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Stratford STAR League holds Hoops for Hunger fundraiser during games Sunday

Posted on 31 October 2011 by paul

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The Stratford STAR Men’s Basketball League held its first Hoops for Hunger fundraiser of the season on Sunday.

Food and clothing were donated by the teams and fans to local charities.

The top donor, Marawood Construction, was awarded $100 and chose to donate it to the food pantry.

A Toys for Tots event will be held Dec. 4 and another food and clothing drive is scheduled for Jan. 15.

In games Sunday night:

* Marawood Construction defeated Smazel’s Hunters Choice 52-48.

*Marshfield (Heinzen) racked up 106 points in a 106-87 win over Kizzy & Sue’s Bar & Grill. Shawn Lee had 26 points and Chris Weiler added 20 for Marshfield. Jay Fuherer led Kizzy’s with 48 points.

*Athens edged After Hours 84-77. Chris Klempke led After Hours with 28 points and Clint Schlinsog added 20.

*L&N Hardwoods defeated Festival Foods 52-44.

*The Shack whipped MOB 72-46 behind 22 points from Kevin Leick.

*US Bancorp Investements outscored Lindsey Bar & Grill 91-81. Chris Newburry had 31 points and Matt Bushman scored 20 for US Bancorp.

*Resource Recovery defeated Rozellville 83-63. Scott Gebelein and Barry Messman each had 20 points for Resource. Jake Kolb had 26 points and Brian Heusi had 21 for Rozellville.

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Photo gallery: The Spencer volleyball team’s run through the Division 3 playoffs

Posted on 31 October 2011 by paul

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Photos from the Spencer volleyball team’s run to the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament.

The Rockets defeated Cadott, Neillsville, Auburndale, Marathon and Kewaunee in the Division 3 playoffs and will play Grantsburg in a Division 3 state semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Division 3 championship match is Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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Spencer's Aubrie Bissonette, from left, Dani Johnson, Courtney Schulz, Kyleigh Hebert, Krstyal Weier and Marisa Johnson celebrate seconds after the Rockets won Game 5 against Kewaunee during the WIAA Division 3 sectional final at Edgar High School on Oct. 29. The Rockets will play at the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament next Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Members of the Spencer volleyball team celebrate with their sectional trophy after beating Kewaunee 3-2 in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final on Oct. 29 at Edgar High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer senior setter Kyleigh Hebert lofts a ball in the air during the WIAA Division 3 sectional final match Oct. 29 against Kewaunee. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer's Alicia Endreas serves as both teams set up for a point during the third game of the WIAA Division 3 sectional final against Kewaunee on Oct. 29 at Edgar High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer's Tara Matter, left, and Courtney Schulz celebrate a Matter kill for a point during the Rockets' WIAA Division 3 sectional final win over Kewaunee on Oct. 29 at Edgar High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer's back row of Alicia Endreas, from top, Dani Johnson and Paige Johnson prepares for a serve during the WIAA Division 3 sectional final against Kewaunee on Oct. 29. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer's Paige Johnson, right, leaps to block a spike attempt from Kewaunee's Katelyn Tulachka during the WIAA Division 3 sectional final Oct. 29 at Edgar High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

The Spencer volleyball team celebrates its 3-1 win over Marathon in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Oct. 27 at Auburndale High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer freshman Marisa Johnson bumps a ball during the Rockets' WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal win over Marathon on Oct. 27 at Auburndale High School. Alicia Endreas, left, and Dani Johnson, back, watch on. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

The Spencer student section surrounds the Rockets volleyball players after their win over Marathon in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Oct. 27 at Auburndale High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer libero Dani Johnson dives to return a serve during the Rockets' win over Marathon in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Oct. 27 at Auburndale High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer senior Courtney Schulz slams a spike past a Marathon defender during the Rockets' WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal win on Oct. 27. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer libero Dani Johnson returns a serve during the Rockets' win over Cadott on Oct. 18. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer hitter Courtney Schulz blasts a kill past two Cadott defenders during the Rockets' regional quarterfinal win on Oct. 18. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Undefeated Colby tops Stratford in WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff

Posted on 30 October 2011 by paul

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COLBY – The Stratford football team gave undefeated Colby a run but in the end the Hornets held on to a 28-13 win in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff game Saturday at Colby High School.

