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MARSHFIELD – Jasmine Yang shot a round of 40 to finish a stroke behind medalist Abby Nickel of SPASH during the opening leg of the Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament at the Marshfield Country Club on Thursday.

SPASH cruised to the top team score with a 166 total, followed by Wausau at 191.

Ashlyn Femsteadt turned in the low round for D.C. Everest with a score of 50 to help the Evergreens place third on the team front.

Team standings: 1. SPASH 166; 2. Wausau 191; 3. D.C. Everest 209; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 213; 5. Marshfield 233.

WAUSAU (191): Jasmine Yang 40, Tess Bruner 47, Jess Nardi 51, Annika Tordsen 53, Kit Kronberger 56.

D.C. EVEREST (209): Ashlyn Femsteadt 50, Brielle Murphy 51, Grace Woodward 52, Aramie Theiss 56, Rachel Burns 58.


RHINELANDER – D.C. Everest junior letterwinner Hanna Steudeman placed ninth overall with a time of 22 minutes, 40 seconds and senior Kaylie Lyga (22:51) was 11th to spark the Evergreens to a fourth place finish at the 10-team Hodag Invitational on Thursday.

Rounding out the top five individuals for DCE were Lily Kowal (24:02), Emma Hessil (24:26) and sophomore newcomer Kennedy Stowell (24:48).

“The Everest girls ran smart races to start the season and will be looking to improve in our next meet,” Evergreens coach Allisha Blanchette said.
Newman Catholic 4, Medford Area 3
WAUSAU – Becky Larrain pitched a shutout at No. 1 singles, and Ali Bennett and Ruby Haupt recorded straight-set wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles as Newman Catholic edged Medford Area in a dual meet Thursday.
The clinching win for the Cardinals came at No. 2 doubles where Desirae Lo and Elizabeth Clancy knocked off Cassidy Balciar and Kianna Haenel, 7-5, 6-3.


Singles: No. 1 – Becky Larrain (N) def. Kailee Mann, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 – Ali Bennett (N) def. Brooke Sommer, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 – Maddy Spencer (M) def. Anna Hackett, 6-3, 7-5; No. 4 – Ruby Haupt (N) def. Sophie Brost, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: No. 1 – Lauryn Strick/Elaine Schumacher (M) def. Julia Welter/Grace Sukanen, 6-4, 7-5; No. 2 – Desirae Lo/Elizabeth Clancy (N) def. Cassidy Balciar/Kianna Haenel, 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 – Kelsey Jascor/Jordaan Clark (M) def. Natalie Townsend/Gabby Hackett, 6-1, 6-2.


Bay Port 6, DCE 3
WESTON – Connor Schommer collected a goal and an assist, but the Evergreens had trouble slowing down the attack of the Pirates in a nonconference matchup.
Justin Howe recorded a hat trick with three goals in the opening half as Bay Port built a 3-1 lead.
DCE’s Triton Schmidt converted a penalty kick early in the second half to close the gap to 3-2. However, the Pirates responded with a pair of goals in a span of 6:24 to increase their lead to 5-2.
Payton Schilz found the back of the net twice for Bay Port. Tamirat Knutson also scored for the Evergreens and keeper John Belton finished with 12 saves.
Bay Port  3  3  –  6
D.C. Everest  1  2  –  3
First half: 1. BP, Justin Howe, 9:37; 2. DCE, Tamirat Knutson (Connor Schommer), 18:40; 3. BP, Howe, 26:38; 4. BP, Howe, 29:41 (penalty kick).
Second half: 5. DCE, Triton Schmidt, 50:25 (penalty kick); 6. BP, Peyton Nichols, 55:42; 7. BP, Payton Schilz, 56:49; 8. DCE, Schommer, 61:40; 9. BP, Schilz, 67:13.
Saves: Bay Port (Bryce Destree) 3; DCE (John Belton) 12.


(Late Wednesday)

WAUSAU – West coach Cathy Newton joined some rare company Wednesday night when she earned win No. 700 at the school during the Warriors Quadrangular.

The Warriors picked up wins over Auburndale (25-12, 25-16, 22-25), Marathon (25-14, 25-16, 21-25) and Lakeland (25-14, 25-17, 19-25) to enable Newton to reach the milestone.

Robyn Kirsch paced the hitting attack for West with 26 kills. She was joined in double figures by Anna Cunningham with 12 kills, while Cassandra Oelke and Maddie Hauer collected 11 and 10, respectively.

Grace Michalske handed out a team-high 52 assists and chipped in with 21 digs. Rusch finished with 33 digs and Kiley Deaton added 19. Jenna Rusch, Cunningham and Oelke all contributed five aces.

Team standings: 1. Wausau West 3-0; 2. Auburndale 2-1; 3. Marathon 1-2; 4. Lakeland 0-3.