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Colby shuts out Spencer/Columbus football

Posted on 31 August 2012 by paul

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COLBY – Colby’s Brandon Wickersham ran for 123 yards and scored four touchdowns, and the Hornets held Spencer/Columbus to 101 yards of offense in a 35-0 Cloverbelt Conference football win Friday night at Colby High School.

Wickersham scored on an 11-yard run and a 40-yard punt return in the first half, then added 12- and 8-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter to pace Colby (2-0 overall and Cloverbelt).

The Rockets (1-1 overall and Cloverbelt) gained just 42 yards rushing on 28 attempts and were 3 of 11 passing for 59 yards.

Spencer/Columbus held Colby to 235 yards, but its lack of offense and five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions) were too much to overcome.

Spencer/Columbus hosts Cadott at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Spencer High School. Watch for full coverage of the game next Friday night at

Hornets 35, Rockets 0
Spencer/Columbus 0 0 0 0 – 0
Colby 7 7 21 0 – 35
First quarter

C – Brandon Wickersham 11 run (Tanner Gaetz kick).
Second quarter
C – Wickersham 40 punt return (Gaetz kick).
Third quarter
C – Wickersham 12 run (Gaetz kick).
C – Wickersham 8 run (Gaetz kick).
C – Tyler Robida 1 run (Gaetz kick).
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 7; Colby 12
Rushing (att-yards): S/C 28-42; Colby 40-173.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): S/C 3-11-59-2; Colby 5-10-62-2.
Fumbles (total-lost): S/C 4-3; Colby 1-0.
Penalties (No.-yards): S/C 7-30; Colby 4-35.
Punts (No.-avg.): S/C 6-20.0; Colby 2-42.5.
Individual Statistics
S/C, Charlie Mayeux 12-38, Eathen Aden 6-24, Joe Meyers 3-0, Calvin Lenz 4-minus 9, Kaleb Miller 3-minus 11. C, Brandon Wickersham 17-123, Cody Parker 1-15, Tyler Robida 11-15, Sam Lobacz 3-11, McCoy Soppa 4-7, Andy Hogden 2-4, Cody Meyer 2-minus 2.
Passing: S/C, Lenz 1-7-30-2, Meyers 2-4-29-0. C, Robida 5-10-62-2.
Receiving: S/C, Aden 2-29, Jake Puent 1-30. C, Josh Rahm 2-25, Nathaniel Underwood 2-22, Jared Oehmichen 1-15.
Fumble recoveries: S/C, Mayeux, Meyers. C, Jake Hoernke 2, Robida, Soppa.
Interceptions: S/C, Mitchell Susa, Miller. C, Robida, Wickersham.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 1-1 overall and Cloverbelt; Colby 2-0 overall and Cloverbelt.

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Marshfield football doubles up Oshkosh North

Posted on 31 August 2012 by paul

Marshfield quarterback Bo Howard rushes for positive yards during the second quarter of the Tigers’ 26-13 win over Oshkosh North on Friday night at Beell Stadium in Marshfield. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield football coach Denny Goettl said his team was lucky to walk off the field Friday night with a win.

The Tigers were sloppy, committing 11 penalties and fumbling four times (only one lost) but used a strong rushing performance from junior Keiron Howlett and a stout defensive effort against the Oshkosh North rushing attack to pull off a 26-13 victory in the Valley Football Association South Division opener at Beell Stadium.

Howlett, forced into full-time duty for the second week in a row as starter Riley Geblein went down with an injury, rushed 20 times for 181 yards and scored on plays 40, 41 and 11 yards to lead the Tigers’ offense.

Marshfield (2-0, 1-0 VFA South) held North (0-2, 0-1 VFA South) to 100 yards rushing on 38 attempts. The Tigers were beaten on two long pass plays, but held the Spartans out of the end zone for the final 11 minutes to hold on.

“Everybody says you make the greatest gains from Week 1 to Week 2 – and we digressed,” Marshfield coach Denny Goettl said. “It was all week, kind of a little bit lackluster in practices. They took people for granted and that kind of makes me angry. We were lucky to get out of here with a win.

“You take what you can get and we had some great performances to get us through.”

Marshfield got on the board first when Howlett ran in from 40 yards out to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 4:03 to go in the first quarter.

