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Rangers Roll In Cage Openers

Knock Off Patriots And White Lake

Outscoring their opponents 150-57, the Wausaukee Rangers rolled to a pair of victories to open the boys basketball campaign. Coach John Ranallo’s troops whipped White Lake 98-14 Tuesday then disposed of Goodman-Pembine in a tough road win 52-43.

Elsewhere around the M-O hardwood courts, Coleman (0-3) was clipped by Wabeno-Laona 44-31 and Bonduel 55-31 while Niagara topped Florence 54-38 as Zach Walker fired in 24 points.

Wausaukee Holds Off

Patriot Charge 52-43;

Tops White Lake 98-14


Balanced scoring along with a 21-4 third quarter surge sparked the Wausaukee Rangers to a 52-43 win over host Goodman-Pembine Thursday.

Both teams struggled to find the hoop early as the Patriots broke away from a 7-7 first quarter deadlock to go up 17-16 at halftime.

The third quarter is where the Rangers made their move with that 21-4 run to pry open a 37-21 edge. But the Patriots wouldn’t do down quietly. After falling even further behind at 43-23 at the 6:39 mark, Goodman-Pembine ran off a 20-9 closing run. The Patriots got within 48-43 with 0:18 remaining before Wausaukee held on.

Zach Orlando topped the Rangers with 14 points and 6 assists, Aaron Schlies 11 points and 10 board, Austin Guarniere 10 points, James Kramer 8 and Beau DeLaet 7. Orlando connected 7 of 8 free throws in the game, 4-4 in the fourth quarter. As team the Rangers made 9 of 14 tosses over the final 8 minutes.

Trent Heath popped in a team high 18 points for the Patriots, 14 coming in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a pair of late three pointers. Randall Bose added 10 points, Austin Glanzer 8 and Alex Whitt 7.

Wausaukee had no trouble in its season opener whipping White Lake 98-14. Wausaukee owned a 60-8 halftime lead before closing out the lopsided win with a 38-6 second half spurt.

Schlies pumped in 25 points to lead the Rangers, including 12 in the second quarter and 11 in the third. Orlando added 19 points, Kramer 14, Russell Smith and DeLaet 9 points each.

Coleman Clipped By

Wabeno-Laona 44-31


Notching just one point in the first quarter, Coleman faced an uphill battle the rest of the game in falling to visiting Wabeno-Laona Thursday 44-31. The Cougars trailed 27-14 at halftime before both teams fired in 17 second half points.

Blaine Ermis topped Coleman with 14 points, 8 in the first half and the lone score in the opening 8 minutes, Jody Styczynski added 6, Austin Malecki 5 and Blake Margis 4.

Ryan Brauer was the top gun for Wabeno-Laona with 14 points, 7 coming in the fourth quarter and Cooper Chrisman netted 12.

Cougars Struggles

In 55-31 Cage Loss

Another slow start by the offense proved fatal to Coleman Monday night in a 55-31 loss to visiting Bonduel.

The Cougars trailed 19-2 at the first break and 29-8 by intermission. The second half was no different as Coleman was outscored 26-24.

Austin Malecki fired in 11 points for the Cougars, Blake Margis 8, Blake Ermis 6 and Miguel Fadoua 6.

A total of 10 players scored for Bonduel, including 9 by Hunter VanDerLinen and 8 each from Zach Zernicke and Colton Dobratz.

Walker Fires In 24 Points

As Niagara Cruises 54-38


Zach Walker tossed in a game high 24 points, including a trio of 3-point shots, to lead Niagara to a season-opening win over visiting Florence Thursday 54-38.

Walker scored 10 points in the first half and capped his big performance with 10 in the fourth quarter. Walker completed his “double-double” with 12 rebounds.

“The game was very sloppy with both teams combining for 34 turnovers...a great win to start the season,” Niagara coach Jim Hoogland said. “Joey Swanson fouled out with 6 minutes to play and Zach Walker played every minute and carried us offensively. He also had 5 steals.”

Niagara trailed 26-20 at halftime before unloading a 34-12 second half surge.

Adam Parent added 12 points for the Badgers and Brandon Holcomb 10.

Niagara finished with a 22-50 shooting mark (44%) and held a 30-28 edge in rebounds.

Gillett Falls In

Cage Opener


Hitting at a 23% shooting clip and turning the ball over 16 times proved fatal to the Gillett Tigers Thursday in a 37-23 loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

Gillett trailed 22-14 at intermission before getting outscored 15-9 over the final 16 minutes.

Dylan Roberts paced rookie coach Bill Greenwood's squad with 8 points.

The Tiger defense did manage to register 18 steals to stay close.


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