Out of eight varsity matches last week, the Reedsburg prep volleyball team won seven of them.
It’s quite the improvement for the Beavers, who started the season 0-3 and are now on a winning streak. Reedsburg’s success started last Tuesday, when the squad hosted Mauston and shutout the Golden Eagles 25-14, 25-23, 25-11 in a non-conference contest.
It was a well-rounded victory for the Beavers, who put together solid offensive and defensive play throughout. Brooklyn Schyvinck led in kills with 18 while Kaitlyn Zunker added seven in the win, while Ally Gesteland racked up 37 assists. In digs, Cheyanne Grundahl led with 25 while Schyvinck had nine of her own.
That was only beginning however, as Reedsburg continued to gain momentum on Sept. 7 when it traveled to Sauk Prairie for a Badger North Conference showdown. The Eagles gave the Beavers a run for their money as a back-and-forth five-set thriller played out, but a dominant fifth set led to a 25-15, 23-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-5 victory.
“There was a lot of good volleyball played tonight! Both teams fought hard and were scrappy in keeping rallies alive with some great digs,” Reedsburg coach Sheila Green said. “We got our hands on a number of blocks and played up quite a few balls from our block and attack coverage. The girls never gave up.”
The Eagles extended the match as long as they could after finding themselves facing match point with a 24-22 set-four deficit. Sauk Prairie climbed out of it, taking advantage of a pair of Reedsburg miscues before Hannah Schneider recorded a block to give the Eagles a 25-24 lead. With Ainsley Apel serving, Reedsburg’s return went into the net and Sauk Prairie lived to see a fifth set.
That momentum was quickly extinguished, as Brooklyn Schyvinck and Reedsburg took over in set five. With Schyvinck leading the way at outside hitter, the Beavers jumped out to a 9-3 lead before an Ally Gesteland kill gave them a 14-5 advantage. A Mackenzie Ganem capped off the match to give Reedsburg the 15-5 set-five win.
Reedsburg controlled the early-portion of the match, taking a 25-14 win in set one. But Sauk Prairie came alive in the second, as the teams traded points until Reedsburg called timeout with Sauk Prairie holding a 20-19 advantage. The set continued to go back-and-forth until an Apel kill gave the Eagles a 24-23 lead. Kayla Breunig served the final point and Sauk Prairie evened the match at 1-1.
Reedsburg regained control in set three, opening up a 6-2 lead and never looking back. The Beavers were never in danger, leading 14-8 and 19-10 on the way to a 25-16 win.
Schyvinck led the attack once again with 29 kills, while Mallory Stingley had a breakout game with 10 kills of her own. Gesteland set things up with 48 assists, while Reedsburg’s defense was stellar as Grundahl and Schyvinck combined for 45 digs to keep the ball in the air. The Beavers also recorded eight blocks on the night, with Zunker leading with four while Julia Korklewski and Stingley had two apiece.
Reedsburg saw a variety of competition and playstyles on Sept. 9 when the Beavers competed in the Sparta Invitational, but Reedsburg came away with a successful finish, going 5-1 on the day.
The Beavers kicked off the contest with a 25-12, 25-18 win over Wonewoc-Center, before taking down Mauston 25-13, 25-15. Reedsburg fought a tough Black River Falls team but was able to slip past the Tigers 21-25, 25-20, 15-7, before defeating North Crawford 25-10, 25-18 and Fall Creek 25-21, 25-17.
The one loss of the day came in the opening match of bracket play, when the Beavers took on the host Sparta and hung tough, but fell 25-14, 21-25, 15-11.
“It was a good day for us,” Green said of the invite. “The girls played pretty steady throughout the day.
“It was great to see the effort and hustle put forth on the court throughout a long day of matches. Everyone was doing their part, a solid team effort.”
Reedsburg (10-4 overall, 1-2 Badger North) will travel to Baraboo on Sept. 14 for a Badger North Conference match.
The Reedsburg cross country teams competed in the River Valley Invitational on Sept. 9 in Spring Green where the girls team took ninth and the boys team took 17th.
Senior Claire Koenecke led the girls team with a 22nd place finish out of 101 runners, crossing the line with a time of 21:44. The next three Reedsburg finishers were sophomores, with Alexis Knickelbein taking 33rd (22:18), Annabelle Moon taking 41st (22:38), and Caylee Fry taking 48th (23:03). Rounding out the Beavers were Kayla Greenwood in 70th (24:16) and Angela Gasser in 75th (24:26). Reedsburg’s 214 team points was two points shy of Milton in eighth place (212).
The girls’ athlete of the meet for Sept. 8 at River Valley is Angela Gasser,” girls coach Nicole Bruer said. “Angela ran on varsity for the second time. She ran hard and when she hit her stride, she was able to maintain her pace well while others in the race faded. Angela always has a smile on her and a word of encouragement for her teammates. Angela ran a fantastic race, and we are excited to see where this season will lead her.”
On the boys side, sophomore Nick Horzewski led the squad with a 70th place finish (18:57), followed by Max Harsch in 91st (19:26), Ben Becker in 95th (19:37), Noah Brunner in 97th (19:47), Brendon Stelling in 106th (20:26), and Alexander Gall in 116th (21:35).
“Nick was one of nine Reedsburg boys to record new personal best times on the day while several more ran season bests,” boys coach Kory Boughton said. “In the JV race, Luke Rapisarda led the way for Reedsburg. In his first ever high school cross country race, he got out and competed well to finish in 49th place out of 277 runners with a time of 19:51.”
The Reedsburg girls tennis team struggled against the Sauk Prairie Eagles on Sept. 7 when the Beavers fell 7-0 on the road.
