By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — The weather was not cooperative last week.
First, it resulted in cancellation of Boyceville’s February 19 non-conference road contest at Luck by pouring snow and ice over much of Northwestern Wisconsin.
That left just one more game for the Bulldog boys to play in preparation for their WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal debut. The home team welcomed Boyceville native Rob Bosshart and his Spring Valley squad to town February 22, and copped a 68-60 upset win over the second-place Cardinals to end the Dunn-St. Croix and regular season on a positive note.
[emember_protected] Head coach Ben Luer said he was grateful his team has been listening to all his talk of patience and perseverance, as the Bulldogs put together a full team effort in the win.
“I think they did a great job sharing the ball,” he said of his squad in the contest.
The Bulldogs scored the game’s first points at 16:55 when Spring Valley failed to capitalize on nabbing the tipoff and turned the ball over to Boyceville. Senior Bryce Boda drained a three-point shot to give the home team the lead, and they never relinquished it.
Boyceville played its way out to a 17-10 lead by midway through the first half before the Cards brought the game back within two on a field goal from sophomore Aaron Borgerding, but the Dogs continued to draw the Spring Valley defenders out from under the basket to get inside to score and led 31-23 at halftime.
The Cardinals started to mount more of an offensive effort in the second half, but seemingly could not get over the hump as the Bulldogs pushed out to a 14-point lead after senior Luke Knudtson rebounded his own shot and laid it in for two with 13:00 still to play.
Spring Valley could only close the gap to seven points, which they did when Cardinal Tyson Kado hit a field goal with 27.1 seconds left on the clock.
Boda went to the line at 25.1 and hit both shots, but Valley responded with another bucket from Kado before Borgerding was called for a blocking foul against Knudtson, sending the Bulldog senior to the line with 4.1 seconds left.
Knudtson nailed both charity tosses, which allowed the final seconds to drip away for a Boyceville win.
The Bulldog senior ended his Dunn-St. Croix career with a total 39 points to lead the game. Bryce Boda picked up nine points, Cooper Boesl scored eight, Jaden Reisimer and Bryce Larson accounted for five points each, and Jayson Gonzales was good for two.
Borgerding was Spring Valley’s leading scorer with 15 points.
The February 22 game was a chance for Boyceville fans to send off seniors Bryce Boda, Cooper Boesl, Jayson Gonzales, Bryce Larson and Luke Knudtson. The team headed into tournament season with a 3-11 conference record and 6-15 overall.
The 12th-seeded Bulldogs traveled to Cumberland to face the fifth-seeded Beavers Tuesday night, February 27 in a Division 4 regional quarterfinal matchup. The winner of that game will face the winner of the St. Croix Falls/Cameron contest this Friday, March 2 for a chance at playing in the regional final the following evening, March 3.
SPRING VALLEY 60, BOYCEVILLE 68
Spring Valley………………….23 37 — 60
Boyceville…………………….31 38 — 68
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Spring Valley (22-10-20-60) — T. Stangl 1-0-0-3, M. Bauer 3-0-1-8, J. Walkky 2-0-2-6, A. Borgerding 5-5-4-15, L. McMurrin 0-0-3-0, C. Anderson 0-0-4-0, T. Kado 7-0-2-14, Z. Williams 4-5-4-14.
Boyceville (23-19-17-68) — B. Boda 3-1-2-9, J. Reisimer 1-3-1-5, C. Boesl 3-2-4-8, J. Gonzales 1-0-5-2, B. Larson 2-0-1-5, L. Knudtson 13-13-4-39.
SV — T. Stangl 1, M. Bauer 2, J. Walkky 2, Z. Williams 1; B — B. Boda 2, B. Larson 1. [/emember_protected]