Volleyball: Season ends at regionals

Senior Lindsey Bach serves the ball Thursday, Oct. 23, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at Fort Atkinson. The Vikings lost 3-0 (27-25, 25-10, 25-22). [Photo by Josh Smith/Daily Jefferson County Union]

The Stoughton High School volleyball team played Fort Atkinson tough in the first and third sets Thursday, Oct. 23, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-0 (27-25, 25-10, 25-22) loss.

The 14th-seeded Vikings went back-and-forth with the third-seeded Blackhawks in the first set, but they couldn’t close them out.

Stoughton fought to keep its season alive in the third game, but once again, a late run by Fort Atkinson sealed the match.

Sophomore Rachel Hedman led with five kills and two aces, while junior Hannah Hobson and sophomore Maggie Jo Wirag each picked up a 1/2 a block.

Seniors Annie Fergus and Olivia Dorscheid each finished with 10 digs, while senior Hannah Posick added eight.


Girls tennis: Vikings program takes a huge step

Sohomores Kendra Halverson (left) and Payton Kahl celebrate following their first-round win over Greendale Thursday at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The girls made the round of 16. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Payton Kahl and Sarah Benoy enjoyed a great deal of success a year ago, advancing all the way to the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament as freshman.

Back inside the Nielsen Tennis Stadium for state once again last week, the sophomores enjoyed a bit more success despite going their separate ways.

Kahl, who along with her new No. 1 doubles partner Kendra Halverson, entered the state tournament with a 22-6 record, helped the Vikings with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Greendale seniors GoGo Nuhn and Claire Hetzel (14-4).

“It felt pretty great to be able to walk off that court with a win today because it means the season’d not done yet,” Kahl said.

Halverson, who was playing in her first state tournament, admitted to being nervous through the entire first set.


Scratching the twitch

Jimmy Hahn hugs Joe Hohol following the Vikings 33-14 loss against Madison Edgewood. Hahn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement, two or three years ago. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

The first thing you’re likely to notice when meeting Stoughton resident Jimmy Hahn is his salt and pepper goatee, which now in his early 50s, is more salt than pepper. 

You might also take note of his vise-grip handshake, but eventually you’ll notice Hahn’s left hand and fingers shaking uncontrollably. 

It’s that shaking that led Hahn to eventually being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight years ago.

Though he’s no longer coaching, Hahn has once again found a purpose that suits him, thanks to head coach Jason Thiry and the Stoughton High School football program. 


Girls cross country: Jenny guts out emotional farewell at conference

Senior Kelsey Jenny is helped from the Badger South Conference finish area by her mother Kari Saturday at Lake Farm Park. It was the final cross country race of Jenny’s career. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Despite being on crutches for the last month with a fourth-degree stress fracture in her femur, Kelsey Jenny wasn’t about to walk away from the Stoughton girls cross country season or her teammates.

Focused on defeating Madison Edgewood at Saturday’s Badger South Conference meet at Lake Farm Park, the senior put on her Viking running attire for one final race.

“It’s the worst stress fracture you could have. It could have broken, but I’ve been on crutches,” she said. “I had to be out there today for one last race with my team. I love them all so much. We’ve all worked so hard.”

While her mother may not have come right out and said so to her daughter, she admitted to having apprehension as a parent.


Girls cross country: Vikes set sights on sectional title after second place

Sophomore Clea Roe earned the final Badger South first-team all-conference spot Saturday, finishing eighth overall in 20 minutes, 10 seconds at Lake Farm Park. The Vikings finished second as a team with 54 points - 13 behind Madison Edgewood. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton girls cross country placed four of its five varsity runners on the Badger South all-conference teams Saturday at Lake Farm Park.

Senior Nikki Staffen led the way once again for the Vikings on cold and windy fall day, finishing second for the second straight year.

“It was kind of rough going out from the start line because your eyes kind of watered up and you couldn’t see very well,” Staffen said. “Otherwise, the conditions didn’t bother me at all.”

Staffen was joined on the first-team all-conference list by sophomore Clea Roe. Roe earned the final spot, finishing eighth in 20:10.

