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Marshfield team wins girls Macker title

Posted on 28 June 2010 by paul

The Marshfield team of Ellie Fehrenbach (from left to right), Ellie Kummer, Caitlin Michaelis and Natalie Zuelke teamed to win the 13- and 14-year-old girls division at the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Wausau earlier this month. The four girls will participate as part of the Central Force team this weekend at the AAU National Tournament in Rochester, Minn. (Photo courtesy of allmarshfield.com)

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Four Marshfield girls teamed up to win the 13- and 14-year-old girls division at the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament recently in Wausau.

Ellie Fehrenbach, Ellie Kummer, Caitlin Michaelis and Natalie Zuelke went 6-0 during the two-day tournament and won their division for the second time in three years. They did not compete in the Macker last year.

The girls are members of the Central Force, which won championships during the past year in the Great Northwest League and the AAU State Tournament.

The Force will compete in the AAU National Tournament at Rochester, Minn., this weekend.

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Andie Varsho named to all-state softball team

Posted on 28 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield's Andie Varsho was named to the WFSCA all-state first team for the fourth time. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Team was released following the WIAA State Softball Tournament earlier this month.

Marshfield’s Andie Varsho was named to the first team for the fourth time in her career.

Varsho, a Purdue University recruit, won her fourth Wisconsin Valley Conference batting title after hitting .651 (28-for-43) in conference play. She also led the Valley in doubles with 10, runs scored with 21 and stolen bases with 18.

Varsho competed on the Division 1 Blue Team in the WFSCA Senior All-Star Games in Stevens Point on June 22.

Varsho went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the Blue’s 12-2 win over the Black Team and 0-for-2 in a 12-1 loss to the Red Team.

The Blue Team was coached by Marshfield coach Mike Voss.

No players from Auburndale, Marshfield Columbus Catholic, Stratford or Spencer were selected to the all-state teams.

