Girls hockey: Unknowns will factor into Icebergs’ success

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Team members of the Icebergs girls hockey co-op (front, from left) are: Samantha Eyers, Hannah Smith, Shannon King and Maddie Mennes; (middle) Kit Olson, Alexis Shanklin, Teagan Rupiper, Amber Shanklin and McKenzie Nisius ;(back) Ariah Koratko, Maddy Hess, Savannah Kopf and Sydney Urso.

The Icebergs girls hockey co-op finished 13-9-2 overall and third in the Badger Conference at 5-5-0 last year. From goaltending to scoring and coaching, this year will presents the Icebergs with even more questions than originally anticipated.

Gone from last season is three-time Jesse Vetter award winner – given annually to the state’s top goaltender – Kenzie Torpy, who was also named Ms. Hockey by the member coaches of the Girls Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association.

Torpy played in all but one game in net for the Icebergs, posting .950 save percentage, 1.58 goals against average and eight shutouts in 25 games. She posted a 13-10-2 record on the season.

Taking over for Torpy will be a trio of inexperienced options in Hannah Smith, Sydney Urso and McKenzie Nisius.


Boys hockey: Vikings open the season with inexperience in goal

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Returning letterwinners for the Stoughton boys hockey team (front, from left) are: Zach Dalsoren, Quinn Link, Max Quale, Zach Kirby and Clayton Custer; (back) Justin Gibbons, Erik Skavlen, Nathan Varese, James Browning, Jackson Breton, Zeth Zeichert and Kyle Zeimet.

The Stoughton boys hockey team finished 8-15-1 overall and 4-6-0 in Badger South action last year to place fourth behind Madison Edgewood (10-0-0), Oregon (7-2-1) and Monona Grove (6-3-1).

With an influx of young talent and inexperience between the pipes, how the Vikings fare this season remains to be seen.

Among the keys to Stoughton’s improved success this season will be continuing to find ways to get the puck in the back of the net. 

A key in this regard for the Vikings last season was honorable mention all-conference forward Jackson Breton, who posted 17 goals and 18 assists. Back for his sophomore season, Breton will be even more important on the ice this winter.


Boys basketball: Vikings return eight letterwinners in quest for fifth straight conference title

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. The returning letterwinners for the 2015-16 Stoughton High School boys basketball team (front, from left) are: Troy Slaby, Buck Krueger, Brady Schipper and Drew Bellefeuille; (back) Jeremiah Jimenez, Tommy McGlynn, Adam Krumholz and Jakob Benson.

Former head coach Matt Hockett, who is now coaching at the Division II University of Minnesota-Duluth, is gone after leading the Stoughton High School boys basketball team to four straight Badger South Conference titles, including a stretch of three straight sectional finals and a WIAA Division 2 state berth.

And with eight returning letterwinners, new head coach Luke Wainwright, who was the Director of Operations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for four years and a student manager for the Badgers mens basketball team under Bo Ryan, inherits a team ready to make a run at a fifth straight title.


Girls basketball: Conference title, state run in reach for Stoughton High School

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. The returning letterwinners for the 2015-16 Stoughton High School girls basketball team (front, from left) are: Maren Gryttenholm, Jenna Gardner, Hannah Hobson and Carrie Aide; (back) Megan Boettcher, Marissa Robson, Kendra Halverson, Payton Kahl and Gabby Saunders; (not pictured) Aly Weum and Coley Lankey.

The Stoughton High School girls basketball team was just one win away from sharing the Badger South Conference title last season, and with all five starters back, the expectation is for the Vikings to not only be in the conversation for a conference title but for a potential WIAA Division 2 state run, as well.

“This year’s group has a chance to do some special things,” head coach Brad Pickett said. “We have a lot of length and a high basketball IQ as a team. If we defend the way we are capable of, it’s going to be a fun year.”

Seniors Hannah Hobson (first-team all-conference, 209 points) and Jenna Gardner (86 points) and juniors Payton Kahl (first-team all-conference, 211 points), Marissa Robson (first-team all-conference, 243 points), Kendra Halverson (honorable mention, 197 points) and junior Aly Weum (31 points) are all back with starting experience.


Stoughton High School senior to play basketball for Michigan Tech

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. Senior Hannah Hobson (center) signs her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the Division II Michigan Technological University on Thursday.

