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McDonell/Regis knocks off Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 4 boys soccer sectional final

Posted on 29 October 2017 by paul

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ARCADIA – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team’s fantastic season came to an end with a 6-2 loss to Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis in a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer sectional final Saturday night.

McDonell/Regis (11-4-3) moves on to the 2017 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament next week at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

McDonell/Regis will play in a Division 4 state semifinal Friday afternoon. Sturgeon Bay, The Prairie School of Racine, and Kohler also qualified in the Division 4 field, which will be seeded and matchups will be announced Sunday. The Division 4 championship game is Saturday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m.

Columbus Catholic ends its season with a fifth-straight trip to sectionals and an 18-5-1 record.

Calvin Brown scored 5:28 into the second half and Matt Olson added a goal with 3:41 remaining for Columbus Catholic’s two goals.

Noah Hansen had five saves in goal for the Dons.

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Auburndale girls fourth, Marshfield duo finish in top half at 2017 WIAA State Cross Country Championships

Posted on 28 October 2017 by paul

Marshfield senior Jordan Dzikowich, left, and sophomore Joseph McKee competed at the 2017 WIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. (Photo by Dan Akin/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Auburndale girls cross country team was making its third-straight appearance at the state meet, and as it did a year ago, the improvement continued.

After placing 13th in 2015 and ninth last year, Auburndale took fourth place on Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Cross Country Championships at Ridges Golf Course.

The Apaches finished with 114 points, six shy of third-place Marshall. Dodgeland won the D-3 girls title with 54 points, with Lancaster second with 97.

Auburndale junior Isabella Jewell led the way, taking 26th in 20:40.04, 35 seconds better than last year when she finished 53rd.

Senior Kali Karl took 38th in 21:03.07 and freshman Erricka Zenner was 43rd in 21:09.44 to give Auburndale three top-50 finishers. Anna Kollross finished 65th in 21:32.89 and Vanessa Mitchell was 80th in 22:01.10 to round out the Apaches’ top five.

In the Division 1 boys race, Marshfield sophomore Joseph McKee and senior Jordan Dzikowich were making their first state appearances.

McKee took 48th place in 16:44.64 and Dzikowich was 80th in 17:01.11 among the 189 participants. The race was won by Drew Bosley of Mequon Homestead in 15:39.87.

“Joseph and Jordan both ran solid races today,” Marshfield coach Dan Akin said. “They both got to experience what state level competition is all about. They should be proud of their seasons.”

Boys team champions were Middleton (Division 1), Valders (Division 2), and Durand (Division 3). Stevens Point was second in Division 1. The Division 2 individual champion was Kavanaugh FitzPatrick (15:52.88) and the Division 3 winner was David Vannucchi of Onalaska Luther (15:54.83).

Sun Prairie won the Division 1 girls team title and Freedom took the Division 2 girls team championship.

Individual girls race winners were Peyton Sippy of Janesville Craig in Division 1 (18:01.56), Dana Feyen of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in Division 2 (18:39.68), and Marissa Ellenbecker of Edgar in Division 3 (18:56.33).

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Another comeback sends Stratford volleyball to state

Posted on 28 October 2017 by paul

The Stratford volleyball team celebrates its sectional championship after topping Neenah St. Mary Central 3-2 in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final Saturday at Athens High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Madisyn Daul hugs teammate Mazie Nagel after the Tigers finished off a WIAA Division 3 sectional final victory over Neenah St. Mary Catholic on Saturday at Athens High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Olympia Garrigan returns a St. Mary Catholic spike during the Tigers’ win in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final Saturday at Athens High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Blaire Lindner sends home a kill during the Tigers’ win over Neenah St. Mary Catholic in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final Saturday at Athens High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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ATHENS – For the second straight match, the Stratford volleyball team found itself down after three sets and in a must-win situation.

And, for the second straight match, the Tigers were able to regroup and continue their season.

Stratford rallied from a 2-1 deficit to knock off Neenah St. Mary Catholic 3-2 in a WIAA Division 3 girls volleyball sectional final on Saturday night at Athens High School. With the victory, the Tigers advance to the state tournament for the first time in program history.

