Stillwater's Max Shikenjanski (45) stretches towards the basket past Mounds View guard Colby Deluce (10). Shikenjanski scored 29 points, leading Stillwater to a 67-56 victory. Photo by Aiyanna Taylor, SportsEngine
Playing in his senior season, Stillwater senior guard Max Shikenjanski said he is having fun on the court.
“I’ve told a lot of people that this is the most fun I’ve had on the court in a while,” Shikenjanski said. “I’m having fun and just playing my game.”
Months ago, it appeared that this would be his final high school basketball season before making the jump to play collegiate basketball at The Citadel. Then, Shikenjanski’s prowess as a quarterback in football emerged. This past fall, he was one of the state’s top passers, throwing or more than 2,200 yards and 26 touchdowns in 11 games and led the Stillwater football team to the state tournament.
With all of that success on the gridiron, Shikenjanski caught the eyes of the University of Minnesota football program. The Gophers eventually offered the senior a preferred walk-on spot, leading Shikenjanski to change his commitment from basketball to football.
Mounds View's Calloway Hass (20) guards Stillwater's Tyler Wiese (34) as they watch the outcome of a Stillwater shot. Photo by Aiyanna Taylor, SportsEngine
Stillwater senior standout Max Shikenjanski tallied a game-high 29 points as the Ponies handed Suburban East Conference rival Mounds View its first loss of the season 67-56 on Friday at Stillwater Area High School.
Shikenjanski was involved in all aspects of the game for the Ponies (7-3, 3-0), including a steal immediately after the Mustangs won the opening tip. He finished the first half with 15 points.
Mounds View (7-1, 2-1) fell into a hole early but was momentarily able to tie the game early in the second half. The Mustangs closed the gap thanks to the play of senior guards Colby Deluce and Jacob Becher. Deluce led the Mustangs with 24 points while Becher finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
In the second half, Stillwater picked things up defensively and finished the game by forcing 15 Mounds View turnovers, a majority as a result of Shikenjanski’s defense.
Besides the senior standout, junior guards Joe Hoheisel and Brett Hilde combined for 17 second-half points to help the Stillwater lead surpass 10 points.
Mounds View's Colby Deluce (10) tries to push past Stillwater's Brady Benning (11). Deluce went on to score 24 points for the Mustangs. Photo by Aiyanna Taylor, SportsEngine
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