A low uneven bars score resulted in an eighth place result for the Reedsburg gymnastics team on Saturday, Dec. 9 when the Beavers competed in the Baraboo Invitational.

Reedsburg scored a 28.1 on the balance beam, a 29.125 on the floor exercise, a 29.25 on the vault and a 20.3 on the bars for a total of 106.775. West Salem Co-op took the title (135.775), followed by Waunakee/DeForest (131.8) and Dodgeville/Mineral Point (131.2) to round out the top three.

The Beavers started out the day on the vault, their highest scoring event. Junior Sydney Womble paced the team with a 21st place finish, earning scores of 7.6 on the first vault and a 7.9 on the second for a final of 7.75. Junior Raelle Bishop was a few spots behind her with a 7.45, while sophomore Alicen Henke recorded a 7.15. Brandi Imhoff and Raegan Hyzer each scored a 6.9.

“Sydney Womble and Raelle Bishop had great vaults,” coach Nichelle Hoege said. “As the winter break approaches, our goal is step it up with more challenging vaults to boost scores.”

The Beavers were on the uneven bars in round three, where they opted for simple routines. Hyzer led the squad with a 5.85, followed by Mai Klink (5.45), Womble (4.55), Henke (4.45), and Haley Asp (4.45).

In round five, Reedsburg bounced back on the balance beam with hardly any falls. Hyzer soared to a 16th place finish, earning a 7.7 while Imhoff and Henke followed with scores of 6.9 and 6.85, respectively. Klink (6.65) and Asp (6.3) rounded out the event.

“On the balance beam, Raegan Hyzer had a great beam routine and Branid Imhoff had a much better performance compared to Thursday night. Brandi has been working hard on more difficult skills in her beam routine which just need to be cleaned up as the season progresses,” Hoege said.

The Beavers wrapped things up in round eight of nine on the floor. Hyzer had a solid performance worthy of a 7.975, followed by Bishop (7.5), Jenna Bailey (7.075), Henke (6.575), and Imhoff (6.0).

“Mai Klink suffered a sore ankle doing her dismount on beam so to preserve her for the upcoming duals, Jenna Bailey stepped in to take her spot (on floor),” Hoege said. “Jenna competed a beautiful floor routine and had no issue stepping up to help out the team at a moment’s notice.”

On Dec. 7, Reedsburg took on Mount Horeb for a conference duel where the Beavers fell 136.375-106.575 in their first meet of the season.

Reedsburg scored a 26.45 on the beam, a 29.3 on the floor, a 29.9 on the vault and a 20.925 on the bars. Womble (7.6), Bishop (7.5), Hyzer (7.4), Imhoff (7.4), and Henke (7.3) all had solid vaults, while Hyzer (5.85) and Womble (5.475) led on the bars. On the beam, Hyzer scored a 7.55 followed by Asp (6.55), before Hyzer scored an 8.25 on the floor. Klink followed with a 7.55 while Imhoff scored a 6.9.

“Raegan Hyzer competed all four events at varsity level and nailed all of her routines,” Hoege said. “She shined on beam and had an amazing floor performance. Raegan is a dependable gymnast who knows how to stay calm under pressure.”

Reedsburg traveled to Baraboo on Dec. 12 for a dual and will next travel to Viroqua on Dec. 14.

Girls Basketball

The Reedsburg girls basketball team notched its sixth straight win on Dec. 9 when the Beavers traveled to DeForest and won 62-59 in a Badger North Conference contest.

Reedsburg jumped out to an early lead in the first half, and controlled the pace throughout, leading 34-22 at halftime. Reedsburg’s lead continued to stretch in the second half, going up 52-34 but the Norskies had other plans as they cut the deficit with several 3-pointers. DeForest capitalized on a three-point play with 2.9 seconds left to cut the deficit to just three points, but Reedsburg held on from there.

Ava Douglas led the squad with 18 points, five rebounds and six assists, followed by Brooklyn Schyvinck who added 18 points and seven rebounds. Alyssa Straka recorded 12 points and five rebounds, while Skyler Miller earned 10 points and eight rebounds.

“It was a great win not just for our team but for our program,” Reedsburg coach Mark Simon said. “It’s a difficult place to win. DeForest always plays with great toughness and has great basketball IQ.”

The Beavers added another win last week, when they hosted Baraboo and took care of their Badger North rivals 69-47.

Reedsburg once again had a big first half, leading 34-14 at halftime before a back-and-forth second half played out. Schyvinck and Douglas led the Beavers with 21 points apiece, followed by Julia Korklewski with 10 and Miller with eight. Rachel Schmitt added five points.

Reedsburg (6-1 overall, 4-0 Badger North) traveled to Adams-Friendship on Tuesday and will next host Mount Horeb on Dec. 15.

