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Marshfield falls short against D.C. Everest in WIAA Division 1 girls basketball sectional semifinal

Posted on 05 March 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Ellie Kummer dribbles past D.C. Everest's Makayla Pagel during Thursday's WIAA Division 1 girls basketball sectional semifinal at Chippewa Falls High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Ellie Kummer dribbles past D.C. Everest’s Makayla Pagel during Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 girls basketball sectional semifinal at Chippewa Falls High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Marshfield girls basketball team went down fighting but in the end couldn’t overcome a slow start and dropped a 54-49 decision to D.C. Everest in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal on Thursday night at Chippewa Falls High School.

D.C. Everest started the game on a 13-2 run as the Tigers missed six of seven shot attempts and committed four turnovers in the first 7 minutes.

Marshfield never led, but twice fought back from double-digit deficits to make it interesting in the end.

“Getting open looks against Everest is really, really hard,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “We weathered the storm. I knew that if we took the hit and stayed the course, we would eventually make shots, eventually good things would happen, eventually they were going to miss.”

D.C. Everest (25-0) led 19-5 after scoring the first six points of the second quarter before Marshfield (18-7) finally got its offense going.

Marshfield made four of six free throws to break the ice and after a basket by Taylor Hodell, who led Everest with 22 points, Ellie Kummer and McKayla Scheuer hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Hannah Meverden scored to close the Evergreens’ lead to 21-17 at halftime.

“Going into halftime down four, we said as long as we kept the game close, we knew we had a chance,” Michaelis said. “When you have kids that can throw it in like we can, games are never really out of reach.”

Ema Fehrenbach scored on the Tigers’ first possession of the second half to close the gap to two only to go cold again.

Marshfield missed its next five shots and Everest used an 8-0 run, which included two 3-pointers by Mackenzie Mathies, to go back up by 10.

A three-point play by Hodell made it 36-24 entering the fourth quarter.

The Evergreens maintained their 12-point lead until Marshfield’s senior backcourt of Caitlin Michaelis and Kummer began to chip away.

Kummer hit three-straight 3-pointers to cut Everest’s lead to 47-41 with 3 minutes to go.

Marshfield didn’t score for another 90 seconds as Everest went by up by nine, but the Tigers weren’t finished.

Michaelis hit a 3-pointer and made two of three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt, making it 51-46 with 1:01 left.

After Everest made two of four free throws, Kummer hit her sixth 3-pointer of the game to make it 53-49 with 26 seconds remaining.

D.C. Everest gave Marshfield two good chances to get closer with a pair of turnovers in the backcourt. However, the Tigers couldn’t cash in, turning the ball over once themselves, and Michaelis missed a 3-pointer. Hodell made one free throw with 12 seconds left and the Tigers couldn’t get any closer.

“Ellie got hot and she wanted the ball,” Heidi Michaelis said. “She was going to shoot our way back into it. I’m proud of our kids. They battled and that’s all I wanted is to come here and battle and leave it all on the floor.”

Kummer finished with 21 points in the game, and ended up shooting 15 of 26 from 3-point range and had 64 points in the Tigers’ three playoff games. She finishes her career with 767 points, 10th on the all-time list for Marshfield. Michaelis ended with nine points and ends her four-year career with 1,194 points, third-best ever for Marshfield, and with a school-best 201 3-pointers.

Marshfield also loses seniors Ellie Fehrenbach and Lauren Gilbertson, who combined to play just one game this season due to injuries, and Martha Kupfer and Natalie Zuelke.

“That’s the hard part, the finality of it losing your last game when they’re seniors, your daughter’s group that you’ve watched come up,” Heidi Michaelis said. “It’s emotional on so many levels. I couldn’t be more proud of the whole group. Ellie and Lauren, people that didn’t get to play all year, that’s hard to watch kids be that sad. For the ones that did, they absolutely left everything out there. They can walk out being very, very proud of what they did as Marshfield Tigers.”

D.C. Everest will play Neenah (18-7) in a Division 1 sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High. The winner moves on to next week’s state tournament in Green Bay. D.C. Everest is trying to make it to state for the first time since 1994.

