Every Monday, Daily Globe sports reporter Matt Huss will hand out awards and highlight the best and the worst in prep sports from the past week. This is the first installment.
In a week that featured some shocking upsets, record-breaking performances and late-game heroics, two left-handed sharp-shooters from Adrian take home awards for Best Individual Performance by basketball players. Interestingly, both players turned in career nights while playing on the road.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES:
Brian Tjepkes, Adrian: The senior guard scored 40 points – a single-game program record – on Friday to lead the Dragons to a 66-54 road victory over Southwest Star Concept.
The left-hander made eight 3-pointers, five 2-point baskets and went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line to lead Adrian to its sixth consecutive victory.
With the Quasars leading 47-46 with nine minutes remaining in the game, Tejpkes answered with one of the rarest plays in basketball.
Just minutes after he hit back-to-back 3-pointers, Tjepkes went up for another long-distance shot. He made the trey, of course, but was fouled at the same time. He swished the free throw to convert the four-point play, and and he drilled another 3-pointer on Adrian’s next possession.
SSC clawed back, pulling to within one point (53-52), but Tjepkes made a free throw and, minutes later, drilled a 12-footer in transition to push Adrian’s lead to four points.
SSC cut the deficit to six with 2:12 remaining, but Tjepkes hit a 12-foot leaner in the lane to essentially seal Adrian’s victory.
Tjepkes, who scored 22 points in the second half, added six rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
Codi Gunnink, Edgerton: The junior forward had 28 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks Tuesday to lead the Flying Dutchmen to a 63-60 upset victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove, which entered the game undefeated (10-0, 5-0) and ranked No. 6 in Class A. Gunnink had eight offensive rebounds in the first half.
Halden Van Wyhe and Andrew Scholten, Hills-Beaver Creek: Van Wyhe scored 29 points, and Scholten had 28 points Tuesday to lead the Patriots in a 78-57 victory over Southwest Christian. Together, the two combined to equal the Eagles’ point total. Van Wyhe, a senior guard, added six rebounds and three assists. Scholten, a junior center, had six rebounds.
Jace Jarmer, Westbrook-Walnut Grove: The senior forward had 19 points, six blocks and a career-high 25 rebounds Friday to lead the Chargers in a 77-69 victory over visiting Fulda.
Erica Thier, Adrian: The junior guard scored a career-high 34 points on the road Monday in Adrian’s 82-57 victory over Windom.
The left-hander went 13-for-20 shooting, including 6-for-8 from beyond the arc. She scored 15 first-half points before exploding for 15 points in the first 6:43 of the second half.
Thier went 7-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, in the second half before leaving the game with 6:16 remaining. She did not return. Her performance helped the Dragons remain undefeated (12-0) and snapped Windom’s five-game winning streak.
Thea Engen, Red Rock Central: The senior forward had 24 points, 23 rebounds, six assists and four steals Saturday to lead the Falcons in a 70-55 victory over Ellsworth.
Brooke Burmeister, Jackson County Central: The senior forward had 26 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and three assists Friday to lead the Huskies in a 76-61 victory over visiting Luverne.
Tony Thier, Worthington: The senior went 4-0 Saturday at the Luverne Team Tournament, leading the Trojans to a second-place finish. Thier, who wrestles at 152 pounds, won three matches via decision and pinned an opponent in less than a minute.
Billy Hochstein, Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin: The junior went 3-0 Monday at the Annandale Invitational to lead the Cobras, who won two of three matches. Wrestling at 145 pounds, Hochstein won a major decision, recorded a technical fall in 5:37 and pinned an opponent in 4:26.
Phil Paquette, Luverne: The senior forward had three goals and two assists Thursday to lead the Cardinals to an 8-0 victory over Sleepy Eye.
Tyler Obermoller, Worthington: The senior forward scored two goals Tuesday in the Trojans’ 5-4 overtime loss to Redwood Valley.
Brooklyn Drahota, Windom Area: The junior goaltender made 72 saves Saturday in the Eagles’ 4-0 loss to visiting Dodge County.
Sara Luhmann, Windom Area: The senior center scored three goals Thursday to lead the Eagles to a 6-4 road victory over Luverne. With the victory, Windom Area clinched the Southwest Conference title.
Adrian 66, Southwest Star Concept 54 (Boys’ Basketball): In a game that was much closer than the final score indicates, the Dragons needed every one of Brian Tjepkes’ single-game program record 40 points to defeat the Quasars.
Many Adrian fans made the trip to Okabena, making for a playoff-like atmosphere in the SSC High School Gymnasium.
SSC’s Ben Scheevel went toe-to-toe with Tjepkes, scoring 15 of his team-high 23 points in the first half. The 6-foot-4 senior guard was all over the court, nailing long-rang 3-pointers, driving to the hoop with reckless abandon, playing intense man-to-man defense, delivering devastating blocks and igniting the crowd (both sides, different reactions) with his passionate displays of emotion.
