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home : sports August 1, 2014

Indy teams enter tourney time
Brill right fielder Hunter Ashlin leaps but can't reach a home run ball in the corner hit by Haugen Knights' Ryan Gerber in Saturday's Independent Baseball League game in Brill. Gerber hit two home runs in the Knights' 13-1 win.  Photo by Ryan Urban
Brill right fielder Hunter Ashlin leaps but can't reach a home run ball in the corner hit by Haugen Knights' Ryan Gerber in Saturday's Independent Baseball League game in Brill. Gerber hit two home runs in the Knights' 13-1 win.
Photo by Ryan Urban
The Independent Baseball League decides a postseason tournament champion this weekend after the Brill Millers and Haugen Knights ended in a tie for the regular season title. The Knights downed the Millers 13-11 on Saturday at Brill but missed a chance to win the title outright with their 16-8 loss Sunday at Cumberland. Both the Knights and Millers fi nish at 9-3. Cumberland and Spooner tied for third place in the nine-team league with 8-4 marks. Eight games will be played this weekend in the league tournament at Brill, starting with Friday's opener, Brill vs. Bruce, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's games are scheduled for 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday's semifi nals are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., followed by the title game at 3 p.m. Saturday's schedule ...
Wednesday, July 30, 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
Fastpitch teams start postseason tonight
Postseason tournament play begins this Wednesday night July 30 in the Red Cedar Men's Fastpitch League with semifi nal games in the Major Division. Minor Division semifi nals follow on Thursday night. In tonight's Major Division games, the AmFam Agency/Toboggan Run Dental Oredockers play Rice Lake Weighing Systems at 7 p.m., followed by Spare Time/Becker's Trucking at 8:30 p.m. Thursday's Minor Division schedule has GB Sales/ Brew House vs. Zook/ Thompson at 7 p.m., and Jaybirds vs. Bartels at 8:30 p.m. All games are on Curtis Field at Tate Park in Rice Lake. No times have been set for next week's championship games. The Oredockers and Spare Time/Becker's tied for the regular season championship in the Major Division with 8-2 records. GB Sales/Brew House won the Minor title at 6-4. Spare Time/Becker's won its regular season fi nale last Wednesday, 12-1, pulling away early with nine runs in the second inning. Mark Crotteau went three for four with a double, and also rapping doubles were Aaron Koenig, Bob Bartschenfeld and winning pitcher Erick Chaparro. Chaparro threw a one-hitter, giving up only a single to Ben Hall. Brandon Manecke took the pitching loss. Tim Schmidt and Charlie Crisler had two hits each, including a triple for each, as the Oredockers downed Rice Lake Weighing Systems, 11-4. For RLWS, Jerry Sneddecker was two for two with a home run, and Sam Elliott tripled. Conn Johnson got the pitching win over Denny Root. GB/Brew House clinched the Minor title with a 9-4 win over Bartels. Gary Byl, with relief from Jason Hoff, was the winning pitcher. Chris Hanson went three for four to lead the winners. For Bartels, Tim Bartels, Justin Sather and Jacob Jensen had doubles. Winning pitcher Marcus Loew tripled and doubled to lead Jaybirds past Zook/ Thompson, 15-3. Justin Randall and Nick Weinberger also tripled, and Corey Randall and Pat Rankin doubled in the winners' extra-base hit attack. Losing pitcher Brian Thill went two for three. RED CEDAR MEN'S FASTPITCH Major Division ................. W L Carr/Toboggan Oredockers ....8 2 Spare Time/Becker Truck ....8 2 RL Weighing Systems ..........4 6 RCL Orangemen ................ 4 6 Minor Division ................. W L GB Sales/Brew House ....... 6 4 Jaybirds ..............................5 5 Bartels ............................. 3 7 Zook/Thompson .................2 8 Scores July 23-24 Spare Time 12, Orangemen 7 Oredockers 11, RLWS 4 GB/Brew House 9, Bartels 4 Jaybirds 15, Zook/Thompson 3 (end of regular season) Major Division tournament Games Wednesday, July 30 7:00 (Curtis Field): Oredockers vs RLWS 8:30 (Curtis Field): Spare Time/ Beckers vs. RCL Orangemen Minor Division tournament Games Thursday, July 31 7:00 (Curtis Field): GB Sales/Brew House vs. Zook/Thompson 8:30 (Curtis Field): Jaybirds
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
Oredockers keep lead
Three Major Division teams downed their Minor Division counterparts in Red Cedar Men's Fastpitch League play last Wednesday. Major Division leader AmFam Shaun Carr Agency/ Toboggan Run Dental Oredockers scored three runs in the fi fth inning en route to a 6-4 win over Jaybirds. Winning pitcher Conn Johnson and Mike Neil both homered for the winners, and Neil also doubled. Hans Hanson added a triple and Rich Weber a double. For Jaybirds, Dave Dahlberg went four for four, and Dave Postle and Zach Hegna each went two for four. Marc Loew took the pitching loss. Spare Time ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Firecrackers packed in 128 cars
Modified driver Kevin Adams was the big winner on a big holiday night at the Rice Lake Speedway last Thursday. Adams picked up two feature wins in Thursday's Firecracker Special, which drew 128 cars from three states for a 26-race program. The Firecracker also drew a large crowd as the race night was highlighted by a fi reworks display. One of Adams' wins was in a Modified make-up feature from the previous Saturday. It was the second and third wins of the season for the Cameron driver, who had not waved a checkered fl ag on his home track since opening night. In Thursday's other features, three steady performers all season were finally rewarded with their first victories. Willie Johnsen Jr. of Superior won in Super Stock, Nick Koehler of Bloomer topped the Midwest Modifi eds, and Scott Clark of Cameron led the Streets. In Pure Stock racing, ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Knights,Cumberland to clash
