Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, March 1, 1999

St. James takes league title

The St. James Lutheran School seventh-eighth grade boys basketball team won the league championship at Mayer by defeating Wayzata 41-39 in a heart-stopping championship game.

To get to the finals, the boys first beat Watertown 44-34, then defeated Chaska 44-22, next came Mayer 46-33.

In the finals, the boys were down 39-34 with less than a minute remaining. But Josiah Hagemann hit a 3-pointer, Travis Henning put in a rebound shot, and with just four seconds left, Jacob Barth drove the lane to score the winning basket.

Adam Stueven led all scorers with 14 points in the championship game. Good ball control and the strong defensive play of Rob Painschab were key factors in the win.

It was a team victory with all the boys helping out by hard work in practice and in all their games. Other team members include Jason Jeseritz, Nathan Gruenhagen, Kelly Stoll, Ryan Hausladen, Bret Butterfass, Bradley Koosman, Jason Hausladen and Mitchell Montgomery.

The team record now stands at 20-2. St. James is the number one seed in the state tournament, which is Saturday, March 6 at Concordia, St. Paul.

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