Girls golf: Vikings take third at conference

Senior Kailey Taebel (left) talks with her father and head coach Dave Taebel on the 18th hole Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Badger South Conference meet at Evansville Golf Club. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

It was going to be difficult to repeat as Badger South champions, with the Stoughton High School girls golf team having lost duals to Madison Edgewood and Milton earlier this season.

The Vikings did what they could to bring the trophy back to Stoughton during Tuesday’s conference meet at Evansville Golf Club. But their two top 10 finishes weren’t enough to stop Edgewood and Milton.

Stoughton scored a 363 in the tournament and finished third overall with 7 1/2 points. The score comprises 1 point for each dual win – the Vikings were 3-2 – and 1 1/2 points for each team beaten at the conference meet.

“We knew it was going to take a lot to come out of here with another conference title with two quality teams like Milton and Edgewood ahead of us, and we just came up short,” head coach Dave Taebel said. “It wasn’t for lack of effort, that is for sure. The girls battled, and I am proud of them for the way they competed out there today.”


Girls tennis: Stoughton improves to 4-1

Senior No. 2 singles player Anna Nelson serves during her 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Fort Atkinson on Tuesday. Stoughton won the Badger South Conference dual meet to improve to 4-1. [Photo by Josh Smith/Jefferson Daily Union]

Stoughton girls tennis rattled off a 6-1 Badger South  dual win over Monroe on Thursday.

Number 2 singles player Anna Nelson survived Stoughton’s only real scare in the victory, defeating Eva Priewe 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Sarah Benoy cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory atop the line up at No. 1 singles.

GiGi Barberino battled Ashley Placek to a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles, while Kaitlyn Hedman dropped the Vikings only match of the day 7-6 (7), 7-5 against Katie Demianiak.

The Vikings continued to rack up wins in doubles action led by the No. 3 team of Carrie Aide and Marissa Robson, who won by injury default 4-1 in the first set after accidentally hitting a Monroe player on an overhead putaway.


Volleyball: Injuries, illness take toll in loss to Fort Atkinson

Senior outside hitter Annie Fergus gets a dig Thursday, Sept. 11, in a Badger South Conference match against Fort Atkinson at Stoughton High School. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

There were spurts when the Stoughton High School volleyball team looked like it could knock off Fort Atkinson Thursday, but the host Vikings couldn’t shake their own errors en route to a 3-0 (17-25, 17-25, 19-25) loss.

It doesn’t help that three starters were missing or battling injuries or illness, but the girls filling in have done their part. Senior Hannah Posick has filled the libero position for senior Olivia Dorscheid, and freshman Tessa Berry has made the jump in varsity minutes to add an attacker to the floor. 

“No excuses. The girls are tough and fighting a lot of adversity already this season, and this was our first tough matchup,” head coach Kelly Sorensen said. “The girls learned a lot. We have some things to work on, but I am fully confident that they will bounce back from this and come back stronger and with more fight than ever.”


Girls swimming: Stoughton trounced by MG

Stoughton girls swimming coach Elise McLaury said despite Tuesday’s 121-49 loss at Badger South Conference rival Monona Grove, the score did not reflect how well her team swam.

The Vikings posted 13 best times – some with huge drops.

Senior Allie Niemeyer (2:11.46) and Shaylee Kooima (2:20.33) finished second and third in the 200 freestyle.

After swimming her season best time to finish runner-up in the 500 (5:39.57), Niemeyer also helped anchor both the 200- and 400-free relays to second place as well.

The quartet of Maddie Kooima, Savanna Smith, Shaylee Kooima and Niemeyer finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:57.49, while Shaylee Kooima, junior Alex Asleson, sophomore Ashley Foss and Niemeyer touched the wall in 4:20.31.


Girls golf: Vikings prepare for conference, edge Milton at Parker invite

Sophomore Kelsey Taebel measures the distance to the flag as Stoughton head coach Dave Taebel discusses her play in a Badger South Conference dual against Oregon Thursday at Foxboro Golf Course. She finished with a 48. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

The Stoughton High School girls golf team needs a little help if it wants to repeat as Badger South Conference champions, but Saturday’s fourth-place finish at the Parker invite at Riverside Golf Course was a good way to gauge its chances.

The Vikings shot a 339 overall, edging Milton by a stroke. Stoughton will need to shoot better than Milton next Tuesday to potentially finish second.

