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Stratford softball drops two at home tournament

Posted on 22 April 2017 by paul

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STRATFORD – The Stratford softball team dropped a pair of games at its home Stratford Invitational on Saturday at Hilgemann Field.

Wisconsin Rapids Assumption blanked Stratford 4-0 in what counted as a Marawood Conference South Division game after the originally scheduled contest was postponed on Friday. The Tigers also lost 4-3 to Mosinee in eight innings.

Kiana Weiler took the loss in both games for Stratford, giving up four runs in each game. She struck out three and didn’t walk a batter against Assumption (4-0, 3-0 Marawood South), and had one strikeout and one walk vs. Mosinee (6-2).

Stratford was held to three hits in the loss to Assumption as Kendall Schill tossed a complete game, striking out five.

The Tigers pounded out 14 hits against Mosinee, but could only muster single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Mosinee won it with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

Brittany Bredemann continued her hot hitting for the Tigers (5-3, 1-1 Marawood South) with a double against Assumption and she was 3-for-5 with another double and an RBI against the Indians.

Sammy Kaiser was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Stratford against Mosinee.

Stratford hosts Pittsville at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Hilgemann Field.

Royals 4, Tigers 0
Assumption 101 001 1 – 4 12 0
Stratford 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Kendall Schill. LP: Kiana Weiler.
SO: K. Schill 5; Weiler 3. BB: K. Schill 3; Weiler 0.
Top hitters: A, Ellie Schill 2×4, HR, 2 runs, RBI; Taylor Nelson 2×4, 2B; Claire Preuss 2×4, 3B; Colette Stoflet 2B. S, Brittany Bredemann 2B.
Records: Assumption 4-0, 3-0 Marawood Conference South Division; Stratford 5-2, 1-1 Marawood South.

Indians 4, Tigers 3 (8 inn.)
Stratford 100 100 10 – 3 14 0
Mosinee 003 000 01 – 4 8 1
Soupkup. LP: Weiler.
SO: Weiler 1; Soupkup 6. BB: Weiler 1; Soupkup 1.
Top hitters: S, Bredemann 3×5, 2B, RBI; Sammy Griesbach 2×4; Sammy Kaiser 4×4, 2B, RBI; Madisyn Daul 2 runs. M, Wierzbanowski 2×4, 2B, RBI; Garski 2B, RBI; Rux 2B; Johnson 2×3, RBI.
Records: Stratford 5-3; Mosinee 6-2.

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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/


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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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Stratford softball blasts Rib Lake

Posted on 18 April 2017 by paul

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RIB LAKE – The Stratford softball team pounded out 12 hits and went on to rout Rib Lake 11-1 in a nonconference game Tuesday.

Stratford scored six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back to improve to 5-1 this season. Rib Lake is 1-4.

Sammy Griesbach went 4-for-5 and scored three times, and Brittany Bredemann and Kiana Weiler each had two hits for the Tigers.

Weiler earned the win, striking out eight in a six-inning, complete-game effort. A day after pitching a five-inning perfect game, Weiler allowed just two hits and one walk on Tuesday.

Stratford plays a Marawood Conference South Division game Friday at Pittsville.

Tigers 11, Redmen 1
Stratford 610 022 – 11 12 3
Rib Lake 001 000 – 1 2 1
Kiana Weiler. LP: Vlach.
SO: Weiler 8; Vlach 0. BB: Weler 1; Vlach 6.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×4, 2 runs; Sammy Griesbach 4×5, 3 runs; Weiler 2×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Val Licciardi 2 runs; McKenzie Ford 2 RBIs.
Records: Stratford 5-1; Rib Lake 1-4.

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Weiler tosses five-inning perfect game as Stratford softball wipes out Newman Catholic

Posted on 17 April 2017 by paul

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STRATFORD – Kiana Weiler tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out seven, to lead the Stratford softball team to a 16-0 win over Wausau Newman Catholic in its Marawood Conference South Division opener Monday at Hilgemann Field.

