PREP BASKETBALL: Falcons' Rogotzke scores 1,000th point in win over MCC
LAMBERTON -- Henry Rogotzke scored 16 points as he reached 1,000 markers for his high school career, helping the Red Rock Central Falcons defeat the Murray County Central Rebels 52-36 on Thursday.
The Falcons used a 12-0 run to begin the Red Rock Conference game and took a 33-20 lead at halftime. The early run set the tempo for the rest of the contest and allowed RRC to outpace MCC.
Rogotzke added nine rebounds for the Falcons, while Jeff DeCock led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Cole Bly had a team-leading 10 points for the Rebels and Jack Thony picked up eight points.
The Falcons (7-6, 4-3) travel to Hills to face the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots today, while the Rebels (2-11, 2-6) take on the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines in Mountain Lake.
Murray County Central 20 16 -- 36
Red Rock Central 33 19 -- 52
Hills-Beaver Creek 66,
WESTBROOK -- Jeff Sandbulte knocked down a 12-foot jumper with 1.6 seconds left as Hills-Beaver Creek edged Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Thursday.
Sandbulte scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Patriots (5-8, 3-4), while Dylan Gehrke added 17 more.
Alex Knutson's 18 points led four Chargers (5-8, 3-5) in double figures. Taylor Lindaman chipped in 16 more, while Shane Buchman (12) and Aaron Hass (10) also helped.
Hills-Beaver Creek hosts Red Rock Central today. Westbrook-Walnut Grove hosts Ellsworth on Saturday, when the Chargers will conduct their Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser.
Hills-Beaver Creek 33 33 -- 66
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 35 29 -- 64
Southwestern United 75, Fulda 66
OKABENA -- Riding the hot hand of senior guard Justin Jass, Southwestern United claimed a victory over the visiting Fulda Raiders on Thursday.
Jass drilled a pair of 3-pointers in each half, finishing the night with a varsity career-high 29 points, leading SWU to its third victory in its last four games.
The Wildcats (5-7, 3-4) broke open a tight contest late in the first half, helped by the 10-point performance of Jass and took a 31-25 edge into intermission.
Jass continued to score in a variety of ways in the second half, netting 19 more points, as SWU earned several double-figure leads and held off numerous rallying efforts by the Raiders (6-10, 4-3).
Brandon Thurk drew four charges in the game for the Wildcats and also scored 11 points, while Andrew Kramer contributed 11 points, converting a trio of times off of steals.
Zach Schumacher had a stellar all-around night for SWU, claiming a game-high 12 rebounds, while also blocking three shots, dishing six assists and scoring 10 points. Schumacher pulled down 11 of his rebounds off the defensive board.
Mark Ferguson (six) and Matthew Soto (five) combined for 11 points, while each distributing four assists for the Wildcats. Soto also had four rebounds and three steals.
Todd Peterson topped a balanced Fulda scoring chart with 15 points, while also passing for a trio of assists.
Zach Holt (12 points), Andy Oakland (11 points, seven rebounds, three steals), Trevor Ruesch (10 points, four assists), Kole Kramer (team-high eight rebounds, six points), Nathan Getting (nine points) and Josh Ramerth (seven rebounds) were Fulda's other leading contributors.
SWU travels to Edgerton tonight for a girls-boys doubleheader. Fulda hosts Mountain Lake Area Saturday evening.
Fulda 25 41 -- 66
Southwestern United 31 44 -- 75
ELLSWORTH -- Daniel Kramer had 15 points to lead the Ellsworth Panthers past the Adrian Dragons on Thursday.
The Panthers led by one at halftime, but Mitch Leuthold hit three 3-pointers in a 4 minute span in the second half to pull away from the Dragons.
Leuthold ended the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Justin Kruse had eight rebounds.
Taylor Recker picked up 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dragons. Nick Reyne was second on the team in scoring with 11 points to go along with five assists. Brady Lonneman rounded out the scoring with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Panthers (6-9, 5-3) travel to Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Saturday, while the Dragons (0-16, 0-8) host Southwest Christian Saturday.
Adrian 20 24 -- 44
Ellsworth 21 30 -- 51
Mountain Lake Area 66,
MADELIA -- Mountain Lake Area improved to 13-2 overall after routing Madelia in a non-conference game Thursday.
The Wolverines play at Fulda on Saturday.
Southwest Christian 78,
EDGERTON -- Leighton Sampson picked up 21 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to power the Class A, third-ranked Southwest Christian Eagles past the Edgerton Dutchmen on Thursday.
The Eagles were able to use their pressure defense to cause turnovers by the Dutchmen to take a 46-20 lead at intermission and never looked back.
Nate Pfeifle had 10 points for SWC, while Eric Talsma had eight points, six rebounds and three steals. Clayton Huisken added nine points to go along with eight points and seven rebounds by Gabe Vander Veen.
Jesse Berning had a team-high 10 points for Edgerton, while Austin Mertens had nine points and five rebounds. Isaac Heard added four points, three steals and three assists on the night.
The Eagles (12-1, 7-0) head to Adrian Saturday to take on the Dragons, while the Dutchmen (4-7, 3-4) host the Southwestern United Wildcats today.
Edgerton 20 18 -- 38
Southwest Christian 46 32 -- 78
KERKHOVEN -- A Camden Conference crossover game between Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg has been postponed to Feb. 14.
A reason for the postponement was unavailable at press time.
Martin County West 59, Windom Area 57
SHERBURN -- Martin County West slipped past Wimdom Area in a non-conference game Thursday.
The Eagles, who are 8-8 overall this season, host Pipestone Area today.