After a great start to the season, the Colo-Nesco boys and girls are set for big match ups the week of December 12th.
On Tuesday, the Colo-Nesco boys--ranked #5 in the latest Iowa Sports Connection poll, take on #2 Don Bosco in Colo. Colo-Nesco is off to a 5-0 start after three straight blowout victories this week. The Royals won games against East Marshall, Meskwaki Settlement and GMG, Garwin by an average of 37 points. Don Bosco is 3-0 after victories over GMG, Garwin (65-25), Waterloo Christian (39-24) and Meskwaki Settlement (55-37). Don Bosco was 23-2 last season and returned 4 of their top 6 scorers, led by Nate Springer’s 13 points per game. The Dons like the three-point shot: Eric Nie made 57 three-pointers last season, and Nick Rosauer made 37.
On Friday, the Colo-Nesco girls face #1 ranked Tripoli on the road. Colo-Nesco evened its record to 3-3 after a 44-37 victory over GMG, at Garwin Friday night. With the win, the Royal girls have won back-to-back games for the first time since February 2009. Tripoli finished 18-5 last season and lost only one starter from that squad. Megan Gilbert and Erica Ollendieck are the leading returnees; both averaged over 11 points and 6 rebounds in 2009-2010.
Highlights from this past week’s games include Brandon Eley’s near triple double for the boys and Jessica Johnson’s double-double for the girls. Eley had 31 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists in a win over Meskwaki Settlement. Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the girls’ win over Meskwaki.