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Marshfield, Columbus Catholic set to hold basketball camps this summer

Posted on 28 April 2017 by paul

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A pair of basketball camps will be open for youth players this summer via the two Marshfield high schools.

The 2017 Tiger Basketball Camp will be held at Marshfield High School from June 5-7.

The camp will be broken into four sessions based on age and gender. Session 1 is for boys entering first through fifth grades and will be from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Session 2 is for boys entering sixth through ninth grades and will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Session 3 will be from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for girls entering first through fifth grades. Session 4 will be held from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. for girls going into sixth through ninth grades.

The cost of the camp is $50 and includes a camp t-shirt. Marshfield High School varsity coaches Scott Scheuer and Heidi Michaelis, along with a number of current and former players, will conduct the camp.

Marshfield High School and Columbus Catholic High School will also hold a joint camp that will be held Tuesday through Thursday for six weeks during the summer.

The 2017 Boys/Girls Basketball Summer School will be held from the weeks of June 13 through July 20 for three days each week, with the exception of July 4.

Scheuer, the Marshfield boys varsity coach, and Joe Konieczny, Columbus Catholic’s boys varsity coach, along with current and former players from both schools, will instruct.

Session 1 will be from 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. for boys entering fourth through sixth grade. Session 2 will be from 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. for girls entering fourth through sixth grade. Session 3 will be from 2:45 p.m.-4 p.m. for boys and girls entering seventh through ninth grades.

The camp will be held at Marshfield High School the weeks of June 13, June 27 and July 11, and will be held at Columbus Catholic High School the weeks of June 20, July 5, and July 18.

The fee for the 17-session camp is $100.

Registration forms are available by clicking these links:

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Number of local players selected to play in Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games

Posted on 05 April 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Sammy Griesbach will play in the Division 4 girls state all-star game this June in Wisconsin Dells. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Ema Fehrenbach will play for the North team in the Division 1 state all-star game on June 16 in Wisconsin Dells. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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Numerous local athletes have been selected to play in the annual Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games this summer.

There will be games in five divisions pitting graduating seniors from the North and South at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. The girls games will be on Friday, June 16, and the boys games will be Saturday, June 17. Game times have not been announced.

On the girls side, Marshfield’s Ema Fehrenbach, the Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year, will play for the North in the Division 1 game.

Fehrenbach led the Tigers in scoring at 17.7 points per game, eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career early in the season. She also led the WVC in rebounding at 6.9 per game.

In Division 4, Stratford teammates Andie Zuelke and Sammy Griesbach will play for the North taem, along with Marathon’s Amanda Kind and Neillsville’s Kayla Lis.

Zuelke led the Marawood Conference South Division in rebounding at 8.3 per game, and was fourth in scoring at 12.4 points per game for the Tigers, who finished 17-8 overall and reached the Division 4 regional finals.

Griesbach led the Marawood South in assists (4.8 per game), was second in steals (3.1 per game), third in free throw percentage (63.3 percent), and ninth in scoring (8.9 points per game) for Stratford.

Two members of the WIAA Division 5 state champion Loyal squad will play for the North team in Division 5 – Karsyn Rueth and Morgan Reinwand. Wausau Newman Catholic’s Lauren Fech is also on the North team.

For the boys, Marshfield Columbus Catholic standouts Tyler Fuerlinger and Hunter Schultz will play for the Division 5 North squad, along with Loyal’s Cameron Brussow.

Fuerlinger was the Cloverbelt Conference East Division Player of the Year as he scored 22.7 points and grabbed seven rebounds per game for the Dons, who won the conference title for the second-straight season and reached the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament before losing a Division 5 semifinal to eventual champion Barneveld.

Schultz averaged 23.3 points per game and had a team-high 89 3-pointers this season for Columbus.

Auburndale’s Caleb Weinfurter is among those that will play for Edgar coach David Huss on the Division 4 North team. Edgar’s Alec Hafferman and Tyler Engel are also part of that team.

Weinfurter was a first-team all-Marawood South performer, averaging 13.6 points per game and leading the conference in free throw shooting at 85.7 percent.

Donations can be made on behalf of any player to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) by going to wisbca.org/allstargame. Click on the Boys Rosters or Girls Rosters banner and find the player you wish to make a donation through.

