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Marshfield JV boys basketball team ends season with pair of losses

Posted on 28 February 2012 by paul

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The Marshfield JV boys basketball team dropped its final two games of the season last week to finish 2011-12 with a 12-10 record.

The Tigers lost at home to Rhinelander 57-43 on Feb. 21 and fell at Wisconsin Rapids 36-33 on Feb. 24.

Nine different Marshfield players scored in the loss to Rhinelander, which saw the Tigers fall behind 9-2 after the first quarter.

Marshfield shot just 37 percent (19 of 52) from the field, 3 of 15 from the 3-point line and 2 of 8 from the free throw line in the loss.

Caleb Alexander and Craig Serchen each scored seven points for Marshifeld.

Against Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield trailed 32-21 entering the fourth quarter and outscoring the Raiders by eight but came up three points short.

Marshfield again struggled shooting the ball, making just 13 of 45 shots and of 15 from 3-point range.

Serchen had eight points in the loss.

Hodags 57, Tigers 43
Rhinelander 9 16 14 18 – 57
Marshfield 2 16 7 18 – 43
RHINELANDER (57):
No statistics reported.
MARSHFIELD (43): Jace Krasselt 1-5 0-0 3, Caleb Alexander 3-6 1-4 7, Craig Serchen 3-11 0-0 7, Phil Korth 2-2 1-2 5, Kegan Fasler 2-7 0-0 5, Jeff Allison 1-3 0-0 2, Mitch Ott 1-2 0-1 2, Alex Strege 3-10 0-0 6, Jaren Hergert 3-5 0-1 6, Josh Vehrs 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 19-52. FT: 2-8. 3-pointers: 3-15 (Krasselt 1-3, Fasler 1-2, Serchen 1-5, Alexander 0-1, Strege 0-2, Hergert 0-2). Rebounds: 22 (Allison 6). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Strege. Record: 12-9.

Raiders 36, Tigers 33
Marshfield 7 6 8 12 – 33
Wisconsin Rapids 13 10 9 4 – 36
MARSHFIELD (33):
Camilo Mesa 3-4 0-0 7, Caleb Alexander 2-11 0-0 4, Craig Serchen 2-10 2-2 8, Phil Korth 0-1 0-0 0, Kegan Fasler 1-3 0-0 2, Jeff Allison 1-6 2-2 4, Mitch Ott 1-1 0-0 2, Alex Strege 2-7 0-0 4, Jaren Hergert 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 13-45. FT: 4-4. 3-pointers: 3-15 (Serchen 2-7, Mesa 1-2, Alexander 0-3, Fasler 0-1, Strege 0-2). Rebounds: 21 (Allison 6). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-10.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (36): No statistics reported.

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Marshfield, Auburndale get first-round byes in WIAA girls basketball playoffs

Posted on 26 February 2012 by paul

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The Marshfield and Auburndale girls basketball teams earned first-round byes for the upcoming WIAA girls basketball playoffs.

The statewide brackets were released Sunday.

Marshfield (16-5) earned a No. 2 seed in Sectional 1 of the Division 1 brackets and with it, a first-round bye. The Tigers will host the winner of the Hudson (4-15)-Eau Clarie Memorial (11-9) quarterfinal on Friday, March 9, in a regional semifinal at Marshfield High School. With a win, Marshfield would host a regional final on Saturday, March 10 against the winner of Wausau West (10-11) and Superior (13-6).

Auburndale (14-7) is the No. 3 seed in its half of the Division 4 Sectional 2 bracket and will host the winner of the No. 11 Tri-County (3-16)-No. 6 Stratford (11-10) quarterfinal in a regional semifinal on March 9.

Stratford hosts Tri-County in a regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 6.

Spencer (15-6) is the No. 5 seed in the Division 4 Sectional 1 bracket and hosts No. 12 Cadott (3-18) in a regional quarterfinal on March 6. The winner will play at No. 4 Colby (14-7) in a regional semifinal March 9.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic (6-14) will compete in the Division 5 Sectional 1 bracket. The Dons were given a No. 10 seed and will play a regional quarterfinal at No. 7 Cornell (8-10) on March 6.

