By Brady Ambrose
With two more wins, the Caledonia boys stretched their winning streak to 16 straight and improved to 17-1 overall after toppling Wabasha-Kellogg and Kingsland last week.
The Warriors moved into the top 10 in the latest 2AA rankings after they beat Kingsland 83-47 Jan. 28 and followed that with a 73-52 win against W-K Feb. 1.
Caledonia opened the week hosting Kingsland, and Colton Lampert put on a clinic as the sophomore poured in a game-high 24 points, including 18 in the first half. Lampert went 6-9 from the floor in the first half as the Warriors opened up a 49-23 lead at the break. The Knights opened the game with a spark and jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Josh Nord hit two free throws over three minutes into the game. West Spier then put an end to the Kingsland lead with a basket, a steal, another basket and a free throw to tie the game at 7-7, and Lampert gave the Warriors the lead for good with a jumper at the 13:51 mark. Caledonia then went on a 20-11 run that was capped by an Owen King 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 29-18. “Get back and play good defense and transition, that’s about it,” Nord said after the game.
Caledonia then all but sealed the win with another run – this one on a 20-5 barrage over the final seven minutes of the first half that gave them a 26 point lead at the break. In the run, Lampert scored 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 62 seconds left in the half that gave him 18 points. “I don’t know if I can top that,” Lampert said
Leading by 30 at the start of the second half, West Spier, who finished with 14 points and six rebounds, gave the crowd a treat with a dunk to give Caledonia a 55-23 lead. Seth Twite drained a long three, and Lampert scored again to push the lead to 35 points at 72-37 with 9:57 to play.
Lampert then teamed up with Gavin Schroeder on a great pass that Schroeder caught in midair and scored. On the play, Schroeder was fouled and the sophomore hit the free throw to give Caledonia a 79-44 lead. Lampert led all scorers with 24 points, Spier finished with 14 while Schroeder, Austin Bauer and Nord all scored 11 points each in the win.
On Saturday, the Warriors beat Wabasha-Kellogg by 21 points with Bauer scoring 22 points, including four 3-pointers in the game for the win. Spier added 14, Nord 13 and Owen King 11 for Caledonia, who jumped out to a 46-19 lead at halftime and rolled to their 16th straight win.
After hosting Lewiston-Altura Monday night, Caledonia will hit the road Feb. 6 when they travel to P-E-M. Any fans interested in traveling to the game should contact the school as plans are being made to take a fan bus to the game.
On the next night the team will host Dover-Eyota for Parents Night, and on Feb. 8 Caledonia travels to Decorah, Iowa, for a non-conference game.
The Caledonia Warriors, riding a 16-game winning streak, have moved into the top 10 in the latest Class AA poll.
1. St. Cloud Cathederal 16-3
2. Esco 17-3
3. Barnum 18-1
4. Waseca 16-2
5. Crosby-Ironton 14-3
6. Byron 15-6
7. Annandale 11-6
8. Braham 15-2
9. St. James 15-3
10. Caledonia 17-1