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Last week’s sports question on RiponPress. com asked readers how the Brewers should fill the void at first base with Mat Gamel out for the year and Cory Hart sidelined probably until at least May. Here are the results: ‰ In-house options 45% ‰ Sign a free agent with experience 55% This week’s question: With the first spring sport starting practice Monday (track and field), which sport are you looking forward to the must? ‰ Baseball ‰ Boys’ tennis ‰ Girls’ soccer ‰ Softball ‰ Track and field To vote, log on to and click on Sports. The poll is located on the right side of the page. Poll results will be published in the following week’s Commonwealth.



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Tigers’ season ends in regional semis Loss to Sheboygan Falls marks the end of five careers by Jonathan Bailey

Murphy’s Law — “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong” — was in full force last week Friday for the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team. The Tigers fell behind early and could never get going. They battled foul trouble and questionable calls all night and lost their leading scorer (Bryce Bauman) to a knee injury in the fourth quarter. The result? A 67-49 seasonending road loss to Sheboygan Falls in the regional semifinals of the WIAA Tournament. “We couldn’t string anything positive together ...” Ripon head coach Dean Vander Plas said. “We get a stop, we might make a basket and we come back and give up a 3-[pointer] right away or we would come back and foul. We just couldn’t get a string together and it wasn’t for a lack of effort. I thought our kids’ effort was tremendous tonight. “And then we just had a lot of foul trouble where we were playing

with combos that we’re not normally playing with, but at the end of the day you have to rise to the occasion and we fell short.” Ripon fell behind 3-0 on the game’s first possession after allowing Sheboygan Falls to get an offensive rebound and

trailed 5-0 before Bauman scored the team’s first basket midway through the first quarter. But the three-point deficit was as close as the Tigers got the rest of the game as the Falcons built a 14-6 lead after the first quarter, were leading 29-19 at halftime and 46-30 after the third quarter. In that third quarter, Ripon found itself in severe foul trouble as Bauman, Mason Stangl

and James Vander Galien all picked up their fourth fouls. By now, Sheboygan Falls was already in the bonus. Sam Vander Plas also picked up his fourth foul 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, putting the Falcons in the double bonus. At the center of the foul troubles was the officiating, according to the coach. In all, 46 fouls were whistled in

the game with 25 off them going against the Tigers. Meanwhile, Sheboygan Falls went 21 of 31 from the line, while Ripon was 10 of 18. Vander Plas was unhappy with the officials all game and found out afterward they were replacements after the scheduled ones could

See ENDS/ page 24 SENIORS Mason Stangl, left, and Brady Erickson let their emotions flow after last week’s season-ending loss. Jonathan Bailey photo

Ripon learns to pick itself up from a man without arms or legs

Andrew Rodriguez The Ripon Community Swim Club member became the first swimmer in program history to win a state championship last weekend. Rodriguez, 12, of Ripon won all six events he swam in en route to winning the individual title in the 11-to-12 age category at the 12 & Under Wisconsin Short Course State Championships. The competition took place last week Friday to Sunday in Madison. “This is going to set a precedent,” said Al Brink, Ripon Community Swim Club head coach. “... Andrew is just a really focused and mentally tough [swimmer]. His turns are really, really good.” His times at the state meet put him among the national leaders in all six events. For more information on what events he won and his rankings in those events, see the story on page 20.

THE RIPON HIGH School boys’ basketball team performs its pre-game ritual of roaring like a Tiger before last week Friday’s regional semifinal contest at Sheboygan Falls. Jonathan Bailey photo

During last year’s end-of-theseason banquet, the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team and its family members were introduced to an Australian man born with no arms and no legs. Nick Vujicic, an inspirational speaker who travels around the world, spoke in a YouTube video on the challenges of not giving up no matter how significant the obstacles in front of you might be. Despite his predicament, which includes having only one foot shaped as he calls it like a “chicken drumstick” on the right side of his body, Vujicic enjoys swimming and diving, playing soccer, performing music on his customized drum set and much more. The message Tiger coach Dean Vander Plas was trying to pass along to his players was to never

quit and always fight to get back up after falling down, regardless if it’s on the court or in life. Little did he know, it would perfectly define this season. “Along the way you might fall down ...” Vujicic said in the

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by Jonathan Bailey

With the exception of the first three-plus minutes of Tuesday’s game, the young Ripon High School girls’ basketball team out-scored Kiel. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that stretch resulted in a 13-0 deficit from which they were never able to fully recover. Ripon lost 51-39 to the host Raiders in the regional quarterfinals of the WIAA tournament. The Raiders are the No. 5 seed in their half-sectional bracket, while the Tigers were the No. 12 seed. Ripon, which plays with four freshmen, four sophomores and two

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RC men fall to St. Norbert in conference tournament

‰ Rodriguez wins state

swim title, Duffy also fares well at meet see page 20

by Jonathan Bailey

‰ Community Swim Club

will send six to 13 & over see page 20 state meet

BRADY JACOBSON WALKS through a tunnel of teammates on his way to the van that took him Jonathan Bailey photo to the state tournament in Madison last week Thursday.

‰ Online registration for youth baseball & softball starts Friday see page 20

Jacobson loses a heart-breaker at state, holds head high despite the defeat

The number of school records the Ripon College women’s track and field teams broke during last weekend’s Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. To find out which records fell and who broke them, see page 20.

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Slow start cost Tigers in regional loss to Kiel



45-minute YouTube video. “So what do you do when you fall down? You get back up. Everybody knows to get back up because if you’re not walking, you’re not going to get anywhere. But I tell you there are sometimes in For a link life where you to the fall down and YouTube video, you feel like you don’t have visit this story on the strength to get back up. So you sort of put a mask on your face when you come to school and pretend that everything is OK when it’s not and you go home and lay in your bed when no one is looking

by Jonathan Bailey

The state wrestling tournament may not have turned out exactly the way Ripon High School junior Brady Jacobson, his coaches and his supporters would have hoped. But at the end of the day, heads were held high across the board. Jacobson (195-pound weight class) was leading Jacob Murphy of Ellsworth 4-3 after a late takedown in his first-round match.

A reversal with about two seconds left, however, resulted in a 5-4 loss and the end of his season. The Division 2 match took place last week Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. “Brady wrestled very well at the state tournament,” Ripon head coach Jared Esala said. “It was his best performance of the wrestling season. He has gotten better and better throughout the wrestling season. His confidence has improved a lot ... Brady did a

real nice job keeping his composure at the state tournament. It is the biggest venue of the year, and he controlled his emotions and nerves. I believe the pressure of the state tournament helped him amp up his level of intensity.” “It was a close match,” Jacobson added. “It could have gone either way. It was a very good match. I wrestled the hardest I could and in the end it didn’t turn out the

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The Ripon College men’s basketball team knew it could hold its own against Midwest Conference regular season champion St. Norbert. In the first game of the season, it stayed competitive through one half — even leading early in the second half — before falling 73-42. The second time around, it jumped out to a 15-2 lead against its rival and was in the contest until the very end, losing 57-52. But the Red Hawks hoped the third time against the Green Knights would be the charm last week Friday. Unfortunately, that was not the case: they fell 75-65 in the semifinals of the Midwest Conference Tournament. St. Norbert hosted the tournament as a result of having the best regularseason record.

GREEN LAKE native Brad Brooks goes up for a shot against St. Norbert. Dennis Cotton photo The loss marks the end of the Red Hawks’ season and the collegiate careers of five Ripon players.

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Sports Sports Briefs Compiled by Jonathan Bailey

Rodriguez wins state title

Online registration will be offered Quyn Duffy also records strong for youth baseball and softball For the first time, parents of youth from Ripon and the surrounding communities may benefit from the convenience of signing their children up for the Ripon Youth Baseball & Softball program online. Online registration for the season will open Friday and run through Sunday, April 7. This registration platform will provide parents with an easy, user-friendly option to register for all leagues. It also will help the organization to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. An additional convenience for parents that may not have Internet service is the option of walk-in registration. Families choosing this option may register during the Ripon Youth Baseball and Softball program’s walk-in registration Monday, March 4 and Thursday, March 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Ripon Public Library and before and after the organization’s annual meeting Monday, March 18 at the Ripon Middle School. Fees for all leagues are based on the complexity of the league level, field maintenance costs, administrative costs and umpire fees. Ripon Youth Baseball and Softball (formerly Ripon Little League) was established during the 1950s and has enjoyed more than 55 years of continuous organized summer recreational baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. Its goal is for its players is to develop a strong foundation in sportsmanship and teamwork, and most importantly, to have fun while learning. For more information, dates and registration details, visit www.

RC track and field teams break five school records at conference meet The Ripon College men’s and women’s track and field teams finished third and fifth out of 10 schools, respectively, at the Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held last weekend in Monmouth, Ill. The Red Hawks set 37 personal records and five new school records set during the two-day competition. The men accounted for two of the school records that fell as Eric Langman set a new mark in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.14 seconds and the 1,600 sprint medley team of Langman, James Allen, Matt Wood and Cory Zimmerman broke a two-year-old mark by one second with a time of 3 minutes, 34.23 seconds. After finishing fourth in the 60 meter prelims, Langman also placed fourth in the finals with a time of 7.17. Wood and Zimmerman also had a lot of success, placing in two individual events apiece. Wood took second in the 400 meters with a time of 50.21 — which was 0.52 seconds away from the top time — while taking fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.76. Zimmerman was the only member of Ripon’s team to win an event, taking first in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.93, to go along with an eighth-place finish in the mile run (4:39.14). Perhaps Ripon’s most successful event as a whole came in the weight throw, where Adam Sellner, Phil Akins and Austen Jentges placed fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, with throws of 52 feet, 4 inches, 48-07 and 46-06. On the women’s side, Matter set a pair of school records, breaking her own school marks in the 3k and 5k with times of 10:19.97 and 17:39.76, respectively. Jenna Breaker also broke a school record over the weekend, breaking a 26-year-old record in the high jump by 1 inch with a height of 5-05. In addition to Matter’s first place and second place finishes in the 3k and 5k, respectively, she also placed second in the mile run (5:12.02) and was a part of Ripon’s first-place distance medley relay team, where she teamed with Grace Winter, Lexie Schaffer and Alyssa Nycz to run a time of 12:46.65.