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Marshfield’s Justin Sternweis, Mitch Hertel eliminated at WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 24 February 2012 by paul

Marshfield's Justin Sternweis takes control of Appleton North's Torren Peebles during a Division 1 182-pound consolation bracket match Friday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Sternweis earned a second-period pin to keep his medal hopes alive. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MADISON – Marshfield senior Justin Sternweis and freshman Mitch Hertel saw their seasons come to an end during consolation bracket matches Friday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Sternweis won his first consolation match Friday morning with his 24th pin of the season, stopping Torren Peebles of Appleton North in 2:21 of his Division 1 182-pound consolation match.

Sternweis had a back-and-forth battle with defending 171-pound state champion Ian Johnson of Milton in a consolation semifinal Friday afternoon, but came up a point short, losing 10-9.

Sternweis (43-3) earned a takedown to even the match at 9-9 with 38 seconds left in the third period and decided to allow Johnson to escape and go for another takedown and the win.

The risky decision nearly paid off as Sternweis seemingly gained control of Johnson with just under 10 seconds to go, however the referee ruled that there was no control before the two tumbled out of bounds. Sternweis didn’t get another chance in the final seconds and saw his season end without a medal at the state tournament for the second year in a row.

“I am almost positive I had the two (takedown),” Sternweis said. “I was behind him, had control, both hands and feet were on the mat, we were all in – there’s no reason I shouldn’t have got the two. The ref must have saw something that I didn’t and didn’t give it to me.”

The loaded 182-pound bracket had two defending state champions, another undefeated wrestler – Neenah’s Ryan Bonikowske, who beat Sternweis in a quarterfinal on Thursday – and Sternweis, who had only one loss. That was just in the top half of the bracket.

Sternweis said he knew it would be a tough road and did all he could to try to get through to the medal stand.

“Whoever wins it all definitely deserves it,” Sternweis said. “All I really can do is compete with them. I thought everything I had I pretty much put it out there. It was pretty exciting being part of the hardest (weight) class in the state.”

Hertel, who won his opening round match before losing in the quarterfinals on Thursday, was eliminated from the tournament after dropping his first consolation match Friday morning 1-0 to Ryan Stalsberg of Holmen.

Hertel finishes the season with a 34-12 record.

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Marshfield boys basketball wraps up regular season with road win at Wisconsin Rapids

Posted on 24 February 2012 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield boys basketball team wrapped up its regular-season schedule with a dominating 52-37 win over Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday night at Marshfield High School.

The Tigers finish the regular season with a 15-7 record and an 8-4 mark in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, finishing in second place.

Rapids ends its regular season with a 7-15 record, 4-8 in the conference.

Marshfield built a 30-13 lead by halftime and led by double digits throughout the second half.

Elliot Ashbeck led the Tigers with 20 points, Ben Satter dominated inside with 18 points (8 of 9 shooting) and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Brown had 10 assists.

Marshfield, which earned a first-round bye in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs, will host Wausau East in a regional semifinal on March 2.

Tigers 52, Raiders 37
Marshfield 14 16 8 14 – 52
Wisconsin Rapids 7 6 9 15 – 37
MARSHFIELD (52):
Luke Olson 1-2 0-0 3, Elliot Ashbeck 6-12 7-11 20, Luke Zuiker 3-8 2-2 8, Tanner Dennis-Brown 0-1 1-2 1, Brandon Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Mack Scheppler 0-1 0-0 0, Ben Satter 8-9 2-3 18. FG: 19-34. FT: 12-18. 3-pointers: 2-8 (Ashbeck 1-3, Olson 1-2, Zuiker 0-2, Scheppler 0-1). Rebounds: 28 (Satter 10). Assists: 16 (Brown 10). Record: 15-7, 8-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (37): Daniel Braun 1, Devon McGill 10, Brady Goska 11, Cort Halbur 6, Josh Biba 2, Regis Hanke 2, Zach Bassuener 3, Garrett O’Neal 2. 3-pointers: 3 (Halbur 2, Bassuener 1). Record: 7-15, 4-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

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Wisconsin Rapids upsets Marshfield girls basketball

Posted on 24 February 2012 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield girls basketball team’s bid for a fifth straight Wisconsin Valley Conference title took a serious blow Thursday night as it was upset by Wisconsin Rapids 56-52 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

Marshfield drops out of a first-place tie with Stevens Point, which won 50-39 Thursday against Wausau West, with one conference game remaining. The Tigers (16-5, 9-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) hosts Merrill next Thursday, while Stevens Point (10-1 WVC) plays at D.C. Everest.

