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A retrospective of winter sports
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
At last week's St. Croix Falls School Board meeting, Athletic Director Paul Randolph gave a rundown of some of the highlights from the 2018-2019 winter sports season.
In boys basketball, there were 23 participants. Their conference record was 6-6 and 12-12 overall. The boy Saints ranked fourth in the conference. They won the first round regional game against Ladysmith, then lost a close game at Webster. Players Kullan Parks, Declan Greenquist and Trevor LaMirande made all-conference.
In girls high school basketball, they had 23 participants. Their conference record was 12-0 and 21-3 overall and were first in the conference. They were regional champions. The Saints girls lost a close game to Colfax in the sectional semifinal. Emily McCurdy, Olivia Miron, Josey Kahl and Azalea Edwards made all-conference.
In high school wrestling, there were 17 participants. They had a 13-1 dual meet record. The Saints wrestlers were both regional and sectional champions. The team qualified for state and lost to Fennimore in the semifinals, who took the state championships. Seven individuals qualified for state. Tanner Gaffey took 5th, Luke Theamert took 4th, Kole Marko was the state wrestling champ.
High School Boys Hockey (Somerset co-op) had seven participants from St. Croix Falls, they had a 2-5-1 conference record and a 8-14-12 overall. They were fourth in the conference. They won their first round game against the Grantsburg co-op, and then lost to Hudson. Kaleb Bents was an all conference goalie.
High School Girls Hockey (Somerset co-op) had three participants from the school. They had an overall record of 14-4-1, and play an independent schedule. They lost the first round game to they Hayward co-op 1-0. Ellie Brice made the all independent team and honorable mention all state.
High School dance had eight participants. The program finished strong with two new coaches. The plan is for the team to compete in at least one dance competition next winter.The Luck Cardinal boys have been making a fair showing this season with an overall record of 8-6. Some of their play has been exceptional, however some has fallen short.
Unity's overall record stood at 10-4, and they were proving to have a somewhat better season than the Cardinals.
All in all, everyone knew that it was going to be an exciting game for everyone there.
The first half saw the Eagles really get the jump on the Cards as they racked up 32 points while keeping their guests to just 13. It was going to prove to be a gap to wide to narrow in the end.
The Cardinals came back stronger in the second half and racked up 25 points. Unity added another 27 of their own.
Final score: 59-38, Unity.
One of the things that the Eagles really had going for them was their shooting accuracy. Unity made 23 of the 48 shots taken for 47 percent. The Cardinals made 13 of the 57 shots they took for 22 percent.
The Eagle boys were much more aggressive when it came to rebounds taking possession 43 times while Luck took 28 rebounds.
One thing the Cardinals did better was steals. They managed 14 steals while keeping the Eagles to just nine.
Standout scorers for the Cardinals was Carson Bey with 11 points and Levi Jensen with 10 points.
Jaxon Flaherty dominated scoring for the game with an impressive 25 points. The next top scorer was Daniel Sorenson with 10 points.
April 18, 2019
Saints wrestlers take Lakeland Conference
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
The St. Croix Falls Wrestling Team has been having another stellar year, and now they have taken the Lakeland Conference title last weekend.
“We were able to send 10 wrestlers to the championship with four of them winning,” observed Head Coach Dan Clark. “I thought McKinley Erickson at #182 had a really good day. Also Kyle Zehm at #220 winning the tournament was big.”
106 – Luke Theamert, 2nd, went 3-1.
113 – Mason Will, 2nd, went 3-1.
120 – Grady Guggisberg, 2nd, went 3-1.
126 – Sam Glenna, 4th, went 2-2.
132 – Zach Clark, 3rd, went 4-1.
138 – Kole Marko, 1st, went 4-0.
145 – Bennett Bergmann, 2nd, went 3-1.
153 – Josey Wilson, 2nd, went 3-1.
160 – James Kemp, 4th, went 2-2.
170 – Austin McCurdy, 1st, went 4-0.
182 – McKinley Erickson, 2nd, went 3-1.
195 – Cal Leahy, 4th, went 2-2.
220 – Kyle Zehm, 1st, went 4-0.
285 – Tanner Gaffey, 1st, 4-0.
“We now look ahead to regionals where the results matter,” observed Clark. “We go to Cumberland on Saturday and hopefully we'll be at our best. Regionals, sectionals and state are the part of the season that really matter in this sport.”
Grantsburg/Siren Wrestling Team also competed last weekend and had some great matches. Any of the observations that follow are made by that of LFGS Head Coach Chris Bartlett.
106 – Nolan Johnson, 3rd, went 2-1. The top two wrestlers are highly ranked and are tough kids. He took third easily.
113 – Taedon Nichols, 1st, went 4-0. Wrestled very well. There were five kids ranked in his weight class.
120 – Logan Czech, 4th, went 2-2. Had a rematch with the Unity wrestler again. Another exciting match. He's gotten better since the beginning of the season.
132 – Landyn Johnson, 2nd, went 3-1. He is wrestling very well tied in third with the fifth ranked wrestler.
