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home : sports September 14, 2014

Soccer team falls 4-1 at CF
After three nonconference wins to open the season, the Rice Lake Warriors dropped their Big Rivers soccer opener Tuesday, 4-1, at Chippewa Falls.
The home Cardinals scored two goals in each half. Rice Lake's only goal, unassisted by Zach Buchli, tied the game at 1-1 early in the first half after Chippewa Falls had scored in the first minute of play.
The loss drops Rice Lake to 1-3 overall, coming after a twin bill sweep Saturday over Osceola, 9-1, and Amery, 3-0, in a quadrangular at Menomonie.
The Warriors return to play Thursday ...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Warriors get pair of tennis wins
After a couple of 4-3 losses in Big Rivers Conference duals, the Rice Lake Warriors tennis team picked up a pair of wins in Saturday's quadrangular at Eau Claire Regis High School.
The Warriors downed Mondovi, 7-0, and West Salem, 6-1, while falling to host Regis, 7-0.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Rice Lake stunned by River Falls
One team needed an inch. The other team needed 95 yards. Incredibly and dramatically, the team facing the long way home succeeded.
Trailing 14-11 and facing fourth and 15 at its own 5-yard line, River Falls struck gold on a 95-yard pass play to stun Rice Lake with a winning touchdown in the closing seconds Friday night at Pug Lund Field.
When River Falls wide receiver Ben Klimpke crossed the goal line with several Warriors in failed pursuit, only 13.8 seconds remained. A kick-off and interception later, the Wildcats were enjoying an improbable 17-14 win.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Soccer boys bounce back against North
After taking a tough loss at River Falls last Thursday, the Rice Lake Warriors bounced back big Tuesday in Big Rivers high school soccer in Rice Lake.
The Warriors played their best all-around game of the young season in shutting out Eau Claire North, 6-0.
"The entire team was able to pick up its game and play with the skill and intensity that was missing our past couple of games," said Warriors coach Shawn Gilbert.
The win was the first for Rice Lake in Big Rivers play this season after losses to Chippewa Falls and River Falls. The Warriors lost big in River Falls, 10-2.
The Warriors are 4-2 ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Havel adds Pure title to big season
Only one points champion and only two racers with previous multiple feature wins came away with season championships Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.
Jason Havel tacked a Pure Stock season championship onto a season that includes a points title and eight feature wins for the Rice Lake driver.
Eric Olson of Ladysmith, who placed third in Super Stock points, got his six feature win Saturday for a season championship.
But in the three other classes, the season champions crowned Saturday were winning only their second features of 2014. Cody Mahder of Eau Claire won in Modified, Tyler Viltz of Rice Lake won in Midwest Modified, and Jay Kesan of Weyerhaeuser led in Street Stock.
Viltz had finished second in Midwest Mod points, while his brother, Ryan, was winning five features during the season.
With the season title laps ...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sack and fumble
Cameron's Nicholas Wintrone reaches for a loose ball after Clear Lake quarterback Dylan Kurtz fumbled while being sacked by Aaron Bryngelson in last Thursday's nonconference opener, played in Rice Lake. Clear Lake won, 21-8. The Warriors were up 7-0 at halftime when the game was delayed for more than an hour because of thunderstorms and lightning. The Cameron Comets resume their schedule this Friday ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Warrior tennis opens
The Rice Lake Warriors opened their tennis season Monday on the home courts, hosting Ashland and Baldwin-Woodville in a triangular. The Warriors dropped both matches, 6-1 to Baldwin-Woodville and 7-0 to Ashland. Picking up Rice Lake's lone win was the No. 1 doubles team of Michaela Scalzo and Lauren Shomion, both seniors. Scalzo and Shomion downed Baldwin-Woodville's Hanna Zevenhagen and Megan Jacobson, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7. Playing singles in the two ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Big plays secure Warrior win
Big scoring plays and a defense that was stubborn though stretched led the Rice Lake Warriors to a comfortable 41-16 win over Medford on Friday in the 2014 high school football opener.
The Warriors led 12-0 at halftime before scoring 22 points in a 4-minute stretch of the third quarter at Pug Lund Field.
Rice Lake went up 41-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Medford's two late touchdowns came against Warrior reserves.
The win sends the Warriors to New Richmond this Friday looking to repeat their two-win nonconference start of a year ago against the same two teams.
What Rice Lake saw Friday from Medford-nearly ...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
La Crescent takes out Knights, Brill
Brill's bid for a second straight Wisconsin Baseball Assn. state championship ended in Saturday night's semifinals at the state tournament at Hoffman Park in River Falls.
La Crescent scored five unanswered runs over the final four innings to oust the Millers, 8-4.
La Crescent also eliminated the Haugen Knights from the eight-team state field earlier Saturday, 5-1. But the Cardinals, a Minnesota team playing in the Wisconsin association, lost in Sunday's championship game, 5-1, to Prescott.
It was the first state title for Prescott since the Pirates won in Class A in 1958. The WBA went to a single-class tournament in 1967.
Brill reached the semifinals Saturday with its 4-3 opening win over the Whittlesey Reds. But against La Crescent, the Millers settled for six hits off winning pitcher Brady Banse, a right-hander who went the nine-inning distance.
Banse threw hitless ball over the final four innings.
But the Millers took a 4-3 lead into the sixth inning before the Cardinals regained the lead with three runs on only two hits.
Brill was outhit, 12-6, but got a gutsy pitching performance from draftee Lee Chepil from the Bruce Belters. But Chepil couldn't work out of trouble in the sixth when a walk and hit batsman helped the Cardinals score three runs.
La Crescent added two ...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ellenson on USA gold team
Rice Lake High School senior Henry Ellenson drives against Angola in one of the USA's seven wins en route to the gold medal in the U17 World Basketball Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The USA team of players ages 17 and under completed its seven-game sweep to the gold medal with Saturday's 99-92 win over Australia. The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, who is being recruited by numerous Division 1 college ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Soccer team wins in 10-0 rout
The Rice Lake Warriors scored 10 goals in a dominating performance Tuesday night to open their 2014 high school soccer season.
Sophomore Hunter Holmes scored five goals and senior Joe Thurston added four goals as the Warriors overwhelmed visiting Baldwin-Woodville, 10-0, in a game shortened by 11 minutes due to the 10-goal lead rule.
Senior Seth Gilbert added Rice Lake's other goal on a penalty kick.
Warriors' coach Shawn Gilbert said the opening win was key against another Division 3 team.
"Not only did it let us get a real look at what we have for a team ...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Knights,Millers come through in WBA clutch
Dramatic comeback wins by both teams have sent the Brill Millers and Haugen Knights back to the Wisconsin Baseball Assn. state tournament.
The Millers and Knights both won two games last weekend at Haugen as the WBA sliced its playoff field from 32 teams to eight.
Brill returns to the state tournament as the defending champion. The Knights, who won the 2010 title, were knocked out in the first round at state a year ago.
The state tournament is this weekend in River Falls. If the Millers and Knights win their first games Saturday, the Independent League rivals would meet in a semifinal Saturday at 7 p.m.
Brill opens state play Saturday at 10 a.m. vs. the Whittlesey Reds. The Knights' first game follows at 1 p.m. when the Haugen club takes on the La Crescent Cardinals.
Both Brill and the Knights won 10-inning games last weekend after both tied their games in the bottom of the ninth.
The Knights got their 10th inning, walk-off win Friday night, scoring the winning run on Dan Lindsey's single to edge Tilden, 6-5.
Sunday's game proved anticlimatic as the Knights jumped on the Menomonie Eagles early, scoring two runs in the first inning and seven in the third en route to a 12-2, seven-inning romp.
The win avenged the Knights' 6-4 loss to Menomonie at state last season.
Brill's walk-off win also came Saturday in the Millers' first game against the La Crosse 35ers. Chris Walters was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the 10th, stole second and scored on Logan Jeffrey's single for the Millers' 7-6 victory.
The Millers also had a tight game in their second outing, edging Everest, 4-2, in the semifinal tournament's finale Sunday afternoon in front of a big crowd at the Haugen Ball Park.
Brill is attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back WBA titles since the Eau Claire Bears in 2008-09. Prior to that, no team had won back-to-back titles since the Hayward Hawks posted three in a row from 1981-83.
A year ago when the WBA finals were played at Osceola, the Millers swept through three games, 7-1 over Chaseburg-Coon Valley, 7-2 over Menomonie and 2-1 over Sparta in the championship game.
Besides the Millers and Knights, three other teams from 2013 are returning to the state tournament. They are the host River Falls Fighting Fish, along with Chaseburg-Coon Valley and Prescott.
Five teams in this year's state field have ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday Mixed bowlers start season Aug. 25
The Monday Night Mixed Bowling League at Rand's Lanes in Rice Lake begins its season Aug. 25 with a free fun night of bowling.