Stratford won the match 23-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-18, 15-9, to move on the 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay. Stratford will face Eau Claire Regis in a Division 3 semifinal Friday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. Waterloo and Lake Country Lutheran will play in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting for the state title on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m.

“It’s so amazing,” Stratford senior Makayla Krall said. “I love being a part of a team like this because I love every single girl on my team. I’m so close with everyone, especially because I have a sister (McKenna) on the team. It’s amazing to be able to share this experience with her.”

Stratford found itself down 2-1 against Athens in the sectional semifinal on Thursday at Auburndale, and Tigers coach Brooke Kafka said the experience her team fought through in that match was a definite bonus, especially with all that was on the line.

“We knew coming in that this was going to be a tough game, what game isn’t when you get to this point of the season, and I couldn’t be more proud of my girls,” Kafka said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to prepare for this situation.”

Stratford struggled much of the time on offense during the first three sets.

St. Mary Catholic pulled ahead 21-17 with a run of four points in a row in Game 1 and held on with two kills from Abbi Thelen and another from Alyssa Rankin to finish off the 25-23 win.

Mazie Nagel, Stratford’s top hitter, found her groove in the second set, pounding home seven kills. Krall added five kills as well as the Tigers evened the match with a 25-14 win.

However, the Tigers’ offense fell silent again in the third set, managing just six kill points. A pair of kills from Megan Berg closed out a 25-17 win for the Zephyrs and put Stratford on life support.

“Some of our passes were getting there and we weren’t able to get the ball to our hitters,” Krall said. “We had to push Mazie out in order to get her to put the ball down because they were blocking her cross. They were triple-blocking the middle, so we had to find where the holes were.”

Leading 13-11, Stratford earned a sideout and ripped off three more points on kills from Brooke Peterson, Krall and Blaire Lindner to go up by six. An ace from Madisyn Daul finished off a 25-18 victory to even the match again and set up a fifth and final set for the sectional title.

Stratford’s offense continued to roll in Game 5. Nagel had three kills in a 9-3 run to start the game and the Tigers never looked back, closing out the match with a 15-9 win.

Nagel finished with 22 kills and 24 digs, Jadyn Dahlke had 28 assists and 20 digs, Peterson had 27 assists, and Krall had 16 kills and 19 digs for the Tigers.

“I was waiting for them to play their game, and I hadn’t seen it,” Kafka said. “I said, ‘I want to see you play your game, I want to see you earn this, I want to see you be you. They finally showed.

“I said to them that we can’t make our defense work as hard as it’s working if we can’t run our offense. Our defense is strong, but our offense is even stronger, so I was glad that we finally pulled that out.”

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Amherst bumps off Spencer/Columbus in WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff game

Posted on 28 October 2017 by paul

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AMHERST – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team had its superb 2017 season come to a crashing halt in the same way that it ended in the past two years – at the hands of Amherst.

Amherst cruised to a 49-18 victory over the Rockets in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff game Friday night at Amherst High School.

The Falcons (10-1) move on to a Level 3 game Nov. 3 when they will host Stratford (9-2) at 7 p.m. Stratford knocked off No. 1 seed Stanley-Boyd 38-0 on Friday.

Spencer/Columbus finishes its season with a 9-2 record and suffered its third-straight playoff loss to Amherst. After losing the 2015 D-5 state championship to the Falcons, Spencer/Columbus was bumped out of the playoffs in Level 2 by Amherst last season as the Falcons were on their way to a second-straight state title.

“Amherst is still a top-notch team,” SC coach Jason Gorst said. “They are very good at what they do. I am proud of our guys, and especially our seniors. There are a lot of seniors around the state that wished they had the chance to be a part of 12 playoff games. We will miss them.”

Amherst quarterback Marcus Glodowski rushed for 277 yards and five touchdowns to lead the way for the Falcons. He had TD runs of 17, 79, 11, 65, and 14 yards in the win.

Glodowski had a 17-yard run to put Amherst up 8-0 early.

