Mauston Golden Eagles 68, Reedsburg Beavers 66
Another game, another dramatic finish for the Golden Eagles.
Junior point guard Joe Bauer buried the game-winning three at the buzzer to give Mauston (9-5) a 68-66 win over the Beavers (7-6) Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Reedsburg Area High School. It was the Golden Eagles’ fifth straight win overall and third straight that came down to the final minute.
The game-winning shot capped off a big night for Bauer, who finished with 28 points. Junior shooting guard Kyran Fitzgerald and sophomore guard Cade Hall scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, as well for Mauston. For Reedsburg, senior forward/guard Tyson Tully went off for a career-high 37 points. Aside from Tully’s sensational performance, no other Beavers player finished the night with double-digit scoring.
Royall Panthers 64, Brookwood Falcons 62 OT
Despite missing their leading scorer, the Panthers (7-2 overall, 3-2 Scenic Bluffs) rallied for an overtime win over conference foe Brookwood (9-2, 3-2) Friday, Jan. 12 at Brookwood High School.
Senior forward Tristan Welchlin, who is averaging 15 points per game, missed the game due to an illness. Nevertheless, Royall rallied back from an eight-point halftime deficit to force overtime. Senior guard Nick Murray hit a couple 3-pointers late in regulation to help force the extra session. However, senior small forward Seth Brown and senior forward Josh Kolodzinski both fouled out late in regulation, leaving the Panthers even more shorthanded heading into overtime.
In OT, the two teams traded leads several times, with Royall finally pulling ahead for good when senior guard Jaydyn Enzenbacher sunk a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining. Brown led the way for the Panthers with 19 points and 16 rebounds for a double-double. Junior guard Dane Hyer also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, senior guard Keith Travis added 11 points and Murray chipped in 10 points. Royall had to overcome a huge night from senior guard Robert Cunitz, who scored 31 points.
New Lisbon Rockets 59, Wonewoc-Center Wolves 53
Following a first half which saw the Wolves (4-6 overall, 1-4 Scenic Bluffs) take a 29-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Rockets (3-8) outscored them 34-24 in the second half on their way to a six-point victory, their first conference win of the season, Friday, Jan. 12 at New Lisbon High School.
The win also snapped an eight-game losing streak for New Lisbon. Junior guards Jared Dvorak and Cody Haschke each scored 18 points to lead the way for the Rockets — Haschke also grabbed 16 rebounds for a double-double — while junior guard Holden Rydmark added another 12 points.
Necedah Cardinals 78, Cashton Eagles 53
Thanks to a well-rounded offensive effort and a strong first half, the Cardinals (8-3 overall, 4-1 Scenic Bluffs) cruised to a 25-point win over the Eagles (2-8, 1-4) in SBC play Friday, Jan. 12 in Cashton.
Necedah built up a 37-19 lead at halftime on its way to 78 points, the most the Cardinals scored against a conference opponent since also putting up 78 against Cashton on Jan. 13 of last year. Five Necedah players finished the night with double-digit scoring: sophomore guard Jaron Murphy put up 18 points, senior guard Miles Saylor added 16 points, senior forward Kayden Yoss had 15 points, senior forward Tyler Reichel chipped in 11 points and senior guard Noah Waltemath finished with 10 points. For the Eagles, junior center Brett Butzler scored 16 points and junior forward/guard Kole Ripley added 10 points.
Mauston Golden Eagles 69, Tomah Timberwolves 68
With under a minute to play in regulation, Mauston looked as good as finished. But thanks to an unlikely sequence of events, the Golden Eagles escaped with the win Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Mauston High School.
Trailing by seven points with 50 seconds remaining, Mauston junior point guard Joe Bauer was awarded a basket after a Tomah player was questionably called for goaltending. The player vigorously argued the call and was eventually hit with a technical foul. Bauer proceeded to make both technical free throws and convert an and-1 on the ensuing possession to tie the game. The Timberwolves retook the lead with two free throws on their next possession, but Bauer responded once again with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.8 seconds left to complete the improbable comeback.
The Golden Eagles actually led 40-28 at halftime before faltering in the second half. But the furious rally in the final minute of the game helped salvage the victory. Bauer had a huge night, scoring 30 points, while sophomore guard Cade Hall finished with 17 points. For Tomah (8-4), senior forward Kyle Kroener and senior forward/guard Peter Brey each scored 14 points, while senior forward Trevor Shutter and senior guard Trey Gnewikow chipped in 13 points apiece.
Necedah Cardinals 42, Hillsboro Tigers 31
The Cardinals got the better of the Tigers (6-6 overall, 2-3 Scenic Bluffs) in a defensive slugfest between the two Scenic Bluffs Conference teams Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Hillsboro High School.
Points were at a premium in the first half, with Necedah eventually taking an 18-8 lead into the locker room. Scoring picked up in the second half, though the Cardinals remained in control on their way to an 11-point victory. For Necedah, senior guard Miles Saylor scored 21 points and sophomore guard Jaron Murphy added 10 points. Senior forward Lee Richardson had 10 points for Hillsboro.
Cashton Eagles 77, New Lisbon Rockets 69
The Rockets let a shot at a conference win slip away in the second half of a loss to the previously winless Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 9 at New Lisbon High School.
New Lisbon led 41-40 at halftime, but was outscored by Cashton 37-28 in the second half on its way to an eight-point loss. For the Rockets, junior guard Jared Dvorak led the way with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including going 5 of 7 from 3-point range, five rebounds and three assists. Junior guards Holden Rydmark and Cody Haschke added 18 and 17 points, respectively, as well.
Brookwood Falcons 70, Wonewoc-Center Wolves 42
After hanging around for the entirety of the first half, the Wolves faded away in the second half of a 28-point loss to the Falcons Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Brookwood High School. Wonewoc-Center trailed only 26-20 at the break, but was outscored 44-22 in the second half.
Sophomore small forward Dawson Miller led the Wolves with 13 points, while junior point guard Andrew Jacobson and senior guard Joey Krueger added seven points apiece. For Brookwood, senior guard Robert Cunitz scored a game-high 24 points, senior guard Garrett Gerke finished with 15 points and senior small forward Orrie Maurhoff chipped in 11 points.