Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:12

Central falls at state in final seconds

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By RICK SOLEM

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. - A free throw, that's what ended the Central High School's girls basketball season, a game ... a point away from a state championship bid.

The Red Raiders lost in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinals to fifth-ranked DeForest 43-42 Friday at the Resch Center.

Friday, 21 March 2014 03:03

Central girls look for upset at state

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By RICK SOLEM

It’s been quite a ride for Central High School’s girls basketball team.

A bumpy ride mostly, but a ride to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament all the same.

The Red Raiders (21-5) have grinded their way back to the tournament for the first time since second-place finishes in both 1994 and 1995.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:11

Who's in your Final Four?

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I do not pretend to know much about college basketball.

My mom could – and will - probably pick a better bracket than I could - no offense to moms out there, but mine doesn’t particularly care about sports, minus Facebook pictures of Aaron Rodgers that aren’t so much about football.

MADISON – He’s 6-foot-10. He’s the fourth-ranked player in the class of 2015 on rivals.com. And he was too much for Blair-Taylor High School’s boys basketball team to handle.

In the WIAA Division 4 state championship Saturday, junior Diamond Stone had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in leading Whitefish Bay Dominican to a 74-50 win at the Kohl Center and its third consecutive state title.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 02:25

Central girls headed to state, Luther falls

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. – The Central High School girls basketball team is headed to state.

In what has been a theme quite a bit this season, the Red Raiders didn’t play pretty but, again, won.

Friday, 14 March 2014 03:44

Caledonia a win from state title shot

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The Caledonia High School boys basketball team is a game away from a state championship berth.

That's something it hasn’t done since head coach Josh Diersen, and assistant Jeremy Leis, helped it win back in 1997.

Friday, 14 March 2014 03:39

B-T has tall road to climb for state title

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The seven times Blair-Taylor High School’s boys basketball team has made the state tournament, it lost.

Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., that drought finally ended.

Friday, 14 March 2014 02:15

Central girls a game from state

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - The shooting wasn't there, so Brittany Baldwin did what any good player does when the jumper isn't falling.

The 5-foot-7 senior guard got to the free-throw line. Baldwin went 7-for-10 from the stripe, scored 15 points, dished out seven assists and had seven rebounds in leading the Central High School girls basketball team to a game from the state tournament.

Friday, 07 March 2014 01:18

La Crosse teams fall, B-T Caledonia, R-P move on

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MENOMONIE, Wis. – Central High School’s boys basketball team found its season on the line with 9.2 seconds left in the WIAA Division 2 section semifinal.

And, who else would the Red Raiders turn to with the game on the line but … a freshman?

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It hasn’t lost since late December, and that loss was to 23-1 Neenah. The other blemish on Rice Lake High School boys basketball team’s record came to 23-6 Tartan (Minn.), a team that’s a game from state in Minnesota’s highest division.

So, La Crosse Central will have its hands full at 7 p.m. tonight at UW-Stout, taking on Rice Lake (20-2) in the WIAA Division 2 section finals. You can listen to Mike Kearns and Scott Erickson call this one on AM 580 WKTY or watch here.