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Pacelli edges Auburndale in WIAA Division 4 girls basketball regional semifinal

Posted on 24 February 2018 by paul

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STEVENS POINT – The Auburndale girls basketball team had its season end with a heartbreaking 46-45 loss to Stevens Point Pacelli in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal Friday night at Pacelli High School.

The Apaches finish the season with a 14-10 record.

Pacelli (17-6) moves into a regional final at No. 1 seed Marathon (21-2) on Saturday night.

Game statistics were not provided.

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Bowler outlasts Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional semifinal

Posted on 24 February 2018 by paul

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BOWLER – The Columbus Catholic girls basketball team had its season come to an end with a hard-fouth 54-49 loss to Bowler in a WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal Friday night at Bowler High School.

Columbus Catholic (12-11) fell behind 23-18 at halftime and couldn’t close the gap at the end as both teams scored 31 in the second half.

The Dons’ top scorer, senior Marissa Immerfall, was held without a made field goal and finished with just five free throws. Addison Baierl had 13 points, and Morgan Albrecht and Maren Seefluth each added 10 for Columbus.

Reanne Kiehinski led all scorers with 27 points for Bowler as she made three 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 at the free throw line.

Bowler (17-7) moves into a regional final at No. 1 seed Tri-County (22-2) on Saturday night.

Panthers 54, Dons 49
Columbus Catholic 18 31 – 49
Bowler 23 31 – 54
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (49):
Annie Baierl 0 0-0 0, Annika Brown 3 3-5 9, Morgan Albrecht 4 0-0 10, Maren Seefluth 3 4-6 10, Addison Baierl 5 2-2 13, Katie Hall 1 0-0 2, Zoe Stratman 0 0-0 0, Marissa Immerfall 0 5-10 5. FG: 16. FT: 14-23. 3-pointers: 3 (Albecht 2, Ad. Baierl 1). Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Albrecht. Record: 12-11.
BOWLER (54): Tynea Johnson 0 0-0 0, Jayia Lemieux 0 0-0 0, Brooke Thiex 0 1-2 1, Jada Waters 1 0-0 2, Treland DeRoos 2 0-1 4, Reanne Kiehinski 9 6-8 27, Alyssa Strassburg 0 2-2 2, Jodi Wolf 2 4-6 9, Kayla Decore 4 0-1 9, Callista Miller 0 0-0 0. FG: 18. FT: 13-20. 3-pointers: 5 (Kiehinski 3, Wolf 1, Decore 1). Fouls: 19. Fouled out: DeRoos. Record; 17-7.

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Stratford uses free throws to pull past Wautoma in WIAA Division 3 girls basketball regional semifinal

Posted on 24 February 2018 by paul

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WAUTOMA – The Stratford girls basketball team will play for a regional title after pulling off a 54-36 upset win over Wautoma in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal Friday night at Wautoma High School.

The sixth-seeded Stratford (15-9) will play at No. 2 seed Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (19-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday for the regional title and a berth in next week’s sectionals.

Stratford shot just 40 percent (17 of 42) from the field, by made hay at the free throw line, making 19 of 24.

Chelsey Glinieck went 5-for-6 at the line and scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half as the Tigers pulled away.

Stratford led 20-15 at halftime before blowing past the Hornets (17-6) by making 12 of 13 free throws in the second half. Kaylee Hollatz was a perfect 4-for-4 at the line in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds for the Tigers.

Tigers 54, Hornets 36
Stratford 20 34 – 54
Wautoma 15 21 – 36
STRATFORD (54):
Olympia Garrigan 0-0 0-0 0, Callie Lehman 1-1 2-2 4, Taya Nett 1-8 3-4 5, Blaire Lindner 3-6 1-1 8, Jadyn Dahlke 0-0 0-0 0, Macie Schillinger 0-2 0-0 0, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah Zawislan 2-8 4-5 8, Chelsey Gliniecki 8-11 5-6 21, Kaylee Hollatz 1-5 4-4 6, Brenna Ackley 1-1 0-2 2. FG: 17-42. FT: 19-24. 3-pointers: 1-10 (Lindner 1-2, Hollatz 0-2, Nett 0-6). Rebounds: 31 (Hollatz 11). Fouls: 9. Fouled out: none. Record: 15-9.
WAUTOMA (36): Maddy Weisensel 3 1-2 7, Avery Lehr 1 0-2 3, Mackenzie Koats 0 0-0 0, Duncan 0 0-0 0, Dinah Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Borchardt 3 0-0 7, Tori Gonzalez 1 0-0 3, Kaylie Roder 0 0-0 0, Madison Haumschild 1 0-0 3, Kaisee Conger 0 0-0 0, Kiara Wedell 6 1-3 13. FG: 15. FT: 2-7. 3-pointers: 4 (Lehr 1, Borchardt 1, Gonzalez 1, Roder 1). Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Weisefnsel. Record: 17-6.