Spencer/Columbus countered when Hunter Luepke scampered 46 yards for a score, cutting the deficit to 8-6.

From there, it was all Amherst as the Falcons put up 28 unanswered points.

After an 85-yard kickoff return from Luepke, the Falcons scored two more touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

Luepke finished with 142 yards rushing and scored all three of the Rockets’ touchdowns. The senior and North Dakota State recruit finishes the season with 42 total touchdowns and 1,866 rushing yards.

In all, Amherst outgained the Rockets 491-194.

Falcons 49, Rockets 18
Spencer/Columbus 6 0 6 6 – 18
Amherst 8 21 20 0 – 49
First Quarter

A – Marcus Glodowski 17 run (Carter Zblweski run), 8:15.
SC – Hunter Luepke 46 run (run failed), 2:12.
Second Quarter
A – No. 35 (no name provided) 4 run (Zblweski kick), 4:19.
A – Glodowski 79 run (Zblweski kick), 0:53.
A – Glodowski 11 run (Zblweski kick), 0:04.
Third Quarter
A – Glodowski 65 run (Zblweski kick), 11:47.
SC – Luepke 85 kickoff return (run failed), 11:31.
A – No. 35 16 run (Zblweski kick), 8:46.
A – Glodowski 14 run (kick missed), 1:32.
Fourth Quarter
SC – Luepke 3 run (kick blocked), 6:26.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 10; Amherst 19.
Rushing (att-yards): SC 32-184; A 38-395.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 3-6-10-0; A 9-15-96-0.
Total yards: SC 194; A 491.
Penalties (no.-yards): SC 4-30; A 4-30.
Fumbles (total-lost): SC 1-1; A 0-0.
Punting (no.-avg.): SC 6-43.7; A 3-22.0.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
SC, Hunter Luepke 17-142, Carson Hildebrandt 6-27, Hayden Bauman 5-22, Jarred Mandel 4-minus 7. A, Marcus Glodowski 18-277, No. 35 13-110, Carter Zblweski 2-5, Chris Anderson 1-4, Lincoln Cullen 1-0, Bryan Groshek 3-minus 1.
Passing: SC, Mandel 3-6-10-0. A, Glodowski 8-14-87-0, Cullen 1-1-9-0.
Receiving: SC, Hildebrandt 2-5, Bauman 1-5. A, Zblewski 3-22, Anderson 2-11, No. 10 1-11, Isaac Premus 1-34, Cole Van Nuys 1-9, Kadin Conradt 1-9.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 9-2; Amherst 10-1.

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Marathon ousts Auburndale in WIAA Division 6 Level 2 football playoff game

Posted on 28 October 2017 by paul

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MARATHON – Marathon quarterback Donovan Free scored three touchdowns and threw for another, and the Raiders held Auburndale scoreless until the final seconds to win a WIAA Division 6 Level 2 football playoff game 27-6 Friday night at Marathon High School.

Free had a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and Marathon added a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead that held until halftime.

Free scored again from 6 yards out with 8:17 to go in the third quarter, and added a 1-yard TD run with 8:12 to go in the game to push Marathon’s lead to 20-0.

Free then hooked up with Carter Hanke for a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-0 with just more than 4 minutes left.

Auburndale’s lone score game on a 1-yard touchdown run from Dylan Paun in the final minute.

Marathon outgained Auburndale (6-5) 358-123, and held the Apaches to just five first downs and four pass completions.

Marathon (8-3) moves on to a Level 3 game at Iola-Scandinavia (9-2) on Nov. 3.

