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Photo gallery: Marshfield football vs. Hortonville, Oct. 30

Posted on 31 October 2010 by paul

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JPEG images may be purchased for $5 each by e-mailing Paul Lecker at paul@marshfieldareasports.com. Payment is required before images will be e-mailed. Marshfieldareasports.com holds all rights to photos, and photos from state tournament events are not to be used for school or advertising activities without prior consent from the WIAA.

Photos from Marshfield’s WIAA football playoff win over Hortonville on Oct. 30.

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Marshfield's Daniel Drach picks off a pass during the second half of the Tigers' playoff win over Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield linebacker Ross Zillman makes a tackle during the Tigers' win over Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield defensive coordinator Len Luedkte Jr. rallies the troops during the second half of the Tigers' win over Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield quarterback Elliot Ashbeck fakes a pass before taking off for a long gain during the Tigers' playoff win at Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Austin Littmann runs across the middle after catching a pass during the Tigers' playoff game at Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal dives over the goal line for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Tigers' playoff win over Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield running back Riley Gebelein tries to elude a tackle during the Tigers' playoff win over Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield quarterback Elliot Ashbeck raises the ball after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' playoff win over Hortonville on Oct. 30. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Hortonville High School's football field is named after George Akin, the longtime former principal and coach at the school. Akin is the grandfather of Marshfield High School cross country and girls track coach Dan Akin, and great grandfather of Marshfield athletes Jake and Chelsea Akin. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Stratford STAR Basketball League begins

Posted on 31 October 2010 by paul

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The Stratford Recreation Department’s STAR Basketball League began Sunday night with six exhibition games.

Sunday’s scores: Bro’s 106, Marawood Construction 103; Smazel’s Hunters Choice 66, Festival Foods 65; Banger’s Bar & Grill 104, The Shack 44; Festival Foods 71, L&N Hardwoods 69; Marshfield 99, Resource Recovery 77; Down Under 73, Stratford 55.

For more on the league, go online to www.stratfordrec.com.

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3 former Marshfield runners take part in WIAC cross country meet

Posted on 31 October 2010 by paul

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COLFAX – Three former Marshfield High School cross country runners competed at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Whitetail Golf Course. The event was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Sean Harrington finished 13th in the men’s race and No. 1 for UW-La Crosse, running in 25:37. The Eagles finished fifth.

Amy Pawelko took 44th for UW-La Crosse, finishing in 24:27, and Nikki Bruhn, who runs for UW-Stevens Point, finished 46th in 24:29.

Stevens Point was second and La Crosse was fourth in the women’s team standings.

Jason Garvens of UW-Platteville won the men’s race in 24:44.88 and Christina Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh was the women’s champion, winning in 22:15.96.

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Division 2-3: Auburndale’s Harrison 10th, team finishes 13th at WIAA state cross country meet

Posted on 30 October 2010 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Auburndale cross country coach Jim Johnson had a simple way to sum up his girls team’s performance Saturday at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at the Ridges Golf Course.

“Experience matters,” Johnson said.

The Auburndale girls were making their first state meet appearance in 25 years and only one runner, Danica Harrison, had run at state before. That inexperience showed as the Apaches finished 13th among the 16 teams, and only Harrison finished in the top half of the field.

Harrison finished 10th in her third state meet, finishing the 4-kilometer course in 15:28.40. Sam Karl had the next-best finish for Auburndale, taking 79th in 17:04.69.

“We got stuck at the back of the pack and had a hard time moving up,” Johnson said. “We talked about how fast a start it would be, but the girls ran a little tight and did not run like they wanted to. That is, except for Danica. She is used to the type of racing that is needed to be done at the state championship level.”

All seven of the Auburndale runner competing were underclassmen, so Johnson hopes they use Saturday as a learning tool.

“The girls are proud of their effort, but they want to build on this and return next year ready to perform,” Johnson said.

Molly Seidel of University Lake School repeated as the Division 3 girls champ, finishing in 13:44.32 and winning by a whopping 1:06 over Sarah McMahon of Colfax.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic junior Claire Pinter finished 83rd overall with a time of 17:11.78.