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Stratford qualifies four, Spencer/Columbus two for finals at 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 23 February 2018 by paul

Spencer/Columbus junior Logan Zschernitz pins Denmark’s Josh Frerk in a Division 2 285-pound semifinal match Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus senior Hunter Luepke will look for his second-straight Division 2 state title after beating Chris Sotrandt of East Troy in a 220-pound semifinal Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Manny Drexler earned a 9-1 victory over Javin Pinter of Kenosha Chrisitan Life in a Division 3 106-pound semifinal Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Drexler reaches the D-3 finals for the second-straight year. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss works on a pin of Landon Kasper of Reedsville during a Division 3 126-pound semifinal Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Schoenfuss will be going for his fourth-straight WIAA title on Saturday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford senior Jeremy Schoenherr controls Laconia’s Zachary Foth on his way to a 14-6 victory in a Division 3 138-pound semifinal match on Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Schoenherr will go for his fourth-straight WIAA state title on Saturday night at the Kohl Center. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Four Stratford wrestlers and a pair from Spencer/Columbus Catholic won semifinal matches on Friday night and will battle for state titles on Saturday at the 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Stratford seniors A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr will look to be added to a short list of four-time state champions which currently stands at 14. They will be joined in the Division 3 finals by teammates junior Manny Drexler, who lost in the championship round a year ago at state, and sophomore Trevor Dennee, who is in his first state tournament.

Spencer/Columbus senior Hunter Luepke will look to maintain his undefeated record and win a second-straight state title, and teammate Logan Zschernitz will eye his first state championship after finishing third a year ago.

Luepke and Zschernitz pounded their opponents in the semifinals. Luepke pinned Chris Storandt (46-3) of East Troy in 1:36, and Zschernitz pinned Josh Frerk (42-2) of Denmark in 3:31 to qualify for the finals.

“We’ve been practicing hard all season and it’s awesome that both of us will be able to wrestle in the championship,” Luepke said.

Luepke is now 48-0 this season and will take on Jake Dietzen (42-1), a senior from Omro, in the Division 2 220-pound final.

“I don’t think I am as nervous as I was last year,” Luepke said. “I’ve been there before. I’m going to keep my offense going and just try for the ‘W’.”

Zschernitz (42-2), who also defeated Frerk in the third-place match at last year’s state tournament, said he and Luepke were both “locked in” during the quarterfinals and semifinals. He will take on Dan Ausioos (36-3) of Oconto Falls in the D-2 285-pound championship. Ausioos won his semifinal with a pin in 19 seconds.

“I was working on my shots and got on my game instead of letting (Frerk) control,” Zschernitz said. “It felt like he was running at me so I thought maybe I can throw him over. I didn’t think I was going to pin him, but both knees ended up inbounds and I went for the pin.”

Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz, Logan’s uncle, said watching the two dominate their opponents throughout the season has been a thrill. Luepke has won 35 of his 48 matches by pin, while Logan Zschernitz had 32 pins.

“They know how to feel things out, how to set things up, and when they attack they just go for it,” Jake Zschernitz said. “It’s tough to stop. They’re two special athletes, two special kids and it’s a lot of fun.”

Four of the five Stratford wrestlers to reach the semifinals won, including Schoenherr and Schoenfuss.

Schoenfuss (45-4) pinned Landon Kasper (31-12) of Reedsville in 1:12 after taking control early with a takedown in the first 10 seconds. He will take on Jordan Boldt (43-4) of Bonduel in the 126-pound title match. Boldt beat Schoenfuss 3-1 in the sectional championship match last Saturday.

Schoenherr (35-0) used a catch-and-release method to wear down Zachary Foth (43-6) of Laconia. He had four takedowns, a reversal, and a two-point nearfall to beat Foth 14-6. Foth earned all of his points on escapes that Schoenherr allowed.

Schoenherr will face Jake Baldwin (45-5) of Coleman in the 138-pound championship. Schoenherr beat Baldwin 14-4 in a semifinal at the Shawano sectional last week.

Manny Drexler (42-3) moves into his second-straight state title match after handling Javis Pinter (49-5) of Kenosha Christian Life, 9-1. Drexler earned a takedown midway through the first period and beat the buzzer with a three-point nearfall to grab a 5-0 lead. He added a takedown in the second period and another nearfall in the third to hold on for the win.

Drexler will go up against undefeated Ryan Anderson (45-0), a senior from Clear Lake, in the 106-pound Division 3 final.

“I felt like I wrestled these past two matches pretty well and so know I just have to rest up and get ready for tomorrow,” Drexler said. “I knew if I could go and focus on scoring points I could win the match.”

Dennee held off Riley Workman (39-6) of Mineral Point 7-5 in a 170-pound semifinal.