Stratford, which won a Level 1 game over Grantsburg 39-7, finishes its season with a 7-4 record.

Colby (11-0) moves on to a Level 3 game next Friday or Saturday against Stanley-Boyd (8-3). The game time, date and site will be announced Sunday or Monday.

Colby eased out to a 28-0 lead in the third quarter before the Tigers tried to mount a comeback.

Derek Austin caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Drew Spaeth in the third quarter and Greg Belter scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the Tigers.

Spaeth had a solid game for the Tigers in only his fourth varsity start. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 171 yards, but threw two interceptions. Austin caught seven balls for 121 yards.

Colby are looking to make it to Madison for the third time in four years. The Hornets won the 2008 Division 5 title and lost in the championship game last season.

Hornets 28, Tigers 13
Stratford 0 0 7 6 – 13
Colby 7 14 7 0 – 28
FIRST QUARTER

C- Zach Peissig 11 run (Michael Knetter kick)
SECOND QUARTER
C- Jared Wreidt 27 pass from Aaron Koerner (Knetter kick)
C- Brandon Wickersham 77 punt return (Knetter kick)
THIRD QUARTER
C- Michael Cliver 4 pass from Koerner (Knetter kick)
S- Derek Austin 8 pass from Drew Spaeth (Sam Guyer kick)
FOURTH QUARTER
S- Greg Belter 6 run (kick failed)

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Auburndale boys finish 14th at WIAA State Cross Country Championships

Posted on 30 October 2011 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Auburndale boys cross country team, making its first state meet appearance since 2005, finished 14th out of 16 teams in the Division 3 team standings on Saturday at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at Ridges Golf Course.

Darlington won the meet with three finishers in the top nine with 46 points. Grantsburg was second with 74. Auburndale had 322 points, 43 points behind Colfax, which was 13th.

Sophomore Luke Haas led Auburndale finishing 44th in 17:49.72. Senior David Haas was 57th in 18:00.18.

Other finishers for Auburndale were Jacob Hunsberger (122nd, 19:13.31; Tom Sable 123rd, 19:20.45; Lane Schuld 135th, 19:59.36; Aaron Kollross 140th, 20:07.97; and Cody Steines 144th, 20:47.95).

Auburndale’s lone girl entry, freshman Abby Bauer, finished 47th in the Division 3 race in 16:30.34.

Molly Seidel of University Lake School repeated as champion, winning in 13:39.59, 41 seconds ahead of Breanna Colbenson of Spring Valley.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic senior Claire Pinter took 70th in her second straight state appearance. Pinter ran in 16:55.34.

Hartland Arrowhead won the Division 1 team title and Wisconsin Lutheran took the Division 2 championship. Chandler Diffee of Madison La Follette won the Division 1 race, Ryan McCoy of New Glarus/Monticello was first in the Division 2 race, and Tyson Miehe of Darlington won in Division 3.

Other individual winners for the girls were Alexandria Fons of Franklin in Division 1 and Molly Hanson of Dodgeville/Mineral Point in Division 2.

Hartland Arrowhead also won the Division 1 girls team championship. Dodgeville/Mineral Point won in Division 2 and Oshkosh Lourdes took the Division 3 team title.

For complete results, go to pttiming.com.

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2011 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament scores

Posted on 30 October 2011 by paul

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The WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament concluded Saturday with four championships games at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Oostburg knocked off Spencer 3-2 in a tightly-contested Division 3 championship match for its second state title in school history (1994). Spencer was making its first state tournament appearance since 1974.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial won its third straight Division 2 title and fourth in the last six years with a three-game sweep of Tomahawk.

Burlington won its first championship, winning the Division 1 title match with a sweep of Fond du Lac.

