Dollar Bay routs Baraga; Schmitz breaks boys scoring record
DOLLAR BAY — It was a goal that Devin Schmitz wanted to accomplish quickly Wednesday night.
The high-scoring Dollar Bay senior standout needed a little over a minute to score the six points that made him the all-time boys scorer for the Blue Bolts.
“I told (Schmitz) before the game to try to get it out of the way early,” Dollar Bay coach Jesse Kentala said after his team’s 77-46 district semifinal win over Baraga. “We don’t usually encourage individual records, but this was a big one.”
Schmitz passed Pete Duex’s 1,566 point mark and ended up with 23 points. He nailed five 3-pointers along the way.
“It lifts a weight off my shoulders, I don’t have to worry about it anymore,” Schmitz said. “I know that (Duex) was one of the top all-around players here.
“That was an important to me because of the importance we put on tradition here.”
The Bolts used a torrid first quarter to polish off the Vikings, leading 29-5 after eight minutes.
“I thought our first string was as sharp as can be, both on offense and defense, in the first quarter,” Kentala said. “That’s the kind of basketball we need to play if we’re going to reach the goals we’ve set.”
The 22-0 Blue Bolts, No. 1 in the UPSSA poll, impressed Baraga coach Chris Loonsfoot.
“We know how outstanding a team Dollar Bay is,” Loonsfoot said. “They have the ability to blitz you, and they did that tonight.”
Dollar Bay got out to a 51-19 advantage after two quarters and Kentala emptied his bench early.
Jaden Janke, who also passed 1,000 points this season at Dollar Bay, added 19 points and nine rebounds to support Schmitz’s game. Freshman Davin Hill collected 10 points in a solid showing
Kentala said he was proud of the record-setting game by Schmitz.
“He’s such a hard-working player and a great kid,” Kentala said. “He’s a special, special scorer; he does things that just make my jaw drop. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Baraga was led by Steele Jondreau with 13 points, including three 3s. Cotton Lindemann scored eight more.
As for Ontonagon on Friday, Kentala knows he has a dangerous foe to get by.
“They’re a big team, we don’t match up with them in that respect,” he said. “But if we play like we did tonight, I like our chances.”
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Baraga 5 14 7 20 — 46
Dollar Bay 29 22 21 6 — 77
BARAGA — C. Lindemann 8, G. Lindemann 7, Jondreau 13, Ripley 2, Rasanen 2, Waranka 5, Sackett 7, Koskinen 2. FT: 2-3; Rebounds: 22 (Waranka 6); Fouls: 6; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Jondreau 3, C. Lindemann 1, Waranka 1, Sackett 1.
DOLLAR BAY — J. Janke 19, Drake Schmitz 6, LeClaire 4, Devin Schmitz 23, Thompson 5, A. Janke 3, Hill 10, Iacono 2, Nelson 2. FT: 4-5; Rebounds 34 (J. Janke 9); Fouls: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Devin Schmitz 5, Hill 1, Thompson 1, Drake Schmitz 2, A, Janke 1, J. Janke 1.