The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics were looking for win number eight in a row Thursday night as they played host to the Grand Meadow Superlarks in a Southeast Conference matchup, and Jed Nelson tallied 21 points and three rebounds to help lead the Athletics to not only their eighth win in a row, but also to the Southeast Conference West Division title with a 60-42 win.
Besides Nelson’s 21 points, Sam Nelsen added 14 points, Cole Walter chipped in nine points, Buay Koak tallied eight points and eight rebounds and Zach Bollingberg supplied seven points and five rebounds. Taylor Glynn led Grand Meadow with 10 points, Evan Oehlke added nine points, Colt Landers chipped in seven points, Blake Ludemann scored six points and Roman Warmka added five for the Larks, who fell to 7-6 in SEC play and 8-6 overall. With the win, Lyle/Pacelli clinched the West Division title with a 14-1 record, and they are now 15-2 overall on the season.
Lyle/Pacelli will finish out the regular season in Lanesboro this evening, while Grand Meadow will travel to Rochester this evening to take on Schaeffer Academy.
Two of the top teams in Section 1A clashed Thursday evening when the Southland Rebels traveled to Hayfield to meet the Vikings, and it was the Rebels eking out a 71-69 win.
Ethan Forthun led three Rebels in double figures with 22 points, Eli Wolff tallied 20 points, including six of Southland’s 11 3-point field goals in the game, Harrison Hannah scored 11 points, and Dan Boe and Nick Boe each added eight points in the close win. Ethan Slaathaug led Hayfield with 24 points, Ethan Pack tallied 17 points, Easton Fricther chipped in 12 points, and Isaac Matti and Kobe Foster each provided eight points for the Vikings, who fell to 13-4 overall with the loss. With the win, Southland now sports a record of 14-2.
The Rebels will wind up the regular season with a game in Mabel versus Mabel-Canton, with varsity tip-off at 7:15 p.m. Hayfield will finish up the regular season in Wells tonight against United South Central, with the varsity tap there also at 7:15 p.m.
The Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms were looking to snap a two-game losing streak at home Thursday evening in a non-conference tilt with LeRoy/Ostrander, but Gavin Sweeney tallied 21 points and the Cardinals hit a 3-point field goal with just under a minute to play as they held off the Blossoms 55-50.
Mitchell Fiebiger was the only Blossom in double figures with 12 points, Colin Jordinson added nine points and Drew Kittleson chipped in eight points. Besides Sweeney’s 21 points, the Cardinals were led by Levi Royston, who was also in double figures with 11 points and Chase Johnson added nine points in the win for LeRoy/Ostrander, who moved to 7-6 overall. With the loss, BP falls to 6-10 overall on the season.
Blooming Prairie will wrap up the regular season at home tonight against Maple River, while LeRoy/Ostrander will travel to Randolph for a Southeast Conference matchup with the Rockets to end the regular season.
Seedings for Section 1A boys’ basketball will take place on Saturday.