Jack Taylor of Webster won the boys Division 3 title.

Statford’s Matt Zuelke wrapped up his career by finishing 41st in 17:33.13. It was his third state meet.

GIRLS
Division 3
Team standings:
1. Oshkosh Lourdes 102; 2. Sheboygan Area Lutheran 105; 3. Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 114; 4. Colfax 140; 5. Darlington 153; 6. Edgar 184; 7. Osseo-Fairchild 190; 8. Fennimore 220; 9. Laona/Wabeno 221; 10. Living Word Lutheran 231; 11. The Prairie School (Racine) 246; 12. Frederic 262; 13. Auburndale 265; 14. Flambeau 292; 15. Cashton 353; 16. Hurley 385.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Molly Seidel (University Lake School) 13:44.32; 2. Sarah McMahon (Colfax) 14:50.66; 3. Breanna Colbenson (Spring Valley) 14:55.36; 4. Miranda Brown (Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs) 15:10.80; 5. Marina Paul (Cedar Grove-Belgium) 15:12.43; 6. Elisa Caminiti (Wisconsin Heights) 15:14.21; 7. Grace Meurer (Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs) 15:14.47; 8. Isabel Seidel (University Lake School) 15:26.92; 9. Michaela Welsh (Oshkosh Lourdes) 15:27.00; 10. Danica Harrison (Auburndale) 15:28.40.
Other Auburndale finishers: 79. Sam Karl 17:04.69; 106. Emma Steines 17:56.95; 108. Heather Nigh 17:57.49; 122. Stafani Karl 18:22.34; 139. Tracey Bredl 18:52.49; 146. Skyler De Boer 20:40.18.
Click here for complete Division 3 girls results, courtesy of pttiming.com.
Division 2
Team standings:
1. Dodgeville/Mineral Point 123; 2. Onalaska 123; 3. Port Washington 136; 4. Chilton 163; 5. Pewaukee 164; 6. Northwestern 186; 7. Green Bay Notre Dame 201; 8. Madison Edgewood 208; 9. La Crosse Aquinas 217; 10. Luxemburg-Casco 248; 11. Shorewood 269; 12. Wisconsin Lutheran 279; 13. Random Lake 281; 14. Plymouth 289; 15. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 295; 16. Rice Lake 343.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Allie Woodward (Notre Dame) 13:59.53; 2. Tricia Serres (Platteville) 14:32.03; 3. Kristin Linzmeier (Chilton) 14:39.25; 4. Maddy Haupart (Aquinas) 14:43.83; 5. Haley Johnson (Plymouth) 14:48.79; 6. Katelin Cunningham (Ripon) 14:56.53; 7. Delaney Fitzpatrick (Lakeland) 15:15.04; 8. Maddie Hibshman (Onalaska) 15:17.09; 9. Liz Smits (McFarland) 15:18.13; 10. Andrea Ostenso (Ladysmith) 15:21.26.
Click here for complete Division 2 girls results, courtesy of pttiming.com.
BOYS
Division 3
Team standings:
1. Kenosha St. Joseph’s 107; 2. Cedar Grove-Belgium 146; 3. Rosholt 150; 4. Chequamegon 166; 5. Darlington and Gillett 181; 7. Albany 199; 8. Grantsburg and Oshkosh Lourdes 204; 10. Sheboygan Area Lutheran 211; 11. The Prairie School (Racine) 226; 12. Flambeau 228; 13. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 273; 14. Blair-Taylor 275; 15. Marathon 278; 16. Gilmanton/Independence 364.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Jack Taylor (Webster) 16:25.92; 2. Dennis Haak (Belleville) 16:30.04; 3. Alex Faber (Edgar) 19:39.67; 4. Ryan Mugan (Howards Grove) 16:39.93; 5. Andres Tineo Paz (The Prairie School) 16:45.45; 6. Kyle Reismann (Blair-Taylor) 16:45.94; 7. D.T. McDonald (Oshkosh Lourdes) 16:46.93; 8. Tyson Miehe (Darlington) 16:48.42; 9. Charles Corbett (Chequamegon) 16:49.81; 10. Andrew Studinski (Marathon) 16:57.77.
Click here for complete Division 3 boys results, courtesy of pttiming.com.
Division 2
Team standings:
1. Shorewood 146; 2. Dodgeville/Mineral Point 154; 3. Port Washington 155; 4. Ashland 156; 5. Monroe 169; 6. Pewaukee 172; 7. Viroqua 181; 8. Wisconsin Lutheran 182; 9. La Crosse Aquinas 191; 10. Little Chute 231; 11. Plymouth 249; 12. Winnebago Lutheran 269; 13. Northwestern and Valders 275; 15. Green Bay Notre Dame 307; 16. Freedom 315.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Michael Evans (Valders) 16:07.90; 2. Trevor Wunnicke (Dodgeville/Mineral Point) 16:17.20; 3. Jon Luedtke (Lomira) 16:17.60; 4. Michael Christianson (Aquinas) 16:19.90; 5. Ryan McCoy (New Glarus/Monticello) 16:20.90; 6. William Peasley (Black River Falls) 16;27.50; 7. Joe Luedtke (Lomira) 16:32.90; 8. Brett Johnson (St. Croix Central) 16:34.90; 9. Josh Martin (Pewaukee) 16:41.90; 10. John Vodacek (Bloomer) 16:42.10.
Click here for complete Division 2 boys results, courtesy of pttiming.com.

