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Shot clock coming to Wisconsin high school basketball

Posted on 29 June 2017 by paul

Marshfield High School girls basketball coach Heidi Michaelis said she is in favor of the WIAA’s decision to implement a 35-second shot clock for varsity games beginning in the 2019-20 season. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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STEVENS POINT – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted at its meeting on June 22 to implement a 35-second shot clock for varsity high school basketball games beginning in the 2019-20 season.

Wisconsin will become the ninth state to have a shot clock for high school basketball.

While the reaction has been mixed from fans on social media, Marshfield High School girls basketball coach Heidi Michaelis said she was in favor of the change.

“I think it’s good for the game,” said Michaelis, who has a 293-90 record in 16 seasons at the helm. “It doesn’t really change my philosophy, although I have been known to grind out long possessions at the end of the game. It takes that ability away, but I think it keeps the game moving and exciting.

“Most of the time, I like playing faster anyway, so it doesn’t change much. Realistically, turnovers occur anyway during long possessions.”

Marshfield High School Athletic Director Nathan Delany said the process began with a recommendation by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association to implement the shot clock beginning in the 2018-19 season. The idea first went to the Coaches committee, which voted in favor of it unanimously, then went to a pair of advisory boards that voted against it. The Board of Control has the final say and voted 6-4 for it during last week’s annual June meeting.

The implementation was pushed back a year, to 2019-20, to give member schools more time to find funds for the new equipment and to adequately train staff to run the clock.

The placement of the clocks has yet to be finalized, and Delany said he did not know if it would be required to be in a certain spot at all gyms.

Delany said his early estimate for the cost is approximately $3,500, and he would like to have everything in place by the end of the 2018-19 season so that the Marshfield teams and coaches can have access to it during the summer of 2019.

“Some smaller schools have expressed concerns with the cost and having to have another person trained at the scoring table, which is an ongoing cost,” Delany said. “I think it will both help and hurt the game. It should make for more fluid games and better basketball. I don’t necessarily disagree with some of that. It should bring more flow to games. But some teams, based on talent, have to play a certain way (more deliberate).

“I think there will be more blowouts and eliminate teams that are methodical and want to slow it down. I thought a 45-second clock would have been perfect, allowing teams to work through the clock if that’s the way they play.”

The addition of the shot clock will be the second major change to the game in Wisconsin, as high school games went to 18-minute halves, rather than 8-minute quarters, beginning in the 2015-16 season. That rule change was designed to improve the flow of the game and eliminate teams holding on to the ball for long periods at the end of quarters. The shot clock will no doubt do that as well, changing strategy for a lot of teams.

Marshfield varsity boys basketball coach Scott Scheuer said he doesn’t see it being a problem for the way he coaches, stating that by looking at some tape from last season, the Tigers typically averaged between 24 and 26 seconds to put up a shot.

“That varies from year to year, depending on who is playing, and who you are playing,” said Scheuer, who led the Tigers to a 30-18 combined record the past two seasons, including an appearance in the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinals last year. “We’ve (coaches) been talking about it for a while. I don’t know if it improves the game. Teams that aren’t as talented are at a disadvantage and I think there will be more lopsided games. The quality coaches will still be quality coaches and will figure it out.”

Other decisions made by the WIAA Board of Control concerning winter sports included: seeding the boys and girls basketball, boys hockey, and team wrestling state tournaments by the participating coaches beginning in the 2017-18 season; and to further discussion on a basketball tournament placement model that would categorize teams into “city”, “suburban”, “town”, and “rural” that could shake up placements in Divisions 3-5; a two-year experiment for having two divisions for the boys hockey playoffs and state tournament beginning in 2020.

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Spencer, Columbus Catholic combine for six first-team choices on 2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball, softball teams

Posted on 28 June 2017 by paul

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The Cloverbelt Conference East Division all-conference teams for baseball and softball were released earlier this month.

Spencer pitcher Tiffany Meinders was one of four Rockets to earn first-team honors on the 2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

SOFTBALL
Conference champion Spencer had seven players selected to the 2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Team, with four first-team selections.

Seniors Jenna Schober, Katie Fleischman and Cinnamin Harwood, along with sophomore pitcher Tiffany Meinders were first-team picks for Spencer, which won its third-straight Cloverbelt East championship with a perfect 14-0 record.

Schober batted .414 with 21 RBIs, Harwood had a team-high 26 runs scored while batting .455, and Meinders hit .404 with a team-best 32 RBIs and two home runs. Meinders also pitched all but 11 innings for the Rockets this season, compiling a 13-3 record with a 1.81 earned-run average and 99 strikeouts in 81 innings.

Senior Courtney Buss, and juniors Lexi Baehr and Sadie Mercier were second-team selections for the Rockets.

Mercier led the Rockets in batting with a .482 average and scored 25 runs, Baehr had one home run and 17 RBIs, and Buss hit .348 with 19 runs scored and 12 RBIs.

“We had a very good season overall,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “I was really proud of all of our girls. Tiffany was certainly one of the best players in the conference. The combination of her pitching and hitting really was remarkable. Jenna, Cinnamin and Katie all really came through to have big senior seasons. This was the first time we have had four players make first team. Courtney Buss also had another great season to finish out a stellar career, and Sadie and Lexi will be back along with Tiffany to lead a promising team in 2018.”

Marshfield Columbus Catholic’s lone all-conference representative was sophomore Maren Seefluth, who was a second-team choice.

Seefluth hit .471 (16-for-34) with 11 runs scored and eight RBIs.

“I witnessed before the season got underway that Maren Seefluth acted like a very confident player in her ability,” Columbus Catholic coach Arnie Neubauer said. “I was proud of how she carried it onto the field of play for the Dons. I stressed during the season to Maren that she has the next level ability in her arsenal and she performed to that level in conference play. I’m very happy how she executed the new style I was applying to get the best out of her ability.”

Greenwood junior Kaylee Learman was named the conference’s Player of the Year after an impressive campaign in which she was named the Wisconsin Softball Coaches Association Division 5 State Player of the Year.

Learman hit a whopping .727 (48-for-66) with 16 home runs, 53 RBIs and 54 runs scored. In addition to her hit total, she was walked 30 times and had an on-base percentage of .783 and a slugging percentage of 1.742. She also went 13-6 as a pitcher with a 2.58 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched.

2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Team
First team:
Taylor Hendricks, sr., Gilman; Kaylee Learman, jr., Greenwood; Kassidy Lamovec, jr., Greenwood; Morgan Reinwand, sr., Loyal; Baileigh Johnson, jr., Neillsville/Granton; Brianna Roehl, jr., Neillsville/Granton; Jenna Schober, sr., Spencer; Tiffany Meinders, so., Spencer; Katie Fleischman, sr., Spencer; Cinnamin Harwood, sr., Spencer.
Second team: Maren Seefluth, so., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kayla Chause, sr., Gilman; Kasse Burton, jr., Gilman; Amanda Bogdonovich, fr., Greenwood; Remi Geiger, fr., Loyal; Deveni Rowley, sr., Loyal; Ashlee Diestler, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Courtney Buss, sr., Spencer; Lexi Baehr, jr., Spencer; Sadie Mercier, jr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Grace Grunseth, fr., Gilman; McKayla Nigon, sr., Greenwood; Paetyn Schmitz, jr., Greenwood; Bryanna Rayhorn, jr., Loyal; Malory Zickert, sr., Neillsville/Granton.
Player of the Year: Kaylee Learman, Greenwood.

