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The Lincoln Hornets defended their homestead last Tuesday against the Independence Indees to win 74-72.

A strong first half performance from the Hornets allowed them to survive a late game rally from the Indees.

"The first 30 minutes of the game we played really well," said coach Matt Dale, "[It] might have been the best stretch of basketball we have played all year."

In tight games every shot counts, especially every shot that adds points on the board, and that's where Lincoln pulled away.

As a team they were able to make 50 percent of their shots whereas Independence only sunk around 40 percent of their shots.

The Hornets efficient attack was led by Zach Sheffer who scored 19 points with an accuracy of 60 percent.

The Lincoln Hornets boys basketball team managed to hold off a second half surge by the New Lisbon Rockets to win 77-60.

The Hornets put up 26 more shots than the Rockets did, ending the night going 46 percent from the floor.

The Rockets were more accurate making 56 percent of their shots.

That volume was provided in part due to Brandon Simmons' team-leading 15 shot attempts on his way to scoring 23 points in the Hornets victory.

Laccen Comstock and Zach Sheffer were the next closest contributors on the Lincoln squad with 12 points a piece.

Grabbing boards was the biggest area of disparity between the teams as the Hornets snagged 32 rebounds to the Rockets 18, mostly being able to catch their own and give themselves multiple chances for points with 19 offensive rebounds.

On Nov. 20, 2016, the New Lisbon Police Department informed the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department that a young girl was beaten and possibly choked by her father while hunting in the Millston Township area.

She was brought home to New Lisbon, Wis. by her father Keith Herritz, 57, where her guardian, Lori L. Krull lived.

It was reported that the young girl and Herritz went to several bars in downtown Millston on Nov. 19 and when they returned to the cabin, she told her father she wanted to go home. She stated he then pulled her from the car by her neck choking her and kicked her in the stomach.

The young girl was taken to Hess Memorial Hospital for her injuries.

The new Arby's restaurant will open Feb. 7 in Black River Falls. It will be in front of the Walmart supercenter on Hwy. 54.

Once the Black River Falls location opens, DRM will have 73 Arby’s restaurants operating in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

That includes one that opened Nov. 28 in Sparta. Abbey Ramsey, director of marketing for Arby's franchisees, said DRM plans to add 25 more locations over the next seven years in the four-state area it serves.

The new 2,000-square-foot Black River Falls restaurant will have 40 to 50 employees and will seat about 52 people, Ramsey said.

“It’s a great location, and we love opening in new communities,” Ramsey said of DRM’s decision to build an Arby’s in Black River Falls.

The Mel-Min/G-E-T Titan wrestling team advanced eight individuals to the championship round and grabbed  the team title at Saturday’s Independence Invitational.

Three Titans also won championships in their individual divisions: Jack Marley dominated the 113 pound field with two major decisions and a first-period pin, freshman Bryce Burns won with a 7-4 decision in his 170 pound championship match after taking down the number two seed in a previous match and Dakotah Daffinson earned his second tournament championship of the year after winning his final match by a 10-6 score.

Five other Mel-Min/G-E-T wrestlers fought their way to the finals, but came up just a bit short, at 120 Julian Purney lost on a 3-2 decision to Cochran-Fountain City Pirates' Andrew Rothering, Les Lakey lost to the Pirate's Max Dascher 7-4.