The Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys varsity basketball team remains undefeated in the 2021 calendar year, making it three in a row with a 78-65 win in Marshfield over Columbus Catholic Tuesday night.

The strength of the Columbus Dons this season has been perimeter shooting, but the Chargers clearly had their game plan in place and limited those long-distance looks. Along with that defensive approach, the difference in the game was a stout Charger effort on the boards and fine 18 for 22 performance from the free throw line.

“I felt the boys crashed the glass exceptionally well tonight and played very strong team basketball from an offensive standpoint,” said coach Garrett Rogowski. “We were patient and took great shots, utilized the post, and when it wasn’t there we kicked it out to the perimeter and had some success both inside and out.”

The balanced offensive attack is emerging as a Witt-Birn team trademark. Again the Chargers placed three players in double figures, led by Simon Schairer’s 19 points and Ben Wesolowski’s 18. Jack Fraaza tossed in 10, Kaden Schmidt scored nine, Max Fraaza rattled in eight, and Michael Miller contributed seven points.

With the third consecutive victory, the Chargers improve to 7-5 on the season. The team sits on top of the Central Wisconsin East Conference with a perfect 4-0 mark.

Friday brings a return to league play, as Witt-Birn travels to Weyauwega-Fremont, which dwells right in the middle of the CWC pack at 2-2.

The Chargers return home on Tuesday for a tilt with Shiocton, a possible season tipping point matchup as the Chiefs are currently tied for second at 3-1 with Iola-Scandinavia. Both games are slated for a 7:15 p.m. start.