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Michael Josephson shoots 79 as Marshfield boys golf team kicks off season at Rapids

Posted on 12 April 2011 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield boys golf team opened its 2011 season with a dual meet at the Ridges Golf Course, dropping the match 322-346.

Michael Josephson opened with a front-nine 35 and finished with a 79 to finish third overall and lead the Tigers.

Aaron Bravick and Joe Ritchay led all golfers with 78s for Wisconsin Rapids. Brady Goska added an 80.

“Michael Josephson started the season on fire as he birdied the first three holes on his way to a front nine score of one-under par 35 only to struggle on the back nine to miss medalist by one stroke,” Marshfield coach Paul Foegen said. “Brandon Brown turned in a solid round improving on the back nine and birding the last hole. Evan Schneider also turned in a solid round, except one bad hole and finished with three pars.”

Marshfield is scheduled to play at the Wisconsin Dells Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Wisconsin Rapids 322, Marshfield 346
Aaron Bravick 40-38 78; Joe Ritchay 38-40 78; Brady Goska 37-43 80; Austin Rasmussen 39-47 86.
MARSHFIELD (346): Michael Josephson 35-44 79; Brandon Brown 43-41 84; Evan Schneider 42-46 88; Josh Berres 46-49 95.

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Marshfield boys tennis team loses opener at Menomonie

Posted on 12 April 2011 by paul

This story is sponsored by Dental Clinic of Marshfield

MENOMONIE – The Marshfield boys tennis team won a pair of three-set matches but lost three of four singles matches and dropped a 4-3 decision to Menomonie in the Tigers’ season opener Tuesday at Menomonie High School.

Marshfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Cole VanOudenhoven and Quinn VanOudenhoven won 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, and the No. 3 doubles team of Zach Ott and Cole Wesolowski won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, for two of the Tigers’ three wins.

The other win came from Jacob Twardowski at No. 1 singles. Twardowski beat Eric Besse 6-2, 6-1 for the Tigers’ lone singles win.

The Tigers will compete at the Eau Claire North Invitational on Saturday.

Indians 4, Tigers 3
1. Jacob Twardowski (MAR) def. Eric Besse 6-2, 6-1; 2. Xavier Schwartz (MER) def. Jason Stone 6-3, 6-4; 3. Taylor Pitl (MER) def. Jack Haessly 6-2, 6-2; 4. Dan Simpson (MER) def. Tanner Hayes 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Doubles: 1. Cody Sandberg-Dexter Chronis (MER) def. Taylor Moon-John Weiss 6-2, 6-3; Cole VanOudenhoven-Quinn VanOudenhoven (MAR) def. Chris Pabich-Henry Winter 1-6, 7-5, 6-1; 3. Zach Ott-Cole Wesolowski (MAR) def. Carl Ohvall-Kevin Weimer 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

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Marshfield girls soccer opens WVC season with victory

Posted on 12 April 2011 by paul

This story is sponsored by: Valley Communities Credit Union

WAUSAU – One year after going winless in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, the Marshfield girls soccer team needed only one game to find the win column in 2011.

Darian Molter and Maddie Smith scored goals and the Tigers did more than enough defensively to shutout Wausau West 2-0 on Tuesday at West.

Molter, a freshman, scored her first career goal on an assist from Emily Haws 6:07 into the game and Smith scored off a corner kick from Alyssa Brenner 11:08 into the second half to provide the scoring for Marshfield (1-1 overall).

Wausau West did not get a single shot on goal against the Tigers.

“This was a nice victory for the girls and especially for those who dealt with many close losses last year and a winless Valley season,” Marshfield coach Steve Lindner said. “It is nice to get the first win, but it is only the start. We need to build off this victory and show we can compete with the powers in the conference.”

Lindner said he was especially happy with the play of midfielders Smith, Haws, Emily Brix and Walker Guzowski, and the Tigers’ defense.

“For a freshman, Walker has earned more and more playing time with some aggressive and strong play. The coaching staff has been impressed with her consistency thus far in the season.

