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Gebelein, Ashbeck lift Marshfield football to rout of Oshkosh North

Posted on 02 September 2011 by paul

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OSHKOSH – The Marshfield football team continued its early-season dominance with a 49-18 rout of Oshkosh North on Friday at Titan Stadium in the teams’ first Valley Football Association South Division game.

Marshfield poured it on in the first quarter, scoring three touchdowns. Riley Gebelein, who ran for 147 yards on just 11 carries, scored on runs of 12 and 25 yards, and Elliot Ashbeck hit Jordan Schecklman for an 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers an early 21-0 lead.

North cut it to 21-10 before the Tigers’ offense got cranked up again.

Gebelein scored on runs of 60 and 3 yards and Ashbeck connected with Austin Littmann for a 12-yard scoring strike to push Marshfield’s lead to 42-10 at halftime.

Running back Ryan Trieweiler hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Ashbeck with 2:11 to go in the third quarter to start the running clock with a lead of more than 35 points.

North scored on a 72-yard run by Julian Pope, his only carry of the game, but Marshfield’s reserves were able to protect the ball and the lead.

Without that late run by Pope, Marshfield held North to just 12 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Ashbeck continued his hot start to the season, completing 15 of 24 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers. He has 10 touchdown passes in the first three games of the season.

Marshfield (3-0, 1-0 VFA South), ranked No. 3 in this week’s Division 2 state coaches poll, will host Fond du Lac on Sept. 9 at Beell Stadium. Oshkosh North (1-2, 0-1 VFA South) plays at Wisconsin Rapids on Sept. 10.

Tigers 49, Spartans 18
Marshfield 21 21 7 0 – 49
Oshkosh North 0 10 0 8 – 18

M – Riley Gebelein 12 run (Gus Utech kick), 10:49.
M – Gebelein 25 run (Utech kick) 7:07.
M – Jordan Schecklman 16 pass from Elliot Ashbeck (Utech kick), 0:57.
O – Phil Brechlin 72 pass from Nate Neveau (Turner Geisthardt) 10:43.
O – Geisthardt 46 field goal, 7:19.
M – Gebelein 60 run (Utech kick), 7:03.
M – Gebelein 3 run (Utech kick), 2:20.
M –Austin Littmann 12 pass from Ashbeck (Utech kick), 0:05.
M – Ryan Trieweiler 24 pass from Ashbeck (Utech kick), 2:11.
O – Julian Pope 72 run (Brittner pass from Neveau) 6:37.
First downs:
Marshfield 24; Oshkosh North 6.
Rushing (att-yards): Marshfield 34-253; Oshkosh North 19-91.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Marshfield 19-29-280-1; Oshkosh North 13-28-165-0.
Fumbles (total-lost): Marshfield 0-0; Oshkosh North 0.
Penalties (no.-yards): Marshfield 4-34; Oshkosh North 3-25.
Interceptions (defense): ON, Robert Phillips.
M, Gebelein 11-147, Trieweiler 5-47, Caleb Cline 4-31, Jack Marquardt 9-24, Bo Howard 3-0, Elliot Ashbeck 1-5, Austin Littman 1-minus 1. ON, Julian Pope 1-72, Neveau 9-14, Otis Gaffner 2-7, Shane Hammersang 7-minus 2.
Passing: M, Ashbeck 15-24-255-1, Howard 4-5-25-0. ON, Neveau 13-28-165-0.
Receiving: M, Jordan Litwatis 3-80, Littmann 4-65, Trieweiler 2-40, Gebelein 2-21, Nate Saverda 1-17, Jordan Schecklman 1-16, Jesse Helgerson 2-15, Brandon Brown 2-13, Dan Bargander 1-11. ON, Phil Brechlin 4-104, Brett Brittner 4-26, Hammersang 3-25, Mike Nemschoff 2-10.
Records: Marshfield 3-0, 1-0 Valley Football Association South; Oshkosh North 1-2, 0-1 VFA South.

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Merrill edges Marshfield girls tennis in WVC opener

Posted on 02 September 2011 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls tennis team dropped its Wisconsin Valley Conference opener, falling to Merrill 4-3 on Thursday at Boson Courts.