Dennee (40-5) trailed 3-2 after a reversal by Workman early in the second period, but he earned an escape to tie the match, chose the down position for the third period, and added another escape to take the lead. Dennee had a takedown, and after a reversal with eight seconds to go by Workman, Dennee was allowed to escape to give Workman a chance to tie the match, but he was able to hold him off.

Dennee will go up against unbeaten Ryan Neu (43-0) of Dodgeland in the 170-pound Division 3 final.

Stratford’s lone semifinal loss came from senior Jake Drexler, who dropped a wild 13-8 match to Bill Condon (42-6) of Horicon at 145 pounds.

Drexler, who finished third a year ago at state, will try to equal that again after he fell into the consolation bracket with the loss to Condon.

Drexler led 2-0 early before a flurry from Condon in the second period put him behind 6-2.

Condon had a takedown and nearfall in the opening 30 seconds of the third period before Drexler escaped and nearly earned a pin, cutting the deficit to 11-8, but he couldn’t hold on. Condon earned a reversal and rode out the final 40 seconds to move into the finals.

Marshfield’s lone semifinalist, Sam Mitchell, lost his Division 1 182-pound semifinal match to Isaac Lahr (49-3) of Holmen, 3-2.

Mitchell led 1-0 entering the third period and neither wrestlers could do much offensively. Lahr earned an escape with 1:31 to go and got the match’s only takedown 20 seconds later. Mitchell escaped with 55 seconds left, but could not earn a takedown that would have won it.

Mitchell drops into the consolation bracket and is guaranteed a top-six medal in his second state meet appearance.

Marshfield’s Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (Division 1, 170 pounds), and Stratford’s Max Schwabe (Division 3, 120) and Aiden Hoffman (Division 3, 195) will also wrestle in the consolation round Saturday morning.

Championship matches begin at 5 p.m. Saturday.

2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 22-24, at Kohl Center, Madison
Friday, Feb. 23
Division 1 consolation matches

113: Parker Bevilacqua (38-12), jr., Muskego, def. Gabe Pugh (37-7), fr., Marshfield, 10-4.
126: Tanner Kanable (33-15), jr., Marshfield, def. Aaron Schulist (9-2), sr., Mukwonago, by injury forfeit.
170: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (39-4), jr., Marshfield, won by major dec. over Luke Geister-Jones (36-15), jr., Stoughton, 11-0.
Division 2 quarterfinals
220: Hunter Luepke (47-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus won major dec. over Nate Lloyd (42-7), sr., Luxemburg-Casco, 13-1.
285: Logan Zschernitz (41-2), jr., Spencer/Columbus, pinned Scott Klemme (29-16), jr., Sheboygan Falls, 0:42.
Division 3 quarterfinals
106: Manny Drexler (41-3), jr., Stratford, pinned Markus Brown (40-7), fr., Bayfield/Washburn, 0:51.
120: Jake Nadeau (29-5), sr., Glenwood City, pinned Max Schwabe (39-10), so., Stratford, 3:33.
126: A.J. Schoenfuss (44-4), sr., Stratford, pinned Carson Strong (31-4), sr., Glenwood City, 3:56.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (34-0), sr., Stratford, won by technical fall over Nick Sempf (40-6), jr., Clear Lake, 22-7.
145: Jake Drexler (44-2), sr., Stratford, won major dec. over Guenther Hebbe (41-7), jr., Princeton, 12-4.
170: Trevor Dennee (39-5), so., Stratford, pinned Travis Reinke (38-13), jr., Kewaunee, 1:50.
195: Garrett Joles (40-0), sr., Boyceville, won major dec. over Aiden Hoffman (29-6), sr., Stratford, 14-3.
220: Noah Wieczorek (42-1), sr., Clear Lake, pinned Dylan Schoenherr (46-4), jr., Stratford, 4:42.
Division 1 consolation semifinals
126: Cayden Henschel (48-4), sr., West Bend East, def. Tanner Kanable (33-16), jr., Marshfield, 3-2.
170: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (40-4), jr., Marshfield, def. Nolan Paar (45-4), jr., Oak Creek, 5-3.
Division 3 consolation semifinals
120: Max Schwabe (40-10), so., Stratford, won major dec. over Paul King (33-9), Darlington/Black Hawk, 9-0.
195: Aiden Hoffman (30-6), sr., Stratford, def. Caleb Johnson (45-4), sr., Riverdale, 5-2.
220: Dylan Schoenherr (47-4), jr., Stratford, pinned Frank Koeppel (30-16), so., Mishicot, 0:41.
Semifinals, all divisions
Division 1