The league's regular season begins Monday, Sept 8. There is no bowling on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1.
The league has openings ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Special Olympics team wins gold in softball
The Barron County Buccaneers won their ninth Division 1 state softball championship in Special Olympics play Aug. 2-3 in Waukesha.
The Bucs won two of three games, including the championship game, 6-3, over the New Berlin Bobcats.
The championship game was rematch of the Bucs' opening tournament game in which they suffered their only loss, 10-1 to New Berlin.
But the Barron County team bounced back against the three-time defending state champion Manitowoc County Badgers. The Bucs came from behind with timely hitting for a 10-5 win.
In the title game, ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Speedway Hall of Fame adds eight
Six racers and two racing promoters were inducted into the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 9. In front, from left, are Bob Heffner, promoter inductee; Midge Kelnhofer, representing her husband, Dick Kelnhofer, a promoter inductee; Patty Boortz, representing her ...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Telitz's big USF2000 season rides on
Formula race car driver Aaron Telitz has two more races to solidify his ranking as the top rookie in this season's USF2000 race series.
The 23-year old driver from Birchwood is fourth overall in the season standings heading into the series' final weekend, a two-race stop in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24.
Telitz took a second place and a pair of sevenths in triple-header action Aug. 1-3 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
After Mid-Ohio, Telitz is fourth ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Preparing for new season
Rice Lake Warriors linemen go through blocking drills Tuesday morning in the first day of practices for all high school football teams in Wisconsin. After 2 weeks of practices, the Warriors host a four-school scrimmage Friday, Aug. 15, at noon at Pug Lund Field. Joining the Warriors in the scrimmage will be Superior, Somerset and Northwestern. Rice Lake's opening game of its nine-game regular season is Friday, Aug. 22, when Medford visits Pug Lund Field. After another nonconference game Friday, Aug. 29 at New Richmond, the Warriors open their Big Rivers Conference season Friday, Sept. 5, hosting River Falls.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Soccer Warriors first game Aug. 19
Rice Lake High School girls' golf team and boys' soccer team will be the fi rst Warriors in competition this fall sports season. The golfers are scheduled to play in the Barron Invitational on Friday, Aug. 15, at Rolling Oaks Golf Course. The soccer team opens its season with a nonconference game against visiting Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at Pug Lund Field. On Thursday, Aug. 21, the girls' tennis squad hosts Superior in a season opener at 4 p.m. The Rice Lake Warriors play their fi rst football game Friday, Aug. 22, when the Medford Raiders come to Pug Lund Field for a 7 p.m. kick-off. Rice Lake also ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Friday night special harness races works out for Rice Lake
The fi rst shot at harness races in Rice Lake other than at the Barron County Fair "went very well," said race director Patty Strand after Friday night's six-dash show. A crowd of about 160 fans were in the grandstand to watch 27 horses in four races for pacers and two for trotters. "For the fi rst time trying this we were shooting for 30 horses. We had 29 entered, so we were happy," said Strand, a former Rice Lake resident who is a director with the Wisconsin Harness Racing Assn. The Wisconsin Harness Racing Assn. and the Barron County Fair Assn. sponsored the Friday night special event, which followed 2 nights of racing at the county fair in the middle of July. Drivers Gabe Wand and ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
RL Little Leaguers play at state
Rice Lake's Little League team in the Age 12 & Under division made the fi rst state appearance for Rice Lake last week, playing fi ve games in the round robin portion of the state meet in Wausau. Rice Lake went 1-4 in the state tournament, playing three close games before being shutout in their fi nal two games. "I am extremely proud of how well the boys played at the state tournament," said Rice Lake head coach Russ LaPoint. "The scoreboard just didn't refl ect the level of play of these boys. We were defi nitely the youngest team in the tournament as well, with six of our 12 players only 11 years old." LaPoint said the team played well defensively, committing only fi ve errors in 29 innings. Rice Lake also outhit its opponents, 44-40, but stranded 31 runners. Rice Lake opened with a 4-1 loss to East Madison, despite the four hits by Riley Strohm. Rice Lake then posted its lone state tourney win, 13-12 in seven innings, over Whitefi sh Bay. Nolan Rowe was the starting pitcher, with Caleb Randall, Joe Kroeger, Strohm, Parker Kastner and Zack Fisher all working in relief. Fisher got the pitching win. Rice Lake pounded out ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Viltz,Randall,Havel take feature wins