138 – Hunter Sellent, 5th, went 1-1. Was dinged up in first match. For precautionary reasons pulled out for the rest of the day.
160 – Brad Lucas, 4th, went 0-2. Had a disappointing day. Knows he could have done better.
195 – Dominic Caroon, 3rd, went 9-5. Ran into a wrestler from Bruce for the third time. Had him on his back, but couldn't get the pin. He wrestled a lot better this time.
285 – Ben Berglund, 4th, went 0-2. Decided to try wrestling at 285.
“Everyone looked good,” concluded Bartlett. “One was dinged up, but looks like he will be alright. I can see quite a few making it to sectionals if they wrestle to their potential.”
Up next for local wrestlers will be Regionals on Saturday in Amery.
February 7, 2019
Saints Track takes first place at Lakeland meet
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
It was a good day to be a Saint last Saturday when the boys and girls in blue dominated at the annual Lakeland Indoor Track Meet held at UW-Superior last Saturday.
As of press time, only preliminary heat sheets were available. These are not the final times/scores achieved by the athletes, but were from their qualifying rounds in the event. At this point, team scores are not available either, however, here are some highlights.
In the qualifier for the girls 400 meter dash Greta Erickson (10) took 1st with 1:12:00 and Lauren Borst (12) took 3rd.
Derek Fisk (11) qualified in the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.79. Isiah Hoggatt (12) qualified with a time of 59.00 as did junior Jack Kessler.
Sophomore Olivia DuRushia qualified for the 1600 meter run with a time of 7:45.00. Freshman Sierra Braund qualified with a time of 6:23.00.
In the 4 x 400 meter relay, both the boys and girls teams were top seeds, the girls with a time of 4:40.00 and the boys with 3:48.00.
Sophomore Lucia Neuman's qualifying high jump was 4.49 feet as was freshman Kylie Broten's.
Freshman Dayo Oye qualified for the boys high jump with a height of 5.48 feet.
Senior Ryan Peltz was impressive in the preliminary round of pole vaulting with a qualifying height of 12.5 feet. Sophomore Layton Borst was not far behind with 11.48 feet.
Junior Jordan Braund also gave an impressive performance in the girls long jump with a distance of 14.4 feet. Sophomore Emily McCurdy made it just a bit farther with a distance of 14.99 feet.
Dayo Oye also turned out a good performance in the long jump with a distance of 18.24 feet.
ey have been asked to and it has been a pleasure to coach each of them. It was a good lesson on what hard work can do,” Clark observed.
“On Saturday, we competed in individual sectionals, 7 of our 12 wrestlers qualified for the state tournament,” says Clark. “Our previous record of six state qualifiers was set in 1989, and our kids beat it. Everyone of the kids that competed wrestled hard and smart. We have been working all year to peak in February and the kids are doing that.”
The top three in each weight qualified for state:
106 – Luke Theamert - 3rd
113 – Mason Will - 3rd
120 - Graidy Guggisberg – DNQ
126 – Zack Clark – DNQ
138 – Kole Marko - 1st
145 – Bennett Bergmann - 3rd
152 – Josey Wilson – DNQ
170 – Austin McCurdy - 3rd
182 – McKinley Erickson – DNQ
195 – Cal Leahy – DNQ
220 – Kyle Zehm - 3rd
285 – Tanner Gaffey - 1st
“It was a great day,” Clark reflected. “I am extremely proud of our two seniors Josey Wilson and Austin McCurdy. Although Josey did not make state, he has been a rock solid wrestler for our team for four years and has had a great career. This will be Austin's first trip to state and it is well deserved. The other six qualifiers were underclassmen and that bodes well for future. Our goal is to go down to the state tournament and win matches. We cannot be happy to just be there and must have that mindset going into the tournament. I look forward to the weekend.”
April 18, 2019
Cardinal baseball defeats the Dragons
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
The spring ball season has not been a great joy for anyone. Just as fields were drying out there was that grand little snowstorm that occurred last Thursday so any drying out that occurred was quickly done away with.
However, a few teams have been able to take to the field and get a game or two in despite the weather and conditions. One of those games took place on Monday when the Luck/Frederic Cardinals took on the Siren Dragons, and thanks to taking a lead early on in the game, the Cards came away victorious.
The early lead occurred in the first inning nine runs batted in by Gage Johansen, Levi Jensen, Riley Runnels, Brayden Eder, Merlin Hibbs, and Wyatt Jensen.
Hibbs led the Cards to victory from the pitcher's mound. He went three innings allowing three runs on three hits and striking out three.
Johansen and Jensen entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close the game in relief.
“It was nice to get back out on the diamond,” observed Luck/Frederic Coach Ryan Humpal. “This is our second time out of the gym and both have been games. So I knew it was going to be interesting seeing what we could do. It was nice to see the boys respond with quality at bats and running bases as well.
“It is always nice to play, to see what areas we need work on as we move forward and try to get better every time out.
“Once this weather breaks, it's going to get crazy with games,” concluded Humpal. “Starting Thursday with our trip to Mauston to play Unity at 12 p.m. and Webster after that. It should be a great day for baseball.”
April 18, 2019