The Reedsburg High School boys soccer team continues to dominate, as the Beavers recorded four wins, one loss and a draw in the past week.
The Beavers started the week with a tough, 5-0 loss to Mount Horeb on Sept. 12. The Vikings scored three goals in the opening half before putting away the game in the second.
“The score line doesn’t show it, but we hung in there with this team and most of the goals we conceded stemmed from correctable errors,” Reedsburg coach David Fitzpatrick said. “We had two A+ chances to score late that we just missed.”
Two days later, Reedsburg bounced back when it hosted Mauston and downed the Golden Eagles 6-1. The Beavers were led by Luis Torres, who not only scored his first varsity goal but went on to earn a hat trick. Torres scored the opening goal of the contest at the 3:46 mark after being sent a pass from Jacob Ely, who tallied four assists in the victory. Ely would find Dylan Brown at 15:10 to make it 2-0.
The Beavers, who loaded their players on the offensive end throughout the contest, saw a close attack during the 21st minute when Luis Urbina nearly deflected one in on the near post but Mauston went on a counter attack, and scored at the 21:40 mark on a long, crossing shot from the right side which curved in and sailed over goalie Kip Cunningham to make it 2-1.
Reedsburg took control from there however, with Torres scoring his second at the 24:50 mark. Torres used his body to stop a botched Mauston goal kick and hammered one past the keeper to go up 3-1. Both Urbina and Drew Williams had an opportunity to score down the stretch of the first half but came up short, but Reedsburg scored another at the 38:07 mark when Emmanuel Oserio got taken down in the box and Oserio converted the penalty kick. Torres added his third of the night, this time unassisted at 40:36 to give Reedsburg a 5-1 lead at halftime.
Ely sent another perfect touch to Brown five minutes into the second half to give the Beavers the five-goal lead.
Three days later, the Beavers traveled to Tomah and won 3-1. After a scoreless first half, Brown scored the opening goal off a penalty kick at the 45:52 mark, but the Timberwolves knotted the score eight minutes later on an unassisted attack from Noah Nick. With under 10 minutes remaining, Urbina found a hole and converted an unassisted shot at 80:51 to give Reedsburg the lead, before Torres found Brown for an insurance goal at 83:18. The Beavers outshot Tomah 17-9 while Cunningham made eight saves.
Reedsburg saw some of its most thrilling games yet on Sept. 16 when the Beavers competed in the Lodi Quadrangular.
Reedsburg started off the day with a 3-0 shutout over Fort Atkinson, despite being doubled up on shots. Reedsburg’s defense showed to be tough, even despite a change in goalies after a collision from Cunningham with another player. Goalie Brady Fry had no trouble giving Fort Atkinson the goose egg, while Reedsburg got things going in the 63rd minute. Reedsburg’s opening goal was given to Jacob Dregney, but the ball went in off a deflection from the goalie. Several minutes later, Ely took a corner kick and found Will Fuhrmann who converted his shot to make it 2-0, while another score off the goalie was given to Nick Crary at the 79:36 mark. The Beavers were outshot 13-6 in the game.
Reedsburg was matched up against rival Baraboo for the championship game. It was a defensive contest from start to finish, as both teams entered the game with solid season records. The Beavers took the lead when Williams lightly flicked the ball over Baraboo keeper Erik Eilertson in the first half, but Baraboo found the equalizer off a rebound in the final minutes of the game to force a shootout.
The best of five round penalty kicks wasn’t enough to break the tie, but Fry saved Baraboo’s first offer in the sudden death penalties while Ben Fuhrmann calmly played his penalty kick in the top-right corner to seal the win for Reedsburg.
On Sept. 18, the Beavers traveled to Dodgeville and played to a 2-2 draw to Dodgeville/Mineral Point. Dodgeville went up 2-0 in the first half, scoring first on a counterattack in the first five minutes while a deflected own goal gave the Dodgers their second. Reedsburg took control in the second half, with Brown scoring two goals but had an opportunity to score another on a penalty kick but Dodgeville’s goalie made the save.
Reedsburg, which traveled to Sauk Prairie on Sept. 19 in a conference game that ended after Times-Press print time, will next host Black River Falls on Sept. 21.
