Wheelin’ With WEB

By Bill Bentson                                                                                        Vol. 5, No. 9

                                                                                                                                                Dec. 18, 2019

              Merry Christmas everyone.  Hope you have a most blessed holiday season.  Carol and I will be spending Christmas day with each other, much like we’ve done for the past 25 years.  But then we always get together with the whole family, sometime just before, or just after Christmas day.  It’s really going to seem different this year, ‘cause we’ll all be getting together at Cal’s place in Rochester.  He’s the oldest of the Great 8, and the only one with a place of his own.  Lucky him!  ‘Messages’ have been flying back and forth on who’s bring what.  Really sounds like we are going to have plenty of food.

              Also hoping I can get a game ‘in’ while I’m down in the southeast. 

              Chatfield has announced their Triple A (Academics, Arts and Athletics) Award winners.  Congratulations to Beatrice Martin and Brady Woltz.  The AAA award goes to a high school senior boy and girl who have a 3.0, or better, GPA and who excels in league-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.  Of all the programs, and awards, that ‘go through’ a school, this award, Triple A, is my absolute favorite.  Congratulations again, Bea and Brady!

              Last night (Tuesday) I drove down to Moorhead and watched Ada-Borup West play Park Christian in a g/b double-header.  I’m doing the sports for the Ada Index, covering Ada-Borup West, so I did, and do, have a personal interest in the/their game (s).  Both teams  WERE ranked in the state poll, but the gals got beat by PC last night.  They were #7, but got knocked completely out of the top 20.  Wow!


2019-20 Three Rivers Conference BBB standings and schedule

                                                                                                     …through Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

East division                                   TRC       reg. s

Caledonia                                       4-0         6-0

LaCrescent-Hokah                         3-0         3-3

Lewiston-Altura                             1-2         4-2

Rushford-Peterson                       1-2         3-2

Fillmore Central                             1-2         2-3

Cotter                                              0-3         1-4


West division

Dover-Eyota                                   3-0         4-1

Plainview-Elgin-Millville               2-1         3-2

Southland                                       2-1         2-2

St. Charles                                      1-1         2-3

Wabasha-Kellogg                          0-3         2-3

Chatfield                                         0-3         0-4


2019-20 Southeast Conference BBB standings

                                                                        …through Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

East division

Schaeffer Academy        4-0         7-1

Spring Grove                    3-1         3-2

Houston                            2-2         4-3

Lanesboro                        1-3         2-3

Mabel-Canton                 0-3         1-4

West division

Randolph                          4-0         5-2

Grand Meadow               4-1         5-1

Lyle/Pacelli                       3-2         3-3

LeRoy-Ostrander            2-3         3-3

Kingsland                          1-4         2-4

Glenville-Emmons          0-5         1-6


2019-20 Three Rivers Conference GBB standings

                                                                        …through Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

East division

Cotter                                              5-0         10-0

Fillmore Central                             4-1         5-3

Lewiston-Altura                             2-3         3-4

LaCrescent-Hokah                         2-3         3-6

Caledonia                                       2-3         3-6

Rushford-Peterson                       0-5         0-7


West division

Dover-Eyota                                   4-0         7-1

Southland                                       3-1         3-2

Plainview-Elgin-Millville               2-2         2-6

St. Charles                                      1-3         2-5

Chatfield                                         0-4         1-5


2019-20 Southeast Conference GBB standing                   

                                                                        …through Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

East division                     SEC        reg. s

Houston                            3-0         5-3

Lanesboro                        3-1         3-4

Mabel-Canton                 2-2         4-5

Spring Grove                    1-3         1-7

Schaeffer Academy        0-3         0-8

West division

Kingsland                          4-0         5-2

Grand Meadow               3-1         4-3

Randolph                          2-2         3-4

Lyle/Pacelli                       1-3         2-4

LeRoy-Ostrander            0-4         0-7


I got this note from Lee Epps, who is ‘my SEC correspondent’.  “Spring Grove boys' conference winning streak ended at 77 games with 50-38 loss at Schaeffer Academy. SG had won 143 of last 145 SEC games. It was Schaeffer’s first win against SG, which had won  all 19 previous meetings. Schaeffer now holds a 1-game early lead in SEC East Division race.

Houston girls have early stranglehold on SEC East race, having defeated 3 of their 4 rivals by overwhelming margins: 32 points over Lanesboro. 58 points over SG and 29 over M-C,  “Canes have not yet played winless Schaeffer Academy. Thanks Lee for the updates.


State GBB rankings, Dec. 18, 2019


1 Hopkins 8-0

2 Wayzata 7-0

3 Farmington 7-1

4 Park Center 8-0

5 Centennial 6-1

6 St. Michael-Albertville 5-3

7 Maple Grove 6-2

8 Rosemount 7-1

9 Chaska 5-2

10 Elk River 5-3


1 Becker 3-1

2 DeLaSalle 2-3

3 Holy Angels 4-3

4 Red Wing 8-0

5 Austin 8-1

6 Simley 3-1

7 St. Paul Como Park 4-2

8 Marshall 6-0

9 Waconia 3-3

10 Alexandria 6-2

17 North Branch 6-0 (I know Dan Schindler is interested in these girls)


1 Sauk Centre 6-1

2 Rochester Lourdes 6-1

3 Duluth Marshall 5-0

4 New London-Spicer 6-0

5 Fergus Falls 6-1

6 Minnehaha 7-2

7 Waseca 5-1

8 Winona Cotter 9-0

9 Proctor 6-1

10 Pine City 6-0

11 Lake City 7-2

12 Medford 7-0

19 Goodhue 7-1

              Cotter moved into the top 10 a week ago, after not being listed in the top 20 prior to that.  They seem to be playing some pretty good ball.  Goodhue seems to be doing alright in Class AA, after making the move up. 


