Gottenborg clan’s ties extend from Pelican to Audubon–as Jacob finishes career with 1,000th point; but loss to family’s ancestral school
It was a bittersweet evening for the extended Gottenborg clan. Mom, dad, grandmas and grandpas were all gathered in the bleachers–in anticipation of Jacob Gottenborg scoring his 1,000th career point for the Pelican Rapids Vikings.
Score he did–on a free throw with just a few seconds remaining in the first half.
The gym was nearly filled to capacity for the March 8 playoff game against Lake Park Audubon.
Ironically, the Gottenborgs have a strong connection not only to Pelican, but Audubon extending back several generations.
There were two reasonable expectations that night:
1) Senior Gottenborg would reach the 1,000 point milestone at some point during the game.
2) The Vikings would win the game, and continue to the next round of the playoffs.
It was not to be, as Pelican Rapids lost in front of a hometown crowd.
Gottenborg reached the scoring mark on the last game of his high school career. It was also the final game for six of his classmates, as Pelican had an unusually large number of seniors on the 2017-18 basketball team.
By most predictions from local basketball fans, including Jacob’s father Dr. Dave Gottenborg, the loss was an upset.
Lake Park-Audubon simply outplayed Pelican, which came in with a 16-10 record and were number two seed in the north sub- section 6A.
In the stands were two of Jacob’s biggest fans, grandparents Bob and Phyllis Gottenborg.
Bob Gottenborg played basketball for the old Audubon High School Zephyrs, in the early 1950s. The Zephyrs won the district in 1950, when his older brothers Roger and James were also on the team. Bob, a 1953 Audubon graduate, was mostly on the bench in 1950.
The Gottenborg basketball tradition continued, as Dave Gottenborg played for the Audubon Zephyrs in the 1970s, graduating in 1977.
By the 1980s, Audubon consolidated with Lake Park.
The Gottenborg basketball tradition continued, but in Pelican Rapids . Dr. Dave Gottenborg, set up his chiropractic clinic here; and wife Kim, is a teacher in the Pelican schools. Their twins, Jacob and Rachel, both finished their basketball seasons with the Vikings on a bittersweet note– within two days. Rachel and the Lady Vikings lost to Ada for the sub-section championship on March 6.
Jacob; scoring his 1,000th point in his career-ending game March 8–to his father and grandfather’s alma mater Audubon-Lake Park consolidated team.
Also in the grandstand for the final boys game were Kim Gottenborg’s parents, Jerry and Ann Boeddeker, Hillsboro.