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Marshfield grads Varsho, Schwecke earn all-Horizon League baseball honors

Posted on 23 May 2017 by paul

Daulton Varsho

Trevor Schwecke

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MILWAUKEE – Marshfield High School graduates Daulton Varsho and Trevor Schwecke, both members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team, each earned second-team all-Horizon League honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

Varsho, a first-team selection and the Horizon Player of the Year last season, was a second-team pick at catcher. The 2014 Marshfield grad is hitting a.366 (71-for-194) with 11 home runs, 39 RBIs, 47 runs scored, 11 doubles, six triples, and a .655 slugging percentage, all team-highs. The junior also has 10 stolen bases.

Schwecke, a 2016 Marshfield alum, was a second-team selection at shortstop and was named to the all-freshman team as well. Schwecke is batting .320 (33-for-103) with nine doubles, 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored for the Panthers.

Milwaukee (22-31) plays Northern Kentucky in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament at Illinois-Chicago at 4 p.m. Wednesday. If Milwaukee wins, it would enter the double-elimination portion of the tournament and face No. 1 seed Illinois-Chicago on Thursady.

The tournament concludes Saturday with the winner guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament field.

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Numerous area graduates medal at WIAC Track & Field Championships

Posted on 08 May 2017 by paul

Marshfield High School graduates Ashley Holubets, from left, Calden Wojt, and Megan Marotz combined to win five medals at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on May 5-6 at UW-Platteville. Holubets competes for UW-La Crosse, Wojt for UW-Stevens Point, and Marotz for Platteville. (Photo courtesy of Dan Akin)

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PLATTEVILLE – A number of area high school graduates left their mark on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after competing at the conference track and field championships on May 5-6 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Megan Marotz, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School and a junior for UW-Platteville, won the women’s heptathlon for the Pioneers.

Marotz finished with 4,493 points in the seven-event heptathlon and also was named to the eight-person Larry Zirgibel All-Sportsmanship Team for women.

Among the heptathlon participants, Marotz won the long jump (5.42 meters), the 100-meter hurdles (15.18 seconds), the 200 meters (25.45 seconds), and the 800 meters (2:21.75). She finished with jump of 4 feet, 9 ¾ inches in the high jump, a throw of 31-4½ in the shot put, and a throw of 61-1 in the javelin throw. She recently set the school record in the heptathlon 200 with a time of 25.31 at the Augustana Invitational in April.

Marotz also was part of the Poineers’ 1,600-meter relay team that finished second in 3:53.12.

Auburndale’s Sylviann Momont, a freshman at UW-Stevens Point, finished second in the heptathlon with 4,313 points.

Momont had times of 15.27 in the 100 hurdles, 26.71 in the 200, and 2:45.98 in the 800. She throws of 35-8 in the shot put and 80-2 in the javelin, and jumps of the 5-1¼ in the high jump and 5.21 meters in the long jump.

Rachel Zastrow, a 2015 graduate of Spencer High School, is a sophomore for UW-La Crosse. She finished tied for sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, 3½ inches, helping the Eagles to their sixth-straight WIAC women’s title.

Three other Marshfield graduates also competed in the WIAC Championships.

Rebecca Voss and Ashley Holubets, both 2015 Marshfield High School grads, also earned medals for UW-La Crosse.

Holubets finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in 1:03.95 and Voss was sixth in the 5,000 meters in 18:06.20.

On the men’s side of things, Calden Wojt, a freshman for UW-Stevens Point and a 2016 graduate of Marshfield High School, earned two medals.

Wojt finished third in the 200 in 21.62 seconds and was part of the Pointers’ 400-meter relay team that took fifth in 43.82 seconds.

UW-La Crosse won its 27th-straight men’s outdoor track title.

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College roundup: Updates on Baierl, Fravert, Hutchison, Pilz

Posted on 31 March 2017 by paul

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By Paul Lecker
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A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country.

Periodically, MarshfieldAreaSports.com will publish a College Sports Roundup updating readers of some of those local athletes’ exploits at the collegiate level.

