Jaguars Take Three in a Row with Wins over Rebels, Wildcats and Clippers —Off to Best Start in Jaguar History
BY NEAL MEYER
Your Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars moved to 7-4 this past week by overtaking the 7-4 United South Central Rebels 61-47, defeating the 2-7 Heron Lake-Okabena Wildcats 66-57, and narrowly escaping with a 57-54 three-point win over the 2-8 Cleveland Clippers.
The USC game was the final game for the Jags in the Blue Earth Tournament. In opening round action the Jags lost to the Jackson County Central Huskies 91-64. But since that time have been on a roll.
Against the Wildcats head coach Adam Walker said, “We jumped out early with a 13-0 lead thanks to a [sophomore] Matt Heckman three-pointer and great inside presence from [senior] Paxton Gravlin and [freshman] Adam Heckman. [Sophomore] Owen Wolter added a three-pointer and a couple buckets as well, and [sophomore] Cael Jaskulke scored two straight baskets to push the lead to 28-11 with about five minutes to play.”
Walker continued, “We played great defensively for the first 15 minutes of the game but two straight three-point plays by HL-O cut the lead down to 10 and eventually eight at the half 35-27.
"HL-O started the second half the way they ended the first half and eventually tied the game at 38. They created a lot of turnovers in order to claw back into the game.
"With the score tied about half way through the second half, [senior] Isaac Johnson kicked it into high gear scoring a game-high 13 second-half points all on two-pointers that were mostly in transition to ignite the Jags back into a 10-point lead. [Junior] Cayden Fischer added a couple buckets of his own and the Jaguar defense began to clamp down on HL-O, holding them to only eight points in the last six minutes. A Heckman and Wolter then iced the game from the free throw line and the Jags pulled out the rugged win in Okabena 66-57 for their second in a row away from home.
"It was great to get that win as our Conference schedule really starts to heat up in January. We have a very busy schedule with a lot of road games upcoming so every win is important.”
Johnson led the Jags with a team-high 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Gravlin followed that with 11 points, a team-high seven rebounds and three assists. A Heckman scored seven to go with five rebounds, three assists, and a ridiculous team-high seven blocked shots. M Heckman scored seven and added four boards, four assists and three steals. Jaskulke put up eight, grabbed four rebounds and stuffed three Wildcats. Wolter netted 11 to go with three boards and a team-high five assists.
The Jags were back on the road on Monday to challenge the Clippers. Walker said, “Monday night in Cleveland the Jags jumped out early! A Heckman dominated early with a three-pointer and a three-point play to score our first six points, and then continued his performance with 14 of our first 24 points. Wolter contributed a three of his own to help build a 24-11 lead with six minutes left in the first half. Our last two games have seen us come out of the gates early in dominating fashion. The lead would not grow any further however as Cleveland caught fire with a couple three-pointers and the halftime score found the Jags in front 29-22.”
Walker continued, “Six straight points by Cleveland to start the second half would find the Jags up only one point and eventually tied at 36. Cleveland would never take the lead in the second half as the game went back and forth with yet another surge out of the Jags to build a lead up to eight at 45-37 with four minutes left. Cleveland would not go away however and would bury two threes in a row and cut the lead to two before Gravlin knocked down a huge three-pointer to stop the momentum. Fischer and Wolter made a pair of free throws down the stretch which would build the lead to five with 30 seconds left in the game. Cleveland's press gave us some trouble as we committed two straight turnovers and a desperation three by Cleveland went in to cut the lead to two with seven seconds left. A Heckman made 1-of-2 from the line and a last second three fell short for Cleveland as the Jags escaped a tough environment 57-54.”
A Heckman dominated against the Clippers with team-highs in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. He put up 23 points to go with six boards and a pair of blocked shots. Wolter put up 11, added a pair of assists and rebounds, and swiped a team-high five steals. M Heckman scored four, grabbed four boards and dished out a team-high five assists, and Gravlin hit double digits with 10 points and added four boards and a pair of assists.
Walker wrapped up his comments by saying, “Monday games are tough, especially on the road against a Conference opponent, and for us to only give Cleveland one lead during the game at 10 seconds in and not give it back is a testament to our group. It's not always pretty but we scrap and claw and make plays when we need to! I am very proud of their efforts tonight! Two straight games now we built big leads early and allowed teams to hang around. We easily could have faltered on the road, but we work hard and to be as inexperienced as we were coming into the season, I'm so proud of the guys for continuing to battle. Our record is now 7-4 and two of our losses came at the hands of a very good Jackson team, so I am very happy with where we are sitting right now.”
As a collective of Truman, Martin Luther, and Granada-Huntley-East Chain, this is the best record the team has had 11 games into any season played thus far. The last time Truman opened a season 7-4 was in the 2010-11 season. The Jaguars are currently 7-4 overall, 4-2 in the Section, and 2-0 in the Conference.
