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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.

Packers Split Weekend Games

15 Jan

The Austin boys got a big win Friday night on the road against Big Nine rival Rochester Century, as they started quickly and never looked back. The Packers and Panthers went into the game tied for first in the conference (along with Owatonna), and the Packers came out with the victory.

Joe Aase led the Packers with 18 points, while Tom Aase had 15, Zach Wessels 10, Goliath Oboyo 6, Bret Lukes 5, Collin Weisert 3 and Nate Schwab 2. Here are the Austin Daily Herald and Post-Bulletin stories, and the video highlights:

See the KTTC and KAAL stories, too.

The Packers had a quick turnaround, as they traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin to take part in the Midwest Players Classic. Playing their second game in 16 hours, they got off to a good start against Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau, an undefeated Wisconsin team, but ran out of gas in the second half. The Herald story has the details.

Joe Aase had 13 points for the Packers, while Zach Wessels had 6, Goliath Oboyo 4, Nate Schwab 3 and Zach Vierkandt, Bret Lukes, Tom Aase and Collin Weisert had 2 each.

Video highlights are below:

The Packers return to action Tuesday night at home against Winona.



Packers win 4th Straight

7 Jan

The Austin Packers used strong defense and good ball movement to close the first half on a 28-9 run en route to a 55-38 win at Mankato West on Friday night.

Joe Aase led the Packers with 20 points, while Zach Wessels had 13, Tom Aase 12, Bret Lukes 4, Goliath Oboyo 3, Zach Vierkandt 2 and Nate Schwab 1. Here are the stories in the Post-Bulletin and Austin Daily Herald, as well as KEYC TV in  Mankato.

Here are the full video highlights:

The Packers are now 6-2 and went into the game ranked #10 in the Minnesota Class AAA boys basketball rankings. In the Big 9, they’re 3-1 and in a five-way tie for second place. They return to action Tuesday night when they host Faribault.

Packers drop Mankato East

21 Dec

The Austin Packers bounced back from last week’s tough loss at Rochester Mayo to knock off the visiting Mankato East Cougars 82-73 Tuesday night.

It was the first loss of the year for the Cougars, who have been ranked as high as #3 in the state Class AAA polls. The Packers had received votes in the most recent poll, and their vote total will surely increase after overcoming foul trouble that benched its two big men, Joe Aase and Tom Aase, for much of the game.

Here are the first-half highlights, which saw the Packers build a 40-26 lead at the break:

And here are the second-half highlights, during which the Packers built their lead to as much as 20 points before surviving a late East run that got to within four. While we don’t usually include free throws in the highlights, this game was so influenced by fouls that an account that didn’t show them would be incomplete. The teams took 70 free throws combined (East 38, Austin 32), with many of the Packers’ attempts coming as the Cougars fouled intentionally in the second half to stop the clock in their comeback bid. (Note that the free throws are all grouped at the end of the video, and are not necessarily in order.)

See the stories in the Austin Daily Herald and Post-Bulletin.

The win boosts the Packers’ record to 3-2 overall, 2-1 in the Big 9. Their next game is Thursday night at home against section foe Red Wing, a contest that will help determine seeding at tournament time. It’s also “Jam the Gym” night, as HyVee is giving hot dogs, chips and a soft drink to the first 300 fans attending the game.


Packers Swamp Tigers

14 Dec

The Packers took the lead early and never looked back as they rolled to an easy 81-42 victory over I-90 rival Albert Lea Tuesday night in Packer Gym.

Ten Packers got into the scoring act, including Zach Wessels with 22 points, Goliath Oboyo (14), Tom Aase (12), Joe Aase (8), Bret Lukes (6), Zach Vierkandt (5), Nate Schwab, Tommy Olmsted and Ryan Larson with 4 each, and Colin Weisert with 2.

See the highlights below, and the story in the Austin Daily Herald.

The Packers, now 2-1 on the season, return to action Friday night in Rochester against Mayo.

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