182: Isaac Lohr (49-3), sr., Holmen, def. Sam Mitchell (45-3), jr., Marshfield, 3-2.
Division 2
220: Hunter Luepke (48-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus, pinned Chris Storandt (46-3), sr., East Troy, 1:36.
285: Logan Zschernitz (42-2), jr., Spencer/Columbus, pinned Josh Frerk (42-2), sr., Denmark, 3:31.
Division 3
106: Manny Drexler (42-3), jr., Stratford, won major dec. over Javis Pinter (49-5), Kenosha Christian Life, 9-1.
126: A.J. Schoenfuss (45-4), sr., Stratford, pinned Landon Kasper (31-12), so., Reedsville, 1:12.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (35-0), sr., Stratford, won major dec. over Zachary Foth (43-6), sr., Laconia.
145: Bill Condon (42-6), sr., Horicon, def. Jake Drexler (44-3), sr., Stratford, 13-8.
170: Trevor Dennee (40-5), so., Stratford, def. Riley Workman (39-7), sr., Mineral Point, 7-5.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Consolation wrestlebacks all divisions, through third- and fifth-place matches, 10 a.m.
Division 1

170: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (40-4), jr., Marshfield, vs. Jacob Sklenar (49-4), sr., Pewaukee.
182: Sam Mitchell (45-3), jr., Marshfield, vs. Nate Crayton (45-6), sr., Burlington.
Division 3
120: Max Schwabe (40-10), so., Stratford, vs. Jack Severin (45-4), fr., Kewaunee.
145: Jake Drexler (44-3), sr., Stratford, vs. Gavin Burch (40-7), sr., Ithaca/Weston.
195: Aiden Hoffman (30-6), sr., Stratford, vs. Levi Galoff (32-13), fr., Brillion.
220: Dylan Schoenherr (47-4), jr., Stratford, vs. Jack Horihan (33-5), sr., La Crosse Aquinas.
Championship matches, all divisions, 5 p.m.
Division 2

220: Hunter Luepke (48-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus, vs. Jack Dietzen (42-1), sr., Omro.
285: Logan Zschernitz (42-2), jr., Spencer/Columbus, vs. Dan Ausioos (36-3), sr., Oconto Falls.
Division 3
106: Manny Drexler (42-3), jr., Stratford, vs. Ryan Anderson (45-0), sr., Clear Lake.
126: A.J. Schoenfuss (45-4), sr., Stratford, vs. Jordan Boldt (43-4), sr., Bonduel.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (35-0), sr., Stratford, vs. Jake Baldwin (45-5), jr., Coleman.
170: Trevor Dennee (40-5), so., Stratford, vs. Ryan Neu (43-0), jr., Dodgeland.

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Hot-shooting Bryan lifts Marshfield past Shawano in WIAA Division 2 girls basketball regional semifinal

Posted on 23 February 2018 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tigers girls didn’t shoot the lights out all of Friday night, but they sure did when they needed to, putting it in gear midway through the first half and cruising to a 52-40 win over Shawano in a WIAA Division 2 girls basketball regional semifinal at the Marshfield High School Fieldhouse.

Thanks to an upset on the other side of the bracket, the third-seeded Tigers (11-12) will host another playoff game Saturday night at 7 p.m. against No. 7 seed New London (13-11) for the regional championship. New London pounded second-seeded Lakeland 61-39 on the road Friday night.

Tigers senior Meg Bryan entered the game with 67 3-pointers and a 12.9 scoring average.

With the Tigers struggling to get out of the gate, the senior guard with an effortless jumper, struggled as well, missing her first four 3-point attempts.

That was apparently bad news for the Hawks.

After Bryan hit her first three, teammate Jenna Jakobi hit a short jumper, and that was followed two baskets by Katie Osinski. When Bryan hit another three it was 16-5 with 6:45 left in the first half. Six minutes later the damage was done. Osinski would finish the half with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, Bryan hit five threes in the half and Jakobi chipped in seven points as the Tigers led 34-19.

“We talked about being efficient on offense,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “We needed to take what they gave us. Meg (Bryan), she hung in their early, missed four or five right away. She started slow but came on strong. That’s what shooters do. Katie O. has been doing that for us all season. She’s good with her body. The kids look to her because they know she can score down low. She really came through for us tonight.”

The Hawks scored the first six points of the second half with a trapping half-court press, but the hole they dug and the experience of Bryan, Osinski and Jakobi shone through enough to help the Tigers weather the storm. A 3-pointer by Shawano’s Tori DePerry, who finished with 23 points, brought the Hawks to within eight at 48-40 with 4:25 left in the game.

Bryan drilled two more 3s in the half, to give her 74 for the season, wrapped around four buckets by Jakobi, when they needed them and the Hawks had no chance against the Tigers three-headed monster. Bryan finished with a season-high 23 points on seven 3-pointers. Jakobi had 15 and Osinski missed just two shots on her way to 12 points.

Coach Michaelis concluded her comments at game’s end saying “I’m thrilled to be playing tomorrow night.”

