Boys soccer: PK leads to regional exit

It was a hard way for the Stoughton High School boys soccer team to end the season, but a penalty kick in the 68th minute Thursday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final was all host Elkhorn needed to pull out a 1-0 win.

“We had an unfortunate over step in the box and clipped a guy and gave them a penalty kick,” head coach Dave Wermuth said. “It was a tough way to go out.”

Aaron Wales scored the game-winning goal for the second-seeded Elks, which was only the third shot on goal for Elkhorn in the game. Stoughton, on the other hand, had 11 shots on goal. But the Vikings could never get that goal.

Senior Devin Wermuth and junior Nathan Varese both had shots on goal that Dave Wermuth said were really good opportunities, but Elkhorn’s Alex Heath was able to make the saves, finishing with 11.


Volleyball: Vikings get No. 13 seed, face Fort Atkinson in regional opener Thursday

The Stoughton High School volleyball team will have its work cut out for them Thursday, Oct. 23, in the WIAA Division 1 regional opener.

The Vikings earned a No. 13 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.

The Blackhawks swept Stoughton (10-21 overall) 3-0 in the regular season, but all three sets were tied late with one big run being the Vikings’ demise.

The winner of that match will play the winner of No. 5 Janesville Craig/No. 12 Kenosha Bradford in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Sauk Prairie 3, Stoughton 2

Stoughton concluded the regular season in a tough 3-2 (25-19, 9-25, 26-24, 15-25, 7-15) loss at Sauk Prairie.


Girls swimming: Vikings keep home streak alive

Senior Annie Hudkins swims to a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke Tuesday evening in Stoughton with a time of 1 minute, 20.71 seconds. The Vikings defeated Monroe 103-67. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Junior Sophie Pitney (29:57) was the Vikings’ only medal winner Saturday at the Warrior Sprinter Fall Festival Swim Invite, finishing a little over two-tenths of second off the pace of River Valley senior Kelli Liegel (29:35) in the 50-yard butterfly. Pitney also finished fifth in the 50 backstroke (31.93).

Stoughton’s highest relay was the 200 medley relay where junior Shaylee Kooima, senior Annie Hudkins, sophomore Averie Ness and Pitney swam to fourth place in 2:09.88.  

“We changed that relay up a bit since Maddie is battling some shoulder issues and can only swim free events,” McLaury said. Shaylee Kooima had a great meet, first filling in for her sister on the 200 medley relay before swimming to best times in the 100 backstroke (1:15.48), dropping :02 and the 100 freestyle (1:05.60).


Volleyball: Vikings nearly upset Milton in conference tournament

The Stoughton High School volleyball team may have went 1-2 in Saturday’s Badger South Conference tournament at Milton High School, but that doesn’t mean the Vikings didn’t perform well.

Six-seeded Stoughton nearly upset third-seeded Milton in the first match, and the Vikings held leads in both sets of the third match against Madison Edgewood.

The Vikings were unable to finish those matches, however, falling to Milton 2-1 (25-23, 10-25, 12-15) and Edgewood 2-0 (20-25, 18-25).

Stoughton did stave off elimination in its second match with a 2-0 (25-17, 25-16) win over Monroe.

“The girls played well all day,” head coach Kelly Sorensen said. “They played a lot more consistent, and the team chemistry was better than it has been all season.”


Girls golf: Stolen finishes tied for 12th at state

Senior Ashli Stolen (purple hat) tries to keep focus while waiting near the second tee during a rainstorm Tuesday, Oct. 14, during the WIAA Division 1 state girls golf tournament. Stolen finished tied for 12th with a 161 (77-84). [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior Ashli Stolen battled through the toughest conditions of the year Tuesday at the WIAA Division 1 state girls golf meet.

As chaotic 35-mph winds and sheets of rain wreaked havoc at University Ridge Golf Course, Stolen kept calm and focused on her back nine – parring the second hole and getting a birdie on the third.

Despite a triple bogey on her last hole, Stolen finished tied for 12th overall with a 161 (77-84).