The Independent Baseball League gets back into full swing this week after only a couple of games were played over the holiday weekend. The Bruce Belters were involved in both games, losing to the Haugen Hornets, 15-6, and to the Spooner Cardinals, 11-3. There are a couple of marquee league games this weekend, starting with Friday's Cumberland vs. Haugen Knights makeup game to be played at the Rice Lake High School fi eld at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders come into Friday night's game leading the league at 6-1, while the Knights are 5-1. Proceeds from concessions and/or raffl e at the game will be donated to the Rice Lake High School baseball program. On Saturday, league title contenders Brill (6-2) and Spooner (7-3) clash at Brill at 1 p.m. In addition to those two games involving the top four teams in the standings, two other teams looking to move up from the middle of the pack meet Friday night when the Haugen Hornets (3-4) visit Hayward (4-5). The Hornets got ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Warriors sweep way to title
The Rice Lake Warriors age 10 & Under baseball team won all six of its games to capture the championship of the Rice Lake Summer Challenge Tournament last weekend. The Warriors defeated the Valley Stars of Seymour, 6-3, in the championship game Sunday, capping off their tournament run in which they outscored opponents, 59-16. The Warriors are 14-2, having placed second and third in previous tournaments this season. Their next action is in ...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Age no factor in extra-inning win
Being 78 years old didn't stop fastpitch softball veteran Lyle Lieffring from helping his team win in the Red Cedar Men's Fastpitch League in Rice Lake last Wednesday.
Lieffring shared pitching duties and scored the winning run in the top of the eighth in AmFam Shaun Carr Agency/ Toboggan Run Dental Oredockers' 9-8 extra inning win over Bartels.
The Oredockers, leaders of the Major Division at 5-1, preserved the win when the runner with the potential tying run for Bartels was tagged out at ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Hamilton reaches All-American status on relay
Jada Hamilton keeps running faster. The sprinter's marked improvements have earned her the Most Improved Runner award two seasons in a row in women's track and field at UW-Stout in Menomonie.
This past season, that increasing speed also translated into an All-American performance at the national championships.
"I've just put in more time training," said Hamilton, who wrapped up her junior season in May at the NCAA Division 3 national championships in Ohio.
Putting in more time has lifted Hamilton from a good runner while at Rice Lake High School to an exceptional runner in college. Getting stronger has also helped her speed in the range of ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Racing and fireworks mix July 3
The Rice Lake Speedway gears for one of its biggest nights of the season this Thursday in the holiday setting of the Firecracker Special.
A full night of racing and a large display of aerial and ground fireworks is on the card at the dirt track on Rice Lake's north side.
Racing begins following hot laps at 6:30 p.m. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for what is expected to be a large crowd.
The fireworks display is set for just after...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Warriors receive all-BR honors
Senior Haley Strouf All-BR long jumper
Senior Haley Strouf All-BR long jumper
A softball catcher, a soccer defender and a track and field long jumper have earned all-conference first team honors for the Rice Lake Warriors after the spring sports season.
Catcher Lizzy Sutton and defender Megan Walsh were first team picks by coaches in Big Rivers all-conference balloting, while long jumper Haley Strouf earned first team with her first place in the conference meet.
The Warriors also had numerous performers on all-conference second team and honorable mention lists.
The best team performance in the six spring sports for the Warriors came in soccer. The girls' soccer squad went 10-9-1 with a Division 3 regional title. The Warriors barely missed a trip to the sectional championship game with a shoot-out loss to Ashland in the sectional semifinal.
Defense was a big key in the Warriors' soccer success, and Walsh's all-conference selection reflects that defensive effort. In addition, junior goalkeeper Hannah Arrigoni earned second team honors, along with senior forward Hannah Schweitzer.
Walsh, a senior, teamed ...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Knights win two;go 5-0
The Haugen Knights won twice to move to 5-0 in the Independent Baseball League on a doubleheader league weekend for most teams.
The Brill Millers split their two games and are 3-2 for third place in the nine-team league.
The Haugen Hornets won their only league game and are 2-4.
The Knights picked up a big win at Spooner on Saturday, 10-5, dropping the Cardinals to 5-3 in the league.
On Sunday, the Knights got past visiting Bruce, 3-2, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after the first two batters were retired in a 2-2 game.
Carter Crotteau's blast over the center fielder's head scored Rob Berger with the winning run. Berger had crushed a double to right field to start the two-out rally off losing pitcher Joe Granica.
Travis Thompson got ...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Havel, Olson continue to roll up wins
While Pure Stock's Jason Havel and Super Stock's Eric Olson continue to roll in stock car racing at the Rice Lake Speedway, three drivers got their first win of the season at the track Saturday.
Mark Hessler in Modified, Grant Southworth in Midwest Modified and Ron Hanestad in Street Stock all claimed their first checkered flags of 2014 on the seventh night of the season.
Menomonie driver Hessler became the sixth winner ...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


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