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PREP WRESTLING: Watertown-Mayer toughs out pair of wins; Delano falls twice

The Watertown-Mayer wrestling squad hosted Tri-City United and Delano Thursday night, the home team coming away with two victories while the Tigers couldn’t string together enough strong performances to get a win.

Watertown-Mayer 34, Tri-City United 30

Watertown-Mayer 61, Delano 15

Tri-City United might have driven a long way to take on their Section 2AA opponent, but they were ready to put up a competitive dual against the Royals. W-M eked out a win 34-30 to open the tri against another team receiving top-12 votes in Class AA, according to The Guillotine.

“It was a tough match against TCU and the guys found a way to come out on top,” coach Kurt Becker said. “It was a big section win against another ranked team.”

Even more impressive was the next match — the Royals took down conference foe Delano 61-15, holding control of the mat throughout. Senior Austin Gabbert made quick work of his opponent at 132 pounds. Eighth-grader Bryce Burkett had a nice win by decision at 145 pounds, while Jackson Drahos and Jason Fenske put up big decisions at the 182 pound and heavyweight divisions to seal the win.

It was a sign of focus for Becker’s squad to come back after a tightly-contested first matchup and go to work like nothing happened against Delano.

“I really like how our guys followed up that win with a dominating performance,” Becker said. “It was a good finish to the night. I love how our team battles every match. And if one guy doesn’t have his best night, one of his teammates steps up for him.”

W-M heads to Mankato West Friday for duals with the Scarlets and the Owatonna Huskies.

Tri-City United 48, Delano 21

TCU had the Tigers’ number most of the way in the first match. Wins for Cael Olson at 113, Aiden Quast at 132, Carson Tschudi at 152, Clete Scherer at 160 and Max Harder at 182 highlighted Delano’s performance, but it wasn’t enough as only one of those wins was more than a decision. For Delano against Watertown-Mayer, Tschudi won at 152 pounds with a very quick pin and Olson picked up another victory at 113 pounds. Otherwise, advantages were hard to come by in both duals.

“Both TCU and Watertown-Mayer have excellent teams this year,” coach Jeff Olson said. “But we need to execute better and more importantly we need to compete better than we did tonight.”

Delano heads to Annandale Friday for matches against the Cardinals and the Jordan Hubmen.

PREP BOYS SWIM & DIVE: Delano/W-M team effort holds off Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield

The Delano/Watertown-Mayer boys swim and dive team took home nearly every first-place finish in their dual against Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield Thursday night, led by improved performances across the board, for a 110.5-67.5 win.

“They are swimming above expectations for this early in the season,” coach Mark Seguin said. “The divers have definitely stepped up a level this year.”

Stepped up they did: Hans Anderson won the diving event with a score of 178.5 and Haakon Sundheim finished second with a 120.45 tally. D-C/L’s Evan Johnson finished a close third at 108.6.

The D/W-M 200 medley relay team got things going fast, taking home first place by nearly nine seconds. The quartet of Nick Black, Gentry Nuytten, Joe Coyle and Colby Kern timed a 1:43.98, while the D-C/L group of Steven Mengelkoch, Logan Christopherson, Jackson Resop and Emmanuel Johnson put up a 1:52.80 time.

Colby Kern continued his stellar racing with a decisive win in the 200 individual medley

“It will still be another four to six weeks of training before they have the endurance they need to finish strong,” Seguin said. “They’ve been working hard and pushing each other in practice and that’s showing up in the meets.”

In addition to D-C/L’s relay teams showing nicely, Russel Wesa came within two seconds of first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.44 and tied for second in the 100 freestyle at 56.10.

“I felt the meet went really well. We had some very impressive time drops after swimming our second meet in two days,” D-C/L coach Pete Travis said. “As a team we had 32 improvements tonight. The guys showed some real grit after a tough dual with Monticello. Even though the score didn’t reflect the nice swims we had, I was happy to see our improvement.”

Logan Christopherson tallied a 1:06.99 time in the 100 breaststroke for a win, and the Charger foursome of Resop, Johnson Anders Borg and Christopherson won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:57.17.