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Auburndale volleyball going back to state tournament

Posted on 30 October 2010 by paul

Auburndale junior Haley Harman eyes the ball for a spike attempt during Thursday's WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal match against Athens. Harman had 11 kills in the sectional final Saturday as the Apaches beat Oconto 3-1 to advance to the state tournament. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARATHON – The Auburndale girls volleyball team is going back to state.

The Apaches defeated Oconto 3-1 Saturday in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semfinal at Marathon High School.

Auburndale won by scores of 25-13, 25-13, 21-25, 26-24 to advance to the WIAA State Volleyball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Apaches will play Racine St. Catherine’s in a Division 3 semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. the winner will play for the state championship Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Auburndale had never made it to the WIAA state tournament before last year – now the program has two appearances in a row.

Five seniors – Liz Breu, Kayla Nikolay, Kimbelry Masephol, Kayleigh Kundinger and Emily Karl – return from the team that was swept in the state semifinals by Cuba City last year. Senior Lindsay Gotz also played last year but missed this season with an injury.

“This group of girls have some intangibles. They play with heart and refuse to give up,” Auburndale coach Peggy Empey said. “They help pick each other up when things are going wrong. They believe in themselves and believe in each other.”

Breu led the way against Oconto with 14 kills. Juniors Haley Harman and Kari Willfahrt added 11 each. Harman also had seven service aces.

Kundinger, the Apaches’ setter, had 39 assists and Masephol led the defense with 22 digs.

Auburndale ripped through the first two games, then seemed to be bit by the nervousness of standing only one win away for the state tournament.

“We were playing very strongly the first two games, and in Game 3 the intensity dropped. Oconto took advantage of that. In Game 4, we were still working on getting intensity back and were able to finish it off. We finished very strong the last few points.”

Check out MarshfieldAreaSports.com throughout the week for coverage of Auburndale’s trip to the state volleyball tournament, and for updates Friday from Green Bay.

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Division 1: Marshfield’s Voss 11th, Zimmerman 49th at WIAA state cross country meet

Posted on 30 October 2010 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Marshfield freshman Rebecca Voss just missed finishing in the top 10 in her first WIAA State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, finishing 11th in the Division 1 girls race at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Voss finished the 4-kilometer race in 14:56.30, 1.7 seconds behind Wausau East’s Ashley Eckhoff, to take 11th. The time was the fastest, by nearly 9 seconds, of any Marshfield girls runner at the state meet during coach Dan Akin’s long tenure at the school.

“Rebecca took it out pretty moderately and was 25th at the mile mark. From there she just steadily picked people off,” Akin said. “When you combine all three divisions, she finished 19th out of 490 runners, which will get her second-team all-state honors.

“At the end she was still coming on. It looked like she could run another half mile.”

