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The Luck Cardinals volleyball team may be all smiles now, but things are about to get serious as they make the push through a very tough West Lakeland Conference. The Cardinals will be hoping to repeat and improve on last year’s best finish in school history. Pictured clockwise, starting with No. 15, Kally Lunsmann, Paige Runnels, Angela Gore, Abbie Otlo, Morgan Pfaff, Bella Nelson, Whitney Petersen, Reilly Giller, Tessa Clemenson, Jenni Holdt, Hailey Foeller, Katie Pfaff and Camille Marsten. – Photo by Greg Marsten



Vikes look to be in the running for a conference title

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Vikings came awefully close to the Lakeland North Conference title in 2012, but fell short with a loss to Cameron, who went undefeated on the season before falling to Unity in the Level 1 playoffs. Like most coaches, Frederic’s Ken Belanger isn’t one to look ahead and has reason not to in 48 years of coaching football. No matter how good the team appears, on paper, he knows there’s a Coach Belanger lot of work ahead if they hope to be on top by the end of the 2013 nine-game season. The Vikings are the lone Division 7 team among the seven teams in the Lakeland North that hail from D5 and D6-sized school districts. Those include Cameron, Flambeau, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Unity and Webster and, despite the challenge of going up against the larger schools, the Vikings have a solid group of kids and a large group, as well, which would please any coach. “It’s a good turnout, and the way the kids have worked, I mean, they’re all business. They’re ready to go and they’re working hard,” said Belanger. The Vikings have what Belanger calls an experienced backfield this season, with returning senior quarterback Jaryd Braden and tailback Peter Chenal, who is a 5-foot, 11-inch, 200-pound junior. Irric Erickson, also a junior, is a starting fullback. Belanger says there are three experienced juniors on the line but there is a bit of inexperience on the receiver end, but he’s still happy with what he has and particularly pleased with what the team, thus far, has retained from last season. “We’ve been amazed at all they retained from last year. The first group came in and boom, they’re ready to go. So FREDERIC VIKINGS FOOTBALL ROSTER

SENIORS: Ben Kurkowski, Jaryd Braden, Jack Tricker-King, Hunter Dodds, Justice Lieder, Sawyer Tietz, Zach Kuechenmeister, Sam Pewaush, Sonny Chelmo, Tim Lund. JUNIORS: Austin Kurkowski, Zach Schmidt, Peter Chenal, Irric Erickson, Josh Underwood, Zane Matz, Greg Peterson, Zach Williamson, Eric Chenal, Jared Lund. SOPHOMORES: Roman Poirier, Austin Ennis, Hunter Schmidt, Mitchell Paquette, Cole Britton, Jon Erickson, Kody Menke, Mark Wylie. FRESHMEN: Tyrone Keith, Rhett Claeys, Kyle Olson, Peter Lund, Brady Evans, Carter Simon, Chris King, Brock Phernetton, Nick Plunkett, Alex Vossen, Jonah Tinman, Ethan Schmidt. COACHES HEAD COACH: Ken Belanger. ASSISTANTS: Troy Wink, Jason Pickering, Billy Struck.

Vikings team captain Ben Kurkowski holds off the Turtle Lake defender during a scrimmage held in Clayton earlier this season. Teammate Zach Schmidt, No. 4, is also shown in the photo. – Photo by Marty Seeger we’re excited about the attitude,” he said. surprises into his playbook, as he’s been Belanger is also excited about the defense running basically the same one since and expects good things from that side of 1966, and the same defense since about the ball considering their experience and 1985. He feels it’s best to pick one thing talent. The team has a roster of around and do it well, while also giving the team 40 kids, with 10 being seniors. Captains confidence in what they’re running. The Vikings got off to a bit of a rocky include seniors Ben Kurkowski, Hunter Dodds and Tim Lund, along with junior start to the season already in 2013, falling in their first three games to very worthy Zach Williamson. “On defense, we’re just excited with opponents, but there are still plenty of the kids that we’ve got – good, quality games left on the schedule and time to improve, and steer that Vikings ship into kids. We’re really happy.” Belanger isn’t one to put too many the playoffs. Ben Kurkowski

Jaryd Braden

Jack Tricker-King

Hunter Dodds

Sawyer Teitz

Zach Kuechenmeister

Sam Pewaush

Tim Lund

Zach Schmidt

Peter Chenal

Irric Erickson

Zane Matz

Greg Peterson

Zach Williamson

Eric Chenal

Jared Lund

Roman Poirier

Mitchell Paquette



Success hinges on young talent for Pirates

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Pirates are entering their second season under head coach Adam Hale and last year’s success carried the team to a playoff berth and 4-3 conference finish. Hale is hopeful that his new system will help the Pirates considerably this season. “Our biggest strength both offensively and defensively this season will be Coach Hale the fact that the kids all have a year’s experience with our coaching staff and systems. Everything won’t be brand-new to them and that should help us focus on detail and fundamentals,” he said. With a senior class group of just five, Hale says that it will be the underclassmen who will be looked upon to share the bulk of the load. Three key seniors include cornerback/running back Joseph Gaffney, linebacker/ offensive lineman Chandler Witzany and lineman Brody Bonneville. “A lot of underclassmen will be counted upon this year with us having a small senior class,” said Hale, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, either, as the Pirates could be one to watch out for and in the running for a conference title just as any other team. GRANTSBURG PIRATES FOOTBALL ROSTER

SENIORS: Austin Thoreen, Joe Gaffney, Brody Bonneville, Chandler Witzany, Zack Joakim. JUNIORS: Tristan Brewer, Josh Glover, Andrew Coy, Cody Hoffman, Tony Britton, Carter Lee, Corey Sandberg, Nathan Swenson, Bill King, Avery Buggert. SOPHOMORES: Brett Anderson, Kevin Vollendorf, Josh Curtin, Jaeger Staeven, Mason McEvers, Zach Tebow, Chase Covey, Hunter Jensen. FRESHMEN: Avery Fagerberg, Dakota Schultz, Austin Bowman, William Johnson, Nicholas Larsen, Walker Louis, Austin Olson, Garret Olson, Jared Peltier, Cody Poeschl, Jacob Wicklund. COACHES HEAD COACH: Adam Hale. ASSISTANTS: John Dickinsen, Josh Watt, Goob Coy, Mike Moritz, Dennis Hale.

Grantsburg junior Tony Britton gains a few yards during the team’s first game of the season against Cumberland. Also pictured for the Pirates is No. 59, Cory Sandburg. The Pirates should be right in the mix for a Lakeland North Conference title this season. – Photo by Scott Hoffman have worked hard this offseason and are “Every week should be tough, but as well,” Hale said. Despite a bit of inexperience on looking forward to week one. Staying Frederic, Unity and Cameron probably are the top dogs after last year’s the team, there’s a lot of heart and healthy is always a huge factor as the finish.  Look for Webster to make some commitment that went into clearing the season progresses, especially at certain noise, as well, with a strong senior class way to the start of the Pirates football positions.” and lots of experience returning.  SCF campaign. “We have a good bunch of guys who and Flambeau will be much improved

Brody Bonneville

Chandler Witzany

Joseph Gaffney

Zach Joachim

Austin Thoreen

Tristan Brewer

Josh Glover

Andrew Coy

Cody Hoffman

Tony Britton

Carter Lee

Corey Sandberg

Bill King

Avery Buggert

Nathan Swenson

Jaeger Staeven

Hunter Jensen

Mason McEvers

Kevin Vollendorf

Brett Anderson

Chase Covey

Josh Curtin

Zach Tebow


LUCK CARDINALS FOOTBALL Low numbers but Luck should be a force to reckon with by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LUCK – The Luck Cardinals football team will be dealing with lower numbers in 2013, but that doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, as they’ve seen it coming for a while now. It’s the main reason Luck switched gears to an eight-man format in 2012. In the second year of existence as an eight-man team, and after going 8-2 last year, the Cardinals are working with 19 Coach Kendzior athletes on the roster, and if the team stays healthy through nine games, they’ll be tough to beat. “We’ve worked the kids the hardest we ever have,” said coach Don Kendzior. Even though Luck lost a handful of key seniors, they also had their share of injuries last season. Several of those athletes are back, and healthy, with as many as five of the starting eight ready to give it another shot, and all are hungry to win. “I would be disappointed if we didn’t have the same record, if not better. We lost a lot of good seniors, but we’ve got some kids that really have stepped up in the offseason,” Kendzior said. Stepping up in the offseason has meant a rigorous weightlifting regimen, as well as a lot of hard work in and out of practice. After three hours of practice early in the season, athletes continued with another half-hour insanity workout session to stay in shape and stay healthy, which is important with fewer than 20 players. Along with a fierce work ethic, experience and even a little bit of speed, the team is coachable, which Kendzior sees as a significant advantage, and it makes his job as coach a bit easier. There’s another bonus this season, as well, with more teams jumping on board with the eight-man football format. At least five more teams from the southern half of the state have been added and with a handful more teams next season, the WIAA will be able to sanction it and create a playoff system and eventual state championship. “I’m glad we made the switch because we saw these numbers coming and you can’t do anything about it; it is what it is,” Kendzior said.

