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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Sophomore Dalton Banks scored at the buzzer to stop the defending WIAA Division 2 state boys basketball champions from collecting their first win of the season Friday night.

Johnny Davis mug


Banks capped a double-overtime thriller by getting a runner to drop through the hoop to give Eau Claire North High School an 87-86 nonconference win over Central.

The Red Raiders forced the first overtime on a Johnny Davis basket in the final 10 seconds of regulation. He then drilled a 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime to force a second.

Davis ended up with a game-high 46 points on 20-for-33 shooting. He also had six rebounds.

Noah Parcher added 19 points and six rebounds, while Jordan Davis scored 11 points to go with six rebounds.

That trio scored all but 10 of Central’s points.

Central played without sophomore Terrance Thompson, a transfer from Logan. Thompson had a two-game suspension for an amateur status violation upheld by the WIAA on Friday.

Tomah 59, West Salem 50

TOMAH — Pete Brey and Kyle Kroener led the Timberwolves to their second win of the season.

Brey was hot in the first half and scored 16 of his game-high 21 points before halftime. Kroener added 16 for Tomah (2-0).

West Salem’s Hunter Wakefield helped the Panthers (19) close the gap in the second half by scoring 16 of his team-best 19 points after the break. Malachi Athnos (11 points) and Trenton Foreman (10) helped pace the offense.

Girls basketball


West Salem 70, Viroqua 14

VIROQUA — West Salem opened up conference play by utilizing three double-digit point scorers to speed past Viroqua (0-4, 0-1).

Abbie Niemeier led the pack with 15 points as the Panthers finished the first half with a 38-5 halftime lead. Brooke Bentzen tallied 14 points as Kara Gavaghan finished with 12. Kenah Olson and Haylee Gilster added eight points apiece.

G-E-T 78, Black River Falls 13

GALESVILLE — Lexi Wagner and Molly Schmitz scored 17 points apiece for the Red Hawks (4-1, 1-0), who won their third straight game and held the Tigers (0-5, 0-1) to two points in the second half.

Arcadia 50, Onalaska Luther 46

ONALASKA — Arcadia (3-1, 1-0) held onto a 22-18 halftime lead to secure the win over Luther to mark their first conference victory of the season.

Linzy Sendelbach led all point scorers with 19 points while tacking on nine rebounds. Ellie Hoesley was the second double digit finisher for Arcadia with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Luther (0-2, 0-1) was led by Kaitlyn Kennedy with 16 points and Allison beagle with 11.

Scenic Bluffs

Bangor 83, New Lisbon 32

BANGOR — The Cardinals had four scorers tally 11 or more as they picked up their first conference win.

Ariana Hundt led the way with 19, while Haylee Leonard and Emma Wittmershaus added 15 apiece. Bangor (2-1, 1-0) led 48-16 at halftime.


Eau Claire North 46, Central 28

After hanging in a neck-and-neck battle throughout the first half, the Red Raiders couldn’t keep pace in the second.

The Huskies went on a 16-2 run after halftime to take control. Haley Desouza scored a game-high 11 points for Eau Claire North, while Beth Meyers led Central (2-2) with seven.

Onalaska 64, Westby 40

ONALASKA — The Miller twins, sophomores Lexi and Kenzie, each had 15 points for the Hilltoppers (4-1) who were without leading scorer Emma Gamoke. Gamoke sprained an ankle at practice on Thursday. Her status for Tuesday’s showdown against Menomonie is uncertain.

Kenzie Von Ruden had a game-high 16 for Westby (1-3).

Melrose-Mindoro 83, Augusta 35

AUGUSTA, Wis. — Five Mustangs scored in double figures as they raced out to a big lead and didn’t look back.

Katie Christopherson led the way with 23 points, and Mesa Byom was close behind with 19 to keep Melrose-Mindoro (4-0) unbeaten.

Boys hockey


Fond du Lac Springs 4, Onalaska 1

ONALASKA — Fond du Lac Springs took an early lead with two first-half goals while Onalaska was left blank until the third period.

After 13 seconds of third period play, Mason Manglitz netted the Hilltoppers first goal with assists from C.J. Lass and Ryan Gargaro. Hayes Weiner recorded 36 saves.

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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.