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Greenwood shuts out Columbus Catholic softball

Posted on 22 April 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County

GREENWOOD – Greenwood scored all of its runs in the first three innings and went on to blank Marshfield Columbus Catholic 21-0 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Friday.

Three Dons’ pitchers combined to walk 15 batters and Columbus also committed five errors in the loss.

Sierra Litwaitis had a double for one of the Dons’ two hits in the loss.

Columbus Catholic (1-2, 0-2 Cloverbelt East) hosts Gilman on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Indians 21, Dons 0
Columbus Catholic 000 00 – 0 2 5
Greenwood 4(12)5 0x – 21 6 0
Learman. LP: Ella Schultz.
SO: Schultz (1 1/3 inn.) 0, Maddie DeSmet (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Sierra Litwaitis (1 1/3 inn.) 3; Learman 13. BB: Schultz 8, DeSmet 6, Litwaitis 1; Learman 2.
Top hitters: CC, Litwaitis 2B. G, Lamovec 3×3, 2B; Nigon 2×3, 2B, 3 RBIs.
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-2, 0-2 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Greenwood 6-3, 2-1 Cloverbelt East.

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Columbus Catholic baseball falls at Greenwood

Posted on 21 April 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: All Insurance of Marshfield

GREENWOOD – Greenwood scored nine times in the first three innings and went on to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 11-3 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday.

Greenwood scored five runs in the first inning and four more in the third to take control early.

Bailey Keffer suffered the loss for the Dons, giving up eight runs in 2 1/3 innings. He walked eight.

Tyler Fuerlinger had two of Columbus’ four hits.

The Dons host Gilman on Tuesday.

Indians 11, Dons 3
Columbus Catholic 011 100 0 – 3 4 3
Greenwood 504 020 x – 11 4 0
Walker Wuethrich. LP: Bailey Keffer.
SO: Keffer (2 1/3 inn.) 3, Bryce Fuerlinger (2 2/3 inn.) 2, Calvin Brown (1 inn.) 0; Wuethrich (3 1/3 inn.) 2, Jagger Johnson (3 2/3 inn. 3. BB: Keffer 8, B. Fuerlinger 1, Brown 1; Wuethrich 8, Johnson 1.
Top hitters: C, Tyler Fuerlinger 2×4.
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-4, 1-3 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Greenwood 5-4, 3-1 Cloverbelt East.

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Area softball preview: Expectations high for experienced Marshfield

Posted on 20 April 2017 by paul

Marshfield junior Megan Donahue is a force on the mound and at the plate for the Tigers, who are off to a 6-1 start this season. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Paul Lecker

A strong group of returning players and an upset victory in the playoffs last spring has the Marshfield softball team thinking big coming into the 2017 season.

The Tigers won a WIAA Division 1 regional title last season with an upset victory at Chippewa Falls and finished 15-13 overall after losing 2-1 in the sectional semifinals to Hudson.

First-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference outfielder Jenna Jakobi and second-team pick Megan Donahue, the team’s main pitcher, are among those returning to the starting lineup for the Tigers, who are off to a 6-1 start this season.

Jakobi, a sophomore, hit .424 with 30 runs scored and seven outfield assists last year, while Donahue, a junior, smacked 12 home runs, had 47 RBIs and totaled 243 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings on the mound.

Also back are junior catcher Emily Draeger, senior third baseman Melissa Roberts, junior first baseman Kaitlyn Konrardy, junior infielder Morgan Nordbeck, and sophomore outfielders Rhiannon Corozolla and Maddie Mews.

“We have high expectations this year with a good returning core group of players coming back,” second-year Marshfield coach Daniel Costa said. “We expect to compete with the best teams in our conference for a conference title.”

Freshman Jordan Pretsch, and juniors Jasmine Fredrick and Madison Derus are among those that will also compete for playing time.

Marshfield’s lone loss this season came to defending conference and WIAA Division 1 state champion Stevens Point 4-1 on April 6.

After finishing fourth in the Wisconsin Valley Conference last season (7-5), Marshfield is primed to make a run toward a top spot.

“With so many of our conference teams winning playoff games and advancing last year, the fact that we have such a strong conference can only help us in the long run come playoff time,” Costa said. “After getting a small taste of success in our mouths with a regional championship at Chippewa Falls last year, we are eager and hungry to try to make an even deeper run into the playoffs this year.”

Daniel Costa, second year (15-13).
Last year’s record: 15-13, 7-5 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
This year so far (through April 18): 6-1, 3-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. New Richmond 10-0 in Div. 1 regional semifinals; Def. Chippewa Falls 11-8 in regional finals; lost to Hudson 2-1 in sectional semifinals.
Returning players: Megan Donahue, jr., P/C; Emily Draeger, jr., C; Jenna Jakobi, so., OF; Melissa Roberts, sr., 3B; Kaitlyn Konrardy, jr., 1B/P; Megan Nordbeck, jr., 2B/SS; Rhiannon Corozolla, so., OF; Maddie Mews, so., OF.
Top newcomers: Jordan Pretsch, fr., SS/2B; Jasmine Fredrick, jr., OF; Madison Derus, jr., Utility.