WBCA State All-Star Games
June 16-17, at JustAGame Fieldhouse, Wisconsin Dells
Boys Rosters
Division 1 North:
Austin Werdin, Eau Claire North; Christopher Knight, Madison Memorial; Jordan Nolle, Bay Port; Phillip Flory, Oshkosh North; Ryan Buss, Green Bay Preble; Sam Fredrickson, Fond du Lac; Shane Wissink, Oshkosh North; Storm Murphy, Middleton; Tyree Eady, Middleton; Will Chevalier, Kimberly. Coaches: Lee Rabas, Neenah; Mike Johnson, Oshkosh West; Scott Bork, Neenah.
Division 1 South: Adam Anhold, Janesville Craig; Alec Hamilton, Hartland Arrowhead; Andrew Lewis, Milwaukee Vincent; Brandon Hau, Mukwonago; Drew Yekta, Oak Creek; Koreem Ozier, Racine Case; Kyle Clow, Germantown; Ryan Coffey, Milwaukee Marquette; Sam Rohde, Brookfield Central; Trevell Cunningham, Hartland Arrowhead. Coaches: Andy Capes, Muskego; David Scheidegger, New Berlin Eisenhower; Kurt Melton, Oconomowoc.
Division 2 North: Bailey Kale, La Crosse Central; Ben Wittig, Ashwaubenon; Bryce Te Kulve, Luxemburg-Casco; Charlie Schabo, Hortonville; Garrett Nelson, Beaver Dam; Jacob De Starkey, Pulaski; Jalen Zubich, Onalaska; Kobe King, La Crosse Central; Tyler Hughes, Onalaska; Wade Geenen, Pulaski. Coaches: Jacob Schalow, Merrill; Matt Hintz, Hortonville; Michael Schalow, Kaukauna.
Division 2 South: Aidan Nordquist, Pewaukee; Alex Tordoff, Monroe; Alex Easterday, Elkhorn; Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West; Austin Young, Waukesha Catholic Memorial; Kevion Taylor, Whitnall; Michael Pitrof, Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic; Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower; Victor Nwagbaraocha, Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic; Wyatt Cook, Pewaukee. Coaches: Brandon Mattox, New Berlin West; Kyle Johnsen, Greenfield; Steven Kujawa, Whitnall.
Division 3 North: Charlie Jadin, Freedom; Dane Lew, Elk Mound; Jesse Solberg, Westby; Luke Goedeke, Valders; Nolan Beirne, New Holstein; Tar Hall, Mauston; Trenton Nickel, Kiel; Tristan Van Ess, Oostburg; Tyler Petermann, Clintonville; Xavier Cummings, Hayward. Coaches: Kurt Schommer, New London; Matthew Klarner, Appleton Xavier; Robert Braun, Appleton Xavier.
Division 3 South: Adam Wehking, Marshall; Alec Fruin, Beloit Turner; Alex Setzer, Brookfield Academy; Alex Ranney, Lake Mills; Alex Arians, Madison Edgewood; Bennett Vander Plas, Ripon; Brennen Banks, Evansville; Cameron Kuepers, Lakeside Lutheran; Eddie Muench, Ripon; Noah Coughlin, Columbus. Coaches: Mark Newman, Lake Country Lutheran; Patrick Clarey, Brookfield Academy.
Division 4 North: Alec Hafferman, Edgar; Brady Booth, Stanley-Boyd; Caleb Weinfurter, Auburndale; Darryl Williams, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser; Kenny Holz, Iola-Scandinavia; Nathan Schmidt, Shiocton; Sean Borgerding, Spring Valley; Seth Hause, Stanley-Boyd; Trevor Cook, Washburn; Tyler Engel, Edgar. Coaches: David Huss, Edgar; Garrett Maas, Colfax; Tom Hause, Stanley-Boyd.
Division 4 South: Benjamin Kennedy, Onalaska Luther; Bryce Pedrin, Howards Grove; DeAndre Johns, Kenosha St. Joseph; Drew Gunnink, Laconia; Evan Ganther, Oshkosh Lourdes; Garrett Hoffmann, Ozaukee; Nathan Urell, Cochrane-Fountain City; Ryan Glendenning, Darlington; Tobin Otte, Dodgeland; Will Schwartz, Darlington. Coaches: Bill Otte, Dodgeland; Derrick Smit, Cambria-Friesland; Ron Miller, Dodgeland.
Division 5 North: Alex Ohde, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Cameron Brussow, Loyal; Connor Heise, Lena; Davin Stricker, Mellen; Drew Rohde, Prentice; Dylan Bunders, Almond-Bancroft; Grayson Knowlton, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Hunter Schultz, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Jeremiah Reedy, Lake Holcombe; Neal Cerveny, Gresham; Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic. Coaches: Dave Gibbs, Port Edwards; Jeff Zobeck, Gresham; Jeff Heimke, Lena.
Division 5 South: A.J. Hendrickson, Pecatonica; Hunter Matye, Shullsburg; John Ross Linscheid, Highland; Joseph Meyer, Shullsburg; Josh Meier, Black Hawk; Kayne Korger, Augusta; Matt Schmitt, Juda; Matthew Myers, Barneveld; Nicholas Payne, Seneca; Tyler Zacho, Cambria-Friesland. Coaches: Mark Lierman, Shullsburg; Mike Uppena, Potosi; Nathan Copsey, River Ridge.
Girls Rosters
Division 1 North:
Alex Luehring, Verona; Bria Lemirande, Middleton; Brianna Banks, Eau Claire North; Callie Pohlman, Appleton North; Ema Fehrenbach, Marshfield; Kiara Dallmann, Sheboygan North; Lexi Hanley, Chippewa Falls; Lizzie Miller, De Pere; Olivia DeCleene, De Pere; Sammy Buerger, Oshkosh North; Sydney Cocking, Appleton West. Coaches: Jayme Engen, Oshkosh North; Joe La Chapell, Appleton East; Rachel Biertzer, Oshkosh North.
Division 1 South: Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine; Alyssa Pausha, Kettle Moraine; Calli Delsman, Waukesha West; Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central; Grace Gilmore, Hartland Arrowhead; Liz Erdmann, Hartland Arrowhead; Macy Williams, Sussex Hamilton; Madison Schell, Franklin; Marissa Igunbor, Menomonee Falls; Megan Lee, Franklin. Coaches: Jack Hervert, Kettle Moraine; Matt Stuve, Germantown; Vinny Daniels, Germantown.
Division 2 North: Cassidy Trotter, Beaver Dam; Ella Ellenson, Rice Lake; Kaly Kostrova, Rhinelander; Kara Crowley, Beaver Dam; Katelyn Morgan, Green Bay Notre Dame; Kennedy Ross, Cedarburg; Leah Porath, New London; Liz Edinger, West De Pere; Tayla Stuttley, Onalaska; Victoria Nowak, Waupaca. Coaches: Ryan Clark, Rhinelander; Scott McKellips, Mosinee; Tom McCarty, Mosinee.
Division 2 South: Bailey Eichner, Cudahy; Delaney Sjong, Wilmot; Emily Kieck, Baraboo; Janelle Shiffler, Union Grove; Kendra Halverson, Stoughton; MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee; Melissa Leet, Portage; Nikki Arneson, Mount Horeb; Sierra Grubor, Whitnall; Taylor Greenheck, Sun Prairie. Coaches; Jason Vermeer, Union Grove; Keiya Square, Wilmot; Rob Domagalski, Union Grove.
Division 3 North: Alisha Murphy, Wrightstown; Brooke Geier, Kewaunee; Chandler Zwiefelhofer, Bloomer; Danielle Nennig, Wrightstown; Ellie Olsen, Kewaunee; Kendra Dombrowski, Amherst; Lexi Smith, Northland Pines; Makenn Haase, Freedom; Tess Keyzers, Little Chute; Tori Martell, Somerset. Coaches: Kelly Mierow, Wrightstown; Lynn Geier, Kewaunee; Mike Froehlke, Wrightstown.
Division 3 South: Brooklyn Liegel, Richland Center; Elizabeth Lutz, Marshall; Emily Hafemann, Glendale Martin Luther; Estella Moschkau, Madison Edgewood; Kellan Schmidt, Edgerton; Myriama Smith Traore, Whitewater; Natalie Geiger, Lomira; Rebekah Schumacher, Whitewater; Sadie Kosciuk, Winneconne; Taylor Briehl, River Valley. Coaches: Chris Seep, Marshall; Dan Nickel, Marshall; Sam Hernandez, Johnson Creek.
Division 4 North: Adrienne Stoffel, St. Croix Falls; Ally Heidorn, Colfax; Amanda Kind, Marathon; Ambree Schlosser, Durand; Andie Zuelke, Stratford; Katherine Kopp, St. Croix Falls; Kayla Lis, Neillsville; Leighten Fischer, Iola-Scandinavia; Madysn Riek, Boyceville; Sammy Griesbach, Stratford. Coaches: Curtiss Stark, Durand; Kim Weber, Cameron; Lionel Jones, Durand.
Division 4 South: Anja Smith, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs; Brittany Schaller, Howards Grove; Caitlyn Tipton, Laconia; Ellie DeGroot, Oshkosh Lourdes; Haylee Adler, Wisconsin Heights; Katie Van Scyoc, Oshkosh Lourdes; Mikayla Brouette, Pardeeville; Rylee Gabel, Cochrane-Fountain City; Sam Yancy, Howards Grove; Sydney Staver, Mineral Point. Coaches: Heidi Georgeff, Howards Grove; Jeremy Bushman, Kiel; Wade Georgeff, Howards Grove.
Division 5 North: Aeysha Paskert, Thorp; Alexa Gravunder, Wild Rose; Josie Verbick, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Karsyn Rueth, Loyal; Lauren Fech, Wausau Newman Catholic; Lindsey Alberson, Flambeau; Mackinzie Fall, Clayton; Morgan Reinwand, Loyal; Morgna Meerstein, Green Bay NEW Lutheran; Shauna Kavajecz, South Shore. Coaches: Deb Martin, Port Edwards; Kasey Rader, Tri-County; Mike Vesperman, Tri-County.
Division 5 South: Dakota Hutzler, Rio; Hattie Rennert, Shullsburg; Katie Nelson, Augusta; Macey Klebesadel, Riverdale; Mia Whitish, Barneveld; Morgan Paul, Randolph; Olivia Marron, La Farge; Paige Schneider, Rio; Sammy Lovelace, Black Hawk; Teegan Pickarts, Barneveld. Coaches: Charlie Mulder, Central Wisconsin Christian; Deb Hutzler, Rio; Rusty Sunde, Rio.

