ERIC CHUBA drives for a basket after a pass from Austin Poe in the first half Tuesday. The Hornets won, 80-38. Chuba has 27 points in the first two games. (Photos by Ken Francis.)

Basketball team off to an impressive start

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
The Big Lake boys basketball team got off to an explosive start this season, beating Zimmerman 81-55 and Sauk Rapids 80-38.
The Hornets showed they are a team to watch this season, dominating the game on both ends of the court.
Tuesday, the Hornets crushed Sauk Rapids by 42 points, and it didn’t take long for Big Lake to take control.
Mike Doperalski hit a three-pointer 16 seconds into the game, Sam Dokkebakken drove inside for two more and Eric Chuba hit a long jumper for a quick 7-0 lead, while the defense kept the Storm away from the basket.
Big Lake kept extending its lead and wouldn’t allow Sauk Rapids any second chances on offense.
Dokkebakken had another layup to give the Hornets a 16-6 lead with 12:50 in the half. Three minutes later, Austin Poe sank a three-pointer, then followed that with a drive inside for a 21-8 lead.
The Storm couldn’t break the tight Hornet defense, but they managed to keep the score respectable with two three-pointers in the next two minutes.
But Big Lake was relentless on offense, using all five players on the court to score. Tyler Halverson, Jake Pribnow, Poe and Chuba added baskets, and when Connor Johnson put in a rebound with 2:55 left, the Hornets had opened up a 21-point lead. They led, 45-22 at the half.
If the Storm was expecting to use the halftime break to regroup, it didn’t work well for them. The Hornets clamped down even tighter on defense, stealing the ball on four consecutive plays to start the half and turning them into easy layups.
Big Lake ran off 15 straight points to lead, 60-22 with just 2:50 gone in the second half.
From that point forward, Coach Kurt Brethorst went to his bench to give all his players time on the court. The Hornets slowed the pace a little, but they maintained a lead of near 40 points the rest of the way for their second win of the season.
Eleven different players put points on the board for Big Lake. Dokkebakken led the team with 20 points. Poe finished with 19. Chuba had 12 and Doperalski scored eight.
Last Friday, Big Lake put on another offensive and defensive show by beating Zimmerman by 27 points.
Dokkebakken scored just six points, but pulled down 12 rebounds, blocked seven shots and had 10 assists.
Doperalski led the Hornets with 20 point, hitting six of 12 three pointers. He also had seven steals and eight assists.
Chuba scored 15 points and had five rebounds.
Poe scored 11 points, blocked six shots and had nine rebounds.
Halverson scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Hornets are 2-0 on the season. They visit Mound-Westonka Tuesday and St. Cloud Tech Saturday.


MEMBERS OF THE BIG LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR performed for the school board at the beginning of their last meeting. The Chamber Choir members are selected for their skills from among their peers. They were directed by Mary Ebanks. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

DARLENE LANZ grew up just east of town and has lived in or around Big Lake all her life. She recalls what Christmas was like in Big Lake back then. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY ATTORNEY Kathleen Heaney, taking over as MCAA President. (Submitted photo.)

Cheryl Turck and Corey Mabis of the Sherburne County Probation Dept. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

SANTA AND HIS HELPERS prepared to give out toys to 111 families at the Food Shelf Monday. The toys were all donated by one local merchant. (Photo by Ken Francis.)