Falcons beat Marathon in sectional final
By Greg Seubert
First, it was Harry Piotrowski.
Then, it was Mason Wideman’s turn.
The two players came off the bench to give the Amherst boys’ basketball team a spark and are two reasons the Falcons are heading to state.
Piotrowski, a senior, helped lead Amherst to a 42-27 win over Algoma March 10 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal game at Green Bay Southwest, while Wideman, a sophomore, scored 12 points March 12 in a 47-38 win over Marathon in a sectional final at Appleton East.
Amherst (25-1) will now face 25-0 Cameron in a Division 4 state semifinal at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Wideman scored the Falcons’ final eight points in the first half against Marathon and his putback as time expired gave Amherst a 23-15 lead at the break.
The Red Raiders never got any closer than six points in the second half and trailed by 17 at one point.
Cam Gaulke led the Falcons with 14 points, while Wideman finished with 12 and Tyler Biadasz added 10.
Two other area teams saw their seasons end March 12 in sectional finals. Almond-Bancroft fell to Green Bay NEW Lutheran 59-37 in Division 5, while La Crosse Central handed Hortonville a 72-54 loss in Division 2.