Ripon College will host football coaching clinic Saturday, March 9

Ripon College will host its annual football coaching clinic Saturday, March 9. Coaches from the Ripon College staff, along with some of the top high school coaches from Illinois and Wisconsin, will speak on the principles of option football and the concepts of the 3-3 defense. Registration will begin the day of the clinic at 8 a.m. at Todd Wehr Hall, located at the intersection of Ransom and West Blossom streets. The clinic will be split into two groups: offense, which will meet in Farr Hall’s Bear Auditorium, and defense, which will be held in Todd Wehr. The speakers will include conference champions, national leaders and state-championship coaches. That includes Ripon offensive coordinator Rick Coles, former University of Wisconsin-River Falls head coach John O’Grady, Sun Prairie High School head coach Brian Kaminski, Badger High School head coach Matt Hensler and Glenbard South High School (Ill.) head coach Jeremy Cordell, among others. As part of the clinic fee, lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. on the Ripon College campus. For more information, call Ripon College head coach Ron Ernst at 748-8708 or at

showing at the 12 & under meet by Jonathan Bailey

For the first time ever, the Ripon Community Swim Club has someone it can call “state champion.” Andrew Rodriguez, 12, of Ripon won all six events he swam in en route to winning the individual title in the 11-to-12 age category at the 12 & Under Wisconsin Short Course State Championships. The competition took place last weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natorium. “This is going to set a precedent,” said Al Brink, Ripon Community Swim Club head coach. “... Andrew is just a really focused and mentally tough [swimmer]. His turns are really, really good.” Rodriquez’s teammate, Quyn Duffy, 13, of Ripon also earned six medals ranging from second to sixth place. He turned 13 Sunday, allowing him to compete in the 12 & under state championships. “It’s perhaps the best state [meet] he’s swam,” Brink said. “He did an awesome job.” As a result of when Duffy’s birthday falls, he also will swim in the 13 & over competition this weekend (see the story below).

ANDREW RODRIGUEZ, LEFT, and Quyn Duffy show off all the medals they won at last weekend’s 12 & Under Wisconsin Short Course State Championships. Rodriguez was the state submitted photo champion, winning all six of his events. The two combined to give the against another one of his main comRipon Community Swim Club an petitors Sunday in the 400 individual eighth-place team finish out of 36 medley — Mason Schoof of the teams in Division 2 with 191 points. Schroeder YMCA Team in Brown Rodriguez competed in and Deer — and won by two seconds. According to Brink, it was one of won the 200-yard butterfly and 200 breaststroke last week Friday; the the most highly contested events of 50 backstroke and 100 individual the state championships. His times at the meet put him medley last week Saturday; and the 400 individual medley and 200 among the national leaders in all six events. backstroke Sunday. He is ranked 12th in the 50 Last week Saturday, he went up against one of his main competitors backstroke (26.92 seconds), 17th in — Alex Wowk of Badger Aquatics the 200 butterfly (2:08.65), 24th in Club — and won both events by less the 100 individual medley (59.27), 31st in the 400 individual medthan a second. Rodriguez once again swam ley (4:36.09) and 200 backstroke

Local swimmers will compete at 13 & over state meet The Ripon Community Swim Club will be well represented at this year’s 13 & Over Wisconsin Short Course State Championships. Quyn Duffy, Caleb Kasper, Marcel Hones, Bob Klemm, Jim Klemm and Jarrod Long will swim for Ripon at the meet, which will take place Thursday through Sunday at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer. All together, they will compete in 16 events. The events they are competing in at state are: ‰ Duffy — 50-yard freestyle, 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay. ‰ Kasper — 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 50 freestlyle and 100 freestyle. ‰ Hones — 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle relay. ‰ Bob Klemm — 100 freestyle. ‰ Jim Klemm — 400 freestyle relay. ‰ Long — 400 freestyle relay. RIGHT, representing the Ripon Community Swim Club this weekend in the 13 & Over Wisconsin Short Course State Championships are, from left, Jarrod Long, Caleb Kasper, Marcel Hones, Jim Klemm and Bob Klemm. Missing is Quyn submitted photo Duffy.

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(2:08.89) and 63rd in the 200 breaststroke (2:30). For more on Rodriguez’s accomplishments, including comments from him, see next week’s edition of the Commonwealth. Duffy, meanwhile, finished second in the 1,000 freestyle, third in the 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley, fourth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 50 butterfly. Ripon also had four girls — Elle Lewis, Alaina Vollmer, Hadley Neper and Lexi Tebon — compete in the 10 & under category at the short-course state championships. According to Brink, nerves were evident from the swimmers. “The girls felt the pressure of swimming in their first state meet,” he said. “They made some mistakes, [but] otherwise swam well and hopefully learned things which will help them develop as swimmers.” Lewis finished 33rd in the 100 freestyle, 34th in the individual medley, 40th in the 50 butterfly, 45th in the 50 freestyle, 46th in the 100 breaststroke and 59th in the 100 individual medley. Vollmer, on the other hand, placed 18th in the 50 backstroke and a 62nd in the 100 individual medley, while Neper finished 34th in the 50 backstroke, 28th in the 200 individual medley and 55th in the 100 individual medley. Lewis, Vollmer and Neper also teamed up with Tebon to swim two relays. They finished 22nd in the 200 freestyle and 23rd in the 200 medley.

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Sports COST/Tigers take steps forward juniors, finished the season with a record of 2-21 overall. “That’s kind of the moral of the story of our season: just inconsistency,” Ripon head coach Jason Wickstrom said of his team’s slow start Tuesday night. “But we finished [the game] strong and ... it’s a good way to go into the next season.” The Tigers trailed 19-7 after the first quarter and 33-16 entering halftime, before out-scoring the Raiders 23-18 in the second half. Their best quarter was the third, where they limited the Raiders (15-8 overall) to just three points, while scoring nine of their own. “Kiel attacked our zone very well [early on] with the high/low action that we knew was going to come,” Wickstrom said. “It’s hard to simulate in practice with their height. They’ve also got very good outside shooters, which didn’t hurt us as bad as the big girls did. We just didn’t box out. We knew rebounding would be a big key to the game and we just didn’t execute at that phase for pretty much the first half of the game. “The second half we played with some intensity. If we would have started the game like that it might have been a little bit different of a story, but it was a good effort in the second half. They kind of played their tempo in the first half and we got it more to our liking in the second half, but it was pretty much too late.” Despite playing better in the second half, Ripon was never able to cut the deficit to single digits as 10 points near the end of the contest was as close as the score got. The Tigers received production from several players on offense, led by Shannon McNeill’s 16 points.

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KATYA DUDZINSKI MAKES a 3-pointer late in Ripon’s 51-39 regional quarterfinal loss to Kiel Tuesday. RCP staff photo They also benefitted from eight points from Marissa Bunge, seven from Ruth Schroeder and five from Katya Dudzinski. The scoring distribution was a bright spot for Wickstrom. “You want to have a balanced attack and we did that tonight,” he said. “Going into the future we’re going to need more people to step up; we just can’t rely on one or two people. We had a few games like that in the season, but, I think, as we got more confident as individuals there was a little more balanced scoring.” While this season offered its fair share of struggles and challenges due to the inexperience of

the team, the Tiger coach is proud of the steps it has taken to improve and move forward. “As far as wins and losses go, it obviously wasn’t a good season,” Wickstrom said. “But as far as the development of the players individually and as a team, I’m very pleased with that. Now we’ve got to take the next step in the offseason and get better at the things we need to work on and polish the things we did well. “... It’s hard to keep showing up every day [when the outcome’s not necessarily what you want it to be], but they stuck with it. They stuck together and played as hard as they could and did a nice job.”

greatest but this stuff happens.” Jacobson (26-12 overall), who is Ripon’s first state qualifier since Connor Hanson made it to Madison in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010, fell behind early in the match. He was taken down roughly a minute into the first period, but got back to his feet to make it 2-1 before the end of the period. After starting the second round in the down position, the junior once again stood up and broke the hold to tie the first-round match at 2. Murphy (28-14 overall) began the third and final period on the mat hoping to gain a point for getting up and while Jacobson did everything he could to keep him there he did just that with about a minute left. Trailing 4-3 with the season ticking away, Jacobson did not give up. He recorded his first take down of the match with about 15 seconds remaining to take a 4-3 advantage. And it appeared like he would be moving on to the next day, where he would wrestle at least two matches. But with around two seconds left and both wrestlers frantically trying to extend their seasons, Murphy recorded a reversal and the victory. Esala doesn’t think Jacobson got caught up in the moment. “I don’t believe Brady’s emotions got the best of him,” Esala said. “Brady’s opponent kept his composure in the final seconds of the match. Brady was in a great situation to win that match, but just fell short.” Jacobson added nerves may have possibly played into the reversal, but really doesn’t know. “I was thinking, ‘Oh yeah, I’m up a point now. I just have to ride him out for 15 more seconds,’ but that didn’t happen,” Jacobson said. “I thought [as time was

winding down], ‘Holy crap, I just won my first match at state.’” Despite the loss, Jacobson noted the entire trip was a memorable one. He received a large send off at the school before heading down to Madison last week Thursday as well as a police escort out of town. “The experience going to Madison was a great experience,” Jacobson said. “I mean, not a lot of people get that. It’s just a once in a lifetime opportunity. Next year, it depends how the regionals and sectionals look [if I get back].” Esala hopes the experience fuels Jacobson to return to Madison next year and improve upon the result. “When Brady creates goals for himself next wrestling season, there is no doubt in my mind that he will want to do better than he did this wrestling season,” Esala said. “He isn’t going to just want to get to the state tournament. “That goal has already been accomplished. Why not place? Why

not stand on the top of the podium at the state meet?” In order for Jacobson to achieve some of the goals Esala suggested, the Tiger coach said the junior will need to “study the sport further” and just continually work on his skills. Esala also hopes Jacobson’s trip to state will inspire many of his teammates — who were in attendance — to reach that level of competition next year and beyond. “As a coach, I ask for continuous improvement,” Esala said. “Sometimes athletes need to be able to visualize their ultimate goal before it can ever be achieved. Many Ripon wrestlers watched the state tournament and were able to watch one of their teammates compete. There is no reason any of the Ripon wrestlers should think wrestling at the state tournament is out of their grasp. “Not all of them will make it to the state tournament, but all of them will have the opportunity to train to be a state champion.”

