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WEST SALEM — The West Salem High School girls basketball team ran its winning streak to three games by knocking off Central 63-54 in a nonconference game on Thursday.

Haylee Gilster’s 21 points led the Panthers (12-5), who trail first-place G-E-T by a half-game entering Tuesday’s Coulee Conference game at Onalaska Luther. Gilster made two 3-pointers in the first half.

Brooke Bentzen added 17 points and McKenah Olson 11 for West Salem, which took a 32-18 lead into the second half.

The Red Raiders (6-11) were led by Sophie Leinfelder’s 13 points on three second-half 3-pointers.

Three Rivers

Caledonia 63, Fillmore Central 42

CALEDONIA — The Warriors (14-4, 11-0) ran their winning streak to seven games and remained perfect in the conference by scoring 42 points in the second half.

Junior Katie Tornstrom led the way with 14 points, and junior Eva Welscher added nine in a game that included at least two points for 10 Caledonia players. Tornstrom made three of her four 3-pointers in the second half.

Scenic Bluffs

Cashton 52, Wonewoc-Center 24

WONEWOC, Wis. — Shelby Hanson scored a game-high 13 points to power Cashton (3-11, 2-6), which led 31-17 at the half. Olivia Hemmersbach added 10 points for the Eagles.

Brookwood 67, New Lisbon 43

ONTARIO — The Falcons (14-0, 8-0) blew the game open in the second half after leading by five at halftime.

Amy Berg had five 3-pointers to power a 21-point night, as she led four Brookwood players in double figures. Lydia Madrigal had 17 points, while Allyson Nelson added 11.


Black River Falls 64, Arcadia 53

BLACK RIVER FALLS — Nolan Martin scored 24 points for the Raiders (10-4, 4-3) and Ethan Anderson 20 for the Tigers (11-4, 6-1), who maintained sole possession of first place in the conference.

Arcadia was within 30-28 at halftime, but Black River Falls pulled away with a run to start the second half. Bryce Seiber added 15 points for the Tigers, who have won eight games in a row.

Onalaska Luther 63, Viroqua 53

VIROQUA — Onalaska Luther’s 6-foot-10 Bennett Loersch scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as the Knights built a 34-19 lead at the break. Emery Byus added 15 points for Luther (7-7, 3-4), while Joey McNamara added 12.

Andrew Wedwick led Viroqua (2-11, 1-5) with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Sam Jett and Anthony Rappl each added 11.


Augusta 59, Blair-Taylor 49

BLAIR — Tyler Kirchner scored 14 points for Blair-Taylor (5-7, 2-5) in the loss. Wildcats freshman Kyle Steien chipped in with nine points.

Carter Jacobs led Augusta with 16 points.



West Salem/Bangor 4, Central/Logan 2

Two goals in the third period were enough to push the Panthers (13-6) ahead for good at Green Island Ice Arena.

Alex Jackson had two goals, as Central/Logan fell to 7-8-1.


Onalaska co-op 6, Badger Lightning 3

ONALASKA — Onalaska forwards Sascha Cromheecke and Jessica Culp both scored two goals in the win.

Kaley Manglitz scored a goal and had two assists. The Hilltoppers (9-10-1) started off the game with a 4-0 lead.



Tomah 54, Aquinas 12

Jack Horihan (22-3) scored a 4-0 win over Tomah’s Angel Burkhalter (23-16) at 220 pounds, but the Blugolds couldn’t stop the second-place Timberwolves from rolling.

Aquinas’ Albert Flottmeyer (19-6) also scored a decision over Nate Boulton (30-9) after both bumped up to 138. Tomah (4-1) won five matches via pin.


Mel.-Min./G-E-T 50, West Salem/Bangor 22

GALESVILLE — The Titans controlled the action by winning five of the first six matches, but West Salem/Bangor’s Dalton Schams (25-3) beat Julian Purney (27-5) 12-0 in the 132-pound bout. Aaron Bahr improved to 30-4 at 138 with a pin for West Salem/Bangor, and Jack Marley to 28-6 with a decision at 126 for Melrose-Mindoro/G-E-T.



West Salem co-op 140.325, Viroqua co-op 125.300

VIROQUA — West Salem co-op’s Ellie Tschumper won the all-around with a 36.650, the best all-around score by a Coulee Region gymnast this season.

Tschumper won all four events, setting an area high with a 9.625 performance on the floor.

Viroqua co-op’s Lydia Korn was second in the all-around (35.400), the vault (8.575) and the uneven bars (8.700).

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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.