Shalynn Griesmer had three hits and five RBIs, and Brittany Bredemann had two hits and scored three times for Stratford, which is now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Marawood South.

Newman pitcher Elise Brown walked nine batters and the Cardinals committed seven errors behind her.

Stratford’s next game is Tuesday at Rib Lake.

Tigers 16, Cardinals 0
Newman Catholic 000 00 – 0 0 7
Stratford 265 3x – 16 10 0
Kiana Weiler. LP: Elise Brown.
SO: Brown 2; Weiler 7. BB: Brown 9; Weiler 0.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×3, 2B, 3 runs; Sammy Griesbach 2 runs; Sammy Kaiser 3 runs; Cassidy Vanderleest 2B; Val Licciardi 3 runs; Shalynn Griesmer 3×4, 5 RBIs; Madisyn Daul 2 runs, 2 SBs.
Records: Wausau Newman Catholic 0-2 overall and Marawood South; Stratford 4-1, 1-0 Marawood South.

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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/

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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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Stratford softball whips Loyal

Posted on 07 April 2017 by paul

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LOYAL – Brittany Bredemann had four hits and three RBIs, and Kiana Weiler tossed a two-hitter as the Stratford softball team whipped Loyal 11-1 in a nonconference game Friday at Loyal High School.

The game ended after five innings via the 10-run rule.

Bredemann was 4-for-4, which included a double, and scored four times out of the leadoff spot for the Tigers (3-1).

Sammy Kaiser was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, and Sammy Griesbach and Weiler each had two hits for Stratford.

Weiler struck out seven and did not walk a batter to earn the win on the mound for the Tigers.

Stratford opens its Marawood Conference South Division schedule Monday at Wausau Newman Catholic.

Tigers 11, Greyhounds 1
Stratford 140 42 – 11 14 1
Loyal 000 10 – 1 2 0
Kiana Weiler. LP: Rowley.
SO: Weiler 7; Rowley (4 inn.) 1, Morgan Reinwand (1 inn.) 3. BB: Weiler 0; Rowley 4, Reinwand 0.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 4×4, 2B, 4 runs, 3 RBIs; Sammy Griesbach 2×2, 2 runs; Weiler 2×3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Sammy Kaiser 3×4, 2B, 5 RBIs; Shalynn Griesmer 2B, 3 runs. L, Wilke RBI.
Records: Stratford 3-1; Loyal 0-2.

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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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Marshfield wins four events, takes second at home indoor relays

Posted on 05 April 2017 by paul

The Marshfield girls track and field team finished second at its home indoor relay meet on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)


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MARSHFIELD – D.C. Everest edged Marshfield for the team title at the 2017 Marshfield Girls Indoor Track Relays on Tuesday at Marshfield High School.

Everest finished with 119 points, with Marshfield second with 103. Auburndale was third with 69 and Stratford took fourth with 62 points.

Marshfield had four first-place finishes.

The shot put relay team of Amy Martarano, Katie Osinski and Molly Meyers combined for a distance of 96 feet, 4½ inches, the best for the Tigers at the event in 16 years.

Maddie Nikolai, Meg Bryan and Kaydee Johnson also had the Tigers’ best triple jump relay since 2001 with a combined distance of 96 feet, 2 inches.

The sprint medley relay team of Nikolai, Johnson, Gracie Holland and Alexa Aumann won in a time of 2:41.28, the best for Marshfield in the event since 1992.

Marshfield’s fourth win came in the 2-lap (200 yards) relay as Brooke McGrath, Stephanie Rhodes, Shantel Nienast and Bryan ran in 42.59 seconds.

“We had some strong performances, especially in our field events, which are very solid this season,” Marshfield coach Dan Akin said. “We had some quality competition with almost 300 athletes in this meet.”

Auburndale won the 800 relay in 3:06.89, the 1,600 relay in 4:32.84, and Rachel Gronemeyer, Amanda Momont and Isabelle Hilber combined for a height of 13 feet, 8 inches, to win the high jump relay.

