Friday, 03 April 2015 22:07

Who has more pressure, Wisconsin or Kentucky?

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Kentucky beat UW at the buzzer last
season, went on to lose the title

It’s a case of polar opposites heading into the Kentucky-Wisconsin Final Four matchup.

Wisconsin heads in seemingly care free, cracking jokes at every press conference. The team that was devastated in this matchup last season, losing on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The team led by a pair of upperclassmen that came back for one more year of college solely for redemption.

Saturday, 21 March 2015 23:00

WIAA basketball state championships recap

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Onalaska High School’s boys basketball team got a taste of one of the best players in the country in the Division 2 section semifinals.

Henry Ellenson had 31 points, 19 rebounds in leading Rice Lake to a 62-48 victory. The 6-foot-10 senior led his team to the state championship Saturday, but he didn’t play.

Saturday, 14 March 2015 22:08

Koenig leads the comeback, UW on to championship

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Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig (24) controls the ball against Purdue forward Vince Edwards (12) and guard Jon Octeus (0) during the second half in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center. PHOTO: David Banks, USA TODAY

La Crosse native scores career high 19,
14 of those in second half

It was a game for a half, then Bronson Koenig and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team said enough is enough.

The Badgers blew out Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinal Saturday at the United Center, 71-51.

Purdue led 35-30 at halftime.

Saturday, 14 March 2015 20:28

Caledonia can't beat fate in championship

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March 14, 2015: Colton Lampert drives between two Melrose defenders in the state title game at the Target Center. PHOTO: Andrew Link / ALinkPhoto on Twitter

 Warriors' 18 year title drought
paled in comparison to Melrose's 41 years

It’s hard to fight the team seemingly of fate.

That about sums up what Caledonia High School's boys basketball team was up against Saturday in the Minnesota Class 2A state championship at the Target Center.

Rushford-Peterson storms the court after winning the Minnesota state Class A title on March 3, 2015 at the Target Center. PHOTO: John Millea / MSHSL

MINNEAPOLIS – They can finally call themselves state champions.

In its fourth consecutive trip to state, the Rushford-Peterson High School boys basketball team is taking home the Class A Minnesota state title.

Saturday, 14 March 2015 10:40

Caledonia, R-P looking for state championships

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Caledonia coach Josh Diersen either very happy or upset with the way his team is defending Maple River in the state semis at the Target Center. PHOTO: Andrew Link / ALinkPhoto on Twitter

R-P (30-1) ranked No. 1 in Class A,
Caledonia (28-4) ranked second in 2A

Southeastern Minnesota is looking to bring home two state championships today.

Friday, 13 March 2015 19:14

Koenig scores 12, Badgers move to semis

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Bronson Koenig (24) drives to the basket against Michigan at the United Center. PHOTO: Bob Campbell

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is one of the favorites for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Rushford-Peterson's crowd at the Minnesota state tournament. PHOTO: Andrew Link/@alinkphoto on Twitter

Top-ranked Trojans get second crack at title in as many years

MINNEAPOLIS – Rushford-Peterson High School’s boys basketball team is a win away from giving Tom Vix a Minnesota state championship for each decade he’s coached the team.

In the Class 1A quarterfinals, the Trojans shot the lights out. Friday, in the semifinals, it was the defense that took center stage.

Friday, 13 March 2015 01:11

Ellenson, Rice Lake outlast Onalaska

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Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson reacts after dunking the ball during Thursday's WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal against Onalaska in Menomonie, Wis. PHOTO: Marisa Wojcik/Eau Claire Leader Telegram

MENOMONIE, Wis. – For a half, the Onalaska High School boys basketball team stuck with Rice Lake.

But in the end, 6-foot-10 Henry Ellenson and fifth-ranked Warriors were simply too much.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:27

Krambeer lights it up for R-P at state

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Rushford-Peterson's Alex Vix, middle, drives to the basket for a layup past Fond du Lac Ojibwe's Dexter Delille (34) and Justin Brown (20) during a MSHSL Class A Boys Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. PHOTO: Andrew Link/Winona Daily News

MINNEAPOLIS – Charlie Krambeer picked a good time to be on fire.

The Rushford-Peterson High School senior scored 28 of his 33 points in the first half of a 105-58 win Thursday over Fond du Lac Ojibwe on Thursday in the opening round of the Minnesota Class A state tournament at Williams Arena.