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Dawgs edge Chipps for share of WCAL title


Dalton senior Liam Riggenbach recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards Feb. 12. Dalton defeated Waynedale 61-56. The next day, the Dawgs went on to beat the Chipps 71-70 for at least a share of the WCAL title.

Dalton’s Jack Steiner

Dalton’s Jalen Wenger


Gazette & News sports writer

Dalton High School’s boys varsity basketball team took down Waynedale in their first game of the week. The Dawgs defeated Chippewa the next day to guarantee Dalton at least a share of the WCAL crown. Dalton is 14-4 overall and 12-1 against WCAL teams.

Dalton defeated Waynedale 61-56 at home Feb. 12. Jalen Wenger guided the Dawgs with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists. Liam Riggenbach recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. Jack Steiner added 10 points. Braylon Wenger scored seven points, while Ezra Miller finished with six points and four rebounds. Dillon Horst had three points and three assists. Quentin Lehman scored two points. Jaiden Malone grabbed five boards, scored two points and dished three assists.

Dalton struggled defensively in their road game at Chippewa Feb. 13, but they were able to edge the Chipps 71-70.

“This win was bittersweet tonight,” said Dalton’s head coach Kaleb Reed. “The team understands that we didn’t have one of our better defensive efforts tonight, but we still got the win and earned at least a share of the WCAL title. I give Chippewa a lot of credit. They worked hard and came in with a good game plan that they executed very well.”

Jalen Wenger led with 21 points and he also pulled five rebounds. Miller and Steiner both scored 13 points each. Riggenbach collected 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Owen Beatty and Kyrie Gaut combined for six points. Braylon Wenger added four points. Jaden Schlabach scored two points. Malone dropped seven assists and scored two points.

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