MANAGERS OF THE Ripon High School wrestling team show their support for Brady Jacobson with hand-made T-shirts. Pictured are, from left, Mahaila Kovalaske, Jacobson, Marissa Bazeley and Miranda Kovalaske. Jonathan Bailey photo

FALL/Two St. Norbert runs prove costly in season-ending loss; five players conclude careers “I’m happy for my seniors that they were able to experience the emotions of playing in the conference tournament one last time,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “And then I also was happy for the younger guys to experience that, because once you get a taste of playing in that tournament, I don’t care where it is, it’s a fun environment and I hope they all enjoyed it. It’s added incentive when its one of your rivals “The result is obviously disappointing but time will heal all wounds and soon enough they will realize what a great job they did this

ALEX ERDMANN fights with a Green Knight defender for possession of the ball. Dennis Cotton photo

year.” Much like the first two meetings against St. Norbert this year, Ripon held its own for parts of the game. Early on, it was a defensive battle as the Red Hawks (11-7 conference,13-11 overall) led 11-6 a little more than six minutes in. The Green Knights (15-3 conference 20-5 overall), however, heated up a little bit as they went on a 14-2 run over roughly the next seven minutes and a 23-9 stretch to close the half to take a 29-20 lead. Ripon also went cold from the field as it missed nine of its last 11 shots in the first half. “It’s a possession game in the postseason and there was probably some nerves early on from both teams,” Kane said of the defensive battle early on. “Defense is always going to be ramped up when you’re energy is high, so both teams were doing a great job defensively and it was hard for either team to kind of break free and get a rhythm or a flow to the game. “We certainly had our chances; we had some open looks in that first half. But big credit to them, too. They’re obviously a good defensive team so it made it hard for us ... It’s important to capitalize on those few offensive looks you do get.” A reason why the Knights were able to do slow down the Hawks in the first half was their defensive effort on senior Taylor Koth.

TAYLOR KOTH DRIBBLES the ball around a St. Norbert defender in Ripon’s 75-65 loss last week Friday. Dennis Cotton photo Koth, who led the conference in scoring this season with an average of 24 points per game, was held to just four points in the first 20 minutes on 2-of-7 shooting. “They’ve done a good job on him in the other two games we’ve played,” Kane said. “We tried to talk about ways to kind of get him more involved in the week leading up to the game, but they make it hard for you to get things at the rim and that’s where Taylor is at his best, and that’s where as a team we need to be. We’re not a team that’s going to be really able to hurt you from the perimeter.”

Koth, and several of his teammates heated up early in the second half as Ripon cut the deficit to 36-33 with 15 minutes left to play. An ensuing 22-10 run by St. Norbert, however, proved to be the difference in the contest. The Red Hawks cut the deficit to seven at 65-58 with less than two minutes remaining, but couldn’t get any closer as the Green Knights made their free throws down the stretch to pick up the victory. “The flow of the game, obviously, in the second half opened up with both teams scoring in the mid-40s,”

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Kane said. “But again, a credit to them in that we just couldn’t come up with enough key stops. They would get a big offensive rebound or they would make a big shot. “They had two guys who averaged a combined five points on the year, I think, go for 24 points. So that’s just a credit to their depth. We wanted to make sure that the guys who hurt us in previous games didn’t hurt us this game and those guys didn’t.” Koth finished matching his season average — 24 points — after scoring just the four first-half points. Sophomore Kyle Loughrin added 16 points, while Green Lake native Brad Brooks chipped in with 10 in the losing effort. Playing in their final game in Red Hawk uniforms were Koth, Andy Popp, Zach Meulemans, Alex Erdmann and Jake Cull. Koth finishes as the sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,514 points and the second-leading rebounder with 721 boards. While Koth has the majority of the accolades, all five seniors have a lot to be proud of, according to Kane. “This senior group is a unique group in that they’ve had the opportunity to play with the first and third all-time leading scorers in school history [Ripon native Scott Gillespie and Aris Wurtz] for two to three years of their career here,” he

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said. “And when you play with great players like that, there’s a tendency to feel like you’re in someone’s shadow. Their legacy was only going to be playing with those guys, and now their legacy is, ‘We did it together as a group.’ “They’re very close. They’re very tight and they played that way on the floor. Sometimes it was good and sometimes it was bad how close they were. But ultimately, they left a really great legacy for themselves on this program that can stand on its own.” As far as the program’s future legacy is concerned, Kane knows overtaking St. Norbert — where he played basketball for four years in the late 1990s — is a must. “The only reason I want to beat those guys is because they’re good and they’ve gone to the NCAA Tournament three of the last four years and they’re on top,” Kane said in regard to whether the rivalry has any special meaning due to his time at St. Norbert. “Anytime you’re on top you have a target on your back and myself and everybody who works in this program are doing all they can to get to that level and to get to the point where we can compete with them and beat them on a consistent basis.” St. Norbert defeated Carroll 9268 in the championship game of the conference tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins this weekend.

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Sports ENDS/Bauman, Potratz, Stangl, Erickson and Grinde play their final high school game bad time]...” Vander Plas also pointed to the officiating as being one of the reasons Bauman injured his knee in the fourth quarter. He was down for a couple minutes, before being helped off the court. He did not return. “Things didn’t go well for him tonight,” Vander Plas said. “He’s a great scorer and you need him in a game like that. [The injury] happened because [he collided with a teammate], but our own guy got pushed into him and that was the whole thing of the game. Now, here we are and one of the best players in our conference doesn’t get to play because this [game] is out of control. That hurt. It hurt mentally. It hurt emotionally and obviously our game plan changes when you don’t have a 6-[foot], 4-[inch] kid that can rise up over people and shoot.” Bauman, who is the fourth-leading scorer in school history, finished with eight points — all coming in the first half. Noah Potratz led Ripon in scoring with 13 points, while Sam Vander Plas and Vander Galien added 11 and 10, respectively.

BRYCE BAUMAN GRIMACES in pain as a Sheboygan Falls athletic trainer works on his knee in the fourth quarter after a teammate was pushed into him. Watching on is Ripon head Jonathan Bailey photo coach Dean Vander Plas.

LEARNS/Tigers epitomize Vujucic’s message at you; when you don’t have to impress anybody and fear comes in ... It’s that fear that paralyzes you and I just want to ask you today, do you think you have hope? “Because I tell you, I’m down here — face down and I have no arms, no legs. It should be impossible for me to get back up … but it’s not. You see, I will try 100 times to get up and if I fail 100 times — if I fail and I give up — do you think I’m ever going to get up? No. But if I fail and I try again, and again, and again, for as long as I try there’s always that chance of getting up ... And it’s not the end until you’ve given up. And just the fact that you’re here should persuade you that you have another chance to get back up. There’s still hope.” Ripon fell down plenty of times early in this past season. It lost its first nine games, including some in very painful fashion. The team was leading Winneconne by 11 points early in the fourth quarter in mid-December, but squandered the advantage to lose 62-56. A couple days later, it led a Waupaca team without a conference win by four points in the third quarter, before blowing the lead and losing once again, 63-56. But instead of giving up and staying down, the Tigers took Vujicic’s advice and got back up and finished the season strong. They won 11 of their last 15 games to conclude the campaign with a record of 11-13 overall for the second-consecutive year. Even when they did stumble during the strong end to the season and fell, the Tigers managed to get themselves back up. They followed three of their losses — which consisted of a 53-50 heart-breaker to Xavier, a 56-36 lackadaisical performance against Little Chute and a 64-60 defeat at the hands of Fox Valley Lutheran in which they led by 10 points midway through the

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second quarter — with victories. In fact, they won sevenstraight games after the Fox Valley Lutheran loss, before seeing their season come to a conclusion with a 67-49 regional semifinal road loss to Sheboygan Falls last week Friday. While Ripon likely was hoping to improve upon last season’s record after graduating only two players, Vander Plas has plenty of reasons to be proud of how his team responded this season. “I kept thinking to myself that most kids these days would have quit,” Vander Plas said. “They would have just said, ‘Hey, what about me? Let me score my points and let’s get this season done and move on’ ... and these kids didn’t. They kept coming to the gym every day, [including] the last two days trying to get better [before last week Friday’s loss to Sheboygan Falls]. “I’m not only pleased with that, I’m proud of it and I think that shows great resiliency for them for the rest of their lives. If there is anything I can teach kids it’s that I want them to be grateful and I want them to be tough. To be tough means if you get pushed down, you get up and, I thought, this team did that.” After showing the Ripon players and their family members watching the YouTube video his ability to get back up, despite having no arms and no legs, Vujucic concluded that part of his speech with a powerful message. “I just want you to know that it’s not the end [when you fall down],” he said. “It matters how you’re going to finish. Are you going to finish strong? You will find that strength to get back up ...” The Tigers showed that strength this season and in the process put together a memorable season, filled with plenty of life lessons. They didn’t win as many games as they probably wanted to and they didn’t make it to sectionals or the state tournament, but they have a lot to be proud of.