Alexandria Fons, a freshman from Franklin, won the meet in 14:24.82, nearly 10 seconds ahead of Jenna McMiller of Waukesha North.

Wausau East repeated as the team champion. Katelyn Stine led the Lumberjacks with a fifth-place finish. Eckhoff was 10th and Courtney Frahm was 12th, 2 seconds behind Voss. Wausau West took fifth in the team standings.

“The conference girls really represented themselves well today,” Akin said. “West was second in sectional and ended up fifth overall – that says a lot about our league.”

Marshfield senior Bryan Zimmerman was just off his personal-best pace he set at the sectional meet last week and took 49th with a time of 16:57.16. It was just the second time in his career he broke the 17-minute mark.

Zimmerman was the first Marshfield boy to qualify for the state meet since 2006, and his time was the sixth-fastest for a Marshfield boy at state under Akin.

“The first mile pace was real moderate. The first guy came through at 5 minutes and Bryan was at 5:08 and in 25th place, so it was at a pace he could handle,” Akin said. “At the 2-mile he was 45th. There were so many guys (bunched), so he was right there. He showed guts in the last mile, and in the last 300 yards he caught about five guys.

“I was hoping he would break 17 minutes again, and he did, and for him to reach the top 50 was realistic for him. To get top 50 was huge.”

Dan Schubert of Appleton East won the meet with a time of 15:53.71.

Wisconsin Valley Conference representatives Stevens Point and D.C. Everest finished seventh and 12th, respectively, as a team.

Jon Formella led Stevens Point, taking 24th in 16:32.36.

Hartland Arrowhead edged Milwaukee Marquette by just one point to claim the team title.

BOYS
Division 1
Team results:
1. Hartland Arrowhead 82; 2. Milwaukee Marquette 83; 3. Madison West 124; 4. La Crosse Logan 155; 5. Neenah 175; 6. Milwaukee King 192; 7. Stevens Point 205; 8. Hudson 217; 9. Janesville Craig 223; 10. Kenosha Tremper 250; 11. Madison La Follette 260; 12. D.C. Everest 285; 13. Germantown 328; 14. Kimberly 338; 15. Muskego 364; 16. Bay Port 393.
Individual Top 10: 1. Dan Schubert (Appleton East) 15:53.71; 2. Tommy Meister (Janesville Craig) 15:54.94; 3. Zach Hansen (Kenosha Tremper) 15:56.61; 4. Sam Penzenstadle (Oshkosh West) 15:58.58; 5. Sam Hacker (Madison West) 15:58.62; 6. Russell Sandvold (Hartland Arrowhead) 16:04.11; 7. Sebastian VanOudena (Milwaukee King) 16:06.57; 9. Kyle Nottingham (Kenosha Tremper) 16:14.36; 10. Charlie Thompson (Madison West) 16:17.53.
Click here for complete Division 1 boys results, courtesy of pttiming.com.
GIRLS
Team results:
1. Wausau East 60; 2. Neenah 72; 3. Hartland Arrowhead 113; 4. River Falls 136; 5. Wausau West 172; 6. Madison West 173; 7. Oconomowoc 253; 8. Bay Port 268; 9. Whitefish Bay 277; 10. La Crosse Central 279; 11. Waukesha North 295; 12. Verona 305; 13. West Bend West 321; 14. Brookfield East 347; 15. Sun Prairie 347; 16. Waukesha West 352.
Individual Top 10: 1. Alexandria Fons (Franklin) 14:24.82; 2. Jenna McMiller (Waukesha Norht) 14:34.39; 3. Emma-Lisa Murphy (Whitefish Bay) 14:42.56; 4. Jackie Dubnicka (Hartland Arrowhead) 14:44.49; 5. Katelyn Stine (Wausau East) 14:44.86; 6. Liz Berkholtz (Sun Prairie) 14:45.49; 7. Elizabeth Flatley (Brookfield Central) 14:45.83; 8. McKaela Christenson (Baraboo) 14:46.71; 9. Haley Bauer (Cedarburg) 14:51.68; 10. Ashley Eckhoff (Wausau East) 14:54.61.
Click here for complete Division 1 girls results, courtesy of pttiming.com.

