Youth wrestling: Grappling to the podium at state

The Stoughton Youth Wrestling team wrestled in the 2014 Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Kids Folkstyle State tournament at the Alliant Energy Center in March.

Top, the 2014 state champions (from left) are: Nicolar Rivera, Tyler Dow and Rudy Detweiler.

Bottom, the 2014 state placewinners (front, from left) are: Claire Spilde (second) and Rose Ann Marshall (third); (back) Trenton Dow (fourth), Griffin Empey (third), Cade Spilde (fifth) and Beckett Spilde (fifth). (not pictured) Nolan Kraus (sixth) and Hunter Lewis (second).


Baseball: Vikings’s offense clicks during hot start

The Stoughton High School baseball team has scored 48 runs during its 3-1 overall start to begin the season.

Head coach Jeremy Dunnihoo said the high production on offense is a little bit of a surprise.

“We had a lot of confidence in our bats going into the season, but we didn’t expect to score this many runs so early in the season, especially since we haven’t put together a full effort yet,” Dunnihoo said. “We see the potential, and we are excited with what we have done so far.”

Stoughton hosts Monona Grove at 5 p.m. Thursday, and it travels to Milton at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Stoughton 15, MH 5

The Vikings traveled to Mount Horeb last Thursday and scored 10 runs in the final two innings to pull out a 15-5 win.

Senior Chris Lund started the outburst in the 5-run sixth with a 2-run double, and senior PJ Rosowski followed with a 3-run home run.


Boys golf: Anderson takes seventh at Dells invite

Freshman Sam Anderson stands on the golf course during the Wisconsin Dells Invitational. Anderson finished seventh overall with a two-round score of 158. He shot a 78 the first day and an 80 the second day. Anderson (below) shows of his seventh-place medal. [Photos submitted]

The Stoughton High School boys golf team traveled to the Wisconsin Dells Trapper’s Turn and Christmas Mountain golf courses last Friday and Saturday for the Dells Invitational and finished with a 662 (331-331).

“Overall, I was pretty pleased with how we played,” head coach Dave Taebel said. “We had only one player with varsity experience in Max Fergus, and he played really well. The younger kids also stepped up and performed.”

Freshman Sam Anderson led the way with a seventh-place overall 158 (78-80), while senior Max Fergus finished with a 158 (78-80).

Junior Jacob Fitzsimmons shot a 176 in the two rounds (92-84), and sophomore Austin Kotlowski finished with a 177 (89-88).

Sophomore Ian Sutton’s score of 178 (86-92) also helped the Vikings.


Girls soccer: Vikings drop opener

The Stoughton High School girls soccer team had a tough season opener Tuesday at non-conference Sun Prairie, falling 4-0.

Head coach Dave Wermuth said that despite the Vikings only having two outside practices, the girls stepped up and tried to fight. Sun Prairie, on the other hand, already had a game to get rid of some of the rust.

Cardinals’ forward Christa Scott scored twice, while forward Hannah Zacher added a second.

Sophomore goalie Hannah Wood had 11 saves for Stoughton, who Wermuth said proved herself in net. Sun Prairie’s Grace Daehling had two saves.

The Vikings host Milton at 7 p.m. Thursday and travel to the Belleville invite at 9 a.m. Saturday. Stoughton finishes the week at 7 p.m. Tuesday at DeForest.


Softball: Vikings rally, take down Crusaders

Stoughton shortstop Sammy Tepp (24) throws to first for a first-inning ground out Tuesday evening against Badger South Conference rival Madison Edgewood. The Vikings came from down five to defeat Madison Edgewood 6-5. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

Stoughton softball fell victim to early-season spring weather last week, seeing two games postponed before eventually throwing out the first pitch against Madison Edgewood on Tuesday.

Stoughton 6, Edgewood 5

Anxious to get outside for the second week of the season, warm weather over the weekend finally allowed the Vikings to be in the sunshine Tuesday evening against the visiting Crusaders.

Having only little practiced outside twice so far this season, Stoughton, as expected, looked a little rusty in the first inning.