Ryan Viltz finished ahead of his brother and a rising rookie, while Jimmy Randall got his fi rst win of the season and Jason Havel got his seventh fl ag to highlight racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Besides Randall in Street Stock, another first-time winner this season at the track was Dave Baxter in Modifi ed. Super Stock drivers ran two features, including a makeup from June 28. Winning the makeup was Willie Johnsen Jr., while Curt Myers got his second win in the regularly scheduled feature. The speedway hosts another Saturday night of racing this weekend, with bicycle racing for kids and adults during intermission. The annual Street Stock Little Dream race follows on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Rookie Midwest Modified driver ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Millers,Knights up next
The Haugen Knights stageda thrilling comeback Saturday night for an 8-7 win in 10 innings but couldn't keep it going Sunday in a 10-0 loss. The weekend split in Independent Baseball League play dropped the Knights to second place with an 8-2 record, a half game behind the Brill Millers at 9-2. Brill won its only league game last weekend, 6-2 at Bruce on Saturday night. The Knights and Millers clash in a pivotal league game Saturday at Brill, starting at 1 p.m. The Knights fell behind their town rival Hornets 5-0 on Saturday night in Haugen before rallying for the win. But there was no rallying for the Knights on Sunday as the Hayward Hawks scored fi ve runs in the fi rst inning and went on to a 10-0 win in Haugen. The Knights started Saturday night's comeback with fi ve runs in the sixth inning, tying the Hornets at 5-5. Two-run doubles by Coltan Ellis and Carter Crotteau highlighted the five-run sixth, capped by Travis Thompson's ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Teams tied atop Major fastpitch
There's a tie atop the Major Division of the Red Cedar Men's Fastpitch League after Spare Time Bowl/Becker's Trucking toppled the AmFam/Toboggan Run Dental Oredockers 10-1 last Wednesday. Both teams are now 7-2 with one round remaining in the regular season. Erick Chaparro threw a onehitter for Spare Time/Becker's. That one hit was a leadoff single by the Oredockers' Charlie Crisler. Chaparro struck out 10 in the fi veinning game. Brian Thill led the winning offense by going three for three with a home run. Mark Crotteau also homered off losing pitcher Connery Johnson, and Kent Thill and Travis Ebner both tripled. The RCL Orangemen and Rice Lake Weighing Systems are also tied in the Major Division, both with 4-5 marks after the Orangemen won 12-5 in a clash between the two teams. Brian Jensen, Travis Thompson, Keven Jensen and Sam Hall had two hits each for the Orangemen. Sam Hall, Ben Hall and Kohlten Blanch all doubled. Brandon Manecke was the winning pitcher, while Denny Root took the loss. GB Sales/Brew House leads ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
More horse racing coming to Rice Lake
Fifteen races played out over 2 nights of harness racing last week at the Barron County Fair in Rice Lake.
Racing both Wednesday and Thursday was under clear skies with pleasant temperatures for big crowds in the grandstand.
"Everything went well," said race director Patty Strand of Menomonie, who returns to her hometown next week for a Friday night racing special Aug. 1. "It's the first time we're trying a second race. I think 30 horses would be a good turnout."
The Barron County Fair Assn., along with the Wisconsin Harness Racing Assn., of which Strand is a director, will put on the Aug. 1 racing show ...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Warrbirds earn season awards
Four Rice Lake Warrbirds, including conference champion Hunter Harris, have earned all-conference honors at the high school varsity level of the Northern Wisconsin Clay Target Conference. The Warrbirds went undefeated to win the West Division of the conference during the spring season, led by all-conference trapshooters Harris, Lane Reinikainen, Justin Meyer and Sam King. Harris was conference champion, hitting 172 of 175 targets. Reinikainen was runner-up in the conference individual standings, with Meyer in seventh place and King in eighth place. The Warrbirds also had all-conference trapshooters in junior varsity and intermediate divisions. In junior varsity, three Warrbirds were all-conference as Cody Van Gilder placed third in the standings, Griffi n Lorenz was fourth and Jack Genereaux was seventh. In Intermediate shooting, Logan Harris was conference champion. He was joined on the all-conference team by Sam Tepaske, fourth place; Lance Williams, sixth; Sam Bliese, ninth; and Haley Harris, 10th. It was the second season ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ward on North all-stars
Former Rice Lake Warrior offensive
lineman Trapper Ward plays in the
Wisconsin Football Coaches Assn. high
school all-star game Saturday at Titan
Stadium in Oshkosh.
