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Packers Claim Section Crown with 52-43 OT Win

16 Mar

The Austin Packers earned their second straight state tournament trip Friday night with a 52-43 overtime win over Red Wing in the Section 1AAA title game.

The Packers built an early 12-5 lead before an extended scoring drought allowed the Wingers to close the gap and take a 14-12 lead. It was a four-point Packer lead at halftime, and the Packers maintained a slight edge for virtually all of the game, but a Red Wing put-back with five seconds left in regulation tied the score at 40. A Red Wing free throw gave them a one-point lead early in the four-minute extra period, but the Packers closed on 13-2 run for the win.

Zach Wessels led the Packer scoring with 19 points, while Joe Aase scored 18, Tom Aase 7, Ajuda Nywesh 4, Collin Weisert 3 and Bret Lukes 1.

See the stories in the Austin Daily Herald, Rochester Post-Bulletin, Red Wing Republican-Eagle and TV coverage on KAAL and KTTC. It was the 300th career win for Packer Coach Kris Fadness.

Here are the highlights:

The Packers begin MSHSL State Tournament play Wednesday at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. The top five teams will be seeded, with #4 and #5 facing each other and the top three seeds drawing one of the other teams at random. The bracket will be filled in later today.

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Crowd-Sourcing the Alley Oop

18 Mar

Tom Aase’s game-winning Alley-Oop dunk as time expired was a prime example of the teamwork needed for success in basketball. It was made possible by everyone on the floor playing their part:

  • Tom Aase inbounding to Goliath Oboyo who passed to Nate Schwab
  • Schwab passing to Tom in the corner and taking the return pass and rotating the ball back to Zach Wessels,
  • Joe Aase flashing toward the high post as a decoy, and
  • Tom Aase cutting past the back screen from Oboyo and taking the perfect pass from Wessels to win it.

All of this was expertly choreographed by Packer Head Coach Kris Fadness, and now his son Zach – a co-captain on last-year’s team – has put together a synchronized video of that play from various sources that lets you see the play from every angle. You’ll definitely want to go Full Screen for this one:

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Packers headed to State with Alley-Oop Finish

16 Mar

We’ll have full video highlights on this tomorrow, but here’s the play Austin Packer fans will be talking about for years to come.

After the top-seeded Packers had scrapped back from six points down to second-seeded New Prague in the second half to take a one-point lead with 90 seconds remaining, the game came down to a last play.  With the score tied at 41, Austin’s coach Kris Fadness called timeout with 13 seconds left. Here’s the play he called, an alley-oop from Zach Wessels to Tom Aase for a dunk, and the resulting celebration:

March Madness, indeed!

The Packers are now headed to the Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1982. They will open play on Wednesday, with the opponent to be determined tomorrow.

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Packers Dominate All-Conference Team

7 Mar

The Austin Packers, who clinched their first Big Nine conference title in 13 years last week, are well represented on the all-conference team announced today.

Juniors Joe Aase and Tom Aase, and sophomore Zach Wessels, were named to the all-conference first team.

Coach Kris Fadness was recognized as Coach of the Year.

The Packers begin section playoffs at home tonight against Faribault. See the Austin Post-Bulletin and Austin Daily Herald for previews, as well as this Rochester Post-Bulletin preview of the whole section.

Packers Thump New Prague in Season Opener

7 Dec

After overcoming first-game jitters that saw them trailing 21-19 at halftime, the Austin Packers outscored the New Prague Trojans 36-11 in the second half for a 55-32 win against the defending Section 1AAA champions on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The 23-point loss was New Prague’s worst at home since Jan. 17, 2008, when the Trojans lost by 25 to Edina. For Austin coach Kris Fadness, it marked career victory #250, running his record as a head coach to 250-201.

The Austin boys had balanced attack, with nine Packers getting into the scoring column. Joe Aase, Tom Aase and Goliath Oboyo each scored 10, while Zack Vierkandt had 8, Colin Weisert 5, Zach Wessels and Bret Lukes 4 each, Nate Schwab 3 and Dan Gatbel 1. Here are the highlights:

See the story in the Austin Daily Herald.

The 1-0 Packers next head to Cedar Falls, Iowa Saturday for another non-conference contest. They open the conference season at home Tuesday against Albert Lea.

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