High School Digest

By: 

Chris Caporale, sports@wolfrivermedia.com

THE WEEK AHEAD

BOYS BASKETBALL

Gresham vs. Lena

For the first time in over 30 years, the Gresham boys basketball team advanced out of its regional with a 57-45 victory on Saturday. The win secured a spot in a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal against Lena at 7 p.m. Thursday at Green Bay Preble High School.

The Wildcats (22-3, 17-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) average 71 points per game and give up only 48 points per game. Two of their three losses on the season were to Division 4 opponents, Algoma and Edgar.

Lena (20-5, 14-4 Marinette & Oconto Conference), meanwhile, scores 67 points per game and gives up nearly 56 points. Lena is led by a senior-heavy roster, with guard Connor Heise posting 22.9 points and forward Hunter Borchert adding 16.4 points per game.

Dalton Anderson, Lena’s record holder for 3-pointers made in a career, shot 37 percent from deep on the season.

Gresham has four players — Neal Cerveny (46 percent), Drew Haffner (47 percent), Justy Paiser (39 percent) and Legacy Skenandore (37 percent) — who all shoot the same or a higher percentage from 3.

Cerveny leads Gresham with 22.6 points per game, while Haffner follows with 15.9. Junior Todd Otradovec scored 9.6 points per game for the Wildcats.

The winner of the game will travel to D.C. Everest at 4 p.m. Saturday to play the winner of Columbus Catholic and Almond-Bancroft for the opportunity to compete at the state tournament in Madison on March 17.

STANDOUT

Gresham’s Haffner knocked down four of his six 3-point attempts and posted a team-high 18 points as the Wildcats won a WIAA Division 5 regional title after falling short in each of the past three seasons.

Haffner, a second-team all-conference selection for the CWC-10, was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.