Emmetsburg's Freshman boys basketball team is continuing to gel as a team as they play in the young season. On December 3, Coach Tom Nostrom's Freshmen squad tallied their first victory of the season with a 33-31 victory over the Pioneers of Okoboji.
Nick Grandstaff scored a bucket with :04 seconds left in the contest to give the E-Hawks their final lead in the game for the victory.
Leading the way for the E-Hawks was Wes Schultes with 14 points while Nick Grandstaff added a dozen points. Will Jackson followed with five points and Kyle Kassel chipped in two markers to the effort.
In the win, the E-Hawks had six players with three or more rebounds and all six players had at least two steals. Wes Schultes and Cole Jackson both dished out three assists each.
"It was a good team effort to record the first win of the season," noted Nostrom.
The next evening, Emmetsburg would play a double-header against the Bulldogs of Algona High School. The E-Hawks would fall by a 63-29 score, however, as Wes Schultes scored 12 points, Nick Grandstaff added seven points to the effort, while Zach Nielsen scored five points and Kyle Kassel added four points, with Will Jackson making a free throw for one point.
Defensively, Zach Nielsen recorded three blocks in a solid effort for the E-Hawks.
Turning around for the second game, Emmetsburg would fall to Algona by a 56-20 score. For the E-Hawks, Cameron Heddinger netted six points, with Kyle Louwagie and Eli Reichert both scored four points in the effort. Alex DeFord, Terry Wise and Garritt Berkland all scored two points each in the contest.
With a 1-3 record on the line, the Freshmen resumed action on Dec. 6 to host Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in their third contest in as many days.
After keeping it close for the first half of the game the E-Hawks simply ran out of steam in the late stages of the game and ended up falling by a 60-27 final tally.
Leading the way for the E-Hawks was Wes Schultes with 11 points. Cole Jackson added eight points in the effort, while Nick Grandstaff came away with six points and Zach Nielsen tallied two points.
On the defensive boards. Nick Grandstaff would grab 10 rebounds for the E-Hawks and dished out a pair of assists to his teammates.