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PREP BOYS HOCKEY: Delano scores early and often in blowout win over Waconia

WACONIA – The Waconia Wildcats came into their matchup with the Delano boys hockey team feeling pretty good about themselves. The Wildcats were coming in with some momentum after rallying back from down two goals twice against New Prague in an overtime win. There would be no comeback this time for Waconia as the Tigers took the lead early and never looked back as they cruised to a 7-0 win over the Wildcats Tuesday night.

“I thought we played pretty complete,” Delano coach Gerrit van Bergen said. “We had a little let down in the second even though the score sheet might not show it score-wise. We gave up two shots in the first and then 10 in the second. We felt that was an indication of things being let down. They did a couple of things well to create some chances in front of our net. I just felt like we weren’t playing with the same speed that we wanted to. We registered a handful of goals and took it to them that way,  but I want to see us continue to be super complete the entire game.”

After the first five minutes of the game was back-and-forth, Delano took control of the game immediately. A goal from Brad Pinoniemi put the Tigers up 1-0. Less than a minute later, Adam Brown scored on a breakaway to give Delano a 2-0 lead.

With Waconia down two goals once again, the Tigers knew how important it was to keep putting the pressure on as they put the game away with an impressive second period in which they scored three goals.

“It was important for us to get our early,” van Bergen said. “We put a lot of pressure on them and just started playing the numbers game. We put a lot of pucks on net late to just give them unexpected or weird pucks. Once you have the lead, you just kind of feel that your pucks have eyes. As long as you continue to pucks in good areas, you’re usually able to make one or two go. That really puts things out of reach.”

Goals from Colin Pettit, Jesse Peterson, and Braeden Collings gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead entering the final period. While van Bergen is happy with how his returning veterans are playing, he’s also very pleased with how Pinoniemi, Pettit, Collings, and Tyler Selstad are playing early this season in bigger roles. Pettit had a big night with two goals and an assist, while Pinoniemi also had two goals.

“It’s awesome,” van Bergen said. “Brad had two goals tonight and Tyler had a nice goal the other night on an awesome play. It was Colin’s first multi-point game in his career as a senior. He was on the ice for six or seven of our goals. That’s pretty awesome to see.”

The win for the Tigers is their second shutout in a row after dropping their season opener against Mound Westonka. While it was a disappointing loss, it’s helped them to start getting to where they want to go.

“It was a good wake-up call.,” van Bergen said. “It was a good opportunity for us to reevaluate and recommit how to play the right way. If we played a team that wasn’t going to come after us as hard as they did, maybe squeeze out a win and not have learned as much. It’s a bummer to lose. I hate losing. You want those conference points and you want those section wins for seeding, but at the end of the day, you really want those things that make you better and push you towards your goals. A loss is going to propel us towards our goals more than an easy win would.”

Since that loss, Delano has rattled off two-straight wins, both of which have been shutouts by Thomas Huotari.

“I think the big thing is we always have to be who we are,” van Bergen said. “We have to be the best versions of ourselves. We have to stick to our identity, compete, and outwork our opponents. We didn’t do that last Thursday. Mound Westonka is a good hockey team. I think they deserved that win.”

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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Longstreet hits milestone, leads Tigers past Princeton pressure

Trey Longstreet has been playing varsity since his freshman year. The Delano boys basketball team rotation is tough to crack, especially as an underclassman, and Longstreet’s role hasn’t really been described as “go-to scorer”.

That changed this season as the only varsity returner for Terry Techam’s Tigers, and a breakout game of 36 points Tuesday in an 89-82 win over Princeton catapulted him into a club only seven Delano boys have accomplished: 1,000 career points.

“He’s always played with composure, totally understanding the game,” Techam said. “He’s not a score-first type of player, but this year we need him to be that. Tonight, with the way Princeton came out, I thought he did a great job guarding their best player, handling the ball against the press, getting rebounds, he had a real nice game for us.”

