2013-02-28 / Sports

Strasburg-Zeeland holds off Linton-HMB for District 6 Tournament crown


Strasburg-Zeeland captured its first District 6 Tournament title by defeating Linton-HMB, 45-42, in the championship game at Napoleon on Feb. 19. Members of the team are back row (left to right), Head Coach Brent Kleinsasser, Cole Nieuwsma, Jon Stabler, Kyle Nieuwsma, Mason Kramer, Brody Nieuwsma and Nic Kramer; front row, Jordan Nieuwsma, Logan Kramer, Scotti Scherr, Darek Keller, Kendall Scherr and Seth Aberle. Strasburg-Zeeland captured its first District 6 Tournament title by defeating Linton-HMB, 45-42, in the championship game at Napoleon on Feb. 19. Members of the team are back row (left to right), Head Coach Brent Kleinsasser, Cole Nieuwsma, Jon Stabler, Kyle Nieuwsma, Mason Kramer, Brody Nieuwsma and Nic Kramer; front row, Jordan Nieuwsma, Logan Kramer, Scotti Scherr, Darek Keller, Kendall Scherr and Seth Aberle. Strasburg-Zeeland squandered a 10-point lead in the final period, but the Clippers recovered for a 45-42 victory over Linton-HMB in the championship game of the District 6 Tournament in Napoleon on Feb. 19.

Strasburg-Zeeland (19-2) claimed its first District 6 crown since 2008, when the Clippers edged Linton (40- 38 in overtime) in the title game. The Clippers opened the Region 3 Tournament in Jamestown against Pingree- Buchanan-Kensal on Feb. 25. Linton-HMB (16-5), which advanced to the Region 3 Tournament for the 14th straight season, opened the tournament against Edgeley- Kulm. Results from the Region 3 Tournament quarterfinals were not available at press time.


Strasburg-Zeeland Head Coach Brent Kleinsasser (left) was selected as the 2013 District 6 Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year. Kleinsasser received his award from District 6 Chairman and Kidder County Athletic Director Monty Mayer, who was selected as the 2013 District 6 Athletic Director of the year. Strasburg-Zeeland Head Coach Brent Kleinsasser (left) was selected as the 2013 District 6 Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year. Kleinsasser received his award from District 6 Chairman and Kidder County Athletic Director Monty Mayer, who was selected as the 2013 District 6 Athletic Director of the year. Strasburg-Zeeland trailed just twice in the game, and Linton-HMB’s final lead of the game came at 4-3 with just over 6:00 left in the opening period. Strasburg-Zeeland opened up a 9-4 lead midway through the period, but Linton-HMB deadlocked the score at 9-9 on a pair of free throws by Ryan Schneider with 2:05 left. However, the Clippers ripped off 7 unanswered points, before Mason Ryckman hit a jumper at the buzzer for Linton-HMB to leave Strasburg-Zeeland with a 16-11 advantage.


Linton-HMB finished as the runner-up in the District 6 Tournament, and the Lions advanced to the Region 3 Tournament for the 14th straight season. Members of the team include back row (left to right), assistant coach Alex Jangula, assistant coach Dustin Sailer, Travis Baumiller, Brooks Flyberg, James Schmaltz, Tyler Humann, Ryan Schneider, Mason Ryckman, Andrew Small, Austin Bernhardt, Jon Purintun, assistant coach Kyle Carr and Head Coach Dan Carr; front row, Noah Nieuwsma, Jordan Towne (video), Jordan Hulm, Erik Holzer, Jayden Benz, Chase Schiele, Tanner Sehn, Cole Vander Laan, John Beck (student manager), Jared Baumiller, Will Sannes and Jack Sannes. Linton-HMB finished as the runner-up in the District 6 Tournament, and the Lions advanced to the Region 3 Tournament for the 14th straight season. Members of the team include back row (left to right), assistant coach Alex Jangula, assistant coach Dustin Sailer, Travis Baumiller, Brooks Flyberg, James Schmaltz, Tyler Humann, Ryan Schneider, Mason Ryckman, Andrew Small, Austin Bernhardt, Jon Purintun, assistant coach Kyle Carr and Head Coach Dan Carr; front row, Noah Nieuwsma, Jordan Towne (video), Jordan Hulm, Erik Holzer, Jayden Benz, Chase Schiele, Tanner Sehn, Cole Vander Laan, John Beck (student manager), Jared Baumiller, Will Sannes and Jack Sannes. Linton- HMB, which played the final 9:15 of the first half without starting guard Tyler Humann (2 fouls), misfired on its first four field goal attempts of the second period, and Strasburg-Zeeland opened the frame with a 10-3 run, capped by Scotti Scherr’s four-point play for a 26-14 cushion with 4:38 left in the first half. Nic Kramer’s basket at the 2:51 mark capped a 21-6 run that gave Strasburg-Zeeland its biggest lead (30-15) of the game, but the Clippers wouldn’t score again in the half.

Linton-HMB didn’t hit its first field goal of the quarter until Schneider put in a basket at the 2:02 mark, and Travis Baumiller added a jumper 15 seconds later to cut the lead to 30-19. In the meantime, Clipper guard Nic Kramer picked up his third foul, and neither team could get on the board again, leaving Strasburg-Zeeland with a double-digit (30-19) lead at the break.

