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Destiny Soars to First State Championship in Division 4

Destiny 77, Darlington 55

Destiny (25-1) captured the Division 4 championship with a 76-55 win over previously undefeated Darlington in the final of the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Saturday afternoon.

The score was not indicative of much of the game. Darlington led only briefly in the first half, but the Eagles were unable to put the Redbirds away until the waning minutes of the second half. 

Destiny led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but the Redbirds whittled their deficit to seven by halftime at 34-27. Darlington didn’t go away throughout most of the second half. Trailing by 11 at the 10:55 mark, the Redbirds outscored the Eagles 17-8 to cut the lead to 55-53 with 5:37 remaining. The Eagles sealed their destiny with 18-2 run to end the game.

Terrance Banyard led all scorers with 22 points and added a team-high four steals for the Eagles. Sarion McGee contributed a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards. The Redbirds were led by Will Schwartz and Ryan Glendenning with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Destiny’s bench also contributed to the victory, outscoring the Darlington bench by a remarkable 27-0.

The Eagles win the championship in their first-ever appearance in the State Tournament, becoming the 37th program to accomplish that feat. Darlington (27-1) finishes runner-up in its second State experience.

Barneveld Cruises to Division 5 Boys Basketball Title

Barneveld 58, Shullsburg 28

After making its first appearance at State last season, Barneveld (26-3) wins the programs first title with a 58-28 win over Shullsburg in the Division 5 title game of the 2017 State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Shullsburg cracked the scoreboard first, but the Golden Eagles quickly reponded with an 11-0 run to take an 11-2 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish.

Leading the 21-16 at the half, the Golden Eagles outscored the Miners 37-13 in the second half. Barneveld went on a 20-5 run at the start of the half and closed the game with a 10-0 run, holding the Miners scoreless in the final 3:30 of the game.

The Barneveld defense held the Miners to 25 percent shooting for the game and set the Division 5 for the fewest points allowed in a State Tournament game. The 30-point margin of victory also set a Division 5 record.

Mathew Myers led all scorers with 20 points for the Golden Eagles. Malcolm Reed tossed in 12 points, and Mike Zouski added 11. Noah Wand scored nine points to lead the Miners. 

Shullsburg finishes runner-up in its second State Tournament appearance.

Random Lake's Martin Wins 3-Point Challenge

Austin Martin, a senior from Random Lake, won the 2017 boys 3-Point Challenge held Saturday morning at the Kohl Center in conjunction with the State Boys Basketball Tournament.

Martin, representing Division 4,  was one of 10 participants in the 3-Point Challenge, which was held for the third time. He scored 18 points in the final round to win the contest. Senior Keaton of Waukesha South, last year's champion, was second with 17 points in the final round.

Martin scored 17 points in the opening round and 18 in the semifinals. Stremick opened with 22 points and followed with a 18 in the semifinals. Senior Bryce Te Kulve of Luxemburg-Casco and senior Neal Cerveny of Gresham also advanced to the semifinals with first-round totals of 21 and 17, respectively.  

Other participants were Nicholas Brozek of Fall River, Colton Groholski of Amherst, Zach Borden of Kenosha Bradford, Eric Carl of Kaukauna, Caleb Gracyalny of Clinton and Reid Larson of Fennimore.

SPASH to Play Arrowhead in Pursuit of 3rd Straight Div. 1 Title

Stevens Point 48, Madison Memorial 41

Arrowhead 63, Brookfield Central 62 (OT)

Two-time defending champion Stevens Point (23-4) will go for its third straight championship following a 48-41 win over Madison Memorial in the Division 1 semifinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center.

The Panthers led throughout most of the first half and led by as many as seven which was the largest lead of the period by either team. The Spartans shot 59 percent for the half, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. However, the Panthers hit 3-of-5 three-point attempts and held a 5-0 edge from the charity stripe to take a 26-22 lead into intermission.

Stevens Point increased its lead to eight points early in the second half before the Spartans responded with a 9-0 to take their only lead of the half. A basket by Joey Hauser at the 7:20 mark broke a 35-35 tie and gave the Panthers a lead they would not relinquish. Stevens Point secured its lead down the stretch by converting on all six free throw attempts in the final 25 seconds. 

Drew Blair led all scorers with 17 points for the Panthers. Beau Rosenthal chipped in with 12 points, and Joey Hauser added 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Chris Knight led the Spartans with 16 points and five rebounds. Billy Wilson also scored in double figures with 10 points. 

The Panthers attempt to win their sixth State championship in 19 appearances, and Madison Memorial closes its season with its 10 State experience.

Arrowhead (21-5) advances to the Division 1 championship game with a thrilling 63-62 overtime victory over Brookfield Central in the semifinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Friday night.

The entire game was closely contested. Both teams held leads in the first half. The Lancers largest lead of the first period was by virtue of scoring the first six points of the game. The Warhawks had a 6-0 run of their own to take a five-point lead that matched their largest lead in the half before going into halftime with a 28-25 lead. Each team struggled finding the range from beyond the arc in the half, combining to shoot 2-of-21.

The Lancers heated up in the second half. They went on a 13-1 run midway through the period to open a double-digit lead. They led by as many as 12 with 5:27 remaining at 56-44. That’s when Arrowhead began its three-point barrage and a 12-0 run to end regulation. 

Mark Matejic hit the first three-pointer to get the Warhawks deficit to under double digits. Ben Seefeld cut the lead to six, and Matejic made his second three-pointer under a span of two minutes. Three free throws in the last 2:37 tied the game at 56-56 at the end of regulation. Tommy Durand rolled in a one-handed shot on a short drive with eight seconds to play in overtime to provide the margin of victory.

Trevell Cunningham led the Warhawks, falling one assist shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Seefeld tossed in 16 points; Alec Hamilton added 13; and Matejic scored 11. Gage Malensek led all scorers with 18 points for the Lancers, and Andres Peralta-Werns added 17 with Cole Nau chipping in with 12 p

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.


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