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Elmwood edges No. 8 Royall 49-44, wins sectional title

LA CROSSE - The Elmwood High School boys basketball team won its first sectional title since 1996 with a 49-44 win over No. 8 ranked Royall Saturday afternoon at Logan High School.

The Raiders improved to 23-4 on the season and will play Randolph Thursday afternoon approximately at 3:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.

EHS's opponent, ironically, will be the last state tourney opponent they played, Randolph. The Rockets won their sectional over Racine Lutheran this afternoon as well. They are the No. 1 ranked team in Division 5 with a 25-2 record.

Elmwood lost in the Division 4 finals to Randolph 72-65 back in 1996. Elmwood also went to state in 1921 and 1940. Randolph leads all state high school teams with nine state championships and will make its 15th state appearance.

After bad first quarter, the Raiders stormed back to outscore the Panthers, 23-4 overall, 17-7 in the second to take a 27-22 halftime lead which they held throughout the second half.

Logan Wolf led EHS in scoring with 18 points while Tom LaFlex finished with 15 points, all of them coming on three pointers. Elmwood made nine treys in the ballgame. While Royall's defense held Elmwood center Kyle Webb to just five points, he did grab 14 rebounds as the Raiders dominated the glass 32-18. Logan Wolf also had a team-high eight assists.

Eric Frye had 17 points to lead Royall as Elmwood's defense held Royall's top two leading scorers, Nate Scheeter and Sam Murphy, under 10 points.