Boys Varsity Basketball
The Stars defeated Le Sueur Henderson 72-47 at home to remain undefeated on home court. Stars outscored Le Sueur 37-17 in the second half while clamping down on the defensive end. Tyler Czock led the Stars with 19 points, Max Steensland with 17 points, and Tyson Sandness with 16 points to round out a well-balanced attack.
The Stars traveled to Belle Plaine for another MN River Conference road game. The Stars fought back from 12 down in the first half to win with a final score of 63-54. Stars were led by Max Steensland with 23 points and Jalen Wight with a season high 18 points.
Boys JV Basketball
The JV team started 2019 very strong with a 55-21 victory over Le Sueur Henderson. They remain unbeaten at home. The Stars were led in scoring by Brayden Zimmerman with 12 points. SWC faced Belle Plaine Friday night. The JV pulled off an exciting 56-50 win, executing down the stretch and making important free throws. The Stars had three scorers in double digits, led again by Brayden Zimmerman with 14 points.
Boys C/9th Grade Basketball
The lower level boys traveled to Eden Prairie to begin their week, both teams competed very well against a larger school basketball program. The freshmen were back and forth all game and the C team struggled to score as well. Both teams ended up losing. The C team played against conference opponent Belle Plaine on Friday night, and struggled to put the ball in the hoop and fell to a tough Belle Plaine team.
Girls Varsity Basketball
The girls varsity team started out their week losing 59-22 to a ranked Holy Family team. Scoring was balanced among all players. Thursday, the Stars hosted Norwood Young America and fell 56-42, a tough conference opponent, playing them neck and neck until the last seven minutes. Lauren Jones had 14 points followed by Brenna Krommendyk with 12 points. Saturday, SWC traveled to St. Croix Prep, and the girls had a nice lead going into the half, however, fell short with a final score of 38-35. Brenna Krommendyk had 13 points, and Allison Winter added nine.
Girls JV Basketball
The JV squad lost 71-52 at Holy Family Catholic on Tuesday night. A balanced scoring attack led by Chloe Brunsberg with 12 and Emily Wilson with 11 fell short as Holy Family’s size proved too much for the Stars. Thursday’s game against Norwood Young America also resulted in a close 35-33 loss. JV had a hard-fought, defensive battle. Scoring was led by Emily Wilson with 12 points, Chloe Brunsberg with eight, and Maggie Davenport with seven. Maggie also led the team in blocked shots and rebounds.
The girls ended the week on a high with a 59-24 victory over St. Croix Prep on Saturday. The game saw the best offensive output of the season by the Stars, with excellent ball movement leading to open baskets all over the floor. 11 players scored in the game led by Greta Schwarz with 17 points. Kami Czech had another masterful floor game for SWCHS, added by an impressive team defense ensuring the victory.
It was a very busy week for the Southwest Christian-Richfield Stars who played who played three games in seven days, finishing the week 2-1.
The Stars defeated St. Paul-Highland Park 8-2 on Monday. Jeremiah Konkel scored an astounding five goals while Nic Gustafson added two goals and Ryan Odefey added one. 10 different players recorded points in the game showing a true team effort. Lukas Haugen made 35 saves in picking up the win. Thursday’s game at Rochester Lourdes resulted in a 5-2 loss on the road. Jeremiah Konkel scored the Stars two goals while Lukas Haugen made 25 saves.
The Stars hit the road again on Saturday to take on Moose Lake Area. The long trip was worth it as the Stars come away with a 4-0 win. Nic Gustafson, Jake Holmstrom, Ryan Odefey, and Cullen O’Connell all register goals, it was O’Connell’s first of the year. Lukas Haugen stopped all 21 shots he faced and picked up his ninth win of the year and third shutout victory.