What a night of prep sports action....trips to the
state hockey tournament on the line...boys basketball
regional championship games.
But we begin with local wrestlers going for gold.
Championship Saturday at the Kohl Center.
March of Champions
Ben Thornton in his fourth career state championship
Going for his second state title.
Thornton comes out strong in the first round...
First he gets a takedown...
Followed by a near fall...
All Thornton as he wins 10-0.
Now to 195 pounds, Tomah's Jordan Reisinger against
Holmen's Noah Risch...
An all M-V-C match for the Divison one state title!
In the ultimate tiebreaker, Reisinger gets the escape...
That wins it! Reisinger is a state champion.
At 285 pounds, Holmen's Hunter Hauser…
He gets a third period pin...
The first Holmen individual state champion in twenty
Now to division two…
113 pounds, P-D-C Taylor Elliott facing Amery's Hunter
A rematch of last year's 106 title match…
Elliott gives up a take down early, he would eventually
At 132 pounds...
West Salem/Bangor's Devin Bahr comes into the finals
with an unblemished record on the season…
In the third period, Bahr gets a pin
The freshman wins a state title, 10-4 the final score.
Sparta's Brock Polhamus…
In the first round, he gets takedown in the second
He falls 10-4 the final.
Jump ahead to 170 pounds…
Mauston's Justin Dolata looking to close out his senior
He comes up with pin
The senior pins is way to a state title.
In division three…
First at 113 pounds…
Weston/Ithaca's Hunter Dischler trying to become a
Dischler gets the takedown...
He's a back to back state champion!
At 152, New Lisbon's Cullen Pedersen…
He gets a huge third period takedown...
That propells him to a 6-4 victory, the Rockets first
individual state champion since 2011.
Royall's Dalton Lunde, wrestling at 182 pounds, facing
Lancaster's David Chadd, Lunde beat Chadd in overtime
in the sectional semifinals…
In the third round, Lunde is pinned
The Royall grappler finishes in second.
Finally at 220 pounds…
Westby's Chase Nottestad…
He gets a takedown in the third round…
He finishes as a state champion.
In Minnesota...Caledonia's Alex Goergen at 182 pounds
falls in his semifinal match 6-5.
The West Salem/Bangor boys hockey team is just in
it's second season of existence.
Last year they beat Onalaska...with a trip to the
sectional championship on the line.
This year...the two programs meet in the playoffs
again....this time with a trip to *state* going to
These rivals with their home rinks seperated by 11
miles...meet up two-hours away in Wisconsin Rapids
for this big game.
Onalaska on the power play.
John Gargaro to Caleb Blank who scores the first goal
of the game..1-0 Hilltoppers...
Later that period.
back comes West Salem.
it's Nathan Belling getting the open shot in front
of the goal.
We're tied at 1...
To the 2nd.
Blank with the centering pass to Tyler Ebner who goes
gloveside for the goal.
Ona up 1...
More from that period.
2 on 1 break for Onalaska.
Ian Earp to Austin Lubinski who punches it in to give
them the 3-1 lead.
both teams go scoreless in the 3rd...
And Onalaska is heading to state.
Hilltoppers win three-to-one.
The girls Onalaska co-op with a chance to qualify
for state for the third straight year...taking on
Middleton in Madison.
Welcome back to the News 8 Highlight Zone.
Central and Holmen split their two regular season
games....each winning on the other's home floor.
The MVC champion and MVC runner-up meet for a third
and final time this season.
Red Raiders playing host.
And Red Raiders starting out hot.
Ethan Haberman good from downtown as they start the
game with a ten-nothing lead.
Holmen down by eight entering the second quarter...they
tighten things up.
Drew Schroeder layup right before the halftime horn.
Red Raiders go into the locker room with a 26-22 lead.
Third quarter....Griffin Johnson a big reason why
the Vikings get back in this one.
Three pointer ties the game at 30...he was the leading
scorer with 17.
Central freshman Kobe King with some big buckets...this
three puts them back in front 36-32.
Holmen would not go away.
Ryan Wesely right at the third quarter buzzer buries
40-40 entering the fourth.
Down one in the fouth...Alex Hayden scores two in
the paint....Red Raiders up 42-41.
Wesely clutch when time is almost running out.
The offensive rebound and putback with 3-seconds to
go ties the game at 47 sending it to overtime.
In O-T....Schroeder from the wing is good from behind
Vikings with a 51-49 lead.