The game was the final high school contest for five seniors. Playing in their last game in Tiger uniforms were Bauman, Stangl, Potratz, Brady Erickson and J.J. Grinde. “You need bricks and you need mortar to build a good house and I would say we had a good supply of both, because J.J. and Brady — they just get us to stick together,” Vander Plas said. “I thought Brady had one of the most improved years of anybody, yet if you look at the box scores and stats [you won’t be able to notice that]. He made our practices better every day. He was willing to do all his stuff on the scout team to make us better. He sacrificed himself for us. J.J was the same thing; just a kid who cares about his teammates and loves the game. It was great to have them. “Then, I thought Noah had an incredible senior year. To step up the way he did from last year ... and doing a lot of the dirty work and having to guard their best player every night, he had a fantastic year. And Bryce, what can you say. The kid’s got a lot of talent and he’s going to play a lot more basketball in his life. He’s just a fun athlete to coach; great offensive skills. And then Mason, it’s just fun to have a kid that rebounds like that. You only get them every once in a while and I’ve now had three of them and they’re just fun to coach because there’s something about what they do that you cannot teach and you just get to watch and enjoy it.” While the seniors will be missed, Vander Plas knows he has a solid group of players slated to come back next season as well as some from the junior varsity team and a talented class of incoming freshman. Among the likely returning varsity players are current juniors Sam Vander Plas, Vander Galien, Landon Fenner, Marcus Pollesch, and Manny Nelson and sophomore Riley Haas. “I got some pretty special kids coming back,” Vander Plas said. “And much like the special kids

SAM VANDER PLAS launches a shot over the out-stretched arms of a Sheboygan Falls defender in the second half of the Tigers’ 67-49 regional semifinal loss last week Friday. Jonathan Bailey photo we’re losing, I’ve got a great group coming back and the junior class is obviously a bit dear to me because my son is in that class and that was really tough for me and him in the locker room tonight. I don’t want to have that feeling. I would like to finish strong with that group. “There’s something there because you’ve known them since they were so little and, I think, you get a little more emotional.” Ripon finishes the season with a record of 11-13 for the secondconsecutive year — after winning 11 of its final 15 games.

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not make it due to snowy weather that night. Fouls, however, were not the only issue that troubled Vander Plas. In the second quarter, the Tigers were called for three questionable traveling violations — the final one negating a Bauman 3-pointer that would have made it 24-14. “You tell the kids that the refs got to do their jobs and we’ve got to do ours ...” he said. “But you’re feeling bad for the kids because they’re executing the way you taught them to execute and those aren’t travels. The pivot foot’s down ... I was beside myself. I was probably a bit too beside myself at a couple of times with the disappointment in the way they were [officiating] the game. “It’s sad that my five seniors had to have what I would say was a very poor effort by the only two people getting paid. I am disappointed in that, yet Falls had to play with them and so did we and they played better than us with them. Give them credit. They beat us and luckily it wasn’t a one-possession game where those two guys were going to matter. We just couldn’t get [on a roll] and those travels really did come [at a

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RECAP Sports Poll

Last week’s sports question on asked readers which Ripon High School fall sport they were looking forward to the most? Here are the results: ‰ Boys’ soccer 5% ‰ Cross country 5% ‰ Football 64% ‰ Girls’ tennis 9% ‰ Volleyball 18% This week’s question: What is the key to sinking a hole-in-one? ‰ Luck ‰ Skill ‰ A combination of luck and skill To vote, log on to www. and click on Sports. The poll is located on the right side of the page. Poll results will be published in the following week’s Commonwealth.



Ben Reilly The incoming Ripon High School senior will enter his final season with the cross country team on a high note. Reilly finished second only to Matt Groose of Madison in the Doug Lyke 5k Twilight Run last week Saturday with a time of 18 minutes, 29.63 seconds. The performance was more than 29 seconds faster than what he ran during last year’s Doug Lyke 5k Twilight Run, when he placed third overall. He finished that race with a time of 18:58.88. Reilly and the rest of the cross country team will begin practice for the upcoming season Monday, Aug. 19. The first competition for the Tigers is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6 in Freedom. A season preview will run in the Sept. 5 Commonwealth. For pictures from the first day of practice, see next week’s Commonwealth.

Sports Local youth sets eyes on ‘Big One’ Loewe will compete for world championship this weekend by Jonathan Bailey

What started as a father-son bonding activity has turned into an opportunity to take home the ultimate prize for one area youth. Incoming Ripon High School freshman Luke Loewe will compete in The Bass Federation (TBF) Junior World Championship this weekend in Oil City, La. He is Wisconsin’s only representative in the 11-to-14-year-old age bracket, which feature state qualifiers from 40 other states. Loewe gives a lot of credit to his father, Jason, for his chance to bring home a world championship as he was the reason why he got into the sport. “My dad just brought me out there and let me fish,” Loewe said, adding he was probably 4 or 5 years old at the time. “I started bass fishing right away, too, because that’s mostly what my dad fished for and that’s what I like to fish for, too. “I have always gone with my dad whenever he went, so before I ever got in any of our youth tournaments, my dad and I got in a couple tournaments on like Little Green Lake, Big Green [Lake] or [Lake] Winnebago. My dad and I actually won a Fishers of Men Legacy Father/Son Tournament on Winnebago and that’s where I started getting an interest in bass fishing tournaments.” Loewe has continued to pursue his interest in bass fishing by competing in several youth organizations and tournaments. He is a member of a youth club started a couple years ago by his father and also has competed in the Ripon High School Outdoors Club’s annual bass invitational tournament. It was as a member of the club his dad started that he fished in a lot of bass tournaments and qualified for the state competition. From there, he punched his ticket to this week-

end’s TBF Junior World Championship. Winning state, which took place late last year on Mason Lake in Briggsville, and earning a spot in the world championship were no easy feats for Loewe. “No, it was a tough lake,” Loewe said of whether he won the state championship handily. “We went out the day before and caught a lot of fish for practice fishing, but not very big ones. The day of the tournament, I started in the back of the boat because I was in the younger division. So, I was just fishing behind the older kid in my boat and we were catching a lot of fish, but just not big ones. “Later on in the day, I managed to catch two keepers and then later I caught my biggest fish. I saw it swirl on the surface and I caught that. So that was the winning fish, but I only brought in three fish that were just over 14 inches. It was a tough day, but three fish were enough to win.” The difficulty in catching the fish is both the most satisfying and challenging part of bass fishing in the eyes of Loewe. “One rewarding thing is probably just going out there and knowing that you were smart enough to figure out the fish and were able to catch them,” he said. “And it’s rewarding when you catch a big bass, definitely, because it’s rare ... It just

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RIGHT, INCOMING Ripon High School freshman Luke Loewe shows off a largemouth bass he caught while out fishing on Big Green Lake. submitted photo

Ushering in a new era

Think one hole-in-one is rare? Try two Throughout the summer, it doesn’t seem like a week goes by where there isn’t a charity or company golf outing taking place. Very few, if any, however, can make the same claim as one local insurance agency recently did.



‰ Red Hawks picked to finish fifth in Midwest Conference see page 22 ‰ Runners take to the road in Doug Lyke 5k Twilight Run see page 22 ‰ Ripon’s baseball traveling teams enjoy fair share of success see page 23 ‰ Quick Start Tennis Camp held last week for Ripon youth see page 28

ABOVE, TYLER JENNINGS kicks the ball toward the goal Tuesday while Alex Wheaton, left, chases after him. Calling for the ball on the other side of the field is Sam Vander Plas, who is being defended by Isaac Wheaton. Inset, new head soccer coach Kyle Sackett provides instruction to goalkeeper Peter Gauthier. A season preview will run in next week’s Commonwealth.

Boys’ soccer and girls’ tennis teams begin practice under new coaches


NUMBERS 86 The number of runners who completed the Doug Lyke 5k Twilight Run last week Saturday in Ripon — eight more than last year. Matt Groose of Madison was the fastest finisher, completing the race in a time of 16 minutes, 40.71 seconds. Malerie Harmon of Berlin was the fastest female. She finished the run in 20:28.63. For complete results and photos from the event, see page 22.

NEW GIRLS’ HEAD tennis coach Ryan Long and assistant coach Becki Baird talk to the team during the first day of practice Tuesday.

Jonathan Bailey photos

Practice began for the Ripon High School boys’ soccer and girls’ tennis teams earlier this week, with soccer getting underway Monday morning and tennis starting Tuesday — both the earliest days allowed by the WIAA. Both teams enter the season with new coaches. Ripon Middle School teacher Kyle Sackett takes over the boys’ soccer team from Don Bogdanske, while 2013 Ripon High School graduate Ryan Long assumes the reins of the girls’ tennis team from Buzz Rasmussen.

Jonathan Bailey The Diedrich Agency witnessed not one, but two hole-inones during its 32nd annual golf invitational Monday, Aug. 5 at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin.

Both Tom Olson of Oshkosh and Dave Weiske of Thomasville Ga., recorded hole-in-ones within a short time period on par-3 holes. Olson sunk the first one on the No. 6 hole of the Blue Course and Weiske followed it up with an ace on the White Course’s No. 8 hole. According to event organizer and Diedrich Agency employee Ruth Zimmerman, the hole-inones were the first ones in the invitational’s 32-year history. “I think one is very rare, let alone two,” Zimmerman said. “It was pretty exciting.” The excitement of the two hole-in-ones didn’t take long to spread, either. “Everybody was on their cell phones texting and letting the other teams that were out playing know what happened,” Zimmerman said. The Diedrich Agency 32nd-Annual Golf Invitational was open to employees, customers and friends. One hundred and four golfers competed in the 18-hole scramble.

