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Hot-shooting Marshfield upends Chippewa Falls in WIAA Division 1 girls basketball regional final

Posted on 28 February 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Caitlin Michaelis is mauled going to the basket during the third quarter of the Tigers' 65-54 win at Chippewa Falls in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday. Michaelis scored 19 points in the victory. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Caitlin Michaelis is mauled going to the basket during the third quarter of the Tigers’ 65-54 win at Chippewa Falls in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday. Michaelis scored 19 points in the victory. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Marshfield girls basketball team picked the perfect time to play its best game of the season.

The Tigers shot 50 percent overall, drilled 11 3-pointers and made 13 of 15 free throws when it counted in the fourth quarter as they defeated Chippewa Falls 65-54 in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday night at Chippewa Falls High School.

Marshfield (18-6) moves on to a sectional semifinal Thursday against No. 1-ranked D.C. Everest (24-0) back at Chippewa Falls. Everest rolled Eau Claire Memorial 52-38 in a regional final on Saturday.

Ellie Kummer was 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 21 points, and fellow senior Caitlin Michaelis scored 19 points for Marshfield.

Michaelis hit three 3-pointers in the opening 3:20 to set the tone as the Tigers built a 14-7 lead.

Chippewa Falls (22-2) closed to within a point before Marshfield regained control scoring the final six points of the quarter to go up 20-13.

“To come over here to play as well as we did, and have my senior guards shoot as well as they did from the beginning, it really couldn’t have gone better to start the game,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “They’re confident right now, I think we all are. We’re playing our best ball and I feel like they’ve figured it out. We’re all on the same page and you have to be that way to beat a good team like Chippewa Falls.”

The Cardinals punched back again, scoring the first five points of the second quarter only to see Marshfield answer again.

Michaelis and Kummer hit back-to-back 3s and Ema Fehrenbach scored inside to put Marshfield up 28-18.

While never feeling totally comfortable, Marshfield led by at least five the rest of the game.

“Basically we just had to break the press and we knew we could take them on after that,” Kummer said. “It’s the playoffs so we knew we had to make our shots and step up to the plate. Coach said this a shooter’s gym and she didn’t jinx it.”

A 3-pointer from McKayla Scheuer sparked a 6-0 run in the third quarter as the Tigers turned a seven-point halftime lead to 12.

After a 3-pointer by Kaitlin Rubenzer and a three-point play by Lexi Hanley, Michaelis scored inside just before the buzzer, putting Marshfield up 48-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals made just 5 of 14 shots in the fourth quarter and when they fouled to try to get the ball back, Marshfield calmly sank 13 of 15 free throws to put the game away. Michaelis and Scheuer each went 4-for-4 and Kummer was 3-for-4 from the line in the fourth.

“It’s been a goal of ours ever since we were back in fourth grade to make a good run to state,” Kummer said. “This means a lot to all of us.”

D.C. Everest defeated Marshfield twice during the regular season, winning 50-40 at home on Jan. 13 and 55-35 at Marshfield on Feb. 13.

“It’s going to take a good effort,” Heidi Michaelis said. “Last time we played them I thought they played extremely well. I think if we shoot that well, things always change. We haven’t shot well against them. It’s going to take a huge effort and we know that, we’re the underdogs. There is zero pressure on us, kind of like how we came in tonight. Maybe we’re better off playing that role.”

Notes: Kummer, a senior guard, passed Jamie Braun into 11th place on the all-time Tigers’ girls basketball scoring list. She now has 736 career points, passing Braun, who had 731 from 2004-06. Kummer is 19 points away from passing Sara Craig (1984-88) for 10th place…Caitlin Michaelis pushed her career points total to 1,186 during her four-year career with the Tigers. Michaelis is third on the all-time list, 54 points behind second-place. Taylor Varsho (2008-12) is the all-time leading scorer with 1,370 points, with Carlin McClary (1975-78) second with 1,240…Coach Heidi Michaelis has qualified for the sectionals for the 11th time in her 14 seasons as Marshfield coach. The Tigers were eliminated in the regionals in each of the past two seasons. She now has 257-76 record for the Tigers.

