By Scott Williams
Feb. 13, 2020
STEVENS POINT – A lot of things change from year to year in the Wisconsin Valley Conference high school sports scene.
But one constant through it all is the Wausau West boys hockey team ruling the roost atop the conference standings.
Marc Sippel notched a pair of goals and Adam Prokop had 11 saves as the fourth-ranked Warriors wrapped up a second consecutive unbeaten run through the Valley with a 4-1 triumph over SPASH at K.B. Willett Arena on Thursday night.
The win leaves the Warriors, who have won at least a share of the WVC title for four straight years, with a perfect 10-0-0 record in conference play and 20-3-0 overall.
West grabbed a 1-0 lead after one period on the 23rd goal of the season from Sippel.
Goals from Sippel and Connor Wendell increased the Warriors advantage to 3-0 in the second period.
SPASH broke through late in the period when Austin Conley found the back of the net to make it 3-1 after two periods. However, that would be the only time the Panthers could solve Prokop.
West’s Cole Hannes closed out the scoring with the lone goal of the final period to account for the final margin of victory.
Only the outstanding work between the pipes by SPASH goalie Spencer Wierzba prevented the Warriors from turned the contest into a blowout.
Wierzba finished with 40 saves as West outshot the Panthers 44-12.
Marshfield 8, D.C. Everest 1
WESTON – The Evergreens took it on the chin against the Tigers in the regular season and Valley finale for DCE.
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 59, Bowler 28
BOWLER – Ethan Mehlberg tallied a team-high 15 points and had seven rebounds and the Wolves remained hot on the heels of first-place Manawa in the race for the Central Wisconsin Conference-North title.
Christian Johnson contributed 13 points and Cole Graff helped out with 10 points and nine rebounds for Wisconsin Valley Lutheran, which sits at 13-5 overall and 9-1 in the CWC-North.
Lane Schultz topped Bowler in scoring with eight points.
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 30 29 – 59
Bowler 9 19 – 28
Marshfield 78, Wausau East 67
WAUSAU – The Lumberjacks were hoping to play the role of Wisconsin Valley Conference spoiler.
Instead, the Tigers managed to keep their slim hopes for a share of the conference championship alive behind a game-high 24 points from Anthony Posteluk.
Joey Goettl 17 chipped in with 17 points for Marshfield, which moved to 7-3 in the Valley.
Gabe Krueger led the way for East with 21 points. Ben Cayley and Jack Ohrmundt also finished in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively.