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Caledonia Warriors wallop SPA Spartans

In 1973, the first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon aired titled "Three is a Magic Number" and it would be the theme song for the Caledonia Warriors as they hit 14 three pointers, seven from Austin Bauer to beat the St. Paul Academy Spartans 73-53 in the Class AA quarterfinals Wednesday night at Target Center in Minneapolis.

The Spartans got off to a 5-0 start as Abdulsalan Osman and Kent Hanson gave them the early lead in their first state tournament appearance. The run would be extended to eight on Dalante Peyton's three pointer. The Warriors got off to a start as chilly as the Mississippi River, 0-5 from the field. But Bauer began helping Caledonia break the cold spell with three three pointers. He would also hit a fourth three and a lay up by Colton Lampert put the Warriors on a 14-0 run. Harrisen Egly's basket would break the drought for the SPA. The senior would also score on a side arm shot. Hanson's basket would tie the score at 25. The lead would go back and fourth as Osman would convert a three point play Owen King would add to Caledonia's three point parade. They would hit 10 three pointers in the first half to lead 36-32 at the half.

Peyton would begin the second half scoring for the Spartans and Spier would counter for the Warriors. Peyton's basket would give SPA the lead but it was short-lived as Bauer hit three pointer number seven. King would put the royal touch on the game for Caledonia with two more threes and both benches emptied with 1:44 left.

Bauer led the Warriors with a season-high 28 points, his best game since February 1 against Wabasha-Kellogg when he scored 21. King finished with 21.

Peyton, Hanson and Harrisen Egly led the Spartans with 12 points apiece. Harrisen Egly also had 10 rebounds. Osman finished with 10 points.

Caledonia improved their record to 28-2 and will play Annandale in the Class AA semifinals Friday night at 6 PM at Target Center. SPA concluded their season with a record of 20-9.

Kyle Sorenson is the son of former Caledonia head girls basketball coach Scott Sorenson. Scott's sister Amber also played for the Warriors and is now a sophomore player for the University of Northern Iowa. She is one of six Minnesotans to play for the Panthers.