Tiger boys snap four-game skid; girls hoop and wrestling teams in action
The Northwestern High School boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak Monday night with a 58-52 victory over the Cloquet Lumberjacks.
The Tigers improve to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the Heart O’ North Conference with the win.
Northwestern jumped on the Lumberjacks early, building a 3-point lead after one quarter and then outscoring Cloquet 20-12 in the second quarter to lead 29-18 at halftime.
Grant Pearson hit two 3-point shots to lead the Tigers with 14 points, and Dylan Jardine finished with 13. Seniors Justin Alexson and Nolan Graff added nine points each, Matt Hlina had seven, Brayden Bartelt had four and Micah Olson added two.
For the Lumberjacks, Adam Laine had more than double his team’s points, with 27, and Trent Moe finished with 18 points.
Northwestern fell to Bloomer 55-43 Friday night at Bloomer. The Blackhawks (10-2) remain undefeated in the Heart O’ North Conference this season.
“I thought we played them pretty well,” said Dave Gustafson, NHS head coach. “We kind of lost track of their players in transition and gave them some open looks, and that was the difference in the game.”
Bloomer was hot from behind the arc Friday, making 10 shots from 3-point range. Isaac Kloss accounted for five of the team’s 3-pointers, and was second in scoring behind Karson Rihn, who had 17 points.
Jardine led the Tigers with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Northwestern 9 20 14 15 — 58
Cloquet 6 12 19 15 — 52
Northwestern — Grant Peterson 14, Dylan Jardine 13, Nolan Graff 9, Justin Alexson 9, Matt Hlina 7, Brayden Bartelt 4, Micah Olson 2.
3-point goals — Pearson 2, Hlina, Graff, Jardine.
Cloquet — Adam Laine 27, Trent Moe 18, Dillon Johnson 5, Zach Peterson 2.
3-point goals — Johnson.
Northwestern 7 8 13 15 — 43
Bloomer 14 8 17 16 — 55
Northwestern recently finished eighth in the Superior Spartan Wrestling Classic.
Jake Moniot led the Tigers with a second-place finish at 285 pounds.
“Jake has really worked hard to get into that championship pool to compete against some very accomplished wrestlers,” NHS coach Bob Coleman said.
Coleman also noted the performances of Luke Jaraman, who made the finals of the 106 pool, and Josiah Vik, who placed eighth in his pool and 16th overall at 132.
“Luke made some adjustments in his wrestling during the day to allow him to come up with a couple of big wins to get into the finals of his pool,” Coleman said. “Josiah also wrestled tough in his round-robin play and pool.”
In junior varsity action, Samantha Schafter placed fourth, Wolfgang Inman placed sixth, Brandon Ericson placed second and Dylan Schiff was third.
“I’m very proud of how committed these wrestlers are to getting better through hard work,” Coleman said. “They’re doing a great job of making things fun and working hard. They are a joy to coach and to see the improvement every time they step on the mat.”
The Tigers were at Hayward Tuesday and will be at Chippewa Falls Saturday.
The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs defeated the Northwestern High School girls basketball team 64-38 Tuesday night in Maple.
The Tigers, 4-8 overall and 1-5 in the Heart O’ North Conference, trailed by 17 points at halftime. A few minutes of strong play in the third quarter brought
Northwestern back within eight points, but turnovers allowed Chetek to go on a run that put the game out of reach.
“We had a pretty poor first half,” said NHS coach Rich Windt. “We dug ourselves pretty big hole, and we couldn’t sustain our offense.”
Alyssa Correll led the Tigers with 14 points, and Ally May added 10.
Leading Chetek was Megan Murray with 18 points. Bailee Moon had 11 and Molly Mikaska finished with 10 points.