“The defense for the most part held West at bay, although there were a few lapses that could have been costly if not for some great hustle by the defensive players.”

Marshfield plays at Wausau East on Thursday and opens its home schedule Friday against Medford.

Tigers 2, Warriors 3
Marshfield 1 1 – 2
Wausau West 0 0 – 0

First half: 1. M, Darian Molter (Emily Haws), 6:07.
Second half: 2. M, Maddie Smith (Alyssa Brenner, corner kick), 51:08.
Shots on goal: Marshfield 12, Wausau West 0.
Saves: Haley Fochs (WW) 10.
Records: Marshfield 1-1, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau West 0-4, 0-1 WVC.

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Marshfield softball drops Wisconsin Valley opener at Wisconsin Rapids

Posted on 12 April 2011 by paul

Marshfield's Abbey Besler takes a cut during Tuesday's game at Wisconsin Rapids. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Marshfield catcher Sara Sturomski throws to first to try to complete a double play after forcing out Wisconsin Rapids' Leena Hagen during the fourth inning of Tuesday's game at Wisconsin Rapids High School. The throw to first was late. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield softball team has five new starters and had only played outside on a regular softball diamond once this spring prior to Tuesday’s Wisconsin Valley Conference season opener at Wisconsin Rapids.

The inexperience, both on the field and in the lineup, showed for the Tigers in a 9-3 loss to Wisconsin Rapids.

Marshfield committed three errors, suffered a base-running blunder that halted a potential big inning and a two-out walk was followed by a missed foul pop-up and a grand slam home run by the Raiders’ Shelby Steinke that provided the dagger in the fifth inning.

“Compared to where we were when we played (March 31) against Tomah, we’ve come a long way,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “We had a lot of mental mistakes. Tonight, for the most part, we played a lot better. We made those crucial mistakes here and there and that hurt us and allowed them to get a few more runs in those innings.”

Rapids struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Makayla Lee knocked in a run with a double and later scored on an error to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead.

Marshfield cut the lead in half in the fourth inning when Abbey Besler’s single scored Kristin Kniech, but a base-running error led to an out at the plate and halted a possible bigger inning.

The Raiders retaliated quickly with two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Emily Romanski had an RBI single and Stephanie Shannon walked with the bases loaded to put Rapids up 4-1.

Rhiannon Baierl and Sara Sturomski had back-to-back doubles in the fifth to plate another run for the Tigers before Rapids put the game away in the bottom of the inning.

Leena Hagen walked with two outs to lead the bases for the Raiders. Steinke hit a high foul ball down the left field line that no one for the Tigers could get to. Two pitches later she smoked a shot deep over the fence in left-center for a grand slam to give the Raiders an 8-2 lead.

Trailing 9-3, Marshfield tried rallying in the seventh. Becky Boehning had an RBI double to plate pinch-runner Jenny Krokstrom. Kelsey Kuhn relieved a tiring Erica Langholff on the mound for the Raiders and got the final two outs to finish off the victory.

“We hit the ball, we made some things happen and came up with some big hits,” Voss said. “We struck out three times tonight, against Tomah we didn’t strike out at all, so we’re putting the bat on the ball.”

Marshfield hosts Merrill on Thursday and the Marshfield Invitational on Saturday.

Raiders 9, Tigers 3
Marshfield 000 110 1 – 3 7 3
Wisconsin Rapids 020 241 x – 9 10 0

WP: Erica Langholff. LP: Rhiannon Baierl.
SO: E. Langholff 3, Kelsey Kuhn 0; Baierl 1. BB: E. Langholff 3, Kuhn 0; Baierl 2.
Top hitters: M, Taylor Hasz 2×3; Becky Boehning 2B, RBI; Baierl 2B; Sara Sturomski 2B, RBI; Abbey Besler RBI. WR, E. Langholff 2×4, 2 2B; Savanah Provost 2 runs; Makayla Lee 2×3, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Emily Romanski 2 runs, RBI; Shelby Steinke HR, 4 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 1-1, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wisconsin Rapids 3-0, 1-0 WVC.

