Salzgebar, Medford blast GNC-leader Rhinelander

Salzgebar, Medford blast GNC-leader Rhinelander

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Salzgebar, Medford blast GNC-leader Rhinelander

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MEDFORD – Medford senior forward Austin Salzgebar entered Friday’s matchup against Great Northern Conference leader Rhinelander averaging eight points per game.

Salzgebar nearly had that many 3-pointers, draining five from behind the arc, finishing with a game-high 22 points, as Medford handed the Hodags their first in Great Northern Conference play, 56-32.

“Some people are emerging and getting better as the season goes on,” Medford coach Ron Lien said. “We are going to have to continue to do that as we get through the GNC schedule and into the playoffs.”

With Salzgebar leading the way, the Raiders cruised the entire way, using a 19-5 second quarter to take a commanding 33-12 lead into halftime and the outcome was never in doubt.

“We had great shots and made them,” Lien said. “We were efficient and had only two turnovers in the first half. We didn’t make many bad decisions against a team with just one loss to SPASH (in overtime). Defensively we made a handful of bad decisions. From both standpoints it was just an awesome game.”

With the win, Medford’s conference title hopes suddenly look quite feasable, improving to 6-2 in the GNC and just a half-game behind 6-1 Rhinelander.

Darren Leonhard (13 points) and John Keefe (11) combined for 24 more points for the Riaders.

Rhinelander 7 5 13 7 32
Medford 14 19 13 10 56

RHINELANDER (32): Sam O’Melia 3,Austin Bowman 2, Brett Matthews 2, Colton Volkman 4,Mitch Reinthaler 6, Dean 3, Shane White 10, Ben Eversmann 2.

MEDFORD (56): John Keefe 11, Connor Baumann 1, Taylor Dunlap 5, Grant Anderson 4, Darren Leonhard 13, Austin Salzgebar 22.

3-pointers: Rhinelander 2, (O’Melia, Volkman); Medford 9, (Keefe, Leonhard 2, Salzgebar 5).

Records: Medford 13-2, 6-2 GNC; Rhinelander 12-2, 6-1 GNC.

Owen-Withee 56, Greenwood 46

GREENWOOD – Bailey Karaba scored 18 points and Stephany Heggemeier scored 14 to lead the Blackhawks to a win over Greenwood.

Aleyna Goerlitz finished with 12. Owen-Withee outscored Greenwood 16-6 in the first quarter.

Taylor Suda paced Greenwood with 23 points and Kassandra Humke added 15.

Owen-Withee 16 13 11 16 56
Greenwood 6 12 10 18 46

Owen-Withee (56): Emily Gokey 2, Stephanie Heggemeier 14, Bailey Karaba 18, Emily Heggemeier 5, Kenadi Batchelor 1, Aleyna Goerlitz 12, Haley Bunnell 4.

Greenwood (46): Claire Lindner 4, Taylor Opelt 2, Taylor Suda 23, Teagan Mayenschein 2, Kassandra Humke 15.

3-Pointers: OW 2 (Karaba, Goerlitz); Greenwood 2 (Suda, Humke).

Marathon 53, Pittsville 26

PITTSVILLE – Three players hit in double figures as Marathon picked up the Marawood Conference South Division victory.

Emily Kind led the way with 13 points. Brooke Seubert and Natasha Hanke each had 12.

Marissa Ortner led Pittsville with nine points.

Marathon 9 17 18 9 53
Pittsville 11 4 4 7 26

MARATHON (53): Morgan Wirkus 2, Bailey Seubert 6, Brooke Seubert 12, Breanna Wirkus 5, Natasha Hanke 12, Emily Kind 13, Tori Blume 3.

PITTSVILLE (26): Tasha Vogel 6, Miranda Ortner 2, Breanna Kumm 3, Jenna Hughes 5, Marissa Ortner 9, Carly Solatycki 1.

3-pointers: Marathon none, Pittsville 4 (Vogel 2, Kumm, Hughes).

Edgar 47,
Stratford 37

EDGAR – The Wildcats got out of the gate quickly and built a nine-point lead after the first quarter of the Marawood Conference South Division game and never looked back.

Holly Denfeld led the way for Edgar with 17 points.

Hannah schmitt scored 21 to lead the Tigers.

