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Eagles fly past Panthers, Lakers

By Mike Granlund For the Superior Telegram The Solon Springs boys basketball team posted two impressive victories in the Clayton Holiday Classic this week, beating Prairie Farm 69-58 and Turtle Lake 72-46. Against Prairie Farm, the Eagles stretch...

By Mike Granlund

For the Superior Telegram

The Solon Springs boys basketball team posted two impressive victories in the Clayton Holiday Classic this week, beating Prairie Farm 69-58 and Turtle Lake 72-46.

Against Prairie Farm, the Eagles stretched a 26-22 halftime lead into a 14-point advantage after three quarters. The fourth quarter ended up being a free throw exhibition as Prairie Farm desperately tried to extend the game by fouling.

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Junior Adam Vandenberghe led Solon Springs with 19 points. Three other Eagles also reached double figure: Ryan Anderson, 13; Logan Long, 12; and Caleb Hedberg, 11. Mason Parker and Zach Rajala added six points each.

Quinn Larson lead the Panthers with 23 points.

On Tuesday, the Eagles faced Turtle Lake, one of the favorites in the Central Lakeland Conference. The Lakers entered the game with only one loss on the season.

The Eagles came out fired up, sprinting to a 22-8 first-quarter lead. Solon Springs was 16-of-20 from the field in the first half and led 38-23. The lead remained 15 after three quarters, 54-39, and Solon Springs stretched its lead further in the fourth quarter, winning 72-46.

The Eagles shot 70 percent from the field against Turtle Lake after shooting 68 percent the day before.

Senior Logan Long was the scoring leading Tuesday, netting 23 points. Vandenberghe added 21 points and 11 rebounds, Hedberg finished with 10 points and Ian Klinzing chipped in with five.

Cole Herzan and Collin Hoffman led the Lakers with 13 points each.

Solon Springs’ coach Dale Rajala was very happy with his team’s effort.

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“This is way better than the first five games of the season,” he said. “It is how I thought we could play.”

Rajala said he was very proud of the way Solon Springs played as a team.

“Our defensive intensity has really picked up, and we are sharing the ball extremely well,” Rajala said. “The guys are being unselfish with the ball and getting much better looks at the basket because of it.”

Solon Springs had 18 assists against Turtle Lake, helping the team to shoot 29-of-38 two-point range.

The Eagles (4-3) will have to maintain a high level of play when they Washburn Monday for an Indianhead Conference game. Washburn is the conference favorite and recently defeated Ashland for the Ashland Holiday Classic title.

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