Stratford’s best finish came from the 400 relay team that finished third in 1:28.16.

2017 Marshfield Girls Indoor Track Relays
Team scores:
1. D.C. Everest 119; 2. Marshfield 103; 3. Auburndale 69; 4. Stratford 62; 5. Neillsville 59; 6. Colby 56; 7. Merrill 47; 8. Athens 30.5.
Winners and Marshfield, Auburndale and Stratford finishers
200 relay:
1. Marshfield 42.59; 5. Auburndale 47.92; 6. Stratford 47.95.
400 relay: 1. Colby 1:27.93; 3. Stratford 1:28.16; 5. Marshfield 1:29.77; 8. Auburndale 1:38.21.
400 throwers relay: 1. Neillsville 1:35.35; 3. Marshfield 1:47.36; 5. Stratford 1:49.93.
800 relay: 1. Auburndale 3:06.89; 3. Marshfield 3:16.61; 5. Stratford 3:21.53.
1,600 relay: 1. Auburndale 4:32.84; 2. Marshfield 4:33.28; 4. Stratford 5:01.50.
3,200 relay: 1. D.C. Everest 11:15.23; 2. Auburndale 11:32.54; 4. Stratford 12:12.92; 5. Marshfield 12:20.96.
800 sprint medley: 1. Marshfield 2:41.28; 5. Stratford 2:58.30; 8. Auburndale 3:26.31.
Distance medley: 1. Stratford 12:38.04; 4. Marshfield 13:04.65; 5. Auburndale 13:06.15.
300 shuttle hurdle relay: 1. D.C. Everest 30.34; 2. Marshfield 30.65.
High jump: 1. Auburndale (Rachel Gronemeyer, Amanda Momont, Isabelle Hilber) 13-8; 3. Marshfield (Stephanie Rhodes, Jamila Ougayour) and Stratford (Macie Schillinger, Callie Lehman, Keyarra Dahl) 13-4.
Pole vault: 1. Athens and D.C. Everest 25-0; 3. Neillsville and Marshfield (Gracie Holland, Madyson Bohman, Lilly O’Brien) 18-6; 5. Auburndale (Isabella Jewell, Julianna Kollross, Vicky Ertl) 20-0; 6. Stratford (Ashley Zawislan, Saige Tichy) 12-6.
Long jump: 1. D.C. Everest 43-6; 2. Auburndale (Momont, Kali Karl, Hilber) 43-1¼; 3. Marshfield (Kaydee Johnson, Holland, Brooke McGrath) 42-5½; 5. Stratford (Makayla Krall, Kylie Vanderhoof, Nada Alawadhi) 35-2¾.
Triple jump: 1. Marshfield (Meg Bryan, Johnson, Maddie Nikolai) 96-2; 4. Stratford (Heather Greenberg, Vanderhoof, Sarah LaBorde) 79-5; 5. Auburndale (Jewell, Taylor Stanton) 57-5¾.
Shot put: 1. Marshfield (Amy Martorano, Katie Osinski, Molly Meyers) 96-4½; 7. Stratford (Elizabeth Folz, Hannah Skroch, Natalie Soczka) 79-9½; 8. Auburndale (Samantha Jensen, Kayla Whitehead, Anna Beilhoffer) 70-9.

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Four local players selected to play in Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-star game

Posted on 03 April 2017 by paul

Stratford linebacker Kamren Bornbach (2) was one of four local players chosen to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games. The games will be held July 15 in Oshkosh. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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Four local high school seniors have been selected to play in the 2017 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games, which will be held Saturday, July 15, at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic running back/punter Noah Zastrow and offensive lineman Max Johnson, and Stratford offensive lineman Tanner Weinfurtner and inside linebacker Kamren Bornbach will play for the North team in the Small School game against a group of South all-stars at 2 p.m.

The Eight-Man all-star game is set for 10 a.m. and the Large School game will be at 6 p.m., all at Titan Stadium. The annual all-star games are for graduating seniors.

