Football WIAA playoffs
Tigers stall in second half, lose to Hurley
HURLEY, Wis. - Despite holding a commanding 19-8 lead at halftime, the Webster Tigers lost to the Hurley Midgets in the third round of Division 6 WIAA playoff action Friday night, 27-30, giving up three touchdowns in the second half and not scoring themselves until the final minute of the game.
The touchdown and two-point conversion sparked last second hope among Webster fans, who braved a three-hour drive and cold and snowy conditions to cheer on their team.
Trailing by 3 points with just 30 seconds to play, Webster attempted an onside kick but it was recovered by Hurley, bringing Webster's season to an end, two victories short of a state title.
See full coverage in this week's Leader.
Webster edges Edgar for a spot at Level 3 playoff
Frederic 14, Edgar 6
by Marty Seeger
Leader staff writer
EDGAR – The Webster football team continued their winning ways with a huge win over No. 1 seeded Edgar last Friday, Nov. 1. With the win the Tigers will take the road north on Friday, Nov. 8, to No. 2 seeded Hurley, who are 9-1 on the season. The game begins at 7 p.m.
Hurley runningback Mark Saari has more than 1,700 yards rushing on the season yet the Tigers have stepped up defensively over the past two playoff wins against Rosholt and Edgar. Webster also has a dangerous running attack with their offensive line and Aaron Dietmier, who ended the regular season with over 1,300 yards on the ground, while teammate Alex Hopkins and Ryan Curtis rushed for a combined 1,456 yards.
See this week's Inter-County Leader print edition for more information.
Webster advances in playoffs with OT win; end of line for St. Croix Falls, Unity STORY
Volleyball WIAA playoffs
Luck girls sweep Lakers for regional title
by Greg Marsten
Leader staff reporter
LUCK - The top-seeded Luck Cardinals volleyball team continued their post season action with a solid, 3-0 victory over the Turtle Lake Lakers on Saturday, Oct. 26 at home.
The Cardinals only trailed briefly during one of the three sets, but the Cardinals recovered and made it a solid sweep, winning by scores of 25-9, 25-14 and 25-19 for the WIAA Regional final title. The win secures the Cardinals a ticket to Clayton for the WIAA Div. 4 Sectionals, which starts on Thursday with Luck squaring off against the hosting Bears. The winner of that contest goes on to play in the sectional final on Saturday at Luck.
Pirates defeat Tigers for regional trophy
Webster 2, Grantsburg 3
Grantsburg beats Webster in big regional showdown at Webster
by Scott Hoffman
Leader staff writer
WEBSTER – After pulling ahead two games to zero Webster left a crack in the door open and with great teamwork by the Pirates pushed the Tiger to a final fifth game after winning games three and four. In the tie breaker the Tigers fought to even the score 14 to 14. Grantsburg scored the final two points winning 14-16 and moves on play Cameron in WIAA Girls Division 3 Tourney.
Siren breezes by Birchwood in three-set sweep
Six of seven teams still alive in regional playoffs
Siren 3, Birchwood 0
by Marty Seeger
Leader staff writer
SIREN – In less than an hour’s worth of work, the Siren Dragons volleyball team took down the Birchwood Bobcats during the first round of the WIAA regional playoffs to advance to the semifinal round. The Dragons were solid all night long, while Birchwood couldn't seem to find any rhythm. Siren won the first set 25-18 and took complete control in the final two sets, 25-5 and 25-8.
The Dragons tallied 22 kills with Elizabeth Stanford batting down eight, followed by Emily Howe, five, Caitlynn Daniels, three, Jade Taylor and Jessica Strabel each had two, and Aubri Larson had one. Siren had 16 total ace serves with Whitney Krogstad-Yambrick leading with four, followed by Strabel and Hattie Koball each with three, and Larson, Howe and Emily Steimann with two apiece. Krogstad-Yambrick had three digs, while Larson led the team in assists with 14.
With the win, the No. 5 seeded Dragons will be moving on to the regional semifinals at No. 4 Solon Springs this Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.
Frederic 3, Thorp 1
THORP – The Frederic Vikings volleyball team is heading to the next level in the WIAA playoffs after a big win at Thorp on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
"We are very proud of the team. They started off strong the first set and then struggled in the second set but were able to rebound and play strong the third and fourth sets," said Vikings assistant coach Rita Bohn. "We had a lot of fan support which helped get the team back on track. Our hitters battled with Thorp's blockers all night but was able to get past them the last two sets."
The scores ended as 25-21, 13-25, 25-19 and 25-23. With the win, Frederic will be traveling the short distance south to take on the Clayton Bears on Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.
