Irondale's Martinek nearing milestone

Irondale High School senior Jack Martinek is poised to add his name to the Knights' boys basketball team's record books. His next chance comes on Tuesday at home against Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Martinek enters Tuesday's game 17 points shy of 1,000 career points. He has been under that total in only three games this season.

His current 983 career points put him fourth on Irondale's all-time list.

Whenever Martinek reaches 1,000 points, he'll become the program's fourth player to do so. Those who have gone before him are Bryan Sprang, Danny Peterson and Rod Grosse.

Through 16 games, Martinek has 399 points for the season, which is Irondale's eighth-highest single season total. With 10 games remaining, Martinek, whose 2012 total of 445 points is currently the sixth-highest single-season total, has a good shot at moving into the top three.

Martinek is averaging 24.9 points per game and has scored above that average nine times this season. His season-high is 37 points, which came in a win over Winona on Jan. 12 and sparked a four-game stretch in which he averaged 31.8 points per game. Following Winona, he scored 34 against North Branch and 28 against both St. Francis and North Branch. The Knights won all four of those contests.

Irondale saw its winning streak come to an end last Friday in a 71-50 home defeat at the hands of Robbinsdale Cooper.

In addition to Benilde-St. Margaret's, Irondale also hosts Fridley this week on Friday.

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The Knights came within a hair of handing North Suburban Conference leading Robbinsdale Cooper its first league loss last Friday. The Knights cruised out to a 17-point lead at halftime but couldn't hold off the Hawks' second-half charge.

Robbinsdale roared back after halftime and pulled out a 64-63 victory. The win kept the Hawks alone in first top the North Suburban standings, one game head of second-place Benilde-St. Margaret's. Irondale fell to four games back of Cooper.

Delaney Kohler had her second-highest scoring output of the season with 23 points. Her top game this season was 33 points, which she scored against North Branch on Jan. 15, while averaging 11.3 points per game.

Rachel Norton added 14 for Irondale while Cooper's Talayiah Rich led all scorers with 31 and Chelsey McGee added 22.

Prior to the Cooper loss, Irondale had won four of five.

The Knights go after another team near the top of the conference standings on Tuesday when they travel to Benilde-St. Margaret's for their only game of the season against the Red Knights. On Friday, Irondale travels to last-place Fridley, which the Knights beat 55-31 back on Dec. 14.

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