CHETEK — The McDonell boys basketball team took a huge lead in the first half and never looked back to grab a season-opening 80-53 win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Tuesday night.
The Macks (1-0) outscored the Bulldogs 39-23 in the first half of play.
Hayden Baughman lead all scorers with 21 points including four made threes. Chipping in on the scoring output were Cory Hoglund with 16 and Joey Huffcutt with 12.
McDonell created an advantage at the charity stripe knocking down 18 of 22 shots. They also owned the boards 30-21 with Charlie Bleskachek pulling down nine rebounds.
Alex Kaminski lead the way for Chetek-Weyerhaeuser with 20 points.
McDonell will start conference play on Thursday when they host Stanley-Boyd.
Hudson 78, Chi-Hi 68
At Hudson, the Cardinals led early but fell to the Raiders in a Big Rivers Conference matchup.
Tyler Robarge led Chi-Hi (0-1, 0-1) with 19 points and was one of five Cardinal players to score at least seven points. Bryce Daniels added 17 points, Nick Bruder scored 15 points, Thomas Robarge finished with eight points and Alex Nelson added seven for the Cardinals.
Chi-Hi jumped out to a 40-30 halftime lead.
The Cardinals play at Menomonie on Friday.
Cadott 67, Cornell 33
At Cornell, a fast start for Cadott lead to a victory over the Chiefs.
The Hornets lead 43-13 at the break. Matt Drilling led all scorers with 21 for Cadott while Michael Emery had 11. Cornell was led in scoring by Mason Anderson with 15 points.
Cadott (1-0) travels to Regis on Thursday and Cornell (0-2) plays at Lake Holcombe on Dec. 8.
Stanley-Boyd 48, Greenwood 40
At Greenwood, the Orioles opened the season with a win over the Indians.
LJ Schmelzer led the way for Stanley-Boyd (1-0) with 17 points. Bryce Nichols added 13 points and Brandon Herrick scored nine points as the Orioles outscored Greenwood in the second half by a 29-23 margin in the win.
Lake Holcombe 66, Prairie Farm 20
At Prairie Farm, Lake Holcombe started the season with a win thanks to their defense.
Lake Holcombe's Trent Novak was the top scorer for the game with 20. Kaden Kinney scored 14 points and Luke Geist added eight for the Chieftains (1-0).
The Chieftains hosts Rib Lake on Thursday.
Cadott 58, Cornell 43
At Cornell, the Hornets picked up their first win of the season with a nonconference triumph over the Chiefs.
The Hornets were led by Jenna Sedlacek with 14 and Cailin Rineck with eight.
Erin Crowell had 12 points for Cornell and Cheyenne Peloquin added 11.
Cadott (1-3) travels to Regis on Friday and Cornell (0-2) travels to Lac Courte Oreilles on Dec. 5.
Northwood 64, New Auburn 28
At New Auburn, the Trojans were defeated by the Evergreens in a nonconference game.
Christina Gordon led New Auburn with nine points.
New Auburn (0-2) hosts Webster on Friday.
Prairie Farm 61, Lake Holcombe 25
At Prairie Farm, the Panthers topped the Chieftains in nonconference action.
Carley Yeager led Lake Holcombe (1-1) with eight points including a pair of 3-pointers for the Chieftains.
Cara Miller scored 22 points and Jody Bates added 20 points for Prairie Farm.
Lake Holcombe plays at Cornell on Dec. 8.
Chi-Hi 3, Hayward 2
At Hayward, Chi-Hi's Isaac Frenette scored a power play goal with less than three minutes remaining in the game to give the Cardinals a nonconference win.
Hayward opened the scoring with a goal by Dayne Loder 10 minutes into the first period, but Chi-Hi responded with second period goals by Lucas Steinmetz and Zech Wills to take a 2-1 lead.
Hayward's Gibson Walsh scored with just under four minutes remaining in the second period to tie the game, and Frenette's winner was the only goal of the third period.
Jaden Hoople made 20 saves in net for Chi-Hi (2-0-0). The Cardinals host Menomonie on Thursday night to open Big Rivers Conference play.
Hudson 123, Chi-Hi 55
At Hudson, the Cardinals fell in a Big Rivers Conference dual to the Raiders.
Ian Olson won the 100-yard breaststroke while Cooper Porzondek (100 breaststroke) and Zach Topritzhofer (500 freestyle) each finished in second for Chi-Hi.
Chi-Hi hosts an invitational on Saturday at Chippewa Falls Middle School Pool.