In just their third year, the Southwest Christian/Richfield boys hockey team finished with their best record yet: 16-7. Junior Jeremiah Konkel led the team in scoring with 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists). His 34 assists tied him for 11th in the state. Junior Nic Gustafson led the team in goals with 30, which tied him for 9th in the state. Senior Goalie Lukas Haugen finished the season with 14 wins and 2.40 goals against average and a save percentage of .931, which placed him 9th in the state in that category. The team earned a 7th seed in their first ever section tournament appearance.
Boys Varsity Basketball
It was a busy four-game week for the Stars, as they ended their conference season and began the final stretch of the regular season as well. The Stars started off the week with a Monday night conference win vs Sibley East 57-40. Stars were led by Tyler Czock with 15 points, with Max Steensland and Nate Schwarz both contributing 13 apiece. The Stars then headed to conference opponent Norwood Young America for a Tuesday night tip-off and lost a close game 73-72. The game went all the way down to the wire with the Stars losing in the final seconds. Max Steensland led all scorers with 30 points, Jalen Wight with 18 points, and Nate Schwarz with 10 points. SWC hosted the conference rival, Mayer Lutheran, and pulled an upset 60-53 victory. In a physical, hard fought battle, Max Steensland led the Stars with 22 points, Jalen Wight added 10 points, and Nate Schwarz and Tyson Sandness added eight each. On Saturday afternoon, the Stars concluded the MN River Conference regular season with a 68-38 victory over Tri-City United. Max Steensland led all scorers with 27 points including his 1,000-career point. Tyson Sandness added 12 points and Nate Chant came off the bench to score a career high 10 points.
The Stars concluded their inaugural season in the MN River Conference with a 10-4 record finishing in third place overall behind Jordan and Mayer Lutheran. Heading into the final two games of the regular season, the Stars battled back to a 12-12 record despite an extremely difficult non-conference and conference schedule.
JV Boys Basketball
The junior varsity boys had an exciting weekend of basketball, starting off with a very competitive game against Mayer Lutheran. After a slow start, the Stars started clicking and fought back to win the game, 49-45. The Stars were led by Jake Berg with 11 points and Lucas Anderson with 10 points. The whole team played tough and battled together on defense, which was very fun to watch. The Stars played game two of a back-to-back against Tri-City United. Lucas Anderson was scorching hot with 21 points, Jack Widdifield poured in 16 of his own, and Cam Johansen finished with 10 points. The Stars had a strong defensive performance and were victorious, 68-16.
Girls Varsity Basketball
The girls varsity team played Concordia Academy Roseville, the #3 ranked team in the state last Thursday and kept it close, down only six points with less than a minute to go. It was a tough battle and got the team ready for Sections. Lily Schwen, once again, led all scorers with a career high 30 points. Lily had three three-pointers and went five for five from the free throw line. Brenna Krommendyk added nine points and nine rebounds.
The team earned the eighth seed out of 15 teams in 5AA Sections and has their first section game at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m. vs Blake. Come out and cheer on your classmates as they make their run to state.