2010 Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Team
First team
Pitchers:
Kendra Bowe, jr., Chippewa Falls; Michelle Lund, sr., Grantsburg; Lauren Danner, jr., Kaukauna; Kelly Franks, sr., Stevens Point; Ashley Holz, so., Oakfield; Kristen Woods, so., Wilmot.
Catchers: Tia Collins, jr., Brodhead; Gabrielle Cassady, sr., Janesville Craig; Megan Duerlinger, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Danielle Lagerstrom, sr., New Richmond; Nicole Lasecki, sr., Pulaski.
Infielders: Marissa Michalkiewicz, so., Appleton East; Michelle Zoeller, sr., Mequon Homestead; Britt Schlaeger, sr., Mequon Homestead; McKinzie Freimuth, jr., Kaukauna; Amanda Jaskolski, sr., Shawano; Kassie Krueger, sr., Stevens Point; Kirsten Brose, sr., Verona.
Outfielders: Kelly Horak, sr., Appleton East; Maria VanAbel, jr., Kaukauna; Andie Varsho, sr., Marshfield; Ashleigh Sagat, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Brooke Piotrowski, sr., Stevens Point.
Utility: Genelle McFarland, so., Watertown.
Second team
Pitchers:
Becca Hart, sr., Hortonville; Ali Brems, jr., Kenosha Bradford; Taylor Holzinger, so., Lancaster; Kalli Schmelzer, sr., Luxemburg-Casco; Caitlin Wenzel, sr., Peshtigo; Chelsea Richter, sr., Rosholt.
Catchers: Kayla Ahrens, jr., Appleton East; Lauren Romanowski, sr., Grantsburg; Casey Arnold, jr., Kaukauna; Maggie Vils, jr., Mosinee; Dana Ripp, sr., Waunakee.
Infielders: EmmaLee Eckardt, sr., Altoona; Jenna Smith, sr., La Crosse Aquinas; Maria Vannieuwenhoven, sr., Ashwaubenon; Hailey Mohrfeld, jr., Menomonee Falls; Emily Krueger, jr., Portage; Emily McClelland, jr., Union Grove; Lauren Harris, sr., Watertown.
Outfielders: Brooke Piotrowski, sr., Stevens Point; Kayla Gosdeck, jr., Deerfield; Maddy Podmolik, sr., Fort Atkinson; Emily Kjos, jr., Lancaster; Megan Cherney, sr., Stevens Point; Haley Williams, sr., Waunakee.
Utility: Brooke Lauritzen, jr., Pulaski.
Third team
Pitchers:
Hillary Jenness, sr., Altoona; Lauren Blasczyk, fr., Appleton East; Erika Stampfli, jr., Brodhead; Jamie Schuh, sr., Freedom; Elizabeth Greatens, sr., Green Bay East; Kirsten Tomlinson, so., Poynette.
Catchers: Chelsey Schobert, sr., Belmont; Nikki Euhardy, jr., New London; Patrice Suplicki, sr., Stevens Point; Bailie Sheehan, so., Wilmot; Brianna Smith, so., Wisconsin Dells.
Infielders: Taylore Zbleski, jr., D.C. Everest; Annie Palmquist, sr., Grantsburg; Allyson Hennessy, jr., La Crosse Central; Katie Landon, jr., Lancaster; Taylor Huss, jr., Peshtigo; Mariah Giesseman, sr., Sevastopol; Stephanie Kramer, sr., Winnebago Lutheran.
Outfielders: Bethany Reyzer, jr., Altoona; Heather Schreiner, jr., Athens; Taylor Ruchti, jr., Barneveld; Tana VandenHuevel, so., Green Bay East; Marina Canne, sr., Marinette.
Utility: Taylor Zube, sr., West Allis Central.
Honorable mention
Pitchers:
Jeni Freiburger, sr., Belmont; Casandra Craig, sr., Neillsville; Laura Raflik, jr., Stevens Point Pacelli; Shannon McGuire, jr., River Valley; Alexandria Lorbetske, sr., Three Lakes; Erin Ortner, so., Tigerton.
Catchers: Amanda Monson, sr., Gilman; Emma Sawdey, sr., Medford; Katie Koepsel, jr., Oak Creek; Katie Gross, jr., Oakfield; Zoe Hale, jr., Beloit Turner.
Infielders: Evie Schaller, fr., Chippewa Falls; Anne Tronnes, jr., Edgerton; Morgan Martens, sr., Green Bay Preble; Aubrey Roberts, sr., Kimberly; Lily Buckley, sr., Menomonie; Lisa Karau, jr., Mosinee; Katie Morman, sr., Shoreland Lutheran.
Outfielders: Katie Ledwell, jr., East Troy; Kylie Watzka, sr., Green Bay Preble; Shelby Scharpf, sr., Horicon; Rilee Schmitz, sr., Mineral Point; Sydney Clarson, fr., River Valley.
Utility: Tess Fadness, sr., Eau Claire Memorial.

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All-state baseball team announced

Posted on 28 June 2010 by paul

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The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team and Academic All-State Team were released following the WIAA State Baseball Tournament earlier this month.

No players from Marshfield, Columbus Catholic, Spencer, Stratford or Auburndale were named to the All-State Team.

One player, Stratford’s Alex Kitchner, was named to the Academic All-State Team.

Bobby Juan of La Crosse Central was named the WBCA Player of Year. Westosha Central’s Bill Price was named as the Assistant Coach of the Year. The Coach of the Year award will be named later this year.

There were two players from the Marawood Conference South Division named to the team, and one from the Wisconsin Valley Conference.

Marathon junior Cody Hanke was named as one of two pitchers to the first team after helping the Raiders to the Division 3 state championship.

Pittsville junior outfielder Jordan Rayburn and Wausau West junior outfielder Brett Ziegel were honorable mention choices.