Burlington Catholic Central completed the state sweep for the southeast Wisconsin city, winning the Division 4 championship by sweeping Cloverbelt Conference East champion Owen-Withee. It is Catholic Central’s fourth state championship following a three-peat from 2006-08.

2011 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 3-5, Resch Center, Green Bay
Thursday, Nov. 3
Division 1 quarterfinals

Burlington 3, Eau Claire North 1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14)
Watertown 3, De Pere 1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-21, 25-17)
Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 3, Verona 2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-21, 17-25, 15-12)
Fond du Lac 3, Muskego 1 (26-24, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18)
Friday, Nov. 4
Division 4 semifinals

Owen-Withee (37-1) 3, Wausau Newman Catholic (23-17) 1 (26-24, 25-15, 21-25, 25-6)
Burlington Catholic Central (37-9) 3, Hillsboro (28-2) (25-10, 25-11, 25-11)
Division 3 semifinals
Spencer (34-7) 3, Grantsburg (32-2) 2 (25-22, 13-25, 25-22, 14-25, 15-12)
Oostburg (45-3) 3, Southwestern (30-3) 1 (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15)
Division 2 semifinals
Tomahawk (38-9) 3, Oconto Falls (45-7) 2 (22-25, 25-22,25-20, 26-28, 15-9)
Waukesha Catholic Memorial (45-6) 3, Big Foot (40-5) 0 (25-15, 25-14, 22-25, 25-22)
Division 1 semifinals
Burlington (37-9) 3, Watertown (38-9) 1 (25-15, 27-25, 23-25 25-16)
Fond du Lac (37-12) 3, Milwaukee DSHA (35-15) 2 (16-25, 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 15-12)
Saturday, Nov. 5
Championship games

Division 4: Burlington Catholic Central (38-9) 3, Owen-Withee (37-2) 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23)
Division 3: Oostburg (46-3) 3, Spencer (34-8) 2 (21-25, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 17-15)
Division 2: Waukesha Catholic Memorial (46-6) def. Tomahawk (33-10) 0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-19)
Division 1: Burlington (38-9) 3, Fond du Lac (37-13) 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-8)

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Spencer volleyball edges Kewaunee in thrilling five-game WIAA Division 3 sectional final

Posted on 29 October 2011 by paul

Spencer's Aubrie Bissonette, from left, Dani Johnson, Courtney Schulz, Kyleigh Hebert, Krstyal Weier and Marisa Johnson celebrate seconds after the Rockets won Game 5 against Kewaunee during Saturday's WIAA Division 3 sectional final at Edgar High School. The Rockets will play at the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament next Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer's Alicia Endreas serves as both teams set up for a point during the third game of the WIAA Division 3 sectional final against Kewaunee on Saturday at Edgar High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Members of the Spencer volleyball team celebrate with their sectional trophy after beating Kewaunee 3-2 in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final Saturday night at Edgar High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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EDGAR – The WIAA Division 3 volleyball sectional final between Spencer and Kewaunee was all one could expect from a match with a state tournament berth on the line.

The two evenly-matched teams battled tooth-and-nail to the end and in the fifth game it was the Rockets’ time.

Holding onto a slight 12-11 lead, Spencer’s Courtney Schulz had back-to-back kills and after a sideout, Kewaunee failed to return the ball over the net giving the Rockets a 15-12 win and setting off a wild celebration from the team and its fans.

Spencer won 25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 to advance to its first state tournament since 1974. The Rockets (32-7) will play Grantsburg (32-1) in a Division 3 semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Grantsburg swept Eau Claire Regis 3-0 in another sectional final Saturday.

“We’ve been talking about that since the beginning of the playoffs – every game is going to get harder,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “It doesn’t get easier as you go on.”

Spencer trailed late in each of the first four games but was able to pull out the first and third games behind the front-row play of Schulz, Tara Matter and setter Kyleigh Hebert.

Kewaunee led Game 1 17-16 before a Matter kill and ace pulled the Rockets ahead. Leading 21-20, Spencer got a sideout and Matter had two kills to end it 25-21.