Anne Teska, second year (9-10-1).
Last year’s record: 9-10-1, 6-6 Marawood Conference South Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 1-2, 0-1 Marawood South.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Loyal/Granton 7-2 in Div. 3 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Brooke Anderson, sr., SS; Jenna Ertl, sr., CF; Kaeden Dvorak, sr., C; Emma Dimick, jr., 2B; Hannah Bolder, jr., 1B; Rachael Bolder, jr., 3B/P; Teryn Lau, so., LF; Mackenzie Raab, so., RF; Alexis Soppe, so., P; Marissa Ponshock, so., 3B; Marissa Spatz, so., C.
Top newcomers: Jenna Snortheim, so.; Maggie Willfahrt, fr., P; Carly Willfarht, fr.; Natalie Aue, fr.; Abby Koopman, fr.
What the coach said: “Our expectations this year is to finish over .500,” Teska said. “We also expect to give teams a tough game. We start out season with a bang and beat Prentice 17-0 on March 31. We would also like to go farther in the regionals.”

Arnie Neubauer, first year.
Last year’s record: 3-14, 1-11 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 1-1, 0-1 Cloverbelt East.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Rib Lake 9-8 in Div. 4 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Sierra Litwatis, sr., SS/OF/P; Maddie DeSmet, sr., P/1B; Ella Schultz, jr., SS/P/OF; Maren Seefluth, so., OF/SS; Annie Baierl, so., C.
Top newcomers: Cassidy Strey, OF; Zoe Stratman, OF/2B; Sophia Mauney, OF/3B/P; Bekah Kitzhaber, OF/1B; Kasey Carter, OF; Taylor Tolppi, C/OF; Anna Roewe, 2B; Brooke Neider, 3B; Emiliy Nemitz, 3B; Holly Dean, OF; Annika Brown, 2B/OF; Addison Baierl, OF/1B/P; Mathilde Le gruella, jr., OF.
What the coach said: “(We want to) create an atmosphere that has players realizing that there’s a lot of positive fastpitch ability here at Columbus Catholic, and be competitive in every game,” Neubauer said. “There’s not a lot of pitching experience coming into the season. Our approach will be taking one at-bat at a time and one game at a time.”

Jason Gorst, seventh year (120-42).
Last year’s record: 17-6, 12-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 2-4, 1-0 Cloverbelt East.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Loyal/Granton 14-4 in Div. 3 regional finals; lost to Marathon 2-1 in sectional semifinals.
Returning players: Courtney Buss, sr., SS/C; Jenna Schober, sr., OF; Lexi Baehr, jr., IF/C; Cinnamin Harwood, sr., iF; Katie Fleischman, sr., OF; Sadie Mercier, jr., IF/C; Tiffany Meinders, so., P; Felicia Bauer, so. OF.
Top newcomers: Montana Kleinschmidt, sr., 1B; Miranda Jackson, sr., DP; Aryiah Schuh, fr., OF; Shaelee Neitzel, so., OF.
What the coach said: “We have a lot of rebuilding to do with some of our major losses,” Gorst said. “The conference should have more parody than in past seasons, with as many as five teams that could win the championship. We hope to be competitive in that group, but we will need players to step forward.”

Mandy Pankratz, 11th year (143-80).
Last year’s record: 19-7, 10-2 Marawood Conference South Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 5-1, 1-0 Marawood South.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 11-1 in Div. 3 regional quarterfinals; def. Bonduel 6-2 in regional semifinals; def. Oconto 5-3 in regional finals; def. Marathon 3-2 in sectional semifinals; lost to Laconia 2-0 in sectional finals.
Returning players: Brittany Bredemann, sr., C; Sammy Griesbach, sr., SS; Sammy Kaiser, sr., OF; Val Licciardi, sr., OF/P; Kiana Weiler, jr., P.
Top newcomers: Shalynn Griesmer, sr., 2B; Sam Manecke, sr., 1B; Cassidy VanDerLeest, jr., 3B; Courtney Kaiser, jr., Utility; McKenzie Ford, jr., OF; Anna Goldbach, jr., 1B; Madisyn Daul, jr., Utility; Kaylee Hollatz, jr., 1B/P; Kaitlyn Doll, sr., OF; Sydney Boeger, so., IF.
What the coach said: “We have some returning players in new positions and a lot of new faces to the varsity squad,” Pankratz said. “Our goal is to work together and improve each time we are on the field. I really expect this team to make huge strides from the beginning to the end of the season.”

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Columbus Catholic baseball no-hits Granton, wins first game of season

Posted on 19 April 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: All Insurance of Marshfield

MARSHFIELD – Charles Payant and Bryce Fuerlinger combined on a five-inning no-hitter for the Marshfield Columbus Catholic baseball team in an 11-0 win over Granton on Tuesday at Hackman Field.

Payant struck out 10 in 3 1/3 innings and Fuerlinger finished things up with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings for the Dons (1-3, 1-2 Cloverbelt Conference East Division).

Columbus scored in all four of its at-bats, including six runs in the third.

Tyler Fuerlinger had a hit and three RBIs in the win for the Dons.

Columbus is scheduled to play at Greenwood on Friday.

Dons 11, Bulldogs 0
Granton 000 00 – 0 0 3
Columbus Catholic 136 1x – 11 3 0
Charles Payant. LP: Polzin.
SO: Polzin (2 1/3 inn.) 0, Riemer (1/3 inn.) 1, Martin (1 1/3 inn.) 1; Payant (3 1/3 inn.) 10, Bryce Fuerlinger (1 2/3 inn.) 3. BB: Polzin 3, Riemer 4, Martin 3; Payant 4, B. Fuerlinger 1.
Top hitter: CC, Tyler Fuerlinger 1×3, 3 RBIs.
Records: Granton 0-3 overall and Cloverbelt East; Columbus Catholic 1-3, 1-2 Cloverbelt East.

