For the Telegram
Northwestern High School’s Mackenzie Correll has qualified for the WIAA Girls Basketball 3-point Challenge.
Correll, a junior guard for Tiger head coach Richard Windt, qualified as the top 3-point shooter among all WIAA Division 3 players in the state during the regular season.
Correll made 74-of-174 attempts (.435 percent) during the Tigers’ 22-game regular season and was 5-of-11 during the two Northwestern playoff games.
Correll finished the season averaging 11 points per game for the Tigers, who finished 16-8 overall and in third place in the Heart O’ North Conference.
The 3-Point Challenge will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay as part of the WIAA Girls State Tournament.
The top two shooters who qualified in each of the WIAA’s five divisions will compete. The 10 shooters will be narrowed to four for the semifinals, with the top two then emerging for the championship final.
The 3-point Challenge will begin at 9:30 a.m. and be followed by the five state championship games which begin with the Division 5 game at 11:05 a.m.
Boys’ season ends
The Northwestern boys basketball team lost 48-35 in a WIAA Division 3 regional game Friday night at Bloomer.
The Tigers were optimistic going into the game after shooting 64 percent from the field in Tuesday’s opening win over Baldwin-Woodville. In addition, Bloomer was going to be playing without its all-time leading scorer, Payton Dachel, who was ill.
Northwestern started out strong with junior forward Sam Risley making two layups and a 3-pointer. The Tigers eventually led 9-3 and 15-9 before they went cold on offense, which led to Bloomer leading 18-15 at the half.
The Tigers continued to struggle on offense in the second half, but managed to force a tie at 19-all before Johnnie Bleskacek nailed two straight 3-pointers for a 25-19 Bloomer lead.
The six-point margin remained until 2:27 to go when the Tigers were forced to foul, resulting in the 48-35 final.
Kade Bartelt and Risley led the Tigers with nine points apiece. Brody Payton added eight points. Andrew Klobucher and Payton had six rebounds apiece and Anthony Lupa dished out four assists.
The Blackhawks, whose season ended a night later with a 63-42 loss to Ellsworth, were led by Johnny Bleskacek’s 12 points. Bradley Sarauer added 11 points and Caleb Ruf had 10.
NHS first-year coach Steve Lahti was satisfied with the season.
“We were a very inexperienced team to start the season with only one starter returning,” Lahti said. “We had a lot of players get experience which will really help for next year. Our seniors provided great leadership this season and I am so proud of all four of them.”
Tiger seniors finishing their high school careers included Bartelt, Lupa, Jeffrey McClure and Tyler Davis.
The Tigers’ finished 12-12 overall and fourth in the Heart O’ North Conference at 9-5.
Northwestern 15 20 — 35
Bloomer 18 30 — 48
Northwestern — Andrew Klobucher 1, Brody Payton 8, Anthony Lupa 5, Kade Bartelt 9, Sam Risley 9, Greg Ruhman 3.
Bloomer — Masen Miller 4, Aaron Price 4, Johnny Bleskacek 12, Caleb Ruf 10, Bradley Sarauer 11, Loren Stolt 7.