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Marshfield softball team tries to replace big holes in lineup

Posted on 10 April 2011 by paul

Marshfield's Lindsey Duerr returns for her third season as a starter at second base for the Tigers' softball team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

This story is sponsored by Dental Clinic of Marshfield

By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield softball team had one of its best seasons in recent memory last year, finishing 15-10 and making it all the way to the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals before a loss to Chippewa Falls.

The Tigers lost four players to graduation and another, shortstop Taylor Varsho, is out with a knee injury suffered during the basketball season. That leaves the door open for a number of new players to step into the lineup and try to duplicate what Marshfield accomplished in 2010.

Seven of the 12 players on the roster are seniors, but only four have much varsity experience – returning starters Kristin Kniech (third base), Lindsey Duerr (second base), Becky Boehning (center field) and Rhiannon Baierl (pitcher).

“From an experience standpoint, we are pretty young,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “A lot of the team last year played every inning. The biggest thing right now is that they are having a hard time with the mental part of the game, being prepare for that next play, knowing what to do in certain situations. They are getting accustomed to what they need to do.”

Duerr, who had a .282 batting average and 10 RBIs in Wisconsin Valley Conference action last year, moves into the leadoff spot replacing four-time WVC batting champion Andie Varsho.

Kniech (.172 avg., 3 RBIs), who went 4-for-5 in the Tigers’ season-opening win at Tomah last week, will hit clean-up behind sophomores Taylor Hasz (first base) and Sara Fuller (shortstop).

Duerr and Kniech, as seniors, will have to set the tone offensively, Voss said.

“Lindsey, defensively, is strong,” Voss said. “She just has to get accustomed to hitting leadoff and do some of the things Andie has done for the last four years – getting on base and make some stuff happen.

“Kristin will play an important role and will have to step it up offensively. She did that in our first game and will have to continue to do that.”

Baierl, who was 7-4 with a 3.41 ERA on the mound in conference games last season, will have to up her game on offense as well. She had eight RBIs, but hit only .167.

Sara Sturomski will bat sixth and play catcher, replacing the graduated Raelynn Wingert. Sturomski saw limited time behind the dish a year ago.

Boehning will hit sixth, moving up from ninth where she hit .323 with 10 runs scored a year ago. She also moves from left field to center field, replacing Andie Varsho.

“Becky’s a four-year starter and so far she’s been doing well in center field, getting to falls and being the leader defensively in the outfield,” Voss said.

Seniors Megan Gregorich (left field) and Abby Besler (right field) round out the lineup.

Juniors Alyssa Spencer (catcher) and Melissa Yang (outfield), and senior Jenny Krokstrom (infield/outfield) provide bench depth.

Other than the nonconference game at Tomah, the Tigers haven’t played on a regular field during their three weeks of practice. Voss doesn’t see it as a problem, since a lot of what his team needs to get better involves the mental aspect of the game.

“The things we need to do and need to work on, we can do anywhere,” Voss said. “It’s a lot of situational work, stuff that they realize they need to work on and it doesn’t matter where we do it. They’re being pretty positive.”

Marshfield is scheduled to open its Wisconsin Valley Conference season at Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday and open its home schedule with a WVC game against Merrill on Friday. The Marshfield Invitational, with Medford, La Crosse Logan and Tomahawk, is set for Saturday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

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Marshfield surrenders two late goals, loses girls soccer opener at Chippewa Falls

Posted on 08 April 2011 by paul

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CHIPPEWA FALLS – Two late goals lifted Chippewa Falls to a 3-1 win over Marshfield in a nonconference girls soccer game Friday. It was the season-opener for the Tigers.

Chippewa Falls scored early when Krista Lanbrecht sailed a shot past Marshfield goalie Kassi Todryk on a free kick following a hand ball call on the Tigers 4:09 into the game.

The rest of the first half was scoreless and Marshfield tied the game just 1:16 into the second half when Alyssa Brenner connected on a pass to Allison Gruen, who scored and knot that match at 1-1.

