Tigers’ stellar season ends just shy of state

RANDOM LAKE – The Howards Grove Tigers’ storybook season ended here Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Sturgeon Bay in a Division 3 sectional final and a battle for a trip to state.

Howards, which finished its best season ever with a 22-3 record, was the No. 2 sectional seed coming in. The Clippers advance to state this week as a No. 1 seed in their sectional.

The Tigers, who improved tremendously over last year’s 5-16-2 campaign, had a 10-game winning streak halted. A win would’ve given Howards its first state berth.

“I was very proud of our guys today. We came out a little off our game but worked very hard in the second half to rally,” said Tiger head coach Todd Fischer.

“We were close but just couldn't finish. When the guys give you everything they have, you can't ask for anything more.

“Our guys have had an outstanding season. They should be proud of the what they accomplished,” Fischer said.

The Clippers led 2-0 at halftime. Howards cut the deficit to 2-1 when sophomore forward Chris Niemann scored a goal just six minutes into the second half.

The Tigers led in shots on goal, 9-4. Howards goalkeeper Carter Rockhill made two saves.


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