AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldog teams played host to Storm Lake St. Mary's on Dec. 21 in a pair of Northwest Conference games, and the Bulldog teams came away with a pair of victories.
The win boosted Aurelia's season record to 3-6.
The Aurelia boys jumped off to a 21-10 first quarter lead in a foul-marred game. There were sixteen fouls called in the first quarter alone, and it made for a ong night for players, coaches, and fans alike. The Bulldogs had a 40 - 31 lead after three quarters, but couldn't put the hard-playing St. Mary's team away. Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider was a little disappointed this did not happen, but, on the other hand, was pleased the 'Dogs were able to win a close game, as they had lost three tough ones by a couple of points themselves this season.
Though disappointed in the Bulldogs' first half free throw shooting, he was much more pleased with their clutch second-half performance at the line, saying that Greg Kolpin, Camrin Meyer, and Jared Bruce made two clutch free throws apiece down the stretch.
Aurelia scoring was led by Aaron Bruce, who scored 18 points, Jared Bruce added 13 and Greg Kolpin had another double-figure night, with 10 points.
Meyer had six boards and Bruce and Nick Hirschman snared five apiece, while team leader Jared Bruce dished out six assists and stole passes. He and Hirschman also each blocked one shot.