After losing its last three, the Reedsburg boys basketball team had to have all the gears working on Dec. 16 when it hosted Lodi, a team that went into the contest with a 3-0 record. The Blue Devils were certainly a formidable opponent, but the Beavers got things done defensively en-route to a 53-50 win at Reedsburg Area High School.

After leading 31-22 in a tremendous first half, the Beavers (3-3 overall, 0-3 Badger North) were tested in the second half as they were outscored 28-22 but smart ball control and a small lead down the stretch lifted them to the victory. It was a nice rebound win for the Beavers, who were coming off a 60-49 loss to Portage on Dec. 12.

“We played with great defensive effort,” coach Josh Rupnow said. “We could have still done a better job rebounding down the stretch, but overall, a huge improvement from our game versus Portage on Tuesday.”

Both teams felt each other out to start. After an 11-11 tie, Reedsburg took an 18-14 lead after a 3-pointer from Will Fuhrmann and a jump shot from Ben Fuhrmann. It was a sign for what was to come, as the Fuhrmann’s led the team in scoring with 14 points apiece.

“They are great players and were able to lead us in scoring tonight, but really the story of the game was the effort on the defensive end,” Rupnow said. “Tyson (Tully) did a great job holding a terrific player to low numbers and will was able to do the same with his matchup. We applied good pressure and helped each other out frequently on defense to get a nice second half lead.”

A baseline jumper from Will Fuhrmann and a score in transition from Ben Fuhrmann kept the lead in Reedsburg’s favor, while a dish to Max Tully made it 26-19. Ben Fuhrmann hit another jumper while Tyson Tully hit a 3-pointer down the stretch and Reedsburg had a nine-point lead at halftime.

The Beavers extended their lead to start the second, with Tully sending a pass to Will Fuhrmann early while threes from Ben Fuhrmann and Adam Belk sent Reedsburg’s lead into double digits. Lodi began to hit from the perimeter as well however, with Carter Breunig and Jackson Kolinski hitting threes which spurred an offensive drought from both teams. Scores from Ben Fuhrmann and Tyson Tully made it 49-40, but the Blue Devils kept answering. With only one player on Lodi’s roster under six feet, the Blue Devils used their height to threaten on the inside which opened up the perimeter. With just under two minutes left, Lodi made it 51-47 after hitting a 3-pointer. From there, Reedsburg was inconsistent from the line but a single free throw made from Will Fuhrmann, Jacob Dregney, and Carter Daniels was enough to keep the lead as Lodi was fouled as well on a 3-point attempt but missed two of the three from the line.

“The key was to make some free throws,” Rupnow said. “Had we made more of them, we would have won by more, but they were missing as well and so once we were able to start making them we (were okay). Losing that nine point lead shows that we still have plenty of work to do in order to finish games as the season move forward.”

Girls Basketball

The Reedsburg girls basketball team continues to roll as the Beavers are now on an eight game winning streak after defeating Adams-Friendship and Mount Horeb last week.

The Beavers (8-1 overall, 5-0 Badger North) were dominant in both matchups. Reedsburg first traveled to Adams-Friendship on Dec. 12, where the Beavers won 71-21 in the non-conference game. Reedsburg outscored the Green Devils 48-8 in the first half to set the tone of the contest. Ava Douglas and Brooklyn Schyvinck led the team with 22 points apiece, followed by Julia Korklewski (13), and Kaitlyn Zunker (7).

It was a similar story on Dec. 15 when the Beavers hosted Mount Horeb and won 58-33 in a Badger North Conference game. Reedsburg had control in both halves, leading 26-17 at halftime and outscoring the Vikings 32-16 in the second. Douglas led the squad with 15 points, followed by Schyvinck (13), Korklewski (7), and Skyler Miller (6).

Reedsburg will travel to Beaver Dam on Dec. 21 to take on the defending state champions.

Wrestling

The Reedsburg wrestling team saw a successful week after taking down Beaver Dam in a conference dual and taking fourth at the Richland Center Invite.

On Dec. 15, the Beavers traveled to Beaver Dam where they took down the Golden Beavers 43-36.

Reedsburg’s Kaiden Otto started things off with a pin over Eduardo Tostado in the 106-pound match (:37), before Beaver Dam’s Dietrich Jaeckel pinned Nicholas Rockweiler in the 113 (1:06) and Kolbe DeLosAngeles pinned Caylee Fry in the 120 (1:07). Garrett Schinker got things back into gear for the Beavers with a pin over Caleb Frey in the 126 (1:41) which spurred a five match streak. Caden Fry won by a 13-3 major decision over Dylan Surprise in the 132, while Mason McMillen pinned Brandon Garb in the 138 (:55). Jake Rose followed with a pin over Spencer Booth in the 145 (:58), while Bryce Bierman won by a 4-1 decision over Ian Wendt-Utrie in the 152.

Both teams traded points from there, as James Brown pinned Kaden Reuterskiold in the 160 (4:42) but Reedsburg’s Brady Fry and Langston Brown grabbed key pins in the next two matches to pull away. Fry pinned Mateo Ramirez in the 170 (3:23), while Brown pinned James Fletcher in the 182 (5:15). Beaver Dam won the next three matches to grab 18 points but Reedsburg still had the seven-point edge to win the dual.

