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WWG 77 - Maple River 68 Last Thursday night the WWG Chargers, a team decimated with illness, hung on to win over an upset minded Maple River. The Chargers enjoyed a first half edge leading 33-42. But then the Eagles uncorked the three pointers and took the Chargers to the wire, pumping in 13 of the long shots. Coach Steve Kjorness said "Maple River is a real good team, and we did everything we could to try and stop their outside shooting. But our kids really performed and answered the challenge". From the onset the game had the makings of a blow out for the Number 2 ranked Chargers. The Chargers jumped out to a first ansUarter lead 24-10. For Charger this is the type of game they had become accustomed to. But then the Eagles p.mved to their critics that they did indeed belong in the Region tourney. The Eagles Sophomore Chad Ostermann, and team mate Paul Swanson started hitting the three ointers. Making a run at the hargers pulling within 5 points with a minute to play in the hall Troy Steen canned a pair of buckets with Jason Bakke added one more to widen the lead to 42- 33 at the half. The Eagles came out gunning in the third with Ostermann and Fred The win put the chargers into the Region final against Fairmont on Friday evening. For the Chargers Jason Bakke lead his team with 36 points, Troy Steen had 19, and Kuehl had I0. Jason Bakke pulled down 13 rebounds as the Chargers out rebounded the Eagles 30-18. Point Guard Juhl Erickson playing with a fever, contributed 10 assists to the effort. Maple River 10 33 54 74 W-WG 24 42 55 77 o > , IlUl Herbst shutting down the Chargers somewhat. By the end of the period ' the Eagles had cut the lead to 54- 55, setting the stage for one of the most exciting finishes in recent R ion 2 history Cutting the nets In the fourth period the two teams traded buckets keeping the MANKATO - WWG Charger Nick Kuehl took a turn at cutting the net after a thrilling victo score within a couple of points. Highland Arena last Friday nlgM, as his teammates and fans cheered him on. ST Photo. With just over a minute to play the Chargers led 73-71. The Eagles re covered s.ome what but Tim only lead, at 13-11. The lead was sconng 21 points. But the turned the ball over and the fowler was smt ruling, snort lived as Kuehl knotted the slammed the door scoring Chargers took a time out. Coach,The Chargers went int.? the score at 13-13 with four seconds points behind a 14 point see Kjomess asked his team to slow it wire a 25-I recur(l, while left In th.e period. . . spree by Bakke. arus sportea a zI-3 mark. in me secona perioo the With 5 minutes remaining down. Alt~ugh the Cards had only lost Chargers broke things loose Char~ers nested their biggest With 28 seconds left to playWORTHINGTON--Fowlerputs to AA"teams. outscodng the cards 21-5. 71. i " Nick Kuehl was fouled and he sank both of them. Ostermann thenST Photo. The Chargers played one of Fairmont's coach Run Hestad Jut l"Eric"k-s'o'n pic"ked up lobbed in a three pointer to make it t :ir best games of the season as said, The second quarter has been fourth foul with 5"33 remaini ey charged out to a quick 6-0 ours all season, but the ball jugt the game Less ~an 10 scC< 75-74. But that is as far as it would VVVVG 83 - Fairmont 68 advantage in the first 90 seconds didn t fall tonight. They were later he fouled out. Later ie go as Ktcld was fowled again with on consecutive buckets by Nick bigger than we were and that was a Troy Steen also fouled seven seconds left. Kuehl canned After escaping with a victory m, uehl, Troy Steen and Jason significant factor for them. They Coming in off the bench them both and Ostermann's last over Maple River the night before. Bakke. did a nice job on Jorgenson, and Hanson and Jim Vosberg fill three point z/ttempt hit the side of the Chargers were eager to take on .The Cards cut the lead to 6-5 they just killed us on the boards." doin a trrezt iob as role nlay therim as the cleckran out. the Fairmont Cardinals. .wlta a coe.p, leer buck and a free The Chargers ran gave them aThe remainin crew mana mrow. lne t:nargers countered 34-181ea 1 on their way to a 40-24 mainmln -) r~nt le with a bucket from Bakke and a halftime edge. Bakke capped the the e-, . .royce pomter by Juhl Erickson to period with a 17 footer at the After the "KiomesS' [,8~ ,t.i e. ! -- -- ~ jv can ~-3 teaa. buzzer. . .F~i ~ ; e atrmont reeled off a run The Cardinals tried to get back thinle h,~* this of * tltltl/il'~ yUU ~;~Ji *)~'~tw Llitlt I.laa 8 straight points to take their in the game m the thtrd period we've got is Awsome) Radoslaw Rusek, 5'8" senior guard, Is the son of dozef Barbara Rusek: He participated In football, Is active In FFA as secretary and also participates on the Judging team, Participated In the State Science Fair two times, attended the National Young Leaders Conference In Washington D.C school paper, annual staff, Mr. Minnesota Teen program, and National Honor Society. Westbrook great athletes and a great There is no doubt in my these were the two best the area" Bakke for the second night row lead his team in scoring 32 points followed by Kuehl 20, Erickson tallied 10 points Tim Fowler and Troy Steeta' had 8. The Chargers out Cards 38-31. Kuehl had 14 and Bakke had 13. Fairmont 13 24 Weslbrook-WG 13 FAIRMONT (FG-FT-TP 8-5-24, Hested 1-3-5, Miller 3-2-8, Jorgensen Totter 0-0-0, Unk-3-O-7, LuedC als 24-16-68. W-WG (FG-FT-TP) -- 10, Kuehl 7-5-20, J.Bakke Steen 4-0-8, Fowler 3-2-8, 3, Vosberg 1-0-2, C.Bakke 30-21-83. The Chargers will take oll Rushford-Peterson Tro Williams Arena at 1:05 afternoon. MANKATO - Jason Bakke grabbed this rebound in the closing moments of the Region 2 'A' finals last Friday night. Photo by Marian Johnson. Juld Ericksma. 62" serdor guard, ts the son of Franklin and dudeen Erldmon. In football he was All Conference as a Junior and All Area as a Junior and senior (honorable mention as a Junior). In basketball he was All Conference as a junior and senl0r and All Area 5th team as a Junior. He has school records In total asslsts, over 600 and per game assists, 21. He averages IZ0 points per ~ane, 3.1 rebotmds, 11.8 assists, and is 81.9% at the free thtt~ line. On All state tournament team. Westbrook Conni Riddell Connl Riddell, a sophomore, Is the daughter of Warren and Pat Riddell. Her activities include video taping, band, chorus, declare - one act play, spring play and fall musical. Walnut Grove Theisen Leo Theisen has been at Walnut Grove for 11 of teaching and also as the Athletic Director and basketball coach. His hometown is Upsala, MN and is a 1980 graduate of St. Cloud College. Leo and wife, Janet, have a 2 year old son, Brian. II Walnut Grove