Evergreens 54, Tigers 49
D.C. Everest 13 8 15 18 – 54
Marshfield 5 12 7 25 – 49
D.C. EVEREST (54):
Hannah Tipple 1-3 3-5 6, Haley Kroll 2-4 0-1 4, Kaylie Kohel 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Petit 0-4 2-4 2, Katelyn Schmoll 2-4 1-3 5, Mackenzie Mathies 4-10 2-2 13, Makayla Pagel 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Hodell 9-12 4-5 22. FG: 19-38. FT: 12-20. 3-pointers: 4-19 (Mathies 3-9, Tipple 1-3, Schmoll 0-1, Kroll 0-2, Petit 0-4). Rebounds: 27 (Hodell 8). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 25-0.
MARSHFIELD (49): McKayla Scheuer 2-10 0-0 6, Caitlin Michaelis 3-6 2-3 9, Natalie Zuelke 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 7-13 1-2 21, Ema Fehrenbach 2-7 5-6 9, Hannah Meverden 2-5 0-0 4. FG: 16-41. FT: 8-11. 3-pointers: 9-22 (Kummer 6-11, Scheuer 2-6, Michaelis 1-4, Meverden 0-1). Rebounds: 18 (Fehrenbach 6). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Scheuer. Record: 18-7.

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Marshfield girls basketball ready for another shot at undefeated D.C. Everest

Posted on 04 March 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Ema Fehrenbach fights through two D.C. Everest defenders to get to the basket during a matchup Feb. 13 at Marshfield High School. The Tigers play D.C. Everest in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Thursday at Chippewa Falls High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Ema Fehrenbach fights through two D.C. Everest defenders to get to the basket during a matchup Feb. 13 at Marshfield High School. The Tigers play D.C. Everest in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Thursday at Chippewa Falls High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – It’s time for Plan C for the Marshfield girls basketball team.

Marshfield (18-6) gets its third crack at top-ranked and undefeated D.C. Everest (24-0) on Thursday night when the Wisconsin Valley Conference rivals tussle in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal at Chippewa Falls High School.

The winner will play in a sectional final against either Appleton North (16-8) or Neenah (17-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High with a berth in the state tournament on the line.

D.C. Everest won both regular-season meetings this season, beating the Tigers 50-40 at home on Jan. 13 and 55-35 at Marshfield on Feb. 13.

The plan of attack was completely different for the Tigers in each matchup, but the results were the same.

In the first game, Marshfield did a good job of bottling up Everest’s 6-foot-4 center Taylor Hodell, holding her to just six points on 2 of 8 shooting. However, guard Katelyn Schmoll poured in a game-high 16 points and the Tigers shot just 32 percent (15 of 46) overall and was 5 of 20 from 3-point range in the loss.

Hodell dominated in the second matchup, scoring 29 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. She made 13 of 18 shots from the field, while the rest of the Evergreens were just 9 of 28. Again, Marshfield shot poorly, making only 11 of 42 shots.

“It’s a matter of not letting her get to her sweet spot,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said of Hodell. “You have got to move her off her spot, whether it’s two feet or three feet (out). We have to bump her every time she comes across. It depends on how the referees let you go. If they don’t allow us to move her at all, she’s hard to defend.

“We have people – Hannah Meverden, Ema Fehrenbach, very athletic. Look at it this way, she has to guard them too. Ema is very athletic and Hodell will come over your back. We have to box out better than we did the last time we played them. We’re going to look at tape and give the kids the best possible game plan.”

Marshfield has picked up its offensive efficiency since that last loss to Everest.

The Tigers scored a season-high 77 points in a rout of Wausau East, then beat Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls by double figures in the regional playoffs.

In the two playoff wins, Marshfield shot a combined 39 of 81 (48 percent) overall, 17 of 39 (44 percent) from 3-point range, and 35 of 49 (71 percent) from the free throw line.

The 3-point shot was the big key in the 65-54 regional final win at Chippewa Falls last Saturday for Marshfield. Caitlin Michaelis hit three 3-pointers early in the first quarter to set the tone and Ellie Kummer finished 6 of 9 from long range as the Tigers made 11 of 24 3-point shots.

“We have to find a different way to play them,” Kummer said of the matchup with Everest. “We have to make our shots, like we have been doing. I think we have a shot at beating them.”

D.C. Everest knocked Marshfield out of the playoffs in 2013, and the Tigers, especially the seniors, are ready to turn the tables.

“This is the way it’s supposed to be,” Heidi Michaelis said. “These kids have played against each other since they were in fourth grade. It comes down to one game and we’re excited to have the opportunity to have a third chance.”

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Boys basketball playoffs preview: Local teams have high hopes for postseason

Posted on 02 March 2015 by paul

Spencer's Bobby Pilz (5) and Ryan Busse (24) try to trap Columbus Catholic's Tyler Fuerlinger during a game Monday at Spencer High School. Spencer and Columbus each open the postseason with WIAA quarterfinals on Tuesday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer’s Bobby Pilz (5) and Ryan Busse (24) try to trap Columbus Catholic’s Tyler Fuerlinger during a game Monday at Spencer High School. Spencer and Columbus each open the postseason with WIAA quarterfinals on Tuesday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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As usual, the Division 4 sectional that includes mostly teams from Central Wisconsin is loaded with top-notch teams for the upcoming 2015 WIAA boys basketball playoffs.

