Tag Archives: Mankato East

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.

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 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 Thump Cougars

16 Feb

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.

Packers Drop Game at East

13 Jan

After scoring just 17 points in the first half, the Austin Packers dropped a 51-44 contest Tuesday night on the road at Mankato East.

Zach Fadness led the Packers with 12 points, while Zach Wessels had 11, Tom Aase 8, Joe Aase 8 and Matt Duren 5.

See the Austin Daily Herald story. Here’s the video:

The boys have back-to-back home games Friday and Saturday, as they host Mankato West and Caledonia in Packer Gym.

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