Boys Hockey

The Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells boys hockey team was handed two straight losses last week.

On Dec. 5, the Cheavers traveled to Middleton where they fell to the Cardinals 3-2 in overtime. RWD was first to score, with Derek Pawlak finding the back of the net at the 6:55 mark in the first period and the Cheavers went into the first break with the 1-0 lead.

Middleton mimicked Reedsburg in the second period, scoring the lone goal of the frame to knot the score. Middleton’s Jake Pavelski earned the goal. The two teams continued to trade goals in the third period, with Ben Horzewski scoring on a power play at the 2:14 mark, with Dylan Brown and Pawlak assisting. The Cardinals, who outshot the Cheavers 44-25 on the night, tied the score at 12:42 with a goal from Bo Bergenthal to force overtime. RWD had three chances at the goal in overtime, but Middleton found the winning score at the 6:40 mark off a power play, with Brooks Kalschuer slinging one past goalie Nicolas Breunig.

Three days later, the Cheavers traveled to Waunakee where they fell to the Warriors 3-2. RWD outshot Waunakee 34-25, but gave up three unanswered goals in the first and second periods which forced the Cheavers to play from behind. Waunakee’s Tyler Hoffmann, Kyle Ihrke, and Mason Ihrke scored the goals for the Warriors, all on even strength. RWD made it a game in the final frame, with Tarren Gruber capitalizing on a power play at the 5:20 mark off a pass from Pawlak, while Jacob Ely scored later in the frame off a pass from Brown and Ben Jones.

Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells (2-4 overall, 0-1 Badger North) hosted Sauk Prairie on Dec. 12 and will host Chippewa Falls on Dec. 16.

Wrestling

The Reedsburg wrestling team has been busy after taking down Mount Horeb in a conference duel and competing in a tough Wisconsin Dells tournament over the weekend.

On Dec. 8, the Beavers were in Mount Horeb where they took down the Vikings 54-30 in a conference duel. Brady Fry kicked things off with a pin over Jared Leuzinger in the 182-pound match, but Mount Horeb put the pressure on from there, winning the next three matches. Reedsburg had no trouble climbing back however, as the Beavers won the next eight matches in a row to seal the win. It started with a pin from Kaiden Otto in the 106 (1:09), followed by a win by forfeit in the 113 and a pin from Caylee Fry in the 120 (1:16). After two more win by forfeits, Mason McMillen earned a pin over Mount Horeb’s Gabo Schloessler in the 138 (1:33) while Jake Rose pinned Mount Horeb’s Noah Jacobson in the 145 (:41). Bryce Bierman won by forfeit in the 152 to cap off the eight-match streak.

Less than 24 hours later, the Beavers were in Wisconsin Dells for the Dells Duals Classic where they ran into some tough competition, going 0-4-1 on the day.

Reedsburg won five matches in a 45-23 loss to Kimberly, with David Finkel earning a pin over Max Digman in the 285 (2:43) while Caden Fry won by a 9-1 major decision over Ethan Thao in the 126. McMillen pinned Tucker Smith in the 132 (1:31), while Bierman won by a 2-0 decision over Seth Christman in the 152. Brady Fry defeated Aaron Stannard by a 12-0 major decision in the 170.

The Beavers had a close result against Mineral Point, falling 34-23. Wins came from Otto in the 106 (Fall :48), Caden Fry in the 126 (Dec. 1-0), McMillen in the 132 (tech fall 4:54), Bierman in the 152 (Dec. 5-2), and Brady Fry in the 170 (Fall :37).

Reedsburg went on to fall 57-23 against a talented Prairie du Chien team. Reedsburg wins included Caylee Fry in the 113 (Fall 3:58), McMillen in the 132 (tech fall 4:50), Bierman in the 152 (Fall 3:06), and Brady Fry in the 170 (Fall 3:38). The Beavers had an even tougher outcome against Saint Croix Falls, losing 51-16. Reedsburg wins included Caden Fry in the 126 (tech fall 6:00), McMillen in the 132 (tech fall 1:53), Angelo Willey in the 138 (Dec. 8-2), and Bierman in the 152 (Dec. 6-1).

Reedsburg’s duel against Wisconsin Dells couldn’t have been any closer, as the teams ended in a 33-33 tie. Wins from Reedsburg included Caylee Fry (forfeit), Caden Fry (forfeit), McMillen (Fall 5:02), Jake Rose in the 145 (Fall 1:57), Bierman (Dec. 7-2), and Brady Fry (Fall 3:19). Wisconsin Dells tied the score with two wins by forfeit in the 182 and 195, while a double forfeit in the 220 ended the duel in a tie.

The Beavers will travel to Beaver Dam on Dec. 15 for a Badger North duel.

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