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Boys regional basketball: Milton falls to Fort Atkinson again

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Gazette staff
February 28, 2014

Fort Atkinson won another nail-biter against Milton on Friday night.

The Red Hawks missed a pair of 3-pointers on their final possession, and the Blackhawks escaped with a 52-49 victory in a WIAA Division 2 regional opener for both teams.

The win was Fort Atkinson’s third over Badger South rival Milton this season. The first meeting was decided by just two points.

On Friday, the Blackhawks built a six-point lead by halftime, but Milton wouldn’t go away. It battled back to tie the game on multiple occasions, including 41-41 in the fourth quarter. The Red Hawks’ Tyler Westrick had eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth.

But Fort Atkinson never trailed again. It got 15 points from Clay Gerds and 13 from Alex Bakken.

The Blackhawks play at McFarland in a regional final tonight. Milton finished with an 8-15 record.

FORT ATKINSON 52, MILTON 49

Milton (49)—D. Johnson, 3-0-6; Roach, 1-0-2; Farnsworth, 1-0-3; Westrick, 4-6-14; Bowen, 1-0-2; Weberpal, 1-0-2; Hammil, 2-2-6; N. Johnson, 4-4-12; Marline?, 1-0-2. Totals: 18-12-49.

Fort Atkinson (52)—Strom, 1-0-3; Beselich, 3-0-6; Bakken, 4-5-13; Gerds, 5-3-15; Jones, 3-0-6; Shoup, 1-1-3; Ciske, 1-2-4; Ebben, 1-0-2; 19-11-52.

Milton                 11      8      12     18—49

Fort Atkinson     13     12     10     17—52

Three-point goals—Milton 1 (Farnsworth), Fort Atkinson 3 (Strom, Gerds 2). Free throws missed—Milton 13, Fort Atkinson 16. Total fouls—Milton 18, Fort Atkinson 20.

• McFarland 59, Elkhorn 41—Chad Herbst and Sean Chislom each scored 16 points as the host Spartans beat the Elks in a regional semifinal.

The Elks (9-15, 4-10 Southern Lakes) kept it close through the first quarter, but the Spartans (13-10, 10-6 Rock Valley) pulled away by holding Elkhorn to six second-quarter points.

Joe Konopski paced Elkhorn with 11 points, but no other Elks player scored in double digits as the Spartans controlled the pace and made 22 free throws in the game.

MCFARLAND 59, ELKHORN 41

Elkhorn (41)—Anderson 2-3-8, Schilts 0-1-1, Knopski 4-0-11, Sweeney 1-0-2, Jurevicius 0-1-1, Wales 0-2-2, Johnson 2-0-5, Easterday 2-2-6, Amblang 2-0-5 13-9-41.

McFarland (59)—Herbst 3-9-16, Witt 1-0-3, Chislom 6-4-16, Rounds 3-5-11, Medenblik 1-0-2, Moore 1-0-2, Kopp 2-4-9. 17-22-59.

Elkhorn         13      6      10     12—41

McFarland     13     12     14     20—59

Three point goals—Elkhorn 6 (Anderson, Knopski 3, Johnson, Ambling) McFarland 3 (Herbst, Witt, Kopp). Missed free throws—Elkhorn 10, McFarland 4. Total fouls—E 21, M 18. Fouled out—Konopski, Herbst.

DIVISION 3

• Lakeside Lutheran 68, Evansville 52—The No. 4-seeded Warriors jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one quarter to set the tone in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal.

Evansville freshman Brennen Banks scored a game-high 17 points, but the Blue Devils couldn’t avenge a close regular-season loss to Lakeside.

Senior Nick Walczak added 11 points for Evansville, which finished 12-12.

Lakeside travels to face top-seeded Edgerton tonight.

LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 68, EVANSVILLE 52

Evansville (52)—Banks 17, Moc 5, Schlangen 3, Chenoweth 8, Walczak 11, Rutkowski 8.

Lakeside Lutheran (68)—Torgerson 12, Gronholz 16, Vredeveld 2, DeNoyer 14, Woyak 4, Birkholz 12, Weiland 8.

Evansville                    7      16     15     14—52

Lakeside Lutheran     18     15     19     16—68

• Marshall 79, Big Foot 51—The Chiefs’ postseason magic was halted in the first quarter of a regional semi.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 21-8 lead after one and led by 18 at halftime.

Nate Freytag had 15 points to lead Big Foot, which upset seventh-seeded Whitewater on Tuesday. Gus Wedig added 10 for the Chiefs, who finished 8-16.

Marshall will host No. 3-seeded Lake Mills tonight.

MARSHALL 79, BIG FOOT 51

Big Foot (51)—Cary 8, Pearce 5, Freytag 15, Landers 5, Hoey 2, Wedig 10, Tovar 6.

Marshall (79)—R. Link 14, A. Link 10, Ward 26, Klock 3, Wehking 3, Sinden 18, DeForest 5.

Big Foot      8      10     11     22—51

Marshall     21     15     19     24—79

• Lake Mills 55, Jefferson 37—The L-Cats held the Eagles to 13 first-half points to cruise to a regional victory.

Vinny Cincotta had 11 points to pace Jefferson, which finished 13-11.

LAKE MILLS 55, JEFFERSON 37

Jefferson (37)—C. Ott 6, Stelse 5, Cincotta 11, M. Ott 7, Welper 1, Fox 3, Janny 4.

Lake Mills (55)—Haro 5, Wells 5, Moen 13, Strasburg 17, Converse 13, Buth 2.

Jefferson       5       8      14    10—37

Lake Mills     16     13     19     7—55

• East Troy 67, St. Thomas More 50—The Trojans moved on and will host Saint Francis in a regional final tonight.

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DIVISION 1

• Beloit Memorial 54, Muskego 52—Muskego missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the second-seeded Purple Knights escaped with a home victory in their tournament opener.

Denzel Barnes and Andre Neal each had 10 points for Beloit.

The Knights will host Janesville Craig in a regional final tonight.

BELOIT 54, MUSKEGO 52

Muskego (52)—Vidmar, 3-0-8; Schultz, 6-2-17; Bednarck, 0-1-1; Gladnt, 1-2-4; Kehoe, 5-2-13; Wagner, 1-3-6; Radjenovich, 1-0-3. Totals: 16-10-52.

Beloit (54)—Fair, 3-2-9; Farr, 4-0-8; Freitag, 1-0-3; Pleasant, 2-1-6; Fisher, 1-0-2; Barnes, 3-4-10; Cabrera, 3-0-6; Neal, 2-6-10. Totals: 19-13-54.

Muskego     7     16     9     20—52

Beloit         17    15    12    10—54

Three-point goals—Muskego 6 (Vidmar 2, Schultz 3, Kehoe); Beloit 3 (Fair, Freitag, Pleasant). Free throws missed—Muskego 10; Beloit 8. Total fouls—Muskego 20; Beloit 18.



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