Southeast Valley High School

Varsity Bball Week of Jan. 3rd

Starting the New Year is always a good opportunity to make improvements and set higher goals to achieve, and the Southeast Valley Varsity Boys' basketball program had their sights in doing so, but they also knew it was going to be a challenge right off the bat in the first week after winter break.  

Big man Aaron Graves is set to miss the first two games of the week of January 3rd, as he will step back on the gridiron in San Antonio, TX in a well-deserved opportunity to go up against the best football players in the country, as he will be taking a break from both basketball and wrestling. Missing Graves during the week was something SV coaches and players had known and expected. But injuries have played apart too. Junior Forward Eli Johnson is trying to overcome an ankle injury he suffered recently, causing him to take a break and heal up. South Hamilton and Alta-Aurelia now in their sights.  

Missing two starters. Opening the first week back to school with two road contests. Going up against two teams that SV has a 4-9 record against since 2017; and just last year both previous matchups were games decided by just three points or less, with SV falling 44-47 to South Hamilton, and 52-54 to Alta-Aurelia. The Jaguars were ready for the challenge.  

In the Tuesday, January 4th, match-up versus the South Hamilton Hawks, Southeast Valley put together two solid quarters to open up and close out the ball game in each of the 1st and 4th quarters to escape with a 45-40 victory; without both Graves and Johnson, while also experiencing a minor setback with Tre Fisher twisting his ankle late in the 4th quarter. The Jaguars outscored the Hawks in both those quarters 26-12, playing a significant part in earning the 5 point win on the road.  

Senior Tre Fisher paced the Jaguars in scoring with his 11 points and 5 steals. Kolson Kruse reached double-figures with 10 points, 8 steals, and 5 rebounds. Drew Corell added 7 points and 2 rebounds, and Justin Loseke added 6 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew Miller, coming off the bench in limited action this year so far, contributed in a big way, scoring 5 points (3-3 FT) and 4 rebounds (3 offensive rebounds). Nate Scott was rewarded with his fist start of the season, scoring 4 points while also adding 2 blocked shots and 2 steals as the anchor of the 2-3 defensive zone. Carl Berglund rounded out the Jaguar scoring with 2 points and 2 steals.  

End of Quarter Scores: SV led 15-6, 23-19, Tied 34-34. SV won 45-40.

During the week after the South Hamilton contest, SV was not only concerned with missing Graves. Johnson was still on the mend, and Fisher had to miss a few practices as well. Kolson Kruse, the Jaguars leading scorer, was also growing through some right wrist soreness, something that occurred during the South Hamilton victory. But good news was about to arise, as Fisher began to heal and news that Senior Kaleb Scott could potentially be cleared to participate in athletic activity, as he was also getting back to health post-surgery.  

On Friday, January 7th, Southeast Valley travelled to Alta-Aurelia, hoping to win back-to-back games to open up the 'second half' of the season. Confidence is definitely growing within the webwork of the team, and Friday's contest definitely showcased that advancement. Again, without two starters, SV was able to earn the victory as they won by the score of 67-38. SV controlled all four quarters of the ball game, a positive output that SV had yet to perform on the season. 

Not being able to put up a lot of shots in the last couple of practices, Kolson Kruse erupted for 34 points on the night, going for 7-11 from 3pt range (13-22 total FG) while also stuffed the stat sheet with 8 steals, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Kruse also successfully threw down his first slam duck of his career, coming after 1 of his 8 steals in the game. Justin Loseke played his best game of season so far, as he reached double figures and posted his career high of 12 points on 5-7 points, while also leading the team in rebounding with 6 caroms off the glass and 3 steals. Tre Fisher bounced back from his two-days of healing his ankle to also stuff the stats sheet with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Drew Corell, gaining more and more confidence, scored 6 points (2-2 from 3-pt), secured 5 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists. Nate Scott played a great defensive game controlling the middle of the paint, while also adding 2 points scored, 3 rebounds, and one blocked shot put up by the Warrior offense. Andrew Miller and Carl Berglund each scored 2 points, with Miller recording 2 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in the final quarter. Kaleb Scott gathered 3 rebounds, secured 2 steals, and blocked one field-goal offered up by the Alta-Aurelia offense. Rounding out the statistical category was Dalton Crouse with 1 point coming from the charity stripe. Also seeing some time on the court at the Varsity level was Carter Ferry, Tyler Moreland, and Drake Warland.

End of Quarter Scores: SV led 17-9, 35-18, 46-28, SV won 67-38.

Southeast Valley was able to overcome their challenges to open up the first week of getting back at play. Next week they hope to do the same as they face three teams all with winning records, starting with road contests versus Roland-Story (9-1) and Webster City (5-2), and closing out the week with a home game versus Sioux Central (7-3). 

End of Quarter Scores: SV led 17-9, 35-18, 46-28, SV won 67-38.