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Girls Basketball: Elcho spills Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — Elcho took charge in the second half and downed Florence 60-26 in Northern Lakes Conference girls basketball Friday. Jessica Slowik led the NLC champion Hornets (18-4, 11-1) with 22 points. Jenna Springer topped the Bobcats (3-17, 1-11) with nine points and eight ...

Peshtigo’s Riley Demmith (13) goes up to block a shot by Niagara’s Kalvin Jeffords (33) on Thursday during a M&O Conference game. (Theresa Proudfit/The Daily News)

Boys Basketball: Peshtigo sinks Niagara, 90-59

NIAGARA, Wis. — M&O Conference-leading Peshtigo rolled to a 42-24 halftime lead and downed Niagara 90-59 on Thursday. Ethan Blagec hit five three-point field goals and led the Badgers (7-13, 4-12) with 24 points. Ryley Demmith’s 25 points paced the Bulldogs (18-2, 15-1). “We ...

Girls Basketball: Three Lakes beats Florence

THREE LAKES, Wis. — Three Lakes, triggered by a 53-12 lead in the first half, spilled Florence 66-31 in Northern Lakes Conference action Thursday. Maggie Servent scored 20 points and Kloey Krusick added 16 for the Bluejays (15-7, 9-3 NLC). Savannah Vassar’s 14 points and five rebounds ...

Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic (44) passes away from Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Beasley (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in New York. The Bucks won 129-125. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bucks power past Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — Before heading off to play with the All-Stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo got a reminder of how good it feels to play with Khris Middleton. Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in his final game before his All-Star debut, Middleton had his strongest performance since returning from a ...

Girls Basketball: Battling illness, Niagara edges Oneida

ONEIDA, Wis. — Battling illness and the dog days of the basketball season, Niagara edged Oneida 36-33 in M&O Conference action Tuesday. “Everybody’s sick with us. We had a garbage pail at our bench tonight — nobody used it — but they wanted it there,” Niagara coach Karl ...

Florence's Sidnie Steber (left) and Forest Park's Taylor Honkala battle for the ball on Monday during a non-conference game in Florence, Wis. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

Girls Basketball: Forest Park spills Florence, 74-29

FLORENCE, Wis. — Forest Park’s post-season success will hinge on shooting. The Lady Trojans (14-3) looked just fine in that department Monday, thumping Florence 74-29 in non-conference play. Senior guard Abby Nylund accounted for a game-high 15 points with eight steals and six assists. ...

Girls Basketball: Badgers get home game in WIAA playoffs

LENA, Wis. — Niagara will start the WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional tournament with a home game. Seeded sixth by regional coaches during a WIAA meeting Saturday, the Badgers (12-8) will host No. 11 Oneida Nation (5-15) on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Other regional openers on Feb. 21 send ...

Boys Basketball: Badgers break losing streak

GILLETT, Wis. — Niagara broke out of a seven-game losing streak with a 57-37 M&O Conference win against Gillett on Friday. The win was the Badgers’ first since Jan. 17 against Wausaukee. Niagara (7-12, 4-11 M&O) was led by Jacob Bousley’s 14 points, while Alex Hagerty chipped ...

Crandon's Kobe Gallion (32) grabs a rebound over Florence's Dylan McLain (44) in Northern Lakes Conference basketball Friday in Florence. Crandon won 73-57. (Theresa Proudfit/The Daily News)

Boys Basketball: Crandon beats Florence, 73-57

FLORENCE, Wis. — A strong second half lifted Crandon past Florence 73-57 in Northern Lakes Conference play Friday. The Bobcats (11-7, 9-4) were led by Glenn Berry’s 23 points. “In the second half, Crandon was able to separate themselves,” said Florence coach Bryan Bomberg. “Our ...

Lakers survive late Bucks rally

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Still bothered by his team's lackluster play at the end of its last lengthy road trip in December, Luke Walton challenged his Los Angeles Lakers players to put out a better effort against the Milwaukee Bucks. Walton came away satisfied as the Lakers concluded a five-game ...