Megan Hayes posted the only singles win for the Tigers, edging Olivia Heit in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The Tigers posted a pair of doubles victories. Victoria Jensen and Cammie Warner won at No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 6-0, and Marshfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Brittani Seidel and Erin Ott was pushed to the brink before winning a third-set tiebreaker and beating Kelsey Pintens and Marissa Martz 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (1).

Marshfield will compete in the Green Bay Southwest Invitational on Saturday and return to WVC action Tuesday at Stevens Point.

Bluejays 4, Tigers 3
1. Megan Hayes (MAR) def. Olivia Heit 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; 2. Liz Smith (MER) def. Emily Pingel 6-1, 6-0; 3. Hannah Ollhof (MER) def. Bridgett Welter 6-1, 6-2; 4. Leah Johnson (MER) def. Kristin Hoese 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: 1. Victoria Jensen-Cammie Warner (MAR) def. Kristin Verdoom-Sarah Artman 6-3, 6-0; 2. Brittany Seidel-Erin Ott (MAR) def. Kelsey Pintens-Marissa Martz 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (1); 3. Karina Baacke-Jolene Ladewig (MER) def. Justine Bushee-Christian Phillip 6-1, 6-4.
Records: Merrill 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 0-1 WVC.

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Marshfield freshman, sophomore football teams win again

Posted on 02 September 2011 by paul

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The Marshfield freshman and sophomore football teams each remain undefeated after posting victories Thursday.

The Marshfield freshman team beat Wausau West 34-12, while the sophomores edged Oshkosh West 24-19.

In the freshman game, Caleb Alexander led the Tigers with 180 yards rushing on 13 carries, scoring on runs of 30 and 84 yards.

Mitch ZIllman added an 8-yard touchdown run and Derek Coffren threw touchdown passes of 21 yards to Kegan Fassler and 30 yards to Tanner Boson. Jack Donahue kicked four extra points in the win.

Marshfield’s top tacklers were Zillman, Devan Wrege and Devon Klement.

The Marshfield sophomores got started early when Jeff Allison returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Matt Oestreich tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brad Krueger and Colton Zahradka threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Jeff Allison. Brad Krueger made all three extra point attempts and added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Mitch Ott, Zach Meissner and Matt Rickman were the Tigers’ leading tacklers.

Craig Zalizniak, Jordan Watkins and Meissner each recovered fumbles for Marshfield.

The Marshfield freshman team plays at Wausau East at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, while the sophomores travel to Fond du Lac for a game on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

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Marshfield boys soccer scores early, holds off Merrill

Posted on 01 September 2011 by paul

Marshfield's Alex Kelnhofer races Merrill's Dan Blakeslee to the ball during the Tigers' 1-0 win Thursday at Griese Park. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – Quinn Schuster scored 22 minutes into the game and the Marshfield boys soccer team held on the rest of the way, beating Merrill 1-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference match Thursday at Griese Park.

Schuster scored off an centering pass from Matt McCann on the right wing and pushed home the game’s only goal at the 22:26 mark of the first half.

Marshfield peppered Merrill goalkeeper Austin Gartmann with 13 other shots during the game, but couldn’t get any past the Bluejays senior.

The Tigers’ ability to control the ball for most of the game, as well as their stingy defense that gave up just six shots on goal – all saved by senior goalkeeper Erik Holm – was the difference.

The Tigers’ ability to control the ball for most of the game, as well as their stingy defense that gave up just six shots on goal – all saved by senior goalkeeper Erik Holm – was the difference. Holm’s biggest save came with 10 minutes left when he deflected a shot, the ball hit the crossbar and came back to him while he was on the ground.

“Erik made a couple of nice saves on point-blank shots,” Marshfield coach Ron Todryk said. “I asked Nick Guzowski to play outside midfield today and he went up (from sweeper) and tried to make some things happen on offense. Matt McCann is up and down (the field), I moved Austin Gilbert up to the center forward as the target man to create some more opportunities and we’re getting the hang of that.”

The win evens Marshfield’s record in the Wisconsin Valley Conference at 2-2 (2-4 overall), while Merrill falls to 0-3 and 0-2 in the Valley.

