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Spencer/Columbus football survives with one-point win at Wautoma in WIAA Division 4 Level 2 playoff

Posted on 31 October 2014 by paul

Spencer/Columbus running back Mitch Susa sheds a Wautoma defender during the Rockets' 28-27 win at Wautoma on Friday in a WIAA Division 4 Level 2 playoff. Susa rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in the win. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus running back Mitch Susa sheds a Wautoma defender during the Rockets’ 28-27 win at Wautoma on Friday in a WIAA Division 4 Level 2 playoff. Susa rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in the win. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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WAUTOMA – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team has used big scoring plays throughout the season to get where it is at.

However, the deeper a team gets in the playoffs, the more difficult the competition becomes and the need to grind out long drives becomes paramount.

On Friday in a WIAA Division 4 Level 2 playoff matchup against Wautoma, the Rockets were able to use a powerful running game to mash out four 70-yard-plus scoring drives and eke out a 28-27 victory over the top-seeded Hornets at Wautoma High School.

Spencer/Columbus (8-3), the fifth seed in Group C of the Division 4 bracket, moves on to a Level 3 for the first time in the co-op’s 13-year history. The Rockets will play at Little Chute (9-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Little Chute throttled Bloomer 35-8 on Saturday.

The final score came down to extra points as each team scored four touchdowns. Spencer/Columbus converted two of four 2-point plays, while Wautoma (9-2) kicked successful extra points on its first three touchdowns.

After the final touchdown of the game, which the Hornets scored 37 seconds in to the fourth quarter, they mishandled the snap and failed on a pass play that would have given them the lead. Neither team scored over the final 11 minutes and the Rockets escaped with a one-point win.

“It says a lot about mental toughness,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “That’s a lot of plays to go without making a big mistake – a fumble or a penalty or something. It says a lot about our kids and how they focus in those situations.”

Following Wautoma’s score early in the fourth quarter, on quarterback Jack Eagan’s third touchdown pass of the game, this one for 12 yards to Taylor Rivers, both teams couldn’t move the football.

Spencer/Columbus’ three fourth-quarter drives ended in punts, while Wautoma turned the ball over on downs and Tim Bauer picked off an Eagan pass on third-and-long.

The Hornets finally started moving the ball after taking over with just 2:12 to go at their only 39.

Eagan hit Rivers for an 11-yard pass play to get the ball to midfield and ran four times for 22 yards to push it down to the S/C 28. The Rockets held from there and took over on downs with 24 seconds left after three-straight incompletions.

“I am real happy for the kids. They deserve all the credit,” Gorst said. “They played their hearts out all night long and I am extremely proud of them.”

Spencer/Columbus drove 70 yards in 11 plays on the opening drive of the game, all on the ground, for a touchdown.

Mitch Susa ran five times for 46 yards and scored on a 4-yard run. Hunter Hildebrandt added a two-point conversion and the Rockets led 8-0 6:02 into the game.

The long drive settled the nerves of the Rockets.

“That was huge,” Gorst said. “It shows and it shows them that we are a good football team and we are going to play with them. It builds confidence for us and makes them know we are for real.”

Both teams exchanged scoring drives in the second quarter.

Wautoma inched closer when Eagan hit Nolan Hinz on a 31-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the second quarter. Colton Burt kicked the extra point to cut the Rockets’ lead to one.

Spencer/Columbus responded with a 74-yard scoring drive, this time taking just six plays. Pass plays of 30 and 39 yards from Calvin Lenz to Bauer set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Tyler Voda and the Rockets led 14-7.

Wautoma tied it up on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Eagan with 5 minutes to go before halftime, but the Rockets came back again.

Spencer/Columbus drove 78 yards in 11 plays – the first eight coming on the ground. On fourth down-and-5 from the 22, Lenz connected with Bauer again for a touchdown with just 8 seconds to go before halftime. The two-point conversion failed and S/C led 20-14 at the break.

Bauer, a junior receiver and defensive back, had just two catches for 14 yards this season coming into the game, both in a loss to Stanley-Boyd in late August.

“That was pretty much my first big game,” Bauer said. “It was perfect passing from Calvin. We ran most of the time and set it up with that.”

The Hornets stuck quickly to start the third quarter when Eagan hit Rivers for a 48-yard touchdown pass on a backside screen play and a long run by Rivers. The extra point put Wautoma up 21-20.

Spencer/Columbus was not fazed. The Rockets put together their most important drive of the season, going 79 yards in 16 plays, all running the football. Susa had 34 of his game-high 119 yards on the drive, junior fullback Elijah Welsh stepped in and ran four times for 10 yards and the Rockets converted a pair of fourth downs – the second on a 3-yard touchdown run by Lenz. Hunter Luepke ran in what proved to be a big two-point conversion play to put S/C up 28-21 with 1:16 left in the quarter. The drive chewed up 8:41 off the clock.

“This is really big,” Bauer said. “We took it game by game and focused one game at a time. We will keep doing that in the playoffs, taking it game by game.”

