The Triton Cobra girls and boys basketball teams fell in their games Friday night but the community scored a big victory during their "Shooting for a Cure" cancer fighting fundraiser. I purchased one of their cool t-shirts which included the Cobra logo and the girls and boys teams used them for warm-ups.

Scores of people were buying them as well as various donated items on tables in the hallway.  Special food was also made in addition to the regular menu in the concession stand.  There was ice cream and huge tacos in a bag.

They ran out of the tacos before I could get one and the young lady working the stand said they went through multiple cases.

I had one of the organizers of the event, Laura Essig join me at halftime of the girls broadcast.  She didn't have a final tally of money raised when I asked her following the doubleheader but said it was definitely a success.

During halftime of the boys game a female Triton student with Leukemia in remission was recognized.  Cobra Head Coach Zak Hanegraaf and Rocket Head Coach Kent Otte both said it was fun for the teams to play before a large crowd but the event also put the game in it's proper perspective.

In the boys game Randolph led by 11 at the half and scored a 67-51 victory over the Cobras.  The Rockets don't have a senior on their team and were impressive in the way they moved the ball.  I can see why they have just four losses.

6'3 junior Carsyn Gunderson led  Randolph with 20 points, 6'0 junior Joey Erickson added 17 points and 6'2 sophomore Nick Drinken chipped in 11 points.

Triton was led by 5'10 senior Brady Essig's 19 points, 5'10 junior Drew Kelly had 15 points and 6'0 senior Nick Roussopoulos added 12 points.

The free throw line was the difference.  Randolph scored 27 points at the line and Triton had 2 points.

Randolph is 12-4 and Triton 6-9 this season.  The Rockets defeated Mankato Loyola 60-55 in overtime Saturday for their fourth straigh twin and host  Pine Island Monday.

The Cobras entertain Medford Monday and are at Kenyon-Wanamingo Tuesday in a game that will be broadcast on KDHL Radio.  Coverage begins 7:00 p.m.

Triton and Randolph Tip-off in Dodge Center. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Triton 'Shooting For A Cure' Cancer Shirt. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld