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Stratford cruises to Division 3 title at Bi-State Wrestling Classic

Posted on 31 December 2016 by paul

Marshfield’s Bentley Ostermann, left, battles Kade Ehrike of Stratford during a 160-pound match at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Dec. 30. (Photo by Katie Marten/For

Stratford’s Aiden Hoffman, left, and Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Hunter Luepke square off in a 195-pound match at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Dec. 30. (Photo by Katie Marten/For

Stratford’s David Marquardt controls Marshfield’s Sam Mitchell during a 170-pound match at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Dec. 30. (Photo by Katie Marten/For


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LA CROSSE – Kamren Bornbach won the 220-pound title and 11 Stratford wrestlers earned top-12 finishes as the Tigers cruised to its fourth-straight Division 3 team title at the 2016 Bi-State Wrestling Classic on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Bornbach (18-1) earned a pin in the semifinals and a 10-5 win in the championship to grab the Tigers’ lone individual championship in the two-day, 60-team tournament.

Stratford had three others reach the finals in their respective weight classes, but all finished second.

Manny Drexler (17-2) lost in the 106-pound title match to Reid Ballanty of Stillwater (Minn.) 5-1; Max Schwabe (18-1) dropped his first decision of the season, losing to Jon Bailey of Sparta 4-3 in the 113-pound championship; and Jake Drexler (17-2) was pinned by Sam Stuhl (20-0) of Ellsworth in 53 seconds in the 132-pound final.

A.J. Schoenfuss (17-3) lost his semifinal match at 120 and finished third; David Marquardt (16-2) dropped his semifinal match and finished fifth at 170; and Tyson Kauffmann (6-4) also lost in the semifinals at 285 and ended up taking sixth after a medical forfeit.

Also earning top-12 spots for Straford were Derek Marten (fifth at 126), Kade Ehrike (seventh at 160), Aiden Hoffman (seventh at 195), and Dilan Dehlinger (12th at 138).

Stratford piled up 367.5 points to take first place in Division 3 by nearly 200 points over Athens, which finished second with 169.

Marshfield ended up fourth in Division 1 with 188 points, just 1½ points behind third-place Eastview (Minn.). Sparta won the team title with 246 points.

Seven Marshfield wrestlers ended up in the top 11, with Bentley Ostermann (17-4) having the highest finish for the Tigers taking sixth at 160 pounds.

Nolan Hertel (16-4) was seventh at 145, Sam Mitchell (15-7Z) took ninth at 170, Conner Peterson (195) and Caden Pearce (132) each finished 10th, and Caden Dennee (113) and Aelx Brost (182) took 11th for Marshfield.

“I thought overall we had a good tournament,” Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “We ran into some great competition around the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.Last year we came away from this tournament with only one wrestler to place in the top 12 (Nolan Hertel) comparing to this year’s seven. This is a big improvement from a year ago and clearly shows that our wrestlers and program are headed in the right direction.”

Hunter Luepke was one of three Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestlers to finish in the top 11 as he took second at 195 pounds. Luepke suffered his first loss of the season in the championship match to Mike Delich of Eastview 6-1, and drops to 15-1 for the year.

Logan Zschernitz fought his way back through the consolation bracket to take fourth at 285 and is now 16-2 this season for the Rockets. Ashton Ackman finished 11th at 106. SC was eighth in Division 2 with 133.5 points. Ellsworth won the D-2 team title.

Auburndale also competed in the event, but did not have any wrestlers finish in the top 12. The Apaches finished 13th in the Division 3 team standings.

