By Alex Strouf, The Denmark News
By Kelly Fenton, The Denmark News
For the first time ever, Denmark High School was invited to play at the annual Sun Drop Shootout on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the Kress Center on University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s campus.
The Vikings took a two-game winning streak to the Kress to match-up with non-conference rival Kewaunee.
Denmark has things clicking as they enter the third month of the season and the midst of conference play. That showed last Wednesday.
The Vikings got off to a hot start and a quick lead and never looked back. Behind the defensive and offensive dominance of 6’6’’ junior Patrick Suemnick, the Vikings proved to be too much for the Storm. Suemnick finished with a game-high 16 points.
Denmark junior guard Brady Jens also finished with 16 points. Junior Zane Short chipped in 11 during the Vikings final game of 2017.
As Denmark enters 2018 with a three-game winning streak, the challenges are just beginning.
The Vikes get back into the swing of things with a critical North Eastern Conference battle when it hosts first-place Wrightstown on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Wrightstown is 4-0 in league play – tied for first with Freedom — and 5-1 overall, while the Vikings are 2-2 in conference and 4-3 overall following wins over Southern Door and Kewaunee.
Through four league games, Viking post man Patrick Suemnick is averaging 17.5 points per game, good for fifth best, and is shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. He is also tied for fifth in rebounds (8.0) and tied for fourth with nine steals.
Brady Jens is 10th in the league in scoring at 15.3 per game, while Zane Short is second in assists in the North Eastern Conference with 17, sixth in steals with eight and tied for 10th in rebounds with 6.8.
DENMARK – 56
KEWAUNEE – 44
Denmark – Suemnick 16, Jens 16, Short 11, Pelischek 4, Satori 3, Gezella 2, Honnef 2, Sipiorski 2.
Kewaunee – Hewett 11, Richard 8, Bortolini 7, Halada 4, Hanrahan 3, Carmichael 1.
The Vikings (4-5) sought to snap a three-game losing streak on Tuesday when they hosted Kewaunee after newspaper deadlines. The skid followed a four-game winning streak that left them tied for first in the North Eastern Conference. But with the current slide, Denmark has fallen to 4-2 in league play, tied for fourth. The Vikings travel to Waupaca on Friday night for a 7 p.m. tip against the 1-5 Comets.
Jayden Laurent continues to shine for the Vikings, showing up in the top 10 in four conference categories. Laurent is second in steals through six games with 28, third in rebounds (9.7 per game), seventh in scoring (15.2) and tied for ninth with 16 assists.
The Vikings travel to Seymour for a non-conference bout at 6:30 on Thursday, then get ready for a battle of unbeaten teams when they go to Luxemburg-Casco on Jan. 11. Denmark is tied at 6-0 with Freedom, while Luxemburg-Casco is currently 5-0 in league bouts.