G-H girls, Aurelia boys notch wins
By Dan Whitney
AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs and Galva-Holstein Pirates squared off in a girls-boys basketball doubleheader here on Nov. 26, and both schools came away with a win.
Galva-Holstein was led by Heather Joslin with 16 points, while Brandi Wagoner had 14 and Brooke Wiese had six. Galva-Holstein's defense forced a whopping 41 Aurelia turnovers.
The Bulldogs were paced in scoring by senior point guard Leah Kai with 15 points. Freshman Meghan Glawe tallied nine points and also led Bulldog rebounders with nine boards. Kai had six caroms while freshman Audrey Winterhof added five. Kai also led the team in assists with four, and Erin Laursen had three.
In the boys' tilt, Aurelia's squad jumped off to a 16-6 first quarter lead and led 29-17 at the half. They hung on to lead 46-37 after three before finishing on top by a 66-55 score.
Junior Camrin Meyer also had a solid game for the 'Dogs, leading the team with 12 rebounds, blocking two shots, scoring nine points, stealing three Pirate passes, and dishing out three assists.
Ben Andresen had an outstanding game for the Pirates, scoring 22 points, including four treys. Jordan Else and Taylor Nees were next in line with eight points each. Tanner Gebers led Pirate rebounding with eight boards, and Andresen had seven caroms and also blocked two shots.
Pirate coach Bob Lee felt his team "didn't do a very good job of taking care of the ball. We played hard in the second half, but Aurelia did a nice job of hitting key baskets."
Bulldog coach Grant Peckenschneider felt his team "played with great effort and intensity all night." He added, "we did some ill-advised things that I hope just come with this being the first game - 16 turnovers is too many."
On a positive note, Coach Peck felt that Jared Bruce "played his best game" of his career, with the triple double and doing a great job being a leader on the floor - something he said the 'Dogs really need, being a very inexperienced team coming into the season. Peck also lauded Meyer's effort, saying the junior did a "great job on the boards," and adding that he "did some really good things for seeing his first real extensive action."
The coach also said that Greg Kolpin, Mason Sangwin, Anthony Fowler, Nick Hirschman, and Jordan Glawe "gave solid minutes, and will only get better with each minute of experience at the varsity level."
"Overall," Peckenschneider concluded, "I was pleased with the effort, and was pleased for the boys to get that first victory of the year."
The Bulldogs play their Northwest Conference opener at home against Sioux Central on Friday. The Pirates take on Odebolt-Arthur at Odebolt on Friday in their Maple Valley Conference opener.