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Saints defeat Unity 
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
On Monday the Unity Eagles hosted the St. Croix Falls Saints for both a baseball and softball game.
The stats for the baseball game were unavailable at press time, however the Saints girls came away with a solid victory.
The Eagle girls have been having a tough time with things as they are a very young team while the Saints have a lot of experienced athletes on their team, that showed on Monday night.
Alise Weihl was on the mound pitching and had eight strikeouts for the game.
Also working in the favor of the Saints is they were able to score consistently throughout the innings. The only run that the Eagles managed was at the bottom of the third of five innings.
The Eagles had two hits and three errors and the one home-run.
The Saints had 12 runs off from 12 hits and no errors. Final score: 12-1, St. Croix Falls.
May 2, 2019
Saints wrestlers compete in state freestyle/Greco
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Last weekend, the St. Croix Falls High School had five students and the middle school had three students compete at the 2019 Freestyle and Greco State Tournament in Wisconsin Dells.
“Sophomore Tanner Gaffey ended up winning the Freestyle state tournament at heavyweight,” noted incoming head wrestling coach Joe Raygor. “He's our first freestyle state champion since 2005, so obviously that's a pretty huge deal.”
The results are as follows:
Tanner Gaffey – Champion, Kellen Kelly - 3rd, Mason Will - 5th, Bennett Bergmann - 5th, Kegan Koshiol - 5th,
Kyle Zehm - 6th
Tanner Gaffey - 2nd, Mason Will - 4th, Kegan Koshiol - 5th, Kellen Kelly - 5th, Phoenix Heise - 5th, Kyle Zehm - 6th
May 9, 2019
​Saints host Cards for doubleheader action
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
The St. Croix Falls Saints hosted the ball teams from Luck/Frederic for some doubleheader action last Thursday and the Saints came through to victory on their home turf.
The Saints boys were able to take victory thanks to consistent scoring starting out in the first inning rounding the bases three times and getting a jump on things. They made more progress in the bottom of the third when they scored another two runs all the while keeping the Cardinals scoreless. The game went seven inning and had a final score of 6-1, St. Croix Falls.
The Saints girls also walked away with another victory under their belt.
It was again through their consistent ability to score throughout the innings getting a strong start with five runs by the bottom of the second inning. The girls in blue also added another three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Saints were able to keep the Cardinal girls from rounding the bases thanks to some good pitching. The Cards were able to send a couple of players across the place, but it wasn't quite enough for their hosts who steadily outpaced them during the game. Final score: 8-2, St. Croix Falls.
​May 16, 2019
Results from Frederic Regional track meet
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
On Monday, Frederic hosted the WIAA Division III Regionals for track. While the weather was abominable the day before, with snow and rain, it was a pleasant, warm and sunny day when athletes took to the field.
What follows are the final results for student athletes from the Unity (U) and Luck/Frederic (L) co-op teams.
Girls 3200 meter run - 3rd Emily Jorgenson (U) 13:27.40; 4th Lauren Jorgenson (U) 13:45.00; 10th Rose King (L) 17:12.70.
Girls 100 meter hurdles - 6th Michaela Hol (U) 19.05.
Girls 300 meter hurdles - 12th Billie Erickson (U) 1:01.60; 13th Lydia Uhlig (L) 1:02.55; 15th Hallie Nelson (U) 1:04.67.
Girls 4 x 100 meter relay - 1st Shell Lake 52.34; 2nd Cameron 54.68; 3rd Cumberland 54.93; 4th Siren 55.63; 5th Unity 57.38; 6th Luck/Frederic 1:02.55; 7th Turtle Lake/Clayton 59.18; 8th Grantsburg 1:00.49.
Girls 4 x 200 meter relay - 1st Shell Lake 1:48.60; 2nd Cameron 1:51.42; 3rd Cumberland 1:53.15; 4th Chetek/Weyerhaeuser 1:55.00; 5th Webster 1:57.76; 6th Siren 1:58.01; 7th Luck/Frederic 2:02.39; 8th Unity 2:05.04; 9th Turtle Lake/Clayton 2:05.14; 10th Grantsburg 2:12.39.
Girls high jump - 2nd Katie Mattson (L) 5-00; 2nd Autumn Lowe (U) 5-00; 8th Michaela Hol (U) 4-08; 9th Ella Tretsven (L) 4-04.
