Gaels ready for home debut

The St. Edmond boys and girls basketball teams will host their first doubleheader of the year this evening.

Tip versus North Central Conference rival Clarion-Goldfield is set for 6:15 p.m. inside the Gael gym with the girls. Boys will follow at approximately 7:45 p.m.

St. Edmond head boys coach Adolph Kochendorfer will see his squad take to the floor for the first time in a normal game. The Gaels played intra-city rival Fort Dodge in a scrimmage this past weekend, while also competing in the Iowa Central jamboree the same day.

Due to the football team making a run to the state finals only a number of weeks ago, many members of the planned rotation have been limited in practice.

“This past week really helped us because we were able to work on a lot of things, especially with our young ballhandlers,” Kochendorfer said. “It was a good week (of practice) for us.”

Robby Burke, an all-NCC pick last season, returns to anchor the squad. The senior scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds a game, while shooting 69 percent from the floor.

Clarion-Goldfield (1-0 overall, 1-0 in NCC) got an early start to the year with a 70-44 triumph over Eagle Grove on Tuesday. Austin Keller, a senior, led the Cowboys with 13 points, while Chris Staudt added 12 and Trenton Sann chipped in 10.

A 24-point third quarter turned the game around, as Clarion-Goldfield pushed its lead from 34-20 to 58-25.

“We went and watched them against Eagle Grove, so we have an idea of what they want to do,” Kochendorfer said. “But we have to worry more about ourselves and what we can do than what they might try.”

The sixth-ranked Gael girls (1-0, 1-0) played over a week ago, downing Eagle Grove, 75-26. Anna Yung scored 21, Alli Huss 20 and Jaci Stumpf dished out 19 assists.

St. Edmond stayed fresh by playing Fort Dodge over the weekend, but head coach Scott Messerly is excited to see what his club does against Clarion-Goldfield (2-0, 2-0).

“This is going to be a really good test and I’m glad we get it at home at this point in the season,” Messerly said. “We didn’t play our starters much (against Eagle Grove), so we haven’t been pushed and pressued yet.

“I’m excited to see what we can do when we are put in those situations.”

The Cowgirls have defeated Bishop Garrigan and the Eagles by a combined 38 points, receiving strong nightly efforts from Jossie Sann, Maddie Disney and Jenalee Hinkle.

Sann scored 22 vs. Garrigan and 14 against Eagle Grove, while Disney matched her 22 against the Golden Bears. Hinkle dropped 21 in the game vs. the Eagles.

“Looking at their stats, (the Cowgirls) have some girls that are really scoring in bunches,” Messerly said. “We know a little about them, but this first time through the conference, you just never know for sure what to expect.”

The second quarter has been key for Clarion-Goldfield, as they have pushed slim advantages into double-digit leads by scoring 35 combined points.