While the season came to an abrupt close for most of the Reedsburg girls golf team last week, the Beavers still found reason to celebrate.

Caylee Beyer, who has led the team with low scores throughout the season, was able to sneak away with a sectional berth on Sept. 27 when Beyer competed in a WIAA Div. 1 Regional in Middleton.

Beyer carded a 94 at the par 72 Pleasant View Golf Course, which was just enough as the top four teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced. Beyer and two others carded a 94, which was the cutoff score for advancing. The senior had a slow start to her round, carding a seven on the opening hole before settling in, ending the front nine with a 45. Nerves and unlucky bounces and uneven lies led to a few double bogeys on the back nine but Beyer finished things out strong with a par on the 18th to card a 49.

“She worked very hard this offseason and I love seeing that hard work pay off. She a great day at Regionals,” coach Jesse Monte said. “The bounces started going the wrong way-stuck under a tree with no swing, under a pine tree and had to hit backwards to the fairway, and next to a tree trunk without much of a backswing and had to punch it to the fairway, but she stuck with it, did what she could do and continued working. She had a tough time on hole 17 and I think the pressure was kind of getting to her.”

Monte mentioned Beyer followed with a slight miss off the 18th tee but hit the shot of the day on her next hit, landing the ball about 180 yards out and proceeded to chip one landing about a foot away on a difficult 18th green.

“Looking back at her season, you can see her maturity as a player,” Monte said. “This is only her second year of varsity golf and is a little inexperienced compared to many of the other girls, but I couldn’t be prouder of how she handled herself on the course. What a clutch up and down on the 18th hole!”

Sophomore Anna Krieski had a solid round, carding a 50 on the front and a 52 on the back for a 102, followed by Kaitlyn Brunken (111), Taylor Fearing (118), and Ashley Krieski (131). As a team, the Beavers took seventh place out of eight teams with a total of 425 strokes.

Beyer will compete in a WIAA Div. 1 Sectional on Oct. 4 in Verona. The first two teams and the top three individuals who are not members of a qualifying team will qualify to compete in the state tournament, set for Oct. 9-10 at University Ridge.

Boys Soccer

The Reedsburg boys soccer team fell in a slump last week after dropping three conference games.

It started last Tuesday, Sept. 26 when the Beavers hosted rival Baraboo and fell 7-1. While the game was mostly one-sided, Reedsburg was first to be put on the board when senior Dylan Brown took advantage of an initial shot deflected back toward him. This time Brown bent his shot attempt around a defender and into the top right corner of the goal to give the Beavers the early lead at the 3:44 mark. Baraboo found the equalizer several minutes later, when a shot from sophomore Dillan Guerra hit the hand of a Reedsburg defender in the box. Baraboo senior Noah Kappel converted the penalty kick to tie the game. Kappel was back at it again during the 14th minute, when Anthony Sorci attempted to score on a header off a corner kick, but the T-Birds were given another corner kick as Sorci’s header brushed off a Reedsburg player. This time, Reedsburg goalie Kip Cunningham saved an initial shot but the ball rebounded out in front of him and Kappel patiently set up a shot and finished to give Baraboo the 2-1 lead.

Reedsburg was able to use a couple of long passes to force a foot race toward Baraboo’s goal, but the Beavers were called offsides on both occasions. Jacob Lawrence nearly headed one in during the 27th minute off a corner, but Kappel scored at the 39:58 mark when Matthew Vander Schaaf was taken down in the box on an attack. Kappel converted the second penalty kick of the night to make it 3-1.

Reedsburg’s left defender was handed a red card soon after, and the T-Birds quickly began to capitalize on the extra man. Sorci converted a shot at the 41:15 mark while Vander Schaaf scored one of his own. The Beavers trailed 5-1 at halftime and struggled to keep up from there.

A couple days later, Reedsburg traveled to Waunakee and fell 4-0.

“We gave up a very early goal and a very late goal, but played solid soccer for 70 minutes in-between,” coach David Fitzpatrick said. “We need to find some more variety in our attack in order to make up for the goals we concede to our very good conference foes.”

The Beavers were outshot 17-2 in the contest. Waunakee’s James Bradley, Hudson Miller, Dane Laemmerich, and Brennan Miller scored goals for the Warriors.

On Oct. 2, Reedsburg hosted DeForest and fell 1-0. The Beavers were forced to play solid defense as they were outshot 16-3 in the Badger North game, with the Norskies finding the eventual game-winner at the 75:25 mark.

“DeForest controlled possession for most of the game but we defended very well,” Fitzpatrick said. “Kip Cunningham had a great game in goal. Unfortunately, we gave up a sloppy goal in the 76th minute that we were unable to claw back from. Kip, with the help of a few defenders, made two saves and DeForest converted off the second rebound.”

Reedsburg (9-7-2 overall, 2-5 Badger North) will travel to Beaver Dam on Oct. 10.

