On January 17, the E-Hawk freshmen basketball team hosted Humboldt and after a hard fought game, Emmetsburg fell by a 41-19 score.
Emmetsburg played great defense in allowing the Wildcats to only 41 points , but on the other end of the court, the E-Hawks just couldn't get enough shots to fall.
Leading the way for the E-Hawks was Wes Schultes with 10 points, while Nate Schiek added six points and Cameron Heddinger made a three point basket. Nick Grandstaff pulled down nine rebounds and dished out two assists while Schiek also had three steals.
In action on Jan. 21, the E-Hawk Freshmen traveled to Spirit Lake for a pair of games. In the first game the E-Hawks held Spirit Lake to only 45 points but were only able to put up 21 themselves in the 45-21 loss. The team did a good job of not turning the ball over and playing very goo defense on a team that scored 57 on them in their previous meeting.
Wes Schultes led the offense with 10 points. Cole Jackson would score four points, while Zach
Nielsen, Alex DeFord and Cameron Heddinger each scored a two-point bucket. Nate Schiek rounded out the effort with a free throw.
Nick Grandstaff was able to collect eight rebounds and Kyle Kassel dished out a pair of assists.
In the second half of the double-dip, the E-Hawks fell 30-11. Leading the way for the E-Hawks was Cameron Heddinger with six points, while Zach Nielsen and Eli Reichert both scored two points and Spencer Bird made a free throw for a point.
Zach Nielsen grabbed seven rebounds in the contest and everyone who played in the game gave solid efforts for the E-Hawks.
Other players contributing for the E-Hawks were Christian Strohmann, Garritt Berkland, Kyle Louwagie, Colin Smith and Terry Wise.
Play continued for the Freshmen on Jan. 31 when they hosted Storm?Lake for a doubleheader.
In the first game the E-Hawks played extremely well and were able to capture another win on the season with a 49-16 victory. As a team they were able to dish out 13 assists and collectively grab 39 rebounds.
Leading the way for the E-Hawks was Zach Nielsen who had nine points and seven rebounds. Wes Schultes added eight points and Nate Schiek chipped in six points. Will Jackson added five tallies, while Nick Grandstaff, Kyle Kassel, and Cameron Heddinger each had four points. Cole Jackson added three points, while Christian Strohmann, Clayton Freeman and Alex DeFord each contributed a basket for two points.
Nate Schiek dished out four assists and had three steals.
In the second game the E-Hawks came up short after taking a 22-21 lead into the 4th quarter. Emmetsburg was unable to keep the lead as Strom Lake managed to steal the 32-24 win from the E-Hawks.
Eli Reichert would lead the Emmetsburg offense with six points and four blocked shots. Colin Smith added five points, and Will Jackson chipped in four points. Garritt Berkland tallied three points while Zach Nielsen, Cameron Heddinger and Christian Strohmann also each scored a bucket for two points.
Garritt Berkland dished out three assists to his teammates while Spencer Bird collected four rebounds.
To close out their season, the E-Hawk Freshmen came up with a most exciting win in a 43-42 overtime victory over arch-rivals Spencer.
After battling hard through regulation play, the teams were knotted at 30-30. In the overtime period, the two teams traded buckets but just when it looked like Spencer might steal the win with a 42-40 lead, Wes Schultes buried a three-pointer from deep in the corner just before the final buzzer to give Emmetsburg the season-ending victory.
Schultes stepped up big in the final contest, knocking down 17 points, while Nate Schiek and Clayton Freeman both added in eight points. Nick Grandstaff scored six points and Kyle Kassel added four points.
Clayton Freeman had an excellent floor game as well, and Nate Schiek led the way on defense with seven steals. Also contributing to the win were Cole Jackson, Will Jackson and Alex DeFord.
In a second game consisting of 12 minutes of play, the Tigers and the E-Hawks would play to a 10-10 tie.
Scoring for the E-Hawks were Zach Nielsen, Alex DeFord, Cameron Heddinger, Spencer Bird and Eli Reichert, as all five players scored a bucket for two points.
Also contributing to the game were Christian Strohmann, Terry Wise and Colin Smith.
"It was a good way to end the season with a win and a tie," noted E-Hawk Freshman Coach Tom Nostrom. "All of the players played very well and had their best game at the end of the season."