The Caledonia High School boys basketball team scored 52 points in the second half and came back from a five-point deficit midway through the half to score an 84-66 victory over The Prairie School at the Midwest Players Classic on Saturday.

Owen King and Noah King scored 20 points apiece -- Noah had 15 in the second half -- as the Warriors improved to 10-1 this season with a win at the La Crosse Center.

Eighth-grader Eli King scored nine points -- all in the second half -- and had seven of them during a key run after the Prairie Hawks (8-4) took a 41-36 lead. He also had a steal and forced a jump ball for a turnover as the Warriors seized control for good.

Aquinas 64, Spring Grove 48

The Blugolds used a string second half to beat the Lions in the third game of the day.

Aquinas (8-4) pulled away with a 15-point run after the Lions (7-4) tied the game at 44. The Blugolds scored 20 of the final 24 points.

Senior Randy Jacobson scored 21 points to lead Aquinas, which also received 16 from Brandon Merfeld and 14 from Conley Malone. The Blugolds have won two straight games and have four wins in their last five.

Bloomer 72, Logan 71

Bloomer completed an amazing comeback to beat the Rangers in the second game of the Midwest Players Classic at the La Crosse Center on Saturday.

Senior Payton Dachel, a Winona State football recruit, nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the winning basket as he finished off a 32-point game for the Blackhawks (11-0), who trailed 71-69 when Dachel was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2.6 seconds left.

Dachel made the first two free throws and missed the third on purpose, but the ball was knocked out off the side of the backboard and out of bounds as time expired.

Officials put .5 seconds back on the clock, and Dachel took the inbounds pass and made a contested 3-pointer.

Junior Maguire Werner scored 16 points and senior Josh McGrath added 15 for the Rangers (3-8), who have lost fiive games by four points or less this season.

Logan senior CJ Siegel scored nine points and fouled out late, but the Rangers managed to hold on.

Devin Moran made two of Logan's eight 3-pointers and finished with nine points.


Aquinas 79, Bangor 61

The Aquinas High School girls basketball team shot better and forced Bangor into regular turnovers in the second half to open the Midwest Players Classic with a win over Bangor.

Sophomore Courtney Becker scored 19 points, and the Blugolds (12-0), ranked first in Division 4 by The Associated Press, outscored the Cardinals (9-3), ranked third in Division 5, 49-21 in the second half.

Sophomore Lexi Donarski scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half for Aquinas, while Bangor senior Jaclynn Freit scored 19 to lead her team.

Bangor made seven 3-pointers -- Freit had three -- and had to play most of the game with UW-Milwaukee recruit Emma Wittmershaus in foul trouble.

Wittmershaus ended up with seven points after making five free throws in the second half.


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.