1 Minneota 6-0

2 Cromwell-Wright 6-1

3 Mountain Iron-Buhl 3-1

4 Henning 7-0

5 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 5-1

6 Blooming Prairie 4-0

7 Cherry 6-0

8 Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 7-1

9 Mayer Lutheran 8-1

10 Hills-Beaver Creek 6-0

              Blooming Prairie has moved up to #6, and Grand Meadow is out of the top 20 also.  Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s went 1-1 this past week, and remained at #8.  Waterville-Elysian-Morristown has also dropped out of the top 20.  Guess its how bad you get beat, when you get beat!

              I’m guessing that you saw that Kooper Vaughn, St. Charles junior, hit the ‘record books’ with an outstanding performance against Rochester Lourdes last Saturday.  He scored 52 points against the Eagles, which is the new scoring record for an individual at St. Charles high school.  The old record of 43 points was set back in 1963 by Don Glover.  Glover went on to become a teacher and coach at White Bear Lake.

              Vaughn also hit the free throw record books in the state.  He went 26/26 in the game, which is the tops, all time, in Minnesota.  The previous record was 21/21 (Derek Techam, Delano), set back on Feb. 8, 2019.  Great job Koop, and congratulations!  The national record is 31/31, in a single game.  Vaughn is now #2, IN THE NATION.  WOW!  Jake Sullivan, Tarton, had a 20/20 game; Jarrol Cole (Hanley Falls) went 18/18 on March 1, 1966; and Bob Deyak, Ely, went 16/16, back on Jan. 15, 1955.  John Hanson, Mora, was 15/15, back in 1962 (what a great year). 

              Matt Pederson, Starbuck, is a friend of mine, and is the ‘keeper of the records’, for basketball in the state of Minnesota.  If you’re looking for any basketball record, all you need to do is ‘google’, ‘Minnesota basketball records’, and then go to the website.

              I got curious and started browsing through the records and found these, from some of our southeast Minnesota greats.  These are just a few, from the single game ‘file’. 

              Joe Grobe (Elgin-Millvile) scored 60 points in a single game back on Feb. 19, 1982.  He also had a 51-point game on Jan. 13, 1981.  Cole Olstad (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) had 51 points on Feb. 5, 2011; Roger Kjome (Spring Grove), 50 points on Feb. 7, 1958; and Glen Simes (Grand Meadow), had 50 on Feb. 10, 1989.  What’s up with February?  State record is 90 points, set by Cash Eggleston (Minnesota Transition), Feb. 2, 2005.  How about these?  Arlynn Sikkink (Harmony, 59 points, Jan. 31, 1969), Murton Boyum (Peterson, 53 on 12/18/64 and 52 on 11/24/64), Mel Homuth (Spring Grove, 52 points on 2/12/1965; also attempted 28 free throws in a game); and Wendell Johanson (Canton, 51 points, Jan. 11, 1952).

              For gals down our way, Ahoya Lee, Byron, scored 54 points on Feb. 26, 2018 and Slone Benson (Grand Meadow) had a 53-point game on Feb. 18, 1989.  McKenna Hofschild (Prior Lake, state leader with 63 points, 12/1/2018).

              Here’s a few more.  Alex Peterson (Fillmore Central, 13/13 field goals, Feb. 10, 2011, tied for fifth on the list), Connor Nagle (6/6 three-pointers and six in a row, Dec. 20, 2007), Amy Mahlum (Kingsland, 10 three’s in a single game), Jenna Ingvalson (Spring Grove, 7/8 three’s, 12/28/2002), Shanin Busack (Mabel-Canton, 15 blocks in a game, 12/30/91), Cassie Glasrud (Spring Grove, quadruple-double, 12p/10r/15a/10s) and Kenzie Lind (Rushford-Peterson, quad-double, 18p/14r/12a/13s).  A gal from Mpls. Washburn has a quintuple-double, 14p/14r/10a/10s/11b (Jan. 14, 2014).

              Didn’t get the boys state rankings this week (I’m early with my article, so that’s probably why), so will end with the record highlights.  Check out the Minnesota Basketball News (Pacesetter) and you can get the newest rankings.  Minnesota-scores has put out their QRF rankings; check that out!

              Hope you have a great week, one day at a time.  Hey to the Great 8, my Fab 4 and my lovely wife, Carol.  Thanks Jordan and to you for all your support.  Heard from Terry Nelson (Caledonia); we student taught at Howard S.D. at the same time, and he reads the WEB.  Great.  Hasta luego my friends.  Hey Silver Grille, I haven’t forgotten you either.  Merry Christmas everyone!  WEB