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2014 All-Tournament teams

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)


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Day 2: Winona girls survive thriller with Cotter

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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Day 1: Cotter girls use pressure defense to rout Lanesboro

The game was tied at ten early on, but the Cotter girls basketball team used a 27-6 to propel themselves to a 21-point halftime lead as they trounced Lanesboro 64-27 in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Friday.

The Ramblers played a suffocating, pressure defense all night, which created turnovers and easy offensive opportunities, which they capitalized on throughout the game. Ten different players scored for Cotter (3-5), four in double figures, led by Kirsten Weifenbach with 12, Gabby Bowlin had 11, and Leah Koll and Beth Parlin each finished with 10.

Cotter only allowed five players to score for Lanesboro (4-5), and only 15 total points to anyone not named Oliva Haug, who accounted for 12 points and six rebounds on the night.

Mikala Nelton paced the Ramblers on the boards with five, followed closely by Kaylin Zukowski and Parlin with four apiece.

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