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September 20, 2019

By Scott Williams

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – You can officially pencil in win No. 2 for the D.C. Everest football team after it held off a furious second-half comeback bid by Wisconsin Rapids to secure a 35-26 win at South Wood County Field on Friday night.

The Evergreens (2-3) could finally let out a sigh of relief and celebrate another win when Reese Ostrowski thwarted a late drive by the Raiders who put up 26 points in the second half.

The first half belonged to D.C. Everest.

With Delton Zuleger and Orion Boe chewing up big chunks of yards on the ground, the Evergreens rode a 21-point second quarter to build a commanding 28-0 lead at the break.

DCE’s defense handled its business by shutting down the Raiders and keeping them off the scoreboard.

Just when the Evergreens thought they could breathe easy, however, Wisconsin Rapids came out re-energized in the second half and put up 20 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 35-20.

8-player Football

Newman Catholic 59, Saint Mary Catholic 14

WESTON – Not even an in jury to all-state quarterback Ben Bates can slow the second-ranked Cardinals down.

Newman Catholic (5-0) continued its dominating start to the season with yet another lopsided win. This time it came at the expense of the defenseless Zephyrs at Stiehm Stadium.

Thomas Bates got the Cardinals off and running with a 2-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

The it was time for the Dylan Ackermann and Charlie McCarty Show to take over.

Ackerman, who is filling in for Ben Bates at quarterback, connected with McCarty on a 17-yard scoring strike. A short time later the same combination hooked up for a 2-yard touchdown and the Cardinals enjoyed an early 23-0 lead.

Freshman Thomas Bates had eight carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns and one catch for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Ackermann was 7-9 through the air for 101 yards and three touchdowns, while McCarty had four catches for 35 yards and a score.

Saint Mary Catholic was never able to slow down the Cardinals, who are averaging 50.8 points a game through five weeks, as the points came fast and often.

Newman outgained Saint Mary 347-59.

Newman Catholic will look to keep its record spotless win it travels to Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday.

Girls tennis

Wausau West 5, Menomonie 2

Wausau West 7, Eau Claire North 0

EAU CLAIRE – Wausau West swept all six doubles matches and picked up a pair of dual meety wins at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational on Friday.

The Warriors opened the day with a 5-2 victory over Menomonie and followed that up with a 7-0 whitewashing of Eau Claire North.

A split of the four singles matches left the matchup with Menomonie in doubt. However, West’s doubles teams took care of business against the Huskies, including clutch super-tiebreaker win for its No. 2 doubles team of Mia Hoehn and Madeleine Bizjak.

Rachel Hartman and Brenna Holtz also went the distance at No. 3 doubles for the Warriors to close out the victory.

Life was a little easier against the Huskies in the next match. West won all seven matches in straight sets, highlighted by 6-0, 6-0 results from Lilia Teske and Molly Schaefer at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

West will return to action at the Old Abes Invite on Saturday.

West vs. Menomonie

Singles: No. 1 – Natasha Bailey (WW) def. Olivia Leipnitz, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 – Lilia Teske (WW) def. Emma Hastings, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 – Haley Hastings (M) def. Andreanna Wilke, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 – Olivia Klass (M) def. Molly Schaefer, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Doubles: No. 1 – Katie Meyer/Mallory Names (WW) def. Lauren Flaschenriem/Carly Witucki, 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 – Mia Hoehn/Madeleine Bizjak (WW) def. Ava Zaborski/Kierce Hemauer, 4-6, 6-4, 10-3; No. 3 – Rachel Hartman/Brenna Holtz (WW) def. Brooke Evan/Lindsay Kaufman, 1-6, 6-3, 10-7.

West vs. Eau Claire North

Singles: No. 1 – Natasha Bailey (WW) def. Morgan Presler, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 – Lilia Teske (WW) def. Jolee Verville, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 – Molly Schaefer (WW) def. Carrie Rettke, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 – Andreanna Wilke (WW) def. Leah Nelson, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: No. 1 – Mallory Names/Madeleine Bizjak (WW) def. Alesha Lebonne/Bailey Zainhofsky, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 – Katie Meyer/Mia Hoehn (WW) def. Kalia Xiong/Nicole Franson, 6-3, 6-1; No. 3 – Jaedin Ungurer/Emerson Brimacombe (WW) def. Gretel Elvig/Anna Welke, 6-2, 6-3.