Girls hockey: Icebergs win regionals, fall to Onalaska

Monona Grove defenseman Maddy Hess (19) celebrates her double overtime game-winning goal against the Badger Thunder on Thursday with teammate Samantha Eyers. [Photo by Robert Christofferson]

With leading scorer Casey Marsh hitting the pipe twice and second-leading scorer Savannah Kopf out, the fourth-seeded Icebergs knew they were going to have to find another way to hold off the fifth-seeded Badger Thunder in the WIAA regional finals. 

Little did anyone know that the source of Thursday’s 2-1 double overtime game-winning goal would be McFarland junior defenseman Maddy Hess, who had only scored two regular season goals.

“She had been saying the two periods prior that she was going to score, but she’d miss the net, hit the goalie, lose the puck or whatever to prove she’s a defenseman,” Icebergs head coach Mike Jochmann joked.  

Hess finally capitalized less than four minutes into the second overtime as she roofed the game-winner over Badger Thunder goalie Jaime Dutton.


Boys hockey: Vikings allow three early powerplay goals in loss

Stoughton senior goaltender Matt Murphy is unable to stop the first period power-play goal of Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc’s Justin Persch on Friday. The top-seeded Lasers scored three first-period powerplay goals to roll, 6-1. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Despite playing three periods, the fate of the Stoughton boys hockey team was ultimately decided in a five-minute span of the first period.

Although junior forward Max Quale scored on the Vikings’ first shot on goal, Stoughton allowed five-unanswered goals, including three power-play tallies in a little less than five-and-a-half minutes of Saturday’s 6-1 WIAA regional final loss.

Charging through the neutral zone, Quale broke in and roofed a shot over the glove of Kettle Moraine goaltender Paul Mclean inside the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.

A Stoughton high sticking penalty two minutes later changed the tide for good as Laser senior defenseman Conner Freeman, a finalist for the Davis Drewiske Award given annual to the state’s top defenseman, scored on the man-advantage.


Wrestling UPDATE: Klein becomes Stoughton's 44th wrestling champ

Sophomore Brandon Klein celebrates with Stoughton assistant coach Jason Thiry (middle) and co-head coach Dan Spilde (left) after winning the WIAA Division 1 state wrestling title at 106 pounds Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Kohl Center in Madison. Klein defeated Mukwonago's Aaron Schulist 5-2 to become the Vikings' 44th state champion in school history. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Sophomore Brandon Klein became Stoughton High School's 44th wrestlign champion after knocking off Mukwonago freshman Aaron Schulist 5-2 in the WIAA Division 1 106-pound title match Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Klein – ranked No. 2 – picked up a reversal in the second period to grab a 4-0 lead, but Schulist – ranked No. 4 – picked up a reversal in the third to cut Klein’s lead to 4-2.

But after Schulist let Klein escape, he was not able to get a takedown, and Klein began to celebrate with the crowd.

Senior Zach Hasselberger didn't have as much luck, dropping a 7-4 decision to Wawautosa West/East junior Justin Folley in the 126-pound title match.

Hasselberger – ranked No. 7 – tied the match at 4-all after a takedown, and he gave an escape to Folley – ranked No. 1 – with 26 seconds left to try and go for the win.

But Hasselberger (49-6) lost control to Folley, who picked up the match clinching takedown with 15 seconds left.


Girls basketball: Vikes travel to Oregon to open playoffs

The Stoughton High School girls basketball team helped Oregon share the Badger South Conference title with a 37-32 win at Madison Edgewood Thursday, but the Vikings now face the Panthers in the regional opener.

Stoughton travels to OHS at 7 p.m. Friday in the WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal. If the Vikings wins, they will play the winner of No. 1 Madison Edgewood and No. 4 Mount Horeb at 7 p.m. Saturday in the regional final.

Stoughton 37, Edgewood 32

Unlike the first time Stoughton and Edgewood met this season, the Vikings were able to hold on in the fourth quarter to spoil the Crusaders’ plans to win the conference outright.

Stoughton trailed by five early but outscored Edgewood 9-4 in the third quarter to grab a one-point lead after three quarters.


Wrestling UPDATE: Klein, Hasselberger make semifinals

Sophomore Brandon Klein (106 pounds) defeats Beaver Dam's Devin De Los Angeles by pin in 5 minutes, 54 seconds in the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kohl Center in Madison. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

The Stoughton High School wrestling team will have at least two wrestlers finishing on the podium in the WIAA Division 1 individual state meet at the Kohl Center in Madison this season.