The Vikings overcame three-first inning errors Tuesday with a three-run sixth inning to propel the hosts to a 6-5 Badger South Conference victory over Madison Edgewood.

“We fought hard and didn’t give up after a tough first inning,” Kristin Siget said.


Track and field: Weum races to second school record

The competition at the W/TFA State Indoor Championships at UW-Whitewater’s Kachel Field House is similar to what you might see a few months from now at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

The meet was so difficult that only one Stoughton High School girls track and field athlete scored points last Saturday. But that girl was freshman Aly Weum, and those points were from a third-place finish in the 400, breaking her second school record in as many weeks with a time of 1 minute, 0.33 seconds.

“It was a really exciting experience to run against such tough competition and be able to have the opportunity to get a good time and get up on the podium,” Weum said in a phone interview Tuesday. “It took weeks of practice to prepare myself mentally and physically.”

Weum broke the school record in the 800 last week, quickly making a name for herself on a track team that has 20 of 24 top-8 conference finishers back from 2013.


Rugby: Stoughton players help Oregon Rugby Club

The goal of the 2014 Oregon Rugby Club is to make the D2 state playoffs, coach Richard Bergemann said.

To qualify for the state playoffs, Bergemann said the Oregon Rugby Club would need to finish with a 5-1 record – strong improvement from last year’s 2-4 mark.

With 14 returning players and a strong number of juniors and seniors, Bergemann said he feels the goal is realistic. Of the 28 members, seven are from Stoughton, with the hope of drawing even more players in 2015.

“Our toughest competition will be the Middleton Rugby Club, which finished second in the state last year,” Bergemann said.  “They happen to be our last game this year.”

“Go tough rugby” – a play on letters in Oregon and Stoughton rugby – is in its second season with the Badgerland Rugby Conference.

The Wisconsin Rugby Union is comprised of 33 high school rugby teams split into two conferences, N.E.W (Northeast Wisconsin) and Badgerland.


Track and field: School records fall at Racine invite

The Stoughton High School girls track and field 3200-meter relay team (from left) – junior Kelsey Jenny, freshman Aly Weum, senior Ashley Harnack, junior Nikki Staffen and senior Katherine Rude (an alternate) – won the Racine Invitational and set a new school record at 10 minutes, 16.34 seconds last Saturday at the Frank Petretti Fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Weum also set a school record in the 800 with a second-place finish in 2:26.55. The Lady Vikings finished third overall out of 12 teams with 54 points. [Photo submitted]

School records were no match for the Stoughton High School girls track and field team last Saturday at the Racine Invitational at the Frank Petretti Fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside.

The 3200 relay team (senior Ashley Harnack, junior Kelsey Jenny, junior Nikki Staffen and freshman Aly Weum) led the way by not only breaking a school record by about 12 seconds with a time of 10 minutes, 16.34 seconds, but also took first in the event.

Kenosha Tremper took second in the 3200 relay in 10:28.96.

The record broke the 2012 mark set in that year’s Racine invite by senior Katherine Rude – who was an alternate in the last meet – junior Megan Reese, graduate Devan Montgomery and Staffen.


Girls lacrosse: Stoughton's Dvorak helps lead Oregon lacrosse

Oregon girls lacrosse, which includes players from McFarland, Oregon, Verona and Stoughton, returns 13 players this season in its third year. Stoughton senior Rachel Dvorak is one of the leading scorers on the team. [Photo submitted]

The Oregon High School girls lacrosse team – which includes players from Oregon, Stoughton, McFarland and Verona – is only in its third year, but it looks to continue to improve.

After losing by an average of six to seven goals a game in the inaugural year, Oregon improved a bit last season. Despite finishing 4-16 overall in 2013, the Panthers lost by an average of one to three goals.

Head coach Jon Pflaum said he expects the girls to finish .500 or better this season and to win a few more conference games – with the only win against Madison La Follette in the program’s three years.

Pflaum said he coached the Verona girls lacrosse team for eight years and knows how good the team is, and the Panthers nearly beat them in the playoffs last season, dropping the game 7-6.

“I feel the Oregon girls lacrosse team showed the conference that we have become a much better team and are no longer the new team learning the game,” Pflaum said.


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