North Union Wins District Title, Bishop Garrigan Defeated by Lake Mills

by Tyler Lance
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Lake Mills 61
Bishop Garrigan 52

The season has come to an end for the Bishop Garrigan boys basketball team, as the Golden Bears were defeated 61-52 in the class 1A – district 3 title game by Lake Mills on Tuesday night.

The Golden Bears controlled the pace early, taking a 14-10 lead after one, behind three three pointers by Michael Joyce.  The Bulldogs inched ahead in the 2nd quarter, taking a six point lead at one point, a lead that was cut to three when Joyce drained a three pointer from half court at the buzzer to make the score 29-26 Lake Mills. 

Lake Mills continued to extend their lead gradually in the third in spite of Top of Iowa West Player of the Year Lance Helming sitting out the final 4 and a half minutes of the quarter after picking up his fourth personal foul.  Lake Mills led 44-39 at the end of three. 

Five points was as close as Bishop Garrigan would get in the fourth, as the Golden Bars end the season at 15-10 with the loss, while Lake Mills moves to 23-1 and will face Remsen St. Mary’s Saturday night, as the Hawks beat George-Little Rock 42-39 to advance.  Lake Mills now has 11 consecutive wins over the Golden Bears. 

Michael Joyce scored 22, Carter Schwab had 14, and Nick Leerar had 11 for Bishop Garrigan.  Aiden Stensrud scored 15 on 6/7 from the field, and Lance Helming had 12 for Lake Mills, as Helming surpasses 1000 career points. The Golden Bears were able to hold Lake Mills to just 1/5 on three pointers, but the Bulldogs made up for the lack of threes by shooting 54.8% from the field and making 14/17 free throws. Lake Mills also turned the basketball over just five times in the win.

North Union 54
St. Edmond 51

North Union boys basketball has a district title after outlasting St. Edmond 54-51 Tuesday night in the class 1A – district 1 title game, as a game tying three point attempt by St. Edmond sophomore Hunter Horn at the end of the fourth quarter was no good. 

The Warriors jumped out quickly, taking a 23-13 lead at the end of one, but St. Edmond responded, ending the first half on an 8-0 scoring push to make the score 31-28 in favor of North Union at the break. 

The Warriors would never lead by more than four in the second half but did enough to get the win. St. Edmond tied the game on a couple of occasions in the second half but never took the lead at any point.

Preston Guerdet scored 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting, including 5 of 6 on 3s, to lead the way for the Warriors.  Kody Irmiter also reached double figures with 11 points, while Kyan Jones had 8 assists and 5 steals. Jakob Koopman scored 16, Hunter Horn had 15, and Sam Mericle tallied 12 in the loss for St. Edmond.  The Warriors finished the night shooting 50% from the field and made 5 of 12 three point attempts.

North Union faces South O’Brien on Saturday night in Spencer, as South O’Brien knocked off MMCRU 57-44 last night. You can hear live coverage of that matchup on KLGZ 98.5 FM/AM 1600, and watch it on the Algona Radio YouTube channel.

The Warriors continue to extend on their program record for wins, as they are now 21-3, while St. Edmond ends the season at 12-12.

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