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An Epic Regular Season

5 Mar

As the Packers prepare to open defense of their Section 1AAA basketball title tomorrow night against Kasson-Mantorville, here’s a look back at their 25-0 regular season.

It’s difficult to condense 25 wins into a 20-minute video. Lots of good plays aren’t included, but this is a representative sample pulled from 100 minutes of individual game highlights (and that doesn’t include the highlights from the Packers’ wins at Waseca and Winona.)

You’ll want to expand to full screen for this:

Hopefully the boys will start another highlight reel at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Packer Gym. Let’s Pack the gym!


Packers to Host Kasson-Mantorville Wednesday

2 Mar

The Austin Packers will kick off defense of their MSHSL Section 1AAA title on Wednesday at home against #8 seed Kasson-Mantorville. Game time is 7 p.m. The Packers played the Komets in the first game of the season on Dec. 1, and came away with an 88-54 win.

New Prague grabbed the #2 seed and will host #7 Faribault, while #6 Albert Lea travels to #3 Red Wing and #4 Winona hosts #5 Waseca. See the complete bracket below:

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Here are the links (and top seeds) to the brackets for all of the Class AAA sections (Sections 5, 7 and 8 will be announced Sunday:

Packers Shoot for History Tonight!

1 Mar

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The Austin Packer Boys Basketball team travels to Owatonna tonight with a lot to accomplish, including a chance to make history on several fronts:

  • The 2012-13 Packers are currently tied with the 1980-81 Packers for longest boys basketball winning streak in school history, at 24 games. A win tonight, and these Packers hold the record by themselves.
  • With a win tonight, the Packers would claim the conference crown by at least four games. which would match the margin for the 2009-2010 Winona Winhawks, the last team to go undefeated in the Big 9. The 2008-2009 Mankato West Scarlets also went 18-0 in the conference, and won by five games over Austin. An Albert Lea win tonight over Rochester John Marshall (combined with an Austin win), would stretch the Packers’ margin to five games.
  • No Big Nine team has gone undefeated in the regular season since at least 2005-1006. Both the ’08-’09 Scarlets and the ’09-’10 Winhawks lost non-conference match-ups, while this year’s Packers are 7-0.
  • The Packers are looking for their first season sweep of Owatonna since at least 2004-2005. From that year through 2010-11, Owatonna won 12 of 14 games. A win tonight would give the Packers three of the last four.

Most importantly, the Packers are preparing for tournament play, and this is their last tune-up before they open at home next Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

If you have information on the last Big Nine team to go undefeated throughout the regular season (including non-conference), please leave that information in the comments below. Also, if you know when Austin last swept Owatonna, that would be helpful too.

Please join us in Owatonna tonight! The opening tip is at 7:30. Then plan to root the Packers on through the playoffs!

Packers Keep Streaks Alive with 56-45 Win

5 Jan

The Austin Packers kept their season record unblemished at 9-0 and ran their home winning streak to 17 games with a 56-45 win over Mankato West Friday night.

After falling behind 4-0 in the opening minutes, the Packers came back strong to build a 29-10 lead with 2:08 left in the first half. West then went on an 8-0 run to close the gap to 29-18 at halftime. The Packers built a 20-point lead early in the second half, and their lead was in the teens most of the rest of the way, although West did cut the margin to 9 in the closing minutes before the Packers put the game away at the free-throw line.

Zach Wessels led the scoring with 20 points, while Tom Aase had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks and Joe Aase contributed 9 points and 9 rebounds.  Bret Lukes and Collin Weisert rounded out the scoring with 7 and 3 points respectively.

Here are the highlights (and the Austin Daily Herald recap):

The Packers return to action this afternoon in Waseca in a game that has been moved to a 4 p.m. start.

Packers Surge to 3-0 in Big Nine

19 Dec

After a sluggish first half Tuesday night at Mankato East, the Packers turned up the intensity and raced to a 72-36 win that moved their record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Nine.

Ahead just 30-20 at halftime, the Packers outscored the Cougars 42-16 in the second half. Zach Wessels, Joe Aase and Bret Lukes were in double figures with 22, 16 and 10 points, respectively. Tom Aase added 8, Ajuda Nywesh 7, Collin Weisert 5 and Tommy Olmsted and Gach Gach 2 each. The Packers caused 28 East turnovers and went 10/11 on free throws (a massive improvement over the 14/30 performance in the 2OT game at Albert Lea.

Here are the highlights:

See the Austin Daily Herald and Post-Bulletin stories.

Next up are two key Section 1AAA rivals. The Packers continue their Road Warrior status on Friday when they travel to Red Wing to face the 4-2 Wingers. The next home game is Friday, Dec. 28 against section rival New Prague, currently 5-2 on the year.

Of their first six games, only last Friday’s Mayo game was in the friendly confines of Packer Gym.

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