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BOYS BASKETBALL: Wishart sets three Delano records in first two games

By Matt Kane
Sports Editor

Following an unprecedented season on the football field, Delano senior Calvin Wishart is back on the basketball court this winter, and, in two games, has already set three team records.

Even triple-team defense didn't work for Princeton against Delano's Calvin Wishart Tuesday night. Wishart scored 47 points and had 17 assists for the Tigers. Both are single-game records for Delano. Three days earlier, in a home win over Waseca, Wishart moved on top of the Delano boys career scoring list, taking over the lead from Toby Hanson. Photo by Matt Kane

Even triple-team defense didn’t work for Princeton against Delano’s Calvin Wishart Tuesday night. Wishart scored 47 points and had 17 assists for the Tigers. Both are single-game records for Delano. Three days earlier, in a home win over Waseca, Wishart moved on top of the Delano boys career scoring list, taking over the lead from Toby Hanson.
Photo by Matt Kane

First, in the Tigers’ season-opening 68-52 win over Waseca last Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Tiger Activity Center, Wishart shattered the Delano career points record with a 32-point effort.

Needing seven points to match Toby Hanson’s record of 1,526, Wishart scored Delano’s first eight points to quickly move himself on top. The 32 points gave him 1,551 points for his four-year varsity career.

“It’s a great accomplishment, and I could not have done it without the help of all my teammates from the last three or four years, as well as the coaches,” said Wishart. “They all put me in the spot to be able to get to that point; credit to them.”

Hanson applauds Wishart’s feat.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment and I couldn’t be more happy for him,” said Hanson, who, like Wishart proved in one award-winning season of football this past fall, is good at any sport he tries. “He’s an incredible ball player with a great work ethic that sets him up for the success that he has had so far in his young career.”

One game: One record for Wishart.

Five days after taking over the top spot on the career scoring list, Wishart scored 47 points Tuesday in Delano’s 104-88 win at Princeton, breaking his own former single-game record of 43 points set last season against Hutchinson. Also at Princeton, Wishart’s 17 assists set a new record.

The 47 points upped Wishart’s career total to 1,598 points.

Wishart is now the career leading scoring for the Delano boys, but he is second on the points list for all Delano basketball players. Cecily Checkal is the school’s all-time scoring leader for both genders with 1,846 points.

Needing just 248 points and considering he more than doubled that total in each of the previous two seasons, Wishart is easily on track top Checkal’s mark.

“It will be cool to accomplish that as well, for sure, but it’s not a big goal or anything,” said Wishart, who constantly stresses the big picture. “Goals for me are just to stay healthy, win games, and make a state tournament run that we’ve been deserving for the past couple years now. We just have to take it one game at a time.”

Read more about Wishart’s record-breaking efforts in Friday’s edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

Delano girls swimming photos online

The complete collection of photos from the 2017 Delano girls swimming and diving season are now online in the Delano Herald Journal Photo Gallery.

Playoff rivals Delano and Breck to meet on the ice Friday night

By Matt Kane
Sports Editor

Delano got past rival Breck in the Section 2A playoffs and into the Class A state tournament for the first time last season. The Tigers and Mustangs reunite in a regular-season meeting Friday night at the Delano Area Sports Arena.

Both teams are ranked in the early Let’s Play Hockey poll.

Delano goalie Jackson Hjelle and defenseman Tanner Glasrud defend a Breck attack during the Section 2A title game last season. Both Tigers will be on the ice Friday night, when Delano hosts Breck in a regular-season meeting. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano goalie Jackson Hjelle and defenseman Tanner Glasrud defend a Breck attack during the Section 2A title game last season. Both Tigers will be on the ice Friday night, when Delano hosts Breck in a regular-season meeting.
Photo by Matt Kane

Delano enters off a 3-2 win over East Grand Forks Nov. 25 and the No. 7 ranking. Breck is 1-1 an ranked No. 6.

