Sierra Lutheran boys off to strong start |

Sierra Lutheran boys off to strong start

Staff Reports

The Sierra Lutheran boys’ basketball team has seen plenty of the Austin Broncos and the season is only several games old.

Sierra Lutheran opened its 2005-06 basketball season by traveling to eastern Nevada where they played Austin twice on the first weekend of the season.

Both games ended with nearly identical scores with the Broncos prevailing 56-28 and 57-28.

“While the scores don’t reflect much change from one night to the next, our performance was measurably improved the second night,” Sierra Lutheran coach Norm Brauer said. “Their leading scorer didn’t play the first night. Saturday, we played much better team defense, even though their guy scored 22 on us.”

Cameron Hart led Falcon scorers with 18 points in the two-game series.

Last weekend, the Falcons traveled to Gerlach for an invitational tournament. Friday evening produced the first win of the season for the Falcons as the team thumped Rainshadow Charter School of Sparks 56-12.

Younger members of the squad played most of the second half after the Falcons jumped out to a 41-8 lead at the break.

Hart again led SLHS in scoring with 14 points, while Nathan Bender (9), Brian Bender (8) and seven other players also scored in the contest.

The win sent Sierra Lutheran into the championship game against, Austin.

The Falcon defense was excellent in the contest and held the opponent to 38 points.

However, the offense struggled and the Falcons dropped a 38-17 decision.

Hart and Bender were named to the all-tournament team.


Playing against a larger 2A school with a sparse roster, the Coleville Wolves clawed out a 50-44 victory over Whittell at Tahoe Tuesday night.

Jacob Erickson scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds and Jed Chessani scored 15 to lead the Wolves. The duo accounted for 40 of the team’s 50 points on the night.

“We had five guys play the entire game,” Coleville coach Jack McCormack said. “It was a great win and we’ll use it as a building block for this season.”