ONALASKA — The Onalaska High School boys hockey team threw a wrench into plans the Aquinas co-op had for an MVC championship by beating the Avalanche 4-3 at the OnmiCenter on Tuesday.

The Hilltoppers scored three goals in the third period to stop Aquinas from clinching the conference title.

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Onalaska’s Jacob Dirks celebrates a first period goal during Tuesday’s game against Aquinas co-op at the Omni Center.

Onalaska (17-4, 6-1) forced a tie for the MVC lead by avenging an earlier loss to Aquinas (15-5, 6-1) this season. Both teams have one conference game left.

Carter Stobb, Jacob Dirks and Mason Manglitz all scored for Onalaska in the third period after the Avalanche took a 2-1 lead early in the third.

Aquinas broke the tie less than one minute into the third period. Onalaska’s Alex Duren got called for a slashing penalty 33 seconds into the third. Aquinas took advantage, and Hunter Schultz had the puck below the goal line and fed it to Cody Dirks for a shot. The rebound found itself on Ryan Wink’s stick, who put it in the back of the net, his 18th of the season 23 seconds into the power play.

The goal by Manglitz — assisted by Stobb — came at the 10:25 mark and gave the Hilltoppers a 4-2 lead after Dirks scored unassisted to break the 2-2 tie two minutes before that.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Three Rivers

Caledonia 89, La Crescent 67

CALEDONIA — Without senior guard Owen King due to a broken nose, the Warriors got big games from his brothers to win on back-to-back days.

Sophomore Noah King scored a game-high 25 points, while eighth-grader Eli King scored 13. Seniors Sam Barthel (17) and Marten Morem (13) also finished in double figures for Caledonia (16-2, 9-1).

Luke Schwartzhoff’s 14 points led La Crescent (10-7, 9-3).

Nonconference

Central 58, Stoughton 53

STOUGHTON, Wis. — Sophomore Terrance Thompson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the fifth-ranked Red Raiders in a win over the Vikings.

Sophomore Johnny Davis led Central (14-2) with 21 points and added nine rebounds, while Noah Parcher scored eight points.

Thompson made 7 of 12 shots and blocked one of Stoughton’s.

Onalaska 61, Eau Claire North 58

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Senior Noah Skifton’s 17 points led the way for the Hilltoppers, who are ranked fourth in Division 2 by The Associated Press. Onalaska (14-1) also received 14 points from sophomore Carson Arenz and 12 from freshman Sam Kick.

Kick made two 3-pointers and scored nine of his points in the second half.

Black River Falls 79, Sparta 52

SPARTA — Black River Falls senior Ethan Anderson scored a game-high 23 points in the win.

Anderson, who has scored at least 20 points in all 17 of the team’s games this season, had 17 points in the first half. He hit three 3-pointers and made 10 of 13 free throws for Black River Falls (13-4). Elliot Bird added 18 points for the Tigers, who have won 10 straight games.

Sparta (4-13) kept up with the Tigers in the first half, trailing by two at halftime. But the Tigers locked the Spartans down in the second half, allowing just four field goals after the break. Sparta went 12-for-21 from the free-throw line.

Holmen 66, Eau Claire Memorial 61

HOLMEN — The Vikings did everything they needed to in order to hold off the Old Abes’ comeback attempts.

Junior Kevin Koelbl led Holmen (7-10) with 15 points, while junior Jimmy Gillespie added 14. Cameron Weber (12) and Robert Hart (10) also finished in double figures.

Bangor 65, West Salem 61 (OT)

WEST SALEM — A night after suffering their first loss of the season, the Cardinals were pushed into deep water again by the Panthers. This time, though, seniors Luke Reader and Caleb Miedema were able to push Bangor — the No. 1 team in Division 5 — over the top.

Reader scored four of his team-best 18 points in overtime, and Miedema scored 12 points in the second half and overtime combined for Bangor (13-1).

West Salem (8-9) was led by David Lattos’ 16 points. Lattos scored all five of the team’s points in overtime.

Dairyland

C-FC 72, Blair-Taylor 66 (OT)

COCHRANE, Wis. — Joey White scored five of his 15 points in overtime as the Pirates defeated the Wildcats. Austin Klien led the Pirates with 18 points.

Kyle Steien led Blair-Taylor (5-8, 2-6) with 18 points, while Tyler Kirchner finished with 16.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Coulee

G-E-T 63, Viroqua 14

GALESVILLE — The Red Hawks, ranked 10th in Division 3, held the Blackhawks to seven points in each half and won for the eighth time in a row.

Molly Schmitz scored 14 to lead three double-figure scorers for G-E-T (15-2, 9-0), which maintained its one-game lead on West Salem in the conference standings. Alexa Hammond added 12 and Lexi Wagner 11 for the Red Hawks.

West Salem 63, Onalaska Luther 53

ONALASKA — Abbie Niemeier scored a game-high 18 points for the Panthers (14-5, 8-1), who pulled away from a 31-27 halftime lead to win.

McKenah Olson added 14 points for West Salem, and Kaitlyn Kennedy led the Knights (4-10, 2-7) with 17. Mya Jacobson had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers.

Arcadia 41, Westby 29

ARCADIA — Sophomore forward Lindsey Sendelbach scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the second half as the Raiders (10-6, 6-3) broke open a close game. Annika Anderson and Abby Suchla added eight points apiece for Arcadia, which led 15-13 at the half.

Scenic Bluffs

Bangor 78, Wonewoc-Center 9

BANGOR — The fifth-ranked Cardinals (15-3, 10-0) won their fifth game in a row by holding Wonewoc-Center (1-15, 0-10) to three field goals and three free throws.

Senior and UW-Milwaukee recruit Emma Wittmershaus scored a game-high 17 points, while Jaclynn Freit added 14 for Bangor, which plays at Royall on Friday.

Nonconference

Richland Center 56, Central 44

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — Sophie Leinfelder and Heather Opitz scored 10 points apiece for Central (6-12), which trailed 23-18 at the half. Kayla Monson and Jenna Thomas led Richland Center with 16 points apiece.

Prairie du Chien 49, MFL/Mar-Mac 40

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Gabby Ritchie scored a game-high 14 points while Makenzie Knapp added eight in the Blackhawks (8-9) win. Hope Meyer finished with seven for PdC, which led by seven at the half.

WRESTLING

Nonconference

Mel.-Min./G-E-T 46, Aquinas 30

The Titans won nine matches without using their top stars to beat the Blugolds. Jack Horihan (24-4, 220 pounds) and Albert Flottmeyer (20-9, 132) were among those scoring pins for Aquinas.

BOYS SWIMMING

Nonconference

O/H/A 97, Winona 69

ONALASKA — The Onalaska/Holmen/Aquinas co-op won its final home meet of the season.

Isaac Killilea won the 200-yard individual medley (2:12.23) and then 500 freestyle. Garrett Wise won the 50 free (22.24) and the 100 free (54.02).

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