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Stratford STAR Men’s Basketball League results, Oct. 28

Posted on 30 October 2012 by paul

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STRATFORD – Chris Newberry poured in 50 points to lift USBancorp to a 102-82 win over Kafka Granite on Sunday, Oct. 28, during Stratford STAR Men’s Basketball League action.

Josh Franklin added 24 points for USBancorp. Brian Huesi had 32 points and Aaron Schalow scored 21 for Kakfa.

In other games Sunday:

*Kizzy & Sue’s Bar & Grill defeated Marawood Construction 71-64 behind 21 points from Dan Linzmeier.

*Chris Hannula had 38 points and Brian Bartnik added 22 for Smazel’s Hunter’s Choice in a 93-86 win over Southway Pub. Kacey Meyers had 27 points and Mike Riemer had 25 for Southway Pub.

*A&B Process knocked off After Hours 86-68. Andy Bliven scored 27 points and Kyle Davis had 23 for A&B in the victory.

*Victory Apparel beat The Shack 64-52 behind 27 points from Josh Hennes.

*Keith Brueswitz scored 31 points to help Resource Recovery beat Country Wireless 84-64. Eric Custer scored 28 points and Jake Kolb had 20 for Country Wireless.

*Lindsey Bar & Grill whipped Down Under Bar & Grill 71-49. No individual scorers were provided.

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Marshfield to play Friday, Stratford on Saturday in WIAA Level 3 football playoffs

Posted on 29 October 2012 by paul

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The WIAA has announced game dates and times for the Marshfield and Stratford football playoff games this weekend.

Marshfield (9-1) will host La Crosse Logan (6-4) in a Division 2, Level 3 game at 7 p.m. Friday at Beell Stadium. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and on, with pregame starting at 6:30 p.m.

The winner moves on to a Level 4 state semifinal against the winner of Saturday’s battle between Mequon Homestead (8-1) and Green Bay Southwest (10-0), which will be at 2 p.m. at Southwest High School. Green Bay Southwest is coached by former Green Bay Packers all-pro linebacker Bryce Paup.

In a Division 5, Level 3 matchup, Stratford (8-2) will play at unbeaten Amherst (10-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will play in a Level 4 state semifinal against either Prescott (7-3) or Colby (8-2) on Nov. 9 of 10. Prescott plays at Colby on either Friday or Saturday. A game date and time has not been announced. The Stratford-Amherst game will be broadcast live on WDLB-AM 1450 and on, with pregame starting at 12:30 p.m.

Check out the entire Level 3 schedule by clicking this link.

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2012 WIAA football playoffs, Level 3 scores

Posted on 27 October 2012 by paul

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Click this link for Level 1 results
Click this link for Level 2 results
Click this link for Level 4 schedule

The 2012 WIAA football playoffs continued with Level 3 divisional quarterfinals on Friday Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, across Wisconsin.

Winners of this weekend’s games move on to Level 4 state semifinals on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Survivors of those games will play in the WIAA State Football Championships at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Games in Division 4-7 will be on Thursday, Nov. 15, with title games in Division 1-3 on Friday, Nov. 16.

Here is the Level 3 scores:

