Boys basketball: Playoff seedings released
Luke Baier has been a standout Dunn-St. Croix player all season, but the Elmwood/Plum City senior made an even bigger name for himself when he recorded 37 points in his team's 62-59 win over the Colfax Vikings on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Baier shot 64 percent from the field making 16 of his 25 shot attempts. The senior center also recorded 16 rebounds for a double-double performance.
Baier and the Wolves (7-13, 2-11) were down 34-31 at halftime, but bounced back to claim a three-point win over the fourth-best Dunn-St. Croix Vikings team (10-11, 7-6).
Colfax's Ben Thompson led his team with 23 points, while his teammate Luke Heidron added 17 points to the Vikings' effort.
Tyler Maxwell and Nic Forster both recorded eight points in the Wolves' seventh win of the season. Forster also led the Wolves with six assists.
Scoring for the Wolves: Baier 37; Forster, Maxwell 8; Zack Phillips 5; Noah Gansluckner, Jackson Glampe 2.
Spring Valley 68, Elmwood/Plum City 51
The Wolves traveled to Spring Valley (11-9, 7-5) on Friday, Feb. 16 after defeating Colfax on Tuesday, but Friday night's outcome wasn't as pleasant for the Wolves.
The Cardinals defeated the Wolves for the second time this season and forced 20 EPC turnovers in the conference battle.
Spring Valley's Zack Williams led all scorers with 18 points, while three of his teammates — Tyson Kado, Aaron Borgerding and Dylan Bosshart — also reached the double-digit scoring mark. Williams is now averaging 8.2 points per game and has been a significant offensive and defensive asset for the Cardinals in his senior season.
The Cardinals used their home court to their advantage and only committed six turnovers to EPC's 20.
Maxwell led the Wolves in scoring with 16 points. Baier recorded 13 points and led the Wolves on the boards with nine rebounds. Forster finished with 13 points and three assists.
The Wolves head to Eau Claire Immanuel on Monday, Feb. 19 to begin their last week of the regular season.
Scoring for the Cardinals: Williams 18; Kado 14; Borgerding, Bosshart 13; Trevor Stangl 6; Jack Walkky 3; Mike Bauer 1.
Scoring for the Wolves: Maxwell 16; Baier, Forster 13; Jordan Brunner, Phillips 3; Carson Heath 2; Justin Nunez 1.
Spring Valley 62, Elk Mound 48
The Cardinals started off their week by taking down an equally-matched conference opponent at home on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
The Elk Mound Mounders (9-11, 7-5) and the Cardinals are currently tied for the second-best Dunn-St. Croix Conference record, but the Mounders were exposed by Spring Valley's (11-9, 7-5) resilient defense on Tuesday night.
SV's leading defender, Bosshart, also led his team on offense against the Mounders by putting up 22 points as the conference matchup's leading scorer.
Bosshart claimed 14 of his 22 points from the free-throw line where he shot 14-16.
Ben Lambele led Elk Mound's scoring with 15 points. Kado put up 11 points in SV's win, and Borgerding and Stangl both chipped in with nine points.
The two teams will face off again on Monday, Feb. 19 on the Mounders' home court.
Scoring for the Cardinals: Bosshart 22; Kado 11; Borgerding, Stangl 9; Craigen Anderson, Williams 4; Bauer 3.
Prescott 77, Amery 28
The Cardinals rolled over another Middle Border Conference opponent on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and were able to play all 15 varsity players in their 49-point win over the Amery Warriors.
Being senior night, Prescott's six seniors — Peter Brookshaw, Joe Roosen, Dylan Rieken, Dylan Rundquist, Corey Kirschbaum and Westy Bartsch — were thanked for all they've done for the Prescott basketball program before they helped crush the Warriors (4-17, 2-11).
"We could not ask for a better group of kids; they are so fun to be around on and off the court," Cardinals' head coach Nick Johnson said of his senior class. "Our coaching staff feels very fortunate and lucky having the opportunity to have been around this group for the last four year. They're as good as it gets."
Prior to Tuesday night's win, the Cardinals moved up to No. 6 in the Division 3 state rankings.
As usual, Brookshaw was the game's leading scorer with 27 points, and Joe Roosen added 15 to the Cardinals' dominating win. Brian Tayson also had a notable offensive performance with 11 points and 3-3 shooting from behind the arc.
Joey Lubich recorded his career-high nine points against the Warriors.
Scoring for the Cardinals: Brookshaw 27, Roosen 15, Tayson 11, Lubich 9, Parker Nielsen 8, Rieken 7.
Prescott 68, Baldwin-Woodville 49
The Cardinals claimed another conference win on Friday, Feb. 16 against the MBC's last-place Baldwin-Woodville team (6-15, 2-11).
With the win, the Cardinals are now 19-2 on the season and 13-0 in conference play.
Brookshaw and Nielsen led all scorers with 19 points apiece, while Roosen added 11 points of his own. Sophomore Mason Holte recorded seven points in the game to top his previous varsity career-high of five points.
B-W was led in scoring by David Johnson who tallied up 14 points.
The Cardinals will host the Ellsworth Panthers on Monday, Feb. 19 in their final regular season game.
Ellsworth 77, New Richmond 65
The Ellsworth Panthers lengthened their winning streak to 11 games on Tuesday, Feb. 13 with a 12-point win over the fourth-best Middle Border Conference team.
Seniors Drake Flom and Alex Motley were the game's leading scorers with 21 points apiece, but Flom and Motley's teammates Erik Lange and Mason Anderson both put up their season-high scoring numbers against the Tigers (8-13, 7-6).
Lange finished with 13 points and a perfect 3-3 three-point shooting performance. Anderson recorded eight points, six of which came from behind the arc.
Logan Benson had another solid night with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block.
Scoring for the Panthers: Flom, Motley 21; Lange 13; Benson 12; Anderson 8; Logan Richards 2.
Ellsworth 63, Osceola 48
The Panthers conquered another conference opponent on Friday, Feb. 16 in their third-to-last regular season game of the season.
Motley led Ellsworth with 17 points, but Richards stole the show by recording a career-high 13 points against on his home court. Richards also recorded four rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Benson had a big night on the boards with 20 rebounds. He and Flom both recorded 10 points. Benson and Motley both produced five assists to lead the Panthers.
The Panthers will have to bring their A game to their rematch with Prescott — the only MBC team that's been able to take them down this year — on Monday, Feb. 19. The battle between the first- and second-best MBC teams is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early; the Nest will be packed for the highly-anticipated prep game.
Scoring for the Panthers: Motley 17; Richards 13; Benson, Flom 10; Cole Woodland 7; Anderson, Lange 3.
• Prescott (No. 1 in Division 3 Sectional 1) will receive a bye in the first round of playoffs and take on the winner of Barron (No. 8) versus Spooner (No. 9) on Friday, March 2.
• Ellsworth (No. 3 in Division 3 Sectional 1) will also receive a bye in the first round of playoffs. They'll face the winner of the Hayward (No. 6) versus Amery (No. 11) on Friday, March 2 for their first playoff game.
• Spring Valley (No. 7 in Division 4 Sectional 1) will host Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (No. 10, 6-13) on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
• EPC (No. 7 in Division 5 Sectional 3) will host New Lisbon (No. 10, 5-15) on Tuesday, Feb. 27.