Rockets 28, Hornets 27
Spencer/Columbus 8 12 8 0 – 28
Wautoma 0 14 7 6 – 27
First Quarter

SC – Mitch Susa 4 run (Hunter Hildebrandt run), 5:58.
Second Quarter
W – Nolan Hinz 31 pass from Jack Eagan (Colton Burt kick), 11:14.
SC – Tyler Voda 7 run (run failed), 7:45.
W – Eagan 1 run (Burt kick), 5:00.
SC – Tim Bauer 22 pass from Calvin Lenz (pass failed), 0:08.
Third Quarter
W – Taylor Rivers 52 pass from Eagan (Burt kick), 9:57.
SC – Lenz 3 run (Hunter Luepke run), 1:16.
Fourth Quarter
W – Rivers 12 pass from Eagan (pass failed), 11:23.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 13; Wautoma 10.
Rushing (att-yards): Spencer/Columbus 52-259; Wautoma 26-104.
Passing (att-comp-yards-int): Spencer/Columbus 4-5-89-0; Wautoma 11-22-237-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): Spencer/Columbus 9-75; Wautoma 4-25.
Fumbles (total-lost): Spencer/Columbus 3-0; Wautoma 1-0.
Punting (no.-yards): Spencer/Columbus 4-34.3; Wautoma 1-33.0.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
SC, Mitch Susa 19-119, Tyler Voda 11-67, Hunter Hildebrandt 8-49, Elijah Welsh 7-20, Noah Zastrow 1-7, Calvin Lenz 6-minus 3. W, Jack Eagan 11-57, Nathaniel Loging 11-30, Logan Krueger 3-11, Dakota Wilcox 1-6.
Passing: SC, Lenz 4-5-89-0. W, Eagan 10-21-232-1, Loging 1-1-5-0.
Receiving: SC, Tim Bauer 3-90, Hunter Luepke 1-minus 1. W, Taylor Rivers 6-111, Loging 2-54, Cody martin 1-36, Nolan Hinz 1-31, Colton Burt 1-5.
Interceptions (defense): SC, Bauer.
Punting: SC, Ryan Busse 3-33.0, Lenz 1-36.0. W, Eagan 1-33.0.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 7-3; Wautoma 8-2.

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Marshfield sixth at 2014 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet

Posted on 30 October 2014 by paul

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STEVENS POINT – Freshman Sophie Koehn took sixth in the 100 freestyle (59.02) and the 100 backstroke (1:06.48) for Marshfield’s top finishes at the 2014 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Wausau East won the meet with 480 points, just 26 ahead of second-place Stevens Point. Marshfield was sixth with 163 points. East won the overall WVC championship, combining the dual meet season and conference meet, for the 12th year in a row.

Elizabeth Holbrook was seventh in the 200 IM (2:29.14) and Sarah Claessens took seventh in the 200 freestyle (2:09.57) for the Tigers.

Kathryn Stupar (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Julia Stupar (200 IM, 100 freestyle) each won two events and teamed with Skyelar Volm and Alex Raczek to win the 400 freestyle relay for Stevens Point.

Sarah Kane of Wausau East, Caroline McDonald of Wausau West, and Julia Stupar of Stevens Point were named the Wisconsin Valley Conference Co-Swimmers of the Year.

Ben Gensler of D.C. Everest and Daylyn Hopp of Stevens Point were named Co-coaches of the Year.

