Reedsburg Special Olympians have finished their basketball season with a
loss in the Wisconsin sectional playoffs. They needed to win both of
their games to advance to State. After winning against Polk County
during the first game, they lost to Appleton VMI by three points in the
With the basketball season over, the Special Olympians have began
practicing for their track season. “The athletes just started doing the
long jump the other night,” said Coach Gasser. The regional competition
is at the Oregon High School on May 11. A total of 13 athletes will
compete in the events during the meet.
A list of the events the athletes will compete in include: 100 meter
run, 4x100 meter relay, 400 meter walk, long jump, javelin throw, shot
put, and the softball throw. “We will have two teams competing in the
4x100 meter relay,” said Gasser. Surprisingly there are no sectionals
for Special Olympics track. If an individual places in the top in the
regionals, then they advance to State, which will take place in early
June at UW-Stevens Point. By Hunter Kaun
bad weather, the Reedsburg throwing team is a having a successful
season. Jason Whalen shattered his PR last night to win the shot put
competition with around 49’. Coach Mike McCarville mentioned that he
has never before had four athletes break 42’ in shot put. McCarville
seems to be fulfilling his goals for the team: “for my athletes to enjoy
themselves and have fun, learn the sport and technique, and do the best
they can possibly do.”
Shot put and discus may seem like simple activities, but there is quite
a bit of technique involved with each. When asked which was more
important, strength or technique, McCarville answered with a quick,
“technique.” This is not to say some natural ability is not required.
McCarville said, “There is a large technique side to it, but also an
athletic ability is required.”
The cold, wet, and generally bad weather has posed some problems for
the throwing squad, who usually practices outside after the first couple
of weeks of the season. McCarville said, it has, “forced us to stay
inside and limited the amount of throws we can get, especially the
McCarville and the team have overcome these uncontrollable
setbacks by throwing as much as space permits inside the school with the
use of inside shots. They also use the batting cages for discus
practice as often as they can get them, which unfortunately is not very
much due to the same bad weather keeping the baseball and softball teams
inside. By James Urban
Despite McCarville’s description of the competition as, “tough, we’re
in a tough area with the La Crosse schools and the Madison schools,” he
has an optimistic outlook for next season. He said the team has, “A lot
of talented young kids who are learning.”
weather has not been in any of the spring sports' favor, but the soccer
team is still holding on. The girls have only had a couple of outdoor
practices, and the month of April is almost over. Despite how bad
mother nature has been, there have been two games this spring season.
This year, the team is very young. There are many new players who
haven’t played on varsity before, so the team is learning how to play
together in a short amount of time. Because of the limited space in the
gym, it is hard for the team to get the real game experience.
They have had two games and have pulled out one win and a tie. The
first game of the season was at West Salem and the score of the game was
1-1. Junior Kate Fearing scored the first goal of the season and
scored early in the first half. The game ended up going into double
overtime. Each overtime is ten minutes long, so the game lasted for
about 100 minutes. Unfortunately, after the double overtime, the game
just ends, and stays the same.
During their second game of the season, the girls pulled off a win, 3-0
to Platteville, at Platteville. The long haul there paid off and
newcomer, Demi de Block, a junior, scored her first goal of the season.
Fearing scored the second goal, and Olivia Douglas, a sophomore, scored
her first goal of the season. Once the girls scored their first goal,
they didn’t back down and took over the game completely.
The varsity team has four new freshman this year. They include:
Yesenia Parra, Maddie Stieve, Claudia Damaschke, and Amber Grundahl.
Not many freshmen are moved up in varsity soccer, and these girls must
be very talented to earn their places.
The captains of the team are Andrea Greenwood, Meghan Douglas, who are
both seniors, and Fearing. Greenwood said, “We have gotten a lot better
from the beginning of the season and have shown so much improvement
since then. We have a big game coming up against Baraboo, and we will
prepare for the game as much as possible.”
coach, Erica Gronley said, “Even if Baraboo is not the strongest team
in the conference, they will fight and push and will put on a good game,
no matter who they go against. They will get into your head.”
The girls’ schedule will be very busy the next couple of weeks. They
will have at least 2 games a week and sometimes even three.
Looking back on the weather that we’ve already had, even more games
could be postponed and the next weeks could be tough for the girls.
By Meghan Douglas
The boys' golf season is most certainly not in full swing.Two factors are coming into play for the struggling Beaver golf team.
