Beckman freshmen destroy Ed-Co

Christmas break was kind to the Beckman freshmen boys, as they built up enough strength to pound the Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings in a non-conference game on Jan. 3, 68-17, at Edgewood.

The first quarter told the tale: the Blazers out-pointed the Vikings, 21-6, and dominated the rest of the game as well. Coach Ryan Meissner added, “It was great to see everyone on the team have a real contribution to this team victory. I thought the guys worked hard throughout the game to execute our game plan. This was a nice victory to start the new year. Hopefully we continue to get better each day.”

Leading individual stats for the team were: scoring — John Gulick 14, Connor McDermott 11, Conner Krantz 10, Scott Olberding seven, Eric Recker and Ryan Bildstein six, Camden Leonard, Mitchell Gehling and Mitchell Burlage four, Michael Koopman two; rebounds — McDermott four, Gulick three, Justin Wessel, Krantz, Olberding, Burlage and Koopman two, Leonard and Gehling one; steals — Gulick and Olberding three, Recker and Gehling two, McDermott and Leonard one; assists — Gulick four, Olberding three, Wessel, Bildstein, Leonard, Gehling and Koopman one; blocks — Olberding one.

The young Blazers are now at 7-0 for the season, 6-0 in the WaMaC.

Soph Blazers blow out Vikings

Despite starting out slow, the Beckman sophomore-freshmen boys ran away with a 76-19 win at Edgewood on Jan. 3 in a non-conference test that opened their second season.

“Coming out of our winter break practices, we started out of the gate slow with just a nine-point lead after the first quarter, but our overall intensity and effort picked up as the second quarter started and we streaked to a 43-19 halftime lead,” said coach Michael Molony. “It was great to see our offensive and defensive execution in just our first game back because we were missing various players throughout the break.

“The effort and execution will be pivotal going forward as WaMaC teams make up 13 of our remaining 14 games. We need to remember our preseason goals are attainable only if we take each and every day as its own opportunity to improve.”

Leading individual stats are: scoring — Sam Oberbroeckling 20 (two threes), Riley LeGrand and Brady Arens 10, Connor McDermott and Sam Stelken nine, Mitch Gehling six, Noah Sabers four, Colin Koelker and Jackson Bennett three; rebounds — LeGrand five, Arens and McDermott four, Stelken, Gehling and Oberbroeckling three, Sabers two, Bennett and Koelker one; assists — LeGrand six, Stelken three, Sabers and Arens two, Oberbroeckling, Koelker, Gehling and Bennett one.

Soph Blazers dump Vikings, 47-7

With a 47-7 decision over Edgewood-Colesburg on Jan. 3, the Beckman sophomore girls basketball team began its second half of competition on the winning side of their ledger.

“Ed-Co struggled with the height of our girls,” said coach Jill Knipper. “We did well executing our offense tonight, and changing up our defenses kept Ed-Co struggling to stop us.”

Shalyn Wessels led all scoring with 21 points. No less than nine other Blazers scored in the team win. Elise Westhoff added six, Abby Palmer and Olivia Schlarmann four, Isabel Brehm three, Malerie Reitzler, Kelli Engelken, Shannon Hoffman and Amber Boeckenstedt two, and Kristi Mensen one. Other stats included: rebounds — Westhoff and Palmer four, Wessels and Schlarmann three, Reitzler and Mensen two, Brehm, Holly Trenkamp, Veronica Kelly and Engelken one; steals — Hoffman three, Brehm, Wessels, Mensen and Engelken two, Kelly, Schlarmann, Boeckenstedt and Palmer one; assists — Engelken four, Mensen three.

For Ed-Co, Mazie Nurre hit four, Morgan Steger two and Anna Santos one.