HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

Cashton boys blow past Wonewoc-Center, drop non-conference game to Westby

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The Cashton boys’ basketball team split a pair of games in back-to-back nights, helping set themselves up for a titanic clash with rival Bangor in the process.

The Eagles (17-5 overall, 10-2 Scenic Bluffs) stayed in the hunt for a share of the Scenic Bluffs title by routing the Wonewoc-Center Wolves (3-16, 0-13) 74-42 Thursday, February 17 in Wonewoc.

On that same night, Bangor fell to Royall to crack the door back open for the Eagles in the conference championship race. Cashton can grab a share of the Scenic Bluffs crown with wins over Bangor and New Lisbon to close the regular season.

In that win over the Wolves, the Eagles had four double-digit scorers: sophomore guard Connor Butzler with 18 points, senior guard Jack Hilden with 14 points, sophomore guard Noah Hemmersbach with 12 points and junior forward Zach Mlsna with 10 points.

Wonewoc-Center was led by senior center Ashton Spencer with a game-high 28 points.

The following night, Cashton suffered a 60-56 non-conference defeat at the hands of the Division 3 Westby Norsemen (9-13) Friday, February 18 in Westby.

Butzler led the Eagles with 14 points, senior guard Bowdy Dempsey tacked on 11 points and Hemmersbach chipped in 10 points.

For the Norsemen, senior guard Hudson Lipski scored 13 points while senior guard Cale Griffin and sophomore forward Rhett Stenslien each contributed 12 points.

Cashton now turns its attention to a mammoth matchup against Bangor (18-4, 12-1) to decide if the Cardinals get the Scenic Bluffs title outright or if the Eagles could still get a share.

Weather permitting, the rivals will square off Monday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in Cashton.

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