Tigers 65, Cardinals 54
Marshfield 20 11 17 17 – 65
Chippewa Falls 13 9 15 15 – 54
MARSHFIELD (65):
McKayla Scheuer 1-4 4-4 7, Meg Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Caitlin Michaelis 5-11 5-6 19, Ana Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Nikolai 0-0 2-2 2, Martha Kupfer 0-1 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 6-9 3-4 21, Ema Fehrenbach 5-10 4-6 14, Hannah Meverden 1-1 0-1 2. FG: 18-36. FT: 18-23. 3-pointers: 11-24 (Kummer 6-9, Michaelis 4-10, Scheuer 1-4, Fehrenbach 0-1). Rebounds: 24 (Fehrenbach 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 18-6.
CHIPPEWA FALLS (54): Tyana Loiselle 2-6 2-2 6, Hallie Soward 2-8 0-0 4, Carley Meinen 3-6 1-3 7, Elli Daniels 0-4 2-4 2, Kaitlin Rubenzer 3-6 0-0 9, Lexi Hanley 5-10 3-5 15, Bailey Harder 1-2 1-2 4, Julia Robarge 3-8 0-0 7, Janelle Robarge 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 19-50. FT: 9-16. 3-pointers: 7-18 (Rubenzer 3-6, Hanley 2-6, Harder 1-1, Ju. Robarge 1-3, Soward 0-2). Rebounds: 24 (Ju. Robarge 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Loiselle, Harder. Record: 22-2.

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Marshfield girls basketball crushes Eau Claire North in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Caitlin Michaelis drives inside for a basket during the Tigers' win over Eau Claire North in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Caitlin Michaelis drives inside for a basket during the Tigers’ win over Eau Claire North in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls basketball team shook the jitters after a sluggish first quarter and blew out Eau Claire North 65-44 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.

Marshfield (17-6) moves on to a Division 1 regional final at Chippewa Falls (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers lost at home to Chippewa Falls 59-53 back on Jan. 6.

The Tigers went 4½ minutes without scoring during the middle part of the first quarter and the score was tied 11-11 heading into the second.

McKayla Scheuer hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute and the Tigers clamped down defensively, forcing North to miss its first eight shots, and they started to pull away.

Baskets by Caitlin Michaelis, Scheuer and Ema Fehrenbach, followed by a 3-pointer from Michaelis and four points from Ellie Kummer sparked a dominant 18-5 run over the first 7 minutes of the second quarter.

Marshfield led 32-18 after another 3-pointer by Kummer, who scored a game-high 22 points, and the Tigers went into halftime with all the momentum.

“Coming out, we were a little jittery,” Caitlin Michaelis said. “The first tournament game is always hard to come out. We really focused on our defense and what we’ve been practicing for our plays. We executed and came out on top.”

North never threatened as Marshfield opened the second half on an 8-4 run and pushed the lead to 20 after a basket by Natalie Zuelke late in the period.

After making 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half, the Tigers went to their inside game in the second half. Fehrenbach scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime, with four baskets coming inside.

“I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of what they gave us,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “Early on we hit shots from the outside and then in the second half – we still could take those shots – but we had a size advantage on the inside, especially when they subbed out. I thought our kids did a good job recognizing.”

In the previous meeting against Chippewa Falls, Marshfield trailed 39-37 after three quarters before the Cardinals were able to pull away. The game was a physical one, with Marshfield making 23 of 32 free throws and Chippewa Falls going just 14 of 27 from the line.

“That’s a game that we let get away,” Heidi Michaelis said. “We did not deal well with their pressure. You have to deal with their relentless pressure, in the full court and the half court traps. It’s something we’ve worked on since then. There hasn’t been a game since then where I had all three of my guards not handle the pressure. It’s really what it comes down to.

