The returning letterwinners for the Stoughton varsity wrestling team (front, from left) are: Joe Pulley, Zach Hasselberger, Travis Delehanty and Collin Kraus; (back) Patrick Reilly, Brian Wagner, Kyle Patun and Austin Benton. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
The Stoughton High School varsity wrestling team finished with a lot of milestones last season, including the state championship of heavyweight graduate Jessie Nelson.
Then there was sophomore Collin Kraus (47-7), the youngest third-place finisher at state for the Vikings since Bret Stubblefield in 1988, and junior Zach Hasselberger, who went 40-13 to qualify for state.
And with Kraus and Hasselberger back, the Vikings have a solid foundation along with returners senior Brian Wagner (20-17, sectional qualifier), senior Kyle Patun (3-9), senior Joe Pulley (10-6), junior Travis Delehanty (7-16), junior Patrick Reilly (14-25) and junior Austin Benton (26-25, sectional qualifier).
Juniors Nick Waid and Adrian Pak and sophomores Joe Jenson and Amiel Floca wrestled a few matches last season but did not earn a varsity letter.
Also back is junior Joe Nelson, who didn’t wrestle for Stoughton in 2012-13 but made state during the 2011-12 season.
Senior Becky Klongland signs her National Letter of Intent to the University of Wisconsin- Madison. [Photo by Dave Taebel]
Senior Becky Klongland made it official Nov. 13 when she signed her National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Klongland, the No. 1 varsity golfer all four years at Stoughton, made state three times as a player and finished tied for second, fourth and third in those three seasons. She also was first-team All-State all three of those seasons.
But now she has to adjust to the better competition and longer courses of Division I college.
Klongland has added distance to her driving as well as worked on her short game until her senior year, and girls varsity head coach Dave Taebel said she continues to add strength in the weight room as she prepares for next season.
“I think along with longer courses comes the creative challenge of hitting a lot of greens,” Taebel said. “I think (Klongland’s) skills of being able to hit around the green will pay off ... and be a benefit to her as she adjusts to the college game.”
The returning letterwinners for the Stoughton High School girls basketball team (front, from left) are: Ashley Olson, Maren Schultz and Jordyn Weum; (back) Hannah Hobson, Patricia Dumas, Payton Gross and Jenna Gardner. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
There will be adjustments with the losses of Tessa Mersberger and Megan Robson, who combined for 492 of Stoughton’s 1,172 points, but the Vikings do have the next five top scorers from 2012-13 returning.
Seniors Patricia Dumas, Payton Gross and Maren Schultz are back along with sophomores Hannah Hobson and Jenna Gardner.
Dumas scored 169 points last season, while Schultz and Gross chipped in 157 and 149, respectively. Hobson scored 106, and Gardner added 71.
Dumas and Schultz were both named honorable mention all-conference.
Juniors Jordyn Weum, Ashley Olson and Jessica Wendt also return. Junior Lindsey Bach is back after a limited role last season.
Senior Erica Gryttenholm and junior Reghan Anderson join the team this season.
Monona Grove (23-3, 11-1) is the two-time defending conference champion and returns six of its eight top scorers from last season.
Captains for this year’s Stoughton boys hockey team (from left) are: Aussie Miller, Aaron Shanklin, Brett Byrne and Brandon Erickson. [Photo by Jeremy Jones ]
First year head coach Kris Rosholt hopes to offset his lack of varsity head coaching experience with his familiarity with the Badger North and South Conference. Growing up in Reedsburg, Rosholt was a varsity standout in football, baseball and on the ice for the Beavers before graduating in 2006. From there he went on to help at UW-Whitewater football team win three national championships as a punter.
“This year’s team has a solid group of players returning featured by a great group of seniors,” Rosholt said. “There is a lot of desire and drive by the guys to get better every day.”
Leading the way offensively this season for the Vikings are senior captain Aussie Miller and senior assistant captain Aaron Shanklin.
Miller, a four-year starter at forward, finished with a team-best 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 21 games last year and earned first-team Badger South honors.
Members of the MSO Icebergs girls hockey co-op (front, from left) are: Abi Louis, Danielle Harris, Kenzie Torpy, Rachel Dvorak and Hannah Smith; (middle) head coach Mike Jochmann, manager Vanessa Ochoa, Maddy Hess, Casey Marsh, coach Jess Martin and coach Rachel Behl; (back) Sara Wollin, Katie Glover, Savannah Kopf, Tasha Martin and Samantha Kinsler. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]
Oregon’s Kenzie Torpy finished an outstanding junior season a year ago by winning the Jessie Vetter Award given annually to the state’s top female goaltender.