Senior Ashli Stolen finished tied for sixth overall with an 80. Parker’s Kailey McDade and Milton’s Cheyann Knudsen also shot 80s.

Seniors Kailey Taebel and Tayler Wise and sophomore Kelsey Taebel all shot 86s.


Girls cross country: Vikings race to second at West invite

In just her second 5K race of the season, senior Nikki Staffen cut 41 seconds off her time from two weeks ago to finish third overall Thursday at the Madison West Invitational.

Staffen’s time of 19 minutes, 14 seconds was second to only Amy Davis of Madison Edgewood’s 17:54 and the 19:09 of Madison East’s Colleen Milligan to help Stoughton finish second overall – 39 points behind Madison West. 

“The 5k distance really benefits Nikki as she is stronger this year and has the confidence in her training to push the pace,” Stoughton head coach Susan Zaemisch said.

The Vikings went to a sixth-runner tiebreaker to break a second-place tie with Badger South Conference rival Madison Edgewood.


Boys cross country: Vikings slip behind rivals at West invitational

Despite being pleased with his team’s times Thursday at the Madison West Invitational, Stoughton boys head coach Pat Schneider admitted to being a little disappointed with how his team placed.

“Many of the best Division 1 schools in the area were at this deceptively small meet,” said Schneider whose team finished second to last with 179 points – behind Badger South Conference rivals Oregon (121), Monroe (152) and Monona Grove (167). “If each varsity runner would have been 10 seconds faster, we would have picked up several more team spots.”

On the positive side, the meet saw all six of the Vikings top runners finish under the 18-minute mark led by sophomore Owen Roe’s time of 17:05. 

“This is at least the first time that has happened since 2000,” Schneider said. 

While Roe finished 24th, fellow underclassman Tristan Jenny wasn’t far off the pace, finishing 34th in 17:40.


Football: Kirby carries Vikings to 2-0 start in Badger South Conference

Zach Kirby rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. [Photo by Josh Smith/Jefferson Daily Union]

Zach Kirby returned the opening kickoff and the Stoughton High School football team never trailed Friday as the Vikings improved to 2-0 in the Badger South with a 28-14 win over Fort Atkinson.

Kirby returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and later added a 38-yard touchdown run to give Stoughton a touchdown lead going into halftime. 

“The opening kickoff got us off to a fast start that we needed on the road,” Stoughton head coach Jason Thiry said. “Coach Kris Rosholt does an excellent job with our special teams, and they have been improving every game.”

The Vikings continued to pound the ball on the ground from there as Kirby and Alex Zacharias accounted for 341 yards and three touchdowns in the win.


Boys soccer: Late goal leads to heartbreaker

Stoughton sophomore goalie Zethren Zeichert makes a diving save during the first half Tuesday in a Badger South game against Milton. The Vikings fell 2-1 with a late goal by the Red Hawks. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

A goal in the final minute of a Badger South Conference game Tuesday against Milton led to a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for the Stoughton High School boys soccer team.

Sophomore Scott Biancofiori scored unassisted to hand the Vikings their first conference loss.

“I think the kids felt it, but you always look at what comes next,” head coach Dave Wermuth said. “They know they can play with any team they come up against now.”

Stoughton tied the game at one in the 54th minute with a goal by junior Ethan Genter, assisted by senior Devin Wermuth, but that was the end of the offense.

Milton struck first in the 14th minute with a goal by Jacob Anderson, assisted by Biancofiori.


Girls swimming: Anderson wins twice against McFarland

Eva Anderson swims to victory in the 100-yard freestyle Tuesday evening against McFarland. Anderson won the 50 free in 26 seconds and the 100 free in 57.37. Stoughton lost to McFarland 111-59. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

Junior Eva Anderson secured both sprint freestyle events and senior Allie Niemeyer added a win in the long event Tuesday evening as Stoughton girls swimming fell 111-59 to McFarland. 

Anderson took the 50-yard freestyle title in 26 seconds and later added the 100 free in 57.37.

Niemeyer added Stoughton’s only other win, taking the 500 free in 5:42.13.

“We knew going into the meet that we had our work cut out for us,” head coach Elise McLaury said. “Then we ended up having six girls not swim due to either illness or injury.”  

The Vikings goal was to strive for personal bests and to score more points than last year, and they accomplished that.