2014 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet
Oct. 30, at UW-Stevens Point
Team scores:
1. Wausau East 480; 2. Stevens Point 454; 3. D.C. Everest 410; 4. Wausau West 308; 5. Wisconsin Rapids 277; 6. Marshfield 163; 7. Merrill 48.
Winners and Marshfield finishers
200 medley relay:
1. Wausau East (Hailey Bunkleman, Sarah Kane, Hanna Plummer, Bethany Novak-Tveten) 1:55.06; 7. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Elizabeth Holbrook, Sarah Claessens, Megan Donahue) 2:03.18; 15. Marshfield (Malina Barker, Michelle Fernandez, Valerie Kushnir, Erika Roeglin) 2:12.19; 18. Marshfield (Morgan Nordbeck, Grace Hilbelink, April Read, Isabelle Denowski) 2:22.86.
200 freestyle: 1. Kathryn Stupar (SP) 2:01.29; 7. Claessens (MAR) 2:09.57; 16. Ashby (MAR) 2:27.43; 18. Madi Hall (MAR) 2:30.29.
200 IM: 1. Julia Stupar (SP) 2:15.36; 7. Holbrook (MAR) 2:29.14; 16. Kushnir (MAR) 2:41.79; 19. Hilbelink (MAR) 2:56.00.
50 freestyle: 1. Novak-Tveten (WE) 25.05; 14. Donahue (MAR) 27.65; 18. Fernandez (MAR) 28.89; 20. Roeglin (MAR) 29.69.
100 butterfly: 1. Skyelar Volm (SP) 1:02.32; 12. Kushnir (MAR) 1:12.28; 13. Read (MAR) 1:12.53; 19. Ashby (MAR) 1:28.99.
100 freestyle: 1. J. Stupar (SP) 55.10; 6. Koehn (MAR) 59.02; 15. Donahue (MAR) 1:01.22; 20. Barker (MAR) 1:10.49.
500 freestyle: 1. K. Stupar (SP) 5:23.27; 10. Claessens (MAR) 5:57.62; 18. Hilbelink (MAR) 6:47.29; 19. Nordbeck (MAR) 6:55.16.
200 freestyle relay: 1. Wausau East (Sydney Richetto, Plummer, Taylor Moses, Novak-Tveten) 1:42.23; 15. Marshfield (Kushnir, Roeglin, Hilbelink, Fernandez) 2:00.0; 19. Marshfield (Taylor Ferch, Nina Meadows, Tess Frey, Claire Greenlee) 2:17.62.
100 backstroke: 1. Madalyn Peterson (DC) 1:01.46; 6. Koehn (MAR) 1:06.48; 12. Barker (MAR) 1:12.13; 16. Read (MAR) 1:13.75.
100 breaststroke: 1. Grace Hartman (WR) 1:07.45; 11. Holbrook (MAR) 1:17.03; 18. Fernandez (MAR) 1:31.45; 20. Greenlee (MAR) 1:37.53.
400 freestyle relay: 1. Stevens Point (J. Stupar, K. Stupar, Skyelar Volm, Alex Raczek) 3:42.36; 10. Marshfield (Claessens, Donahue, Koehn, Holbrook) 4:05.47; 15. Marshfield (Hall, Ashby, Greenlee, Read) 4:35.34; 16. Marshfield (Nordbeck, Frey, Elizabeth Lecker, Barker) 4:58.68.

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Marathon edges Auburndale in WIAA Division 3 volleyball sectional semifinal

Posted on 30 October 2014 by paul

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MOSINEE – The Auburndale volleyball team’s postseason magic ended Thursday night.

A year after winning three-straight five-set matches on its way to a state runner-up finish, and a week after knocking off the top seed in the regional, Spencer, in five games, Auburndale came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision to Marathon in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal at Mosinee High School.

Marathon won 25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11, to move on to Saturday’s sectional final. The Raiders will host Oshkosh Lourdes, a 3-0 winner over Oconto, at 7 p.m. at Marathon High School.

The Apaches lost to Marathon 3-0 in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup earlier this season, but were much more competitive this time around.

After Marathon won the first game, the Apaches came back to win two straight and take control, however they couldn’t finish off the victory.

Shannon Yahnke and Taylor Gotz each had 17 kills to lead Auburndale in an impressive offensive performance. Ashley Breu also added 11 kills.

Hannah Castellano had a team-high 32 digs, Sydney Schmutzer had 47 assists and 12 digs, Jenna Peplinski added 15 digs for the Apaches.

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Level 2 football playoffs preview: Spencer/Columbus, Stratford, Auburndale all on road vs. No. 1 seeds

Posted on 30 October 2014 by paul

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By Paul Lecker
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All three local football teams that qualified for the WIAA playoffs moved on with convincing victories last Friday in Level 1 games

Spencer/Columbus Catholic won at Columbus, beating the Cardinals 22-17 in a Division 4 matchup.

Auburndale and Stratford both posted resounding victories in Division 5, with the Apaches shutting out Westby 20-0 and the Tigers pounding Mishicot 35-12.

All three teams will be back on the field Friday night in Level 2 games.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic quarterback Calvin Lenz and the Rockets will play a Division 4 Level playoff game at Wautoma on Friday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus Catholic quarterback Calvin Lenz and the Rockets will play a Division 4 Level playoff game at Wautoma on Friday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

DIVISION 4
SPENCER/COLUMBUS CATHOLIC ROCKETS AT WAUTOMA HORNETS
Game time:
7 p.m. Friday.
Site: Wautoma High School.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 7-3; Wautoma 9-1.
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Last week: Spencer/Columbus Catholic scored three touchdowns in a span of 5 minutes in the second quarter and held on from there to beat Columbus 22-17 in a WIAA Division 4 Level 1 game last Friday night at Columbus High School.

Columbus blocked a punt and recovered at the 2-yard line early in the second quarter, but Spencer/Columbus held and forced a field goal.

The Rockets got their offense going on their next possession.

Calvin Lenz scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, then tossed a 70-yard TD pass to Mitch Susa the next time the Rockets had the ball.

Noah Zastrow capped the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown, putting the Rockets up 22-3.

Columbus scored with less than 1 minute left in the third quarter and in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter to make it close, but the Rockets were able to hold on.

The fifth-seeded Rockets held Columbus to 183 total yards.

Wautoma, the top seed in Group A, defeated Campbellsport 35-14.

This week’s matchup: For the sixth time this season, the Rockets held an opponent to under 225 total yards, and their defense will again have to step up against a high-powered Wautoma offense.