RECORDING HOLE-IN-ones during the Diedrich Agency 18hole scramble Monday, Aug. 5 were Ripon native Dave Weiske of Thomasville, Ga., left, and Tom Olson of Oshkosh. submitted photo

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Sports Briefs Compiled by Jonathan Bailey

Red Hawk gridders picked to finish sixth in the Midwest Conference The Ripon College football team finished sixth Monday in the Midwest Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, garnering 54 points. The voting system awards 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second place, eight points for third place, etc. St. Norbert was picked to win the Midwest Conference, as it received 92 points, including four of a possible 11 first-place votes. Illinois College also saw four first-place votes, finishing second in the poll with 89 points. Carroll, meanwhile, received the remaining three first-place votes and finished third in the voting among coaches. Monmouth was fourth, followed by Lake Forest, Ripon, Cornell, Grinnell and Knox. Lawrence and Beloit rounded out the poll in 10th and 11th place, respectively. The Red Hawks return a combined 16 players on offense and defense this season, including senior quarterback Tom Sawyer and offensive lineman Tyler Jonas, who were each second-team all-conference selections last year. Luke Morgan returns to Ripon’s defense after earning honorable mention all-conference honors in 2012. The Red Hawks haven’t finished a season under .500 since 1994. The season preview for the Ripon College football team, which begins its season Saturday, Aug. 31 at Wisconsin Lutheran, will run in the Aug. 29 issue of the Commonwealth.

13dot1 half-marathon and 5k will return Sept. 1 to Green Lake The annual Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk has hit high numbers already for registration for the Sunday, Sept. 1 event. The race, which is sponsored by Community Health Network, will mark the fourth year that streets and avenues surrounding Green Lake will be filled with runners and walkers of all ages. The scenic, tree-lined 13.1- and 3.1-mile race routes start and finish in the city of Green Lake, with several stretches along the shores of Big Green Lake. The run also includes a tour of the Green Lake Conference Center, with features historic structures, stone walls and manicured golf courses. Registration is $60 for the half marathon or $30 for the 5k for those 18 and older. It is accessible by visiting www.greenlakehalfmarathon. com, and clicking on the ‘Registration’ link. Prices are less for participants under 18 years of age. Prizes will be awarded to top overall male and female finishers and for first to third in each of the age groups. Finishing medals will be given to both runners and walkers who complete the half marathon, and participation awards will be given to kids’ run participants. For those unable to participate in the run itself, a multitude of volunteer opportunities exist. To find out more about the opportunities or more information on the race, email or visit www.

DOUG LYKE 5K Twilight Run participants begin the race last week Saturday.

Road runnin’ Competitors took to the streets of Ripon last week Saturday to take part in the Ripon Noon Kiwanis Doug Lyke 5k Twilight Run. Eighty-six people finished the race. Matt Groose of Madison was the top overall finisher with a time of 16 minutes, 40.71 seconds. Malerie Harmon of Berlin was the quickest woman, finishing the race in 20:28.63

Photos by Ian Stepleton, Jeff Puhlman-Becker and Matt Storz

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MATT GROOSE of Madison runs to a first-place finish.

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On the run: Ripon’s traveling LOEWE/Weigh-ins will be aired teams enjoy fair share of success

THE RIPON 14U baseball team finished the season with a record of 26-5, winning tournaments in Ripon, Seymour and Fond du Lac. Pictured are, front row, from left, Jack Kinzinger, Trey Auchtung, Andrew Radloff, Hunter Merrill, Alex Hanke; back row, coach Jeff Radloff, Cody Sandleback, Luke Loewe, Bennett Vander Plas, Austin Recheck, Joe Sharp and coach Trevor Hanke. submitted photo

THE RIPON 12U baseball team fared well in many tournaments this past summer, which includes a first-place finish at a Wautoma Tournament last month. Pictured are, front row, from left, T.J. Mullowney, Iffer Long, Tyler Brown, Brendan Baird, Bailey Revels; back row, coach Cory Revels, Luke Morgan, Kristian Bradley-Kasten, Luke Rogers, coach Tom submitted photo Auchtung, Hunter Auchtung, Cade Jahns and coach Dick Jahns.

makes you want to keep coming back.” “One challenging part is probably trying to figure out the fish and what spots to go to and how they want to bite. There are so many different things you can try to do to catch them and they might not always want some of them.” Another rewarding part of bass fishing for Loewe is the ability to represent Wisconsin at this weekend’s world championship. “It means a lot,” he said of representing the state. “It’s a great experience. It’s going to be the best in the world at nationals; they’re from all over the [United States]. It’s going to be fun and I think it will be great.” The experience will be magnified by the fact that the TBF Junior World Championship is being held in conjunction with one of the most prestigious events in tournament fishing: the FLW’s Forrest Wood Cup. In addition to being in attendance for all the Forrest Wood Cup festivities, including when the professionals weigh-in, Loewe and the rest of the state champion junior anglers will get their moment in the spotlight. According to a press release, they will be introduced Saturday on the Forrest Wood Cup main stage at the CenturyLink Center. They also will have their weigh-ins streamed daily on Loewe doesn’t have any goals set in stone, but he would like to advance to the second day of the competition Saturday (the world championship begins

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LUKE LOEWE SHOWS off a smallmouth bass he caught while out practice fishing. submitted photo Friday). The top angler from each age group’s six TBF divisions (regions) will advance to Saturday’s final day of competition to battle for the titles and thousands of dollars in college scholarships. “Since we’re not allowed to pre-fish [practice] the week before, I am just going to go out there, have fun and enjoy the time down there,” Loewe

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Sports Agnesian collaborates with local schools, organizations to offer sun-healthy play

Ripon and surrounding areas’ youth were a little less colorful this summer as community organizations and schools utilized new tents donated from Agnesian HealthCare to help shelter children and others during sporting activities. As part of the Sun Safe Soccer program, Agnesian HealthCare donated a total of 100 tents to 23 organizations. In addition, Agnesian HealthCare donated 400 single-use sunscreen packets with each tent. Three area organizations were among many area groups that will benefited from the donated tents, including Ripon High School, the Ripon Youth Travel Baseball/ Ripon Diamond Booster Club and the Laconia High School. “Ripon High School cross country and track teams are looking forward to using the donated tents to provide shade and shelter when we travel to competitions,” head coach Chris Gatzke said. “The size and portability of the tents will allow our teams to easily set them up upon arrival. It is important for our athletes to be protected from the sun and rain before competing.” “We are looking forward to using them to protect our youth from the sun during tournaments,” added Shannon Rogers, who represents the Ripon Youth Travel Baseball Program/Ripon Diamond Booster Club. “Our youth often average eight hours in the sun during a tournament. These shades will be put to good use between games and also during games with unprotected dugouts.” Burt Steffes, a board-certified dermatologist with Agnesian Dermatology & Skin Care Services, has been a motivating force behind the Sun Safe Soccer Program in this area. In fact, Agnesian HealthCare is the first provider was the state of Wisconsin to promote this program. “We are grateful for the commitment of coaches, program directors and role models for helping to build sun-safe habits that will stay with players for a lifetime,” Steffes said. “Agnesian 120747_Ad_Slick_Paint 6/13/13 12:39of PM HealthCare is a proud sponsor 120747_Ad_Slick_Paint 6/13/13 12:39 PM Sun-Safe Soccer.” 120747_Ad_Slick_Paint


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HALLE HADEL TAKES a swing at the ball last week Friday.

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Sports RIPON

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Last week’s sports question on RiponPress. com asked readers who will win the Ripon Commonwealth Press/Express Pigskin Picks contest. Here are the results: ‰Carol Hilke (Pastimes Pub & Grille) 12% ‰Jonathan Bailey (Commonwealth) 6% ‰Bob Katerzynski (The Pizza Factory) 12% ‰Sheila Wyer (Domino’s Pizza) 12% ‰ Dennis Miller (Miller’s Tavern) 63% This week’s question: Was the 2012 Brewers’ season a successful one? ‰Yes; they still managed to finish the season above .500 and were in contention for a wild card spot ‰No; anything but the playoffs is unacceptable with the level of talent they have To vote, log on to www. and click on Sports. The poll is located on the right side of the page. Poll results will be published in the following week’s Commonwealth.



Good or no good?

by Jonathan Bailey

See ADVANCES/ page 20

Tigers lose Homecoming game on controversial call Did Hayden Fenner cross the goal line on a two-point conversion play that would have tied the game last week Friday? That’s the big question that has loomed over the Ripon High School football team ever since its 22-20 homecoming loss to Freedom. Following an 11-yard touchdown pass from James Vander Galien to Noah Potratz on a fourthand-four play with just more than three minutes left, the officials ruled Fenner was stopped inches short of the end zone on his twopoint attempt. Co-head coach Marty Molden-

hauer, who also believes Fenner one on the kickoff, effectively, recovered the following kickoff, ended any chance Ripon had of forcing overtime and possibly disagrees with the call. “I felt he was in,” he said. “I pulling off a major upset that alfelt that night that he was in. I most nobody saw coming. The Tigers, felt we got the who lost to fumble on the felt he was in ... I felt we the Irish 50-0 ensuing kickoff and it was right got the fumble on the last season and in front of us. ensuing kickoff ... What do were coming off a 48-0 loss What do you do? Other than, you do? Other than I called to Seymour a week earlier, I called him a him a ‘replacement ref.’” did give up two ‘replacement Marty Moldenhauer first downs on ref.’” Moldenhauer RHS football co-head coach the final drive to allow Freedom did say he has watched the replay in slow motion to run the clock down to zero. “The kids played their hearts and it’s real hard to tell, but he still out,” Moldenhauer said. “Everythinks Fenner crossed the line. The call, as well as the ensuing body thought we were going to


Queen of the courts: Ripon wins

Homecoming match for second-straight year by Jonathan Bailey

The Ripon High School volleyball team seemed to play with a little extra energy during its Homecoming match last week Thursday. Throw into the equation a flustered Freedom team and the result was a victory. The Tigers defeated the Irish in four games during Homecoming week 25-16, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22. It marks the second-straight

year Ripon has won its Homecoming match and the second conference win for the Tigers this year. The two conference victories surpass their total from last year, when they only won their Homecoming match against Winneconne. “This was a big win for us,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said, mentioning how there was a large home crowd for Homecoming. The Tigers came out of the gates strong in the match, taking it to an

Irish team, which appeared shaken in the first couple of games. “We took advantage right away in the first two games,” Landerman said. “We kept them on the defensive scramble. We did a lot of good things offensively, so we kept them off balance and were able to take advantage of that.” The Tiger coach credited the team’s serving and passing as reasons why it kept Freedom in

See QUEEN/ page 28

RIPON COLLEGE FOOTBALL players celebrate after winning their first game of the season last week Saturday. Jonathan Bailey photo

Breaking through



Hawks avoid first 0-5 start since 1905 with win over Knox

‰ Tiger boys’ soccer team

rest regulars in loss to the WLA Vikings see page 20

‰ Ripon harriers record

mediocre showing at Kimberly Invite see page 2

by Jonathan Bailey



The number of minutes out of 60 that the Ripon College football team held onto the ball during its 4217 Homecoming victory over Knox College last week Saturday. For more on the Red Hawk football team, see the story on this page.