In the top half of Sectional 2 in the Division 4 field, five of the six teams enter the postseason with winning records, meaning four high-quality teams will be eliminated before sectional weekend.

After winning the Cloverbelt Conference East Division, Spencer (17-5) is the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Stevens Point Pacelli (11-11) in a regional quarterfinal Tuesday at Spencer.

The Rockets have lost four of their last sixth games after starting the season with a 15-1 record. However, coach Randy Reckner said he isn’t fazed.

“I’m not affected by it, I don’t think the team is affected by it,” Reckner said. “We just have to come out and play. We play Regis on Saturday and that’s a very good team to play before the playoffs. Win or lose, it could only help you.”

Pacelli boasts senior guard James Gollon, an Ohio University recruit who is second in the state in scoring, averaging 30 points per game. Gollon poured in 47 points in a loss to Stratford earlier this season. Pacelli started the season 1-8 before winning six in a row.

“They have a very good player in Gollon and that’s a very tough first-round opponent for us,” Reckner said. “We drew the three seed, which surprised me a little bit, but that’s the way seeding meetings go sometimes. We’re going to play Tuesday night and hopefully move on from there. I think our kids would really look forward to beating Pacelli and going against Auburndale again, but we have a game to play before that. We have to take care of our business first.”

The winner will advance to a regional semifinal at No. 2 seed Auburndale (15-7). The Apaches started the season 6-1, including a 53-52 thriller at Spencer back on Jan. 3. Since, Auburndale is 9-6 and is searching for the steady play it had early in year.

“The goal is consistency, doing the right thing at the right thing and to the best of your ability,” Auburndale coach Chad Weinfurter said. “We had some mental breakdowns in a close game (last Friday in a 43-41 loss to Wausau Newman). In some close games we’ve been excellent and other games we’ve had a few.”

Stratford (14-8) is the No. 5 seed in the regional and has to hit the road, playing at No. 4 Edgar (14-8) in a regional quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The Tigers went through a tough stretch, losing five of seven games before winning in overtime against Amherst and beating Northland Lutheran and Prentice. Stratford scored a season-high 69 points in the win over Amherst, a No. 1 seed in the bottom half of the Sectional 2 bracket, and followed that up with 62 against Northland Lutheran.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic heads into the postseason on a high note.

The Dons (14-8), won four in a row, including a 64-55 win at Spencer on Feb. 23, before losing a Cloverbelt crossover game last Thursday at Altoona.

Columbus is the No. 2 seed in the its portion of the Division 5 Sectional 2 brackets, and will face Abbotsford (4-18) in a regional quarterfinal Tuesday at home.

The Dons boast three players who score in double figures – sophomores Hunter Schultz (14.2) and Tyler Fuerlinger (10.7), and junior Evan Nikolai (13.2).

In Division 1, Marshfield (6-16) is the No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 Chippewa Falls (13-9) in a regional semifinal on March 6.

The Tigers have lost four games in a row, all by three points or less. Marshfield has won just twice since going 4-5 during the early part of the season, but has remained competitive. Ten of the team’s 16 losses have come by eight points or less.

Chippewa Falls beat Marshfield 64-48 back on Dec. 30.

WIAA Boys Basketball Playoffs
Regional quarterfinals, March 3
Division 4:
Stratford (14-8) at Edgar (14-8); Stevens Point Pacelli (11-11) at Spencer (17-5).
Division 5: Abbotsford (4-18) at Marshfield Columbus Catholic (14-8).
Regional semifinals, March 6
Division 1:
Marshfield (6-16) at Chippewa Falls (13-9).
Division 4: Spencer-Pacelli winner at Auburndale (15-7).
*Regional finals are March 6, with sectionals on March 12 and March 14. The 100th annual WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament will be held March 19-21 at the Kohl Center in Madison.

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Marshfield’s Olivia Tierney qualifies for state in floor exercise at WIAA Division 1 gymnastics sectional

Posted on 01 March 2015 by paul

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STEVENS POINT – Marshfield senior Olivia Tierney will be competing at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships after finishing second in the floor exercise Saturday at the Division 1 sectional at Stevens Point Area Senior High.

Tierney placed in a three-way tie for second in the floor with a score of 9.25 to earn a spot at the state meet, which will be Saturday, March 7, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

The top five finishers in each event and the top teams earned spots in the state meet.

Tierney plaed seventh in the all-around with a score of 35.0, missing a state spot by 0.45 points.