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Columbus Catholic boys sixth, girls ninth at Colby Track Invitational

Posted on 18 April 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County

COLBY – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys track team had eight top-three finishers to finish sixth at the Colby Track & Field Invitational on Tuesday at Colby High School.

The Columbus boys finished with 75 points to finish sixth among the 10 teams at the meet.

Medford won both the boys and girls team titles. The Dons’ girls were ninth.

Finishing second for the Columbus boys were Tim Gruenloh in the 800 meters (2:14.50), the 3,200 relay team of Joshua Guyer, Jon Viegut, Leonard Steinert and Jeremiah Giles (9:32.45), and the relay team of Nadim Torbey, Jose Martin, David Nielsen and Leo Pittsley in the 400 (47.46) and the 800 (1:38.03).

Peyton Nystrom was third in the 400 (56.15) and the 800 (2:16.26), Pittsley was third in the 200 (24.41), and Guyer was third in the 3,200 (11:25.03) for the Dons.

The top finishes for the Columbus girls came from the 3,200 relay team of Morgan Albrecht, Melanie Lang, Hannah Grubofski and Natalie Pospyhalla (12:00.69) and Pospyhalla individually in the 3,200 (13:33.76), which each finished second.

Columbus Catholic will compete at the Wood County Track Meet on Monday at Auburndale High School.

Colby Track & Field Invitational
Team scores:
1. Medford 132; 2. Neillsville/Granton 109; 3. Antigo 106; 4. Colby 96; 5. Stanley-Boyd 63; 6. Abbotsford 57; 7. Loyal 42; 8. Owen-Withee 34; 9. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 27; 10. Thorp 19.
Winners and Marshfield Columbus Catholic finishers
3,200 relay:
1. Medford (Franny Seidel, Lauren Meyer, Katie Phillips, Bailey Brandner) 10:55.53; 2. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Morgan Albrecht, Melanie Lang, Hannah Grubofski, Natalie Pospyhalla) 12:00.69.
110 hurdles: 1. Mel Kunze (ABBY) 17.20; 9. Brionna Zygarlicke (MCC) 21.00.
100: 1. Carley Elmhorst (COLBY) 13.76; 17. Celine Scholin (MCC) 14.92; 20. Sophia Hackel (MCC) 15.15.
1,600: 1. Isabelle Feiten (COLBY) 5:59.64; 14. Greta Schiferl (MCC) 8:38.41.
800 relay: 1. Colby (Ashley Streveler, Skylar Leffel, Hailey Voelker, Elmhorst) 1:54.61.
400: 1. Meyer (MED) 1:01.64; 10. Albrecht (MCC) 1:13.37; 18. Lang (MCC) 1:21.66.
400 relay: 1. Medford (Ashley Hoffman, Megan Graff, Lauren Carstensen, Markki Farmer) 54.79.
300 hurdles: 1. Hanna Zenkovich (ANT) 50.68; 15. Zygarlicke (MCC) 1:07.05.
800: 1. Allison Vitort (SB) 2:40.29; 10. Albrecht (MCC) 2:56.20.
200: 1. Kunze (ABBY) 28.55; 9. Scholin (MCC) 30.57; 18. Hackel (MCC) 31.49.
3,200: 1. Seidel (MED) 12:22.35; 2. Pospyhalla (MCC) 13:33.76; 6. Lang (MCC) 15:17.16.
1,600 relay: 1. Medford (Meyer, Lainey Brunner, Katie Phillips, Farmer) 4:33.47.
Pole vault: 1. Kimi Robertson (ANT) 9-6.
Triple jump: 1. Morgan Hotchkiss (ANT) 32-0; 5. Kendra Baierl (MCC) 30-1.
Discus: 1. Jennifer Wendler (OW) 97-8; 16. Jessica Jakopin (MCC) 62-10.
Shot put: 1. Hayley Nichols (SB) 34-0; 12. Jakopin (MCC) 27-11.
Long jump: 1. Morgan Hauge (NG) 15-1.25; 7. Scholin (MCC) 13-2.25; 27. Hackel (MCC) 10-4.25.
Team scores:
1. Medford 153; 2. Loyal 114; 3. Neillsville/Granton 88; 4. Abbotsford 81; 5. Antigo 77; 6. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 75; 7. Stanley-Boyd 49; 8. Owen-Withee 45; 9. Thorp 9; 10. Colby 8.
Winners and Marshfield Columbus Catholic finishers
3,200 relay:
1. Medford (Jake Sullivan, Justin Sullivan, Derek Rudolph, Trey Ulrich) 9:17.82; 2. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Joshua Guyer, Jon Viegut, Leonard Steinert, Jeremiah Giles) 9:32.45.
110 hurdles: 1. Mason Barth (NG) 16.81.
100: 1. Victor Rinaldi (MED) 11.60; 19. Wyatt Bauer (MCC) 13.15.
1,600: 1. Ulrich (MED) 4:53.60; 6. Benny Frericks (MCC) 5:12.43; 7. Guyer (MCC) 5:14.38.
800 relay: 1. Abbotsford (Franny Gamillo, Brock Halopka, Ethan Kramas, Ezra Kremsreiter) 1:37.32; 2. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Nadim Torbey, Jose Martin, David Nielsen, Leo Pittsley) 1:38.03.
400: 1. Will Dixon (ANT) 53.85; 3. Peyton Nystrom (MCC) 56.15; 13. Steinert (MCC) 1:02.07; 15. Bauer (MCC) 1:04.04; 20. Coleton Grambsch (MCC) 1:12.20.
400 relay: 1. Loyal (Devin Witt, Skylar Ruggles, Parker Leffel, Dalton Kroening) 46.88; 2. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Torbey, Martin, Nielsen, Pittsley) 47.46.
300 hurdles: 1. Barth (NG) 42.93; 8. Giles (MCC) 49.41.
800: 1. Elliot Genteman (LOY) 2:11.35; 2. Tim Gruenloh (MCC) 2:14.50; 3. Nystrom (MCC) 2:16.26; 7. Viegut (MCC) 2:22.54; 13. Steinert (MCC) 2:29.51.
200: 1. Rinaldi (MED) 23.42; 3. Pittsley (MCC) 24.41; 8. Nielsen (MCC) 25.60; 17. Martin (MCC) 26.59; 21. Bauer (MCC) 27.29.
3,200: 1. Ulrich (MED) 10:29.54; 3. Guyer (MCC) 11:25.03; 4. Frericks (MCC) 11:29.19.
1,600 relay: 1. Antigo (Dixon, Riland Baker, Drew Hohensee, Dane Tischendorf) 3:40.82; 4. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Viegut, Gruenloh, Nystrom, Giles) 4:01.89.
High jump: 1. Kremsreiter (ABBY) 6-3; 15. Nystrom (MCC) 5-0.
Pole vault: 1. Thomas Nelson (ANT) 13-0.
Shot put: 1. Qwan Bussey (ANT) 44-3; 36. Coleton Grambsch (MCC) 23-3.5.
Triple jump: 1. Kremsreiter (ABBY) 41-0.75; 9. Giles (MCC) 36-4.
Discus: 1. Josh Grape (OW) 128-6; 31. Grambsch (MCC) 65-7.
Long jump: 1. Garrett Strebig (MED) 20-7.