Wisconsin Rapids falls to 13-8 and 7-5 in the conference.

Marshfield shot just 30 percent (17 of 56) from the field and missed 11 of 23 free throw attempts in the loss.

Wisconsin Rapids shot 50 percent from the field (21 of 42).

Taylor Varsho scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Tigers.

Nicole Slovensky scored 18 poitns and Elizabeth Morrison had 14 points (5 of 6 shooting) and five rebounds to lead Wisconsin Rapids.

Raiders 56, Tigers 52
MARSHFIELD (52):
Taylor Varsho 7-20 4-7 21, Caitlin Michaelis 3-10 1-2 9, Ellie Fehrenbach 3-7 2-2 8, Darian Molter 3-8 1-4 8, Tiffany Stargardt 1-8 4-8 6, Courtney Bauer 0-1 0-0 0, Leah Ripp 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 17-56. FT: 12-23. 3-pointers: 6-19 (Varsho 3-9, Michaelis 2-6, Molter 1-3, Ripp 0-1). Rebounds: 24 (Stargardt 8, Varsho 6). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 16-5, 9-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (56): Nicole Slovensky 6-11 5-6 18, Elizabeth Morrison 5-6 4-5 14, Hailee Frank 4-9 0-1 10, Mariah Richardson 3-5 0-0 6, Shelby Steinke 2-4 2-4 6, Maisie Langholff 1-7 0-0 2, Allie Paitel 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 21-42. FT: 11-16. 3-pointers: 3-9 (Frank 2-5, Slovensky 1-2, Richardson 0-1, Langholff 0-1). Rebounds: 24 (Morrison 5, Langholff 5). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 13-8, 7-5 WVC.

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Marshfield’s Mitch Hertel, Justin Sternweis lose in Division 1 quarterfinals at WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 23 February 2012 by paul

Marshfield freshman Mitch Hertel squares off with Milton's Garrett Whitehead during a Division 1 132-pound quarterfinal match Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Hertel lost 11-6 to drop into the consolation bracket. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Justin Sternweis controls Baraboo's Adair Ebright during a Division 1 first-round match Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MADISON – Marshfield’s Mitch Hertel and Justin Sternweis will have to work their way back through the consolation bracket to earn a medal after dropping Division 1 quarterfinal matches Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Both of the Tigers won their first-round matches Thursday afternoon but were unable to advance to the semifinals.

Hertel, a freshman, beat Alex Kueck of Neenah 6-3 before dropping a 132-pound quarterfinal match to and Garrett Whitehead of Milton 11-6.

Sternweis dominated Adair Ebright of Baraboo and eventually earned a pin with 1 second left in the match to advance at 182 pounds, but lost a hard-fought 6-4 decision in overtime to undefeated Ryan Bonikowske of Neenah (40-0).

Sternweis had three takedowns in the first period of his opening-round match to build a 6-2 lead, and led 11-3 in the third before pinning Ebright just before the final buzzer.

In the quarterfinal match, neither wrestler was able to generate much action until late in the match.

Bonikowske earned a takedown with 32 seconds left in the third period to go up 4-3 before Sternweis nearly reversed control. He did earn an escape with 8 seconds to go to force overtime.

The OT began with a flurry as each wrestler nearly gained takedowns, but finally Bonikowske grabbed control 16 seconds into the extra session to earn the victory.

Sternweis (42-2) now faces Torren Peebles (25-10) of Appleton North in a consolation bracket match at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Sternweis will have to win two matches Friday to be guaranteed a top-six finish and a medal at the tournament.