2010 WBCA All-State team
First team
Pitchers:
Cody Hanke, jr., Marathon; Bryce Bellin, sr., Kimberly.
Catcher: Michael Jurgella, sr., Stevens Point Pacelli.
Infielders: Michael Handel, sr., Sun Prairie; Kyle McHugh, sr., Rosholt; Peyton Stanford, sr., Milwaukee University School; Bobby Juan, sr., La Crosse Central.
Outfielders: Cole Cefalu, sr., Waunakee; Luke Meeteer, jr., Middleton; Dylan Friend, sr., Burlington.
Utility: Rex Morrow, jr., Burlington Catholic Central.
Second team
Pitchers:
Shane Adler, sr., Middleton; Brenden Schulz, sr., Kenosha Bradford.
Catcher: Mitch Ghelfi, jr., La Crosse Central.
Infielders: Sam Koenig, sr., Sauk Prairie; Mike Porcara, sr., Burlington; Marty Herum, sr., River Falls; Mikole Pierce, sr., De Pere.
Outfielders: Justin Jaquish, jr., Chippewa Falls; Tyler Adams, sr., Onalaska; Josh Gruenke, jr., Sheboygan South.
Utility: Garrick Day, sr., Elk Mound.
Third team
Pitchers:
Zach Wendorf, sr., Merrill; Andy Davis, sr., Chippewa Falls McDonell.
Catcher: Tony Brandner, jr., Hartford
Infielders: Jared Tomany, sr., Antigo; Treysen Vavra, sr., Menomonie; Jim Coady, jr., La Crosse Aquinas; Travis Mason, sr., West De Pere.
Outfielders: Christian DeCremer, sr., Janesville Craig; Aaron Benz, sr., Oconomowoc; Ryan Gerber, sr., Bruce; Josh Uhen, sr., Oshkosh North.
Utility: Conor McElligott, sr., Green Lake.
Honorable mention
Pitchers:
Mac Wichmann, sr., DeForest; Cody Peterson, sr., Burlington; Jared Dettman, jr., Somerset; C.J. Smith. sr., Antigo; Tyler Sparger, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Ryan Ledvina, sr., La Crosse Central; Michael Schneider, sr., West De Pere.
Catchers: Bryce Barsness, sr., Wisconsin Heights; Gus Koecher, sr., St. Croix Falls; Tom Sawyer, sr., Gibralter.
Infielders: Adam Gregory, sr., Edgerton; Mike Johnson, sr., DeForest; Ryan Pedretti, sr., Prairie du Chien; Casey Plemon, sr., Chequamegon; Ryan Boettcher, sr., Bonduel; John Wilson, sr., Westosha Central; Cody Jackson, sr., Winnebago Lutheran; Conor Sabin, sr., Hayward; Tyler Regnier, sr., Ellsworth; Brett Sebion, sr., Westby; Matt Paulsrud, sr., De Soto; Troy Rottier, jr., Seymour; Adam Michalski, sr., Ashwaubenon.
Outfielders: Jordan Rayburn, jr., Pittsville; Brett Ziegel, jr., Wausau West; Kevin Stroik, jr., Stevens Point Pacelli; Chad Skaer, sr., Winnebago Lutheran; Seth Hurt, jr., Eau Claire North; Alex Yacko, jr., Wisconsin Dells; Dakotah Kirchenwitz, jr., Pardeeville; Tony Lamers, sr., Kimberly.
Utility: Bobby Noland, sr., Mineral Point; Aaron Eichsteadt, sr., Port Edwards; Mitch Schreiber, jr., Kimberly.
Academic All-State Team
Graham Fagerburg, Columbus; Aaron Roesler, Watertown Luther Prep; Ryan McGuire, Mineral Point; Lucas Benish, Mineral Point; Kyle Jenkins, Verona; Beau Goff, Monona Grove; Devin Jeglum, Pecatonica; Nate Mezera, Prairie du Chien; Michael Stellmacher, Jefferson; Brad Zander, Barneveld.
Josh Slaney, Barneveld; Mike Johnson, DeForest; Mitch Phillips, Janesville Craig; Chad Mazur, Reedsburg; Juan Dominguez, Marshall; Jake Thomas, McFarland; Ross Voelker, McFarland; Luke Meeteer, Middleton; Chris Neely, Westby; Ethan Strasser, De Soto.
Trent Doherty, Johnson Creek; Grant Moon, Rio; Nate Andrews, Green Lake; TJ Huizenga, Randolph; Ben Syvertson, Randolph; Jake Lunow, Princeton; Brady Nelson, Mauston; David Linsmeyer, Mauston; David King, Viroqua; Dylan Lawrence, Viroqua; Dan Wheeler, Viroqua.
Ryan Johnson, Adams-Friendship; Mitch Voter, La Crosse Central; Alex Hiess, Chippewa Falls McDonell; Alex Henkel, Rhinelander; Dan Kellen, Rhinelander; Andy Ellenbecker, Athens; Nick Meyer, Medford; Michael Detert, Merrill; Jordan Burton, Merrill; Will Reiche, Marathon; Brad Stroik, SPASH.
Aaron Eichsteadt, Port Edwards; Justin Schroepfer, Antigo; Garrett Bastle, Antigo; Alex Kitchner, Stratford; Tyler Kramer, Mosinee; Josh Barnes, SPASH; Dylan McHugh, SPASH; C.J. Smith, Ashland; Adam Foris, Ashland; Garrick Day, Elk Mound.
Ryan Gerber, Bruce; Donnie Hissa, Northwestern; Jacob Borsch, Kenosha Tremper; Quincy Berg, Wilmot; Tyler Adams, Kettle Moraine Lutheran; Aaron Benz, Oconomowoc; John Wilson, Westosha Central; Cody Jackson, Winnebago Lutheran; Chad Skaer, Winnebago Lutheran; Jimmy Kreuser, Kenosha Bradford; Jordan Anderson, Seymour; Travis Mason, West De Pere; Bryce Bellin, Kimberly; Will Randerson, Kimberly.