For complete results go to

2016 Bi-State Classic
Dec. 29-30, at UW-La Crosse
Team Scores
Division 1:
1. Sparta 246; 2. Hudson 217; 3. Eastview (Minn.) 189.5; 4. Marshfield 188; 5. Holmen 182.5; 6. Pulaski 182; 7. Stillwater (Minn.) 180.5; 8. Bloomington Kennedy (Minn.) 178; 9. D.C. Everest and Muskego 128; 11. La Crosse Central 127.5; 12. Eau Claire North 122.5; 13. Middleton 120.5; 14. New Richmond 102; 15. Tomah 100; 16. Wausau West 93; 17. Lakeville South (Minn.) 76.5; 18. Baraboo 74; 19. Verona 52; 20. La Crosse Logan 33; 21. Portage 25.
Division 2: 1. Ellsworth 343; 2. Luxemburg-Casco 224.5; 3. River Valley 219; 4. Viroqua and West Salem/Bangor 146.5; 6. Lodi 145; 7. Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (Minn.) 138; 8. Spencer/Columbus Cathlic 133.5; 9. Monroe 127; 10. Mauston 121.5; 11. Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben 112.5; 12. South Saint Paul (Minn.) 112; 13. Dodgeville 81.5; 14. Belmont/Platteville 79; 15. Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards 70; 16. Richland Center 47; 17. Mount Horeb 38; 18. La Crescent-Hokah (Minn.) 31; 19. Adams-Friendship 27.5; 20. Cuba City/Southwestern 4.
Division 3: 1. Stratford 367.5; 2. Athens 169.5; 3. Iowa-Grant/Highland 134.5; 4. Caledonia/Houston (Minn.) and Goodhue (Minn.) 125; 6. Cashton 85; 7. Riverdale 58; 8. Ithaca/Weston 56; 9. Westby 55.5; 10. Lancaster 45; 11. New Lisbon 38; 12. Boscobel 36; 13. Auburndale 33.5; 14. Hillsboro 22; 15. Royall 21.5; 16. Independence/Gilmanton 13; 17. De Soto 11; 18. Kickapoo/La Farge 4; 19. North Crawford/Seneca 3.

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Loyal pulls away in final minute to top Auburndale boys basketball

Posted on 30 December 2016 by paul

Auburndale’s Colten Yeske is surrounded by the Loyal defense during Friday’s game at Auburndale High School. Loyal won 58-49. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

AUBURNDALE – The Auburndale boys basketball team made a torrid comeback in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t get over the hump and fell 58-49 to Loyal in the championship game of the Auburndale Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday night at Auburndale High School.

The Apaches (4-4) trailed 40-26 after a rare four-point play from Loyal’s Riley Geiger with 13:31 remaining in the game.

Auburndale responded with a 18-6 run sparked by a relentless defensive effort and the play of reserves Cason Schmutzer and Cale Jacoby.

Jacoby scored back-to-back baskets, Caleb Weinfurter converted a three-point play, and Schmutzer scored to cut it to 44-37 with 7 minutes left.

“We talked about being competitive at halftime,” Auburndale coach Chad Weinfurter said. “Some of the loose balls, we weren’t getting them. I thought Cason Schmutzer and Cale Jacoby, who haven’t been getting a lot of minutes, came in and gave us some great minutes in the second half. We tried to put out there our most competitive guys, at least the ones tonight that were showing it, and that got us back in the game.”

A 3-pointer from Caleb Weinfurter and two free throws from Colton Wright narrowed the Apaches’ deficit to 46-44, the closest they had been since the opening 4 minutes.

Cameron Brussow, who scored 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting in the first half, was bottled up by Auburndale’s zone defense in the second half, but with Loyal’s lead on the line, he found a way to get the ball in his hands.

Brussow had a three-point play and a pair of free throws to expand Loyal’s lead back to seven. After baskets by Luke Olsen and Caleb Weinfurter cut it back to three, Brussow made six straight free throws in the final 40 seconds to preserve the win.

Auburndale missed on its final four possessions.

“Part of our problem was we made so many mental mistakes,” Chad Weinfurter said. “Some of the silly turnovers we had – that’s something we need to clean up if we want to win some of these close games.”

Caleb Weinfurter scored a team-high 14 points for the Apaches despite shooting just 5 of 19 from the field and 2 of 14 from 3-point range. Collin Hawkins added 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Brussow finished with a game-high 29 points and added 13 rebounds, and Geiger chipped in 13 points for the Greyhounds (7-1).

Auburndale will turn to Marawood Conference South Division play beginning Tuesday at Pittsville. The Apaches are off to a 2-1 start in conference play, but Chad Weinfurter said they will have to start playing with more consistency to compete for a top spot in the conference.

“Turnovers is No. 1 on our list,” Chad Weinfurter said. “We thought we had it fixed for a couple of games and it reared its ugly head again. Defensively, we’re a lot better now. We weren’t very good on defense early in the year. Defense has to say, and (limiting) the turnovers and finding consistency on the offense is going to be the key for us.”

Brussow, Geiger, Caleb Weinfurter, Hawkins and Jacob Hablewitz of Weyauwega-Fremont were named to the all-tournament team.

