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News 8 Highlight Zone - March 1, 2019

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News 8 Highlight Zone - March 1, 2019
News 8 Highlight Zone - March 1, 2019
News 8 Highlight Zone - March 1, 2019

Good evening....i'm gregg wavrunek.

And i'm bryan mcloone.

The high school hoops postseason is heating up.

Tomorrow four area girls teams will play for a trip to state.

Tonight is the w-i-a-a boys tournament regional semifinal round after most ranked teams in the state enjoyed an opening round bye.

Number-two in division two central opening up against city rival logan.

-------------------- red raiders strike first as jordan davis steals this pass and takes it all the way down for the easy bucket... --------------------- logan hanging with central early on though.... maguire werner cleans up the miss and gets the putback... rangers down three.

-------------------- but, johnny davis and company would start to take over... davis hits a three here off the pass from noah parcher.... -------------------- next it would be terrance thompson getting in on the action.... he knocks down this corner three to put central up by 19.

--------------------- then... time running down in the first.... johnny davis drills his third three pointer of the first half... red raiders head into the locker-room up 42-16.

----------------- central wins 87-37.

Johnny davis finishes with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Central will host tomorrow the winner of this one.... holmen at home against menomonie.

------------------- holmen up 3 late..

And they hold on to that lead with a formula for victory tough defense forcing the throw away... and they extend it hitting their free throws down the stretch... ----------------- final seconds..

Holmen puts an exclamation mark at the end of the game..

Griffin gelder with the friendly bounce..

They go on to win... ---------------- final... menomonie 49 holmen 61 two-seed onalaska taking on a new richmond team that beat tomah by a bucket tuesday night.

------------------- 1st half action... onalaska's hank olsen hits the 3 pointer and gets fouled... the 4 point play extends the lead to 19... ------------------- later..

More ona... more olsen..

This time getting the steal and taking it back the other way..

Hilltoppers up 21 -------------------- still in the 1st... onalaska's dakota mannel up to gavin mcgrath for the alley-oop..

--------------------- and as time is expiring in the 1st..

Jonathan flanagan beats the double team for the lay up... ------------------ onalaska would lead this one 35-10 at the break.... and hilltoppers cruise to a 78-38 win.

Prairie du chien enters the postseason ranked number- eight in the state in division three.

Blackhawks now searching for their second state appearance in four years.

P-d-c starts their postseason journey hosting lodi.

-------------------- we pick this one up in the second half and p-d-c trails but gavin gillitzer finds hunter davis with a nice pass as he lays it in for the blackhawks.

------------------- later on the blackhawks take the lead as gillitzer takes it to the basket himself and cuts between the defense and puts it home giving the blackhawks a one point lead.

------------------- lodi though not going away as jack persike just goes right around the p-d-c defender for the easy layup reclaiming the lead for the bluedevils.

------------------- but p-d-c offense just keeps attacking as mason kramer hits the 3- pointer for the blackhawks as they extend their lead.

------------------ final... lodi 43 prairie du chien 53 coulee conference matchup as westby hosts g-e-t... each team winning on the other's home floor this past regular season.

------------------- redhawks came to play... sawyer schmidt hits the baseline three to put them up 20 in the first half ------------------- same story in the second half as schmidt with the no look pass to ben thompson and he finishes the layup putting them up 35-19 ---------------------- norsemen not going down without a fight as sam strangstalien hits from the top of the key... westby down 14.

---------------------- norsemen picking up the defense as luke bjorkland gets the steal and finishes on the other end... westby get within 7 at one point but......... --------------------- g-e-t's alex pearson hits the dagger from the baseline... that puts the redhawks up 12 with under four to play ----------------- final.... g-e-t 46 westby 37 mauston after a first round bye... hosts west salem.

------------------- first half in this one....west salem trailing....trent on foreman cleaning up the offensive glass....panthers down one.... ----- second half....golden eagles come out hot.....kyran fitzgerald.....spi n move....he's good off the bank shot....mautson up 7..... ------ next trip down....fitzgeral d....fighting his way inside....he scores down low.....9 point lead for mauston..... ----- that lead extends to double digits now....joe bauer euro stepping to the rack....mauston goes ahead by 14...... ----------------- final... west salem 63 mauston 83 division four.... four-seed melrose- mindoro hosting cadott.

------------------ mel-min trailing early....kick out to patrick corcoran....drai ns the three ball....mustangs take the lead...... ----- next trip down....corcora n once again.....he had 9 of his team's first 10 points.... ------ mustangs piling on....jimmy polenz through traffic....he the foul....mel- min up by 10 early..... ------------------ mustangs win big tonight.....76 to 47....they advance to the regional final..... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x more d- four.... luther loses on the road to state-ranked new glarus 84- 47.