North responded with a drive that ended in a 40-yard field goal by Turner Geisthardt on the first play of the second quarter.

The Tigers came back with a 13-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 6:12. Despite three penalties that set them back 18 yards, the Tigers picked up a pair of fourth downs and Caleb Cline scored on a 2-yard run to put Marshfield up 14-3.

North put together a 12-play drive to open the third quarter and Geisthardt connected on a 27-yard field goal to cut the Tigers’ lead to 14-6.

Howlett busted the first play after a Spartans’ punt for a 41-yard touchdown to put the Tigers up 20-6 only to see North use some trickery to quickly get back in the game.

Running back Shane Hammerseng took a pitch and tossed a 71-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Phil Brechlin on the opening play of the fourth quarter to cut Marshfield’s lead to 20-13.

Marshfield held its ground, forcing turnovers on two of the Spartans’ next three possessions and Howlett capped off the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run following a 36-yard punt return by Ryan Trierweiler.

“Last Friday, I just wasn’t ready,” Howlett said of last week’s game in which he ran for 91 yards. “I was little scared. This game, I was prepared.

“I felt, in my heart, that we needed this. I’m not a senior, but the seniors, this is their last season and I tried my heart out and stepped my game out. We all played a good game, especially the defense, that’s what kept us in the game.”

Howlett’s performance caught the eye of his coach.

“He’s a special kid, we know that,” Goettl said. “It’s hard to say to Keiron, ‘Go out there and win it on your own.’ We’ve got to get everybody together and get him some holes bigger than what they were. He can slither through a hole that’s a foot wide, but we need to make it a little easier for him. He had a great game.”

Marshfield plays at Fond du Lac next Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WDLB-AM 1450 and streamed on the internet at

Tigers 26, Spartans 13
Oshkosh North 0 3 3 7 – 13
Marshfield 7 7 6 6 – 26
First quarter

M – Keiron Howlett 40 run (Nathan Borchardt kick), 4:03.
Second quarter
ON – Turner Geisthardt 40 field goal, 11:55.
M – Caleb Cline 2 run (Borchardt kick), 5:43.
Third quarter
ON – Geisthardt 27 field goal, 6:22.
M – Howlett 41 run (kick missed), 1:02.
Fourth quarter
ON – Phil Brechlin 71 pass from Shane Hammerseng (Geisthardt kick), 11:50.
M – Howlett 11 run (kick blocked), 6:40.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Oshkosh North 9; Marshfield 13.
Rushing (att-yards): Oshkosh North 38-100; Marshfield 37-216.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Oshkosh North 10-19-168-1; Marshfield 11-23-140-0.
Penalties (No.-yards): Oshkosh North 3-15; Marshfield 11-78.
Fumbles (total-lost): Oshkosh North 3-2; Marshfield 4-1.
Punting (No.-avg.): Oshkosh North 6-39.1; Marshfield 4-26.5.
Individual Statistics
ON, Peter Lenz 19-72, Shane Hammerseng 6-24, Alex Hintze 3-7, Michael Becker 1-5, Sean Bilderback 2-4, Turner Geisthardt 7-minus 12. M, Keiron Howlett 20-181, Riley Gebelein 6-27, Craig Zalizniak 1-12, Caleb Cline 3-3, Ryan Trierweiler 1-2, Bo Howard 6-minus 9.
Passing: ON, Hammerseng 1-1-71-0, Hintze 1-1-39-0, Geisthardt 8-17-58-1. M, Howard 11-23-140-0.
Receiving: ON, Phil Brechlin 7-154, Hammerseng 2-12, Lenz 1-2. M, Trierweiler 6-90, Tanner Dennis-Brown 2-22, Cline 1-17, Gebelein 1-7, Isaac Accola 1-4.
Fumble recoveries (defense): ON, Matt Salbego. M, Daulton Varsho, Tanner Happe.
Interceptions: ON, none. M, Kalvin Schultz.
Punting: ON, Geisthardt 6-39.1. M, Zalizniak 4-26.5.
Records: Oshkosh North 0-2, 0-1 VFA South; Marshfield 2-0, 1-0 VFA South.