Marshfield had a goal in each half negated by offsides calls and had a number of other opportunities thwarted by Gartmann. The Tigers have been shutout in all four of their losses, so their ability to get so many shots on goal was an improvement, despite only scoring once.

“It’s a victory and we’ve got to be happy with that,” Todryk said. “We need to put the ball in the back of the net and we need to work on our finishing. We’ve spent two weeks working on finishing drills at least half the practices. It’s helped, at least we’re shooting the ball on goal, now we just have to get some past the goalkeeper.”

Bobby Leggon and Jack Haessly led Marshfield’s defense, chasing down Merrill defenders on breakaways and keeping the ball, in large part, away from Holm.

“I got Jack in back and Bobby Leggon, and he doesn’t get beat,” Todryk said. “Last year, Bobby was our most improved player and this year he’s coming on again.”

Marshfield plays at the Fond du Lac Invitational on Friday and Saturday, and returns to Valley action Tuesday at D.C. Everest.

Tigers 1, Bluejays 0
Merrill 0 0 – 0
Marshfield 1 0 – 1
First half:
1. MAR, Quinn Schuster (Matt McCann assist), 22:26.
Shots on goal: Marshfield 14, Merrill 7.
Saves: MAR, Erik Holm 7; MER, Austin Gartmann 13.
Records: Merrill 0-3, 0-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 2-4, 2-2 WVC.

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Wausau East makes early goal hold up in win over Marshfield boys soccer

Posted on 31 August 2011 by paul

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WAUSAU – Wausau East scored just 7:16 into the game and made the lead hold up, downing Marshfield 1-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference boys soccer game Tuesday.

Nick Sorenson scored off an assist from Eric Barrone 7:16 into the game for the only score of the contest.

Wausau East (3-1, 2-0 WVC) is already the last remaining undefeated team in the conference. Marshfield falls to 1-4 and 1-2 in the Valley.

“East controlled the ball on us very well,” Marshfield coach Ron Todryk said. “They did an outstanding job of using the short passing game to keep us back on our heels.

“We tried to play catch-up with the long ball and it just didn’t work for us.”

Marshfield hosts Merrill at 5 p.m. Thursday at Griese Park.

Lumberjacks 1, Tigers 0
Marshfield 0 0 – 0
Wausau East 1 0 – 1
First half:
1. WE, Nick Sorenson (Eric Barrone), 7:16.
Saves: M, Erik Holm 9; WE, Mark Priebe 4.
Records: Marshfield 1-4, 1-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau East 3-1, 2-0 WVC.

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Marshfield girls golf team takes fourth at Stevens Point

Posted on 30 August 2011 by paul

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STEVENS POINT – Maggie Field shot a 96 to finish eighth and help the Marshfield girls golf team to a fourth-place finish at the third meet of the Clover Valley Golf League season on Tuesday at Stevens Point Country Club.

Field finished 15 shots behind Eau Claire Regis senior Katie Pokrandt, who shot an 81 to win her third straight CVGL meet. Laura Thompson of Stevens Point was second with an 85.

Osseo-Fairchild won the meet with a team score of 379 and maintain its lead in the CVGL team standings with 48 points.

Marshfield had a team total of 423 and remains in third place in the team standings with 32 points.

Maggie Field stands ninth in the individual standings with 12 points. Molly Field, a freshman, shot a 110 on Tuesday and is tied for 14th in the individual standings.

Macy Fitzgerald had a 106 and Savannah Shortess shot a 111 to round out the scoring for Marshfield.

Marshfield continues its conference schedule at Neillsville on Sept. 6.