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Marshfield’s Schmitt named to second team for all-Valley girls soccer

Posted on 18 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield's Myranda Schmitt was named to the second team of the 2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Soccer Team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Marshfield senior Myranda Schmitt was the lone Tiger named to first two teams of the 2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Soccer Team.

Schmitt didn’t score a goal in conference play, but helped a Tigers’ defense that allowed just over three goals a game.

Marshfield, which finished 0-12 in the conference after losing four games by one goal, had a pair of players earning honorable mention accolades.

Junior Alyssa Brenner and freshman Allison Gruen, who led Marshfield with three goals, were honorable mention picks.

Wausau East’s Generve Charles, who tied Stevens Point’s Danielle Thomason for the WVC lead in points with 28 (12 goals, four assists), was named the Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year.

East had four first-team picks after winning its second straight Valley title with a 10-0-2 record.

2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Soccer Team
First team

Katie Gajewski, sr., Wausau East (goalkeeper); *Haley Bodette, jr., D.C. Everets; *Kati Beckman, sr., Wausau East; Sadie Parsons, sr., D.C. Everest; Generve Charles, sr., Wausau East; Steph Wisen, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Kristen Churkey, so., D.C. Everest; Sarah Wood, sr., Stevens Point; Kristen Brey, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Heather Wysocki, sr., Stevens Point; Charlotte Koch, sr., Wausau East.
*unanimous selection
Second team
Briel Kohl, sr., Wisconsin Rapids (goalkeeper); Danielle Thomason, so., Stevens Point; Avery Check, sr., Stevens Point; Eden Willoughby, so., Stevens Point; Alexis Kniprath, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Brianna Kreig, sr., Wausau East; Myranda Schmitt, sr., Marshfield; Kristen Carlson, sr., Wausau West; Mallory Villenueve, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Laura Yonke, so., Stevens Point; Hillary Wall, fr., Rhinelander; Gabby Charles, fr., Wausau East.
Honorable mention
Hannah Jasurda, sr., D.C. Everest (goalkeeper); Bonnie Thao, sr., D.C. Everest; Katelyn Krug, fr., Rhinelander; Sarah Mohs, sr., Wausau East; Alyssa Brenner, jr., Marshfield; Morgan Pearson, jr., Wausau West; Chelsea Krayecki, jr., Stevens Point; Becky Stennett, jr., D.C. Everest; Claire Tracy, fr., Rhinelander; Laura Varner, sr., Wausau West; Carolyn McDonnell, so., Wausau East; Allison Gruen, fr., Marshfield; Anna Zimmerman, sr., Stevens Point.
Player of the Year: Generve Charles, Wausau East.

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Marshfield lands pair on all-Wisconsin Valley Conference baseball team

Posted on 16 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield sophomore Elliot Ashbeck was a first-team pick as a pitcher and utility player on the 2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Baseball Team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

Marshfield junior Sully Luepke and sophomore Elliot Ashbeck were recently named to the first team of the 2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Baseball Team.