The Mustangs’ two games were played at the Marshall Thanksgiving Tournament. Breck lost to Fargo Davies (ND) 5-1 Nov. 24, and rebounded to defeat Pine City 6-0 Nov. 25.

You may not recognize many of the Delano players, as 12 players graduated from the state-tournament team.

In the Tigers’ win over East Grand Forks, the team Delano defeated 6-3 in the state consolation game last season, senior Jack Paulson and freshman Adam Brown combined on two goals, each scoring one and assisting on the other. Senior Matt Carson scored Delano’s other goal.

Senior goaltender Jackson Hjelle made 18 saves for the Tigers in the win.

Football honors coming in for Wishart

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

Calvin Wishart hasn’t played a football game in almost a month and has since focused on his final basketball season at Delano, yet his name keeps coming up for what he did in his only season on the gridiron.

Delano senior Calvin Wishart was named first-team all-metro by KARE 11 and the Star Tribune. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano senior Calvin Wishart was named first-team all-metro by KARE 11 and the Star Tribune.
Photo by Matt Kane

Wishart’s name keeps appearing on the lists of  Minnesota’s best players in 2017, put out by state-wide media outlets.

A week ago, Randy Shaver highlighted Wishart as the top receiver on KARE 11’s All-Metro Team, and, Tuesday, Wishart was listed as the top receiver on the Star Tribune’s All-Metro First Team Offense.

“It’s an honor to be elected for both the all-metro Kare 11 team and the Star Tribune first team for sure,” said Wishart.

Shaver opened the description of the state’s top receivers by saying: “All-Metro receivers are led by Delano’s Calvin Wishart at 6-2 185. Despite playing for a “run-first” offense, Wishart was among the best in the state averaging 23 yards per catch. The senior finished with 57 receptions for 1,296 yards and 14 touchdowns. Head Coach Merrill Pavlovich says he’s the best receiver he’s had in 42 years at Delano. Wishart was voted the East Central South MVP.

The Star Tribune said: Calvin Wishart, Delano, 6-2, 185: Basketball star committed to Georgia Southern, wowed in his only year playing football with 57 receptions, 1,296 yards, 14 TDs. “Best receiver I’ve coached in my 42 years at Delano,” coach Merrill Pavlovich said.

As the Star Tribune states, Wishart is committed to play basketball at Georgia Southern, but, the guard admits, there were rumors football schools showed some interest during the season and that he gave it at least a little consideration.

“I was told by the coaches that UNLV and NDSU had called, wondering what I was thinking. I thought about the possibilities but I was really stuck on basketball,” he said. “I just have a different passion for it compared to football, and a lot of time and effort went into hoops.”

Wishart’s final season of basketball began this past Monday at practice. The Tigers’ first game is Saturday, Dec. 2, against Waseca at the Tiger Activity Center.

See Wishart’s mention by Randy Shaver on the KARE 11 All-Metro Offense

Read about Wishart on Star Tribune’s All-Metro Team

Delano football online photo gallery

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GIRLS SWIMMING: Tiger girls claim some hardware at state meet

By Matt Kane
Sports Editor

MINNEAPOLIS – The Delano girls swim team may need to push the school to sneak a new trophy case into the remodeling plans after Saturday’s performance at the Class A State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Tigers swam in five finals heats and claimed a total of eight medals in the 11 swimming events, and, for the first time, the Delano team claimed a big piece of hardware at the Minnesota State High School League event in the form of the third-place trophy.

Delano senior Jordyn Wenzel won the state championships in both the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. It was Wenztel’s second title in the 500 and first since her freshman season.

The Delano swimming team poses with their shiny new third-place trophy Saturday afternoon at the UofM Aquatic Center following an impressive day at the Class A state meet. Photo by Matt Kane

The Delano swimming team poses with their shiny new third-place trophy Saturday afternoon at the UofM Aquatic Center following an impressive day at the Class A state meet.
Photo by Matt Kane