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Gavin Wunderlin, So., G/F, Potosi boys basketball
LANCASTER — Potosi sophomore Gavin Wunderlin closed out the 2021 portion of Potosi’s boys basketball season in style, scoring 38 points on 11 of 13 (84.6 percent) shooting from 3-point range, including 11 straight makes, in an 88–64 victory over the host Flying Arrows last Wednesday afternoon.
Playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Lancaster High School last Wednesday, coach Mike Uppena’s Chieftains went 1–1 with a loss to 54–50 Royall in their first game, followed by a win over Lancaster in their second. With the Chieftains (3–4) losing to Royall 54–50 in their first game, and Lancaster losing to Darlington 66–51 the two teams met in last Wednesday’s consolation game, which Potosi won 86–60.
The consolation game belonged to Wunderlin, who seemingly couldn’t miss, and finished with 38 points in 36 minutes on 13 of 19 shooting from the floor, including 11 of 13 from downtown.
Lancaster built a 16–8 lead six minutes into the game, then Potosi caught fire, closing the half on a 40–13 run. Wunderlin made all five of his first-half 3-point attempts and the Chieftains combined for 10 long balls in the first 18 minutes against Lancaster’s zone defense to build a 48–29 halftime advantage. Potosi then outscored the Flying Arrows 40–35, in the second half to claim a 24-point victory.
Two other players scored in double figures for coach Mike Uppena’s squad, as junior Sam Udelhofen chipped in 13 points on 5 of 16 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the line, and senior Levi Groom added 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the floor and 1-of-3 from the line. Groom also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Wunderlin had 11 points in Potosi's loss to Royall earlier last Wednesday, then scored a game-high 22 points, including a pair of dunks, in Tuesday's 88–46 non-conference win over Albany.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Eli Adams, So., G, Cassville boys basketball
Adams scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three steals to lead the Comets (6–3) to a 67–52 win over Ithaca in the championship game of the Argyle Holiday Tournament last Tuesday night. Adams also had 26 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers in a 63–60 semifinal win over New Lisbon earlier in the day.
Cal Dorota, Sr., 195 pounds, Iowa–Grant/Highland wrestling
Dorota went 6–0 to captured the 195-pound title at last week's 70-team Bi-State Classic and lead his Panthers to a second-place finish in Division 3 (out of 22 teams) and a 10th place finish overall. Dorota, the WIAA D3 195-pound state runner-up a year ago, pinned Strartford's Raife Smart (19–2) in the second period of the championship match at 3:46 to secure the title after a 54-second pin over Adams–Friendship's Anthony Kujawa in the quarterfinals and a 14–4 major decision over Waunakee's Kaden Hooker (22–3) in the semifinals.
Camryn Nies, Platteville girls basketball
Nies made five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals to lead Platteville (7–3) to a dominating 58–32 win over Fennimore last Thursday afternoon. Nies also scored a co-game-high 20 points (along with classmate Lizzie Poller) to lead the Hillmen to a 74–35 blowout win over Monroe (0–8) the previous night.
Ty Palzkill, Sr., G, Belmont boys basketball
Senior Ty Palzkill capped off a career high by sinking the game-winning 3-pointer basket in the overtime period to lift the host Belmont Braves over the Warren Warriors 71–67 in a heart-pounding non-conference boys’ basketball game played at BHS last Wednesday. Ty Palzkill scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to rally the Braves (4–6 overall) from a 14-point halftime deficit. He combined with his cousin, senior Waylon Palzkill, to score 27 of the Braves’ points during a 31–18 run to end regulation to force overtime, and then snapped a 67–67 tie with a clutch trey in the extra period to sent the Braves to the victory.