Raiders get first win, fall to G-E-T

After weeks of coming close, the Arcadia boys basketball team broke through and picked up its first win of the season last week Monday.

Arcadia came out strong on both ends as they took a 28-18 lead into halftime against Eleva-Strum and they held on for a 65-53 win, ending the 12-game slide they began their season with. There was no winning steak in the cards, however, as Arcadia lost to Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Friday (see story elsewhere in Sports). The Raiders entered this week with an overall record of 1-13 and an 0-7 mark in Coulee Conference competition. After playing at Whitehall on Monday, Arcadia hosted Viroqua on Tuesday and will be off until this coming Tuesday when they head to La Crosse Aquinas.

Arcadia 65 E-S 53 - Tight defense in the first half and aggressive offense in the second helped the Raiders to their first win. Ethan Weltzien and Chandler Sonsalla combined for 20 points in the first half while ArcadiaÕs defense held the Cardinals to 18 total as the Raiders took a 10-point lead into halftime. In the second half, Michael Schweisthal led the charge as ArcadiaÕs aggressiveness paid off. Schweisthal scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the second half as the team worked its way for 15 free-throw attempts in the second frame. The Cardinals kept pace for most of the second half, but the deficit was too much. Weltzien added 11 points for the Raiders while Sonsalla scored nine with the two combining for five of ArcadiaÕs six made three pointers in the first half. Kaden Updike connected on a couple of three pointers in the second half as he scored eight points, the same as Tyson Ely, who also did all of his scoring in the second. Trev Bjorge scored five points, Chase Patzner finished with four and Carson Pehler had three. The Raiders made 11 three pointers in the game and shot 12-for-23 from the charity stripe. Cade McSorley led the Cardinals with 24 points.

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