Boys hockey: Bench minor seals Vikings’ fate against Oregon

Freshman forward Jackson Breton swings at a loose puck in front of Oregon sophomore goaltender Henry Roskos last Thursday. Panthers Brandon Michek (16) and Colin Hughers (15) are also pictured. Stoughton lost the game 3-2. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Being ridden by fans throughout much of the first two periods of a chippy Badger South Conference game, the refs finally had enough Thursday in the second period when Stoughton was assessed a bench minor.

The resulting Colin Bundy power-play goal 35 seconds into the man-advantage ultimately ended up being the game-winner in a 3-2 loss inside Oregon Ice Arena. Stoughton managed to stave off a pair of two-goal deficits only to fall a goal short thanks to a pair of penalties.

Stoughton head coach Kris Rosholt was unavailable for comment.

Trailing 2-0 after a pair of Panther goals early in the first period, junior Nathan Varese cut Oregon’s lead in half around the nine-and-a-half minute mark.


Girls basketball: Vikings win fourth straight

The Stoughton High School girls basketball team kept pace in the Badger South Friday with a 58-30 win over Fort Atkinson.

The host Vikings (9-5 overall, 4-2 conference) jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter and never trailed.

A 19-5 advantage in the third quarter sealed the victory.

Junior Hannah Hobson led with 13 points, while sophomore Marissa Robson picked up 12. Sophomore Payton Kahl added 11, and seniors Ashley Olson and Jordyn Weum each collected six points.

The win keeps Stoughton a game back of Oregon (6-5, 5-1) and Madison Edgewood (7-4, 5-1) and a half game ahead of Monona Grove (6-6, 3-2).

The Vikings start the second half of the conference season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Monroe at home. Stoughton also hosts non-conference Portage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Stoughton 46, Sun Pra. 40


Wrestling: Showdown at Milton slips away

Junior Jacob Groleau (182 pounds) fights for a takedown attempt against Milton junior Kyle Zucaro Thursday in a Badger South Conference dual at Milton High School. Groleau lost the match and the No. 2-ranked Vikings fell 37-25 to the No. 3-ranked Milton Red Hawks. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

For the seventh time since Milton moved to the Badger South Conference, the Stoughton High School wrestling team dropped a regular season dual to the Red Hawks Thursday.

The Vikings came in ranked second in the state at Division 1, while Milton was ranked third. But like seasons past, the host Red Hawks racked up crucial victories, ultimately winning 37-25.

“We need to wrestle better in key situations. We let guys ride us out for the win in more than one match, and we went to our back too much,” co-head coach Dan Spilde said. “That is what loses duals. …The key to the whole dual is that we have to be a little stronger and can’t give up those positions and need to score timely. We allowed them to do that.

“Some of the calls didn’t go our way, but that is sports. We just have to go back and work.”


Boys basketball: Vikes fall to MG in battle for first

Senior Brady Brusegar gets pressured by MG’s Luke Nelson in the first half Thursday in a Badger South first-place showdown against Monona Grove. The Vikings fell 52-48. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

The Stoughton High School boys basketball team could not put Monona Grove away Thursday in a first-place battle in the Badger South Conference.

The host Vikings held a four-point lead in the fourth quarter but the Silver Eagles were the ones on top at the buzzer, as Stoughton fell 52-48.

Head coach Matt Hockett said it was amazing Stoughton even had a chance to win after coming out slow, however.

“We didn’t came ready to play. MG outworked us. They outhustled us. We didn’t start well and we didn’t work for 32 minutes to deserve a win that night,” Hockett said.

“We still were up by four going into the fourth quarter but ultimately lost out on too many 50-50 balls.”


Boys swimming: Vikings win eight of 11, knock off Norskies

Stoughton boys assistant swimming coach Sean Davis takes a dive with a little help following Tuesday evening’s 88-82 Badger South Conference win over Oregon. It was the host Vikings first conference win of the season. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

Stoughton boys swimming claimed eight of 11 events Thursday evening at home to walk away with their first dual meet win of the season against DeForest.

Ben Scheleppenbach won the 200-yard freestyle going under 2 minute for the first time in 1 minute, 59.82 seconds. Adam Fryer finished second just over two seconds off the pace to give the Vikings a 1-2 finish. 