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Marshfield football rallies in second half, routs Hortonville in Level 2 playoff

Posted on 30 October 2010 by paul

Marshfield's Brandon Baltus tackles Hortonville quarterback Kegan Gennrich during Saturday's WIAA Division 2 Level 2 football playoff game at Akin Field at Hortonville High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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HORTONVILLE – Members of the Marshfield football team went into halftime hanging their heads following a disappointing end to the first half of Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Level 2 game.

Trailing Hortonville 23-14 at the break, the Tigers found out what they were made of in the second 24 minutes, scoring five unanswered touchdowns to rout the Polar Bears 49-23 and advance to the Division 2 quarterfinals.

Marshfield (7-3) will host Menomonie (10-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Beell Stadium. Hortonville ends its season at 7-4.

The Tigers lost their season-opener to Menomonie 22-14 at home on Aug. 27.

“Coach (Paul) Foegen (the Tigers’ offensive coordinator) and Coach (Denny) Goettl said that we don’t need to make many adjustments, we just need to execute. It’s not about plays, it’s about running them,” Marshfield senior wide receiver Ian Padron said. “I think we came through, finally did what they were telling us and bought into it and put up 35 unanswered points.”

Elliot Ashbeck completed four passes in the second for 104 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown to Padron, and also ran for a score. Brad Dolezal had two rushing scores and Todd Vantassel ran six times for 88 yards and a touchdown as well in the second half to lead the Tigers in the rout.

“We stopped shooting ourselves in the foot,” Marshfield coach Denny Goettl said. “We talked a little bit about effort and enthusiasm at the half. They had their dobbers down a little bit when we got down by nine points, but we knew we could move the ball. We had to turn their heads upside down and get going.”

Marshfield scored on its opening drive, going 63 yards in eight plays, when Ashbeck hit Payton Marshall over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown.

After a three-and-out, the Tigers looked like they were driving for another score but Vantassel fumbled on the 26 and Hortonville recovered. On the next play, quarterback Keegan Gennrich hit Joe Sommers for a 74-yard touchdown pass to tie the game – and shock Marshfield.

Hortonville had its way throwing the ball for the rest of the first half as well. Gennrich completed eight of nine passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He converted three straight third down plays on the Polar Bears’ first scoring drive of the second quarter with long passes across the middle – the final one to Zach Vallafsky for 20 yards to give Hortonville a 14-7 lead.

Marshfield answered when Dolezal scored from the 4, but Hortonville closed the half strong. Gennrich capped a 64-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. After an interception by Andrew Wolf with 17 seconds left in the half, Gennrich had a nine-yard run and completed a 30-yard pass to Travis Ernst to set up a 20-yard field goal by Taylor Pahl on the final play of the half, putting the Polar Bears up 23-14.

Whatever they did at halftime, it worked for the Tigers.

Hortonville had just 76 yards and four first downs in the second half. The Polar Bears completed just three of 14 passes and threw three interceptions as Marshfield’s defense tightened the screws.

“We knew we couldn’t give up any easy points. We had to stop them from running the ball,” said Marshfield senior cornerback Dan Kniech. “We knew we had to get a lot of stops defensively. We forced them to punt a lot and made some big plays when we needed to with some interceptions.”

Padron scored on a 43-yard pass from Ashbeck on Marshfield’s first possession, the same play that Marshall scored on in the first half where the Hortonville defense surrounded tight end Tyler Rollins in the middle of the field and Ashbeck went deep to a receiver running a slant toward the goal post.

“When we run Tyler down the seam like that, the safety has to make a decision,” said Padron, who added a 37-yard reception in the fourth quarter. “Hopefully he makes the wrong one, which he did two times and we were able to exploit that.”

The Tigers scored again on their next possession when Dolezal ran in from the 8 to put Marshfield up 28-23.

Following back-to-back turnovers on its next two possessions, Marshfield needed just 10 offensive plays to score three touchdowns in the fourth.

