TOMAH — Senior Noah Skifton scored four of his team-high 21 points in overtime to lead the Onalaska High School boys basketball team to a 69-63 victory over Tomah on Friday.

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Skifton had a three-point play and added another free throw after the teams went to overtime tied at 60.

The Hilltoppers (10-1, 5-0), ranked sixth in Division 2 by The Associated Press, also received 16 points from freshman Sam Kick and 13 from senior Landon Skemp. Sophomore Tryell Stuttley added 10 as Onalaska maintained its half-game lead on second-place Central.

The Timberwolves (7-4, 2-2) were led by Peter Brey’s game-high 23 and Trey Gnewikow’s 17.

Central 65, Sparta 39

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Sophomore Terrance Thompson recorded a double-double by finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds to help lead fourth-ranked Central to its 10th straight win.

Sophomore Johnny Davis finished with a team-high 14 points for the Red Raiders (10-1, 4-0) who were up 37-15 at the break and outrebounded the Spartans 37-24 at Mark Sutton Memorial Gymnasium.

Alex Burke scored a game-high 17 points to lead Sparta (4-9, 0-6).

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Bangor 65, Hillsboro 35

BANGOR — The Cardinals (9-0, 5-0), ranked first in Division 5, were led by senior Caleb Miedema with 14 points. Miedema made two of the Cardinals’ six 3-pointers.

Luke Reader scored 12 points for Bangor, and Grant Manke had nine that included making three of six free throws.

Hillsboro (6-6) also had two double-figure scorers — Ashton Mislivecek (11) and Lee Richardson (10).



Sparta 29, Central 26

SPARTA — Callie Ziebell finished with a game-high 14, as the Spartans (3-10, 1-5) were able to grind it out over Central (5-9, 1-5).

Onalaska 71, Tomah 53

TOMAH — Kenzie Miller scored 19 points, and senior Emma Gamoke added 18 for the ninth-ranked Hilltoppers (12-2, 5-1), who took over sole possession of second place in the conference.

Lexi Miller also scored 15 points for the Hilltoppers, who held a 40-30 halftime lead and pulled away from there.

Onalaska has won four games in a row and 11 of its last 12 as it sits one game behind league-leading Aquinas.


G-E-T 71, Black River Falls 32

BLACK RIVER FALLS — The Red Hawks (10-2, 6-0) stayed atop the conference as junior Lexi Wagner scored a game-high 19, and junior Olivia Zielke added 16.

Katie Dobson led Black River Falls (0-14, 0-6) with 11 points.

West Salem 67, Viroqua 42

VIROQUA — Haylee Gilster scored 19 points, and Mckenah Olson added 16 for the Panthers (9-4, 6-1), who maintained second place in the conference.

West Salem won its second straight game to follow up losses to Melrose-Mindoro -- undefeated and ranked second in Division 4 -- and first-place G-E-T, which received votes in Division 3. The Panthers outscored the Blackhawks by a 41-21 margin in the second half.

Arcadia 67, Onalaska Luther 52

ARCADIA — The Raiders outscored the Knights 38-20 in the second half after the Raiders “finally started to play defense” according to Arcadia coach Tom Cowley. Specifically, Cowley was referring to Luther’s Kaitlyn Kennedy who had 20 points at the half. She ended up finishing with a game-high 30 points for the Knights (4-7, 2-4).

Arcadia (9-4, 5-1) received solid offensive efforts from Ellie Hoesley (14 points) and Annika Anderson (11).


Prairie du Chien 52, Lancaster 49

LANCASTER, Wis. — Gabby Richie, a 6-2 junior, scored 25 points for Prairie du Chien. Ella Hager also scored 10 points.



Onalaska 7, Oregon 5

ONALASKA — Boris Kacer scored his first of two goals 25 seconds into the game and Onalaska (11-3) rolled from there. Kacer scored his second midway through the first. The Hilltoppers added five goals in the second period, including two short-handed goals by Tommy Duren 93 seconds apart.

Hayes Weiner made 29 saves for Onalaska.

Aquinas co-op 5, Cedarburg 2

ONALASKA — Gavin Voves scored twice in the second period to help the Avalanche (14-1) take a lead and hold it. Voves scored four minutes, 17 seconds into the second period and again three minutes later on a power play, both times with an assist to Connor Duncan, who leads the team with 20 assists. Voves also assisted on Charlie LaPlount’s goal in the third.

Ben King made 32 saves for Aquinas.


Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.