TIGER ROUNDUP: Washburn edges Northwestern

Mike Granlund For the Superior Telegram Connor Bouchard's basket with six seconds left broke a tie game and gave the Washburn Castle Guards a 67-65 victory over the Northwestern High School boys basketball team Monday at Washburn. It was a classi...

Mike Granlund

For the Superior Telegram


Connor Bouchard’s basket with six seconds left broke a tie game and gave the Washburn Castle Guards a 67-65 victory over the Northwestern High School boys basketball team Monday at Washburn.

It was a classic battle between two of the top teams in northern Wisconsin, with the lead changing often and neither team able to gain complete control.


The Tigers and Castle Guards traded baskets much of the first half, which saw Northwestern’s Nate Pearson and Washburn’s Trevor Cook forced to sit after picking up two fouls. With just two seconds left in the half, Cook picked up his third foul.

The first half ended with Washburn ahead 37-35. Riley Stowers had a terrific half for the Tigers, scoring 14 points by the break.

With Cook on the bench, Northwestern scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 44-37 lead and force Castle Guard coach Duane Gasperini to put Cook back in. Washburn then scored nine straight to regain the lead.

It was then back and forth again, with the score tied at 46-46, 48-48, 52-52, 56-56 and 60-60. Washburn’s offensive rebounding was a big factor, and Pearson was unstoppable inside for Northwestern. He made all 10 of his field goal attempts on the night.

Pearson and Stowers led all scorers with 22 points each. Stowers had six assists and center Alex Tecker had six rebounds. The Tigers lost Tecker to fouls late in the game.

For Washburn, Cook had 20 points, Bouchard had 15 and University of Minnesota Duluth recruit Brant Schick had 13.

Washburn’s improved to 18-1 on the season with the nonconference win. The Castle Guards are the fifth-ranked team in the state in Division 5.

Northwestern falls to 15-4 and had a 10-game winning streak stopped. The Tigers have a big game Thursday against Barron in Maple. Northwestern leads the Heart O’ North with an 11-1 record, and Barron is right behind at 10-2. The game begins at 7:15 p.m.



Northwestern.......................... 35    30   -        65

Washburn.............................. 37    30   -        67

Northwestern - Riley Stowers 22, Nate Pearson 22, Alex Tecker 8, Mike Lindsay 6, David Bethards 3, Kade Bartelt 2, Tyler Little 2.

Washburn - Trevor Cook 20, Conner Bouchard 15, Brant Schick 13, Alec Bouchard 7, Colton Vernon 6, Sebastian Tenney 6.



The Northwestern wrestling team went 1-1 at the team sectional tournament Tuesday night at Melrose-Mindoro.


The Tigers opened with a 53-18 win over Amery but then missed out on advancing to the state team tournament with a 66-9 loss to Ellsworth.

“It was a fun night for the team,” NHS coach Bob Coleman said. “We reached new heights by making the team sectional finals. We have been to the sectional tournament twice before, but this is the first time we made the finals.

“It was exciting for the kids. I feel we’re wrestling our best as a team and we just keep getting better. We has some great performances from everyone.  I truly believe one of the keys for our success this year is because we have worked hard on all aspects of the sport.”

Calen Kirkpatrick won both of his matches for the Tigers at 126 pounds.

Andrew Hanson (170) had Northwestern’s other win against Ellsworth, while James Nelson (113), Brody Burke (120), Zach Pooler (132), Jameson Pflug (145), Donald Pooler (152), Alex Isakson (160), Tyler Ronning (195), Justin Little (220) and Luca Cockerham (285) won their matches against Amery.

Ellsworth advances to the state team tournament. The Panthers defeated Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 59-11 in the other semifinal dual.

The season isn’t over yet for the Tigers, who will have seven wrestlers compete in the individual sectional tournament Saturday at Osceola.

Competing Saturday for the Tigers will be Pooler (152 pounds), Hanson (170), Nelson (106), Kirkpatrick (120), Connor Wheeler (126), Little (220), and Cockerham (285).

Wrestling begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The top three finishers in each weight class advance to the state tournament.


Northwestern 52, Amery 18

170 - Carl Oman (A) def. Andrew Hanson, 7-5

182 - Tyler Nichols (A) pinned Luke Gregerson, 5:27

195 - Tyler Ronning (N) won by forfeit

220 - Justin Little (N) won by forfeit

285 - Luca Cockerham (N) pinned Jack Ince, 0:27

106 - Mike Smith (A) pinned Abigail Nelson, 0:42

113 - James Nelson (N) def. Jude Ingham, 11-3

120 - Brody Burke (N) received a bye

126 - Calen Kirkpatrick (N) pinned Noah Zhin, 0:40

132 - Zach Pooler (N) def. Corey Grundner, 6-4

138 - Dylan Clausen (A( def. Hunter Wiese, 10-6

145 - Jameson Pflug (N) pinned James Bailargeon, 0:55

152 - Donald Pooler (N) pinned Canyon Schwartz, 2:18

160 - Alex Isakson (N) major decision over Mason Goulet, 10-1

Ellsworth 66, Northwestern 9

182 - Jacob Sigler (E) pinned Gregerson, 0:30

195 - Caleb Linder (E) pinned Ronning, 1:40

220 - Jacob Kinneman (E) def. Little, 8-3

285 - Mike Freund (E) pinned Cockerham, 4:53

106 - Matthew Peterson (E) pinned James Nelson, 3:37

113 - Sawyer Strom (E) pinned Brody Burke, 1:24

120 - Kirkpatrick (N) def. Owen Matzek, 6-3

126 - Sam Stuhl (E) pinned Connor Wheeler, 2:39

132 - Cole Skelton (E) pinned Zach Pooler, 1:28

138 - Devin Drier (E) pinned Wiese, 3:23

145 - Anders Lantz (E) pinned Pflug, 2:42.

152 - Breck Melstrom (E) def. Donald Pooler , 8-6

160 - Tristen Mueller (E) pinned Isakson, 2:48

170 - A. Hanson (N) pinned Jordy Walter, 1:23


Girls basketball

The Tigers trailed 22-20 at the half but then outscored Hurley 17-2 in the second half for a 37-24 nonconference win Tuesday night at Hurley.

Cheyenne Johnson led the Tigers with 16 points.

Northwestern wraps its season by hosting Bloomer at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

The Tigers are the No. 5 seed for the upcoming WIAA playoffs and will play at No. 4 St. Croix Central at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26.


Northwestern.......................... 20    17   -        37

Hurley................................... 22    2     -        24

Northwestern - Mackenzie Correll 3, Cassidy Friend 6, Brooklyn Oswsky 1, Lyndzee Parker 2, Katie Lundeen 8, Kasha Hewitt 1, Cheyenne Johnson 16. Totals 16 4-8 37.

3-point goals - Correl.

Hurley - Brooke Piiloala 8, Tianne Kuula 6, Tori Colassaco 3, Ally Olson 2, Maria Swartz 3, Reggie Kelly 2. Totals 9 2-5 24.

3-point goals - Piiloala 2, Colassaco, Swartz.

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