Tag Archives: Winona

Packers Advance to Section Finals with 51-49 Win

10 Mar
Ajuda Nywesh goes up for the game-winning lay-up

Ajuda Nywesh goes up for the game-winning lay-up

The Austin Packers, down 21-10 midway through the first half, came back against Winona Saturday night for a 51-49 cliffhanger victory in the Section 1AAA semifinal.

Joe Aase led the Packers with 22 points, making 6 of 10 from behind the arc. Zach Wessels added 11, Ajuda Nywesh 9 (including the game-winning lay-up), Collin Weisert 5 and Tom Aase 4.

See the Austin Daily Herald story.

Updated: Here also are the Rochester Post-Bulletin and Winona Daily News stories.

Here are the highlights:

The win puts the Packers in the championship game on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at Mayo Civic Arena in Rochester, where they will face Red Wing, upset winners over New Prague. The Packers defeated the Wingers 64-52 at Red Wing on Dec. 21.

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.

Big Nine Champs (Again)

19 Feb

The Packer boys claimed their second straight Big Nine crown Tuesday night with a 61-53 win over a scrappy Winona team in Packer gym.

The Winhawks were fresh from a 81-61 upset Friday over second-place Rochester John Marshall and had won six of their last seven. They got off to an early 8-3 lead, but the Packers came back to take a 29-22 halftime lead. The game remained close through the second half, with Winona pulling within a point on three occasions, but the Packers always had an answer and finally put the game away.

Joe Aase led the Packers in scoring with 25 points, while Zach Wessels had 17 (leaving him at 999 for his career), Tom Aase had 6, Collin Weisert and Bret Lukes 5 each, Ajuda Nywesh 2 and Gach Gach 1.

The Packers are now 23-0 on the year, and the win was their 24th straight at home. Their last home loss was March 4, 2010 to Rochester Century.

See the Austin Daily Herald story, as well as the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Here are the highlights:


The Packers return to action Friday night in Rochester against John Marshall, with an opportunity to tie Austin’s all-time record winning streak.

Packers Overwhelm Winona

10 Mar

Playing their last home game of the season before a capacity crowd at Packer Gym, the Austin boys raced to a 22-0 lead over Winona in the first few minutes of their Section 1AAA semifinal game en route to a 78-46 win Saturday night.

The Packers used pressure defense and crisp passing the fueled a balanced scoring attack, with seven players tallying six or more points. Joe Aase led in scoring with 24 points, while Tom Aase added 10, Goliath Oboyo 8, a trio (Nathan Schwab, Zach Vierkandt and Zach Wessels) with 7 each, Collin Weisert 6, Bret Lukes 4, Jake Kempen 3 and Ryan Larson 2.

Here are the video highlights:

Be sure to join the Fast Break Club group on Facebook, and watch for information about fan buses we’ll be arranging for the Section 1AAA Finals in Rochester at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16.


Almost had ’em

14 Mar

The Packer boys nearly pulled off the upset Saturday night in the Section 1AAA semifinals, leading 32-24 at one point in the second half against Winona, ranked third in the state. The Winhawks rallied for a 45-40 win and will now face New Prague in the finals.

Here are the highlights of an exciting game:

Joe Aase had 18 points, Zach Fadness 9, Zach Wessels 7 and Tom Aase 6. Here is the Austin Daily Herald.


Winona Defense Spells Trouble for Pack

9 Feb

The Packer boys had trouble in River City last Friday, as they fell 49-41 to Winona.

The Winhawks’ defense was difficult for the Packers to penetrate, as they managed just 13 points in the first half and were down by 21 at one point in the second. A late surge brought them to within six with two minutes to go, Austin could get no closer.

Zach Fadness led the Pack with 12 points, while Tom Aase had 10, Joe Aase 7, Jay Ettinger 6, Zach Wessels 4 and Andrew Kaiser 2.

Here are the highlights:

Packers fall to 1-1 in conference

18 Dec

A slow first half in which they managed just 19 points put the Austin Packers down by 11. Then a 5-0 run by Winona to start the second half put the Packers in a hole that was just too big. Although they battled hard for the rest of the game, they could get no closer than 10. The final score was 65-46.

Here is the Austin Daily Herald story on the game and the Post-Bulletin recap, along with the KAAL-TV 10 p.m. sports, which includes a mention of “the brothers Aase.” Actually, their dads are brothers.

As is our practice, here is a more comprehensive set of video highlights. Unfortunately, thanks to the social cluelessness of some younger Winona players, the camera view of ¬†an early 3-pointer by Zach Fadness was obstructed. But here’s the best of the rest:

Joe Aase had 15 points for the Pack, Matt Duren 12, Tom Aase 8, Zach Wessels 6 and Zach Fadness 5.

Next up is New Prague on Tuesday night in Packer Gym.

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