All that hype you’ve heard about the Osseo-Fairchild basketball team, well, it’s true.

The Thunder took little time in showing what they’re made of, scoring the first 18 points of the game with only six minutes gone.

Although Eau Claire Regis fought back within seven early in the second half, the Thunder shook it off and pulled away to a 75-57 Cloverbelt Conference win Thursday night at the Greenhouse.

“This was a big game for our kids,” Osseo-Fairchild coach Tim Popple said. “They’ve been talking about it all year. They’ve taken their lumps here, so they wanted to make sure.”

It came as no surprise that the Thunder ringleader was Logan Mulhern, the school’s all-time leading scorer. He added to his total by scoring 28 points and chipped in with a game-high 10 rebounds to boot.

“He is a very determined young man and shows a lot of intensity,” Popple said. “In close games, Logan really shines.”

He got his main help from Ryan Myhers, who hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12 points while Caden Boettcher had 12 and hefty 6-5 Cory Myhers scored nine points and pulled seven boards.

“Osseo-Fairchild is an experienced bunch with almost everybody back from last year when they won the conference,” Regis coach Bryant Brenner said. “I was pleased with our effort but we’re not at their level yet.”

The Ramblers had to be credited for bouncing back from their early 18-point deficit to close within 11 at halftime and then cut it to seven at 36-29 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Branton Paulsrud and Cade Osborn less than two minutes into the second half.

But the Thunder had too many weapons and built the lead quickly to 13 and ran away from there as Ryan Myhers scored 12 of his points to go with Mulhern’s 14 in the second half.

The Thunder hit a shade over 50 percent from the field but Poppe was not completely satisfied.

“We’ve got some things to work on,” he said. “We’re too impatient, everybody wants to hit the home run.”

Still, it was too much for the young Regis team that returns only Osborn with any experience from last year’s team.

“Our team has to grow and learn from tonight’s lesson,” Brenner said. “They have to learn to trust each other and grow close from a game like this.”

Paulsrud, a 5-10 newcomer, showed a good shooting eye, knocking down four 3-pointers while leading the Ramblers with 16 points. Osborn and JP Woltersdorff followed with nine points each but as a team the Ramblers could make just 19 of 60 field attempts.

On the positive side, 11 Ramblers got into the scoring act but couldn’t match the Thunder in shooting and on the boards.

“Regis is going to be OK, they’ve got a bright future,” Poppe said.

The win was the third straight on the floor for Osseo-Fairchild but an opening win over Black River Falls had to be forfeited due to the use of an ineligible player.


Osseo-Fairchild — FGM-FGA FTM-FTA TP: Logan Mulhern 9-16 8-12 28, Ryan Myhers 6-9 2-2 17, Corey Myhers 4-10 1-2 9, Alex Watenphul 0-2 0-2 0, Caden Boettcher 3-4 3-6 10, Cooper Ward 0-0 1-2 1, Trevor Hammer 0-3 0-0 0, Garrett Koxlien 3-5 2-2 8, Sam Jacobson 0-0 0-1 0, Brice Shimon 0-1 0-0 0, Dayne Vojtik 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 17-29 75.

Regis — Branton Paulsrud 6-11 0-0 16, Abe Rocksvold 1-8 3-4 5, Cade Osborn 3-17 1-4 9, JP Woltersdorff 3-8 1-2 9, Jackson Woltersdorff 3-5 0-0 6, Will Jordahl 0-0 1-2 1, David Haselwander 0-2 0-0 0, JT Koestler 1-1 0-0 3, Aaron Haselwander 0-3 0-0 0, Mitch Merkel 0-0 2-3 2, Hayden Reinders 1-1 0-0 2, Joe Edge 1-3 0-0 2, Michael Usher 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 20-60 8-16 57.

Halftime: Osseo-Fairchild 34-23. 3-point goals: O-F 6-12 (R. Myhers 3-4, Mulhern 2-4, Boettcher 1-2, Watenphul 0-1, Hammer 0-1, Vojtik 0-1), Regis 9-31 (Paulsrud 4-9, Osborn 2-10, Koestler 1-1, D. Haselwander 0-2, Rocksvold 0-1, A. Haselwander 0-1 Edge 0-2). Rebounds: O-F 45 (Mulhern 10, C. Myhers 7), Regis 30 (Jackson Woltersdorff 5). Total fouls: O-F 17, Regis 22. Fouled out: Reinders (R). Turnovers: O-F 18, Regis 17. Officials: Chuck Morning, Tom Fiedler, Tyler Nelson. Records: O-F 2-1, 2-0; Regis 1-1, 1-1.