The Vikings (8-4, 5-1) are on course for a strong Dunn-St. Croix Conference (DSC) finish, as they lifted to a sound 58-34 victory over Mondovi (8-5, 4-2) Tuesday at Colfax High School.
Colfax head coach Joe Doucette said the team played the best they have all season.
“It was great to see us move the ball and we defended well against a team that has a lot of weapons. We tried hard, had great teamwork and we looked like we really enjoy playing.”
Kameri Meredith led the way with a game high 20 points, scoring six field goals, two triples and went 2-for-2 at the line. Rachel Scharlau added 10 points, all from the inside and free throw line while Emma Hurlburt contributed eight points and Savannah Hendricks and Josie Steinke chipped in six points each.
The Vikings have won five of their last six games, last losing 58-31 to a very strong Bloomer team. Colfax put their skills to the ultimate test, as they played the undefeated Durand Panthers (11-0, 6-0) Friday in Durand.
If Colfax upsets Durand, they will have knotted with the Panthers for the conference title (at 6-1).
“They are clearly one of the best teams in the state,” Doucette said of Durand. “We want to go in and play well ... we want to have championship effort and not give up.”
Durand 77, Boyceville 43
The hardship continues for a young Bulldog team (1-10, 0-6), as they were defeated by the conference-leading Panthers (11-0, 6-0) Tuesday at Boyceville High School.
The silver lining, however, is the Bulldogs’ offensive effort improved against the undefeated Panthers, with the Bulldogs scoring 10 points more than their previous game against Mondovi and double the points they had against Amery the first week of January.
Rachel Prestrud scored a team high of 11 points. Tyra Kostman added nine points, Hannah Johnson had eight, Marissa Dormanen finished with seven and Mariah Drury chipped in six.
Boyceville played against the Cardinals (0-11, 0-5) Friday at Spring Valley and return to action Tuesday with a nonconference road game against Saint Croix Central (9-2, 6-0).
Altoona 56, Menomonie 68
Another valiant effort by the Mustangs (0-12, 0-5) turned out to not be enough against the Railroaders (7-3, 4-1) Tuesday at Altoona High School.
Though Jace Kressin put up 22 points for the Mustangs, Altoona’s Jacob Chilson, a first-team all-league pick in the Western Cloverbelt Conference as a junior last season, scored a game high 33 points. His performance broke his personal career-best of 30 points, set last season in a loss to Stanley-Boyd.
Coming in behind Kressin for the Mustangs was Sam Sleichert with 10 points, Dylan Boecker with nine, Jake Ebert with eight and Sam Zbornik rounded scoring out with seven points.
Menomonie hosted Rice Lake (9-2, 3-2) Friday and stay at home Monday for a nonconference contest against Holmen (5-6, 2-2)
Boyceville 48, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 25
A Bulldog versus Bulldog battle turned up in favor of Boyceville, who grappled their way to a clear-cut victory Tuesday at home.
Three wrestlers earned pin wins over their opponents, including Nathan Stuart, 126 pounds, over Dylan Anderson, Brock Schlough, 160, over Lanze Patrow and Trett Joles, 182, over Daniel Chuchwar.
Major decision victories for Boyceville belonged to Arthur Bia, 120, over Brett Bartels in a 7-5 decision and Noah Novotney, 285, over Jacob Konvicka, 3-2.
“Chetek brought some quality kids and it made for an exciting dual,” head coach Jamie Olson said. “We wrestled with a lot of energy and our conditioning paid off in a couple of matches.”
Boyceville hosts Spring Valley/Elmwood Thursday, followed by an invitational at St. Croix Falls on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Boys swim and dive
Chippewa Falls 106, Menomonie 53
The Cardinals took first place in all 11 varsity events over the Mustangs during Tuesday’s meet at Chippewa Falls High School.
Menomonie finished runner-up in seven events — including the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay — and took third in six events. Christian Bilse, Conrad Klem, Austin Gjeston and Cameron Hoppa all had runner-up finishes in at least one individual race.
The Mustangs host Hudson on Thursday and head to Eau Claire North High School Saturday, Jan. 20 for the Eau Claire Memorial Invite. Diving events will be held at Northstar, while swim races will be at North High School.