Niagara's Ethan Blagec drives to the basket in the second half to register his 1,000th career point. The Badgers senior drew a foul on the play and sank the free throw for his 1,001st point. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

Blagec becomes 3rd Badger to score 1,000 points

NIAGARA, Wis. —  Niagara’s Ethan Blagec reached a basketball milestone Tuesday. The senior point guard registered his 1,000th career point in the Badgers’ M&O Conference loss to Coleman. Blagec entered the game needing 10 points for 1,000. He had five at halftime, with ...

Niagara teammates Alex Hagerty (11) and Kalvin Jeffords congratulate Ethan Blagec on his 1,000th career point Tuesday. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

Boys Basketball: Badgers drop 7th straight despite Blagec’s milestone

NIAGARA, Wis. — Coleman rallied past Niagara 57-52 in M&O Conference action Tuesday. The Cougars (6-10, 6-7 M&O) recovered from a seven-point deficit in the second half to send the Badgers (6-12, 3-11) to their seventh straight loss. “We did not shoot very well down the ...

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's Anica Stark (10) and Michelle Kallestad (32) defend Florence's Jenna Springer (22) on Monday in a non-conference game in Florence, Wis. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News Photo)

Girls Basketball: Bobcats rally to beat St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

FLORENCE, Wis. — A strong finish sent Florence past St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 43-33 in non-conference action Monday. The Bobcats (3-13) snapped a 26-26 deadlock with a 17-6 run over the game’s final five minutes. “We’re playing good team ball, good defense,” said Florence ...

Northern Elite, Florence to play in new football conference this fall

IRON MOUNTAIN — A new Wisconsin high school football conference is ready to kick off in 2017. M&O, Packerland and Northern Lakes conference teams comprise the new circuit. Called the MONLPC, an acronym for the three participating conferences, includes the Florence Bobcats and ...

Goodman-Pembine's Hagan Braaten (35) battles for the basketball with Newman Catholic's Elliot Samuels (15) and Hadyn McKeough (32) on Saturday in Pembine, Wis. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News Photo)

Boys Basketball: Newman downs Goodman-Pembine, 90-62

PEMBINE, Wis. — A season scoring high wasn’t enough for Goodman-Pembine on Saturday. Braxton Resch scored 32 points and Newman Catholic defeated the Patriots 90-62 in non-conference boys basketball. The senior guard hit five of the Wausau school’s 10 three-pointers. “It's hard to ...

Wisconsin needs overtime to beat Rutgers

NEW YORK (AP) — Ethan Happ had just scored 32 of Wisconsin's 61 points and when he was done with a TV interview, the Badger fans at Madison Square Garden cheered him as he left the court waving and blowing kisses. "It's always special to play in MSG but once you get going it turns into a ...

Magic handle Bucks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Green not only challenged his Orlando Magic teammates, he challenged himself to play with more urgency and passion following a loss to New Orleans that capped a frustrating six-game road trip. It seems the message got through. Green and the Magic rebounded from ...

Green Bay’s Jared Cook hauls in a pass during the second half  against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Cook caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ 34-31 win. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Conditions point to shootout

GREEN BAY— The Green Bay Packers’ blueprint to slow down Atlanta in the NFC championship game focuses on turning the high-octane Falcons into a one-dimensional offense. It sounds simple enough. But this plan could be tough to execute for the Packers with their injury issues in the ...

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones listens to a question during a news conference before an NFL football practice , Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Flowery Branch, Ga.. TheFalcons will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship on Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Falcons receiver Jones says sprained toe won’t keep him out

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones missed his second day of practice Thursday with a sprained left toe. He said it's no big deal. Jones is confident he will be ready Sunday when Atlanta faces Green Bay in the NFC championship game. In the fourth quarter of ...

Packers rule Nelson out

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the Green Bay Packers' divisional round playoff game on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys because of injured ribs. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Nelson would not be cleared to take part in the team's final practice on Saturday, ...