Boys claim summer league wins

ABOVE: Tysen Grinde creates a shot over taller Tomah defender during B-team summer league game. BELOW: Carson Gerard scores two of his game-high 13 points on fast break against Tomah Team 5. Photos by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

Both the Spring Grove varsity and B-team boys notched summer league wins as boys basketball was the only off-season sport seeing action during the holiday week. 

Girls basketball had a league bye while 7-on-7 football took a holiday break. The summer volleyball schedule had ended the previous week.


Defenses dominated, especially in the cold-shooting first half, which ended with the Lions ahead 17-7. 

The Pirates did not hit a basket through the first 13 minutes of each 20-minute half and finished with only six field goals all game.

Neither team was able to score well inside against a half-court defense. Spring Grove scored close to the hoop in the first half only with two fast breaks and a rebound put-back. 

De Soto was able to penetrate in the second half. However, the Pirates added only one basket, but they did force fouls and hit 10 of 14 free throws in the second half after attempting only one foul shot in the first half.

The Lions went only 2 for 4 at the foul line while hitting seven 3-point baskets and seven 2-pointers. Payton Leahy scored 12 points and Caden Grinde 10.

The varsity boys improved to 2-6 (1-4 league).

B-team: SG 57, Tomah (team 5) 28

The Lion B-team boys (4-2, 3-0 league) defended well, especially inside while limiting the Timberwolves to mostly 3-point attempts. And Tomah did not go to the free throw line all game, while Spring Grove hit 7 of 11 foul shots.

The Wolves hit three early treys for a 9-6 lead, but the Lions then launched a 17-to-2 run on the way to a dominating 42-16 halftime lead. Spring Grove outscored Tomah only 15-12 after the break.

Eight of the 10 Lions scored, five of whom contributed to the team's six 3-point field goals. 

Carson Gerard led with 13 points and Hunter Holland put in 11. Ty Cleven added 9 points, Tysen Grinde 8, Jacob Olerud 6, Jaxon Strinmoen 5, Ethan Crouch 3 and Caleb Griffin 2.