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Columbus Catholic softball routs Pittsville for first win of season

Posted on 17 April 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: All Insurance of Marshfield

PITTSVILLE – Marshfield Columbus Catholic scored multiple runs in each of its five at-bats and blasted Pittsville 28-8 in a nonconference softball game Monday at Pittsville High School.

The Dons took advantage 11 walks and seven errors by Pittsville to win going away and improve to 1-1 this season. Pittsville is now 0-4.

Sierra Litwatis earned the win for Columbus, allowing two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. She also added a single, a triple, and two RBIs at the plate.

Brooke Neider had two hits and three RBIs, Annie Baierl had a double and five RBIs, and Annika Brown, Maddie DeSmet and Addison Baierl each had two hits and two RBIs for Columbus.

Columbus returns to action Friday at Greenwood.

Dons 28, Panthers 8
Columbus Catholic 298 54 – 28 13 3
Pittsville 140 12 – 8 4 7
Sierra Litwaitis. LP: Lydia Sanken.
SO: Litwaitis (4 2/3 inn.) 1, Ella Schultz (1/3 inn.) 1; Sanken (3 inn.) 3, Grimm (2 inn.) 1. BB: Litwaitis 5, Schultz 1; Sanken 8, Grimm 3.
Top hitters: C, Litwaitis 2×2, 3B, 2 RBIs; Maddie DeSmet 2×4, 2 RBIs; Brooke Neider 2×5, 2B, 3 RBIs; Addison Baierl 2×4, 2 RBIs; Annika Brown 2×5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Annie Baierl 2B, 5 RBIs; Bekah Kitzhaber 2B.
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-1; Pittsville 0-4.

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Baseball preview: Pitching depth looks strong for Marshfield

Posted on 12 April 2017 by paul

Marshfield senior Jake Brueggen anchors a strong pitching staff for the Tigers. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

This story is sponsored by Victory Apparel

By Paul Lecker

For the second season in a row, the Marshfield High School baseball team will have a first-time head coach.

Jon Bauer replaces Shane Freitag as the Tigers’ manager and inherits a team that finished 13-13 overall and 6-6 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.

Marshfield won its playoff opener before losing in a WIAA Division 1 regional final to Eau Claire North last spring.

After a few weeks of practice, the Tigers are scheduled to open their season with a nonconference doubleheader Thursday against Eau Claire North at Jack Hackman Field.

Bauer said he has been impressed with what he has seen so far this spring.

“I really like our work ethic,” Bauer said. “I think we’ll have enough good pitching necessary to compete with the new pitch count limits. Our hitting and fielding, hopefully, will be strengths as well.”

The WIAA passed a rule last summer that states a pitcher can throw up to 100 pitches in a day. Three days rest are then required before the player may pitch again. Pitchers who throw 1-30 pitches in a day will not require any rest; 31-49 pitches thrown requires one day rest; 50-75 mandates two days rest; and 76-100 pitches requires three days off before returning the mound.

Seniors Connor Jasurda, Jake Brueggen and Hunter Korger are expected to make up the starting pitching rotation, and Bauer said he will determine the rest as the season moves forward.

Seniors Aaron Braun and Logan Jakobi, juniors Branden Montalvo, Connor Berry, Austin Palacek, Tyler Spaeth, Mitch Wilhelm, and Jared Johnsrud, and sophomore Ryan Krueger will also compete for mound time for the Tigers.

