Hard to believe the winter season is heading into playoff time already.
The New Ulm Girls Hockey team (co-op with St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye) earned a trip to their second consecutive state tournament. Sleepy Eye athletes include Erika Ries, Alexa Fischer, Lexi Weiss and Miranda McMullen. The Eagles will open the tournament with a game against Breck Wednesday (2/23) morning.
The boy’s hockey squad had their best season since their inaugural year (1999-2000) when they went 17-8. The Indians have an 11-14 mark this year. It has been fun to see a competitive team take the ice. The local skaters are averaging 3.8 goals a contest. Tyler Braulick leads the team with 41 points, Jordan Hillesheim has 27. SE hosts a playoff game (Tuesday night) for the first time, maybe ever.
The Sleepy Eye boy’s basketball team also has one of the better Indian teams to take the court in a very long time. They are 15-4 on the season with five contests left on the schedule before playoffs.
The St. Mary’s boys have got to be on pace to set a new record for most points in a season. Five times they have scored more than 90 points. Everyone in their line up has the ability to sink one from long range. The Knights definitely live and die by the three-pointer. They are 9-11 on the year.
Bruce Woitas’ teams tend to play their best ball come playoff time. The St. Mary’s girls are doing just that. They played several close games early in the season but seemed to always fall a few points short. The Knights finally started putting the ball in the hoop and Anna Surprenant and her long arms are a force to be reckoned with on defense too. The Lady Knights are 5-1 in their last six games.
The Sleepy Eye girl’s hoops team is 7-16 on the year. There are few squads that will out-hustle this Indian team. They lost several close games to top teams so definitely have the ability to compete with most.
The River Valley wrestling squad won their first section match, 48-22 over MCW before falling to LeSueur/Henderson, 55-18. The team season is over but the Individual Section Tournament gets underway this weekend. Jacob Anderson will look to earn a trip to state for the third consecutive season.
Definitely a fun season for covering sports in Sleepy Eye. GOOD LUCK TEAMS. KEEP ME BUSY FOR ANOTHER MONTH!