The Lodi boys basketball team claimed sole possession of the Capitol North Conference lead Friday night, rallying to pull out a 64-61 victory over visiting Watertown Luther Prep.

The victory, combined with Lakeside Lutheran’s loss to Lake Mills, left the Blue Devils (10-5 overall, 6-1 Capitol North) one game ahead of Lakeside with three games left in the league season.

Lodi trailed the third-place Phoenix (9-5, 4-3) by eight points at halftime. But senior Jackson Kolinski led the Blue Devils’ comeback and finished with 23 points.

Sophomore Jack Persike hit two late free throws late to seal the victory and finished with 14 points for Lodi.

Senior Jack Heichelbech led Watertown Luther Prep (9-5, 4-3) with 25 points.

Lake Mills 68, Lakeside Lutheran 63

Senior Ben Dunkleberger and sophomore Mike Herrington each scored 14 points as the host L-Cats (11-6, 4-3 Capitol North) upset the Warriors (14-3, 5-2), who entered the week ranked eighth in Division 3 by The Associated Press.

J.T. Toepfer tallied 13 points for Lake Mills, which won its second straight after a run of three losses in four outings.

Will DeNoyer had 17 points and Cameron Paske 15 for Lakeside.

Columbus 55, Poynette 52

Junior Trent Casper scored off a lob pass with 18 seconds remaining to give the host Cardinals (8-9, 1-5 Capitol North) a one-point lead, and Columbus held on to beat the Pumas (6-10, 0-6).

Sophomore Ben Emler tallied 20 points for Columbus. Poynette’s Gavin Klosky had 20 points.

Marshall 69, Cambridge 54

Senior Reece Leistikow scored 23 points to lead the host Cardinals (4-12, 3-3 Capitol South) over the Blue Jays (6-10, 3-3).

It was Marshall’s fourth consecutive victory after an 0-12 start.

Junior Gabe Stewart added 17 points for Marshall. Senior Jacob Horton scored 26 for Cambridge, passing the 1,000-point career mark.

New Glarus 93, Waterloo 61

Junior Jaden Kreklow finished with 25 points as the Glarner Knights (17-0, 7-0 Capitol South), ranked No. 1 in Division 4 by The Associated Press, beat the host Pirates (3-13, 1-5).

Junior Zach Feller added 17 points for New Glarus. Senior Peter Miller led Waterloo with 19 points.

Wisconsin Heights 56, Belleville 48

Grady Geishirt scored 18 points and Austin Wolfe added 12 points as the host Vanguards (12-4, 4-3 Capitol South) downed the Wildcats (6-11, 1-5).

Brock Kelly scored 16 points for Belleville, making nine of 10 free throws.

Mineral Point 94, Boscobel 70

Freshman guard Brayden Dailey scored 25 of his 37 points in the first half as the visiting Pointers (13-4, 9-1 SWAL) defeated the Bulldogs (2-15, 1-9) to stay one game ahead of Fennimore in the conference race.

Justin Miller tallied 17 points for Boscobel. Isaac Lindsey added 21 points for Mineral Point.

Richland Center 81, River Valley 70

Devon Schmitz scored 33 points, making 10 of 11 free throws and Rory Schultz added 18 points to lead the host Hornets (9-8, 4-4 Southwest Wisconsin Conference) past the Blackhawks (8-9, 5-3).

Connor Mickelson scored 30 points, making eight of 10 free throws, and Brett Nachreiner added 16 points for River Valley.

Dodgeville 67, Lancaster 66

Adam Phillips scored 18 points, making four 3-pointers and Brantley Eastman also had 18 points as the host Dodgers (8-9, 4-4 Southwest Wisconsin) stopped the Flying Arrows (10-9, 1-7).

Austin Mumm scored 26 points and Dawson Bowen added 16 for Lancaster.

Rio 51, Pardeeville 48

Brandon Rowe scored 14 points as the host Vikings (13-3, 8-2 Trailways West Conference) held on to hand the Bulldogs (15-2, 9-1) their first league loss.

Jonathan Kamrath totaled 10 points for Pardeeville, which is ranked fifth in Division 4.

Orfordville Parkview 80, Madison Country Day 39

Senior Riley Carroll scored 16 points as the host Vikings (10-6, 4-3 Trailways South Conference) beat the Prairie Hawks (3-13, 1-6). Junior Eli Hosheit added 14 points for Parkview. Junior Colin Green led Country Day with 13.

Barneveld 67, River Ridge 48

The Eagles (10-7) defeated the Timberwolves (9-7) in the Six Rivers Challenge.


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.