The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 16, 2014

Schoper raises scoring, nearly sets record


Margenthaler was averaging 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds, with 12 3-pointers in 12 games.

Senior Josh Sloniker has replaced Margenthaler in the starting lineup, with junior Hussein Mohamoud and sophomores C.J Ayers and Sam Ahrens getting more playing time off the bench.

“Some young kids are going to get an opportunity to play varsity minutes,” East coach Dave Makela said. “They’re going to have to step up.”

East (6-8) hosts Marshall on Saturday afternoon. Marshall defeated the Cougars 62-38 on Dec. 26.

Christenson is near Nicollet records: Nicollet senior Matt Christenson is a double-double machine, but last week, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound post put up 22 points and 20 rebounds in a 78-58 victory over Sleepy Eye. It’s the third time in his career that he’s had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game.

“He never quits,” Nicollet coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “And his rebounds are pretty even between offensive boards and defensive boards. He’s always under the boards, crashing the glass.

For his career, Christenson has 902 points and 843 rebounds, which may already be a school record. This season, he’s averaging 15.3 points and 13.7 rebounds, along with 3.9 assists. He’s had 10 or more rebounds in nine of 10 games.

“At his size, he really has good footwork,” Zimmerman said. “He’s a good athlete.”

Christenson is being recruited as a football player.

Games to watch: On Friday, the Fairmont boys (13-2, 5-1 in SCC) play at Waseca (12-2, 4-1) with first place in the South Central Conference at stake. Waseca won the Dec. 6 matchup 67-58 at Fairmont.

The same night, the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial boys (9-5, 6-0 in Valley) play at Martin County West (6-4, 4-1), which is tied with St. Clair in second place in the Valley Conference.

Mankato Loyola girls’ tough schedule continues against Rosemount at the Simley MLK Classic on Monday. The Crusaders are 11-1, while Rosemount, a Class AAAA program, is 6-6.

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