Columbus & Waupun Boys Meet In Sectional Semifinal at BDHS Tonight

The Columbus and Waupun boys basketball teams head to Beaver Dam High School tonight for a WIAA Division Three Sectional Semifinal at 7pm.

Columbus (16-8) earned the Regional championship with victories over Wautoma (76-57) and Laconia (60-55) this past weekend.  Senior Ben Emler leads the Cardinals in scoring at 20 points per game.  Fellow senior Alex Campbell also averages in double-figures at 10 points per game.  Columbus finished in a tie for 2nd place Lodi in the Capitol North Conference with a 7-3 record.  Lake Mills won the league with a 9-1 mark.

Waupun (16-8) defeated Mayville (69-60) and Ripon (44-42) in last week’s Regional to advance to Sectional play.  A trio of seniors lead the Warriors in scoring led by Gabe Keach at 18ppg. Keegan Hartgerink (17) and Jaden White (11) also average double-digits for Waupun.   The Warriors finished in a three-way tie for 4th place in the East Central Conference this season.   Plymouth was the conference champ.

These teams met in the 2019-20 season opener with Waupun picking up the 76-53 win at Columbus.  Gabe Keach led Waupun with 24 while Ben Emler paced the Cardinals with a game high 25.

Tonight’s game is a rematch of last year’s D2 Sectional Semifinal in Beaver Dam where Waupun picked up the 79-36 victory.

The winner of tonight’s game heads to the Sectional Final in Evansville to face either Beloit or Edgerton on Saturday night at 7pm.

You can hear tonight’s game on 1430 WBEV.  The audio will also stream at

Click the link to preview tonight’s game with Waupun coach Brett Pickarts and Columbus coach Ben Schambow.