Carly Gustafson led the Vikings against Thorp with eight kills, Ann Chenal had eight, Taylor Alseth, seven and Lara Harlander, four. Makayla Arthurs had 14 assists, Kinzie Matz, nine, and Harlander, three. Gustafson led with three aces while Matz, Alseth and Harlander each had one. On defense, Gustafson had seven blocks, Alseth and Kendra Mosay-Buck each had one, and Alseth led in digs with seven, Brooke Claeys, six, and Harlander, four.
Webster 3, Glenwood City 0
WEBSTER – The Tigers volleyball team is moving on to the next level of regional playoffs after a crushing three-set sweep over Glenwood City on Tuesday, Oct. 22, by scores of 25-9, 25-9 and 25-11.
With Unity also winning their first-round playoff match over Boyceville, the Eagles and Tigers will be meeting for the third time this season on Thursday, Oct. 24, for the regional semifinal match, beginning at 7 p.m. Webster won the previous two times against the Eagles by a sweep both times.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by Ashley Davis with 10 kills, followed by Alex Holmstrom, eight, Kenna Gall, five, Jenna Curtis, three, Marissa Elliott and Sophie Phernetton each had two, and Christina Weis had one and also led the team with 25 assists, and four aces. Davis also added three aces, while Holmstrom had two, and Lydia Wilson and Curtis each had one.
Elliot led Webster with five digs, Weis had three and Holmstrom, Wilson and Curtis each had one. Davis also had two blocks, and Sophie Phernetton had one.
Unity 3, Boyceville 1
BOYCEVILLE – The Eagles volleyball team won the first round of the playoffs on the road against Boyceville on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will now face Webster for the third time this season in the regional semifinals this Thursday, Oct. 24.
Unity defeated the Bulldogs three out of four sets on Tuesday by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 21-25 and 25-20.
"The girls did an awesome job last night, said Eagles coach Jennifer DeLozier. "Olivia Nelson and Paige Lunsmann played well defensively. Paige was also perfect from the serving line. Maddie Ramich had 10 kills, 31 assists and 16 digs. Emily Gross had eight kills, Carly Ince had seven, and Becca Garvey had six."
The Eagles have yet to beat Webster this season, but will get another shot, starting at 7 p.m.
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Luck slips past Webster
Grantsburg, Unity win conference games Tuesday
Luck 3, Webster 1
by Marty Seeger
Leader staff writer
WEBSTER – The Cardinals volleyball team maintained a perfect conference record with a hard-fought win over Webster, who won the first set of the night 25-16, but Luck took the final three sets 27-25, 25-20 and 25-18.
Bella Nelson led the Cardinals with 22 kills, followed by Jenni Holdt and Angela Gore with 12 apiece, Camille Marsten, seven, Hailey Foeller, five, and Tessa Clemenson, two.
Clemenson had a total of 45 assists, Reilly Giller had three and Foeller added two. Clemenson also led with five digs, while Katie Pfaff, Holdt and Whitney Petersen and Nelson each had six, Holdt, five and Gore, four. Clemenson had four aces, Nelson had two and Petersen, Holdt and Gore each had one ace. Gore and Marsten both had one block.
For the Tigers, Alex Holmstrom had 13 kills, Raelyn Tretsven had 12, Ashley Davis, eight, Kenna Gall, four, and Jenna Curtis, two. Christina Weis had 33 assists, and Tretsven had two aces while Holmstrom had one. Marissa Elliott had seven digs, Gall, four, Weis and Davis each had two and Tretsven added one. Holmstrom had three solo blocks and three block asssists, while Davis had one block and one block assist.
Grantsburg 3, Frederic 1
FREDERIC – The Vikings picked up a set win over the Pirates on Tuesday, Oct. 15, losing the first set 25-22, but winning the second set 25-23. Grantsburg, however, still managed to pull away with the win, taking the final two sets, 25-12, 25-14. Grantsburg coach Deb Allaman-Johnson, wasn't pleased with the Pirates efforts, as she pointed out in her Blog late Tuesday.
Frankly, I’m a little tired of being diplomatic and gracious through gritted teeth," she said. "The truth is that I’m embarrassed about our performance in the first two sets, even as I recognize that Frederic played outstanding volleyball–probably some of the best of the season. We had a flat practice Monday and played exactly the same way on Tuesday. Flat. Uninspired."
But there were several bright spots for the Pirates as well. Allaman-Johnson pointed out that Kathryn Segner had a career-high 13 kills, Olivia Tucker had a career-high 31 digs, as did Brooke Routs with 19. Hope Tucker had 15, Wendy Roberts, 13, Macy Hanson, 11, Laura Drohman, nine, and Marissa Jensen and Carolyn Peterson each had six.