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Stratford wrestling team wins voting for WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports. com March High School Athlete of the Month

Posted on 31 March 2017 by paul

The Stratford wrestling team, winners of the WIAA Division 3 state team title, won the vote for the WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com March High School Athlete of the Month award. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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The Stratford wrestling team has been voted as the WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com March High School Athlete of the Month.

The High School Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Marshfield Clinic, Cost Cutters Family Hair Care and Burt Trophy & Awards.

Varsity athletes from the following high schools are eligible to be nominated for the award: Abbotsford, Athens, Auburndale, Colby, Columbus Catholic, Edgar, Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Marathon, Marshfield, Neillsville, Owen-Withee, Pittsville, Spencer, Stratford and Thorp.

Stratford wrestling garned 165 of the 360 votes cast.

Other nominees for the March award were the Loyal girls basketball team, winners of the WIAA Division 5 state title, and the Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team that reached the WIAA Division 5 state tournament semifinals.

Stratford won its first-ever state title by rolling past Random Lake 52-13 and Fennimore 49-13 at the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament on March 4 at the UW Fieldhouse in Madison. The Tigers won the Division 3 championship by taking 21 of the 28 matches they wrestled at state, including 10 by pin. Senior Mason Kauffman finished off an undefeated season with a pin and a technical fall in the two matches, ending his year with a 34-0 record.

The Stratford wrestling team joins Columbus Catholic volleyball player Kendra Baierl (September), Columbus Catholic soccer player Nadim Torbey (October), Abbotsford football player Ethan Kramas (November), Owen-Withee girls basketball player Jennifer Wendler (December), Marshfield boys basketball player Ethan Posteluk (January), and Columbus Catholic boys basketball player Tyler Fuerlinger (February) as winners of the award during the 2016-17 school year.

Nominate someone for the April Athlete of the Month award by emailing paul@marshfieldareasports.com. Voting will take place here from May 1-7.

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Columbus Catholic lands three on first team of 2016-17 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Boys Basketball Team

Posted on 29 March 2017 by paul

Marshfield Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger was named Cloverbelt Conference East Division Player of the Year and was one of three Dons selected to the first team of the all-conference squad. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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After its second-straight title, Marshfield Columbus Catholic was rewarded with three first-team selections to the 2016-17 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Boys Basketball Team.

Senior guard Tyler Fuerlinger was named Player of the Year after scoring 22.7 points and grabbing seven rebounds per game for the Dons, who won the conference title with a 15-1 record and ended up advancing to the WIAA state tournament in Division 5.

Fuerlinger, senior guard Hunter Schultz, and junior guard Nick Malovrh were all first-team picks for Columbus. Fuerlinger was a repeat first-team pick, while Schultz was a first team pick in 2015 and a second-team selection last year.

Schultz averaged 23.3 points per game and hit a team-best 89 3-pointers for the Dons. Malovrh was third on the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game and had 68 3-pointers.

Joining the Columbus trio on the first team were Loyal senior Cameron Brussow, Neillsville senior Adam Schmidt, and Owen-Withee senior Kole Karaba.

Brussow ended his career as a three-time first-team all-conference selection.

Spencer junior Jack Bezlyk earned second-team honors after scoring 16.5 points per game for the Rockets.

“Jack had a very good year this year and I’m really looking forward to seeing him next year as a senior,” Spencer coach Randy Reckner said. “Jack is able to score both inside and outside, which makes him tough to guard.”

Columbus Catholic senior guard Ryan Dieringer was an honorable mention pick.

