Football: Vikings’ comeback falls short against Oregon

Photo by Joe Koshollek. Stoughton senior wide receiver Gage White celebrates his 3-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter with teammate Key Cook (72). The Vikings rallied from a 24-point deficit in the fourth quarter but fell just short of Oregon 41-33.

Stoughton football coach Dan Prahl joked before Friday’s final home game about his father, a longtime Oregon teacher and Hall of Fall football coach, standing on the Vikings’ sideline wearing an Oregon football jacket.

“He won’t be wearing that jacket on our sideline,” quipped Dan whose team’s comeback bid fell a touchdown short in a 41-33 loss.

While he probably really wouldn’t have forbid his father from standing on the sideline, both Dan and his father Bob understand the Stoughton/Oregon football rivalry all too well. And while it counts as just one game on the schedule, there wasn’t a player of coach on either sideline that wasn’t fired up.


Girls tennis: Benoy wins No. 1 singles title at conference

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Junior Sarah Benoy earned the No. 1 seed entering last weekend’s Badger Conference tournament and played to the first individual title for Stoughton since 1994. Benoy won the first set of her championship match 7-6 (9-7) before Madison Edgewood’s Emma Sango retired as a result of a nagging back injury.

Long before stepping on the courts inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium for the Badger Conference tennis match last weekend, junior No. 1 singles player Sarah Benoy dreamt of this exact scenario.

Benoy played to a third-place finish at conference the past two years, but this year had a different feeling as the junior earn the top seed entering the two-day tournament. 

Sporting just two losses on the season Benoy went on to improve to 24-2, winning the No. 1 singles title over Edgewood’s third-seeded Emma Sango, who retired after Benoy won the first set 7-6 (9-7). Sango missed last season due to a back injury and has been limited this year.


Soccer: Vikings make mark in 2-0 win over Edgewood

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. Senior Spencer Weeden (right) celebrates with senior Andrew Beszhak (8), senior Jackson Hampton (25) and sophomore Zander Hartberg following his goal Tuesday against Madison Edgewood at Reddan Soccer Park. The Vikings won the Badger South match 2-0.

Every game is adding a new element to the Stoughton High School boys soccer team, and Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Madison Edgewood at Reddan Soccer Park was no exception.

The Vikings picked up their first Badger South Conference win, not only controlling the possession and creating opportunities on offense, but they also formed a wall on defense to prevent the Crusaders from tying the game late.

“It is always about getting better every game, and in this game, we saw what our potential was,” head coach Dave Wermuth said. “We know there are a few things we can tighten up, but we are marching forward. 

“They are playing fantastic.”


Girls cross country: Vikings finish ninth out of 30 teams at Midwest Invite

If a young Stoughton girls cross country team wants to be considered one of the premier programs in the state, it’s meets like Saturday’s 78th Midwest Invitational that will help the Vikings get there.

Featuring six of the state’s top Division 1 programs and a second-ranked Division 2 team, the Vikings held their own, scoring 302 points for ninth place.

Abby Kittleson stepped up to pace Stoughton, taking 35th place in 20 minutes, 31 seconds and Clea Roe (20:46) finished 15 seconds later in 46th place as the team’s second runner.

A mere matter of seconds separated Margaret Ross (21:10) and Anna Wozniak (21:12), who finished 57th and 59th as Stoughton’s third and fourth runners. Gigi Zaemisch rounded out the top five with a lifetime best, placing 105th in 22:06.


Boys cross country: Vikes finish in upper half of Midwest invite

Juniors Owen Roe and Tristan Jenny both improved by more than 30 seconds from their previous week’s effort to lead the Stoughton boys cross country team Saturday at the 78th Midwest Invitational.

Roe led the way, covering the 5k Blackhawk Golf Course in 17 minutes, 12 seconds – good for 56th place. It was 31 seconds faster than 11 days earlier at the Badger Challenge.

Jenny also bounced back with a solid race, taking 79th place in 17:28 to help the Vikings finish 11th out of 37 teams.

“We ran well at the Midwest Invite. It was a fast course, but we also showed improvement,” head coach Pat Schneider said. 


Football: Stoughton falls short of third win

Photo by Joe Koshollek. Stoughton kicker Josh Hitchcock stands in shock after missing a 24-yard field goal in the final seconds Friday at Milton. The Vikings lost the game 26-24.