Spencer junior Hunter Luepke was a first-team pick to the 2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Baseball Team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

BASEBALL
Marshfield Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger and Spencer junior Hunter Luepke were among the 10 first-team selections to the 2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Baseball Team, as voted on by the conference coaches.

Spencer junior Caden Schillinger was a second-team selection, and both the Dons and Rockets had a pair of honorable mention selections – Bryce Fuerlinger and Charles Payant for Columbus, and Dom Wichlacz and Carson Hildebrandt for Spencer.

Tyler Fuerlinger hit. 390 and was 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts for the Dons.

Payant was the Dons’ top pitcher, going 3-3 with a 4.40 earned-run average, while Bryce Fuerlinger hit. 354.

“Tyler’s a great young man both on and off the field, and a true leader,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Seitz said. “Charles has a good curveball and was able to keep hitters off-balance. He always has a smile on his face and never let anything bother him while he was on the mound. Bryce played centerfield and pitched, having never pitched before, but he is an excellent athlete who I knew could handle it. He gives 100 percent effort every day.”

Luepke was the Rockets’ top hitter and also picked up seven of the team’s 11 victories on the mound, helping Spencer reach the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinals.

“Hunter is one of the best athletes around,” Spencer coach Tim Buttke said. “He did it all for us: pitched, hit for average, hit for power. He’s as mentally tough as they come and a great leader.

“Caden was big for us all year. He’s extremely talented. His bat was huge for our offense all season.”

Loyal senior Riley Geiger was named conference Player of the Year.

2017 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Baseball Team
First team:
Tyler Fuerlinger, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Elliot Wininger, jr., Gilman; Walker Wuethrich, sr., Greenwood; Devin Toburen, jr., Greenwood; Riley Geiger, sr., Loyal; Dawson Brock, jr., Loyal; Logan Matson, jr., Neillsville; Marshall Opelt, jr., Neillsville; Kole Karaba, sr., Owen-Withee; Hunter Luepke, jr., Spencer.
Second team: Aaron Morrow, sr., Colby; Zach Person, jr., Gilman; Brock Opelt, sr., Granton; Cole Lucas, sr., Greenwood; Trevor Serocki, sr., Greenwood; Luke Bogdonovich, jr., Loyal; David Harder, sr., Neillsville; Skylar Barth, sr., Neillsville; A.J. Ovyn, jr., Owen-Withee; Caden Schillinger, jr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Trevor Stuttgen, sr., Colby; Bryce Fuerlinger, so., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Charles Payant, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Chanse Rosemeyer, sr., Gilman; Gabe Gunderson, fr., Gilman; Austin Riemer, jr., Granton; Maverick Roehl, so., Loyal; Trevyn Wilke, fr., Loyal; Cole Hediger, so., Neillsville; Bo Baehr, jr., Owen-Withee; Dom Wichlacz, jr., Spencer; Carson Hildebrandt, so., Spencer.
Player of the Year: Riley Geiger, Loyal.

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Spencer baseball falls to Iola-Scandinavia in WIAA Division 3 baseball sectional semifinal

Posted on 06 June 2017 by paul

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CRIVITZ – The Spencer baseball team’s run toward the state tournament ended Tuesday with a 12-2 loss to Iola-Scandinavia in a WIAA Division 3 spring baseball sectional semifinal.

Iola-Scandinavia (17-6) went on to upset No. 1 seed Coleman (24-3) 6-3 in the sectional final to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in school history.

The 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Championships will be held June 13-15 at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, near Appleton.

Spencer, which reached the sectionals for the first time since 2013, ends its season with an 11-10 record.

This story will be updated when statistics are made available.

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Spencer’s Ellefson, Auburndale girls 1,600 relay win gold at 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships

Posted on 03 June 2017 by paul

Spencer senior Johanna Ellefson took first in the Division 3 girls pole vault for the second-straight year after she cleared 11 feet at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Auburndale’s Isabelle Hilber nears the finish line to wrap up a victory in the Division 3 girls 1,600-meter relay on Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. Hilber teamed with Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, and Kali Karl to win the race in 4:04.34. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield junior Meg Bryan finished 20th in the Division 1 girls long jump Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield freshman Gracie Holland ended up in 24th place in the Division 1 girls long jump Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer freshman Hannah Zastrow competed in the Division 3 girls pole vault Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. She finished ninth with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer senior Noah Zastrow hits the sand after a long jump attempt Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. Zastrow finished fourth in the Division 3 boys event with a jump of 20 feet, 11 3/4 inches. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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LA CROSSE – Spencer senior Johanna Ellefson repeated as the state champion in the Division 3 pole vault and the Auburndale girls 1,600-meter relay team also earned gold at the second day of the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The two gold medals were among five state medals won by local athletes Saturday.

Ellefson won the girls pole vault by clearing the same height she did in 2016 – 11 feet even – to earn her second state gold medal. Her teammate, freshman Hannah Zastrow, placed ninth in the event with a best of 9 feet, 6 inches. She is the first two-time state track champion in Spencer’s history.

Hannah’s brother, Spencer senior Noah Zastrow, earned a pair of medals with top-six finishes. He was fourth in the Division 3 boys long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 11¾ inches, and placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.58 seconds. Those two medals go along with a gold he won Friday by taking first in the pole vault with a vault of 15-4.

Noah Zastrow came close to earning a fourth medal at state as he placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 16.21 seconds, just 0.14 of a second behind the sixth-place finisher.

“The Spencer High School track athletes worked very hard to get to state,” Spencer coach Brian Pickett said. “The dedication they had all year inspired the whole track team to new heights, leading by example.

“Overall, every member of our boys and girls teams did their best each day, and we are incredibly proud of them all. The parents’ support for the track program and being at the meets for support was wonderful. It was a big part in our athletes doing well during the season and at state.”

The Auburndale girls 1,600 relay team of Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, Kali Karl and Isabelle Hilber led for most of the way to take gold in the event, finishing in 4:04.34, 0.69 of a second ahead of second-place Oshkosh Lourdes.

“The Auburndale girls track team has had a remarkable year,” Auburndale coach Brian Swenson said. “Going into the season I knew it was going to be special. The team had strong leadership in the junior and senior classes and a good work ethic from top to bottom.

“The state meet was the first time we have felt summer like weather, but our girls were focused and prepared. The girls on the 1,600 relay each did their part and it led to amazing results. It was a great race to watch and we are all still smiling.”

Spencer senior Max Johnson also picked up a medal in the Division 3 boys shot put. Johnson, who was ninth at state last year, finished fourth with a throw of 51 feet, 9¼ inches. Johnson’s teammate, sophomore Logan Zschernitz was eighth in the event with a toss of 49-½, 7¼ inches off a sixth-place finish.

Marshfield’s lone two girls state qualifiers competed in the Division 1 long jump on Saturday morning. Junior Meg Bryan finished 20th with a jump of 16 feet, 6 inches, and freshman Gracie Holland was 24th with a leap of 15-6. It was the first state meet for both athletes.

Spencer also had a pair of girls relay teams run on Saturday, but neither earned a medal.

The Rockets’ 800 relay of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Delaney Eichman and Kaily Northup was eighth in 1:50.09, and the 400 team of Eichman, Northup, Zastrow and Ellefson took ninth in 51.94, just 4/10 of a second out of the final medal spot of sixth.

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2017 WIAA spring baseball playoffs, sectional scores

Posted on 02 June 2017 by paul

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The state tournament field is set after WIAA spring baseball sectionals were held Tuesday, June 6.

