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E-Hawks Win District Crown

By Staff | Feb 24, 2011

Emmetsburg’s Ryan Kliegl took to the air on numerous occasions Tuesday night to take the ball to the hoop in Emmetsburg’s 63-46 Class 2A District Tournament Championship win over Manson Northwest Webster at Storm Lake. -- Dan Voigt photo

STORM?LAKE – There’s nothing quite like a win in the post-season — unless it’s a District Championship. For Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks, a 63-46 win over Manson-Northwest Webster in the 2A District Final Tuesday night now sets up a new goal.

Substate.

Standing in the way of a trip to the Boys State Tournament for the E-Hawks are the Gaels of Fort Dodge St. Edmunds.

“This was a great team win,” noted E-Hawk Head Coach Mike Brennan. “Our defense played very well and we shot the ball well. I thought everyone was able to contribute.”

After meeting on Jan. 6 and earning a 52-38 win over the Cougars, the E-Hawks entered Tuesday’s District final with plenty of respect for their opponents.

The game started out in a quick tempo for both squads, with Emmetsburg putting out a good defensive effort to deny the Cougars several second-shout opportunities, while the E-Hawks were able to get their offense to work and take a 20-14 lead after the opening quarter. Emmetsburg would continue the play tough in the second quarter and held off the Cougars to post a 35-30 advantage at half time.

In the second half, the E-Hawks turned up the defensive pressure another notch and began to pull away from the Cougars, posting a 47-39 lead after three quarters of play.

Emmetsburg would put the game out of reach in the final quarter, stretching their lead to 17 points by the final buzzer for the 63-46 final and District Championship.

Nick Wuebker tallied the double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, with five assists and five blocks. Ryan Kliegl added 16 points along with eight boards, three helpers and three steals. Bobby Gappa pumped in 11 points, while Cory Schultes added seven points. Jake Carlson chipped in six markers, with Austin Oppenheimer adding five points and Zach Overburg coming off the bench for two points.

The E-Hawks connected on 25 of 38 shots from the two and three of nine threes, while making four of 11 free throws in the win.