Behind Scheevel, the Quasars led for much of the first half and held advantages on more than a few occasions in the second half. But Tjepkes stole the show, and the Dragons stole the victory.
Redwood Valley 5, Worthington 4 (OT) (Boys’ Hockey): With the Trojans clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third period, Redwood Valley was awarded a penalty shot after Worthington’s Mitch Benson used his hand to throw the puck out of the crease. The Cardinals converted on the penalty shot and scored the winner with 14 seconds remaining in overtime to hand Worthington its sixth consecutive loss.
Harris-Lake Park 53, Armstrong-Ringsted 52 (Boys’ Basketball): The Wolves opened the game on a 30-11 run but had to fend off a furious A-R rally to earn a one-point victory. A-R’s 22-3 late-game run fell just short. Jacob Newbrough (16), Justin Murphy (15) and Luke Bosma (10) combined to score 41 points for H-LP.
Edgerton 63, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 60 (Boys’ Basketball): Codi Gunnink had 28 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks to lead Edgerton past Westbrook-Walnut Grove, which then was undefeated (10-0, 5-0) and ranked sixth in Class A.
W-WG, which trailed by two points at halftime, opened up a four-point lead with 12 minutes remaining, but Edgerton stormed back and took a 51-42 lead late in the game. The Chargers answered with a 7-0 run to pull to within two points, but Edgerton pulled away.
Alex Heard scored 13 points, and Alex Van’t Hof had 10 for the Flying Dutchmen. Pat Kleinjan added six rebounds and four steals, and Chace Hulstein added nine rebounds.
Mason Comnick scored 28 points, including 18 in the second half, and had a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to lead W-WG.
Redwood Valley 57, Pipestone Area 56 (Girls’ Basketball): The Cardinals rallied from an eight-point deficit at halftime to defeat the Arrows for the first time in more than five years.
Jake Holt, Windom Area boys’ basketball: The freshman forward made a driving layup with 14 seconds remaining Saturday to give the Eagles a 47-46 victory over Montevideo (9-3). Holt finished with 23 points and six rebounds for Windom, which overcame a nine-point halftime deficit.
0 – Pins Tuesday for Adrian’s wrestling team, which still defeated Wabasso 36-21.
1 — Southwest Conference championship in the history of Windom Area girls’ hockey. The Eagles clinched the conference title Thursday with a 6-4 victory over Luverne.
1 – Field goal made in the second half by Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin’s boys’ basketball team in a 79-19 loss to host Adrian on Tuesday. The Wolverines were 1-for-16 shooting (6.2 percent) from the field.
2 – Rank of Worthington’s girls’ basketball team in Class AAA.**
2 – Wrestlers who finished with 4-0 records to lead Worthington to a second-place finish Saturday at the Luverne Team Tournament. Tony Thier (152 pounds) and Jordan Schroeder (Hwt.) were perfect on the day.
2 – Worthington wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes in Class AA. Jordan Schroeder (Hwt.) ranks fourth, and Tony Thier (152) ranks eighth.*
2 – Tracy-Milroy-Balaton wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes in Class AA. Luke Prairie (140 pounds) ranks fourth, Erik Cooreman (130) ranks ninth, and Zach Campbell (125) ranks 10th.*
2 – Adrian wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes in Class AA. Shea Klooster (189 pounds) ranks sixth, and Nate Lynn (103) ranks 10th.*
3 – Fulda/Murray County Central wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes in Class AA. Justin Reinsma (135 pounds) ranks second, Andy Henning (160) ranks fourth, and Elissa Reinsma (103) ranks ninth.*
4 – Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin wrestlers who went 3-0 at a tournament in Annandale on Monday. Sam Fischenich, Billy Hochstein, Mason Anderson and Vance Blomgren each were perfect for the Cobras.
4 – Free throws attempted Monday by Windom’s girls’ basketball team in an 82-57 loss to visiting Adrian. The Eagles made just one.
4 – Players who scored in double figures to lead George-Little Rock’s girls’ basketball team to a 72-45 victory Monday over Ellsworth. Brooke Kruse had a game-high 16 points, Shelby Nagel added 14, and Patrice Peters and Kelli Starr each had 12.
4 – Jackson County Central wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes in Class A. Bronson Steuber (119 pounds) ranks second, Taylor Menke (130) ranks fifth, Cooper Moore (145) ranks sixth, and Darick Vancura (112) ranks seventh.*
4 – Second-half points for Round Lake-Brewster’s boys’ basketball team in a 67-21 loss to Ellsworth on Saturday.
5 – Worthington girls’ basketball players who scored in double digits in the Trojans’ 75-56 victory over Luverne on Tuesday.
5 — Worthington boys’ basketball players who scored in double digits in the Trojans’ 79-59 victory over Windom on Thursday.