2012 WIAA Football Playoffs
Level 3 Schedule
Division 1

Group A: No. 2 Hudson (11-0) 40, No. 1 Appleton North (10-1) 21
Group B: No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead (11-0) 31, No. 2 Kimberly (9-2) 7
Group C: No. 1 Sun Prairie (11-0) 34, No. 2 Verona (8-2) 6
Group D: No. 3 Lake Geneva Badger (9-2) 14, No. 4 Kenosha Bradford (7-4) 7
Division 2
Group A: No. 1 Marshfield (10-1) 41, No. 7 La Crosse Logan (6-5) 7
Group B: No. 2 Mequon Homestead (9-1) 17, No. 1 Green Bay Southwest (10-1) 13
Group C: No. 1 Waunakee (11-0) 55, No. 3 Watertown (9-2) 27
Group D: No. 2 Whitefish Bay (10-1) 24, No. 1 Brookfield East (10-1) 14
Division 3
Group A: No. 1 Waupaca (11-0) 20, No. 2 Medford (8-3) 6
Group B: No. 1 West De Pere (11-0) 25, No. 2 Plymouth (10-1) 7
Group C: No. 2 Mount Horeb/Barneveld (10-1) 49, No. 1 Monona Grove (10-1) 21
Group D: No. 3 Waukesha Catholic Memorial (9-2) 24, No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran (10-1) 21
Division 4
Group A: No. 1 Somerset (10-1) 49, No. 7 St. Croix Central (7-4) 14
Group B: No. 1 Black River Falls (11-0) 22, No. 3 Nekoosa (7-4) 19
Group C: No. 8 Freedom (9-2) 36, No. 2 Little Chute (9-2) 7
Group D: No. 1 Big Foot (11-0) 52, No. 2 Lakeside Lutheran (10-1) 7
Division 5
Group A: No. 5 Colby (9-2) 14, No. 6 Prescott (7-4) 6
Group B: No. 1 Amherst (11-0) 21, No. 2 Stratford (8-3) 14
Group C: No. 1 Lancaster (11-0) 34, No. 2 Durand (10-1) 3
Group D: No. 1 Brillion (10-1) 41, No. 2 Racine St. Catherine’s (9-2) 9
Division 6
Group A: No. 1 Eau Claire Regis (11-0) 25, No. 7 Boyceville (7-4) 8
Group B: No. 1 Edgar (11-0) 43, No. 3 Rosholt (8-3) 0
Group C: No. 3 Iowa-Grant (9-2) 32, No. 8 Darlington (6-5) 15
Group D: No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (11-0) 24, No. 2 Shiocton (9-2) 0
Division 7
Group A: No. 4 Glenwood City (7-2) 34, No. 3 Pepin/Alma (9-2) 22
Group B: No. 1 Hilbert (11-0) 13, No. 3 Owen-Withee (9-2) 7
Group C: No. 1 Potosi (11-0) 48, No. 3 Cochrane-Fountain City (8-3) 28
Group D: No. 1 Randolph (11-0) 41, No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran (10-1) 27

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2012 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament scores

Posted on 27 October 2012 by paul

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GREEN BAY – Burlington, Oostburg and Burlington Catholic Central each repeated as state champions after winning title matches Saturday at the 2012 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at the Resch Center.

Burlington took down Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 3-0 to win the Division 1 title for the second year in a row.

Oostburg beat Oconto 3-1 in Division 3 and Burlington Catholic Central swept Wausau Newman Catholic 3-0 in Division 4 to also repeat their state championships.

Here is a look at the state tournament scores:

2012 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament
Thursday, Nov. 1-Saturday, Nov. 3
Thursday, Nov. 1
Division 1 Quarterfinals

Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels (42-4) 3, Neenah (43-6) 1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-13)
Merrill (42-3) 3, Muskego (31-12) 1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20)
Menomonee Falls (40-8) 3, Sun Prairie (36-11) 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-16)
Burlington (42-2) 3, De Pere (28-14) 0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-17)
Friday, Nov. 2
Division 4 Semifinals

Wausau Newman Catholic (29-10) 3, Hillsboro (36-12) 0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-15)
Burlington Catholic Central (37-9) 3, Luck (29-7) 1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22)
Division 3 Semifinals
Oconto (37-1) 3, Cuba City (30-10) 1 (28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20)
Oostburg (42-4) 3, Grantsburg (25-3) 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-23)
Division 2 Semifinals
Madison Edgewood (26-8) 3, Berlin (33-3) 0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-13)
Kettle Moraine Lutheran (34-10) 3, Tomahawk (35-11) 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-21)
Division 1 Semifinals
Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels (43-4) 3, Merrill (42-4) 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18)
Burlington (43-2) 3, Menomonee Falls (40-9) 1 (25-13, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17)
Saturday, Nov. 3
Championship Games