Hertel was never able to earn control of Whitehead, falling behind 6-2 after the first period and 9-3 after two. Five of Hertel’s six points were on escapes, with the final point coming on a stalling call in the final seconds.

Hertel (34-11) will battle Ryan Stalsberg (27-16) of Holmen in a first-round consolation match at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Check back tonight for more from the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

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Loss at state last year motivates Marshfield’s Justin Sternweis for return trip to WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 22 February 2012 by paul

Marshfield's Mitch Hertel, left, and Justin Sternweis will wrestle in first-round matches Thursday afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MARSHFIELD – Last year, Justin Sternweis walked away from the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament without a medal. He made it his mission to make sure that doesn’t happen again in his senior season.

Sternweis will get his shot beginning Thursday at the 2012 edition of the state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Sternweis, who is 41-1 with 22 pins, will take on Adair Ebright (40-7) of Baraboo in a 182-pound first-round match on Thursday afternoon.

His teammate, freshman Mitch Hertel (33-10) will hit the mat first, battling Alex Kueck (34-5) of Neenah in a 132-pound first-round match.

Sternweis lost a consolation bracket match by one point to end his season last year at the state meet and he has been fired up since.

“That definitely got me going,” Sternweis said. “One of my goals this year was to place at state and placing means a medal.

“There are a lot of good kids are on my side of the bracket, it’s going to be a fight to the finals and a fight to advance, but if you’re going to be the best you have to prove it.”

Sternweis said since his only loss of the season at the Bi-State Tournament in La Crosse at the end of December he has been able to relax and wrestle his game.

“At first I tried sticking with some not-so-dangerous shots at the beginning of the season, but once I lost, I had to pick it up,” Sternweis said. “It was kind of more mental than anything. Once I had the loss, it took the undefeated pressure off and I was able to just wrestle.”

Marshfield coach Don Lang pointed to Sternweis’ will to succeed as one of his biggest plusses.

“He got that taste of the state tournament last year and that definitely motivated him to do some things in the offseason to get him prepared,” Lang said. “Coming into this season he was very hungry and that is one of his assets. He doesn’t get nervous, he doesn’t get worked up, he gets really fired up for his matches and goes out there and takes care of business.”

In his first year on the varsity, Hertel had an up-and-down postseason. The freshman won a title at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet, then had to win a fourth-place wrestleback just to qualify for sectionals. At the sectional last week at Eau Claire North, Hertel swept his three matches to earn another individual championship.

Hertel said he has been able to stay confident throughout the run to state.

“I have been keeping my head in the match, keeping my composure and staying smart through the tough matches and winning all the close matches that I can,” Hertel said. “I come in the morning and run two miles. The conditioning gives me confidence that I am in better shape than anyone. Up in the wrestling room I really work on keep on going at them, staying smart and using the moves I do the best.”

Hertel needs to stay aggressive, Lang said, in order to succeed, especially at the state tournament.

“He has to stay aggressive and not pause,” Lang said. “It’s one move after another and if that doesn’t work you move on to the next. We’ve been working with him on that for about a month now because we noticed that in some of the matches he’s lost – his matches are always so close – he’ll take a shot and pauses, or he snaps a guy to the mat and pauses. So we’ve been really working on some techniques to keep away from those pauses and keep the match active.

“On Saturday at the sectional he stayed after guys and that’s what we expect him to do at the state tournament.”

Check back with MarshfieldAreaSports.com for coverage from the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison from the first matches on Thursday through the championship matches Saturday evening.

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Taylor Varsho scores 26 points in Marshfield girls basketball team’s win over Rhinelander

Posted on 22 February 2012 by paul

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RHINELANDER – Taylor Varsho poured in 26 points to lead the Marshfield girls basketball team to a 58-40 win over Rhinelander on Tuesday night at Rhinelander High School.

Varsho made 11 of 20 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds to pace the Tigers (16-4) to their fifth straight win.

Caitlin Michaelis added 10 points and three steals and Courtney Bauer had five points and a team-high eight rebounds for Marshfield.

The Tigers forced 27 turnovers and held Rhinelander to 36 percent shooting (13 of 36).

Brianna Jorgensen led Rhinelander with 16 points.