Stevens Point and Gale-Etrick-Trempealeau earned the spots in the team state meet, which is Friday. Marshfield was fifth out of the eight teams at the sectional.

2015 WIAA Division 1 Gymnastics Sectional
Feb. 28, at Stevens Point
(* denotes state meet qualifier)
Team scores:
*1. Stevens Point 138.85; *2. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 138.275; 3. Eau Claire Memorial/North 135.35; 4. Hudson 133.525; 5. Marshfield 128.65; 6. Superior 121.7; 7. Wisconsin Rapids 113.8; 8. Chippewa Falls 106.65.
Balance beam: *1. Tia Dorshorst (WR) 9.2; *2. Miranda Severin (EC) 9.175; *3. Giselle Sziron (SUP) and *Jenny Drazkowski (GET) 9.0; *5. Kali Schierl (SP) 8.975; 9. Olivia Tierney (MAR) 8.65; 26. Megan Smith (MAR) 7.15; 29. Macey Smith (MAR) 6.95; 30. Isabelle Jensen (MAR) 6.675; 33. Audrey Horvath (MAR) 6.325.
Floor exercise: *1. Olivia Koehler (HUD) 9.4; *2. Tierney (MAR), Sziron (SUP) and Isabelle Kick (GET) 9.25; *5. Schierl (SP) 9.225; 23. Ma. Smith (MAR) 8.4; 25. Me. Smith (MAR) 8.325; 26. Emma Boson (MAR) 8.3; 28. Jensen (MAR) 8.025.
Uneven bars: *1. Dorshorst (WR) 9.075; *2. Koehler (HUD) 8.7; *3. Schierl (SP) 8.6; *4. Maddie Nelson (HUD) 8.575; *5. Sziron (SUP) 8.55; 9. Tierney (MAR) 8.2; 21. Me. Smith (MAR) 7.425; 23. Jensen (MAR) 7.375; 24. Boson (MAR) 7.35; 27. Ma. Smith (MAR) 7.2.
Vault: *1. Schierl (SP) 9.45; *2. Drazkowski (GET) 9.3; *3. Dorshorst (WR) and Kick (GET) 9.175; *5. Severin (EC) 9.075; 8. Tierney (MAR) 8.9; 16. Ma. Smith (MAR) and Me. Smith (MAR) 8.65; 24. Jensen (MAR) 8.4; 30. Boson (MAR) 8.1.
All-around: *1. Dorshorst (WR) 36.575; *2. Schierl (SP) 36.25; *3. Drazkowski (GET) 35.825; *4. Sziron (SUP) 35.7; *5. Koehler (HUD) 35.45; 7. Tierney (MAR) 35.0; 18. Me. Smith (MAR) 31.55; 19. Ma. Smith (MAR) 31.2; 20. Jensen (MAR) 30.475.

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Stratford wins four Division 3 titles at 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 01 March 2015 by paul

Stratford's four Division 3 state champions, from left to right, A.J. Schoenfuss, Jeremy Schoenherr, Mason Kauffman and Kamren Bornbach, celebrate their titles after the conclusion of the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday. (Photo submitted by Bryce Ford/Stratford Wrestling)

Stratford’s four Division 3 state champions, from left to right, A.J. Schoenfuss, Jeremy Schoenherr, Mason Kauffman and Kamren Bornbach, celebrate their titles after the conclusion of the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday. (Photo submitted by Bryce Ford/Stratford Wrestling)

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MADISON – The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.

Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.

Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville, 7-2, before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.

Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.

Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shicton in the 182-pound final.

Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.

Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2, but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.

Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.

Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.

Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.

Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers ended up with medals in Division 1.

Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.

Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee, but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.

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Hot-shooting Marshfield upends Chippewa Falls in WIAA Division 1 girls basketball regional final

Posted on 28 February 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Caitlin Michaelis is mauled going to the basket during the third quarter of the Tigers' 65-54 win at Chippewa Falls in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday. Michaelis scored 19 points in the victory. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Caitlin Michaelis is mauled going to the basket during the third quarter of the Tigers’ 65-54 win at Chippewa Falls in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday. Michaelis scored 19 points in the victory. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Marshfield girls basketball team picked the perfect time to play its best game of the season.

The Tigers shot 50 percent overall, drilled 11 3-pointers and made 13 of 15 free throws when it counted in the fourth quarter as they defeated Chippewa Falls 65-54 in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday night at Chippewa Falls High School.

Marshfield (18-6) moves on to a sectional semifinal Thursday against No. 1-ranked D.C. Everest (24-0) back at Chippewa Falls. Everest rolled Eau Claire Memorial 52-38 in a regional final on Saturday.