“We have a size advantage and I think we can score on the inside, as well as the outside with our guards. It’s just a matter of dealing with their guards.”

Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com at 7 p.m.

Tigers 65, Cardinals 44
Eau Claire North 11 7 12 14 – 44
Marshfield 11 21 17 16 – 65
EAU CLAIRE NORTH (44):
Carcyn Wathke 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah Kent 2-3 0-0 3, Mattea Peplinski 2-6 0-0 4, Haley DeSouza 0-5 1-2 1, Megan Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Banks 0-3 0-2 0, Brooke Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Kirchman 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Fischer 0-4 1-4 1, Kylea Davis 2-7 2-2 6, Alaina Quaranta 4-5 2-2 10, Nikki Kilboten 4-9 6-8 14, Markeysha Hazelton 2-6 0-0 5. FG: 16-48. FT: 12-20. 3-pointers: 2-16 (Hazelton 1-2, Kent 1-3, Fischer 0-2, Banks 0-2, Peplinski 0-3, DeSouza 0-4). Rebounds: 29 (Kilboten 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-11.
MARSHFIELD (65): McKayla Scheuer 3-6 0-0 8, Meg Bryan 0-1 1-2 1, Caitlin Michaelis 2-11 2-2 7, Ana Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 1-2 1, Natalie Zuelke 1-2 1-2 3, Maddie Nikolai 1-1 0-0 2, Jenny Scheppler 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 2-4 1-2 5, Ellie Kummer 6-10 7-8 22, Ema Fehrenbach 5-7 3-6 13, Hannah Meverden 1-3 1-2 3. FG: 21-45. FT: 17-26. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Kummer 3-6, Scheuer 2-3, Michaelis 1-6). Rebounds: 33 (Michaelis 7). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 17-6.

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Loyal eliminates Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional semifinal

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

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LOYAL – Loyal started the game with a 17-3 run in the first quarter and cruised to a 51-25 victory over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional semifinal on Friday night at Loyal High School.

The Greyhounds pulled ahead 31-16 by halftime and put the game away by holding Columbus to three points in the third quarter.

Loyal (21-3) will take on Abbotsford (15-9) in a Division 5 regional final Saturday night at Loyal High School.

Morgan Reinwand scored 18 points to lead Loyal.

Abby Baierl hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points, and Jess Trad added eight for the Dons (12-12). Columbus shot just 7 of 41 from the field and made only two 2-point baskets in the loss.

Greyhounds 51, Dons 25
Columbus Catholic 3 13 3 6 – 25
Loyal 17 14 7 13 – 51
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (25):
Meena Thill 1-5 2-4 5, Alexandra Hutchison 0-3 0-0 0, Alishia Reigel 0-2 0-0 0, Kendra Baierl 0-1 0-0 0, Jess Trad 2-5 3-3 8, Abby Baierl 3-12 0-0 9, Natalie Pospyhalla 0-2 0-0 0, Hannah Stratman 0-7 1-2 1, Marissa Immerfall 1-4 0-0 2, Bailey Neider 0-0 0-2 0, Neale Tracy 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Albrecht 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 7-41. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 5-15 (A. Baierl 3-8, Trad 1-2, Thill 1-2, Stratman 0-1, Pospyhalla 0-2). Rebounds: 25 (A. Baierl 6). Fouls: 6. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-12.
LOYAL (51): Amanda Zettler 1 0-0 3, Devyn Schoonover 1 0-0 2, Jaedyn Pieper 3 0-0 0, Jaelynn Young 2 0-0 5, Morgan Reinwand 7 0-0 18, Ryleigh Wilke 0 0-0 0, Jackie McPherson 0 0-0 0, Missy Benz 2 2-3 6, Katie Hoeser 1 0-0 2, Karsyn Rueth 3 0-0 6, Amber Acker 0 0-0 0, Bailey Parker 0 0-0 0. FG: 20. FT: 2-3. 3-pointers: 9 (Reinwand 4, Pieper 3, Young 1, Zettler 1). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 21-3.