Tigers 52, Hawks 40
Shawano 19 21 – 40
Marshfield 34 18 – 52
SHAWANO (40):
Rachel Reed 3, Hailey Buschman 4, Tori DePerry 23, Kayla Ward 2, Hannah Wendorff 2, Brandi Gueths 4, Gracyn Habeck 2. FG: 15-45. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 4-14 (DePerry 3, Reed 1). Turnovers: 14. Fouls 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 15-9.
MARSHFIELD (52): Kaydee Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 8-17 0-0 23, Maddie Michaelis 0-2 0-0 0, Desirae Weisenberger 0-3 0-0 0, Corianne Johnson 1-1-0-0 2, Katie Osinski 6-8 0-1-12, Jenna Jakobi 7-17 1-4 15. FG: 22-50. FT: 1-5. 3-pointers: 7-18 (Bryan 7). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none. Record 11-12.

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Stratford sends five, Spencer/Columbus two into semifinals at 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 23 February 2018 by paul

Stratford’s Manny Drexler pulls down Markus Brown of Bayfield/Washburn in a Division 3 106-pound quarterfinal Friday morning at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Drexler earned a pin to advance to the semifinals. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Jeremy Schoenherr battles Carson Strong of Glenwood City in a Division 3 126-pound quarterfinal Friday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Schoenfuss won by technical fall to move on to the semifinals as he tries for his fourth-straight state title. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus senior Hunter Luepke dominated Nate Lloyd of Luxemburg-Casco to win a Division 2 220-pound quarterfinal match Friday afternoon at the 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Luepke, a state champion a year ago, will wrestle in the semifinals Friday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Five athletes from Stratford and a pair from Spencer/Columbus Catholic will wrestle in semifinal matches Friday night after winning quarterfinals earlier in the day at the 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Manny Drexler (106 pounds), Jake Drexler (145), Trevor Dennee (170), and three-time state champions A.J. Schoenfuss (126) and Jeremy Schoenherr (138) will compete in the Division 3 semifinals for Stratford.

Spencer/Columbus’ duo of Hunter Luepke (220), a state champion a year ago, and Logan Zschernitz (285), who finished third at last year’s state meet, will take part in the Division 2 semifinals.

Max Schwabe (120), Aiden Hoffman (195) and Dylan Schoenherr (220) all lost quarterfinal matches for Stratford, but secured state tournament medals with wins in the consolation round. All three are guaranteed at least a sixth-place finish.

Manny Drexler, Schoenfuss and Dennee all made quick work of their opponents, earning pins to advance to the semifinals.

Manny Drexler (41-3) pinned Markus Brown (41-7) of Bayfield/Washburn in 51 seconds to advance to a 106-pound semifinal against Javis Pinter of Kenosha Christian Life (49-4).

Schoenfuss stayed alive for his quest for a fourth-straight state title by pinning Carson Strong (32-4) of Glenwood City with four seconds left in the second period. Schoenfuss led 2-0 after a reversal early in the second period before finally getting Strong on his back and pinning him just before the buzzer.

Schoenfuss (44-4) will wrestle Landon Kasper (31-11) of Reedsville in a 126-pound semifinal Friday night.

Dennee (39-5), in his first state tournament, pinned Travis Reinke (38-14) of Kewaunee in 1:50 and will take on Riley Workman (39-6) of Mineral Point in a 170-pound semifinal.

Jeremy Schoenherr remained undefeated with a dominating 22-7 technical fall victory over Nick Sempf (41-6) of Clear Lake in the quarterfinals. Schoenherr had seven takedowns and a three-point nearfall in the victory to move to 34-0 this season. He will take on Zachary Foth (43-5) of Laconia in a 138-pound semifinal.

Jake Drexler (44-2) was also dominant in his quarterfinal match, whipping Guenther Hebbe (41-8) of Princeton, 12-4. Drexler had a takedown and three-point nearfall in the first period to earn control, and closed out the major decision with another nearfall in the third period. Drexler will battle Bill Condon (41-6) of Horicon in a semifinal at 145 pounds.

Luepke continued his undefeated season with a 13-1 major decision over Nate Lloyd (43-7) of Luxemburg-Casco in a Division 2 220-pound quarterfinal.

Luepke (47-0) had three takedowns, a reversal, and two nearfalls in the victory. He will take on Chris Stornadt (46-2) of East Troy in a semifinal.

Zschernitz (41-2) barely broke a sweat in his 285-pound quarterfinal for the Rockets. He earned a takedown in the opening seconds and pinned Scott Klemme (29-17) in just 42 seconds to advance to a semifinal match against Josh Frerk (42-1) of Denmark. Zschernitz beat Frerk in the third-place match at 285 pounds at last year’s state tournament.

Schwabe was pinned in his Division 3 120-pound quarterfinal by Jake Nadeau (29-5) of Glenwood City before beating Paul King (33-9) of Darlington/Black Hawk in a consolation quarterfinal. Schwabe (40-10) will wrestle in a consolation semifinal Saturday morning.