Division 4: Burlington Catholic Central (44-2) 3, Wausau Newman Catholic (29-11) 0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22)
Division 3: Oostburg (43-4) 3, Oconto (37-2) 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23)
Division 2: Kettle Moraine Lutheran (35-10) 3, Madison Edgewood (26-9) 1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18)
Division 1: Burlington (44-2) 3, Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels (43-5) 0 (29-27, 25-20, 25-16)

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Powerful Oconto frontline proves too much to handle for Spencer volleyball in WIAA Division 3 sectional final

Posted on 27 October 2012 by paul

Spencer senior hitter Tara Matter celebrates a kill during Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 girls volleyball sectional final match against Oconto at Marathon High School. The Rockets lost 3-0. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

MARATHON – The final point of the opening game of Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 girls volleyball sectional final between Spencer and Oconto was a telling point in the match.

Five times Oconto setter Hannah Miller set up star hitter Sara DePouw for a potential game-winning spike. The first four times Spencer was able to dig out the powerful attempts, but DePouw was persistent and nailed the fifth one to the floor.

DePouw, a Division 1 recruit heading to Bryant University in Rhode Island, had 24 kills, most of the thunderous variety, leading the Vikings to a 25-22, 25-21, 27-25 win and move on to next week’s WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The Vikings will play Cuba City in a Division 3 semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. Oconto is making just its second state tournament appearance, having last made it in 1999.

Spencer was looking for its second straight trip to the state tournament, but DePouw and junior Laken James, who had eight of her 16 kills in the second game, were just too relentless.

“They had a lot of power, their No. 6 (DePouw) and No. 5 (James) could really hit the ball,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “You play three close games and we didn’t play our best match, which is the most frustrating part of it. This was an incredible group again and I think they outdid pretty much everyone’s expectations.”

Each game was tight.

Spencer led 11-8 in the first game before DePouw found her groove and had five kills in a 10-4 run for the Vikings.

The Rockets closed to within one at 22-21 before Oconto earned a sideout and DePouw, who had 10 kills in the opening game, closed it out with a pair of spikes.

Spencer again jumped out early in Game, leading 13-8 after three kills by Tynae Phillips and an ace from Marisa Johnson.

Tara Matter, who had a team-high 17 kills for Spencer, had four in a stretch that helped the Rockets maintain a 20-17 lead but after a block kill by DePouw earned a sideout, the 6-foot-2 hitter smashed two service aces to turn the tables and give the Vikings a 22-21 lead.

James had two kills to help finish off the win.

“If we could have serve-received and attacked just a little better, it could have been a 3-0 the other way,” Heller said. “That’s just the way it rolls sometimes.”

Spencer fell behind early in Game 3 but rallied from an 8-4 deficit to take a 15-13 lead as Alicia Endreas had two service aces and Marisa Johnson had two kills in the run.

The lead went back and forth with Oconto staving off two game points by Spencer. A passing error by the Rockets, followed by a miss-hit return gave the Vikings the win 27-25.

“When we went into this year, everyone was looking at us with freshmen and sophomores instead of seniors,” Heller said. “What they put together and did during the run at the end of the year was fantastic. This was one of those nights where if we played a little better, we could have beat that team. We didn’t play horrible, but we didn’t play our best and when you are in the sectional finals, you need to play your best.”

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Marshfield volleyball comes up short to Merrill in WIAA Division 1 sectional final

Posted on 27 October 2012 by paul

Members of the Marshfield volleyball team huddle around coach Dawn Sadowska during a timeout in its WIAA Division 1 sectional final match against Merrill on Saturday night at Wausau East High School. (Photo by Jake Miller/For

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By Jake Miller

WAUSAU – Tiffany Stargardt, the senior captain for the Marshfield volleyball team, has gone to watch the WIAA state tournament in Green Bay for years.