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Four Stratford wrestlers, one from Auburndale qualify for finals at 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

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MADISON – Four Stratford wrestlers and another from Auburndale will be wrestling for Division 3 championships after winning their semifinal matches Friday night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Freshmen A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr, and sophomores Mason Kauffman and Kamren Bornbach qualified for the finals for Stratford, as did Auburndale senior Wyatt Weiler.

Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Marshfield’s Mitch Hertel and Josh Lang each lost semifinal matches and were knocked into the consolation bracket.

Schoenfuss (45-2) rolled to a major decision over Zach Anglin of Bayfield/Washburn 17-7 and will take on Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville in the Division 3 106-pound championship at 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Schoenherr (41-2) cruised to a 5-1 victory over Riley Lull of Fennimore. He will face Weston Wichman (44-50 of Johnson Creek in the 113-pound championship.

Mason Kauffman continued his perfect season with a 7-2 victory over Austin Najbrt of Cadott in a 126-pound semifinal. Kauffman (48-0) will take on fellow undefeated Kal Gerber (44-0) of Cameron in the 126-pound final.

Bornbach topped Austin Stebane of Brillion 9-1 and will face Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound championship Saturday night. Bornbach beat Fielding 5-2 in the sectional final last Saturday.

Weiler (44-7) edged Jeremiah Moody of Cambridge 12-10 in overtime in a 160-pound semifinal. Weiler will face Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale in the championship match.

Stratford senior Hunter Kauffman lost for just the second time this season, losing due to an injury default midway through the second period to Ethan Hofacker of Spring Valley/Elmwood. If Kauffman (40-2) is able to continue Saturday morning, he will face C.J. Pillath (42-5) of Coleman in a consolation semifinal. Kauffman was pinned by Pillath in the closing second of a match at the team sectional tournament, a match that clinched the victory for Coleman.

Hertel and Lang will move into the consolation semifinals after close losses in Division 1 semifinal matches.

Hertel (28-2) lost to Ben Hakes (28-1) of Oak Creek 5-4 at 160 pounds, and Lang fell to Jason Toshner (44-2) of Fond du Lac 4-0 at 195 pounds.

Hertel will wrestle Jared Krattiger (42-1) of Waterford and Lang (31-6) will take on Christian Dischler (38-11) of Pewaukee in consolation semifinals Saturday.

2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
At Kohl Center, Madison
Saturday, Feb. 28

11 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks, all divisions; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches in all divisions
6 p.m. – Championship matches, all divisions
Saturday’s local matchups
Consolation semifinals
Division 1

160 pounds: Mitch Hertel (28-2), Marshfield, vs. Jared Krattiger (42-1), Waterford.
195 pounds: Josh Lang (31-6), Marshfield, vs. Christian Dischler (38-11), Pewaukee.
Division 3
113 pounds:
Bryce Shaw (28-19), Spencer, vs. Riley Lull (45-3), Fennimore.
145 pounds: Paul Willfahrt (43-6), Auburndale, vs. Trenton Pasch (42-8), Royall.
220 pounds: Hunter Kauffman (40-2), Stratford, vs. C.J. Pillath (42-5), Coleman.
Championship matches
Division 3
106 pounds:
A.J. Schoenfuss (45-2), Stratford, vs. Austin Wolfe (40-4), Boyceville.
113 pounds: Jeremy Schoenherr (41-2), Stratford, vs. Weston Wichman (44-5), Johnson Creek.
126 pounds: Mason Kauffman (48-0), Stratford, vs. Kal Gerber (44-0), Cameron.
160 pounds: Wyatt Weiler (44-7), Auburndale, vs. Jared Roen (42-3), Riverdale.
182 pounds: Kamren Bornbach (40-3), Stratford, vs. Henry Fielding (44-2), Shiocton.