Ward is one of 46 players on the
North Large roster and the only player
from last season's Rice Lake Warriors
team. All of the football all-stars were
seniors last season and graduated this
After this weekend's all-star game, the
6-foot-5, 265-pound Ward is headed for
UM-Duluth on a football scholarship.
Ward will wear his high school number
67 in Saturday's game, which starts
at 5 p.m. The Small School all-star game
is at noon. Both games will be broadcast
on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 and
simulcast on Charter Cable, according to
the Wisconsin Football Coaches Assn.
Ward, the son of Brad and Sabrina
Ward, was a 3-year starter in the offensive
line for the Rice Lake Warriors, who
depended heavily on the all-conference
left tackle in their wishbone rushing offense.
Prior to being named to the Big Rivers
all-conference fi rst team last season,
Ward was an honorable mention selection
in 2013. Last season, he was also
chosen for the WFCA all-region team.
Ward also was on the basketball and
track and fi eld teams for the Warriors.
Anyone interested in attending Saturday's
game can contact Sabrina Ward
for tickets at 715-234-3875 or 715-761-
Eight other players from the Big Rivers
have also been selected to play in
the WFCA all-star game for the North
Large team. Those players are linebackers
A.J. Naatz and Dylan Harmston of
Menomonie, wide receiver Luke Stanley
of Menomonie, defensive lineman Jared
Johnson and wide receiver Jacob Giordana
of Hudson, linebacker Sebastian
Larson of River Falls, offensive lineman
Michael Sega of Eau Claire Memorial,
and tight end Anthony Miloszewicz of
Eau Claire North.
In last summer's Large Schools allstar
game, the North fell to the South,
47-19. Playing in that game from Rice
Lake were defensive back Colton Robach

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Little Leaguers head to state
Rice Lake's age 12 & Under baseball team plays in the Little League state tournament in Wausau beginning Saturday after winning the District 3 title last weekend. Rice Lake won three games in the district tournament to advance to state. It's the fi rst state appearance for a Rice Lake youth baseball team, said 12U team head coach/ manager Russ LaPoint. "We've always had a hard time getting past the state powerhouse Eau Claire Nationals in our district," said LaPoint. That changed last weekend when Rice Lake blanked the Nationals 10-0 for the third win in their three-game district sweep. It was Rice Lake's second win of the tournament over the Eau Claire team. The state tournament runs Saturday through next Friday, July 25, at Doepke Park in Wausau. Rice Lake plays its fi rst game in the six-team tournament Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Madison East, following opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. and the opening game at noon. The remainder of Rice Lake's games in the opening round robin are Sunday at 5 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m., Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The top four teams advance to the semifi nals Thursday, July 24, followed by the championship game Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. In last weekend's district tournament in Eau Claire, Rice Lake opened with a 12-7 win over Lowes Creek, with Sam Johnson and Joe Kroeger leading the hitting, each with a three-run homer. Nolan Rowe was the winning pitcher. Rice Lake then went three extra innings to edge the Eau Claire Nationals, 11-10, in nine innings. Caleb Randall and Rowe hit home runs, and Kroeger got the pitching win. In the championship round, Rice Lake and the Nationals met again, with Rice Lake cruising to a 10-0 win in four innings. A three-run homer by Trevon LaPoint and a two-run shot by Tyson Tomesh led the attack, while Riley Strohm was the winning pitcher. Rice Lake hit at a .395 clip for the weekend, led by Tomesh and LaPoint, both hitting over .500. Handling the pitching duties were Rowe, Randall, Strohm, Kroeger, LaPoint and Parker Kastner. Strohm struck out six and walked none. Also playing were Andy Farm, Zack Fisher, Ben Kemp and Mason Ewert. Besides head coach Russ LaPoint, other coaches are Steve Fisher and Curt Rowe. Rice Lake hosts the 10U district tournament this week, Thursday through Sunday, at Meggers Field.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Knights take over first place
A three-run tying homer in the seventh and a two-out walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth rallied the Haugen Knights to a key 10-9 win Friday night over Cumberland.
With the win, the Knights moved ahead of Cumberland for first place in the Independent League after entering the showdown a half-game behind the Islanders.
After Friday's game in Rice Lake, both teams posted league wins over the weekend, leaving the Knights at 7-1 and the Islanders at 7-2. Moving into second place with two weekend wins ...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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