Luepke was named as one of four infielders to the first team after finishing in a tie for 10th in the conference with a .385 batting average (15-for-39). He led the Wisconsin Valley with 17 runs scored and was second with 10 walks. As a pitcher, Luepke finished 0-5 with a 5.29 earned run average, striking out 30 and walking 30 in 41 innings pitched.

Ashbeck was one of two pitchers named to the first team and also was chosen as the first-team utility player. He was 6-1 with a 2.44 ERA, striking out 29 and walking 15 in 37 1/3 innings. His six wins were the most by any pitcher in the conference.

Ashbeck also finished third in the conference with a .421 batting average (16-for-38), tied for second with five doubles and scored 12 runs, which was tied for fifth.

Senior outfielder Josh Lutz and senior catcher Brett Baur were honorable mention choices from Marshfield.

Lutz hit .308 with eight RBIs and nine runs scored. Baur led the Tigers with 12 RBIs and also hit .308. Both players were 12-for-39.

Brad Stroik of conference champion Stevens Point was named Player of the Year. Stroik was an unanimous first-team pick as a pitcher, going 5-2 with two saves and a 2.26 ERA. He struck out a conference-high 50 batters in just 43 1/3 innings, walking only fuor and giving up just 32 hits.

2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Baseball Team
First Team
Infield:
*Matt Hruska, sr., D.C. Everest; Sully Luepke, jr., Marshfield; Kyle Comer, so., Rhinelander; tanner Blaschka, jr., Wausau West.
Outfield: *Dan Kellen, jr., Rhinelander; Cory Esselman, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Brett Ziegel, jr., Wausau West.
Catcher: *Sam Huebner, sr., Rhinelander.
Pitchers: Elliot Ashbeck, so., Marshfield; *Brad Stroik, sr., Stevens Point.
Utility: Elliot Ashbeck, so., Marshfield.
*Unanimous selection
Second Team
Infield:
Alex Henkel, jr., Rhinelander; Dylan McHugh, sr., Stevens Point; Josh Barnes, sr., Stevens Point; Austin Priebe, so., Wausau West.
Outfield: Joey Rose, jr., D.C. Everest; Bobby Gregorich, jr., Stevens Point; Nate Troyer, jr., Wausau East.
Catcher: Adam Bartlett, sr., Stevens Point.
Pitchers: Gunnar Smith, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Sam Huebner, sr., Rhinelander.
Utility: Dillon Bradley, sr., Wausau West.
Honorable Mention
Infield:
Clay Giese, jr., Stevens Point; Ryan Zweck, jr., Wausau East; Frank Vruwink, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.
Outfield: Michael Mathson, sr., D.C. Everest; Josh Lutz, sr., Marshfield; Joey Fredrick, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.
Catcher: Brett Baur, sr., Marshfield.
Pitcher: John Roberts, jr., Wausau West.
Player of the Year: Brad Stroik, sr., pitcher, Stevens Point.

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Marshfield trio named to boys golf academic all-state team

Posted on 15 June 2010 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – Three members of the Marshfield High School boys golf team were named to the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association Academic All-State Team.

Marshfield’s Mike Field, Michael Josephson and Pat Hayes were selected to the team, which was released following the WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament last week in Verona.

Field finished in a three-way tie for 86th place at the two-day state tournament, and led the Tigers to a sectional berth as a team this season.

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Varsho sisters named to all-Wisconsin Valley Conference softball team

Posted on 14 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield senior Andie Varsho was named to the first team of the All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Team for the fourth time. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
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Marshfield senior outfielder Andie Varsho and sophomore shortstop Taylor Varsho have been named to the first team of the 2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Team.

Andie Varsho was named to the first team for the fourth straight season after claiming her fourth batting title. She hit .651 (28-for-43) and led the conference in doubles (10), runs scored (21) and stolen bases (18).

Taylor Varsho was sixth in the conference in hitting with a .477 average (21-for-44), tied for fifth in runs scored with 17 and led the Tigers with 14 RBIs.

Marshfield junior pitcher Rhiannon Baierl was named to the second team.

