Girls basketball: Wausau West at SPASH, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Panthers (15-4) can take a huge step toward clinching a Wisconsin Valley Conference championship with a win over the Warriors, giving SPASH no worse than a share of the title. A victory by West (11-7) would result in a three-way tie atop the Valley standings as SPASH, West and D.C. Everest would all have a pair of conference losses. The Panthers picked up a 55-38 win over West in the first meeting Jan. 11. Leading the Panthers attack are the senior tandem of Heather Woyak and Taylor Smola, who are averaging 13.4 and 11.3 points per game, respectively. Jasmin Samz paces West in scoring at 15.2 points a game, while Caity Coleman averages 10.7 points.
Boys hockey: Pacelli at SPASH, 7 p.m. Thursday (K.B. Willett Arena): On paper, the Stevens Point public and private high schools would appear to be on a collision course to meet in a WIAA regional semifinal. In order for the matchup to take place, the seventh-seeded Cardinals (8-10) must first take care of business against No. 10 seed Tomahawk at Ice Hawks Arena in a 7 p.m. start Tuesday night. Those teams met Jan. 24 with Pacelli prevailing 7-1. A victory would send the Cardinals into a matchup with the second-seeded and fourth-ranked Panthers (18-3-1) for the right to play in the regional final on Saturday. SPASH is led by sophomore goalie Nathan Siclovan, leads the state with a 1.10 goals against average and .955 save percentage. Luke Yenter paces the Pacelli attack with 29 points on a team-high 16 goals and 13 assists.
Gymnastics: Great Northern Conference Tournament at SPASH, 11 a.m., Saturday: SPASH will look to defend its Great Northern Conference Large Division championship against Ashland, Antigo, Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids. The Panthers also were crowned champions in the final year of the Wisconsin Valley Conference in 2011, ending a four-year title run by Antigo. Heidi Zorn enters the conference meet as one of the favorites to win a championship on floor exercise, while Amanda Byrum (uneven bars), Michaela Olszewski (balance beam, vault), Lacie Ligman (beam) and Abby Chojnacki (bars) are among the favorites in a variety of events.
— Scott A. Williams
Stevens Point Journal Media