That deeply-rooted desire to be part of the tournament is what drove her and the Tigers to a dominating season, which included their first trip to a WIAA Division 1 sectional final game since 2006.

But for the Tigers, a familiar Wisconsin Valley Conference foe on Saturday night ended their run for another state tournament appearance.

The Merrill Bluejays mounted a dominant performance at Wausau East High School, beating the Tigers 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21) in a Division 1 sectional final to earn their first state tournament appearance since 1982, while prolonging the Tigers’ drought.

“It’s crazy to know you’re one step away from being at the state tournament,” said Stargardt, a varsity player since her freshman year. “We go watch it every year. Stepping on the Resch Center floor, that would be an amazing feeling. But just to get this far is crazy, because there are so many teams that never make it this far.”

The Tigers (34-8) played from behind nearly the entire match, but took control late in Game 1, rallying from a 22-20 deficit to pull out the win. That momentum was short lived after the Bluejays dominated Game 2, when their outside hitters came alive.

Junior Renee Sladek led Merrill with 14 kills, and three other players had double-digit kill totals.

“I’ve never seen their outside hitters play like that before,” Marshfield coach Dawn Sadowska said. “And it’s going to be disappointing if we go and watch them on Thursday (in the state tournament) and they’re not hitting like that.”

For the Tigers, each rally seemingly was killed by a poor serve, atypical bad shot or even a ball that rolled along the net and went in favor of the Bluejays. All that combined made it difficult for the Tigers to find their rhythm, Sadowska said.

“Those little things, when you’re playing such a tight game like that and you need those points, that’s going to hurt you,” Sadowska said.
Marshfield’s offense certainly didn’t back down. Stargardt, the Wisconsin Valley Conference leader this year in kills, led all players with 19 kills. Junior Courtney Bauer added 12.

Stargardt dealt with a double team nearly all night, as Merrill tried to shut down Marshfield’s top scoring threat.

“They know the majority of the balls are going to me, and they block me,” Stargardt said. “…but what you going to do?”

The previous two matches between Merrill and Marshfield during WVC play went to five games, including the match Merrill won to claim the conference title. Saturday, the Tigers struggled to bounce back after the loss in Game 2.

“I think a lot of girls were down after the second game,” Stargardt said. “I tried to pump them up and said, ‘It’s not over after the first two games; there are three more to be played.’”

Marshfield junior setter Tori Nanstad led the team with 36 assists, while Miranda Forrest had four blocks. Senior Mikala Sebastion had three blocks.

Junior libero Darian Molter had 20 digs and Stargardt added 17.

Sadowska, who has led the Tigers to seven state appearances between 1998 and 2006, reminded her team that Saturday’s loss isn’t the moment that shapes the legacy of this team – the one that led Marshfield back to the sectional finals for the first time in years.

“I told them before we played that no matter what happened, they have to know I’ve had fun and been so proud of them all season,” Sadowska said. “They have to remember the good times no matter what – this cannot be the defining moment of the season.”

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Auburndale’s Luke Haas, Spencer’s Donovan Fox, Marshfield’s Nolan Redetzke compete at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships

Posted on 27 October 2012 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Auburndale junior Luke Haas placed 28th and Spencer sophomore Donovan Fox took 77th in Division 3, and Marshfield junior Nolan Redetzke finished 103rd in Division 1 as the three local boys competed at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at the Ridges Golf Course on Saturday.

Haas finished in 17:18.87 for Auburndale, and Fox ran in 17:56.96 for the Rockets in the Division 3 boys race. Tyson Miehe of Darlington won the race in 15:51.94, nearly 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Kevin Ryan of Kenosha St. Joseph.

Redetzke finished in 17:09.77 for Marshfield in the Division 1 boys race. Ryan Kromer of Hudson won the individual title in 15:27.17, 10 seconds ahead of McKena Ramos of Sheboygan South.

Team winners for the boys were Madison West in Division 1, Shorewood in Division 2, and Darlington in Division 3. Girls team winners were Hartland Arrowhead in Division 1, Dodgeville/Mineral Point in Division 2 and Spring Valley in Division 3.