Just a couple of big plays separated the Reedsburg football team from Beaver Dam on Friday when the Beavers hosted the Golden Beavers and fell 30-20 in a Badger North Conference showdown.
After leading 14-0 in the first half, Beaver Dam stormed back and both teams saw a couple of lead changes before the Golden Beavers took control in the third quarter on a big momentum swing. Reedsburg’s defense played well early, but began to fall apart as a couple of key penalties and bigger plays gave the opponents the advantage down the stretch.
“(I) give them credit for the win, but we hurt ourselves with a lot of mistakes,” Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said. “After they took the lead and we went three plays and punted, they scored again and we couldn’t get anything going after that.”
Reedsburg had the advantage early on, grabbing an early score when Casey Campbell found a hole up the middle and cut back to the left, shaking off a couple of defenders en route to a 57-yard touchdown run. Beaver Dam converted a first down on its first possession, but was forced to punt. Reedsburg was quickly forced to punt as well, but a fumbled catch was recovered by the Beavers and Reedsburg took advantage, with quarterback Nathan Kruser converting a 37-yard touchdown pass to Campbell to make it 14-0.
Beave Dam quarterback Kendric Jimenez and running back Blaize Firari marched down the field on the ensuing drive, with the biggest play being a 19-yard pass from Jimenez to Dillon Livingston. Firari eventually converted a nine-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter and Jimenez ran in for the two-point conversion to make it 14-8. Reedsburg was forced to punt, and Jimenez took advantage, converting a couple of quick passes over the middle before making a 37-yard touchdown pass to Firari who dove across the goal line and the Golden Beavers took a 15-14 lead.
Beaver Dam had to punt to start the second half, and Campbell found another hole and ran 80 yards for a touchdown. The two-point run attempt was stopped short but Reedsburg took the lead 20-15. From there, Jimenez made a 37-yard pass to Livingston and followed with a 39-yard touchdown run to start a momentum swing. Beaver Dam’s big and physical defensive line started to figure out Reedsburg’s triple option attack, as the Beavers were stopped shot in their final three drives. Reedsburg’s offense also took a dent when Campbell was carted off the field after breaking his collar bone. Down the stretch, Beaver Dam blocked a Reedsburg punt and recovered, and drove the ball down to Reedsburg’s 15-yard line after a couple of personal fouls committed by the Beavers. Firari eventually converted a one-yard touchdown run to give Beaver Dam a 10-point lead. Reedsburg took over the ball with four minutes left, but went three-and-out.
The Beavers (1-4 overall, 1-2 Badger North) will travel to Mount Horeb/Barneveld on Sept. 22 for another conference game. The Vikings improved to 4-1 last week with a 45-0 shutout over Baraboo. Pottinger said it will take a total team effort to keep up with the Vikings.
“Mount Horeb is a good team and we’ll need to grind out first downs and not give up big plays on defense.”
Despite some close matches, the Reedsburg girls tennis team recently dropped two Badger North Conference duels.
On Sept. 12, the Beavers hosted DeForest and fell 7-0. Hayden Stovey fell 6-0, 6-0 to Cecile Fuchs at No. 1 singles, while Alicen Henke saw the same result at No. 2 against Samantha Fuchs. Chloe Baldwin struggled at No. 3, falling 6-0, 6-0 to Leah Miller while Shelby Henke won a couple of games at No. 4, falling 6-1, 6-1 to Audrey Williams.
In doubles, Molly McBride and Anna Buss fell 6-1, 6-1 to Chloe Kepler and Grace Fanson, while Skyler Miller and Emma Lichte fell 6-1, 6-3 to Melissa Xiong and Dianna Xiong at No. 2. Taylor Janechek and Taylor Fuller rounded out doubles play with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Hailey Nolden and Nacha Vue.
Reedsburg saw its closest duel yet on Sept. 18 when the Beavers hosted rival Baraboo. Reedsburg saw solid doubles play, but two close singles matches that didn’t go its way led to a 4-3 conference loss.