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Auburndale girls basketball holds off Stratford in WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – Auburndale shot just 33 percent but made 19 of 23 from the free throw line and took care of Stratford 47-41 in a WIAA Division 4 girls basketball regional semifinal Friday night at Auburndale High School.

Paiton Richardson scored 13 points and Taylor Gotz had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Apaches (19-4). Gotz was 6 of 6 and Allison Linzmeier went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the way for Auburndale.

The Apaches swept all three matchups from Stratford this season.

Auburndale led 18-8 after one quarter before Stratford (15-9) chipped away, cutting the Apaches’ lead to 34-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

Auburndale moves on to a Division 4 regional final at No. 1 seed Marathon (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.

Auburndale handed Marathon its only loss of the season, 45-33 back on Jan. 6. Marathon beat the Apaches at Marathon in a rematch on Feb. 6, 47-39.

Tianna Hughes led Stratford with 14 points.

Apaches 47, Tigers 41
Stratford 8 11 12 10 – 41
Auburndale 18 10 6 13 – 47
STRATFORD (41):
Sammy Griesbach 3-7 0-4 6, Macie Frueh 2-9 2-2 7, Brittany Bredeman 1-3 0-0 2, Tianna Hughes 5-8 2-2 14, Kaylee Hollatz 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Manecke 0-0 0-0 0, Savannah Schillinger 2-8 1-2 6, Casey Kolbeck 0-3 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 2-10 2-3 6. FG: 15-48. FT: 7-13. 3-pointers: 4-14 (Hughes 2-3, Schillinger 1-3, Frueh 1-7, Bredemann 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Zuelke 6). Record: 15-9.
AUBURNDALE (47): Allison Linzmeier 1-3 4-4 6, Cheyenne Karl 3-8 2-3 8, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Sylviann Momont 0-3 0-0 0, Paiton Richardson 5-8 3-3 13, Shannon Yahnke 2-4 3-5 7, Taylor Gotz 3-14 6-6 12. FG: 14-42. FT: 19-23. 3-pointers: 0-1 (Momont 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Gotz 12). Assists: 9. Record: 19-4.

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Altoona pulls past Columbus Catholic boys basketball in Cloverbelt crossover third-place game

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

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ALTOONA – Altoona outscored Columbus Catholic by 13 points in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a 62-50 victory in the third-place game of the Cloverbelt Conference crossovers on Thursday night at Altoona High School.

Columbus (14-8) led 41-40 entering the fourth quarter before the Railroaders (13-9) pulled away.

Max Bawden had 24 points to lead four Altoona players in double figures.

Evan Nikolai had 13 points and Tyler Fuerlinger added 12 for the Dons.

Columbus Catholic will open postseason action Tuesday with a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal at home against Abbotsford at 7 p.m.

Railroaders 62, Dons 50
Columbus Catholic 13 14 14 9 – 50
Altoona 11 17 12 22 – 62
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (50):
Billy Young 7, Christian Payant 3, Ben Behling 2, Evan Nikolai 13, Hunter Schultz 5, Matthias Gouin 3, Tyler Fuerlinger 12, Brett Loveland 5. Record: 14-8.
ALTOONA (62): Connor Olson 2, Ryan Klomstad 13, Micah Burch 11, Max Bawden 24, Dalton Ystebo 12. Record: 13-9.

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Six local Division 3 wrestlers advance to semifinals at 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

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MADISON – Five of the seven Stratford wrestlers in the quarterfinals won their matches Friday afternoon to advance to the Division 3 semifinals at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss improved to 44-2 with a pin of Andrew Webb of Spring Valley/Elmwood in 1:48 of their 106-pound quarterfinal match. Schoenfuss will battle Zach Anglin (32-10) of Bayfield/Washburn in a semifinal tonight.