Luck junior Trent Strapon gives the stiff-arm to a Northwood football player during the Cardinals opening game of the season in Rice Lake. The Cardinals eight-man team will be tough to beat this season. – Photo by Josh Johnson/MaxPreps


SENIORS: Connor McGinnity, Karsten Petersen, Travis Muller JUNIORS: Trent Strapon, Derek Hutton, Trevor Dexter. SOPHOMORES: Chris Pouliot, Noah Mortel, Jeremiah Johnson, Sam Nelson, Jordan Jones, Parker Steen, Jared Hunter. FRESHMEN: Ben Broten, Logan Hamack, Austin Hamack, Casey Ogilvie, Preston Lane, Graham Hershfield.


HEAD COACH: Don Kendzior ASSISTANT COACHES: Matt Dunlap, Ryan Humpal, Al Tomlinson.

Trevor Dexter

Chris Pouliot

Noah Mortel

Connor McGinnity

Karsten Petersen

Travis Muller

Trent Strapon

Derek Hutton

Jeremiah Johnson

Sam Nelson

Jared Hunter

Preston Lane

Logan Hamack



Low on numbers but big on talent

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints are working with roughly 30 athletes this year, which isn’t a lot by St. Croix Falls standards, but don’t let that number fool you. There are several quality athletes including 10 seniors who were pretty close to pulling out a victory over Osceola in the season opener. Those seniors have second-year coach Grant Belisle pretty excited as the season gets under way. “The coaches are excited about Coach Belisle this group of seniors.  They’re a dedicated group of guys, and easy to coach. The younger guys we have are also doing a fantastic job at practice,” Belisle said. The team added a new offensive coordinator this season with Dave Rivard coming on board. “There are some new wrinkles to this year’s offense,” Belisle said. Seniors Andrew Erickson and Drew Dumke are returning starters as linemen, while seniors Ben Kopp, Brian Gilbert and Joe Rademacher return to the backfield and at the linebacker position. Belisle expects nothing but a solid round of competition every week once they reach conference play, which he expects to be pretty similar in terms of what each team brings to the field each week. “Every opponent in conference is equally important to prepare against. There’s never a time we can get complacent. We’ll practice each week attempting to accomplish a few goals, and play the game Friday night to see how we did.  With that, I think the conference will be pretty even this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out on top,” he said. For the Saints, one of their biggest strengths will be Rademacher running the ball with a solid line to help open

Joe Rademacher

Brian Gilbert

The Saints are low on numbers this season but should still be very competitive with every team in the Lakeland North Conference. St. Croix Falls played a tough game against Osceola in the season opener but fell short. – Photo by Marty Seeger As with any team with lower numbers, some running room. Throwing the ball is still without answers, but it won’t depth could be a weakness for the be long before they know what their Saints, but staying healthy throughout the season will be an added bonus. If quarterback is capable of. “Time will tell if our throwing game everyone remains healthy, there won’t has evolved any from the past ST. CROIX FALLS SAINTS FOOTBALL season. Andrew ROSTER Erickson is a Brennon McPherson, Ben Kopp, Joe Rademacher, Brian Gilbert, Dakota Peters, Andrew second-year starter SENIORS: Erickson, Dan Horn, Drew Dumke, Derek Graupner, John Houliston. at defensive end JUNIORS: Alex King, Jake Jacobson, Kyle Koshiol, Mitch Gjovig, Jay Forsman, Kyle Bastin, Sean and should prove Haasnoot, Brock Peters, Cooper Peterson, Niko Neuman. Dalton Langer, Chris Swanson, Brady Leahy, Jake Johnson, John Petherbridge, to be a solid run SOPHOMORES: Hunter Fickbohm, Noah Prill, Hunter Hanson. stopper from that FRESHMEN: Alex Johnson, Max Stanze. COACHES position,” Belisle HEAD COACH: Grant Belisle. said. ASSISTANTS: David Rivard, Rob Bullard, Kris Wallace, Joe Raygor, Paul Gilbert.

be anyone overlooking the Saints in 2013.

Brennon McPherson

Dakota Peters

Andrew Erickson

Dan Horn

Drew Dumke

Derek Graupner

Ben Kopp

John Houliston

Mitch Gjovig

Kyle Bastin

Sean Haasnoot

Brock Peters

Cooper Peterson

Niko Neuman

Dalton Langer

Chris Swanson

Brady Leahy

Jake Johnson

John Petherbridge

Hunter Fickbohm

Noah Prill

Hunter Hanson

Alex Johnson

Max Stanze


SIREN DRAGONS FOOTBALL Dragons enter second season of eight-man with eight seniors by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – It’s the second season for eight-man football in Siren and, with one year of coaching a different style of football, coach Bill Hoefler is excited to see what the year will bring. There is reason to be excited as eight of the team’s seniors, all of whom played for Hoefler over the past four seasons, are back again with Coach Hoefler more experience. “I have had these seniors since they were freshmen and they work extremely hard,” Hoefler said, adding that he’s also pleased to see that a handful more of eight-man teams have been added this season, which will bring more competition into an already competitive mix of teams, especially in the north, where they clearly dominated last season. Four teams from the north played an end-of-the year jamboree last fall against four of the strongest southern teams, and won handily all four of those games. While Siren hopes to be in the mix this season, early indications show Prairie Farm, New Auburn, Bruce and Luck to be top contenders in the Lakeland 8-man conference. Other than it being the second season of eight-man football, coach Hoefler said there isn’t much that has changed from last season, but he feels his team has better chemistry and leadership this season. Much of that comes from eight seniors including Davey St. John, Caleb Mulroy, Triston Alden, Coey Bauer, John D’Jock, Asa Hunter, Devan Pavlicek and Jade Merrill. Another strength, Hoefler says, could be on the offensive side of the ball for the Dragons with size and speed, and the same on defense. “Offense will be team size and speed as well as defensive team speed and size in certain positions,” Hoefler said. The Dragons finished near the middle of the eight teams in the conference last season but have a good opportunity to improve on that mark in 2013. Despite several teams that look to be strong again this season, Hoefler expects every game to be competitive and sees a much more balanced conference this season.

Asa Hunter

Nathan Martin

Siren’s Davey St. John and Josiah Wegner lead block for Triston Alden during a game against Birchwood. It was the Dragons second straight win after a rocky start to the season in week 1. – Photo by Josh Johnson/MaxPreps SIREN DRAGONS FOOTBALL ROSTER

SENIORS: Triston Alden, Caleb Mulroy, Devan Pavlicek, David St. John, Asa Hunter, Jared Emery, John D’Jock, Jade Merrill, Corey Bauer. JUNIORS: Bryce Highstrom, John Dalsveen, Daine Jewell, Nathan Martin. SOPHOMORES: Josiah Wegner, Keenan Cook. FRESHMEN: Garret Hunter, Matt Lindquist, Bailey Mangen, Jeramiah Sanford, Connor Craine, Brady Mangen. COACHES HEAD COACH: Bill Hoefler. ASSISTANTS: Ron Dorn, Mike Anton.

