October 12, 2019

By Scott Williams

WESTON – The second-ranked Newman Catholic football team has made it look easy through eight weeks of the eight-player regular season.

Phillips became the latest team to experience the Cardinals’ dominance in 2019.

Newman Catholic welcomed back injured all-state quarterback Ben Bates and he looked in midseason forman after carving up the Loggers for 286 yards and five touchdowns through the air in a 48-6 rout at Stiehm Stadium on Saturday.

Bates completed 18 of 26 passes with Charlie McCarty hauling in six receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Joe Stephan grabbed six passes for 99 yards and two TDs.

Thomas Bates balanced out the attack for the Cardinals (8-0) with 130 yards on the ground on just nine attempts. He also added two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals defense did their part too. They held Phillips running back Ethan Mudgett to only 41 yards on 23 carries. He entered the contest with more than 1,200 rushing yards.

Newman Catholic will look to put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season when it travels to Belmont for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.


WVC Tournament #2

WAUSAU – Grace Michalske led the way with 73 assists, 27 digs and seven aces and Wausau West went 2-1 in the second round of the Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament held at Wausau East.

The Warriors picked up wins over East (25-17, 27-25, 25-23) and D.C. Everest (25-13, 25-16, 25-23). The lone loss came at the hands of Merrill (25-20, 18-25, 25-16, 25-11).

Robyn Kirch also turned in a strong all-around performance with a team-high 36 kills, along with 55 digs and six aces. Jenna Rusch helped out the defense with 52 digs.

Also contributing to the hitting attack for West were Cassandra Oelke with kills. Kiley Deaton and Maddie Hauer chipped in with 16 and 14 kills, respectively.

Deaton finished with 27 digs and Oelke had 22 digs.

D.C. Everest and the Lumberjacks each finished the day with 0-2 records.

The Evergreens also came up short against SPASH (25-15, 17-25, 25-9, 25-14) while East fell to Marshfield (13-25, 26-24, 26-24, 22-25, 18-16).