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Cedarburg, La Crosse Central Advance to Div. 2 Title Game

La Crosse Central (25-2) returns to the final for the first time since 1979 by virtue of a convincing 78-56 win over Waunakee in the Division 2 semifinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament Friday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

The game was tied at 13-13 when the Red Raiders began instilling their will. They went on a 10-0 run over a two-minute span to open a double-digit lead. Johnny Davis hit a jumper just before the horn to give La Crosse Central 36-22 advantage at the break.

The Warriors could get no closer than 11 points in the second half. The Red Raiders led by as many as 24 points to cruise to the victory.

La Crosse Central shot 51 percent from the field in the game, compared to the Warriors’ 33 percent, which included converting only 3-of-17 shots inside the three-point arc in the first half. The Red Raiders also enjoyed a considerable advantage in the paint, outscoring the Warriors 40-20 in the lane and outrebounding them 43-30 for the game.

Kobe King led all scorers with 28 points for the Red Raiders. He was joined in double figures by Bailey Kale with 11, and Isaiah Dahman and Jordan Davis with 10 points apiece. Waunakee was led by Mitch Listau with 16 points. Tyler Ronk and Mason Steffan also notched double figures in scoring with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

La Crosse Central is in pursuit of its second State title. Its only other championship came in 1925. Waunakee (24-3) ends its season at the State Tournament for the third time.

Barneveld, Shullsburg to Play for Division 5 Championship

Barneveld 72, Columbus Catholic 52

Shullsburg 63, McDonell Central 48

Barneveld (25-2) will play for the State title for the first time in school history following its 72-52 victory  over Columbus Catholic in the Division 5 semifinal of the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Friday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles and Dons changed leads five times and were tied four times in the first half. Barneveld possessed a 30-26 advantage at halftime. In the second half, Barneveld led 42-41 at 12:02 when the Golden Eagles went on a 20-2 run take control of the game. The Dons answered with seven unanswered points, but could not narrow their deficit any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Barneveld dominated on the inside, outscoring the Dons 38-12 in points scored inside the lane. The Golden Eagles also controlled the glass, outrebounding Columbus Catholic 44-22.

Matthew Myers led all scorers with 17 points for the Golden Eagles. Mike Zouski contributed 14 points, and Malcolm Reed added 12. The Dons were led by Tyler Fuerlinger with 16 points and six rebounds. Nick Malovrh and Hunter Schultz each contributed with 13 points apiece.

Barneveld advances to the title game for the first time in its two State appearance, and Columbus Catholic is eliminated from title contention in its second State experience.

Shullsburg (26-2) ousted defending champion McDonell Central 63-48 in the Division 5 semifinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center Friday morning.

McDonell Central led throughout all but 31 seconds of the first half and led 30-24 at intermission. However, the Miners erased an eight-point deficit early in the second half with a 19-4 run, putting the Miners up 45-38 at the nine-minute mark of the second half. They increased their lead to double digits at 51-41 with 6:11 remaining. The closest the Macks could get the rest of the way was eight points.

The turnaround in the second half was evident in the shooting statistics. The Macks went cold from the field, hitting on only 29 percent of their shots in the second half. They made just 2-of-17 three-point tries in the game. The Miners scorched the nets at a 63 percent clip in the second period and 52 percent for the game. 

Hunter Matye led all scorers with 19 points for the Miners. He also led the team with seven rebounds and seven assists. Noah Wand scored 13 points, and Lance Lierman and Joseph Meyer chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Grayson Knowlton was the only scorer in double figures for the Macks with 13 points. He also had a game-high 11 rebounds. 

The Miners will play for the title in their second State appearance. The only other experience at State resulted in a Division 4 championship in 1991. McDonell Central (24-4) ends its season at State in its third appearance.


Darlington has Date with Destiny in Div. 4 Title Tilt

Destiny 71, Roncalli 54

Darlington 63, Cameron 52

Destiny (24-1) will play for the State championship in Division 3 Saturday following a 71-54 victory over Roncalli in the semifinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday evening.

