Warrior boys clamp down
By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia boys improved to 13-6 overall and 10-5 in conference play with a pair of wins last week.
Coach Josh Diersen’s team held Wabasha-Kellogg and Dover-Eyota to a combined 79 points after the Warriors beat WK 83-49 Tuesday night at home and then handled the Eagles 64-30 Thursday night.
At Dover-Eyota Nate Rohrer and Kevin Lapham combined to score as many points as the entire D-E team. Rohrer led all scorers with 16 points, while Lapham added 14 more. The Warriors jumped out to a 31-16 lead at the break and never looked back.
On Feb. 5 the Warriors hosted Wabasha-Kellogg and, despite a slow start, managed to build up a double-digit lead at halftime and eventually pulled away for the 34 point win. The Warriors grabbed a quick 7-0 lead to start the game but then had to hold on as the Falcons and freshman guard Ryan Wolfe went on a 19-13 run and closed the gap to 20-19. Wolfe hit three straight three-pointers with the third getting the Falcons within a point before Caledonia got back-to-back 3s from senior Alex Varney and junior Josh Nord to push the lead back to 26-19.
West Spier then hit a pair of free throws and added a basket at the 2:33 mark to push the Caledonia lead to 37-23. The Warriors cruised into the break with 41-27 lead. Caledonia then put the game away in a hurry with a 16-11 run that gave them a 57-38 lead with a little over nine minutes to play. “There were a lot of positives,” Diersen said after the game. “We got some guys hitting shots and Alex is back in the lineup – that’s big and I thought we moved the ball well.”
A nice baby-hook from 6’5” Kevin Lapham gave the Warriors a 61-41 lead that grew to 69-41 on a basket by Spier with 4:58 left. Caledonia pushed the lead to 30 points at 75-45, and a trey from “Automatic” Andy Li with a minute to play kept the lead at 30 at 79-49.
The Warriors then rolled to an 83-49 victory.
“The guys moved the ball and they are starting to trust each other,” Diersen said. “You can tell the guys are buying into it. Nate Rohrer is playing very good basketball; Austin Bauer, he didn’t hit many shots tonight but he played great defense. There’s going to be games of runs and tonight ours were bigger. We just have to keep plugging away.”
The Warriors began a marathon week Monday when they hosted Decorah and played Southland at home Tuesday night before traveling to Fillmore Friday night and to St. Charles at 2 p.m. Saturday.