Triston Alden

Caleb Mulroy

Devan Pavlicek

David St. John

Jared Emery

John D’Jock

Jade Merrill

Corey Bauer

Bryce Highstrom

John Dalsveen

Daine Jewell

Josiah Wegner

Garret Hunter

Matt Lindquist

Bailey Mangen

Jeramiah Sanford

Connor Craine

Brady Mangen


UNITY EAGLES FOOTBALL Five seniors set to lead Eagles to victory by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles football team has a lot of youth this season and, with just five seniors, several underclassmen will be looked upon to fill the void. Among those five seniors, however, all have been starters for much of their high school careers and all started on both sides of the ball last season. “The five that are out are all going to be starters,” said coach Dave Anderson, which include returning quarterback Zac Johnson, lineman Cash Hickethier, Coach Anderson offensive lineman and linebacker Oliver Raboin, wide receiver and defensive back Justin Bradley and lineman Dakota Ward. The Eagles are coming off a year in which they earned a spot in the level two playoffs, after upsetting undefeated Cameron in a first-round home game before losing to a very tough Colby squad. The team has a total of 26 on the varsity roster but more than 40 total, with a large freshman class as well as a sophomore class that could see varsity action this fall. Anderson was pleased with the team’s effort during the offseason, particularly with the upperclassmen who worked with some of the younger players. UNITY EAGLES FOOTBALL ROSTER

SENIORS: Cash Hickethier, Oliver Raboin, Zac Johnson, Justin Bradley, Dakota Ward. JUNIORS: Tevin Anderson, Ben Traynor, Hunter Fjorden, Jordan Kletschka, Dylan Ruck, Damon Bearhart, Josh Grams, Brad Eley, Connelly Helms, Tyrell Hoffbeck. SOPHOMORES: Phillip Sorensen, Jesse Vlasnik, Wyatt Stenberg, Logan Bader, Brett Nelson, Marcus Qualle, Erik Peterson, Cole Garvey, Mitchell Morse, Walter Lenk, Alex Manfredini. FRESHMEN: Austin Donahue, Jared Kelch, Joey Schmitz, Zack Wagner, Kyle Vadner, Patric Tillery, Jett Kobs, Jesse Raddatz, Dylan Nyholm, Logan Jensen, Evan Countryman, Nathan Bradley, Adrian Bearhart, Dylan Slanina. COACHES HEAD COACH: Dave Anderson ASSISTANT COACHES: Shaun Fisher, Jason Bosak, Jeff Traynor, Jerod Wollan, Pat Meier, Brian Collins.

Despite a bit of inexperience the Eagles will be right in the mix with the rest of the Lakeland North Conference. In the photo above, senior quarterback Zac Johnson heads to the sidelines during a game against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser during the season opener. – Photo by Marty Seeger “I was surprised about the number of kids that were in the weight room committing to the young kids, and that helped out a lot,” Anderson said. Along with the five seniors, several of the incoming juniors saw a lot of action last year. In total, there are about seven returning players to the offensive side of the ball, and about eight on defense that

return. Anderson feels the team has good size on the line and good running backs with size as well. It won’t be the size they had last fall but, without the size, they have gained some speed. Experienced players are lacking a bit on the Eagles this season, but Anderson hopes the team can take control with a solid ground attack and aggressive

Cash Hickethier

Oliver Raboin

Zac Johnson

Damon Bearheart

Josh Grams

Brad Eley

Connelly Helms

Tyrel Hoffbeck

Logan Bader

Brett Nelson

Marcus Qualle

Erik Peterson

Cole Garvey

Justin Bradley

Dakota Ward

Tevin Anderson

defense. That combination should keep Unity in contention for a Lakeland North title. “I think we’ll be right at the top. As young as we are, I think we’ll be right at the top,” Anderson said.

Ben Traynor

Hunter Fjorden

Phillip Sorensen

Jordan Kletschka

Dylan Ruck

Mitchell Morse

Jesse Vlasnik

Alex Manfredini


WEBSTER TIGERS FOOTBALL Top-heavy Tigers could surprise this season by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WEBSTER – There’s a bit of excitement in the air in Webster this season, as the team returns up to 16 seniors and a new head coach, Jovin Kroll, who took over for Jeromie Voeltz, now the head football coach at Spooner High School. Kroll isn’t new to the Tigers program, however, as was assistant coach the previous six seasons at Webster, mainly focusing on the offensive side of the ball. Kroll Jovin Kroll played in the Maple Northwestern system and played four years of college football at River Falls. He was also a firstteam academic All-American, and AllWIAC player. “I’ve always wanted to coach.  I don’t think I necessarily always said I had to be a head coach, but I appreciate the opportunity to coach the kids each year and, as an assistant coach, I’ve definitely learned how to handle administrative duties that come with being a head coach.  I’m excited about the opportunity, and we’re taking advantage of every day thus far,” said Kroll. The Tigers, Kroll says, are more experienced, stronger and faster than they have been in previous years, and trying to be more aggressive on defense. “We hope to give the opposing offenses a lot of different looks to prepare for,” Kroll said. Nearly the entire team is back from last year, with exception to three seniors. The Tigers return two first-team allconference players with running back and senior safety Aaron Dietmeier, and senior offensive lineman and linebacker Cliff Benjamin. The team also has a lot of depth. “We are going to be able to get some players a little rest during the games.  For

the first time since 2009, we’re not going to be playing nine or 10 guys both ways, which should help as the year wears on,” Kroll said. Despite coming off a 1-7 season last year, the Tigers already got off to a winning start with a win over Clayton in the season opener. It was a good start for the new coach, who has set the bar high for his athletes in what appears to be a tough Lakeland North Conference. “Every year there are surprises. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if any of the seven schools win it.  I would be very disappointed if we weren’t at least in the picture going into the final few weeks,” said Kroll.

The Tigers could be one of the favorites to win the Lakeland North, but with such an evenly matched conference there’s no telling who will come out on top. Webster’s 16 seniors and overall experience should be a big factor in their success, along with a new head coach, Jovin Kroll. – Photo by Marty Seeger


SENIORS: Aaron Dietmeier, Alex Hopkins, Cliff Benjamin III, Max Sperry, Lance Preston, Mark Stoner, Michael Johnson, Jack Ralph, Rob Cook, William Arnold, Alex Spafford, Oudy Weber, Julio Calixto, Curt Rand, Noah Erickson. JUNIORS: Vinny Larson, Ryan Curtis, Brandonn Chapman, Shawn Stevens, Scott Hursh, Austin Piepho, Tristan Kingbird, Brett Richison, Dade McCarthy, Lennart Roemmich, Richard Bell, Brent Lamson. SOPHOMORES: Max Norman, Tyler Grey, Grant Preston, Dan Okes, Alec Ralph, Paul Sargent, Kyle Matrious. FRESHMEN: Jordan Larson, Alex Strang, JC Matrious, Joseph Arnold, Jonah Mosher, Andrew Pavlicek, J. Benson, Brandon Andren. COACHES HEAD COACH: Jovin Kroll. ASSISTANTS: Andy Smith, Joel Anderson, Rob Scherrer.

Aaron Dietmeier

Alex Hopkins

Cliff Benjamin III

Max Sperry

Lance Preston

Mark Stoner

Michael Johnson

Jack Ralph

Rob Cook

William Arnold

Alex Spafford

Oudy Weber

Julio Calixto

Lennart Roemmich

Dade McCarthy

Brett Richison

Tristan Kingbird

Austin Piepho

Shawn Stevens

Brandonn Chapman

Ryan Curtis

Vinny Larson


FREDERIC VOLLEYBALL Vikings continue to rebuild

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic volleyball team is coming off a winless West Lakeland Conference 2012 season but there’s still strong participation in the sport, which should give second-year coach Jackie Peterson a lot to work with, particularly with her younger core on varsity. The team has just three seniors this year but all shared a lot of time as starters last season and bring experience to the team. Senior Carly Gustafson will Coach Peterson be a strong presence


SENIORS: Carly Gustafson, Lexi Domagala, Brandi Bahr, Melissa Beck. JUNIORS: Isabelle Burton, Lara Harlander, Makayala Arthurs, Kendra Mosay-Buck. SOPHOMORES: Ann Chenal, Kinzie Matz, Taylor Alseth, Brooke Claeys, Julia Buck, Jenna Laqua, Elizabeth Aleshire. FRESHMEN: Brittany Dohm, Maddie Ammend, Harli Kelton, Kaila Jeske, Stacy Tido, Bailey Hufstedler, Micaela Eliason-Kurkowski, Shylie King.


HEAD COACH: Jackie Peterson.

at the net for the Vikings along with junior Lara Harlander, who along with Gustafson, have the capability to lead the team each week in kills. Harlander is also a scrappy defender who will cause fits for opposing offenses all year long, as is sophomore Ann Chenal. Sophomore Brooke Claeys could also be added to the list, as she led the team with eight digs in the team’s season opener against Unity. Junior Makayla Arthurs was the first to record a pair of aces for the Vikings in the opener as well.

Ann Chenal

Isabelle Burton

Lara Harlander

Kinzie Matz

Taylor Alseth

Brooke Claeys

Julia Buck

Lexi Domagala

With four juniors and several sophomores there will be plenty of opportunity to build essential skills for the future and gain quality varsity experience this season. Despite the Vikings getting off to a 0-2 start, there could be a bright future ahead for the team.

