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Marshfield boys soccer upends Wausau West on Warriors’ own goal

Posted on 30 August 2016 by paul

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WAUSAU – The Marshfield boys soccer team opened up its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule with a 3-2 victory at Wausau West on Tuesday.

Marshfield won by virture of a West own goal 11:59 into the second half.

Alec Hinson scored off an assist from Klaus Friedli just 1:40 into the game to put Marshfield up 1-0.

After West scored twice in a 16-minute span, Luke McCann scored for the Tigers, off an assist from Kade McManus, to tie the game 9 minutes before halftime.

The own goal for the only score in the second half.

“I was really happy with our good early start and we showed several glimpses through the game where we really controlled the ball well,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “There is still a lot to work on and improve but it is early yet.”

Jared Klein had 13 saves in goal for the Tigers, who are now 2-2 overall.

Marshfield is off for a week before hosting Stevens Point on Sept. 6 at Griese Park in its home opener.

Tigers 3, Warriors 2
Marshfield 2 1 – 3
Wausau West 2 0 – 2
First half:
1. M, Alec Hinson (Klaus Friedli), 1:40; 2. WW, Joe DeLoye (Logan Ickert), 18:02; 3. WW, Luke Bailey (Nati Shiferaw), 34:24; 4. M, Luke McCann (Kade McManus), 35:59.
Second half: 5. M, West own goal, 56:59.
Saves: M, Jared Klein 13; WW, Brayden McMahon 3.
Records: Marshfield 2-2, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau West 1-2, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

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Auburndale volleyball dominates Pittsville in Marawood South opener

Posted on 30 August 2016 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – The Auburndale volleyball team made quick work of Pittsville, rolling to a 3-0 win in the Marawood Conference South Division opener for both teams on Tuesday night at Auburndale High School.

Auburndale won 25-14, 25-7, 25-12 as it had only 12 hitting errors in the three sets.

Cindy Jensen had 12 kills to lead the Apaches’ offense, with setter Mackenzie Raab serving up 13 assists. Teryn Lau had nine service aces, and Alexis Soppe and Rachael Bolder each added six aces as Auburndale dominated play.

The Apaches host Abbotsford in a nonconference match Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Stevens Point wins second leg of CloverValley Golf League tournament

Posted on 30 August 2016 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Marshfield sophomore Megan Vandehey shot a 66 and finished in 24th place at the second leg of the CloverValley Golf League tournament on Tuesday at Ridges Golf Course on Tuesday.

Vandehey was the lone Marshfield golfer to compete at the event.

Stevens Point’s Mary McDonald shot a 38 to win medalist honors by five shots over teammate Jessica Barber and Wisconsin Rapids’ Cierra Botcher.

Point won the team title with a score of 180, finishing 14 shots ahead of Stanley-Boyd.

The third leg of the tournament is Sept. 8 at Osseo Golf Club with Osseo-Fairchild serving as the host.

CloverValley Golf League Meet No. 2
Aug. 30, at Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids
Team scores:
1. Stevens Point 190; 2. Stanley-Boyd 194; 3. Osseo-Fairchild 201; 4. D.C. Everest 220; 5. Wisconsin Rapids 246; 6. Eau Claire Regis/Altoona 272; Marshfield incomplete.
Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: 1. Mary McDonald (SP) 38; 2. Jessica Barber (SP) and Cierra Botcher (WR) 43; 4. Katie Kiraly (SB) and Aly Wedward (OF) 45; 6. Allison Rafetto (SP) 46; 7. Lily Bohlinger (OF) 48; 8. Brook Tuszka (SP) 49; 9. Ella Koenig (SB) and Abby Nickel (SP) 50; 24. Megan Vandehey (MAR) 66.
Overall standings through second of eight meets
Team scores:
1. Stevens Point 28; 2. Stanley-Boyd 24; 3. Osseo-Fairchild 20; 4. Regis/Altoona and D.C. Everest 12; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 10; 7. Marshfield 4.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Mary McDonald 9SP) 20; 2. Jessica Barber (SP) 19; 3. Cierra Botcher (WR) 17; 4. Katie Kiraly (SB) 16; 5. Allison Rafetto (SP) 15; 6. Savannah Anderson (SB) 13; 7. Brook Tuszka (SP) 10; 8. Mallory Buetow (SP), Keila Kittelson (OF) and Aly Wedward (OF) 9.

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Stratford volleyball blows past Northland Lutheran

Posted on 30 August 2016 by paul

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STRATFORD – The Stratford volleyball team opened its Marawood Conference South Division schedule with a resounding 3-0 sweep of Northland Lutheran on Tuesday night at Stratford High School.

The Tigers won 25-10, 25-7, 25-10, as their serving game was on. Stratford had 16 service aces, including five each from Madisyn Daul and Mazie Nagel.

McKayla Krall had nine kills and five assists, Brooke Peterson had 15 assists and five digs, and Jadyn Dahlke added 10 assists for Stratford.

Stratford hosts Rib Lake in nonconference match Thursday.

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Columbus Catholic soccer blanks Wisconsin Valley Lutheran in conference opener

Posted on 29 August 2016 by paul

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MOSINEE – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team won its fifth-straight game to start the season as it blanked Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 3-0 in its Mid-State Soccer Conference opener Monday.

Ryan Dieringer scored twice and Tyler Fuerlinger added a goal for the Dons, who are now 5-0 overall and have shut out their last four opponents.

Nick Malovrh and Charles Payant had assists for Columbus, and goalkeeper Jose Martin had two saves.

Columbus outshout WVL 26-6 overall and 12-2 on goal.

The Dons host Northland Lutheran in a Mid-State Soccer Conference contest at 5 p.m. Thursday at Griese Park.

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High school volleyball preview: Five area teams have lofty goals for 2016

Posted on 28 August 2016 by paul

Marshfield senior hitter Stephanie Rhodes returns for the Tigers after earning all-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors in 2015. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield senior hitter Stephanie Rhodes returns for the Tigers after earning all-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors in 2015. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Spencer is looking for its fifth-straight Cloverbelt Conference championship, Marshfield could be in contention to grab its first Wisconsin Valley Conference title in a decade, and Marshfield Columbus Catholic, Auburndale and Stratford want to see continued improvement in the upcoming high school volleyball season, which kicked off earlier this week.

Here is a look at the outlook for the five area volleyball teams as the conference schedules begin this week.

Marshfield Tigers
With six returning seniors, including three how earned all-conference honors last season, Marshfield is shooting for the moon.

First-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference players Anna Ripp (setter) and Stephanie Rhodes (outside hitter), and honorable mention outside hitter Alexa Aumann are back for the Tigers, who finished 10-2 last year in the WVC, in second place behind Merrill, and reached the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals before losing to D.C. Everest.

Libero Maureen Cassidy, middle blocker Jamila Ougayour, and defensive specialist Abby Pritzl are the Tigers’ other seniors that return, providing Marshfield with the experience and skill needed to contend again in the Valley.

Ripp racked up 921 assists, while Rhodes and Aumann combined for 650 kills last season.

“This group has the ability to do great things if they work hard every night and we stay healthy,” said Marshfield coach Dawn Sadowska, who is entering her 26th season as the Tigers’ head coach. “We should be one of the favorites to win the conference and our goal is to get back to the sectional final and win it this year.”

Junior hitters Jordyn Wilcott, Katie Osinski and Johanna Beyer, junior setter Corianne Johnson, and sophomore hitter Karly Nikolai will provide depth for the Tigers.

“I think our strength this year is our varsity experience, especially in big matches,” Sadowska said. “This group of seniors is really hungry after last year’s loss in the sectional final. We also are very versatile offensively. Our hitters can hit from every position, and we plan to take advantage of that.”

Spencer Rockets
Head coach Buff Heller, who is entering his 15th season as the Rockets’ coach, admittedly said he will have to change the team’s style of play this season as they try to replace a number of hard hitters and experience players.

However, Spencer also has five returning letterwinners and in the ever-changing world of high school sports, expects to be a contender again in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

The Rockets will be looking for their fifth conference title in a row, a year after running the table with a perfect 7-0 mark in the Cloverbelt East.