Hoffman couldn’t get anything going offensively in his 195-pound quarterfinal, dropping a major decision to Garrett Joles (40-0) of Boyceville 14-3. Hoffman (30-6) went on to beat Caleb Johnson (45-4) in a consolation match to secure a state medal in his senior season.

Dylan Schoenherr led early in his quarterfinal against Noah Wieczorek of Clear Lake before Wieczorek (42-1) turned the tables in the second period and earned a pin in 4:42. Schoenherr (47-4) pinned Frank Koeppel (30-16) of Mishicot in 41 seconds in a 220-pound consolation match to advance in a semifinal Saturday and guarantee himself a spot on the awards podium.

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Marshfield’s Schwanebeck-Ostermann wins pair of consolation matches at 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 23 February 2018 by paul

Marshfield junior Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann works on Luke Geister-Jones of Stoughton during a Division 1 170-pound consolation match Friday morning at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Schwanebeck-Ostermann won a pair of consolation matches Friday to stay alive in the tournament. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Marshfield junior Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann will earn a medal in his first trip to the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament after winning a pair of consolation bracket matches on Friday at the Kohl Center.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann (40-4) defeated Luke Geister-Jones of Stoughton by major decision, 11-0, and edged Nolan Paar of Oak Creek 5-3 to advance to the 170-pound consolation bracket semifinals. He is guaranteed no worse than sixth place and could finish as high as third.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann dominated Geister-Jones (38-15), using a pair of takedowns, a reversal and two nearfalls to roll to the major decision victory.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann will wrestle again on Saturday morning against the loser of Friday night’s semifinal match between Parker Keckeisen (29-0) of Glendale Nicolet and Hayden Krein (41-6) of Sparta. Keckeisen defeated Schwanebeck-Ostermann with a second-period pin in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Marshfield’s other two wrestlers in the consolation round were eliminated.

Gabe Pugh finishes his freshman season with a 37-7 record after losing a 10-4 decision to Parker Bevilacqua of Muskego in his first match on Friday.

Junior Tanner Kanable won by medical forfeit over Aaron Schulist of Mukwonago before dropping a 3-2 decision to Cayden Henschel (48-4) of West Bend East in the second round of the consolation bracket at 126 pounds.

Marshfield junior Sam Mitchell (45-2) will wrestle in a semifinal match at 182 pounds on Friday night against Isaac Lahr (48-3) of Holmen.

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Spencer boys basketball knocks off Cadott in Cloverbelt crossover

Posted on 22 February 2018 by paul

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SPENCER – Spencer shot 62 percent from the field and had three players score in double figures as it defeated Cadott 61-54 in a Cloverbelt Conference boys basketball fifth-place crossover game Thursday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets made 23 of 37 shots from the field, led by Jack Bezlyk and Nate Karau, who combined to make 15 of 21 shots. Bezlyk finished with 23 points, Karau added 12, and Collin Nieman chipped in 11 in the victory.

Spencer led 29-16 at halftime and held off Cadott the rest of the way.

Both teams finish the regular season with 11-11 record.

Spencer opens WIAA playoff action with a Division 4 regional quarterfinal at home against Athens on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Rockets 61, Hornets 54
Cadott 16 38 – 54
Spencer 29 32 – 61
CADOTT (54):
Garrett Roth 7-13 0-5 16, Michael Emery 3-7 3-5 10, Coy Bowe 4-13 0-3 9, Joey Starck 4-5 1-2 9, Nicky Nesvacil 3-6 0-0 7, Mitchell Drilling 1-4 1-1 3, Mason Poehls 0-6 0-0 0, Bailey Davis 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 22-54. FT: 5-16. 3-pointers: 5-19 (Roth 2-5, Nesvacil 1-2, Bowe 1-3, Emery 1-4, Starck 0-1, Poehls 0-4). Rebounds: 27 (Emery 6). Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 11-11.
SPENCER (61): Jack Bezlyk 9-13 5-9 23, Nate Karau 6-8 0-2 12, Collin Nieman 3-9 4-6 11, Austin Bacon 2-3 2-5 7, Brett Kasch 2-2 0-0 5, Lukas Ellefson 1-2 0-0 3, Brandon Much 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 23-37. FT: 11-22. 3-pointers: 4-9 (Kasch 1-1, Bacon 1-2, Ellefson 1-2, Neiman 1-4). Rebounds: 33 (Karau 8). Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 11-11.

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Stratford boys basketball whips Auburndale in Marawood South finale

Posted on 22 February 2018 by paul

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STRATFORD – The Stratford Tigers boys basketball squad left little doubt about where they might end up the next couple seasons – that would be in contention again at the top of the Marawood Conference South Division.