CVGL Meet No. 3
At Stevens Point Country Club, Aug. 30
Team standings:
1. Osseo-Fairchild 379; 2. Stevens Point 391; 3. Wisconsin Rapids 417; 4. Marshfield 423; 5. Stanley-Boyd 426; 6. Neillsville 469; 7. Eau Claire Regis 607.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Katie Pokrandt (ECR) 81; 2. Lauren Thompson (SP) 85; 3. Willa Hammett-Hayes (SB) 87; 4. Kimmie Kittleson (OF) 88; 5. Ashley Nickel (SP) 90; 6. Kelsey Higley (OF) 91; 7. Amanda Eisenhuth (ECR) 94; 8. Maggie Field (MAR) 96; 9. Shania Vold (OF) and Kennedy McDonald (WR) 98.
CVGL Standings Through Meet No. 3
Team standings:
1. Osseo-Fairchild 48; 2. Stevens Point 42; 3. Marshfield 32; 4. Stanley-Boyd and Wisconsin Rapids 29; 6. Neillsville 18; 7. Eau Claire Regis 12; 8. Augusta 6.
Individual standings: 1. Pokrandt (ECR) 30; 2. Nickel (SP) 24; 3. Kittleson (OF) 23; 4. Thompson (SP) 22; 5. Higley (OF) 16; 6. Vold (OF) 15; 7. Hammett-Hayes (SB) 14; 8. Eisenhuth (ECR) 13; 9. Ma. Field (MAR) 12; 10. Danielle Langner (OF) 10.

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Marshfield third in Division 2, Stratford fifth in Division 5 state football coaches poll

Posted on 30 August 2011 by paul

Running back Riley Gebelein has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of Marshfield's two games this season, helping the Tigers to a No. 3 ranking in the latest State Coaches Poll. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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Marshfield, after impressive wins over former Wisconsin Valley Conference rivals D.C. Everest and Wausau West, are ranked No. 3 in this week’s State Football Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday.

The Tigers (2-0) pounded D.C. Everest 35-21 and dominated Wausau West in a 42-14 win in their first two games.

Marshfield is ranked third behind two-time defending WIAA Division 2 state champion Waunakee and Monona Grove. Kimberly is fourth and Menomonie is fifth.

Marshfield opens its inaugural season in the Valley Football Association on Friday at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh against Oshkosh North.

In Division 5, Stratford is ranked fifth after a 2-0 start that included Marawood Conference wins over Auburndale and Pittsville.

Stratford plays at Phillips on Friday.

Brillion, also a defending state champion, tops the Division 5 poll, with last year’s state runner-up Colby second, Lancaster third and Cedar Grove-Belgium fourth.

Defending state champions Waukesha West (Division 1), West De Pere (Division 3) and Edgar (Division 6) top their respective polls. Potosi is ranked first in Division 7 and Big Foot is No. 1 in Division 4.

WisSports.Net State Football Coaches Poll, Aug. 30
Division 1

1. Waukesha West (2-0)
2. Kenosha Bradford (2-0)
3. Hartland Arrowhead (1-0)
4. Verona (2-0)
5. Appleton North (2-0)
6. Manitowoc (2-0)
7. Kenosha Tremper (2-0)
8. Menomonee Falls (2-0)
9. Middleton (2-0)
10. Milwaukee Marquette (1-1)
11. Germantown (2-0)
12. Mequon Homestead (1-1)
13. Muskego (2-0)
14. Green Bay Preble (2-0)
15. Hudson (1-1)
Division 2
1. Waunakee (2-0)
2. Monona Grove (2-0)
3. Marshfield (2-0)
4. Kimberly (2-0)
5. Menomonie (2-0)
6. Waterford (2-0)
7. Sussex Hamilton (2-0)
8. Franklin (2-0)
9. Beaver Dam (2-0)
10. Menasha (1-1)
11. DeForest (1-1)
12. Fort Atkinson (2-0)
13. South Milwaukee (2-0)
14. Wilmot (2-0)
15. Ashwaubenon (1-1)
Division 3
1. West De Pere (2-0)
2. Appleton Xavier (2-0)
3. Kewaskum (2-0)
4. New Berlin Eisenhower (2-0)
5. Luxemburg-Casco (2-0)
6. Mosinee (2-0)
7. Jefferson (2-0)
8. Mount Horeb/Barneveld (2-0)
9. Two Rivers (2-0)
10. Waukesha Catholic Memorial (1-1)
11. Milwaukee Lutheran (2-0)
12. Waupaca (1-1)
13. Wisconsin Lutheran (0-2)
14. Medford (2-0)
15. Evansville (2-0)
Division 4
1. Big Foot (2-0)
2. Nekoosa (2-0)
3. Wrightstown (2-0)
4. River Valley (2-0)
5. Somerset (2-0)
6. Platteville (2-0)
7. Omro (2-0)
8. Manitowoc Roncalli (2-0)
9. Valders (2-0)
10. Spooner (2-0)
11. Durand (2-0)
12. Kewaunee (1-1)
13. Lake Mills (2-0)
14. Mayville (2-0)
15. Brodhead/Juda (1-1)
Division 5
1. Brillion (2-0)
2. Colby (2-0)
3. Lancaster (2-0)
4. Cedar Grove-Belgium (2-0)
5. Stratford (2-0)
6. Osseo-Fairchild (2-0)
7. Bonduel (1-1)
8. Necedah (2-0)
9. Westby (2-0)
10. Cuba City (2-0)
11. Greendale Martin Luther (2-0)
12. Cambridge (2-0)
13. Shoreland Lutheran (2-0)
14. Marathon (2-0)
15. Manawa (2-0)
Division 6
1. Edgar (2-0)
2. Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (2-0)
3. Coleman (2-0)
4. Eau Claire Regis (2-0)
5. Shiocton (2-0)
6. Blair-Taylor (2-0)
7. Flambeau (2-0)
8. Stevens Point Pacelli (1-1)
9. Thorp (2-0)
10. Hurley (2-0)
11. Bangor (1-1)
12. Iowa-Grant (2-0)
13. Algoma (2-0)
14. Lake Country Lutheran (2-0)
15. Whitehall (2-0)
Division 7
1. Potosi (2-0)
2. Seneca (2-0)
3. Wausau Newman Catholic (2-0)
4. De Soto (2-0)
5. Shell Lake (2-0)
6. Greenwood/Granton (2-0)
7. Frederic (2-0)
8. Hillsboro (2-0)
9. Living Word Lutheran (2-0)
10. Athens (2-0)
11. Almond-Bancroft (2-0)
12. Randolph (1-1)
13. Spring Valley (2-0)
14. Highland (2-0)
15. Suring (2-0)

