Girls hockey: Solid in net, Icebergs will need to generate offense

Members of the 2014-15 MSO Icebergs girls hockey co-op (front, from left) are: Kaitryn Olson, McKenzie Nisius, Shannon King, Kenzie Torpy, Hannah Smith, Casey Marsh, Samantha Eyers; (back) assistant coach Andrea Missureli, Teagan Rupiper, Maddy Hess, Sara Wollin, Savannah Kopf, Tasha Martin, Samantha Kinsler, Sydney Urso and head coach Mike Jochmann. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Dressing just 12 players was an interesting experience for the MSO Icebergs girls hockey co-op last year, but they persevered, producing the club’s second-best record (14-10-2 overall, 6-3-1 Badger Conference) of all-time. 

At the midpoint of the season, the Icebergs returned to Rhinelander to three-peat as champions of the HodagLand Invitational tournament over the holiday break. 

The Icebergs graduated four seniors following last season, however, with the most impactful being Rachel Dvorak and Katie Glover. 

Dvorak led the team with 13 assists a year ago and was second with 15 goals. Glover added eight goals and eight assists.

This year’s team brings in six new faces (five of them freshmen) that hope to contribute immediately. 


Boys basketball: Slam dunking a Division I dream

Senior Nick McGlynn signed his National Letter of Intent signing last Wednesday in front of several family members and friends. McGlynn will be playing basketball at NCAA Division I Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) next fall. [Photos by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton High School boys basketball head coach Matt Hockett said senior Nick McGlynn had the potential to be a Division I basketball player before his sophomore year.

All McGlynn did that season was lead Stoughton in points and rebounds as he helped guide the Vikings to the Division 2 state semifinals.

McGlynn returns to Stoughton for one last chance at another state berth this season, but he does so with his Division I goals crossed off, signing a National Letter of Intent last Wednesday to play at Drake University (Des Moines).


Baseball: Bunnell bound for K-State

Senior Cade Bunnell signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Division I Kansas State last Wednesday alongside head coach Jeremy Dunnihoo. Family and several friends were also on hand for the event. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]


Boys soccer: Wermuth named to the first-team All-Badger South

Senior captain Devin Wermuth was named first-team all-Badger South Conference this season. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior Devin Wermuth was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference this season for the Stoughton High School boys soccer team.

Devin Wermuth scored 15 goals and collected 14 assists for the Vikings in 24 games.

He was a unanimous selection.

Head coach Dave Wermuth said that Devin Wermuth was also recommended for the All-State soccer team, which was not announced by the Courier Hub’s Tuesday deadline.

Joining Devin Wermuth on the all-conference team were second teamers Noah Doll and Dylan Wenker.

Doll did not score as a defender, but Wenker finished with two goals.

The Vikings finished 12-8-4 overall (2-2-2 in the Badger South).


Girls cross country: Leader of the pack

Stoughton senior Nikki Staffen finished 24th overall at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet in 19 minutes, 19 seconds. She helped the Vikings finish 15th overall at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids with 368 points. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Knowing it would be her final prep cross country race, senior Nikki Staffen put all her heart and soul into Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state cross country race.

“I knew it was going to be competitive, so I just wanted to keep the top group in sight,” said Staffen who finished a personal best 24th in 19 minutes, 19 seconds Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids “It’s amazing. I didn’t really have any high expectations.”

Staffen sat 13th at the mile marker before dropping back to 21st at the two mile. She finished 33rd overall in 15:16 on last season’s 4k course.


Girls swimming: Vikings finish seventh in Badger South Conference

Stoughton’s Sandra Blackburn takes fourth place in the junior varsity 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 24.74 seconds at the Badger South Conference Championship Swim Meet at Monona Grove High School on Saturday. [Photo by Evan Halpop]

Maddie Kooima was the highest finisher for the Stoughton girls swimming team at Saturday’s Badger South Conference meet inside Monona Grove High School. 

