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E’Hawk Junior Varsity Earns 1-2 Mark In First Week Of Play

By Staff | Dec 11, 2008

SPLIT THE DEFENSE - Emmetsburg’s Cory Schultes splits a trio of Pocahontas defenders in the E’Hawk Junior Varsity’s first game of the season last week. The E’Hawks fell 49-52, but downed Cherokee before falling to Storm Lake for a 1-2 mark on the young season. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s junior varsity boys team opened its first week of the season with a pair of losses against one win.

On Dec. 1, the young E’Hawks came up short in a 49-52 loss to Pocahontas Area in the season opener. The next night, the E’Hawks defeated Cherokee’s JV squad by a a 48-38 tally. But on Friday night, Dec. 5, the E’Hawks once again came up a bit short, losing a 29-31 contest to Storm Lake.

In the season opener on Dec. 1, the two teams traded buckets in a low-scoring first quarter, with the visiting Indians taking a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The E’Hawks would come back in the second frame, taking a 25-17 lead at the intermission off some good defensive play.

Pocahontas Area rallied in the third quarter to cut the deficit to a 33-32 lead for the E’Hawks to start the final quarter. Emmetsburg would struggle with shooting in the final quarter, however, and would come up three points shy in the 52-49 loss.

Bobby Gappa would lead the JV E’Hawks with 14 points, while Cory Schultes added nine points to the effort. Ryan Kliegl chipped in six points, followed by Austin Oppenheimer with five points. Steven Heddinger and Kyle Hurley both added four points, while Cory Hagen had three points and Tyler Clasing and Arthur Heldt both chipped in two points each.

Cory Schultes and Steven Heddinger both pulled down seven rebounds on the night. Emmetsburg made 17 of 33 shots in the arc and two of 11 from outside the arc, along with nine of their 18 free throw opportunities.

“We committed 40 turnovers in the game trying to break their full court press, and that was the difference,” noted JV Coach Phil Geelan.

The next night, Emmetsburg made the road trip to Cherokee, but enjoyed a 10 point victory over the Braves. Emmetsburg started out ice cold, trailing 9-1 after the first quarter, and 7-16 at the intermission. But in the second half, the E’Hawks started getting the offense to flow, and closed the margin to trail 19-22 to start the final quarter. The E’Hawks put the game away midway through the final quarter and claimed the 48-38 win.

Cory Schultes would tally 12 points on the night to lead Emmetsburg, while Ryan Kliegl was close behind with 11 points. Austin Oppenheimer added nine points while Bobby Gappa and Steven Heddinger each tallied six points. Kyle Hurley rounded out the scoring with four points. Bobby Gappa would collect nine rebounds in the effort.

Against Cherokee, the E’Hawks made 14 of 24 shots from two-point range and nailed two of eight shots from outside the arc. At the charity stripe, Emmetsburg made 14 out of their 19 opportunities.

“We battled hard in the second half, got some turnovers and took advantage of them,” Coach Geelan noted. “We were very good at the free throw line, which sealed up the win for us.”

With a 1-1 mark, the E’Hawks closed out the first week of the season with a narrow, three-point loss to Storm Lake on Friday.

The E’Hawks held a 10-8 lead after the opening quarter and took a 19-16 lead at the half-time break. Emmetsburg went on to hold a 23-20 lead after a low-scoring third quarter, but in the final quarter, Emmetsburg suffered from some cold shooting and Storm Lake rallied late to steal away the 31-29 win.

Steven Heddinger would lead Emmetsburg’s scoring with 13 points on the night, while Bobby Gappa added nine points. Austin Oppenheimer came away with five points and Kyle Hurley had two points. Bobby Gappa and Steven Heddinger would both pull down five rebounds in the game and Cory Schultes would dish out six assists to this teammates.

Emmetsburg was 10 for 26 in their two-point shooting, and made two of three from three-point range, along with three of eight free throw attempts.

“This was a very athletic team who out rebounded us 34 to 22, and that was the difference in a close, hard-fought game,” Geelan said.

The E’Hawks will make up Tuesday’s game with Western Christian tonight (Thursday) and will play at Estherville Lincoln Central as scheduled Friday, Dec. 12.