Packers Sweep the Spartans

27 Jan

Austin made it a clean sweep Monday night beating Rochester Mayo 64-58 in front of huge hometown crowd.  Austin had beaten Mayo 64-50 earlier this season on Dec. 5th.  Austin defense again caused the Spartans fits as they had numerous turnovers. The Packers have now won 3 games in a row and 4 of their last 5.  Austin has  a 10-9 overall record and are 9-6 in the Big 9.

The Austin Seniors came to play and were led by a stellar performance from Gach Gach who had two big 3 pointers late in the game for a total of 23 points.  Levi Vierkandt had 13 points and hit several key shots late in the game and put down his first career dunk earlier in the game.

The Packers will take this win streak on the road Friday night when they take on Northfield. Northfield is currently 10-5 in the Big 9 and 13-6 overall.  Austin lost in a heartbreaker to Northfield earlier this year, 56-57.

Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 23; Levi Vierkandt, 13; Zach Coffey, 9; Nik Gasner, 7; Dylan Gasner, 3; Tate Hebrink, 3; Both Gach, 2; Noah Brehmer, 2; field goals: 41 percent (24-for-59); 3-pointers: 31 percent (9-for-29); free throws: 64 percent (7-for-11); rebounds: 24 (Gach Gach, 7); turnovers: 10

Read more about the game at the Austin Herald. See TV highlights from KIMT.   The TV highlights from KAAL.

Our video highlights.

Packers take down Faribault

24 Jan

Packers kept their win streak alive as they defeated a tough Faribault team on Friday night, 51-47.  The Packers were led by senior Nick Gasner, with 14 points.  The Packers are now 9-9 on the season and more importantly 5-3 in the section. The Packers are at home again on Monday night vs Rochester Mayo.   Austin defeated Mayo earlier this year on the road 64-50, but Mayo brings a 11-6 record into the contest.  Plan to come to Packer gym on Monday night to cheer on the Pack!

Read about the game at the Herald.  Read the Faribault News.  KIMT highlights at Sports OT part 1 (3 min mark)

See our highlights here.

Scoring: Nik Gasner, 14; Gach Gach, 11; Tate Hebrink, 9; Zach Coffey, 5; Noah Brehmer, 4; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 4; Both Gach, 2; Levi Vierkandt, 2; free throws: 33 percent (2-for-6); rebounds: 20 (Gach, 6); turnovers: 14

Packers win on the road

21 Jan

The Packers defeated Winona 64-56 on Tuesday night, picking up a much needed road victory.  Austin trailed early 5 to 7 but took the lead and never trailed again in the half.  The Winhawks tied the game at the half 27 to 27, but Austin had a balanced night scoring and some great defense down the stretch to come away with the victory.

You can read about the game in the Austin Daily Herald.   You can read more at the Winona Daily News.

Winona’s newpaper photos.  See our our video highlights!

Austin scoring: Both Gach, 12; Tate Hebrink, 10; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 9; Levi Vierkandt, 9; Zach Coffey, 8; Nik Gasner, 8; Gach Gach, 7; Dylan Gasner, 1; free throws: 60 percent (9-for-15)

Austin will be home on Friday for the “Hall of Fame Game” vs. Faribault.  Reminder, the Mayo game next week will be on Monday, Jan. 26th, not Tuesday.

Packers fall to West

18 Jan

Austin boys finally returned home on Friday night but were unable to pull out the victory.  The Packers trailed Mankato the entire game closing the gap several times but unable to take the lead.  The game ended 54 to 64.

You can read more about the game at the Herald. Click here for Our highlights.

The Packers will travel to Winona on Tuesday night.  Then, the Pack will be back home on Friday night.  Also, a change has been made in the schedule, the game vs. Mayo has been moved from Tuesday, Jan. 27 to Monday, Jan. 26th.

Packers beat Owatonna

14 Jan

In a game where the shots would not fall, Austin boys used and aggressive defense, forcing Owatonna into 20 turnovers to get the win on the road 42 to 37.  The Packers led at the half 22 to 18 .  Austin played well down the stretch, holding on and getting the victory.

Austin will finally return home on Friday to play Mankato West. Seven of the next eleven games will be at home. Plan to come on Friday and cheer on the Pack!

You read more about the game at the Herald.  You can also read the Owatonna People’s Press.

See our highlights here.  A link to the section standings is here.

Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 20; Zach Coffey, 7; Nik Gasner, 6; Tate Hebrink, 3; Noah Brehmer, 2; Both Gach, 2 ; Levi Vierkandt, 2; free throws: 31 percent (5-for-16)

Packers Pound the Tigers

10 Jan

The Packers scored 56 points in the second half on Friday night to defeat the Albert Lea Tigers 90 to 50.  Austin led Albert Lea at the half 34 to 28.  Austin used balanced scoring and a suffocating defense to take down the Tigers.  Zach Coffey led Austin in scoring with 16 points.

Austin has had 6 straight road games and will travel to Owatonna on Tuesday night to take on the Huskies.

You can read more at the Austin Daily Herald.  Read more at the Albert Lea Tribune and see some photos.  See KIMT highlights.  Here are our video highlights!

Austin scoring: Zach Coffey, 16; Gach Gach, 10; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 10; Levi Vierkandt, 10; Noah Brehmer, 9; Tate Hebrink, 9; Connor Bollum, 9; Nik Gasner, 8; Both Gach, 3; Elijah Andersen, 3; Anthony Sanchez, 2; Taylor Peck, 1; field goals: 52 percent (30-for-58); free throws: 69 percent (18-for-26); rebounds: 36

Packers Road Woes Continue

9 Jan

The Packers lost to Mankato East Tuesday night 81 to 75.  Mankato East was a very athletic team that shot the ball very well.  The Pack found themselves trailing too much at the half again and had to battle back the entire second half of the game.  .  Gach Gach had a career game scoring 31 points.  The Packers head to Albert Lea on Friday night for another Big 9 match.

Austin Herald’s story.  Highlights of the game.

Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 31; Both Gach, 13; Zach Coffey, 13; Nik Gasner, 6; Levi Vierkandt, 4; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 3; Tate Hebrink, 3; Noah Brehmer, 2; free throws: 61 percent (14-for-23)

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