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Saints keep win streak going
By Paul Rignell
The St. Croix Falls girls basketball team raised its season record to 11-1 (including nine straight wins) with victories Jan. 12 at Frederic and Jan. 16 at home vs. Baldwin-Woodville.
Addie McCurdy led the Saints in scoring at Frederic with 28 points, and Emily McCurdy added 10 in the 66-22 win for St. Croix Falls.
Sidney Hoverman scored eight points at Frederic, and Azalea Edwards, Lucia Neuman and Annalise Parks each added five.
It was Frederic’s third loss in a row; the Vikings are 6-8 for the season.
The Saints outrebounded Frederic by a count of 39-26, and forced 30 Viking turnovers.
In a 50-31 win over Baldwin-Woodville, Addie McCurdy again led the Saints with 15 points.
Edwards scored eight, and Olivia Miron and Emily McCurdy each added six.
Hoverman scored five points, and Parks and Neuman each added four. Kalli Christenson completed the Saints’ scoring with two points.
The St. Croix Falls squad will host Luck on Jan. 18 and Cumberland on Jan. 22.

January 18, 2018
Cards beat out Eagles in OT

By Paul Rignell
The Unity Eagle and Luck Cardinal boys basketball teams entered a game Tuesday in Luck with identical season records of 8-5. Unity did have one game up on Luck in the conference standings, as the Eagles were 4-2 in the Lakeland West entering Tuesday’s game while the Cardinals were 3-3.
But the host Cardinals won a tough fight 63-61 – in overtime – over the Eagles on Tuesday to put both squads at 4-3 in the Lakeland West and lift Luck to a 9-5 season record overall.
“It was a disappointing loss last night,” Eagles head coach Shaun Fisher said Wednesday morning. “We started really slow and had a hard time finishing around the basket and didn’t play our usual defense, especially in the first half. We finished much better in the second half and created more turnovers as well.
“We have to give Luck credit, as they hit some big shots, especially the three late in overtime to give them the lead,” the Unity coach added. “We will learn a lot from this game and continue to work our situations in order to win a close game like this down the stretch or in the playoffs.”
For Unity, the defeat came after a 58-43 loss at home to Grantsburg on Jan. 19.
Luck had won 63-46 at St. Croix Falls on Jan. 18.
The Eagles resume play Jan. 30 with a game at Siren, which is 1-5 in conference play.
The Cardinals play at Webster (5-2 in the conference) on Friday.

January 25, 2018
Saints up to 15-1 before game at Unity

By Paul Rignell
The St. Croix Falls girls basketball team raised its stellar season record to 15-1 (and 8-0 in the Lakeland West Conference) with three victories in the past week.
The Saints won a home conference game 73-24 over Siren on Jan. 25, followed by a road win 57-48 at Amery on Monday and a home win 52-43 over Osceola on Tuesday.
Addie McCurdy scored 16 for the Saints against Siren. Annalise Parks matched her with 16 in that game, including two three-pointers.
Sidney Hoverman also reached double digits with 13 points, and Lucia Neuman and Olivia Miron were close by scoring nine and eight points respectively.
Addie McCurdy scored 19 at Amery, including 11-of-15 shooting from the free throw line. Emily McCurdy scored 12 points in Monday’s game, and Lucia Neuman added 10.
Miron scored seven at Amery, and Parks added five.
Osceola gave the Saints a true challenge on Tuesday, as the teams were knotted 19-19 at halftime.
Emily McCurdy helped the host Saints break away from Osceola in the second half, scoring 11 points after halftime for a team-leading total of 15.
Miron scored 11 vs. Osceola, and Neuman added 10.
The Saints should have the toughest test to maintaining their spotless conference record with a game Feb. 2 at Unity. Game time is 5:45 p.m., followed by a boys game at 7:15 p.m.

February 1, 2018
Eagles ensure winning season in conference

By Paul Rignell
The Unity boys basketball team won two games to open February and raise the Eagles’ season conference record to 7-3, overall 11-6.
The Eagles best St. Croix Falls in a home game 58-42 on Feb. 2.
 “We had some guys really step up, especially in the second half,” said Eagles head coach Shaun Fisher. “The team continues to improve on both ends of the floor and we are looking forward to an exciting push towards the playoffs against some talented and challenging teams coming up in our schedule.”
Logan Hendrickson led the Eagles with 21 points vs. St. Croix Falls, including 10 in the first half and 11 after the break.
Cullen Feist added 17, including 11 in the second half.
Hunter Pederson totaled 10 points, including eight in the second half, and Jaxon Flaherty scored seven.

February 8, 2018
Saints team going to state
By Paul Rignell
St. Croix Falls wrestlers are headed to the Division 3 state team tournament after two sectional wins this week.
The Saints won a section semifinal dual 48-30 over Durand on Feb. 13, held in Cadott, before also taking the section final that night 34-23 over conference rival Clear Lake.
The Division 3 state team semifinals and championship dual are scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at the University of Wisconsin Field House in Madison.
Other state teams that won their Division 3 sectionals on Tuesday include Fennimore, Stratford and Random Lake.
The Saints will be the newcomers to the Division 3 state team tournament, as each of those other schools reached the state semis last year. Stratford won 49-13 over Fennimore for the state team title.
Fennimore had won 54-18 over Spring Valley/Elmwood in a state semifinal. Spring Valley/Elmwood won a section semifinal 34-27 over St. Croix Falls last year.
The Saints’ state semifinal opponent among Fennimore, Stratford or Random Lake is yet to be determined.
The state semifinals are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. March 3, followed by the state title dual at 3:00 p.m. that day.
Individual sectionals
A total of 13 Saints wrestlers could compete in the state individual tournament scheduled for Feb. 22 through Feb. 24, also in Madison, but first they need to advance through individual sections Saturday, Feb. 17, in Osceola. Matches start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Eight of the Saints placed first in their weight classes at the regional meet Feb. 10 in Shell Lake.
Those Saints included Luke Theamert, at 106 pounds; Austin McCurdy, at 152; Clay Carney, 160; Luke Clark, 170; Noah Horn, 182; Brandon Bastin, 195; Caleb Gearhart, 220; and Tanner Gaffey, 285.
The wrestlers earning second place in each weight class at regionals also advance to individual sections, and those St. Croix Falls qualifiers at Shell Lake included Graidy Guggisburg, at 113 pounds; Zack Clark, at 120; Logan Yira, 126; Josey Wilson, 138; and Garrett Bergmann, 145.
“I thought we wrestled
well (at Shell Lake),” said Saints head coach Dan Clark. “I am
looking forward to seeing what happens (going forward). This group has worked
extremely hard to put themselves in this position. Individually, all
13 wrestlers need to go to sectionals with the expectation to advance
to state. I am looking forward to a good day on Saturday.”