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Making 22 of 24 free throws, the Columbus boys basketball team knocked Lodi out of sole possession of the Capitol North Conference lead with a 61-53 victory at home on Thursday night.

Junior Trent Casper and sophomore Ben Emler each scored 20 points for the Cardinals (9-9, 2-5 Capitol North).

Jackson Kolinski scored 12 points and Canyon Bacon had 10 points for Lodi (11-6, 6-2), now tied with Lakeside Lutheran for the league lead.

Lakeside Lutheran 27, Poynette 25

Junior Caleb Kuepers scored a team-high seven points to help the visiting Warriors (14-4, 6-2 Capitol North) outgrind the Pumas (6-11, 0-7).

Lakeside Lutheran led 20-18 at the break before both offenses went quiet in the second half.

Senior Justin Repka had seven points to lead Poynette.

Lake Mills 80, Watertown Luther Prep 68

Charlie Bender scored 23 points, making three 3-pointers, and J.T. Toepfer had 20 points as the visiting L-Cats (13-6, 5-3 North) beat the Phoenix (10-6, 4-4).

Joe Hirsch had 28 points, making six 3-pointers, for Luther Prep.

New Glarus 100, Marshall 73

Junior Zach Feller scored 27 points, making five 3-pointers, and junior Jaden Kreklow had 23 points as the host Glarner Knights (19-0, 8-0 Capitol South), ranked No. 1 in Division 3, scored 57 points in the first half en route and beat the Cardinals (4-13, 3-4).

Senior Reece Leistikow scored 20 points to surpass the 1,000-point career mark for Marshall.

Wisconsin Heights 59, Cambridge 58

Clayton Caminiti scored 12 points — and hit the winning half-court shot at the buzzer — to lead the visiting Vanguards (13-4, 5-3) past the Blue Jays (6-11, 3-4).

Jacob Horton scored 22 points and Ryan Jansen added 12 points for Cambridge. Grady Geishirt added 10 for Heights.

Belleville 81, Waterloo 80

Jaydon Winkers scored 15 points and made the winning free throw with 3.6 seconds remaining to lead the host Wildcats (8-11, 2-5) past the Pirates (3-14, 1-6).

Belleville rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half. Austin Fahey and Royce Clark each scored 16 points for the Wildcats.

Easton Ellis scored 20 points, making three 3-pointers, and Earnest Jiles had 18 points for Waterloo.

Mineral Point 82, Southwestern 48

Freshman Brayden Dailey scored 24 points as the Pointers (14-4, 10-1 SWAL), ranked sixth in Division 4, clinched at least a tie for the league title by beating the host Wildcats (10-8, 6-4).

Sophomore Isaac Lindsey had 13 points for Mineral Point.

Junior Cayden Splinter led Southwestern with 11 points.

Palmyra-Eagle 53, Madison Country Day 29

Revin Schneider scored 22 points, making three 3-pointers, and Morgan Carpenter had 12 points to lead the visiting Panthers (15-4, 9-1 Trailways South) past the Prairie Hawks (3-15, 1-8).

Austin Kwiat added nine points for Madison Country Day.

Deerfield 68, Orfordville Parkview 56

Senior Noah Gjermo scored 30 points to lift the host Demons 15-4, 8-1 Trailways South) past the Vikings (10-7, 5-4).

Nate Siewert added 11 points for Deerfield, which remained a half-game behind South leader Palmyra-Eagle.

Pardeeville 71, Montello 38

Duncan Fleiner scored 18 points and Nicholas Henke added 13 points as the host Bulldogs (16-2, 10-1 Trailways West), ranked seventh in Division 4, beat the Hilltoppers (2-15, 1-9).


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.