Goslings beat Rapids in opener
WISCONSIN DELLS — Junior guard Kory Stas led all scorers with 23 points as Watertown’s boys basketball team opened the season with a 67-56 nonconference win over Wisconsin Rapids on Friday afternoon at the JustAgame Fieldhouse.
Junior guard Payton Foltz added 16 points and senior guard Alec Lauersdorf added 12 for the Goslings, who took the lead for good with about nine minutes remaining on one of Lauersdorf’s four 3-pointers.
“Really solid win,” Watertown boys basketball coach Travis Moulton said. “Cool environment for the guys. You never know how you are going to perform in that first game. I thought we did very well in that regard. A lot of guys got varsity minutes for the first time.”
Stas finished with eight field goals including one 3-pointer and went 6-for-8 from the foul line. Foltz added seven rebounds and five assists to his 16 points, which came on four field goals and 8-of-12 shooting from the line.
“Kory was terrific on both sides of the floor,” Moulton said. “Payton did a great job running our team from the point guard position. Lau was deadly from 3-point range, just like last year. He had four, all in key moments … none anywhere near the 3-point line, four to five feet back on each one.”
Senior forward/center Noah Jeseritz added six points despite foul trouble. Junior forward Michael Kuckkan hauled in nine rebounds.
“It says a lot about us that Jes was in foul trouble both halves and we were able to perform well on both sides of the ball without him being on the court for several minutes,” Moulton said.
Watertown shot 18-of-30 from the free throw line compared to 8-of-10 foul shooting for Wisconsin Rapids. The Goslings opened up a tight game and extended its lead over the final five minutes.
Senior guard Nathan Krommenakker led Wisconsin Rapids with 20 points. Sophomore guard Dylan Lisitka added 14.
“Our focus was on Lisitka, who is a really good sophomore guard,” Moulton said. “They played again on Saturday night and he scored 36 on Eau Claire North. We held him to 14, and only three in the second half, which was really important. We threw a lot of guys at him. Kory and Payton and (senior guard Clayton Haase) all guarded him and I think we wore him out.”
Watertown travels to face Sauk Prairie on Tuesday.
WATERTOWN 67, WISCONSIN RAPIDS 56
Watertown 29 38 — 67
Wisconsin Rapids 26 30 — 56
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Stas 8-6-23, Haase 2-0-4, Foltz 4-8-16, Stramara 1-0-2, Lauersdorf 4-0-12, Jeseritz 2-2-6, Kuckkan 0-2-2. Totals 21 18-30 67.
Wisconsin Rapids (fg-ft-tp) — Pelot 2-2-6, Krommenakker 9-1-20, Pulchinski 2-0-4, Schooley 3-1-7, Lisitka 6-1-14, Kautzer 0-1-1, Tammen 1-2-4. Totals 23 8-10 56.
Three-point goals — W, Lauersdorf 4, Stas. WR, Krommenakker, Lisitka
Total fouls — W 10, WR 23
Fouled out — WR, Tammer, Kautzer, Lisitka