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Vick’s triple-double scores school record

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Owatonna’s Collin Vick goes up for a floating jump shot against Albert Lea. Vick earned Owatonna’s first-ever triple-double in a game against Red Wing last week. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Owatonna’s Collin Vick made his mark in the Huskies school record books last week after his triple-double against Red Wing became the first of any athlete in school history.

Vick achieved the feat by scoring 15 points and adding 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 79-48 Huskies win.

“Right before it happened, a stats guy on the floor let me know that I was one assist away. When I finally got it, it just felt really good. Then the coaches told me the news after the game that it was the first one ever, and it was just a really special moment,” said Vick.

The senior forward was a force to be reckoned with on offense against the Wingers as he surpassed the 10-point mark with ease behind seven-of-11 shooting from the field.

However, the final assist remained elusive as time wound down – and nearly was the crutch in Vick’s historic night.

“Nathan Theis had actually just subbed in and coach [Williams] let me stay in for one more rotation with about five minutes left. I found him in the corner, and he knocked down the shot – and thankfully he did, because I think I had a sub waiting for me at the table,” said Vick with a laugh.

Vick’s all-around play has been part of his game to which fans and teammates alike have become accustomed.

After taking on the role of sixth man in the Huskies run to the state tournament last season, the senior has grown into his role as the lead man in Owatonna’s system.

Known for his scrappy defense and ability to score and find passes in lightning-fast transitions, Vick often finds himself controlling the tempo of the game – and collegiate suitors have taken notice.

Owatonna’s star point guard committed to the University of Wisconsin, Stout earlier this month – allowing him to recognize his dream of playing college sports.

Yet, the dream will have to wait, as the job in Owatonna is not quite finished yet.

After starting 1-2 to begin the season, Owatonna has gone on a 11-2 streak to earn its way into second place in the Big Nine Conference.

According to Vick, the Huskies are eyeing a run at the conference title and hope to make a deep run in sections with hopes of making a return trip to the state tournament.

Vick and the Huskies will have their hands full this week as the team faces Rochester Century on Thursday and Austin on Saturday – both teams that the Huskies have previously lost to this season.

The pivotal week will begin at home on Thursday, Feb. 2 when the Huskies face the Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

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