The Tigers couldn’t win the Marawood South this season going into Thursday’s game with Auburndale, but they did send a strong message, thumping the front-running visitors 62-42 in a game that was close to over once the second half began.

While the Tigers couldn’t win the conference title, they could, and did, throw a monkey wrench into the works. A Marathon win, with an Auburndale loss, would give the Red Raiders a share of the prestigious Marawood South title, until Marathon lost 69-68 to Wisconsin Rapid Assumption. That gives Auburndale sole possession of the league title at 13-3 with Stratford, Marathon and Assumption all tying for second at 12-4.

All that seemed secondary to Tigers coach Curt Schmidt, who couldn’t say enough about his team’s defensive effort.

“We played really good defense tonight,” Schmidt said. “I was very happy with the overall team effort. A lot of guys went in and contributed tonight. I was very pleased with the overall intensity. We took care of the ball overall and really helped each other out on their better players.”

While the Tigers present is impressive, as their record sits at 18-4, their future, as aforementioned, seems equally imposing as they boast a deep roster full of sophomores and juniors none more impressive than 6-foot-5 sophomore Ben Barten, who dominated the paint in the second half putting up 14 points. He finished with 22 and was the only Tiger scoring in double figures scoring, but he had plenty of support as Stratford had nine players in the scoring column.

The league-leading Apaches could never get going. Trailing by six at the half, baskets by Barten, Vaughn Breit and a 3-pointer by Lance Heidmann put Stratford up 37-25.

Stratford got a little deliberate on offense after that, forcing the Apaches to go to man-to-man defensively, but with Barten dominating the inside and the Tigers choking the lane on defense, Auburndale ran out of options.

“The thing that really stood out to me was our defense,” Schmidt said. “We were able to play man the whole game against an Auburndale team that was averaging like 62 points per game. They’re fairly high-powered. I was proud of our defensive intensity.”

Both teams open WIAA playoff action next week. Stratford hosts Viroqua in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal Tuesday, while No. 1 seed Auburndale (18-4 overall) is off until March 2 when it will host the winner of Tuesday’s Spencer-Athens games in a Division 4 regional semifinal.

Tigers 62, Apaches 42
Auburndale 23 19 – 42
Stratford 29 33 – 62
AUBURNDALE (42):
Cooper Weinfurter 2-8 5-7 10, Cale Jacoby 4-10 1-2 9, Cason Schmutzer 3-12 2-3 9, Fletcher Raab 0-1 0-0 0, Cody Trowbridge 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Wilcott 0-0 0-0 0, Colten Yeske 1-3 0-0 2, Cameron Ertl 1-4 0-0 3, Jason Wilcox 0-0 0-0 0, Colton Wright 2-6 4-4 9. FG: 13-44. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 4-15 (Schumtzer 1-3, Wright 1-3, Weinfurter 1-4, Ertl 1-4, Raab 0-1). Rebounds: 17 (Schmutzer 6). Record: 18-4, 13-3 Marawood Conference South Division.
STRATFORD (62): Chandler Schmidt 2-5 0-0 5, Okley Wrensch 0-1 2-3 2, Teddy Redman 2-7 1-1 5, Hunter Hannan 0-1 0-0 0, Trent Heckel 2-4 0-0 6, Branden Ackley 2-3 0-0 4, Eli Drexler 0-0 0-0 0, Paul Huther 3-3 1-1 7, Vaughn Breit 3-10 2-4 8, Lance Heidmann 1-4 0-0 3, Benjamin Barten 8-13 6-9 22, Wyatt Curtice 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 23-51. FT: 12-18. 3-pointers: 4-13 (Heckel 2-4, Schmidt 1-2, Heidmann 1-3, Ackley 0-1, Redman 0-1, Breit 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Barten 11, Breit 9). Record: 18-4, 12-4 Marawood Conference South Division.

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Stratford wins four preliminary matches, two SC athletes ousted at 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 22 February 2018 by paul

Stratford’s Aiden Hoffman earns a pin over Austin Lambrecht of Mishicot during a 195-pound Division 3 preliminary match Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford senior A.J. Schoenfuss earned a 3-0 victory over Danny Pittz of Mineral Point in a Division 3 126-pound preliminary match at the 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison on Thursday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Dylan Schoenherr controls Riverdale’s Garret Wilmot on his way to a 6-0 win in a Division 3 220-pound preliminary match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison on Thursday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Dominick Wichlacz, left, lost his 113-pound Division 2 preliminary match to Colby McHugh of Freedom on Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus’ Carson Hildebrandt tries to get out of the grasp of East Troy’s Jake Dessart during a Division 2 170-pound preliminary match on Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Hildebrandt was eliminated from the tournament with a 7-3 loss. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Four Stratford wrestlers who had to compete in Division 3 preliminaries will join four teammates in the quarterfinal round after winning matches Thursday at the 2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Max Schwabe (120 pounds), A.J. Schoenfuss (126), Aiden Hoffman (195), and Dylan Schoenherr won preliminary-round matches Thursday night to advance to Friday’s D-3 quarterfinals for Stratford.

