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E-Hawks Advance To District Final With Win

By Staff | Feb 22, 2011

Emmetsburg’s Bobby Gappa, pictured during action earlier this season, had a career night Thursday with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in the E-Hawks 68-57 win. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks claimed a 68-57 win over Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer in the Class 2A district semi-final game Thursday night. The win improves the E-Hawks to 17-5 on the year as they gear up to face Manson Northwest Webster in the District final tonight (Tuesday) in Storm Lake.

The last time the E-Hawks and Indians met, it was in week one of the season, back on Nov. 30 of 2010, a game that Emmetsburg won by a 65-56 tally. On Thursday, the E-Hawks got out to an early 14-6 lead after the first quarter of play, but Pocahontas Area/PP fought back and cut the deficit to a 30-26 margin at the intermission.

The game would stay close through the third quarter, with both teams trading buckets back and forth, but it was Emmetsburg who was able to maintain a slim, five-point lead at 47-42 to start the final quarter.

Under the senior leadership of Bobby Gappa, Cory Schultes and Nick Wuebker, with support off the bench from fellow seniors Austin Oppenheimer, Arthur Heldt and Steven Heddinger, the E-Hawks were able to pull away from the Indians in the final stanza to record the 68-57 win and advancement down the tournament trail.

Bobby Gappa had a career game Thursday with the double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, along with six assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Nick Wuebker followed with 17 points and three blocks. Jake Jackson came off the bench to tally eight points, while Ryan Kliegl added seven points while Cory Schultes and Jake Carlson both chipped in six points. Austin Oppenheimer dropped in a three-ball for three points and Steven Heddinger added a bucket for two points to round out the scoring.

Emmetsburg shot an even 50 percent on the night in the win, making 25 of 50 shots from inside the arc, while hitting four of 12 three-pointers. It was at the charity stripe where the game was won, as Emmetsburg made 14 of 16 free throws in the win.