Jeremy Schoenherr of Stratford won his 113-pound quarterfinal by a 16-1 technical fall over Andrew Gunderson of Cadott. Schoenherr (40-2) will face Riley Lully (45-2) of Fennimore in the semifinals.

Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman continued his undefeated campaign by winning a 15-1 major decision over Max Maylor of Iowa-Grant/Highland in a 126-pound quarterfinal. Kauffman will take on Austin Najbrt (40-4) of Cadott in the semifinals.

Kamren Bornbach improved to 39-3 after pinning Austin Stebane of Brillion in a 182-pound quarterfinal in just 1:21. Bornbach will face Rowdy Kochevar (41-6) of Flambeau in the semifinals.

Hunter Kauffman also won his quarterfinal match for Stratford, pinning Derek Medearis of New Lisbon in 5:40. Kauffman (40-1) will take on Ethan Hofacker (39-5) of Spring Valley/Elmwood in a 220-pound semifinal.

Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman were knocked into the consolation bracket, and later eliminated from the tournament, after losing their quarterfinal and consolation matches Friday afternoon.

Wenzel (31-13) was pinned by Cruze Hurlburt (38-3) of Spring Valley/Elmwood in 29 seconds in the quarterfinals, then lost to Frank Baker (42-7) of Mineral Point 6-1 in a consolation match later Friday afternoon.

Tyson Kauffman lost his 285-pound quarterfinal to Jordan Brandt (42-1) of Reedsville by pin in 3:56. Kauffman (32-14) and later lost to Andy Bork (34-7) of Weyauwega-Fremont in a consolation match as he was pinned in 2:59.

Spencer’s Bryce Shaw lost in his quarterfinal at 113 pounds to Cumberland’s Lucas Graf (36-3) 9-8. Shaw (28-19), the last Rocket still alive in the tournament after Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke were eliminated Thursday, defeated Daniel Watry (17-6) of Ozaukee in a consolation match 8-4 and will wrestle in a consolation semifinal Saturday morning.

One of Auburndale’s two state tournament qualifiers advanced to the semifinals.

Wyatt Weiler (43-7) edged Helton Vandenbush (38-12) of Random Lake 6-5 in a 160-pound quarterfinal. Weiler will take on Jeremiah Moody (43-1) of Cambridge in a semifinal tonight.

Paul Willfahrt (43-6) lost his 152-pound quarterfinal by a 17-2 technical fall to Cole Martin (43-1) of Lancaster. Willfahrt went on to defeat Alex Colbeth (35-7) in a consolation match later Friday 4-1. Willfahrt will wrestle in a consolation semifinal on Saturday.

The semifinals in all three divisions is tonight starting at 7 p.m.

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Wausau West hands Marshfield boys basketball another tight loss

Posted on 27 February 2015 by paul

Marshfield's Tanner Boson puts up a shot over the Wausau West defense during Thursday's game at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Tanner Boson puts up a shot over the Wausau West defense during Thursday’s game at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield boys basketball team’s agonizing season continued Thursday with another close loss.

The Tigers came back from a seven-point deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter but came up just short again, losing to Wausau West 44-43 in its Wisconsin Valley Conference and regular-season finale at Marshfield High School.

Marshfield lost for the fourth-straight time, all coming by three points or less, to finish the regular season with a 6-16 record. Ten of the Tigers’ losses this season have come by single digits.

“You’ve got to make baskets,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “We had a lot of chances. We only turned it over two times, so we had chances. I’m pleased because we have been giving away opportunities to score in previous games. We got shots, but we have to make them.

“Everyone is packing the lane and packing inside the 3-point circle and the only way to loosen them is to knock some of those down. I was trying to run different kids in there to try to find someone to knock a shot down. We had a few, but not enough and not when the game was really in the balance.”

A 3-pointer from Tanner Boson, who led the Tigers with eight points, was Marshfield’s only points over the final 7:30 of the third quarter as the Tigers saw their four-point lead turn into a six-point deficit.