Fryer added the 500 free title in 6:52.38, while Gabe Ross  tied DeForest’s Shea Sneider for first place in the 50 free in a best time of 24.91. Ross also took the 100 breastroke in 1:10.32. 

Ian Trautman added the team’s final individual win, claiming the 100 butterfly in a personal-best 1:00.02.


Boys hockey: Skaters run up the score against Avalanche

Stoughton lost 3-2 Saturday inside the Pleasant Prairie Rec Plex.

Jackson Breton drew the Vikings even with a power-play goal and even-strength goal less than two minutes apart in the second period.

Stoughton was unable to take the lead, however, as Cam Kroncke scored with nine seconds remaining in the game to give the host Thunder the win.

Kenosha’s Chase Erickson scored on the power play and Anthony Svoboda scored an even-strength goal less than seven minutes later in the first period for Kenosha.

Stoughton (5-9-1 overall, 2-3-0 conference) travels to Badger South rival Oregon (5-7-1, 2-1-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

The Thunder improved to 5-7-1 on the season with the win.


Boys basketball: Vikings stay unbeaten in Badger South

The Stoughton High School boys basketball team remained undefeated in the Badger South Conference Friday with a 49-46 win at Fort Atkinson.

The Vikings (9-2 overall, 4-0 Badger South) trailed by five at halftime, but they battled back in the second half – taking a one-point lead after three and holding off the Blackhawks at the line in the fourth.

Senior Nick McGlynn and sophomore Troy Slaby led Stoughton with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Senior Brad Graffin added nine, and junior Adam Krumholz chipped in six.

Junior Dylan Bernard led Fort Atkinson with 15 points, while seniors Brett Behselich and Clay Gerds each added eight.

Fort Atkinson dropped to 7-5, 3-2, which is good for third place in the conference.


Girls basketball: Late turnovers waste defensive effort

Senior Jordyn Weum guards Madison Edgewood senior Emma Meriggioli in the fourth quarter Thursday in a Badger South Conference matchup at Stoughton High School. Weum helped hold Meriggioli to six points in a 40-38 loss. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

It looked like the Stoughton High School girls basketball team was on its way to win Thursday against Madison Edgewood, holding a seven-point lead with five minutes to play.

But late turnovers and some missed baskets allowed Edgewood a chance to win with 10 seconds left.

The Crusaders came out of the timeout and found sophomore Kendall Tribus at the top. Tribus drained the 3-pointer, and the Vikings  (6-5 overall, 2-2 Badger South) fell 40-38.

“We didn’t execute very well down the stretch, but we talked about coming out and competing and fighting. I thought we did a pretty good job with that,” Stoughton head coach Brad Pickett said. “You have to give (Tribus) credit. Not taking anything away from her, but she was probably the one that we wanted to take it at that point.


Girls hockey: Offensive struggles continue to plague Icebergs

Stoughton senior forward Casey Marsh drew the MSO Icebergs girls hockey co-op even in the second period Saturday, but the hosts were never able to take the lead.

Continuing to struggle generating offensive chances, the Icebergs fell 2-1 against Appleton United inside McFarland Ice Arena.

Appleton senior forward Natalie West scored a pair of unassisted goals

Savannah Kopf and Sara Wollin were credited with assists in the loss, while Oregon senior Kenzie Torpy stopped 39 of 41 shots on goal.

Sophomore Mekenzy Hoisington turned aside 14 shots for Appleton United (5-6-1).

The Icebergs record now stands at 2-9-2 overall (1-2-0 Badger Conference).

CW Storm, Icebergs (PPD) 


Boys hockey: Stoughton scores once in back-to-back losses

Stoughton junior forward Ian Sutton moves the puck along the boards against Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc forward Andrew Slivinski. The Vikings lost the game 3-1. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Senior goaltender Matt Murphy did everything he could to keep Stoughton in Friday evening’s game against the 10th-ranked Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc co-op.

Murphy was spectacular in stretches turning away 39 of 42 shots on goal, including 30 saves through the first two periods.

It was not enough, however, as the Vikings (4-7-1 overall) struggled to beat KMMO sophomore goaltender Paul Mclean en route to a 3-1 loss inside the Mandt Community Center.

Mclean, who benefitted from sophomores Tyler and Scott Johnson first period goals scored a minute-and-a-half apart, stopped all but one of the 21 shots he faced.