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Boys to close season at home Friday
The New Prague Trojan boys basketball team will close its regular season Friday, Mar. 1, at home against Northfield. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
This will be the final tuneup for the Trojans as they prepare for the Section 1AAA playoffs, which get underway at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 6. With Tuesday’s win against Red Wing, New Prague (16-8) should get the No. 2 seed in the section, behind undefeated Austin (24- 0). The top four seeds in the section host first round playoff games. First round winners will play again on Saturday, March. 9, with the high seed hosting.
The Section 1AAA championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
New Prague played two games last week, losing to Holy Angels (No. 4, Class AAA) and defeating Chaska.
Stars 57, Trojans 53 New Prague came out on the short end of a tight ballgame, losing 57-53 at home to Holy Angels Tuesday, Feb. 19.
“The bottom line was fouls,” coach Aaron Jasperson said. It was a physical game, and the Trojans were called for 22 fouls. Center Paul Friendshuh missed a good part of the game with foul trouble, but still led the Trojans with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Soderlund had eight points and 10 rebounds and Luke Rynda had 16 points and seven rebounds. Also scoring for New Prague were Nick Johnson (9), and Joe Kneip (2).
Kyle Stepka and Soderlund had four assists each.
The Trojans had a chance to tie the game late, but Johnson was ruled to have stepped out of bounds while driving the baseline on a layup.
“We were disappointed, because this most likely cost us a shot at the conference title,” Jasperson said. “The kids played hard, but came up short.”
Trojans 62, Hawks 59 New Prague did not play well in the first half of its game at Chaska Friday, Feb. 22, but managed to go into the locker room trailing by just five points. They opened the second half on an 18-3 run to take command.
Chaska made a furious comeback, but the Trojans made the plays it needed to make down the stretch to take the win.
Friendshuh had 15 points. Soderlund came up just short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, and Rynda had 10 points. Also scoring for the Trojans were Johnson (9), Blake Wooten (7), Daniel Feneis (6) and Joe Kneip (4).
Kneip had six assists for the Trojans.