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By ARIEL STAHLER
DGKN sports writer
As the season enters the homestretch, Dalton High School’s boys varsity basketball team has been putting up impressive and encouraging performances against WCAL teams. The Dawgs earned big victories against Northwestern and Hillsdale to improve their overall record to 11-6.
Dalton took a 76-40 road win over Northwestern Jan. 31. Jack Steiner guided the Dawgs with 17 points. Quentin Lehman contributed 13 points and Braden Fiesler added 10 points.
Braylon Wenger totaled nine points. Brady Hignight finished with eight points. Colin Pearson and Ethan Stutz combined for seven points. Keller McFarren and Grayson Lehman both scored six points each.
“Tuesday’s game against Northwestern may have been our most complete game of the season,” said Dalton’s head coach Justin Greenfelder. “Our defense stood tall and held one of the best players in our league well below his average. On offense, we shared the ball extremely well with a season-high 20 assists. It was a total team performance and, hopefully, is a springboard into a challenging schedule to finish the season.”
The Dawgs defeated visiting Hillsdale 65-57 Feb. 3. Wenger led the way with 30 points. Hignight added 11 points. McFarren and Quentin Lehman combined for 10 points. Steiner and Grayson Lehman both had six points each. Fiesler scored two points.
“Friday’s game against Hillsdale was what I expected: A physical grind against a team that matches up well with us,” Greenfelder said. “We were able to get off to a hot start thanks to our defense. We didn’t have our best shooting performance, but were able to create points off of our defense and executed our offense when we needed to.”
Greenfelder is looking ahead to the remaining league schedule against solid teams in his team’s quest for another WCAL title.
“We are now 10-2 in the WCAL this season, with two tough games left at Chippewa and against Norwayne,” Greenfelder said. “We play in a tough league with good coaches and a lot of talent, so every night is a challenge. With Smithville’s win over Norwayne this week, we now control our own destiny to win at least a share of a fourth league title in a row. Our players are motivated to accomplish this rare feat.”
Central lost 56-51 to host Lake Center Christian Jan. 31. Bryan Martin was the Comets’ high scorer with 16 points. Thatcher Rohrer added 11 points. Drew Badertscher and Richard Carr both collected seven points. Silas Coleman put up six points. Lyle Endsley totaled four points. Central now holds a 9-9 overall record and a 4-4 MBC record.
The Bears got the win over Chippewa Jan. 31. Waynedale varsity boys basketball won 52-49.