The 20 sectional champions move on to the 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton on June 13-15.

Here is a look at the sectional scores:

2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Playoffs
Division 1
Sectional 1 (at Bukolt Park, Stevens Point
Semifinals

No. 1 Eau Claire North 11, No. 4 Stevens Point 1
No. 3 Eau Claire Memorial 6, No. 2 Chippewa Falls 0
Championship: Eau Claire North 3, Eau Claire Memorial 2
Sectional 2 (at Wausau West)
Semifinals

No. 1 Green Bay Preble 9, No. 5 D.C. Everest 5
No. 3 De Pere 5, No. 7 Bay Port 4 (10 inn.)
Championship: Green Bay Preble 6, De Pere 0
Sectional 3 (at Copeland Park, La Crosse)
Semifinals

No. 4 Waunakee 6, No. 1 La Crosse Central 0
No. 2 Tomah 2, No. 6 Middleton 1
Championship: Waunakee 10, Tomah 2
Sectional 4 (at Kaukauna)
Semifinals

No. 1 Kimberly 3, No. 4 Oshkosh West 0
No. 3 Oshkosh North 16, No. 2 Hortonville 4
Championship: Kimberly 8, Oshkosh North 3
Sectional 5 (at Verona)
Semifinals

No. 4 Beloit Memorial 3, No. 1 Janesville Craig 2
No. 3 Verona 1, No. 7 Elkhorn 0
Championship: Beloit Memorial 2, Verona 1
Sectional 6 (at Sun Prairie)
Semifinals

No. 1 Sun Prairie 2, No. 4 Fond du Lac 1
No. 2 Oconomowoc 2, No. 3 Beaver Dam 0
Championship: Sun Prairie 5, Oconomowoc 0
Sectional 7 (at Milwaukee Area Technical College, South Field)
Semifinals

No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead 11, No. 4 Milwaukee King 1
No. 2 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir 10, No. 3 Milwaukee Reagan 0
Championship: Hartland Arrowhead 11, No. 2 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir 1
Sectional 8 (at Burlington)
Semifinals

No. 1 Burlington 7, No. 5 Kenosha Indian Trail 0
No. 3 Waterford 6, No. 10 Lake Geneva Badger 3
Championship: Burlington 11, Waterford 0
Division 2
Sectional 1 (at West Salem)
Semifinals

No. 2 Prescott 9, No. 1 Ashland 4
No. 1 West Salem 7, No. 3 Adams-Friendship 6
Championship: West Salem 5, Prescott 2
Sectional 3 (at Evansville)
Semifinals

No. 1 Mount Horeb 6, No. 1 Prairie du Chien 4
No. 1 Beloit Turner 2, No. 1 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 1
Championship: Beloit Turner 5, Mount Horeb 1
Sectional 2 (at Clintonville)
Semifinals

No. 2 Mosinee 9, No. 1 Seymour 3
No. 1 Luxemburg-Casco 4, No. 2 Waupaca 3
Championship: Mosinee 5, Luxemburg-Casco 0
Sectional 4 (at Waupun)
Semifinals

No. 1 Waupun 2, No. 2 Jefferson 1
No. 3 Mayville 2, No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran 1
Championship: Waupun 14, No. 3 Mayville 3
Division 3
Sectional 1 (at Cumberland)
Semifinals

No. 2 Cumberland 3, No. 6 Chetek Weyerhaeuser 0
No. 1 Durand 10, No. 2 Elk Mound 0
Championship: Cumberland 8, Durand 3
Sectional 3 (at Whitehall)
Semifinals

No. 1 La Crosse Aquinas 11, No. 2 Lancaster 4
No. 1 Wisconsin Heights 8, No. 1 Darlington 1
Championship: La Crosse Aquinas 6, Wisconsin Heights 0
Sectional 2 (at Crivitz)
Semifinals

No. 1 Coleman 2, No. 1 Neenah St. Mary Catholic 1
No. 4 Iola-Scandinavia 12, No. 4 Spencer 2
Championship: Iola-Scandinavia 6, Coleman 3
Sectional 4 (at Markesan)
Semifinals

No. 3 Laconia 6, No. 2 Southern Door 0
No. 2 Kenosha St. Joseph 6, No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran 1
Championship: Laconia 8, Kenosha St. Joseph 2
Division 4
Sectional 1 (at Shell Lake)
Semifinals

No. 1 Webster 16, No. 2 Butternut/Mercer 1
No. 2 Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 2, No. 3 Chippewa Falls McDonell 1
Championship: Webster 13, Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 0
Sectional 3 (at Riverdale)
Semifinals

No. 1 Independence/Gilmanton 3, No. 2 Royall 2
No. 1 De Soto 5, No. 3 Riverdale 3 (8 inn.)
Championship: Independence/Gilmanton 6, De Soto 2
Sectional 2 (at Witter Field, Wisconsin Rapids)
Semifinals

No. 1 Athens 7, No. 1 Pittsville 2
No. 2 Niagara 2, No. 2 Green Bay NEW Lutheran 0
Championship: Athens 9, Niagara 3 (9 inn.)
Sectional 4 (at Barneveld)
Semifinals

No. 1 Oakfield 7, No. 2 Rosholt 1
No. 1 Pecatonica 6, No. 1 Johnson Creek 1
Championship: Oakfield 10, Pecatonia 6

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Spencer’s Zastrow siblings, Auburndale’s Karl earn medals at first day of 2017 WIAA State Track Meet

Posted on 02 June 2017 by paul

Spencer senior Noah Zastrow clears the bar in the Division 3 boys pole vault on Friday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. Zastrow won the event with a vault of 15 feet, 4 inches. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer’s Noah Zastrow finished second in the Division 3 boys 110-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday at opening day of the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. Zastrow will run in the finals on Saturday. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Auburndale’s Rachel Gronemeyer takes off in the Division 3 girls 400 meters preliminaries on Friday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She finished 11th, failing to qualify for the finals. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Cade Lehman runs in the Division 2 boys 3,200 meters at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Friday at UW-La Crosse. Lehman finished 10th in the event. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic freshman Jessica Jakopin finished 17th in the Division 3 girls shot put on Friday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield junior Skyler Theisen finished 19th in qualifying for the Division 1 boys 300-meter hurdles on Friday at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. (Photo by Don Patterson/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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LA CROSSE – The local athletes competing at the 2017 WIAA State Track and Field Championships at Memorial Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus Friday had a mixed bag of results – some shining, some heartbreaking.

Spencer and Auburndale grabbed the first three medals among local competitors, including a gold, while three others running in qualifying events failed to reach the finals in their respective events by the narrowest of margins.

Spencer senior Noah Zastrow earned the fourth medal of his career in the Division 3 boys pole vault, finally taking the gold as he finished first with a vault of 15 feet, 4 inches. Zastrow finished third in his first two years at state in the event, and was the D-3 runner-up a year ago.

Zastrow also moved on to the finals in both of his hurdles events. He was second in qualifying in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.59 seconds, finishing only behind Josh Pillath of Coleman (15.05). Zastrow also took seventh in the 300 hurdles, qualifying with a time of 41.65 seconds. The top 10 in all qualifying running events move on to finals on Saturday.

Zastrow will also be competing in the long jump on Saturday.

Noah’s sister, freshman Hannah Zastrow, earned her first state medal as tied for fourth in the D-3 girls high jump. Her leap of 5 feet, 2 inches, tied Rachel Ohde of Chippewa Falls McDonell for fourth place. The top six in each event earn state medals and a spot on the podium.