The Frederic Vikings are still in rebuilding mode this season but have several talented athletes to help bring them success. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Makayala Arthurs

Brandi Bahr

Carly Gustafson

Kendra Mosay-Buck

GRANTSBURG VOLLEYBALL Plenty of new faces for Pirates volleyball by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – There’s never a shortage of talent or absence of hard work when it comes to Grantsburg volleyball. This year should be no exception despite only two returning varsity starters, Macy GRANTSBURG PIRATES VOLLEYBALL ROSTER

SENIORS: Hope Tucker, Wendy Roberts, Brooke Roufs, Rheanna Johnson, Macy Hanson, Becca Glover. JUNIORS: Laura Drohman, Kelsey Fiedler, Marissa Jensen, Anneka Johnson, Sarah Morley, Carolyn Peterson, Emily Riewestahl, Kathryn Segner. SOPHOMORES: Briena Jensen, Hannah Jones, Delia Labatt, Violet Ohnstad, Kirstin Olson, Amber Pedersen, Amber Petersen, Drew McNally, Megan Miller, Cassidy Quimby, Olivia Tucker. FRESHMEN: Danielle Bertelsen, Maddie Duncan, Holly Fiedler, Kayla Glover, Devin Harmon, Tymber King, Cassidy Lee, Jordyn McKenzie, Claire Palmquist, Rhiana Pochman, Britta Roufs, Tessah Schulte, Erica Simmons. COACH HEAD COACH: Deb Allaman-Johnson.

Hanson and Wendy Roberts. Both were on the team last season that went to the state tournament. Hope Tucker and Olivia Tucker practiced with the varsity team last season and will be looked upon to help lead the rest of the team to victory. “Everyone else is new,” said coach Deb Allaman-Johnson, who can’t wait to get the season under way with a set of serious players hungry to win. “As always, it is an honor and privilege to work with outstanding, hardworking, goal-oriented young people. They energize me,” Allaman-Johnson said. Along with a bunch of new faces, there will be a bit of inexperience on the team, and Allaman-Johnson said height could be another weakness, but she still expects this team to have many more strengths, listing “attitude, work ethic, strong academics, positive leaders, solid volleyball skills.” While Grantsburg is picked to be near the top of a much-improved conference, Allaman-Johnson expects “fun challenges

Hope Tucker

Wendy Roberts

Brooke Roufs

Rheanna Johnson

Macy Hanson

Kathryn Segner

Marissa Jensen

Laura Drohman

The Grantsburg Pirates volleyball team is low on experienceD varsity players but will no doubt be in the running for their 25th consecutive conference title. – Photo by Scott Hoffman ahead.” The Pirates have won 24 consecutive conference championships and will be going for a 25th in 2013. Last season the Pirates shared the conference title with a powerful Luck squad, which was also in the state tournament last season in Division 4.

Carolyn Peterson

Olivia Tucker

“May we all compete with honor and integrity, experience supportive and sportsmanlike fans, enjoy safe travels for all competitors – officials – spectators, and maintain strong and healthy teams,” Allaman-Johnson said.

Violet Ohnstad

Jordyn McKenzie


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Milltown Auto & Radiator Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Sterling Bank Steve’s Appliance Plus Suzy Q’s Snowshoe Tavern Unity Clinic/St. Croix Regional Medical Center Wal-Mart Supercenter Wayne’s Cafe Wayne’s Foods Plus

GOOD LUCK SIREN DRAGON TEAMS FROM THESE BUSINESSES: Bremer Bank Burnett Dairy Co-op Burnett Medical Center D&L Financial Services Daeffler’s Quality Meats Daeffler Trucking Earth Energy Systems Fiedler Ford

Indianhead Credit Union Ingalls Clinic/St. Croix Regional Medical Center Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Kris’ Pheasant Inn Larsen Auto Centers - Frederic/ Spooner

Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Pour House Siren Dairy Queen Sterling Bank The Gallery Gift & Floral Tee to Green Golf/Siren Motorsports Wayne’s Foods Plus

Van Meter’s Meats Wal-Mart Supercenter Wayne’s Foods Plus


GOOD LUCK FREDERIC VIKING TEAMS FROM THESE BUSINESSES: Avalon Bass Lake Lumber Bremer Bank Burnett Dairy Co-op Burnett Medical Center Carquest of Frederic Cummings Lumber D&L Financial Services Daeffler’s Quality Meats Daeffler Trucking Dale A. Johnson, CPA Drs. Harlander & Tesch Earth Energy Systems Fiedler Ford

Frandsen Bank & Trust Federic Clinic/St. Croix Regional Medical Center Frederic Design & Promotion Frederic Grocery Frederic Stop Frontier Trails Riding Stables Grindell Law Offices Indianhead Credit Union Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Larsen Auto Centers - Frederic/ Spooner Linda’s Family Child Care

North Land Ambulance #975 Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Pour House State Farm Insurance – Corey Arnold Sterling Bank Sundown Saloon & Campground Suzy Q’s Snowshoe Tavern Tee to Green Golf/Siren Motorsports The Gallery Gift & Floral The Medicine Shoppe Wayne’s Foods Plus

GOOD LUCK WEBSTER TIGER TEAMS  FROM THESE BUSINESSES: Bremer Bank Burnett Dairy Co-op Burnett Medical Center D&L Financial Services Fiedler Ford Four Star Sports Holiday StationStores

Indianhead Credit Union Ingalls Clinic/St. Croix Regional Medical Center Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Larsen Auto Centers - Frederic/ Spooner Log Cabin Store & Eatery

Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Pour House Tee to Green Golf/Siren Motorsports The Gallery Gift & Floral The Tap Wayne’s Foods Plus Yellow Lake Golf Course

GOOD LUCK ST. CROIX FALLS SAINT TEAMS FROM THESE BUSINESSES: Adamark Auto Repair Auto Value Parts Store Barb’s Family Hair Care Boyd’s Outdoor Power Burnett Dairy Co-op Central Bank City of St. Croix Falls Clayton’s Hardware Hank & Radio Shack Dalles Auto Sales Fiedler Ford Frandsen Bank and Trust

Frontier Ag & Turf

G & B Floral & Gifts

Good Samaritan Society, St. Croix Valley Grandstrand Funeral and Cremation Services Great Clips Greatland Transportation Indianhead Credit Union Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association KJ’s Eureka Bar

Lampert Lumber, SCF Larsen Auto Centers - Frederic/ Spooner MarketPlace Foods Mobil 1 Lube Express Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative St. Croix Family Dentistry St. Croix Regional Medical Center Valley Pawn Steven L. McCormack, DDS, Wayne’s Cafe Family Dentistry Wal-Mart Supercenter Tangen Drug

Tigers football out to a great start The Webster Tigers are off to a 3-0 start to the season already, after wins against Clayton, Turtle Lake and Lake Holcombe/Cornell. Webster remains the only undefeated team in the Lakeland North Conference after week three, but there’s a long way to go in the season as their next six games will be played against conference contenders hungry for a win. – Photo by Marty Seeger



Coming off best year ever

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The Luck Cardinals volleyball squad is coming off their best year ever, with a phenomenal run that ended at the Div. 4 WIAA State semifinal in Green Bay against the eventual champs. Head coach Jen Nelson is hoping to keep that spirit alive again for 2013.  “They actually grew well all last season,” Nelson said. “We wound up against a Catholic Central team that was really high level. We need to push the team at practices to play at that level. Coach Nelson They can do it, we

Tessa Clemenson

Camille Marsten

Reilly Giller

Katie Pfaff


SENIORS: Tessa Clemenson, Camille Marsten, Abbie Otlo, Whitney Petersen, Bella Nelson. JUNIORS: Reilly Giller, Katie Pfaff, Hailey Foeller, Angela Gore, Jenni Holdt, Kalley Lunsmann, Kjersti Tofte. SOPHOMORES: Emma Pedersen, Sam Lindberg. FRESHMEN: Morgan Pfaff, Paige Runnels, Avainna Hulett, Katja Dotsch. COACHES HEAD COACH: Jen Nelson. ASSISTANT: Renee Gavinski.

just need to push for it!” The Cards lost several key seniors, but Nelson is excited about this year’s roster again. “Everyone is key. But we’ve got two new freshman who are both really good, and I’m excited about Whitney (Petersen’s) defense, Tessa (Clemenson) running the court, and all of our senior knowledge,” she said. The Luck lineup is thick with talent, all alumnae of the Cardinal volleyball revolution, trained as specialists since middle school, with hard-hitting Bella Nelson, Camille Marsten, Abbie Otlo and junior net minders Jenni Holdt, Angela Gore and others.  “We have a lot of hitting options,” she admitted. “We Bella Nelson

Hailey Foeller

Angela Gore

Luck senior Bella Nelson is one of several talented Luck athletes who will lead the team to many victories this season. – Photo by Greg Marsten just need to stay focused, and keep that intensity all season.” This squad has few weak spots and is concentrating on defense but trying to avoid injuries this year. Nelson sees strong conference

Jenni Holdt

Kalley Lunsmann

challenges across the board, from Webster, St. Croix Falls, Unity and Grantsburg’s defense is always formidable. “I believe it is anyone’s to win, it’s really up for grabs this year,” she said.

