The Bloomer Blackhawks boys basketball team picked up two wins at home last week, with a 72-26 rout against Barron and a 54-41 win over Chippewa Falls McDonell Central.

Against Barron Thursday, Feb. 14, the Hawks went up 12-0, and the Golden Bears answered with a 9-0 run. Bloomer took a double-digit lead (21-11) with 6:10 before halftime, and led 38-15 at the break. The Hawks’ lead went over 40 points with 7:36 remaining in the game, kicking in the mercy rule.

Senior John Bleskacek led both teams with 14 points, while senior Bradley Sarauer scored 13 points and senior Loren Stolt scored 11 points. Taten Mullikin led Barron with 12 points.

Against McDonell Saturday, Feb. 16, the Hawks led by as much as 22 points in the game. The Macks never had the lead, and were down 25-11 at halftime.

Senior Caleb Ruf led both teams with 20 points, while senior Zach Ruf scored 16 points. Cory Hoglund led McDonell with 11 points, and JD Boharty added 10 points.

The Heart O’ North Confernce championship still has yet to be determined. Northwestern (11-1) lost its first conference game to Cumberland, 65-47, Thursday, Feb. 14. Northwestern’s remaining HON games are at Barron (3-9) Monday, Feb. 18, and at home against Ladysmith (2-11) Thursday, Feb. 21.

Bloomer (14-4, 10-2 HON) hosts Spooner Tuesday, Feb. 19, Hayward Thursday, Feb. 21 and Elk Mound Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Hawks received a #3 seed in the WIAA D3 state tournament, and have a bye in the opening round. Bloomer will play either #6 Hayward or #11 Barron in the regional.

Bloomer 72, Barron 26

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Barron

Sam Baumgard 1, Warren Williams 7, Taten Mullikin 12, Aden Jerome 2, Carter LaLiberty 2, Seth Hurt 2. Totals (FGM FTM-FTA TP): 7 11-17 26.

Bloomer

Caleb Ruf 7, John Bleskacek 14, Zach Ruf 5, Austin Thur 8, Bradley Sarauer 13, Carter Rubenzer 2, Charlie Herrick 8, Loren Stolt 11, Leif Iverson 2, Jayzson Thompson 2. Totals: 29 8-11 72.

Barron....................15 11 – 26

Bloomer..................38 34 – 72

3-point goals: Bloomer 6 (John Bleskacek 3, Austin Thur 2, Zach Ruf), Barron 1 (Mullikin). Fouls: Bloomer 14, Barron 14.

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Bloomer 54, McDonell 41

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

McDonell

Cory Hoglund 11, JD Boharty 10, Jaebin Bourget 9, Eion Kressin 8, Charlie Bleskachek 3. Totals (FGM-FGA FTM-FTA TP): 14-38 11-21 41.

Bloomer

Caleb Ruf 20, John Bleskacek 6, Zach Ruf 16, Bradley Sarauer 7, Charlie Herrick 4, Jayzson Thompson 1. Totals: 17-42 12-22 54.

McDonell.................11 30 – 41

Bloomer...................25 29 – 54

3-point goals: Bloomer 8-20 ( Zach Ruf 4, John Bleskacek 2, Caleb Ruf, Charlie Herrick), McDonell 2-12 (JD Boharty, Bourget). Fouls: Bloomer 17, McDonell 15. Fouled out: Hoglund (M). Turnovers: Bloomer 13, McDonell 15. Rebounds: Bloomer 32 (9/17), McDonell 29 (7/18); Steals: Bloomer 4, McDonell 5; Assists: Bloomer 8, McDonell 2; Blocks: Bloomer 1, McDonell 1.