Monday, August 20, 2018

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Inside Boys Hoops: Warriors’ Page full of potential

UW-Eau Claire coach Matt Siverling landed one of the area’s most intriguing college prospects in Rice Lake’s Spencer Page.

The 6-foot-4 senior’s shooting stroke alone makes him interesting at the next level. But he’s not just a stationary catch-and-shoot option. He can shoot off the dribble and he can put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. And he’s so darn long that he doesn’t need a ton of space. If a defender drops his hand or is a step slow on a closeout, Page will bang a 3 over top of him. Close out too hard, and Page will put it on the deck. And once he gets a step, he’s hard to recover on as he slithers past with those long arms and legs.

It’s a really nice under-the-radar get for Siverling and the Blugolds.

“He’s a kid that you’re really, really happy for his success, just because of his work ethic,” Rice Lake coach Kevin Orr said. “The kid’s in the gym all the time. On Sunday nights, he’s calling me up, getting in the gym, getting shots up. Unbelievable work ethic. I’m excited for him. I think coach Siverling is getting a good kid to Eau Claire next year. He’s just really passionate about the game, can shoot the ball really, really well.”

Page also sums up what the Warriors (14-4, 6-3) are all about. He’s listed as a center on the roster, but don’t put too much stock in that designation. “We’ve got Billy Brown jacking 3s up,” Orr joked in reference to his fullback-turned-small forward. Averie Habas splits his time between the post and the wing. Page might hit a 3 on one end and then guard in the post on the other. The only certainty is that Evan Tillung is the point guard. Everyone else is more or less positionless.

“We don’t really have a center,” Orr said. “We just play.”

At the moment, Page is playing as well as anyone. He’s riding a streak of five consecutive games with 20 or more points. He had a season-high 30 in Thursday’s road win over Chippewa Falls. Orr recalls the growth he saw between Page’s sophomore and junior seasons. Well he’s continued to get better. And Siverling certainly hopes that doesn’t stop anytime soon.

“Just looking for my shot, and getting good looks,” Page said. “My teammates trust me to knock that down.”

Baughman continues to improve

Everyone knew that Hayden Baughman was going to be the man for Chippewa Falls McDonell this year. And the Division II Concordia-St. Paul recruit has been as good as advertised, averaging 21.4 points per game. 

But where he’s been even better than advertised is as a play-maker. The 6-foot-5 senior wing has flashed his passing ability throughout the season, creating easy shots for his teammates. That’s something that will serve him well at the next level.

“Hayden definitely sees the floor well,” McDonell coach Archie Sherbinow said, “and that’s been a big part of his game.”

Who’s hot?

Player of the week: Henry Lau, Immanuel Lutheran. The Lancers’ senior guard scored a career-high 28 points Monday against Boyceville, his fifth 20-point performance in just 12 games this season.

Team of the week: Bruce (12-5, 7-2 East Lakeland). The Red Raiders were 5-17 a year ago. This season, they have 12 wins and are sitting in second place.

Big games

Altoona at McDonell, 7:15 p.m. today: Both teams still have hopes of claiming part of the Western Cloverbelt title. Those dreams likely die with a loss. Ziemer’s pick: Altoona.

Independence at Immanuel Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. today: The second-place Indees are two games back of the first-place Lancers in the loss column. A win wraps up at least a share of the title for Immanuel. Ziemer’s pick: Immanuel Lutheran.

River Falls at Memorial, 7:15 p.m. Friday: Another day, another entertaining game in the Big Rivers. Ziemer’s pick: River Falls.

North at Rice Lake, 7:15 p.m. Friday: And now for the week’s main event. If the Huskies win, they lock up at least a share of the Big Rivers Conference title. If the Warriors win, things are wide open once again. Ziemer’s pick: Rice Lake.

Last week’s record: 2-2. Season record: 20-8.

Fast break

River Falls’ Jaxon Knotek eclipsed 1,000 career points in style Tuesday. Needing five, he went off for 34 to give him 1,029. That was after putting up 33 in Saturday’s big win over Rice Lake. ... Boyceville’s Luke Knudtson also joined the 1,000-point club. Knudtson got there Monday with a 31-point output in a loss to Immanuel Lutheran. ... Gilmanton’s Tanner Hovey is closing in on 1,000 career points. He’s currently at 908. ... Regis’ Keelin Norman-Klatt also is zeroing in on 1,000. He’s at 979, giving him a good shot at hitting the milestone Friday night at Stanley-Boyd. ... North senior Noah Hanson announced on Twitter on Wednesday he plans to play for UW-River Falls.


