News 8 Sports Round Up – December 19, 2016

UW-La Crosse senior transfer Zach Schradle leads the the team in both points and rebounds through their first nine games. But Schradle isn’t asking the Eagles for the top stat line this season. As News 8’s Charlie Clifford reports…. He just wants a home. after 2016 became a rollercoaster on and off the court. Zach Schradle arrives in La Crosse with little time to waste. The senior averaged 22 points a game last season at Superior. And when he opted for a chance with Ken Koelbl and the Eagles. Mom and Dad were cool. Diane and Mike Schradle graduated together at UWL. And went into coaching. Mom, vollyeball, Zach – stuck with dad and hoops. He has actually told coach Koelbl, you know you can be hard on can ride me because I am used to that laughs. Zach is busy coaching himself in his first season as an Eagle. The new playbook, new teammates that’s no big deal anymore. The problem is back in Turtle Lake. Mom — Diane — is battling breast cancer. I found out that I have a genetic mutation so I am going to be battling for quite a while with so surgeries and I will be starting chemo in a couple of weeks. Chemo starts just as UWL begins conference play. The Eagles schedule is no match for Diane’s. She isn’t going to get to all the games she promised back when Zach made his decision to transfer. But she did make the first one. Conviently — parents night. And no family wanted time together in La Crosse — more than this one. It was special, it was special. my mom she has been one of my biggest supporters all throughout my life. She is battling some tough times. It should not take something like cancer for you to realize how good you have it. I just try everyday to be thankful for what I have and the time I have with her. This scene did not come without a halftime pep talk. They need to quite making all of these three’s, Mom said. Zach and Eagles fell short on parents night. But one mom admits, she’s never cared less about the final score. I think he feels like he has landed in Heaven. He really loves La Crosse. Like any mom out there, it is like when your child is happy…your heart is happy. Reporting at UWL, Charlie Clifford, News 8 Sports. Thanks Charlie. Home and home series between Winona State and Upper Iowa wraps up tonight. Warriors handing the Peacocks their first conference loss on Saturday. Winhawks with a fast start. Kyle Bauman. Nice backdoor cut to beat the shot clock. Then Corey Jeffs. Tough move to the hoop for the lay-in. They start the game on a 13-4 run. But what an effort by Upper Iowa’s Carson Parker. Floater falls here. Leads all scorers with 33 points. And Upper Iowa wins 95-82 to split the series. Onalaska girls riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s game against Arcadia. Hilltoppers hot early on. Emma Gamoke nothing but net from deep. They start the game on a 15-4 run. But Arcadia hangs tough. Hannah Suchla nice drive to the hoop. Lead cut to 4. But another strong outing for Tayla Stuttley. No problem with the long jumper here. All 17 of her points coming in the first half. Gamoke also with 17. And Onalaska wins 62-37. Big game tomorrow night as the Hilltoppers travel to Aquinas.

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