Greyhounds 58, Apaches 49
Loyal 31 27 – 58
Auburndale 24 25 – 49
LOYAL (58):
Luke Bogdonovich 4-10 0-0 11, Waylon Froeba 0-3 0-0 0, Riley Geiger 5-12 1-1 13, Jordan Radue 1-1 1-4 3, Quinn Brussow 1-1 0-1 2, Elliot Genteman 0-2 0-0 0, Cameron Brussow 9-21 11-11 29. FG: 20-50. FT: 13-17. 3-pointers: 5-21 (Bogdonovich 3-8, Geiger 2-6, Froeba 0-2, Brussow 0-5). Rebounds: 35 (Brussow 13). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Genteman. Record: 7-1.
AUBURNDALE (49): Cooper Weinfurter 3-8 2-2 10, Luke Olsen 2-10 0-2 4, Logan Willfahrt 0-1 0-0 0, Cason Schmutzer 1-2 0-0 2, Caleb Weinfurter 5-19 2-3 14, Collin Hawkins 4-5 3-5 11, Colten Yeske 0-2 0-0 0, Cameron Ertl 1-1 0-0 2, Cale Jacoby 2-2 0-0 4, Colton Wright 0-4 2-2 2. FG: 18-54. FT: 9-14. 3-pointers: 4-25 (Ca. Weinfurter 2-14, Co. Weinfurter 2-5, Schmutzer 0-1, Olsen 0-2, Wright 0-3). Rebounds: 34 (Hawkins 14). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Co. Weinfurter, Hawkins. Record: 4-4.

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Stratford sends seven to semifinals after first day at Bi-State Wrestling Classic

Posted on 29 December 2016 by paul


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LA CROSSE – Stratford had seven wrestlers reach the semifinals to roll out to a huge lead in the Division 3 team standings after the opening day of the Bi-State Wrestling Classic on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The Tigers had nine wrestlers reach the quarterfinals, with seven of them posting victories, and accumulated a whopping 253.5 points to open up a 162-point lead over second-place Athens in the D-3 team standings. Stratford is seeking its fourth-straight Division 3 title at the Bi-State tournament.

Manny Drexler (106 pounds), Max Schwabe (113), A.J. Schoenfuss (120), Jake Drexler (132), David Marquardt (170), Kamren Bornbach (220), and Tyson Kauffman (285) all reached the semifinals for the Tigers, and will wrestle Friday as the tournament concludes.

Kauffman reach the semifinals by beating Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Logan Zschernitz 3-2 in overtime, handing Zschernitz his first loss of the season (13-1).

The Rockets are ninth in the Division 2 standings as Ashton Ackman (106) also reached the quarterfinals before losing. Junior Hunter Luepke reached the 195-pound semifinals for SC, pinning three opponents before knocking off Stratford’s Aiden Hoffman 8-1 in the quarterfinals.

Marshfield is fifth in the Division 1 standings after the first day, racking up 129 points.

Marshfield had five wrestlers reach the quarterfinals, but all of them lost and will wrestle in the consolation bracket on Friday.

Caden Dennee (113), Caden Pearce (132), Nolan Hertel (145), Bentley Ostermann (160), and Alex Brost (182) all lost quarterfinal matches after posting three victories on Thursday. Dennee had three pins and Hertel had two pins and a technical fall victory.

Auburndale is also competing in the tournament and is in 12th place in the Division 3 standings. No Apaches reached the quarterfinals.

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Auburndale boys basketball cruises past Augusta in home tournament

Posted on 29 December 2016 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – Auburndale ran out to a 24-point lead by halftime and cruised to a 79-46 victory over Augusta in a semifinal of the Auburndale Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament on Thursday night at Auburndale High School.

The Apaches led 43-19 at halftime and pushed their lead to 33 by the end of the game.

Luke Olsen had 16 points, Colton Wright added 14 and Caleb Weinfurter had 12 for Auburndale (4-3).

Ten different Apaches scored in the win and they shot a combined 30-for-55 overall, 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and 13 of 17 at the free throw line.

Auburndale will take on Loyal in the championship game of the tournament Friday at 7:30 p.m. Loyal rolled past Weyauwega-Fremont 74-32 in the other semifinal. Cameron Brussow had 25 points and Riley Geiger added 18 for Loyal (6-1).

