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Wishart a McDonald Award semifinalist

Screenshot_20180218-193901Delano senior Calvin Wishart is one of 35 student-athletes who has been selected as Semi-Finalists for the 2018 McDonald Award to be presented by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association.  The McDonald Award will be presented annually to the outstanding Senior Player of the Year with the 2017-18 basketball season being the first year of the award.  Ten Finalists will be selected and announced in early March. The award recipient will be announced and presented the award in early March.

Screenshot_20180218-192912The award is named in honor of Bob McDonald, a legend and icon in Chisholm, the state of Minnesota, and the nation for his accomplishments as a coach and his commitment to educating students.   Coach McDonald, served 59 years as a high school basketball coach and is the only coach in Minnesota hoops history, and only one of 13 in the nation, to have led his teams to over 1,000 (1.012) victories.  Coach McDonald was also known for instilling the values of hard work, teamwork, a strong moral code, and high academic expectations for the students he served on the court and in the classroom.  Bob is a member of the MBCA Hall of Fame, the MSHSL Hall of Fame, and the NFHS National Hall of Fame.

The Award, patterned after the Wooden Award, will include, but not be limited to, qualifications such as exhibiting strength of character, both on and off the court; contributing to team effort ; excelling  on both offense and defense; and performance over the course of the entire season.

In addition to selecting the Player of the Year; the establishment of the award is also designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of basketball and the role coaches play in the lives of all the student-athletes they represent and serve.  In moving forward it is the goal of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association, that the McDonald Award will be widely viewed as the top award that a high school basketball player in Minnesota can receive.

GIRLS HOCKEY: Delano playing for a state berth Thursday

Matt Kane
Sports Editor
DELANO — For the second time in as many seasons of Delano girls hockey, the Tigers will play for the chance to go to the Class A state tournament.

Delano put itself in its second consecutive Section 2A title game Tuesday night with a 4-1 win over Mound-Westonka in a semifinal game at the Delano Area Sports Arena.

Although the roster has changed significantly from a season ago, it was Mound-Westonka that denied Delano a state berth in its inaugural season of 2016-17 with a 6-2 win over the Tigers in the section championship game at Gustavus College.

Mary Beth Kivisto celebrates her third-period goal that gave Delano a 2-1 lead over Mound-Westonka in the Section 2A semifinal game Tuesday at the Delano Area Sports Arena. The Tigers won the game 4-1, and will play New Ulm for the section championship Thursday at Gustavus. Photo by Matt Kane

Mary Beth Kivisto celebrates her third-period goal that gave Delano a 2-1 lead over Mound-Westonka in the Section 2A semifinal game Tuesday at the Delano Area Sports Arena. The Tigers won the game 4-1, and will play New Ulm for the section championship Thursday at Gustavus.
Photo by Matt Kane

“I have played with half of the girls on this team, so it was fun to beat them and show them what our team is,” said Delano’s Mary Beth Kivisto, who netted the game-winner Tuesday in the second period.

This year’s section championship game returns to Gustavus, where Delano, the top seed, will meet No. 3 New Ulm Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

“We have to play our game,” said Kivisto. We are Delano girls hockey, and we have to bring it.”

New Ulm defeated Hutchinson 4-1 Tuesday in the semifinals.

Delano and New Ulm met early in the regular season. The Tigers defeated the Eagles 4-3 at the New Ulm Civic Center.

If Delano gets by New Ulm, it will play in the Class A state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, starting Wednesday, Feb. 21.

For a good stretch of Tuesday’s game, the visiting White Hawks, who were the No. 4 seed, showed that a potential upset of the Tigers was possible, as they took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Delano’s Jamie Byrne tied the game with a shot from the high slot 11 minutes into the second period, and the Tigers and White Hawks raced back-and-forth with no scoring for the next 17 minutes of game time.

The game-winner and dam-breaker came on a breakaway goal by Kivisto at 11:26 of the third period. Kivisto’s low, right-handed shot put the puck off Taylor Smith’s trapper and to the back of the goal.

“That was awesome. The fans were excited,” said Kivisto of her breakaway goal, which was celebrated with a emotional Goldy Shuffle near the Delano student section. She spoke with a fresh bandage on her forehead, protecting a wound she obtained in the first period.