Wautoma, the champions of the South Central Conference, have won eight-straight games and have scored 35 points or more six times during that stretch.

Running back Nathaniel Loging has racked up 1,640 yards and scored 23 touchdowns for the Hornets. Quarterback Jack Eagen has added 1,110 yards passing and eight touchdowns, and has rushed for 366 yards and seven scores.

Hunter Hildebrandt and Tyler Voda combined for 100 yards rushing last week as the Rockets continue a committee approach to its running game. Those two and Mitch Susa have each rushed for between 439 and 486 yards this season.

DIVISION 5
AUBURNDALE APACHES AT ARCADIA RAIDERS
Game time:
7 p.m. Friday.
Site: Arcadia High School.
Records: Auburndale 7-2; Arcadia 10-0.
Last week: Auburndale’s defense stepped up in a big way, earning its second-straight shutout, beating Westby 20-0 in a Level 1 matchup at Viroqua High School.

A week after blanking Marathon 10-0, the Apaches defense was up to the challenge again.

Arcadia continued its undefeated season with a 59-7 victory over Pardeeville.

This week’s matchup: Auburndale will have to be strong on the defensive side for a third-straight game as Arcadia boasts one of the top offenses in Division 5, scoring 45 points a game. Lee Pronshinske has rushed for 1,325 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 8.1 yards per rush.

Quarterback Rob Hoesley has also been efficient throwing the ball, completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,261 yards and 17 touchdowns, while throwing just two interceptions. The Raiders aren’t bad on defense either, shutting out their opponents five times and allowing more than 10 points only twice. Auburndale has reached Level 2 of the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Arcadia is in the playoffs for the sixth year in a row and has lost in Level 2 in the each of the past two seasons.

Stratford senior quarterback Michael Bargender takes the Tigers into a Division 5 Level 2 playoff game at top-ranked Amherst on Friday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford senior quarterback Michael Bargender takes the Tigers into a Division 5 Level 2 playoff game at top-ranked Amherst on Friday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

STRATFORD TIGERS AT AMHERST FALCONS
Game time:
7 p.m. Friday.
Site: Amherst High School.
Records: Stratford 7-3; Amherst 10-0.
Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.
Last week: Stratford senior Jake Reif returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown, had an interception and caught TD passes of 49 and 40 yards – all in the second quarter – to push the Tigers to a 35-12 victory over Mishicot in a WIAA Division 5 Level 1 game last Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Kam Bornbach had a 46-yard touchdown run and Jesse Dickman added a 37-yard TD run for Stratford.

The Tigers outgained Mishicot 355-163, with Bornbach totaling 77 yards on the ground and Taylor Krall adding 73 yards rushing. Reif had four catches for 106 yards and the two touchdowns from quarterback Michael Bargender.

Amherst, the No. 1-ranked team in the final WisSports.net Division 5 State Coaches Poll, crushed Niagara/Goodman/Pembine 49-0 last Friday.

This week’s matchup: Stratford and Amherst are quite familiar with each other, having played in Level 3 of the Division 5 playoffs in each of the past two seasons. The Falcons won 21-7 last year and 21-14 in 2012. Amherst won the state championship two seasons ago.

Connor Zblewski leads the Falcons’ rushing attack with 854 yards and 14 touchdowns. Quarterback Garrett Groshek has thrown for 1,355 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one interception, while also rushing for 685 yards and 13 touchdowns.

After losing two games in a row, Stratford has won four straight, putting up 35 points or more in three of the games.

The Tigers will continue to rely on the three-headed attack of Bornbach, Krall and Reif at running back. The three have combined for nearly 1,200 yards this season.

This story also appears in the Oct. 31 edition of Hub City Times.

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Girls state cross country preview: Stratford fights through adversity to make it to state for first time in 34 years

Posted on 30 October 2014 by paul

The Stratford girls cross country team celebrates its second-place and state-qualifying finish last Friday at the WIAA Division 3 sectional at Athens. Team members are, in back from left to right, Sammy Griesbach, Gabby Leonhard, Samantha Kaiser and Bailey Bohman. In front, Kaylee Hollatz, Courtney Krall and Johnelle Miner. (Submitted photo)

The Stratford girls cross country team celebrates its second-place and state-qualifying finish last Friday at the WIAA Division 3 sectional at Athens. Team members are, in back from left to right, Sammy Griesbach, Gabby Leonhard, Samantha Kaiser and Bailey Bohman. In front, Kaylee Hollatz, Courtney Krall and Johnelle Miner. (Submitted photo)

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By Paul Lecker
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The Stratford girls cross country team has went through a lot this season, and were left wondering if its goal of making it to the state meet was still in reach.

The Tigers started the season with one of their top runners out for the season with an illness, a promising freshman was ruled out after the first meet and Nadia King, their second runner early in the season, transferred mid-year to Spencer.

However, Stratford powered through and made the needed improvements at the end of the year to overcome all of that adversity and qualify for Saturday’s 2014 WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids. It is the first time since 1980 that the Stratford girls team has qualified for the state meet.