Olivia Tucker also had a career-high of 18 kills, Hanson had 10, and the team served 94-percent, with no-misses being credited to Jordyn McKenzie, Hanson, Peterson and Marissa Jensen. The team also had a total of 10 aces, and Hope Tucker had a career-high of 41 assists.
We’ve all had days like this. But it’s over. No journey goes without its unexpected detours and occasional backtracking," Allaman-Johnson said, later adding. "We’ll adjust our sails. We’ll briefly process this event at practice. We’ll look ahead to the next challenge because we only need to play one point at a time."
The Vikings had a total of four aces, while Makayla Arthurs had 21 assists, Kinzie Matz, seven, Carly Gustafson, and Taylor Alseth each had one.
Gustafson led with nine kills, Lara Harlander, seven, and Kendra Mosay-Buck and Alseth each had four. Gustafson had six blocks, Alseth, five, Lexi Domagala, two, Mosay-Buck, one. Ann Chenal had 16 digs, Alseth, nine, Harlander, six, and Gustafson, five.
Unity 3, Siren 1
BALSAM LAKE – The Unity Eagles volleyball team hosted Siren in a conference clash Tuesday, Oct. 15, with Unity coming out on top in four sets, by scores of 20-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-16.
"We started out a little slow but finished strong," said Unity coach Jennifer DeLozier.
Carly Ince led the Eagles with 18 kills, Belle Foeller, Emily Gross and Maddie Ramich each had eight, Emma Moore, seven, and Becca Garvey added four kills. Senior Olivia Nelson had 24 digs on defense, and Ramich had an error free night at the serving line to go along with 47 assists.
For Siren, Lizzy Stanford had 15 kills, followed by Emily Howe, seven, Caitlynn Daniels, five, Aubri Larson and Jessica Strabel each had two, and Hattie Koball added one. Larson ended the night with 13 assists.
The Eagles will be hosting St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Oct. 17, along with Pink Night for both volleyball teams. The Dragons will be hosting Siren on Thursday. Both are the final regular season games for Unity and Siren.
Grantsburg moving on in WIAA volleyball
Saints give valiant effort, but lose 3-1
Grantsburg 3, St. Croix Falls 1
by Scott Hoffman
Leader staff writer
GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg girls volleyball team came out of the gate on fire and never looked back except for slight hiccup in the third game, dominating the Saints on Tuesday night, Oct. 22. Final scores were 25-14, 25-14, 23-25 and 25-12.
Grantsburg ripped off a 25-14 start that featured a few interesting plays ending on a serve into the net for game point. Game two started fairly even until Grantsburg started to pull away after five- and eight-point ties. Livi Tucker had a few big kills along with Wendy Roberts. Hope Tucker had a nice run serving up five big points. Saint Mariah Rohm had a big night blocking potential kills and even a few stuffs.
Grantsburg again went on a big run winning 25-14 in the second game. Game three had a very different tempo, and St. Croix was in control for most of the game until Grantsburg roared back tying the game at 20, then 21 and again at 22 until St. Croix finally put the game away with a 25-23 final. Game four was pretty much all Grantsburg, with a few big kills from Macy Hanson, and a 25-11 final. Grantsburg’s coach Deb Allaman-Johnson was pleased with the results.
“You have to work hard to keep St. Croix Falls from setting up their quick and powerful attack. I wasn't terribly impressed with our defense tonight, but I have to admire this team for finding a way to win. We served tougher. Olivia Tucker had seven aces. Wendy Roberts and Laura Drohman had three each. I'm really proud of these girls for working hard to improve this season.” Pirates stats were as follows: Digs were led by Roberts with 24, followed by Olivia Tucker with 19, Drohman, 16, and Hope Tucker, 13. Kills were Hanson's specialty with 15, and Roberts had14.
Volleyball playoffs set to start Tuesday, Oct. 22
Cardinals draw first-round bye
by Marty Seeger
Leader staff writer
LEADER LAND – The volleyball playoff brackets have been posted by the WIAA and most area teams, after playing their final regular season conference games on Thursday, Oct. 17, will be starting their playoff run on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
In Division 4, the No. 1 seeded Luck Cardinals drew a first-round bye and will host either Prairie Farm or Cornell on Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Also in Division 4, the No. 10 seeded Frederic Vikings will be traveling to No. 7 seeded Thorp on Tuesday, Oct. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The Siren Dragons, a No. 5 seed, will be hosting No. 12 seeded Birchwood on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
All area Division 3 volleyball matches will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with a 7 p.m. start time. Glenwood City, a No. 8 seed, will be traveling to Webster, who has the No. 1 seed. Unity is a No. 5 seed, and will be traveling to No. 4 seeded Boyceville, and the No. 6, St. Croix Falls Saints are traveling north to Grantsburg to take on the Pirates, who have the No. 3 seed.