Marshfield plays at Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday and wraps up its regular season with a Wisconsin Valley Conference game at home against Merrill on March 1.

Tigers 58, Hodags 40
MARSHFIELD (58):
Taylor Varsho 11-20 1-1 26, Caitlin Michaelis 4-9 0-0 10, Courtney Bauer 2-7 1-3 5, Leah Ripp 2-4 0-0 5, Darian Molter 2-8 1-2 5, Tiffany Stargardt 2-3 0-0 4, Ellie Fehrenbach 0-4 2-2 2, Sara Fuller 0-0 1-2 1, Mikayla Zimmerman 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 23-55. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 6-17 (Varsho 3-7, Michaelis 2-7, Ripp 1-2, Molter 0-1). Rebounds: 28 (Bauer 8). Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 16-4.
RHINELANDER (40): Brianna Jorgensen 5-11 6-7 16, Kylie Hunter 3-6 2-2 8, Amy Berry 2-4 1-2 5, Emily Fortier 2-4 0-0 4, Katie Sweeney 1-3 1-2 3, Lauren Barnes 0-4 2-2 2, Sydnei Smith 0-2 2-2 2, Lexi Allen 0-2 0-0 0, Alexia Metropolus 0-0 0-0 0, Haylee Lukarich 0-0 0-0 0, Jennie Swearingen 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 13-36. FT: 14-17. 3-pointers: 0-5 (Sweeney 0-2, Hunter 0-1, Barnes 0-1, Allen 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Fortier 6). Turnovers: 27. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-10.

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Central Wisconsin Storm outlasts Marshfield in WIAA girls hockey sectional semifinal

Posted on 21 February 2012 by paul

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MOSINEE – For the third straight time, the Marshfield girls hockey team’s season ended with a playoff loss to the Central Wisconsin Storm.

The Tigers stayed close for two periods until the Storm pushed a pair of shots past Marshfield goalie Alexis Straughan in the third for a 4-1 win in a WIAA sectional semifinal Tuesday night at the Mosinee Recreation Center.

The Storm, who knocked out Marshfield in a sectional semifinal in 2010 and in a sectional final last season, moves on to a sectional final against Northland Pines on Friday night at Tomahawk. The winner moves on to the WIAA State Girls Hockey Tournament in Madison on March 2-3. The Storm is attempting to qualify for their fifth straight state tournament.

Marshfield’s Paige Johnson scored at the 12:27 mark of the first period to tie the game 1-1.

Sara Poirier scored for the Storm with 1:45 left in the second period to give them back the lead to start an impressive scoring run that put the game away.

Kylie Gazzolo and Ashley Zacho scored in the opening 5:04 of the third period to push Central Wisconsin’s lead to 4-1 and Marshfield couldn’t recover.

Straughan finished with 37 saves for Marshfield, which has its season end with a 13-7-1 record.

Kristine Fonti had 14 saves for the Storm (22-3-1).

Storm 4, Tigers 1
Marshfield 1 0 0 – 1
Central Wisconsin 1 1 2 – 4
First period:
1. CW, Kelly Knetter (Alex Guenther, Rachel Babiarz), 4:23; 2. M, Paige Johnson (ua), 12:27.
Second period: 3. CW, Sarah Poirier (Myranda Hayes, Kylie Gazzolo), 15:15.
Third period: 4. CW, Kylie Gazzolo (Hayes, Poirier), 3:47; 5. CW, Ashley Zacho (ua), 5:04.
Saves: M, Alexis Straughan 37; CW, Kristine Fonti 14.
Records: Marshfield 13-7-1; Central Wisconsin 22-3-1.

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Marshfield boys basketball grinds out nonconference win over Rhinelander

Posted on 21 February 2012 by paul

Marshfield's Matt Oestreich looks inside for a teammate around Rhinelander's Mitch Reinthaler during the Tigers' 64-55 win on Tuesday night at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield boys basketball team had to stew for a week following a loss at the buzzer to Wausau East.

The Tigers responded with a solid 64-55 nonconference win over Rhinelander on Tuesday night at Marshfield High School, ending a mini two-game losing skid.