The Division 2 boys individual champ was Ryan McCoy of New Glarus/Monticello in 15:28.30.

Girls individual medalists were McKaela Christenson of Baraboo in Division 1 (14:12.65), Jamie Shannon of McFarland in Division 2 (14:38.94), and Andrea Ostenso of Ladysmith in Division 3 (14:34.59).

Click this link for complete results, courtesy of the WIAA.

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Stratford outlasts Spencer/Columbus in WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff

Posted on 26 October 2012 by paul

This story is sponsored by: WDLB-AM 1450 and WOSQ-FM 92.3 radio

By Jake Miller

SPENCER – The Stratford Tigers weren’t going to let their coach walk off into retirement this early in the postseason.

After two quarters of tight football, the Tigers (8-2) blew open their WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff game against former Marawood Conference rival Spencer/Columbus (7-3). Stratford’s offense ripped off 463 yards and held the Rockets’ potent running game to just 74 yards in a 33-15 win Friday night at Spencer High School.

Stratford will play at No. 1 seed and undefeated Amherst (10-0) in a Level 3 playoff game Saturday at 1 p.m. keeping the Tigers’ veteran coach Cal Tackes out of retirement. Tackes announced earlier this year that this will be his final season. Amherst throttled Marathon 34-7 in a Level 2 game on Saturday afternoon.

“Our team is just jacked. It’s good for our coach,” said Drew Spaeth, Stratford’s junior quarterback who threw for 140 yards. “This is his last year, and we want to do the best we can for him and our seniors.”

Tackes and the Tigers’ defense came into the game knowing they had to shut down the Rockets’ potent run game, which includes senior running back Charlie Mayeux, the team’s leading rusher.

Mayeux helped keep the game close in the first half when he busted loose for an 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Rockets a 7-6 lead. Mayeux finished with 42 yards on 11 carries, averaging just 3.8 yards per touch.

“They did a very nice job of being able to stop what we do. Hats off to them,” said Spencer coach Jason Gorst. “(Stratford) played a heck of a game, but our guys played hard.”

Stratford’s offense took a while to warm up, but once the running game began to click the Tigers took control.

Senior Travis Urlaub, the team’s leading rusher, scored three touchdowns, including a 16-yard run in the first quarter. He finished with 121 yards on 28 carries. Eli Temanson broke the game open in the third quarter with a 68-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 19-7 lead.

“Our kids did a great job of understanding the inside-outside game, the passing game. We were able to incorporate all that and there was a lot of communication with our guys tonight,” Tackes said. “We’re understanding this game a lot better and that’s going to make us a better team because we can hit.”

Turnovers and costly penalties plagued the Tigers in the first half, but they managed to clean things up in the second half. However, a fourth-quarter fumble led to a 47-yard fumble return by the Rockets Mitchell Susa. Gorst said Spencer/Columbus should’ve taken better advantage of Stratford’s mistakes.

But despite the loss, the Rockets took a big step forward year, reaching the second round of playoffs, Gorst said. And although they won’t meet much during the regular season, the game may have been just enough to rekindle the Stratford and Spencer/Columbus rivalry.

“I think it does,” Gorst said. “We wanted to get (the win), but we didn’t.”

Urlaub said the Tigers continue to make improvements weekly, which has allowed them to hit their stride as they continue to roll deeper into the playoffs. That constant improvement could pay dividends next week against either Marathon or Amherst.

“Our game is hitting its peak right now. We’re playing amazing right now,” he said. “Everything is just flowing.”

Saturday’s game against Amherst will be broadcast live on WDLB-AM 1450 and on, with pregame starting at 12:30 p.m.