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Marshfield girls swim team wins Hatchet Relays

Posted on 28 August 2011 by paul

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TOMAHAWK – The Marshfield girls swim team got off to a great start to its season on Friday, winning the Hatchet Relays at Tomahawk High School.

Marshfield won five of nine events and totaled 370 points in its second meet of the season. Ladysmith/Flambeau/Bruce was a distant second with 372 points.

Marshfield won the 400 medley relay, 200 butterfly relay, 200 backstroke relay, 400 freestyle relay and 200 breaststroke relay.

Marshfield is off until Sept. 8 when it swims at Stevens Point for a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet.

Hatchet Relays, Aug. 26
Team standings:
1. Marshfield 370; 2. Ladysmith/Flambeau/Bruce 272; 3. Lakeland 264; 4. Tomahawk 194; 5. Merrill 190; 6. Colby/Abbotsford 176.
Event winners and Marshfield results
200 medley relay: 1. Ladysmith/Flambeau/Bruce 2:02.98; 2. Marshfield (Kelsey Kuehnhold, Lindsey DeVault, Megan Marotz, Charlotte Urban) 2:12.49; 7. Marshfield (Camille Kaster, Jillian Behling, Anna Hilbelink, Rena Kalmon) 2:22.88; 12. Marshfield (Neehal Shukla, Katie Treankler, Alexis Bettinger, Sarah Johanick) 2:47.79.
400 medley relay: 1. Marshfield (Emma Holbrook, Walker Guzowski, Paige Hawley, Charlotte Urban) 4:33.64; 5. Marshfield (Laura Josephson, Chelsea Guden, Sarah Claussen, Maggie Huettl) 5:11.48.
850 freestyle relay: 1. Ladysmith/Flambeau/Bruce 10:07.47; 3. Marshfield (Courtney Thumann, Marotz, Kuehnhold, Kalmon) 10:44.18; 7. Marshfield (Logan Frodl, Bettinger, Alexis Hildebrandt, Kaster) 12:27.52; 9. Marshfield (Summersday Knudson, Treankler, Behling, Shukla) 13:22.43.
400 medley relay: 1. Lakeland 4:47.26; 3. Marshfield (DeVault, Josephson, Guzowski, Holbrook) 5:00.37; 6. Marshfield (Bettinger, Hilbelink, Huettl, Johanick) 5:38.71.
200 butterfly relay: 1. Marshfield (Sarah Claussen, Marotz, Josephson, Hawley) 2:02.81; 5. Marshfield (Hildebrandt, Kaster, Urban, Kalmon) 2:42.39.
200 freestyle relay: 1. Ladysmith/Flambeau/Bruce 1:49.25; 4. Marshfield (DeVault, Guden, Hilbelink, Guzowski) 2:05.26; 11. Marshfield (Shukla, Behling, Treankler, Thumann) 2:24.82; 12. Marshfield (Knudson, Roselle, Frodl, Johanick) 2:33.65.
200 backstroke relay: 1. Marshfield (Holbrook, Kuehnhold, Hawley, Claussen) 2:05.82; 6. Marshfield (Kaster, Kalmon, Urban, Huettl) 2:28.29.
200 breaststroke relay: 1. Marshfield (Josephson, DeVault, Hilbelink, Guzowski) 2:30.49.
400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Hawley, Holbrook, Kuehnhold, Marotz) 4:06.01; 9. Marshfield (Huettl, Bettinger, Shukla, Hildebrandt) 5:02.79.

