Girls golf: SHS grads all moving on to play golf in college

Seniors Tayler Wise (from left), Ashli Stolen and Kailey Taebel are all continuing their golf careers in college after helping the Stoughton High School varsity team the past four years. Taebel is playing at Carthage College, while Stolen is playing at Cardinal Stritch University. Wise is going to Marian University. [File photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior graduates Ashli Stolen, Kailey Taebel and Tayler Wise have come a long way during their time with the Stoughton High School varsity program.

Stolen and Taebel were on varsity as freshmen, while Wise joined varsity full-time in her sophomore year. But all three were shooting in the 100s when they started.

By the time they played their last hole for SHS, each was not only consistently shooting in the 70s and low 80s but also a role model for the younger golfers.

And now all three are planning to play in college, with Stolen heading to Cardinal Stritch University, Taebel off to Carthage College and Wise going to Marian University.


Baseball: Bunnell, Zacharias earn first-team selections

Senior Cade Bunnell was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference. [File photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Seniors Cade Bunnell and Alex Zacharias both led the Stoughton High School baseball team with first-team All-Badger South infielders this season.

At third base, Zacharias was 31-for-94 (.330 batting average) with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored this season. He also had a .914 fielding percentage.

At shortstop, Bunnell was 35-for-78 (.449) with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 24 RBIs and 32 runs scored. He also had a .941 fielding percentage.

Senior Alec Showers was named to the second team as a designated hitter/utility player. He was 35-for-89 (.393) with 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 26 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Senior Sam Ripp and freshmen Dylan Nowicki and Brady Schipper rounded out the list as honorable mentions.


Home Talent League: Merchants edge McFarland

Stoughton second baseman Simon Maurice applies the tag on McFarland’s Cory Schuchardt in the first inning. Schuchardt singled, but was thrown out by left fielder Dave Hansen trying to leg out a double. The Merchants defeated the host Muskies 4-3. [Photos by Jeremy Jones]

Ace Jeremy Dunnihoo struggled to consistently find the strike zone and Stoughton failed to execute offensively throughout much of Sunday’s Southeast Section game. Still, the Merchants found a way to eke out a 4-3 victory over McFarland thanks to the bottom of the order and an RBI single by Rory Menzer in the top of the ninth inning.

“Jeremy hadn’t pitched in a couple weeks and that’s a tough team to beat at home,” Merchants manager Dale Seffens said. “I was just glad we were able to get the win.”

No one above fifth in the lineup got a hit for the Merchants.


Girls soccer: Olson earns honorable mention

Junior Leah Olson was the lone All-Badger South Conference selection for Stoughton High School this season.

Olson was named as an honorable mention to a list that includes eight Oregon, eight Monona Grove, four Fort Atkinson, three Milton and two Monroe selections.


Boys basketball: McGlynn is selected to play in the Division 2 WBCA All-Star game

Stoughton senior Nick McGlynn was chosen by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association to play in the Division 2 All-Star game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in the Wisconsin Dells.

McGlynn is playing for the South team and joins Levi Bradley (Milwaukee Pius XI), Andre Carroll (Wauwatosa West), Sean Chislom (McFarland), Vinny Cincotta (Jefferson), Drew Fredrickson (Mount Horeb), Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay), Josh Michaels (Greendale), Miles Sigh (Whitefish Bay) and Alex Van Dyke (Union Grove).


Boys lacrosse: Crazy comeback falls shy of state title game in OT

The Stoughton High School boys lacrosse team trailed by five goals in the fourth quarter Saturday in the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Division 2 state title game.

The Vikings, playing Catholic Memorial in the title game for the second straight year, needed offense, and they got it. Stoughton scored seven times in the fourth to force overtime.

However, for the second straight year, it was Catholic Memorial that ended up getting the better of the Vikings in a 14-13 loss in overtime.

Senior Dylan Wenker led Stoughton with five goals and an assist, and sophomore Sam Onsager collected two goals and two assists.

Sophomore Tanner Gutche finished with three goals, and sophomore Dylan Gross collected two goals.

Junior Parker Kruckenberg added a goal, and junior Ethan Olsen picked up an assist.


Softball: Vikings get three named first team All-Badger South Conference

Stoughton Sarah Seaton was one of three Vikings named to the Badger South All-Conference first team last week. Seaton, who went 7-9 in the circle in 103.33 innings with a 4.61 ERA, was also named to the Senior All-Star game. She struck out 82 and walked 69, but was equally as dangerous at the plate.

Seaton hit .508 on the season with 10 doubles and 14 RBIs. Her on-base percentage was .616, while he finished second on the team with a .662 slugging average.

“Sarah pitched most of our games this season and was an offensive powerhouse that teams consistently pitched around,” Vikings head coach Kristin Siget said.


Football: Prahl named new head coach


Dan Prahl has spent the majority of his life growing up around the gridiron.

“You could definitely say I grew up around the football field,” Prahl said. “I remember my dad taking me to practice and playing with the tackling dummies and building forts with my brothers.”

This fall the 2007 Oregon High School graduate will get the opportunity to fulfill his dream as a coach at a rival school.

Prahl, who served as the Vikings freshman defensive coordinator last season was named as the new varsity football coach at Stoughton High School last Friday, taking over for Jason Thiry who accepted an administrative job as Dean of Students at Prairie du Chien High School last month.

“I’ve always wanted to be a head coach and I’m ready for this,” Prahl said.


Girls soccer: Vikes upset Elkhorn, fall in regional final

It hasn’t been the greatest season for the Stoughton High School girls soccer team, dealing with injuries and being young, but the Vikings showed what they are capable of in a 1-0 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal win Thursday.

“We are capable of a lot being young, so it is just a matter of believing we can do it,” head coach Chelsea Kittleson said.

Stoughton came into third-seeded Elkhorn with an underdog mindset, and with the team finally healthy, freshman Cassidy Bach buried the only goal in the 66th minute from freshman Jackie Smith.

Junior Hannah Wood did the rest in the net, collecting 14 saves and keeping the shutout.


Boys lacrosse: Back in state final

Parker Kruckenberg (4) celebrates a goal with senior Dylan Wenker Friday in a Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation sectional final. The Vikings defeated University School 14-2, and then they defeated Oregon 20-2 Monday to advance to the Division 2 state final. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

Getting back to the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Division 2 state final was the motivating factor for the Stoughton High School boys lacrosse team all season.

And after a 20-2 win over Oregon in the state semifinals Monday, the Vikings have a chance to get some revenge on Catholic Memorial, the team that defeated Stoughton in the final last season.

“That is what we have been preparing for all season, and I think the guys are ready for it,” head coach Josh Wollin said. “They are hungry.”

The Vikings worked on a few aspects since that loss, including transition defense and creating scoring opportunities.

This year’s defense has allowed 3.8 goals per game, a club record.


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