Girls basketball: Vikings crush non-conference Mount Horeb

The Stoughton High School girls basketball team (front, from left) are: Aly Weum and Maren Gryttenholm; (middle) Carrie Aide, Jordyn Weum, Cole Lankey, Jenna Gardner and Ashley Olson; (back) Gabby Saunders, Kendra Halverson, Payton Kahl, Marissa Robson, Hannah Hobson and Megan Boetcher; (not pictured) Haven Polich. [Photo submitted ]

Three players scored in double digits and another nearly had a double-double for the Stoughton High School girls basketball team Friday in a 62-37 win at Mount Horeb.

Sophomore Payton Kahl (17 points), Kendra Halverson (16) and Jenna Gardner (10) all had big games, while junior Hannah Hobson followed with eight points and 14 rebounds.

A lot of the success also came at the free-throw line as the offensive attack remained aggressive following the win over Oregon on Dec. 9. Stoughton was 20-for-29.

The Vikings jumped out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and only allowed more than 10 points one quarter, the second. Stoughton outscored Mount Horeb 32-17 in the second half.

The Vikings travel to Badger South rival Monroe Thursday and host Richland center in a non-conference game Tuesday, Dec. 23. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.


Cross country: Staffen joins her idol as second SHS cross country scholarship athlete

Stoughton senior Nikki Staffen, flanked by parents Delanie and Ted, signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday to run cross country and track and Winona State. Staffen joins Kiah Ehrke (UW-Madison) as the only Viking scholarship athletes in cross country. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Senior Nikki Staffen became the second Stoughton High School cross country scholarship athlete on Monday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to run at Winona State.

She joined her SHS idol and former UW-Madison runner Kiah Ehrke.

Staffen, who will also be running distance on the Warriors track and field team, chose Winona State over UW-La Crosse and UW-Parkside.

“It was a really hard decision for me, choosing between La Crosse and Winona,” she said.

Just under a three hour drive from home, Staffen said Winona State was far enough from home, but still close enough to come home once in awhile.

“I don’t think I’d be able to handle being five or six hours away,” she said.


Boys swimming: Vikings finish second at Milton Invitational

The Stoughton High School boys swimming team placed at least one in the top four of all 11 events Saturday at the Milton Invitational to finish second.

Sam Hynek won the Vikings only event, taking the 50-yard freestyle in 23.64. Gabe Ross added a sixth-place finish in the event as Stoughton went on to post 460 points. Only the host Red Hawks finished with more, winning the invite with 504. Whitewater (348) rounded out the top three.

Adam Fryer placed second in the 200 free (2:03.30), while Ian Bormett and Trevor Pope posted fourth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively. Fryer added a runner-up finish in the 500 free (5:40.08) as well.

Keaton Read secured yet another second-place finish, posting a 1:09.18 in the 100 IM.


Wrestling: Vikings knock off ranked teams, individuals at Dells invite

Senior Austin Benton was disappointed with a loss he took Friday against Monroe’s Traiten Gorr, but instead of dwelling on it, he came back to go undefeated Saturday at the Dells Duals Invite.

And the success didn’t stop at Benton for the Stoughton High School wrestling team – which is ranked No. 4 on the WisconsinWrestlingOnline Division 1 poll – at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells as senior Gunnar Helland (3-0), senior Zach Hasselberger (4-1), junior Collin Kraus (5-0), sophomore Kaleb Louis (5-0), sophomore Brandon Klein (4-1), freshman Tyler Dow (4-1) and freshman Nolan Kraus (4-1) all helped the Vikings finish first and improve to 11-0 on the season in dual matches.


Boys basketball: Vikes edge Monroe, stay undefeated

Stoughton boys basketball team battled back from a slow start Saturday to edge Badger South Conference rival Monroe 62-60.

The Vikings (5-0 overall, 2-0 Badger South) scored 41 in the second half, including a 20-11 advantage in the third quarter, to edge Monroe.

“We didn’t play our best basketball, but regardless, the boys were resilient and were able to get the job done,” head coach Matt Hockett said.

Senior Bradley Graffin led Stoughton with 20 points and nine rebounds, while junior Tommy McGlynn added 13.

Junior Adam Krumholz chipped in 10 points and freshman Troy Slaby picked up four assists.

Senior Desmond Ford led Monroe with 15 points, while junior Ben Latimer and sophomore Alex Tordoff added 14 and 12, respectively.


