Columbus Catholic boys basketball routs Athens in WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal
Dons improve to 20-3, host Wild Rose in regional semifinal Friday
By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD — Tyler Fuerlinger scored a game-high 22 points as the Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team blasted Athens 84-42 in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.
The Dons (20-3) rolled out to a 59-19 lead by halftime on their way to the big win.
Nick Malovrh added 15 points, and Hunter Schultz had 13 for Columbus Catholic as 12 different Dons scored in the win.
Columbus Catholic, the No. 2 seed in the regional bracket, moves on to a regional semifinal at home against No. 7 Wild Rose (14-9) on Friday. The winner goes on to play a regional final on Saturday. If the Dons win, they would host either Almond-Bancroft (21-2) or Wausau Newman Catholic (15-8) on Saturday night.
Columbus has now won 20 games for the seventh time in school history and third time during the 11 years under coach Joe Konieczny (2007-08 and 2013-14).
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Dons 84, Bluejays 42
Athens 19 23 – 42
Columbus Catholic 59 25 – 84
ATHENS (42): Paul Mroczenski 12, Jared Belisle 10, Lane Nicholds 5, Benjamin Weller 4, Justin Kelly 4, Cade Ellenbecker 3, Colten Weiler 2, Guyler Luther 2. Record: 1-20.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (84): Tyler Fuerlinger 22, Nick Malovrh 15, Hunter Schultz 13, Evan Nikolai 8, Matthias Gouin 7, Ethan Meece 4, Noah Taylor 4, Matt Olsen 3, Billy Young 2, Jared Mandel 2, Noah Hansen 2, Brett Loveland 2. Record: 20-3.