Senior Paul Maguire will see time at catcher and in the outfield for the Tigers are earning first-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors in 2016 as a utility player. He hit .395 with 11 RBIs in conference play a year ago.

Senior outfielder Braden Bohman is also back for his third year on the varsity. He and Brueggen were honorable mention all-conference selections. Bohman hit .326 with 12 runs scored and five stolen bases, and Brueggen was 2-2 with a 4.03 earned-run average in Valley action.

Senior Jared Klein is also back for his third year on the varsity and will catch and play first base.

“Our expectations are to show up, show that we can play, show that we can improve as the season progresses, and show that we can be good teammates,” Bauer said. “I really like the effort this group demonstrates in practice every day.”

Jon Bauer, first year.
Last year’s record: 13-13, 6-6 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Merrill 10-2 in WIAA Div. 1 regional semifinal; Lost to Eau Claire North 7-0 in regional final.
Returning players: Braden Bohman, sr., OF; Jake Brueggen, sr., P/OF; Logan Jakobi, sr., IF; Connor Jasurda, sr., IF/P; Jared Klein, sr., C/1B; Hunter Korger, sr., IF/P; Paul Maguire, jr., C/OF; Austin Palacek, jr., P/IF.
Top newcomers: Aaron Braun, sr., P/OF; Austin Goode, sr., OF; Branden Montalvo, jr., C/P/IF; Connor Berry, jr., P/IF; Andy Goettl, jr., OF; Tyler Spaeth, jr., IF/P; Ryan Krueger, so., P/IF; Mitch Wilhelm, jr., P/IF; Jared Johnsrud, jr., P/IF.

Mark Brost, 13th season (124-86).
Last year’s record: 7-9, 6-6 Marawood Conference South Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Weyauwega-Fremont 3-1 in WIAA Div. 3 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Logan Willfahrt, sr., C; Cason Schmutzer, jr., LF; Ryan Isaacson, jr., 1B; Aaron Willfahrt, sr., CF/P; Caleb Weinfurter, sr., 2B/P; Cam Ertl, jr., RF/P; Colton Wright, so., SS/P; Dylan Altmann, 3B.
Top newcomers: Dalten Hoffman, jr., 2B/3B; Trayton Weister, so., 2B/3B; Cooper Weinfurter, fr., OF/2B; Steve Hartman 1B.
What the coach said: “Auburndale should be solid defensively and offensively,” Brost said. “Our pitching should be a strength as the season progresses. We hope to be one of the better teams in the Marawood South and compete for a conference championship.”

Joe Seitz, 12th year (64-118).
Last year’s record: 7-12, 7-9 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Prentice 5-0 in WIAA Div. 4 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Tyler Fuerlinger, sr., SS/P; Charles Payant, sr.,P/C/3B; Ryan Dieringer, sr., 2B; Bailey Keffer, sr., P/OF; Noah Taylor, so., OF/3B/P; Bryce Fuerlinger, so., OF/P.
Top newcomers: Ethan Meece, so., OF/P; Will Boyer, OF; Jarred Mandel, so., C/3B/P; Evan Dieringer, so., 1B; Calvin Brown, so., utility.
What the coach said: “We have some younger kids who saw a lot of playing time last year, so they have some varsity experience and we have good upper class leadership,” Seitz said. “If we can develop more pitching this year, with the new pitch count rules, and play solid defense, we can be competitive in our conference.”

Tim Buttke, first year.
Last year’s record: 13-6, 12-4 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Stratford 4-3 in WIAA Div. 3 regional semifinal.
Returning players: Hunter Luepke, jr., OF/P; Carson Hildebrandt, so., IF/C; Dom Wichlacz, IF/P; Caden Schillinger, jr., C/P; Tanner Kleinschmidt, so., IF/P; Lukas Ellefson, jr., OF.
Top newcomers: Brett Kasch, fr., IF/P; Darren Wilconne, IF/OF; Tyler Brandt, OF/IF.
What the coach said: “Since we will be very young we are just focused on getting better each day,” Buttke said. “Fortunately, we are talented. To be successful we need to consistently play up to our capabilities. I think our strength will be our 1-5 batters. Carson Hildebrandt has really impressed so far this spring. Dom Wichlacz and Caden Schillinger bring back some experience and they both have made great jumps from last year to this spring. Hunter Luepke is a fantastic athlete. The sky is the limit for him and he’s also an exceptionally high-quality young man.”

Brad Grube, fourth year (34-28).
Last year’s record: 11-7, 8-4 Marawood Conference South Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Colby 5-4 in WIAA Div. 3 regional quarterfinals; Def. Spencer 4-3 in regional semifinals; lost to Marathon 6-0 in regional final.
Returning players: Cole Hoffmann, sr., P/IF; Lucas Heidmann, sr., P/IF; Dakota Singer, sr., OF; Mark Handrick, jr., C; Andrew Bargender, jr., C; Eli Drexler, so., OF; Kade Ehrike, so., IF/P.
Top newcomers: Lance Heidmann, so., IF/P; Ty Pankratz, so., IF/P; Maverick Licciardi, so., IF/P; Dylan Schoenherr, so., IF/C; Connor Multerer, jr., IF; Tim Wenzel, jr., OF; Hunter Austin, jr., OF; Ryan Foley, so., IF.
What the coach said: “Our strengths will be our work ethic, defense, and baseball understanding,” Grube said. “We need to work on moving runners when they are in scoring position. We want to be competitive in all areas of baseball to give us the best chance to win.”

