Beach standout Lechler suspended 2 games

Beach senior Landon Lechler told me Friday night at the DSU men’s basketball game that he is suspended for two games after fouling out and making an obscene gesture in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 70-69 loss at Bowman County. Beach head coach Troy Hoffer is also suspended for today’s game against Trenton being played at Williston State College, per North Dakota High School Activities Association rules, because he was ejected from the game after receiving two technicals.

Lechler, a 6-foot-7 all-state center, is Region 7′s leading scorer and rebounder. He averages 20.3 points per game and about 14 boards. He is being recruited for both football and basketball by several colleges, including DSU, NDSU, Mary, UND and Black Hills State. He has reportedly been sought after by Montana and Montana State for football.

Lechler was clearly apologetic and regretted the incident. DSU men’s basketball coach Ty Orton said it was clear Lechler was upset about the incident after chatting with him.

In games I’ve seen him play, Lechler has been the target of many suspect over-the-back fouls simply because of his size and perceived aggressiveness. He said his emotions boiled over during Tuesday’s game because of some similar calls.

Lechler will miss today’s game at Trenton and next Saturday’s game at Mandaree. He won’t play until Beach hosts Harding County, S.D., on Jan. 26.

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