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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.






Get a “Gym Rats” T-shirt

19 Mar

One of the fun traditions of the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament is the creation of “Gym Rats” T-shirts featuring cartoons of….well…rats wearing the uniforms of each of the schools. The Austin Packers are squarely in the middle of this year’s edition (click the image above to enlarge), and the Austin High School Activities office has a limited number available for sale on Tuesday morning.

The cost for the shirts is $20, and they will go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

So get there early and sign up for the fan bus, and bring an extra $20 if you want a T-shirt.

Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook.


Section Celebration

18 Mar

In previous posts about the Packers’ section championship victory over New Prague, we featured the game-winning dunk and its immediate aftermath, as well as a more complete set of game highlights.

Here is video from the ensuing crowd celebration, as well as the Austin players receiving their medals and the team trophy:

Fan bus details for Wednesday’s games will be announced tomorrow. Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook to stay up to date on all of the Packer news.

Turn the Civic Center Red!

15 Mar

For last Saturday’s semifinal game against Winona, the crowd was gathering more than an hour in advance of the 7 p.m. tip. This video is from the lobby outside of Packer Gym at about 6:10, as the line of fans extended out the doors of the building and down the block. The second part of it is from five minutes before the tip, as the gym is packed except for a few seats in the balcony section. The final part is from the introduction of the starting lineup.

The Packers were undefeated at home this year, so we’re counting on Packer fans to create a homey environment tomorrow at Mayo Civic Center. Sign up by noon today if you want to ride on the fan bus.

Update: Due to popular demand, we’ve added another student bus, so we’re extending the sign-up time. There’s still some room on the adult bus, too. Download and print the forms and get them to the AHS Activities Office by Friday afternoon.

Student Bus Permission Form

Adult Bus Reservation Form


Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook.

Let’s turn the Mayo Civic Center red!

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