Lakeland West boys race tightens

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Siren’s Brady Kosloski puts up a shot despite the defensive efforts by Grantsburg’s Jared Van Watermuelen. - Photo by Josie Hagert
Unity ends Luck’s shot at undefeated season
LUCK – An undefeated in-conference record was foiled and the Lakeland West race became closer.
Both of those things happened on Friday, Jan. 31, when the Unity boys basketball team went to Luck and sank 12 of their 24 3-point attempts to give the Cardinals their first conference loss of the season, 66-43. Jaxon Flaherty had a game-high 23 points for the Eagles, who pulled within a victory of tying Luck for the conference standings lead.
Unity grabbed an early lead by breaking a 2-2 tie with a 7-0 run and a Flaherty 3-pointer shortly after gave the Eagles a 14-4 lead. A 15-6 run leading to the final two minutes of the half boosted their lead to 33-14. While the Cardinals scored the final five points of the first, they faced a 14-point deficit to start the second half.
Both teams went straight to the 3-point arc to start the second half. Zach Collins, Cullen Feist and Jake Bloom sank 3-pointers in the first five minutes for Unity while Gage Johansen sank two for Luck, but the Cardinals couldn’t shrink the deficit to single digits. A 10-3 run by Unity gave them a 53-32 lead with less than seven minutes remaining and Flaherty scored five points in the final two minutes to put the Eagles final lead beyond 20 points.
Sorensen had 10 points and six rebounds for Unity; Collins had nine points and five assists; Feist had seven points and Bloom had six. Johansen and Levi Jensen had 14 points each for Luck; Wyatt Jensen added 11 and Ben Smith had four points with seven rebounds.
The win improved Unity’s in-conference record to 6-2 and overall record to 12-3 while Luck dropped to 6-1 in the Lakeland West and 9-3 overall.
Siren 57, Grantsburg 52
SIREN – Nathan Kosloski had a game-high 21 points for the Dragons in their home win over the Pirates on Friday, Jan. 31.
He scored 11 points in the first half while Jordan Webster added a pair of 3-pointers, but scoring from Austin Wedin prevented Siren from taking a lead into halftime. Wedin sank three 3-pointers in the first half and added two more in the second, leading Grantsburg with 20 points in the game.
After taking the 29-29 tie into halftime, the Dragons got 10 points from Nathan Kosloski, eight points from Riley Churchill and seven from Brady Kosloski. Churchill finished with 13 in the game.
Wedin had nine second-half points for the Pirates while Jared Van Watermeulen added seven and finished with 15 in the game. Gus Bergman had nine points for the Pirates.
Frederic 61, Webster 60
FREDERIC – A free throw from Logan Lillehaug was the game-winning point for the Vikings on Monday, Feb. 3.
With the game tied 60-60 in the final minute, Webster missed a potential go-ahead basket and Frederic got both the rebound and a chance for the game-winning score. Lillehaug got a shot attempt but was fouled, sending him to the free throw line with less than a second remaining. He sank the first and intentionally missed the second, giving the Vikings a one-point win.
Lillehaug finished with a game-high 24 points for Frederic; Adam Dreier had 15 points and Andrew Tinman added 10. Tallon Parent led the Tigers with 18 points; Tanner Pardun had 12 and Harlo Olson had 11.
Turtle Lake 69, Grantsburg 64
TURTLE LAKE – The Lakers sank six second-half 3-pointers and scored even more often at the free-throw line to get a home win over the Pirates on Jan. 28.
Gus Bergman and Austin Wedin both made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half for Grantsburg and led the Pirates to a 21-20 lead entering the break. But, Turtle Lake got 16 second-half points from Brendan Strenke, including three 3-pointers, along with 15 total team points at the line.
Wedin finished with a team-high 16 points for Grantsburg; Jared Van Watermeulen and Carson Knutson had 12 points each; Zack Miller had 10 and Bergman had nine.
SCF 82, Cumberland 58
CUMBERLAND – Declan Greenquist scored a game-high 28 points for the Saints in their road win on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Greenquist made nine of his 15 attempts from the floor and three of his six attempts from 3-point range. He helped St. Croix Falls to a 12-point lead entering halftime and to 43 second-half points. Kullan Parks added 14 points and 10 rebounds; Jared Lessman had 10 points and Trevor LaMirande had eight points with eight rebounds.
Unity 67, Cumberland 51
BALSAM LAKE – Jaxon Flaherty scored 15 of his team-high 25 points in the second half of Unity’s win on Jan. 28.
His first-half points included a pair of 3-pointers and Zach Collins added three 3-pointers before halftime. Unity took a nine-point lead into the break and Flaherty’s second-half scoring helped counter Cumberland’s Jack Martens, who sank seven 3-pointers in the game to finish with 26 points.
But the Eagles adding to their lead in the second half with help from a 13-for-19 performance at the free-throw line in the game.
Collins finished with 11 points for Unity; Dan Sorensen had nine.
SCF 66, Webster 63
ST. CROIX FALLS – Declan Greenquist and Kullan Parks accounted for six of the Saints 10 3-pointers in their home win over Webster on Friday, Jan. 31.
Greenquist had four 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 19 points while Parks and Alex Mysicka had two 3-pointers each; Parks finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Mysicka had 12 points.
Northwood 56, Frederic 53
MINONG – The Vikings turned a potential runaway loss into a close game on Friday, Jan. 31.
Frederic was limited to just 11 first-half points but broke through for 42 second-half points, led by 11 from Oscar Lahti. However, the Evergreens scored just enough to hold a late lead and take the win.
Lahti led the Vikings with 15 points; Logan Lillehaug had 14 points and Garrett Rank had all 10 of his points in the second half.

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