2016-17 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Boys Basketball Team
First team:
Hunter Schultz, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Tyler Fuerlinger, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Nick Malovrh, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Cameron Brussow, sr., Loyal; Adam Schmidt, sr., Neillsville; Kole Karaba, sr., Owen-Withee.
Second team: Mathew Karl, sr., Colby; Riley Geiger, sr., Loyal; Isaac Bryan, sr., Neillsville; Marlin Pogodzinski, sr., Owen-Withee; Darryn Bottlemy, sr., Owen-Withee; Jack Bezlyk, jr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Ryan Dieringer, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Roman Konsella, sr., Gilman; Devin Toburen, jr., Greenwood; Trevor Serocki, sr., Greenwood; Jordan Radue, jr., Loyal; Preston Shelton, sr., Owen-Withee.
Player of the Year: Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.

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Barneveld surges past Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 5 boys basketball state tournament semifinal

Posted on 17 March 2017 by paul

Columbus Catholic’s Hunter Schultz launches a 3-pointer in front of the Dons’ faithful at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament Division 5 semifinal game Friday against Barneveld at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger drives through the Barneveld defense during a Division 5 semifinal game Friday at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Dons lost 72-52. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic’s Nick Malovrh looks to get past Barneveld’s Malcolm Reed during Friday’s Division 5 semifinal at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MADISON – For the first 24 minutes, Marshfield Columbus Catholic and Barneveld played an evenly-matched game, with the lead changing hands numerous times and neither team leading by more than six points.

The last 12 minutes did not go as well for the Dons.

Barneveld used a 20-2 over a 7-minute stretch to open up a big lead and sink Columbus Catholic’s chances for its first WIAA state title as it beat the Dons 72-52 in a Division 5 semifinal Friday morning at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Barneveld (25-3) will play Shullsburg (25-3) in the Division 5 championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday. Shullsburg outlasted Chippewa Falls McDonell 63-48 in the first semifinal Friday morning.

Barneveld’s matchup-zone defense and big rebounding advantage (44-22) turned out to be too much for the Dons to handle at the end.

“I thought there were a few times we weren’t catching the ball ready to shoot it and there were a few times we passed up shots,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said. “We want Nick (Malovrh), Tyler (Fuerlinger) and Hunter (Schultz) to take shots in rhythm and it just seemed there was never any rhythm offensively.”

An 8-0 run gave Barneveld an early 8-2 lead before the Dons (25-3) got their offense going.

Malovrh and Fuerlinger hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Fuerlinger added a steal and layup to put Columbus up 10-8 5 minutes in.

The Golden Eagles scratched back to take the lead at 18-16 and the game was tight throughout the remainder of the first half.

Columbus’ Ryan Dieringer made a 3-pointer, only to be countered by Barneveld’s Matthew Myers, and a lay-in at the buzzer by Kauy Fargo put the Golden Eagles up 30-26 at halftime.

Myers and Dieringer each hit back-to-back 3-pointers again 6 minutes into the second half and Columbus trailed 42-41 with 11:55 to go.

After that, it was all Barneveld.

Columbus scored on just one of its next 11 possessions and watched Barneveld open up a 19-point lead.

Myers had a 3-pointer, Malcolm Reed and Mike Zouski converted three-point plays, and Zouski had a steal and basket to give the Golden Eagles a 62-43 lead with 5:01 remaining.

“We missed some shots,” Konieczny said. “Myers hit two or three 3s, he shot the ball really well today. We knew coming in that he had attempted three times as many as the next person, and he shot it very well and was kind of the focus (defensively). Give him credit. I thought once or twice we lost him, but he hit some really tough shots that opened the game up and we were scrambling even more from there. We could never get over that hump.”

Schultz and Fuerlinger scored, and Schultz canned a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 12 with 3:15 left, but the Dons turned the ball over or missed shots on their next four possessions and couldn’t get any closer as Barneveld closed out the win on a 10-2 run.

Columbus came into the game shooting 49.5 percent overall and 37 percent from 3-point range. Barneveld was able to hold the Dons to 37.7 percent shooting (20 of 53) and 33 percent (9 of 27) from beyond the arc.

“We knew how hard we had to work on our defense to try to stay on their shooters,” Barneveld coach Jim Myers said. “I thought the guys did a great job communicating and staying on their shooters as much as we could. On the other side, we finished shots that we needed to finish and had a lot of guys contribute.”

Fuerlinger finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Schultz and Malovrh each had 13 points for the Dons. Myers topped Barneveld with 17 points, including five hits from 3-point range.

“They played really good help defense,” Fuerlinger said. “There were just really no openings. They played really well and I look forward to watching them tomorrow.”

Notes: Barneveld sophomore forward Malcolm Reed was playing with a heavy heart after his mother, Jennifer Lease, died on March 11 while Barneveld was playing in its sectional final game at Watertown. She suffered a brain aneurysm prior to the start of the game and died at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison later that day. Reed finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in the Golden Eagles’ win Friday. “We prayed a lot for their community and team this week for what they’ve been through, and we are incredibly excited for them to have the opportunity to play tomorrow, especially for Malcolm Reed,” Konieczny said. “I think he deserves it, and we’ll root for Barneveld tomorrow.”…Barneveld is looking for its first state title, having made its first state appearance just last season when it lost in the D-5 semifinals…Shullsburg is going for its second after winning the Division 4 title in 1991, its only other state tournament appearance…Since joining the WIAA in the 2000-01 season, the Dons were making their second state trip. Columbus lost in the Division 4 semifinals in 2003…Barneveld, the champions of the Six Rivers East Conference, defeated Shullsburg, the champs of the Six Rivers West, 57-36, earlier this season in a nonconference game.