Ashbeck had a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a score. After an interception by Kniech and a return of 49 yards to the Polar Bears’ 25, Dolezal ran 14 yards and Vantassel finished off the short drive with an 11-yard touchdown.

After a three-and-out, Dolezal iced it with a 42-yard run on the Tigers’ first play.

Vantassel finished with 154 yards rushing on 15 carries, and Dolezal added 84 on just nine carries as the Tigers racked up 272 yards on the ground. “We made a little halftime adjustment at halftime,” Goettl said. “Lenny (Luedtke Jr., the defensive coordinator) went to a little Cover 3 look and had an over-under look on that No. 6 (Vallafsky) because he’s a pretty good player.

“They knew it was their last game if they didn’t win. I think that was a big deal.”

Notes: Marshfield has advanced to the third round of the WIAA football playoffs for the 10th time since 1996 and for the third straight season. … Hortonville’s football field is named Akin Field after George Akin, the longtime teacher, coach and administrator for the Hortonville School District. George Akin is the grandfather of Marshfield High School cross country and girls track coach Dan Akin, and the great grandfather of Marshfield High School athletes Jake and Chelsea Akin. … Friday’s game against Menomonie will mark the fourth time Marshfield has played the Indians in the playoffs. Menomonie won a third-round game in 2003, 10-6, and a first-round game in 2006, 21-0. The Tigers beat Menomonie 34-20 in the third round in 2008.

Tigers 49, Polar Bears 23
Marshfield 7 7 14 21 – 49
Hortonville 7 16 0 0 – 23
First quarter

M – Payton Marshall 21 pass from Elliot Ashbeck (Gus Utech kick), 8:55.
H – Joe Sommers 74 pass from Kegan Gennrich (Taylor Pahl kick), 4:46.
Second quarter
H – Zach Vallafskey 20 pass from Gennrich (Pahl kick), 6:01.
M – Brad Dolezal 4 run (Utech kick), 4:24.
H – Gennrich 6 run (kick missed), 2:06.
H – Pahl 27 field goal, 0:00.
Third quarter
M – Ian Padron 43 pass from Ashbeck (Utech kick), 9:16.
M – Dolezal 8 run (Utech kick), 6:52.
Fourth quarter
M – Ashbeck 1 run (Utech kick), 10:00.
M – Todd Vantassel 11 run (Utech kick), 8:14.
M – Dolezal 42 run (Utech kick), 7:01.
TEAM STATISTICS
First downs:
Marshfield 16, Hortonville 9.
Rushing (att-yards): Marshfield 38-272, Hortonville 40-72.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Marshfield 13-24-193-2, Hortonville 11-23-264-3.
Penalties: Marshfield 4-35, Hortonville 6-51.
Fumbles (total-lost): Marshfield 2-2, Hortonville 2-0.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing:
M, Todd Vantassel 15-154, Dolezal 9-84, Riley Gebelein 7-20, Elliot Ashbeck 3-20, Josh Shupe 4-8. H, Zach Vallafskey 11-42, Eric Sprangers 11-32, Nick August 1-3, Gunner Ploch 1-2, Kegan Gennrich 14-minus 3, Cole Parker 2-minus 4.
Passing: M, Ashbeck 12-22-190-2, Chris Stemen 1-2-3-0. H, Gennrich 11-21-264-1, Vallafskey 0-1-0-1, Ryley Rosenfeldt 0-1-0-1.
Receiving: M, Payton Marshall 3-32, Ian Padron 2-80, Austin Littman 2-25, Tyler Rollins 2-24, Jake Lisiecki 2-19, Dolezal 2-4. H, Vallafskey 5-96, Joe Sommers 2-75, Travis Ernst 2-54, August 2-39.
Fumble recoveries (defense): M, none. H, Patrick Hart, Dallas Hannus.
Interceptions: M, Dan Kniech, Brad Esselman, Daniel Drach. H, Andrew Wolf.
Records: Marshfield 7-3, Hortonville 7-4.

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Stratford football drops Level 2 game on final play

Posted on 30 October 2010 by paul

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DARLINGTON – Zach McArthur kicked a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give Darlington a 23-20 win over Stratford in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff game Saturday at Darlington High School.

