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Eagle boys soar over Lakers

Solon Springs’ Logan Long (20) glides in for a lay-up in the second quarter of the Eagles game with Shell Lake in Solon Springs on Monday night. (Jed Carlson/ / 9
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The Solon Springs boys basketball team improved to 3-1 Monday night with a 67-45 nonconference victory over Shell Lake.

The Eagles scored 18 points in the first quarter and 20 in the second to lead 38-23 at half time.

Seniors Austin Khalar and Daniel Gengenbach had seven points apiece in the first quarter to lead Solon Springs to an 18-6 advantage.

“Austin K. and Daniel G. have been playing exceptional for us lately,” said Dale Rajala, head coach of the Eagles. “They are leading by example and this is rubbing off on our younger players.”

Eight players got into the scoring column for the Eagles in the second quarter, and Solon Springs withstood a slow third quarter to hold on for the win.

For the night, Khalar led the Eagles with 19 points, followed by Gengenbach with 11 and Logan long with 10.

Shell Lake’s David Brereton led all scorers with 21 points.

Both the Lakers and the Eagles dealt with foul trouble Monday night. Solon Springs committed 15 fouls in the first half and finished with 23 for the night. Shell Lake finished with 27 fouls.

Solon Springs was short-handed due to fouls during the third quarter, but sophomore Corey Pajtash kept the team energized, Rajala said.

 “I felt Corey Pajtash played a very good game defensively,” Rajala said. “He had five steals in the third quarter and really gave us a spark when we had guys on the bench with foul trouble.”


Boys results

Shell Lake        6              17           11           20           —           54

Solon Springs  18           20           8              21           —           67

Shell Lake — David Brereton 21, Curtis Parker 15, Adam Hungerbuhler 10, Jesse Sibert 4, Caleb LaFave2, Zach Melton 2.

3-point goals — Parker 2.

Solon Springs — Austin Khalar 19, Daniel Gengenbach 11, Logan Long 10, Adam Vandenberghe 8, CJ Zamzow 6, Caleb Headberg 5, Ryan Anderson 4, Corey Pajtash 2, Zach Rajala 2.

3-point goals — Long.