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Top 10 Reasons to Ride the Packer Express to Williams Arena

19 Mar

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The Packers open State Tournament play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Blake at Williams Arena. Here are 10 reasons why riding the Packer Express is the best way to join them:

  1. No-Hassle Parking. It’s much easier to find a parking spot in downtown Austin, before boarding the bus, than it is on the U of M campus.
  2. Save Big Money. At the standard IRS mileage rate (plus parking), if you were car-pooling you would need to have five adults (or 20 students) riding with you just to break even. So riding the bus means you will have…
  3. More Money for Souvenirs. Use what you save on gas and mileage to help Paint The Barn Red. Get your Packer Paraphernalia (shirts and towels) at Games People Play.
  4. Get there Relaxed and Ready to Roar. No need to fight traffic or worry about arriving late. Leave that to the professionals. You’ll be dropped off right at the arena entrance.
  5. Community Spirit. Celebrate the Packers’ success this year with your friends in a festive atmosphere.
  6. Time for Creativity. Brainstorm and practice new cheers and chants together on the way.
  7. Psychological Impact. There’s nothing like a wave of Red sweeping into the seats of an arena, as Packer fans stream in together. Be part of that wave!
  8. Be Like the Packers. After the Pep Fest tomorrow morning the Packers will board a bus to Minneapolis. Go and do likewise.
  9. It’s Better than a Snow Day. Getting out of school is great, but a state tournament game is an experience you will never forget.
  10. You can sing along with “The Wheels on the bus go round and round…” all through Minneapolis!

Get your bus reservation forms here, and be sure to turn them in with payment at the AHS Activities Office by noon today!

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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.

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.

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 Pound Kasson-Mantorville in Season Opener

2 Dec

The Austin Packers opened their 2012-13 season Saturday night in Kasson against the KoMets with a 88-54 win.

The second-ranked Packers used a balanced scoring attack, with four players in double figures and several others getting into the act, too. Tom Aase led the way with 18 points, while Zach Wessels had 17, Joe Aase 16 and Bret Lukes 14. Nik Gasner added 8 points, Gach Gach 7, Ajuda Nywesh 5 and Collin Weisert 3 to round out the scoring.

Here are the highlights:

Next up for the Packers will be Edina on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Minnetonka as part of the Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic.

Packers Ranked 2nd in Class AAA Preseason Poll

28 Nov

The Austin Packers are ranked second in the state to defending champion DeLaSalle in the first NorthStar Hoops Report poll of the 2012-13 season.

See the complete Top 10 rankings.

The Packers open their season Saturday, Dec. 1 at Kasson-Mantorville (varsity tips at 7:30 p.m.), and then face Edina, ranked #4 in Class AAAA, on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in Minnetonka at the Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic.

The Edina game figures to be one of the Packers’ stiffest tests of the year, as two of the Hornets have signed Division I scholarship tenders. For high school basketball fans, the day-long Tip-Off Classic is second only to the State Tournament, as it features all of the top 10 Class AAAA teams and four of the top eight Class AAA schools, as well as some top A and AA teams and two strong Wisconsin programs.

If you want to see a day of great basketball, make plans now to attend the Tip-Off Classic.

 

 

 

 

 

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