Golden Eagles 72, Dons 52
Columbus Catholic 26 26 – 52
Barneveld 30 42 – 72
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (52):
Charles Payant 0-2 0-0 0, Ryan Dieringer 2-3 0-0 6, Nick Malovrh 4-13 2-2 13, Hunter Schultz 5-15 0-0 13, Tyler Fuerlinger 7-14 1-2 16, Jarred Mandel 1-4 0-0 2, Peyton Nystrom 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Bryce Fuerlinger 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Hutchison 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Meece 1-1 0-0 2, Noah Hansen 0-0 0-0 0, Evan Dieringer 0-0 0-0 0, Karak Bushman 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 20-53. FT: 3-4. 3-pointers: 9-27 (Schultz 3-7, Malovrh 3-10, R. Dieringer 2-3, T. Fuerlinger 1-3, Mandel 0-1, Olson 0-1, Payant 0-2). Rebounds: 22 (T. Fuerlinger 6). Assists: 9 (T. Fuerlinger 4). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none. Record: 25-3.
BARNEVELD (72): Malcolm Reed 4-8 4-7 12, Lucas Evans 3-8 0-1 6, Matthew Myers 6-13 0-0 17, Kauy Fargo 3-8 3-5 9, Mike Zouski 5-8 4-5 14, Trey Laube 1-3 2-2 4, Jacob Slaney 1-1 0-0 2, Jonas Ignatius 2-2 1-2 6, Dayne Evans 0-0 2-2 2, Bryce Vacha 0-0 0-0 0, Samuel Shatrawka 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Roberts 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-51. FT: 16-24. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Myers 5-8, Ignatius 1-1, Zouski 0-1, Reed 0-1, Fargo 0-2, Laube 0-2). Rebounds: 44 (L. Evans 9). Assists: 13 (Myers 5). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 5. Fouled out: none. Record: 25-3.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball not just happy to make it to state, the Dons want a title

Posted on 15 March 2017 by paul

Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger drives around a Gresham defender during the WIAA Division 5 sectional final March 11 at D.C. Everest High School. Fuerlinger is averaging 22 points and 7 rebounds per game this season for the Dons, who will play in a Division 5 semifinal at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic boys basketball coach Joe Konieczny is leading his team to its first WIAA state tournament appearance since 2003. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – Everyone that laces up their sneakers back in November as the basketball season gets underway dreams of ending it in March at the Kohl Center.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic has that chance, but the Dons are not going to settle for just making it – they want to grab a championship.

Columbus Catholic (25-2) will play Barneveld (24-3) in a Division 5 semifinal at 10:45 a.m. Friday at the 2017 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament in Madison. Chippewa Falls McDonell (24-3) will take on Shullsburg (25-2) in the first semifinal at 9 a.m., and the winners will face off for the Division 5 state title on Saturday at 11 a.m.

All of the state tournament games will be televised live on WAOW-TV 9 of Wausau and the Columbus games will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.

The Dons are making just their second state tournament appearance since joining the WIAA in the 2000-01 season. Columbus lost a Division 4 semifinal in 2003, before any of the current Dons were even in school.

To finally make it back, and have the chance to win the first WIAA team title in any sport for Columbus, has the players eyeing one common goal.

“The feeling has really sunk in now,” Columbus senior point guard Hunter Schultz said. “It’s a dream come true. We have a job to do when we go to state. We’re not going to state just to go, we’re going to state to win two games. We have to stay focused on that.”

Senior forward Charles Payant echoed those thoughts.

“Ever since I was a little kid we’ve wanted to get down to state, that’s been our No. 1 goal,” Payant said. “Now we have to find a way to do that (win it).”

Barneveld, like Columbus Catholic, was a No. 1 seed in its sectional. The Golden Eagles survived a pair of tight games, winning a regional final over Rio 54-51 and a sectional semifinal over Pecatonica 45-44, before blowing out Hilbert 62-42 in the sectional final.

Barneveld has a balanced scoring attack, with all five starters averaging between 7 and 13.5 points per game, led by senior point guard Matthew Myers.

A sharp contrast from the Dons is that Barneveld has only made 122 3-pointers and shoots just 29.1 percent from long range, while Columbus is hitting at 37-percent clip and has taken nearly 300 more attempts from beyond the arc.

While Columbus is averaging nearly 80 points per game (79.2) and has scored under 68 points only three times all season, Barneveld scores just 61.9 per game and has hit the 70-point mark just four times in its last 22 games.

Coach Joe Konieczny, who in his 12th season will be making his coaching debut at the state tournament, said the Golden Eagles will provide a tough test for the Dons.

“I think they can play whatever style that they want you to play,” Konieczny said. “In some of their games they run, they have athletes that push it up the floor and leak out on you, and other games they have 30-40 second possessions and break you down.

“We know we play a really good opponent on Friday and we need to be ready for them. The team we play is incredibly solid. They don’t really have a weak link – seven or eight guys that are really solid, smart basketball players. They have two or three that are very good athletes, and they are very disciplined. We know that we have our work cut out for us Friday.”

Schultz, who missed five games before returning for the Dons’ regional final win over Loyal on March 4, leads the way at 23.8 points per game and 87 3-pointers made. Senior forward Tyler Fuerlinger, the Cloverbelt Conference East Division Player of the Year, isn’t far behind, totaling 22.0 points. He also puts up 7.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3 steals per game – all team highs.

Junior guard Nick Malovrh chips in with 13.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and is shooting an impressive 44.6 percent (75 of 168) from 3-point range for the Dons.

Despite suffering its only two losses of the season while Schultz was out, senior guard Ryan Dieringer said it made them stronger.

“We’ve had a couple bumps along the way, but I think as a team we were ready for any challenge we had to face and handled it well together, as one, not individuals,” Dieringer said.

After a 19-3 regular season last year, including an undefeated Cloverbelt East championship, the Dons built a double-digit lead before losing a regional final to Almond-Bancroft.

Columbus got revenge, topping A-B in the sectional semifinal this year. The loss in last year’s playoffs fueled this year’s group to strive for more.

“I was making sure I got up my shots every day, I think everyone was focusing on that, just stay in-tune all year around,” Fuerlinger said. “Last year really hurt all of us when we lost in the regional finals. I think we made an extra point to get farther this year.”

For Konieczny, the big step his team took this season will never be forgotten.

“It was our sixth time in sectionals (under Konieczny) and to finally get a group that knocked the door down, it really means a lot to the program,” Konieczny said. “We have a lot of younger teams in our program that were there on Saturday (at the sectional final victory over Gresham) and they can see what it is and now have something to shoot for. I’m grateful for this group of boys that decided it was the year to take the next step.”

