The Sauk Prairie girls tennis team’s postseason was cut short after a tough trip to the WIAA Division 1 Madison Memorial subsectional at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on Oct. 3.
The Eagles dropped their first-round matches in all seven flights, finishing with zero points in a difficult subsectional that saw Madison West lead the way with a team score of 22.
At No. 1 singles, Katie Mack suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Verona’s Meredith Conley. Katie Yanke suffered a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Madison Memorial’s Grace Olson at No. 2 singles, Jordan O’Connor fell 6-3, 6-1 to Waunakee’s Reece Hooker at No. 3 singles, and Kaylee Meeker fell 6-1, 6-3 to Madison West’s Nyah Banik at No. 4 singles.
All three of Sauk Prairie’s doubles matches also lasted two sets. Camryn Ballweg and Emily Querio were swept 6-0, 6-0 by Madison West’s Laura Nicholas and Abby Bremel at No. 1 doubles. Bridget Fabian and Aimee Maasch dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match to Verona’s Claire Johnson and Kayla Johnson at No. 2 doubles, while Kelsey Selden and Haley Greenheck fell 6-3, 7-5 to Madison Memorial’s Anna Goldstrand and McKinley Wise at No. 3 doubles.
The subsectional losses capped off a season in which the Eagles placed fourth in the Badger North Conference.
Sauk Prairie 10, Portage/Poynette 0
Sauk Prairie broke out for a season-high 10 goals during a 10-0 home Badger North Conference win over Portage/Poynette on Oct. 3.
The Eagles (11-3-3, 3-1-2 Badger North) wasted no time, scoring five goals in the first 3-plus minutes to open up a commanding lead.
Juan Herrera Jr. got it started just 27 seconds in, taking an assist from Evan Carlson and scoring to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Carlson added a goal of his own at the 1:16 mark, then Herrera tacked on two more to give Sauk Prairie a 4-0 lead just 2:38 into the game. Parker Chrisler scored on a penalty kick at the 3:12 mark to give the Eagles a 5-0 advantage.
Herrera scored his fourth and fifth goals of the night in the 15th minute and the 24th minute, respectively. Ben Chao added a pair of goals to close out the half, giving Sauk Prairie a 9-0 lead going into halftime.
The Eagles eased off in the second half, but Carlson scored in the 50th minute to provide the final score of 10-0.
The win was Sauk Prairie’s ninth shutout of the season. The Eagles’ previous season high in goals was a 7-0 win over Wrightstown on Sept. 8.
Verona 1, Sauk Prairie 0
Sauk Prairie played a much different game at Verona on Oct. 5.
The Eagles (11-4-3) were shut out for the fourth time this season and dropped a 1-0 non-conference loss to the Wildcats.
Sauk Prairie finished the Badger North Conference season by hosting Baraboo on Tuesday. Second place in the conference was on the line, as both teams entered the day at 3-1-2 in Badger North play.
The Eagles will close out the regular season with a non-conference home game against Milton on Thursday.
Sauk Prairie cruised to a non-conference dual win over Lodi on Oct. 3.
The host Eagles dominated on the way to a 121-48 win over the Blue Devils.
Sauk Prairie got the meet started by winning the 200-yard medley relay, as the quartet of Summer Acker, Giulia Brickl, Grace Orr and Kaitlyn Miller touched the wall in 2 minutes, 2.91 seconds.
The Eagles swept four events on the night.
Mariah Chao (2:10.31), Acker (2:19.84) and Abbey McCumber (2:19.95) placed first through third in the 200-yard freestyle; Ally Dunnum (2:26.50), Grace Williams (2:35.22) and Orr (2:36.19) swept the 200-yard individual medley; Cora Dunnum (6:06.16), Ally Dunnum (6:08.56) and Alexa Judd (6:24.04) took the top-three spots in the 500-yard freestyle; and Giulia Brickl (1:13.75), Ashley Brickl (1:24.11) and Lauryn Drager (1:24.74) swept the 100-yard breaststroke.
Chao (:27.04) and Giulia Brickl (:28.34) also placed first and second, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle. Sydney Rall (1:04.79) and Miller (1:08.34) took the top-two spots in the 100-yard backstroke.
Rall also won the 100-yard freestyle in 57.48 seconds, while Williams won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.85.
Finally, the Eagles capped off the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Williams, Judd, McCumber and Rall touched the wall in 4:04.66.
Sauk Prairie hosted DeForest in a Badger North dual on Tuesday, then the Eagles will travel to the Fort Atkinson Invitational on Saturday.