Posted On: 03/22/18 10:13 PM
The Class A quarterfinals took place on Thursday at Williams Arena. There was a lot of action packed into one day at the Barn, we’ll highlight ten of the best performances of the day, and list a few more standouts from the Class A quarterfinals.
Cade Goggleye, North Woods, Jr. – Much has been said about his scoring ability, and it is warranted. Goggleye was 3 for 3 to open up the game from deep, and also split the top of the zone and pulled up to hit jumpers on his way to 23 points on 8-11 shooting including 4-6 from three. However, what impressed me the most about him today was the way he directed his teammates in the offense, and how he used his penetration to get into the lane, look off a defender, and make a pinpoint delivery to a teammate for a bucket. Goggleye had the most impressive performance in the Class A quarterfinals today. He also added 8 AST and 3 REB.
Baden Noennig, Mayer Lutheran, Jr. – The length of the 6’6” junior, paired with his teammate Garrett Tjernagel, was way too much to handle for Mahnomen/Waubun today. Noennig has a very soft touch around the rim and attacked the glass aggressively today. Noennig had 17 points, 8 REB, 3 BLK, and 2 AST.
Garrett Kern, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Sr. – Kern was everywhere on the court for RTR, finishing the game with 29 points, 5 REB, and 3 STL. A lot of his damage was done by filling the wing on the fast break and finishing at the rim, but he also knocked down 3 of 7 attempts from deep on the day.
Garrett Tjernagel, Mayer Lutheran, Sr. – The 6’6” senior was able to take advantage of a smaller Mahnomen/Waubun team today. The highlight of his night was catching a perfectly placed alley-oop pass and finishing two-handed with authority. He ended the game with 16 points, 8 REB, and 4 AST.
Travis Visser, Hinckley-Finlayson, Sr. – Visser kept the Jaguars in this game early, recording 10 points in the first six minutes of the game. However, adjustments were made and Visser was slowed down in the second half, finishing with 18 points on the night. The lefty is good around the rim, but also stepped out to hit 1 of his 2 attempts from three today. He also added 12 REB and 6 AST for Hinckley-Finlayson.
Kobey Woolhouse, Mayer Lutheran, Sr. – Woolhouse got the action started for Mayer Lutheran by scoring 8 of their first 10 points, including two corner threes. His game is very well-rounded at the guard position, as he displayed his ability to knock down an open shot, as well as showcasing a nice pull-up game. He finished with 16 points, 3 REB, 3 AST, and 3 STL in their victory.
Westin Kirk, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Sr. – The big senior does a lot of the dirty work in the paint for RTR, eating up space, cleaning the glass, and finishing at the rim. He has a soft touch near the hoop with a knack for gently getting the ball on the rim and giving it a chance despite contact. He finished the game with 20 points, 4 REB, and 3 AST.
Arnold Kingbird, Cass Lake-Bena, Sr. – The senior guard Kingbird didn’t finish with eye-popping numbers, but it was apparent that he is a key to making their offense go. On numerous occasions he was able to penetrate the Rushford-Peterson zone and find good looks for his teammates. He finished the night with 5 assists to go with 12 points on 5 for 9 shooting. He also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 5 steals.
Chase Kleppe, North Woods, Jr. – Kleppe powered his way to 18 points and 7 REB this afternoon for the Grizzlies. He was the beneficiary of a number of nice feeds from Goggleye, and shot a very efficient 7 for 9, including 1-1 from three. Along with Trevor Morrison, Kleppe supplies some length up front for North Woods.
Ben Ansell, Rushford-Peterson, Sr. – The senior big ended the night with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Rushford-Peterson in their OT loss to Cass Lake-Bena. He displayed a soft touch around the rim and his length on the backside of their zone gave the Panthers trouble for most of the night.
Treston Spalla, Mahnomen/Waubun, Jr. – 12 PTS, 3 REB
Lavone Kroschel, Hinckley-Finlayson, Jr. – 15 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
Trevor Johnson, Hinckley-Finlayson, Sr. – 14 PTS, 3 AST
Kolten Furey, Hinckley-Finlayson, Sr. – 12 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
Carter Hansen, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Jr. – 16 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
Ben Allen, Heritage Christian Academy, Sr. – 11 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
Trevor Morrison, North Woods, So. – 15 PTS, 5 REB
Payton Hahn, Rushford-Peterson, Sr. – 13 PTS, 3 REB, 4 BLK
Landon Skalet, Rushford-Peterson, Jr. – 12 PTS, 3 AST, 4 STL
Jacob Paulson, Rushford-Peterson, Sr. – 10 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
Noah DeLapaz, Cass Lake-Bena, Sr. – 15 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
Jarell Jacobs, Cass Lake-Bena, So. – 13 PTS, 5 REB, 2 STL