See CALL/ page 22

RIPON’S HAYDEN FENNER attempts to stretch the ball, indicated by the arrow above, across the goal line on a two-point conversion try late in the game last week Friday. The officials ruled him short of the end zone, giving Freedom the 22-20 victory Jonathan Bailey photo over the Homecoming-hosting Tigers. Ripon co-head coach Marty Moldenhauer disagrees with the call.

by Jonathan Bailey

For most people, getting benched from a position they worked so hard to earn would be enough to hang their head and lose self-confidence. Not Noah Potratz. The Ripon High School senior, who started the season as the starting quarterback, was a major reason why the football team nearly pulled off the upset of Freedom last week Friday. He caught four passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns from the person who took his job — James Vander Galien. His second touchdown reception, an 11-yard score, cut the deficit to 2220 with a little more than three minutes left. Ripon ended up losing by that score after the referees ruled Hayden Fenner did not reach the end zone on the two-point attempt. For more information on Potratz and the Tigers, see the story on this page.

get crushed but the kids and the coaching staff. We knew we could play with this team and they kept up a great attitude all week and just worked their butts off and it showed on Friday. They’re ready to take on the world and they did a great job.” Ripon’s other co-head coach, Al Schrader, credited the team’s ability to handle the distractions that come with Homecoming and respond to challenges laid out in pre-game speeches as a reason for the success. “We had some guest speakers come in and I think coach [Gib] Stoeberl put it best when he spoke to the team prior to the game that

Entering Monday’s subsectional, Ripon High School girls’ tennis coach Buzz Rasmussen felt like his team was peaking at the right time. He couldn’t have been more right. The Tigers won all of their matches at the Watertown Lutheran Prep Subsectional in straight sets to advance their entire team to sectionals for the second-straight season. They tallied 24 team points to defeat Lodi, which had 20, for the title. Nine teams competed at the event. The performance think these comes a little more outcomes than a week a f t e r R i - were the result pon won a of peaking at the share of the right time and by Wisconsin Combined achieving balance T e n n i s by our singles as Conference well as our douTournament bles players.” title. “I think Buzz Rasumussen these out- RHS tennis coach comes were the result of peaking at the right time and by achieving balance by our singles as well as doubles players,” Rasmussen said. “From a coaching standpoint, I am extremely proud of their results to date because of their long hours devoted to practice and their determination exhibited in pressure filled competition.” Advancing to sectionals in singles competition for Ripon were Nicole Thorson (No. 1), Laura Lyke (No. 2 ), Caroline Brumley (No. 3) and Annie Docter (No. 4). Making it in doubles were the No. 1 team of Kaylee Johnson and Savannah Skamra, the No. 2 tandem of Stephanie Borgardt and Hannah Henderson and the No. 3 duo of Emily Docter and Jamie Gundlach. All of the positions played two


Noah Potratz

Ripon girls’ tennis team advances to sectionals

AUBREIGH ZIMMERMAN, LEFT, shares a smile with Brooke Brewer after scoring a point in Jonathan Bailey photo Ripon’s four-game Homecoming win over Freedom last week Thursday.

1905. That is the last time a Ripon College football team started a season with five-straight losses. Back then, there were just 45 states, the average wage was less than a quarter per hour and most doctors had no college education. The Red Hawks were in danger of matching that start last week Saturday when they hosted Knox College in their Homecoming game. History was avoided, however,

as they scored 28 unanswered points to defeat the Prairie Fire 42-17 at Ingalls Field in Ripon. “It was a great win for us because our kids have been working extremely hard,” head coach Ron Ernst said. “They’ve been working hard and we’ve been very close in most of our games this year and it was just nice to see our kids put four strong quarters together.” Ernst, who has never lost to Knox in 16 meetings, added he doesn’t believe the kids felt any extra pressure to win last week Saturday, despite the 0-4 start and his track record against the Prairie Fire. “We certainly did not put any pressure on as coaches,” he said. “We felt all week that if we played up to our ability ... there is not

See BREAKING/ page 23

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Sports Briefs Compiled by Jonathan Bailey

Ripon youngsters hit the gridiron

RC harriers compete against tough competition at Roy Griak Invite In what is one of the largest cross country meets in the country, the Ripon College men’s and women’s teams finished 25th out of 27 schools and 19th out of 29, respectively, at the Roy Griak Invitational last week Saturday. Leading the women in the meet was Michelle Matter. The senior ran a 6k time of 23 minutes, 51 seconds, which was good for 28th overall out of 408 runners. That finish marks the highest finish at the Roy Griak Invitational by a Ripon runner in school history. Grace Winter was second on the team, finishing 85th overall with a time of 24:59. Abi Quackenboss was 126th, while Karla Perez was 145th with times of 26:06 and 26:33, respectively. Katie Williams, Natalie Williams and Alyssa Nycz also scored points for the Red Hawks with times of 26:44, 26:54 and 27:13, respectively. Leading the Ripon men was Cory Zimmerman, who placed 97th out of the 272 runners that finished the race. He ran an 8k time of 28:10. Rob Waters was second on the team with a time of 30:43, while Ben Cosme was third with a time of 33:29. Nick Luedtke wasn’t far off that pace, with a time of 33:54, which was 49 seconds better than Andrew Pierson. Noah Scott and Akash Sen also scored points for the Red Hawks with times of 35:56 and 42:44, respectively. The Red Hawks now will get ready to run in Saturday’s Ripon College Invitational. That meet will begin at 11 a.m. in Ripon.

Ripon College volleyball team splits pair of conference matches The Ripon College volleyball team enjoyed mixed success last weekend, going 1-1 at home in a pair of Midwest Conference matches. It defeated Beloit College in its conference opener last week Friday, winning in three games 25-15, 25-12, 25-21, before falling in four games to Lake Forest a day later, 25-14, 13-25, 20-25, 25-10. The one conference victory is already more than the Red Hawks had last year, as it was held winless during the 2011 campaign. Leading the way in kills for Ripon during the two matches last weekend was Emily Gary with 18. Erin Galow added 16 kills, while Karlye Wehner chipped in with 14. Brianne Milroy paced the team in digs with 34. Kristie Oglesby recorded a team-high 56 assists. Ripon (1-1 conference, 7-14 overall) will try to bounce back from the Lake Forest loss Friday when it travels to Carroll University to take on the Buccaneers. That match will begin at 7 p.m. in Waukesha, Wis. It then will travel to Appleton Tuesday to take on Lawrence in a match that also is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Red Hawk women’s soccer team loses to Beloit in final minutes The Ripon College women’s soccer team lost its third consecutive Midwest Conference game Sunday afternoon as it was shut out by host Beloit College 2-0. Both Buccaneer goals came in the final six minutes of the contest. Beloit (2-2 conference, 5-4-1 overall) broke a scoreless tie in the 85th minute when Kirsten Takaki netted a goal on an assist from Sian Cunningham. Cunningham then added an insurance goal with 13 seconds to play to secure the victory. Ripon (2-3 conference, 5-4 overall), which also lost to Lake Forest 3-2 in double overtime a day earlier, will try to get back to its winning ways Thursday when it hosts Finlandia University in a non-conference match. That game will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Prairie Field in Ripon.

RC men’s soccer team falls to host Beloit College 2-0 On the same day that the Ripon College women’s soccer team lost to Beloit College 2-0, the Red Hawks men’s soccer team fell to the Buccaneers by the identical score last week Sunday in Beloit. Beloit (3-2 conference, 7-3 overall) scored one goal in each half, with its first-half score coming in the 36th minute on an unassisted goal by Ryan Munger. It added an insurance goal in the 56th minute when Anthony Racine found the net on an assist from Isaiah Turner-Wyatt to cap the scoring. Ripon (1-3-1 conference, 3-6-1 overall) will continue its conference schedule Saturday when it travels to Illinois College to take on the Blueboys. That game will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Jacksonville, Ill.

On Deck A look ahead at this week’s Ripon sporting events N Home game ‰ Away game

RHS Tigers Thursday Oct. 4

Friday Oct. 5

Red Hawks

‰ Cross countr y at Lomira N Women’s soccer at Finlandia (3:30 p.m.) Invitational (4 p.m.) ‰ Boys’ soccer at Freedom (5 p.m.) ‰ Volleyball vs. Freedom (7 p.m.) ‰ Football at Winneconne (7 p.m.) ‰ Volleyball at Carroll (7 p.m.) ‰ Women’s tennis at Lawrence (3 p.m.) ‰ Women’s golf at Midwest Conference Championships

Saturday Oct. 6

‰ Cycling at MWCCC Regionals ‰ Women’s golf at Midwest Conference Championships N Cross Country at Ripon College Invitational (11 a.m.) ‰ Women’s soccer at Illinois College (11 a.m.) ‰ Men’s soccer at Illinois College (1:30 p.m.)