Stovey hung tough against Baraboo’s Tate Bates at No. 1 singles, but ultimately fell 6-3, 6-3. Tina Anderson meanwhile, made quick work of Baraboo’s Shani King at No. 2, defeating King 6-1, 6-0. Baldwin and Henke each saw thrilling, long rallies at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Baldwin went back-and-forth with Rachel Walter, using her fast strokes to record the first set 6-3 but Walter’s ball positioning got the best of her as she fell in the final sets 6-2, 6-4. Henke meanwhile, had an evenly matched contest against Chloe Uphoff, but Uphoff won the longer rallies and went on to beat Henke 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
In doubles, Buss and McBride saw a close match against Lizzie Showers and Sarah Anderson but came out on top 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, while Miller and Lichte took down Jordan Zalewski and Lexi Johnson 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 2 match. Shelby Henke and Kaelyn Kurtenbach-Winch struggled in the No. 3 match, falling 6-0, 6-0 to Elena Holloway and Kim Jacome.
“There’s some really tough teams in our conference and Baraboo is probably our most evenly matched,” coach Annie Hinkhouse said. “Our girls played confidently against them too which I like to see.”
The Beavers hosted Portage on Sept. 19 for a conference duel which ended after Times-Press print time. They will travel to Madison on Sept. 22 for the conference tournament.
The Reedsburg girls golf team hosted a two-girl scramble on Sept. 12 where Caylee Beyer and Josie Fry took third place.
Beyer and Fry shot a 42 on the front nine and a 43 on the back nine for a total of 85 to take third overall. First place went to Fort Atkinson’s Kaitlyn Schneider and Miranda Aalto (79) followed by Portage’s Sophie Denure and Maddie Mumm (83).
The Beavers competed in the Janesville Parker Invitational on Sept. 16 where they took 18th place out of 20 teams.
Reedsburg collected a total of 425 strokes, with Beyer leading the way with a 98 on the par 71 course, followed by Kaitlyn Brunken (104), Anna Krieski (107), and Taylor Fearing (116).
The Reedsburg boys and girls cross country teams have been busy, competing in the Badger Challenge followed by the Mount Horeb Viking Invitational.
On Sept. 12, the Beavers traveled to Fort Atkinson where the girls team took eight place at the Badger Challenge. Senior Claire Koenecke led the way with a 14th place finish with a time of 20:50, followed by Caylee Fry in 24th (21:34), Anna Penkwitz in 42nd (22:36), Annabelle Moon in 67th (23:35), and Alexis Knickelbein in 70th (23:43) to round out Reedsburg’s top five. Coach Nicole Bruer was most impressed with Ella Brueggeman, who finished in 93rd with a 24:18.
“Athlete of the meet for the Badger Challenge goes to Ella Brueggeman, running her first race of the season. Ella had been out due to injury but clearly is back in racing form based on her outstanding race performance. She ran the best time of her high school career thus far and was full of drive and determination.”
The boys team struggled, finishing in last place overall. Max Harsch recorded the fastest time for the Beavers, finishing in 75th (18:51), followed by Abednego Becker in 95th (19:20), Brendon Stelling in 115th (19:48), Luke Rapisarda in 125th (19:56), and Zach Hale in 138th (20:10).
On Sept. 16, the Reedsburg girls team tied for fourth place at the Vikings Invitational in Mount Horeb, recording 97 points. The Beavers were led by Fry in sixth (21:55.7), Jenna McBride in 18th (23:28.3), Penkwitz in 22nd (23:58), Kayla Greenwood in 24th (24:22.8), and Angela Gasser in 27th (24:37.6).
McFarland took the title (34), followed by Dodgeville/Mineral Point (56), Edgewood (81), Mount Horeb (97), and Reedsburg (97).
On the boys side, Reedsburg took fourth with 95 points. McFarland took the title (17), followed by Mount Horeb (48), Dodgeville/Mineral Point (77), and Reedsburg (95).
Nick Horzewski led the way with a 15th place finish (19:30.4), followed by Harsch in 17th (19:33.4), Brunner in 19th (19:45.4), Becker in 21st (20:02.1), Zach Hale in 23rd (20:23.5), Stelling in 24th (20:31.2), and Rapisarda in 25th (20:40.9).
Reedsburg will host its lone invitational on Sept. 23 at the Hartje Center.