This is the third of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport in college.

Abby Baierl

Baierl starts for Francisan women’s basketball
Abby Baierl, a 2016 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, recently completed her freshman season on the Franciscan University women’s basketball team.

Baierl started 22 of 24 games this past season for the Lady Barons, scoring 11.3 points per game. She shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range (45 of 128) and also chipped in 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Baierl scored in double figures 13 times, including a season-high 28 in a win at Penn State-Altoona on Feb. 1.

Franciscan, located in Steubenville, Ohio, is an NCAA Division III school. The Lady Barons finished the season 3-21 overall and 3-15 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Adam Fravert

Fravert sees increased time at Oshkosh
Adam Fravert, a 2016 Marshfield High School graduate, recently completed his freshman season on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh men’s basketball team.

The former all-Wisconsin Valley Conference player played in 21 of the Titans’ 28 games this season, all in a reserve role, averaging 10.5 minutes, 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Oshkosh finished the season with a 17-11 record, including a 9-5 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Titans lost 60-59 to UW-River Falls in the WIAC Tournament championship game on Feb. 25, and dropped its opener in the NCAA Division III Tournament to Hope College 87-85 on March 3.

Fravert came off the bench and played 16 minutes in the loss to Hope, scoring two points. He also had two rebounds and three assists.

Fravert had a season-high 13 points in a win at UW-Whitewater on Feb. 15, and was a perfect 3-for-3 shooting and scored seven points in the tournament game loss to River Falls.

Alexandra Hutchison

Hutchison running 200 at Winona
Alexandra Hutchison, a freshman on the Winona State (Minn.) University women’s track and field team, and a 2016 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, has been running in the 200 meters for the Warriors this spring.

Hutchison won the 200 in 25.85 seconds at the Wisconsin Shell Shocker on Feb. 17 in Madison, where Winona State, and NCAA Division II school, defeated numerous Division I programs and finished second overall in the team standings behind just host Wisconsin.

In her most recent event, Hutchison finished 15th in the preliminaries and did not qualify for the 200 finals at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Meet at Minnesota State in Mankato on Feb. 25. She ran the event in 25.81 seconds.

Winona State begins its outdoor season Saturday at the Early Birdinal at crosstown Saint Mary’s University in Winona.

Bobby Pilz

Pilz pitching at Stout
Bobby Pilz, a 2016 graduate of Spencer High School, is a freshman on the UW-Stout baseball team.

Pilz has pitched a total of three innings in three games for the Blue Devils (3-10) this season. He has allowed seven runs, five hits and seven walks, striking out one.

Stout plays a nonconference doubleheader at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday and opens its WIAC season with doubleheaders at home against UW-Platteville on April 8-9.

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College roundup: Updates on Michaelis, Scheuer, Howard

Posted on 24 March 2017 by paul

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By Paul Lecker
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A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country.

Periodically, MarshfieldAreaSports.com will publish a College Sports Roundup updating readers of some of those local athletes’ exploits at the collegiate level.

This is the second of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport in college.

Caitlin Michaelis

Michaelis wraps up sophomore year at Crookston
Caitlin Michaelis, a 2015 graduate of Marshfield High School, finished her sophomore season on the University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s basketball team last month.

Michaelis played in all 28 games for the Eagles, starting 27 times. She averaged 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, while making 23 3-pointers and shooting 85.4 percent (35 of 41) at the free throw line.

Crookston had a tough season, finishing 8-20 after being eliminated in the second round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament on Feb. 25 by Northern State (S.D.) 83-60. Michaelis had seven points and three assists in the loss.

McKayla Scheuer

Scheuer sees minimal playing time at Bemidji
McKayla Scheuer, a 2016 Marshfield High School graduate, saw action in just seven games during her freshman season playing for the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team.

Scheuer played a total of 18 minutes, making 2 of 5 shots from the field and scoring four points.
Bemidji State finished 7-20 overall and 4-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, losing eight of its last nine games.

