SPASH sweeps sectional CC titles

SPASH sweeps sectional CC titles

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SPASH sweeps sectional CC titles

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STEVENS POINT – For much of the season, the Stevens Point Area Senior High boys and girls cross country teams dominated the competition in the area.

SPASH did that again Saturday and were rewarded with WIAA Division 1 sectional championships at Standing Rocks Park to earn berths at the state meet next week in Wisconsin Rapids.

The top-ranked Panthers boys cruised to the title with 21points behind individual winner Michael Larson, who covered the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 58 seconds.

The SPASH girls, who are ranked 13th, then completed the sweep to join the boys at The Ridges next Saturday, finishing with 42 points.

Autum Shurbert-Hetzel paced the sectional champion Panthers, who placed three runners in the top 10, finishing second overall with a time of 15:15.

“I am very excited for the girls because it’s been a long time (since winning a sectional title,” said SPASH coach Mike Olson, who believed the last one came in either 2005 or 2006. “This has been the focus all year. a goal of theirs and a goal of the coaches.

“We talked about doing what we’ve been doing all season long. They ran a good, smart race, not a perfect race, but a very good one.”

Runner-up Wausau West who were led by Ellie Hrdina’s ninth-place finish.

The Wausau East boys cross country team narrowly missed reaching the WIAA state tournament last year, but the returning runners weren’t aboout to feel that disappointment again.

Emmett Stifler finished second overall with a 16 minute, 19 second run and led the Lumberjacks to a second place finish and qualify the entire team state cross country tournament.

Andrew Pitner added an eighth place finish for East, who finished behind SPASH. SPASH’s Michael Larson won the 5,000 meter race with a 15:58 finish.

“(Reaching the state tournament) was the mindset entering this season,” East coach Tim Olson said.”It is a very gratifying feeling and moment putting it together and accomplishing that goal.”

Individual local state qualifiers on the boys side were, Nolan Redetzke (Marshfield), Devin Greiner (Wisconsin Rapids), Fletcher Arlen (Wausau West) and Buck Jones (Wisconsin Rapids).

On the girls side, Wausau East’s Kennidi Knoblock won the girls 4K race in 15:01 a week after winning the Wisconsin Valley Conference title. Knoblock’s teammate Abby Sann placed third to also qualify for the state meet.

Individual local state qualifiers on the girls side is Holly Solomon of D.C. Everest and Sydney Harris, of Merrill.

Boys individual results: 1. SP, Michael Larsen 15:58; 2. WE, Emmett Stifler 16:19; 3. SP, Sam Anderson 16:21; 4. Evan Hatton 16:28; 5. Marsh., Nolan Redetzke 16:29; 6. SP, Sam Sheibler 16:44 7. SP, Isaiah George 16:48; 8. WE, Andrew Pitner 16:50; . WR, Devin Greiner 16:54; 10. Fletcher Arlen 16:55.

Girls individual results: 1. WE, Kennidi Knoblock 15:01; 2. SP, Autum Shurbert-Hetzel 15:15; 3. WE, Abby Sann 15:29; 4. DCE, Holly Solomon 15:30; 5. MER, Sydney Harris 15:31; 6. S, Teagan Monflis 15:34; 7. SP, McKenzie Taggatz 15:35; 8. SP, Abbey Hyland 15:40; 9. WW, Ellie Hrdina 15:46; 10. Marsh, Rebecca Voss 15:47.

Division 2 sectional

WAUPACA – Tomahawk junior Bryan Tomek finished fifth overall in the boys race to qualify for the WIAA state meet for the second straight year. Tomek covered the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 47 seconds.

Colby/Abbotsford Amanda Kaiser also was an individual qualifier as she finished the girls race seventh overall. Kaiser completed the 4,000 meter course in 16:18.20

SPASH 3,
Chippewa Falls 1

CHIPPEWA FALLS – Based on seeding the sixth-seeded Stevens Point Area Senior High girls volleyball team was the underdog in its WIAA Division 1 regional final road test Saturday against No. 3 seed Chippewa Falls.

But SPASH coach Julie Johnson and the Panthers are a confident group and she didn’t buy the Cardinals’ stock higher than her club’s.

Molly Williams and Nicki Hauser provided an intimidating attack, combining for 42 kills and backed up their coach, as SPASH battered Chippewa Falls and disposed of them in four games en route to siezing a regional championship and a berth in the sectional semifinals.

Williams finished with 24 kills and Hauser added 18 to pace the Panthers.

“We got off to a quick start and from the seeding process and on paper we thought we matched up with them and could play with them,” Johnson said. “We came out ready to play. We gave away game three, but overall we jumped on them right away, served well and came out ready to go. Now we just have to get back to work and get ready to go.”

Dani Brzezinzki added 49 assists and Haley Williams five aces for the Panthers.

Spencer 3, Athens 2

ATHENS – Paige Johnson put down 16 kills and added five blocks as the Rockets downed the top-seeded Bluejays to claim a WIAA Division 3 regional crown with a hard-fought 25-17, 19-25, 16-25, 25-16, 15-10 victory.

Alicia Endreas added 41 digs and seven aces, Brooke Kettleborough had 48 assists and Tynae Phillips and Tara Matter combined for 23 kills with 12 and 11, respectively.

“That was a fun match to coach, play and watch,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Two great teams were battling for a regional championship. Everyone dug deep and pulled through as a team. We are so excited for a chance to play Pacelli in the sectionals.”

Pacelli 3,
Marathon 0

MARATHON – Jordyn Shields had 13 kills and 14 digs, and Colleen Leary had 30 assists as the Cardinals scored a sweep of the Raiders 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.

No individual statistics for Marathon were available as of press time.

Merrill 3,
Wausau East 0

MERRILL – Renee Sladek had 10 kills, and Lauren Hojan and Casey Steffen added nine and eight kills, respectively as the Bluejays swept the the Lumberjacks in a Division 1 regional final 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.

UW-W 4, UWSP 0

WHITEWATER – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s soccer team had its six-game winning streak snapped Saturday when it dropped a 4-0 decision to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leader UW-Whitewater.

Whitewater (12-4-1, 7-0 WIAC) took a 1-0 lead into halftime with the teams tied in shots at nine each, before breaking the game open with three more goals in the final 45 minutes.

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