The Tigers, along with Auburndale freshman Kali Karl and King, will compete in the Division 3 girls race at at 1:30 p.m.

“In the beginning of the year, we felt that is what we wanted to accomplish,” Stratford coach Mark Guderski said. “We felt we had a good enough team to get there. The feeling is unreal with all of the bad luck we have had throughout the season.”

Junior Johnelle Miner and freshman Kaylee Hollatz finished fourth and fifth at last week’s Division 3 sectional at Athens to lead the way.

The Tigers finished fourth at the Marawood Conference Meet two weeks ago, just three points behind Marathon.

Guderski knew the Tigers would be fighting with Marathon for that second spot behind Phillips.

“We figured out where do you have to move up, Johnelle has to pick up a place, Kaylee has to pick up one or two spots,” Guderski said. “We were on the same course (as conference) and we had to pick off some of our conference opponents.

“We told those two that they had to be in the top five and they were. If one of those two had an off night, we were done for. Those two run together for the first 2 ½ miles, Johnelle usually pulls ahead of her after that, but Kaylee was able to stay with her and gave us those high spots.”

The big difference came from Courtney Krall, who improved her time from conference to sectionals by 31 seconds to finish 26th. Sammy Griesbach was 29th and Gabby Leonhard 40th to provide the Tigers with enough to edge Marathon by one point for the final state-qualifying spot.

“We really didn’t think we were going to make it as a team,” said Miner, the Tigers’ top runner all season. “It’s pretty cool since we haven’t made it as a team in quite a while.

“We just wanted to do our best and run hard. We all tried really hard.”

Guderski has high hopes for his top two runners at state.

“We have a young squad with no seniors…nerves might get to them a little bit,” Guderski said. “Johnelle and Kaylee, I would say top 30, the other girls just do the best they can. Have fun, run and enjoy it.”

King, who ran early in the season for Stratford, transferred to Spencer High School earlier this month and came on to the scene late in the year, taking fourth at the Cloverbelt Confrerence Meet on Oct. 18 in Eau Claire, then finishing sixth at the sectional in 21:00.

Karl has been Auburndale’s top runner for much of the season and placed 10th at the sectional in 21:15 to grab the fifth and final individual qualifying spot.

2014 WIAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday, Nov. 1
At Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids

Division 3 boys (Marshfield Columbus Catholic team, Stratford’s Cade Lehman), 11:30 a.m.
Division 2 boys, 12:10 p.m.
Division 1 boys, 12:50 p.m.
Division 3 girls (Stratford team, Auburndale’s Kali Karl, Spencer’s Nadia King), 1:30 p.m.
Division 2 girls, 2:10 p.m.
Division 1 girls, 2:50 p.m.

This story also appears in the Oct. 31 edition of Hub City Times.

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Boys state cross country preview: Columbus Catholic on the offensive

Posted on 30 October 2014 by paul

Marshfield Columbus Catholic's Ben Behling nears the finish line to take 17th in the boys race at the Marshfield Tiger Invitational in September at Wildwood Park. Behling and the Dons will be running at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield Columbus Catholic’s Ben Behling nears the finish line to take 17th in the boys race at the Marshfield Tiger Invitational in September at Wildwood Park. Behling and the Dons will be running at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys cross country team are getting a second chance – a chance at redemption.

The Dons will be making their second-straight appearance at the state meet when they take to Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids for the 2014 WIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning. Columbus, as well as Stratford sophomore Cade Lehman, will be running in the Division 3 race at 11:30 a.m. to kick off the state meet.

Seniors Ben Behling and Jeremy Binder, sophomores Leonard Steinert, Benny Frericks and Leo Pittsley, and freshmen Peyton Nystrom and Jeremiah Giles will run for the Dons.

Behling, Binder and Frericks were part of the team that finished 16th and last among the Division 3 teams at the state meet last year. All of the Dons were caught near the back, finishing between 102nd and 141st place.

This year, the Dons have tried to use an offensive approach. Yes, there is no “offense” per se, in running, but coach Danielle Wojcik has employed an attack to keep Columbus always looking to grab team points.

“We try to use pack-running, and teach them if one person makes a move, take another with you,” Wojcik said. “Everyone ahead of you, it is a goal to pass until you are in front. Every person you pass is another point for the team.”

Behling, who was the team’s No. 3 of 4 runner last year in most events, has catapulted himself into the unquestioned No. 1 spot on the squad this season.

Behling, a senior, was fifth at the Cloverbelt Conference Meet on Oct. 18 in Eau Claire, and fifth again at the WIAA Division 3 sectional at Athens on Oct. 24.

His dedication has made him into an elite runner this year, Wojcik said.

“He has been phenomenal and a great role model,” Wojcik said. “I give him a mark and he meets it. You can see the drive in his face and he is not about to give up until the very end of the race.”

Nystrom, Binder and Giles all finished between 20th and 29th at the sectional, and the Dons will be looking for a strong grouping again at the state meet to propel their way up the standings.