Zastrow and Johnson were first-team all-Cloverbelt Conference selections last fall after helping the Rockets to an 8-3 record and a 6-2 mark in the conference before they lost in Level 2 of the Division 5 playoffs to Amherst.

Zastrow, a first-team all-state selection by the WFCA as a utility player, had 1,358 yards rushing, 233 receiving and 25 total touchdowns for Spencer/Columbus in 2016.

Johnson was a key member of the Rockets’ offensive line that produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, that also included junior Hunter Luepke.

Weinfurtner, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle, and Bornbach both recently signed letters of intent to play college football at Division II schools in Minnesota next fall after Stratford won its first outright Marawood Conference championship since 2007 and finished 9-2 overall after a loss to Durand in Level 2 of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs.

Bornbach, a St. Cloud State recruit, was the Marawood Back of the Year after leading the conference in scoring with 114 points and finishing second in rushing with 771 yards.

Weinfurtner was a first-team all-Marawood selection at offensive line after helping the Tigers to a perfect 7-0 record in the conference.

Central Wisconsin players picked to the Large School North team included Wisconsin Rapids quarterback Ben Olson, and offensive lineman Jacob Erdman, inside linebacker Grant Roth, and defensive back Joey Roth of Stevens Point.

Area players chosen to the Small School North team who will be playing with the SC and Stratford contingent, are running back Alec Hafferman and outside linebacker Tyler Matysik of Edgar, defensive end Josiah Goerlitz of Owen-Withee, outside linebacker Brock Halopka of Abbotsford, and offensive lineman Bryce Seubert of Marathon.

A full list of the state all-stars can be seen at

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Stratford softball splits two at Poynette

Posted on 01 April 2017 by paul

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POYNETTE – The Stratford softball team split a pair of games at Poynette on Saturday, losing to the host Pumas 7-1 and beating Monona Grove 4-2.

Kiana Weiler started both games on the mound for the Tigers, who are now 2-1 on the young season.

She struck out one in five innings against Poynette, suffering the loss. Courtney Kaiser was 3-for-3 with the lone RBI, and Brittany Bredemann was 2×4 for Stratford.

In the victory over Monona Grove, Weiler threw a complete game, striking out seven. She did not walk a batter in either game.

Bredemann, Sammy Griesbach, Weiler, Cassidy Vanderleest and Shalynn Griesmer all went 2-for-4 for the Tigers in the victory as Stratford pounded out 13 hits.

Stratford plays at Tomahawk on Monday.

Pumas 7, Tigers 1
Poynette 210 100 3 – 7 12 0
Stratford 000 001 0 – 1 8 1
Bredeson. LP: Kiana Weiler.
SO: Bredeson 14; Weiler (5 inn.) 1, Val Licciardi (2 inn.) 2. BB: Bredeson 2; Weiler 0, Licciardi 1.
Top hitters: P, Renz 2×4; Brookins 2 runs; Radewan 3×4, 2B; Tomlinson 2B, 2 runs; Doherty 2×3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Knuteson 2×4, 2B. S, Brittany Bredemann 2×4; Courtney Kaiser 3×3, RBI.
Records: Poynette 1-0; Stratford 2-1.

Tigers 4, Silver Eagles 2
Stratford 202 000 0 – 4 13 1
Monona Grove 011 000 0 – 2 9 1
Weiler. LP: Guerton.
SO: Weiler 7; Guerton (5 inn.) 3, Remus (2 inn.) 2. BB: Weiler 0; Guerton 0, Remus 0.
Top hitters: S, Bredemann 2×4, 2B; Sammy Griesbach 2×4, Weiler 2×4, 2B; Sammy Kaiser 2B; Cassidy Vanderleest 2×4, 2B; Shalynn Griesmer 2×4. MG, Gerothanas 2×4; Miller 2B; Garey 2×4.
Records: Stratford 2-0; Monona Grove 0-1.

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