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Unity heads into playoffs with 16-game win streak

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Frederic’s Adam Dreier goes up for a shot against Shell Lake earlier in the season. The Vikings lost in first-round WIAA tournament action Tuesday, March 3, with a loss to Northwood. - Photo by Larry Samson
Teams wind up regular season play
BALSAM LAKE – The Unity boys basketball team took a 16-game winning streak and a Lakeland West title into the postseason this week. 
The streak included eight conference wins that gave the Eagles a one-game advantage over Luck in the final standings; it also included a pair of lopsided wins last week. 
On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Eagles hosted Clear Lake for a 54-37 win, avenging a season-opening loss to the Warriors. Cullen Feist scored a team-high 13 points, including nine in the first half for Unity. 
The Eagles held a 25-19 lead at halftime but outscored Clear Lake 29-18 in the second half with help from free throws. Unity made 15 of its 19 attempts at the line in the game and Clear Lake attempted just four, making three of those. 
Jaxon Flaherty had 12 points for Unity, Zach Collins added 10 and Jake Bloom had eight. 
In Friday’s regular-season finale, the Eagles held Osceola to 15 points in the first half of a 50-38 win. 
Flaherty scored a game-high 17 points for Unity and Dan Sorensen added 12. Flaherty accounted for two of the team’s three 3-pointers and seven of their 11 makes at the free-throw line. 
Feist and Collins added six points each for the Eagles, who ended the regular season with a 19-3 overall record. Their record garnered a first-round bye in the playoffs and they will host a semifinal game later this week. 
"We did a nice job finishing the regular season against some quality teams,” Unity coach Shaun Fisher said. "We are working hard to be prepared for a fun playoff push in a challenging bracket.”
Siren 73, Clayton 21
SIREN – Riley Churchill scored a game-high 28 points for the Dragons in their win on Thursday. 
Nathan Kosloski added 21 points and joined Churchill with 14 points in the first half. Chad Songetay added seven points for the Dragons, who drew a first-round playoff game against South Shore. 
Siren ended the regular season with a 6-15 overall record. 
Grantsburg 53, Northwood 37
GRANTSBURG – Austin Wedin scored a game-high 16 points for the Pirates in their win to conclude the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 27. 
Wedin scored 12 points from 3-point range while Jared Van Watermeulen scored all 11 of his points in the first half. Carson Knutson had 10 points and Gus Bergman added eight for the Pirates, who entered the postseason with a 13-9 overall record. 
Frederic 73, Cornell 27
FREDERIC – The Vikings ended their regular season with their highest-scoring game of the season on Thursday. 
Adam Dreier scored a game-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds for Frederic; he was 10-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-7 at the free-throw line. The Vikings took a 35-14 lead into halftime and continued adding to their advantage in the second half. 
Logan Lillehaug had 16 points for the Vikings, who had 11 players score in the game. 
Frederic ended the regular season with a 6-16 overall record. 
Luck 89, Shell Lake 60
LUCK – Levi Jensen and Gage Johansen had over 20 points each for the Cardinals in their win on Thursday. 
Jensen finished with a game-high 25 points and had 11 assists with nine rebounds. He made four of his seven 3-point attempts and was 5-for-7 from the floor. Johansen had 22 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists, making six of his 14 3-point attempts and adding five steals. 
Carsen Eley had 16 points and Riley Runnels added 10 to give Luck four double-digit scorers in the game.
SCF 89, Turtle Lake 47
ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints scored 51 first-half points in their win on Thursday. 
Kullan Parks scored a team-high 21 points and added 11 rebounds while Declan Greenquist and Alex Mysicka had 17 points each. 
St. Croix Falls went 11-for-23 from 3-point range while Turtle Lake made just four of its 26 long-range attempts. Brendan Strenke led all scorers with 23 for Turtle Lake, though the rest of their roster managed just 24 points. 
Payton Christenson had 13 points for the Saints and Dayo Oye had 10. 
St. Croix Falls ended the regular season with a 17-5 overall record. 
Webster 67, Prairie Farm 42
WEBSTER – The Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-12 overall record after their win on Thursday. The win stopped a three-game losing streak prior to the start of postseason play. 
Luck 88, New Auburn 43
NEW AUBURN – The Cardinals surpassed the 80-point plateau for the second time in as many days on Friday, Feb. 28. 
Levi Jensen and Carsen Eley had 22 points each for Luck while Gage Johansen added 19 points and team-high totals in rebounds, 10, and assists, 8. Jensen had nine rebounds and five steals while Eley had five assists. 
Luck took a 20-point lead into the break and added to their lead by holding New Auburn to just 14 second-half points. 
Ben Smith and Wyatt Jensen had eight points each for Luck, which ended the regular season with a 17-5 overall record. 


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