2017 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament
March 16-18, at Kohl Center, Madison
Thursday, March 16
Division 3 semifinals

Prescott (23-3) vs. Lake Mills (24-2), 1:30 p.m.
Appleton Xavier (26-0) vs. Ripon (26-0), 3:15 p.m.
Division 4 semifinals
Cameron (23-3) vs. Darlington (26-0), 6:30 p.m.
Manitowoc Roncalli (13-13) vs. Milwaukee Destiny (24-1), 8:15 p.m.
Friday, March 17
Division 5 semifinals

Chippewa Falls McDonell (24-3) vs. Shullsburg (25-2), 9 a.m.
Marshfield Columbus Catholic (25-2) vs. Barneveld (24-3), 10:45 a.m.
Division 2 semifinals
La Crosse Central (24-2) vs. Waunakee (24-2), 1:30 p.m.
Cedarburg (24-2) vs. Milwaukee Washington (22-4), 3:15 p.m.
Division 1 semifinals
Stevens Point (22-4) vs. Madison Memorial (23-3), 6:30 p.m.
Hartland Arrowhead (21-5) vs. Brookfield Central (24-2), 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 18
Championship Games

Division 5, 11 a.m.
Division 4, 12:45 p.m.
Division 3, 2:30 p.m.
Division 2, 6:30 p.m.
Division 1, 8:15 p.m.

Division 5 Notes
Columbus Catholic Dons
Record:
25-2, Champions of Cloverbelt Conference East Division (15-1).
Projected starting lineup: Charles Payant, 6-0, sr., F, 4.4 points, 2.8 rebounds per game; Ryan Dieringer, 5-9, sr., G, 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds per game; Hunter Schultz, 5-11, sr., G, 23.8 points, 3.9 rebounds per game, 87-208 3-pointers (41.8 percent); Nick Malovrh, 5-10, jr., G, 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds per game, 75-168 3-pointers (44.6 percent); Tyler Fuerlinger, 6-2, sr., G, 22.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals per game, 57 percent shooter from field (232-407).
Top reserves: Jarred Mandel, 6-2, so., F, 5.9 points, 3 rebounds per game; Ethan Meece, 6-1, so., F, 3.3 points, 1.4 rebounds per game, 70 percent shooter from field (33 of 47); Noah Hansen, 6-3, jr., F, 1.9 points, 1.8 rebounds per game; Peyton Nystrom, 5-9, jr., G, 9.5 points, 1.1 rebounds per game.
Barneveld Golden Eagles
Record:
24-3, Champions of Six Rivers East Conference (11-1).
Projected starting lineup: Matthew Myers, 6-0, sr., G, 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4 assists per game, 51-153 3-pointers, 84 percent free throw shooter (69 of 82); Mike Zouski, 6-2, sr., G, 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds per game, team-high 71 free throws made; Kauy Fargo, 6-1, jr., G, 8.9 points, 3.4 assists per game; Malcolm Reed, 6-4, so., F, 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds per game; Lucas Evans, 6-5, sr., C, 7 points, 5.7 rebounds per game.
Top reserves: Trey Laube, 6-2, sr., G, 3 points, 1.9 rebounds per game; Jacob Slaney, 6-3, jr., C, 2.9 points, 3.7 rebounds per game; Jonas Ignatius, 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds per game; Samuel Shatrawka, 6-1, sr., F, 1.4 points, 1.6 rebounds per game.
Chippewa Falls McDonell Macks
Record:
24-3, Champions of Cloverbelt Conference West Division (11-1).
Projected starting lineup: Grayson Knowlton, 6-5, sr., F, 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds per game, 52 percent shooter from floor (166-318); Hayden Baughman, 6-6, jr., F, 14.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 blocks per game; Austin Amelse, 5-10, sr., G, 16.1 points, 7 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game, team-high 55 3-pointers made; Nathan Hoglund, 6-0, sr., G, 11.4 points2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game; Wesley Benish, 5-9, sr., G, 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds per game.
Top reserves: Cory Hoglund, 6-0, so., G, 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds per game; Ryan Sorensen, 5-10, sr., G, 4 points, 2.5 rebounds per game; Alex Ohde, 6-7, sr., F, 1.2 points1.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game; Jordan Moulton, 1.2 points per game.
Shullsburg Miners
Record:
25-2, Champions of Six Rivers West Conference (12-0).
Projected starting lineup: Hunter Matye, 6-5, sr., G/F, 14.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game; Joseph Meyer, 6-9, sr., F/C, 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds per game; Noah Wand, 6-4, sr., G/F, 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds per game, team-high 45 3-pointers made; Lance Lierman, 6-3, sr., G/F, 6.3 points, 3.4 rebounds per game; Nathan Wedige, 5-8, sr., G, 1.8 points, 2.3 rebounds per game.
Top reserves: Jeremiah Bailey, 6-4, sr., F, 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds per game; Cameron Doyle, 6-3, sr., G, 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds per game; Jacob Berendes, 5-10, so., G, 2.2 points, 1.4 rebounds per game; Alex Wand, 6-3, so., F, 2.3 points, 3.7 rebounds per game.

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College roundup: Updates on Marotz, Momont, Johnson, Fleischmann

Posted on 14 March 2017 by paul

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By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country.

Periodically, MarshfieldAreaSports.com will publish a College Sports Roundup updating readers of some of those local athletes’ exploits at the collegiate level.

This is the first of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport at the next level.

Megan Marotz

Sylviann Momont

Marotz, Momont compete at NCAAs
Megan Marotz, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, and Sylivann Momont, a 2016 grad of Auburndale High School, each competed in the pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10-11 at Naperville, Ill.

Marotz, a senior on the UW-Platteville track team, finished sixth and earned All-American honors as a result.

Marotz won the 800 meters in 2:22.30 to finish with 3,351 points in the five-event women’s pentathlon, breaking the school record by three points. She also finished second in the long jump (17 feet, 4¼ inches), ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.30 seconds), tied for 11th in the shot put (31-6½), and tied for 13th in the high jump (4-9).

Momont, a freshman for UW-Stevens Point, was third in the long jump (17-2), fifth in the shot put (34-10½), eighth in the high jump (5-½), 11th in the 60 hurdles (9.37), and 16th in the 800 (2:38.41).

Paige Johnson

Johnson finishes career at UW-River Falls
Paige Johnson, a 2013 Spencer High School graduate and former state player of the year for the Marshfield co-op girls hockey team, wrapped up her career on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey team.

