The Packers will take on Albert Lea tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 17th. Tonight we will recognize this year’s Senior Players and Managers. If you can, come out and cheer on the Packers!
The Big 9 has been a battle this year and the Packers have competed well, but came up short on Thursday night to Mankato East, 69 to 65. The Packers held a 1 point lead at the half but had 5 minute scoreless stretch that saw East pull ahead and win by 4. The Big 9 has some great teams this year and this has provided the Packers great opportunity to play in some great contests. Due to the level of competition Austin has played this year, we are still rated 13th in the QRF rankings.
Austin has two more regular season home games left this season. Tuesday, Feb. 17th, will be Senior Night, as the Packers take on the Albert Lea Tigers. Friday night they will finish the regular season at home vs Owatonna.
Austin scoring:Gach Gach, 18; Nik Gasner, 13; Levi Vierkandt, 12; Noah Brehmer, 6; Both Gach, 6; Zach Coffey, 4; Tate Hebrink, 3; Oman Oman, 3; free throws: 100 percent (4-for-4); rebounds: 27 (Gach, 13); turnovers: 13
Come and support the Seniors and the rest of the Packers Tuesday night!
Read more about the game at the Daily Herald.
The Packers started fast and finished strong to sweep Century this season, winning 65-58. Austin forced the home team into several turnovers to start the game and moved out for a 10-2 lead and led 31-22 at the half. However, a slow start to the second half allowed Century to pull ahead by 4 points but the Packers went on a 10-0 run and eventually finished the game on a 25-17 run to win the game. The Packers were led in scoring by Gach Gach with 20 points and Levi Vierkandt with 13.
Austin will play at home on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm. The game had previously been scheduled for Friday, but was moved to Thursday night. Austin will take on Mankato East. East just beat Red Wing for the second time this season and are 15-8 on the season. Come out and cheer on the Pack, Thursday night!
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 20; Levi Vierkandt, 13; Tate Hebrink, 9; Nik Gasner, 7; Zach Coffey, 7; Noah Brehmer, 5; Kyle Oberboreckling, 4; free throws: 72 percent (13-for-18); 3-pointers: 36 percent (8-for-22)
The Pack played a great game in front of a fantastic crowd Friday night but just came up short in overtime, losing to Red Wing 56 to 52. Austin had the #3 ranked team in the state on the ropes, but did not close out the game. One thing is sure, Austin was not intimidated by Red Wing and looked like the better team much of the game, but Red Wing led by Ty Buck hit a few big shots late and kept Austin from getting the victory.
The Packers were supported by a huge hometown crowd wearing Pink for the Paint the Town Pink Game. The Fast Break Club again organized the event and donated the funds from the T-shirt sales, half-time hoop shoot and the pass the bucket free-will donations to the Hormel Institute. Thank you to everyone who came out to the game and supported their fight against cancer.
Austin will be on the road Tuesday as they take on Rochester Century.
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 17; Levi Vierkandt, 14; Both Gach, 9; Zach Coffey, 8; Tate Hebrink, 3; Noah Brehmer, 1; free throws: 50 percent (10-for-20); rebounds: 25 (Gach, 10); turnovers: 5
Reminder its our Paint the Town Pink Game tonight. It should be a great game against Red Wing, who is currently #1 in the Big 9 and in the section standings. Come out and cheer for the Packers and take on the fight against Cancer. Remember to wear Pink!
The Packers struggled with poor shooting in the first half vs JM on Tuesday night. Falling behind 33-14 at the half. Then the second half started and so did the Packers. They played much better in the second half causing turnovers and hitting shots. With 3 minutes to play we were within 4 points after a Both Gach 3 pointer. However, JM hit enough free throws to close out the game 54-47.
Friday night is our PINK OUT GAME. T-shirts are available at Games People Play and will be sold prior to the game. Please come and plan to support the Packers and the fight against cancer. The game is a very important section game vs Red Wing. Red Wing is currently rated 3rd in the State and has won 7 games in a row. Austin lost the earlier match 41-45.
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 12; Both Gach, 12; Zach Coffey, 8; Noah Brehmer, 6; Tate Hebrink, 6; Dylan Gasner, 3; free throws; 28 percent (2-for-7)
You can read more about the game in the Herald.
The Austin boys increased their win streak to 4 games with a road win over Northfield on Friday night, 67 to 50. Austin has now won 6 of their last 7 games. Austin revenged a loss to the Raiders earlier this year, when they lost by one on a last second free throw. This time Austin was not going to let that happen. The Pack started the game hot, going on a 11-0 run, led by Nik Gasner with 3 -3 pointers. However, the Packers needed a buzzer beater by Senior Jon Knorr at the half to lead by 4, 31-27. The second half saw a quick start for the Packers again, but the lead was only 6 with 5:47 left to play. Unlike the first game, the Packers finished strong with a 14 to 3 run and actually scoring the last 11 points to get the 17 point victory. Austin was led in scoring by Gach Gach who had 17 and Zach Coffey with 16 points.
You can read more about the game from the Southern Minnesota news.
Austin has a big road game Tuesday when they travel to Rochester John Marshall. JM is second in the Big 9 at 12-3, while the Pack is 4th at 10-6. Austin beat JM earlier this year, 68-57. Last year’s contest was a instant classic as Austin came from behind to win by 2. See last year’s highlights here. Come and cheer on the Pack Tuesday, it will be a great game!