Senior hitters Liz Endreas and Jenna Schober, senior setter McKenzie Bainer, senior libero Jenna Rogers, and junior setter Sadie Mercier are back for the Rockets and will bring the experience needed to make the necessary changes for Spencer to continue to be a top contender in the conference.

“We have lost a lot of height, but we bring back a lot of experience,” Heller said. “We just need to play a little different style. We need to be quicker and smarter, and not rely on the power game. There are a bunch of good teams that want to push us this year, so we will need to be on our ‘A’ game every night.”

Senior middle hitter Johanna Ellefson is returning after suffering a knee injury last fall, and senior Montana Kleinschmidt is switching from middle hitter to outside as they will add depth on the front line. Senior Courtney Buss will also play a big role as a defensive specialist for the Rockets.

Columbus Catholic Dons
Columbus Catholic made a big jump in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division last year as head coach Kat Egle led a group that finished 4-3 in the conference and reached the WIAA Division 4 regional finals before falling to Wausau Newman Catholic.

The Dons are hoping to take another step forward in 2016 as they bring back six returning seniors, four of which have been on the varsity squad since they were freshmen.

Kendra Baierl, a 6-foot-1 middle hitter, is a two-time all-Cloverbelt East player and will anchor the front line after totaling 376 kills in 2015.

Also back are honorable mention all-conference setter Jennifer Reigel, who had 669 assists last season; second-team all-conference hitter Celine Scholin (245 kills in 2015); and hitters Maddie DeSmet and Natalie Pospyhalla; and honorable mention all-conference libero Sierra Litwatis, who had a team-high 336 digs last season.

“With a strong senior group, I expect us to do well,” Egle said. “We play well as a team and they get along on and off the court. The girls worked very hard in the offseason, and most of them are two or three sport athletes. They came into the season in great shape and are ready to push each other, and themselves, to become the best team they can be.”

Sophomores Maren Seefluth and Kate Turchi (hitters), Annie Baierl and Katie Hall (defensive specialists), Mckenzie Hansen (middle blocker), and Brooke Neider (setter/defensive specialist) will also battle for playing time.

Auburndale Apaches
Auburndale will go through some changes this season as only one senior is back, although six others that saw playing time a year ago also return.

The lone returning senior, libero Brooke Anderson, was an honorable mention all-Marawood Conference South Division performer last year as the Apaches finished 4-2 and in third place in the conference before taking an unusually early exit from the WIAA Division 3 playoffs, losing to Loyal/Granton.

Juniors Lauren Dillinger, Hannah Bolder, Rachael Bolder and Blaire Meyer, and sophomores Mackenzie Raab and Cindy Jensen also return for Auburndale, with Raab expecting to be the setter and the others filling in on the front line.

“I am very excited to watch our young team grow throughout the season,” head coach Peggy Empey said. “They are hard-working, dedicated and very goal oriented. They have a great deal of heart for the sport of volleyball and greatly enjoy each others’ company.”

Sophomores Teryn Lau, Alexis Soppe and Lindsay Petersen will help provide depth for Auburndale.

“The girls have put their team goals above their own individual goals, and many are playing in very different positions than they did last season,” Empey said. “They have accepted these changes and are always sacrificially open to anything that will make their team stronger.”

Stratford Tigers
Stratford coach Brooke Kafka isn’t mincing any words – she said her team’s goal is to win the Marawood Conference South Division title for the first time.

With seven returning players, including honorable mention all-conference middle hitters Andie Zuelke and Makayla Krall, Kafka said the Tigers are primed for a big year.

“Our goal this season is to put a year on the banner,” Kafka said. “Every step we take this season – each practice, game, and tournament – is with a purpose. It is an impressive accomplishment to be Marawood conference champion and it is absolutely what we are working for. We are done looking at an empty banner.”

Senior defensive specialists Katie Krueger and Val Licciardi, sophomore left hitter Mazie Nagel, and sophomore setters Brooke Peterson and Jadyn Dahlke will join Zuelke, a senior, and Krall, a junior, and sophomore newcomer Blaire Linder (left hitter) in working toward that lofty goal.