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Marshfield volleyball wraps up Sun Prairie Invitational with 6-4 record

Posted on 28 August 2011 by paul

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SUN PRAIRIE – The Marshfield volleyball team went 3-2 on Saturday, the second day of the two-day Sun Prairie Invitational.

The Tigers also went 3-2 on Friday in the tournament.

The Tigers beat Waupun 25-14, 25-11, lost to Luxemburg-Casco 25-22, 19-25, 15-12, and Sun Prairie 19-25, 25-23, 15-10, and defeated Beaver Dam 26-24, 25-22, and Waupun again 25-22, 25-5.

Tiffany Stargardt led the way for the Tigers in kills with 51 and service aces with 10. She also had 55 digs defensively.

Courtney Bauer added 21 kills, Mikala Sebastian had 20 kills, Miranda Forrest had six blocks, Darian Molter led Marshfield with 66 digs and Mary Wolff topped the Tigers in assists with 66.

Marshfield hosts Abbotsford, Weyauwega-Fremont, Superior, Medford and Rhinelander for the Marshfield Invitational next Saturday.

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Marshfield football routs Wausau West in home opener

Posted on 26 August 2011 by paul

Marshfield's Bowdi Krall (53) and Alex Zirbel (91) sack Wausau West quarterback Jordan Huehnerfuss during the first half of the Tigers' 42-14 win on Friday night at Beell Stadium. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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MARSHFIELD – Marshfield scored on five of its six first-half possessions on its way to a 42-14 rout of Wausau West in a nonconference football game Friday night at Beell Stadium.

Elliot Ashbeck tossed four touchdown passes in the first half and Riley Gebelein ran for 147 yards and two scores to lead the Tigers, who improve to 2-0. West falls to 1-1.

Marshfield’s offense was clicking early as it scored on all three of its possessions in the first quarter.

After a 49-yard return of the opening kickoff by Gebelein, the Tigers needed just three plays to go the remaining 48 yards for their first touchdown – a 14-yard run by Gebelein.

After a three-and-out by West, Marshfield went 55 yards in nine plays. Ashbeck completed 3 of 4 passes on the drive, including an 8-yard scoring strike to Austin Littmann, who spun out of a tackle on a bubble screen pass and cruised into the end zone.

Marshfield made it 21-0, taking just four plays to go 57 yards as Ashbeck hit fullback Caleb Cline across the middle on a bootleg and Cline raced down the right sidelines for the score.

“We played, probably, a little bit better than we did last week,” Marshfield coach Denny Goettl said. “We’ve got six or seven receivers and we already moved three of them to defensive back because we have two guys injured. We have some kids that can be perimeter players for us.”

West used an 88-yard kickoff return by Brett Peters to set up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Huehnerfuss to Josh Knab with 8 seconds left in the quarter.

The Tigers continued to dominate. After a fumble stopped Marshfield’s first drive of the second quarter, Marshfield went 80 yards in five plays to score again. Ashbeck hit Littmann on a post pattern for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 28-7.