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Auburndale, Stratford compete at Marathon Sawmill Cross Country Invitational

Posted on 31 August 2012 by paul

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MARATHON – Abby Bauer and Jacob Hunsberger ran to top-10 finishes for Auburndale at the Marathon Sawmill Cross Country Invitational on Thursday.

Bauer finished sixth in 17:02.9 to help the Auburndale girls team to a seventh-place team finish.

Hunsberger took eighth in the boys race in 18:31.5 as the Apaches took fifth.

The Merrill boys and Tomahawk girls won the team titles.

Andrew Studinski of Marathon won the boys race in 16:35.7, while Natalie Miller of Three Lakes took first in the girls race in 15:56.4.

Mark Wenzel led the Stratford boys, taking 16th in 19:02.3 as the Tigers finished seventh in the team standings.

The Stratford girls finished third behind an eighth-place finish from Nadia King (17:35.1) and a ninth-place finish by Dani Bender (17:40.1).

Stratford will take part in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Invitational on Tuesday, while Auburndale will run at the Marshfield Invitational at Wildwood Park on Tuesday.

Marathon Sawmill Invitational
Team scores:
1. Merrill 43; 2. Marathon 43; 3. Tomahawk 92; 4. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 95; 5. Auburndale 132; 6. Pittsville 145; 7. Stratford 152.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Andrew Studinski (MAR) 16:35.7; 2. Steven Studinski (MAR) 16:40.1; 3. Bryan Tomek (TOM) 16:55.4; 4. Garrett Schmelling (MER) 17:40.1; 5. Eric Tomson (WB) 18:19.8; 6. Dylan Schielke (MER) 18:19.9; 7. Dustin Tomson (WB) 18:20.3; 8. Jacob Hunsberger (AUB) 18:31.5; 9. Jacob Jensen (MER) 18:32.6; 10. Andrew Seaman (MER) 18:37.0.
Other Auburndale finishers: 20. Lane Schuld 19:33.2; 28. Cody Gerhke 20:16.4; 41. Aaron Kollross 20:53.3; 46. Brad Becker 21:09.9; 52. Cody Steines 21:37.9; 67. Tom Sabel 23:04.2.
Stratford finishers: 16. Mark Wenzel 19:02.3; 23. Phil Sersch 19:45.7; 35. Henry Uthmeier 20:44.2; 44. Andrew Schreiner 21:06.0; 49. John Geissinger 21:18.6; 57. Nathan Koller 22:10.1; 72. R.J. Schiller 23:35.4; 73. Karl Strickland 23:36.0; 74. Brandon Foley 23:51.3; 87. Grayson Cole 26:23.3; 88. Joey Carey 27:55.5; 90. Colin Cole 29:01.3.
Team scores:
1. Tomahawk 73; 2. Merrill 81; 3. Stratford 94; 4. Marathon 99; 5. Pittsville 113; 6. Three Lakes 124; 7. Auburndale 137; 8. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 140.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Natalie Miller (TL) 15:56.4; 2. Kari Beckman (PIT) 16:43.3; 3. Jenna Hughes (PIT) 16:47.9; 4. Stephanie Welke (TOM) 16:50.5; 5. Sydney Harris (MER) 16:57.3; 6. Abby Bauer (AUB) 17:02.9; 7. Megan School (WB) 17:10.4; 8. Nadia King (STR) 17:35.1; 9. Dani Bender (STR) 17:40.1; 10. Dani Whiting (TOM) 17:53.5.
Other Auburndale finishers: 15. Emma Steines 18:14.1; 28. Cassie Mitchell 19:22.6; 43. Stefani Karl 20:20.3; 54. Hailey Hilgart 20:52.4; 57. Jordyn de Boer 21:36.6; 70. Melanie Brandl 22:36.3; 84. Katie Patyk 28:37.0.
Other Stratford finishers: 12. Johnelle Minor 18:10.4; 32. Brianne LaSee 19:42.4; 34. Mariah Guyer 19:49.0; 48. Jennah Kaiser 20:33.0; 63. Courtney Krall 22:03.2; 67. Stacy Hartl 22:20.3; 75. Stephanie Greenberg 23:38.0; 76. Kyndra Ortner 23:46.1; 81. Erica Leonhardt 26:27.3; 82. Tanna Wirkus 26:54.7.

