Hutchinson winter sports seasons hit midway mark | Sports |

As we turn the page on another calendar year, we also hit the approximate midway point for the winter sports season. With all the hubbub of the holidays and plenty of sports to go around, it’s easy to forget how all the teams are doing.

Thankfully, that’s what you have me for. Here is a short summary of how all the Hutchinson winter sports are doing so far this season, and what you can expect from them in the coming weeks.

Boys Basketball

The Tigers are off to their best start in three seasons, touting a 4-5 record prior to Thursday’s contest at Becker.

Hutch traveled to the Rochester Rotary tournament during the holiday break and dropped both of its games, falling 72-69 to Columbia Heights and 70-55 to Byron.

In their four victories this season, the Tigers have averaged 81 points and won by an average margin of 19 points. The offense has been stifled in their five losses, during which they averaged 56 points.

Senior Seth Grob averages 18 points per-game to lead the Tigers, while junior Russell Corrigan averages a double-double nightly with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Tigers next play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when they host Mound Westonka (6-3).

Girls Basketball

A slow start has contributed to Hutch’s early 3-6 record prior to Thursday’s home contest against Wright County Conference East rival New Prague. The Tigers opened the season with four straight losses, but have won three of their last five games.

Five of the six losses have been by eight points or less, including three one-possesion games. One of those came in a holiday tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when Hutch lost 53-50 to Sioux Falls Christian.

The Tigers have split a pair of contests against section opponents, falling to Marshall but defeating Mankato East. They are led in the backcourt by senior Liza Wortz, while a host of teammates make for a balanced attack on any given night.

Hutch has a home contest at 7 p.m. Friday against Wright County Conference East rival Holy Family (10-2), ranked No. 4 in Class 2A. The Tigers then travel to Waseca the following Tuesday for a revenge matchup against the Bluejays, who eliminated Hutch in the section semifinals last season and are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A.

The Showstoppers have had a busy beginning to the year, including hosting a meet the first week of December. They’ve also had trips to Delano and Lakeville North, and two trips to Waconia, including the Wright County Conference kick competition.

Hutch finished third in the WCC kick meet, as Orono and Mound Westonka took home the top two spots, respectively.

The WCC jazz competition is 6:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 10 at Delano. Hutch only has nine days after that before hosting the final conference meet.

Boys Hockey

Just when the Tigers seemed to be struggling, they earned themselves a signature win to come into 2019 with some momentum.

Hutch opened the season an even 2-2 but then struggled through a seven-game losing streak, including two overtime losses. It was held to just one goal in five of those losses. Then came the holiday break, when the Tigers didn’t have a holiday tournament but instead had a road Wright County Conference matchup with No. 17-ranked Mound Westonka. The Tigers surprised the White Hawks with a 4-3 upset win, their first in WCC play.

Senior forward Lane Glaser leads the team in scoring with 16 points and eight goals. Hayden Jensen leads the Tigers with 11 assists, and Austin Jozwick has tallied seven goals and four assists on the season. Tristan Hoppe and Logan Holtz are tied for third on the team with four goals scored.

Goalies Griffin Telecky, Jacob Huls and Austin Hagen have all spent time between the pipes, with Telecky posting a 3.07 goals-allowed average and a .912 save percentage in three starts.

The Tigers sit at 3-9-0 overall, and 1-3-0 in the WCC. After playing only one game in an about the last three weeks, Hutch returns to the ice in a home contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Delano, and finishes the week with a home game at 7 p.m. Friday against Orono and road contest at 3 p.m. Saturday against Fergus Falls.

Girls Hockey

The first half of the Tigers’ season contained a seven-game unbeaten streak, sandwiched between two losing steaks.

Hutch got out to a 6-4-2 start to the season, including a 2-2 tie against No.3-ranked Mound Westonka.

The Tigers closed the calendar year with a 1-1-1 at the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic in Farmington last week. Hutch lost 5-2 to Lakeville North, tied 2-2 with Eastview and won 3-1 over Hastings.

The Hutch offense has been led thus far by junior Alex Hantge, who leads the team with 12 goals and 15 assists. Her 27 points was second in the Wright County Conference as of last Thursday. Six teammates have notched at least nine points, including Maddy Seifert, Laina Berthiaume, Sabrina Tracy, Britta Johnson, Ainslea Jensen and Ellie Campbell.

Hutch has seen goalies Alia Reiger and Hannah Ladwig spend time between the pipes, and both have a goals-allowed average less than three and a save percentage around .900.

The Tigers, who are tied for the WCC lead, have two road conference contests this week. They travel for a game at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Delano before a road contest at 7 p.m. Friday in Orono.

Boys Swimming

Hutch began its season with a home invitational, finishing third out of seven teams behind Austin and Mankato West. It was a promising showing for seventh-grader Conner Hogan, who won the backstroke in his varsity debut.

The Tigersharks followed that meet with close dual losses to Watertown-Mayer/Delano and Buffalo-Maple Lake before going on its winter break.

Hogan also won the 100 backstroke against Buffalo and the 100 freestyle against WM/Delano. Noah Tague won the 100 breaststroke against WM/Delano and the 500 freestyle against Buffalo. Senior Anton Nunvar started the season on the sidelines with injury, but returned to win the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle in the dual with Buffalo.

The Tigersharks open 2019 with two home meets, including one at 6 p.m. Thursday when Mound Westonka and Orono come to town.

The Hutch/BLHS wrestling team has seen its ups and downs early in the season, and touts a lineup of grapplers with their eyes on state.

As the No. 11-ranked team in Class 2A, the Tigers placed first out of 33 teams at the Big Bear Tournament and defeated Wright County Conference East rival Watertown-Mayer in a road dual.

The Tigers also suffered two WCC losses, one at home to New Prague, ranked No. 6 in 3A, and on the road to Delano. Both losses were within a match victory of the result swinging Hutch’s way.

In addition to being ranked as a team, the Tigers have five wrestlers ranked individually. Tucker Gifferson is ranked No. 4 in the 145-pound weight class, Tate Card is No. 8 at 152, Jordan Stenzel is No. 8 at 160 pounds, Christian Kurth is No. 6 at 182 pounds and Cody Kurth is No. 7 at 220 pounds.

The Tigers have a busy week ahead with a road quadrangular at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Glencoe, followed by a home triangular at 5 p.m. Thursday against Orono and Sibley East. Hutch closes out the week with a tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Elk River.

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