Viking volleyball ‘capable of a lot’ this season

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. The returning letterwinners for the Stoughton High School volleyball team (front, from left) are: Tessa Berry, Maddy Brown and Maggie Wirag; (back) Rachel Hedman, Lydia Schultz, Hannah Hobson and Kassidy McMillan.

While still young, the Stoughton High School varsity volleyball team looks to improve from last season.

The Vikings finished 10-22 overall in 2014, but with seven returning lettermen, including three starters, head coach Kelly Sorensen said she expects the girls be contenders in 2015.

“Many players have improved a lot in the off season,” Sorensen said. “They are playing very well together as a team, working hard and are capable of a lot. I am excited to see how we do.”

Gone from last season is Lindsey Bach, Olivia Dorscheid, Annie Fergus, Jordyn Weum, Ashley Olson and Hannah Posick. Fergus (175 kills, 32 aces, 221 digs) Bach (510 assists, 48 aces), Posick (191 digs, 23 aces) and Weum played over 70 sets each, while Dorscheid (137 digs) played in over 40 sets. Fergus and Dorscheid were honorable mention all-conference.


Football: Rough season debut

Photo by Joe Koshollek. Senior tight end Jeremiah Jimenez runs in a fourth quarter reception for a Stoughton touchdown Friday night at home in a 21-7 loss against Reedsburg.

Stoughton senior quarterback Jake Kissling and Jeremiah Jimenez connected for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter Friday, but it was too little too late.

The host Vikings struggled to stop a potent Reedsburg rushing attack, which rang up 338 rushing yards on 62 attempts en route to a 21-7 Badger Conference crossover loss at Collins Field.

“Reedsburg runs a unique triple option offense and they execute it very well,” head coach Dan Prahl said. “They’re a big team and they get after you.”

Reedsburg, which advanced to within a game of the WIAA Division 3 state tournament last season, built a 21-0 lead through three quarters thanks to a pair of Cal Mazur touchdown runs of 4 and 63 yards.


Home Talent: Sixth inning sinks Merchants

Top-seeded Stoughton held a two-run lead for two innings before one bad inning cost the Merchants in a 5-2 loss in the Southeast Section finals.

With a second trip to the Final Four in the last three seasons on the line, Stoughton saw its lead quickly disintegrate thanks to walks, an error and a pair of singles in the Fort Atkinson top of the seventh.

The visiting Generals watched lead off hitter Tyler Sexton draw a full-count walk before Stoughton starter Erick Sperloen, who struggled with his control, hitting three batters, plunked Andrew Cashin.

Nick Raether followed with a no-out sac bunt, which the Merchants threw away at first base to plate Fort Atkinson’s first run. The Generals kept the pressure on from there as Josh Crandall and Dan Dean collected back-to-back RBI singles to put Fort ahead.


Stoughton’s top five golfers expected to rotate as team gets younger

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. The Stoughton High School girls golf team members (front, from left) are: Kelsey Taebel, Ally Slager; (back) Haven Polich, Cassidy Bach and Emma Crowley; (not pictured) Samantha Zweck, Breanna Viken and Renee Anderson.

The past few seasons have included plenty of highs for the Stoughton High School girls golf program.

The Vikings nearly made state as a team the past two seasons – tying for second last year and falling in a three-team playoff by a stroke and taking third in 2013, missing state by five strokes – and also ended a 12-year conference win streak by Madison Edgewood in 2013 after winning the Badger South Conference tournament.

Stoughton can trace much of that success to players that have now graduated – including Becky Klongland, Kailey Taebel, Ashli Stolen, Tayler Wise and Emily Auby. Auby plays hockey for Plymouth (N.H.) State, while Klongland (University of Wisconsin), Stolen (Cardinal Stritch University), Taebel (Carthage College) and Wise (Marian University) all play golf in college.


Vikings tennis loaded, aim for title run

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Returning letterwinners for the Stoughton girls tennis team (front, from left) are: Holly Brickson, Sarah Benoy, Anna Nelson and Gigi Barberino; (back) Sydney Johnson, Payton Kahl, Marissa Robson, Kendra Halverson and Carrie Aide.

Stoughton girls tennis advanced two flights to the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament a year ago, but enter the 2015 season looking for even more success.