Strasburg-Zeeland shot 52 percent (12 of 23) from the field and hit 3 three-pointers in the first half. The Clippers also sank all three of their free throw attempts, and held a 16-9 advantage in rebounds. Linton-HMB hit on just 6 of 18 (33%) field goals, with no three-pointers, but the Lions stayed in the game by sinking 7 of 10 free throws in the half. Scherr and Kyle Nieuwsma each scored 9 points, while Cole Nieuwsma netted 6 points in the half for Strasburg- Zeeland. Schneider scored 6 points to lead Linton-HMB’s first-half scoring.

Strasburg-Zeeland went cold on offense during the second half, but the Clippers continued to play solid defense over the final two quarters. Still, Linton-HMB was able to slowly chip away at the deficit before making a run in the final period. A pair of baskets by Schneider (both on offensive rebounds) cut the lead into single digits (30-23) with less than 2:00 gone in the second half, but the Lions squandered several opportunities to cut further into the margin over the next 2:00, before Cole Nieuwsma finally got Strasburg-Zeeland on the board with a basket at the 4:15 mark.

Baskets by Baumiller and Schneider cut the lead to 32- 27 with 3:20 left in the quarter, but Linton-HMB went scoreless for another 2:00, and Mason Kramer canned a three-pointer from the right wing to push the lead back up to 8 points (35-27) with 1:25 left in the period. Ryckman and Nic Kramer traded baskets over the rest of the period to give the Clippers a 37-29 advantage heading into the fourth period.

Nic Kramer’s putback at the 6:15 mark of the final period extended the lead to double figures (39-29), but Strasburg-Zeeland would hit just one free throw over the next 3:05, and Linton-HMB responded with a 7-1 spurt to get back into the game. A pair of baskets by Humann on consecutive trips cut the margin in half (39-34) with 4:33 left, and after Kyle Nieuwsma hit a free throw for Strasburg-Zeeland, Jon Purintun sank a pair of free throws for Linton-HMB to cut the lead to 40-36 with 3:47 remaining.

Cole Nieuwsma answered with a basket on Strasburg- Zeeland’s next trip, but that would be the final field goal of the game for the Clippers, and Linton-HMB finally erased the margin with inside a minute to play. Purintun started a 6-0 run by the Lions with a basket at the 2:10 mark, and Humann made it a one-possession game (42-39) by sinking the front end of a bonus free throw attempt with 1:26 left. After a Clipper turnover, Purintun put in a three-pointer from the top of the key with :37 left to deadlock the score at 42 all.

With the shot clock off, Strasburg-Zeelandworkedfor a shot, until Brody Nieuwsma was fouled while attempting a short-range shot with :16.7 left. Nieuwsma made the second of two free throws to give Strasburg-Zeeland the lead for good (43-42), and after Humann missed a jumper from the left wing, Strasburg-Zeeland rebounded, and Scherr was eventually sent to the line for a bonus attempt with just :03.5 left.

Scherr hit both free throws for a 45-42 lead, but Linton-HMB had one final chance to tie with a threepointer. The Lions called timeout after moving the ball past half court with :02.8 left, and after another timeout, Humann took the inbound and launched a three-pointer from the top of the key that went off the back of the rim as time expired.

Strasburg-Zeeland hit on just 5 of 17 (29%) field goals in the second half, including just 2 of 10 in the final period, and finished at 43 percent (17 of 40) from the floor for the game. The Clippers committed 18 turnovers, but they sank 7 of 9 free throws (4 of 6 in the final period), and held a 30-21 advantage in rebounds, including an 8-3 margin on the offensive glass. Linton-HMB hit on just 15 of 38 (39%) field goals, including just 1 of 9 three-point attempts, but the Lions hit on 11 of 16 (69%) free throw attempts in the game.

Scherr hit a pair of three- pointers and led Strasburg-Zeeland with 11 points, while Cole Nieuwsma (5 rebounds) and Kyle Nieuwsma (3 rebounds, 2 assists) scored 10 points apiece. Nic Kramer tallied 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and Brody Nieuwsma (6 rebounds) and Mason Kramer (5 rebounds, 4 assists) chipped in 3 points apiece for the Clippers.

Schneider finished with game-highs in points (12), rebounds (6) and steals (3), and Purintun scored 10 points (7 in the 4th quarter) for Linton-HMB. Baumiller added 7 points and 3 assists, while Ryckman (6 rebounds) and Humann netted 6 points apiece, and Brooks Flyberg, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, grabbed 3 rebounds for the Lions.

Scoring Summary

Stras-Zeel.16147845
Linton-HMB 11 8 10 13 42

Team Stats

S-Z LHMB
Field Goals 17-40 15-38
(43%) (39%)
Free Throws 7-9 11-16
(78%) (69%)
Rebounds 25 18
Turnovers 18 14
Team Fouls 13 12

Individual Scoring

Strasburg-Zeeland: Scotti Scherr 11, Kyle Nieuwsma 10, Cole Nieuwsma 10, Nic Kramer 8, Brody Nieuwsma 3, Mason Kramer 3.

Linton-HMB: Ryan Schneider 12, Jon Purintun 10,Travis Baumiller 7, Mason Ryckman 6, Tyler Humann 6, Brooks Flyberg 1.

3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (4-12): Scherr 2, M. Kramer 1, K. Nieuwsma 1, Linton-HMB (1-9): Purintun 1. Fouled Out: Flyberg (L-HMB).

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