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.
Thanks to Mayo’s double overtime loss to Owatonna Saturday and Century’s Friday night loss to Winona, the Austin Packers are now in a six-way tie for first place in the Big Nine Conference:
The next two weeks will be a key stretch, as all of the conference co-leaders will have at least two games against other co-leaders.
In the statewide polls, the Packers have climbed to a #7 ranking, as reported in Breakdown Sports:
The Packers host Faribault tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., while Mankato East travels to Mayo, Owatonna hosts Winona, Mankato West visits Albert Lea and Century goes to John Marshall.
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.
Austin has two members of the Big Nine All-Conference Teams. Joe Aase was named to the first team, while Tom Aase made the second team. Both are sophomores. Senior Zach Fadness received honorable mention.
Here is the complete list:
Austin: Joe Aase, so. Century: Ater Manyang, jr. Faribault: Michael Emge, sr. Mankato East: Brody Ziegler, jr. Mankato West: Des Spann, sr. Owatonna: Vaughn Thada, sr.; Drew Osmundson, jr. Winona: Mark Blacklock, sr.; Martin Feddersen, sr.
Albert Lea: Kyle Ooms, jr. Austin: Tom Aase, so. Century: Nate Kruisselbrink, sr. Faribault: Chad Hansen, sr. Mankato East: Martin Stevens-Frederick, sr. Mayo: Ian Reid Hathaway, jr.; Nate Penz, jr. Owatonna: Tyler Supalla, sr.; Mike Sebring, sr.
The Austin boys avenged an early January loss to Mankato East last night with a 60-51 win over the Cougars.
It was senior night, in a matter of speaking, as Max Coffee, Jay Ettinger, and Andrew Kaiser each scored 9 for the Packers, while Zach Fadness added 8. Joe Aase led the scoring with 14, Zach Wessels had 6 and Tom Aase 5.
Here’s the Austin Daily Herald story.
To the highlights:
The Packers travel to Mankato on Friday to take on West.