Coaches versus Cancer basketball game held

The annual Coaches versus Cancer game is a nonconference rivalry between two neighboring schools, Shell Lake and Spooner. The last time Shell Lake and Spooner were conference rivals was back in 1926 when girls basketball was discontinued as a high school sport. -photos by Larry Samson

Larry Samson | Staff writer
SPOONER – Spooner has taken a 2-1 lead over Shell Lake in the annual Coaches versus Cancer girls basketball game between Shell Lake and Spooner with their 49-46 win on Tuesday, Nov. 21, hosted by Spooner.


It was a battle between Spooner player Natasha Chastek and Shell Lake player Ashlea Meister. The two seniors have been playing against each other for the past four years in the Coaches versus Cancer game. Chastek had 27 points for the game and Meister had 19 points. They share a love for the game and a passion for winning.

In 2015, Shell Lake defeated Spooner 51-47 and in 2016 it was Spooner over Shell Lake. The money raised by the game goes to the American Cancer Society by way of the Washburn County Relay for Life. Steve Clay is the organizer for the game and this year he wore the striped shirt as he was the official scorekeeper.


The game was the first game of the season for the two teams and they were playing for pride. Spooner is coached by Andy Rappel and Dan Rosenbush. Shell Lake is coached by Jim DeLadi and Jessica Schultz.
Shell Lake had an early lead before Spooner settled down and took control of the boards. That became the defining moment for the game as Spooner took a lead that they never gave up even though Shell Lake kept the game

Shell Lake defender Arianna Schreiber blocks out Spooner forward Alexis Robotka on the drive.

close. The Rails had a 23-18 lead at the end of the first half. Shell Lake came on strong in the end of the game but came up short, losing by three points.

Natasha Chastek was the top scorer for the Rails with 27 points, with a strong showing by Alexis Robotka and Jackie Rosenbush. Ashlea Meister was the top scorer for the Lakers with 19 points, and a strong showing from Cassie Skattebo and Julia Pokorny.

Spooner did a better job of blocking out and controlling the boards.

Shell Lake will be hosting Clayton in their first Lakeland-Central Conference game on Monday, Dec. 4. Spooner will be hosting Northwestern in a Heart O’North game on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Natasha Chastek and Alexia Goodman are triumphant as they pass the Shell Lake bench on their 49-46 win over the Lakers in the Coaches versus Cancer game held Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Spooner. The Rails led 2-1 in the matchup between the two schools.
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