Trevor Peterson earned his second sack of Huehnerfuss and this time forced a fumble, which was recovered by Justin Sternweis at the Marshfield 38. Five plays later, Ryan Trierweiler hauled in a screen pass from Ashbeck and ran 27 yards for another score, putting the Tigers up 35-7 at halftime.

“The words we use are compete and commitment and I hope it’s getting through to the kids,” Goettl said. “They’re sticking together and believing in each other. You can’t coach speed. Riley’s a 100-meter sprint guy, so when he gets out in the open, it’s nice to see him run. Austin, you see him catch a hitch and the kid can move and scoot, so we love to throw him some short stuff and letting him just go.”

As explosive as the Tigers’ offense was, racking up 290 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, the defense was equally impressive.

Marshfield held West to 105 yards in the first half, had three sacks and forced a fumble.

Peterson and the Tigers’ defensive line created constant pressure on Huehnerfuss, and held West to 13 yards rushing in the opening two quarters.

“I was coming around on the outside and going full speed, putting the rip move on and they didn’t really have much to stop me,” Peterson said.

The dominance continued in the second half. Brandon Baltus and Zach Schwanz intercepted passes on West’s first two possessions.

After the second pick, Gebelein sliced through the Warriors defense for a 53-yard touchdown run, pushing him over the 100-yard mark for the second straight game.

West running back Kallen Bentz ran 66 yards for a touchdown on the Warriors’ next possession, and that finished the scoring.

Now Marshfield turns to Valley Football Association action, playing against Oshkosh North at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh next Friday. The first game in their new conference brings about some new challenges for the Tigers.

“I’m expecting the same thing as the Valley, some hard teams to play,” Peterson said. “We’re just ready to show them what Marshfield’s all about.”

Tigers 42, Warriors 14
Wausau West 7 0 7 0 – 14
Marshfield 21 14 7 0 – 42

M – Riley Gebelein 23 run (Gus Utech kick), 10:55.
M – Austin Littmann 8 pass from Elliot Ashbeck (Utech kick), 4:22.
M – Caleb Cline 28 pass from Ashbeck (Utech kick), 1:00.
W – Josh Knab 6 pass from Jordan Huehnerfuss (Lucas Bautch kick), 0:08.
M – Littmann 30 pass from Ashbeck (Utech kick), 7:41.
M – Ryan Trierweiler 27 pass from Ashbeck (Utech kick), 1:54.
M – Gebelein 53 run (Utech kick), 2:02.
W – Kallen Bentz 66 run (Bautch kick), 1:06.
First downs:
Wausau West 14; Marshfield 14.
Rushing (att-yards): WW 36-168; M 33-223.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): WW 13-22-136-3; M 13-19-198-0.
Penalties (total-yards): WW 6-45; M 6-60.
Fumbles (total-lost): WW 2-1; M 1-1.
WW, Kallen Bentz 11-89, Dalton Decker 5-42, Austin Kraimer 7-24, Nate Onopa 1-11, Chris Clementi 1-7, Kyle ZImick 1-6, Cole Radloff 1-minus 1, Jordan Huehnerfuss 9-minus 10. M, Riley Gebelein 16-147, Caleb Cline 2-26, Ryan Trierweiler 5-25, Jack Marquardt 6-18, Luke Wirtz 1-3, Elliot Ashbeck 1-0, Bo Howard 2-minus 1.
Passing: WW, Huehnerfuss 12-20-131-2, Clementi 1-2-5-1. M, Ashbeck 11-17-183-0, Howard 2-2-15-0.
Receiving: WW, Tylan Schillinger 4-23, Josh Knab 3-38, Onopa 2-14, Bentz 1-19, Kraimer 1-19, Brett Peters 1-18, Kyle Zimick 1-5. M, Austin Littmann 4-75, Brandon Brown 3-27, Cline 2-37, Trierweiler 1-27, Nate Saverda 1-17, Ben Satter 1-11, Dan Bargender 1-4.
Fumble recoveries (defense): WW, Billy Lammers. M, Justin Sternweis.
Interceptions: WW, none. M, Brandon Baltus, Zach Schwanz, Issac Accola.
Punting: WW, Knab 3-20.0 avg. M, Gus Utecht 3-40.3 avg.
Records: Wausau West 1-1; Marshfield 2-0.

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