Kooima took fifth place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 22.64 seconds to pace the Vikings.

Though Stoughton entered the meet sixth in conference, head coach Elise McLaury knew it was going to be a challenge for her team to remain near the middle of the pack in a very tough conference.

“Both Fort and Monroe have top swimmers that score points in most of the events,” McLaury said. “We needed to score two swimmers in each individual event (top 16) to remain on pace.”

Stoughton only succeeded in doing that in two events and didn’t score any points in the 50 freestyle, however.


Girls golf: Stoughton grabs pair of All-State honors

Seniors Ashli Stolen (left) and Kailey Taebel were named to the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association All-State team as honorable mentions. Stolen made state in a sectional playoff hole win over Taebel and finished 12th at state. [Photo by Dave Taebel]

Seniors Ashli Stolen and Kailey Taebel were the Stoughton High School No. 1 and No. 2 golfers on the varsity squad this season, and their consistency nearly helped the Vikings make the state tournament.

Despite falling shy of state, the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association recognized Stolen and Taebel on the 2014 All-State girls golf team.

Both girls were named as honorable mentions.

Stolen did make the state tournament as an individual, edging Taebel in a sectional playoff for the final state spot after both shot 79s.

Stolen finished tied for 12th at state with a 161 (77-84).

Both girls are going to play college golf, though no decision has officially been made yet.


Girls cross country: Vikings repeat as champs

Senior Nikki Staffen (right) embraces teammate Megan Reese and Clea Roe at the finish line of Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 Verona sectional meet. Staffen finished fourth overall in 20 minutes, 3 seconds. The Vikings repeated as sectional champions with a score of 57 points. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Two-time defending sectional champion Nikki Staffen of Stoughton dropped back three places but helped the Vikings girls cross country team once again win the sectional to return to this Saturday’s state meet as a team.

Staffen finished fourth overall Saturday, covering the new 5K course in 20 minutes, 3 seconds while Stoughton finished with a team-best 57 points – 18 ahead of their Badger South conference rival Fort Atkinson Blackhawks (75). Both teams moved on to state.

“We’ve been training for this all season with this goal in mind,” said senior Megan Reese, who finished seventh overall in 20:38. “We knew we had to push each other all season to get there.”

Sophomore Clea Roe reached the finish line 11 seconds behind, taking eighth place.


Boys cross country: Model falls three spots shy of state cross country meet

Sophomore Garrett Model finished 13th overall at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 Verona sectional meet in 17 minutes, 19 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Sophomore Garrett Model picked the biggest race of the season to have his best performance. Model led the Stoughton boys cross country team for the first time all season, taking 13th place at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional meet in Verona.

“The first mile was rough. My legs were just so tight,” Model said. “My second and third mile, I just started catching people and finished strong.”

He finished so strong in fact that he covered the 5K course in a season best 17 minutes, 19 seconds and finished three spots (or 14 seconds shy) of earning an individual berth to this weekend’s WIAA Division 1 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

It’s nothing new for Model, who finished one spot shy of state as a freshman wrestler. 


Football: Vikings defense wears down in playoff loss

Senior Alex Zacharias and head coach Jason Thiry share and embrace and a few tears following Stoughton’s 28-13 loss at DeForest last Friday. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Eighth-seeded Stoughton  ran just 19 plays in the first half Friday, going three-and-out on its first five possessions but still led entering halftime.

The Vikings, however, ran out of gas in the third quarter of their WIAA Division 2 Level 1 playoff game, giving up 22 unanswered points in a 28-13 loss.

Senior running back Zach Hasselberger led the Vikings with 82 yards rushing, 62 of which came on Stoughton’s initial first down on its sixth possession of the first half at top-seeded DeForest.

“I’ll never forget that run,” Hasselberger said. “My eyes got huge when I saw the whole line opened up, and then the safety missed the tackle. I got a little tired and got caught by the defense, which was a little embarrassing.”