“I know that I have potential to be in the top eight or even the top five, but the conditions were really tough today, and I battled it out and am happy with my score,” she said.

For much of the day, the fairways and greens felt like walking on wet sponges, and the high winds forced the field to slow down – causing 40-minute waits between some holes.


Girls cross country: Staffen wins invitational, hopes to lead Vikings to conference title

Senior Nikki Staffen won the Baertschi Invitational in Albany on Saturday and in doing so led the Stoughton girls cross country team to victory as well.

Staffen, who hadn’t won a race prior to securing the last two Verona sectional titles, finished seven seconds ahead of Boscobel senior Keely Foley on the 5k course in a meet-best 19 minutes, 24 seconds.

The Vikings went on to place all five of their varsity scorers in the top 34 to take top honors with 80 points out of the 12 teams competing.

Deerfield/Cambridge (95) finished 15 points behind the Vikings in second place, while Mount Horeb (119) rounded out the top three.

Senior Megan Reese followed Staffen to the line in 20:54, finishing eighth overall as the team’s second runner.


Boys cross country: Viking boys pull off cross country sweep

Sophomore Owen Roe finished sixth overall and second among large school competitors at Saturday’s Baertschi Invitational in Albany.

Roe covered the 5k course in 17 minutes, 19 seconds to guide the Vikings to a first-place finish amongst 13 large schools teams. 

The win was the program’s first victory since 2000, head coach Pat Schneider said.  

“It is a great confidence-builder for the boys going into conference,” Schneider said. “It showed that the training we have been doing is working.”

Stoughton placed all five of its runners in the top 26 to finish with 63 points.

The victory gave Stoughton both the boys and girls titles Saturday.


Football: Turnovers bury Vikings early against MG

Junior defensive lineman Jeremiah Jimenez brings Monona Grove quarterback Steven Martine down for a loss in the second half Friday. Stoughton lost the game 35-7. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

The Stoughton football team found itself in a four touchdown hole by the end of the first quarter Friday at Collins Field. 

The Vikings turned the ball over three times and allowed the visiting Monona Grove Silver Eagles to throw a touchdown pass on fourth-and-20 en route to a 35-7 Badger South Conference loss. 

Stoughton defensive back Josh Hitchcock abruptly ended the Silver Eagles first drive, intercepting senior quarterback Steven Martine on a tipped pass.

The Vikings promptly gave the ball back on a fumble and then muffed the kickoff, which led to two Monona Grove touchdowns in four seconds.

“It doesn’t matter who you play,” Stoughton head coach Jason Thiry said. “You turnover the ball like that, you’re going to find yourself in a deep hole.”


Girls tennis: 1 doubles, Benoy advance to second straight state tournament

Stoughton sophomores Payton Kahl (left) and Kendra Halverson celebrate their 6-2, 6-1 win over Waterford’s Lauren Sikora and Katie Queram at No. 1 doubles last Wednesday. The victory advanced the Vikings’ No. 1 doubles team to this weekend’s WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton girls tennis advanced two flights through the Burlington sectional and on into the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament last Wednesday.

Needing only one win to automatically qualify for the WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament this week, sophomores Payton Kahl and Kendra Halverson rolled 6-2, 6-1 over Waterford’s Lauren Sikora and Katie Queram. 

It marked the second straight year Kahl reached the state tournament.

“I think it’s super exciting because I got to make it with my best friend,” Halverson said of qualifying for state. “That should make it even more fun.”

Having been friends for so long, both agreed it helped the transition to playing doubles together for the first time this season.


Boys soccer: Vikes knock off Westosha, advance to regional final

It has been five years since the Stoughton High School boy’s soccer team won a regional game, but Tuesday’s 2-0 win over sixth-seeded Westosha Central in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal ended the drought.

With cold temperatures and a wet field, the Vikings were able to do just enough to get revenge on the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs.

Senior Bailey Nolan scored in the 57th minute with an assist to Devin Wermuth to take control.

“It was terrible weather, and it took us a little while to get our knees under us,” head coach Dave Wermuth said. “I think that after Nolan scored the second goal, you can see all the wind come out of Westosha’s sail.”