“I want everyone to get a PR (personal record) and are hoping to place in the middle of the pack,” Wojcik said.

Lehman took eighth at the sectional last week, finishing in 17:56 to take the fourth spot of the five individual qualifiers.

After a disappointing finish last year when he took 30th at the sectional, Lehman put in a lot of extra time during the offseason to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.

“He knew he could do better,” Stratford coach Mark Guderski said. “. So, in his off-season he ran miles, and miles, and miles, and miles. His goal was to go to state this year and was willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Our goal for Saturday for him is to be in the top 50.”

2014 WIAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday, Nov. 1
At Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids

*Division 3 boys (Marshfield Columbus Catholic team, Stratford’s Cade Lehman), 11:30 a.m.
*Division 2 boys, 12:10 p.m.
*Division 1 boys, 12:50 p.m.
*Division 3 girls (Stratford team, Auburndale’s Kali Karl, Spencer’s Nadia King), 1:30 p.m.
*Division 2 girls, 2:10 p.m.
*Division 1 girls, 2:50 p.m.

This story also appears in the Oct. 24 edition of Hub City Times.

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2014 WIAA girls volleyball playoffs, sectional scores

Posted on 27 October 2014 by paul

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The state tournament field has been set as 2014 WIAA girls volleyball playoffs wrapped up sectional play Saturday, Nov. 1.

Saturday’s winners move on to the 2014 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay on Nov. 6-8.

Here is a look at the sectional scores:

2014 WIAA Girls Volleyball Playoffs
Division 1
Sectional 1
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Wausau East

No. 1 Eau Claire Memorial 3, No. 4 D.C. Everest 1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19)
No. 2 Merrill 3, No. 3 Chippewa Falls 2 (18-25, 25-20, 25-17, 15-25, 15-11)
Championship, Nov. 1
Merrill 3, Eau Claire Memorial 2 (26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 24-26, 16-14)
Sectional 5
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Watertown

No. 1 Mukwonago 3, No. 4 Hartland Arrowhead 1 (25-23, 28-30, 25-18, 25-20)
No. 6 Germantown 3, No. 2 Oconomowoc 0 (25-22, 25-22, 26-24)
Championship, Nov. 1
Germantown 3, Mukwonago 0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-20)
Sectional 2
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Green Bay East

No. 1 Kimberly 3, No. 5 Kaukauna 0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-18)
No. 2 Appleton East 3, No. 6 Hortonville 2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13)
Championship, Nov. 1
Kimberly 3, Appleton East 2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-9)
Sectional 8
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Brookfield Central

No. 1 Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 3, No. 4 Glendale Nicolet 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-14)
No. 2 Brookfield East 3, No. 6 Milwaukee Pius XI 0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-22)
Championship, Nov. 1
Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 3, Brookfield East 1 (27-29, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18)
Sectional 3
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Middleton

No. 1 DeForest 3, No. 5 Middleton 0 (28-26, 25-15, 28-26)
No. 3 Sun Prairie 3, No. 2 Verona 2 (25-22, 19-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-12)
Championship, Nov. 1
DeForest 3, Sun Prairie 2 (27-25, 25-20, 18-25, 10-25, 15-10)
Sectional 7
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Greenfield

No. 1 Greendale 3, No. 4 Greenfield 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-14)
No. 2 Muskego 3, No. 3 Union Grove 0 (25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 15-11)
Championship, Nov. 1
Muskego 3, Greendale 0 (25-23, 32-30, 25-16)
Sectional 4
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at West Bend West

No. 1 Manitowoc 3, No. 4 Oshkosh West 1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20)
No. 3 West Bend East 3, No. 2 Neenah 1 (25-16, 17-25, 25-17, 25-23)
Championship, Nov. 1
Manitowoc 3, West Bend East 0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-20)
Sectional 6
Semifinals, Oct. 30, at Kenosha Tremper