Girls pole vault - 2nd Raegan Sorenson (U) 9-06; 9th Ella Tretsven (U) 6-06; 9th Rose King (L) 6-06.
Girls long jump - 1st Katie Mattson (L) 15-06; 11th Kourtney Schultz (L) 13-02.50; 19th Kailey Wilson (L) 11-11-09.50; 21st Alexis Dargiewicz (U) 9-06.75.
Girls triple jump - 14th Natalie Albrecht (U) 27-00; 17th Hallie Nelson (U) 25-01; 18 Kailey Wilson (L) 24-08.50.
Girls shot put - 2nd Caly Nelson (U) 25-01; 4th Katie Chistensen (L) 24-08.50; 24th Molly Eley (U) 22-05; 25th Abby Lowe (U) 21-02; 26th Maddie Kuesel (L) 21-00; 29th Scout Dodds (L) 17-06.25.
Girls discus throw - 5th Myah Nelson (U) 90-05; 14th Maddison Kolu (U) 68-06; 19th Sidney Nyholm (U) 60-03; 23rd Chynna Hochstetler (L) 54-03; 24th Scout Dodds (L) 53-07.
Boys 200 meter dash - 4th Adam Menke (L) 24.51; 5th Landyn Johnson (L) 24.99; 7th Andrew Tinman (L) 25.68.
Boys 400 meter dash - 6th Landyn Johnaon (L) 58.04; 7th Vinny Craker (L) 58.31; 9th Colin Bahr (U) 58.59; 13th Isaac Todd (L) 1:00.01.
Boys 800 meter run - 6th Vinny Craker (L) 2:13.58; 11th Ethan Feist (U) 2:26.07; 13th Colton Aune (U) 2:27.96; 18th Sam Lenk (U) 2:52.63; 19th Isaiah Otto (L) 2:54.05.
Boys 1600 meter run - 4th Logan Hopkins (L) 5:06.73.
Boys 3200 meter run - 1st Cullen Feist (U) 11:02.95; 2nd Logan Hopkins (L) 11:04.02; 3rd Mason Brown (U)11:08.66.
Boys 110 meter hurdles – 1st Reeden Fisher (U) 17.53; 7th Keenan Hacker (U) 20.65.
Boys 300 meter hurdles - 3rd Reeden Fisher (U) 45.27; 9th Keenan Hacker (U) 51.34.
Boys 4 x 100 meter relay – 1st Chetek/Weyerhaeuser 45.49; 2nd Unity 45.85; 3rd Shell Lake 46.07; 4th Webster 46.82; 5th Cumberland 48.04; 6th Cameron 49.12; 7th Siren 50.12.
Boys 4 x 200 meter – 1st Chetek/Weyerhaeuser 1:35.19; 2nd Cameron 1:38.36; 3rd Cumberland 1:39.91; 4th Unity 1:44.35; 5th Siren 1:45.43; 6th Grantsburg 1:46.79; Turtle Lake/Clayton 1:53.19.
Boys 4 x 400 - 1st Grantsburg 3:34.56; 2nd Chetek/Weyerhaeuser 3:35.47; 3rd Unity 3:40.77; 4th Cameron 3:41.71; 5th Cumberland 3:46.71; 6th Shell Lake 3:57.38; 7th Valley Christian 3:57.40; 8th Webster 3:58.98; 9th Siren 4:05.56.
Boys 4 x 800 meter relay - 1st Cumberland 8:43.56; 2nd Webster 8:43.98; 3rd Unity 8:59:00; 4th Valley Christian 9:13.78; 5th Grantsburg 9:47.59; 6th Cameron 9:59.12; 7th Siren 10:03.14; 8th Chetek/Weyerhaeuser 10:39.95.
Boys high jump - 2nd Thomas Cable (U) 5-09.
Boys pole vault - 3rd Harrison Zipperer (U) 11-03; 7th Cade Engen (L) 10-06; 8th Chris Walton (U) 10-00; 9th Blane Tendrup 10-00.
Boys long jump - 2nd Kyle Golz (U) 19-08; 5th Adam Weihe (U) 17-07.75; 6th Reeden Fisher (U) 17-07.50; 8th Landyn Johnson (L) 16-11; 11th Adam Dreier (L) 16-06.50; 21st Isaac Todd (L) 14-03.75.
Boys triple jump - 7th Dan Sorenson (U) 35-05; Thomas Cable (U) 34-11.25; 9th Adam Dreier (L) 34-11.
Boys shot put - 3rd Andrew Tinman (L) 43-04.25; 18th Lars Erickson (L) 33-02.50; 22nd Aidan Ovik (L) 26-05.25; 24th James Schlosser (U) 24-11.25.
Boys discus throw - 11th Cullen Feist (U) 96-06.50; 12th Lars Erickson (L) 96-02.50; 20th Aidan Ovik (L) 76-10; 21st Tristan Knutson (U) 75-00.
Girls team rankings:
Shell Lake124.5
Turtle Lake/
Valley Christian 1
Boys team rankings
Shell Lake64
Luck/Frederic 47
Valley Christian 29
Turtle Lake/
​May 23, 2019
Luck/Frederic golfers currently rank 8th at state competition
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Golfers from the Luck/Frederic golf team are competing this week in the state meet for Division III at University Ridge in Verona. Thus far they have completed their first round and will be competing in their second round as of press time. Final results will be available in next week's edition.
Right now, the Luck/Frederic team is in 8th place out of eight teams. What follows are the team and individual rankings after their first day of play. The first number is listed is to par (of par 72), the second number is the total for the day of both the front and back nine.
Roncalli +61 330
Abundant Life/
Madison Country +72 335
Sheboygan AL +83 342
Pacelli +106 358
Fairchild +111 364
Spring Valley +126 364
Coleman +129 384
Luck/Frederic + 139 389
Logan Lilliehaug +17 87
Ethan Alexander +28 92
Beau Brenizer +35 97
Bennett Jensen +59 113
Terry Van Atta +66 114
As his team prepared to go to state Coach Rick Giller was reflective.
“We have enjoyed a lot of success in our golf program,” observed Giller. “We have won three conference championships, three conference tournaments (East and West Lakeland), two regionals and two sectionals. In 2017 we made our first trip to state, which was very special.
“The next year, 2018, we made it to state again,” Giller continued. “Back to back trips was the accumulation of hard work and dedication from our players to get back to state. Now comes 2019. We did not play our best golf this year. It wasn't that we did give our best at each match or tournament, but nailing down what it was was difficult to do.
“We just kept working and trying to improve. In the sectionals at Cumberland, it came together. We had two practice rounds there and the players and coaches helped to decide a game plan.
“It is a course (back 9) where players can put up big numbers with lots of trees and water. Coach Moreau and I thought a score around 340 would make it to state. Well, 338 (Luck/Frederic) and 339 (Spring Valley) did just that.
“Luck/Frederic has had three players help lead us to state the past three years. Logan Lilliehaug, who placed 6th at state last year, Ethan Alexander and Beau Brenizer. Our four and five players have been different each year with Bennett Jensen and Terry VanAtta filling those spots this year.
“Making it to state three years in a row is special,” concluded Giller. “Dedication and desire. As usual it will be a tough competition, but we will give it our best.”
June 6, 2019
​Milltown hosts another successful Milk Tourney
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Last weekend, the annual Milk Tournament was held in Milltown. Young people got the opportunity to consume copious amounts of milk as well as get in some time playing ball under the hot summer sun. 
Players competed in three divisions: seniors (grades 9-12), juniors (grades 5-8), and peewee (4th grade and younger).
Senior Division
Junior Division
46 Store
Peewee Division
Talmadge Auto
Pizza Builders
The Milk Trophy for 2019 went to Vlasnik Tax Service whose team consumed 186 cups of milk.
A total of 56 gallons of milk was consumed by the teams over the weekend.
There were 14 teams that competed this year. During its hayday, 32 teams competed. Organizers are looking to build the popularity of the event back up and are hoping to field even more teams next year. 
June 13, 2019
Local golfers named academic all-state
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
"The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW)" is pleased to announce that Nick Frokjer, Hunter Robinson, and Alex Robinson of Unity High School and Mitchel Steele of St. Croix Falls are all 2019 Academic-All State honorees. 
Students are submitted by GCAW coaches if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, 2) participation in at least 75 percent of their team's varsity matches, and 3) are a sophomore, junior or senior and is a student-athlete who has served as a great example to others, proving that athletic and academic success are not mutually exclusive.
The GCAW is proud to announce that 401 students from 125 different high schools have been honored this year. In fact, the average GPA of these students is an exceptional 3.747.
The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build and enhance Wisconsin's reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities.
June 20, 2019

Milltown fast pitch softball tourney results
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Last weekend, Milltown hosted its annual Fisherman's Party. As a part of the festivities, ball players from around the area participated in the fast pitch tournament.
The tourney fielded seven teams from across Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Dugout, Suzy's Heat and the Cushing Tigers all hailed from just down the road while other teams like the Apple River Inn, and Ffats Brewing came north from Star Prairie, Baldwin and Whitehall and the Pawns were the lone Minnesota team hailing from St. Paul.
The format was a three game pool day on Friday and Saturday and a single elimination tourney was held on Sunday.
Friday/Saturday pool play results:
Suzy's Heat 5, Apple River Inn 1; Ffats Brewing 9, Apple River Inn 1.
Strikers Lanes 9, Dugout 1; Suzy's Heat 10, Strikers Lanes 2.
Pawns 15, Suzy's Heat 0; Pawns 5, Dugout 0; Cushing Tigers 5, Pawns 0.
Cushing Tigers 3, Ffats Brewing 0; Ffats Brewing 4, Dugout 1; Strikers Lanes 14, Apple River Inn 0.
Final record and seeding: 1-Cushing Tigers, 2-Pawns, 3-Strikers Lanes, 4-Suzy's Heat, 6-Ffats Brewing, 6-Dugout, 7-Apple River Inn.
Sunday's Single Elimination Tourney:
Game #1 – Ffats Brewing vs. Suzy's Heat – The first game of the single elimination tournament ended dramatically as Suzy's Heat rallied back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie and walk off in the 9th to steal a 9-8 victory over Ffats Brewing of Whitehall. Trent Peterson of St. Croix Falls got the win in relief, entering the 5th inning and striking out seven allowing two runs on three hits over nine innings and striking out seven.
Game #2 – Dugout vs. Strikers Lanes – The Dugout fell behind early and scratched out two runs on the bats of Ben Lundgren and Jeremy Dagstad of Cushing, but came up short , falling to Strikers Lanes 5-2. Matt Stuhr of Whitehall got the win going seven innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five, while Ryan Byl of Luck takes the loss.
Game #3 – Suzy's Heat vs. Cushing Tigers – The third game of the day pitted two Cushing teams against one another and the Tigers jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning and never looked back winning 8-3. Matt Lowe of Brill threw six innings for the Tigers striking out 12 and scattering 10 hits giving up only three runs. Jack Nelson of Balsam Lake racked up three extra base hits. The Heat's Trent Peterson showed off his batting skills racking up three hits including a double. Kevin Fisher of Balsam Lake took the loss.
Game #4 – Strikers vs. Pawns – After an early morning forfeit by the Apple River Inn, the Pawns started their day against a rolling Strikers team. After a scoreless three innings, the Pawns eventually broke through and scored four in the fourth, and four more in the fifth, to end the game in the fifth 8-1. Matt Stuhr of Whitehall took the loss for the Strikers.
Championship game – Cushing Tigers vs. Pawns – The defending Champion Pawns were poised to defend their title against the Cushing Tigers, a team that they had lost to on Saturday. The Pawns came out swinging, scoring one run in each of the first three innings before blowing the door open scoring three in the fourth. The Tigers managed to scratch out a run in the fifth on the bats of Brian Sandstrom of Luck and Max Loew, but it proved not to be enough as the Pawns finished the game off winning the Championship 8-1. Cullen Hanson of Cushing took the loss giving up six runs on five hits and four walks, striking out five.
*Written with information provided by Clayton and Hans Hanson. 
June 27, 2019
Osceola Braves Baseball
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
The Osceola Braves Baseball Team has had mixed results so far this season. They have had a few wins and some disappointing losses.
Last week, the Braves lost to Stillwater, had a close game with River Falls, but lost, but managed to defeat the Haugen Hornets
Their game on Sunday against the Brill Millers was canceled due to heavy rains and storms. This was to be “sparkle” night as the Osceola Royalty was going to have a get together during the game. That game has been rescheduled for July 21 at 1 p.m.
