South Winn’s Cole Klimesh (22) and Jacob Herold (12) team up against Viking Andrew Magner in the first half of Thursday’s country battle. (Photo by Becky Walz)
South Winn’s Cole Klimesh (22) and Jacob Herold (12) team up against Viking Andrew Magner in the first half of Thursday’s country battle. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Decorah boys’ basketball team (4-4, 3-1 NEIC) didn’t need to worry about the slow start as it finished strong to knock off South Winn (6-3, 6-1 UIC), in Thursday’s game at Calmar 65-58.

“Give South Winn credit as Coach Moen had his guys ready and they played well. Our guys persevered through some adversity and did the things we needed to in the end to be successful,” said Viking Head Coach Jonathan Carlson.

“Though we lost this ball game, this was our best performance up to this point in the season. We came out strong in the first quarter and had a lead going into halftime,” said SW Coach Blake Moen. “Heading into the fourth quarter we struggled hitting free throws and Decorah did a great job of hitting shots when they needed them.” 

The Warriors came out firing, playing their notorious fast-paced game, holding the Vikings to four points in the first four and a half minutes of play. Late in the first quarter, Decorah’s offensive came alive, sparking a 7-1 run on its own, narrowing the margin to 17-13. Carrying the momentum into the second quarter the Vikings showed they meant business as they poured in 17 points, including a big eight-point quarter by Logan Halverson. At the break, South Winn held the slimmest of advantages, 31-30.

With 16 minutes remaining, Decorah continued to find the open man as the two squads battled for control. After the third, neither squad had pulled out front as the score was knotted at 45.

With 7:30 left to play, a Matthew Franzen trey ignited the Vikings and pushed Decorah to the lead that wouldn’t be relinquished again. The Blue and Red rolled out to a 9-1 run in the final frame and never looked back. Despite the home team’s best efforts, South Winn was stopped short of a comeback, 65-58.

“We are still striving for our best four quarters, as we need to continue to work on small details. We will use this as a springboard into our contest next week,” concluded DHS Coach Carlson.

The Vikings had a well-balanced attack with four players in double digits. With 17 points Logan Halverson led the charge. Pat Bockman poured in 14 while Matt Franzen had 11. Andrew Magner dropped in 10. Sam Robinson and Charlie Robinson contributed four points apiece, while Seth Shindelar had three. Keaton Solberg also was on the board with two points.

Seven Warriors scored in the effort. Levi Lukes and Jaron Todd had 16 points apiece to lead the way. Sophomore Jacob Herold threw down 12, while Cole Klimesh connected for seven. Noah Tieskoetter came off the bench to knock down a trey, with Collin Wiltgen and Paul Hageman each putting in two.

“Though we lost the ball game, I am extremely proud of our kids and their efforts all night. We, as coaches, could not have asked much more from our kids in the game as it was a highly contested basketball game and our guys left it all out on the floor,” noted Coach Moen. “It simply came down to a couple shots here or there.”

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