Prep report: Red Spartans take down Thunderhawks

Jan. 5—Superior kicked off a busy basketball weekend by stopping Grand Rapids 64-50 at home on Friday, Jan. 5 in a Lake Superior Conference game.

The Spartans wore primarily red uniforms as an homage to the 50th anniversary of the school's 1974 state championship, including when they topped Milwaukee Lincoln in the state championship game in Madison.

Superior (6-3) will face Moose Lake/Willow River in a noon game at the Lake Superior Classic at Duluth East on Saturday.

Jack Battaglia dropped 32 points for Cloquet as the Lumberjacks won on the road in Two Harbors on Friday night, Jan. 5.

Cloquet (6-5) took a 35-31 lead into the half, then hit the afterburners, scoring 42 second-half points.

James Wilmot added 12 points and Shazae Henagin 11.

For Two Harbors (6-4), Jace Gomez scored 17 and Trenten Meeks 11.

Jaxon Boschee was too much for the Hunters to handle on Friday night in Bemidji, scoring 31 points in the Lumberjacks' victory.

Denfeld (5-5) dug itself a sizable hole in the first half, going to halftime down 40-25, and couldn't recover.

Marnaries Ferguson paced the Hunters with 18 points, while Ethan Starstead scored 14.

Northwestern kicked off a back-to-back to start the 2024 portion of its schedule with an easy road win at Barron on Friday night, Jan. 5

Boden Teal outscored the Bears himself with 25 points, while Tyler Nelson added 13 and Gavin Williams 12.

The win combined with Cameron's loss at Ladysmith, gives Northwestern sole possession of the Heart O'North Conference lead at 6-0 (8-2 overall). Northwestern hosts Prescott, the team that eliminated it in March last year, in a nonconference game on Saturday.

The Rebels dominated the second half, outscoring the Jaguas 45-16 after the break to win on Friday night, Jan. 5, in Hinckley.

Adam Neumann finished with 24 points and Nolan Nelson 16.

The Cardinals cruised to a Polar League win on Friday, Jan. 5 in Culver, getting 19 points from Brady Dahl and 17 from Dylan Nyberg. They led 44-19 at halftime.

Theo Yellowrobe led South Ridge with 18 points.

The Raiders won another close one on Friday night at home behind 29 points from Stephen McGee and 21 from Gage Olson.

The 6-4 Raiders have now won four one-possession games this season.

Rylen Niska had an excellent all-around game for the Rangers, scoring 29 points and adding seven steals and eight rebounds.

Chris King added 19 points and TJ DuChamp 14 for MIB, which led 44-22 at the half.

The Greyhounds held the Hawks to just 13 second-half points and pulled away to victory on Friday night in Hermantown.

Candice Ndomb had a big night on the offensive end, scoring a game-high 23 points, while Maggie Winesett kicked in 17 and Lilly Kuettel 10.

For Hermantown, Bailey Hermanson scored a team-best 15 points, while Mikayla Sweeney added 10.

The Tigers had four scorers in double figures to edge the Hunters despite a big game for Denfeld's Alyssa Grammer, who scored 24 points in defeat.

Faith Zganjar scored 13 for Cherry, while Arabella Grotberg, Anna Serna and Aimeelee Grotberg scored 11 points apiece.

The Spartans left it until late on Friday night in Baldwin, Wis., scoring both their goals 16 seconds apart late in the third period to get the win.

The teams played nearly 50 scoreless minutes before Andrew Melgeorge broke the seal with his even-strength goal with 1:46 remaining. Brayden Severin doubled the advantage just 16 seconds later.

Trent Peterson handled things on the other end, earning the shutout with 24 saves.

Superior's Kaylie Nault shut out the Bluejackets on 19 saves on Friday, Jan. 5 at Hibbing Memorial Arena.

Mikaela Reinke had two goals and an assist to pace Superior's offensive effort, while Emma Ferg, Gabryel Olson and Autumn Cooper all scored. Olson added three assists.

For the Bluejackets, Grace McDowell made 42 saves.

The Lumberjacks couldn't turn a 31-14 shot advantage into a win on Friday night, Jan. 5, as Osseo/Park Center goaltender Alli Olson stole one with a 30-save effort at Dick Vraa Arena in Osseo.

Erin Loeb was the only CEC player to solve Olson, which she did at 8:35 of the third period, but only 75 seconds after her team went 2-0 down.

CEC tried to find an equalizer but gave up an empty-netter with one second remaining.

Avery Moore made 11 saves for CEC (5-9).