SPORTSDESK - With the Christmas and New Year festivities now behind us, we have finished the halftime break of winter high school sports. January will bring, for some teams, a clear picture of expectations - some good and some not so good. January also brings with it an opportunity for improvement and time to climb conference standings and prepare for a February postseason run.
It all starts this week on Zaleski Sports, headlined by Columbus Catholic boys basketball and Mosinee girls basketball.
Columbus Catholic (8-1, 3-0), the number one ranked boys basketball team in D5, experienced its first loss of the season last week to D4 St Mary's Springs (3-3) of Fond du Lac. The Ledgers outscored the Dons 38-26 in the second half to take the five-point victory. Columbus Catholic moves back into conference play this week with games against Greenwood (3-6) and Loyal (3-4). A January must see for Columbus Catholic is at home January 13th vs current Cloverbelt East conference co-leader Neillsville (7-2, 5-0).
The Mosinee girls have been perfect to start the season with an impressive 12-0 start. The Indians put an exclamation on 2021 with an Auburndale Holiday Classic tournament championship dealing Neillsville its first loss of the year 53-50 and handing Auburndale its second loss of the season 61-46. Only six January games on the schedule for Mosinee after packing the schedule full in November and December so see them while you can.
The Zaleski Sports live broadcast schedule this week presented by the Marshfield YMCA:
Assumption Catholic at Port Edwards boys basketball
Northland Pines at Mosinee girls basketball
Eau Claire Memorial at Marshfield girls basketball
Marathon at Assumption Catholic girls basketball
Newman at Stratford girls basketball
Wittenberg-Birnamwood at Amherst boys basketball
Columbus Catholic at Greenwood boys basketball
Wausau East at Marshfield wrestling
Waupaca at Mosinee hockey
Loyal at Columbus Catholic girls basketball
Rosholt at Port Edwards girls basketball
Shiocton at Amherst wrestling
Edgar at Mosinee boys basketball
Wausau West at Marshfield boys basketball
Rib Lake at Assumption Catholic boys/girls basketball doubleheader
Abbotsford at Stratford boys/girls basketball doubleheader
Loyal at Columbus Catholic boys basketball
Newman at Pacelli boys basketball
Menomonee Indian at Amherst girls basketball
As always, see the most current broadcast schedule at: zaleskisports.com/weeklyschedule