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Wauzeka-Steuben boys hoops fall to Southwestern, Lancaster

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Alex Manning brings the ball up the court past Southwestern's Bryce Pearce (55) and Aiden Keleher (1). (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Alex Manning (left) and Nicholas Walz (right) trap a Wildcat guard. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Alex Manning (10), Cohen Redman (20), and Julius Cooley (5) get ready to play tough defense against the visitors from Hazel Green. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Junior Brett Wagner launches a three-point attempt in the first half. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Sophomore Clint Mitchell (2) and senior Alex Manning (10) attempt to trap Southwestern's Aiden Keleher. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Hornet senior Cohen Redman (20) saves the ball from going out of bounds moments before he crashes into the wall as teammate Brett Wagner (32) waits to receive the pass. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Cooper Lomas fires a fade away shot against a crowd of Wildcat defenders, including one unidentified player who took the brunt of Lomas momentum. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Southwestern's Cayden DeMuth (22) looks for another teammate to pass to instead of trying to get the ball past Hornet big man Jonah Klema (50) as Cooper Lomas (24) guards Everett Droessler (10). (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Senior Lucius Cooley shows off his leaping ability by laying the ball off the glass with ease. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Sophomore Theodore Millin passes the ball early in the first half. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

By Derick Kelly

 

The 2023-24 season began on Tuesday, Nov. 28 with the Wauzeka-Steuben Hornets facing the unenviable task of trying to replace a talented 2023 senior class that included two collegiate players (Seth Bunders, UW-Platteville) and Caydon Lomas (St. Mary’s (MN) for baseball).

The Wildcats had other plans though, as they took a 32-21 lead into halftime. The Hornets were unable to cut the deficit any closer than 8 until the last 1:17 of the game when a Cohen Redman layup made the score 58-51 in favor of the visitors from Hazel Green. 

A basket by Southwestern junior Bryce Pearce made the score 60-51 with 1:02 left in the game when Hornet sophomore Cooper Lomas took a missed Wildcat free throw  nearly coast-to-coast for a runner that drew a defensive foul for a shot at an old school three-point play that would have cut the Wildcat lead to 6 with 54 seconds left in the game. 

Lomas’ free throw was no good though and Southwestern retrieved the rebound before making their free throws down the stretch to earn a 63-53 non-conference victory.

Next up for Wauzeka-Steuben was a trip to Lancaster on Monday night but it was all Flying Arrows as they defeated the Hornets 70-38 to drop the Hornets to 0-2 on the young season.

The Hornets open up Ridge & Valley Conference play by hosting De Soto on Thursday, Dec. 7 with game time scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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