Weyauwega-Fremont (2-6) will play Augusta (4-4) in the third-place game at 6 p.m. Friday.

Apaches 79, Beavers 46
Augusta 19 27 – 46
Auburndale 43 36 – 79
Statistics not reported. Record: 4-4.
AUBURNDALE (79): Cooper Weinfurter 3-3 0-0 7, Luke Olsen 6-12 4-5 16, Logan Willfahrt 0-1 0-0 0, Cason Schmutzer 2-2 0-0 4, Caleb Weinfurter 2-9 5-5 12, Collin Hawkins 3-5 2-4 8, Carter Wilcott 0-0 2-2 2, Colten Yeske 3-6 0-0 6, Cameron Ertl 3-4 0-1 6, Cale Jacoby 2-3 0-0 4, Colton Wright 5-10 0-0 14. FG: 30-55. FT: 13-17. 3-pointers: 6-14 (Wright 4-5, Co. Weinfurter 1-1, Ca. Weinfurter 1-3, Willfahrt 0-1, Olsen 0-4). Rebounds: 38 (Hawkins 9). Record: 4-3.

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Stratford boys basketball whips Abbotsford

Posted on 29 December 2016 by paul

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STRATFORD – Vaughn Breit scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lift the Stratford boys basketball team to a 58-33 victory over Abbotsford in a nonconference game Thursday at Stratford High School.

Stratford (5-2) raced out to a 30-20 lead by halftime and held the Falcons (2-5) to just 13 points in the second half.

Trent Heckel added 13 points and Brenden Fecker added 10 for Stratford.

Stratford was 14 of 17 at the free throw line and Heckel hit three of the Tigers’ six 3-pointers in the victory.

Stratford plays at Edgar on Tuesday.

Tigers 58, Falcons 33
Abbotsford 20 13 – 33
Stratford 30 28 – 58
Statistics not reported. Record: 2-5.
STRATFORD (58): Brenden Fecker 2-6 4-4 10, Cole Hoffmann 0-7 0-0 0, Okley Wrensch 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas Heidmann 0-2 2-2 2, Paul Huther 1-3 0-0 2, Trent Heckel 3-7 4-4 13, Andrew Bargender 0-0 0-0 0, Eli Drexler 0-1 0-0 0, Branden Ackley 0-0 0-0 0, Vaughn Breit 9-12 2-5 20, Lance Heidmann 1-3 0-0 3, Jacob Danen 3-5 2-2 8. FG: 19-46. FT: 14-17. 3-pointers: 6-19 (Heckel 3-7, Fecker 2-4, La. Heidmann 1-3, Lu. Heidmann 0-1, Breit 0-1, Hoffmann 0-3). Rebounds: 33 (Breit 8). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-2.

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Hudson never trails, knocks off Marshfield girls basketball

Posted on 28 December 2016 by paul

Marshfield guard Corianne Johnson drives the lane during the first half of the Tigers’ game against Hudson on Wednesday at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – Hudson scored the first six points of the game and Marshfield never recovered as it dropped a 69-51 decision to the Raiders in the opening round of the 8th Annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night at Marshfield High School.

Hudson (7-2) cruised out to a 14-4 lead in the first 5:40 of the game and the Tigers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

Lexi Jonas hit five 3-pointers in the first half for Hudson and finished with a game-high 17 points.

Marshfield (2-5) closed to within 33-25 after a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan and a free throw by Jenna Jakobi with just more than 2 minutes to go in the first half, but the Tigers would only score one more point in the half and trailed by 12 at the break.

Hudson came out of intermission and scored the first seven points to push its lead to 19. Marshfield responded with six in a row, including a pair of baskets by Jakobi, and cut it to nine on a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan.

However, Marshfield didn’t score for the next 3:20, turning the ball over on four-straight possessions, and fell behind by 15. The Tigers finished with 17 turnovers in the loss and could not get Hudson’s lead back under double digits.

Ema Fehrenbach scored 16 points, making 8 of 10 free throws, and Bryan added 11 points with three 3-pointers for Marshfield.

