The Mauston Golden Eagles opened up their South Central Conference schedule Friday night by hosting Wautoma. Both teams were looking to stay undefeated, and stay at the top of the conference standings.

Both teams came out strong, and after the first quarter, the game was knotted at 11 a piece. Then Mauston took over in the second quarter, as they took a 10 point lead into the half, 32-22. The Golden Eagles extended their lead in the third quarter, 52-38, but then things got interesting in the fourth. The fouls accumulated quickly, especially for Mauston, as junior Jack Orton and senior Brady Nelson fouled out, and three other players had four fouls a piece. The Hornets also had two players foul out, junior Johnny Eagan and senior Derek Szewczyk. A total of 50 fouls were called in the game against the two sides. Mauston was able to hang on in the end, as the Hornets were never able to get back into the game.

Wautoma was led by senior Zach Kasuboski with 18 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter. Szewczyk led the Hornets in the first half scoring all 14 of his points in the first two quarters. Also leading the way for Wautoma was Eagan with 11 points, senior Doug Clark had 10 points, sophomore Anthony Giliberto added 5 off the bench, and senior starter Tyler Anklam had just 2 points.

Mauston got another outstanding performance by sophomore Joel Heesch who finished the night with 29 points. He led the Golden Eagles in the first half with 16 points, was shut out in the third quarter, then sealed the victory for Mauston from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter by making 9 of 10. Behind Heesch, sophomore Hunter Nelson had 8 points for the Golden Eagles, and sophomore Ross Thompson added 7. Nelson, Orton, senior David Linsmeyer, and junior Taylor Ingraham each had 6 points, and junior Dale Osthoff added 5 off the bench.

Mauston moves to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, as they sit alone at the top of the South Central Conference as the only remaining undefeated team. Wautoma falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in conference.