Taylor Penn hit back-to-back 3-pointers around Boson’s 3, pushing West (12-10, 5-7 Wisconsin Valley Conference) to a 33-27 lead after three quarters.

West went up 38-31 after a basket by Carson Weber with 6:30 to go in the fourth and neither team scored for four minutes until Marshfield started to make a run.

Tyson Slade made a 3-pointer for Marshfield, and after a steal and dunk by West’s Jacob Raeder, Alex Hinson and Boson made 3-pointers to tie the game at 40-40 with 1:32 remaining.

West made just four of 10 free throws over the final 1:42, but Marshfield couldn’t cash in.

The Tigers missed three-straight shots before Hinson hit another 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to go.

After two missed free throws by West with 2.1 seconds to go, an inadvertent whistle from one of the officials caused some chaos. In the end, the referees ruled that West had possession when the whistle blew. West was able to run out the final second to preserve the win.

“The ref said they had possession and there was an inadvertent whistle, but I didn’t think there was possession at that time,” Zuiker said. “I thought it should have been an alternating possession (situation) and it would have been our basketball. I got overruled.”

Marshfield’s focus turns to the postseason. The Tigers open with a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at Chippewa Falls (13-9) on Friday, March 6.

Chippewa Falls defeated Marshfield 64-48 on Dec. 30 at Marshfield. The Cardinals have went just 4-7 to finish the season, giving the Tigers hope for an upset.

“Chippewa is going to play defense exactly like West did tonight,” Zuiker said. “West beat Chippewa by 18 points, Chippewa lost the other night by 20…they are a good team, don’t get me wrong, they whipped our tails at Christmas time, but we can compete. We’re excited about the chance to keep going.”

Warriors 44, Tigers 43
Wausau West 11 9 13 11 – 44
Marshfield 12 10 5 16 – 43
WAUSAU WEST (44):
Kyle Nickel 2-3 1-4 5, Morqurius Sykes 2-3 0-0 4, Carson Weber 3-3 0-0 6, David Seamon 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Raeder 2-5 0-2 4, Jakob Tordsen 3-6 5-6 12, Taylor Penn 5-14 0-1 13, Tommy Borta 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 17-34. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 4-10 (Penn 3-6, Tordsen 1-2, Raeder 0-2). Rebounds: 29 (Penn 10). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-10, 5-7 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
MARSHFIELD (43): Caleb Alexander 3-5 0-2 7, Tanner Boson 3-12 0-0 8, Derek Coffren 3-4 0-0 6, Zach Shortess 1-2 0-0 2, Tyson Slade 1-4 0-0 3, Kegan Fassler 0-0 0-0 0, Alec Hinson 2-4 0-1 6, Will Spindler 3-4 0-0 6, Ethan Voss 0-3 0-0 0, Jordan Schlinsog 1-5 0-0 3, Adam Fravert 1-5 0-0 2. FG: 18-48. FT: 0-3. 3-pointers: 7-23 (Boson 2-5, Hinson 2-4, Slade 1-3, Schlinsog 1-3, Alexander 1-2, Coffren 0-1, Shortess 0-1, Voss 0-2, Fravert 0-2). Rebounds: 18 (Fravert 6). Turnovers: 2. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Alexander. Record: 6-16, 2-10 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

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Matt Nikolay scores 25 points to lead Auburndale boys basketball past Chequamegon

Posted on 26 February 2015 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – Matt Nikolay poured in 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Auburndale boys basketball team to a 60-36 victory over Chequamegon in the third-place game of the Marawood Conference crossovers Thursday night at Auburndale High School.

Auburndale shot 55 percent (21 of 38) from the field and made 12 of 16 free throws to cruise to the victory.

The Apaches (15-7) led 18-9 after one quarter and 38-16 by halftime as they dominated from the start.

