High School (1997)
Contact: Crystal Wendt
----Sources: Scrap book one: by Elsa Lange Hardrath & Dorthaleen Edwards Hardrath
Contributed by Halbert "Bud" Hardrath
GRANTON BUMPS EDGAR
Ramberg leads Bulldogs to fifth-straight Marawood win
Granton knocked off league-leading Edgar 80-72 in overtime Monday at the Granton Fieldhouse as the Bulldogs continued a late-season surge in Marawood Conference boys’ basketball play.
Charlie Ramberg sparked the Bulldogs’s fifth straight win with 39 points, 20 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. He made 17 of 25 field goal attempts as he collected his second triple double of the year. Eric Specht added 13 points, including five of six free throws down the stretch. He had 13 assists and four steals and played the entire 36 minutes.
"It was a big win for us as our kids played their hearts out," Granton coach Russ Weiler, said. "What did is for us that out kids stayed focused for 36 minutes. We never went into a slump all game."
Free throws put Granton (8-5 overall) ahead by three with 6.4 seconds left but Nathan Lehman went the length of the court and made a 3-pointer at the end of the regulation to force the tie.
Granton outscored Edgar 13-5 in overtime as Specht had seven points and Ramberg added four.
Weiler credited good shot selection and ball handling as keys to the game.
"We handled the ball extremely well as we had less than 10 turnovers. This was a confidence builder for the kids since we had a rough time versus Edgar in our first game with them," Weiler said. "Every single kid played their role for the win as we took very few bad shots as we were disciplined running the offense."
Joe Bartz added 10 points and five rebounds for Granton as Randy Jennings added eight and Jason Handke had six points and four assists.
Weiler said defense was an important factor.
"Even through we gave up 67 points in regulation and 72 points in the game, I feel that our kids played solid defense all night."
Edgar led 16-12 after one quarter but Granton cut the lead to 33-31 at halftime. Edgar led by four with eight minutes left but Granton held a 21-17 advantage in the fourth quarter.
GRANTON 48, ATHENS 41
Ramberg scored eight points in the fourth quarter as Granton beat Athens in a league game.
Ramberg had eight to Granton’s 17 points in the fourth quarter and Specht added five, including a 3-pointer. The Bulldog outscored Athens 17-6 in the final eight minutes to rally for the win.
Ramberg finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Specht had nine points and five assists. Both players had three seals.
"The key was our rebounding as we out rebounded Athens 30-19 while limiting them to just 38 shots," Weiler said.
Jamie Ball led Athens with 26 points.
**Noted in the margin - Russ Weiler - is the grandson of Harley Hardrath; great-grandson of Louis Hardrath.
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