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SENTINEL TRIBUNE SPORTS Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Page 10 Charger boys drop two close games By Derrick Jenniges, coach The 2013-14 boys bas- ketball season is off and running as the WWG boys basketball team lost two exciting fast paced games before the Thanksgiving holiday. WWG will be in action a couple times this weekend when they travel to Lamberton on Friday night to battle the rival Falcons and again on Saturday when they host non conference foe Wabasso. Sleepy Eye 79 WWG 76 In the season opener on November 22 the Charger offense was finding several ways to put the ball in the basket, but also had numerous key turnovers in a close loss to Sleepy Eye. The first half saw Sleepy Eye take an early lead, but WWG answered and would lead by as many as six before Sleepy Eye con- verted free throws in the final two minutes to tie the game at 37-37. In the second half, both teams had the offense clicking and defense was hard to find. WWG found themselves in some serious foul trouble and fell behind by as many as five, but a shot in the lane by Shane Buchman tied the game at 69-69 with around 3:00 to play. However, it was the Indians coming up with the key plays down the stretch and winning the game 79-76. The Chargers won the rebound battle 46-22 and shot 51% in the game, com- pared to just 40% for Sleepy Eye. WWG however, tom- mired 29 fouls and turned the ball over 30 times, com- pared to just 12 for Sleepy Eye. Shane Buchman led the Charger offense with 15 points (12 rebounds, 3 steals). Alex Knutson and Walker Christians each had 14 points, while Matt Otto and Tristan Joel added 8. Brody Williams (10 rebounds) scored 6, Tyson Berg 5, Jacob Otto 4, and Mitchell Jarmer 2 round- ed out the scoring for the Chargers. WWG had 24 team assists (Knutson 6, Joel 6, and J. Otto 5). SWU 81 WWG 76 Last Tuesday the Chargers traveled to Okabena for the conference opener versus the Wildcats. SWU started 8-12 shooting and led 20-12, but WWG was able to put togeth- er a nice 12-2 run and grabbed the lead at 24-22 with a little over halfway to play in the first half. The teams traded baskets for a few minutes and SWU led 42-41 with just over 2:00 remaining in the half, but the Chargers scored the fmal six points to lead 47-42 at halftime. The sec- ond half went back and forth as both teams tried to find some consistency in the early season matchup. WWG led 68-62 with 7:27 remaining after Alex Knutson converted one of two free throws. But a switch in the SWU defense stalled the Charger offense as the Wildcats went on an I 1-0 run over the next four minutes to take a five point lead. WWG battled back into the game, taking advantage of SWU missed free throws. Alex Knutson tied the game at 79-79 on a rebound putback with 1:00 remaining. The Wildcats scored the games final five points at the free throw line for the victory. WWG com- mitted 32 fouls in the game and allowed the Wildcats to attempt 42 free throws (28 makes), while WWG made 18-28 from the charity stripe. Alex Knutson sliced through the SWU defense all night and scored 28 points, while adding 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Shane Buchman had another dou- ble double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Brody Williams was 7-7 shoot- ing for 14 points. Tristan Joel (6 rebounds, 3 steals) added a career high 11 points. Walker Christians 5, Matt Otto 3, Mitchell Jarmer 2 rounded out the scoring for WWG. Jarmer led the Charger bench players with 6 rebounds. Again WWG out rebounded the opponent (39- 30), but it was the difference at the free throw line that gave the Wildcats the advan- tage. Chargers to rely on aggressiveness Lady Chargers hope to improve on 8-8 conference record in the Red Rock Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG SPECIAL -- Fifth year head coach Sheryl Woelber is hoping her girls can overcome their lack of size for their quickness on both ends of the court. She is assisted by assistant coaches Adam Kletscher and Ryan Kruse. Her varsity squad has 15 participants in grades 8 through 12. Although the Chargers return 8 letter winners, they lack varsity experience with only one senior and three juniors on the squad. So the underclass players will have to step up from the bench. She feels her upper class players need to step up their shooting skills along with playing aggressively on defense. Returning letter winners are senior: Dayna Comnick; juniors: Mady Johnson, Kaylee Mischke, and Elizabeth Woelber; sophomores: Morgan Dennistoun, Mariah Olson, Juliana Pederson; freshman: Emma Woelber. Coach Woelber will be relying on Dayna Comnick and Elizabeth Woelber for leader- ship especially on offense, both were hon- orable mentions on the Red Rock ,All Conference team last year. Mady Johnson and Kaylee Mischke saw quite a bit of action last year and will be factors in the teams defense. Coach Woelber will be relying on her squads speed and quickness as the squads greatest strengths. The biggest thing she feels the team will have to improve on is their rebounding and controlling turnovers. In the conference she says Southwest Christian probably is the strongest team, not losing a lot to graduation, but there are several good teams coming back that should be in the top of the conference. Returning Charger players, back row from left: Juliana Pederson, Dayna Comnick, Morgan Dennistoun, McKenzie Deprez, and Mariah Olson. Front: Elizabeth Woelber, Mady Johnson, Emma Woelber, and Kaylee Mischke. Chargers hoping to battle near the top of the "Rock" Chargers will look. to their veteran players to step up to provide leadership Torn Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG SPECIAL -- Head coach Derrick Jenniges is going into his tenth year as head coach of the Chargers. He will be assisted by Pat Merrick, and Carter Ross. They have 22 players 9-12, and 17 junior high players. Their previous record was 10-16 overall and 5-1 lin the Red Rock conference, and 1-1 in the post season. Jenniges has four returning letter winners including seniors Shane Buchman, Alex Knutson and Matt Otto, along with junior Walker Christians. He lists several players as showing prom- ise for the upcoming season. They are seniors - Tyson Berg, Alex Bums, and Brody Williams; underclass players - Tristan Joel, Kennedy Her, Randy Knutson, and Jacob Otto. Jermiges says, "this is a quick group of guys. They have the opportunity to play the game at a faster speed and use that quickness to attack the basket, as well as making plays on the defensive end. There are several play- ers who could fred themselves on the floor in various combinations depending on the oppo- nent and game situation." "Team rebounding will be the key for this group," says Jenniges. "Limiting the oppo- nents to one shot attempt will enable them to get the ball down the floor offensively and attack the defense before it sets." Jermiges expects his team to play competi- tively on a nightly basis. "Last season we had the opportunity to play in several close games and hope that experience has taught us how to come out on the winning end this season and into the future." When it comes to sizing up the conference, Jenniges feels Southwest Christian as state champ and Mt. Laker Area playing in the state tournament the last two years, makes them favorites in the conference once again. 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