Rushford-Peterson Brings Youth To State Tournament
Paul Van Beek Reporting
The Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball team will make their second straight Class A state tournament appearance on Thursday afternoon but there’s a very good chance the streak will continue next season. Section 1A coaches thinking ahead to next year will be frightened to know that Rushford-Peterson has no seniors in the starting lineup on this year’s team and they have just one senior that sees regular playing time.
The Trojans are 26-3 and they were co-champs of the Three Rivers Conference, the first time they have ever won a Three Rivers Conference title. They did all this despite starting two sophomores and three juniors this season. They accomplished this feat despite losing their top two scorers from last year’s state tournament team and those two players combined to average 38 points per game. The leading scorer this year is sophomore point guard Cole Kingsley who averages 10.9 points per game and he shoots 56 percent from the field and averages 5 assists. But this year’s Trojans team is built on balance. Six players average between 7 and 11 points. Junior Austin O’Hare averages 10.6 per game junior Jorli Hauge scores 9.1 per game. Sophomore sharp shooter Charlie Krambeer has really come on in the second half of the season after moving into the starting lineup. Krambeer averages 8.7 points per game but is averaging 12.5 points in his last 15 games. Krambeer has hit 78 three-pointers and is shooting 41 percent from the three-point line. The Trojans make over 8 three-pointers a game as a team.
Rushford-Peterson was awarded the fourth seed in the Class A state tournament and they will play fifth seed Lakeview Christian Academy on Thursday at 1:00 in Williams Arena. Thursday’s state tournament game can be heard on K Country 99.3 and online at winonaradio.com.