Bo Howard

Howard playing baseball at Mount Marty
Bo Howard, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, is a senior outfielder on the Mount Marty College baseball team.

Mount Marty, located in Yankton, S.D., is an NAIA school that plays in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Lancers are off to a 6-12 start after winning one of three games in a weekend series with Gustavus Adolphus at home on March 18-19.

Howard has played in, and started, 13 of the Lancers’ 18 games this season. He is batting .184 (7 of 38), with two doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored, heading into doubleheaders Saturday at Midland University in Fremont, Neb., and Sunday at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

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College roundup: Updates on Marotz, Momont, Johnson, Fleischmann

Posted on 14 March 2017 by paul

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By Paul Lecker
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A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country.

Periodically, MarshfieldAreaSports.com will publish a College Sports Roundup updating readers of some of those local athletes’ exploits at the collegiate level.

This is the first of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport at the next level.

Megan Marotz

Sylviann Momont

Marotz, Momont compete at NCAAs
Megan Marotz, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, and Sylivann Momont, a 2016 grad of Auburndale High School, each competed in the pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10-11 at Naperville, Ill.

Marotz, a senior on the UW-Platteville track team, finished sixth and earned All-American honors as a result.

Marotz won the 800 meters in 2:22.30 to finish with 3,351 points in the five-event women’s pentathlon, breaking the school record by three points. She also finished second in the long jump (17 feet, 4¼ inches), ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.30 seconds), tied for 11th in the shot put (31-6½), and tied for 13th in the high jump (4-9).

Momont, a freshman for UW-Stevens Point, was third in the long jump (17-2), fifth in the shot put (34-10½), eighth in the high jump (5-½), 11th in the 60 hurdles (9.37), and 16th in the 800 (2:38.41).

Paige Johnson

Johnson finishes career at UW-River Falls
Paige Johnson, a 2013 Spencer High School graduate and former state player of the year for the Marshfield co-op girls hockey team, wrapped up her career on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey team.

Johnson, a senior, scored five goals and had 17 assists as she played in all 29 games this season for River Falls.

Johnson had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over UW-Superior in the opening round of the WIAC O’Brien Cup, which River Falls went on to win with a 3-2 victory over UW-Eau Claire in overtime on March 4.

River Falls lost its opening game in the NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament to Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) 3-2 on March 10.

Johnson, a defenseman, was a NCAA Division III All-American a year ago and a member of the Division III Frozen Four all-tournament team after River Falls was the runner-up in the national tournament in 2016.

Jared Fleischmann

Fleischmann wraps up season at Viterbo
Jared Fleischmann, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, recently finished junior season on the Viterbo University (La Crosse) men’s basketball team.

Fleischmann started all 30 games for the V-Hawks this season, averaging 7.7 points, 4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game as Viterbo went 18-12.

He shot 33 percent from 3-point range (24 of 73) and 69.4 percent from the free throw line (50 of 72), and scored a season-high 19 points in the team’s opener on Nov. 2 against Governors State (Ill.) University.

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Marshfield grads Varsho, Schwecke see action for UW-Milwaukee baseball against Brewers

Posted on 25 February 2017 by paul

Daulton Varsho

Trevor Schwecke

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PHOENIX – Two Marshfield High School graduates got a chance to play with the big boys Friday as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team played an exhibition game against the Milwaukee Brewers as the Brewers’ spring training opened in Arizona.

Junior Daulton Varsho, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, and freshman Trevor Schwecke, a 2016 grad, both played for UW-Milwaukee in the 11-0 loss.

Varsho started at catcher and went 0-for-3, flying out twice and hitting into a double play.

Schwecke entered the game in the fifth inning as a defensive replacement at third base and struck out in his only at-bat.

Eight Brewers’ pitches limited UWM to two hits in the shutout.

Read more about the game at mkepanthers.com

UW-Milwaukee opened its 2017 schedule last weekend in Beaumont, Texas, losing three of four.

