Folz repeats MVP, Grinde Most Improved

LEFT: Alex Folz (Most Valuable, 2nd year & Lion Award) RIGHT: Caden Grinde (Most Improved & Hustle Award). Photos by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

Senior Alex Folz was for the second straight season voted Most Valuable Player by his Spring Grove basketball teammates. In addition, he was also the choice for the Lion Award for his passion, leadership and communication on the court.

Sophomore Caden Grinde was also a double honoree, voted Most Improved Player while also receiving the Hustle Award, the latter determined by statistics.

Folzbroke one of the boys single-season records and tied another. The 5-foot-10 senior point guard established a new 3-point field goal record while hitting 107 treys this winter. His nine triples against Lanesboro tied the single game record. He tied the single-season record with 152 assists.

Altogether, Folz led the primary playing rotation in five statistical categories, including scoring (18.3 points per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.75). 

He not only earned the most free throws but was also the most accurate while sinking 77% of his charity attempts.

He ranked second in steals (2.3 per game) and 3-point accuracy (38%).

After his record-setting season, Folz owns two all-time records with 496 career assists and 305 career 3-point baskets.

In addition, he ranks third on the career scoring chart with 1,721 points, third again with 286 career steals, also third with 298 made free throws and third again in career free throw percentage at 76.6%.

He has the fifth most career hustle points and fifth again with three 30-point scoring performances. This season, he netted a career high 35 points at Lanesboro and tossed in 33 in the section championship game against Randolph.

Folz, in his third season as an all-conference selection, also repeated with the league's highest honor as the 2018 and 2019 Conference player of the Year. He led the league in 3-point baskets.

Grinde, who had first lettered as a freshman in 2018, earned a starting role this winter as a sophomore. He proved worthy while excelling among a senior-laden lineup, honored by the conference coaches as Second Team All-SEC. He was also Academic All-Conference.

The 6-2 guard led the Lions in three statistical categories - steals (2.5 per game), blocked shots (24) and hustle points. 

He had the second most assists (3.2 per game), second best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.51) and the third highest scoring average of 10.9 points per game.


LION LEADERS– Spring Grove boys


Alex Folz                    18.3 ppg

Ethan Matzke            12.1 ppg

Caden Grinde            10.9 ppg

Noah Elton                  9.8 ppg   


Ethan Matzke            7.8 rpg

Noah Elton                5.9 rpg

Alex Folz                    5.3 rpg


Alex Folz                    5.1 apg

Caden Grinde            3.2 apg

Ethan Matzke            2.6 apg


Alex Folz                    1.75

Caden Grinde            1.51

Ethan Matzke            1.45

Takoda Boyd            1.33

Noah Elton                1.16

Kai Bjerke                   1.02


Caden Grinde            2.5 spg

Alex Folz                    2.3 spg

Noah Elton                1.9 spg

Ethan Matzke            1.9 spg


Ethan Matzke            52%

Wyatt Murphy           50%

Reid Bjerke (1-2)      50%

Kai Bjerke                   45%

Caden Grinde            44%         

Takoda Boyd            42%


Ethan Matzke            45%

Alex Folz                    38%

Caden Grinde            31%

Takoda Boyd            30%


Payton Leahy (2-2) 100%

Alex Folz                    77%

Noah Elton                73%

Ethan Matzke            67%

Takoda Boyd            67%


Caden Grinde            24

Ethan Matzke            7


Kai Bjerke                   15

Alex Folz                    11


Caden Grinde            81

Kai Bjerke                   75

Noah Elton                75