Golden Bear boys headed to Des Moines for first time since 2010

WEBSTER CITY — TJ Schnurr and Angelo Winkel combined for 24 points and 23 rebounds here Tuesday night to lead the Bishop Garrigan boys back to the Class 1A state tournament.

The Golden Bears posted a convincing 56-35 victory over Janesville in the substate championship, securing the program’s first appearance in Des Moines since 2010 and just the third overall in school history.

Winkel, a sophomore, had 12 points and 12 rebounds, with Schnurr, a senior, adding 12 points, 11 boards and two blocked shots.

“This was the biggest game of all of our careers,” said Schnurr, the school’s career rebound leader who is also second on the all-time scoring charts. “This could have been the last one together, but we just blocked everything out and concentrated on playing basketball.”

Brad Capesius, a three-year starter on the Garrigan football team, added 10 points, as did junior Cade Winkel. Winkel, the older brother of Angelo, also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

“We knew (Janesville’s) strength was their height, but that is our strength and we are bigger and taller,” Winkel said. “We wore them down in the second half. Our bench gave us some big minutes and points.”

The Golden Bears (19-6 overall) never trailed, racing out to an early 11-8 lead as both teams struggled to find much rhythm. With scoring at a premium late in the first half, Capesius sank a three-pointer only to see Janesville’s (19-5) Dawson Charley match him at the buzzer.

Moments into the third quarter, though, Garrigan took control. Angelo Winkel and John Joyce each converted three-point plays and Winkel followed with a gym-rattling dunk that gave the Golden Bears a commanding 31-19 edge.

Codey Hicks, a 6-foot-5 senior for the Wildcats, came into the game shooting 81 percent from the floor and averaging a team-high 23 points. He was held to just 10 on 5-for-10 shooting, with Angelo Winkel handling much of the defensive assignment.

“We just told Angelo to keep him off the boards,” BGHS head coach Mark Meister said. “We knew if we could hold him to a respectable shooting percentage, we would win this game. I felt like Angelo’s defensive was the biggest difference, and for the first time since I’ve coached them, everybody made defense a priority.

“They really flipped the switch on that end of the court.”

Janesville entered the contest having won its three postseason games by almost 28 points per contest, including a recent 75-45 victory over Rockford. The loss ended an eight-game win streak for the Wildcats.

“They played a ton of 1A teams and didn’t have anywhere near the kind of schedule we had,” Cade Winkel said. “Playing Forest City, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, St. Edmond and Lake Mills really prepared us for the postseason.”

Since Meister took over prior to the start of postseason play, the Golden Bears have won each of their four games by at least 18 points. They dominated the glass vs. Janesville, holding a plus-16 edge.

“I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything in the world,” Cade Winkel said. “But we aren’t settled here. We have one goal in mind and that’s to win a state championship because we feel like we have the talent to do that.”

Action in the 1A field at state begins next Monday inside Wells Fargo Arena with quarterfinals game starting at 9:30 a.m.


Bishop Garrigan — Cade Winkel 5 0-0 10, Brad Capesius 4 1-3 10, John Joyce 3 1-1 7, TJ Schnurr 5 1-2 12, Angelo Winkel 5 2-2 12, Tristan Ferguson 2 1-2 5, John Capesius 0 0-0 0, Andrew Arndorfer 0 0-0 0, Cameron Baade 0 0-0 0, Kyle Schaff 0 0-0 0, Marcus Plathe 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 6-10 56.

Janesville — Joshua Hahn 1 2-2 4, Caden Conrad 3 1-2 7, Codey Hicks 5 0-0 10, Spencer Hoff 3 1-1 7, Dawson Charley 1 0-0 3, Ben McGrath 1 0-0 2, Dan Nielsen 0 0-0 0, Christian Mauer 0 0-0 0, Tegan Meyer 0 0-0 0, Leo Dodd 0 0-0 0, Keaton Boyle 0 0-0 0, Shawn Hazard 0 0-0 0, Jared Hoodjer 0 0-0 0, Joey Carlson 0 0-0 0, Wiley Sherburne 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 4-5 35.

Quarter scores: Bishop Garrigan led 11-8, 23-17, 43-28. Three-point goals: Bishop Garrigan 2 (Capesius, Schnurr), Janesville 1 (Charley). Rebounds: Bishop Garrigan 44, Janesville 28. Steals: Bishop Garrigan 1, Janesville 2. Blocked shots: Bishop Garrigan 6, Janesville 3. Turnovers: Bishop Garrigan 9, Janesville 6. Fouls: Bishop Garrigan 11, Janesville 11.


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