Raiders 27, Apaches 6
Auburndale 0 0 0 6 – 6
Marathon 8 0 6 13 – 27
First Quarter

M – Donovan Free 6 run (two-point conversion good), 6:48.
Third Quarter
M – Free 6 run (conversion failed), 8:17.
Fourth Quarter
M – Free 1 run (conversion failed), 8:12.
M – Carter Hanke 25 pass from Free (kick good), 4:05.
A – Dylan Paun 1 run (conversion failed), 0:48.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Auburndale 5; Marathon 18.
Rushing (att-yards): A 25-97; M 42-191.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): A 4-14-26-1; M 11-14-167-1.
Total yards: A 123; M 358.
Penalties (no.-yards): A 2-20; M 6-45.
Fumbles (total-lost): A 1-0; M 0-0.
Punting (no.-avg.): A 7-32.4; M 3-38.3.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
A, Dylan Paun 5-51, Trayton Weister 10-41, Isaiah Hasenohrl 4-20, Ryan Issacson 5-minus 2, Cameron Ertl 1-minus 5. M, Dylan Seehafer 14-67, Donovan Free 18-64, Bryce Mathwich 4-31, Richie Seubert 6-16.
Passing: A, Isaacson 4-14-26-1. M, Free 11-14-167-0.
Receiving: A, Weister 2-18, Cale Jacoby 1-5, Hasenorhl 1-3. M, Seubert 4-80, Nathan Stoflet 3-43, Mathwich 2-10, Carter Hanke 1-25, Seehafer 1-9.
Punting: A, Keller Wolfe 32.4. M, Hanke 3-38.3.
Records: Auburndale 6-5; Marathon 8-3.

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Stratford football dominates top-seed Stanley-Boyd in WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff

Posted on 27 October 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Connor Multerer celebrates after the Tigers recovered a fumble during the second quarter of their victory at Stanley-Boyd in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff game Friday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford running back Jordan Becker fights for extra yards on a run in the first quarter of Friday’s WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff win over Stanley-Boyd. The Tigers won 38-0. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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STANLEY – Facing the length of the field, heading into a stiff, cold north wind, the Stratford offense faced a daunting task against a Stanley-Boyd defense that had allowed only 11 touchdowns in 10 previous games this season.

The Tigers’ offensive line took over. Sixteen-straight running plays ended with a touchdown and the beat-down Stanley-Boyd defense never recovered as Stratford rolled to a 38-0 rout in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff game Friday night at Forward Field. The win avenged a loss to the Orioles, 21-14, in the season-opener on Aug. 18.

The fifth-seeded Tigers improve to 9-2 this season and move on to a Level 3 game against two-time defending D-5 state champion Amherst (10-1) on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Previously unbeaten Stanley-Boyd, the top seed in arguably the toughest group in all of the WIAA playoffs, proved to be no match for a Stratford team that dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

The Tigers racked up 277 yards rushing and held Stanley-Boyd’s potent offense to just 112 total yards and only 25 through the air. Orioles’ quarterback L.J. Schmelzer had thrown for 1,383 yards and 21 scores this season, but the combination of the strong wind and a ferocious Stratford defense limited him to just 5 of 19 passing for 17 yards.

“We kept telling ourselves that we could have beat them (in the opener) and now it was time to put up or go home,” junior running back Kade Ehrike said. “We knew we could beat them. We knew coming in that we were a better team and we proved it tonight.”

Stratford’s 99-yard drive was a work of art. The Tigers picked up six first downs on the drive, converting on third down three times and scoring on a 1-yard run by Ehrike on fourth-and-goal. The drive chewed up 5:32 on the clock and demoralized the normally stout Stanley-Boyd defense.

“We knew when we got the ball we needed to put up points and their momentum would be stopped,” Ehrike said. “Once we did that, we knew we could do anything after scoring on a 99-yard drive. It was awesome.”

Later in the first quarter, a 26-yard punt return by Dilan Dehlinger set up Stratford at the S-B 36. Teddy Redman had a 21-yard run on the final play of the quarter, and Ehrike ran in from the 8 for another Stratford score on the first play of the second to put the Tigers up 14-0.

Stratford hit a big play before halftime as quarterback Mark Handrick rolled to his left and found a wide open Eli Drexler for a 60-yard touchdown to take a 21-0 lead, and the rout was on.

Stanley-Boyd had its only positive drive of the game to start the second half, moving to the Stratford 29 before three incomplete passes ended the drive, and essentially the game.

Stratford turned around and drove 71 yards on seven plays with Jordan Becker ending the series with a 3-yard touchdown run on fourth down. A two-point conversion made it 29-0.