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Neillsville/Granton holds off Columbus Catholic softball

Posted on 12 April 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: All Insurance of Marshfield

NEILLSVILLE – Neillsville/Granton scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 14-13 in a wild Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Tuesday at Neillsville High School.

Columbus Catholic, playing in its season-opener, came back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 6-5 lead with five runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Neillsville/Granton (2-0, 1-0 Cloverbelt East) responded with nine runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Dons came back with five more runs in the top of the sixth, and two in the seventh to cut the deficit to one but couldn’t get the tying run across.

Columbus pounded out 13 hits – three each from Maren Seefluth and Sierra Litwaitis.

Brianna Roehl had a home run and three RBIs for the Warriors.

Columbus walked 15 batters and committed six errors in the loss.

The Dons host Loyal at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Warriors 14, Dons 13
Columbus Catholic 001 055 2 – 13 13 6
Neillsville/Granton 202 190 x – 14 6 0
Kaelyn Krults. LP: Maddie DeSmet.
Top hitters: CC, Maren Seefluth 3×3; Sierra Litwaitis 3×5, 2B, 4 RBIs; Ella Schultz 2×4; Annie Baierl 2B. NG, Ballegh Johnson 2B; Brianna Roehl, HR, 3 RBIs.
Records: Columbus Catholic 0-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Neillsville/Granton 2-0, 1-0 Cloverbelt East.

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Owen-Withee outlasts Columbus Catholic baseball

Posted on 07 April 2017 by paul

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OWEN – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic baseball team dropped its second-straight game, falling to Owen-Withee 14-9 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday.

Columbus (0-2, 0-1 Cloverbelt East) scored six times in the top of the second inning to take a 6-1 lead, but couldn’t hold off Owen-Withee’s bats as the Blackhawks plated 13 runs from the second through fourth innings.

Charles Payant suffered the loss for the Dons, allowing 10 runs – only three earned – in three innings. He struck out six.

Noah Taylor was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Columbus.

Kole Karaba drove in seven runs for Owen-Withee (1-1 overall and Cloverbelt East).

The Dons host Colby in their home opener Tuesday.

Blackhawks 14, Dons 9
Columbus Catholic 060 30 – 9 6 3
Owen-Withee 136 4x – 14 11 3
A.J. Ovyn. LP: Charles Payant.
SO: Payant (3 inn.) 6, Bailey Keffer (1 inn.) 1; Ovyn (3 inn.) 5, Randy Shelton (2 inn.) 1. BB: Payant 4, Keffer 0; Ovyn 7, Shelton 0.
Top hitters: C, Noah Taylor 2×3, 3 RBIs. OW, Mark Kitlica 2×3; Kole Karaba 2×4, 2 2Bs, 7 RBIs; Derek Hubbard 2×3.
Records: Columbus Catholic 0-2, 0-1 Cloverbelt East; Owen-Withee 1-1 overall and Cloverbelt East.

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Number of local players selected to play in Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games

Posted on 05 April 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Sammy Griesbach will play in the Division 4 girls state all-star game this June in Wisconsin Dells. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Marshfield’s Ema Fehrenbach will play for the North team in the Division 1 state all-star game on June 16 in Wisconsin Dells. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

Numerous local athletes have been selected to play in the annual Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games this summer.

There will be games in five divisions pitting graduating seniors from the North and South at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. The girls games will be on Friday, June 16, and the boys games will be Saturday, June 17. Game times have not been announced.

On the girls side, Marshfield’s Ema Fehrenbach, the Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year, will play for the North in the Division 1 game.

Fehrenbach led the Tigers in scoring at 17.7 points per game, eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career early in the season. She also led the WVC in rebounding at 6.9 per game.

In Division 4, Stratford teammates Andie Zuelke and Sammy Griesbach will play for the North taem, along with Marathon’s Amanda Kind and Neillsville’s Kayla Lis.

Zuelke led the Marawood Conference South Division in rebounding at 8.3 per game, and was fourth in scoring at 12.4 points per game for the Tigers, who finished 17-8 overall and reached the Division 4 regional finals.

Griesbach led the Marawood South in assists (4.8 per game), was second in steals (3.1 per game), third in free throw percentage (63.3 percent), and ninth in scoring (8.9 points per game) for Stratford.

Two members of the WIAA Division 5 state champion Loyal squad will play for the North team in Division 5 – Karsyn Rueth and Morgan Reinwand. Wausau Newman Catholic’s Lauren Fech is also on the North team.

For the boys, Marshfield Columbus Catholic standouts Tyler Fuerlinger and Hunter Schultz will play for the Division 5 North squad, along with Loyal’s Cameron Brussow.

Fuerlinger was the Cloverbelt Conference East Division Player of the Year as he scored 22.7 points and grabbed seven rebounds per game for the Dons, who won the conference title for the second-straight season and reached the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament before losing a Division 5 semifinal to eventual champion Barneveld.

Schultz averaged 23.3 points per game and had a team-high 89 3-pointers this season for Columbus.

Auburndale’s Caleb Weinfurter is among those that will play for Edgar coach David Huss on the Division 4 North team. Edgar’s Alec Hafferman and Tyler Engel are also part of that team.

Weinfurter was a first-team all-Marawood South performer, averaging 13.6 points per game and leading the conference in free throw shooting at 85.7 percent.