5 – Points scored in the second half by Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin’s boys’ basketball team in a 79-19 loss to host Adrian on Tuesday.
5 – Windom Area/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes in Class AA. Billy Hochstein (140 pounds) ranks third, Spencer Johnson (171) ranks sixth, and Drake Borsgard (112), Josh Falk (130) and Sam Fischenich (135) each rank seventh.*
6 – Rank of Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove wrestler Ryan Schroepfer at 103 pounds in Class A.*
6 – Consecutive offensive possessions with a basket Tuesday night for Worthington’s girls’ basketball team, leading to an early 13-0 lead, in a 75-56 victory over Luverne.
7 – First-half points scored by Edgerton’s girls’ basketball team in a 60-32 loss to Murray County Central on Saturday.
7 – Rank of Ellsworth’s boys’ basketball team in Class A.**
8 – Points scored in the second half by Edgerton’s boys’ basketball team in a 66-30 loss to Hills-Beaver Creek on Friday.
10 – Players who scored in the Worthington boys’ basketball team’s 82-50 victory Tuesday over New Ulm. Travis Meinders made six 3-pointers and scored a team-high 26 points for the Trojans.
10 – Rank of Pipestone Area’s girls’ basketball team in Class AA.**
10 – Goals scored by Luverne’s girls’ hockey team in a 10-1 victory over Redwood Valley on Saturday.
11 – Rank of Adrian’s wrestling team in Class AA.*
12 – Rank of Jackson County Central’s wrestling team in Class A.*
14 – Seconds remaining when Jake Holt made a driving layup to give Windom Area’s boys’ basketball team a 47-46 victory over Montevideo on Saturday. Holt finished with 23 points and six rebounds.
16 – First-half points for Red Rock Central in a 78-44 loss to Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Monday.
19, 15 – Points and rebounds for Jace Jarmer, who led Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s boys’ basketball team to a 78-44 victory over Red Rock Central on Monday.
19 – Points scored Tuesday by Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin’s boys’ basketball team in a 79-19 loss to host Adrian.
20 – Percent shooting from the free-throw line for Southwest Star Concept’s boys’ basketball team in a 67-41 loss to Ellsworth on Tuesday. The Quasars went 4-for-20.
21 – First-half points Tuesday night for Kylie Erickson, who led Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s girls’ basketball team in a 74-36 victory over Lincoln HI. Erickson, who made 5 of 7 shots from 3-point range, went scoreless in the second half.
22 – Assists – a career-high – for Mike Vorwald to lead Worthington’s boys’ basketball team in an 82-50 victory over New Ulm on Saturday.
23 – Rebounds for Thea Engen to lead Red Rock Central’s girls’ basketball team in a 70-55 victory over Ellsworth on Saturday. Engen added 24 points, six assists and four steals.
25 – Rebounds – a career-high – for Jace Jarmer, who led Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s boys’ basketball team in a 77-69 victory over Fulda on Friday. Jarmer also added 19 points and six blocks.
27, 8, 8 – Points, rebounds and steals for Tom Nolte, who led Ellsworth’s boys’ basketball team to a 66-44 victory over George-Little Rock on Monday.
29.2 – Percent shooting (12-for-41) from the field for Edgerton’s boys’ basketball team in a 66-30 loss to Hills-Beaver Creek on Friday.
33 – Shots on goal – a season-high – on Tuesday for Worthington’s girls’ hockey team in a 5-1 loss to Redwood Valley. It was the first time the Trojans outshot an opponent this season. They allowed 29 shots on goal.
34 – Points – a career-high – scored by Erica Thier, who led Adrian’s girls’ basketball team to an 82-57 victory Monday over Windom. Thier went 13-for-20 shooting, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc.
40 – Consecutive Red Rock Conference victories for Ellsworth’s boys’ basketball team after defeating Round Lake-Brewster 67-21 on Saturday.
40 – Points scored – a single-game program record– by Brian Tjepkes, who led Adrian’s boys’ basketball team in a 66-54 victory over Southwest Star Concept on Friday. Tjepkes, who scored 22 points in the second half, hit eight 3-pointers, five two-point baskets and 6 of 7 free throws.
60 – Percent shooting (31-for-47) from the field Tuesday for Hills-Beaver Creek’s boys’ basketball team in a 78-57 victory over Southwest Christian.
72 – Saves made by Brooklyn Drahota in the Windom Area girls’ hockey team’s 4-0 loss to Dodge County on Saturday.
1,220 – Career points scored by Brooke Burmeister, an all-time program record for Jackson County Central’s girls’ basketball team. Burmeister reached the milestone Tuesday night after scoring 20 points in an 84-70 victory over Redwood Valley. The senior forward also added 12 rebounds.
* As of Jan. 16. Rankings via The Guillotine.
** As of Jan. 22. Rankings via The Associated Press.