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Kai Bjerke perseveres through contact. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Kai Bjerke perseveres through contact. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:43 PM
t is one of the most prestigious basketball tournaments in the upper Midwest according to Spring Grove head coach Wade Grinde. Three Spring Grove cagers - Ethan Matzke, Kai Bjerke and Alex Folz - played for a Wisconsin Playmakers AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team that won the age 15-under championship of the Sanford Pentagon Tournament Series, which includes teams from an eight-state area.
  •  Local lads nab major basketball title
    t is one of the most prestigious basketball tournaments in the upper Midwest according to Spring Grove head coach Wade Grinde. Three Spring Grove cagers - Ethan Matzke, Kai Bjerke and Alex Folz - played for a Wisconsin Playmakers AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team that won the age 15-under championship of the Sanford Pentagon Tournament Series, which includes teams from an eight-state area.
  • Girls enter league tourney undefeated
    Harlee Gavin appeared in two basketball games that were being played simultaneously. She alternated between two adjacent courts in the same room as 11 Spring Grove girls played both a varsity game and a B-team game at the same time. The extraordinary and probably unprecedented tag team occurrence came out well for the Lions who won both games.
  • Junior Legion Lions split with Falcons, Saints
    Pitching was paramount as the Spring Grove Junior Legion baseball team (3-2-1) split a pair of home games last week. The Lions dropped a July 14 pitchers' duel to Fillmore Central/Lanesboro a day before dismissing St. Charles.
  • Win over Waukon caps busy week, summer season for Little Leaguers
    The final week of Little League baseball was also the busiest. The older team won two home games versus Fillmore Central on July 12 before winning one and dropping two for a third-place finish in the annual Shooky Fink Tournament at New Albin on July 15. 
  • Shorthanded Lions falter in football finale
     It was a disappointing finale for the Spring Grove gridders as the summer 7-on-7 football season culminated with a tournament on July 17 at UW-L.



  • Knutson triumphs, Peter second
    Casey Knutson of Spring Grove won the B-Mods feature and Mabel’s Shawn Peter was Stock Car runner-up during the regular Saturday night racing card at Decorah, Iowa. 
  • Neither game was close as a three-team logjam was reduced to two during men's slowpitch softball on July 12 at Canton.
  • Lion gridders impress, improve to 5-1
    The Spring Grove varsity boys stormed past two Wisconsin teams on July 10, running the Lions' 7-on-7 league football record to 5-1, heading into the final fourth week of league play.
  •  Several highlights, few wins on the diamond
    Scoreboard success was not always indicative of some great baseball played by Spring Grove youngsters last week. 
  • Bunke Construction threw the race into a three-way tie at the top by handing a first league loss to Larson Well Drilling on July 5. Mabel Liquor (3-1) joined the logjam with a one-run win over Soland Carpentry in men’s slowpitch softball at Canton.
  • Solum has a good night at the races
    The Upper Iowa Speedway (UIS) racing series returned to Decorah, Iowa, on July 9 as drivers went head to head for season points while preparing for Winneshiek County Fair races. Those will take place at the same venue on Tuesday, July 12.
  • Comebacks lift cagers to league success
    All four high school basketball teams - varsities and B-teams, girls and boys - used strong second halves to pull out basketball victories during June 28 summer league play at La Crosse. Most dramatic was the B-boys’ scoring drought followed by a late scoring spree against Holmen.
  • Junior Legion Lions overtake GMLOK
    The Spring Grove Junior Legion baseball team (2-1-1) trailed for only a few minutes on June 27.
  • Netters, Little Leaguers each take two
    The high school girls closed their four-week summer league volleyball season with two wins at Winona on June 29.
  • Schuttemeier, Anderson are Athletes of the Year
    The Spring Grove High School Athletes of the Year for 2015-2016 have been chosen by the Spring Grove coaches.
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