Senior Zach Hasselberger (126 pounds) and sophomore Brandon Klein (106 pounds) both went 2-0 Thursday afternoon and evening to secure a spot in the state semifinals Friday night.

Hasselberger - ranked No. 7 - defeated Rhinelander freshman Jacob DeMeyer - who is ranked No. 13 - in a 13-5 major decision in the preliminaries and then held off Manitowoc Lincoln sophomore Jose Acosta - ranked No. 2 - 5-4 in the quarterfinals.

Klein - ranked No. 2 - defeated Whitnall/Greendale sophomore Nathan Hensley - ranked No. 6 - 8-5 in the prelims, and he then pinned Beaver Dam sophomore Devin De Los Angeles - ranked No. 7 - in 5 minutes, 54 seconds.

The semifinals are at 7 p.m. Friday.


Boys basketball: Vikes win conference outright, earn No. 1 seed

The Stoughton High School boys basketball team clinched the Badger South Conference outright Friday with a 56-27 win over Milton.

It is the fourth straight conference title for the Vikings, which also earned a No. 1 seed in the WIAA Division 2 playoffs.

Stoughton will host No. 8 Reedsburg/No. 9 Madison Edgewood at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6. If the Vikings win, they will host the winner of No. 4 Oregon/No. 5 DeForest at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

Stoughton closes out the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Madison Edgewood at home.

Stoughton 56, Milton 27

The Vikings cruised to its fourth conference title in a row with a 32-5 advantage by halftime Friday.


Wrestling: Doubling up for state

Junior Collin Kraus (138 pounds) attempts to get a pin over Beloit Memorial’s Jesus Luna in the quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 21, in the WIAA Division 1 Sun Prairie sectional at Sun Prairie High School. Kraus won in an 18-3 technical fall and later won a sectional title to advance to state. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

It was another weekend of success for the Stoughton High School wrestling team Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 Sun Prairie sectional at Sun Prairie High School.

Out of the 12 sectional qualifiers, six earned trips to state, which includes five who won sectional titles. Another four Vikings picked up third-place finishes, one spot from qualifying for state.

Last season, only three Vikings made the trip to individual state.

Senior Gunnar Helland, who won a sectional title at 170 pounds, said the success stems from each guy being able to train with another quality opponent at practice, giving a preview to the competition that each wrestler will face in the tournament. 


Girls hockey: Icebergs earn No. 4 seed

The Icebergs girls hockey co-op opened Friday evening’s Badger Conference road game with a four-goal first period en route to a 6-0 win in Viroqua.

Samantha Kinsler, Samantha Eyers, Maddy Hess and Sara Wollin accounted for four-unanswered goals over a 14-minute span in the first period.

Casey Marsh and McKenzie Nisius added a second- and third-period goal in the blowout.

Senior goaltender Kenzie Torpy faced 14 shots on goal, including seven in the second period. Freshman Ivy Shanka stopped 18 goals in the second and 15 in the third for a total of 42.

Playoff seeding


Boys hockey: Vikings earn eighth seed for playoffs

Sophomore forward Justin Gibbons (10) celebrates his second period goal with teammate Quinn Link on Tuesday – Stoughton’s 10th goal of the evening. The host Vikings had goals from eight (OR NINE) different goal scores en route to a 17-0 win over Monroe. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Senior forward Arin BonDurant knotted Friday’s Badger South Conference game at 1-all in the second period, but the Vikings were never able to go ahead of visiting Monona Grove.

Senior forward Jordan Gerothanas scored a pair of even-strength goals in the third period to ice the Silver Eagles’ 3-1 victory.

Stoughton senior goaltender Matt Murphy stopped 43 of 45 shots on goal in the loss, while Monona Grove sophomore Andri Nahirniak turned away 30 shots.

Postseason seeding

Despite splitting with the Greendale co-op (7-15-1) during the regular season, the Vikings (7-14-1) ended up seeded behind the Ice Force at Sunday’s WIAA seeding meeting. Greendale earned the seventh-seed, while Stoughton came in eighth. 


Wrestling: Vikings leap Milton, five win titles

The Stoughton High School wrestling team knew it had its work cut out if it was to get past host Milton Saturday at the Badger Conference Tournament.

In a field that included 32 ranked Division 1 wrestlers, the Vikings not only picked up five individual conference titles but also finished ahead of Milton – winning the tournament with 335 1/2 points.

Milton, which won the regular season dual title, finished with 310 points in second place.

“To really have the success we were looking for, it was pretty exciting to be able to pull that off,” co-head coach Dan Spilde said. “I thought the guys wrestled really well across the board. We had good intensity, and I thought we wrestled pretty smart.”