Benjamin Barten blocked a punt that went out of the back of the end zone for a safety, and Redman had a 15-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to finish off the scoring for the Tigers.

“They have two great players, (Ben) Turner and (Brandon) Herrick, and they hurt us last game,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said. “This game we found them and took care of them. Our guys wanted this one and you could tell right away they came to play.”

Ehrike, the Tigers’ top running back, gained 61 yards and the two scores in the first half before sitting out the second half with some nagging leg injuries. In his place, Becker finished with 113 yards and Redman added 74 on the ground.

“Kade Ehrike is getting healthier every week,” Tubbs said. “Other guys stepped in. Jordan Becker, Teddy Redman, Eli Drexler, Mark Handrick running the ball, throwing the ball…we just have a good, balanced team and that’s how you win these games.”

Next up is Amherst, who beat Spencer/Columbus 49-18 on Friday to run its winning streak to nine in a row following a 14-13 loss to Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs back in Week 2. Since that loss, the Falcons have four shutouts, allowed just eight points per game, and scored at least 32 points in all nine wins.

“They are two-time defending state champs for a reason, but we have a shot, we have puncher’s chance and that’s all we ask for,” Tubbs said. “We’re a five seed, no respect, and we’re going to play that no-respect card until someone proves us wrong. I know our kids want to play them, so that’s important.”

Tigers 38, Orioles 0
Stratford 7 14 10 7 – 38
Stanley-Boyd 0 0 0 0 – 0
First Quarter

STR – Kade Ehrike 1 run (Reed Curtis kick), 3:46.
Second Quarter
STR – Ehrike 8 run (Curtis kick), 11:55.
STR – Eli Drexler 60 pass from Mark Handrick (Curtis kick), 3:28.
Third Quarter
STR – Jordan Becker 3 run (Drexler pass from Mark Handrick), 5:11.
STR – Safety, Benjamin Barten blocked punt out of end zone, 3:53.
Fourth Quarter
STR – Teddy Redman 15 run (Anselm Ruehl kick), 7:47.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Stratford 10; Stanley-Boyd 5.
Rushing (att-yards): STR 52-277; SB 33-87.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): STR 4-10-94-1; SB 6-22-25-0.
Total yards: STR 371; SB 112.
Penalties (no.-yards): STR 5-36; SB 3-13.
Fumbles (total-lost): STR 1-0; SB 1-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): STR 2-29.0; SB 6-27.7.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
STR, Jordan Becker 13-113, Teddy Redman 11-74, Kade Ehrike 13-61, Mark Handrick 6-19, Max Schwabe 1-9, Matt Handrick 1-2, Devin Dennee 1-1, Andrew Schoenfuss 3-1, Dilan Dehlinger 2-1, Chase Flink 1-minus 3. SB, Ben Turner 11-47, Brandon Herrick 5-20, L.J. Schmelzer 9-13, Matt Nesterick 3-5, Luke Spaeth 1-3, Collin Meyer 3-0, Clayton Carlson 1-minus 1.
Passing: STR, Mark Handrick 3-9-89-1, Dennee 1-1-5-0. SB, Schmelzer 5-19-17-0, Herrick 1-3-8-0.
Receiving: STR, Eli Drexler 2-80, Becker 1-9, Redman 1-5. SB, Meyer 3-17, Turner 1-8, Herrick 1-0, Nesterick 1-0.
Fumble recoveries (defense): STR, Schoenfuss.
Interceptions (defense): SB, Meyer.
Punting: STR, Connor Multerer 2-29.0. SB, Schmelzer 6-27.7.
Records: Stratford 9-2; Stanley-Boyd 10-1.

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Columbus Catholic soccer blanks Arcadia in WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal

Posted on 27 October 2017 by paul

Columbus Catholic goalkeeper Noah Hansen leaps for a save early in the Dons’ victory over Arcadia in a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer sectional semifinal Thursday at Griese Park in Marshfield. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team is a win away from the state tournament after shutting out Arcadia 3-0 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal Thursday at Griese Park.

