Badgers try to stop record M&O streak
By BURT ANGELI
NIAGARA, Wis. – Niagara will be out to halt another long basketball winning streak Tuesday.
Peshtigo, after bombing Gillett 71-26, extended its M&O Conference boys basketball winning streak to 44. The Bulldogs are one win away from matching Wausaukee’s 45-game string.
Niagara (9-4 overall, 6-2 M&O) hosts Peshtigo (12-1, 8-0) on Tuesday night. The Badgers opened this season with a 57-16 loss at Peshtigo.
“That’s the best team I’ve seen in a long time,” Badgers coach Jim Hoogland said after the game.
Jordan Zawada’s 10 points and 12 rebounds paced the Badgers, who impressed Hoogland and others by battling to the end.
This isn’t the first time Niagara has encountered a red-hot opponent.
On Dec. 17, 1968, Wausaukee carried a 45-game winning streak into the Dickinson County Armory. The Badgers of Coach Dave Quick, unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 4-0 M&O, came through with a 75-72 victory in overtime.
Dan Kadulski and Doug Waitrovich sank free throws in the final seconds of overtime to seal the victory.
Waitrovich, who tallied a game-high 28 points, scored late in regulation to force overtime.
LeRoy DePas added 15 points and Bill Alsteens had 12 for the Badgers. Tom VanCaster rimmed 20 for Coach Tom Wilkins’ Rangers.
Niagara, with Waitrovich the league MVP, went on to win the M&O title that season.
This year’s Badgers do take a four-game winning streak into the showdown with Peshtigo.