Tigers 33, Rockets 15
Stratford 6 6 7 14 – 33
Spencer/Columbus 0 7 0 8 – 15
First Quarter

S – Travis Urlaub 16 run (Jake Zuelke kick missed), 3:43.
Second Quarter
S/C – Charlie Mayeux 18 run (Call Innman kick), 3:29.
S – Urlaub 2 run (2 pt. conversion missed), 0:32.
Third Quarter
S – Eli Temanson 68 run (Zuelke kick), 6:39.
Fourth Quarter
S – Urlaub 3 run (Zuelke kick), 10:39.
S/C – Mitchell Susa 53 fumble return (Joe Meyers pass from Calvin Lenz), 7:14.
S – Nolan Bargender 26 pass from Drew Spaeth (Zuelke kick), 3:51.
Team Statistics
First Downs:
Stratford 24; Spencer/Columbus 7.
Rushing (att-yards): Stratford 56-323; Spencer/Columbus 25-74.
Passing (comp-att-yards-INT): Stratford 7-13-140-1; Spencer/Columbus 5-20-94-0.
Penalties (No.-yards): Stratford 5-45; Spencer/Columbus 1-0.
Individual Statistics
Str, Temanson 12-128, Urlaub 28-121, Greg Belter 4-35, Bryce Reif 4-15, Michael Bargender 1-8, Justin Schmidt, 1-7, Spaeth 2-7, Zuelke 2-1, No. 41 (not listed on roster) 1-2, No. 42 (not listed) 1- minus 1. S/C, Kaleb Miller 7-43, Mayeux 11-42, Eathen Aden 3-2, Lenz 4- minus 13.
Passing: Str, Spaeth 7-12-140-1, Urlaub 0-1-0-0. S/C, Lenz 5-20-94-0.
Receiving: Str, Bargender 3-58, No. 38 (not listed), 1-30; Urlaub 1-26, Hunter Kauffman 1-19, Belter 1-7. S/C, Aden 3-87, Joe Meyers 2-7.
Records: Stratford 8-2; Spencer/Columbus 7-3.

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Marshfield football blasts Holmen in WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff

Posted on 26 October 2012 by paul

Marshfield linebacker Mitch Zillman recovers a fumble in front of teammate Nolan Kupfer (37) during the second quarter of the Tigers’ 42-14 win over Holmen in a WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff game Friday night at Beell Stadium. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Marshfield’s Tanner Dennis-Brown breaks a tackle to gain a first down on a fake punt during the second quarter of the Tigers’ 42-14 win over Holmen in a WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff game Friday night at Beell Stadium. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – Riley Gebelein ran for 165 yards and four touchdowns, including a school-record score for 93 yards, and the Marshfield defense forced five turnovers as the Tigers rolled to a 42-14 win over Holmen in a WIAA Division 2 Level 2 football playoff game Friday night at Beell Stadium in Marshfield.

Marshfield (9-1) will host La Crosse Logan (6-4) on Friday, Nov. 2 in a Level 3 playoff game. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and on, with pregame starting at 6:30 p.m. Logan knocked off crosstown rival La Crosse Central 47-22 on Friday night.

“The passing game got going a little bit,” Marshfield coach Denny Goettl said. “Their best corner (Dillon Martinez) was hurt and that’s a big deal. Bo (Howard) had a nice game, our receivers caught passes. We played really well, pass blocked exceptionally well, and Riley ran the ball quick and now we’ve got another week.”

Gebelein scored on runs of 11 and 2 yards in the second quarter and 93 and 18 yards in the third. Quarterback Bo Howard had a 10-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Trierweiler in the closing seconds of the first half for the Tigers.

Marshfield started the game with a long drive that ended in a missed field goal, but chewed up 5:13 on the clock and set the tone that the Tigers’ offense was going to have its way in this game.

After Noah Sconzert recovered a fumble on Holmen’s first possession, Jeffrey Allison ran a sweep for 10 yards on fourth-and-5 and Howard ran in for a 10-yard TD on the next play to put the Tigers on the board.

Holmen responded after throwing an interception but recovering a fumble on the return. On the first play of the second quarter, Austin Feuerhelm ran 24 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.