Hayden Stovey fell 6-0, 6-0 to Katie Mack at No. 1 singles, while Alicen Henke fell 6-0, 6-2 to Katie Yanke at No. 2. Kaelyn Kurtenbach-Winch fell 6-0, 6-0 to Jordan O’Connor at No. 3, before Shelby Henke fell 6-0, 6-1 to Kaylee Meeker to round out singles play.
In doubles, Molly McBride and Anna Buss fell 6-2, 6-3 to Taylor Breninger and Camryn Ballweg at No. 1, while Skyler Miller and Emma Lichte fell 6-1, 6-1 to Aimee Maasch and Bridget Fabian at No. 2. Taylor Fuller and Taylor Janeschek rounded out doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Kelsey Selden and Haley Greenheck.
The Reedsburg boys soccer team moved to 5-2-1 on the season last week.
The Beavers started their week against a talent-laden Monona Grove team, as Reedsburg fell to the Silver Eagles 9-0. The Beavers would bounce back however, when they traveled to Poynette and took down the Pumas 3-2. Poynette/Portage scored the first two goals of the contest, scoring during the 8th minute and again in the 53rd to take a 2-0 lead. The Beavers took over from there however, with Dylan Brown scoring at the 76:58 mark before Anthony Paskey scored three minutes later to knot the score. With just five minutes remaining, Brown found an opening and converted a shot at the 85:40 mark and Reedsburg held on from there.
The Beavers were outshot 10-6 in the game, while goalie Kip Cunningham made 10 saves.
Reedsburg capped off the week with a loss and a draw at an invitational at Woodside Sports Complex on Sept. 8-9. The Beavers started the invite with a tough, 8-1 loss to Pius XI.
“We’re in a stretch of 10 games in 14 days right now and the tired legs were kicking in,” coach David Fitzpatrick said. “We rested a few guys and rotated more than usual. Pius XI were very fast and technical and played give and go passes which led to 16 shots on goal.”
Nathan Adelman scored the lone goal for the Beavers in the first half on a penalty kick. Reedsburg’s offense struggled, recording just two shots on goal while Kunningham made nine saves.
The Beavers went on to record a 1-1 draw with Wrightstown on day two of competition. Brown recorded the goal for Reedsburg at the 25:45 mark in the first half, while Wrightstown scored in the 69th minute to knot the score. The Beavers recorded five shots on goal while Cunningham saved three.
Reedsburg, which hosted Mount Horeb on Sept. 12 in a conference game that ended after Times-Press print time, will next host Mauston on Sept. 14.
The Reedsburg girls golf team went 0-3 last week.
On Sept. 5, the Beavers hosted Beaver Dam and fell 200-233 in a Badger North Duel at Reedsburg Country Club. Caylee Beyer led the Beavers with a 15-over-par 51, followed by Anna Krieski (53), Taylor Fearing (64), Josie Fry (65), and Ashley Krieski (66). Beaver Dam was led by Haylee Schwark (47), Marissa Boehler (49), Alyssa Heim (51), Kendra Swanson (53), and Grace Scharfenberg (58).
Two days later, the team traveled to Portage where it fell 206-218. Beyer led Reedsburg with a 47, followed by Caitlyn Brunken (50), Anna Krieski (59), and Andrea Schliekau (62). Portage was led by Sophie Denure (46), McKayla McTier (52), Anna Davidson (53), MacKenzie Roth (55), and Rachel Hepler (60).
Reedsburg traveled to Waunakee on Sept. 11 and fell 189-228. The Beavers were led by Beyer with a 14-over-par 50, followed by Anna Krieski (52), Brunken (61), Fearing (65), and Kelcey Clark (71). Waunakee was led by Brooke Ehle (41), Sam Soulier (45), Aly Kinzel (48), Sydney Grimm (55), and Carsen Genda (59).
Reedsburg hosted eight area teams on Sept. 12 for an invitational which ended after Times-Press print time and will next travel to Beaver Dam on Sept. 13 for its final duel of the season.
River Valley Invitational
At Spring Green
Men’s team scores: 1, Madison La Follette 59; 2, Monona Grove 79; 3, Dodgeville/Mineral Point 89; 4, Dubuque Senior 100; 5, Monroe 124; 6, McFarland 128; 7, Sauk Prairie 239; 8, DeForest 259; 9, Mauston 283; 10, Mount Horeb 289; 11, Holmen 291; 12, Milton 321; 13, Lodi 339; 14, Wisconsin Dells 367; 15, River Valley 384; 16, Southwestern/Cuba City 418; 17, Reedsburg 459; 18, Richland Center-Ithaca 578.
Women’s team scores: 1, Wisconsin Dells 26; 2, McFarland 93; 3, DeForest 118; 4, Mauston 153; 5, Madison La Follette 159; 6, Dodgeville/Mineral Point 164; 7, Lodi 180; 8, Milton 212; 9, Reedsburg 214; 10, Sauk Prairie 230; 11, Holmen 238; 12, Monroe 254; 13, Mount Horeb 302; 14, Richland Center-Ithaca 388; 15, River Valley 404.
Top male finishers: 1, Charlie Ellenbecke (Monona Grove) 15:49.75; 2, Jalen Hildebrand (Dubuque Senior) 16:18.44; 3, Josh Freitag (Madison La Follette) 16:24.96; 4, Andrew Pahnke (McFarland) 16:28.06; 5, Reed Anderson (Monona Grove) 16:34.05.
Top female finishers: 1, Laura Beghin (Wisconsin Dells) 19:04.68; 2, Mason Kalander (Holmen) 19:58.86; 3, Lauren Talabec (Milton) 20:14.56; 4, Emily Cunningham (Wisconsin Dells) 20:27.56; 5, Lindsay Cunningham (Wisconsin Dells) 20:28.5.