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Oct. 4, 2019

By Scott Williams

WISCONSIN HEIGHTS – Newman Catholic’s Dylan Ackermann might have people forgetting Ben Bates and that’s not easy to do considering Bates was an all-state quarterback a year ago.

Ackermann, who replaced the injured Bates early in the season, turned in an eye-opening performance for the Cardinals in a convincing 48-20 statement win over one-loss Wisconsin Heights in 8-player football Friday night.

Newman Catholic found itself in a tough battle with the Castle Guards and clung to a 21-20 lead as the teams headed to the break.

Whatever was said at halftime sure paid off.

The second-ranked Cardinals (7-0) came out and dominated the second half, putting up 27 unanswered points and Ackermann was a major reason why.

The junior signal-caller enjoyed a monster game with his legs and arm. Wisconsin Heights had no answer for Ackermann, who had a hand in all seven touchdowns.

Ackermann lit up the Castle Guards’ defense for 174 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. He was just as productive with his arm, accounting for 221 yards through the air and a score.

The offense wasn’t limited to Ackermann either. Thomas Bates chipped in with 132 yards on the ground, while Joe Stephan gained 113 yards.

Newman Catholic finished with 640 yards of total offense.

D.C. Everest 48, Tomah 6

WESTON – The Evergreens got contributions in all facets of the game and easily rolled over the Timberwolves in nonconference action at Stiehm Stadium to move over .500 and extend its winning streak to three.

DCE will look to continue its winning ways and become playoff eligible with a win Friday, Oct. 11 when it travels to Marshfield. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

DCE (4-3) built a 27-6 cushion at the break with a huge helping hand from the defense and special teams, and never looked back.

The Evergreens’ defense did its part by returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the opening half. Special teams also helped out with a blocked punt to give DCE a short field.

Meanwhile, senior running back Delton Zuleger continues to be a dangerous threat on the ground for the Evergreens. He reached the end zone two more times to spark the offense.

Kingsford (Mich.) 32, Wausau East 7

KINGSFORD, Mich. – The Lumberjacks won the statistical battle, at least for a half, but lost where it matters most on the scoreboard and suffered their fourth straight loss this time at the hands of the Flivvers.

East (3-4) will look to end its skid when it host Antigo in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Thom Field on Friday.

Sam Moses accounted for the lone touchdown for East, galloping 58 yards to paydirt in the opening half.

East had no trouble moving the ball in the first half and outgained the Flivvers 261-71 but struggled to finish off drives and hold onto the football.

The Lumberjacks didn’t do their defense any favors by turning the ball over twice on special teams in East territory in the first half to give Kingsford short fields to operate on.

Kingsford took advantage of the good field position to build an 18-7 lead at halftime. The Flivvers would find the end zone two more times in the second half to account for the final margin of victory.

Marshfield 25, Wausau West 7

WAUSAU – The Warriors landed the first blow, but it was Tigers who would control the battle the rest of the way and hand West its sixth loss in seven games.

West will seek that elusive second win when it visits SPASH in a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday at Community Stadium.

Quarterback Garrett Richardt got the Warriors on the scoreboard first with a 3-yard touchdown run. Nicholas Raasch kicked the extra point to put them on top 7-0.

Marshfield responded with 25 unanswered points, however, to pick up the Valley Football Association-West win at Thom Field.

Girls golf

Bay Port Regional

HOBART – Junior Jasmine Yang earned a share of sixth place with a round of 86 at Brown County Golf Course, and Wausau East/West grabbed the final sectional berth by placing fourth with a 407 total.

Host Bay Port claimed the regional championship with a score 0f 330. Notre Dame Academy was next with 356, followed by Green Bay Preble Co-op at 360 and Wausau.

The top four teams and top four individuals not part of qualifying teams advanced to the Notre Dame Sectional on Tuesday at Thornberry Creek Golf Club in Oneida.

This marks the first sectional appearance for the West/East combined team in just the second year of the program.

Yang shot a 43 on each side to lead the way for Wausau to earn a three-way share of sixth with Grace Durkin of Notre Dame and Kaci Duquaine of Preble.

Tess Bruner turned in a solid round for Wausau with a score of 100.

D.C. Everest finished ninth with a 548 total. Junior Ashtyn Fernstaedt turned in the best found for the Evergreens with a 123.

WAUSAU (407): Jasmine Yang 86, Tess Bruner 100, Jess Nardi 108, Annika Tordsen 113, Kit Kronberger 122.

D.C. EVEREST (548): Ashtyn Fernstaedt 123, Omolola Onitilo 132, Brielle Murphy 140, Mansi Peters 153, Tolu Onitilo 184.