It is scary.
Only a sophomore, Jordan Riewer is playing like a senior who has started three seasons for the Staples-Motley Cardinals.
One reason is because Riewer has started for three years, beginning his varsity career as an eighth-grader.
The 6-foot-1 guard scored 34 points to lead the Cardinals to a 73-60 victory over Pelican Rapids Jan. 5.
In a 70-61 triumph over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Jan. 3, Riewer scored 18 points to snap the Cardinals' three-game losing streak.
"As a coach you get the chance to observe him over the summer and see the commitment he has toward the game," said Cardinals head coach Lynn Peterson. "I made the comment before the season that he could lead us in scoring, rebounding and assists as a sophomore.
"With Jordan and Caleb (Nurnberger) I feel we have one of the best backcourt tandems in the area and I need them both to play like seniors."
Riewer has scored in double figures in each of S-M's seven games. He tallied a season-high 35 points against Detroit Lakes in the second game of the season and 21 against Class 2A's top-ranked Crosby-Ironton Rangers.
He is averaging 22.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists a game. All three statistics lead the team. He also leads the Cardinals with 21 steals and is shooting 55 percent from the field, 86 percent from the foul line.
Key stat: Scored 34 points against Pelican Rapids and 18 against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
"I'm a little bit surprised by those numbers," said Riewer, who also plays baseball. "Coach expects a lot out of me, but I am a little surprised. Coach expects me to come ready to play every game, be the team leader and help us win."
Riewer is finding the bottom of the hoop more frequently this season because he has diversified his game. As an eighth-grader he attempted just five free throws. This season he has attempted 44. Of his 90 field goal attempts, 50 have been from inside the 3-point line and 40 have been behind it.
"From what he was last year to this year, the growth, and making himself more multidimensional on offense as well as being a good defender is amazing," said Peterson. "His potential is just untapped. He needs to try to get his quickness better but the way he handles the ball he makes up for that.
"I look at his father, John, who played for me, and there are a lot of similarities between the two. The acorn didn't fall far from the tree."
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Derek Wolhowe, Staples-Motley, scored 23 points against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
Jake Martin, Pillager, had 24 points against Menahga.
Mark Eno, Aitkin, finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against Pine River-Backus.
Nick Erdrich, Little Falls, scored 22 points against Rocori.
Tyler Monson, Pierz, scored 22 points against Foley.
Hockey: Wesley Waytashek, Little Falls, had three goals and an assist against St. Cloud Apollo.
Wrestling: Trey VanOrsdel and Tony Wegscheid, Wadena-Deer Creek, claimed individual titles at the Pine to Palm Invitational and in the process each earned their 100 career victory.
Cody Bue and Steve McMahan, Little Falls, both finished the week 4-0.
Nathan Waslaski, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, recorded his 100th career victory against Staples-Motley.
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5856.
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