The game was scoreless for the next 25 minutes until the Cardinals (3-0) took the lead for good. Emily Passint scored at the 66:34 mark and Alexa Bengston added another goal with 2 minutes left.

“I was impressed with the play of the team,” Marshfield coach Steve Lindner said. “We strung passes together had some outstanding passes and crossing passes and overall played a decent game. Not that we are totally satisfied with the game as it is always good to have things to work on, and we do, but being the first game, I was pretty happy.”

Lindner said he saw a number of good things from individuals that will need to step up this season for the Tigers to improve on their three-win season from a year ago.

“(Freshman) Darian Molter was able to get some nice setups and shots as she played her first varsity game,” Lindner said. “The defense played a steady game, holding a potent team to five shots, led by some good play by captains Sarah Wolff and Alyssa Brenner, and Leah Cherney.”

Marshfield kicks its season into full gear next week with six games in a five-day stretch. The Tigers open their Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule Tuesday at Wausau West. Marshfield also plays at Wausau East on Thursday, hosts Medford in its home opener April 15, and will play three games at the Wausau West Invitational on April 16.

Cardinals 3, Tigers 1
Marshfield 0 1 – 1
Chippewa Falls 1 2 – 3
First half

1. CF, Krista Lanbrecht (free kick), 4:09.
Second half
2. M, Allison Gruen (Alyssa Brenner), 41:16.
3. CF, Emily Passint, 66:34.
4. CF, Alexa Bengston, 78:00.
Saves: M, Kassi Todryk 1, Naomi Crump 1.
Shots on goal: Marshfield 5, Chippewa Falls 5.
Records: Marshfield 0-1; Chippewa Falls 3-0.

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Marshfield girls soccer searches for more offensive punch

Posted on 07 April 2011 by paul

Marshfield forward Emily Wolfe is one of 16 returning players for the Tigers girls soccer team this season. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

This story is sponsored by Dental Clinic of Marshfield

By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – First-year Marshfield girls soccer head coach Steve Lindner welcomes back 15 players from a team that won just three games and was blanked in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.

This could be looked as a bad thing or a good one, considering the lack of success last season. Lindner has chosen the latter, as he said he has witnessed improvement to go along with that experience, and is excited to begin the 2011 season Friday with a nonconference game at Chippewa Falls.

“We had a lot of games that we lost 1-0 and 2-0 – our defense was very consistent,” said Lindner, who served as an assistant coach last season. “With five defensive players coming back, they are our nucleus. They are the strong part of our team.

“We’ve been concentrating on shooting and offensive skills. We have some talented freshmen coming in that really are going to add to our offensive scoring.”

Despite allowing a league-high 37 goals in conference action, the biggest problem last season for the Tigers, who finished 3-18-2 overall and 0-12 in the WVC, was a lack of offense. Marshfield scored just six goals in conference play.

Forwards Courtney Thumann, Allison Gruen (honorable mention all-WVC last year), Carli Specht, Taylor Asplin and Emily Wolfe return, and will be joined by promising freshman Darian Molter on the front line. The Tigers also welcome back midfielders Emily Haws, Maddie Smith, Emily Brix and Abigail Brock. Freshman Walker Guzowski and senior Kirsty Fahey also are in the mix.

The strong group of returning players, along with the two freshmen who are expected to contribute, provide the potential for some added punch.

“Hopefully this year we’ll be able to step it up,” Asplin said. “Our stats last year – our shots on goal and goals made were low. Hopefully we can bring that up this year. We have a good number of forwards this year and a really strong defense. Everything is just that much better.”

Defensively, seniors Aislinn Koehler, Sarah Wolff and Alyssa Brenner (honorable mention all-WVC last year) – three of the four team captains, along with Asplin – are the keys to a squad that looks to ramp up its play when the other team has the ball. Sophomores Megan Marotz and Leah Cherney, and senior Amy Voight will also be part of the defense in front of goalies Kassi Todryk and Naomi Crump, both returning seniors.

“We definitely are being more aggressive and our skill level has increased,” Koehler said. “Especially the upcoming freshmen, we are all stepping up our game. The freshmen are strong players and are on offense, so I’m really looking to see their skill and how they incorporate into the team.”