Ellie Kummer was 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 21 points, and fellow senior Caitlin Michaelis scored 19 points for Marshfield.

Michaelis hit three 3-pointers in the opening 3:20 to set the tone as the Tigers built a 14-7 lead.

Chippewa Falls (22-2) closed to within a point before Marshfield regained control scoring the final six points of the quarter to go up 20-13.

“To come over here to play as well as we did, and have my senior guards shoot as well as they did from the beginning, it really couldn’t have gone better to start the game,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “They’re confident right now, I think we all are. We’re playing our best ball and I feel like they’ve figured it out. We’re all on the same page and you have to be that way to beat a good team like Chippewa Falls.”

The Cardinals punched back again, scoring the first five points of the second quarter only to see Marshfield answer again.

Michaelis and Kummer hit back-to-back 3s and Ema Fehrenbach scored inside to put Marshfield up 28-18.

While never feeling totally comfortable, Marshfield led by at least five the rest of the game.

“Basically we just had to break the press and we knew we could take them on after that,” Kummer said. “It’s the playoffs so we knew we had to make our shots and step up to the plate. Coach said this a shooter’s gym and she didn’t jinx it.”

A 3-pointer from McKayla Scheuer sparked a 6-0 run in the third quarter as the Tigers turned a seven-point halftime lead to 12.

After a 3-pointer by Kaitlin Rubenzer and a three-point play by Lexi Hanley, Michaelis scored inside just before the buzzer, putting Marshfield up 48-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals made just 5 of 14 shots in the fourth quarter and when they fouled to try to get the ball back, Marshfield calmly sank 13 of 15 free throws to put the game away. Michaelis and Scheuer each went 4-for-4 and Kummer was 3-for-4 from the line in the fourth.

“It’s been a goal of ours ever since we were back in fourth grade to make a good run to state,” Kummer said. “This means a lot to all of us.”

D.C. Everest defeated Marshfield twice during the regular season, winning 50-40 at home on Jan. 13 and 55-35 at Marshfield on Feb. 13.

“It’s going to take a good effort,” Heidi Michaelis said. “Last time we played them I thought they played extremely well. I think if we shoot that well, things always change. We haven’t shot well against them. It’s going to take a huge effort and we know that, we’re the underdogs. There is zero pressure on us, kind of like how we came in tonight. Maybe we’re better off playing that role.”

Notes: Kummer, a senior guard, passed Jamie Braun into 11th place on the all-time Tigers’ girls basketball scoring list. She now has 736 career points, passing Braun, who had 731 from 2004-06. Kummer is 19 points away from passing Sara Craig (1984-88) for 10th place…Caitlin Michaelis pushed her career points total to 1,186 during her four-year career with the Tigers. Michaelis is third on the all-time list, 54 points behind second-place. Taylor Varsho (2008-12) is the all-time leading scorer with 1,370 points, with Carlin McClary (1975-78) second with 1,240…Coach Heidi Michaelis has qualified for the sectionals for the 11th time in her 14 seasons as Marshfield coach. The Tigers were eliminated in the regionals in each of the past two seasons. She now has 257-76 record for the Tigers.

Tigers 65, Cardinals 54
Marshfield 20 11 17 17 – 65
Chippewa Falls 13 9 15 15 – 54
MARSHFIELD (65):
McKayla Scheuer 1-4 4-4 7, Meg Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Caitlin Michaelis 5-11 5-6 19, Ana Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Nikolai 0-0 2-2 2, Martha Kupfer 0-1 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 6-9 3-4 21, Ema Fehrenbach 5-10 4-6 14, Hannah Meverden 1-1 0-1 2. FG: 18-36. FT: 18-23. 3-pointers: 11-24 (Kummer 6-9, Michaelis 4-10, Scheuer 1-4, Fehrenbach 0-1). Rebounds: 24 (Fehrenbach 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 18-6.
CHIPPEWA FALLS (54): Tyana Loiselle 2-6 2-2 6, Hallie Soward 2-8 0-0 4, Carley Meinen 3-6 1-3 7, Elli Daniels 0-4 2-4 2, Kaitlin Rubenzer 3-6 0-0 9, Lexi Hanley 5-10 3-5 15, Bailey Harder 1-2 1-2 4, Julia Robarge 3-8 0-0 7, Janelle Robarge 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 19-50. FT: 9-16. 3-pointers: 7-18 (Rubenzer 3-6, Hanley 2-6, Harder 1-1, Ju. Robarge 1-3, Soward 0-2). Rebounds: 24 (Ju. Robarge 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Loiselle, Harder. Record: 22-2.