Darlington drove 60 yards on the drive in the final 2 minutes and survived a controversial call to kick the game-winner.

On third down at the 3, Darlington lost control of the ball. Stratford thought it was a fumble, but the play was blown dead and ruled a spike by the quarterback. McArthur kicked the winning field goal on the next play.

Darlington (11-0) will play Arcadia (9-2) in a Level 3 game Friday or Saturday. A site and time are yet to be determined.

Stratford ends its season with a 8-3 record.

Darlington led 20-0 at halftime only to see the Tigers storm back and tie the game.

Mark Marquardt and Jamie Aschebrock had rushing touchdowns and with a little more than 2 minutes left, Shelley scored on a touchdown run. Stratford missed the extra point, but the game was tied 20-20.

Game statistics were not provided to MarshfieldAreaSports.com. The story will be updated when they become available.

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Marshfield’s Voss, Zimmerman come into WIAA state cross country meet at their best

Posted on 29 October 2010 by paul

Marshfield freshman Rebecca Voss, top, and senior Bryan Zimmerman willl compete at the WIAA State Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield freshman Rebecca Voss and senior Bryan Zimmerman have never raced at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships, but both are coming into the meet running their best.

Both set career-best marks at last week’s Division 1 sectional at Nine Mile Forest in Rib Mountain and will embark on the course at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday looking to better their marks again.

Zimmerman will run in the Division 1 boys race at 12:20 p.m. and Voss will participate in the Division 1 girls race at 2:20 p.m.

Zimmerman is the first Marshfield boy to make it to the state meet since 2006 when Sean Harrington qualified for the Tigers. Zimmerman placed eighth at the sectional, breaking the 17-minute mark for the first time in his career, running the 5-kilometer course in 16:50.16.

“He ran great no question about it,” Marshfield coach Dan Akin said. “We’ve been kind of waiting for him to take that next step. His times were about where they were last year, but he made a great late season surge. I was so pleased that he really ran a great race last week and is has real good confidence right now.”

Voss comes into her first state meet off a great finish at the sectional. Unable to catch Wausau East’s Ashley Eckhoff in previous matchups this season, Voss made a late surge and edged Eckhoff by less than one-half of a second to win the sectional with a time of 14:40.87 on the 4K course.

She comes into the state meet with the second-best time in the field.

“She’s going to be right there, if you look at the times, but we don’t want to put a lot of pressure on her,” Akin said. “She has run great all season long. She’s been like a veteran in some tough races, like the Smiley, which is like a mini state meet. If she runs her race, she’s going to be fine.”

Voss made a point of charging out front at the sectional and keeping a close eye on Eckhoff. Akin expects her to do the same Saturday.

“She has some kids to key off from area,” Akin said. “Ashley Eckhoff and Katelyn Stine from Wausau West, some Wausau West girls, too. There are some friendly faces she can race with. With 190 girls, it’s a bigger field, but she’s been known to go out hard and maintain that. She doesn’t sit back and make a move late, she goes out and runs with the lead pack. She gets in a good position early and works from there.”

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Stratford’s Matt Zuelke to cap career at WIAA state cross country meet

Posted on 29 October 2010 by paul

This story is sponsored by: Valley Communities Credit Union

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STRATFORD – Stratford senior Matt Zuelke didn’t even run on the cross country team as a freshman. Three years later, he is getting ready for his third WIAA State Cross Country Championships.

Zuelke, coming off a career-best time of 16:47 set last week at the Athens sectional, will take part in the Division 3 boys race Saturday at the state meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The Division 3 race is the first of six and is slated to start at 11 a.m.

“This year we’re hoping Matt will finish in the top-six and get on the podium,” Stratford coach Mark Guderski said.

Zuelke took 12th last year at the state meet and was 71st as a sophomore, when the Tigers went to state as a team. During his sophomore year, Zuelke ran only a few meets as he also played football at Stratford.

Guderski said he is hopeful Zuelke is healthy and ready to go Saturday.

“Last month, Matt was bothered with a cold and sore shins, but we believe he’s over both problems and is looking fresh now,” Guderski said.

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