Morgan Pfaff

Paige Runnels

ST. CROIX FALLS VOLLEYBALL Saints working with a new coach this season by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Newly acquired St. Croix Falls volleyball coach Alyssa Notermann isn’t an unfamiliar face in the local community. This is her sixth year as a varsity volleyball coach, but she got her start in Frederic and was a coach in Luck as well, before coaching in Osceola for a couple of years too. This season she has a lot to work with and should have a team near the top of the West Coach Notermann Lakeland.

“We have some big hitters with a lot of talent. They are running an offense that the girls haven’t tried before, but they are excelling at it quickly,” Notermann said. As is the case with any volleyball team in the early season, there will be a bit of a learning curve for some of the players and several things to work on as well. Once the Saints get accustomed to the new coach and system, Notermann feels they’ll be tough to beat. “We have a lot of defensive work ahead of us, but we have all the elements of a winning team.  Even though I’m the new coach, this is not a building year for Saints volleyball. Once we pull it all together we will be a force,” said Notermann. The team returns a core of five players from last season’s starting rotation, including seniors Kierstyn Campbell, Jessica Rademacher and Matti Gerlach. The Saints also return junior Mariah Rohm, who was named to the alltournament team at the Menomonie

Matti Gerlach

Emily Lutz

Kierstyn Campbell

McKenzie Christenson

Jesse Rademacher

Bailey Hansen

Mariah Rohm

Bailey Ewald

Sprawl in late August, and sophomore Emma Wondra. “Returning varsity setter Emma Wondra is very coachable and able to get our hitters the ball. That is such an important element of a winning team because the setter is part of every play. We have a lot of height and strong hitters,” Notermann said.


SENIORS: Matti Gerlach, Emily Lutz, Kierstyn Campbell, McKenzie Christenson, Jesse Rademacher. JUNIORS: Mariah Rohm, Bailey Hansen, Megan Kerkow, Felicia Fisk, Becky Buss. SOPHOMORES: Madelyn Doolittle, Sarah Rude, Casey Mikl, Raven Marx, Sam Mackenburg, Sophia Aguilar, Paige Wuellner, Alyson Frey, Erin Mevissen, Erica Mevissen, Hannah Peltier, Rebecca Nelson, Emma Wondra, Bailey Ewald. FRESHMEN: Adrienna Stoffel, Stephanie Hanson, Ruthie Stewart, Kristin Petherbridge, Katie Kopp, Lily Dillman, Emma Schorn, Ella Kerkow, Olivia Peer, Olivia Stoffel, Brooke Swenson, Ashley Ewald, Alexis Hunting. COACHES HEAD COACH: Alyssa Notermann. ASSISTANTS: Angela Maternowsky, Amanda Keopple.

Emma Wondra

Saints senior Matti Gerlach receives the ball to start the season against Webster. The Saints will be tough to beat as the season rolls along under new head coach Alyssa Notermann. – Photo by Josh Johnson/MaxPreps

Rebecca Nelson

Hannah Peltier

Adrienne Stoffel


SIREN VOLLEYBALL Dragons continue to improve in a tough conference

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – The Siren Dragons volleyball team is in one of the toughest conferences in northwest Wisconsin, and despite playing strong and winning a volleyball quad at Northwood in the preseason, the Dragons had a tough schedule to start. The team was taken down first by Grantsburg and then faced the Luck Cardinals, with both are coming off sectional Coach Stanford championship

seasons. Despite the early conference losses the Dragons have made steady improvements under fifth-year head coach Caryn Stanford and continue to keep pace with a fast-changing and competitive conference. The Dragons have just three seniors on the roster this year with Jade Taylor, Jessica Strabel and Whitney Krogstad-Yambrick, and will look to a growing group of younger players to help fill the void, but it’s a SIREN DRAGONS VOLLEYBALL ROSTER

SENIORS: Jade Taylor, Jessica Strabel, Whitney KrogstadYambrick. JUNIORS: Emily Howe, Hattie Koball, Shawnee Merrill, Alexandria Delator. SOPHOMORES: Emily Stiemann, Laurel Kannenberg, Caitlynn Daniels, Elizabeth Stanford, Aubriannah Larson, Alexandra Webster, Madeline Doty, Carlota Perez de Juan. FRESHMEN: Heather Struck, Bayzhia Taylor, Kaylin Richey, Sydney Lamson, Abby Good, Riley Anderson. COACHES HEAD COACH: Caryn Stanford. ASSISTANTS: Kristin Kosloski.

Jade Taylor

Jessica Strabel

Whitney Krogstad-Yambrick

Emily Howe

Hattie Koball

Shawnee Merrill

Emily Stiemann

Laurel Kannenberg

strong group, with three juniors and up to five sophomores who play solid defense and have strong passing skills. “We have only two players returning with any real varsity experience. We have great enthusiasm and they are excited about the season. We have great seniors to lead,” said Stanford. The Dragons finished with just two wins in the conference last year and had one playoff win during the season before that. But the process to becoming a successful program will take time. Still, Siren certainly won’t be overlooked this season. “We are looking forward to giving all our competition a great run for their money,” Stanford said.

Caitlynn Daniels

Siren is hoping to surprise some opponents for 2013. At right, sophomore Caitlynn Daniels receives a shot over the net from a strong Luck team. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Elizabeth Stanford

Aubriannah Larson

Alexandra Webster

UNITY VOLLEYBALL Eagles strong in numbers, experience by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity volleyball team finished a respectable 7-5 in the conference last season and despite the need to fill a couple of holes from the vacated seniors, the team has a large core of dedicated new seniors to fill the void. As many as five seniors including Carly Ince, Maddie Ramich, Emily Gross, Olivia Nelson and Paige Lunsmann will be looked upon to help lead the team, and all have a lot of varsity experience coming into 2013. Unity’s other two seniors, Becca Garvey and Kennedy Olson, are a year improved and played limited varsity last season. “I’m just excited for them because they’ve worked really hard and they’re a great group of girls. I couldn’t ask for better leaders and being good role

models so I’m really excited about that,” said coach Jennifer DeLozier, who has been head coach of the Eagles for just over two seasons, and spent several other years as an assistant. It’s an exciting year for Unity as the team competed in club and various summer leagues over the summer, and it’s one of the first groups coming through that began participating in the youth programs. “We’re finally getting that group where they’re all participating starting at sixth and seventh grade and going all the way through,” DeLozier said, and with the Lakeland Conference continuing to get stronger it will be a good way to put their years of hard work to the test. Along with familiar faces, there are also a few new ones, including the addition of C-squad coach, Louis Colletti, who played volleyball in college as a setter. DeLozier is pleased to have Colletti on the team this season with the knowledge and experience that come with it.


SENIORS: Maddie Ramich, Carly Ince, Kennedy Olson, Becca Garvey, Emily Gross JUNIORS: Olivia Nelson, Paige Lunsmann, Carrie Lamachia SOPHOMORES: Markell Ramich, Gabrielle Foeller, Raelin Sorensen, Whitney Rock, Emma Moore, Allison Gross, Ali Kreft, Rhyley Mattison FRESHMEN: Ava Pouliot, Courtney Valleskey, Courtney Allison, Jessica Grams, Sydney Volgren, Raeanna Johnston COACHES HEAD COACH: Jennifer DeLozier ASSISTANT: Cola DeNucci and Louis Colletti

Coach DeLozier

Maddie Ramich

Carly Ince

Kennedy Olson

Becca Garvey

Emily Gross

Olivia Nelson

Paige Lunsmann

Markell Ramich

Gabrielle Foeller

Unity senior Emily Gross is one of five seniors set to lead the Eagles to victory. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Raelin Sorensen

Whitney Rock

Emily Moore


WEBSTER VOLLEYBALL Tigers won’t be overlooked this season by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer EAU CLAIRE – The Tigers will be looking to move up in the West Lakeland after finishing .500 in 2012, and despite another strong conference lineup there aren’t many changes to Webster. “I’m excited to get the season started and to see how the players progress throughout the season,” said coach Mindy Widiker. The team graduated just one senior and much of the same core is back. “Our whole team is basically returning and they all have key parts to making our team run effectively,” Widiker said, adding that she expects another tough conference run.

