The Caledonia boys early-season road trip ended Thursday night with the Warriors cruising to a 92-63 win at Kingsland. The win improved Caledonia to 2-1 three games into the season and also marked the second time, both wins, that they have surpassed the 90 point mark.
At Kingsland, Kyle Sorenson led a balanced attack that featured five players scoring double figures; the junior led all scorers with 21 points. Colton Lampert added 14 points, Josh Nord tallied 12 and West Spier and Austin Bauer each added 11 points as Caledonia jumped out to a 21 point lead at halftime and cruised to the 29 point win.
Head coach Josh Diersen said, “We shot really well, and we played at a really high pace. The guys are exciting to watch.”
The Knights (2-3) were led by Jacob Rindels, who scored 11 points, and Trevor Schwarz and Jordan Meskill, who scored nine points each.
Caledonia started the week with a good test when they traveled to Rushford-Peterson to take on the Trojans, who are ranked #2 in the state in the first Class A poll that came out Dec. 4. Coming off a trip to last season’s MSHSL Class A state tournament where they placed third, the Trojans used a 13-0 run to erase a nine-point deficit at the start of the second half and edged the Warriors 73-66.
“We had some bad turnovers,” Diersen said. “Some of them really cost us down the stretch, and offensively we didn’t shoot very well, but we’ll keep plugging away – we’ve got to clean things up.” Caledonia committed 19 turnovers in the game.
Leading 36-34 at halftime, the Warriors took off on a 10-3 run to take a 46-37 lead, but led by Jorli Hauge, Alex Vix and Austin O’Hare, the Trojans answered with a run of their own to take a 50-46 lead that they extended to as many as 12 points down the stretch.
Vix had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists; Hauge had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six assists; and O’Hare finished with 13 points for R-P. Kyle Sorenson led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds in the loss for Caledonia.
Up next for the Warriors will be a trip to Lewiston-Altura Friday. Caledonia is then off until Dec. 20 when they travel to Dover-Eyota. Their next home game is not until Jan. 2 when they host P-E-M.
– Brady Ambrose