She had a 7-4 record with a 3.41 earned run average. She struck out 40 and walked 42 in 80 innings pitched, giving up 95 hits.

Stevens Point pitcher Kelly Franks, who allowed just four runs (three earned) in 61 innings pitched. Was named the Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year. Franks struck out 82, walked just 15 and allowed only 26 hits, going 11-0 for the WVC champion Panthers.

Stevens Point coach Tom Drohner was named coach of the year.

2010 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Team
First team
Infield:
*Taylore Zblewski, jr., D.C. Everest; *Kassie Krueger, sr., Stevens Point; *Mirnada Spanberg, jr., Wausau West; Taylor Varsho, so., Marshfield.
Outfield: *Andie Varsho, sr., Marshfield; *Brooke Piotwrowski, sr., Stevens Point; *Megan Cherney, sr., Stevens Point.
Catcher: *Patrice Suplicki, sr., Stevens Point.
Pitchers: *Kelly Franks, jr., Stevens Point; *Brenna Poeske, jr., D.C. Everest.
Designated player: Lindsay Schilleman, jr., Rhinelander.
*Unanimous selection
Second team
Infield:
Emily Mallek, jr., Stevens Point; Mariah Richardson, so., Wisconsin Rapids; Sara Specht, sr., Rhinelander; Emily Miskoski, jr., Stevens Point.
Outfield: Mackenzie Fischer, sr., Wausau West; Molly Newville, jr., D.C. Everest; Emily Romanski, so., Wisconsin Rapids.
Catcher: Amanda Fischer, jr., Wausau West.
Pitchers: Rhiannon Baierl, jr., Marshfield; Erica Langholff, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Sammy Laatsch, fr., Wausau West.
Designated player: Holly Edelburg, sr., D.C. Everest.
Honorable mention
Infield:
Emily Hunt, jr., D.C. Everest; Leena Hagen, so., Wisconsin Rapids; Hannah Rusch, sr., Wausau East; Courtney Nelson, jr., Stevens Point.
Outfield: Emily Brandt, sr., Wausau West.

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Marshfield softball team’s season ends with sectional final loss

Posted on 10 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield's pitcher Rhiannon Baierl throws out Chippewa Falls' Emily Holldorf after field a bunt during Thursday's WIAA Division 1 softball sectional final at the Marshfield Fairgounds. Marshfield third baseman Kristin Kniech, middle, and second baseman Lindsey Duerr, right, look on. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield softball team knew it would have its hands full when battling one of the top teams in the state in Chippewa Falls on Thursday in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship game.

For 3 ½ innings, the Tigers held their own against the fourth-ranked team in the state, according to the Wissports.net Coaches Poll, but the Cardinals exploded with a five-run fourth and walked away with an 11-1 win at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Chippewa Falls (23-3) moves on to the WIAA State Softball Tournament for the second straight season and the sixth time in the past nine seasons. The Cardinals will play the winner of Friday’s game between Verona and La Crosse Central in a Division 1 quarterfinal next Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Goodman Diamonds in Madison.

The Cardinals totaled 18 hits, 16 over the final four innings, to push past Marshfield and end the Tigers’ playoff run. Marshfield finishes the season with a 15-10 record.

“Compared to where we were last year at this time, it’s a complete turnaround,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “A lot of it, for us, started with our defense. Our defensive play was much better than it was a year ago, as well as our pitching. It was a lot more consistent.

“A lot of the girls had an extra year of experience under them this year. When they got in there they were a lot more confident and made things happen.

Chippewa Falls pitcher Kendra Bowe shut down the Tigers the first time through the batting order, striking out six of the first nine batters she faced.

After Chippewa Falls scored a run in the third on an RBI single by Jordyn Hubin, Marshfield finally got to the Cardinals’ freshman ace.

Andie Varsho led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lindsey Duerr. After a strikeout, Raelyn Wingert singled to left to tie the game at 1-1. Rhiannon Baierl followed with a single, but the Tigers couldn’t scratch home another run. The run was the first allowed by Bowe in three playoff games this season.

“For the first couple innings, she (Bowe) seemed to have our number,” Voss said. “The few we did make contact, we didn’t seem to be making very strong contact. It wasn’t anything that we haven’t seen all season. It could have been nerves, I suppose, but we just got off to a slow start.”

