Junior Brooklyn Schyvinck was the lone track and field athlete to represent Reedsburg High School at the WIAA Div. 1 Track and Field State Championships on June 2-3 at UW-La Crosse.
While Schyvinck ran into a tough field of competitors, she still has a lot to be proud of as she made finals in two of her three events and fell one spot shy of the podium in the 400 meter dash.
Schyvinck started out the meet with a slow start in the 100 meter dash, finishing the preliminary race with a time of 12.97 to take 19th. The top 10 finishers in the preliminaries qualified for finals. Schyvinck didn’t let her performance in the 100 get to her however, as she took seventh in the 400 with a time of 57.06 and went on to take seventh in the finals with a 57.30. While the finish landed her one spot shy of earning a medal on the podium, Schyvinck had something to smile about as the time was about over a second faster than her personal best.
Schyvinck rounded out the meet with a ninth place finish in the 200 with a time of 25.7 to qualify for finals, where she took 10th with a 25.99.
“I started off in the 100, and I was just really slow out of the blocks,” Schyvinck said. “So that was my worst race and time this season basically. But that motivated me in the 400, and I PR’d by over a second. And then in (the 200) I basically ran my PR again.”
Schyvinck was a workhorse for the Beavers this season, taking numerous first-place finishes including two sectional titles on May 25 in the 200 (25.69) and the 400 (58.32).
The Reedsburg girls soccer season came to a close on June 1 when the No. 9 Beavers traveled to No. 8 Elkhorn and fell to the Elks 6-1. Stats from the game weren’t available at Times-Press print time.
The Reedsburg baseball team had an up and down ending to its season last week.
Reedsburg began its postseason with a solid 4-1 win over the La Crosse Rangers on May 30 at Nishan Park in a WIAA Div. 1 Regional. La Crosse threatened right away in the first with a couple of base hits, the Beavers turned a double play when Tarren Gruber caught a line drive and threw to Nathan Adelman at second base.
Reedsburg’s offense got to work in the bottom half. Senior Chris Jones led things off with a blooper to left, and Jones eventually found third on a stolen base and a passed ball. Junior Nathan Kruser drove him in to make it 1-0.
After some strong pitching from Traven Huber in the next couple of frames, Adelman singled in the bottom third and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jones. A passed ball and a sac fly from Alex Baker made it 2-0, before Kruser stepped up and cracked out a solo home run to right field.
“When he’s going, out teams tends to go (too) and we tend to win games,” said Abbott on Kruser.
The Rangers were put on the board in the fourth, after a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a blooper, and an eventual reach on an error made it 3-1. With runners on the corners, a ground out advanced them to second and third but Jones got the Beavers out of the jam with a diving catch in right field to save two runs.
“It was a tailing line drive out to right field. He got a good beat on it, really good first step in on the ball. He tracked it and made a really nice catch,” said Abbott on Jones’ catch. “We see him do that all the time in practice, I know he’s accustomed to doing that. He’s a big moment guy too as a hockey guy, he lives for big moments and what not so we love when he’s out there and is able to make those plays for us.”
Reedsburg tacked on another run in the sixth, when a Jones double and a fly out to right advanced him to third. Senior Colton Peper followed with a chopper, and ran into the first baseman where the ball popped out of the glove and Jones scored.
Kruser finished the contest with eight strikeouts on the mound, including three straight in the top of the fifth to strand two.
“It was probably one of his best performances of his career,” said Abbott on Kruser. “He’s given us a lot of really good games, but boy he battles. He’ll compete and give you everything he’s got each time.”
Tomah 2, Reedsburg 1
It was a tough way to end the season on June 1 when the Beavers traveled to Tomah and fell 2-1 in a WIAA Div. 1 Regional Final.
Tomah’s starting pitcher Connor Prielipp pitched a perfect game through the first five innings, while the Timberwolves took a 2-0 lead. The first run came on a base hit, a two-out walk, a stolen base, and two wild pitches. Tomah recorded its second run in the fourth on a walk, a sacrifice, a wild pitch, and a throwing error to third.
Reedsburg got on the board in the sixth, when senior Dalton Hahn led off with a single while Trevor Steffan reached on a bunt. After an infield fly, Adelman drove in Hahn with an RBI single. The Beavers couldn’t push the tying run across however, as Jones dropped a bunt but Steffan was tagged out in a rundown. An eventual strikeout from Prielipp ended the opportunity.
Reedsburg had its own share of solid defensive plays, throwing out a runner at home while Hahn ended the frame with a strikeout. Baker and Hahn combined for four hits and just one earned run on the day.
“Baker and Hahn gave us everything they had,” Abbott said. “I was extremely proud of those two and the way they competed on the mound. Each made extremely competitive pitches when they needed to. At the end of the day, we didn’t execute in a couple crucial situations which ended up being the difference.”
TOMAH 2, REEDSBURG 1
Reedsburg 000 001 0−1 3 2
Tomah 100 100 x−2 4 2
Pitchers: R—Baker, Hahn (5). T—C. Prielipp. WP—C. Prielipp. LP—Baker
Hitters: R—Adelman (1-for-3, RB), Hahn (1-for-2), Steffan (1-for-2). T—Kroener (1-for-1, 2 walks), Brandt (1-for-3), Repka (1-for-3), Von Haden (1-for-2).