Less than 24 hours later, the Beavers were in Richland Center where they took fourth place out of 17 area schools. Gale-Ett-Tremp./Melrose took the title with 256 points, followed by Baraboo (211.5), Tomah (188), Reedsburg (170.5), and Monroe (159.5) to round out the top five.

Reedsburg came away with one first place result, as McMillen took the title in the 132-pound bracket, earning his team 34.5 points. After a first round bye, the senior won by an 18-3 tech fall over Cashton’s Matthew Harter, before winning by a 5-3 decision over Baraboo’s John Gunderson in the semifinal. In the championship, McMillen defeated Cochrane-Fountain City’s Max Dascher by a 5-3 decision.

Bierman meanwhile, made a solid run in the 152, taking second to provide 30 team points. Bierman earned a pin in the second round, before winning by a 2-0 decision to advance to the final. Once there, he fell by a 9-2 decision to Mauston’s Jarrett Dolata.

Two wrestlers took third place, including Brady Fry in the 170. Fry went 2-1 in his matches, earning a pin over Wisconsin Dells’ Kayleb Galloway (3:16) before falling in the semis to Boscobel’s Chase Beinborn (Dec. 5-2). Fry ended things strong, earning a pin over Riverdale’s Tyler Hach in the third place match (2:01).

Caden Fry found the other third place finish, in the 126. He went 2-1 on the day, earning a 2-0 decision over Baraboo’s Eli Davidson before falling 2-1 in a tiebreaker. Fry went on to win by a 8-0 major decision over Hillsboro’s Dakota Wells in the third place match.

Other top finishes include fourth from Caylee Fry in the 113, sixth from Reuterskiold in the 160, fifth from Brown in the 182, seventh from Bailey McGlynn in the 220, and seventh from Nick Coplien in the 138.

Gymnastics

The Reedsburg gymnastics team fell short in three straight duals last week.

On Dec. 12, the Beavers were in Baraboo where they fell to the Thunderbirds 126.65-107.6. Reedsburg recorded scores of 28.1 on the balance beam, 29.6 on the floor exercise, 30.05 on the vault, and 19.85 on the uneven bars.

Raegan Hyzer led the team, taking fourth place in all-around scores after recording a 7.95 on the floor, a 7.4 on the beam, a 7.25 on the vault, and a 5.75 on the bars. Behind her was Alicen Henke, who scored a 6.55 on the floor, a 5.85 on the beam, a 7.5 on the vault, and a 4.45 on the bars. Haley Asp had the second highest score for Reedsburg on the beam with a 7.1, while Raelle Bishop had the second highest team score on the floor with a 7.55.

Two days later, the Beavers traveled to Viroqua and fell 117.55-104.525. Reedsburg earned scores of 25.675 on the beam, 29.15 on the floor, 29.4 on the vault, and 20.3 on the bars.

In all-around scores, Bishop took third after recording a 7.45 on the floor, a 5.6 on the beam, a 7.2 on the vault and a 4.7 on the bars. Asp took fourth, recording scores of 6.625 on the floor, 6.5 on the beam, 7.15 on the vault and 4.15 on the bars. Sydney Womble led the Beavers on the vault with a 7.55 followed by Henke (7.4), while Hyzer led on the bars with a 5.6. On the beam, Brandi Imhoff led Reedsburg with a second place score of 7.05, while Hyzer was second in team scores behind Bishop on the floor with a 7.4.

On Dec. 18, Reedsburg hosted River Valley where it fell 118.7-110.625. The Beavers recorded team scores of 28.7 on the beam, 30.6 on the floor, 30.6 on the vault, and 20.725 on the bars.

Womble led on the vault, taking third with a 7.95 while Henke took fifth (7.6). Hyzer led on the bars with a third place result (5.95), while Hyzer, Imhoff, Mai Klink, and Asp took second (7.35), third (7.25), and fourth (7.05), respectively on the beam. On the floor, Hyzer took second with a performance worthy of an 8.1, while Bishop took fourth (7.7).

Girls Hockey

The Badger Lightning girls hockey team continues to struggle, after falling in three games last week to bring its record to 0-7.

On Dec. 12, the Lightning hosted the Stoughton Co-op Icebergs at Poppy Waterman Arena where they fell 5-2. The Lightning were outshot 35-25 on the day, but were able to take a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Tierney Andres and Bailey Babcock. Babcock assisted Andres on the opening goal at 13:46, while Babcock scored unassisted at 15:34.

The Icebergs stormed back with five unanswered goals, one in the first, one in the second on a power play, and three more in the third to take the game. Badger Lightning’s Natalie Buss recorded 30 saves in the loss.

Two days later, the Lightning traveled to Sun Prairie where they fell 8-2 to the Cap City Cougars. Cap City had control from start to finish, outshooting the Lightning 35-13 and scoring four goals in the first and another three in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Lizzie Patton got the Lightning on the board late in the second with assists from Andres and Babcock, while Emily Patton found light at the end of the tunnel with a goal at the 48 second mark in the third, with Babcock assisting.

On Dec. 16, the Lightning traveled to Somerset where they fell 13-1 to the Western Wisconsin Stars.

The Stars scored five goals in the first and another five in the second. Kaylee Engal found the back of the net at the 6:46 mark in the second period off of assists from Babcock and Allison Knull to make it 7-1, but the Lightning couldn’t keep up with the Stars, who are now 4-2-1 on the year. The Lightning were outshot 37-11 in the game.

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