Hannah Zastrow also competed in two other events Friday. She failed to qualify for the finals in the 100 hurdles, taking 16th and last in qualifying with a time of 17.97 seconds. Hannah, along with teammates Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup and Johanna Ellefson qualified for the finals in the 400 relay after taking ninth in preliminaries in a time of 1:50.04. Zastrow and Ellefson will compete in the D-3 girls pole vault on Saturday.

Auburndale’s Kali Karl earned the other state medal among local athletes on Friday. She placed fifth in the D-3 girls 800 finals in 2:20.88. The race was won by Hannah Constable of Johnson Creek in 2:15.64.

Spencer’s Logan Zschernitz and Jacob Miller just missed out on state medals, finishing seventh in their respective events. Zschernitz, who will compete in the Division 3 shot put along with teammate Max Johnson on Saturday, was seventh in the discus with a throw of 144 feet, while Miller tied for seventh in the pole vault (12-6).

Another Spencer relay, the girls 800 team of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Eichman and Northup, also moved on to Saturday’s finals after taking ninth in qualifying with a time of 1:50.04.

Auburndale also had a relay team move on to the finals as the Apaches’ girls 1,600 relay of Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, Karl and Isabelle Hilber took third in prelims with a time of 4:08.61.

Hilber and Gronemeyer just missed out on qualifying for the finals after taking 11th in their individual events. Hilber was 11th in the 200 prelims in 27.09, just 0.19 of a second behind the 10th-place finisher. Gronemeyer was 11th in the 400 preliminaries in 1:01.66, missing out on 10th by just more than one-half second.

Also placing 11th in prelims was Spencer’s Aaron Pankratz, who finished the boys 400 in 52.37 seconds, just 3/100th of a second out of 10th.

Cade Lehman, Stratford’s lone state qualifier, finished 10th in the Division 2 boys 3,200 meters in 10:08.14.

Columbus Catholic’s only state qualifier, freshman Jessica Jakopin, placed 17th in the Division 3 girls shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 7¾ inches in her first state meet appearance.

Marshfield’s lone competitor on Friday was junior Skyler Theisen, who took 19th out 24 participants in the Division 1 boys 300-meter hurdles. He ran in a time of 41.08.

Marshfield’s Meg Bryan and Gracie Holland will participate in the Division 1 girls long jump on Saturday, as will the Auburndale girls 3,200 relay team of Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell, Macie Schmeiser and Karl.

For complete state meet results, click this link to visit wiaawi.org.

For more photos from Friday’s events at the state track meet, courtesy of Don Patterson, click this link.

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Local athletes eye success at 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Meet

Posted on 01 June 2017 by paul

Spencer’s Johanna Ellefson clears the bar in the girls Division 3 pole vault at the 2016 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She won the event with a vault of 11 feet and is back at this year’s state meet to defend her title. (Photo courtesy of Eric LeJeune/Hub City Times)

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The Spencer brother-sister duo of Noah Zastrow and Hannah Zastrow will be busy this weekend as they each compete in four events at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at the University of La Crosse.

Events begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Noah Zastrow, a senior, will be participating in the Division 3 pole vault, among the first field events on Friday. Later in the day, in will run in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles preliminaries, and on Saturday morning he will take part in the D-3 long jump.

He is looking for his fourth medal in the pole vault after finishing third in his first two tries, and second last year as a junior.

Hannah Zastrow, a freshman, will start her first state meet experience with competition in the Division 3 girls high jump Friday morning. Also Friday, Zastrow will be in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries and the 400 relay preliminaries, along with teammates Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup and Johanna Ellefson.

On Saturday, Zastrow will compete in the D-3 girls pole vault, along with teammate Johanna Ellefson, the defending D-3 state champion in the event.

Spencer will also have a number of other Division 3 participants.

Sophomore Logan Zschernitz will compete in the boys discus on Friday and the boys shot put on Saturday. Teammate Max Johnson, a senior, will also be in the shot put on Saturday.

Jacob Miller will join Noah Zastrow in the pole vault competition Friday, and Aaron Pankratz will run in the 400.

The 800 girls relay team of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Eichman and Northup will compete in prelims Friday morning.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic has one person in the state meet. Freshman Jessica Jakopin will take part in the D-3 girls shot put on Friday afternoon.

Auburndale also has a large group of girls at state.

Rachel Gronemeyer will be in the D-3 400 for the second year in a row, and is part of the 1,600 relay team, along with Isabella Jewell, Kali Karl and Isabelle Hilber, that will both run Friday.

Karl will be in two other events for the Apaches. She will run in the 800 finals Friday afternoon, and will join Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell and Macie Schmeiser in the 3,200 relay on Saturday morning.

Hilber is also in the 200 meters, with preliminaries Friday afternoon.

In Division 2, Stratford’s Cade Lehman is the only Tiger at the meet. He will run in the boys 3,200 meters Friday afternoon.

Marshfield has three athletes at the state meet. Junior Meg Bryan and freshman Gracie Holland will participate in the Division 1 girls long jump on Saturday morning, and junior Skyler Theisen will run in the 300 hurdles preliminaries late Friday afternoon.

2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships
June 2-3, at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Local Athletes’ Events
Friday, June 2
Division 3 boys pole vault:
Noah Zastrow, Spencer, and Jacob Miller, Spencer
Division 3 girls high jump: Hannah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 boys discus: Logan Zschernitz, Spencer
Division 3 girls 100 hurdles preliminaries: Hannah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 girls 800 relay preliminaries: Spencer (Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup)
Division 3 boys 110 hurdles preliminaries: Noah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 girls shot put: Jessica Jakopin, Marshfield Columbus Catholic
Division 3 girls 400 relay preliminaries: Spencer (Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup, Hannah Zastrow, Johanna Ellefson)
Division 3 girls 400 preliminaries: Rachel Gronemeyer, Auburndale
Division 3 boys 400 preliminaries: Aaron Pankratz, Spencer
Division 3 boys 300 hurdles preliminaries: Noah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 2 boys 3,200 finals: Cade Lehman, Stratford
Division 3 girls 200 preliminaries: Isabelle Hilber, Auburndale
Division 3 girls 1,600 relay preliminaries: Auburndale (Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, Kali Karl, Isabelle Hilber)
Division 1 boys 300 hurdles preliminaries: Skyler Theisen, Marshfield
Division 3 girls 800 finals: Kali Karl, Auburndale
Saturday, June 3
Division 3 girls 3,200 relay:
Auburndale (Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell, Macie Schmeiser, Kali Karl)
Division 1 girls long jump: Meg Bryan, Marshfield, and Gracie Holland, Marshfield
Division 3 boys long jump: Noah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 girls pole vault: Hannah Zastrow, Spencer, and Johanna Ellefson, Spencer
Division 3 boys shot put: Max Johnson, Spencer, and Logan Zschernitz, Spencer

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2017 WIAA spring baseball playoffs, regional scores

Posted on 31 May 2017 by paul

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The 2017 WIAA spring baseball playoffs continued with regional finals on May 31 and June 1.

Regional champions move on to sectional play, with semifinals and finals set for Tuesday, June 6.

The 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament will be in Appleton on June 13-15.