“It’s a tough conference and you always have to be ready for Grantsburg. Luck should be a great opponent again this season, too.” The Tigers already got off to a good start to the season, defeating St. Croix Falls in their home opener 3-1, which is a good sign of what’s to come for the Tigers, but there are several other teams that will likely stand in the way. “In my opinion, we have a tough conference. We will need to be on top of our game for each and every conference match we play. If everybody remains healthy, we will hopefully be towards the top someplace,” Widiker said. The strengths that will carry the Tigers according to Widiker are their experience, willingness to work hard and ability to work well as a team. Currently they have three seniors on the varsity along with four juniors. Two sophomores are sharing time on both JV and varsity, as well as another junior.


Coach Widiker

Alex Holmstrom

SENIORS: Alexandria Holmstrom, Marissa Elliott, Mikayla Hatfield. JUNIORS: Ashley Davis, Christina Weis, Kenna Gall, Raelyn Tretsven, Sydni Schultz, Alyssia Benjamin. SOPHOMORES: Bailey Woodford, Lydia Wilson, Caitlynn Hopkins, Kaitlyn Moser. FRESHMEN: Jenna Curtis, Sophie Phernetton, Carolina Calixto, Tailor Larson, Tiringo Moser, Victoria Tyndall, Danielle Sears, Hailey Hollis, Paige Bird. COACH VARSITY COACH: Mindy Widiker.

Marissa Elliott

Mikayla Hatfield

Webster senior Marissa Elliot receives the ball on the backline during a win against St. Croix Falls. – Photo by Josh Johnson/MaxPreps

Ashley Davis

Christina Weis

Kenna Gall

Raelyn Tretsven

Jenna Curtis


Vikings still building back the numbers

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – On the surface it doesn’t appear that the Vikings cross-country is big on numbers but after canceling the program for a year, and bringing it back the following year, Frederic has doubled in numbers. “Hey, we got some out, and we’ve got some middle schoolers that are coming out here with us too. Hopefully we can start the interest a Coach Larcom little earlier and we can get this thing growing,” said coach Jeff Larcom, who is in his second year of coaching with the The Frederic cross-country team is slowly rebuilding but has some passionate runners, including a middle-school team that is taking shape Vikings cross-country team. and should provide future competition. – Photo by Marty Seeger “It would be nice if we could get two teams, that’s what I’m trying for, but it’s runner last season, and seniors Rachael start than we were last year. I think the running and they’re into it already, and just baby steps,” Larcom said. Poirier and Abigail Brightbill who have kids are getting a little more out of their they’re going to be competitive,” Larcom With only four girls, the team is improved from last season. There’s also workouts and I think we’re in better said. still looking for that fifth girl to fill the a foreign exchange student from Sweden, shape than last year because they did void and make a more complete team. Madeleine Thomson, who has already stuff over the summer,” Larcom said. It takes only five to make up a full shown she can be one of the top runners, FREDERIC VIKINGS CROSS COUNTRY There’s also excitement to have a varsity team to rack up points, but up finishing ahead of Nelson at the Frederic handful of dedicated middle school BOYS ROSTER SOPHOMORE: Chris Kuechenmeister. to seven scores are recorded toward Invitational in ninth place overall. Both athletes who are passionate about FRESHMEN: Seth Sullivan, Mark Siebenthal. the final team result. There are three could be fighting for a spot on the all- running. GIRLS ROSTER returning runners including sophomore conference team. “It’s really exciting to have the middle SENIORS: Abigail Brightbill, Rachael Poirier, Madeleine Thomson. Nikki Nelson, who was the team’s top SOPHOMORE: Nicole Nelson. “I think we’re already off to a better school kids out this year. They love



Pirate boys eyeing another trip to state

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg boys cross-country team has all the makings of a team worthy of another trip to the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids this fall, and they’ll be attempting it under the direction of new coach Andy Richardson. Richardson is a recent U of M graduate and was a distance runner on the Golden Gophers track team. He also spent time as an assistant track coach at Irondale High School and as an assistant girls hockey coach at Totino Grace High School. He will be the Blizzard boys hockey coach this winter as well. Coach Huskamp Richardson is excited to get his coaching career under way, and looks forward to running with his athletes each and every day. “Based on the first few days of practice we have a team that is willing to put in the hard work it takes to succeed,” Richardson said. Those who have already been leading the Pirate boys squad include senior Jacob Ohnstad, who took first overall in the first two invites of the season. He’ll be winning

The Pirates cross-country team will be highlighted this season by a strong boys team hungry for another opportunity to run at the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids this fall. Despite smaller numbers on the girls team, those that are out are strong runners. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer plenty more as the season progresses, but there are three other runners back from last season’s boys team that took seventh at state, including junior Richard Schneider, senior Erland Olson, junior Taylor Olson, senior Austin Handy and junior Jeremiah Stevens. While the boys will be a strong team again, the girls have a bit of a weakness. “Numbers, especially on the girls side,” said Richardson, who has about five girls, just enough to qualify for team points. But

those who are out have been doing well to start. Freshman Hallie Jensen and senior Kate Rod have been finishing around the 19-minute mark, and could make big improvements as the season wears on.


SENIORS: Jacob Ohnstad, Erland Olson, Keith Vollendorf, Gus Johnson. JUNIORS: Richard Schneider, Jeremiah Stevens. SOPHOMORES: Mark Olson, Spencer Louis, King Hoffman, Sam Anderson. FRESHMEN: Richard Johnson, Camilo Volkmann, Casey Burkhardt.


SENIORS: Kate Rod, Raelyn Rochman, Abby Stevens. FRESHMEN: Hallie Jensen, Maria Oachs.


Small in numbers but big on experience by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – There’s a lot of optimism for the St. Croix Falls crosscountry team this season, and why not? Returning state qualifiers Sophie Klein and Henry Klein are back and looking for another shot at state, and coach Jennifer Clemins foresees up to eight athletes who have potential to earn allconference honors. So far, both teams have improved in the early invites and there’s more improvement to come as October Coach Clemins approaches. “First of all, I must say that I am truly happy to have my cross-country ‘family’ back together again. I am privileged to work with such an outstanding group of fine young men and women,” Clemins said. Along with Henry Klein, the boys also return senior Brendon Gearhart and junior Mark Wampfler. The girls return Sophie Klein, as well as a healthy Erica Bergmann, who Clemins said is “ready to regain her place as our solid second runner for the team and once again earn all-conference honors.” Joleen Gravelle and Madalyn Bollig are also returning and have logged a

The St. Croix Falls cross-country team has several talented athletes back from last season including two returning state qualifiers. Pictured back row (L to R): Henry Klein, Thomas Schuler, Mark Wampfler, Joseph Ward, Theo DeLuca and Matt LaMirande. Front row: Head coach Jennifer Clemins, Madalyn Bollig, Abby Kubesh, Whitney Oachs, C.J. Basacker, Sophie Klein, Erica Bergmann and coaches Amy Williamson and Tammy Belisle. – Photo by Marty Seeger lot of miles over the summer months, and about 25 percent of the entire team is new, which means the Saints have a lot of experience to work with despite having lower than usual numbers. They also have a new assistant coach, Amy Williamson, who has years of running experience, including local competitions and half-marathons. “Overall the Saints cross-country team is coming into this season with a positive

attitude. Most have been hitting the roads hard running over the summer months, so their bodies are ready to take on the rigors of more strenuous workouts right from the start. We are fortunate that the majority of our team are veteran runners who know what to expect and will continue to work hard on a daily basis,” Clemins said.


SENIORS: Brendon Gearhart, Cody Leach, Thomas Schuler. JUNIORS: Tommy Foss, Henry Klein, Mark Wampfler. SOPHOMORE: Joseph Ward. FRESHMEN: Noah Berg, Theo (Ted) DeLuca, Matt LaMirande.


SENIORS: Erica Bergmann, Whitney Oachs. JUNIOR: Joleen Gravelle. SOPHOMORES: Madalyn Bollig, Madison Eighmy, Sophie Klein, Abby Kubesh. FRESHMAN: CJ Basacker.



