MILTON

When putting together a high school basketball team, a good crop of returning letter winners is a nice place to start.

That’s exactly what the Milton High School boys basketball team has in 2021-22, with a total of 10 experienced players back.

Fifth-year Milton coach Alex Olson‘s Red Hawks were 13-5 last season, a campaign that was shortened by COVID-19.

Two starters return for Milton: Senior guard Jack Campion and junior forward Brogan McIntyre.

Campion, a three-sport athlete at Milton, is being recruited by several college teams.

“Jack is a great all-around athlete,” Olson said. “He’s got a lot of quickness.”

McIntyre, at 6-foot-6, has the size to be a force in the middle, Olson said.

Olson likes what he sees from his team so far this season. “We can run the fast break, and we’ve got some shooters,” Olson said. “Defensively, we’re a work in progress.”

The Red Hawks are out to a 2-1 start so far this season, suffering their first loss of the season on Tuesday to Monroe.

Red Hawks overpower ElksThere was plenty to be excited about the previous Tuesday night, Nov. 23, when Milton hosted Elkhorn to open the 2021-22 boys basketball season.

Milton took advantage of all that excitement, getting a 77-45 win over the Elks to start the season off on a positive note.

Aside from the fact that it was the first night of a new season, the Red Hawks boys played their first game in the school’s new fieldhouse before a normal crowd—after playing for no fans or a limited crowd due to COVID-19 during the alternate season last winter.

The Red Hawks (1-0) gave up the opening bucket to the Elks (0-1) and then went on a 12-0 run that set the tone for the night.

Milton led 38-16 at halftime and led by as many as 32 down the stretch.

It was just the kind of effort to start the season that Milton coach Alex Olson was looking for.

“I liked how unselfish we were,” Olson said. “The guys have been working hard on that in practice.”

The Red Hawks were led by junior Brogan McIntyre with 14 points.

Two of Mcintyre’s points came on a thunderous, crowd-igniting dunk.

McIntyre said he and his teammates were pumped to be opening the season in the new fieldhouse.

“It was great to have a big crowd out there,” McIntyre said. “We’ve really missed that.”

In addition to McIntyre’s 14 points, the Red Hawks got 13 from Jack Campion and 12 from Tommy Widner.

Milton made 11 3-point baskets.

The Red Hawks return to action Saturday at the Autism Showcase at Oak Creek High School, taking on powerhouse Greendale Martin Luther at 7:45 p.m.

Elkhorn (45)—Davey 5 3-4 13; Christenson 1 0-0 3; Devito 1 1-2 3; Etten 0 2-4 2; Paddock 3 0-0 7; Kamms 6 1-1 13; Stebnitz 1 1-3 3; Wehmeier 0 0-2 0; DuPont 0 1-2 1. Totals: 15 9-18 45.

Milton (77)—AyGoll 4 2-3 11; Ophahl 1 0-0 3; Campion 6 0-0 12; McIntyre 4 2-4 14; Kirk 4 1-2 13; Ruppe 1 0-0 3; AsGoll 1 0-0 3; Jensen 0 1-2 1; Widner 5 0-0 12; Wuetrich 2 0-0 4; Kavanaugh 1 1-2 3. Totals: 27 9-13 77.

Halftime—Milton 38, Elkhorn 16. Three-point goals—Elkhorn 2 (Christenson, Paddock), Milton 11 (Kirk 4, McIntyre 2, Widner 2, Ruppe, AsGoll, Ophahl). Free throws missed—Elkhorn 9, Milton 4. Total fouls—Elkhorn 12, Milton 20.

Evansville 66, River Valley 45

At Evansville, the Blue Devils hit nine 3-pointers on the night to get the 2021-22 season started on a winning note.

Trevor Bahrs led Evansville with 19 points. Mason Miller added 16.

Preston Hying and Jack Myers had 10 points apiece to pace River Valley.

River Valley (45)—Alt 2 2-7 6; Horton 2 2-5 7; Hying 5 0-2 10; Myers 4 2-6 10; Esser 1 2-4 4; Wickman 1 2-3 4; Gloudeman 2 0-0 4. Totals: 17 10-27 45.

Evansville (66)—Bahrs 7 2-3 19; Geske 1 3-4 6; Miller 5 2-2 16; Johnson 0 0-2 0; Maguigad 1 2-4 5; Maves 0 2-2 2; Howlett 1 4-6 6; Kopecky 2 4-6 8. Totals: 19 15-23 66.

Halftime—Evansville 33, River Valley 15. Three-point goals—River Valley 1 (Horton), Evansville 9 (Miller 4, Bahrs 3, Geske, Maguigad). Free throws missed—River Valley 17, Evansville 8. Total fouls—River Valley 17, Evansville 14. Fouled out—None.

Oregon 84, Walworth Big Foot 64

At Walworth, Deaken Bush scored 29 points and Ryne Panzer added 22 to lead Oregon past the Chiefs in the season opener for both teams.

Oregon took a 42-34 halftime lead and held a 37-22 rebound advantage.

Big Foot got 23 points from Gus Foster, 16 from Tyler Wilson and 15 on five 3-point baskets from Alex Schmitz.

Oregon (84)—Brady Taylor 2 4-4 10, Bryce Kerns 0 2-2 2, Ryne Panzer 9 0-0 22, Drew Kessenich 1 0-0 3, Billy McCorkle 1 2-2 5, Deaken Bush 10 7-9 29, Evan Miles 1 0-0 3, Eric Patterson 0 0-2 0, Casey Schoenecker 2 0-1 4, Jack Rulseh 2 0-0 4, Jaxon Brockman 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 15-20 84.

Big Foot (64)—Hudson Torrez 4, Evan Penniman 4, Alex Schmitz 15, Steven Hollen 1, Dyllon Pruessing 1, Gus Foster 23, Tyler Wilson 16. Totals 64.

Halftime—Oregon 42, Big Foot 34. 3-point goals—Oregon 11 (Panzer 4, Taylor 2, Bush 2, Kessenich, McCorkle, Miles), Big Foot 8 (Schmitz 5, Foster 3). Rebounds—Oregon 37, Big Foot 22.

Monona Grove 62, Lake Geneva Badger 52

At Monona, the visiting Badgers opened the season with a loss to the Silver Eagles. (1-0).

Beloit Turner 89, Orfordville Parkview 44At Orfordville on Wednesday, the Vikings fell behind early, trailing 44-22 at intermission.

Trey Oswald led Parkview with 16 points. Rusty Klitzman added 12.

Tyler Sutherland had 18 points to lead all scorers for Turner.

Turner (89)—Z. Heinart 3 2-4 9, Konnor Giddley 3 2-2 9, Will Lauterbach 7 0-1 14, Brent Hoppe 2 2-4 6, Tyler Sutherland 7 3-6 18, M. Erickson 1 0-0 2, A. Kepta 2 3-4 7, E. Terrell 3 1-2 7, K. Hobson 5 5-8 16, T. Teague-Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals 34 18-31 89.

Parkview (44)—Zander Brown 1 3-6 5, Trey Oswald 6 4-9 16, Karson Redman 1 1-2 3, Noah Flood-Elyah 1 0-0 2, Paolo Gozzini 2 0-1 4, Rusty Klitzman 4 4-6 12, Gage Pomplun 3 1-2 7, David Landis 0 0-2 0. Totals 18 13-21 49.

Halftime—Turner 44, Parkview 22. 3-point goals—Turner 3 (Heinart, Giddley, Sutherland), Parkview 0. Total fouls—Turner 19, Parkview 25.

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