 

Rankings

Joe Ziemer’s top 10 teams, regardless of enrollment, from the L-T coverage area:

Team Record LW

1. North 14-3 1

2. Rice Lake 14-4 2

3. Bloomer 16-0 3

4. Osseo-Fairchild 14-3 4

5. River Falls 10-8 6

6. Altoona 12-6 7

7. Chippewa Falls 10-8 5

8. McDonell 10-7 8

9. Durand 13-4 9

10. Memorial 8-9 10


 

Leaders

(Ranked on average; min. 145 points)

(Through Monday)

BIG RIVERS

G Pts Avg

Jaxon Knotek, River Falls 17 354 20.8

Spencer Page, Rice Lake 16 307 19.2

Keyser Helterbrand, Hudson 17 312 18.4

Dalton Banks, North 16 289 18.1

Averie Habas, Rice Lake 18 307 17.1

Noah Hanson, North 16 262 16.4

Jack Kron, North 16 246 15.4

Caden Boser, Memorial 16 242 15.1

Tyler Robarge, Chip. Falls 18 270 15.0

Landen Bilse, Hudson 18 255 14.2

Cormac Sampson, Memorial 14 198 14.1

WESTERN CLOVERBELT

K. Norman-Klatt, Regis 18 458 25.4

Logan Mulhern, O-F 17 424 24.9

Hayden Baughman, McDonell 17 363 21.4

Jacob Chilson, Altoona 18 329 18.3

LJ Schmelzer, S-B 16 253 15.8

Brandon Herrick, S-B 16 245 15.3

Dallas Ystebo, Altoona 18 265 14.7

Carter Brown, Regis 18 262 14.6

Cory Hoglund, McDonell 17 232 13.6

Garrett Roth, Cadott 17 225 13.2

DUNN-ST. CROIX

Avery Hoepner, Mondovi 14 261 18.6

George Scharlau, Colfax 13 240 18.5

Luke Knudtson, Boyceville 17 308 18.1

Bryce Boda, Boyceville 17 286 16.8

Ben Thompson, Colfax 14 233 16.6

Riley Schutz, GC 17 260 15.3

Luke Baier, Elmwood/PC 14 210 15.0

Ben Lambele, Elk Mound 16 222 13.9

Aaron Borgerding, SV 16 202 12.6

Dylan Bosshart, SV 16 185 11.6

OTHERS

Peter Brookshaw, Prescott 18 526 29.2

M. Marcinske, Birchwood 16 437 27.3

Gunner Wilder, Cameron 16 411 25.7

Tanner Hovey, Gilmanton 16 334 20.9

Jarek Nelson, Prairie Farm 14 280 20.0

Phil Zeigle, Hayward 15 297 19.8

Ethan Martin, Flambeau 15 279 18.6

K. Berghammer, Cumberland 15 276 18.4

Drew Severson, Eleva-Strum 17 296 17.4

Alex King, Neillsville 16 275 17.2

Payton Dachel, Bloomer 16 274 17.1

Trent Novak, LH 16 270 16.9

Peyton Nogal, SCC 17 284 16.7

Jordan Rutz, Immanuel 14 233 16.6

Tanner Alix, Augusta 15 248 16.5

Ethan Breheim, ACL 14 230 16.4

Parker Nielsen, Prescott 18 290 16.1

Isaac Pape, Independence 12 191 15.9

3-POINTERS

Keelin Norman-Klatt, Regis 59

Hayden Baughman, McDonell 56

Matthew Marcinske, Birchwood 56

Peter Brookshaw, Prescott 56

Spencer Page, Rice Lake 53

Carter Brown, Regis 51

Johnny Bleskacek, Bloomer 49

Trent Novak, Lake Holcombe 48

Tanner Alix, Augusta 47

Noah Hanson, North 46

Note: Boys and girls statistical leaders are compiled by Tim Peterson from box scores published in the Leader-Telegram and other sources. Corrections or ­additions should be emailed to uwpetey@charter.net.


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