Columbus Catholic (18-4-1) moves on to play Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis (10-4-3) in a sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia. The winner qualifies for next week’s 2017 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Columbus Catholic is looking for its second state tournament appearance, with the other coming in 2006.

The Dons faced McDonell/Regis twice during the regular season, tying 2-2 and lost 2-1 in a pair of tight contests.

The Dons’ victory avenges a 7-5 loss to Arcadia in last year’s sectional semifinal.

Evan Dieringer headed in a beautiful crossing pass from Nadim Torbey to put the Dons up 1-0 in the 23rd minute.

Torbey added a goal about a minute before halftime, and Dieringer scored again 2:48 into the second half to finish off the scoring for Columbus.

Noah Hansen had six saves in goal for the Dons.

Dons 3, Raiders 0
Arcadia 0 0 – 0
Columbus Catholic 2 1 – 3
First half:
1. CC, Evan Dieringer (Nadim Torbey), 22:36; 2. C, Torbey (Calvin Brown), 44:00.
Second half: 3. CC, Dieringer (Torbey), 47:48.
Total shots: Arcadia 11; Columbus Catholic 15.
Shots on goal: A 6; CC 7.
Corner kicks: A 3; CC 5.
Saves: A, Rigoberto Rodriguez 4. CC, Noah Hansen 6.
Records: Arcadia 6-10; Columbus Catholic 18-4-1.

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Newman Catholic sweeps Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 4 volleyball sectional semifinal

Posted on 26 October 2017 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team’s superb season came to an end Thursday night with a 3-0 loss to Wausau Newman Catholic in a WIAA Division 4 girls volleyball sectional semifinal at Assumption High School.

Newman won 25-20, 25-8, 25-18, to advance to a sectional final at home Saturday against Florence. The match begins at 4 p.m. The winner qualifies for next week’s 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay.

Newman Catholic has qualified for the state tournament each of the past six years and has won the last four Division 4 state titles.

Columbus Catholic, which won the Cloverbelt Conference East Division championship for the first time, was led by Maren Seefluth, who had seven kills and six digs. Kate Turchi added five kills and Brooke Neider had 18 assists for the Dons.

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Stratford volleyball storms back to beat Athens in WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal

Posted on 26 October 2017 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – The Stratford volleyball team was on the brink of elimination before a big rally saved its season.

Stratford defeated Athens 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9, to win a WIAA Division 3 girls volleyball sectional semifinal Thursday night at Auburndale High School.

Stratford moves on to a Division 3 sectional final Saturday night at Athens against Neenah St. Mary Catholic. The match begins at 7 p.m. and the winner advances to the 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay on Nov. 2-4. The Division 3 state semifinals are Friday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m., and the championship match is Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m.

Stratford and St. Mary Catholic have never qualified for the state tournament.

Makayla Krall had 19 kills and 11 digs, Mazie Nagel added 18 kills and 19 digs, Jadyn Dahlke had 28 assists, 10 kills and nine service aces, and Brooke Peterson had 26 assists for Stratford.

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Marshfield fifth at 2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet

Posted on 26 October 2017 by paul

Marshfield senior Sophie Koehn took fifth place in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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STEVENS POINT – Marshfield placed fifth in the team points standings with eight top-10 finishes at the 2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Marshfield tallied 174 points to outlast Wausau West by 12 points for fifth. The Tigers end up tied for fifth place with West in the overall final WVC standings that combines points from the dual meet schedule and the conference meet.

Stevens Point won the conference title for the second year in a row, racking up 575 points and first place in nine of the 11 races. D.C. Everest was second with 524 points.

D.C. Everest senior Riyah Rudeen was chosen as the conference Swimmer of the Year, and Everest’s Melissa Springer was picked as Coach of the Year.

Freshman Alyssa Franks was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.72) and senior Sophie Koehn took fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:05.20) for Marshfield’s best individual finishes.

“I thought the team came to compete last night,” Marshfield coach Jason Karrels said. “The girls took my advice, and relaxed and had fun with it, which I think was a big factor of why almost everybody had season or lifetime PR’s (personal records) in their events. All three relays got their best times this year, so I couldn’t be happier.

