Knights cruise past CHS

SLEEPY EYE – Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s swept its season series against rival New Ulm Cathedral with an 83-63 win at home on Monday night.

The Knights (13-7, 10-5 Tomahawk) had four players score in double figures in the win, which is their fifth-straight in the past two seasons between the two rivals.

“Overall, I thought we did some good things,” said St. Mary’s coach Tim Milliard. “Our priority is really to set a fast pace and play up-tempo – we’re not much of a half-court team. So I thought we did a good job overall in trying to create some pace, create some tempo.”

Mike Hirsch led St. Mary’s with 19 points. John Brandl had 16 points, Payton Adams had 13 and David Surprenant had 10.

Collin Helget had a game-high 24 points for the Greyhounds (7-15, 3-11) along with eight rebounds.

“We did a nice job of getting him the ball and he did a nice job attacking the hoop when he got the ball tonight,” said Cathedral coach Alan Woitas of Helget.

Helget’s 24 was complemented by 15 points from Jacob Gangelhoff and eight from David Franta.

Cathedral has now lost its fifth-straight conference game dating back to its 70-59 loss to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Jan. 24.

St. Mary’s took an 8-1 lead within the first 2 minutes of play on four-straight layups. Brandl was 3-for-3 in scoring his first six points as part of the run that later gave the Knights a 17-3 lead, which forced Woitas to call at timeout.

“Defensively, we came out a little flat,” Woitas said. “We made a few adjustments and we really started cutting off some penetration. Of their 17 points, I’m not sure if they hit an outside shot; it was a lot of layups.”

Cathedral was successful in slowing down Brandl and Co., allowing its offense to pull to within three at the end of a 10-1 run.

Immediately following a basket by Helget that cut the lead to 18-15, however, Shaun Wensauer hit a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding for St. Mary’s. Another 3-pointer from Wensauer and a 3 from Scott DeMaris pushed St. Mary’s lead to 27-17.

“We usually rely on some runs,” Milliard said. “We might have some cold spells or some lulls, but then a lot of times you’ll get a good mix between hitting some open 3s and then get some transition baskets.”

After holding a six-point lead at halftime, St. Mary’s jumped out to a 10-2 run behind two baskets from Adams and points from Hirsch, Brandl and Surprenant.

Hirsch scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help put the game away for St. Mary’s, which remains unbudged from its second-place perch in the Tomahawk Conference.

St. Mary’s will host first-place GFW on Friday. With a win, it will gain a game against GFW, which currently owns a 12-2 conference mark.

“We had a close game over at their place the first time we played them that could have gone either way,” Milliard said. “This is a good challenge for us. We think we’re improving, but there’s only one way to find out and that’s to play quality teams.”

Cathedral sunk to 3-11 in the conference and will hope to finish on a strong note at Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Thursday.

“We’re doing a lot of good things offensively,” Woitas said. “Defensively, we’ve done a lot of good things, but we’ve got to find a way to rebound. We need to find some guys who are willing to go battle for some boards underneath.”

N.U. Cathedral 34 29 – 63

S.E. St. Mary’s 40 43 – 83


Franta 3-8 2-2 8, Skillings 2-5 0-0 5, Gangelhoff 5-12 5-7 15, C Helget 11-17 2-4 24, Schwartz 3-10 0-0 6, Herzog 1-4 1-2 3, Guggisberg 0-3 0-0 0, Cooper 0-0 0-1 0, Olson 1-2 0-0 2, Osbourne 0-0 0-0 0, Wesselmann 0-0 0-0 0, Kokesch 0-1 0-0 0, Wenner 0-2 0-0 0.

S.E. ST. MARY’S (83)

Hirsch 7-11 4-5 19, Brandl 7-17 0-0 16, Surprenant 4-8 2-4 10, Rothmeier 2-9 0-0 6, Adams 6-9 1-2 13, J Helget 0-1 4-5 4, Hoffman 0-0 0-0 0, Wait 0-0 0-0 0, Wensauer 2-3 0-0 6, DeMaris 2-2 0-0 6, Owens 0-0 0-0 0, Zinniel 1-1 0-0 2.

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