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Devil boys turn back Vikings


February 6, 2020

John Hamilton

SHOOTING TO SCORE - Noxon's Michael Antonich gets a shot off over the defense of Brad Lantz in Thompson Falls recently. Red Devils host Sanders County rival Hot Springs in the West End Saturday.

The Noxon Red Devils are beginning to realize their basketball potential.

Coach Ryan Weltz's Devils scored an encouraging split in District 14C basketball last week, falling to the Tigers 63-49 in St. Regis Friday but playing well in that game, and scoring a 62-54 win over visiting Charlo in Noxon Saturday.

Encouraged by the strong play of his team last week, Weltz will guide the Noxon boys into Hot Springs Saturday in their only scheduled action this week.

"The Charlo game was a good win for our boys," he said, "they are beginning to realize that we can play with the teams in our league. That we can compete with them on a night-to-night basis if we play our game."

Although Weltz's son Rylan Weltz led Noxon to the win with 23 points, the coach said the other players may have been the difference. "Rylan had to sit with foul trouble through much of the fourth quarter," coach Weltz said, "but the others stepped up and got it done. That has to help us moving forward."

Brody Hill added 11 points to Noxon's winning total against Charlo, Michael Antonich eight, Aiden Galloway and Avery Vogel six each, and Wyatt Lackner and Nate Cano four apiece.

Dawson Dumont scored 21 points for Charlo and Braydon Zempel and Phil Marquez 12 apiece.

Coach Weltz said his Devils also played well in St. Regis. "That was a fun game, we played hard and actually had them on the ropes for a little while," he said.

Leading only 46-40 heading into the fourth quarter, St. Regis won the final eight minutes 17-9 to salt away the victory.

Rylan Weltz scored 20 points to lead the Devils in that game, Antonich scored nine points, Hill and Galloway eight, Lackner three and Cano one.

Nicholas Day scored 19 points for St. Regis, Andrew Sanford 13 and Caleb Ball nine.


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