There’s no magic formula for how Eau Claire North did it. The Huskies didn’t shoot particularly well. There wasn’t one game-changing X’s and O’s tweak. Heck, they didn’t even lead at any point in regulation. They just did what good teams do. They hung tough, made every play when it mattered and found a way to win. And now they’re regional champions. Jack Kron came up with a huge steal late in regulation, Dalton Banks was the hero in overtime and
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Eau Claire North couldn’t have asked for a better tuneup for the WIAA boys basketball playoffs. A tough, physical Chippewa Falls team gave North everything it could handle in front of a loud and crowded gym. The Huskies passed that test. They’re ready for the postseason. Led by their standout senior point guard Jack Kron, the Big Rivers Conference champs closed out the regular season with a hard-earned 68-59 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night.
NORTH 68, CHIPPEWA FALLS 59 North — Jack Kron 28, Dalton Banks 23, Jaelin Williams 7, Bennett Mayer 2, Tucker Dillon 3, Noah Hanson 5. Totals (FGM FTM-FTA TP): 21 21-25 68. Chippewa Falls — Alex Nelson 6, Nick Bruder 16, Peyton Rogers-Schmidt 4, Bryce Daniels 20, Tyler Robarge 13. Totals: 24 7-15 59. Halftime: North 33-28. 3-pointers: North 5 (Kron 2, Banks 2, Williams), Chippewa Falls 4 (Bruder 4). Rebounds: North 30 (Williams 6), Chippewa Falls 39 (Daniels 10). Assists: North 7
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: Capital expenditures from tax dollars deserve proper scrutiny and that’s exactly what the Eau Claire school board is giving a proposal to spend more than $800,000 to expand high school culinary labs. Several board members this week were hesitant to commit to the updates at North and Memorial high schools. Though the renovations to
Forget what its overall record is, Eau Claire North is unbeaten in February and playing its best basketball of the season. The Huskies toppled Rice Lake 54-45 on Thursday night in girls basketball action at the Doghouse. It was the third straight win for a North team that took a while to find its stride but is now just a game back of third place in the Big Rivers. “This team top to bottom has been working really hard,” coach Michelle Peplinski said. “We have multiple kids