The Jaguars will be at home this Thursday, January 10th in Northrop to face the 3-7 Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs. Game time set for 7:15 p.m. On Monday, January 14th the team will be on the road to take on the 1-9 Fulda Raiders at 7:15 p.m. To wrap up the weeks’ play the Jags will be on the road on Tuesday, January 15th to face the 3-4 AA Martin County West Mavericks at 7:15 p.m. Good luck Jags!
Healthy Habits for a Happy New Year
At Burtis Chiropractic Center we like to hear New Year’s resolutions that center around healthy living. However, these goals can be hard to stick with for more than a few weeks. As the only Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner in the area, I have the knowledge and tools to help you make and stick to your New Year’s resolutions! Maybe it’s something as simple as taking a daily multivitamin and making monthly wellness visits to your chiropractor. If you really want to get your body back on track, think about getting a blood draw at our office to give you the inside knowledge on how to bring some balance back into your body and life.
Here is some advice for anyone that has trouble with New Year’s resolutions: create healthy habits for yourself, not restrictions. Small steps in the right direction are a lot easier to stick with than completely changing parts of your lifestyle.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean extreme diets. If you get in the habit of eating healthier by changing a few things, your body will start to get used to it and your cravings will change. For example, if you cut back your sugar intake, your body will start to crave it less and less. (Don’t go for ‘sugar-free’ sweeteners like nutrasweet, aspartame, sorbitol, etc. They can actually cause digestive problems and weight gain by confusing your gut bacteria.) A similar thing happens with water intake. If you drink more water, your body will start to crave it. You will also see numerous other benefits that come with proper water consumption such as brighter and healthier skin, more regular digestive system function, and improved energy. Try to start cooking more meals at home. When you cook at home with quality ingredients, you can make healthy meals the whole family can enjoy.
Another healthy habit you can work on is your sleep schedule. Getting your body and mind used to a regular sleep schedule will improve energy, mood, and overall improve your daily life. Going to bed and waking up within about half an hour of the same time every day is a good goal to make. We have great supplements that have helped lots of people solve their problems with sleep, whether it’s falling asleep or staying asleep.
Exercising is a goal that a lot of people set for the new year. These kinds of goals can often be overwhelming or hard to stick with after a while. If you want to integrate physical exercise into your life, start small. Start by going to the gym three times a week to ease yourself into it. If you don’t want to go to the gym, try something you can do at home. Go for a walk every night before or after dinner, or do yoga in the mornings. Try a few different things until you find something that works for you!
Mental health is another thing that is important to focus on. Simple things like taking some time to meditate, starting and ending your day in prayer, or giving back to others are easy ways to bring some joy and focus into your daily life. Challenge yourself to take a day or even a week without social media. Allow yourself to be present with the world and people around you and declutter your life from unnecessary distractions. Make a habit of eating dinner at the table with the whole family with no phones present to distract you. For people with more serious mental health concerns, consider getting a blood draw at our office to assess your blood chemistry. If there are neurotransmitter imbalances certain supplements can help with this situation. The supplements are all natural and can often restore balance without the side effects of prescription medications.
If you make the right goals for yourself and approach them with the right attitude, your New Year will be off to a healthy start.
Reset Your Life
It’s that time of the year again, a time when people start thinking about changing their lifestyle and becoming healthier, losing some unwanted weight, and resetting their life.
My name is C.J. Johnson, and I am the owner and director of fitness and personal training at Cutting Edge Fitness in Fairmont. This will be my 11th new year as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In my time in a gym I have seen the general trend of “new year’s resolution” clients come in and out. According to Forbes Magazine, 48 percent of all New Years resolutions are fitness related. They also reported that only eight percent of those people achieved their resolution. In another study done by a group of health clubs, most people lose motivation and quit working toward their resolution by February.
This is where I come in. As a trainer/strength coach, my job is based on progression. Progression is defined as the process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state. The word that I really focus in on is “gradually.” Everything to do with body composition change is gradual. Notice, I didn’t say weight loss, I said body composition change. Weight loss is a false description used in the fitness community because it is not an accurate calculation of what actually is happening in the body when we eat correctly and exercise. Numerous methods of “diet and exercise” can help you lose weight, but we use a very specific method to create real change in the body.
What do I mean by body composition change? Body composition is made up of numerous substances of mass in your body to create your total body weight. These things include water, skeletal muscle mass, dry lean mass, and body fat. These are the things we look at to make sure you are losing weight in the right areas (body fat), and gaining mass in the right areas (skeletal muscle mass), to promote a positive body composition change and to improve overall health and appearance. On site, we use a state of the art machine called an InBody 570 to measure all body composition. This allows us to create your meal plans and workouts 100 percent personalized to your body’s needs and goals.
Our goal at Cutting Edge Fitness is to help you along the way, and to make sure you are progressing appropriately according to your short term goals and long term goals. If you are thinking about starting your journey to a healthier lifestyle, contact us and we can get you on the right track. Have a happy and healthy New Year!