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
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
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
Eight games will be played this
weekend in the league tournament
at Brill, starting with Friday's
opener, Brill vs. Bruce, at 6:30
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
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
play begins this Wednesday
night July 30 in the Red Cedar
Men's Fastpitch League with
semifi nal games in the Major
Minor Division semifi
nals follow on Thursday
In tonight's Major Division
games, the AmFam
Dental Oredockers play Rice
Lake Weighing Systems at
7 p.m., followed by Spare
Time/Becker's Trucking at
Thursday's Minor Division
schedule has GB Sales/
Brew House vs. Zook/
Thompson at 7 p.m., and
Jaybirds vs. Bartels at 8:30
All games are on Curtis
Field at Tate Park in Rice
Lake. No times have been
set for next week's championship
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.
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 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
Conn Johnson got the
pitching win over Denny
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
Winning pitcher Marcus
Loew tripled and doubled
to lead Jaybirds past Zook/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Both teams are now 7-2 with
one round remaining in the regular
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
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
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
Four Rice Lake Warrbirds,
champion Hunter Harris,
have earned all-conference
honors at the high school
varsity level of the Northern
Wisconsin Clay Target
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
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
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
It was the second season ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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 spring. 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- 3875. 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
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
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
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
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
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
Spare Time ... Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Modified driver Kevin Adams
was the big winner on a big holiday
night at the Rice Lake Speedway
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
In Pure Stock racing, ... Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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
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
The Hornets got ... Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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