Warrior squads finish 2nd & 3rd at CAL Finals

The Cambridge Christian girls basketball squad with its runner-up trophy from the CAL Finals tournament in Mankato.  Photos submitted

The Cambridge Christian girls basketball squad with its runner-up trophy from the CAL Finals tournament in Mankato. Photos submitted

The Cambridge Christian girls placed second and the Warrior boys were third to haul trophies back from the March 6-8 Christian Athletic League final tournaments.

After a first-round bye, the Warrior girls got into action with a 56-41 win in a well-played game against No. 4 seed Faith Foreston. Kristin Bergman had a great game, scoring 29 points and getting 17 rebounds.  Jerusalem Solomon also played great, getting 9 steals, 8 assists, and 11 points.  Emily Fridberg added 8 rebounds and 6 points, Kellie Pedersen added 5 points and Karly Wiek 3.

The CCS girls finished their fine season with a 21-5 overall mark when Rochester Area Home Schools (RAHS) got past them 55-49 in Saturday’s championship match.

“We started out strong by taking the early lead, but RAHS battled back. There were several lead changes, and we led at halftime 30-26,” described CCS Coach Brian Bergman. “The second half brought foul trouble, so our inside players were not in the game to defend against the taller players from Rochester. The girls played well, but we came up short.”

Bergman led the way again with 14 points, and 13 rebounds. Solomon scored 12 points, Emily Fridberg 9, Pedersen 8, and Karly Wiek finished with 4 points and 9 rebounds. Bergman, Peterson and Solomon were named to the CAL All-Tourney team.

Coach Bergman wrapped up, “I will really miss our seniors. They are both post players, so they will leave a big hole for us to fill in the middle. Karly Wiek was our tallest player, and will really be missed plugging the middle in our defense. Kellie was a four-year starter and will also be missed very much. She is so athletic that she can play several positions. She really shouldered the load this year with so many other girls battling injuries, staying strong the whole season. We wish them both well, and I thank you both for your dedication and hard work!”

Warrior boys finish with win over Hope

The CCS boys also had a first-round bye, then No. 4 seed Immanuel Lutheran worked for a 73-70 overtime win over the Warriors in the CAL semifinals.

“We had a 10-point lead through most of the game including as late as 3:00 to go. We made some poor offensive decisions, shooting much too quickly and allowing Immanuel to quickly grab the rebound and transition back to nibble away at our lead,” replayed CCS Coach Jeff Bonkoski. “We ended up being down by three and had to come from behind to tie it to go into overtime.  We only scored one basket in the overtime, and Immanuel shot 10 free throws in the overtime period to beat us.”

Scoring for the Warriors in that game were Anders Boyum (21), Jake Bergman (20), Justin Roble (12), Grant Taylor (8), Jack Swenson (5) and Alex Moses (2).

The Warrior boys returned to the court the next day and closed their season with a 22-6 record by defeating Hope Christian 78-49 in the third-place game. Bergman led CCS with 28 points, followed by Boyum (17), Taylor (15), Roble (10), Isaiah Santele (4), Swenson (2) and Micah Bonkoski (2).

The game closed the careers of Warrior seniors Bergman, Roble, Taylor, Boyum, Swenson, Moses and David Fryc.

“After our third-place finish at the tournament, I was quite emotional. This group of seniors has played together a long time, and we had a tremendous season. They worked hard to overcome the obstacles coming into this season where we had virtually no depth and lost two very strong players to graduation last year,” described Coach Bonkoski. “This year’s class is one of the most resilient groups I have ever coached, and they understand not only how to play basketball but how to conduct themselves on and off the court in a Christ-like manner. Even though we fell one game short of our goal this season, I am extremely proud of these seniors and what they have accomplished over the past few years.”

In the CAL boys finals, RAHS defeated Immanuel Lutheran 72-52 to defend its league title. Boyum, Roble and Bergman were named to the CAL All-Tourney team for CCS.

The Cambridge Christian boys basketball squad with the third-place trophy won at the CAL Finals tournament.

The Cambridge Christian boys basketball squad with the third-place trophy won at the CAL Finals tournament.

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