The Panthers split a pair of games with Illinois, losing 10-2 on Feb. 17 and winning 4-2 on Feb. 18, and lost twice to Lamar in games Feb. 18-19.

Varsho started all four games at catcher, going 3-for-15, which included a home run in the win against Illinois.

Schwecke saw action in one game, finishing 0-for-1 at the plate as a pinch hitter in the loss to Illinois.

UW-Milwaukee flew to Florida to play three games against Eastern Michigan at Winter Haven, including a doubleheader Sunday and another game on Monday. The Panthers will play a four-game, three-day series at Evansville on March 3-5.

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UW-Marshfield/Wood County drops WCC men’s basketball playoff at UW-Marathon County

Posted on 20 February 2017 by paul

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WAUSAU – The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team had its season come to an end with a 77-62 loss to UW-Marathon County in the regional finals of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference playoffs.

Marshfield trailed 33-29 at halftime before the Huskies (13-9) pulled away in the second half.

Austin Frick made six 3-pointers and had 24 points to lead Marathon County, which moves on to the WCC State Tournament on Feb. 25-26 at Wisconsin Dells.

UW-Marshfield/Wood County ends its season with an 8-12 record. Statistics for the Marauders were not provided.

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UW-Marshfield/Wood County bounces UW-Rock, advances in WCC men’s basketball playoffs

Posted on 16 February 2017 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team is moving on in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference playoffs after a narrow 81-78 victory over UW-Rock County on Wednesday night at home.

The Marauders (8-11) will play at UW-Marathon County (12-9) in Wausau on Saturday in a WCC regional final. The winner qualifies for the WCC State Tournament at Wisconsin Dells on Feb. 25-26.

Devin Klein scored 24 points to lead five Marauders in double figures. Joe Estrict added 15 points, Jared Seeman had 13, Tyler Prust scored 12 and Covon Rudolph chipped in 11 for UW-Marshfield.

Marauders 81, Rattlers 78
UW-Rock County 38 40 – 78
UW-Marshfield/Wood County 47 34 – 81
UW-ROCK COUNTY (78):
Danny Severance 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Castle 5-11 0-0 11, Austin Affolter 0-1 0-0 0, Andre Williams 5-7 5-7 15, Mitch Benway 6-16 2-2 20, Tony Ashley 8-20 0-2 17, Gevontane Moragne 4-8 1-2 9, Nathan Som 0-0 0-0 0, Ed Laird 3-7 0-2 6. FG: 31-70. FT: 8-15. 3-pointers: 8-22 (Benway 6-10, Castle 1-4, Ashley 1-6, Williams 0-1, Laird 0-1). Rebounds: 47 (Ashley 8). Assists: 11 (Moragne 4). Turnovers: 6. Fouls: 28. Fouled out: Castle, Ashley. Record: 5-14.
UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (81): Devin Klein 8-20 7-10 24, Terrell Zurkowski 0-1 0-0 0, Will Darr 2-6 0-0 6, Joe Estrict 6-14 2-2 15, Jared Seeman 2-5 8-11 13, Covon Rudolph 2-9 6-8 11, Tyler Prust 5-9 2-3 12, Sayre Ystad 0-0 0-2 0. FG: 25-64. FT: 25-36. 3-pointers: 6-20 (Darr 2-4, Seeman 1-2, Rudolph 1-2, Estrict 1-3, Klein 1-6, Prust 0-2). Rebounds: 39 (Rudolph 8). Assists: 8 (Klein 4). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 8-11.

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UW-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball knocks off UW-Barron in regular-season finale

Posted on 09 February 2017 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team ended a five-game losing streak with a 78-71 win over UW-Barron County on Wednesday night at the Marauder Gym.

The game was the Marauders’ regular-season finale as they are now 7-11 overall and finish 4-6 in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division. UW-Barron County is 2-17 overall and 1-8 in the conference.

Joe Estrict made 12 of 18 shots from the field and finished with 26 points to lead UW-Marshfield. Covon Rudolph added 18 points, Devin Klein had 16 points, and Tyler Prust had 12 rebounds in the win for the Marauders.

