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.  


Volleyball: Vikings sweep Monroe to open Badger South Conference season

The Stoughton High School volleyball team swept Monroe 3-0 (27-25, 25-7, 25-17) last Thursday to open the Badger South Conference season.

Senior outside hitter Annie Fergus picked up 10 kills, while junior middle blocker Hannah Hobson collected seven. Sophomore setter/outside hitter Maddie Wirag added three aces and 11 assists, while senior setter Lindsey Bach led with 14 assists.

Freshman Tessa Berry and Fergus each had nine digs, while Hobson picked up two blocks.

Stoughton hosts Fort Atkinson at 7 p.m. Thursday, and travels to Janesville Parker at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for an invite. Stoughton finishes the week at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Baraboo.

Late results


Girls golf: Stoughton shoots to seventh at Shootout

The Stoughton High School girls golf team took seventh out of 18 teams (346) on Sept. 3 in the Morgan Stanley Shootout at University Ridge Golf Course.

Senior Kailey Taebel (81) was tied for 16th overall with Oregon’s Taylor McCorkle. Senior Ashli Stolen (85), senior Tayler Wise (89) and sophomore Kelsey Taebel (91) finished the scoring for Stoughton.

Edgewood won the meet with a 320, while Milwaukee Homestead (324) and Verona (328) took second and third, respectively.

Edgewood’s Tess Hackworthy took first overall with a 68, while Verona’s Jessica Reinecke was second with a 70. Edgewood’s Caroline Lake was third with a 72. 

The Vikings are now ranked No. 9 in the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association poll


Girls cross country: Staffen leads Vikings at Verona

Senior Nikki Staffen crosses the finish line of Saturday’s Verona Invitational in fifth place with a time of 19 minutes, 55 seconds. Stoughton finished sixth overall as a team. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton girls cross country standout Nikki Staffen has had some of her most memorable runs on the Randy Marks Cross Country course in Verona.

Staffen, who hadn’t won a cross country race until capturing the Verona sectional titles the past two seasons, had another solid run Saturday.

Running the girls first 5k race of the season, Staffen finished fifth overall Saturday at the Verona Invitational in 19 minutes, 55 seconds.

“I knew I had to set my pace a little bitter because of the longer distance (no longer running a 4k). It was a little harder, but I really liked it.”

Fellow senior Megan Reese placed 27th with her time of 21:09, while sophomore teammate Aly Weum took 28th in 21:12.


Boys cross country: Sophomores pace Vikings at Verona invite

Sophomore Owen Roe leads the Vikings’ pack near the mile mark Saturday at the Verona Invitational. Roe finished 48th overall to help Stoughton to an 11th-place finish. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Sophomores Owen Roe and Tristan Jenny helped the Stoughton boys cross country team to an 11th-place finish out of the 21 teams competing at Saturday’s Verona Invitational.

Roe covered the 5k Randy Marks Cross Country course in 17 minutes, 52 seconds – good for a team-best 48th-place finish.

“Owen ran a very solid race,” Stoughton head coach Patrick Schneider said. “He is already way ahead of where he was last year on the same course.  

“As a whole, we have a great group of guys who can run as a pack for much of the race.”

Jenny (18:19) finished a little under 30 seconds later in 61st place as Stoughton’s final four varsity scorers finished with 16 seconds of each other.

Only four seconds separated senior Ryan Sperle (18:23) and junior Gabe Ross (18:27), who finished 62nd and 65th, respectively. 


Football: Vikings go heavy against Monroe

Junior defensive end Michael Gerber reacts after tackling Monroe running back Cody Wolf (22) for a loss during Friday’s 24-7 Badger South Conference victory. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Listed at 6 feet, 215 pounds senior Alex Zacharias is undoubtedly the Stoughton football team’s biggest running back. So it’s no wonder the Vikings’ name for the offense package with Zacharias in the backfield is “heavy.”

“It’s all the big guys,” Zacharias joked Friday following his two touchdown performance in a 24-7 win over Monroe at home.

Zacharias scored on a 5-yard rush to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. He also added a 24-yard run in the third quarter before leaving the game with a twisted ankle.

“Our lineman created some really big holes tonight and gave me an opportunity to run through them,” Zacharias said. “I’m a true defensive guy, but I like scoring touchdowns.”

Head coach Jason Thiry commended the play of the Vikings’ line and team leader.