A big improvement Lindner said he has seen isn’t just in the talent level, it is in the girls’ attitudes, work ethic and that they expect to win.

“The girls have been showing a competitive nature and a high level of effort, and I can’t say we’ve had one bad day of practice,” said Lindner, whose team will play outside for the first time Friday in its season opener. “The girls all have high expectations, and that’s different than last year. It’s a different mindset. They have high aspirations to do well in the conference and be in the top three or four in the conference.”

The Tigers will get their season into full swing next week when they play six games in five days. Marshfield opens its Wisconsin Valley season with road games at Wausau West on April 12 and Wausau East on April 14 before playing its home opener April 15 against Medford. The Tigers will travel back to Wausau West for a tournament on April 16.

“I’m really hopeful this year, with a new coach and the just the attitudes of the girls,” Koehler said. “I am really excited to see what’s in store for us.”

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Marshfield girls track earns 10 top-three finishes at Rapids Relays

Posted on 05 April 2011 by paul

This story is sponsored by: Valley Communities Credit Union

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield girls track team had 10 top-three finishes, including one victory, at the Wisconsin Rapids Indoor Relays on Tuesday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

No team scores were recorded.

The Tigers’ 8-lap relay team of Alexa Fritsch, Gabby Myrie, Bisola Omoba and Nikki Youngblood earn the team’s only first-place finish.

The 50-meter dash relay of Omoba, Youngblood and Myrie was among the three Marshfield teams that finished second.

Other second-place finishes for the Tigers were the sprint medley relay team of Nikki Weis, Kacie Prickett, Ashleigh Sternitzky and Fritsch, and the pole vault team of Hailey Weiler, Maria Brix and Weis.

Third-place finishers for the Tigers were the 1,600 sprint medley team of Amy Krogman, Kelly Carolfi, Prickett and Sternitzky; the four-lap relay team of Carolfi, Susan Omoba, Weis and Miranda Snortheim; the high jump team of Bisola and Susan Omoba, and Mikayla Sebastian; the shot put team of Miranda Forrest, Melissa May and Eleni Seitz; the two-mile relay team of Chelsea Akin, Melissa Brix, Meghan Padron and Dani Sopiarz; and the high hurdle shuttle team of Susan Omoba, Carolfi and Krogman.

Marshfield will be back in action Tuesday, April 12, at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Indoor Relays at Stevens Point Area Senior High.

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Marshfield softball team wins season opener at Tomah

Posted on 01 April 2011 by paul

This story is sponsored by: Valley Communities Credit Union

TOMAH – Kristin Kniech went 4-for-5, including a key two-run double in the sixth inning, to lead the Marshfield softball team to a 14-11 nonconference victory over Tomah in its season opener Thursday.

Kniech had four RBIs in the game, including the big two-RBI double in the sixth that gave the Tigers the lead for good.

Megan Gregorich added a single and a double and two RBIs for Marshfield.

Rhiannon Baierl picked up the victory on the mound for the Tigers, throwing a complete game.

Marshfield’s originally scheduled home opener on April 8 against Black River Falls has already been postponed and will be made up on May 9. The Tigers next scheduled game is April 12 at home against Wisconsin Rapids – the first of five straight home games on the schedule.

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Marshfield girls track wins Tiger Indoor Relays

Posted on 29 March 2011 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls track and field team won the 24th annual Tiger Indoor Relays on Tuesday at the Marshfield High School Fieldhouse.

Marshfield won 10 of the 15 events to finish with 77.5 points. Athens was second with 48 points, Neillsville was third with 31 and Colby finished fourth with 28.5 points.

The Marshfield girls won the 180-yard hurdle shuttle, the 4-lap relay, the throwers 4-lap relay, the 8-lap relay, the sprint medley, the distance medley, the high jump relay, the pole vault relay, the triple jump relay and the shot put relay.

Sammie Pfeiffer from Neillsville was the Quad Athlete champion.

Marshfield will be back in action April 5 at the Wisconsin Rapids Invitational.

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