Dakota Pickhard

Sauk Prairie's Dakota Pickhard, pictured during a game last season, notched two shutouts last week to help the Eagles improve to 7-0 on the 2017-18 season.

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Sauk Prairie 10, Milton 0

After winning three consecutive one-goal games, Sauk Prairie found a little breathing room on Dec. 7.

The Eagles reached the 10-goal mark for the first time since the 2014-15 season and cruised to a 10-0 non-conference win at Milton.

Riley Jelinek got the Eagles off to a fast start, scoring a pair of goals to give Sauk Prairie a 2-0 lead 10 minutes, 57 seconds into the first period. Ayers added a power-play goal in the final second of the period to give the Eagles a 3-0 advantage.

Sauk Prairie pulled away with a seven-goal second period, starting with a goal by Travis Austin at the 3:54 mark. Camden Desroches scored three goals in the period, while Dayne Leonard, Willy Hanson and Ayers each added one goal.

The Eagles finished with five power-play goals on the night. Dakota Pickhard made 10 saves for the Eagles, who notched their first shutout of the season. Luke Grote finished with 43 saves for the Red Hawks.

Sauk Prairie 4,

DeForest 2

The Eagles got the Badger North Conference season off to a fast start, notching a 4-2 win over visiting DeForest in their home opener on Dec. 8.

Sauk Prairie trailed early, as DeForest’s Trent Bachman scored a shorthanded goal just 1:38 into the game and the Norskies took a 1-0 lead into the second period.

Desroches tied the game up just 45 seconds into the second period. The Eagles took the lead for good when Jelinek scored 11:15 into the second period, then Desroches tacked on his second goal of the night to give Sauk Prairie a 3-1 lead going into the final period.

Hanson added a power-play goal 1:34 into the third period to give the Eagles a 4-1 advantage. DeForest pulled within 4-2 when Bachman scored his second shorthanded goal of the night 9:10 into the third period.

Pickhard made 18 saves for Sauk Prairie, while Joseph Brethouwer tallied 25 saves for DeForest.

Sauk Prairie 12, Madison La Follette/East 0

The Eagles made it a perfect 7-0 start to the season when they rolled to a 12-0 road win over Madison La Follette/East on Saturday.

Leonard led the way with four power-play goals, including three during Sauk Prairie’s six-goal second period.

Jelinek also notched a hat trick for the Eagles, while Desroches added two goals. Brodie Trollop, Jay Liedtke and James McIntyre each chipped in one goal.

Pickhard made eight saves to lead the Eagles to their second shutout of the season. Quaid Agard led Madison La Follette/East with 40 saves, while Easton Seifert added 19 saves.

Sauk Prairie had its highest-scoring game since recording a 12-3 win at Monroe on Dec. 5, 2014.

The Eagles will continue conference play when they visit Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday. Sauk Prairie will return home on Tuesday, Dec. 19 to host Waunakee.


Waunakee 68,

Sauk Prairie 51

Sauk Prairie fell to 1-1 in Badger North Conference play with a 68-51 home loss to conference favorite Waunakee on Dec. 8.

The Eagles (1-2, 1-1 Badger North Conference) went into halftime with a 29-22 deficit before the Warriors (4-0, 2-0) pulled away in the second half to remain unbeaten.

Sauk Prairie gave up a season-high 68 points but still managed to limit a Waunakee team that entered the day averaging 76.7 points per game.

Waunakee senior Mitch Listau, a Belmont recruit, led all scorers with 25 points.

The Eagles made nine 3-pointers on the night. Carson Radl made three 3-pointers to score a team-high 19 points, while Elijah Jorgenson hit three 3-pointers and added 15 points. Dawson Evert chipped in 12 points, Jack Henderson had three points and Spencer Kostroski finished with two points.

Sauk Prairie will visit Mount Horeb on Tuesday for a Badger North Conference game before playing a non-conference game at Lake Mills on Friday.


Waunakee 29 39 — 68

Sauk Prairie 22 29 — 51

WAUNAKEE — Steffen 3 0-0 7, Haack 3 0-0 8, Cash 2 0-0 4, Fischer 1 2-2 4, Knatz 2 4-4 8, Listau 10 4-6 25, Schwitters 4 0-0 8, Deering 2 0-0 4, Fancher 0. Totals 27 10-14 68.