Jerred Ambrose then scores on a tough drive to the
Score tied at 51....we are headed to a second overtime.
After running off some clock....Hayden Halverson gives
Central a lead that they would never let go of.
They make their free throws down the stretch and win
Ever since 2011...either Aquinas or G-E-T has advanced
all the way to state.
In two of those years...their paths crossed in the
They meet in the playoffs once again.
G-E-T hosting the regional final.
3rd quarter .
Aquinas led by 10 at the half .
but the Red Hawks cutting the deficit.
Lucas Scherr uses a nifty move to score the basket.
G-E-T down 1.
Later on .
after a Blugolds run .
Nick Wagner looking to answer with a downtown jumper
and he does!
Red Hawks down 5.
We go to the 4th and here's Reggie Rabb with the crossover
and the floater for 2!
What a big shot .
Aquinas up by 3.
Speaking of big shots .
Aquinas with the ball movement finds Rudy Rott open
for 3 in the corner!
Blugolds able to go up by 4 with just a few minutes
Under 2 minutes to go .
and here would be G-E-T's achilles heel .
Parker Weber gets the ball down low and gets the inside
Aquinas goes up by 6.
And the Blugolds hold on to win 57-54.
West Salem loses by three at Elk Mound.
So it's Elk Mound versus Aquinas in the sectional
In Division four....Blair-Taylor hosts Westby.
To the 1st Quarter .
Blair-Taylor's Dillon Zinn is open for a 3 to score
the first points of the game.
3 - nothing Wildcats.
Back down the court .
Westby looking to answer .
here's Tanner Schmitt with the turn around jumper
to do just that!
He had 16 on the night .
Norsemen down 1.
Blair-Taylor looking to end the 1st on a high note
Pooler wants his own 3 .
he led the game in scoring with 25.
Wildcats up 2 .
it would be a close one.
Another game going to overtime tonight.
Blair-Taylor pulls out the 63-49 win.
To Division five.
Bangor hosting Hillsboro in an all Scenic Bluffs regional
title game....Cardinals swept both games in the regular
Early on in the first .
In transition off the nice pass Bangors Broedy Jepson
gets the basket and the foul!
Cardinals lead by 2.
Later on .
Hillsboros Brandon Stanek drives to the basket with
the pretty finish off the glass!
He had 17 points on the night!
Tigers now up 8 - 6.
Second half now .
off a deflection Bangors Andrew Lockington is in the
right place to get the easy lay in.
Cards trail by 1.
But moments later .
Off a steal Hillsboros Joey Helgerson gets a wide
open lay up.
Tigers increase the lead to 31 - 27.
Hillsboro would go on to beat Bangor for the first
time this season 50 - 48 to win the regional.
C-F-C continues to also roll in the postseason...winning
62-60 against Gilmanton.
More D-5....North Crawford loses by ten at Cassville.
And Immanuel upsets Turtle Lake.
Moving to Minnesota where Caledonia and P-E-M meet
for the third time this season.
In game one...the Warriors won in overtime.
Game two...the Bulldogs handed Caledonia one of their
two losses they had this season.
Winner this time around can call themselves sub-section
Caledonia gets off to a hot start early in the first
as Austin Bauer hits the pull up three, Warriors up
Later in the first the Warriors' Colton Lampert gets
the steal leading to the break away and easy lay-in
increasing their lead to 19
The Warriors continue to dominate through their three-point
game as Bauer again gets the pull up shot ....Caledonia
Caledonia almost puts up triple-digits tonight...they
win big 96-63.
In One-A....Rushford-Peterson takes on Spring Grove.
Trojans won 79-43 when these two met in late December.
1st Quarter the Trojans' Cole Kingsley drives hard
to the hoop and gets the and-one, Rushford-Peterson
up big early 24-5.
Under a minute left in the first half Alex Vix gets
a nice three for the Trojans increasing their lead
The Lions come out strong after halftime as Chase
Grinde hits the deep three, Spring Grove gets within
Rushford-Peterson responds with a three of their own
as Austin O'Hare pulls up from the perimeter sealing
it for the Trojans.
Rushford-Peterson sub-section champs winning 83-65.
Winona falls at Red Wing tonight 65-47.
Viroqua sophomore Jozie McClelland wins the all-around
and Viroqua places first as a team at the Division
two Reedsburg gymnastics sectional.
Coulee Region Chill get swept by Fairbanks this weekend
after losing tonight 6-2.