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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!

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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.

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:

Foot on line zoomed in

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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Packers Survive in 2OT at Albert Lea

11 Dec

The Packers traveled to Albert Lea Tuesday night to open Big Nine play against the Tigers. Full highlights of the double overtime win will be coming tomorrow, but for now here’s the big finish.

After a late three by Albert Lea gave the Tigers a 71-70 lead with 10.5 seconds in the second overtime, Packers coach Kris Fadness called timeout to set up a final play. Here’s the result:

Zach Wessels, who hit the game-winner, led the Packers with 27 points, while Joe Aase added 21, Ajuda Nywesh 9, Bret Lukes 6, Tom Aase 5, Tommy Olmsted 5 and Collin Weisert 1.

The Packers, now 3-0 on the season, open their home season Friday night hosting Rochester Mayo.

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Packers end season 23-6

22 Mar

The Packers closed out their 2011-12 season with a strong effort against perennial power St. Paul Johnson yesterday, leading by two at the half before dropping their state quarterfinal game 71-66.

Joe Aase led the Packers with 25 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Zach Wessels had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists and Tom Aase had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, plus six blocks. Goliath Oboyo scored eight points – six in a furious late-game rally – while Collin Weisert added a trey and Zach Vierkandt, Nate Schwab and Bret Lukes scored two each.

See the stories in the Austin Daily Herald, Austin Post-Bulletin, KAAL, and KTTC.

Here are the video highlights:

 

Big Nine Champs!

3 Mar

The Austin Packers boys basketball team came into Friday night’s game against Owatonna with two scenarios:

  • If they won, they would claim sole possession of the Big Nine title, or
  • If they lost, they would likely share the title with both Owatonna and Mankato East.

With their 61-52 win over the Huskies, the Packers clinched the conference crown outright for the first time since 1988 (they had shared with Rochester Mayo in 1999), and with Mankato East’s win over Rochester Century the Huskies fell to third. Here are the final standings:

Tom Aase led the Packers in scoring with 18 points, while Joe Aase added 15, Zach Wessels 12, Goliath Oboyo 8, Collin Weisert 5, Nate Schwab 2 and Bret Lukes 1. See the stories in the Austin Daily Herald, Austin Post-Bulletin and Owatonna People’s Press.

Here are the game highlights:

The Packers open section 1AAA play-offs Wednesday at home, likely against Faribault. Game time is 7 p.m.

Packers Advance to Section Semis

10 Mar

The Austin Packer boys pulled out a close game against visting Faribault Wednesday night in the Minnesota Section 1AAA high school basketball tournament. Trailing by five with about five minutes to go, the Packers rallied to pull out a seven-point win.

Joe Aase scored 17 points,  while Tom Aase added 12, Zach Wessels 11, Jay Ettinger and Zach Fadness 6 and Collin Weisert 3. Here is the Herald story.

Next up for the Packers is top-seeded Winona on Saturday night.

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