Spencer was within one at 19-18 late in the second game, but this time the Storm surged in front and held on. Two kills from Katelyn Tulachka and a tip kill by setter Mikayla Gallenberger sparked a 6-1 run to the end game and even the match.

Things were tight again in Game 3. Spencer trailed 15-12 before scoring nine of the next 11 points to take the lead. The Rockets maintained at least a two-point lead the rest of the way and Schulz ended the 25-22 with her sixth kill of the game.

Spencer only led once in the fourth game, at 6-5, as Kewaunee rode Kesley Stangel to the win. The junior outside hitter had seven kills in the game and accounted for three of the final four points as the Storm forced the decisive Game 5.

“That No. 19 (Stangel) hits it better than anyone we’ve seen all year,” Heller said. “It’s one of those things where you take your lumps and try to get it back when you can.”

Schulz, who had 28 kills in all, started the fifth game with three straight. Hebert added an ace and two errors by Kewaunee gave the Rockets a 7-4 lead.

Kewaunee battled back and made it 8-8 after a kill by Alex Richard, but Spencer scored the next four points and was able to close out the victory.

“We had to want it more than them,” Schulz said. “It was amazing how it went back and forth every-other game and we just decided we needed to take that last game from them.”

“Their confidence has grown,” Heller said. “Once you get confidence, it’s hard to take it away. Going into Game 5 in the huddle, I don’t even have to talk. They were like, ‘This is ours. This is Game 5. This is what we play for.’ They were taking all of my lines.”

Seven Spencer seniors, some of whom have played on the varsity for four years, have waited for this chance

“It’s unbelievable,” Schulz said. “The work that we put in during the summer and throughout the season, it’s crazy. It all paid off and we’re going to Green Bay for once.

“We had to be on our toes. We had to be playing our best game and that’s the way we ended up playing.”

Matter finished with 16 kills, Hebert had 59 assists and 15 digs, and Dani Johnson had a team-high 19 digs for the Rockets.

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Big plays lift Menomonie past Marshfield in WIAA Division 2 Level 2 football playoff

Posted on 28 October 2011 by paul

Marshfield defensive end Trevor Peterson sacks Menomonie quarterback Neico Stokke during the Tigers' WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff game Friday at Menomonie. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield tight end Jordan Schecklman, left, and tackle Cody Schmitt double team Menomonie defender Connor Hanson during Friday's WIAA Division 2 Level 2 football playoff game at Menomonie. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MENOMONIE – Near the end of the fourth quarter it started to set in for members of the Marshfield football team. Their season was over.

The Tigers, who made an improbable run to the state semifinals last year, expected to get at least that far this year, but it wasn’t to be.

Behind big play after big play, Menomonie dominated Marshfield in a 44-14 WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff win Friday night at Williams Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Marshfield turned the ball over four times and was hurt by five offensive plays of 30 yards or more and two defensive return for touchdowns by the Mustangs.

Marshfield’s season ends with a 9-2 record, while 10-1 Menomonie moves on to a Level 3 game against 10-1 Tomah either next Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.

Menomonie quarterback Neico Stokke made the most of nearly every pass attempt he made, piling up 294 yards on 11 of 16 passing. He completed five passes to Lex Pelke for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and all four of his completions in the second half went to Drew Otto for 89 yards and another score.

“It hurts when you’re winning all kinds of games and you run into a buzz saw that you’re not prepared for,” Marshfield coach Denny Goettl said. “It’s my fault that they weren’t prepared. We kind of went into it with let’s have a little bit more swagger this week, let’s be a little more confident. They just beat us.

“We didn’t know how hard to play. We stressed that all year when we went into a practice or a game, ‘Do you guys know how hard you have to play?’ We obviously didn’t know how hard we had to play.”

After Elliot Ashbeck hit Brandon Brown for a 26-yard gain on Marshfield’s first play, Menomonie’s defense dominated the majority of remainder of the first half.

The Tigers turned the ball over on downs at the 38 and three plays later Stokke went deep to Pelke for a 62-yard touchdown.

