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Wildcats close to beating the Cards

Wildcats close to beating the Cards Wildcats close to beating the Cards

Edgar loses to Newman by one point in Wausau

By Casey Krautkramer

The Edgar girls basketball team nearly upset an always formidable Wausau Newman squad on Tuesday. Edgar’s attempt to knock off Newman may have fallen just short, with a 4140 loss in Wausau, yet Wildcats head coach Betty Urmanski was happy with her team’s tremendous effort on the basketball court.

“I am so darn proud of our kids to battle from the tip to the final shot,” Urmanski said after the game. “The kids played well defensively, fought for loose balls and were patient on offense by taking the opportunities presented to them, but we came up short of beating Newman.”

Newman took a 20-17 lead at halftime but Edgar outscored Newman 23-21 in the second half. Juniors Makenna Guden and Gabbi Keim paced the Wildcats with 16 points apiece in the defeat to the Cardinals.

Edgar now has an 8-5 record in the Marawood South Conference and is 13-6 overall this season. Newman remains atop the Marawood South with a 13-1 record, and the Cardinals are 17-3 overall this season. Newman is ranked seventh in this week’s Division 5 coaches’ poll.

‘Cats down Loggers

The Edgar girls basketball team did beat Phillips, 57-53, in a high-paced game on Thursday in Edgar. The Wildcats got the best of the Loggers, who are in first place in the Marawood North Conference this season.

Makenna Guden missed her first handful of three-point shots in the first half, until she sank her first signature corner trey to give Edgar a 2619 lead against Phillips with just over four minutes left before halftime. The Wildcats took a slim 26-24 lead into the break.

Guden drained three treys to score 15 points in the second half toward her team-high 23 points. Phillips sophomore Jada Eggebrecht scored a gamehigh 28 points. Gabriella Keim, meanwhile, worked hard in the paint to grab numerous offensive rebounds to give Edgar’s offense second-chance oppor- tunities to score points. Keim contributed 14 points the team’s victory, while senior Marissa Ellenbecker added 11 and senior Teresa Hackel seven.

Teresa Hackel has the benefit of playing on Edgar’s varsity squad with her younger sister, sophomore Maria Hackel. Their parents are Mark and Nancy Hackel of Edgar. Teresa Hackel was pleased with her team’s effort on the court to gain the victory against Phillips.

“We came into this game really wanting to win and do our best; I think my teammates and I worked together really well,” Teresa Hackel said. “Our team did have our ups and downs in this game, but we stuck it out at the end which I am very happy about.”

Phillips now has an 11-3 record in the Marawood North and is 15-5 overall this season.

‘Jays, Tigers split games

The Athens girls basketball team easily beat Rib Lake, 50-26, at home on Tuesday. Freshman Celina Ellenbecker led Athens with 15 points and senior Paula Lira added 14.

Senior Abby Olson paced the Bluejays with five assists and four steals. Senior Allison Wolf led Athens with seven rebounds and senior Abby Van Rixel with four blocks.

Athens lost to Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, 56-27, in an away game on Thursday. The Bluejays were only losing, 18-17, at halftime.

Wolf led Athens with 11 points and Abby Van Rixel had 11 rebounds. Athens now has a 6-8 record in the Marawood North Conference and is 7-13 overall this season.

Stratford’s girls basketball team lost, 41-26, to Auburndale at home on Tuesday. Junior Breanna Ackley was the lone Tigers player to reach doubledigits in scoring with 12 points. Ackley also led the team with eight rebounds.

The Tigers fell behind, 23-12, at halftime. Stratford now has a 5-9 record in the Marawood South Conference and is 6-13 overall this season.

Stratford did beat Chequamegon, 6017, at home on Friday. Ackley scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half, and junior Emily Hughes tallied 12 of her 17 points in the first half. The Tigers were winning, 33-4, at halftime.

Tiger boys No. 2 in state

Stratford’s boys basketball team dominated Chequamegon, 80-38, on the road Friday. Senior Teddy Redman led Stratford with 12 points, five assists and three steals while he also added seven rebounds. Senior Tyler Lappe paced the Tigers with nine rebounds.

Dawson Danen and Camden Daul contributed 10 points each. Max Vanderhoof, Cody Miller and Vaughn Breit added nine points apiece. Stratford remains undefeated with a 17-0 record this season. The Tigers are also still ranked No. 2 in this week’s wissports. net Division 4 coaches’ poll.

Athens, Edgar boys win

The Athens boys basketball team downed Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, 64-53, at home on Friday.

Senior Cameron Ford led Athens with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Cooper Diedrich added 11 points and he paced the Bluejays with six assists. Junior Dane Diethelm scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Athens now has an 8-5 record in the Marawood North Conference and is 12-5 overall this season.

The Edgar boys basketball beat Phillips, 75-46, at home on Friday. Junior Drew Guden led Edgar with 25 points and six defensive rebounds. Juniors Brayden Baumgartner and Kyle Brewster added 14 and 13 points respectively. Edgar now has a 9-3 record in the Marawood South and is 14-3 overall.