Wykons boys split, hold slim lead in West Pac

West Iron’s Caden Pellizzer slides to keep Iron Mountain’s Marcus Johnson from penetrating past him. In back are WIC’s Neil Tomasoski and James Swanson (3).
IRON RIVER—The West Iron County boys basketball team had two very different opponents on the schedule last week, but both games carried importance for the Wykons as they seek to attain their season goals.
    The first matchup came against one of the Upper Peninsula’s top teams and a squad that may stand between the Wykons and their hopes of a district championship. The other pitted West Iron against a struggling West Pac Conference team that the Wykons could ill afford to lose to if they want to win a league title this year.
    In the end, coach Dan Schive’s team gained a split, falling to unbeaten Iron Mountain 71-55 on Jan. 30 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium before routing Hancock 53-34 the next night on the road.
    With the victory over the Bulldogs, the Wykons (6-6, 4-0) stay a half game ahead of Calumet for the West Pac lead. The teams meet for the first time at Calumet (8-3, 3-0) on Friday, Feb. 9.
    “The first goal every year is to win the conference,” Schive said. “To win the conference outright, this is basically coming down to Friday’s game.”
    West Iron has four more conference games left, but on paper, the two matchups with Calumet will likely determine the champion. The Wykons’ other league games are against L’Anse, which they hammered 68-38 in mid-December and another game against Hancock, which suited up only six players, including three freshmen, in West Iron’s win on Jan. 31.

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