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Marshfield girls basketball crushes Eau Claire North in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Caitlin Michaelis drives inside for a basket during the Tigers' win over Eau Claire North in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Caitlin Michaelis drives inside for a basket during the Tigers’ win over Eau Claire North in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls basketball team shook the jitters after a sluggish first quarter and blew out Eau Claire North 65-44 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.

Marshfield (17-6) moves on to a Division 1 regional final at Chippewa Falls (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers lost at home to Chippewa Falls 59-53 back on Jan. 6.

The Tigers went 4½ minutes without scoring during the middle part of the first quarter and the score was tied 11-11 heading into the second.

McKayla Scheuer hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute and the Tigers clamped down defensively, forcing North to miss its first eight shots, and they started to pull away.

Baskets by Caitlin Michaelis, Scheuer and Ema Fehrenbach, followed by a 3-pointer from Michaelis and four points from Ellie Kummer sparked a dominant 18-5 run over the first 7 minutes of the second quarter.

Marshfield led 32-18 after another 3-pointer by Kummer, who scored a game-high 22 points, and the Tigers went into halftime with all the momentum.

“Coming out, we were a little jittery,” Caitlin Michaelis said. “The first tournament game is always hard to come out. We really focused on our defense and what we’ve been practicing for our plays. We executed and came out on top.”

North never threatened as Marshfield opened the second half on an 8-4 run and pushed the lead to 20 after a basket by Natalie Zuelke late in the period.

After making 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half, the Tigers went to their inside game in the second half. Fehrenbach scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime, with four baskets coming inside.

“I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of what they gave us,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “Early on we hit shots from the outside and then in the second half – we still could take those shots – but we had a size advantage on the inside, especially when they subbed out. I thought our kids did a good job recognizing.”

In the previous meeting against Chippewa Falls, Marshfield trailed 39-37 after three quarters before the Cardinals were able to pull away. The game was a physical one, with Marshfield making 23 of 32 free throws and Chippewa Falls going just 14 of 27 from the line.

“That’s a game that we let get away,” Heidi Michaelis said. “We did not deal well with their pressure. You have to deal with their relentless pressure, in the full court and the half court traps. It’s something we’ve worked on since then. There hasn’t been a game since then where I had all three of my guards not handle the pressure. It’s really what it comes down to.

“We have a size advantage and I think we can score on the inside, as well as the outside with our guards. It’s just a matter of dealing with their guards.”

Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com at 7 p.m.

Tigers 65, Cardinals 44
Eau Claire North 11 7 12 14 – 44
Marshfield 11 21 17 16 – 65
EAU CLAIRE NORTH (44):
Carcyn Wathke 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah Kent 2-3 0-0 3, Mattea Peplinski 2-6 0-0 4, Haley DeSouza 0-5 1-2 1, Megan Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Banks 0-3 0-2 0, Brooke Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Kirchman 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Fischer 0-4 1-4 1, Kylea Davis 2-7 2-2 6, Alaina Quaranta 4-5 2-2 10, Nikki Kilboten 4-9 6-8 14, Markeysha Hazelton 2-6 0-0 5. FG: 16-48. FT: 12-20. 3-pointers: 2-16 (Hazelton 1-2, Kent 1-3, Fischer 0-2, Banks 0-2, Peplinski 0-3, DeSouza 0-4). Rebounds: 29 (Kilboten 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-11.
MARSHFIELD (65): McKayla Scheuer 3-6 0-0 8, Meg Bryan 0-1 1-2 1, Caitlin Michaelis 2-11 2-2 7, Ana Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 1-2 1, Natalie Zuelke 1-2 1-2 3, Maddie Nikolai 1-1 0-0 2, Jenny Scheppler 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 2-4 1-2 5, Ellie Kummer 6-10 7-8 22, Ema Fehrenbach 5-7 3-6 13, Hannah Meverden 1-3 1-2 3. FG: 21-45. FT: 17-26. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Kummer 3-6, Scheuer 2-3, Michaelis 1-6). Rebounds: 33 (Michaelis 7). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 17-6.

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Four Stratford wrestlers, one from Auburndale qualify for finals at 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

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MADISON – Four Stratford wrestlers and another from Auburndale will be wrestling for Division 3 championships after winning their semifinal matches Friday night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Freshmen A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr, and sophomores Mason Kauffman and Kamren Bornbach qualified for the finals for Stratford, as did Auburndale senior Wyatt Weiler.

Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Marshfield’s Mitch Hertel and Josh Lang each lost semifinal matches and were knocked into the consolation bracket.

