Vogel ‘heart and soul’ of Lakers

The Des Lacs-Burlington girls basketball team hasn’t been as consistent in the wins category as it would like, but one player is putting up big numbers game in and game out.

DL-B senior guard Courtney Vogel has led the Lakers (6-7 overall, 3-2 District 12) in scoring in all 13 games this season. She’s eclipsed the 20-point mark eight times this season and hasn’t been held to single digits yet. Her lowest output – 12 points – came against top-ranked Bishop Ryan on Jan. 30.

Vogel’s biggest moment came against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood on Jan. 24 when she topped the 1,000-point mark for her career.

“That was a very good accomplishment for me, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Vogel said.

The senior guard is averaging 20.2 points per game, with her season high of 27 coming against Rolette-Wolford in the semifinal round of the Sawyer Invite on Dec. 19. Even in losses, Vogel has given opposing teams fits. She averaged 19.5 points per game in DL-B’s seven losses this season.

“Courtney is our heart and soul,” DL-B coach Shawn Kuhnhenn said. ” … She’s a workhorse. She’s a spark plug. She works hard.”

The Lakers lost five of their first six games to start the season before winning 5 of 7 to right the ship. Despite the slow start, DL-B is in prime position to finish in the top four in the district. The Lakers are currently tied with Berthold for third place with games against Surrey and the Bombers left on their district schedule.

No matter where their season ends, Vogel will always cherish her time in a Laker uniform.

“It’s been some of the best memories of my life,” she said. “I will never forget my senior year or any year I’ve played here.”

Lions rolling despite Bohl’s absence

Junior forward Gabbie Bohl hasn’t played since the top-ranked Bishop Ryan girls basketball team defeated Our Redeemer’s Christian School 98-28 on Jan. 21.

The 6-foot-2 junior is averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in the 10 games she’s been on the court, but a lingering right knee injury has sidelined her for Ryan’s last five contests.

Bohl visited a doctor at the University of Minnesota ,Medical Center on Wednesday to have tests run on her knee and the team should know the diagnosis this week. Bohl said it’s a precautionary measure and that she feels she could play now if needed. Her goal is to return in time for the District 12 tournament, which begins Feb. 28.

Even if Bohl doesn’t play in either the district or Region 6 tournaments, the Lions haven’t been challenged by any of the nine region opponents they’ve faced this season. Ryan has defeated region opponents by an average of 59.7 points.

Thankfully for the Lions (15-0 overall, 5-0 district), they have not needed Bohl in their past five games. Ryan put up 83.8 points per game in those five games and outscored opponents by 57 points per contest. The Lions’ closest game during that stretch was a 70-26 victory at Bottineau on Jan. 25.

“We’ve put out some different lineups and the good thing is we’re being challenged in the fact that we have to be able to put different groups on the floor and have success and the girls have stepped up and had success,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said.

Fellow 6-2 junior guard Hannah Stewart hasn’t missed a beat despite seeing an increase in double teams. Stewart has scored at least 21 points in each game with Bohl out, including a season-high 31 in a 91-19 win against Berthold on Jan. 24.

Guards Sydney Landsiedel and Sheyenne Schmidt have also picked up the scoring slack in Bohl’s absence. Landsiedel is averaging 9.2 points per game in those contest. She averaged 3.3 points per game in the first 10 games of the season. Schmidt recorded a career-high 22 points against Des Lacs-Burlington on Jan. 30 and is averaging 10 points per game with Bohl out of the lineup.

“We have kids that can score, so other kids are stepping up,” Julie Stewart said. “We just have to work with each other, work off each other. We’re still concerned about how we can become a better team and be able to play no matter what obstacles might be in front of us.”

Wilton-Wing completes turnaround season

Last season, the Wilton-Wing boys basketball team was 7-16 and its season ended prematurely in the District 10 tournament.

This year, the Miners finished the regular season 11-7 overall and captured the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the district tournament with a 5-1 mark. Wilton-Wing won its first five district games before dropping a 49-46 decision at Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky on Tuesday.

The Miners garnered the No. 4 seed in the district tournament last year, but lost their final two games and failed to qualify for the Region 5 tournament. Wilton-Wing fell to second-seeded Garrison 53-49 in the regional qualifier.

The Miners avenged that loss on Dec. 19 with a 62-50 victory on the Troopers’ home court. Wilton-Wing has proven it can win close games as well. The Miners defeated Max 54-49 and Center-Stanton 49-46.

Four of Wilton-Wing’s losses came against opponents that have been ranked in the top 10 at some point this season Strasburg-Zeeland, Hazen and Shiloh Christian (twice).

The Miners close out their regular season schedule at Medina-Pingree-Buchanan before playing the winner of TL-M-M and Washburn in the second round of the district tournament.

Hoiby headed

to NDSU

Stanley-Powers Lake senior linebacker Levi Hoiby inked a letter of intent Wednesday to join three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State as a preferred walk-on.

A four-year starter with the Blue Jays, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Hoiby garnered second-team all-state honors as a junior and senior.

In 2013, Hoiby recorded 43 solo tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. S-PL reached the Class A semifinals in 2012 before moving up to Class AA.

Hoiby also received interest from the University of North Dakota and a plethora of Division II programs.

Mike Kraft covers high school athletics and hockey. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft23_MDN.