The Packers swept two home games on Friday and Saturday night, beating Mankato West 52-47 and then following with a 58-49 win over previously undefeated Caledonia, ranked third in the state in Class AA.
In the Friday night game, the game was close throughout, with the Packers maintaining a slight lead most of the way. The score was tied at 39 with seven minutes to play, and the Packers played tough to seal the win. Zach Wessels led the Pack with 16 points, while Matt Duren had 12, Joe Aase and Tom Aase 8 each and Zach Fadness and Jay Ettinger with 4 apiece. The Austin Post-Bulletin and Daily Herald have recaps.
On Saturday, the Packers were down 17-8 early before they got the offense going and clamped down on defense. They were down by 3 at the half and continued the pressure, eventually building a 15-point margin. Tom Aase and Matt Duren each had 13 points to pace the Packers, while Joe Aase had 10, Zach Fadness 9, Jay Ettinger and Zach Wessels 5 each and Andrew Kaiser 3.
Here are the highlights from the win over Caledonia:
Update: Here are the highlights from the Mankato West game:
The Packers are now 5-6 overall, and 4-2 in the Big 9 Conference. Next up is another conference matchup Tuesday at Albert Lea.