The first is simple: weather. Only two matches have been played. The
first was played against Mt. Horeb, on a wintry day, and the scores
shot by the Beavers also ran cold. With potential snow on Tuesday, the
match began quickly and ended poorly for the Beavers.
the other factor is crucial, performance. Cortland Maxfield, third
spot on varsity, shot 8 over par 44, and one spot Tanner Keel shot 45.
The other 3 varsity members shot an average of 50, unfortunately not
enough for the win. The match on Tuesday night was not much different,
also resulting in a loss, and much qualifying for varsity and j.v. spots.
Only senior Tanner Keel has a guaranteed spot on varsity, and the other
9 j.v. and varsity places are up for grabs. Hopefully a qualifying match
Wednesday will kick things into gear for the golfers.
With a sarcastically exciting mass text sent from Coach Johnson
reading, “Qualifying tonight! 9 spots up for grabs tomorrow and Friday,”
a serious reboot is needed if the golf boys still crave a Badger North
Senior veteran Hunter Kaun has been looking dismally on this year’s
golf season so far. “Disappointing. We’ve only golfed for like a week,
and other teams have been golfing for a month and a half.” By Joe Craker
Tanner Keel, the only remaining varsity competitor, seems to have a
similar opinion. “Awful.” When asked to elaborate, he continued with, “Inconsistent, just terrible. I’m serious.”
Though only finished with the second match, the boys’ golf season is
definitely running through some early kinks. Hopefully they can pick
things back up and make a good comeback run for contention in the
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Beavers are certainly living up to expectations. Despite the horrid
weather our community has faced this year, the baseball team has laced
up their cleats and taken to the diamond. With a conference title just
one year behind them, the team looks forward to another successful year,
and they show no signs of regression, despite losing many starters to
graduation in the last year.
The varsity squad has a young team this year with all but four players
being underclassmen. After a handful of cancellations, the Beavers began
their season with a bang, beating the Mauston Golden Eagles 10-1.
Players on the team cite their stellar defensive play, despite
practicing inside, and their hot bats.
The Beavers have continued to prove themselves. Against the Deforest
Norskies, their first conference game, the Beavers racked up an
astounding 12 runs in the first inning, easily cruising to an impressive
18-3 win. Junior pitcher Sam Peterson credits “team chemistry, and the
ability to score runs” for their early season success. Team chemistry
has come with age. Let’s not forget, these players have been playing
with each other since their early days in Little League.
The team then had a bit of a reality check, falling to the Portage
Warriors 10-2, as they had easily climbed to a 4-0 record prior to the
loss. With the team’s first loss, they looked at areas to improve. With
the snow just finally starting to melt, the team has not yet had a
chance to practice on their home field, Nishan.
For now, they look to the future. The ultimate goal this year is to
once again win conference and even make a state run. It’s one step at a
time though. The next objective is to beat the Badger North powerhouse
Waunakee Warriors. “They (Waunakee) are usually contenders and it’s
always nice to take them down,” Peterson said.
By Jack Johnston
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like most spring sports this season, the weather is playing a large
role in slowing the Lady Beavers softball team, as well as other teams
throughout the Badger North. Snow and cold weather have been hindering
the game, as well as several players.
Four games have been played as of the 23rd of April, and two players
are on crutches. The cold weather is known to increase the injury rate,
and the Reedsburg softball team is no exception.
The kinks should be easily worked out. Head Coach John Brandt says,
“We are doing so many good things, and the items that need fixing can
be cleaned up. We just need to get mentally tougher.”
Only four games in, the Lady Beavers are 1-3 overall. There is not
much to worry about, considering the outcome of the season; however, and
Coach John Brandt is looking up. “It [would] be nice to have a
practice outside for a change. The gym is just tough to practice in day
in and day out. We’ve only been on the field for practice two days to
Assistant Coach Justin Backeberg has a similarly optimistic outlook on
the season overall. “Most teams go through rough early seasons, and
it’s especially difficult when you haven’t practiced much on the field
and gotten a good feel for things.” By Joe Craker
The game against Waunakee brought a good first 5 innings to the Lady
Beavers. Although only producing two hits, they rarely struck out and
made good contact. Good Waunakee defense was just unfortunate for the
Beavers, and sometimes teams just hit it to the other players. These
things happen, and the Beavers had equally strong defense for the first 5
innings. They struggled a bit in the later innings, and it cost them.