Girls hockey: Icebergs struggle to find back of the net

MSO Icebergs senior goaltender Kenzie Torpy stretches to make a save Tuesday evening in front of Metro Lynx forward Jenna Jurrens. Torpy finished with 25 saves inside Stoughton’s Mandt Community Center as the Icebergs fell 2-0. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

With their starting goaltender battling back problems and struggles putting the puck in the net to start the season, the Stoughton girls hockey co-op knew they had an uphill battle Tuesday evening.

Hosting a Middleton girls hockey co-op that was hungry for its first win of the season, the MSO Icebergs simply couldn’t keep up with the visiting Metro Lynx, losing 2-0.

“We’re having a hard time putting the puck in the net,” head coach Mike Jochmann said. “We’ve been trying some different things in practice to generate more shots, but so far outside of Casey Marsh, we’re not getting a whole lot of chances.”

While Marsh spent most of Tuesday’s game hitting pipes and crossbars, the Metro Lynx were far more successful with their chances.


Boys hockey: Vikings settle for tie against McFarland

Stoughton goalie Matt Murphy makes a diving save in the second period of the hockey game Saturday night against McFarland. Both teams skated to a 3-3 tie in overtime. [Photo by Joe Koshollek]

Developing into one of the Badger South’s biggest rivalries over the past decade, the Vikings hosted McFarland for the first time Friday as non-conference opponents and tied 3-3.

Max Schmidt struck first for the visiting Spartans midway through the first period inside the Mandt Community Center.

Stoughton, however, responded with three unanswered goals, including and even-strength score by Arin BonDurant and power-play tallies by Jackson Breton and Jacob Fitzsimmons.

Despite appearing to be well in control with a two-goal lead and momentum in their favor, the Vikings allowed a pair of power-play goals just over five minutes apart. The McFarland goals by Justin Saladis and Matthew Schmidt sent the game to overtime, where it ended in a draw.


Hall of Fame surprise

Kim Monsen, head coach for the Stoughton Vikings volleyball team from 1984-2010, was elected into the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last Sunday at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. [File photo by Jeremy Jones]

Kim Monsen didn’t expect to be inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

But the surprise of a lifetime came after the former Stoughton head coach, who has been the secretary of the association since 2008 and on the board for 31 years, after she submitted the initial list of inductees that didn’t have her name on it.

Soon afterward, she found out via email from other coaches that she was to be a part of the five nominees to make the Hall of Fame in its third year.

“I was in total shock and just feeling overwhelmed by the fact that they would recognize the stuff that I have done for not just for high school volleyball but for the association and for the state of Wisconsin,” Monsen said. “I am truly blessed … It is such an amazing feel to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”


Boys swimming: Hynek, 200 free relay return

Returning letterwinners for the Stoughton High School boys swimming team (from left) are: Adam Fryer, Gabe Ross, Ben Schleppenbach, Isaac Eugster and Tristin Heisig; (not pictured) Sam Hynek and Ian Trautman. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Juniors Sam Hynek, Isaac Eugster and Gabe Ross and senior Ben Schleppenbach all return with WIAA Division 2 state qualifier experience for the Stoughton boys swimmer this season.

Hynek was the sole Viking to qualify for state in multiple events a year ago, finishing 13th overall in the 50-yard and 15th in the 100 freestyle.

Stoughton does return three-fourths of its 200 free relay in Hynek, Eugster and Ross who finished 10th overall at last year’s state meet, while senior Ben Schleppenbach placed 15th in the 100 backstroke.

The Vikings only other state qualifier, Connor Sawyers, who finished 10th in the 100 frees and 11th in the 200 free, graduated following last season.


Girls basketball: New head coach leads familiar team

Jenna Gardner secures an Oregon turnover in the third quarter Tuesday, Dec. 9, in a Badger South Conference game at Oregon High School. Gardner finished with nine points in a 51-42 win. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

There are plenty of familiar faces on the Stoughton High School girls basketball bench this season, but the head coach is not one of them, at least in Stoughton.

Brad Pickett takes over for Rami Hoaglin this season after leading the Brodhead High School girls basketball team to state in 2013-14. Pickett, who finished 105-24 at Brodhead, takes over for a team with plenty of talent back from last year’s 15-8 squad that took second in the Badger South (9-3). 

Seniors Lindsey Bach, Jessica Wendt, Reghan Anderson, Ashley Olson, Jordyn Weum and Savanna Smith; juniors Jenna Gardner, Hannah Hobson and sophomores Kendra Halverson, Payton Kahl, Megan Boetcher and Marissa Robson are all back from last season.