Nikolay made 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range and 6 of 8 free throws, and Alex Marth added 14 points, making 7 of 9 shots, for Auburndale.

Justin Herbst topped Chequamegon (10-12) with 13 points.

Auburndale is off until next Friday, March 6, when it will host the winner of Tuesday’s Spencer-Stevens Point Pacelli game in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal.

Apaches 60, Screaming Eagles 36
Chequamegon 9 4 8 12 – 36
Auburndale 18 20 11 11 – 60
CHEQUAMEGON (36):
Hunter Bay 0 0-0 0, Caleb Armstrong 1 0-0 2, Cameron Pearson 1 0-0 2, Ben Godleske 0 0-1 0, Austin Hilgart 1 2-3 4, Christian Armstrong 1 0-0 2, Shane Wakefield 4 1-3 10, Ryan Prellwitz 1 0-0 3, Justin Herbst 6 1-2 13. FG: 15. FT: 4-9. 3-pointers: 2 (Wakefield 1, Prellwitz 1). Record: 10-12.
AUBURNDALE (60): Jake Lewis 0-3 0-0 0, Matt Nikolay 7-10 6-8 25, Bryan Gehrke 1-3 0-0 3, Cooper Krings 0-3 3-4 3, Tyler Weber 1-1 1-1 3, Alex Marth 7-9 0-0 14, Matt Lang 0-1 1-2 1, Dylan Peplinski 1-1 0-0 2, Josh VanSchoick 4-7 1-1 9. FG: 21-38. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 6-12 (Nikolay 5-6, Gehrke 1-3, Lewis 0-1, Krings 0-2). Rebounds: 23 (Nikolay 8). Assists: 18. Record: 15-7.

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Stratford boys basketball cruises past Prentice in Marawood crossover

Posted on 26 February 2015 by paul

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STRATFORD – The Stratford boys basketball team closed out its regular-season schedule with a dominating performance as it whipped Prentice 67-40 in the fifth-place game of the Marawood Conference crossovers on Thursday night at Stratford High School.

The Tigers (14-8) led 18-13 after one quarter and pulled away for good by outscoring Prentice (11-11) 37-17 in the second half.

Stratford shot 55 percent from the field (29 of 52). Michael Bargender led the way for the Tigers, making 7 of 8 shots and scoring a game-high 18 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

Derek Schmidt added 10 points and Jake Schmitt had eight points and eight rebounds for Stratford.

Dalton Rohde led Prentice with 16 points.

Stratford plays at Edgar in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tigers 67, Buccaneers 40
Prentice 13 10 8 9 – 40
Stratford 18 12 18 19 – 67
PRENTICE (40):
Drew Rohde 3 3-8 10, Joe Jast 0 0-0 0, Brant Johnson 0 0-0 0, Cody Esterholm 0 0-0 0, Alex Urich 0 0-2 0, Taylor Brayton 2 0-0 6, Troy Komarek 0 3-4 3, Dalton Rohde 7 2-6 16, Beau Merriman 2 0-0 5. FG: 14. FT: 8-20. 3-pointers: 4 (Brayton 2, Merriman 1, D. Rohde 1). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: D. Rohde. Record: 11-11.
STRATFORD (67): Dawson Gebelein 4-9 0-0 8, Nick Stoflet 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Bargender 7-8 4-5 18, Ethan Nagel 2-4 0-0 5, Derek Schmidt 4-7 1-2 10, Jake Reif 4-11 0-0 9, Mitch Guralski 1-1 1-1 3, Jake Schmitt 4-6 0-0 8, Tanner Weinfurtner 3-4 0-2 6, Brenden Fecker 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 29-52. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 3-11 (Schmidt 1-2, Reif 1-3, Nagel 1-3, Stoflet 0-1, Gebelein 0-2). Rebounds: 31 (Schmitt 8), Assists: 14 (Schmitt 4, Reif 4). Record: 14-8.

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