Aquinas also losing to a state-ranked team... 55-42 at darlington.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxx whitehall gets their second straight postseason upset beating augusta 60-51.

And fall creek knocks off durand 75-74 in overtime.

We get to division five highlights when we return.... plus team state for both wrestling and gymnastics.

The news 8 highlight zone will be right back.

Welcome back to the news 8 highlight zone.

Holmen wrestling back at team state after a state runner-up finish one year ago.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx vikings in the quarterfinal round lose to kaukauna 42-25... as holmen's season comes to an end.

G-e-t/mel-min wrestles in the d-two semifinals tomorrow morning at ten.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xx west salem co-op gymnastics competing at team state tonight in wisconsin rapids.

They place third in the division two field with a score of 139.4... whitefish bay winning the state title.

Individual competition takes place tomorrow.

It's going to be a fun nine days seeing who emerges from our area out of the division five boys basketball field.

The sectional from our area consists of four teams ranked in the top-ten.

Of course only one spot for a state qualifier.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x defending state champion bangor ranked two in the state hosts wonewoc- center after a 50-point opening round win.

Bangor wins 72-51... grant manke scored his 1,000th career point in this one.

Next up for bangor is the winner of this contest... new lisbon hosting gilmanton.

-------------------- we jump into the 2nd half... gilmanton's cody serum... with the pull up jumper from mid range.

-------------------- the new lisbon rockets continue to roll... as the rockets cody haschke...evades the intentional and finds a wide open jared dvorak with the easy two points.

------------------- final... gilmanton 59 new lisbon 70 blair-taylor is ranked 5th in the state.... wildcats after a 59-point win on tuesday hosting eleva-strum.

--------------------- early on, its eleva- strum's matthew tomasello attacking the rim and laying it in for 2 blair-taylor up a point -------------------- a few minutes later, its going to be blair-talyor's matthew waldera snagging the pass and connecting on the long 2 wildcats up 14-11 ------------------- a good battle for the ball would allow cardinal's cade mcsorley to get open and hit the triple eleva-strum leads by one ----------------- soon after, blair-taylor would respond as it's alec reismann splashing a three of his own to put the game at 17-16 cardinals ------------------ with just a few minutes left in the first half blair-taylor's kyle steien works through the traffic and lays it in for 2 to give the wildcats a 20-19 lead xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx blair-taylor would go on to win a close one... 65 to 62 and only one points seperates hillsboro and lincoln.

So blair-taylor will host hillsboro tomorrow.

One more of those d-five ranked teams to check out.... it's number- three in the state wauzeka- steuben hosting kickapoo.

------------------- kickapoo comes out strong as wiley wagner takes advantage of a turnover and takes it to the basket and dunks it home giving the panthers an early lead.

------------------ wauzeka come right back though as nick benish finds brother nate benish as he puts it up and gets the role as the hornets tie the game early.

----------------- later on wauzeka takes the lead as carter lomas gets the inbound pass and patiently lets the defenders all jump as he then puts it in for the hornets.

---------------- kickapoo trying to answer but they turn it over to wauzeka's gavin ralph and he takes it all the way to the basket and almost dunks it but does extend the hornets lead.

Carter lomas: 20 ------------------ final... kickapoo 48 wauzeka- steuben 54 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x and one more division five score.... potosi the other state-ranked team in this sectional.... takes down seneca 59-33.

Coming up...... u-w la crosse men play in the opening round of the n-c-a-a tournament.... and another local college team is hoping to clinch a national tournament spot in program history.

The news 8 highlight zone will welcome back to the news 8 highlight zone.

For only the second time in program history... the uw-la crosse men's basketball team is playing in the ncaa division three tournament.

Eagles earning an at- large invite.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxx unfortunately it will be one- and-done for u-w-l.... losing to 13th ranked saint thomas 80-66.

The tommies shot 54-percent from the field...and were 12-of-27 from downtown... compared to u- w-l who was 2- for-12.

This weekend, viterbo hosts the national junior college women's basketball regionals.

Western technical is one of the 4 teams in the field and will play their semifinal game on saturday at 1 pm.

Semifinals winners advance to the regional championship game on sunday.

The 10th ranked cavaliers are on a 13 game win streak...two more wins and they are heading to the juco national tournament for the first time.

I think there is so much good basketball in the coulee region and this is just another opportunity for kids to keep playing.

And chasing their dreams. i think we are going to have to be the best version of us.

We are not real subtle, we come at you with 13 kids in the first quarter of every game.

We are going to guard you as hard as we can.

Move the ball, share the ball and then see what happens.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx busy welcome back to the news 8 highlight zone...time for our play of the night.

We go back to wauzeka - steuben where kickapoo's wiley wagner comes up with the turnover.....he throws it down on the other end......but the panthers season would come to an

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