With a balanced attack on offense and a stifling defense, the Caledonia Warriors rolled to a 68-35 win at Kingsland in the season opener for the Warrior boy’s basketball team.
Kyle Sorenson and Nathan Rohrer scored 13 points each and seven other players got in the scoring column to open up the season. The Warriors hit 10 3-pointers, seven in the first half and recorded 21 steals and forced 26 turnovers in the game as they jumped out to a 43-19 lead at the break with Sorenson scoring 11 points in the first half.
Coach Josh Diersen said he was pleased, “We kept the pedal on – our 1-3-1 really gave them a lot of problems and I thought we had a good night across the board.”
Caledonia finished the game shooting nearly 36 percent from the three-point line, going 10-28. “We came out and shot the ball well,” Diersen said, adding, “I was pleased; we got a lot of good minutes out of everybody and it was a good first win for us.”
The Warriors used a great defensive effort and took advantage of the team’s athletic ability and speed. “This is one of the fastest teams we’ve had in a long time,” Diersen said. “I was impressed with our defense. They have to be really tough and they came out and played well.”
Sorenson added seven rebounds and Rohrer tossed in half-a-dozen steals to go with his 13 point effort. Alex Varney tossed in eight points and six rebounds, and West Spier added seven points in the win. Diersen said sophomore Austin Bauer also had a nice game with six points. The Warriors will play at home Friday night, hosting Saint Charles at 7:30 p.m. after traveling to Chatfield Tuesday night.
– Brady Ambrose