.
Emelia Schindeldecker led the way for L-A (1-7) with 13 points (11 in the first half), followed by Emily Beeman and Blair Schilling who both scored 10.
The Cardinals held a commanding 34-18 lead at the half and never looked back.
Megan Tews paced Hope Lutheran (4-6) with 12 points, while Alex Ludford and Olivia Klug both finished with five.