Although off to a rough start, the Reedsburg Beavers softball team is
looking up and ahead to the rest of the season and should start picking
up the wins in no time.
Reedsburg wrestling season has officially come to a close. The end of
the season marked a sort of celebration for the team, as they were able
to send two wrestlers to participate in the state tournament. Both
senior Nick Noye and junior Nate Erbs qualified to represent Reedsburg
in Madison, and even better yet, they got to miss a day of school.
The wrestling season was once again coached by Mr. Rob Bautch, who was
assisted by both Mr. Mike McCarville and Mr. Dustan Garrigan. The
coaches are definitely doing their jobs, as they sent ten wrestlers to
participate in the sectional competition.
126-pound Nate Erbs came into the season expecting nothing less than
last years results. Erbs was the only wrestler with experience in the
state tournament, qualifying to participate as a sophomore. That year
Reedsburg only sent one wrestler to Madison.
began wrestling at age four and found that this year, as in all other
years, it was difficult to stay healthy and cut weight. None the less,
this small obstacle hardly affected him. He went into the Kohl Center
with a very impressive 36-9 record and loved every bit of representing
Reedsburg for a second time. “When you look up and everyone is watching
you, there is no other other feeling.” Clearly Erbs doesn’t experience
stage fright in the least.
Noye, the 220 pound senior, couldn’t possibly imagine representing
Reedsburg at the state tournament a few years ago. Unlike many other
wrestlers on the squad, Noye neglected coming out for the team until he
wrestlers had their customary state send off and were off to Madison.
Upon arrival, Erbs lost a close one to Menasha wrestler, Jimmy Sell.
Erbs attained only one escape point and ended up losing the match 2-1.
Noye’s opponent was very quick for his weight, and Noye struggled to
ever get much of a handle on him. Regardless, both wrestlers were able
to accomplish a huge feat and attain any high school athlete’s dream: to
compete at the state level.
junior Nate Erbs, the dream continues. He’s already been to the state
tournament twice and has no plans of stopping there. “Next year I don’t
want just to go I want to win it, I want to go down to Madtown and leave
a 2014 State Champion.”
By Jack Johnston
came in with perseverance and left with a bang that lead to lessons
learned. Head Coach Brain Bestor says he wishes he could go back and
have a few “do-overs” with the way the 2012-2013 basketball season
unfolded at RAHS. The Beavers ended up having a record of 14-11 overall
and were 6-6 in the Badger North Conference.
These boys had a few correctable downfalls this season. They ended up
losing two one-point games to Portage, both on last-second shots. A
loss by two to Mount Horeb when senior guard Capreace Salinas’
game-tying basket was (correctly) ruled to have been released an instant
after the final buzzer sound was a let down. A final shot in their
nonconference game against Poynette led to a loss of 47-45. The most
difficult to forget was when the Beavers’ shooting went cold in a
12-point second half and a three-point fourth quarter, that spelled doom
in a 38-32 loss to Monroe in a WIAA Division 2 regional final.
However, these Beavers were also able to crank out some impressive
victories. They beat Mount Horeb, the Badger North runner-up, twice.
Their archrival Barboo also suffered two losses, one by 22 and the
other by 29 points. Also, they won an early game at Mauston and beat
DeForest, the sectional finalist. They came back after a loss to Fort
Atkinson by crushing the Blackhawks by 19 points a week later.
said, “I compare basketball seasons to life in that there are certain
things you’d like do-overs with, specifically, those close games, and
you don’t get them back, so you need to learn from them.”
mighty Beavers built their whole season up around five core seniors
with 10 underclassmen, four of whom ended up being starters this season.
With this being said, the offseason can in fact, become one huge
do-over for Bestor and the Beavers. “There were all the ups and downs
of this season, but a lot can be said about playing a varsity season
with a bunch of guys who are doing it for the first time,” Bestor said.
“We were relying on (juniors) Steve Gavin, Tyler Dregney, Sam Peterson,
and Alex Wolter (along with sophomore Ty Horkan) as first-time
performers in that tough league.”
Beavers will also have to find a way to build their new season next
year without their standout player, 6-foot-1 Salinas. He was always the
focal point of opposing defenses, and Bestor praised the way he would
alter his game to make that work against opposing defenses saying, “His
commitment to getting other players involved was a real sign of growth
for him, this season more so than the last. He also doubled the number
of times he got to the free-throw line compared to last season.”
