The Reedsburg prep cross country teams traveled to Baraboo on Oct. 14 to compete in the Badger North Conference Championship where the girls team took fourth and the boys team took eighth.

Despite wet and sloppy conditions and a tougher field of competition with the addition of Beaver Dam, Claire Koenecke continued to run with authority. The senior took sixth place in the girls race with a time of 20:48.86. Behind her were sophomores Caylee Fry and Annabelle Moon, who ran in a tight pack and finished 17th (21:51.68) and 18th (21:53.93), respectively. Freshman Jenna McBride was Reedsburg’s fourth finisher, taking 37th with a time of 22:58.96, while senior Anna Penkwitz wasn’t far behind, taking 39th with a 23:01.43.

The combined efforts gave the Beavers 117 points to take fourth. Waunakee took the title (42), followed by Beaver Dam (45), DeForest (76), Reedsburg (117), Sauk Prairie (144), Portage (152), Baraboo (154), and Mount Horeb (162).

“This week I am not designating an athlete of the meet because I simply cannot choose,” girls coach Nicole Bruer said. “I am so very proud of how all the girls ran at conference and throughout the entire season. The varsity squad really came through today with their focus and dedication; it has been several years since we have placed this high.”

Other finishers for Reedsburg included sophomore Alexis Knickelbein in 43rd (23:06.99), sophomore Angela Gasser in 46th with a new personal best of 23:15.13, and senior Kayla Greenwood in 55th (23:51.27).

The boys team struggled, taking eighth with 244 points. Baraboo took the crown (69), followed by Sauk Prairie (77), DeForest (90), Mount Horeb (95), Waunakee (103), Beaver Dam (105), and Portage (131).

Junior Max Harsch had the best finish, taking 39th (19:00.46) while sophomore Noah Brunner took 45th (19:11.02). Sophomores Abednego Becker and Brendon Stelling ran together and took 50th (19:19.56) and 51st (19:20.99), while senior Luka Rapisarda took 59th with a new personal best of 19:51.39. Other finishers included junior Alexander Gall (20:29.18) and Zach Hale (20:35.32).

The Beavers will travel to DeForest on Oct. 21 for sectionals.

Volleyball

The Reedsburg volleyball team traveled to Stoughton on Oct. 12 where the Beavers were swept in their regular season finale, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21.

Despite the final score, coach Sheila Green was happy to see tough competition as the Beavers prepare for playoffs.

“I was pleased to see our hitters go after the ball more aggressively throughout the match. As we prepare for WIAA tournament competition next week that will be an important component. I thought we struggled in serve receive more than usual. Stoughton had some strong servers and we had difficulty at times converting serve receive into multiple opportunities for our offense. Defensively, I feel that we played pretty even with them.”

Brooklyn Schyvinck led the way with 22 kills while Mallory Stingley had seven. Ally Gesteland amassed 35 assists, while Cheyanne Grundahl led in digs with 23. Schyvinck added 10 digs of her own.

No. 1 Reedsburg will host the winner of No. 5 Mauston vs. No. 4 Wautoma on Oct. 19 for the second round of WIAA Div. 2 playoffs. The winner will advance to the Regional Final on Oct. 21.

Boys Soccer

The Reedsburg boys soccer team split its final two games of the regular season.

On Oct. 10, the Beavers traveled to Beaver Dam where they fell 1-0 in a Badger North Conference contest. The Golden Beavers found the winning goal during the eighth minute off a free kick which banked off the post and in. A steady downpour of rain made things difficult for both teams, but Beaver Dam had the majority of possession with nine total shots on goal compared to Reedsburg’s five.

The Beavers ended the regular season on a good note however, taking down Columbus 3-1 on Oct. 12 in a road game. The Beavers conceded a goal off a headed corner kick at the conclusion of the first half, but stormed back with three unanswered goals in the second. All three goals came within an eight-minute span, with Ryan Dregney scoring the first while Drew Williams scored the next two. Goaltender Kip Cunningham recorded six saves in the contest.

No. 9 Reedsburg, which ends the regular season with an overall record of 9-8-3, will travel to No. 8 Waunakee on Oct. 19 for a WIAA Div. 2 Regional. The winner will take on the winner of No. 1 Elkhorn vs. No. 16 Wilmot Union on Oct. 21.

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