Schoenfuss (45-2) rolled to a major decision over Zach Anglin of Bayfield/Washburn 17-7 and will take on Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville in the Division 3 106-pound championship at 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Schoenherr (41-2) cruised to a 5-1 victory over Riley Lull of Fennimore. He will face Weston Wichman (44-50 of Johnson Creek in the 113-pound championship.

Mason Kauffman continued his perfect season with a 7-2 victory over Austin Najbrt of Cadott in a 126-pound semifinal. Kauffman (48-0) will take on fellow undefeated Kal Gerber (44-0) of Cameron in the 126-pound final.

Bornbach topped Austin Stebane of Brillion 9-1 and will face Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound championship Saturday night. Bornbach beat Fielding 5-2 in the sectional final last Saturday.

Weiler (44-7) edged Jeremiah Moody of Cambridge 12-10 in overtime in a 160-pound semifinal. Weiler will face Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale in the championship match.

Stratford senior Hunter Kauffman lost for just the second time this season, losing due to an injury default midway through the second period to Ethan Hofacker of Spring Valley/Elmwood. If Kauffman (40-2) is able to continue Saturday morning, he will face C.J. Pillath (42-5) of Coleman in a consolation semifinal. Kauffman was pinned by Pillath in the closing second of a match at the team sectional tournament, a match that clinched the victory for Coleman.

Hertel and Lang will move into the consolation semifinals after close losses in Division 1 semifinal matches.

Hertel (28-2) lost to Ben Hakes (28-1) of Oak Creek 5-4 at 160 pounds, and Lang fell to Jason Toshner (44-2) of Fond du Lac 4-0 at 195 pounds.

Hertel will wrestle Jared Krattiger (42-1) of Waterford and Lang (31-6) will take on Christian Dischler (38-11) of Pewaukee in consolation semifinals Saturday.

2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
At Kohl Center, Madison
Saturday, Feb. 28

11 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks, all divisions; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches in all divisions
6 p.m. – Championship matches, all divisions
Saturday’s local matchups
Consolation semifinals
Division 1

160 pounds: Mitch Hertel (28-2), Marshfield, vs. Jared Krattiger (42-1), Waterford.
195 pounds: Josh Lang (31-6), Marshfield, vs. Christian Dischler (38-11), Pewaukee.
Division 3
113 pounds:
Bryce Shaw (28-19), Spencer, vs. Riley Lull (45-3), Fennimore.
145 pounds: Paul Willfahrt (43-6), Auburndale, vs. Trenton Pasch (42-8), Royall.
220 pounds: Hunter Kauffman (40-2), Stratford, vs. C.J. Pillath (42-5), Coleman.
Championship matches
Division 3
106 pounds:
A.J. Schoenfuss (45-2), Stratford, vs. Austin Wolfe (40-4), Boyceville.
113 pounds: Jeremy Schoenherr (41-2), Stratford, vs. Weston Wichman (44-5), Johnson Creek.
126 pounds: Mason Kauffman (48-0), Stratford, vs. Kal Gerber (44-0), Cameron.
160 pounds: Wyatt Weiler (44-7), Auburndale, vs. Jared Roen (42-3), Riverdale.
182 pounds: Kamren Bornbach (40-3), Stratford, vs. Henry Fielding (44-2), Shiocton.

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Wausau West hands Marshfield boys basketball another tight loss

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Tanner Boson puts up a shot over the Wausau West defense during Thursday's game at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Tanner Boson puts up a shot over the Wausau West defense during Thursday’s game at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield boys basketball team’s agonizing season continued Thursday with another close loss.

The Tigers came back from a seven-point deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter but came up just short again, losing to Wausau West 44-43 in its Wisconsin Valley Conference and regular-season finale at Marshfield High School.

Marshfield lost for the fourth-straight time, all coming by three points or less, to finish the regular season with a 6-16 record. Ten of the Tigers’ losses this season have come by single digits.

“You’ve got to make baskets,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “We had a lot of chances. We only turned it over two times, so we had chances. I’m pleased because we have been giving away opportunities to score in previous games. We got shots, but we have to make them.

“Everyone is packing the lane and packing inside the 3-point circle and the only way to loosen them is to knock some of those down. I was trying to run different kids in there to try to find someone to knock a shot down. We had a few, but not enough and not when the game was really in the balance.”

A 3-pointer from Tanner Boson, who led the Tigers with eight points, was Marshfield’s only points over the final 7:30 of the third quarter as the Tigers saw their four-point lead turn into a six-point deficit.

Taylor Penn hit back-to-back 3-pointers around Boson’s 3, pushing West (12-10, 5-7 Wisconsin Valley Conference) to a 33-27 lead after three quarters.

