WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — The Onalaska High School girls golf team used a consistent team performance to win the WIAA Division 1 sectional hosted by Wisconsin Rapids at The Ridges Golf Course on Monday and earn a state tournament berth.
It’s the third consecutive state trip for the Hilltoppers and 12th berth for the program. This marks the second time Onalaska qualified for the state tournament in three straight years, having done so previously in 1987-89. The Hilltoppers will try to improve on last season’s third-place finish at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison; the state tournament begins Monday, Oct. 9.
The Hilltoppers’ score of 359 was good enough to edge out Eau Claire Memorial (365) for the team title. The Old Abes also qualified for state after beating Stevens Point by a stroke for the final spot.
Erin Ericson finished with a 9-over-par 83 to lead Onalaska and finish third overall. Lexi Meade (76) of Eau Claire Memorial earned medalist honors, while Westby/Viroqua’s Brooke Knutson (81) took second. Ericson led the way, but the Hilltoppers had strong showings from senior Katie Chafoulias (90), junior Alyssa Achenreiner (93), and freshman Amber Nguyen (93).
Knutson, along with Tomah’s Molly Larsen (83) and Sparta’s Ginny Yahnke (84) qualified for the state tournament individually.
La Crosse Chileda Classic
WEST SALEM — The Aquinas boys and girls swept team championships at an Onalaska Luther invitational that had nine boys teams and 11 girls teams.
The Blugolds had three boys place in the top 10, and Ethan Gregg’s fourth-place finish and time of 17 minutes, 28.1 seconds led the way. Jeremiah Degroot (seventh, 17:56.9), Rory Campbell (eighth, 17:57.5), Zachary Degroot (13th, 18:47) and Aaron Puent (16th, 19:02.5) also contributed to the Aquinas score of 48.
Onalaska Luther junior David Vannucchi won the boys race with a time of 16:52.3, while Arcadia’s Ramon Romero crossed the finish line second in 17:07.6).
The Aquinas girls had a team score of 63 and were led by senior Ryanne Schneider’s second-place finish (21:17) and freshman Karlie Meyer’s fifth-place finish (21:44.2).
The Blugolds also received scoring runs from Nora Reuteman (16th, 23:05.9), Katie Hilby (18th, 23:16.8) and Shelby Thicke (22nd, 23:44.2).
Melrose-Mindoro senior Sydney Becker was the girls champion with a time of 21:09.5.
Onalaska and Central both scored 22 points to take to Thursday’s Division 1 Waunakee Sectional after enduring a long rain delay while playing on courts at Central and Logan.
The Hilltoppers advanced three singles players and three doubles teams, while the Red Raiders did the same. Logan advanced two singles players and one doubles team.
Onalaska’s Faith Leithold, Logan’s Enya Szymanski and Tomah’s Lindsey Conway won to advance at No. 1 singles, and Onalaska’s Alli Laux and Central’s Elizabeth Burelbach qualified with victories at No. 2 singles.
Leithold, Szymanski and Conway all won their only match in straight sets. Laux and Burelbach each won twice in straight sets.
Onalaska’s Lauren Garves and Chloe Leithold, Logan’s Kaitlyn Hanson and Nina Kudimova and Central’s Madi Lund and Cydney Livingston all won at No. 1 doubles and will play in the sectional. Central’s Charlotte Linebarger and Brigette Fleming and Onalaska’s Rayna Schiefelbein and Reagan Kalosis are sectional-bound at No. 2 doubles.
Coulee Christian 4, Black River Falls 2
BLACK RIVER FALLS — Jesse Miller recorded a hat trick against Black River Falls (5-6-2) with one first-half and two second-half goals.
Braeden Keeney totalled eight saves for Coulee Christian (10-6-4).
VOLLEYBALL (7 p.m. unless noted): MVC—Logan at Central; Sparta at Onalaska; Tomah at Holmen. Coulee—Arcadia at West Salem, 7:30 p.m.; Onalaska Luther at G-E-T, 7:30 p.m.; Black River Falls at Viroqua, 7:30 p.m. Scenic Bluffs—Brookwood quadrangular (Cashton, Royall, Wonewoc-Center), 5 p.m.; Hillsboro quadrangular (Bangor, Necedah, New Lisbon), 5 p.m. Ridge and Valley—Wauzeka at De Soto. Dairyland—Melrose-Mindoro at Independence, 7:30 p.m.; Blair-Taylor at C-FC, 7:30 p.m. Three Rivers—P-E-M at La Crescent, 7:15 p.m.; Caledonia at Winona Cotter, 7:15 p.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: Nonconference—Tomah Invitational at Hiawatha GC, 4 p.m.; Black River Falls Invitational at Skyline GC, 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS GOLF: WIAA sectionals—Division 2 at Yahara GC in Madison (includes Arcadia regional), 9 a.m.
