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Spring Grove Falls in State Semifinals

March 22, 2019 06:33 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Spring Grove Lions played in their first state tournament in program history, but their season will not end with a state title. 

On Friday afternoon, the Lions fell to the four-seeded Henning Hornets 67-34 in the Class A semifinals at the Target Center.


Everything seemed to be working for the Lions in the beginning of the game then the tides turned. The Hornets got aggressive and took advantage of any small mistake the Lions made on the hardwood. Heading into halftime, Henning was up 37-16.

The pace of the game only sped up in the second half and the Lions couldn't keep up. 

It was a tough loss for the Lions, but head coach Wade Grinde said this has been the most enjoyable season he has ever coached.

“I’ve gotten to coach my own kid and I’ve got a staff that’s been with me for 23 years, Al Lochner and Dave Konz," Grinde said. "We come from a small community where we raise these kids from the time they are in fourth grade. Coach them in football, basketball, and baseball so it’s not a player-coach relationship it’s a family.”

Leading the way for Spring Grove was sophomore guard Caden Grinde who finished the day with 11 points. Behind him was senior forward Kai Bjerke who had nine.

The Hornets had several players score in double-digits, junior guards Parker Fraki and senior guard Sam Fisher led the team with 15 points each, followed by Isaac Fisher and Adam Lange who scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.

It was not the ending the Lions hoped for, but they still have one more shot to bring home a trophy.

"We are fortunate because we get to play another game tomorrow," Grinde said.

The feeling was mutual among the Lions about their opportunity to still get another win this season. 

"We have another chance tomorrow to come out and still win a trophy and make our community proud after everything they’ve done for us," senior guard Alex Folz chimed in. "If we can do that and come out with a win, I’ll be ecstatic about that.”

Next up, the Lions will play for third place against Ada-Borup at Concordia University. Tip-off is set for 10 a.m. The Henning Hornets will play three-seed North Woods in the Class A championship on Saturday at the Target Center. Tip-off for the championship game is set for 11 a.m.


Jordyn Reed

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