Romaine Robinson came off the bench to ignite the Eagles in the first half, scoring 15 points of his team-high 19 points. His efforts contributed to Destiny’s 21-0 scoring advantage from players  off the bench in the half. Destiny used a 9-0 run to end the period to take a double-digit lead into the locker room at halftime, 35-23.

The Jets fought back to get within seven points at 48-41 with 10:47 remaining, but a 14-4 Eagles’ run extinguished any hopes for a Roncalli comeback. 

Zachary Markland and Pierre Johnson each joined Robinson in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Eagles. Sarion McGee also contributed with a solid game, leading the team with 10 rebounds and eight assists to go with his nine points.

The Eagles made the most of their size advantage inside, scoring 40 points from inside the lane and outrebounding Roncalli 38-28.

Mitchel Schneider led all scorers with 22 points for the Jets. He also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and handed out five assists. Chombi Lambert chipped in with 12 points. 

Destiny will play for the State title in its first-ever appearance at State, and Roncalli (13-14) ends its season with its sixth appearance.

Darlington (27-0) remains undefeated with a 63-52 triumph over Cameron in the Division 4 semifinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday evening at the Kohl Center.

The Comets scored first, but it would be their only lead of the game. Ryan Glendenning hit a three-point shot that put the Redbirds up to stay at the 16:28 mark of the first half. The first period statistics were relatively even. The difference that led to a 35-22 halftime lead for the Redbirds was their 6-1 edge in three-pointers and their 13-0 advantage in points off turnovers.

In the second half, Cameron could only trim its deficit down six points with just under 11 minutes to play before Darlington answered by building its advantage back to 13 points with five minutes remaining and again at the 1:14 mark. The Redbirds clinched the victory by making 11-of-12 attempts from the charity stripe in the final 2:39.

Trevor Johnson led all scorers with 20 points for the Redbirds. Glendenning added 17 points, and Wll Schwartz chipped in with 14. Hunter Johnson contributed a team-high seven rebounds and six assists. Cameron was led by Victor Martinez with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.Gunner Wilder also scored in double figures with 13 points.

Darlington advances to the title game for first time since their only other State appearance resulted in a Class C championship in 1990. Last year’s runner-up Cameron ends its season at State in its second appearance.


Xavier, Prescott Earn Berths in Div. 3 Title Game

Prescott (24-3) advances to the Division 3 final Saturday with a 74-67 victory over Lake Mills in the semifinals of the State Basketball Tournament Thursday afternoon at th Kohl Center in Madison. 

The Cardinals overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half, outscoring the L-Catas 26-11 in the final minutes of the game. Prescott shot 66 percent in the half and converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game to secure their lead and earn the victory.

The L-Cats’ largest lead of the first half was seven, leading 13-6 at the 14:33 mark. Prescott fought back with an 18-5 run once they got 7-foot-1 Owen Hamilton involved, who scored 14 of his game-high 33 points in the first half. The teams exchanged leads six times in the first period, and the Cardinals took a 28-27 lead into the locker room at the half.

Petey Brookshaw joined Hamilton in double figures with 14 points for the Cardinals. Hamilton also led all rebounders with 11 boards. Luke Murphy dished out 11 assists, one shy of the Division 3 State Tournament record. 

Alex Ranney led four L-Cats in double figures with 20 points. JT Toepfer scored 17 points; Ben Dunkelberger tossed in 14; and Brady Wagner added 10 points.
 
Prescott will play in the championship final for the first time in their two appearances, and Lake Mills (24-3) ends its season with its first-ever State appearance.

State Boys Basketball Tournament Preview

The 102nd Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. 

Ticket prices for the tourney are $10 per session (two games in a session) for all seating purchased at the Kohl Center. Ticket windows are available one hour prior to the start of any session. Online tickets are available online for $12. All online tickets are print at home or available at the Will-Call window.

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