Taylor Greenheck

Sauk Prairie's Taylor Greenheck

Brock Fritz/Sauk Prairie Eagle

The Sauk Prairie boys hockey team recorded its third straight win with a home victory over the Monroe Co-op on Jan. 24.

The Eagles (9-6-2) gave up an early goal before responding with five straight goals to pull away for a 6-2 non-conference win.

The Avalanche (1-16) struck first, taking a 1-0 lead when Tyler Johnson scored 2:58 into the first period. Sauk Prairie drew even with Riley Jelinek’s power-play goal at the 8:06 mark.

The Eagles took the lead for good when Ace Ayers scored 13:30 into the second period, sending Sauk Prairie into the third period with a 2-1 advantage.

Sauk Prairie pulled away during a two-minute stretch in the third period. Dayne Leonard got it started with a goal at the 6:46 mark, then Zach Showers scored a minute later and Leonard gave the Eagles a 5-1 lead at the 8:54 mark.

Monroe scored a short-handed goal at the 12:44 mark before Sauk Prairie capped off the scoring with Lance Bauernhuber’s power-play goal 14 seconds later.

Dakota Pickhard made 18 saves for the Eagles, while Heath Bear had 42 saves for the Avalanche.

The Eagles will play three road games this week, visiting Viroqua on Tuesday, Sparta on Thursday and Waunakee on Saturday.

Girls Basketball

The Sauk Prairie girls basketball team struggled down the stretch on Jan. 24.

Tied at 50-50 with less than five minutes to play, Baraboo turned it on, scoring the game’s final 11 points to hand Sauk Prairie a 61-50 Badger North Conference loss.

It was a back-and-forth game early, as the T-Birds (7-8, 2-5 Badger North) opened up a 12-point lead only to find themselves in a 12-point deficit minutes later. Baraboo eventually cut into the deficit and Sauk Prairie (3-11, 1-6) took a 33-26 lead into halftime.

The T-Birds came out strong in the second half, tying the game at 36-36 after Emily Stieve hit a 3-pointer. The Eagles kept it close until Baraboo pulled away with the 11-0 run down the stretch.

Baraboo got a measure of revenge, beating Sauk Prairie less than two weeks after suffering a double-digit loss to the Eagles. Sauk Prairie came into Baraboo on Jan. 13 and handed the T-Birds a 73-63 loss in what is Sauk Prairie’s only conference win this season.

Baraboo’s Emily Kieck scored a game-high 31 points in the first matchup with Sauk Prairie, but the T-Birds didn’t get much secondary scoring. It was a different story the second time around, as Baraboo’s Josie Schaefer led all scorers with 20 points. The senior scored 14 second-half points to help Baraboo pull away. Emily Kieck added 18 points for the T-Birds, while Lia Kieck chipped in 10 points.

Sauk Prairie’s Taylor Greenheck scored a team-high 18 points, but Baraboo coach Michael Behl thought that the T-Birds did a decent job of slowing her down.

“We controlled Greenheck a little bit better,” Behl said, noting that Greenheck had 21 points in the first matchup. “The objective was to keep her out of the paint and make her earn her points. We kept her on the perimeter and also got out better to (Riley) Breunig, their shooter, and limited her.”

Breunig finished with 13 points for the Eagles, but was held to just three points in the second half.

Waunakee 75, Sauk Prairie 46

On Saturday, Sauk Prairie traveled to Waunakee and suffered a 75-46 Badger North Conference loss to the Warriors.

Conference-leading Waunakee (14-2, 8-0 Badger North) was in control much of the way, taking a 30-15 halftime lead before pulling away with a 45-point second half.

Greenheck was the lone Eagle to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Taylor Breininger added eight points, while Riley Breunig had 6 points.

Waunakee’s Maddie Farnsworth led all scorers with 19 points, as Morgan Greiber finished with 14 points.

The Eagles (3-12, 1-7) have lost four straight games, scoring just 41.3 points per game during the losing streak.

Sauk Prairie will host Portage in a Badger North Conference game on Tuesday before visiting Monroe on Friday.

Boys Swimming

The Sauk Prairie Co-op capped off the Badger North Conference season with a 110-60 dual win at DeForest on Jan. 24.

A trio of Eagles swam to a pair of first-place finishes. Desmon Sachtjen claimed the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.92) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.84), Ayden Frey won the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.75) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.97), and Jake Guentherman won the 100-yard butterfly (59.54) and the 100-yard backstroke (59.38).

Allan Brickl added a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.53).

The Eagles also won the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.86), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.51) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:27.54).

On Saturday, Sauk Prairie finished the regular season by taking sixth at a 20-team invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.

Sauk Prairie compiled a team score of 159, while Stevenson (Ill.) won the event with a 368.5.

Sachtjen had Sauk Prairie’s top individual finish, taking third in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.05 seconds. Frey also finished in the top five of the event, taking fifth in 54.98 seconds.

Frey also placed fourth (52.57) in the 100-yard butterfly, as Reese Drager took 13th (56.00) in the event.

Ben Chao used a time of 49.68 seconds to tie for fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, while Sachtjen (49.73) took eighth in the event. Brickl added an 11th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.81), while Guentherman finished 15th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.35).

The Eagles took third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as Frey, Chao, Guentherman and Sachtjen touched the wall in 1:29.13.

The invitational was Sauk Prairie’s final tune-up prior to the Badger North Conference meet, which will be held in Baraboo on Friday.

Gymnastics

The Sauk Prairie gymnastics team suffered a 128.50-121.27 dual loss at Waunakee/DeForest on Jan. 24.

The Eagles set a record team score of 28.45 on the balance beam, led by scores of 7.6 for Kailey Raschka and Audrey Pape, who tied for third place.

Pape also finished third in the uneven bars with a 7.4. Cynthia Flores (7.35) took fourth in the event, while Lexie Fallow (7.25) finished fifth. On the vault, Flores and Madison Marshall each used a score of 8.1 to tie for fifth.

Pape, a sophomore, had Sauk Prairie’s best all-around finish, taking fourth with a 30.9.

The Eagles will have a nice break before visiting Monona Grove on Friday for a dual.

“The girls are taking this week off from competing to perfect some new skills,” Sauk Prairie assistant coach Ericka Pape said. “The gymnasts are excited to see what they can do.”

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