The Stoughton football team saw its shot at wrapping up a second straight WIAA playoff berth sail wide (right or left) of the uprights, losing 26-24 at Milton on Friday.

Trailing by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter, the Vikings rallied with a 4-yard touchdown strike from Jake Kissling to Adam Krumholz. Stoughton then got a defensive stop, which setup a potential game-winning 24-yard field goal by Josh Hitchcock, which fell low and left of the uprights.

Isaac Phillips carried the Red Hawks on his back throughout the contest, passing for 220 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed a 1-yard touchdown run to break a scoreless drought in the second quarter.

Stoughton answered with a 33-yard field by Hitchcock and a 91-yard rushing touchdown from Brady Schipper.


Girls Golf regionals: Viken birdie helps Vikings edge Beaver Dam for sectional berth

Freshman Bre Viken putts on the 12th hole Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the WIAA Division 1 Oregon regional at Foxboro Golf Course. Viken finished with a 93, including a huge birdie on the 18th hole that helped the Vikings edge Beaver Dam 392-393 for the final sectional spot. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Freshman Bre Viken has started to become one of the steadier players on the Stoughton High School girls golf team, and it was a big birdie putt by Viken Wednesday that helped propel the Vikings to a fourth-place finish and a sectional berth at the WIAA Division 1 Oregon regional.

Viken made a 5-foot downhill putt on the 18th hole at Foxboro Golf Course, which gave her a 93 on the day. After juniors Kelsey Taebel and Samantha Zweck finished their rounds, Stoughton ended up with a 392, edging Beaver Dam by a stroke for the final team sectional spot.

“I was really proud of the last hole,” Viken said. “If I didn’t make it, we wouldn’t have won or maybe would have tied.”

But there were several holes on the day that wreaked havoc on every golfer. On hole 11, there were only six pars and no birdies in the entire field. There were many tee shots that went over and to the left or out of bounds to the right due to a nasty wind.


Volleyball: Vikes finish runner-up in silver bracket

The Stoughton High School volleyball team traveled to the Cardinal invite at Middleton Saturday and ended up playing for the silver bracket title.

The Vikings went 4­-1 to reach the silver championship against Mount Horeb, but Stoughton couldn’t keep the momentum in a 2­0 (21-25, 20-­25) loss.

Junior Rachel Hedman led with eight kills and a block. Hedman also picked up six digs.

Sophomore Tessa Berry collected seven digs and two aces, and junior Maggie Jo Wirag picked up six assists.

Stoughton defeated Madison Memorial 2­1 (20-­25, 25­-19, 15­7), Monona Grove 2­1 (25­-21, 17­-25, 15­-10), Jefferson 2­1 (25­-22, 24­-26, 15­-9) and Oregon 2­0 (26­24, 25­-19).

The Vikings other loss was to Waunakee, 2­0 (15­-25, 15-­25).


Girls golf: Taebel just misses all-conference cut

Photos by Anthony Iozzo. Junior Kelsey Taebel tees off on the ninth hole Tuesday in the Badger South Conference meet at Baraboo Country Club. Taebel led the Vikings with an 84. Stoughton finished fifth with a 395.

Junior Sarah Benoy supplied the Stoughton girls tennis with its lone win in a 6-1 loss at Madison Edgewood on Monday. 

And while the loss at Quann Park certainly stung, Benoy and the Vikings now must turn their attention to this weekend’s Badger Conference tournament where they are hoping to enact a bit of revenge against the Crusaders.

Benoy defeated junior Jessica Inman 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles to finish the Badger Conference regular season undefeated.

With the win, head coach Ryan Reischel said Benoy all but wrapped up the No. 1 seed at 1 singles come this weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.


Vikings return to action against talented field at Midwest Invitational

Stoughton boys and girls cross country teams got some much needed time off over the last week.

Having last competed at the Badger Conference Challenge at Monroe’s Twining Park on Sept. 15, the Vikings had 11 days off before returning to competition this Saturday at the Midwest Invitational in Janesville.

Held at Blackhawk Golf Course at 9 a.m., the meet features several of the state’s top boys teams including second-ranked Madison La Follette, seventh-ranked Madison Memorial, eight-ranked Middleton, ninth-ranked Madison West, 13th-ranked Sun Prairie, 14th ranked Homestead, 19th ranked Neenah and the top ranked Division 2 team in Wisconsin Lutheran and ninth ranked Monroe, as well as Albany and Darlington ranked sixth and eighth in Division 3, respectively.


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