Here is a look at the all of the WIAA baseball playoffs regional scores:

2017 WIAA Spring Baseball Playoffs
Division 1
Sectional 1
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Menomonie 1, No. 8 Hudson 0
No. 5 River Falls 6, No. 12 Merrill 5 (8 inn.)
No. 6 Wisconsin Rapids 7, No. 11 Superior 2
No. 7 Marshfield 5, No. 10 New Richmond 0
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Eau Claire North 13, No. 9 Menomonie 0
No. 4 Stevens Point 6, No. 5 River Falls 5
No. 3 Eau Claire Memorial 5, No. 6 Wisconsin Rapids 1
No. 2 Chippewa Falls 11, No. 7 Marshfield 1
Sectional 2
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Ashwaubenon 5, No. 8 Green Bay Notre Dame 4
No. 5 D.C. Everest 13, No. 12 Wausau East 3
No. 6 Rhinelander 12, No. 11 Green Bay Southwest 1
No. 7 Bay Port 8, No. 10 Pulaski 3
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Green Bay Preble 3, No. 9 Ashwaubenon 1
No. 5 D.C. Everest 3, No. 4 Green Bay East/West 1
No. 3 De Pere 4, No. 6 Rhinelander 2
No. 7 Bay Port 13, No. 2 Wausau West 12 (9 inn.)
Sectional 3
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Holmen 6, No. 8 Portage 2
No. 5 Onalaska 3, No. 12 Sparta 1
No. 6 Middleton 4, No. 11 Sauk Prairie 2
No. 7 Reedsburg 4, No. 10 La Crosse Logan 1
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 La Crosse Central 1, No. 9 Holmen 0
No. 4 Waunakee 16, No. 5 Onalaska 2
No. 6 Middleton 13, No. 3 Baraboo 12
No. 2 Tomah 2, No. 7 Reedsburg 1
Sectional 4
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 8 Menasha 5, No. 9 Appleton West 1
No. 5 West De Pere 10, No. 12 Kaukauna 3
No. 6 Appleton East 8, No. 11 Appleton North 4
No. 7 Neenah 12, No. 10 Manitowoc 1
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Kimberly 9, No. 8 Menasha 2
No. 4 Oshkosh West 6, No. 5 West De Pere 0
No. 3 Oshkosh North 8, No. 6 Appleton East 7
No. 2 Hortonville 10, No. 7 Neenah 9
Sectional 5
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 8 Fort Atkinson 2, No. 9 Janesville Parker 1 (8 inn.)
No. 5 Oregon 12, No. 12 Madison La Follette 2
No. 6 Madison Memorial 6, No. 11 Stoughton 2
No. 7 Elkhorn 4, No. 10 Milton 0
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Janesville Craig 10, No. 8 Fort Atkinson 0
No. 4 Beloit Memorial 10, No. 5 Oregon 8
No. 3 Verona 5, No. 6 Madison Memorial 4
No. 7 Elkhorn 8, No. 2 Madison West 7
Sectional 6
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Hartford 4, No. 8 DeForest 0
No. 5 Watertown 7, No. 12 Sheboygan South 0
No. 6 Sheboygan North 6, No. 11 Slinger 5
No. 7 Monona Grove 1, No. 10 Madison East 0
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Sun Prairie 8, No. 9 Hartford 0
No. 4 Fond du Lac 8, No. 5 Watertown 2
No. 3 Beaver Dam 5, No. 6 Sheboygan North 1
No. 2 Oconomowoc 2, No. 7 Monona Grove 0
Sectional 7
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 8 Milwaukee Bradley 12, No. 9 Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Carmen South/Juneau 11
No. 5 Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon 16, No. 12 Milwaukee Washington/Collegiate Academy 3
No. 6 Milwaukee Madison/Carmen Northwest/Morse/Marshall/Languages/University Academy 19, No. 11 Milwaukee Vincent 1
No. 7 Milwaukee South 11, No. 10 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 8
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead 14, No. 8 Milwaukee Bradley 0
No. 4 Milwaukee King 10, No. 5 Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon 9
No. 3 Milwaukee Reagan 5, No. 6 Milwaukee Madison/Carmen Northwest/Morse/Marshall/Languages/University Academy 4 (9 inn.)
No. 2 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir 10, No. 7 Milwaukee South 0
Sectional 8
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 8 Union Grove 6, No. 9 Racine Horlick 5
No. 5 Kenosha Indian Trail 1, No. 12 Racine Case 0
No. 6 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 13, No. 11 Racine Park 0
No. 10 Lake Geneva Badger 6, No. 7 Westosha Central 2
Regional finals, June 1
No. 1 Burlington 2, No. 8 Union Grove 1
No. 5 Kenosha Indian Trail 2, No. 4 Wilmot 1
No. 3 Waterford 3, No. 6 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 2
No. 10 Lake Geneva Badger 5, No. 2 Kenosha Tremper 3 (9 inn.0
Division 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Rice Lake 9, No. 5 Spooner 3
No. 3 Northwestern 2, No. 6 Barron 1
No. 4 Osceola 4, No. 5 St. Croix Central 1
No. 3 Baldwin-Woodville 3, No. 6 Amery 2
No. 2 Prescott 8, No. 7 Somerset 3
No. 4 Altoona 3, No. 5 Arcadia 1
No. 3 Black River Falls 4, No. 6 Bloomer 3
No. 5 Nekoosa 2, No. 4 Wisconsin Dells 1 (10 inn.)
No. 3 Adams-Friendship 4, No. 6 Wautoma 3
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Ashland 6, No. 4 Rice Lake 0
No. 3 Northwestern 7, No. 2 Hayward 2
No. 1 Ellsworth 4, No. 4 Osceola 1
No. 2 Prescott 7, No. 3 Baldwin-Woodville 6
No. 1 West Salem 2, No. 5 Arcadia 1
No. 3 Black River Falls 8, No. 2 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 0
No. 5 Nekoosa 4, No. 1 Mauston 1
No. 3 Adams-Friendship 12, No. 2 Westfield 4
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 Ashland 12, No. 3 Northwestern 7
No. 2 Prescott 6, No. 1 Ellsworth 4
No. 1 West Salem 6, No. 3 Black River Falls 4
No. 3 Adams-Friendship 13, No. 5 Nekoosa 8
Sectional 3
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Westby 11, No. 5 Richland Center 2
No. 3 Viroqua 4, No. 6 Dodgeville 3 (8 inn.)
No. 4 Evansville 5, No. 5 Lodi 1
No. 3 River Valley 1, No. 6 McFarland 0
No. 4 Monroe 4, No. 5 Clinton 1
No. 6 Big Foot 9, No. 3 Edgerton 6
No. 4 Glendale Martin Luther 7, No. 5 Delavan-Darien 2
No. 3 Whitewater 7, No. 6 East Troy 2
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Prairie du Chien 10, No. 4 Westby 0
No. 3 Viroqua 14, No. 2 Platteville 0