Kivisto’s goal immediately pumped life into the Delano attack.

Sam Stansberry scored less than a minute later and Emily Olson set the goal differential at three with 27 seconds remaining in the game.

Olson and Byrne both finished with two points.

Olson had the lone assist on Kivisto’s game-winner, and Byrne and Stansberry assisted on Sydney Stansberry’s goal.

Meghan Staunton assisted on Byrne’s goal.

Mya Coley scored Mound-Westonka’s goal on a rebound at 11:30 of the first period.

Both teams played solid defense, limiting quality scoring chances by forcing shots from the outside.

In goal, Delano’s Karly Schmidt made 20 saves. Mound-Westonka’s Smith made 26 saves.


DELANO 4, MOUND-WESTONKA 1

Section 2A
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Delano Area Sports Arena

1 2 3 – F
Mound-West 1 0 0 – 1
Delano 0 1 3 – 4

Scoring
First Period
1. MW – Coley (Schmidtke, Courtney), 11:30

Second Period
2. D – Byrne (Staunton), 11:06

Third Period
3. D – MB Kivisto (E. Olson), 11:26
4. D – S. Stansberry (Byrne, S. Stansberry), 12:10
5. D – E. Olson (unassisted), 16:33

Shots on goal
Delano 30; Mound-Westonka 21

Saves
Delano: Schmidt 21
Mound-Westonka: Smith 26

West Hennepin Public Safety responds to multiple reports of burglaries

DELANO, MN – West Hennepin Public Safety issued the following information Feb. 13:

This past week three burglaries have occurred in our cities. We also have taken reports of several storage units burglarized in the past few weeks.
We have apprehended one individual for one of the burglaries of a residential garage and is awaiting criminal charges.
Two other burglaries where of homes currently under construction.
As a reminder here are some tips.
West Hennepin Public Safety is urging people to be watchful and aware of suspicious activity, vehicles and individuals and to call 9-1-1 to report it when detected.
• Keep doors locked in your home at all times, even when you are working in your backyard.
• Make sure your personal property inventory is up to date, record serial numbers, make and model of items and keep this record in a secure place.
• Leave lights on timers to make your home look occupied.
• Keep garage doors closed and lock service doors.
• Remove personal property from your vehicle when you park it in your garage or driveway.
• Do not leave the garage door opener visible in your vehicle if you park in your driveway.
• Be aware of identity theft—check your credits reports regularly and immediately following the theft of your personal information.

Wishart is first Tiger to score 2,000 points

Matt Kane
Sports Editor
DELANO — Scoring 1,000 points in a high school basketball career puts a player on a special list. Scoring 2,000 points? Until Thursday night, Delano High School didn’t have to worry about where that puts a player.

The already unprecedented high school career of senior Calvin Wishart grew even more impressive Thursday night against Holy Family at the Tiger Activity Center, where Wishart scored 34 points and became the first Tiger to score 2,000 points for his career.

Senior Calvin Wishart soars to the rim for the lay-in that made him the first 2,000-points scorer in Delano history Thursday night against Holy Family. Wishart scored 34 points in the 77-68 loss to the Fire. He has 2,008 career points entering Friday night's game at Hutchinson. Photo by Matt Kane

Senior Calvin Wishart soars to the rim for the lay-in that made him the first 2,000-points scorer in Delano history Thursday night against Holy Family. Wishart scored 34 points in the 77-68 loss to the Fire. He has 2,008 career points entering Friday night’s game at Hutchinson.
Photo by Matt Kane

Wishart sat 26 points shy of 2,000 entering the game. He reached and passed the mark with a steal and a lay-up with 4:26 to play in the second half. He finished with a game-high 34 points and moved his school record to 2,008 entering Friday night’s game at Hutchinson.

“The accolades are cool but I would rather win games. I’m trying to get wins with my friends and make memories. The accolades are cool but I’m expecting to (score) and everybody is expecting me to (score),” said Wishart. ”If they would have stopped the game, I probably would have raised my hand but I wanted the game to keep going.”

