Three Reedsburg athletes recently ended their seasons during sectional play.
In girls tennis, the No. 1 doubles team of Anna Buss and Molly McBride traveled to Nielsen Tennis Stadium last Thursday in Madison where they ran into tough competition in the opening round. The duo took on Madison West’s Laura Nicholas and Abby Bremel, who showed their strength throughout the match, winning it 6-1, 6-0. Nicholas and Bremel went on to win the sectional championship match to advance to state.
Meanwhile, Reedsburg senior Caylee Beyer traveled to Edelweiss Country Club in New Glarus on Oct. 4 to compete in a WIAA Div. 1 Girls Golf Sectional. With only the top two teams and the top three individuals that aren’t members of a qualifying team advancing to state, the competition was fierce. Beyer saw consistent play, carding a 49 on the front nine and a 51 on the back for a total of 100 on the par 72 course, but it wasn’t enough as 83 was the cutoff score. Verona and Middleton advanced as teams, while Verona’s Lauren Shorter led with the low round of the day with a 75. Waunakee’s Sam Soulier (82), Monona Grove’s Klairissa O Reilly-Dye (82) and Madison West’s Lillian Knetter (83) were the three individuals not members of a qualifying team to advance.
The Reedsburg prep volleyball team has been busy, competing in two matches and a tournament all last week.
It started on Oct. 3 when the Beavers hosted Fort Atkinson and fell 3-0 in a Badger Conference crossover match. Despite the final score, Reedsburg hung with the Blackhawks through the opening two sets, falling 25-20, 25-23, 25-13.
“We knew we would have to play well and stop their outside hitters,” coach Sheila Green said of Fort Atkinson. “The first two sets of the match stayed pretty close, but we weren’t able to finish a number of our attacks and that allowed them to capitalize with some big offensive plays. We played more defense than I would have liked to see.”
Brooklyn Schyvinck led the way with 16 kills while Mallory Stingley added six. Ally Gesteland led in assists with 23, while Cheyanna Grundahl racked up 37 digs. Schyvinck added 25 digs as well.
Two days later, the Beavers traveled to Beaver Dam where they came back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat the Golden Beavers 19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-18, 15-11.
“We started the first two sets extremely flat,” Green said. “In the first set we were last tied up at 18-18 and then Beaver Dam served out the set. The second set saw us trading points with Beaver Dam up until 6-7 and then they widened the gap to 11-17. The girls narrowed the gap a bit but couldn’t overcome it losing 18-25.”
It was a back-and-fourth third set, with a knotted score of 16-16 before Reedsburg built up a lead and was able to maintain it to grab its first set win. The momentum carried over into the fourth, as the Beavers jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and stayed in control to force a fifth. Reedsburg then executed one point at a time in the final set, winning it 15-11.
“Not our best effort, by far, in the first couple of sets,” Green said. “It was frustrating to watch. But the girls were able to rally in the third set and work their way through the five set match to take the win.”
Schvyinck led the offense with 25 kills followed by Stingley with 10, while Gesteland helped them out with 40 assists. Grundahl led the defense with 44 digs, while Stingley and Schyvinck had two blocks apiece.
Reedsburg went on to take fourth place at the Badger North Conference Tournament on Oct. 7 in Portage. The Beavers defeated Baraboo 25-18, 12-25, 15-13 in the opening round, before falling 25-11, 25-17 to top-seeded Mount Horeb. Reedsburg was eliminated in the third round, falling 25-21, 26-24 to DeForest.
While a size disadvantage got the best of Reedsburg against the Mount Horeb Vikings, the Beavers saw a close battle against the Norskies to end the tournament.
“The Deforest match was more of a back-and-forth exchange. Despite being down a bit in both sets the girls continued to fight for points and side outs. It was definitely a match that could have gone either way. Deforest just capitalized on a few more opportunities.”
Schyvinck led with 25 kills on the day followed by Stingley with nine, while Gesteland amassed 48 assists. Kaitlyn Zunker recorded five blocks while Alyssa Straka added four, while Grundahl and Schyvinck led in digs with 27 and 16, respectively.
Mount Horeb took the conference title, followed by Waunakee, DeForest, Reedsburg, Beaver Dam, Baraboo, Sauk Prairie, and Portage.
Reedsburg (10-7 overall, 4-3 Badger North) will travel to Monroe on Oct. 12 for its final match of the regular season.
The Reedsburg cross country teams competed in the Riverdale Invitational on Oct. 7 in Muscoda where the girls team took third while the boys team took fifth.
The girls team totaled 86 points on the day, with Claire Koenecke taking sixth place out of 90 runners with a time of 20:58.5. Other top finishers for Reedsburg included Annabelle Moon in 13th (21:31.8), Caylee Fry in 15th (21:57.9), Jenna McBride in 25th (22:50.8), Anna Penkwitz in 27th (22:52.1), Alexis Knickelbein in 32nd (23:10.7), and Ella Brueggeman in 39th (23:37).
“Athlete of the meet goes to another newcomer to the team this year, Ashley Campbell,” girls coach Nicole Bruer said. “Ashley has been inching her way up on the team and down in her times all season. She had a rough start, but now seems to have hit her stride. Today she pushed past her nerves and earned herself a season best time, as one of the top JV finishers on the team.”
In team scores, Prairie du Chien took the title (31), followed by Lancaster (41), Reedsburg (86), Boscobel (98), and Cashton (124) to round out the top five.
On the boys side, the Beavers took fifth place out of 15 teams with a total of 140. Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton took the title (47), followed by River Valley (80), Wauzeka-Steuben (98), Boscobel (104), and Reedsburg (140) to round out the top five.
A quartet of sophomores led the way for the Beavers, with Abednego Becker taking 21st (18:53.1), Noah Brunner taking 27th (19:06.2), Brendon Stelling taking 28th (19:07.7), and Nick Horzewski taking 29th (19:12.5). Other top finishers included Max Harsch in 35th (19:32.2), Zach Hale in 47th (19:47.6), and Luke Rapisarda in 52nd (20:05.9).
Last week, the Beavers competed in the Tomah Invite where the girls took third and the boys took sixth. The girls team recorded 68 points on the day, with Koenecke leading the way with a sixth place finish (21:04) while Fry was right behind her in seventh (21:24). Moon took 12th with a 22:20, while Jenna McBride took 19th (22:56). Senior Kayla Greenwood had the fifth best result for Reedsburg with a 24:04, while Anna Penkwitz and Ashley Campbell finished in 34th (24:19) and 35th (24:32), respectively.
“Competing as the sixth or sixth varsity runner can sometimes seem like a thankless job. You compete with the best of the best, yet you’re not counted in the score. Yet, it is extremely important to have the depth of a sixth, seventh and even eighth or ninth runner. Kayla Greenwood is just such an athlete. She is always there to pick up the slack if someone is sick or injured. I know I can always count on her to run strong, consistently, and to continue to improve,” Bruer said.
In team scores, Westby took the title (40), followed by Chippewa Falls (45), Reedsburg (68), Wautoma (108), and Tomah (113) to round out the top five.
On the boys side, Reedsburg took sixth with 123. Tomah took the title (26), followed by Chippewa Falls (55), Westby (91), Wautoma (118), and New Lisbon (118). Harsch had the best result for Reedsburg, taking 14th (19:01.8) while Becker was two spots behind (19:10). Other top finishers included Stelling in 30th (20:01), Zach Hale in 31st (20:02), Brunner in 41st (20:30), Rapisarda in 44th (20:39), and Angelo Willey in 53rd (20:57).
The Beavers will travel to Baraboo this weekend for the Badger North Conference Tournament.