Auburndale sneaks out of Hatchet Fieldhouse with 72-53 season opener win
By Jed Buelow
Tomahawk Leader Co-Editor, Sports and Nature Editor
The crowd at Hatchet Fieldhouse roared as Elijah Scheffler sank the three following a big block by Payton Bunce to cut the lead to one heading into halftime of the season opener against Auburndale.
After trailing 16-28 with just over five minutes to play in the non-conference tilt against the Apaches, Tomahawk started to mount a comeback and cut the lead to 33-36 heading into the break.
“Our boys brought a ton of energy and played evenly with a very tough Auburndale team for most of the game,” stated Hatchet head coach Jacob Jarvensivu. “Overall, I was very proud of the way the team fought and I think good things are yet to come for this squad.”
Coming out of the break Auburnale’s experience took over as they managed to once again stretch the lead to double digits. Tomahawk managed to stick around but eventually fell by a score 72-53.
The Hatchets were led in scoring by Drew Bolder and Connor Dichsen who each had 13 points. Isaiah Stelling also chipped in with 9.
“The story for us was turnovers. We turned it over often and that is something we will need to clean up, to give ourselves a better chance to win,” the coach added.
The Hatchets are back in action last night (Tuesday) as they host Wittenberg-Birnamwood in another non-conference tilt to start the season. This Friday, Dec. 6 they travel to Mosinee to tip off action in the GNC in a match up against the Indians that begins at 7:45 p.m.