After each team had a three-and-out, Andrew Kryshak sacked Ashbeck, stripped the ball and rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown to put the Mustangs up 14-0 and completely stun the Tigers.

“You don’t want to do that stuff against a good team like that,” Goettl said. “I probably screwed up going for it on fourth down early in the game, but the play before we had Autie (Austin Littmann) open down the middle. They got a lot of pressure on Elliot and which forced us not to be able to read as much down the field in our man offense.”

Stokke hit Pelke again for an 8-yard touchdown pass early the second quarter, capping a 12-play, 83-yard drive that saw the Mustangs convert a third down and a fourth down to keep the drive alve.

A 56-yard pass from Pelke to Cody Larson set up a 2-yard TD run by James Heimler and Menomonie led 28-0 at the half.

Marshfield was held to just 64 total yards and 13 yards rushing on 17 attempts in the first half.

“They didn’t let us get in and their quarterback is pretty nifty, plus our feet are a big challenge to us,” Goettl said. “We had some blown coverages right away. That’s a big play that hurt us, then we get our dobbers down and a fumble … one thing led to another and you can’t do that against a team like that.”

Marshfield had a glimmer of hope early the third quarter when Justin Sternweis recovered a fumble on the first offensive play of the half.

Eight plays later, Ashbeck found a wide-open Riley Gebelein for a 30-yard touchdown on fourth down to cut into the Mustangs’ lead.

The optimism was short-lived. Menomonie converted a third-and-10 on its next drive and three plays after that, Stokke tossed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Otto.

Marshfield drove the ball down to the Menomonie 14, but Ashbeck was intercepted by Larson, who fly 93 yards down the field for another touchdown to put the Mustangs up 41-7.

“They put some good pressure on,” Ashbeck said. “We were just a millisecond away on a block, just a millimeter away on a throw, we were just that one big play away that could have shifted the momentum a little bit earlier before things got out of hand.”

Otto made a 26-yard field goal for Menomonie and Cody Tarnowski, who rushed for 108 yards on nine carries and had five catches for 34 yards to provide for more than half of the Tigers’ offense, scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

“We overcame a lot of adversity and things could have ended a little bit better, I think, but this is a great group of guys and I wouldn’t trade them for anybody,” Ashbeck said.

Mustangs 44, Tigers 14
Marshfield 0 0 7 7 – 14
Menomonie 14 14 13 3 – 44
FIRST QUARTER

MEN – Lex Pelke 62 pass from Neico Stokke (Drew Otto kick), 9:17.
MEN – Andrew Kryshak 30 fumble return (Otto kick), 6:37.
SECOND QUARTER
MEN – Pelke 8 pass from Stokke (kick failed), 10:50.
MEN – James Heimler 2 run (Mitch Starkey pass from Stokke), 2:33.
THIRD QUARTER
MAR – Riley Geblein 30 pass from Elliot Ashbeck (Gus Utech kick), 8:16.
MEN – Otto 48 pass from Stokke (Otto kick), 5:59.
MEN – Cody Larson 93 interception return (kick failed), 3:10.
FOURTH QUARTER
MEN – Otto 26 field goal, 5:19.
MAR – Cody Tarnowski 2 run (Utech kick), 2:18.
TEAM STATISTICS
First downs:
Marshfield 9; Menomonie 12.
Rushing (att-yards): Marshfield 30-119; Menomonie 34-127.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Marshfield 15-27-147-3; Menomonie 11-16-294-1.
Fumbles (total-lost): Marshfield 3-1; Menomonie 1-1.
Penalties (total-yards): Marshfield 3-15; Menomonie 5-45.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing:
MAR, Cody Tarnowski 9-108, Riley Gebelein 17-35, Elliot Ashbeck 4-minus 24. MEN, Neico Stokke 8-70, James Heimler 11-30, James Gates 1-10, Cale Bauer 3-9, Caleb Goettl 1-5, Drew Otto 10-3.
Passing: MAR, Ashbeck 15-27-147-3. MEN, Stokke 11-16-294-1.
Receiving: MAR, Tarnowski 5-34, Austin Littmann 4-38, Gebelein 3-24, Brandon Brown 2-42, Jordan Litwatis 1-9. MEN, Lex Pelke 5-140, Otto 5-98, Cody Larson 1-56.
Interceptions (defense): MAR, Zach Schwanz. MEN, Stokke, Larson, Pelke.
Fumble recoveries (defense): MAR, Justin Sternweis. MEN, Andrew Kryshak.
Records: Marshfield 9-2; Menomonie 10-1.

