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E-Hawk Junior Varsity Cagers Conclude Learning Season

By Staff | Feb 28, 2012

Emmetsburg’s Junior Varsity boys basketball team completed their 2011-12 season with a final record of 7-13. Under the guidance of Coach Phil Geelan, the young E-Hawks grew together as a team and learned valuable lessons for the future during their season.

In action Jan. 17 against ELC, the E-Hawks would come up short in a 49-44 setback. After leading 19-17 at the half, the neck-and-neck game came down to some late free throws made by the Midgets.

Michael Pugh led the scoring with 15 points while Austin Krause added 14 points and five rebounds. Mike Myers scored eight points, with Joe Jackson adding six points and four boards. Brandon Elbert added a free throw and four assists while Erik Drost grabbed six rebounds.

A Jan. 20 game with Spencer saw Emmetsburg fall by a 34-24 tally. Spencer led the entire game, holding a 15-11 advantage at the half, and used solid shooting to take the victory over the young E-Hawks.

Austin Krause would lead the effort with eight points and six rebounds, with Michael Pugh adding seven points. Erik Drost scored four points and collected seven rebounds, with Mike Myers adding three points and Brandon Elbert chipping in a pair of points.

The Storm Lake JV would hand Emmetsburg a 52-43 defeat in action n Jan. 27. Cold shooting doomed Emmetsburg in the contest, as they scored just nine points in the first half to Storm Lake’s 27 points. The E-Hawks would make 15 of 33 shots, 45 percent, but were outshot at the charity stripe 4-14 by the Tornadoes.

Austin Krause collected 15 points and pulled down nine boards, while Michael Pugh dropped in 14 points. Erik Drost scored eight points and collected seven rebounds, while Mike Myers added four points. Tate Kizzier would chip in two points and Joe Jackson added a free throw for one point.

Emmetsburg would end the losing skid on Jan. 28 when they handed Sioux Central a 50-41 defeat on the E-Hawks’ home floor.

It was a close battle the entire game, with Emmetsburg leading 16-14 after the opening quarter and 26-19 at the intermission. The lead would grow to a 38-24 margin after three quarters and Emmetsburg stood firm defensively to record the 50-41 victory.

Erik Drost stepped up to lead the E-Hawks with 13 points, while Michael Pugh added a dozen points and Austin Krause scored 10. Brandon Elbert added eight points and Mike Myers tallied seven points to give Emmetsburg a season mark of 6-10 following the win.

The winning streak was short-lived, however, as on Jan. 31, Emmetsburg would fall in a 50-30 decision to the Western Christian junior varsity in Emmetsburg.

Western Christian would jump out to a 20-3 lead over Emmetsburg after one quarter of play and then took a 30-12 lead at the intermission. Emmetsburg would score just four points in the third quarter to trail 39-16 on the way to the 50-30 final tally.

Austin Krause would score 15 points for the young E-Hawks in the loss, while Aaron Bird added 11 points to the effort. Brandon Elbert came away with two points and Erik Drost also added two points in the loss.

As the season began to wind down, the young E-Hawks continued to battle hard in their final contests, starting with a Feb. 3 match up with Spirit Lake. In that contest, Emmetsburg would fall by a 32-13 scored at Spirit Lake.

It was a dismal first half offensively for Emmetsburg as the E-Hawks could only muster four points to trail 19-4 at the intermission. Spirit Lake’s defense was overpowering in the second half as well, as they limited the E-Hawks to just nine points on their way to the 32-13 final tally.

Michael Pugh would score seven points for Emmetsburg and Austin Krause added the other six points for the E-Hawks, while Erik Drost collected six rebounds in the loss, which dropped Emmetsburg to 6-12 on the season.

Cherokee would come to Emmetsburg on Feb. 7 to challenge the young E-Hawks, but Emmetsburg answered the challenge with a 37-21 victory over the Braves.

The E-Hawks came out ready to play and took an 11-4 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The scoring slowed in the second quarter, but Emmetsburg held on to a 15-11 lead at the intermission.

Both teams would score seven points each in the third quarter of play, with the E-Hawks holding a 23-18 advantage to start the final quarter. Emmetsburg would score 14 points in the final stanza while limiting Cherokee to just three points to take the 37-21 victory.

Brandon Elbert held the hot hand with 13 points in the win, while Erik Drost added 10 points. Mike Myers scored seven points, with Michael Pugh scoring five points and Austin Krause chipping in two points.

But in the final game of the season against LeMars, the E-Hawks fell in a 40-22 contest. LeMars led 24-11 at the intermission and went on to take the 40-22 win.

Mike Myers scored eight points and had six rebounds, while Michael Pugh added five points. Austin Krause scored four points with six rebounds, while Joe Jackson had two points, Erik Drost added two points nd seven rebounds and Brandon Elbert had a free throw to end the E-Hawk season at 7-13