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Turn the Civic Center Red!

15 Mar

For last Saturday’s semifinal game against Winona, the crowd was gathering more than an hour in advance of the 7 p.m. tip. This video is from the lobby outside of Packer Gym at about 6:10, as the line of fans extended out the doors of the building and down the block. The second part of it is from five minutes before the tip, as the gym is packed except for a few seats in the balcony section. The final part is from the introduction of the starting lineup.

The Packers were undefeated at home this year, so we’re counting on Packer fans to create a homey environment tomorrow at Mayo Civic Center. Sign up by noon today if you want to ride on the fan bus.

Update: Due to popular demand, we’ve added another student bus, so we’re extending the sign-up time. There’s still some room on the adult bus, too. Download and print the forms and get them to the AHS Activities Office by Friday afternoon.

Student Bus Permission Form

Adult Bus Reservation Form


Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook.

Let’s turn the Mayo Civic Center red!


Packer Seniors Profiled in Austin Daily Herald

14 Mar

Today’s Austin Daily Herald has a great profile on the Packer seniors – Ryan Larson, Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt – and the road they’ve taken to playing in the Section 1AAA championship game on Friday.

Here’s a sampler:

While they’ve clicked throughout the season for the No. 5 ranked Packers (22-5 overall), who are playing for Austin’s first state tournament berth in 30 years against New Prague this Friday, some of them weren’t even on the basketball radar in Austin a few years ago.

The biggest thing to know is that Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt and Ryan Larson combined for about five minutes of varsity playing time before this season and now they’re all playing key roles on Austin’s best team in 30 years.

Read the whole story.

Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook.

Be sure to get to Rochester Friday night for the championship game against New Prague. If you need a ride, we have bus transportation available.

Pack the Fan Buses!

12 Mar

The Packer Fast Break Club (Like us on Facebook) is sponsoring and subsidizing the cost for fan buses to Friday night’s Section 1AAA Final against New Prague.

The school buses will leave from Austin High School at 6 p.m. and will return after the game. The cost is only…

$1 for students


$5 for adults!

To reserve your spot, click the appropriate link below and print, complete and sign the form and return it to the Austin High School Activities Office with payment by noon on Thursday, March 15.



Update: The first adult bus will be a coach bus instead of a school bus, so get to the AHS Activities Office and sign up early if you want to be sure to get on the coach bus.

Game tickets may be purchased separately at the Mayo Civic Center when you arrive. Game time is 8 p.m.

There also is a big concert at the Mayo Civic Center Friday night. There is plenty of parking and it is free, but parents and fans should be notified that they may have to walk a few blocks from the lots. The ramp across the street from the Civic Center may be full.

Packer fans have fueled an undefeated home record this year. Now it’s time to build that enthusiasm to an even greater scale at Mayo Civic Center to earn a trip to State!

Packers tied for Big 9 Lead

18 Feb

The Packers raced to an early lead Friday night and led all the way in a 69-56 win over Rochester Century Friday night at home.

Joe Aase led the Pack with 21 points, while  Zach Wessels had 20, Tom Aase 15,  Nate Schwab 6, Bret Lukes 3 and  Goliath Oboyo and Collin Weisert 2 each. See the recaps in the Austin Daily Herald and Austin Post-Bulletin.

Here are the game highlights:

The win, combined with an Owatonna loss to Mankato East, means the Packers are now tied with Owatonna for first place in the Big 9 Conference with three games remaining. If the Packers and Huskies win their next two conference games, the title will be decided in a winner-take-all regular season finale Mar. 2 in Austin.

Packers win in OT at Mankato East

25 Jan

The Austin boys completed the season sweep of Mankato East Tuesday night with a 70-58 overtime win over Mankato East.The Packers got off to a slow start, trailing 12-5 early, but came back to grab a 22-21 lead at halftime. They built a 50-42 lead with five minutes to go, but a desperation three-pointer from half court sent the contest into overtime.

Joe Aase led the Packers in scoring with 24 points, while  Zach Wessels had 17, Goliath Oboyo 11, Tom Aase and Nate Schwab 6 each, Zach Vierkandt 4 and Bret Lukes 2.

Here are the highlights, including the half-court shot that sent the game to overtime:

See the coverage in the Austin Daily Herald and Mankato Free Press.

The road win boosts the Packers to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in the Big Nine and into sole possession (for now) of first place, a half game ahead of Owatonna, which lost in non-conference action Tuesday night at metro power Eden Prairie, which was ranked 7th in Class AAAA, in double overtime.

In the only other game involving a Big Nine team last night, Mankato West pulled out a one-point win over Fairmont.

The Packers travel to Owatonna Friday night to face the 12-3 Huskies for the first time and with the conference lead on the line.

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