Unfortunately, Wishart’s 34 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and six steals were not enough to produce a win, as the Tigers lost the game 77-68.

Wishart scored 22 points in the second half, alone.

Already this season, Wishart passed Toby Hanson’s mark of 1,526 points to become the all-time scorer for the Delano boys and Cecily Checkal’s all-time school mark of 1,846.

Both former points leaders applaud Wishart for the accomplishment because they know the effort and dedication it takes to get that far.

“Congrats to Calvin. I never had the chance to see him play, but, from what I have heard, Delano is lucky to have him,” said Checkal, who graduated from Concordia College in 2112 and is now a CPA living in Corcoran. “It is a pretty remarkable milestone, especially considering that it didn’t take him five years of varsity playing time to do it. I have no doubt that he has spent countless hours in the  gym developing his game and the skill of his teammates who have been along for the journey.”

Hanson echoed Checkal’s sentiment.

“One thousand points is a tough accomplishment to start with, but 2,000 takes being able to play at a high level on an everyday basis. To go along with it, the ability to make adjustments on how defenses are guarding you throughout the course of a season and from year-to-year is critical,” said Hanson, now a first baseman at the University of Minnesota. “Calvin stays consistent with his skills and his approach, and adapts to the game when needed. It is a lot of fun to watch.”

Not even the presence of another Gopher, the Polish Eagle Dick Jonckowski, the former voice of Gophers baseball and basketball, was able to help Delano defend against the slick shooting of Holy Family. The undersized Fire knocked down 13 3-pointers. Six of those long-range shots came off the hand of 5-foot-10 guard Lincoln Cizek, who led the Fire with 24 points.

Delano knocked down four 3-point shots.

Trailing 38-31 at halftime, Delano took a legit run at the Holy Family lead early in the second half, cutting the deficit to two points, 38-36, with the first five points of the half. But the Fire stepped back behind the 3-point line, and less than two minutes later it was a 12-point game, 50-38.

It was a six-point game in the final two minutes, but three free throws from the Fire set the final deficit at nine points.

Derek Techam, Wishart’s backcourt mate, had a great game in complimenting Wishart’s big night. Techam buried five 3-point shots and finished with 18 points for the game.

Together, Techam and Wishart scored 23 of Delano’s 31 first-half points. Techam scored 11 points and Wishart scored 12 points in the first half.

Keegan O’Neill scored eight points down low for the Tigers. O’Neill battled foul trouble most of the game. He eventually fouled out, collecting two technicals on the way.

Also for Delano, Trey Longstreet scored six points and Max Otto had two.

Nathan Hendler (19), Nick Hendler (11) and Jacob Zay (10) also found the hoop often for the Fire.

Holy Family moved to 14-4 with the win.

Delano dropped to 10-9 with the loss, which was the fourth in a row and the sixth in seven games for the Tigers.

“Coach is preaching that we need to be playing our best games in March. We are trying to make a state-tournament run, here,” said Wishart. “I’m trying to win every game, because, if we can get some momentum going in, I think it will be for the better. We are just trying to win one game at a time. We will figure it out.”

Delano hopes to figure it out tonight at Hutchinson (2-8).

Next week, Delano hosts New Prague Monday, Feb. 12, and, then, gets a rematch with the Fire Friday, Feb. 16 at Holy Family.

Cutest baby contest registration ends Monday, Feb. 12

The registration deadline for the Delano Herald Journal Cutest Baby Contest presented by Western OB/GYN is Monday, Feb. 12.

The registration deadline for the Delano Herald Journal Cutest Baby Contest presented by Western OB/GYN is Monday, Feb. 12. Click here for rules and registration information.

Crash results in unknown injuries

Emergency responders are on the scene of a crash with unknown injuries at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Line Road Southeast. The crash was reported at 2:41 p.m. Monday. Delano Fire and Rescue, Ridgeview Ambulance, the Wright County Sheriff's Office, and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash.

Emergency responders are on the scene of a crash with unknown injuries at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Line Road Southeast. The crash was reported at 2:41 p.m. Monday. Delano Fire and Rescue, Ridgeview Ambulance, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash. Traffic slowed, but the intersection was not fully closed.