The Northwestern Tigers sixth-grade boys basketball team won the Division 3 Wisconsin State Invitational championship on March 26-27 in Marathon, Merrill and Wausau.
The Tigers finished 2-1 in pool play, losing to Southern Door 37-32 and defeating Campbellsport 60-29 and Denmark 52-42.
Tanner Klobucher led the team in scoring against Southern Door with 10 points and Matthew Lindsay had eight. Alex Tecker was the top scorer in the other games with 22 and 27 points, respectively.
In the quarterfinal game, Northwestern beat Wrightstown 52-40 behind 14 points from Riley Stowers, 12 from Klobucher and 11 from Michael Lindsay.
The semifinal game was close against the tournament favorite Freedom, but the Tigers came from seven points behind to win 47-39. Stowers had 16 points.
In the final game, Northwestern faced the team that beat them in pool play, Southern Door. The game was back-and-forth in the first half but in the second half Northwestern’s defense stopped Southern Door’s top player to win going away 43-27.
Tecker had 16 points and Klobucher 12 to lead the team in scoring.
Other team members at the tournament were Kelby Werner, Hunter Wiese, Seth Stariha, and Ricky Schiff. The team is coached by Mike Stowers and Tom Lindsay.
The Poplar Wolves compiled a record of 45-5 over the past two years in the 150-team Great Northwest Basketball League.