It took Delano most of the first half to adjust to the full-court pressure the Princeton Tigers employed, getting sped up out of their rhythm and offensive flow leading to some avoidable turnovers. Longstreet and Carter Tool, the biggest players on the court, used their vision to escape traps from faster and smaller Princeton defenders.

“This was a great test. The first two games were not at this pace, so it was good to see our guys against this Princeton defense that just keeps coming and coming,” Techam said.

Delano led at the break 41-37, with a lead as big as nine points. Longstreet put up 21 points in the first half from a variety of shots, mostly using his length to reach the rim. Princeton senior Callahan O’Neill was somewhat quiet in the first half, scoring only 12 points, but then turned it on in the second for 27 and a total of 39 points, which kept Delano on their toes near the end of the game. Levi Farniok played a huge role down the stretch as well, totaling 27 points with some tough post moves and cleanup putbacks.

Delano’s depth has shown well for a group with such little varsity experience. Freshman guard Will Strandemo played a lot of second half minutes and handled the ball carefully. His composure increasing as the season goes on could be huge for Techam’s backcourt come playoff time.

“I thought he had a real nice game, especially in the second half attacking the press,” Techam said.

Delano pushed the lead to 77-62 with five minutes left, but O’Neill’s constant pressure on the rim clawed them back into a single-digit game of free throws by the final buzzer. Tool and Longstreet hit foul shots to clinch the game 89-82 and move Delano to 3-0 on the young season, their biggest test yet conquered.

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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tigers claw back but drop season opener to Annandale

Regardless of outcome, it was easy to recognize there was a sense a relief for everyone involved to be back in the gym.

The Delano girls basketball team fought hard to escape a couple different holes throughout their season opener but lost to Annandale 60-46 at home Thursday night.

The first half was rough-and-tumble for both sides, turnovers and fouls piling up quickly to kill any flow of the game up and down the court. The Tigers held even with Annandale past the halfway point of the first frame, then the Cardinals inside-out tandem of Nyalaam Jok and Alison Helget smartly got aggressive to the rim and drew fouls to extend the lead at the free throw line for a 34-23 lead at the break.

With two freshmen in the starting lineup, Potter went all-in on the promising flashes his youthful team showed throughout the game. Forward Taylor Tool led the team in scoring with 13 points before fouling out during Delano’s big run to get back in the game. Norah Danielson knocked out a three-pointer in the first half and handled the ball a sizable amount.

Speaking of that small comeback, the strategy side of it was the eye-opener. Delano. tired of giving up easy drives to the basket and racking up fouls, switched into a 3-2 zone defense midway through the second half and immediately went on an 13-0 run to cut the deficit from 19 to six. Cardinal driving lanes were cut off multiple possessions in a row and Louisa Stowman sparked the offense on the other end to give the Tigers some energy. She finished with 10 points.

Tool, who had gotten going in the paint during the run as well, fouled out on a loose ball dive around the five-minute mark, and the Tigers lost steam, giving up a 7-0 burst to effectively put the game away for Annandale.

Both teams were visibly rusty, which is understandable. It’s been at least 10 months since any of these athletes played a high school-sanctioned game. The quick turnaround of just a week and a half of tryouts and practice forced everyone into a bigger responsibility, and Delano’s younger squad will need time just like anyone else to adapt.

Tool 13, Stowman 10, Dreger 9, Deter 8, Danielson 3, Jakola 2, K. Peterson 1

For the complete story and more Delano Herald Journal sports coverage, check out the Jan. 22 edition of the Delano Herald Journal. Click here for subscription information. 

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PREP SCOREBOARD: Thursday, Jan. 14

HLWW 73, Lester Prairie 72 (OT)
W-M 74, SWC 65
Delano 69, Big Lake 54
Annandale 60, Delano 46
Mayer Lutheran 79, Sibley East 36
W-M 34, Scott West 25
LDC 65, Rocori 12
G-SL/LP 47, Chaska/Chanhassen 25
New Prague 44, G-SL/LP 27
Mound Westonka 4, Delano 2
Mound Westonka 7, Delano 2
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