Jerod Redenius lays the ball up into the hoop uncontested in the Vikings’ final home game of the season. The senior posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Class 3A quarterfinals last week versus Webster City. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Jerod Redenius lays the ball up into the hoop uncontested in the Vikings’ final home game of the season. The senior posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Class 3A quarterfinals last week versus Webster City. (Photo by Becky Walz)

   The postseason came down to seconds on the clock for the Decorah boys’ basketball team (11-11) as the Vikings ended their season with a loss to Webster City, 50-49, in the Class 3A quarterfinals. The game was played at a neutral site in Charles City on Monday, Feb. 19.
   “This was a hard pill to swallow for our team,” said Head Coach Jonathan Carlson. “We had opportunities throughout the game and give Webster City credit they made a few more plays than we did, which gave them the victory.”
   With the lead flipping back and forth between the two teams, the first frame advantage went to Webster City, 13-12. Decorah gathered steam in the second period to pull out front, 21-18, at the break. Starting ahead in the third quarter, the Vikings couldn’t muster the strength to hold on against the Webster City Lynx, entering the final segment trailing, 37-31.
   The final quarter was up for grabs between the Vikes and Lynx. Decorah started the period strong on a 7-0 run. With three minutes remaining, the Red and Blue held a 46-45 lead. Staunch defense by both teams, slowed the pace of the scoring for several minutes as the squads sat at 47-46 in favor of Webster City.
   In the closing 30 seconds, with Webster City leading 48-46, senior Jerod Redenius grabbed a defensive rebound and found Nick Bockman up the floor who drove through traffic to the hoop for a basket and drew a foul. At the charity stripe, N. Bockman dropped in the free throw to give Decorah a 49-48 lead. Webster City reciprocated by throwing up a shot and getting the lucky roll with 20 ticks on the clock to lead 49-48.
   Decorah had a chance with possession with 10 seconds remaining, in-bounding the ball and finding N. Bockman behind the arc, but the ball fell off the front side of the rim, ending the Viking’s season, 50-49.
   Three Vikes connected for double figures, led by Nick Bockman with 20 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Senior Jerod Redenius collected a double-double, dropping in 14 points and hauling in 12 rebounds. Patrick Bockman added 10 points and five boards to the charts. Pitching in three points was Jonah Johnson while Clay Johansen added two.
   “We are proud of the way our guys battled throughout the game and we gave ourselves a chance to win,” said Carlson. “Although the season ended prematurely, our guys should not drag their heads, they have a lot to be proud of, and ended the regular season with five straight wins, playing their best at the end.”
   Decorah graduates seniors Jonah Johnson, Austin Myli, Andrew Kephart, Nick Bockman, Nick Kuehner, Jerod Redenius, and Chance Elton and return another 11 players who wore a Viking jersey.
   “Thanks to our seniors for their time and dedication to making our program better on a daily basis. Although they didn’t accomplish all of their basketball goals, we are more proud of the young men they have become and wish them all the best as they continue their journey’s through life,” concluded Coach Carlson.