West went up 38-31 after a basket by Carson Weber with 6:30 to go in the fourth and neither team scored for four minutes until Marshfield started to make a run.

Tyson Slade made a 3-pointer for Marshfield, and after a steal and dunk by West’s Jacob Raeder, Alex Hinson and Boson made 3-pointers to tie the game at 40-40 with 1:32 remaining.

West made just four of 10 free throws over the final 1:42, but Marshfield couldn’t cash in.

The Tigers missed three-straight shots before Hinson hit another 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to go.

After two missed free throws by West with 2.1 seconds to go, an inadvertent whistle from one of the officials caused some chaos. In the end, the referees ruled that West had possession when the whistle blew. West was able to run out the final second to preserve the win.

“The ref said they had possession and there was an inadvertent whistle, but I didn’t think there was possession at that time,” Zuiker said. “I thought it should have been an alternating possession (situation) and it would have been our basketball. I got overruled.”

Marshfield’s focus turns to the postseason. The Tigers open with a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at Chippewa Falls (13-9) on Friday, March 6.

Chippewa Falls defeated Marshfield 64-48 on Dec. 30 at Marshfield. The Cardinals have went just 4-7 to finish the season, giving the Tigers hope for an upset.

“Chippewa is going to play defense exactly like West did tonight,” Zuiker said. “West beat Chippewa by 18 points, Chippewa lost the other night by 20…they are a good team, don’t get me wrong, they whipped our tails at Christmas time, but we can compete. We’re excited about the chance to keep going.”

Warriors 44, Tigers 43
Wausau West 11 9 13 11 – 44
Marshfield 12 10 5 16 – 43
WAUSAU WEST (44):
Kyle Nickel 2-3 1-4 5, Morqurius Sykes 2-3 0-0 4, Carson Weber 3-3 0-0 6, David Seamon 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Raeder 2-5 0-2 4, Jakob Tordsen 3-6 5-6 12, Taylor Penn 5-14 0-1 13, Tommy Borta 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 17-34. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 4-10 (Penn 3-6, Tordsen 1-2, Raeder 0-2). Rebounds: 29 (Penn 10). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-10, 5-7 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
MARSHFIELD (43): Caleb Alexander 3-5 0-2 7, Tanner Boson 3-12 0-0 8, Derek Coffren 3-4 0-0 6, Zach Shortess 1-2 0-0 2, Tyson Slade 1-4 0-0 3, Kegan Fassler 0-0 0-0 0, Alec Hinson 2-4 0-1 6, Will Spindler 3-4 0-0 6, Ethan Voss 0-3 0-0 0, Jordan Schlinsog 1-5 0-0 3, Adam Fravert 1-5 0-0 2. FG: 18-48. FT: 0-3. 3-pointers: 7-23 (Boson 2-5, Hinson 2-4, Slade 1-3, Schlinsog 1-3, Alexander 1-2, Coffren 0-1, Shortess 0-1, Voss 0-2, Fravert 0-2). Rebounds: 18 (Fravert 6). Turnovers: 2. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Alexander. Record: 6-16, 2-10 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

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Marshfield’s Mitch Hertel, Josh Lang advance to semifinals at 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 26 February 2015 by paul

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MADISON – Marshfield’s Mitch Hertel and Josh Lang each won a pair of matches Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Hertel, a senior, improved to 28-1 with a pair of victories at 160 pounds in Division 1. Hertel defeated Austin Powell (43-2) of Sauk Prairie 2-1 in the preliminary round, then went on to win a major decision over Wisconsin Rapids’ Peyton Einerson (36-10) by a score of 15-3.

Hertel will take on Ben Hakes (27-1) of Oak Creek in a semifinal match Friday night.

Lang, a junior, won two matches at 195 pounds to qualify for the semifinals.

Lang won a major decision over Noah Martinez (35-8) of Kettle Moraine 9-0 in the preliminaries before defeated Dakin Coons (41-6) of Verona 12-10 in the quarterfinals.

Lang (31-5) will face Jason Toshner (43-2) of Fond du Lac in a semifinal match Friday night.

The two Marshfield wrestlers are guaranteed a medal with a top-six finish. The winners of the semifinals will advance to the finals on Saturday night. The losers move into the consolation semifinals, which begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
At Kohl Center, Madison
Friday, Feb. 27

10 a.m. – Division 1 consolation matches
11:15 a.m. – Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals
1:45 p.m. – Division 1 consolation semifinals
2:45 p.m. – Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals
7 p.m. – Semifinals, all divisions
Saturday, Feb. 28
11 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks, all divisions; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches in all divisions
6 p.m. – Championship matches, all divisions

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