The Cardinals left five runners on the base through the first three innings, but weren’t about to get frustrated and made the most of their next opportunity in the fourth against Baierl.

Five straight singles with two outs and a wild pitch plated five runs for Chippewa Falls. Bowe did the rest.

Bowe allowed only one baserunner over the final two innings – a sixth-inning single by Duerr – and the Cardinals scored three more times in the fifth and twice in the sixth to win the game via the 10-run rule.

“Kendra has been, obviously, our glue all year. I feel she’s probably going to be an all-state pitcher,” Chippewa Falls coach Jared Faherty said. “She’s been dominating all year and with her out there we feel pretty good. We feel people are going to have to really earn the runs that they get.”

Marshfield loses four seniors, including four-time Wisconsin Valley Conference batting champion Andie Varsho, and three other starters – right fielder Hayley Umhoefer, first baseman Morgan Chaffin and Wingert, the starting catcher.

For Varsho, who will be taking her softball talents to the Big Ten and Purdue University in the fall, the strong playoff run was a great way to end a stellar, three-sport career at Marshfield High School that included state tournament appearances in tennis and basketball, and likely four all-state selections in softball.

“It was very unexpected,” Varsho said of the Tigers’ postseason run. “It’s a great way to end my high school career, getting the farthest I ever have. It’s not great to end it this way, but to end it going the farthest we have gone in a while.”

Cardinals 11, Tigers 1
Marshfield 000 100 – 1 4 2
Chippewa Falls 001 532 – 11 18 0

WP: Kendra Bowe. LP: Rhiannon Baierl.
SO: Baierl 0; Bowe 7. BB: Baierl 2; Bowe 0.
Top hitters: M, Andie Varsho 1-for-3, run, SB; Lindsey Duerr 1-for-2, sac; Raelyn Wingert 1-for-3, RBI; Baierl 1-for-2. CF, Megan Schnobrich 3-for-5, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Carissa Maes 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Evie Schaller 2-for-4, run, RBI; Jordyn Hubin 3-for-4, run, 2 RBIs; Bowe 2-for-3; Val Hayes 1-for-2, 2B, 2 runs; Emily Holldorf 2-for-3, run, SB.
Records: Marshfield 15-10; Chippewa Falls 23-3.

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Strong defense keys Marshfield to softball sectional semifinal win

Posted on 09 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield shortstop Taylor Varsho catches a pop-up during Wednesday's WIAA Division 1 softball sectional semifinal against Wausau West at the Marshfield Fairgounds. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield third baseman Kristin Kniech makes a throw to first base during Wednesday's WIAA Division 1 softball sectional semifinal against Wausau West at the Marshfield Fairgounds. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield softball team has learned throughout the course of the season that the better it plays on the defensive end, the better chance it has of winning.

The Tigers played near-perfect defense during Wednesday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal, and it resulted in a 4-3 victory over Wausau West at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Marshfield (15-9) plays Chippewa Falls (22-3) for the sectional championship at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Fairgounds. The winner will play in the WIAA State Softball Tournament on June 17 in Madison.

The Tigers turned three double plays and did not commit an error in the victory, their second of the season in three meetings against West.

“We played tough defense during the course of the game and came up with some big hits when we needed them,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “(Pitcher) Rhiannon (Baierl) hurt herself with a few walks, but when she needed to get a strikeout, she seemed to get it, and I can’t say enough about the defense we played.”

Baierl allowed a single and a walk, and hit a batter in the first inning as she got off to a shaky start for the Tigers.

Emily Brandt, who led off the game with a single for West, scored on a wild pitch to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Marshfield responded with what proved to be its most clutch rally of the season thus far as it took advantage of some poor defense by West.

Andie Varsho led off with a single. Lindsey Duerr sacrifice bunted and the throw to first base by third baseman Niki Zimick was errant, allowing Varsho to go to third. Duerr promptly stole second and Taylor Varsho put Marshfield ahead on one swing of the bat, ripping a single to plate two runs.

After another sacrifice by Raelynn Wingert, Baierl singled to score Taylor Varsho to make it 3-1.

