2013 Spring Spectacular
The 22nd Annual Linton Spring Spectacular Boys’ Basketball Tournament was held on Saturday, March 30, in the Linton High School and Elementary Gymnasiums. The tournament consisted of 112 players on 14 teams in two divisions—ACC (Grades 9-12; 8 teams) and Big Ten (Grades 5-8; 6 teams). Above, the Blue Devils won the championship of the ACC Division. They defeated the Hurricanes (99-84), Orangemen (115-68) and Terps (86-85) on their way to the title. Team members were back row, from left, Erik Holzer of Linton-HMB, Michael Jacobson of South Border, Travis Baumiller of Linton-HMB and Darek Keller of Strasburg-Zeeland; front row, Tyler Hagen of Hatton-Northwood, Jon Stabler and Seth Aberle, both of Strasburg-Zeeland; and Matthew Dusek of Stanley.
The Wildcats won the championship of the Big Ten Division. They defeated the Spartans (83-45) and Boilermakers (90-59), before defeating the Golden Gophers, 100-78, in the championship game. Team members were back row, from left, Cole Vander Laan of Linton-HMB, Connor Konschak of Hatton-Northwood, Izach Huber of Edgeley-Kulm- Montpelier and Adam Hulm of Strasburg-Zeeland; front row, Jerry Guerra of Hatton- Northwood, Jake Brindle of Linton-HMB, and Lucas Schumacher of Richland. Missing from the photo is Jordan Towne of Linton-HMB.
The Terps were the runners-up in the ACC Division. They defeated the Demon Deacons (86-72), and Tar Heels (116-99), before losing to the Blue Devils, 85-86, in the championship game. Team members were back row, from left, Ryan Schneider of Linton-HMB, Connor Entzi of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, Matt Kretschmar of South Border, and Adam Braaten of Hatton-Northwood; front row, Tanner Zahn of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, Logan Kramer of Strasburg-Zeeland, Cadon Schmidt of Kidder County, and Zack Martin of Shiloh Christian.
The Golden Gophers were the runners-up in the Big Ten Division. They defeated the Badgers (70-54) and Illini (88-71), but lost to the Wildcats (78-110) in the finals. Team members included back row, from left, Lance Weiser of Linton-HMB, Levi Johnson of Center-Stanton, Stetson Haak of Strasburg-Zeeland and Kamen Schmidt of Kidder County; front row, Dillon Madcke of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, Paul McCrory of Linton-HMB, Carter Renz of Linton-HMB, and Max Tschosik of Bismarck.
The Orangemen placed 3rd in the ACC Division. They defeated the Eagles (90-83), but lost to the Blue Devils (68-115) in the semi-finals, before defeating the Tar Heels (101-94) for 3rd place. Team members were back row, from left, Austin Bernhardt of Linton-HMB, Tyler Humann of Linton-HMB, Jace Pederson of Hatton-Northwood, and Jordan Nieuwsma of Strasburg-Zeeland; front row, Cameron Moser of Kidder County, Dylan Pfleger of Flasher, Kendall Scherr of Strasburg-Zeeland, and Morgan Harr of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier.
The Badgers placed 3rd in the Big Ten Division. They defeated the Illini (76-57), but lost to the Golden Gophers (54-70) in the semi-finals, before defeating the Boilermakers (89-66) for 3rd place. Team members were back row, from left, Jared Baumiller of Linton-HMB, Calvin Tomlinson of Max, Maverick Hedland of Hatton-Northwood, and Tanner Goebel of Strasburg-Zeeland; front row, Ethan Tschosik of Linton-HMB, Gage Pfaff of Kidder County, Eric Cox of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, and Jaden Bosch of Linton-HMB.
The Tigers won the consolation title of the ACC Division. After losing to the Tar Heels (85-99) in the opening round, they defeated the Demon Deacons (102-71) and Hurricanes (147-83) for 5th place. Team members were back row, from left, James Schmaltz of Linton-HMB, Brody Nieuwsma of Strasburg-Zeeland, Cole Nieuwsma of Strasburg-Zeeland, and Jens Johnson of Hatton-Northwood; front row, Joseph Littlefield of Hatton-Northwood, Tucker Knudson of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, Hunter Pfaff of Kidder County, and Zack Kost of Shiloh Christian.
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