Cross Country

The Reedsburg cross country teams traveled to Wisconsin Dells on Sept. 29 where the girls team took sixth and the boys took ninth at the Nightfall Classic.

Senior Claire Koenecke paced the girls team with a sixth place finish out of over 175 runners, crossing the line with a time of 19:55.39. She was followed by Caylee Fry in 21st (20:50.77), Annabelle Moon in 38th (21:55.41), Jenna McBride in 43rd (22:19.27), and Kayla Greenwood in 55th (22:47.51). The combined efforts resulted in a sixth place finish with 163 points. Other top finishers for Reedsburg included Ashley Campbell in 60th (23:08.19) and Ella Brueggeman in 62nd (23:44.57).

“Girls athlete of the meet was Annabelle Moon, who ran extremely well on the evening course,” coach Nicole Bruer said. “Annabelle has been running all season as our third or fourth varsity runner. She is reliable, consistent, and determined, but most of all Annabelle is positive. She runs with a smile on her face; she loves to race and run; and she genuinely cares about other runners, both her teammates and opponents.”

Beaver Dam took the title (56), followed by Milwaukee King (74), West Bend West (79), Oak Creek (92), Sheboygan South (157), Reedsburg (163), Waukesha North (174), Baraboo (174), Tomah (233), and DeForest (254).

The boys team ran into some tough competition, with Milwaukee King taking first (78), followed by Brookfield Central (82), Baraboo (95), Oak Creek (96), Tomah (109), Beaver Dam (116), DeForest (142), Sheboygan South (164), and Reedsburg (269).

Max Harsch led the squad with a 47th place finish (18:39.14), followed by Noah Brunner in 52nd (18:57.65), Brendon Stelling in 54th (18:59.9), Abednego Becker in 55th (19:03.29), Luke Rapisarda in 61st (19:52.27), and Alex Gall in 62nd (19:59.37).

Reedsburg traveled to Tomah for an invitational on Oct. 3 and will be back in action on Oct. 7 with an invitational in Riverdale.

Girls Tennis

Most members of the Reedsburg girls tennis team wrapped up their seasons on Oct. 2 when the Beavers competed in a rainy WIAA Sub-sectional in La Crosse.

Anna Buss and Molly McBride were the lone players to advance to sectionals. The duo started out strong with a win against Baraboo’s Sarah Anderson and Lizzie Showers.

“They are really a tough duo at the No.1 spot,” coach Annie Hinkhouse said. “They’ve both come a long way and earned a 7-7 record as a result. They are both smart and strong players who have proven they can battle with any doubles team.”

While Buss and McBride will move on to compete in sectionals on Oct. 5 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, others weren’t so fortunate. Hayden Stovey fell to Baraboo’s Tate Bates in the No. 1 singles match, while Tina Anderson won her first match over Baraboo’s Shani King but fell to Onalaska’s Alli Laux. Chloe Baldwin fell to Portage’s Gretta McKinnon in the No. 3 bracket, while Alicen Henke fell to Baraboo’s Chloe Uphoff in the opening round of No. 4 singles.

At No. 2 doubles was Emma Lichte and Skyler Miller, who fell to Baraboo’s Lexi Johnson and Jordan Zalewski. Lichte and Miller finished their seasons with a record of 6-8. At No. 3 was Shelby Henke and Kaelyn Kurtenbach-Winch, who fell to a tough Onalaska team 6-0, 6-1.

Earlier in the week, Reedsburg hosted Lodi and fell 7-0. Stovey fell 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to Sierra Furger, while Tina Anderson held her own at No. 2 against Riley Persike but fell 6-3, 6-1. Baldwin fell 6-2, 6-2 to Kailyn Clapper, while Henke fell 6-1, 6-3 to Megan Damit.

In doubles, Buss and McBride fell 6-1, 6-0 to Alex Armbrust and Anya Armbrust, while Miller and Lichte fell 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to Emily Griffing and Meg McIntyre. Shelby Henke and Kurtenbach-Winch fell 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 3 match to Adrianna Lee and Leah Beyer.

The Beavers bounced back two days later with a 4-3 win over West Salem on the road. Stovey fell 6-0, 6-1 to Madison Dutton in No. 1 singles, but Anderson recorded the first win for Reedsburg with a 6-1, 6-4 rout over Ashlyn Arneson at No. 2. Baldwin fell 6-2, 4-6, 10-4 to Faith Holt, while Henke was leading Rachel Newston and did not finish due to darkness.

In doubles, Buss and McBride topped Tayler Jones and Emily Vehrenkamp 7-6, 6-2 in the No. 1 match, while Miller and Lichte followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jenna Carns and Emily Nederloe. Kurtenbach-Winch and Henke did not finish their match at No. 3 due to darkness.

“It was a nice win, and the girls played more relaxed tonight with a competition very similar to our level,” coach Annie Hinkhouse said. “I’m extremely proud of our team, and really impressed with our doubles teams this season.”

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