Participation strong for Unity boys again this season

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – With each passing year, the Unity cross-country team becomes a bit stronger in numbers, particularly with the boys team, which finished in second place during the first meet of the season in Grantsburg. “We have good numbers for the Coach Anderson boys team again this year,” said coach Lori Anderson, who noted she has great leadership in her two seniors, Austin Baker and Neil Kline. There’s also been a marked improvement from junior Jes Pedersen, and a handful of talented sophomores in Roen Aronson, Joel Dix, UNITY/LUCK CROSS COUNTRY BOYS ROSTER

SENIORS: Austin Baker, Neil Kline JUNIORS: Amon O’Connor, Jess Pedersen SOPHOMORES: Roen Aronson, Joel Dix, Gavin Ouellette, Matt Peterson, Derek Rennicke, Matt Volgren, Eli Vos Benkowski FRESHMEN: Alex Binfet, Derek Johnson, Brian Locke, Zach Rau


SENIORS: Olivia Coen, Dani Mares, Ella Luepke JUNIOR: Tatum Kline FRESHMEN: Kiera Bever, Kendra Bramsen

The Unity/Luck cross-country team continues to add more numbers and should be successful this season. Pictured back row, (L to R): Zach Rau, Gaven Ouellette, Brian Locke, Alex Binfet, Jes Pedersen, Neil Kline, Austin Baker and Derek Rennicke. Middle row: Joel Dix, Matt Volgren, Matt Peterson, Roen Aronson, Eli Vos Benkowski and Derek Johnson. Next row: Kiera Bever, Tatum Kline, Danielle Mares and Kendra Bramsen. Front row: Olivia Coen and Ella Luepke. – Photo by Marty Seeger Gavin Ouellette, Matt Peterson, Derek Rennicke, Matt Volgren and Eli Vos Benkowski, who Anderson said, “worked incredibly hard over the summer and has shown up in tremendous shape.” VosBenkowski was the No. 1 boys runner for the Eagles at Grantsburg, finishing with a time of 20:47 in stifling heat.

The team also has four new freshmen boys on the team, many of whom were involved in numerous runs this summer, according to Anderson. “A great bunch of kids that are willing to strive to improve,” Anderson said. There are also three new incoming girls including freshman Kendra Bramsen, who came in first for the Eagles team

during the first meet of the season. Kiera Bever, also a freshman, is also new to the team as well as senior Dani Mares, who Anderson says will complement the returning seniors Ella Luepke and Olivia Coen. There are no sophomore girls, but junior Tatum Kline will represent the juniors and has the experience to keep the Eagle girls competitive.


Tigers continue storied tradition by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WESBTER – The Tigers cross-country team is set for another season of success under coach Roy Ward, who continues to be a positive influence on his athletes. They are expected to carry on a tradition of excellence that Webster distance running is known for. While the team is a bit smaller in numbers this year, the coaching staff always seems to get the most out of their Coach Ward athletes, and that showed in just their second meet of the season, as one runner shaved more than eight seconds from her time. “I always enjoy seeing athletes improve and work towards their goals,” said Ward when asked what he was most excited about this season. Webster has several junior boys this year who will be working hard toward getting the team to the finish line, such as Billy Cooper and Andrew Schrooten, who are the team’s top two runners to start the year. Andrew Ruiz, a freshman, and juniors Dan Formanek, Alihan Satir, Nathan Gatten and Alec Gustafson all

The Webster Tigers cross-country team has several quality athletes who will be carrying on the tradition of excellence in Webster. Pictured back row (L to R): Andrew Schrooten, Nathan Gatten, Dan Formanek, Billy Cooper, Alec Gustafson, Andrew Ruiz and coach Roy Ward. Front row: Mink Wongsuwannakorn, Emilie Pope, Elizabeth Freymiller, Teagan Hollis and assistant coach Jodi Elmgren. – Photo by Raelynn Hunter have similar times, which could give the Tigers a competitive edge if they continue to strengthen as the season rolls along. “They are all key members of our team. Each one of them has a purpose and is important,” Ward said. On the girls side there are only four on the team this season, and Ward, like any coach, would love to add more girls to the

team. But no matter how big or small, this team will be just as willing to strive for their best and put forth a solid effort. “We are a tight family that has each other’s backs and stick together like glue,” Ward said.


JUNIORS: Billy Cooper, Andrew Schrooten, Nathan Gatten, Dan Formanek, Alec Gustafson, Alihan Satir. SOPHOMORES: Jacob Smith. FRESHMAN: Andrew Ruiz.


JUNIORS: Emilie Pope, Louise Rosengaard, Mink Wongsuwannakorn. SOPHOMORES: Teagan Hollis, Elizabeth Freymiller.



Holicky back to coaching the game he loves

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LUCK – After retiring from the Unity School District and coaching there for more than 25 years as boys golf coach and girls basketball coach, Chuck Holicky is back in the coaching ranks, this year for the Luck/Unity girls golf team. Holicky had several successful years with the boys golf teams at Unity as well as the girls basketball teams, and with the same passion he had in the past, he’s approaching this Coach Holicky season with just as much passion with Luck/Unity girl golfers. “I’m very excited really, and I like golf a lot and kind of addicted to it myself so it’s just a matter of, if you can spend some time to work on the game and teach it to everybody that’s great,” Holicky said. “It was fun while I did it, I have a lot of good connections with kids that have graduated.” But he also added that he’s hopeful to see a lot more golfers coming out to play in the coming years. “Hopefully I can start building something here, because we don’t have the numbers we’d like to have now,” said Holicky. Jillian Klatt is back with the team again this season and is the only senior, along with only one junior, sophomore and freshman to start the season. The team lost a handful of seniors from last season, including Avery Steen, who moved on to

The Luck/Unity golf team doesn’t have the best numbers this season, but their new head coach, Chuck Holicky, hopes that more decide to join as the years go by. Pictured (L to R): Anna Larsen, Kerrigan Ekholm, Jillian Klatt, Maddie Joy, Briana Colbert and Holicky. – Photo by Marty Seeger play Division 1 golf for UW-Green Bay. New this year is the welcomed addition of Luck/Unity to the Heart O’ North Conference. There are currently nine girls golf teams in the conference but for the previous two years, both Luck/Unity and St. Croix Falls were not affiliated with

any conference. Because there are nine teams now in the Heart O’ North, most of the golf meets will feature a threeteam triangular, as opposed to having the regular invitationals.


SENIOR: Jillian Klatt JUNIOR: Briana Colbert SOPHOMORES: Kerrigan Ekholm, Maddie Joy FRESHMAN: Anna Larsen COACH HEAD COACH: Ron Steen


Golfers find a home in the Middle Border

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls girls golf team is off to an exciting start this season after finding a place in the Middle Border Conference. The Saints hadn’t had a home in any conference for the past couple of seasons, but now join New Richmond, Osceola, BaldwinWoodville, Somerset, St. Croix Central, Prescott, Ellsworth and Amery. “Switching conferences to the Middle Border is definitely the most exciting aspect of this year for us.  With this change the SCF Girls will be facing new opponents and learning the layouts of the various courses that many have never played before. We all look forward to much shorter travel times,” said coach Maria Gjovig. The team is also welcoming a Coach Gjovig good-sized team compared to previous seasons, including two incoming freshmen. “Both of them have played some golf and I look for them to be key players in the near future.  These girls will bring ST. CROIX FALLS GIRLS GOLF ROSTER

SENIORS: Megan Swenson, Lindsey Wondra, Hayley Cermin, Kamille Flandrena. JUNIOR: McKenzie Katzmark. FRESHMEN: Breanna Wondra, Taylor Jacobson. COACH HEAD COACH: Maria Gjovig.

The Saints golf team has an exciting year ahead, with more girls and their addition to the Middle Border Conference. Pictured (L to R): Coach Maria Gjovig, Megan Swenson, Lindsey Wondra, Hayley Cermin, Kamille Flandrena, McKenzie Katzmark, Breanna Wondra and Taylor Jacobson. – Photo submitted an extra level of competition to their teammates,” Gjovig said. There are also four seniors that return to the team. “These girls have improved greatly over the course of one year and I look forward to their continued improvement throughout the season,” said Gjovig, who

feels the team is capable of finishing right in the middle of the conference, with Osceola, New Richmond and Somerset producing strong teams. But Gjovig says there’s a lot of strength with this Saints team. “Next to our positive, encouraging

attitudes, our biggest strength this season is the girls’ continued growth in their skill development. This season they are focused on hitting the ball farther and on target rather than just hitting the ball,” Gjovig said.