No. 1 Burlington 3, No. 4 Fort Atkinson 0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-12)
No. 2 Kenosha Tremper 3, No. 3 Westosha Central 1 (30-28, 25-14, 20-25, 25-11)
Championship, Nov. 1
Burlington 3, Kenosha Tremper 0 (25-4, 25-19, 28-26)
Division 2
Sectional 1
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Barron 3, No. 2 Osceola 2 (18-25, 15-25, 25-5, 25-23, 15-6)
No. 1 Tomahawk 3, No. 1 Altoona 0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23)
Championship, Nov. 1
Tomahawk 3, Barron 1 (25-13, 25-21, 20-25, 28-26)
Sectional 2
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Luxemburg-Casco 3, No. 1 Green Bay Notre Dame 1 (15-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-18)
No. 1 Waupun 3, No. 2 Appleton Xavier 1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-14)
Championship, Nov. 1
Waupun 3, Luxemburg-Casco 1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21)
Sectional 3
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 2 Platteville 3, No. 2 Wisconsin Dells 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-12)
No. 1 Lakeside Lutheran 3, No. 1 Edgerton 0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-13)
Championship, Nov. 1
Platteville 3, Lakeside Lutheran 1 (25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15)
Sectional 4
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Kettle Moraine Lutheran 3, No. 1 Sheboygan Falls 1 (25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20)
No. 1 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 3, No. 1 East Troy 1 (18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19)
Championship, Nov. 1
Waukesha Catholic Memorial 3, Kettle Moraine Lutheran 0 (25-23, 25-23,25-23)
Division 3
Sectional 1
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Cameron 3, No. 1 Colfax 0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-10)
No. 2 La Crosse Aquinas 3, No. 1 Fall Creek 1 (26-24, 25-18, 18-25, 25-19)
Championship, Nov. 1
Cameron 3, La Crosse Aquinas 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21)
Sectional 2
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Oshkosh Lourdes 3, No. 3 Oconto 0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-8)
No. 1 Marathon 3, No. 2 Auburndale 2 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11)
Championship, Nov. 1
Marathon 3, Oshkosh Lourdes 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23)
Sectional 3
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Wisconsin Heights 3, No. 1 Cuba City 2 (26-28, 25-19, 25-21, 11-25, 15-13)
No. 1 Waterloo 3, No. 2 Markesan 0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-16)
Championship, Nov. 1
Waterloo 3, Wisconsin Heights 0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-9)
Sectional 4
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Howards Grove 3, No. 1 Manitowoc Lutheran 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-20)
No. 1 Lake Country Lutheran 3, No. 3 Kenosha Christian Life 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-16)
Championship, Nov. 1
Howards Grove 3, Lake Country Lutheran 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20)
Division 4
Sectional 1
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Washburn 3, No. 2 Siren 0 (28-26, 28-26, 25-23)
No. 2 Clayton 3, No. 1 Chippewa Falls McDonell 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-13)
Championship, Nov. 1
Clayton 3, Washburn 0 (25-17, 25-9, 26-24)
Sectional 2
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Wausau Newman Catholic 3, No. 1 Wild Rose 0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-16)
No. 1 Niagara 3, No. 1 Suring 1 (25-12, 26-24, 20-25, 26-24)
Championship, Nov. 1
Wausau Newman Catholic 3, Niagara 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-10)
Sectional 3
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Royall 3, No. 1 Plum City 0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-13)
No. 1 Southwestern 3, No. 2 River Ridge 0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-12)
Championship, Nov. 1
Southwestern 3, Royall 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-14)
Sectional 4
Semifinals, Oct. 30

No. 1 Hilbert 3, No. 2 Milwaukee Heritage Christian 2 (26-24, 20-25, 25-7, 22-25, 15-9)
No. 2 Burlington Catholic Central 3, No. 1 Hustisford 0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-22)
Championship, Nov. 1
Hilbert 3, Burlington Catholic Central 1 (22-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-19)

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2014 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament scores

Posted on 27 October 2014 by paul

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MILWAUKEE – The 2014 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament concluded Saturday with four divisional championship games at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Here is a look at all of the state tournament scores:

2014 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at Uihlein Soccer Park, Milwaukee
Thursday, Oct. 30
Division 4 semifinals

Milwaukee St. Thomas More (15-3-4) 3, Barron (17-5-1) 0
The Prairie School (Racine) (19-4-3) 6, Sturgeon Bay (22-4-1) 0
Division 3 semifinals
Delavan-Darien (21-4-2) 6, Rice Lake (16-9-2) 2
Mount Horeb (14-5-4) 1, Luxemburg-Casco (19-5-2) 0
Friday, Oct. 31
Division 2 semifinals

Brookfield East (19-2-4) 4, Pulaski (14-4-5) 0
Cedarburg (14-5-4) 1, Oregon (17-2-2) 0
Division 1 semifinals
Milwaukee Marquette (22-1-2) 3, Eau Claire Memorial (21-5) 1
Menomonee Falls (17-3-5) 5, Beloit Memorial (20-2-7) 5 (Menomonee Falls wins shootout 3-2)
Saturday, Nov. 1
Championship games

Division 4: The Prairie School (Racine) (20-4-3) 2, Milwaukee St. Thomas More (15-4-4) 0
Division 3: Delavan-Darien (21-4-2) 3, Mount Horeb (14-6-4) 1
Division 2: Brookfield East (20-2-4) 2, Cedarburg (14-6-4) 0
Division 1: Milwaukee Marquette (23-2-2) 4, Menomonee Falls (17-5-4) 1

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2014 WIAA football playoffs, Level 2 scores

Posted on 27 October 2014 by paul

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The 2014 WIAA football playoffs continued Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, with Level 2 games in seven divisions across Wisconsin.

Winners move on to Level 3 games on Friday, Nov. 7 or Saturday, Nov. 8.