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Marshfield’s Trevor Peterson named finalist for Tim Krumrie Award

Posted on 28 October 2011 by paul

Marshfield defensive end Trevor Peterson was named a finalist for the Tim Krumrie Award, which is given to the top senior high school defensive lineman in the state by wissports.net. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Marshfield defensive end Trevor Peterson has been named one of five finalists for the Tim Krumrie Award, given by the Wisconsin Sports Network and wissports.net to the top senior high school defensive lineman in the state.

Peterson was a first-team all-Valley Football Association South Division selection and the conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year after recovering four fumbles and returned three for touchdowns this season. He also returned an interception for a score.

Peterson joins Trent Denlinger of Cuba City, Roland Dunlap of Muskego, Justin Montanez of Milwaukee Riverside and Nick Severson of Waunakee as finalists for the award, which is named after the former Mondovi High School, University of Wisconsin and Pro Bowl NFL nose tackle.

For the complete list from wissports.net, click here.

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Marshfield comeback falls short vs. Eau Claire North in WIAA Division 1 volleyball sectional semifinal

Posted on 27 October 2011 by paul

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MERRILL – The Marshfield volleyball team gave all it had, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to tie its match against Eau Claire North, but the Huskies pulled out the decisive third game to beat the Tigers 3-2 in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Merrill High School.

Eau Claire North won 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 24-26, 15-13 to advance to Saturday’s sectional final against Merrill at Eau Claire Memorial. Merrill won the first sectional semifinal on Thursday, beating Eau Claire Memorial 25-15, 25-16, 25-21. Eau Clarie North won the sectional last year and made it to state for the second time (also 2005), while Merrill has not been to the state tournament since 1982.

The Tigers, who had just one senior on their roster – setter Mary Wolff – was playing in the sectional for the first time since 2006, the last time Marshfield had made it to the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament. The Tigers went to state seven times from 1998-2006, including four in a row from 2001-04.

Junior Tiffany Stargardt had 21 kills, 20 digs and two service aces to lead the Tigers. Courtney Bauer added 12 kills, Chelsea Akin had seven kills and 15 digs, Miranda Forrest had seven kills and four block kills, Darian Molter had 13 digs and three aces and Wolff had 29 assists for Marshfield.

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Marshfield kicker Gus Utech named finalist for Kevin Stemke Award

Posted on 27 October 2011 by paul

Marshfield kicker Gus Utech is a finalist for the Kevin Stemke Award, which is given to the top high school senior kicker/punter in Wisconsin by wissports.net. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Marshfield senior kicker Gus Utech has been named one of five finalists for the Kevin Stemke Award for the top high school senior kicker/punter in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Sports Network and wissports.net.

Stemke was a standout at Green Bay Preble High School in the mid-1990s before moving on to the University of Wisconsin, where he was given the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. Stemke played briefly with the Oakland Raiders in 2002 and the St. Louis Rams in 2004.

Joining Utech as finalists are Tom Barneson of Eau Claire Memorial, Santiago Lopez of Stanley-Boyd, Lucas Otto of Sun Prairie and Jack Russell of Waunakee.

Utech, a unanimous first-team All-Valley Football Association South Division kicker and second-team punter, made 7 of 13 field goals and 53 of 56 extra points this year for the Tigers. He has become a big weapon for Marshfield pinning opponents at the 20-yard line following kickoffs this season, averaging 58.3 yards per kickoff.

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