Wausau West defeated Oshkosh North in the first game Wednesday and will play Hudson at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by North against Marshfield at approximately 3 p.m. Marshfield’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and

Raiders 69, Tigers 51
Hudson 38 31 – 69
Marshfield 26 25 – 51
HUDSON (69):
Lucy Fashingbauer 0-2 0-0 0, Izzy Hanson 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Cable 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Jonas 6-13 0-0 17, Lexi LeFever 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Uchytil 0-0 1-2 1, MaKenzie White 0-1 1-2 1, Ty Huber 0-4 0-0 0, Kayla Gertschen 2-3 2-2 7, Kylee Christiansen 6-8 2-3 14, Shayla Wallin 6-14 2-4 16, Ashley Juza 4-7 2-2 10, Kassi Jenkins 1-3 0-1 2, Kaiya Sundeen 0-1 1-2 1, Elise Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-56. FT: 11-18. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Jonas 5-7, Wallin 2-4, Gertschen 1-1, White 0-1, Huber 0-1, Juza 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Wallin 11). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2.
MARSHFIELD (51): Shantel Nienast 0-1 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-9 0-0 11, Kaydee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Tremelling 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 4-11 1-2 9, Corianne Johnson 2-6 2-5 7, Maddie Nikolai 0-4 1-2 1, Ema Fehrenbach 4-11 8-10 16, Katie Osinski 2-4 1-2 5, Sophie Koehn 1-2 0-2 2. FG: 17-48. FT: 13-23. 3-pointers: 4-8 (Bryan 3-5, C. Johnson 1-3). Rebounds: 27 (Jakobi 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5

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College roundup: Updates on Michaelis, Fleischmann, Peplinski

Posted on 28 December 2016 by paul


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By Paul Lecker

A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country.

Periodically, will publish a College Sports Roundup updating readers of some of those local athletes’ exploits at the collegiate level.

Caitlin Michaelis

Michaelis starting at Crookston
Caitlin Michaelis, a 2015 graduate of Marshfield High School, has started eight of nine games for the University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s basketball team this season as a sophomore guard.

Michaelis is averaging 21 minutes, 4.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and one assist per game for Crookston, which is just 1-8 overall and 1-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference prior to a conference game at Winona State on Friday.

Crookston lost its first eight games before beating Bemidji State 80-68 on Dec. 15. Michaelis had two points, two rebounds and one assist in win.

Jared Fleischmann

Fleischmann playing at Viterbo
Jared Fleischmann, a 2014 graduate of Columbus Catholic High School, is a junior on the Viterbo University men’s basketball team.

Fleischmann has started all 15 games this season for the V-Hawks, averaging 8.8 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and one steal per game. He has also made 12 3-pointers.

Viterbo is 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the North Star Athletic Association, a conference of NAIA schools, heading into a game at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday.

Fleischmann started all 30 games last year for Viterbo, averaging a team-high 31 minutes per game. He also averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Ashley Peplinski

Double duty for Peplinski at UW-Superior
Ashley Peplinski, a 2016 graduate of Auburndale High School, is a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team.

Peplinski has played in three games this season for the Yellow Jackets, making both of her field goal attempts, and scoring five total points and grabbing four rebounds.

Superior was 8-3 and 5-0 in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference prior to Thursday’s game at home against Alverno. The Yellow Jackets had won seven straight games.

Peplinski also played on the UW-Superior volleyball team in the fall. She played in 33 sets in eight matches, totaling 26 kills and 13 digs as the Yellow Jackets finished 8-22

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Neillsville edges Auburndale boys basketball

Posted on 27 December 2016 by paul


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NEILLSVILLE – The Auburndale boys basketball team suffered a tough 51-49 loss at Neillsville on Tuesday night.

The Apaches (3-3) led 25-20 at halftime, but couldn’t hold on, as Neillsville (5-2) outscored them 31-24 during the second 18 minutes.

Auburndale shot just 17 of 46 from the field and 5 of 19 3-pointers in the loss.

Caleb Weinfurter had 13 points, making three 3-pointers, for Auburndale.

Auburndale hosts its annual tournament on Thursday and Friday. Loyal plays Weyauwega-Fremont at 6 p.m. Thursday, with Auburndale taking on Augusta at 7:30 p.m. The losers play Friday at 6 p.m., with the championship game set for 7:30 p.m.