UW-Marshfield will play UW-Rock County in a WCC playoff game on Feb. 15. The site of the game is yet to be determined as Rock County has not finished its regular-season schedule.

Marauders 78, Chargers 71
UW-Barron County 34 37 – 71
UW-Marshfield/Wood County 32 46 – 78
UW-BARRON COUNTY (71):
Richard Stewart 2-7 0-0 6, Brett Prince 2-13 0-0 5, Austin Niemcewicz 7-21 8-10 22, Hunter Schoengarth 2-3 1-4 5, Cody Baldry 2-4 0-0 5, Dalton Ystebo 9-21 3-4 22, Brady Hetke 0-0 2-2 2, Wyatt Schultz 2-4 0-0 4. FG: 26-73. FT: 14-20. 3-pointers: 5-20 (Stewart 2-3, Baldry 1-3, Ystebo 1-3, Prince 1-7). Rebounds: 43 (Niemcewicz 10). Assists: 16 (Prince 5). Turnovers: 6. Fouls: 5. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-17, 1-8 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.
UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (78): Devin Klein 6-17 1-3 16, Terrell Zurakowski 2-4 0-0 4, Will Darr 2-6 1-1 6, Joe Estrict 12-18 2-2 26, Jared Seeman 1-8 0-2 2, Covon Rudolph 8-11 0-0 18, Tyler Prust 3-7 0-0 6, Sayre Ystad 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 34-73. FT: 4-8. 3-pointers: 6-18 (Klein 3-6, Rudolph 2-4, Darr 1-4, Zurakowski 0-1, Seeman 0-2). Rebounds: 46 (Prust 12). Assists: 18 (Rudolph 7). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Klein. Record: 7-11, 4-6 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.

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UW-Richland sends UW-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball to fifth-straight loss

Posted on 07 February 2017 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team dropped its fifth game in a row, losing 78-76 to UW-Richland on Monday night at the Marauder Gym.

Covon Rudolph had 19 point and 10 rebounds, Tyler Prust added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Joe Estrict also scored 16 points for the Marauders, who are now 5-11 overall and 3-6 in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.

UW-Richland is tied for first place in the WCC West at 7-2 and is 12-8 overall.

The Marauders finish their regular-season schedule at home on Wednesday against UW-Barron County.

Roadrunners 78, Marauders 76
UW-Richland 40 38 – 78
UW-Marshfield/Wood County 37 39 – 76
UW-RICHLAND (78):
Jordan Sisk 5-8 0-0 11, Ari Davis 10-21 3-4 24, Paul Dekker 0-1 2-2 2, Gavin Nedland 1-8 2-2 4, Rashad Ivy 2-4 2-4 6, Mims-Belnavis 1-3 0-0 3, Kane Irons 5-19 11-12 25, Danzel Conner 1-4 0-0 3, Dorian Lambert 0-0 0-0 0, Adrian Olivas 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-68. FT: 20-24. 3-pointers: 8-25 (Irons 4-10, Sisk 1-1, Mims-Belnavis 1-2, Conner 1-4, Davis 1-5, Nedland 0-3). Rebounds: 45 (Irons 6, Sisk 6). Assists: 11 (Irons 3). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-8, 7-2 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.
UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (76): Devin Klein 3-13 4-4 11, Terrell Zurakowski 0-0 0-0 0, Will Darr 2-7 0-0 5, Joe Estrict 7-16 1-1 16, Jared Seeman 3-5 2-4 9, Covon Rudolph 5-14 9-12 19, Tyler Prust 6-13 3-5 16, Sayre Ystad 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 26-70. FT: 19-26. 3-pointers: 5-20 (Seeman 1-1, Darr 1-3, Prust 1-3, Estrict 1-4, Klein 1-5, Ystad 0-1, Rudolph 0-2). Rebounds: 48 (Rudolph 10, Prust 10). Assists: 11 (Rudolph 5). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-11, 3-6 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.

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