Nate Runde, was complimented on his strong guard position throughout
the season, and Peterson was the player whom Bestor thought made the
most individual progress. Also, Gavin made a lot of progress in the
second half of the season, bouncing back from the early loss of his
starting position to reclaim it in a big way. Dregney was admired for
the mass contributions he made as a key defender to make the entire team
better. Horkan was also known to make improvements as a defender, even
though he struggled with his own expectations (shooting). Nic Knuth
and Wolter both had similar roles on the team. They were a couple of
the teams’ most dangerous three-point threats. Justin Bergman ended up
playing his best game in the regional loss at Monroe. Justin Lankey,
Dillon Klahn, Deven Quick, and Payton Sterkowitz all made extraordinary
moments in offense, defense, and even a little guarding. Austin
Westerwille and Thane Rogers also ended up with some of these moments. “There
will be tremendous rivalries revisited early next year,” Bestor said.
“My approach is ‘cautious optimism’ because of the level of what we
will play against and how much improvement we can make over this year,
along with the chemistry of combining this year’s junior and sophomore
class. But there’s a lot to build on.”
By Larissa Jaech
Reedsburg Special Olympians are heading into the playoffs once again as
they look to continue their streak of success. Their last game before
competing in the playoffs was against Sauk Prairie on February 23. Coach
Gasser said, “We consider them our nemesis because they have beat us
both times we have played them.” The Beavers then went on to compete in
the regional playoffs at Verona on March 3. They won their first game
31-27 over Sauk County. Their second game, however, was a 21-27 loss to
The settings of the basketball playoffs are a bit different than other
sports. If a team wins, both of their games they will automatically move
on to the next round of playoffs. If they would lose both they would be
knocked out, but since Reedsburg won at least one game, they get their
name put into a drawing. A certain amount of teams that win at least one
game then get picked from this drawing to move on to the next round of
The next round of playoffs for Reedsburg will be in the sectionals at
UW-Stevens Point on March 17. Their first game will be against Polk
County and their second will be against a team from Appleton. This round
of playoffs will have the same scenario as the previous round, winning
both games to automatically move ahead and so on.
By Hunter Kaun
Soccer is right around the corner, and the players couldn’t be more
excited. The team, coached by Sonny Hyde and Erica Gronley, is comprised
of JV A, JV B, and Varsity subsections made up of approximately 20
“I am very excited for the upcoming season. We have large number of
girls going out for soccer this season, and it is very exciting,”
Gronley said. “We have a great group of freshmen and new girls going out
for soccer this season. I believe they will be very successful.”
Gronley said that there will be about 20 new players this season. “We
will play approximately 20 games. Every year we look forward to playing
our games against other conference teams. These games are exciting and
we look forward to the competition.”
Cassie Ring, a junior on varsity who has been playing for 12 years,
said, “ I'm looking forward to the new season to start and excited to
see how we do. I think that the season will go really well this year. We
have great players, and if we are able to work together, I think we
will be able to prove how good we can be.”
A sophomore who has been in the game since she was four years old,
Kaylie Polk, is curious to see how the season unfolds. “I'm extremely
excited! I love soccer and think this year will be a lot of fun. I've
been looking forward to it all year. I think the season will go well. We
have a lot of talent coming up and the varsity last year did pretty
well also. The first game should be interesting because everyone's
going to be on different teams this year, and it will be difficult to
work with new people, but I'm excited for it and hope all goes well.”
“I think we are going to have a good season. We lost some good players
last year, but there's a lot of really talented players moving up to
varsity this year,” Olivia Douglas, a junior on varsity, stated. Most of
the girls are anticipating their game against DeForest this season.
Ring explains, “I'm looking forward to playing DeForest because last
year during the regular season we lost to them in overtime, and we lost
to them [during] the first round of playoffs.”
Though new players might be a bit nervous for the season to kick off,
the seasoned vets are quick to offer reassurance. “Being a freshman in a
high school sport is always a new experience. I think it's probably
different for everyone. They can make the most out of the soccer season
as they want,” Polk stated. Douglas agrees, “I am really excited for the
new players, I think it's going to be fun.”
The girls will work inside on their soccer skills and improving their
fitness until the weather warms up enough to start holding practices
outside. It is evident, however, that that day cannot come soon enough
for both the players and their coaches. “The coaching staff is really
excited to start this season,” Gronley said. “We have a tremendous
amount of talent and a great group of girls!”
By Jordyn Schara