Johnson, a senior, scored five goals and had 17 assists as she played in all 29 games this season for River Falls.

Johnson had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over UW-Superior in the opening round of the WIAC O’Brien Cup, which River Falls went on to win with a 3-2 victory over UW-Eau Claire in overtime on March 4.

River Falls lost its opening game in the NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament to Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) 3-2 on March 10.

Johnson, a defenseman, was a NCAA Division III All-American a year ago and a member of the Division III Frozen Four all-tournament team after River Falls was the runner-up in the national tournament in 2016.

Jared Fleischmann

Fleischmann wraps up season at Viterbo
Jared Fleischmann, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, recently finished junior season on the Viterbo University (La Crosse) men’s basketball team.

Fleischmann started all 30 games for the V-Hawks this season, averaging 7.7 points, 4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game as Viterbo went 18-12.

He shot 33 percent from 3-point range (24 of 73) and 69.4 percent from the free throw line (50 of 72), and scored a season-high 19 points in the team’s opener on Nov. 2 against Governors State (Ill.) University.

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2017 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament scores

Posted on 12 March 2017 by paul

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MADISON – The 2017 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament concluded Saturday with championship games in five divisions.

Barneveld (26-3) won the Division 5 title, its first in school history, rolling past Shullsburg (25-4) 58-28.

In Division 4, Milwaukee Destiny (26-1) rolled past Darlington (27-1) 76-55 to win its first WIAA boys basketball championship.

Appleton Xavier also won its first WIAA state championship, routing Prescott 73-47. Xavier finishes the season with a perfect 27-0 record.

La Crosse Central won the Division 2 title game, holding off Cedarburg 55-53. It is Central’s second state title, and first since 1925.

Stevens Point (24-4) wrapped up the championship games with a dominating 85-56 win over Hartland Arrowhead in the Division 1 final. The D-1 title is Stevens Point’s third in a row and sixth overall.

2017 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament
March 16-18, at Kohl Center, Madison
Thursday, March 16
Division 3 semifinals

Prescott (24-3) 74, Lake Mills (24-3) 67 Stats
Appleton Xavier (27-0) 81, Ripon (26-1) 74 Stats
Division 4 semifinals
Darlington (27-0) 63, Cameron (23-4) 52 Stats
Milwaukee Destiny (25-1) 71, Manitowoc Roncalli (13-14) 54 Stats
Friday, March 17
Division 5 semifinals

Shullsburg (25-3) 63, Chippewa Falls McDonell (25-3) 48 Stats
Barneveld (25-3) 72, Marshfield Columbus Catholic (25-3) 52 Stats
Division 2 semifinals
La Crosse Central (25-2) 78, Waunakee (24-3) 56 Stats
Cedarburg (25-2) 73, Milwaukee Washington (22-5) 70 (OT) Stats
Division 1 semifinals
Stevens Point (23-4) 48, Madison Memorial (23-4) 41 Stats
Hartland Arrowhead (22-5) 63, Brookfield Central (24-3) 62 (OT) Stats
Saturday, March 18
Championship Games

Division 5: Barneveld (26-3) 58, Shullsburg (25-4) 28 Stats
Division 4: Milwaukee Destiny (26-1) 76, Darlington (27-1) 51 Stats
Division 3: Appleton Xavier (27-0) 73, Prescott (24-4) 47 Stats
Division 2: La Crosse Central (26-2) 55, Cedarburg (25-3) 53 Stats
Division 1: Stevens Point (24-4) 85, Hartland Arrowhead (22-6) 56 Stats

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Columbus Catholic moves on to state with win over Gresham in WIAA Division 5 boys basketball sectional final

Posted on 11 March 2017 by paul

The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team celebrates after receiving the sectional champion plaque following its win over Gresham in a WIAA Division 5 sectional final Saturday at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic’s Ryan Dieringer goes in for a layup during the second half of the Dons’ win over Gresham in a WIAA Division 5 boys basketball sectional final Saturday at D.C. Everest High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic’s Nick Malovrh follows through on a 3-point attempt during the first half of the Dons’ win over Gresham in a WIAA Division 5 boys basketball sectional final Saturday at D.C. Everest High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

SCHOFIELD – For the first time in 14 years, the Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team is going to the state tournament.

The Dons raced out to a big lead in the first half and held off a run from Gresham to win 68-62 in a WIAA Division 5 sectional final Saturday at D.C. Everest High School.

Columbus Catholic (25-2) will play Barneveld (24-3) in a Division 5 semifinal at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Friday at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Chippewa Falls McDonell (24-3) and Shullsburg (25-2) will play in the other D-5 semifinal at 9 a.m. Friday. The championship game is Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. McDonell beat Columbus 75-66 in the Cloverbelt Conference Crossovers first-place game on Feb. 25.

All of the tournament games will be televised on WAOW-TV 9 and the Columbus games will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.

Hunter Schultz scored 25 points, and Tyler Fuerlinger had 20 points and nine rebounds for Columbus, which will be making its second appearance at the state tournament since joining the WIAA in 2001. The Dons’ other appearance came in 2003 when they lost in the Division 4 semifinals.

“The feeling is just unreal,” Schultz said. “We worked so many countless years and hours in the gym for this one moment. It’s just unreal, it really is.”

The game was fast-paced early, with the lead changing hands six times over the first 6 minutes. A basket from Derek Bowman put Gresham (23-4) up 16-15 with 11:34 to go in the first half. That would be the Wildcats’ final lead.

Schultz responded with a 3-pointer to put Columbus back ahead. After neither team made a field goal for nearly 4 minutes, the Dons started to pour it on.

Schultz hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in a 15-0 run that turned a 21-18 lead into a 36-18 advantage with 2:53 to go in the half.
“The run we had in the first half was awesome,” Schultz said. “Our movement of the ball was great and it got me some open looks. I started hitting them, then some other guys starting hitting them.”

Columbus pushed the lead to 45-22 by halftime after closing on a 9-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer and another hoop from Fuerlinger, and a rebound and basket by Jarred Mandel.