Stratford 4 10 8 15 37
Edgar 13 10 11 13 47

STRATFORD (37): Hannah Schmitt 21, Carrie Stroetz 6, Amanda Rindfleisch 2, Brooke Schultze 5, Emily Hauke 3.

EDGAR (47): Kira Dittman 9, Kyrstn Wanless 4, Kailey Stencil 3, Lizzie Pospyhalla 6, Holly Denfeld 17, Brenna Martyn 2, Sydney Holbach 6.

3-pointers: Stratford 1 (Schmitt); Edgar 4 (Holbach 2, Stencil, Denfeld).

Spencer 43,
Loyal 36

LOYAL – Tara Matter scored 14 points as the Rockets battled past Loyal for the Cloverbelt Conference East Division win.

Missy Benz led the Greyhounds with 14 points.

Spencer 10 10 11 12 43
Loyal 8 11 7 10 36

SPENCER (43): Marisa Johnson 4, Alicia Endreas 6, Claire Drews 6, Kailyn Anderson 2, Macie Weber 7, Tara Matter 14, Abby Varsho 2, Sydney Kind 2.

LOYAL (36): Jaelynn Young 2, Jordyn Pieper 6, Taylre Wilke 4, Missy Benz 14, Devyn Schoonover 3, Jaedyn Pieper 7.

3-pointers: Spencer 1 (Matter); Loyal 2 (Schoonover, Ja. Pieper).

Columbus 55, Granton 29

Liz Manlick reached a career milestone as the Dons cruised to the Cloverbelt Conference East Division win.

Manlick’s 18 points gave her 1,001 for he career at Columbus.

Cheyenne Redcay scored 14 points for the Pirates and Emily Verkilen added 11.

Granton 4 4 9 12 29
Columbus 21 13 8 13 55

GRANTON (29): Cheyenne Redcay 14, Emily Verkilen 11, Bethany West 4.

COLUMBUS (55): Paige Thornton 2, Liz Manlick 18, Alishia Reigel 2, Abby Strobel 7, Tara Brock 1, Rachel Roehl 4, Hannah Stratman 4, Rebecca Lamermayer 2, Katie Weister 5, Hannah Kruse 6.

3-pointers: Granton none; Columbus 2 (Strobel, Weister).

Neillsville 47,
Colby 25

COLBY – Jenny Lindner knocked down five 3-pointers on her way to 22 points as the Warriors took control of the Cloverbelt Conference East Division game in the second half.

The Hornets allowed just a 3-pointer from Lindner in the second quarter to send the game to halftime tied. From there it was all Neillsville, as the Warriors extended their winning streak to 42 games.

Lyddia Calmes led the Hornets with nine points.

Neillsville 13 3 15 16 47
Colby 9 7 2 7 25

NEILLSVILLE (47): Katelyn Crothers 8, Jenny Lindner 22, Caitlynne Naughton 2, Lindsey Opelt 6, Taylor Henchen 2, Wendy Barth 4, Molly Attoe 3.

COLBY (25): Lyddia Calmes 9, Sarah Gamillo 8, Micaela Haas 3, Lisa Horacek 5.

3-pointers: Neillsville 7 (Lindner 5, Opelt 2); Colby 1 (Calmes).

Abbotsford 66, Chequamegon 52

ABBOTSFORD – Kim Lecheler scored 19 points as the Falcons stayed perfect in the Marawood Conference North Division.

Shelly Kneifl, Kylie Gonnering, Brooklyn Gunderson and Elli Carpenter each added eight points as Abbotsford spread the scoring around.

Chequamegon 14 9 14 15 52
Abbotsford 16 14 20 16 66

CHEQUAMEGON (52): Kayla Mrotek 3, Emily Wagner 25, Sydney Hilgart 11, Courtney Yanko 2, Morgan Hilgart 9, Emily Ernest 2.

ABBOTSFORD (66): Shelly Kneifl 8, Laura Kneifl 7, Jen Maki 2, Kylie Gonnering 8, Kim Lecheler 19, Brooklyn Gunderson 8, Elli Carpenter 8, Alyssa Waller 6.

3-pointers: Chequamegon 2 (S. Hilgart, M. Hilgart); Abbotsford 3 (Lecheler 2, Kniefl).

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