No. 1 Mount Horeb 7, No. 4 Evansville 4
No. 3 River Valley 7, No. 2 Madison Edgewood 6
No. 1 Beloit Turner 13, No. 4 Monroe 3
No. 2 Brodhead/Juda 14, No. 6 Big Foot 1
No. 1 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 10, No. 4 Glendale Martin Luther 0
No. 2 Racine Lutheran/Prairie School 9, No. 3 Whitewater 2
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 Prairie du Chien 6, No. 3 Viroqua 1
No. 1 Mount Horeb 9, No. 3 River Valley 8 (9 inn.)
No. 1 Beloit Turner 12, No. 2 Brodhead/Juda 2
No. 1 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 13, No. 2 Racine Lutheran/Prairie School 0
Sectional 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Medford 2, No. 5 Tomahawk 1
No. 3 Lakeland 12, No. 6 Northland Pines 2
No. 5 Oconto Falls 6, No. 4 Clintonville 1
No. 3 Peshtigo 3, No. 6 Shawano 2 (10 inn.)
No. 4 Freedom 8, No. 5 Appleton Xavier 1
No. 6 New London 2, No. 3 Little Chute 1
No. 2 Waupaca 5, No. 7 Wrightstown 0
No. 4 Denmark 5, No. 5 Two Rivers 0
No. 3 Valders 5, No. 6 Chilton 0
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Antigo 8, No. 4 Medford 1
No. 2 Mosinee 7, No. 3 Lakeland 4
No. 1 Seymour 8, No. 5 Oconto Falls 0
No. 2 Marinette 5, No. 3 Peshtigo 2
No. 1 Fox Valley Lutheran 8, No. 4 Freedom 6
No. 2 Waupaca 4, No. 6 New London 1
No. 1 Luxemburg-Casco 10, No. 4 Denmark 0
No. 2 Sturgeon Bay 3, No. 3 Valders 2 (8 inn.)
Regional finals, May 31
No. 2 Mosinee 5, No. 1 Antigo 1
No. 1 Seymour 8, No. 2 Marinette 0
No. 2 Waupaca 16, No. 1 Fox Valley Lutheran 3
No. 1 Luxemburg-Casco 6, No. 2 Sturgeon Bay 2
Sectional 4
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Omro 8, No. 5 Berlin 4
No. 3 Winneconne 7, No. 6 North Fond du Lac 0
No. 4 Lake Mills 2, No. 5 Lakeside Lutheran 1
No. 3 Watertown Luther Prep 16, No. 6 St. John’s Northwest Military Academy/University Lake School 1
No. 4 University School of Milwaukee 1, No. 5 Lomira 0
No. 3 Mayville 11, No. 6 Hustisford/Dodgeland 1
No. 4 Milwaukee St. Thomas More 5, No. 5 Milwaukee Messmer 2
No. 3 Milwaukee Lutheran 32, No. 6 Milwaukee St. Anthony 0
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Waupun 14, No. 4 Omro 0
No. 2 Ripon 6, No. 3 Winneconne 5 (8 inn.)
No. 4 Lake Mills 7, No. 1 Columbus 6 (8 inn.)
No. 2 Jefferson 11, No. 3 Watertown Luther Prep 1
No. 4 University School of Milwaukee 5, No. 1 Campbellsport 3
No. 3 Mayville 11, No. 2 Kettle Moraine Lutheran 1
No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran 6, No. 4 Milwaukee St. Thomas More 2
No. 2 St. Francis 10, No. 3 Milwaukee Lutheran 8
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 Waupun 12, No. 2 Ripon 1
No. 2 Jefferson 9, No. 4 Lake Mills 4
No. 3 Mayville 21, No. 4 University School of Milwaukee 11
No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran 15, No. 2 St. Francis 5
Division 3
Sectional 1
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Grantsburg 6, No. 5 St. Croix Falls 2
No. 6 Luck/Frederic 6, No. 3 Clayton/Turtle Lake 3
No. 4 Cornell/Lake Holcombe 7, No. 5 Washburn 0
No. 6 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 5, No. 3 Ladysmith 0
No. 2 Chequamegon 12, No. 7 Cameron 4
No. 4 Boyceville 5, No. 5 Colfax 3
No. 3 Spring Valley 13, No. 6 Glenwood City 3
No. 5 Fall Creek 9, No. 4 Mondovi 8
No. 3 Osseo-Fairchild 11, No. 6 Cadott 1
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Unity 9, No. 4 Grantsburg 3
No. 2 Cumberland 5, No. 6 Luck/Frederic 0
No. 1 Phillips 11, No. 4 Cornell/Lake Holcombe 1
No. 6 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 5, No. 2 Chequamegon 1
No. 4 Boyceville 2, No. 1 Eau Claire Regis 0
No. 2 Elk Mound 3, No. 3 Spring Valley 0
No. 1 Durand 9, No. 5 Fall Creek 8
No. 2 Stanley-Boyd 7, No. 3 Osseo-Fairchild 6 (8 inn.)
Regional finals, May 31
No. 2 Cumberland 10, No. 1 Unity 8
No. 6 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 6, No. 1 Phillips 1
No. 2 Elk Mound 5, No. 4 Boyceville 4 (8 inn.)
No. 1 Durand 12, No. 2 Stanley-Boyd 4
Sectional 3
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Melrose-Mindoro 9, No. 6 Onalaska Luther 7
No. 3 Neillsville 15, No. 6 Whitehall 1
No. 5 Necedah 7, No. 4 Iowa-Grant 0
No. 3 Brookwood 2, No. 6 Boscobel 1
No. 5 New Glarus 5, No. 4 Parkview 1
No. 3 Mineral Point 8, No. 6 Cuba City 6
No. 4 Belleville 5, No. 5 Marshall 4
No. 3 Waterloo 7, No. 6 Deerfield 6 (8 inn.)
No. 2 Poynette 10, No. 7 Cambridge 0
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 La Crosse Aquinas 11, No. 4 Melrose-Mindoro 1
No. 3 Neillsville 7, No. 2 Cochrane-Fountain City 2
No. 1 Fennimore 12, No. 5 Necedah 2
No. 2 Lancaster 8, No. 3 Brookwood 6
No. 1 Darlington 10, No. 5 New Glarus 5
No. 2 Shullsburg/Benton 10, No. 3 Mineral Point 0
No. 1 Wisconsin Heights 14, No. 4 Belleville 4
No. 2 Poynette 8, No. 3 Waterloo 0
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 La Crosse Aquinas 10, No. 3 Neillsville 0
No. 2 Lancaster 12, No. 1 Fennimore 9
No. 1 Darlington 11, No. 2 Shullsburg/Benton 8
No. 1 Wisconsin Heights 8, No. 2 Poynette 7 (8 inn.)
Sectional 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Spencer 5, No. 5 Colby 1
No. 6 Abbotsford 10, No. 3 Marathon 3
No. 4 Iola-Scandinavia 4, No. 5 Amherst 3
No. 3 Weyauwega-Fremont 7, No. 6 Manawa 0
No. 4 Laona/Wabeno 6, No. 5 Crandon 5 (8 inn.)
No. 3 Crivitz 9, No. 6 Gillett/Suring 1
No. 4 Bonduel 6, No. 5 Shiocton 2
No. 3 Reedsville 5, No. 6 Menominee Indian 0
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 4 Spencer 7, No. 1 Stratford 6
No. 2 Auburndale 6, No. 6 Abbotsford 2
No. 4 Iola-Scandinavia 6, No. 1 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 2
No. 3 Weyauwega-Fremont 6, No. 2 Stevens Point Pacelli 5
No. 1 Coleman 11, No. 4 Laona/Wabeno 1
No. 3 Crivitz 4, No. 2 Oconto 1