Gresham reached the sectional final by overcoming a 13-point deficit in the final minute of the semifinal against Lena. The Wildcats forced overtime with a miraculous run and won it in the extra period.

That being said, the Dons knew Gresham would not give up.

The Wildcats started the second half on an 11-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Todd Otradovec, to cut Columbus’ lead to 14 less than 3 minutes in.

“We knew until the horn went off it wasn’t going to be easy,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said. “Luckily for us the game was 36 minutes and not 40. We’re fortunate to get a win against a really good team.”

Another Otradovec 3-pointer made it a 10-point game with 11:28 to go before the Wildcats cooled off for a stretch.

Schultz scored to push Columbus’ lead back to 16 at 61-45 with 5:13 remaining, but the Dons had to hold off one last run from Gresham.

Columbus missed two of five free throws as Gresham got to within 66-60 after a basket by Neal Cerveny with 24 seconds left. After another miss at the line by the Dons, Gresham had a chance to cut it to three, but missed on a 3-point attempt. Fuerlinger made two free throws with 8.1 seconds left to effectively end it for the Dons.

“I’m just so happy for our players,” said Konieczny, who is in his 12th year as head coach of the Dons and will be making his first trip to state. “Our seniors have wanted this for a long time. I’m fortunate to have a lot of really good players and kids that put a lot of time in the offseason. To see them get to play at the Kohl Center to end their careers, I couldn’t be more proud or happier for them.”

Dons 68, Wildcats 62
Columbus Catholic 45 23 – 68
Gresham 22 40 – 62
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (68):
Jarred Mandel 3-5 0-0 6, Charles Payant 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Dieringer 1-4 0-0 2, Peyton Nystrom 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Malovrh 4-13 1-2 13, Hunter Schultz 9-20 3-6 25, Ethan Meece 1-1 0-0 2, Tyler Fuerlinger 7-10 5-6 20, Evan Hansen 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 25-55. FT: 9-14. 3-pointers: 9-26 (Malovrh 4-12, Schultz 4-10, Fuerlinger 1-1, Dieringer 0-2, Payant 0-1). Rebounds: 35 (Fuerlinger 9, Malovrh 8). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: Fuerlinger. Record: 25-2.
GRESHAM (62): Drew Haffner 0-7 0-0 0, Legacy Skenandore 0-1 0-0 0, Ray Creapeau 1-6 4-4 7, Justy Paiser 0-1 0-0 0, Neal Cerveny 7-17 4-6 19, Derek Bowman 8-15 2-2 18, Todd Otradovec 7-12 0-2 18, Anthony Creapeau 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 23-59. FT: 10-14. 3-pointers: 6-22 (Otradovec 4-6, Cervey 1-5, R. Creapeau 1-5, Haffner 0-4, Skenandore 0-1, Paiser 0-1). Rebounds: 33 (Cervey 10, Bowman 10). Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 23-4.

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Columbus Catholic cruises past Almond-Bancroft in WIAA Division 5 boys basketball sectional semifinal

Posted on 09 March 2017 by paul

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By Steve Pilz
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STEVENS POINT – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team avenged a loss from a year ago in the regional final at the hands of Almond-Bancroft.

Leading wire-to-wire Thursday in a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal at Stevens Point Area Senior High, the Dons came away with a 75-62 win in a game that was never truly close.

The win puts the Dons (24-2) just a game away from the WIAA state tournament. Columbus will take on Gresham (23-3) in a sectional final at 4 p.m. Saturday at D.C. Everest High School. The winner qualifies for the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Division 5 semifinals are Friday, March 17, with the championship the next day. Columbus’ only appearance since joining the WIAA in 2001 came in 2003.

The Dons, known for their perennial intensity and offensive prowess, turned up the defensive screws a couple notches, a fact not lost on their coach.

“Dylan Bunders and Noah Kollock are as good as we’re going to see at this level,” Columbus coach Joe Konieczny said. “I thought we did a really good job of guarding them. Not a lot of people in the state can guard Noah Kollock. Ryan Dieringer and Peyton Nystrom drew that assignment and did a tremendous job. He’s that good. You’re not going to hold him below 10, but I thought we did as well as we could.”

Unfortunately for Almond-Bancroft (23-3), Kollock rarely touched the ball in the first half, shooting just 1 of 2 from the field and scoring just two points.

Instead, the Eagles tried to get the ball to their 6-foot-7 post man Dylan Bunders. He scored eight points after being harassed by many Dons, post-players and guards alike.

The Dons’ Nick Malovrh provided most of the offense as he had his second-straight hot shooting night, making 6 of 7 shots in the first half, including two 3-pointers, and had 14 points as Columbus built a 36-23 lead by the break. He shot 8 of 11 for the game and finished 19 points.

While Bunders had just five second-half points, Kollock proved what may have had Konoieczny sitting on the edge of his seat. The slippery 6-foot-1 sophomore made 7 of 11 shots, many off an incredibly quick first step. Kollock put up 18 points in the second half and ended with 20 for the game.

The Dons responded with senior Tyler Fuerlinger. Fuerlinger scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half and calmed a few nerves by canning 10 of 11 free throws in the second half alone. He finished 14 of 16 overall at the free throw line.

Konieczny said he was proud of his team.

“I give our kids a lot of credit,” he said. “They kept attacking. Last year we had a lead like this and we got a little tight. This year A-B made a run but kept attacking, got to the line and shot it real well. We also rebounded quite well, but we won it with our defense.”

Dons 75, Eagles 62
Almond-Bancroft 23 39 – 62
Columbus Catholic 36 39 – 75
ALMOND-BANCROFT (62):
Wyatt Richtmyre 7, Dylan Bunders 13, Cade Lamb 10, Jon Perrin 4, Noah Kollock 20, Carter Newby 7. FG: 23-48. FT: 10-16. 3-pointers: 6-18 (Lamb 3, Newby, D. Bunders Kollock). Fouls: 20. Fouled out: D. Bunders. Record: 23-3.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (75): Jarred Mandel 7, Nick Malovrh 19, Hunter Schultz 17, Tyler Fuerlinger 27, Noah Hansen 5. FG: 24-51. FT: 21-29. 3-pointers: 5-17 (Malovrh 2, Mandel, Schultz, T. Fuerlinger). Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 24-2.

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