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#1 Wis. Dells wins at #4 Lodi

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the season in boys basketball, Wisconsin Dells defeated Lodi 62-51 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lodi High School Monday night.

The Chiefs came out firing threes in the first half and MJ Delmore and Tyler Young helped Wisconsin Dells to a 4-point lead at halftime, 23-19..

Lodi took its first lead of the game on a 3-point play by Jordan Shea midway through the third quarter, but by the end of the period, Dells had regained the lead, 35-34.

In the fourth quarter, it was Delmore leading the way scoring and feeding his senior teammate, Shane Wimann as the Chiefs opened a 10-point lead and held on with hot shooting in the final minutes.

Wisconsin Dells improves its season record to 18-0, while Lodi is now 16 and 2 on the season.

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Memorial, Wisconsin Dells get high marks in latest HS basketball poll

Madison Memorial still holds the number two position in the latest poll of the state's top high school basketball programs.

Madison Memorial moved up one spot in the latest AP boys' high school basketball poll, while Wisconsin Dells held on to its grip of the top spot in division 3.

Memorial came in second in latest prep poll, behind Germantown. Sun Prairie also moved up two notches to sixth in the division 1 poll.

Monroe moved up four notches to number four in the division 2 poll.

Wisconsin Dells continued to be the top ranked team in division 3, and will likely stay there after beating number four Lodi on the road Monday. Marshall is sixth, and Lake Mills is seventh in the poll.

Cuba City retains the number two spot in the division 4 poll, while Southwestern out of Hazel Green remains in the poll at number nine.

Wis. Dells boys basketball ranked No. 1

The Wisconsin Dells boys basketball team continues to top the rankings in the state in Division 3.

The Chiefs are 17-0 this season, thanks to the leadership of seven seniors on the team including M.J. Delmore, who's averaging 21.8 points per game..

Wisconsin Dells has won 5 straight South Central Conference championships and are led by two-time conference player of the year, Shane Wimann, who's going to play football at Northern Illinois..

Head Coach Brad Rohling is in his 7th season and says success brings high expectations and the players know that.

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Wisconsin Dells will face a big test next Monday when they play at 4th ranked Lodi.

Monona Grove, Baraboo remain in 1st place in Badger conferences

Saturday night was a big night for Badger Conference girls basketball, with first place on the line in both Badger North and South divisions.

In the south, the top ranked team in Division II is the Monona Grove Silver Eagles, who hosted Stoughton. Both teams had been perfect in conference play.

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The game was close early but Monona Grove pulled away in the second half to win 57-34.

In the north, unbeaten Baraboo hosted Waunakee. The Waunakee Warriors' only conference loss so far this season was to Thunderbirds.

Baraboo jumped out early and survived a late Warriors rally to win 58-55.

Home invasion suspects captured in Lake Delton

Four people suspected in a Rock County home invasion were arrested Monday following a chase and large manhunt in Lake Delton.

The incident began around 1 p.m. when Lake Delton police officers saw a suspect vehicle driving on Meadowview Drive that was wanted in connection with a Rock County burglary.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 12, the driver did not stop and attempted to elude the officers, according to a Lake Delton Police Department news release.

Police said a short time later, the driver acted as if they were going to turn left into a motel parking lot on West Munroe Avenue, but instead drove the wrong way on the divided street for about a block before the vehicle started coming to a stop.�

Before the vehicle stopped, two women and two men jumped out of the vehicle and ran north onto Camp Chi property, police said.

Police said they were able to take one woman and one man into custody immediately.

DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

Memorial, Sun Prairie make first AP Top Ten poll

Madison Memorial and Sun Prairie have made the top 10 of the first Associated Press prep basketball poll of the year.

Memorial is ranked third in division one, while Sun Prairie is ranked seventh.

Sun Prairie beat Memorial in a thriller at home back in December. The rematch will be February 8th. The game will be broadcast live on Channel3000.com and TVW.

Other area teams made the top 10 in lower divisions, including Wisconsin Dells, which is the top team in division three. Lodi is second in division three, and Marshall is eighth.

Monroe is ranked seventh in division two, and Monona Grove also received votes in that division. Cuba City is ranked second in division four.

Randolph is the top ranked team in division five. Cassville is fourth.