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RV boys season ends in OT

Thursday, February 25, 2010

River Valley's Andrew Volkert (32) cradles the ball while surrounded by two defenders during recent basketball action in Correctionville. The Wolverines lost an overtime heartbreaker to Woodbury Central in District Tournament action Tuesday night to end their season. Photo by Reta Todd
CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley boys closed out their season on Tuesday with a heartbreaking 61-58 overtime loss to Western Valley Conference rival Woodbury Central, in Class 1A District Semi-Final Basketball Tournament action here.

The game "was back and forth the whole way," said RV coach Dean Norris, "before it was decided at the end in overtime."

Austin Hansen had a 33 point, six rebound, six steal night in his last game for the Wolverines, while fellow senior Sam Lundt added 15 points, six assists and held WC's top player to less than half his scoring average. Andrew Volkert, yet another senior, added 12 rebounds "despite being considerably smaller than the other posts," said Coach Norris.

Norris noted that the River Valley seniors closed out their careers in fine fashion as their season ends at 12-10, the third straight winning season for the group, which includes Hansen, Lundt, Volkert, Ryan Kettlesen, and Cody Spitzer.

Coach Norris stated, "As a coach, I could not be more pleased with this group of young men for their hard work and dedication to playing basketball, as well as their involvement in a variety of other activities to make the community proud. "The school and their parents should be very proud of these kids for all they have accomplished on and off the court the past four years. They will be missed."

Austin Hansen led RV in scoring for the season with 487 points for a 22.1 ave. per game. Hansen connected on 52.3% of his field goals, including 41.4% on 99 three-point attempts, and also averaged 6.9 rebounds and 4.4 steals per game and blocked 44 shots. Volkert, who will be attending Northwestern College and playing football there next fall, led the Wolverines in rebounding with 215 (9,8 ave.) Lundt was second on the team in scoring with a 12.0 average, while Volkert, Kettesen, and sophomore Zak Gander all averaged between five and six points each per game.

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