Marshfield overcame a three-point deficit at the end of the first quarter, using a 12-4 run to take the lead it would never relinquish.

Rhinelander made push after push but the Tigers weathered the storm each time to improve to 14-7 on the season. The Hodags fall to 14-6.

“It was exactly what we needed,” Marshfield coach Craig Michaelis said. “I thought it was a good, solid, workmanlike performance against a really good Rhinelander team. I was impressed with their athleticism and how hard they played.”

Elliot Ashbeck scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers and Rhinelander trailed blows, with Marshfield maintaining its lead that pushed from four early to 12 late in the period.

Ashbeck passed former teammate Cale Zuiker into fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring list. Ashbeck stands with 922 career points, 13 behind Jeff Wagner (1981-84), who is in fourth on the list. Zuiker, who played from 2008-11, had 900 points in his stellar career at Marshfield.

“We had a whole week off and I think it took us a little bit to get back in the flow,” Ashbeck said. “It wasn’t a smooth win by any means, but I think it was a good, gritty win for us and gets us back on the right track heading into Thursday and the playoffs.”

Sophomore Luke Zuiker scored all 17 of his points in the first half, drilling four 3-pointers. He hit three shots from long range and had 12 points in the second quarter as the Tigers pulled out to a 30-26 lead at halftime.

The teams traded basket throughout much of the third quarter as Marshfield’s lead bounced between two and six points. Isaac Accola’s layup at the buzzer gave the Tigers a 42-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Marshfield made 12 of 16 free throws and 5 of 7 field goals to score 22 points and keep the Hodags just out of striking distance.

Sophomore Matt Oestreich came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the second half, giving the Tigers a boost as Zuiker and Ashbeck were both in foul trouble.

“Elliot was his usual steady self tonight, but Luke Zuiker has been coming along and he’s been aggressive on the offensive end,” Michaelis said. “He’s made it really hard for teams to pick and choose who you are going to defend.

“Luke had a really nice first half and Elliot picked up from there in the second half. It’s nice to see that and it’s nice to see Tanner (Dennis-Brown) give us good minutes off the bench and I think a guy that’s really come along is Matt Oestreich. In the last five, six, seven games he’s really starting to develop confidence.”

Marshfield wraps up its regular season Thursday at Wisconsin Rapids and then will have eight days to strategize for a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal against Wausau East – and with a win, a rematch with conference champion D.C. Everest.

“We kind of have a nothing-to-lose mentality,” Ashbeck said. “We’ve got the four seed, conference is determined, so there’s nothing out there to prove other than to get as deep as you can. We know we can hang with any team we can play so we want to go out there and prove it and hopefully make a pretty good run.”

Tigers 64, Hodags 55
Rhinelander 15 11 10 19 – 55
Marshfield 12 18 12 22 – 64
RHINELANDER (55):
Adam Piasecki 2-3 0-0 6, Brad Kenote 2-5 2-5 6, Nate Schoone 0-2 0-0 0, Shane White 6-11 2-2 14, Ryan Morris 1-2 1-2 3, Colton Volkmann 3-6 0-0 7, Mitch Reinthaler 1-3 3-4 5, Kyle Comer 3-5 2-3 8, Brett Matthews 2-10 1-2 6. FG: 20-45. FT: 11-18. 3-pointers: 4-12 (Piasecki 2-3, Matthews 1-1, Volkmann 1-3, Comer 0-2, Kenote 0-2, Reinthaler 0-1). Rebounds: 22 (Reinthaler 4). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: none. Record: 14-6.
MARSHFIELD (64): Luke Olson 1-4 0-0 2, Elliot Ashbeck 7-14 9-10 24, Isaac Accola 1-3 1-2 3, Matt Oestreich 2-4 4-6 8, Luke Zuiker 6-9 1-2 17, Tanner Dennis-Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Brandon Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Ben Satter 1-2 2-4 4. FG: 21-41. FT: 17-24. 3-pointers: 5-12 (Zuiker 4-5, Ashbeck 1-3, Olson 0-3, Accola 0-1). Rebounds: 22 (Zuiker 4, Dennis-Brown 4). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 14-7.

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