SAUK PRAIRIE — Evert 5 0-0 12, Radl 7 2-2 19, Jorgenson 6 0-0 15, Kostroski 1 0-0 2, Henderson 1 0-0 3. Totals 20 2-2 51.

3-point goals — W 4 (Steffen 1, Haack 2, Listau 1), SP 9 (Evert 2, Radl 3, Jorgenson 3, Henderson 1). Total fouls — W 10, SP 15.


Bob Downing Scramble

Sauk Prairie wrestled to a runner-up finish at the Bob Downing Scramble on Saturday at Sun Prairie.

The Eagles compiled 525 points to finish behind Burlington (670), while Wisconsin Rapids (480) took third, Fennimore (443) took fourth and River Valley (432) finished fifth.

A pair of Eagles finished second individually.

Zeke Smith rolled through the early rounds at 120 pounds, receiving a bye before notching two pins and earning an 8-3 semifinal win over Burlington’s Cody Welker. Smith lost by tiebreaker in the championship match, falling 3-1 to Belmont/Platteville’s Isaac Wiegel.

Dylan Herbrand received a bye at 126 pounds before pinning Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln’s Ryan Sering and winning by decision against Sun Prairie’s Wyatt Thiel and Fennimore’s Alex Birchman. Herbrand eventually fell in the championship round, suffering a 7-5 loss to Lodi’s Garrett Moll.

Sauk Prairie’s Gavin Lankey fell to Burlington’s Zach Weiler by a 6-2 decision in the 132-pound semifinals before bouncing back for a 6-2 win over Lodi’s Branden Errthum in the third-place match.

Connor Warren also took third for the Eagles. Warren was pinned in 24 seconds by Markesan’s Tanner Weber in the 285-pound semifinals, but came back to pin Lodi’s Gabe Mabin in the third-place match.

Reece Bierstaker reached the 220-pound third-place match before dropping a 6-4 decision to Burlington’s Max Travis.

Sauk Prairie’s Jesse Huerth took fifth at 138 pounds, Hayden Caygill placed eighth at 113 pounds, Jacob Pape took eighth at 182 pounds, Dawson Enge took ninth at 106 pounds, Marcus Hankins placed ninth at 195 pounds, Cody Elsing took 10th at 195 pounds, Luiz Elizondo took 11th at 132 pounds, Chase Bierstaker placed 11th at 152 pounds, Simon Patterson took 12th at 170 pounds, Adam Nolden took 13th at 138 pounds, Carson Saladis took 13th at 145 pounds and Jed Accola finished 16th at 160 pounds.

The Eagles will return to Badger North Conference dual action when they host Baraboo on Thursday.


At Sun Prairie

Team scores: Burlington 670, Sauk Prairie 525, Wisconsin Rapids 480, Fennimore 443, River Valley 432, Sun Prairie 431, Kewaskum 426, Oconomowoc 417; 9, Lodi 410, Union Grove 386, Menomonee Falls 338, Belmont/Platteville 308, Marshall 295, Waukesha South 294, West Bend West 259, Madison La Follette 251, Wales Kettle Moraine 230, DeForest 226, Brookfield Central 179, Markesan 171, Appleton East 126, Deerfield 111, Oregon 81, Madison West 57.

Championship matches — 106: Willis, UG, pinned Lee, Fen, 1:35. 113: Halter, Bur, pinned Benitz, WR, 4:30. 120: Wiegel, BP, def. Smith, Sauk, 3-1, tiebreaker. 126: Moll, Lodi, def. Herbrand, Sauk, 7-5, sudden victory. 132: Licht, RV, pinned Weiler, Bur, 3:41. 138: Lubeck, WR, def. Ehlen, Bur, 3-1, SV. 145: Scharenbrock, SP, pinned Bauer, Kew, 4:00. 152: Rauls, DeF, mdec. Diebel, WR, 9-0. 160: Sawyer, WR, def. Lazar, Oc, 1-1, UTB. 170: Rewolinski, UG, def. Barreau, Lodi, 9-6. 182: Liegel, RV, mdec. Crayton, Bur, 16-6) 195: Nowak, WKM, def. Leonhardt, WBW, 3-2) 220: Somlai, BC, pinned Chadwick, Marshall, 0:54) 285: Weber, Mark, inj. def. over Fallon, MF.

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