No. 1 Neenah St. Mary Catholic 4, No. 4 Bonduel 3
No. 2 Brillion 4, No. 3 Reedsville 3
Regional finals, May 31
No. 4 Spencer 13, No. 2 Auburndale 8
No. 4 Iola-Scandinavia 4, No. 3 Weyauwega-Fremont 0
No. 1 Coleman 8, No. 3 Crivitz 2
No. 1 Neenah St. Mary Catholic 10, No. 2 Brillion 0
Sectional 4
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Kewaunee 7, No. 5 Algoma 6
No. 3 Manitowoc Lutheran 8, No. 6 Mishicot 4
No. 2 Southern Door 5, No. 7 Manitowoc Roncalli 3
No. 4 Green Lake/Princeton 10, No. 5 Montello 0
No. 3 Laconia 24, No. 6 Pardeeville 0
No. 4 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 2, No. 5 Horicon 1
No. 6 Whitefish Bay Dominican 3, No. 3 Brookfield Academy 2
No. 5 Racine St. Catherine’s 7, No. 4 Kenosha Christian Life 2
No. 3 Shoreland Lutheran 4, No. 6 Milwaukee Heritage Christian/Trinity Academy 3
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 4 Kewaunee 2, No. 1 Gibraltar/Washington Island 1
No. 2 Southern Door 24, No. 3 Manitowoc Lutheran 19
No. 1 Markesan 10, No. 4 Green Lake/Princeton 0
No. 3 Laconia 6, No. 2 Oshkosh Lourdes/Valley Christian 2
No. 1 Winnebago Lutheran 6, No. 4 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 3
No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran 11, No. 6 Whitefish Bay Dominican 6
No. 1 Palmyra-Eagle 6, No. 5 Racine St. Catherine’s 5
No. 2 Kenosha St. Joseph 10, No. 3 Shoreland Lutheran 0
Regional finals, May 31
No. 2 Southern Door 24, No. 4 Kewaunee 19
No. 3 Laconia 7, No. 1 Markesan 6
No. 2 Kenosha St. Joseph 2, No. 1 Palmyra-Eagle 1
Regional finals, June 1
No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran 8, No. 1 Winnebago Lutheran 6
Division 4
Sectional 1
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Siren 20, No. 5 Winter 1
No. 4 Hurley 2, No. 5 Solon Springs 1
No. 3 Mellen 23, No. 6 Bayfield 1
No. 4 Plum City 10, No. 5 Pepin/Alma 0
No. 5 Owen-Withee 5, No. 4 Bruce 2
No. 3 Chippewa Falls McDonell 9, No. 6 Flambeau 1
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Webster 14, No. 4 Siren 2
No. 2 Shell Lake 4, No. 3 Northwood 0
No. 4 Hurley 8, No. 1 Drummond 7
No. 2 Butternut/Mercer 9, No. 3 Mellen 4
No. 1 Clear Lake 11, No. 4 Plum City 5
No. 2 Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 6, No. 3 Prairie Farm 0
No. 5 Owen-Withee 4, No. 1 Thorp 2
No. 3 Chippewa Falls McDonell 12, No. 2 Gilman 5
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 Webster 5, No. 2 Shell Lake 0
No. 2 Butternut/Mercer 9, No. 4 Hurley 1
No. 2 Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 13, No. 1 Clear Lake 11
No. 3 Chippewa Falls McDonell 13, No. 5 Owen-Withee 3
Sectional 3
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Lincoln 5, No. 5 Bangor 2
No. 3 Augusta 7, No. 6 Blair-Taylor 0
No. 2 Eleva-Strum 12, No. 7 Coulee Christian/Providence Academy 0
No. 4 Wonewoc-Center 12, No. 5 Weston 5
No. 6 Hillsboro 2, No. 3 New Lisbon 1
No. 4 Kickapoo 12, No. 5 North Crawford 1
No. 3 Seneca 13, No. 6 La Farge 0
No. 4 Potosi 8, No. 5 Cassville 4
No. 3 Riverdale 3, No. 6 Wauzeka-Steuben 2
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Independence/Gilmanton 4, No. 4 Lincoln 1
No. 2 Eleva-Strum 8, No. 3 Augusta 1
No. 1 Cashton 2, No. 4 Wonewoc-Center 1
No. 2 Royall 10, No. 6 Hillsboro 2
No. 1 De Soto 4, No. 4 Kickapoo 1
No. 2 Ithaca 12, No. 3 Seneca 6
No. 1 Highland 11, No. 4 Potosi 1
No. 3 Riverdale 14, No. 2 River Ridge 2
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 Independence/Gilmanton 12, No. 2 Eleva-Strum 2
No. 2 Royall 7, No. 1 Cashton 0
No. 1 De Soto 4, No. 2 Ithaca 0
No. 3 Riverdale 1, No. 1 Highland 0 (9 inn.)
Sectional 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 4 Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 4, No. 5 Wausau Newman Catholic 0
No. 6 Edgar 5, No. 3 Prentice 2
No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 3, No. 5 Marshfield Columbus Catholic 0
No. 3 Greenwood 9, No. 6 Port Edwards 2
No. 2 Loyal 19, No. 7 Granton 0
No. 4 Florence 12, No. 5 Elcho 5
No. 3 Wausaukee 10, No. 6 Goodman/Pembine 0
No. 4 Sevastopol 11, No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena 1
No. 3 Bowler 16, No. 6 White Lake 14
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 1 Athens 3, No. 4 Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0
No. 2 Rib Lake 5, No. 6 Edgar 4
No. 1 Pittsville 7, No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 3
No. 3 Greenwood 9, No. 2 Loyal 6
No. 4 Florence 13, No. 1 Phelps/Three Lakes 11
No. 2 Niagara 3, No. 3 Wausaukee 0
No. 4 Sevastopol 12, No. 1 Gresham 7
No. 2 Green Bay NEW Lutheran 9, No. 3 Bowler 1
Regional finals, May 31
No. 1 Athens 8, No. 2 Rib Lake 0
No. 1 Pittsville 11, No. 3 Greenwood 1
No. 2 Niagara 13, No. 4 Florence 6
No. 2 Green Bay NEW Lutheran 11, No. 4 Sevastopol 2
Sectional 4
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Tigerton 3, No. 4 Tri-County 0
No. 3 Wild Rose 6, No. 6 Marion 4
No. 4 Hilbert/Stockbridge 5, No. 5 Randolph 4
No. 6 Fall River 15, No. 3 Rio 9
No. 2 Living Word Lutheran 7, No. 7 Cambria-Friesland 1
No. 4 Southwestern 14, No. 5 Black Hawk 4
No. 3 Argyle 12, No. 6 Belmont 3
No. 4 Faith Christian 4, No. 5 Monticello 0
Regional semifinals, May 30
No. 5 Tigerton 7, No. 1 Almond-Bancroft 5
No. 2 Rosholt 6, No. 3 Wild Rose 4
No. 1 Oakfield 4, No. 4 Hilbert/Stockbridge 3
No. 2 Living Word Lutheran 8, No. 6 Fall River 0
No. 1 Pecatonica 4, No. 4 Southwestern 0
No. 2 Barneveld 15, No. 3 Argyle 5
No. 1 Johnson Creek 10, No. 4 Faith Christian 0
No. 3 Williams Bay 3, No. 2 Burlington Catholic Central 0
Regional finals, May 31
No. 2 Rosholt 15, No. 5 Tigerton 8
No. 1 Oakfield 8, No. 2 Living Word Lutheran 4
No. 1 Pecatonica 17, No. 2 Barneveld 0
No. 1 Johnson Creek 10, No. 3 Williams Bay 2