BOYS SOCCER: MVC—Tomah at Holmen, 4 p.m.; Logan vs. Central at FFK, 7 p.m.; Sparta at Onalaska, 7 p.m.; Aquinas at West Salem, 7 p.m. SWC—River Valley at Prairie du Chien, 4:30 p.m. Three Rivers—St. Charles/L-A at Caledonia, 7 p.m.; La Crescent at P-E-M, 7 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER: Three Rivers—P-E-M at La Crescent, 7 p.m.; Caledonia vs. St. Charles/L-A at St. Charles, 7 p.m.
MLB PLAYOFFS: AL Wild Card, Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, ESPN, 7 p.m.
NBA PRESEASON: Houston vs. Oklahoma City, NBA, 7 p.m.; Phoenix at Portland, NBA, 9:30 p.m. (joined in progress); Toronto vs. L.A. Clippers, NBA, midnight.
Seniors Natalie Geidel, Amelia Grahn and Baylee Gross were all honored Monday by the NSAA as it released its volleyball athletes of the week.
Geidel was named the attacker of the week after hitting .390 and averaging more than 4 kills per set as the second-ranked V-Hawks won three matches without a loss. She had 20 kills in a win over Mayville State and recorded the 500th block of her career.
Grahn averaged 12.6 assists per set and had 16 digs to go with nine kills, five blocks and two service aces in becoming the setter of the week. Gross is the defender of the week after getting 53 digs and serving at a percentage of 96.4.
The weather was warm on Friday and so was Mike Fortin’s 9 wood. Fortin, a Holmen resident, recorded a hole-in-one at Drugan’s Castle Mound when he hit a perfect shot on the 138-yard, No. 14 hole.
Drew Schroeder shot a 3-under-par 69 at the La Crosse Country Club to help the Viterbo University men’s golf team into second place after one day of the eight-teams Ronnie Eastman Invitational on Monday.
Schroeder’s score is one shot better than Winona State’s Michael Schmitz and three better than Kirkwood’s Will Babcock and Winona State’s Mathew Higley.
Joel Preeshl (79) is second among Viterbo golfers with a 79. He is tied for 24th place in a meet that concludes today.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: The V-Hawks lost a 3-0 game to Northern Iowa on Monday. Abby Breitbach stopped eight shots for Viterbo (3-5-3).
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.
The No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games. The team announced the move Monday.
It’s hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Glennon has struggled. He has five interceptions and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday’s 35-14 loss at Green Bay.
Bears coach Jon Fox informed Trubisky and Glennon of the decision on Sunday night. Glennon becomes the No. 2 quarterback, with veteran Mark Sanchez remaining in the No. 3 spot.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of a federal bribery investigation, a scandal that has shaken the university and brought down one of the most prominent coaches in college basketball.
The school’s Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees Louisville’s sports programs, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday.
Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after law enforcement officials announced the probe and the school acknowledged its inclusion in the investigation . Though Pitino is not named in court complaints, Postel says the allegations violated his contract and provided just cause to be placed on unpaid leave.
Postel’s next move after the vote is notifying the Hall of Fame coach of Louisville’s plan to fire him after 16 seasons.
John Coppolella was forced to resign as the Atlanta Braves general manager on Monday after an ongoing Major League Baseball investigation revealed alleged international free-agent market infractions more extensive and serious than team officials had initially thought.
It was a stunning development one day after the Braves finished their third consecutive 90-loss season. On an afternoon that many believed might bring an announcement regarding the fate of manager Brian Snitker, instead there was a seismic shift above him with the ousting of the 38-year-old GM who had made a frenzy of trades and other moves to re-stock the farm system during a rebuilding project that is three years in and counting.
Coppolella was forced by the team to resign after MLB revealed to the Braves during the weekend the scope of its investigation involving infractions involving Coppolella and Braves special assistant to the GM and international scouting supervisor Gordon Blakeley, who also resigned Monday. Hart didn’t rule out other Braves international scouting officials being part of future disciplinary measures.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
LOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball is pulling his 16-year-old son LaMelo out of his Southern California high school to be home-schooled and so he can be made into “the best basketball player ever.”
LaVar told The Los Angeles Times that LaMelo, a junior, will leave Chino Hills High School on Tuesday so he will have fewer distractions and better focus.
LaMelo is considered one of the nation’s top high school recruits and has committed to play at UCLA, where his brother Lonzo played last season. Lonzo is now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers and their brother, LiAngelo, will be a freshman at UCLA.
LaMelo, who scored 92 points in a game for Chino Hills, will focus on playing for his father’s travel team, Big Baller Brand.
LaVar has grabbed attention over the past year with exaggerated claims and headline-grabbing antics.