Donations can be made on behalf of any player to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) by going to Click on the Boys Rosters or Girls Rosters banner and find the player you wish to make a donation through.

WBCA State All-Star Games
June 16-17, at JustAGame Fieldhouse, Wisconsin Dells
Boys Rosters
Division 1 North:
Austin Werdin, Eau Claire North; Christopher Knight, Madison Memorial; Jordan Nolle, Bay Port; Phillip Flory, Oshkosh North; Ryan Buss, Green Bay Preble; Sam Fredrickson, Fond du Lac; Shane Wissink, Oshkosh North; Storm Murphy, Middleton; Tyree Eady, Middleton; Will Chevalier, Kimberly. Coaches: Lee Rabas, Neenah; Mike Johnson, Oshkosh West; Scott Bork, Neenah.
Division 1 South: Adam Anhold, Janesville Craig; Alec Hamilton, Hartland Arrowhead; Andrew Lewis, Milwaukee Vincent; Brandon Hau, Mukwonago; Drew Yekta, Oak Creek; Koreem Ozier, Racine Case; Kyle Clow, Germantown; Ryan Coffey, Milwaukee Marquette; Sam Rohde, Brookfield Central; Trevell Cunningham, Hartland Arrowhead. Coaches: Andy Capes, Muskego; David Scheidegger, New Berlin Eisenhower; Kurt Melton, Oconomowoc.
Division 2 North: Bailey Kale, La Crosse Central; Ben Wittig, Ashwaubenon; Bryce Te Kulve, Luxemburg-Casco; Charlie Schabo, Hortonville; Garrett Nelson, Beaver Dam; Jacob De Starkey, Pulaski; Jalen Zubich, Onalaska; Kobe King, La Crosse Central; Tyler Hughes, Onalaska; Wade Geenen, Pulaski. Coaches: Jacob Schalow, Merrill; Matt Hintz, Hortonville; Michael Schalow, Kaukauna.
Division 2 South: Aidan Nordquist, Pewaukee; Alex Tordoff, Monroe; Alex Easterday, Elkhorn; Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West; Austin Young, Waukesha Catholic Memorial; Kevion Taylor, Whitnall; Michael Pitrof, Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic; Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower; Victor Nwagbaraocha, Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic; Wyatt Cook, Pewaukee. Coaches: Brandon Mattox, New Berlin West; Kyle Johnsen, Greenfield; Steven Kujawa, Whitnall.
Division 3 North: Charlie Jadin, Freedom; Dane Lew, Elk Mound; Jesse Solberg, Westby; Luke Goedeke, Valders; Nolan Beirne, New Holstein; Tar Hall, Mauston; Trenton Nickel, Kiel; Tristan Van Ess, Oostburg; Tyler Petermann, Clintonville; Xavier Cummings, Hayward. Coaches: Kurt Schommer, New London; Matthew Klarner, Appleton Xavier; Robert Braun, Appleton Xavier.
Division 3 South: Adam Wehking, Marshall; Alec Fruin, Beloit Turner; Alex Setzer, Brookfield Academy; Alex Ranney, Lake Mills; Alex Arians, Madison Edgewood; Bennett Vander Plas, Ripon; Brennen Banks, Evansville; Cameron Kuepers, Lakeside Lutheran; Eddie Muench, Ripon; Noah Coughlin, Columbus. Coaches: Mark Newman, Lake Country Lutheran; Patrick Clarey, Brookfield Academy.
Division 4 North: Alec Hafferman, Edgar; Brady Booth, Stanley-Boyd; Caleb Weinfurter, Auburndale; Darryl Williams, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser; Kenny Holz, Iola-Scandinavia; Nathan Schmidt, Shiocton; Sean Borgerding, Spring Valley; Seth Hause, Stanley-Boyd; Trevor Cook, Washburn; Tyler Engel, Edgar. Coaches: David Huss, Edgar; Garrett Maas, Colfax; Tom Hause, Stanley-Boyd.
Division 4 South: Benjamin Kennedy, Onalaska Luther; Bryce Pedrin, Howards Grove; DeAndre Johns, Kenosha St. Joseph; Drew Gunnink, Laconia; Evan Ganther, Oshkosh Lourdes; Garrett Hoffmann, Ozaukee; Nathan Urell, Cochrane-Fountain City; Ryan Glendenning, Darlington; Tobin Otte, Dodgeland; Will Schwartz, Darlington. Coaches: Bill Otte, Dodgeland; Derrick Smit, Cambria-Friesland; Ron Miller, Dodgeland.
Division 5 North: Alex Ohde, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Cameron Brussow, Loyal; Connor Heise, Lena; Davin Stricker, Mellen; Drew Rohde, Prentice; Dylan Bunders, Almond-Bancroft; Grayson Knowlton, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Hunter Schultz, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Jeremiah Reedy, Lake Holcombe; Neal Cerveny, Gresham; Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic. Coaches: Dave Gibbs, Port Edwards; Jeff Zobeck, Gresham; Jeff Heimke, Lena.
Division 5 South: A.J. Hendrickson, Pecatonica; Hunter Matye, Shullsburg; John Ross Linscheid, Highland; Joseph Meyer, Shullsburg; Josh Meier, Black Hawk; Kayne Korger, Augusta; Matt Schmitt, Juda; Matthew Myers, Barneveld; Nicholas Payne, Seneca; Tyler Zacho, Cambria-Friesland. Coaches: Mark Lierman, Shullsburg; Mike Uppena, Potosi; Nathan Copsey, River Ridge.
