BECKER – St. Cloud Apollo held Becker scoreless for the first six minutes of Friday’s game and went on to beat Becker 68-45 in the boys basketball season opener.
Sophomore Ethan Novacinski led the team with 24 points while taking in nine rebounds for the Eagles. He scored 18 of those points in the first half.
Senior Jeremy Koffi also added to the mix, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to record the double-double.
Michael Veldman led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
ST. CLOUD APOLLO — Logan Battig 3, John Quinlan 5, Cole Johnson 2, Wes McDonell 3, Ethan Carlson 2, Noel Teigen 8, Ethan Novacinski 24, Jeremy Koffi 14, Jack Atkinson 4, Michael Ashwill 3.
BECKER — Josh Nohner 9, Dawson Brown 6, Blake Barthel 2, Anthony Nelson 1, Michael Veldman 13, Tyler Kruse 2, Zach Moeller 6, Erik Tunglund 6.
Halftime score: St. Cloud Apollo 39, Becker 19.
PRINCETON 84, SAUK RAPIDS 75
SAUK RAPIDS – Jack Sinkel scored a team-high 33 points for the Tigers, who took down the Storm in nonconference play.
Sauk Rapids boasted four players in double figures with Kobe Boraas leading the way with 22 points.
Alec Burklund added 21 for the Storm, who erased a 10-point deficit in the second half to take a one-point lead, only to see Princeton score eight unanswered points, retaking the lead for good.
Sauk Rapids is 0-1 on the season.
PRINCETON – Aaron Embertson 7, Eli Schimming 3, Jack Sinkel 33, Braday Peterson 23, Tanner Kinney 14, Eric Norman 4.
SAUK RAPIDS – Burklund 21, Ismail Ali 10, Sadiq Hassan 6, Casey Lynch 2, Brady Peterson 11, Barclay Bates 3, Borass 22.
Halftime score: Princeton 45, Sauk Rapids 36
St. John’s Prep 60, Rush City 58
COLLEGEVILLE – Rush City missed the game-tying shot with two seconds left as St. John’s Prep held off Rush City in a nonconference game.
St. John’s Prep’s Grant Franke scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and finished the game with 10 rebounds.
Chris Backes had seven assists and three steals to go with his seven points for the Johnnies (1-0).
RUSH CITY — Brandon Koehnle 12, Cole Anderson 10, Eric Erdman 6, Dylan Bessenden 20, Zach Melin 8, Grant Thompson 2.
ST. JOHN’S PREP — Mickey Lin 2, Andrew Bender 6, Kelsey Carreras 2, Max Abdella 8, Andrew McGee 6, Joe Stock 9, Chris Backes 7 (7 assists, 3 steals), Gabe Johnson 2, Grant Franke 18 (10 rebounds).
Halftime score: St. John’s Prep 21, Rush City 18.
KIMBALL 82, FOLEY 59
KIMBALL – Cameron Hunt scored a team-best 26 points for the Cubs while passing out five assists and swiping eight steals.
Jarred Merchant was also a scoring threat for Kimball (1-0), with 19 points. The Cubs found themselves down 16-5 to start the game before going on a 14-0 run to take a 19-16 advantage.
Mitch Weisser led the Falcons with 19 points.
FOLEY – Grant Wennerberg 2, Jon Greener 8, Weisser 19, Coleman Strosahl 4, Alex Boeckman 4, Devyn Fox 8, Andrew Klucas 14.
KIMBALL – Mathias Hennen 8, Joey Vonwahlde 12, Hunt 26, (five assists, eight steals), Ben Serbus 2, Brady Faber 4, Austin Marx 2, Will Spaulding 9, Merchant 19.
Halftime score: Kimball 43, Foley 25
Holdingford 62, Royalton 18
HOLDINGFORD – Grant Bullert and Matt Vasilj scored 20 points each in a Holdingford win against Royalton.
Jeremy Springer added 10 points for the Huskers and Matt Fountain led the Royals with eight.
SAUK CENTRE 91, UPSALA 88
SAUK CENTRE – The Mainstreeters squeezed out the nonconference victory in a high scoring shooting dual against Upsala.
Sauk Centre head coach Mike Ellens said the game had “A lot of 3-point shooting and it was a good up-and-down battle.”
Sauk Centre shot 10 for 24 from 3-point range while Upsala shot 7-for-13 from 3-point range.
Junior guard Austin Nelson had 24 points and senior guard Josh Buschette had 22 points to lead the way for Sauk Centre.
Junior guard Jeremy Halverson had 23 points (7-for-9 from 3-point range) for the Cardinals.
ANNANDALE 58, MAYER LUTHERAN 55
MAYER – The Crusaders 3-point attempt in the waning seconds missed its mark and the Cardinals hung on to win the nonconference matchup.
Matt Miller recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Annandale (1-0). In addition, junior forward Chase Knickerbocker scored 19 points and Andrew Fort added 10 for the Cardinals.
HIBBING 8, LITTLE FALLS 0
LITTLE FALLS – Junior forward Joe Kanipes and senior forward Eric Riihinen each scored two goals to give Hibbing its first win of the season against Little Falls.
The Bluejackets led by a score of 4-0 after the first period before adding three goals in the second period, and one goal in the third period to pull out the win against the Flyers.
Bluejackets senior goalie AJ Allison stopped all 16 shots taken by the Flyers in the nonconference game.
River Lakes 3, Litchfield/DC 1
RICHMOND – River Lakes got a goal and an assist each from Connor Beltz and Chris Thormodson to lift the Stars to a nonconference win.
SARTELL/SAUK RAPIDS 3, BRAINERD 0
BRAINERD – The Storm’n Sabres improved to 2-0 in the Central Lakes Conference with a win against Brainerd/Little Falls behind two second period goals from Lexi Holman who also tallied an assist.
Also scoring in the second period for the Storm’n Sabres was Alyssa Gallagher who notched the first goal of her varsity career. Clare Minnerath made nine saves to hold the Warriors scoreless.
ST. CLOUD 6, LITCHFIELD 1
The Icebreakers came out strong as they defeated Litchfield 6-1 in a shootout at the Municipal Athletic Complex.
Eighth-grader Allie Cornelius notched her first varsity goal and added two assists to help lead the team to victory.
Senior captain Tatum Peterson also had a goal and an assist in the victory.
The Icebreakers wore down Litchfield as they had 37 shots on goal, adding three goals in the third period.
St. Cloud goaltender Allie Rosenkrans saved 17 of 18 shots to help maintain the lead and victory.