Senior Megan Reese (20:13) and sophomore Aly Weum (20:18) reached the finish line five seconds apart, earing second team honors in ninth and 11th place, respectively.


Boys cross country: Roe, Model earn all-conference spots

Sophomore Garrett Model earned the final second-team Badger South Conference spot Saturday at Lake Farm Park. Model finished 16th overall in 17 minutes, 22 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Sophomores Owen Roe and Garret Model raced to Badger South all-conference honors Saturday at Lake Farm Park for the Stoughton boys cross country team.

Roe was the only Viking to earn first-team honors, finishing sixth overall in 16 minutes, 49 seconds.

“I’m pretty proud of myself,” Roe said. “I definitely worked hard to get on the first team this year.”

It’s always been about being as good as or better than Jacob – my brother Jacob,” he joked.

Model stepped up to finish as the team’s second runner, earning the final second-team spot in 16th place with his time of 17:22.


Football: Playoff drought ends despite losses

Stoughton’s offensive line sits on the bench after going 3-and-out during the game Friday’s 33-14 loss to Madison Edgewood. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

Stoughton football ended a 16-year playoff drought despite two blowout losses over the final two weeks.

Despite outscoring the visiting Madison Edgewood Crusaders in the second half Friday evening at Collins Field, the Vikings once again found themselves unable to dig out of an early deficit.

The Vikings lost their regular season finale 33-14 after allowing 24-unanswered points in the second quarter.

It was the second week in a row where one bad quarter cost Stoughton.

“We need to keep coaching our players better,” Vikings head coach Jason Thiry said. “We have to mentally prepare them better to stop the bleeding when events in the game do not go our way.”


Boys soccer: PK leads to regional exit

It was a hard way for the Stoughton High School boys soccer team to end the season, but a penalty kick in the 68th minute Thursday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final was all host Elkhorn needed to pull out a 1-0 win.

“We had an unfortunate over step in the box and clipped a guy and gave them a penalty kick,” head coach Dave Wermuth said. “It was a tough way to go out.”

Aaron Wales scored the game-winning goal for the second-seeded Elks, which was only the third shot on goal for Elkhorn in the game. Stoughton, on the other hand, had 11 shots on goal. But the Vikings could never get that goal.

Senior Devin Wermuth and junior Nathan Varese both had shots on goal that Dave Wermuth said were really good opportunities, but Elkhorn’s Alex Heath was able to make the saves, finishing with 11.


Volleyball: Vikings get No. 13 seed, face Fort Atkinson in regional opener Thursday

The Stoughton High School volleyball team will have its work cut out for them Thursday, Oct. 23, in the WIAA Division 1 regional opener.

The Vikings earned a No. 13 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.

The Blackhawks swept Stoughton (10-21 overall) 3-0 in the regular season, but all three sets were tied late with one big run being the Vikings’ demise.

The winner of that match will play the winner of No. 5 Janesville Craig/No. 12 Kenosha Bradford in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Sauk Prairie 3, Stoughton 2

Stoughton concluded the regular season in a tough 3-2 (25-19, 9-25, 26-24, 15-25, 7-15) loss at Sauk Prairie.


Girls swimming: Vikings keep home streak alive

Senior Annie Hudkins swims to a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke Tuesday evening in Stoughton with a time of 1 minute, 20.71 seconds. The Vikings defeated Monroe 103-67. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Junior Sophie Pitney (29:57) was the Vikings’ only medal winner Saturday at the Warrior Sprinter Fall Festival Swim Invite, finishing a little over two-tenths of second off the pace of River Valley senior Kelli Liegel (29:35) in the 50-yard butterfly. Pitney also finished fifth in the 50 backstroke (31.93).

Stoughton’s highest relay was the 200 medley relay where junior Shaylee Kooima, senior Annie Hudkins, sophomore Averie Ness and Pitney swam to fourth place in 2:09.88.  

“We changed that relay up a bit since Maddie is battling some shoulder issues and can only swim free events,” McLaury said. Shaylee Kooima had a great meet, first filling in for her sister on the 200 medley relay before swimming to best times in the 100 backstroke (1:15.48), dropping :02 and the 100 freestyle (1:05.60).