UNITY/LUCK TENNIS Girls tennis topheavy with seniors and talent by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Stefany Getty has taken over as head coach of the Unity/ Luck tennis team this season, replacing Beth Fogarty, who ran a successful

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program for a number of seasons. This is Getty’s first coaching experience, and since the tennis team needed a coach, she says she was more than happy to help out. “I’m excited to see the girls have fun, and improve their tennis skills,” Getty said. There are only three girls on the team that are new to tennis, including two freshmen from Luck and a senior from Unity. Getty said they’re a great addition to the team, which appears to be filled with quality seniors, including captains Tess Anderson, Kayla Bramsen and Sierra Thomfohrda, who have logged many hours on the court in their four years at Unity. “Our No. 1 doubles team, Sierra Thomfohrda and Cass Hanson, will also be tough competition in the conference and beyond,” Getty added. The Eagles have a good chance to finish strong in the conference. Osceola and Amery will be strong competitors as well, but with up to five experienced seniors that also include Lily Lenk, the Unity/Luck tennis team could surprise a few schools this year. “We’re hoping for several new players to come out for the Lily Lenk team next summer,

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The Unity/Luck tennis team is ready to compete under new head coach Stefany Getty. Pictured back row: (L to R) Kayla Bramsen, Lily Lenk, Sierra Thomfohrda, Cassandra Hanson, Tess Anderson and Getty. Middle row: Alaura Lemieux, Danielle Tonnar, Leslie Peterson and Beth Johnson. Front row: Delaney Dau and Alexis LaBoda. Not pictured, Destinie Kobbs – Photo by Marty Seeger

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be graduating this year,” Getty said.

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Frederic Danceline

The Frederic dance team is pictured back row, (L to R): Hanna Daeffler, Lexi Domagala, Carly Gustafson and Andrea Drummer. Middle row: Brooke Claeys, Hayden Swanson, Jenna Laqua and Taylor Alseth. Front row: Ann Chenal, Brittany Dohm and Julia Buck. The team is coached by Danielle Swanson. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Unity Danceline

The Unity dance team is shown, back row (L to R): Jamie Moe, Brittany Weinzirl, Kiarra Swanson and Savonne Bearheart. Middle row: Sadie Swanson, Leslie Peterson, Samantha Ferguson and Courtney Galle. Front row: Ashley Bloom, Josie Owen, Kelly Radke and Emily Ferguson. The dance team is coached by Jillian Chell and Betsy Peterson. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Webster Danceline

The Webster dance team is shown, back row (L to R): Dance team captains Emma Rachner, Madison Main, Mallory Daniels and Elissa Hendrickson. Middle row (L to R):  Ingrid Skjerven, Emma Olsen, Carolin Guddat, Clare Stubbe and Logan Grey. Front row (L to R):  Darbi Young and Savannah Varner. The dance team is coached by Jeanne Daniels and Brenda Rachner. – Photo by Jeanne Daniels


2013 FALL  SPORTS SCHEDULE *Schedule is subject to change. See sports section each week for updated schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 12 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls at Luck Webster at Frederic Unity at Grantsburg

4:30 p.m.

Cameron Invitational (Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity/ Luck, Grantsburg)

Cross Country Tennis

4:15 p.m.

Unity/Luck at Ellsworth

4 p.m.

St. Croix Falls at Somerset

Cross Country 9 a.m.

Osceola Invitational (Grantsburg, Webster)

Monday, Sept. 23 Girls Golf 4 p.m.

Luck/Unity at Ladysmith

4:15 p.m.

Unity/Luck at Barron


Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Friday, Sept. 13

7:30 p.m.

Luck at Grantsburg Siren at Frederic Unity at St. Croix Falls

4:30 p.m.

Barron Invitational (Frederic, St. Croix Falls)

Football 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls at Flambeau Siren at Prairie Farm Frederic at Webster Unity at Grantsburg Luck at Birchwood


Cross Country Tennis

4:15 p.m.

Osceola at Unity

Saturday, Sept. 14

Wednesday, Sept. 25

9 a.m. 10 a.m.

9 a.m. HON Conference Meet at Cumberland (Rain date, Friday, Sept. 27)


Siren at Chetek Grantsburg Tournament (Frederic, Webster) TBA Unity at Lake Holcombe Tournament

Monday, Sept. 16 Girls Golf

4 p.m. Luck/Unity at Superior Invitational 4 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Ellsworth

Tuesday, Sept. 17 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Luck at Unity Webster at Grantsburg Frederic at Solon Springs St. Croix Falls at Siren

4 p.m.

Rice Lake Invitational (Unity/Luck, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Webster)

Cross Country Tennis

4:15 p.m. Unity/Luck at New Richmond

Girls Golf 1 p.m.

St. Croix Falls at Luck

Thursday, Sept. 19 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Unity at Siren Webster at Luck Birchwood at Frederic

Cross Country 4:30 p.m.

Frederic at Shell Lake Meet

Friday, Sept. 20 Football 7 p.m.

Cameron at St. Croix Falls Northwood at Siren Unity at Frederic Grantsburg at Webster Winter at Luck

Saturday, Sept. 21 Volleyball TBA

Unity at Osceola Tournament

Girls Golf

Thursday, Sept. 26 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Frederic at Unity Grantsburg at Siren Webster at St. Croix Falls

4:30 p.m.

Unity Invitational (Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Webster, Frederic)

Cross Country Tennis

4:15 p.m.

Baldwin/Woodville at Unity

9 a.m.

St. Croix Falls at Osceola Conference Tournament

Girls Golf Tennis

4:15 p.m.

Baldwin/Woodville at Unity

Friday, Sept. 27 Football 3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Siren at Winter Grantsburg at Frederic (HC) Bruce at Luck St. Croix Falls at Elmwood/ Plum City Siren at Winter

Saturday, Sept. 28 Football 2 p.m.

Webster at Unity

Monday, Sept. 30 Cross Country 4 p.m.

Cumberland Invitational (Frederic, Webster)

Tuesday, Oct. 1 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls at Frederic Siren at Luck Unity at Webster


D2 Regionals

Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 2-3 Girls Golf

Luck at Webster

4 p.m.

Frederic Conference Meet (St. Croix Falls, Webster, Grantsburg, Unity/Luck)

Thursday, Oct. 3 Volleyball

Cross Country

Cross Country

Thursday, Oct. 17

7:30 p.m.

Luck at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Webster at Siren

4 p.m.

St. Croix Falls Invitational (Frederic, Grantsburg, Unity/ Luck, Webster)

Friday, Oct. 4 Football 7 p.m.

Clear Lake at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Prairie Farm at Luck Siren at New Auburn Flambeau at Unity Cameron at Webster

Saturday, Oct. 5 Volleyball 9 a.m.

Amery Tournament (Siren, Webster) TBA Unity at Mora, Minn., Tournament

Monday, Oct. 7 Tennis

TBA Subsectionals

Mon. – Wed., Oct. 7-9 Girls Golf TBA

D2 Sectionals

Tuesday, Oct. 8 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Frederic at Webster Grantsburg at Unity Luck at St. Croix Falls

4 p.m.

Amery Invitational (Frederic, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Webster, Unity/Luck)

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 9 Tennis

TBA Sectionals

Thursday, Oct. 10 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Siren at St. Croix Falls Grantsburg at Webster Unity at Luck

Friday, Oct. 11 Football 7 p.m.

Frederic at Flambeau Grantsburg at Cameron Webster at St. Croix Falls Luck at Siren Unity at Pepin/Alma

Mon. - Tues., Oct. 14-15 Girls Golf TBA

State in Madison

Tuesday, Oct. 15 Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Grantsburg at Frederic Siren at Unity

Volleyball 7:30 p.m.

Frederic at Siren Grantsburg at Luck St. Croix Falls at Unity

Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 17-19 Tennis

TBA State

Friday, Oct. 18 Football 7 p.m.

Frederic at St. Croix Falls Clayton at Grantsburg Northwood at Luck Siren at Bruce Unity at Cameron Webster at Flambeau

Saturday, Oct. 19 Volleyball 9:30 a.m.

Grantsburg at Cameron

Tuesday, Oct. 22 Volleyball 7 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 24 Volleyball 7 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 25 Football 7 p.m.


4 p.m. TBA

D2 Amery Sectional D3 Bruce Sectional

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 26 Volleyball

TBA Regional

Friday, Nov. 1 Football 7 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 2 Cross Country

TBA State Meet at Wisconsin Rapids

Friday, Nov. 8 Football 7 p.m.


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