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Dominic McRoberts defends a Spring Valley player in the Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs’ home playoff game Friday, March 3. 

     The Melrose-Mindoro (MM) Mustangs began the Division 4 Sectional 1B playoffs as the No. 4 seed. MM hosted No. 13 seed Cadott Tuesday, Feb. 28.      MM built up a big lead in the first half, as the Mustangs went into halftime leading Cadott 31-15. The Mustangs pulled away in the second half to...

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Jace Paul takes a jump shot for the Lincoln Hornets in their playoff game at Hillsboro Friday, March 3. 

     The Lincoln Hornets boys basketball team began the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 5 Sectional 3A playoffs as the No. 7 seed. Lincoln hosted No. 10 seed Plum City/Elmwood Tuesday, Feb. 28.      Lincoln had a strong first half, as the Hornets built up a 34-18 lead....

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Trey Cowley looks for a Black River Falls Tiger teammate to pass to in the Tigers’ playoff game against Adams-Friendship Feb. 28. Cowley led the Tigers with 18 points in the Tigers’ 56-49 loss.

     The Black River Falls (BRF) Tigers boys basketball team entered the Division 3 Sectional 1B bracket as the No. 8 seed. BRF hosted No. 9 seed Adams-Friendship (AF) Tuesday, Feb. 28.      BRF got on the board first, as Colin Zillmer knocked down a three-pointer for the first points of the game....

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Lilly Radcliffe of the Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs was selected to the Dairyland All-Conference first team. Radcliffe led the Mustangs with 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 1.7 assists per game as a senior this season. 

     The Melrose-Mindoro (MM) Mustangs girls basketball program had one athlete earn Dairyland All-Conference honors for the 2022-2023 season.      MM, led by head coach Chris Radcliffe, ended the season 12-14 overall and 7-8 in Dairyland Conference play. The Mustangs finished third in the...

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Zowie Hunter of the Black River Falls Tigers co-op was selected to the All-Independent second team as a forward. Hunter had 40 goals and 13 assists in the 2022-2023 season.

     The Black River Falls (BRF) Tigers girls hockey co-op with Granton, Melrose-Mindoro, Neillsville, Sparta, Tomah and Whitehall had two athletes earn All-Independent honors for the 2022-2023 season.      BRF, led by head coach Ross Hunter, went 11-13 overall. The Tigers ended the season with a 3...
     The Blair-Taylor (BT) Wildcats boys basketball team had its season end in the first round of the Division 4 Sectional 1B playoffs last week. BT entered the playoffs as the No. 9 seed and played at No. 8 Colfax Tuesday, Feb. 28.      BT managed to build a 22-21 lead with about six minutes to go...

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Abby Miller qualified for state for her fourth consecutive season. Miller tied for first in the floor event with a score of 9.525. Miller, a senior at Melrose-Mindoro, will represent the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro/Cochrane-Fountain City co-op at state. 

     The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro/Cochrane-Fountain City (GMC) gymnastics team traveled to West Salem Saturday, Feb. 25, to compete in the Division 2 sectionals.      GMC’s Abby Miller, a senior at Melrose-Mindoro, is advancing to state for her fourth consecutive time. Miller tied...

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The Blair-Taylor girls basketball team clinched its second consecutive regional championship with a 69-37 win over Royall Saturday, Feb. 25. Pictured are (front, l-r) Sam Kidd, Abby Thompson, Kierstyn Kindschy, Madalynn Frederixon, Lexi Lofgren, (back) head coach Jesse Lien, assistant coach Jayme Thompson, Sydney Fremstad, Andrea Waldera, Callie Wagner, Lindsay Steien, Samantha Aguilar, Lydia Frederixon, Gabby Butterfield and assistant coach Taylor Boe. 

     After winning the program’s fourth consecutive conference title in the regular season, the Blair-Taylor (BT) Wildcats girls basketball team began the Division 5 Sectional 3A playoffs as the No. 1 seed. BT hosted No. 8 seed Wonewoc-Center (WC) in the regional semifinal Friday, Feb. 24.      BT...

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Lincoln’s Miah Breheim drives to the paint in Lincoln’s playoff game against Cashton Feb. 24. Breheim led Lincoln with 20 points in their 42-25 win. 

     The Lincoln Hornets girls basketball team began the Division 5 Sectional 3A playoffs as the No. 3 seed after losing one game during the regular season and winning the program’s third consecutive Dairyland-Small Conference title. Lincoln hosted No. 14 seed New Lisbon (NL) Tuesday, Feb. 21...

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Claire Becker takes a shot for the Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs in their first-round playoff game against Riverdale Feb. 21. Becker had 15 points and five rebounds. 

     The Melrose-Mindoro (MM) Mustangs girls basketball team began the Division 4 Sectional 3B playoffs as the No. 7 seed. MM hosted No. 10 seed Riverdale to start the Mustangs’ playoff run.      MM had a strong first half, as the Mustangs built a 40-25 lead heading into halftime. The Mustangs...

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