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Prep sports: Verona's strong finish ousts Middleton in WIAA Division 1 regional opener
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Prep sports: Verona's strong finish ousts Middleton in WIAA Division 1 regional opener

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A strong finish carried the Verona boys basketball team to a 62-56 victory over Middleton in a WIAA Division 1 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday at Baraboo High School.

The Wildcats (4-5) will meet Waunakee on Friday in Baraboo in a regional semifinal. Middleton finished with a 4-7 record.

Verona finished the game with a 14-8 run. Kyle Krantz scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half and Jonah Anderson added 12 points.

Middleton closed the first half with an 18-6 run to take a 27-22 halftime lead, and made it 34-27 early in the second half before Verona rallied to take an eight-point lead. Middleton tied the game at 48-48 in the late going.

Senior Hayden Statz scored 13 points and junior Nick Meinholz 11 for the Cardinals.

Sun Prairie 77, Oregon 44

In Baraboo, the Cardinals (5-5) went on a 32-5 run in the second half to answer a rally by the Panthers (7-7). Sun Prairie held a 35-25 halftime lead, but Oregon tied it before the Cardinals’ big run. Ben Olson totaled 23 points and Drew Houttaker 13 for Sun Prairie. Deaken Bush had 14 for Oregon.

Monona Grove 66,

Janesville Craig 54

The Silver Eagles (4-7) started the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 34-27 lead after a halftime tie, and built on that margin to eliminate the Cougars (9-15). Connor Bracken scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and Lance Nelson added 15. The Cougars got 17 points from Angelo Rizzo.

Waukesha North 78,

Watertown 68

Nate Hendley scored 35 points to send the host Northstars (2-19) past the Goslings (7-11). Watertown got 19 points from Ollie Meyers, 16 from Nate Gapinski and 11 from Kaleb Roberts.

Madison Edgewood 53,

Mount Horeb 35

At Lake Mills, the Crusaders (10-12) knocked out the Vikings (2-5) after racing to a 24-8 halftime lead. James Hackworthy led Edgewood with 10 points, and Ben Newton and Isandro Jimenez added eight apiece. Torin Hannah led Mount Horeb with 10.

Portage 72, Reedsburg 64

In a Division 2 regional quarterfinal, the host Warriors (7-16) opened a 34-20 halftime lead and hung on to beat the Beavers (4-16) despite a 31-point performance by Zach Bestor. For Portage, Erik Brouette scored 22 points, Hayes Hensler 15 and Greg Hammer 14.

McFarland 67, Platteville 33

At Sauk Prairie, Pete Pavelec scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and helped the Spartans (7-4) to a win over the Hillmen (5-17). Jackson Werwinski scored 14 points and Dadon Gillen added 11 for McFarland. Devin Digman and Wyatt Heer led Platteville with 10 each.

Evansville 50, Delavan-Darien 47

The host Blue Devils (17-2) rallied from a 34-27 deficit and scored the game’s final four points to knock off the Comets (5-11). Tyr Severson scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Ryan Thomspon scored eight of his 11 after halftime. Mason Miller added 12 points for Evansville. Erik Cesarz scored 18 for Delavan.

River Valley 56, Westby 52

In a Division 3 regional quarterfinal, Tyler Nachreiner and Preston Hying scored six of their 14 points in the first half as the Blackhawks (5-12) opened a six-point lead. Zach Gloudeman provided 10 points for River Valley. Hudson Lipski led Westby with 15.

Belleville 75, Dodgeville 67 (OT)

Carson Syse posted 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visiting Wildcats (9-11) past the Dodgers (13-10). Trevor Syse and Gavin Boyum added 12 points each for Belleville. Dillon Garthwaite scored 17 points to lead the Dodgers (13-10), and Casey Weier added 15.

Brodhead 68, Cambridge 54

Owen Leifker scored 28 points to power the host Cardinals (14-9) past the Blue Jays (8-12). It was his sixth time in the last eight games that he scored at least 23 points. Jack Nikolay led the Blue Jays with 17 points before fouling out.

Marshall 69, Clinton 25

At Cambridge, the No. 3 Cardinals (16-7) ousted the Cougars (0-16) after opening a 44-10 halftime lead. Craig Ward led Marshall with 21 points and Cole Denniston added 14.

Waterloo 52, Horicon 47

In a Division 4 regional quarterfinal, the visiting Pirates (4-19) opened a 30-18 halftime lead but had to hang on to eliminate the Marshmen (4-13). Eugene Wolff scored 13 points and Blake Huebner 12 for the Pirates. Anthony Oechsner made seven 3-point baskets and totaled 25 points for Horicon.

Rio 55, Madison Abundant Life 37

In a Division 5 regional quarterfinal, the Vikings (15-6) took down the visiting Challengers (3-6) after opening a 30-11 halftime lead. Pierson Schneider led Rio with 15 points. Brent Schmiesing led Abundant Life with 11 points and Seth Byington added eight.

Girls swimming

Edgerton triple dual

Monona Grove took a 177-74 victory over Oregon and a 188-57 win over Edgerton in a season-opening meet. Also, Oregon took an 89-62 win over Edgerton. Monona Grove’s Brianna Back won the 100-yard freestyle (:57.35) and 200 freestyle (2:06.26) and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:56.89), and Morgan Heilman, Macy Ganshart and Gabby Holler also won individual events for MG. Edgerton’s Ella Gorski won the 50 free (:27.17) and 100 backstroke (1:01.66).

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