Stratford junior Derek Marten (132), and Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Dominick Wichlacz (113) and Carson Hildebrandt (170) all lost close matches in the preliminaries and were eliminated from the tournament.

Schwabe (39-9) won his match at 120 over Anthony Rautmann of Random Lake, 8-2, to move on to a quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon against Jake Nadeau (28-5) of Glenwood City.

Schoenfuss, a three-time state champion, was on the ropes against Danny Pittz of Mineral Point, but prevailed with a 3-0 win. After the first two periods were scoreless, Schoenfuss (42-4) earned an escape early in the third period and had a takedown in the final seconds to advance. He will go up against Carson Strong (31-3) of Glenwood City in the quarterfinals.

Stratford senior Aiden Hoffman was dominant in his 195-pound match, beating Austin Lambrecht of Mishicot with a pin in the final second of the second period. Hoffman had a takedown and two three-point nearfalls in the first period to open up an 8-0 lead.

Hoffman built a 12-1 lead before earning the pin at the 3:59 mark. He will wrestling undefeated Garrett Joles (39-0) of Boyceville in the quarterfinals.

Dylan Schoenherr blanked Garret Wilmot of Riverdale 6-0 in a 220-pound preliminary match. He had takedowns in the first and second periods, and earned a pair of stalling points as Wilmot never threatened. Schoenherr will take on Noah Wieczorek of Clear Lake (41-1) in a quarterfinal Friday afternoon.

The four Thursday winners for Stratford will join teammates Manny Drexler (106), Jeremy Schoenherr (138), Jake Drexler (145) and Trevor Dennee (170) in the quarterfinals. Those four were sectional champions that earn byes into the quarterfinal round.

Marten was the lone Tiger eliminated, losing his 132-pound match to Bailey Gillett of Cadott 5-0.

The pair from Spencer/Columbus wrestlers couldn’t get anything going offensively and were both shutout.

Wichlacz (39-10) dropped a 1-0 decision to Colby McHugh (32-15) of Freedom in a Division 2 113-pound prelim. The only point of the match was an escape by McHugh in the second period.

Hildebrandt (30-15) had similar luck, losing to Jake Dessart of East Troy (33-15), 7-3. Following a scoreless first period, Dessart earned an escape in the second period and added a takedown in the third to keep Hildebrandt at bay.

Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke (220 pounds) and Logan Zschernitz (285) will wrestle in quarterfinal matches on Friday afternoon. Both won sectional titles to earn byes into the quarterfinals.

2018 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 22-24, at Kohl Center, Madison
Friday, Feb. 23
Division 1 consolation matches, 10 a.m.

113: Gabe Pugh (37-6), fr., Marshfield vs. Parker Bevilacqua (37-12), jr., Muskego
126: Tanner Kanable (32-15), jr., Marshfield vs. Aaron Schulist (9-1), sr., Mukwonago
170: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (38-4), jr., Marshfield vs. Luke Geister-Jones (36-14), jr., Stoughton
Division 2 quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.
220: Hunter Luepke (46-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus vs. Nate Lloyd (42-6), sr., Luxemburg-Casco
285: Logan Zschernitz (40-2), jr., Spencer/Columbus vs. Scott Klemme (29-15), jr., Sheboygan Falls
Division 3 quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.
106: Manny Drexler (40-3), jr., Stratford vs. Markus Brown (40-6), fr., Bayfield/Washburn
120: Max Schwabe (39-9), so., Stratford vs. Jake Nadeau (28-5), sr., Glenwood City
126: A.J. Schoenfuss (43-4), sr., Stratford vs. Carson Strong (31-3), sr., Glenwood City
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (33-0), sr., Stratford vs. Nick Sempf (40-5), jr., Clear Lake
145: Jake Drexler (43-2), sr., Stratford vs. winner of Guenther Hebbe (41-6), jr., Princeton
170: Trevor Dennee (38-5), so., Stratford vs. Travis Reinke (38-12), jr., Kewaunee
195: Aiden Hoffman (29-5), sr., Stratford vs. Garrett Joles (39-0), sr., Boyceville
220: Dylan Schoenherr (46-3), jr., Stratford vs. Noah Wieczorek (41-1), sr., Clear Lake
Division 1 consolation semifinals, 1:45 p.m.
Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals, 2:45 p.m.
Semifinals, all divisions, 7 p.m.
Division 1

182: Sam Mitchell (45-2), jr., Marshfield vs. Isaac Lohr (48-3), sr., Holmen
Saturday, Feb. 24
Consolation wrestlebacks all divisions, through third- and fifth-place matches, 10 a.m.
Championship matches, all divisions, 5 p.m.

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