Marshfield dominated from that point on.

Gebelein capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run as the Tigers pulled out a number of tricks.

Tanner Dennis-Brown ran 19 yards on a fake punt for a first down and on third-and-11 he took a pitch and threw a pass downfield to Howard for 12 yards and another first down. Two plays later Gebelein scored.

Gebelein added a 2-yard TD run following a 32-yard punt return by Daulton Varsho that gave Marshfield the ball at the Holmen 16. Just before halftime, Holmen punter Greg Rooney dropped the snap at his own 2, and Howard hit Trierweiler for a short touchdown pass with just 15 seconds to go in the half, putting the Tigers up 27-7.

“The past three weeks, ever since that Menasha game (a 42-7 loss), everyone has been excited about everything and wanted to get it together,” Gebelein said. “We’re just clicking the past three weeks. We switched our pass blocking schemes and everything is getting better each week.”

Holmen reached the Marshfield 7 on its first possession of the second half, but the Tigers’ defense held and took over at the 3 on downs.

After a 4-yard run by fullback Caleb Cline, Gebelein took a pitch to his left and dodged defenders, darting toward the left sideline and ran 93 yards for the touchdown. It was the longest rushing touchdown in Marshfield football history, breaking the previous record of 91 yards set by Nathan Stoflet in 1996.

“It’s a toss play – I’m not a big fan of toss plays, but I saw a crease and (offensive lineman) Tristan (Wilson) was right in front of me,” Gebelein said. “I was just trying to read off his block and I got through and hopefully I could outrun everybody, and I did.”

Gebelein added an 18-yard touchdown run on Marshfield’s next drive and the Tigers converted a two-point conversion to take a 42-7 lead and a running clock situation.

Holmen finished off the scoring with a long touchdown pass with just over a minute left in the game.

Overall, Marshfield outgained the Vikings 478-204, with 70 of Holmen’s yards coming on the final drive.

“We play Wisconsin Rapids and it’s a Rapids-style (option) offense and we didn’t veer too much from that game plan,” Goettl said. “We didn’t have to do a whole lot of training anybody. It was assignment football and make sure you tackle the guy you’re supposed to tackle, and they did that.”

Tigers 42, Vikings 14
Holmen 0 7 0 7 – 14
Marshfield 7 20 15 0 – 42
First Quarter

M – Bo Howard 10 run (Brad Krueger kick), 2:46.
Second Quarter
H – Austin Feuerhelm 24 run (Camryn Zimmerman kick), 11:53.
M – Riley Gebelein 11 run (Krueger kick), 9:03.
M – Gebelein 2 run (Krueger kick), 2:22.
M – Ryan Trierweiler 2 pass from Howard (kick missed), 0:15.
Third Quarter
M – Gebelein 93 run (Krueger kick), 7:25.
M – Gebelein 18 run (Caleb Cline pass from Colton Zahradka), 4:28.
Fourth Quarter
H – Greg Rooney 37 pass from Tyler Anderson (Zimmerman kick), 1:09.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Holmen 7; Marshfield 18.
Rushing (att-yards): Holmen 31-108; Marshfield 38-334.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Holmen 4-13-96-3; Marshfield 10-20-143-1.
Penalties (No.-yards): Holmen 3-15; Marshfield 10-93.
Fumbles (total-lost): Holmen 5-2; Marshfield 1-1.
Punting (No.-avg.): Holmen 2-30.5; Marshfield 1-27.
Individual Statistics
H, Zac Watson 5-43, Ryan Weber 9-35, Austin Feuerhelm 5-31, Zane Finucane 1-8, Zeik Hellerud 4-7, Tyler Anderson 7-minus 5, Greg Rooney 1-minus 11. M, Riley Gebelein 19-165, Caleb Alexander 5-80, Bo Howard 3-20, Tanner Dennis-Brown 1-19, Luke Mahoney 1-18, Jeffrey Allison 3-15, Jaylan Moore 2-9, Carsten Lovstad 2-5, Caleb Cline 1-4, Derek Coffren 1-minus 1.
Passing: H, Anderson 4-12-96-2, Watson 0-1-0-1. M, Howard 8-18-120-1, Dennis-Brown 1-1-12-0, Colton Zahradka 1-1-11-0.
Receiving: H, Rooney 3-75, Chris Magnuson 1-21. M, Dennis-Brown 3-56, Kane Seubert 2-28, Ryan Trierweiler 2-22, Cline 1-14, Howard 1-12, Luke Wirtz 1-11.
Interceptions (defense): H, Watson. M, Tanner Happe, Brandon Baltus, Mack Scheppler.
Fumble recoveries: H, Jack Anderholm. M, Noah Sconzert, Mitch Zillman.
Punting: H, Rooney 1-33, Zane Finucane 1-28. M, Craig Zalzniak 1-27.
Records: Holmen 7-3; Marshfield 9-1.

