Columbus Catholic boys basketball rolls over Tri-County in WIAA playoff opener

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team started the postseason with a bang, blowing out Tri-County 88-34 in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

The Dons (21-2) move on to a D-5 regional semifinal at home at 7 p.m. Friday against Loyal (11-12). Loyal beat Wisconsin Valley Lutheran, 61-41, on Tuesday.

Ethan Meece and Bryce Fuerlinger each scored 20 points to lead Columbus.

The Dons cruised out to a 64-14 lead against the undermanned Penguins (1-22), and were able to empty the bench in the second half.

Noah Taylor added nine points and Wyatt Drexler scored eight for the Dons, who had 11 players score in all.

Dons 88, Penguins 34
Tri-County 14 20 – 34
Columbus Catholic 64 24 – 88
TRI-COUNTY (34):
Aiko Vang 2, Keith Scott 3, Jayden Schubert 10, David Femal 6, Tyler Doorn 13. Record: 1-22.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (88): Noah Taylor 9, Will Boyer 3, Jadon Nienast 6, Tom Nystrom 6, Bryce Fuerlinger 20, Ethan Meece 20, Kellen Heinzen 4, Jarred Mandel 2, Cole Noreen 4, Wyatt Drexler 8, Sam Wilczek 6. Record: 21-2.