Warriors 51, Apaches 49
Auburndale 25 24 – 49
Neillsville 20 31 – 51
Cooper Weinfurter 1-5 4-5 6, Luke Olsen 2-6 0-0 5, Logan Willfahrt 0-2 0-0 0, Caleb Weinfurter 4-8 2-4 13, Collin Hawkins 4-8 1-2 9, Colten Yeske 2-6 0-0 4, Cameron Ertl 2-4 2-2 6, Colton Wright 2-7 1-2 6. FG: 17-46. FT: 10-15. 3-pointers: 5-19 (Ca. Weinfurter 3-5, Olsen 1-5, Wright 1-5, Co. Weinfurter 0-1, Ertl 0-1, Willfahrt 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Hawkins 7). Record: 3-3.
NEILLSVILLE (51): Statistics not reported. Record: 5-2.

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Stratford girls basketball hands Bangor its first loss

Posted on 27 December 2016 by paul


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BANGOR – The Stratford girls basketball team held off Bangor 47-40 on Tuesday night to win its opening-round game at the Bangor Holiday Tournament.

The Tigers led 22-14 at halftime and survived for the seven-point win, improving to 9-1 this season, and handing Bangor (7-1) its first loss.

Sammy Griesbach had a season-high 19 points for Stratford, making 7 of 13 shots from the free throw line.

Andie Zuelke added nine points and Chelsey Gliniecki had eight rebounds for the Tigers.

Stratford will play Westby as the tournament continues Wednesday.

Tigers 47, Cardinals 40
Stratford 22 25 – 47
Bangor 14 26 – 40
Taya Nett 1-4 3-4 5, Blaire Linder 1-4 0-1 2, Sammy Griesbach 6-12 7-13 19, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Burrows 0-0 2-2 2, Chelsey Gliniecki 2-7 4-4 8, Kaylee Hollatz 1-6 0-3 2, Andie Zuelke 4-10 1-2 9. FG: 15-43. FT: 17-29. 3-pointers: 0-5 (Nett 0-1, Linder 0-2, Hollatz 0-2). Rebounds: 28 (Gliniecki 8). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Zuelke, Gliniecki. Record: 9-1.
BANGOR (40): Statistics not reported. Record: 7-1.

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Marshfield wrestling heads to Bi-State on a roll

Posted on 26 December 2016 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Paul Lecker

MARSHFIELD – Third-year head coach Jackson Hein has been trying to build up the Marshfield wrestling team to be a contender in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.

It’s hard to say if the Tigers are already at the level of being a top-tier team in the always competitive Valley, but they are definitely on their way.

A strong group of returning athletes has Marshfield off to great start to the 2016-17 season. After routing Wisconsin Rapids 64-6 on Thursday, their first win over Rapids since 1958, the Tigers have won eight-straight dual matches.

Marshfield went a perfect 5-0 to win the Neenah Duals on Dec. 10 and followed that up with a 55-22 rout of Stevens Point in its WVC dual opener on Dec. 15 before routing Rapids this week and improving to 2-0 in the Valley.

This week the Tigers head to the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse on Thursday and Friday, where they will face the toughest overall field of teams and athletes they will see all season.

Senior Anthony Kanable, a 2015 conference and 2016 regional champion, is wrestling at 138 pounds,; sophomore Nolan Hertel, a state qualifier last season; and 152-pounder Bentley Ostermann-Schwanebeck, a conference champ at 145 a year ago; are back for the Tigers.

Seniors Conner Peterson (195 pounds) and Sam Bauman (220) also return for Marshfield, as well as sophomores Caden Dennee (113), Tanner Kanable (120), Caden Pearce (132), Alex Wehrman (152) and Sam Mitchell (170), and juniors Alex Brost (182), A.J. Leonhardt (285) and Peyton Young (152).

Freshmen Shane Westerhausen (106) and Brayden Richardson (126) have also been seeing varsity time.

Westerhausen, Anthony Kanable, Hertel and Ostermann-Schwanebeck all were 5-0 at the Neenah meet.

“It has been a great start to the year,” Hein said. “We are currently 10-2 in dual meet competition. This has been a great group of student athletes to coach. They are great wrestlers and even better people. I am excited to see what the future will hold for this team.”

Hein said he is taking the day-by-day approach with this team, but by continuing to get better each day could lead to big things at the end of the season, which is what really matters.

The Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet is at Stevens Point on Feb. 4, followed by the regionals and sectionals, and eventually the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison on Feb. 23-25.

“Our goals for the season are to improve every day, keep wrestling fun and exciting, and always wrestle our style when competing,” Hein said. “If we can do this, big things will happen this year for this team.

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