“The girls raced their hearts out and supported each other so much that I couldn’t be happier with how they did. Did we win? No, but we had a ton of fun and tons of great times all around.”

Franks was also seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:41.92), freshman Kaitlin Alberts was seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:06.45) and 100 backstroke (1:06.36), and freshman Hope Risa took ninth in the 200 IM (2:28.60) and 10th in the 500 (5:52.34) for the Tigers.

Marshfield also had a top-10 finish from the 400 freestyle relay team of Koehn, Erika Roeglin, Risa and Franks, which finished seventh in 4:06.03.

2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Swim Meet
Oct. 26, at UW-Stevens Point
Team scores:
1. Stevens Point 575; 2. D.C. Everest 524; 3. Wausau East 308; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 266; 5. Marshfield 174; 6. Wausau West 162; 7. Merrill 137.
Overall final standings (includes dual meet points): 1. Stevens Point 26; 2. D.C. Everest 22; 3. Wausau East 18; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 14; 5. Marshfield and Wausau West 8; 7. Merrill 2.
Winners and Marshfield finishers
200 medley relay:
1. Stevens Point (Kennedy Gilbertson, Sydney Hoff, Anna Vandehey, Allison Scharbarth) 1:48.99 (meet record); 11. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Kaitlin Alberts, Alyssa Franks, Erika Roeglin) 2:05.24; 17. Marshfield (Hannah Berg, Riya Bolander, Ariel Fernandez, Emilie Koran) 2:35.54.
200 freestyle: 1. Julia Stupar (SP) 1:53.50 (meet record); 19. Maggie Stangl (MAR) 2:36.94; 20. Riya Bolander (MAR) 2:39.81; 21. Ciara Petersen (MAR) 2:55.20.
200 IM: 1. Gilbertson (SP) 2:13.67; 5. Franks (MAR) 2:24.72; 9. Hope Risa (MAR) 2:28.60; 21. Fernandez (MAR) 2:53.67.
50 freestyle: 1. Sara Meyer (DC) 25.15; 11. Koehn (MAR) 27.63; 13. Roeglin (MAR) 27.78; 18. Elizabeth Lecker (MAR) 30.65.
100 butterfly: 1. Vandehey (SP) 57.87; 7. Alberts (MAR) 1:06.45; 16. Fernandez (MAR) 1:17.28; 19. Mag. Stangl (MAR) 1:37.00.
100 freestyle: 1. Stupar (SP) 52.52; 13. Roeglin (MAR) 1:05.08; 14. Lecker (MAR) 1:06.43; 18. MaryAnn Stangl (MAR) 1:12.75.
500 freestyle: 1. Sydney Gargulak (SP) 5:27.39; 7. Franks (MAR) 5:41.92; 10. Risa (MAR) 5:52.34; 21. Hannah Hansen (MAR) 8:32.94.
200 freestyle relay: 1. Stevens Point (Vandehey, Scharbarth, Cassandra Summers, Stupar) 1:39.65; 13. Marshfield (Fernandez, Alberts, Lecker, Risa) 1:56.53; 19. Marshfield (Koran, Mar. Stangl, Mag. Stangl, Hansen) 2:18.43.
100 backstroke: 1. Gilbertson (SP) 58.72; 5. Koehn (MAR) 1:05.20; 7. Alberts (MAR) 1:06.36; 20. Petersen (MAR) 1:28.43.
100 breaststroke: 1. Sydney Hoff (SP) 1:08.30; 18. Bolander (MAR) 1:31.15; 19. Mar. Stangl (MAR) 1:32.58; 20. Berg (MAR) 1:48.80.
400 freestyle relay: 1. D.C. Everest (Maddie VanErmen, Beleni Mandli, Madalyn Peterson, Meyer) 3:46.72; 7. Marshfield (Koehn, Roeglin, Risa, Franks) 4:06.03; 16. Marshfield (Mag. Stangl, Mar. Stangl, Bolander, Lecker) 4:42.81; 18. Marshfield (Hansen, Berg, Koran, Petersen) 5:37.73.

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