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10-run first inning pushes Spencer past Auburndale in WIAA Division 3 baseball regional final

Posted on 31 May 2017 by paul

Spencer second baseman Brett Kasch tags out Auburndale’s Logan Willfahrt trying to steal during the second inning of the Rockets’ win in a WIAA Division 3 baseball regional final Wednesday at Auburndale High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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AUBURNDALE – Everything Spencer did in the first inning turned to gold during its WIAA Division 3 baseball regional final at Auburndale High School on Wednesday.

A missed fly ball, seven hits and two walks turned into a 10-run explosion and the Rockets held on from there, defeating Auburndale 13-8 to win the regional title.

Spencer (11-9) moves on to the D-3 sectionals Tuesday at Crivitz. The Rockets will play Iola-Scandinavia (15-6) in one semifinal between two No. 4 seeds at 1:30 p.m. A pair of No. 1 seeds, Coleman (23-2) and Neenah St. Mary Catholic (23-0), will play in the other semifinal at 10 a.m., with the championship game at 4 p.m. for a berth in the 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament in Appleton on the line.

Hunter Luepke and Caden Schillinger each had two RBIs, and Lukas Ellefson had a pair of hits in the opening inning as the Rockets knocked around Auburndale starter Caleb Weinfurter.

Auburndale came back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by Colton Wright and a sacrifice fly from Weinfurter, and added two more in the second as Cam Ertl singled and scored on a pair of errors and Weinfurter walked with the bases loaded to make it 10-5.

From there, the game stabilized a bit.

Schillinger replaced starter Dom Wichlacz on the mound with two outs in the second and was able to keep Auburndale (10-8) from getting the big inning it needed to get back in the game. Schillinger allowed a run in the third and two in the sixth but was able to wiggle out of further trouble in each frame.

Schillinger plated Wichlacz with an RBI groundout in the third, and Luepke doubled and scored on an error in the fifth against Wright, who replaced Weinfurter after four innings, to put Spencer up 12-6.

The Rockets scored their final run in the sixth as Auburndale committed two of its seven errors in the inning and Luepke knocked in Wichlacz with a fielder’s choice groundball.

Auburndale’s final two runs came in the sixth on RBI singles from Weinfurter and Ryan Isaacson, who had two of the Apaches’ seven hits.

Schillinger issued a walk and another runner reached on an error before he closed out the victory to send Spencer to sectionals.

Rockets 13, Apaches 8
Spencer (10)01 011 0 – 13 10 4
Auburndale 321 002 0 – 8 7 7
WP:
Caden Schillinger. LP: Caleb Weinfurter.
SO: Dom Wichlacz (1 2/3 inn.) 1, Schillinger (5 1/3 inn. 0; Weinfurter (4 inn.) 3, Colton Wright (3 inn.) 0. BB: Wichlacz 5, Schillinger 2; Weinfurter 1, Wright 3.
Top hitters: S, Wichlacz 2×3, 4 runs; Lukas Ellefson 2×3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Schillinger 2×4, 2B, 3 RBIs; Hunter Luepke 2×4, 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBIs. A, Trayton Weister 2 runs; Wright 2×3, 2 RBIs; Weinfurter 1×2, 3 RBIs; Ryan Isaacson 2×4, RBI.
Records: Spencer 11-9; Auburndale 10-8.

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Spencer outlasts Stratford in wild WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal

Posted on 30 May 2017 by paul

Spencer pitcher Hunter Luepke delivers a pitch during the WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday at Stratford. The Rockets won 7-6. (Photo by V. Pilz/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford relief pitcher Cole Hoffman gathers himself on the mound during the WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday against Spencer. (Photo by V. Pilz/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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

By Steve Pilz
For MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STRATFORD – Spencer got a strong pitching performance from Hunter Luepke and some timely hitting as the fourth-seeded Rockets stunned top-seed Stratford 7-6 in a WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday at the Tiger Stadium Complex.

Spencer (10-9) moves on to the D-3 regional final at Auburndale (10-7) at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The winner moves on to the sectionals next Tuesday, June 6.

Things started shaky for the Tigers as Dom Wichlacz reached first base on an error and came around to score on a double by Luepke to make it 1-0 after one-half inning.

The Rockets added two more in the third. Singles by Wichlacz and Luepke set the table for Caden Schillinger, who drove in a run with a single. That chased Tiger starter Lucas Heidmann, and when reliever Cole Hoffman walked a pair of batters, one with the bases loaded, the Rockets had a 3-0 lead.

Stratford got one back in the third on an RBI single from Mark Handrick to make it 3-1.

Spencer feasted off an uncharacteristically wild Hoffman. The senior hurler walked the first Rocket batter in the fourth before getting a fly ball and a strikeout. Having seen enough of Luepke already in the fourth, the Tigers walked him intentionally, the first of the three intentional walks to the Rockets’ slugger in the game. Two more walks brought Carson Hildebrandt to the plate and he lashed a two-out single to right-center, giving Spencer a 6-1 lead.

“That’s a good team win for us,” Spencer coach Tim Buttke said. “Hunter (Luepke) didn’t have his best stuff on the mound but we labored through, did enough to get by. A total team effort. They didn’t pitch to Hunter so other guys had to step up and that’s what makes it even sweeter.”

The Tigers answered the Spencer runs by getting three of their own in the fourth, thanks mostly to Luepke’s wildness. The big lefty bounced a couple in front of his catcher and Stratford took advantage. An RBI base- loaded walk by Kade Ehrike concluded the scoring in the inning before Luepke escaped with a strikeout to strand two.

“We didn’t pitch well the first couple of innings,” Stratford coach Brad Grube said. “First ball was an error. We had too many walks. Our third guy Lance Heidmann kept us in, but Luepke held us at bay. He’s a good pitcher. He kept us off balance and changed speeds well.”

Luepke ran out of pitches early in the sixth inning and was replaced by Tanner Kleinschmidt, who gave up a hit in the sixth but finished the inning with a fly ball to center.

Clinging to a 6-4 lead the Rockets got a big insurance run in the seventh when Lucas Ellefson smacked a two-out single. When Luepke was intentionally walked again, Caden Schillinger registered his second RBI with his third hit of the game making it 7-4.

“Caden Schillinger and a couple guys on the bottom of the order came through in a big way,” Buttke said. “We know our roles at this point in the season; we carried through with them and that helps a lot.”

That being said, the top-seeded Tigers weren’t going home quietly.

Two singles to open the inning and a bobbled ball in center put Tigers on second and third. Kleinschmidt then coaxed a pair of fly balls before freshman Devyn Palmer drilled a two-run single to plate Kade Ehrike and Handrick. Another single by Eli Drexler got things a bit tighter before Dylan Schoenherr ripped a shot to center that Spencer centerfielder Darren Willcome hauled in near his ankles to end the game.

Rockets 7, Tigers 6
Spencer 102 300 1 – 7 9 1
Stratford 001 300 2 – 6 8 2
WP:
Hunter Luepke. LP: Lucas Heidmann. SV: Tanner Kleinschmidt.
SO: Luepke (5 1/3 inn.) 3, Kleinschmidt (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Lu. Heidmann (2 1/3 inn.) 2, Cole Hoffman (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Lance Heidmann (3 1/3 inn.) 4. BB: Luepke 5, Kleinschmidt 0; Lu. Heidmann 1, Hoffman 5, La. Heidmann 4.
Top hitters: SP, Dom Wichlacz 2 runs; Lukas Ellefson 2×4; Luepke 2×2, 2B, 2 runs; Caden Schillinger 3×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Carson Hildebrandt 1×4, 2 RBIs. ST, Mark Handrick 2×4, RBI; Devyn Palmer 2×4, 2 RBIs.
Records: Stratford 14-6. Spencer 10-9.

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