“We had a very young team last season and even though we are still a young team, we are not the same team,” Kafka said. “There has been an immense amount of growth since last season and players are filling each role on our team very nicely.”

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Columbus Catholic soccer rolls to title at Central Wisconsin Christian tournament

Posted on 28 August 2016 by paul

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WAUPUN – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team dominated the competition at the Crusader Kickoff Classic at Central Wisconsin Christian High School this past weekend, shutting out three opponents to win the tournament championship.

Columbus Catholic beat Hustisford/Dodgeland 6-0, Waupun 3-0, and Central Wisconsin Christian 4-0.

Nadim Torbey scored just 8 seconds into the opening game Friday to give the Dons an early lead. Alex Giles, Evan Dieringer, Noah Hansen, Ryan Dieringer, and Calvin Brown added goals for Columbus. Ryan Dieringer had three assists and Charles Payant had another for Columbus.

Payant scored twice and Torbey added another in the win over Waupun. Ryan Dieringer and Tyler Fuerlinger had assists for the Dons.

Giles scored twice, and Brown and Payant also hit the back of the net in the title game against CWC. Torbey, Ryan Dieringer and Brown had assists.

Columbus Catholic (4-0) opens its Mid-State Soccer Conference schedule Monday at Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

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Stratford second, Spencer third at Marathon Early Bird Volleyball Invitational

Posted on 28 August 2016 by paul

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MARATHON – The Spencer volleyball team ended up 3-2 and finished third at the Early Bird Invitational at Marathon High School on Saturday.

The Rockets beat Northland Lutheran 2-0 and Phillips 2-1 before losing to Stratford 2-1 and Marathon 2-0. Spencer finished up the tournament with a 2-1 win over Rib Lake.

Marathon won the tournament title with Stratford taking second. Stratford statistics were not provided.

Liz Endreas led Spencer with 35 kills in its five matches. Jenna Schober added 31 kills and four blocks, Johanna Ellefson had 28 kills and six blocks. Sadie Mercier had 65 assists and McKenzie Bainer added 44 from the setter position, and Jenna Rogers led the defense with 90 digs.

“We were still inconsistent throughout the day,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Too many unforced errors cost us a shot at first. There is a lot we can improve on and some things we are doing well.”

Spencer hosts Westfield in a nonconference match on Thursday. Stratford opens its Marawood Conference South Division schedule at home against Northland Lutheran on Tuesday.

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Marshfield volleyball splits four matches at Sun Prairie Invite to finish seventh

Posted on 28 August 2016 by paul

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SUN PRAIRIE – The Marshfield volleyball team wrapped up play at the Sun Prairie Invitational on Saturday, going 2-2 to finish in seventh-place at the two-day tournament.

The Tigers went 4-1 in pool play on Friday, then split four matches on Saturday. Marshfield lost to Sun Prairie 25-12, 25-16; beat Wrightstown 25-19, 21-25, 16-14; lost to DeForest 25-12, 21-25, 15-13; and defeated Manitowoc 25-19, 25-12.

Alex Aumann had 30 kills and Stephanie Rhodes added 28 kills and 23 digs for the Tigers. Anna Ripp had 47 assists and 23 digs, Corianne Johnson had 35 assists, Maureen Cassidy had a team-high 28 digs, and Abby Pritzl added 22 digs for Marshfield.

Marshfield opens its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule Thursday at Wausau East.

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Marshfield boys soccer drops pair of games at Sun Prairie tournament

Posted on 28 August 2016 by paul

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SUN PRAIRIE – The Marshfield boys soccer team dropped a pair of games at the Sun Prairie Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The Tigers lost 6-0 to Sun Prairie on Friday and 5-0 to Waukesha West on Saturday to fall to 1-2 this season.

“It was a good learning experience for all the players,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “These were high-caliber teams we played that will make strong pushes for top rankings in the state and deep playoff runs. We will look at film and make a few corrections, and be prepared to work harder and to get better.”

Marshfield opens its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule Tuesday at Wausau West.

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