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Hilltoppers fall to Logan by 1 in OT

Varsity vs La Crosse Logan HS on 2/10/2009
Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by Jake Merrill
La Crosse Tribune Article by Kirk Bey

ONALASKA — So maybe John Callen’s four rebounds a game average don’t exactly jump off the stat sheet. But he’s making a good impression on the right person.

“That’s a pretty good average for a guard,” Logan High School boys basketball coach Jeff Axness said with a smile.

And after seeing Callen come up with a game-saving rebound Tuesday night in Logan’s 48-47 overtime MVC victory over Onalaska, Axness will breathe a lot easier any time he sees the Rangers’ senior guard get his hands on the basketball.

The Hilltoppers (7-9, 5-5) had the ball with 19.8 seconds left in overtime. Onalaska junior guard Tyler Adams had a good look at a 3-pointer, but missed. Teammate Nick Klos grabbed the rebound, but he missed a close-range jumper.

That was when Callen jumped into the lane, snared the rebound and cradled it against his belly as time expired.

“I thought (Klos’) shot was going in,” said Callen, who pulled down two rebounds. “I think (the ball) got tipped around, and I think Trevor (Jorgenson, Logan sophomore forward) got a hand on it.

“I just went up and got it, and nobody was going to get their hands on it once I had it.”

Callen, who finished with three points, knew the Rangers (8-8, 6-3) could have had the victory in hand and avoided giving Onalaska one final shot.

He had missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw situation with 33.4 seconds left in overtime and Logan clinging to a one-point lead. Onalaska senior forward Michael Price grabbed the rebound and put the Hilltoppers in a position to win the game.

However, Callen prevented that from happening.

“It (losing games like this) is hard, there’s no doubt about it,” Onalaska coach Craig Kowal said.


Logan 13 8 9 13 5— 48

Onalaska 14 8 11 10 4— 47

LOGAN (8-8, 6-3): Schmidtknecht 15, Callen 3, Erickson 1, Trent Jorgenson 4, Trevor Jorgenson 18, Devine 5, Kube 2.

ONALASKA (7-9, 5-5): Adams 7, Liu 3, Klos 9, Price 14, Arenz 5, Socha 7, Martin-Stanley 2

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