Webster's Kroll named Packers
Mammoth Gravel Classic
ST. CROIX FALLS – Mother nature threw everything at the second annual Mammoth Gravel Classic gravel bicycle event, and 48 hearty cyclists emerged victorious. The 2nd annual Mammoth Gravel Classic was held on Saturday in St. Croix Falls, and was presented by Cyclova XC and the Woolly Bicycle Club. Saturday's event was rescheduled from this past April, when it had to be canceled due to a blizzard that dropped 18" of snow on the St. Croix River Valley.
The event featured 3 adventurous courses which participants could choose from: a 30 mile Gandy Dancer trail cruise, an adventurous 70 mile mixed surface ride through the Sand Barrens, and a hardcore 100 mile nearly all gravel / sand ride from SCF to Grantsburg through the barrens and back to SCF on the Minnesota side of the river. Gravel cycling events are focused on adventure, more so than the competition aspect of racing. As is normal with gravel adventure rides, these are unsupported events - meaning that riders must bring their own food, water, and take care of themselves.
With that said, plenty of elite competition showed up on Saturday, with Michael Phernetton and Roger Parenteau of Hudson completing the rugged 100 mile course in just under 6 hours. Thomas Krenz of Osceola was the first rider to complete the 70 mile event.
Cross-country teams compete at Amery
Final race before the conference meet in Frederic Tuesday, Oct. 15
by Marty Seeger
Leader sports editor
AMERY – A few wind gusts didn't keep around 20 different high-school cross-country teams from competing at Amery on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
"It was a great night for racing, despite the occasional 20-plus mph wind gust," said St. Croix Falls coach, Jennifer Clemins. "The nice thing about the Amery course is that most of it is on a trail in the woods, so wind was minimal for that portion of the race."
Among the top finishers were Jacob Ohnstad of Grantsburg, who finished first out of nearly 100 other runners with a time of 16:49. Henry Klein wasn't far behind, with his time of 16:58.
"He has been struggling with allergies and asthma this fall and now is starting to feel some relief. He has greatly improved running a 16:58 which is over a minute and a half faster than what he ran last week," Clemins added.
Other area athletes that finished in the top 10 for the boys included Grantsburg's Richard Schneider with a time of 17:39, for third place. Billy Cooper of Webster took fifth with a time of 17:43, and Erland Olson of Grantsburg was seventh with a time of 17:59. Andrew Schrooten of Webster took 10th with a time of 18:17.
The Tigers went out hard today," said Tigers coach Roy Ward. "I told them today would be a good day to try something they always wanted to try before the conference meet. I looked at today as another opportunity to get better and be race ready for the end of the season."
One of the toughest Tigers on the day was Alec Gustafson, who ran a time of 22:49.
"I have talked about injuries that have plagued the team, but Alec has fought through some terrible poison ivy on his feet," Ward said.
Among the boys teams competing, New Richmond was first, followed by Grantsburg, Unity/Luck, Amery, Rice Lake, Webster, Osceola, Bloomer, St. Croix Falls, Baldwin-Woodville and Prescott.
Unity/Luck's top boys runner was Alex Binfet, who took 17th with a time of 18:58. Austin Baker had a time of 18:59. Frederic also competed with its top runner being Kyle Knauber with a time of 21:13.
Among girls teams the top finisher was Rice Lake, followed by New Richmond, Osceola, Amery, Bloomer, Baldwin-Woodville, Prescott, St. Croix Falls, Grantsburg, Flambeau, Elmwood, Somerset and Unity/Luck.
Area runners in the top 10 included Sophie Klein in third place overall with a time of 16:21. Grantsburg's Kate Rod took sixth with a time of 17:06, and Grantsburg's Hallie Jensen nearly fell into the top 10, with 11th place and a time of 17:28.
Mimi Thomson of Frederic finished the race in Amery with a time of 18:49, while teammate Nicole Nelson wasn't far behind with a time of 19:22. Kendra Bramsen was the top Unity/Luck runner with a time of 18:58, and Webster's Marie Legrand finished with a time of 21:42 to lead the Tigers. Elizabeth Freymiller finished with a time of 24:26 for the Tigers.
"Elizabeth is a like a freight train," said Ward. "She continues the pace no matter what the terrain. She was the only Tiger to run the hilly section of the course faster than the early flat part. She was also the last person to leave the weight room. Becoming a great runner is a slow process and it takes a lot of focus and dedication to see results."
For complete race results visit pttiming.com.
Pair of Luck/Unity
High-flying Cardinals take