All three Ripon High School winter sports were in action tonight, with the boys' basketball team hosting the Winneconne Wolves, the girls' basketball team traveling to Omro to face the Foxes and wrestling taking part in the Freedom Quad with Freedom, Coleman and Winneconne.
Here are how the teams fared:
Boys' basketball: Ripon 62, Winneconne 52 — The Tigers (6-1 conference, 9-2 overall) started the game on a 17-2 run and never trailed after that en route to a 62-52 conference win over the Wolves.
Winneconne (3-6 conference, 5-10 overall) scored the first basket of the game, only to see the Tigers respond with the next 17 points — which included a stretch of 10-straight points from Grant Schneider.
The 15-point lead would be the largest of the game for Ripon, however, as the Wolves fought back to get as close as four points in the first half and two points early in the second.
But the Tigers never relinquished the lead and gave themselves some breathing room with a 6-0 run to make it 52-43. The closest it got after that was five points with a minute left, before Ripon made five of six free throws to seal the victory.
Riley Brooks finished with a game-high 19 points, while Schneider and Spencer Schultz added 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Ripon will be in action next Monday, when it travels to Mayville to face the Cardinals (8-3 overall) in a non-conference game.
Girls' basketball: Ripon 56, Omro 55 — Freshman Maleigha Kovalaske sunk a game-winning shot with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a non-conference victory over the Foxes.
With the win, Ripon evens its record at 6-6 overall. The six victories, which came in its last eight games, is the most since it won eight in the 2014-15 season.
Ripon trailed with 55-54 with 22.3 seconds left after Omro (4-9 overall) made 1 of 2 free throws. McKenzie Nodolf put up a baseline shot with around four seconds left in the game, which was long and the ball landed in Kovalaske's hands.
The Tigers trailed by a few points for a lot of the game, but never let the score get out of reach. They trailed 47-41 with around six minutes left, but went on a 10-2 run to take a 51-49 lead. After Omro tied the game at 51, they answered with a three-point play, which is where the score remained until Omro went to the line and made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 55-54 and set up Kovalaske's heroics.
The Tigers will be in action again tomorrow, when it hosts Winneconne.
That game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m.
Wrestling: Ripon at Freedom Quad (Results were not available at the time of this posting. The story will be updated when they are available).