The Braves are now entering their mid-season break and no games are scheduled for July 1-9.
July 3, 2019
Results from the Balsam Lake 5K
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, the annual 5K held as a part of the Balsam Lake Freedom Festival was held. It's gathering point was at the edge of Pine Park. Runners registered and eagerly awaited the start of the race. There were 118 participants this year.
What follows are those in the first 60 places. It should be noted there may be some errors or omissions since the time keeping was done without the aid of a sophisticated computer system.
1. Oliver Paleen (St. Paul, Minn.) 15:23; 2. Tommy Murray (Port Byron Ill.) 17:50; 3. Ted McKleen (Edina, Minn.) 17:59; 4. Lucas Anderson (Bloomer) 18:20; 5. Joe Ziegenfuss (Golden, Colo.) 18:41; 6. Nick Paulsen (Balsam Lake) 18:44; 7. Mason Peer (Centuria) 19:04; 8. Will Liethan (Edina, Minn.) 19:26; 9. Aaron Johnson (Hammond) 19:28; 10. Luis Santana (LaCrosse) 19:50.
11. Luke Unbehaun (Dodgeville) 20:48; 12. Taylor Polomis (Edina, Minn.) 20:58; 13. Jeffrey Peterka (Minneapolis, Minn.) 21:08; 14. Anna Czupryna 21:10; 15. Zeke Anderson (Bloomer); 16. Katie Benzinger (Duluth, Minn.) 21:15; 17. Brad Chartrand (Luck) 21:23; 18. Alex Chartrand (Luck) 21:25; 19. Dave Belisle (Somerset) 20. JD Manley (Edina, Minn.) 21:33.
  21. Paul Manley (Edina, Minn.) 21:34; 22. Lauren Rochford (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) 21:36; 23. Jack Liethan (Edina, Minn.) 21:42; 24. Kacey Smekrud (LaGrange, Ky.) 22:09; 25. Adam Ziegenfuss (Golden, Colo.) 22:16; 26. Kevin Shay (St. Paul, Minn.) 22:36; 27. Emily Jorgenson (Balsam Lake) 22:52; 28. Ellen Somerville (Hudson) 22:53; 29. Scott Bock (St. Paul, Minn. 23:17; 30. Bianca Letteri (Minneapolis, Minn.) 23:26.
  31. Paul Commers (Edina, Minn.) 23:35; 32. Brian Heller (Atlanta, Ga.) 23:47; 33. Scottie Stankiewicz (St. Paul, Minn.) 23:50; 34. Andy Peper (Mohtohmedi, Minn.) 24:00; 35. Grace Commers (Edina, Minn.) 24:00.81; 36. Sophia Black (Edina, Minn.) 24:01; 37. Andrew Huss (Maple Grove, Minn.) 24:05; 38. Mark Getty (Plymouth, Minn.) 24:20; 39. Chris Lenemen (Norwood Young America, Minn.) 40. Debra Dunsmoor (Centuria) 24:23.
  41. Tessa Goodman (Apple Valley, Minn.) 24:24; 42. Landon Hanson (Apple Valley, Minn. 24:25; 43. Amy Smekrud (LaGrange, Ky.) 24:29; 44. Anne Turner (Rosemount, Minn.) 24:31; 45. Brian Erickson (Frederic) 24:34; 46. Tony Waters (Hammond) 24:20; 47. Jill Ziegenfuss (Golden, Colo.) 24:50; 48. Lauren Gropetti (Edina, Minn.) 24:55; 49. Payton Bjorkman (Madison) 25:07; 50. Kylie Swanson (Ham Lake) 25:17.
 51. JH Bjorkman (Ellsworth) 25:25; 52. Daryl Ince (Balsam Lake) 25:35; 53. Jon Commers (St. Paul, Minn.) 25:38; 54. James Czupryna (Hudson) 25:39; 55. Henry Czupryna (Hudson) 25:40; 56. Jason Wirka (Mahtomedi, Minn.) 25:42; 57. Asia Lansing (Ellsworth) 25:44; 58. Erin Smekrud (Cayce, S.C.) 25:46; 59. Faith Peper (Mahtomedi, Minn.) 25:46; 60. Scott Stankiewicz (Vadnais Height, Minn.) 25:48.
July 11, 2019