The Packer boys basketball team will open their season Tuesday at home vs. the Kasson Mantorville Komets. Last year the Packers season ended in a first round section loss to the Komets. The game will start at 7:30 in Packer Gymnasium. The Packers have one of their deepest teams in years. Fans can expect to see many different players making contributions during the season.
The Austin boys basketball team will host a Pancake Breakfast, Saturday Nov. 21, 2015 at the Austin Eagles Club 510 Oakland Ave. East. The meal will be served from 8 to 11 am. Tickets will be available at the door for $6 a piece. Come meet this year’s team! All funds raised go to support the team.
The Packers held their year end award celebration Sunday night. The season ended too soon for the Packers, who finished 14-13 on the season. Twelve of their losses were by an average of 4 points or less. Each coach reviewed their team’s successful season. The future definitely looks bright as the Freshman, B Team and JV Teams all finished at the top of the Big 9 standings.
Awards given out were to
Gach Gach – All Big 9 Conference
Levi Vierkandt – Honorable Mention Big 9 Conference.
Team awards went to:
Gach Gach – Mr. Defensive Award
Gach Gach – Point leader 14.5 ppg avg.
Zach Coffey – Assist leader – 3.7 assists per game
Levi Vierkandt – Field Goal shooting percentage leader – 49% from the floor
Duoth Gach – Free Throw Ladder Champ
Special Recognition was also given to the seniors, Jon Knorr, Noah Brehmer, Connor Bollum, Levi Vierkandt, Nik Gasner and Gach Gach. Thank you Seniors for your leadership and commitment.
HOOPS FOR HOPE DONATION!
Recently, the Paint the Town Pink Donation was made from the Fast Break Club and the Packer Captains to the Hormel Institute. A total of over $1400 dollars was raised from T-shirt sales, donations and the Half time Hoop shoot in the fight against Cancer. Thank you to all of the fans that made this possible!
The Packer’s season ended with a loss to Kasson to 66-40. The Packers fell behind early and could not get on track all night.
The Packers finished the season 14-13, with 9 of those losses coming within 4 points or less. The Packers will graduate 6 seniors, Gach Gach, Jon Knorr, Noah Brehmer, Levi Vierkandt, Connor Bollum and Nik Gasner.
The Fast Break Club would like to thank the seniors for their leadership and hard work. Most of these boys have played youth basketball since 4th grade and have spent countless weekends at tournaments. We appreciate all the time their parents took to drive, coach and cheer their players on over the years.
The club also wants to thank Coach Fadness and his staff for the time and energy they have put in this season, we have a great coaching staff and they devoted themselves to the team again this year.
Lastly, the Fast Break Club would like to thank the Packer faithful. We have the best fan base in the Big 9, bar none. You have filled the stands and made each game fun for the players. Our student section was great all year, cheering on their team, win or lose. They brought enthusiasm to the court and made it a special environment. Thank you.
Thanks for a great season! Go Pack!
You can read about the game at the Herald.
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 9; Nik Gasner, 9; Joe Kroymann, 5; Elijah Andersen, 4; Oman Oman, 3; Tate Hebrink, 3; Noah Brehmer, 2; Zach Coffey, 2; Levi Vierkandt, 2: Kyle Oberbroeckling, 1; field goals: 23 percent (15-for-63); 3-pointers: 20 percent (7-for-34); free throws: 43 percent (3-for-7); rebounds: 23 (Gach, 7); turnovers: 8
It was expected to be a low scoring, defensive battle. Owatonna, coming off a victory over then, league leading Red Wing, came to Austin with confidence and big expectations. They left dejected and wondering what happened. Austin came to play and totally controlled the game hitting 13 -3’s and defensively shutting down Owatonna. Owatonna’s fans tried to cheer their team on, but a full house of excited Austin fans had more to cheer about and easily kept the momentum on their side.
Austin has been playing their best ball of the season and our now headed into the post season. Austin is the #3 seed and will host Kasson-Mantorville the 6th seed on Wednesday night at 7pm. (note the time)
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 13; Zach Coffey, 10; Oman Oman, 10; Nik Gasner, 9; Both Gach, 9; Noah Brehmer, 8; Levi Vierkandt, 4; Tate Hebrink, 3; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 2; Anthony Sanchez, 2; Connor Bollum, 1; Taylor Peck, 1; field goals: 53 percent (25-for-47); 3-pointers: 59 percent (13-for-22); free throws: 64 percent (9-for-14); rebounds: 25 (Gach Gach, 6); turnovers: 13
Read more about how the Pack dominated the Huskies in the Herald.
The Packers started 5 seniors and all 6 seniors played significant minutes in beating their rival Albert Lea 79-57 Tuesday night. The Packers 13-12 and 12-9 in the Big 9 controlled the game from the tip. All six seniors scored and shot the ball very well.
The Seniors include Connor Bollum, Noah Brehmer, Mitch Flaherty- manager, Gach Gach, Nik Gasner, Jon Knorr and Levi Vierkandt
The Packers will play their final home regular season game on Friday night at 7:30 versus Owatonna. The Huskies beat Red Wing at home on Tuesday night and are trailing Austin in the Big 9 by only one game. The final regular season home game looks to be a battle.
Austin scoring: Nik Gasner, 21; Levi Vierkandt, 19; Connor Bollum, 8; Both Gach, 6; Oman Oman, 5; Noah Brehmer, 5; Zach Coffey, 4; Jon Knorr, 4; Gach Gach, 3; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 2; Joe Kroymann, 2; free throws: 33 percent (1-for-3); rebounds: 30 (Brehmer, 6); turnovers: 8