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    Small Town Ball and Jake Sullivan

    Sioux City Journal: Schilling's brother may set record

    Schilling's brother may set record
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    Northwestern's Curt Schilling has enjoyed a terrific senior season, to be sure, averaging 20.1 points a game for the runner-up team in the final Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball standings.

    The 6-4 senior forward has had an outstanding career, for that matter.

    And, it all got just a little better last Wednesday night, when Schilling's three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, enabling Northwestern to snap Morningside's school-record 19-game home winning streak, was added to the legacy.

    Waiting to congratulate his older brother at the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center was high school senior Cody Schilling, who is taking a serious run at Minnesota prep basketball's all-time career scoring record.

    Cody, a 6-5 guard, has 3,115 points in the books, needing 252 more to surpass the mark established just two seasons ago by Isaiah Dahlman, a 6-6 guard who led Braham Area High School to three consecutive Class 2A state titles.

    Dahlman, now a sophomore reserve at Michigan State, totaled 3,366 career points while breaking a state mark of 3,292 held since 1991 by Joel McDonald of Chisholm. The only other 3,000-point scorer in state history, incidentally, is Jake Sullivan, a 2000 Tartan High School grad who racked up 3,013 points before a noteworthy college career at Iowa State.

    Cody Schilling, like Curt, has honed his skills at tiny Ellsworth High School, just a mile across Minnesota border, due north of George, Iowa. With 60 students in grades 9-12, it's the second smallest public school in the state with a basketball program all its own.

    Last season, Cody and his teammates won the Class 1A state title, capping off a 33-1 campaign. This year, Ellsworth is 20-2 and ranked sixth in Minnesota's smallest enrollment division. One loss, by the way, is to George-Little Rock, which is headed back to next week's Class 1A state tournament in Iowa, hoping to duplicate its championship from two seasons ago.

    Like Iowa, I might add, Minnesota crowns four champions in boys basketball.

    Unlike Iowa, though, the land of 10,000 lakes has a little longer season in the hoop sport. With four regular season games remaining, Ellsworth will have played 26 times, five beyond the Iowa limit. It will take four more wins to reach the state tournament, where another three games are possible.

    If Schilling's team reaches the sectional final, which would be eight more games, he'd need to average 31.5 to overtake Dahlman. He's averaging 27.7 this winter.

    You may notice, too, that Minnesota's all-time leaders, with four over 3,000 points, have piled up bigger numbers than Iowans, whose all-time leader is 2003 Wapsie Valley grad Brooks McKowen with 2,831. Twenty-seven years after his final prep game, Maple Valley's Todd Berkenpas still ranks third at 2,536.

    The extended schedule is one factor, certainly. Also, it's possible to play varsity high school sports as a seventh-grader in Minnesota. Cody Schilling joined the varsity as an eighth-grader and, oh yes, a third Schilling brother, Casey, an eighth-grader, is on the team this year.

    Needless to say, many are wondering where Cody Schilling will be playing his college ball. There have been a few Division I offers, including Northern Iowa, but Cody says his pick will be either Northwestern or a couple of NCAA Division II programs, Winona State or Augustana, where he's become a classmate of East center Eric Jorgensen.

    The folks at MaxPreps.com haven't stopped being enamored of boys basketball in Iowa.

    Ames, AP's No. 2 Class 4A team, has vaulted to 12th in the MaxPreps national rankings while No. 1 Iowa City High is 19th. Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Linn-Mar, two more 4A powers, are 29th and 48th, respectively.

    Four teams in the top 48 certainly seem like a lot for our relatively small state, especially when you consider there are nearly 18,000 high school boys teams in the U.S.

    Nonetheless, Class 3A Bishop Heelan, which had soared all the way to No. 6 on the MaxPreps charts earlier this season, is still 72nd after four losses and Dubuque Wahlert, another outstanding 3A team, is 95th.

    Heelan, you may recall, was undefeated until it dropped two games in as many nights at the East Metro Showcase in St. Paul, Minn. The Crusaders lost a close one to St. Paul Johnson, coached by former Morningside playmaker Vernon Simmons, then had another heartbreaker the following night against Osseo.

    Well, Osseo, which is rated No. 2 in Minnesota, is now 21-0 and No. 16 nationally, according to MaxPreps. Hopkins, the state's No. 1 team, has moved up to No. 3 in the country behind only St. Anthony's of Jersey City, N.J., and Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif.

    Simmons' team at Johnson owned a modest 7-5 mark before tripping up Heelan, but the Governors have gathered steam and they're 17-6 with nine wins in a row.

    It's been a tough call all season, deciding who's No. 1 in NAIA Division II women's basketball.

    If you watched No. 3-ranked Morningside's heart-stopping win last Wednesday over No. 2 Northwestern, you might have wondered how the NAIA pollsters could have put any team ahead of these two.

    Nonetheless, the rankings still have College of the Ozarks from Point Lookout, Mo., as the team to beat when the national tournament returns to Sioux City for an 11th consecutive year March 12-18.

    Last year's runner-up team, Ozarks has fended off a trio of Great Plains Athletic Conference teams - Hastings is ranked No. 4, right the other two - all season long, charting a nifty 29-1 record. The Lady Bobcats haven't missed a perfect season by much, losing only a 71-69 mid-December thriller to Nebraska-Kearney at the Vulcan Wahine Classic in Hilo, Hawaii.

    Ozarks has won 17 in a row since that lone setback while Nebraska-Kearney, a perennial NCAA Division II power, has 15 of its last 16 games to hike its record to 24-5.


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    Let my Fred's Posse Ride: Georges, Naz, Hogue, Bryce, Nader, Monte, Matt, and McKay.

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