If there is one thing that could make senior Hannah Hobson’s senior season memorable, it would be the road to state.

“See you at the Resch Center,” Hobson said with a smile.

But after signing her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at NCAA Division II Michigan Technological University Thursday, Hobson has already begun to create lasting memories – as several friends and family members were present to watch.

“It is something that I definitely don’t take for granted. I am so grateful to have such a great support system. I am very grateful to have been brought up in Stoughton basketball,” Hobson said. “I am very excited to continue my career and can’t wait for the next level.”


Opening day for gun deer hunting season set for Saturday

With the always-anticipated gun deer hunting season fast approaching, with Opening Day for the nine-day season set for Saturday. In a season rich with tradition, though, there will be one significant change for many hunters. 

This year, all hunters will use electronic registration methods to register their harvests, according to a Wisconsin DNR press release. Hunters will register by phone or Internet, while some in-person registration stations will have e-registration services available. A list of participating in person stations is available at, keyword “registration stations.”

In an email to the Observer, DNR spokesperson Sawyer Briel said this is the first year of mandatory electronic deer and bear registration for hunters, a program piloted with 14,000 deer hunters last fall.

“(We) received some good feedback from hunters, and made sure it was ready to go this year,” Briel said. 


Boys soccer: Hansen makes first-team, four others on list

File photo by Anthony Iozzo. Senior Erik Hansen makes a save against Monroe this past season. Hansen was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference.

Senior goalie Erik Hansen led five Stoughton High School boys soccer All-Badger South Conference selections with a first-team nod.

Hansen finished with a 98 save percentage and had a 1.5 goals against per game average.

“I think it was deserved. It was game-saving saves, and he was always ready to take the ball with the back pass and move the ball out again,” Vikings head coach Dave Wermuth said.

Senior forward Ethan Genter (11 goals, 15 assists), senior midfielder Spencer Weeden (12 goals, 12 assists) and senior defender Andrew Beszhak (six goals, three assists) all earned second-team honors.


Volleyball: Hedman leads trio of girls on All-Badger South Conference squad

File photo by Anthony Iozzo. Junior Rachel Hedman (middle) picks up a kill against Monona Grove in the Badger South Conference tournament on Oct. 10. Hedman earned a second-team All-Badger South selection this season.

Junior outside hitter Rachel Hedman was one of the go-to attackers on the Stoughton High School volleyball team this season, and she was awarded with a second-team All-Badger South Conference selection.

Hedman finished with 273 kills, 273 digs, 18 aces and 14 total blocks (7 solo, 14 assisted).

Joining Hedman on the list were honorable mentions senior Hannah Hobson (middle blocker) and junior Maggie Jo Wirag (setter).

Hobson finished her final high school season with 174 kills, 38 total blocks (17 solo, 42 assisted), 33 digs and 13 aces.

Wirag had a team-high 692 assists, 176 digs, 87 kills, 54 aces and 11 total blocks (2 solo, 18 assisted).


Girls swimming: Stoughton sophomore seconds short of state

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Senior Shaylee Kooima swims the 500-yard freestyle Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional. Kooima finished 19th in 5 minutes, 45.71 seconds. The Vikings were unable to advance anyone through to this weekend’s state swimming meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

Sophomore Maddie Kooima just missed cracking the top 10 at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional meet.

Kooima turned in a team-best 11th-place finish for the Stoughton girls swimming team at the state’s fastest sectional, but the Vikings were unable to advance anyone on to this weekend’s state meet.

The state qualifying standard in the 200-yard IM was 2 minutes, 11.92 seconds. Kooima posted a 2:21.34.

She also finished 13th in the 100 backstroke, dropping a second to finish with her time of 1:03.54, which was well behind the 59.82 state qualifying time standard.


Football: Gerber doubles up on lineman awards

Six-foot four, 260-pound senior Michael Gerber was voted a first-team Badger South all-conference selection, as well as Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the year last week.

Gerber was named a unanimous first-team selection at guard and followed that up by earning unanimous first team honors at defensive lineman.

Vikings head coach said while Gerber’s stats don’t jump out at you, “he earned everything.”

“Michael commanded a double team every snap and a triple team at times,” Prahl said. “He’s a great kid and hard worker whose motivated to play at the next level. I can’t wait to see where he ends up.

Coaches around the conference certainly took notice of Gerber on every snap.


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