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)
The “Splash Brothers,” also known as the Stengards scored 39 points to lead Simley past Winona Senior High School in a tight-knit 71-67 victory in the final game of the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Sam Stensgard scored 20, fifteen of which came in the first half, and Jack Stensgard finished with 19.
With WSHS (2-9) up 14-7 early, Simley unleashed a 15-0 run that put them in the driver’s seat, though the Winhawks pushed them all night.
Donald Ells III nailed a 3-pointer to make it 70-65 in favor of Simley (7-4) with 27 seconds remaining, but that led to Derrick Gray free throw. P.J. Appicelli connected on a jumper with 6.3 seconds to go, but the Winhawks couldn’t get the ball back, and Simley came away with a hard-fought victory.
Appicelli finished with a game-high 23 points, while Ells III went for 15 points and Trey Bechley had 12 for Winona.
The Kasson-Mantorville girls basketball team held a commanding 35-19 lead at the halftime, but had to hold off a Winona charge in the second half for a 69-61 win in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Monday.
K-M (10-0), ranked fifth in the 1AAA state poll, got a game-high 26 points from Cori Kennedy, while Kristin Scott finished with 16.
Winona (4-4), coming off of a dramatic three-point victory over crosstown rival Cotter on Saturday night, were led by Maria Appicelli’s 24 points. Abby Winter added nine and Hallee Hoeppner tossed in eight.
Owen King drilled six 3-pointers on the way to a game-high twenty-four points as the Caledonia boys basketball team dominated Winona Senior High School 86-57 in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.
Caledonia (7-1) took a 50-18 lead into the halftime locker room and never looked back as Kyle Sorenson and Gavin Schroeder made it three players scoring in double figures with 20 and 14, respectively.
Winona (2-8) also featured three players in double digits, led by P.J. Appicelli’s 17 and ten apiece from Kale Milek and Donald Ells III, who finished with 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The build-up for the match-up between the Winona Senior High School and Cotter girls at the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament was palpable, and it lived up to the hype.
WSHS coach Tim Gleason, player Hallee Hoeppner and Cotter coach Pat Bowlin spoke with HBC Sports’ Ty Schwartzlow about what it meant for the two schools to finally square off and gauge their thoughts on what was the best game of the 2014 tournament so far and an instant classic.
It was a game that brought with it much anticipation, and the result on the floor was worth the wait.
The Winona Senior High School girls basketball team held two double-digit leads throughout the game only to have Cotter make a push, but in the end, it was Winona which emerged with a nail-biting 51-48 victory in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.
Winona (4-3) scored the first twelve points of the game and looked as though they might pull away for a lopsided victory, but thanks to 12 points from Gabby Bowlin in the first half, the two teams headed into the locker room tied at 23-23.
The Winhawks controlled most of the second half, building a 14-point advantage with just over five minutes to play on the strength of 21 points from Hallee Hoeppner and 10 from Danneka Voegeli, but Cotter (3-6) kept whittling away, getting key turnovers over the game’s final few minutes to pull within three.
Abby Winter hit a pair of crucial free throws with about 13.2 seconds to play before Bowlin hit a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left to pull the Ramblers within two, 50-48. Hoeppner then made one of two free throws with 0.6 seconds to go, but Bowlin couldn’t get a three-quarters heave off to which sealed the win for Winona.
Bowlin finished with a game-high 23 points and Kelly Vaselaar added eight for Cotter.
Winter led WSHS with five rebounds, which Mikala Nelton and Kirsten Weifenbach equaled for the Ramblers.
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