Here is a look at the entire state scoreboard:

2014 WIAA State Football Playoffs
Level 2
Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1
Division 1
Group A

No. 1 Bay Port 41, No. 5 Wausau West 14
No. 3 Appleton North 21, No. 2 Hudson 3
Group B
No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead 36, No. 5 Milwaukee King 8
No. 3 Mukwonago 22, No. 2 Muskego 7
Group C
No. 1 Kimberly 34, No. 4 Madison La Follette 0
No. 3 Fond du Lac 27, No. 2 Middleton 20
Group D
No. 1 Milwaukee Marquette 13, No. 4 Kenosha Indian Trail 6
No. 3 Franklin 38, No. 2 Oak Creek 34
Division 2
Group A

No. 1 Menasha 21, No. 4 Hortonville 20
No. 2 Superior 56, No. 3 Ashwaubenon 35
Group B
No. 1 Mequon Homestead 26, No. 5 Whitefish Bay 13
No. 3 Cedarburg 42, No. 2 Germantown 21
Group C
No. 4 Slinger 17, No. 1 DeForest 14
No. 2 Waunakee 28, No. 3 Milton 6
Group D
No. 1 Greendale 48, No. 4 Burlington 13
No. 2 Waukesha West 20, No. 6 Waterford 14
Division 3
Group A

No. 1 La Crosse Logan 59, No. 4 New Richmond 27
No. 3 Rice Lake 49, No. 2 Mosinee 21
Group B
No. 5 Luxemburg-Casco 34, No. 8 Berlin 14
No. 2 West De Pere 48, No. 3 Appleton Xavier 6
Group C
No. 1 Mount Horeb/Barneveld 65, No. 4 Jefferson 28
No. 6 Reedsburg 20, No. 2 Monona Grove 14
Group D
No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran 31, No. 4 Brown Deer 28
No. 2 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 27, No. 3 Kewaskum 22
Division 4
Group A

No. 1 Somerset 40, No. 4 Ellsworth 6
No. 2 St. Croix Central 27, No. 3 Black River Falls 6
Group B
No. 1 Wrightstown 37, No. 5 Denmark 29
No. 2 Freedom 35, No. 3 Southern Door 0
Group C
No. 5 Spencer/Columbus Catholic 28, No. 1 Wautoma 27
No. 3 Little Chute 35, No. 2 Bloomer 8
Group D
No. 1 Lodi 31, No. 5 Platteville 6
No. 3 Marshall 9, No. 2 Brodhead/Juda 7
Division 5
Group A

No. 1 Stanley-Boyd 35, No. 5 Chequamegon 7
No. 3 Eau Claire Regis 34, No. 2 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 33
Group B
No. 1 Amherst 41, No. 4 Stratford 6
No. 2 Bonduel 33, No. 6 Iola-Scandinavia 20
Group C
No. 1 Arcadia 38, No. 5 Auburndale 8
No. 2 Lancaster 42, No. 3 Poynette 14
Group D
No. 1 Racine St. Catherine’s 25, No. 5 Winnebago Lutheran 0
No. 2 Cambridge 33, No. 6 Waterloo 20
Division 6
Group A

No. 1 Athens 28, No. 5 Marathon 16
No. 2 Spring Valley 41, No. 3 Hurley 14
Group B
No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 41, No. 4 Algoma 0
No. 2 Shiocton 46, No. 3 Ozaukee 28
Group C
No. 1 Edgar 49, No. 5 Necedah 8
No. 3 Independence/Gilmanton 22, No. 2 Rosholt 14
Group D
No. 1 Darlington 54, No. 4 Mineral Point 13
No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran 27, No. 3 Cuba City 14
Division 7
Group A

No. 1 Frederic 21, No. 4 Abbotsford 14
No. 2 Owen-Withee 43, No. 6 Loyal 14
Group B
No. 1 Cambria-Friesland 28, No. 4 Hilbert 18
No. 2 Almond-Bancroft 46, No. 3 Gillett 19
Group C
No. 1 Bangor 52, No. 5 New Lisbon 20
No. 2 Pepin/Alma 47, No. 3 Hillsboro 20
Group D
No. 4 Black Hawk 16, No. 1 Ithaca 0
No. 2 Potosi 34, No. 3 Burlington Catholic Central 26

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Marshfield volleyball knocked out of playoffs by Eau Claire Memorial in WIAA Division 1 regional final

Posted on 25 October 2014 by paul

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EAU CLAIRE – The Marshfield volleyball team competed hard with the top-seed in its regional but in the end Eau Claire Memorial was just a bit stronger, knocking off the Tigers 3-0 in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday night at Memorial High School.

The Old Abes won 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 to advance to next week’s sectional. Memorial will play Wisconsin Valley Conference runner-up D.C. Everest in the first half of a sectional doubleheader Thursday at Wausau East at 6 p.m. Chippewa Falls and WVC champion Merrill will play in the second match at 8 p.m.

Stephanie Rhodes had 13 kills, Kathyrn Nesbitt added eight, Anna Ripp had 29 assists, Sara Dasler had a team-high 17 digs and Ema Fehrenbach added 10 for the Tigers.

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