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(Walnut) On an emotional night in Walnut, the Warriors boys picked up a 56-46 win over Paton-Churdan.


Tuesday night marked the final home game in Warrior boys basketball history as Walnut will enter into a sharing agreement with AHST in the fall of 2012. Walnut jumped on top of Paton-Churdan early and held a 19-6 first quarter lead. Senior Zach Hemmingsen went 4-4 from the three-point line in the first half and the Warriors held a comfortable 33-22 halftime lead. A 10-2 run to start the third quarter would bump the Walnut advantage up to 21 points in the second half. Paton-Churdan made a late 9-0 run to cut the lead to 8 in the fourth quarter, but Walnut was able to hit 11 second half free-throws to hang on for the 56-46 win. Senior Lucas Blum led the way with 22 points. Zach Hemmingsen (15) and Jared Ploen (13) were also in double figures. Chris Guthery contributed 4 points and Ty Johnk tallied two. All eight of the Warriors that suited up were able to get into the game.


Walnut moves to 8-11 with three games remaining in the regular season. The Warriors will play at East Mills in the first round of the District Tournament.


Click here for the interview with Walnut boys coach Rick Blum


Click here for the comments from the four Walnut seniors