The Vikings finished 10-5 overall in dual meets last year and third at the Badger South Conference tournament, but with nine of 10 starters returning to the courts this fall, expectations this year are higher than an overhead putaway.

Juniors No. 1 doubles players Payton Kahl and Kendra Halverson are coming off a 23-7 season, which saw them win the first WIAA state doubles match for Stoughton in more than 30 years.

Kahl and Halverson finished second in the Badger Conference tournament and second at sectionals, which has them focused on taking both titles this fall.


Merchants guide ship to finals

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Stoughton second baseman Simon Maurice doubles Lake Mills’ (8) off second base in the fourth inning. The Merchants nearly turned a triple play in the inning, but still rolled 9-2 in the Southeast semifinals.

Native Venezuelan Winder Fuentes has bounced around the past five years playing baseball everywhere from Iowa Community College to the Rock River League a season ago.

Now the starting shortstop for the Stoughton Home Talent team, Fuentes has been a crucial component for the Merchants, who advanced on to the Southeast sectional finals thanks to an 9-2 victory over Lake Mills last Sunday.

Fuentes finished 4-for-5 at the plate against the Grays with a home run and three singles in the blowout.

“Just go out there and hit the ball. That’s all. Just go out there hit the ball and do the same thing I do in every game – play 100 percent,” Fuentes said. “I don’t want it to be the last game of the season.”


Vikings football kicks off new era Friday in Badger Conference cross against Reedsburg

Stoughton football finished .500 in the Badger South Conference last year, but more importantly ended a 15-year playoff drought under second-year coach Jason Thiry.

Now returning several key starters, the Vikings and first-year head coach Dan Prahl are hoping to improve upon last season’s 3-6 overall record and third-place finish in the conference.

Stoughton kicks off the season Friday at home against Reedsburg.

The Beavers are coming off a 9-4 season, which saw them advance to the Division 3 Level 4 game. Seeded sixth in the playoffs, Reedsburg knocked off third-seeded Elkhorn, second-seeded Monona Grove and top-seeded Mount Horeb/Barneveld before falling 42-21 against Wisconsin Lutheran with a chance to reach state on the line.


Nottestad, Goldade, Schmidt and Raskovic winners at MIS

Dale Nottestad returned to victory lane on Friday in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Models at Madison International Speedway.  

Nottestad, of Cambridge, won his third feature of the season by topping a 16-car field. Zack Riddle of Brooklyn continues to hold the point lead with a 633-625 advantage over Nottestad.

John Beale won the First Supply Dash with heat wins going to Nottestad and Bill Baumeister. Riddle set fast time with a lap of 18.761.

Car Load Night

It’s Car Load Night sponsored by MATCO Tools at Madison International Speedway on Friday, where the entire car load is admitted for just $40. 

Racing action will take place in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and Roto Rooter 6Shooters.


Merchants focused on wrapping up No. 1 seed at Utica Fest

Justin Moore’s three-run home run in the third inning broke open Sunday’s 11-0 throttling of winless Deerfield in a must-win Southeast Section home game and helped the Stoughton Home Talent team clinch a fourth playoff berth in the past five years.

“We talked to the guys before the game about not taking Deerfield for granted,” Stoughton manager Dale Seffens said. “Deerfield hadn’t won a game, but anything can happen on any given Sunday. I thought we did a nice job coming out and taking care of business despite not being at full force.”

The Merchants still have plenty to play for entering Saturday’s 1 p.m. regular season final against the A’s at Utica Fest, as a win would give Stoughton the No. 1 seed.


Utica Home Talent face crucial showdown Saturday

Photos by Jeremy Jones. Utica’s Kyle Bates scores in a cloud of dust ahead of the tag of McFarland catcher Ed Feldner on Sunday. The A’s remained in the Southeast Section playoff hunt with a 3-2 victory.

The Utica Home Talent team could have guaranteed itself a playoff spot with a sweep last week, but instead the A’s split a pair of one-run Southeast Section to set up a crucial showdown this Saturday at Utica Fest. 

Lake Mills 9, Utica 8

Utica and Lake Mills went toe-to-toe against one another Saturday, but when the dust settled it was the Grays that held an 9-8 lead.

The A’s loss meant Utica needed to defeated McFarland on Sunday to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.

“It was a good game, we just came out on the short end, but that happens,” manager Dale Vike said.

Utica 3, McFarland 2


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