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Central boys top Mondovi, stay in D-SC hunt

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The race for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship has narrowed down to a two-team race.

St. Croix Central's boys knocked off Mondovi 58-54 last Thursday. Central's boys remain in second place in the D-SC, two games behind Glenwood City, who has yet to be beaten in conference play, despite numerous close calls.

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Central and Mondovi were close the entire way. Central led by two points at halftime, but Mondovi took the lead in the third quarter. With two minutes left in the game Mondovi was holding a four-point lead.

The Panthers then hit a couple shots and took the lead. The Panthers made sure that lead held up, hitting a dazzling 12-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Mondovi's gym is a place where the Panthers have struggled through the years. Central coach Mike Fern was quite pleased that the boys were able to play a strong, consistent game with an excellent finish.

Ryan Fedie came up with one of his best games of the season to lead the Panthers. He rang up 18 points, including four three-pointers. The guard trio of Fedie, Steve Gulich and Tyler Cody combined for 35 points for the Panthers. Gulich also led the team with four assists.

Cameron Sarnstrom and Derek Raebel also scored in double figures. That balance in the scoring column has coach Fern thinking optimistically.

"We've been waiting for that all year," he said of the scoring balance. "This might be a good sign."

The Panther post players came through with a big game at the defensive end. They held Mondovi center B.J. Vetterkind to three field goals and 10 total points, which is a nice job of neutralizing one of Mondovi's best weapons.

Against Mondovi a concerted rebounding effort is needed and that's what the Panthers gave. Cody led the team with 10 rebounds and Raebel grabbed seven rebounds. The Panthers drew down 11 offensive rebounds, including four by Sarnstrom.

Loss to Somerset

The Panthers have played an almost flawless January, but the non-conference loss to Somerset last Tuesday was the closest thing to an off night the Panthers had during the month. Somerset was able to beat the Panthers 53-46 at Hammond.

Central had won six straight before getting popped by Somerset.

The Panthers could not come up with a way to stop Somerset's 6-8 Mike Schachtner, who scored 28 points.

"Schachtner went off on us," Fern said. "That was the key. He got a lot of putbacks off offensive rebounds."

Cody led Central with 20 points in this game, despite sitting out nearly the entire third quarter with foul trouble. He scored nine of the Panthers' 14 points in the fourth quarter.

This game was close the whole way. The score was tied at 11-11 after the first quarter and Somerset held a one-point lead at halftime. That lead grew to three points after three quarters.

Fern said the Panthers missed their chance in this game when they couldn't get an early lead in the game. The Panthers missed several close-range shots in the first quarter that could have helped them take a lead in the game.

"When we got behind, we never seemed to get in sync, defensively or offensively, and Somerset had a lot to do with that," Fern said.

The Panthers' pursuit of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title continues this Friday. The Panthers will be playing at Elmwood, where they face a much-improved Raider team.

A makeup date has also been set for Central's game against Boyceville that had recently been postponed. They will make up the game at Central next, Monday, Feb. 7, with the JV playing at 6 p.m. and the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.

St. Croix Central 58, Mondovi 54

ST. CROIX CENTRAL (58)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Butler 0 0-0 0, Cody 2 4-4 8, Fedie 5 4-6 18, Gulich 2 4-8 9, Meyer 1 0-0 2, Muller 1 0-0 2, Raebel 3 3-6 11, Sarnstrom 3 6-6 12. Totals 17 19-30 58.

MONDOVI (54)

Christianson 3 0-0 8, Isaacson 1 0-0 2, Smith 3 5-6 13, Vetterkind 3 4-5 10, Nelson 6 0-0 15, Fredrickson 0 2-3 2, Lee 1 0-0 3, Rud 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 12-16 54.

St. Croix Central 15 14 10 19 58

Mondovi 14 13 13 14 54

Three-point goals -- Fedie 4, Gulich, Raebel 2, Christianson 2, Smith 2, Nelson 3, Lee. Fouled out -- Vetterkind, Nelson. Total fouls -- Mondovi 21, St. Croix Central 16.

Somerset 52, St. Croix Central 46

ST. CROIX CENTRAL (46)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Butler 0 2-2 2, Cody 7 3-3 20, Fedie 2 1-2 6, Gulich 1 1-2 4, Meyer 0 0-0 0, Muller 0 1-2 1, Raebel 5 0-2 11, Sarnstrom 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 8-13 46.

SOMERSET (53)

Raleigh 1 0-0 3, Wenzel 0 1-2 1, Webb 1 2-4 4, Plourde 0 0-0 0, Anderson 1 1-2 3, Tre.Lippman 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Klis 4 0-0 8, Schreiner 3 1-2 7, Schachtner 9 7-8 26. Totals 20 12-18 53.

St. Croix Central 11 14 7 14 46

Somerset 11 15 9 18 53

Three-point goals -- Cody 3, Fedie, Gulich, Raebel, Raleigh, Schachtner. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- St. Croix Central 15, Somerset 11.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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