Tag Archives: High School

Aases Make All-Star Series

19 Mar

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Austin High School Seniors Joe Aase and Tom Aase have been selected to play in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Series.

Four teams of 10 graduating senior players will play in the series. Joe was named to the Gold team, while time will play for the Maroon. See the rosters.

The games will begin Friday, April 5 at St. Cloud State University at 7 p.m. with Gold vs. Maroon and Blue vs. Green. The series continues Saturday, April 6 at Macalaster College in St. Paul with games at 2:15 and 4 p.m.

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Survive and Advance

9 Mar

The Austin Packers came back from an 11-point first half deficit for a 51-49 win over Winona on Saturday, March 9. The game was tied at 49 with 13.9 seconds to play, and here is the conclusion:

Full highlights coming later tonight.

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 get Key Section Win

22 Dec

The Austin Packers stayed undefeated at 6-0 and earned a key win for Section 1AAA seedings Friday night in Red Wing as they topped the Wingers, currently rnnked #16 in the state, 64-52.

The second-ranked Packers were led in scoring by Bret Lukes with a career-high 19, while Zach Wessels added 17 and Tom Aase 13. Joe Aase and Ajuda Nywesh both chipped in 7, and Tommy Olmsted had 1.

Here are the video highlights:

See the Austin Daily Herald, Austin Post-Bulletin and Red Wing Republican Eagle stories.

Next up for the Packers is New Prague in only their second home game of the season. The Trojans come to Austin on Friday, Dec. 28 for another game that will figure in section seedings, as New Prague is 5-2 on the season and will be looking for revenge for last year’s section final.

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.

Highlights of Packers’ 2OT Win over Albert Lea

13 Dec

Tuesday night’s game lasted until nearly 10 p.m., so we were limited to posting just the last-second shot that gave the Packers the 72-71 win. Here are some other high points from the night:

Some on Twitter have questioned whether Zach Wessels should have been charged with an offensive foul just before his game winner. Obviously the officials didn’t see it that way, and in a game that lasts 44 minutes and includes scores of judgment calls by officials it is illegitimate to single out one just because it was the last.

But in case anyone is inclined to make such an argument, here’s a close-up from the frame grab of the last-second Albert Lea shot at the end of regulation, which was ruled a three and sent the game into overtime. The full photo is here on our Facebook page. Here’s the zoomed-in look at the Tiger’s paw on the line:

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Congratulations to Albert Lea on a hard-fought, well-played game. They are much improved over last year, and showed it both in this game and by beating New Prague on Dec. 4. The Packers will need to bring their “A” game on Feb. 9 when the teams meet again in Austin.

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