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Stevens Point edges Marshfield girls tennis

Posted on 31 August 2012 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls tennis team dropped a close 4-3 decision to Stevens Point in its Wisconsin Valley Conference opener Thursday at Boson Courts.

Nadeen Lieberman won at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-0; Martha Kupfer posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 2 singles; and Emily Ott swept her opponent at No. 4 singles for Marshfield’s three victories.

Marshfield will participate at the Green Bay Southwest Invitational on Saturday and return to WVC action next Thursday at Wausau East.

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Eau Claire Regis dominates Stratford football

Posted on 30 August 2012 by paul

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EAU CLAIRE – The Stratford football team saw its fortunes reversed from Week 1.

Eau Claire Regis blasted the Tigers 50-0 in a nonconference game Thursday at Carson Park, one week after Stratford opened the 2012 season with a 69-7 win over Phillips.

The Tigers fall to 1-1, while Regis improves to 2-0.

Stratford returns to Marawood Conference play next Friday at Marathon.

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Marshfield volleyball whips Wausau West in Wisconsin Valley Conference opener

Posted on 30 August 2012 by paul

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WAUSAU – The Marshfield volleyball team opened its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule with a 3-0 sweep of Wausau West on Thursday night at Wausau West High School.

The Tigers won 25-17, 25-14, 25-14, to improve to 12-4 overall this season.

Tiffany Stargardt had 11 kills and Mikala Sebastian added 10 in a balanced attack for Marshfield.

Darian Molter had 12 digs, Chelsea Akin added 11 and Sebastian had six block kills to lead the Marshfield defense.

Setters Tori Nanstad had 17 assists and Courtney Bauer chipped in with 12.

Marshfield hosts Superior, Altoona, Medford, Rhinelander and Wauwatosa West for the Marshfield Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers return to WVC action Sept. 6 at home against Wisconsin Rapids.

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Auburndale volleyball tops Abbotsford

Posted on 30 August 2012 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – Nicole Nikolay had 15 kills and 17 digs to lead the Auburndale volleyball team to a 3-1 nonconference win over Abbotsford on Thursday night at Auburndale High School.

Auburndale won 25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-10.

Kendra Kundinger had a team-high 16 assists and added nine digs, Camille Swart chipped in six kills and Hannah Castellano topped the Auburndale defense with 18 digs.

Laura Kneifl had 17 assists and Riley Standeven had five kills to top Abbotsford.

Auburndale returns to Marawood Conference South Division play with a match at Edgar on Tuesday.

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Stratford STAR men’s basketball league registration open for 2012-13 season

Posted on 30 August 2012 by paul

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STRATFORD – Registration for the 2012-13 Stratford Star League is underway.

The Stratford Rec Department will again host the largest men’s basketball league in the area beginning the third week of October.

A total of 16 teams will be permitted in the league. Open gym sessions begin the first week of October.

Registration forms can be found at The cost is $100 for teams from Stratford and $125 for non-Stratford teams.

Complete the registration form and submit it and payment to: Financial Strategies, Attn: Mark Mews, P.O. Box 66, Stratford, WI 54484.

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Rhinelander girls tennis sweeps pair of duals from Columbus Catholic

Posted on 30 August 2012 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – Rhinelander posted back-to-back 6-1 wins over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a Great Northern Conference girls tennis doubleheader Thursday at the Oak Street and UW-Marshfield/Wood County courts.

Elizabeth Manlick posted Columbus’ only wins, taking 6-1, 6-0, and 6-0, 6-2, decisions at No. 1 singles.

Rhinelander improves to 7-0 in the conference, while the Dons fall to 2-4.

Columbus returns to action next week with home matches against Antigo on Tuesday and Phillips on Sept. 6.

Complete results were not provided.

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Marshfield freshman football ties P.J. Jacobs

Posted on 30 August 2012 by paul

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STEVENS POINT – The Marshfield freshman football team played to a 21-21 tie Thursday at P.J. Jacobs Middle School.

Nick Hoheisel had touchdown runs of 48 and 57 yards, and Drew Hanson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Tyson Slade to account for Marshfield’s scoring plays. Zach McManus added three extra points.

Jakob Bohman, Craig Lyon and Josh Lang led the Tigers’ defense in tackles.

Marshfield will be back in action Sept. 6 at Wausau West.

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