Girls Rosters
Division 1 North:
Alex Luehring, Verona; Bria Lemirande, Middleton; Brianna Banks, Eau Claire North; Callie Pohlman, Appleton North; Ema Fehrenbach, Marshfield; Kiara Dallmann, Sheboygan North; Lexi Hanley, Chippewa Falls; Lizzie Miller, De Pere; Olivia DeCleene, De Pere; Sammy Buerger, Oshkosh North; Sydney Cocking, Appleton West. Coaches: Jayme Engen, Oshkosh North; Joe La Chapell, Appleton East; Rachel Biertzer, Oshkosh North.
Division 1 South: Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine; Alyssa Pausha, Kettle Moraine; Calli Delsman, Waukesha West; Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central; Grace Gilmore, Hartland Arrowhead; Liz Erdmann, Hartland Arrowhead; Macy Williams, Sussex Hamilton; Madison Schell, Franklin; Marissa Igunbor, Menomonee Falls; Megan Lee, Franklin. Coaches: Jack Hervert, Kettle Moraine; Matt Stuve, Germantown; Vinny Daniels, Germantown.
Division 2 North: Cassidy Trotter, Beaver Dam; Ella Ellenson, Rice Lake; Kaly Kostrova, Rhinelander; Kara Crowley, Beaver Dam; Katelyn Morgan, Green Bay Notre Dame; Kennedy Ross, Cedarburg; Leah Porath, New London; Liz Edinger, West De Pere; Tayla Stuttley, Onalaska; Victoria Nowak, Waupaca. Coaches: Ryan Clark, Rhinelander; Scott McKellips, Mosinee; Tom McCarty, Mosinee.
Division 2 South: Bailey Eichner, Cudahy; Delaney Sjong, Wilmot; Emily Kieck, Baraboo; Janelle Shiffler, Union Grove; Kendra Halverson, Stoughton; MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee; Melissa Leet, Portage; Nikki Arneson, Mount Horeb; Sierra Grubor, Whitnall; Taylor Greenheck, Sun Prairie. Coaches; Jason Vermeer, Union Grove; Keiya Square, Wilmot; Rob Domagalski, Union Grove.
Division 3 North: Alisha Murphy, Wrightstown; Brooke Geier, Kewaunee; Chandler Zwiefelhofer, Bloomer; Danielle Nennig, Wrightstown; Ellie Olsen, Kewaunee; Kendra Dombrowski, Amherst; Lexi Smith, Northland Pines; Makenn Haase, Freedom; Tess Keyzers, Little Chute; Tori Martell, Somerset. Coaches: Kelly Mierow, Wrightstown; Lynn Geier, Kewaunee; Mike Froehlke, Wrightstown.
Division 3 South: Brooklyn Liegel, Richland Center; Elizabeth Lutz, Marshall; Emily Hafemann, Glendale Martin Luther; Estella Moschkau, Madison Edgewood; Kellan Schmidt, Edgerton; Myriama Smith Traore, Whitewater; Natalie Geiger, Lomira; Rebekah Schumacher, Whitewater; Sadie Kosciuk, Winneconne; Taylor Briehl, River Valley. Coaches: Chris Seep, Marshall; Dan Nickel, Marshall; Sam Hernandez, Johnson Creek.
Division 4 North: Adrienne Stoffel, St. Croix Falls; Ally Heidorn, Colfax; Amanda Kind, Marathon; Ambree Schlosser, Durand; Andie Zuelke, Stratford; Katherine Kopp, St. Croix Falls; Kayla Lis, Neillsville; Leighten Fischer, Iola-Scandinavia; Madysn Riek, Boyceville; Sammy Griesbach, Stratford. Coaches: Curtiss Stark, Durand; Kim Weber, Cameron; Lionel Jones, Durand.
Division 4 South: Anja Smith, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs; Brittany Schaller, Howards Grove; Caitlyn Tipton, Laconia; Ellie DeGroot, Oshkosh Lourdes; Haylee Adler, Wisconsin Heights; Katie Van Scyoc, Oshkosh Lourdes; Mikayla Brouette, Pardeeville; Rylee Gabel, Cochrane-Fountain City; Sam Yancy, Howards Grove; Sydney Staver, Mineral Point. Coaches: Heidi Georgeff, Howards Grove; Jeremy Bushman, Kiel; Wade Georgeff, Howards Grove.
Division 5 North: Aeysha Paskert, Thorp; Alexa Gravunder, Wild Rose; Josie Verbick, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Karsyn Rueth, Loyal; Lauren Fech, Wausau Newman Catholic; Lindsey Alberson, Flambeau; Mackinzie Fall, Clayton; Morgan Reinwand, Loyal; Morgna Meerstein, Green Bay NEW Lutheran; Shauna Kavajecz, South Shore. Coaches: Deb Martin, Port Edwards; Kasey Rader, Tri-County; Mike Vesperman, Tri-County.
Division 5 South: Dakota Hutzler, Rio; Hattie Rennert, Shullsburg; Katie Nelson, Augusta; Macey Klebesadel, Riverdale; Mia Whitish, Barneveld; Morgan Paul, Randolph; Olivia Marron, La Farge; Paige Schneider, Rio; Sammy Lovelace, Black Hawk; Teegan Pickarts, Barneveld. Coaches: Charlie Mulder, Central Wisconsin Christian; Deb Hutzler, Rio; Rusty Sunde, Rio.

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