Hawks boys basketball coach Fenske: ‘(Bich and Soumis) a deadly connection’

Hawks standout junior guard Peter Soumis. Hermantown Schools photo

Connor Bich and Peter Soumis combined for 50 points — with Soumis also drilling a three-point, game-winning basket at the buzzer — en route to a stunning, 79-76 high school boys basketball home victory over Grand Rapids on Tuesday night.

Hawks boys basketball coach Andy Fenske the already-historic win and the overall play of his 11-4 team:

On the Bich-Soumis tandem: “They’re a deadly combination. Soumis is tough to stop because he can shoot from the outside, drives the lane, finishes around the rim and pulls up on you in an instant. He’s also got tremendous court awareness. Bich plays the game inside-out. He can shoot the ball. He started out as 6-foot freshman guard and has grown into his body.”

On the rise of the Hawks’ program, now one of the best in Minnesota: “Record wise, we’re obviously significantly better than the last two years. The kids have built a trust in each other. This group thrives on finding ways to improve their team and individual games. We have a lot of pieces back from last season’s state tournament team, and all the guys have risen to a new, higher challenge.”

On the Hawks’ approach: “We play fast and like to shoot. It’s a style that I enjoy coaching and I know the boys thoroughly enjoy playing. Playing the up-tempo offense, we’re willing to give up a few more transition points to outscore the other team. The more possessions we get, the better off we’re going to be. So as well as we shoot, we want to have the ball in our hands as many times as possible.”

On the Hawks’ challenge down the stretch: “Yeah, it doesn’t get easier from here. We play (Grand) Rapids again, and they’re a top team in our section. We host (Duluth) East (Friday), then we visit Proctor, (Duluth) Denfeld and Bemidji, a top-10 team in the state. Tartan, a top-10 4A team, comes here. It’s not going to be an easy February or even end of January for us, to be sure. But we want to play the best competition heading into the post-season. We’re almost to our first conference championship — knock on wood — and will look to defend our section title.”

HAWKS’ REMAINING REGULAR SEASON GAMES
Friday — host Duluth East, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29 — at Duluth Denfeld, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2 — at Bemidji, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 — at Proctor, 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7 — at Duluth Marshall, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 — host Princeton, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 — at Grand Rapids, 715 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22 — host Tartan, 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28 — at Hibbing, 7:15 p.m.

Hermantown Schools photo: Peter Soumis driving the lane for a basket against the Thunderhawks on Tuesday night.

Source: Facebook.com/HermantownSchools

Hermantown Schools Sports This Week

TUESDAY

4:30 p.m. — 7th grade boys basketball hosts Edison,
Hermantown Middle School Gym

4:45 p.m. — 7th grade girls basketball at North Star Academy

5 p.m. — JV girls hockey hosts Cloquet, Hermantown Arena

5:30 p.m. — JV boys hockey at Hibbing

5:45 p.m. — 8th grade girls basketball at North Star Academy

5:45 p.m. — C team boys basketball hosts Grand Rapids, Hermantown High School Auxiliary Gym

5:45 p.m. — 8th grade boys basketball hosts Edison, Hermantown Middle School Gym

5:45 p.m. — JV boys basketball hosts Grand Rapids, Hermantown High School Varsity Gym Court 1

7 p.m. — Varsity girls hockey hosts Cloquet, Hermantown Arena

7:15 p.m. — Varsity boys basketball hosts Grand Rapids, Hermantown High School Varsity Gym Court 1

7:30 p.m. — Varsity boys hockey at Hibbing

WEDNESDAY

4:30 p.m. — 7th grade boys basketball at Lincoln Park, Duluth

5:30 p.m. — 8th grade boys basketball at Lincoln Park, Duluth

THURSDAY

4:30 p.m. — 7th grade girls basketball at Carlton

4:30 p.m. — 7th grade boys basketball hosts Carlton, Hermantown Middle School Gym

5 p.m. — JV boys hockey at Proctor

5:30 p.m. — 8th grade girls basketball at Carlton

5:45 p.m. — 8th grade boys basketball hosts Carlton, Hermantown Middle School Gym

7 p.m. — Varsity boys hockey at Proctor

FRIDAY

11 a.m. — Varsity Nordic skiing conference meet, Snowflake

4 p.m. — JV boys basketball hosts Duluth East, Hermantown Middle School Gym

4:15 p.m. — JV girls basketball hosts Duluth East, Hermantown High School Varsity Gym Court 1

5:30 p.m. — C team boys basketball hosts Duluth East, Hermantown Middle School Gym

5:45 p.m. — Varsity girls basketball hosts Duluth East, Hermantown High School Varsity Gym Court 1

7 p.m. — C team girls basketball hosts Duluth East, Hermantown Middle School Gym

7:15 p.m. — Varsity boys basketball hosts Duluth East, Hermantown High School Varsity Gym Court 1

SATURDAY

7 a.m.-8 p.m. — Youth girls basketball tournament, various gyms

1:15 p.m. — JV girls hockey at Mound Westonka

3 p.m. — Varsity girls hockey at Mound Westonka

Hermantown Boys Hockey: Hawks lose opener in OT

Class 1A/No. 1-ranked Hermantown lost to Wayzata 4-3 in overtime in a nonconference high school boys hockey game Friday night at Plymouth Ice Center.

Blake Biondi had two goals and an assist for the Hawks (0-1).

Justin Thomas added a goal and an assist for Hermantown, and Cole Manahan stopped 23 of 27 shots.

The Hawks led 2-1 after two periods and out-shot Wayzata 30-27.

Wayzata improved to 2-1.

Hermantown plays host to Lakeville South at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

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