Mabel-Canton’s Drew Wyffels gets a lay-up and collides with Lyle-Pacelli defender trying to block the shot.
Mabel-Canton’s Drew Wyffels gets a lay-up and collides with Lyle-Pacelli defender trying to block the shot. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER

The Mabel-Canton boys basketball team picked up one win in three conference games last week, starting on Tuesday, Jan. 23, with a 73-47 road loss against Grand Meadow that saw the Superlarks torch the nets from three-point range.

The Cougars moved on to Spring Grove where free throws would be the difference in a 73-54 loss.

The Cougars ended the week by winning a rescheduled conference contest at home against Lyle/Pacelli with the Cougars winning 63-57 behind 24 points from Drew Wyffels. The Cougars closed the week at 6-10 overall (3-6 SEC).

Loss to GM, 73-47

Three-point shooting would be the key to a win for the Superlarks, who sank an impressive 13 shots from outside the arc. Junior guard Austin Funk led the way by hitting seven of the team’s 13 treys on the way to a game-high 25 points.

While Grand Meadow was hot from long-range, the Cougars were at the other end of the spectrum, going 0 for 16 outside the arc.

Grand Meadow (8-7, 5-3 SEC) got off to a fast start and led by 15 points at halftime (36-21). The Superlarks held an 11-point scoring advantage in the second half, finishing the night with a 26-point SEC win (73-47).

The Cougar boys shot 33% (21 of 63) against the GM defense with all the point production coming from two-point range (21 of 47, 45%).

M-C did finish with three players in double figures, led by Dylan Loppnow with 12 points (team-high eight boards) with Blake Henry and Pierce Lind each adding 10 points.

Cole Landers added 15 points (two treys) for Grand Meadow while Max Jech and Matthew Koball each scored eight points.

Mabel-Canton didn’t give the Superlarks many extra scoring chances. The Cougars only had 12 turnovers all night and finished with eight steals defensively, getting two each from Lind and Ryan Kuhn.

M-C didn’t give themselves a lot of extra opportunities at the free throw line, going five for eight while GM was eight for 15 at the stripe.

The Cougars pulled down 32 rebounds, getting seven from Wyffels.

Loss at SG, 73-54

League-leading Spring Grove made it a season sweep of the Cougars, who made the Lions work much harder for their win this time around. M-C dropped a second 19-point decision to SG, but in this rematch, only trailed by eight points (39-31) at halftime after four first-half lead changes.

The Cougars got it back within four points early in the second half, but Spring Grove outscored M-C 34-23 after the halftime break to get the win.

Free throws were a big key to the 19-point win as Spring Grove held a 17-point scoring advantage at the stripe. M-C went four for nine (44%), while the Lions were setting a season-high with 31 attempts, knocking down 21 free throws (68%).

The Cougars shot 33% from the field (22 of 66). While the Lions shot 48% from the field (24 of 50), they still only hit a total of two more baskets than Mabel-Canton did. The Cougars hit six field goals outside the three-point line while Spring Grove knocked down four.

Wyffels was the top scorer for Mabel-Canton with 12 points (four rebounds, five assists). Henry just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds while Kuhn added 13 points.

Alex Folz led Spring Grove by matching career-highs with 30 points and 10 rebounds while adding a team-high six steals. Sam Sanness and Ethan Matzke each scored 12 points while Adin Solum chipped in 10 points.

It wasn’t a pretty game for either team. Mabel-Canton turned the ball over 27 times, 13 a direct result of Spring Grove steals. The Lions turned the ball over 19 times themselves, 10 as a result of Mabel-Canton thefts.

While the Lions (9-4, 4-0 SEC) won a tight rebounding battle (32-31), the Cougars did a great job of giving themselves second-chance opportunities by grabbing 15 offensive rebounds.

Win vs. L/P, 63-57

Wyffels poured in a season-high 24 points (10 points over season average) to lead Mabel-Canton to an SEC win in a game rescheduled from Jan. 11.

The Cougars led by seven points at halftime (35-28) and then had to hang on as they were outscored by the Athletics 29-28 after halftime, finishing with a six-point win (63-57).

Wyffels hit five of 11 shots to lead all scorers with the Cougars shooting 41% overall from the field (21 of 51). M-C  shot 28% (5 of 18) from three-point range. Loppnow also finished in double figures with 12 points, and Kuhn chipped in nine points.

Frederico Pulgarin led the A’s (8-8, 3-6 SEC) with 19 points and Jed Nelson scored 15 points with each hitting a three-point basket to contribute to their team-total of four from long range.

Free throws were also a push with the Cougars hitting 16 of 29 attempts (55%), and the L/P boys made 15 free throws in 20 attempts (75%).

Mabel-Canton hit the glass hard, pulling down a team-total of 45 rebounds, 18 on the offensive end. Brenden Kerns led the team with nine rebounds, and Loppnow added seven.

The turnover total was a little higher than Mabel-Canton would like as they finished with 17 while coming up with seven steals defensively. The team also finished with 11 assists, getting eight from Wyffels.


The Cougar boys kicked off the week with an SEC road game at LeRoy-Ostrander as this issue was going to press on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

They’ll return home on Friday night, Feb. 2, looking for a season sweep of Lanesboro. They’ll finish up the week with a Saturday non-conference game at home against Wabasha-Kellogg at 5 p.m.

Southeast Conference Boys

through Jan. 29 games


Spring Grove…..4-0 (10-5 all)

Schaeffer Aca….4-1 (12-4 all

Houston………..3-4 (6-10 all)

Mabel-Canton…3-6 (6-10 all)

Lanesboro……..1-5 (1-13 all)


Randolph…………6-1 (13-4 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander..5-2 (13-5 all)

Grand Meadow….6-3 (9-8 all)

Lyle/Pacelli……….3-6 (8-8 all)

Glenville-Emmons.0-7 (1-13 all)