Sunday Oct. 7

‰ Cycling at MWCCC Regionals ‰ Women’s golf at Midwest Conference Championships

Monday Oct. 8 Tuesday Oct. 9 Wednesday Oct. 10

‰ Boys’ soccer at Regionals (TBD) ‰ Volleyball vs. Freedom (7 p.m.)

‰ Volleyball at Lawrence (7 p.m.) ‰ Men’s soccer at Lawrence (3:30 p.m.) ‰ Women’s soccer at Lawrence (3:30 p.m.)

ABOVE, RIPON YOUTH Football quarterback Garrett Jennings takes warm-up snaps from center Aaron Socha prior to a game last month at the Oshkosh YMCA. Right, Casey Brown (81) puts a move on a player from the opposing team. submitted photos

Tigers rest regulars in loss to WLA of possession ... We continued to pressure the ball and would miss several more goals as time progressed, one of which was a penalty kick.” Ripon out-shot Clintonville 27-10.

by Jonathan Bailey

There was a youth movement for the Ripon High School boys’ soccer team Tuesday night. With the idea of saving their varsity regulars for the conferencefinale against Freedom Thursday and the playoffs, which began Tuesday, the Tigers played many of their younger players against Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA). The contest was played at the Fond du Lac Soccer Complex. While they lost the non-conference match 10-2, Ripon head coach Don Bogdanske was pleased with the effort. Seven of the goals Ripon allowed came in the final 20 minutes or so after fatigue kicked in. “This may have been a loss but we are really proud of the way the guys played,” Bogdanske said. “They got plenty of varsity minutes, played a state caliber team, and as the official pointed out, they never gave up. Each of the players did an outstanding job at their position and it was not about the score; it was about the method of play and the experience gained.” After WLA scored a goal in the opening minute, Ripon settled down and did a nice job of pressuring the ball, according to Bogdanske. The Vikings scored two more


ELIAS NELSEN RACES past the Clintonville defenders on a breakaway opportunity Monday. He scored both of the team’s goals to help it defeat the Truckers 2-1. Jonathan Bailey photo times in the half, but Brady Erickson kept it close for the Tigers with a tally late in the half. In addition to playing with many of its younger players, Ripon made changes to its game plan, going to a new formation. The Tigers were out-shot in the contest 26-9. RIPON DEFEATS CLINTONVILLE IN CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN

The Tigers improved their conference record to 3-4 Monday night as they defeated Clintonville

2-1 at Ingalls Field in Ripon. Elias Nelsen scored both of Ripon’s goals in the first half to give it a 2-0 advantage and the defense made it stand. It allowed its only goal in the second half on a misplayed ball that rolled past the goalkeeper. “Our defense played extremely well and our offense is improving all the time,” Bogdanske said. “We had excellent passing from our midfield players to the forwards and we were very patient with the ball giving us the advantage


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matches with the exception of No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. They played just one. Although all matches played by Ripon were won in two-straight sets, Rasmussen pointed out a tough match played by the No. 2 team of Borgardt and Henderson. It defeated a team from Wisconsin Dells 6-4, 7-5, in what the Tiger coach called probably the longest match of the day for Ripon. Borgardt and Henderson then defeated their counterparts from Watertown Lutheran Prep 6-2, 6-3. The Tigers competed in the Whitewater Sectional today [Wednesday] with a chance to advance to the state tournament on the line. Results were not available at press time.

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Ripon lost both of its matches at the Waupun Tournament last week Saturday, falling to the host Warriors 1-0 and Kaukauna 2-0. Bogdanske said the Tigers played well in the Waupun match and had good possession, but were unable to capitalize on their shots. Waupun scored the match’s only goal on a misplayed ball at the corner of the net. Ripon goalkeeper Travis Nummerdor was unable to get a grip on the ball and it rolled past him. The Tigers doubled up the Warriors in the shot column 12-6. Against a Kaukauna team filled predominately with seniors, Ripon sat most of its starters to rest them for the Clintonville match. Much like the Waupun match, Bogdanske felt his team played well and had some fine attacks offensively. Ripon will travel Thursday to Freedom to take on the Irish, before opening up regional play Tuesday. Its opponent and the location of the game were unknown at press time.


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Ripon harriers record mediocre showing at Papermaker Invite by Jonathan Bailey

“If there was a theme for the meet for us, it was the lost shoe.” Ripon High School cross country coach Chris Gatzke made that assessment after he saw a number of his runners lose their footwear at the fifth-annual Papermaker Invitational last week Saturday in Kimberly. “I haven’t seen so many people lose a shoe during a meet as we did [last week] Saturday,” he said. “One of our boys was stepped on from behind and lost both of his shoes and this is a chip-timing race, so he lost his chip ... He had to go back then and find them on the course. “We had one [runner] in the girls’ race that had to stop and try to put her shoe on because it was the one that had the chip on it. She was worried she wasn’t going to score and that was going to screw everything up, so she went back to get the chip.” Running on trails that weren’t very wide and against a large and competitive field, the Tiger girls finished 11th out of 16 schools, while the boys were 13th of 16 teams. The tight quarters and the jockeying for position resulted in many of the lost-shoe problems. “It’s on a trail so it’s not like running on a golf course where it’s wide open” Gatzke said. “They were really running in an area for a lot of it [that wasn’t real big], so when you’re trying to move for position you get stepped on pretty easy.” Also challenging the Tigers at

the meet were a number of Division 1 and top Division 2 teams, a couple tough hills and distractions that surrounded the team as a result of it being Homecoming week. “It is a tough race,” Gatzke said. “Expectations were lowered knowing the circumstances for the meet — Homecoming, people worried about going to the dance that night, the other outside distractions and still excited about a heck of a football game the night before where nobody wanted to leave [early] because it came down to the last minute.” Considering the situation, Gatzke was pleased with the team’s performance, but did note it needs to be better in the races to follow. One race which stood out to Gatzke was the one ran by Amy Hutchings. The senior, who began the season in a walking boot, recorded the second-fastest time on the girls’ team (17 minutes, 14 seconds). The time was good enough for 44th place out of 122 varsity runners. “Amy Hutchings continues to improve,” Gatzke said. “So it’s nice to see her continue to get better.” The only Ripon runner on the girls’ side to record a faster time than Hutchings was two-time state qualifier Katelin Cunningham. Cunningham finished in 13th place with a time of 16:09. On the boys’ side, Evan Long paced the way. The sophomore finished in 40th place out of 111 runners with a time of 18:23. While the times and finishes were not as high as Gatzke knows

they could’ve been, he is confident that the invitational was beneficial. “It’s always a worthwhile meet to go to because it puts us back onto a reality check and then we can be a little bit more motivated to do well on Thursday,” he said. The Tigers will compete in the Lomira Invitational Thursday, before turning their focus to the conference meet, which takes place a week from Saturday at Tuscumbia Country Club in Green Lake. The meet Thursday will go a long way in setting the lineup for conference — a factor Gatzke believes will push individuals even harder to run their best time. “It’s a good motivator because this is the one where we determine who runs varsity at conference,” Gatzke said. The invitational is slated to get underway at 4 p.m. Papermaker Invitational Girls’ Varsity: 11th out of 16 teams (122 runners) 13. Katelin Cunningham (16 minutes, 9 seconds); 44. Amy Hutchings (17:14); 54. Theresa Kasper (17:34); 60. Kaitlynn Azinger (17:43); 90. Ariana Hones (18:24); 105. Taylor Beck (18:52); 108. Emma Thirsten (19:01); 114. Stephanie Bradshaw (19:27). Girls’ Junior Varsity: 10 of 12 teams (245 runners) 67. Shannon McNeill (19:24); 89. Mackenzie Briskie (19:48); 100. Aubrey Schoff (20:04); 106. Amy Lauber (20:14); 110. Alicia Abraham (20:19); 118. Kylie Beck (20:28); 144. Billie Larson (20:57); 173. Michelle Powers (21:39); 179. Katya Dudzinski (22:01); 198. Ashley Johnson (22:48); 204. Melanie Snyder (23:03); 218. Amy Hein

