Senior Night Win for Hilltopper Boys

By Matt Schlaefer
Tuesday night was the final regular season home game for the Hilltopper boys’ basketball team, and with that came Senior Night, recognizing the seven seniors on the team – Anthony Anderson, Ryan Wieting, Matt Bubolz, David Cridelich, Dillon Halfpap, Alan Chaussee, and Darren Schlaefer.  The game itself brought the Princeton/Green Lake Tigersharks to town for a re-match of a game won in the fourth quarter by the ‘Sharks earlier in the season.

Playing with evident emotion after their pre-game introductions, the Montello seniors starting the game built a lead of 15-9 in the first quarter.  Settling in to their normal rotation, they would continue to expand that lead through the second quarter for a 26-18 halftime lead. 
Knowing after the first meeting that their guests would come out playing tough in the second half, the home team was prepared, and would weather the Tigershark run and even expand their lead further in the third to 38-25.  The ‘Toppers would need that lead, as the visitors would force some rushed play and turnovers; outscoring the home team 18-9.  That margin however was not enough to overcome the Hilltopper lead, and the home team would notch a 47-43 victory.

“A really good win for us on Senior Night,” commented Coach Bredesen after the game.  “It was awesome for the seniors who’ve given a lot to the program to be able to get a win and have that memory of their Senior Night.  We rebounded and defended really well tonight, those things usually add up to wins.  We did a nice job of answering PGL’s runs, and hanging on in the fourth for the win.  We do still need to improve with the ball; still too many turnovers, especially in the fourth quarter.  In a season where we have had to learn through adversity, this was a nice win, and will hopefully help us build momentum heading into the tournament.”

Scoring for the ‘Toppers was led by Alan Chaussee with 15, including 1-3.  Also scoring were Darren Schlaefer 12; Garrett Hill 7, 1-3; Ryan Wieting 5; Alec Hostert 3; Matt Bubolz 2; Dillon Halfpap 2.  Rebounding were:  Wieting 12; Halfpap 7; Schlaefer 6; Hill and Bubolz 5; Chaussee and Hostert 2.  Schlaefer had 4 assists, Hill 2; Chaussee had 3 steals, Wieting 2.  Wieting also added 4 blocks.

Pioneer Boys Rally for Senior Night

In an overtime victory, Westfield defeated Nekoosa 53-50 Thursday night. Westfield overcame a big first half deficit to bring an exciting end to their Senior Night game. Nekoosa took an early 19-10 lead after one quarter and went into halftime up by 10 before the Pioneers started closing the gap in the second half. After a late fourth quarter surge, the Pioneers had the game tied at 46-46, and it was a 4-minute OT that won it for Westfield.

“We were very tight and sluggish the first half,” recalled coach Bob Duley. “We came out much stronger in the second half. Still we went down by 12 points early in the third quarter and then by 6 with about three minutes to play.” It was at that point the Pioneers really attacked the paint area and got several key offensive rebounds. “We really rallied together as a team and made play after play in OT. This was a great way to send out our seniors,” said Duley.

Justin Daye led the team with 18 points, followed by Greg Winkelman and Nick Holly who had 12 and 11 respectively. Payton and Hunter Cummings each contributed 6 points. Leading rebounders were Nick Holly with 15, Hunter Cummings with 6 and Greg Winkelman with 4. Justin Daye had 5 assists and Greg Winkelman had 3.

In JV action, Westfield beat Nekoosa 65-41. Leading scorers were Jordan Jenkins with 16, Doug Thompson with 10, Nick Brakebush with 9 and Jon Brakebush with 8. Nick Brakebush led in assists with 10.