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E-Hawks Blowout ELC In Tourney Opener

By Staff | Feb 17, 2011

Emmetsburg’s Steven Heddinger and Ryan Kliegl put up quite an obstacle for ELC’s Tyler Lutz during the Class 2A District tournament opener Monday night. The E-Hawks ran away from the Midgets in earning a 63-18 win to advance to a District Semi-final against Pocahontas tonight at Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo

The second season opened on a big note for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks with a 63-18 win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday night. With the win in the Class 2A District tournament opener, the E-Hawks advance to the semi-final game tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School gym against Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer.

The E-Hawks swept the season meetings with the Midgets and Monday’s tournament opener would be no different. Emmetsburg jumped out to a quick start, holding Estherville Lincoln Central scoreless until just 1:30 remained in the first quarter to post a 13-1 lead at the end of the opening frame.

ELC spent a lot of time in the second quarter with the ball in hand, but came up with just two points as the E-Hawk defense was relentless and the offense patient in taking a 26-3 advantage at the intermission.

The E-Hawks would continue their attack in the third quarter, and with 3:03 to go in the third frame, the 35-point continuous clock rule was applied with Emmetsburg leading 44-8. The margin would never get closer, as Emmetsburg edged away to a 49-11 lead at the end of three quarters.

In the shortened final stanza, Coach Mike Brennan went to his bench and the Midgets reciprocated, giving the reserves the chance to finish out the game in the 63-18 final score for the E-Hawks.

Emmetsburg was led by the 17-point effort of Nick Wuebker, with Ryan Kliegl adding 14 points to the coffers. Cory Schultes chipped in eight points, with Bobby Gappa adding seven markers and Jake Jackson scoring five points.

Austin Oppenheimer and Mike Wolff both came off the bench to add three points each, while Steven Heddinger, Zach Overburg and Tyler Clasing rounded out the effort with two points each.

Emmetsburg connected on 22 of 41 shots from inside the arc, while ELC?made just three of 17 attempts. From outside, the E-Hawks drained five of eight long shots, with ELC?making three of 17 attempts. At the charity stripe, Emmetsburg connected on four of eight with the Midgets making three of seven.

Emmetsburg will now host Pocahontas Area /Pomeroy-Palmer tonight (Thursday), Feb. 17, in the Emmetsburg High School Gym. Tip off is at 7 p.m.