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CALL/Tigers’ defense held its own with the exception of a few big plays this is not just about you guys, it’s Eastern Valley about every person who’s worn a Ripon Tiger football jersey,” Conference Football Schrader said. “Yeah, you play Standings* for yourself, but you play for your (Oct. 3) W L community and all the people who 5 0 1) Waupaca have come before you. 5 1 2) Little Chute “It really rung home with the 5 1 3) Freedom kids and then a lot of things we 4 2 4) Winneconne talked about it preparation, really 2 3 5) FVL seemed to ring home. They had a 1 4 6) Xavier confidence in themselves that you 1 4 7) Ripon 1 4 8) Berlin could just tell when you looked at 0 5 9) Clintonville them and when they took that field * Standing reflect only conference games we knew they were ready.” The Tigers wasted no time proving they were ready as they “That’s just an attribute to what hustled down the field and recovered the opening kickoff, which kind of person Noah really is,” bounced their way. Landon Fenner he said. “He’s very unselfish and came away with the ball for Ripon. wants to do what’s best for the Six plays later, on fourth and team. That’s what it takes in this goal from the 3-yard line, Vander game. You have a lot of heroes Galien rushed it in for a touch- in places, but when you have less heroes and you have team players, down. Hayden Fenner recorded the you’ll do a lot better.” While Ripon got off to a fast big play of the drive — a 16-yard start, due in part to Potratz and rush. Following a pair of defensive Vander Galien, Freedom answered stops, the Tigers added to their with 14 points in the second quarter 6-0 lead with a 51-yard touch- to tie the game entering halftime. The Irish scored on a 3-yard down pass from Vander Galien to Potratz. Hayden Fenner added pass and a 55-yard run, the latter a two-point conversion to make of which the Tigers were caught out of position as a result of the it 14-0. “It felt good,” Moldenhauer play call. “We had a blitz called, which said of the fast start. “The kids took our outside backers and put were ready. They were prepared and they took it to them right them inside and, lo and behold, what they do is come outside,” away. Schrader said. “ We c a n “Our pursuit coach them, think they realize just wasn’t there. We we can call the plays but it takes what they can accom- just got caught inside and those those 11 playplish as a team and that’s an things are going ers out there to happen from to all go in the important lesson.” time to time. right direction Al Schrader “The thing and make things RHS football co-head coach is, they forgot happen and they about it and did that. We had went back to some good help with what the defense was doing and we knew playing that defense and we gave that they were attacking really the ball back to our offense.” Ripon’s defense held firm for hard so we’ve worked really hard on the passing game this year and the rest of the game, with the it showed Friday night. James was exception of a 29-yard, wobbly dead on. He should have been touchdown pass toward the end of better than 6 for 12 [passing], I the third quarter. “Our guys up front just did a thought.” Four of Vander Galien’s six phenomenal job,” Schrader said. completions and both of his touch- “They were out-sized, but they did downs went to Potratz, who was a real good job. They had a [task] the starting quarterback for the to basically keep our linebackers free and they did that all night. That first two weeks of the season. Potratz’s work ethic and un- really contributed to us being able willingness to hang his head even to stop them with those linebackers after he lost the job he worked so coming up. Our corners did a pretty hard to win is a reflection of his good job of coming up and stopcharacter, according to Molden- ping the run. Our safeties — both James and Landon — had quite a hauer.


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JAMES VANDER GALIEN unloads a pass during Ripon’s game against Freedom last week Friday. Vander Galien was a seasonhigh 6 of 12 passing for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Freedom out-gained Ripon in total offensive yardage 329-256 due in large part to 248 yards from running back Nathaniel Peters. The Tigers were led offensively by Vander Galien, who threw for 113 yards and rushed for 14 more. Potratz finished with a teamhigh 101 yards receiving, while Hayden Fenner rushed for 80 yards. Ripon will try to move on from the heartbreaking loss Friday, when it travels to Winneconne to take on the Wolves. “It was hard for them on Friday, I could tell,” Moldenhauer said. “Other losses that we had when we spoke with the kids they were [responding] and understanding. Friday, they didn’t say a word. They were [upset] … My thinking is they are going to bring themselves back to where they need to be immediately because they’re hungry.” “I think they realize just what they can accomplish as a team and that’s an important lesson,” Schrader added. “They know what they can accomplish and they know what it took to get there. That was a good lesson to learn, and just by looking at them and talking to them over the weekend, they’re looking forward to Friday night.” Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

few tackles so they came up strong. “Our coverages were good and we really took a step forward. That attitude of coming up and as coach Moldenhauer said, ‘Just punching them right in the mouth,’ they kept that up all night and it was really fun to be a part of that.” Schrader added the touchdown pass in the third quarter was just a “great call” by Freedom and that if it wasn’t so deep in the Tigers’ territory, Ripon would’ve had a safety over the top covering the tight end. Offensively, the Tigers struggled a bit after scoring the two early touchdowns. According to Moldenhauer, part of the problem came as a result of the Irish moving one guy over, making it harder to get to the linebackers. “They wanted it more than what we did at that point,” Moldenhauer said. “Not saying we let down, but they realized their backs were against the wall and they had to pick it up. I think you see that with our team, too. If our backs are against the wall, we snap to it and, I think, that’s what Freedom did.” Moldenhauer added Ripon’s final touchdown drive was a result of that very thing — its back being against the wall and time winding down.

NOAH POTRATZ, RIGHT, lets a fist pump fly following his second receiving touchdown of the game. The touchdown cut the deficit to 22-20, leading to the controversial two-point play. Alongside Jonathan Bailey photo Potratz is offensive lineman Taylor Rank.

RHS Tiger football Next Opponent: Winneconne Where: Winneconne When: Friday, 7 p.m. Facts: Ripon is coming off a heartbreaking 22-20 Homecoming loss to Freedom last week Friday, while Winneconne enters the game following a 21-14 road victory over Fox Valley Lutheran. Last year, the Wolves squeaked out a 13-6 victory in Ripon. Winneconne enters this year’s meeting with a conference record of 4-2, while Ripon is 1-4. Keys: The Tigers will need to put last week’s loss behind them and focus on the task at hand. Offensively, co-head coach Marty Moldenhauer said the team has to do what it did last week and just keep coming at the Wolves. He added it has to take what Winneconne gives it and not reinvent the wheel. Defensively, the Tigers need to take care of quarterback Dylan Hecker, who is the key to the Wolves’ offense. Hecker is second in the conference rushing and can make teams pay with his arm as well.

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BREAKING/Hawks record ninth-highest rushing total in school history a team on our schedule that we can’t beat.” While the game started off slow with a scoreless first quarter, Ripon (1-3 conference, 1-4 overall) was in control for the majority of the contest. The only time it struggled was a three-minute stretch late in the second quarter, when Knox (0-4 conference, 0-5 overall) scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 17-14 lead. The second touchdown came after a fumble on the kickoff. With just more than a minute left before halftime, the Red Hawks could’ve just hung their heads and went into intermission behind, but they didn’t. Instead, they answered with an impressive 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive, capped by a Connor Greenwald 3-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds left. “That was absolutely huge,” Ernst said. “... Our offense moved with great precision and efficiency down the field and our kids made some big plays. To score with just a couple seconds left was absolutely huge. It was just a huge momentum-shifter, I thought, going into halftime. It was very big.” Ripon took the momentum into the second half and ran with it, scoring the game’s final 21 points. The defense picked off a pass in its own territory on Knox’s first possession of the second half to help the Red Hawks keep the

RIPON COLLEGE QUARTERBACK Tom Sawyer runs for a big gain during the second half of Jonathan Bailey photo the Red Hawks’ 42-17 victory over Knox College last week Saturday. momentum and the lead. Ripon, which held Knox to just 277 yards of total offense, also intercepted another pass midway through the fourth quarter. “I was very proud of our defense [last week Saturday],” Ernst said. “I thought they played extremely well. I thought we tried to take away what they did best and, I thought, for the most part, we were able to do that. “[Knox] has some good ath-

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Ernst added it was nice to see a total team effort, with the backs running hard, the offensive line doing a great job blocking and the wide receivers executing their blocks and catching the ball. One player who really stood out to him was Tom Sawyer. The junior quarterback rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries and was 6-of-10 passing for 84 yards and no interceptions. “I thought Tom had his best game as a college football player,” Ernst said. “He made some very good decisions and he ran the offense with tremendous precision and in this kind of offense that’s what you need. You need a quarterback that can make decisions on the run and make plays with his feet, his arm and his brain and that’s exactly what Tom did today.” Sawyer was one of three Red Hawks with 100 or more yards rushing. The other two to accom-

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RED HAWK HEAD coach Ron Ernst congratulates Tom Sawyer Jonathan Bailey photo after a scoring drive last week Saturday. plish the feat were Greenwald (107 yards) and Max Hermann (100). It was just the second time in the last nine years in which Ripon had three players rush for 100 or more yards — the other coming in 2011. Ripon will try to build off its first win of the season a week from Saturday when it hosts Grinnell. First, however, is a much-need-

ed week off to rest some players. “We have a bye week and it couldn’t come at a better time,” Ernst said. “We are going to get some kids healthy. We need to have this time off and our kids are really thankful because we are a very beat-up team right now and having this time off will be very good for us.” The Red Hawks’ game against the Pioneers is slated to kick off at 1 p.m. at Ingalls Field in Ripon.



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QUEEN/Tigers led in Homecoming victory by balanced offensive attack scramble mode, not allowing the Irish many opportunities to set the ball up for attacks. After winning the first two games pretty handily, Ripon started to struggle at times in stretches. It fell behind in the third game 8-3, before calling a time out and scoring the next eight points. It, however, then was out-scored 17-7 by an increasingly confident Freedom squad to force a fourth game. “When the game got a little tighter and Freedom pulled that one off, we got caught up where it was like a flip,” Landerman said. “They got some momentum and had momentum in their favor. “We just needed to pick up the pieces and get back to playing the way we can, because I really believe that offensively we had way more to offer than they did. I think we were more solid all the way around. It was just a matter of cleaning up the little mistakes where we couldn’t utilize our offense. That’s when they scored a lot of their points on us.” The Tigers did just that, rebounding in a tightly-contested fourth game to win the match. The score was within three points for most of the game, including tied at 17. Leading 24-22, Ripon was the beneficiary of a match-ending service error by Freedom. The Tigers also won the second game on a missed serve by the Irish. One of the areas Landerman was most pleased with in the match was the balance shown offensively. In the team’s first conference win, two individuals got hot and took over offensively. Last week Thursday, the production came from up and down the lineup. Four players recorded five or more kills, led by Aubreigh Zimmerman with nine. Kelly Burkart

ASHLIEGH GEHRKE (3) hits the ball over the net during the third game of Ripon’s four-game victory over Freedom last week Thursday. She finished with seven kills. Jonathan Bailey photo added eight, while Ashliegh Gehrke and Kelsey Splittgaber chipped in with seven and five, respectively. “We have a very balanced offensive attack and when we are in a position to take advantage of that — meaning good passing, good communication — then we have a solid team,” Landerman said. “We have a lot of depth offensively, but sometimes we just get caught up in those little moments of lapses defensively, getting caught out of position.” The Tiger coach was pleased with the team’s consistency last week Thursday as a whole, but

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