The sophomore posted a .931 save percentage, allowing just 2.14 goals per game, while notching two shutouts.
Despite returning the state’s top goaltender, the MSO Icebergs are incredibly low on numbers this season with just 11 skaters in front of Torpy.
“The short bench will be a challenge on it’s own,” head coach Mike Jochmann said.
Still, Jochmann said he expects to finish in the mid to upper-end of the conference.
Among the most noticeable departures from last season’s team is that of All-State forward Shanda Roeming of Monona Grove. Roeming’s 38 regular season goals in 24 games tied for seventh in the state, while her 41 points led the conference.
Also gone are forwards Emily Hopkins (6G, 7A) and Hannah Delguercio (2G, 3A).
The returning letterwinners for the Stoughton boys basketball team (from left) are: Nick McGlynn, Will Clark, Luke Logan, PJ Rosowski, Zach Zeichert, Austin Scheel and River Hoaglin. (not pictured) Brady Brusegar and Tanner Kahl (both injured with torn ACLs). [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
It took three tries, but the Stoughton High School boys basketball team finally was able to move on to state last season with a WIAA Division 2 sectional final win.
And as the 2013-14 season begins, the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association has the Vikings pegged as favorites to not only win its third straight Badger South Conference title but also to be contenders for the state title with a No. 10 pre-season ranking.
This year’s team returns nine players, although seniors Brady Brusegar (guard) and Tanner Kahl (forward) are out for the season with torn ACLs suffered earlier this year.
But out of the seven healthy players back, two were starters, including All-State honorable mention junior Nick McGlynn.
McGlynn (forward) led Stoughton with 394 points, nearly averaging a double-double with 14.8 points per game and 9.9 rebounds.
Senior defensive lineman Jessie Adams earns a spot on the first-team All-Badger South Conference squad with junior teammate Alex Zacharias (not pictured). [File photo by Jeremy Jones]
Senior defensive lineman Jesse Adams and junior linebacker Alex Zacharias led Stoughton on and off the field all year, so it’s only fitting that both were honored as first-team Badger South all-conference players following the season.
Zacharias had a team-best 107 tackles, including 13 for a loss to go along with four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Adams added 84 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble.
“Jesse and Alex were very consistent all year,” Vikings head coach Jason Thiry said. “They were both playmakers for our defense each game.”
Seniors defensive back Chris Lund and punter P.J. Rosowski both earned second team honors on defense, while senior defensive back Cole Spangler was named an honorable mention.
Rosowski racked up 1,610 yards on 39 punts for an average of 41.3 yards. He pinned opposing offenses inside the 20-yard line 14 times and had three touchbacks.
The honors keep coming for the 2013 Stoughton High School girls golf team.
Senior Becky Klongland, senior Rena Sletten, junior Kailey Taebel and junior Ashli Stolen all earned spots on the All-Academic All-State list this season.
Klongland, Stolen and Taebel also made the All-State team.
Students are nominated by Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin member coaches if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, 2) participation in at least 75 percent of the team’s varsity matches and 3) are at least a sophomore in high school.
The average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is 3.781. There were 207 female golfers honored.
Stoughton 400-yard freestyle relay swimmers Averie Ness (center), Sophie Pitney and Eva Anderson (not pictured) hug senior Katherine Rude following their final swim together Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional meet. The relay finished ninth, but failed to reach the state meet. [Photos by Jeremy Jones]
Katherine Rude and Mari Grady were the only two seniors swimming for the Vikings at sectionals. Rude posted a one-second personal best in the 100-yard butterfly for 15th place.
Senior Katherine Rude entered the final swimming meet of her prep career Saturday with tempered expectations.
“I was nervous, but more than anything I just wanted to have fun,” said Rude, who finished 13th overall in the 100-yard backstroke after failing to post a season-best in 1 minute, 05.58 seconds.
Rude went on to post a one-second PR in the 100 butterfly, but still settled for just 15th place.
Junior Allie Niemeyer matched Rude’s top individual finish in 13th-place to lead the team in the 500 free (5:39.47).
And even though the Vikings did not have anyone advance to the state meet, the future of the Stoughton ‘swimmin’ women’ looks pretty bright, head coach Elise McLaury said.
The team loses just two seniors in Rude and Grady, but expects to gain six upcoming freshmen – the majority of whom swim with the STAR program.