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Spencer volleyball holds off Stevens Point Pacelli to win WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal

Posted on 25 October 2012 by paul

Members of the Spencer volleyball team celebrate its WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal victory over Stevens Point Pacelli on Thursday at Auburndale High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Spencer’s Tynae Phillips slams a spike during Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal win over Stevens Point Pacelli at Auburndale High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

AUBURNDALE – The Spencer volleyball team had its hands full with Stevens Point Pacelli senior hitter Kasia Wojciehoski, but it was able to weather the storm and pull off a big victory.

The Rockets prevailed 3-1 over Pacelli in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Auburndale High School and stands just a win away from returning to the WIAA state tournament for the second year in a row.

Spencer won 25-18, 28-26, 23-25, 25-20, to advance to Saturday’s Division 3 sectional final against Oconto. Oconto swept Weyauwega-Fremont 25-17, 25-19, 25-14.

“The girls have worked really hard and earned everything,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “We actually just made T-shirts from our regional (championship) that said ‘We don’t rebuild, we believe.’ It’s a little saying the girls wanted to do and it’s worked so far. The ‘We Believe’ from last year has carried into this year, and it’s been fun.”

Spencer slowly surged ahead in Game 1 and held on despite a flurry by Wojciehoski. She had three of her team-high 20 kills to bring Pacelli within five at 23-18 before the Rockets gained a sideout and Alicia Endreas had an ace to close out the win.

The Rockets held off three game points in the second game and were able to turn it into a pivotal win. Brooke Kettleborough assisted on four straight points, which included two kills by Tara Matter and one each from Macie Weber and Paige Johnson, to win 28-26.

“She was definitely a good player,” Spencer senior Paige Johnson said of Wojciehoski. “We just had to take away a little, isolate her, and take her hits away and dig them out.”

Game 3 was a battle as well, with the lead changing hands five times.

Tynae Phillips had three kills in a 4-0 run by the Rockets that closed a six-point deficit to 13-11.

Spencer eventually tied the game at 20-20 and it was tied at 21-21, 22-22, and 23-23 before Pacelli finally closed out the game with kills by Wojciehoski and Jordyn Shields to force a fourth game.

Spencer never trailed in Game 4. Matter took over with 10 kills in the clincher, including three blocks, and she closed out the win with a tip kill to send the Rockets to another sectional final.

“We’ve accomplished a lot this season,” Paige Johnson said. “I’m really proud of what our team’s doing right now. I hope we can keep it going.”

Matter finished with 17 kills, Paige Johnson added 15 and Phillips had 12. Kettleborough had 4 assists and Alicia Endreas (27 digs) and Marisa Johnson (18 digs) led the Rockets’ defensively.

Heller expects Saturday’s match to be similar to last year’s sectional final.

“Saturday’s the hard one and the fun one because we don’t know anything about the other teams,” Heller said. “We just go and play our best and hopefully come out of it. That’s what we did last year. We had a five-game marathon with Kewaunee last year and I don’t expect anything different this year.”

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