“We got out to that strong start in the first inning and without that, it’s a whole different ballgame,” Voss said. “We came out with some big hits to start it.”

Baierl settled in after that, using a 6-2-5 double play to get out of a bases loaded jam in the second, but Amanda Fischer did her best to rattle the Tigers pitcher.

Fischer led off the third inning with a double to left-center field and scored on a one-out single by West pitcher Sammy Laatsch, making it 3-2.

The Tigers got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Kristen Kniech drove in pinch-runner Sara Sturomski with single, putting the Tigers up 4-2.

Fischer wasn’t done, leading off the fifth with a towering home run deep over the center field fence to again bring the Warriors to within a run at 4-3.

Baierl retired the next four hitters before Zimick singled with one out in the sixth. The Tigers’ defense stepped up again when Taylor Varsho snared a line drive at shortstop and threw to first baseman Morgan Chaffin to double up Zimick to end the inning – the second such play made by Varsho and Chaffin made in the game. Varsho also made a leaping catch on a liner in the fourth inning and doubled off Taylor Utecht.

“At shortstop you really have to know the infield and you really have to cover lots of ground,” Taylor Varsho said. “Those double plays really pumped us up.”

Baierl retired the side in order in the seventh, including getting Fischer to groundout for the final out, preserving the victory and sending the Tigers into the sectional championship game against Big Rivers Conference champion Chippewa Falls, which is searching for its sixth trip to the state tournament in the last nine years, including last year.

“I know they (Chippewa Falls) are a good, tough team and with teams like that, almost like a Stevens Point, you have to come ready to play and can’t afford to make mistakes against them,” Voss said. “Hopefully we can come and play strong defense against them and get some bats going and make something happen.

“We’re on a roll now and hopefully that will help us out.”

Tigers 4, Warriors 3
Wausau West 101 010 0 – 3 7 3
Marshfield 301 000 x – 4 8 0

WP: Rhiannon Baierl. LP: Sammy Laatsch.
SO: Laatsch 0; Baierl 4. BB: Laatsch 0; Baierl 3.
Top hitters: W, Amanda Fischer 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 runs; RBI; Emily Brandt 2-for-4, run. M, Andie Varsho 2-for-4, 2B, run; Taylor Varsho 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, run.
Records: Wausau West 15-10; Marshfield 15-9.

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Marshfield’s Field finishes WIAA state golf meet with 89

Posted on 08 June 2010 by paul

Marshfield's Mike Field shot a second-round 89 Tuesday at the WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament at University Ridge Golf Club in Verona. (Photo courtesy of the WIAA).

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VERONA – Marshfield senior Mike Field followed his first-round 88 with an 89 on Tuesday in the second and final round of the WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament at University Ridge Golf Club.

Field finished in a three-way tie for 86th place with his two-day score of 177, 33-over par.

Like Monday’s first round, Field started his round on the back nine – and it didn’t start well.

Field, who triple bogeyed the 10th on Monday, had a double bogey 6. He birdied the par-5 11th hole for the second day in a row, but again it was his only birdie of the day.

Field shot a 41 on the back nine and had a 48 on the front nine. He had a triple bogey on the first hole and followed that with five straight bogeys and two double bogeys. He pared No. 9, his final hole of the round.

Mike Schilling of Middleton shot a 75 to finish at 4-over par for the tournament and won the individual title by one shot over Robbie Jacobsen of Racine Horlick. John Gulbert of Racine Case and Sam Weber of Hartland Arrowhead tied for third at 7-over par.

Arrowhead came from two shots back to win its fourth-straight Division 1 state team title with a two-day score of 618, three shots better than Milwaukee Marquette and four ahead of Middletno.

Madison Edgewood won the Division 2 team title with a 636, two shots ahead of Appleton Xavier. Charlie Danielson of Osceloa shot a 2-under par 70 to finish at 5-under par 139 to take the Division 2 individual title by six shots over Josh Udelhofen of Platteville.

Nate Strigenz of Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs won the Division 3 individual title with a two-day total of 9-over par 153, four shots ahead of Mitch Sobatta of Arcadia.

Arcadia won the team title with a 673, four shots ahead of Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs.

Complete state golf results available at wiaawi.org.

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