Fall sports are coming to an end, which means it’s time to find out who will be at the top of the conference.
The BRF Tigers headed out for the Coulee Conference meet Saturday with some confidence after strong showings in its last few meets.
It was hard for the Tigers to break through the pack as a group, but there were good individual showings.
Adam Wiesender managed to bust into the top 10 by taking 10th place overall.
Fellow Tiger John Kramer would sneak into the top 20 with his 19th place finish.
The top spots were dominated by G-E-T, Onalaska Luther and West Salem, leaving little room for anyone else.
Next highest for BRF would be Kobe Nichols who finished 36th overall.
As a team the boys cross country would finish at seventh overall.
The girls side would be smothered by Westby who took five of the top ten spots.
The top finishing Tiger was Zyana Deloney who came in 21st overall.
Sabreya Crawford and Naomi Falcon took the next best spots for BRF with 67th and 69th place respectively.
Overall the girls team didn’t have enough competitors to place as a team.
Strong performances buoy BRF at Ladysmith swim meet
The BRF Tigers swim team faced off against Ladysmith Oct. 17 with several strong individual performances, but couldn’t pull together a team win.
The individual freestyles and medleys were the Tigers best showings with Elizabeth Pardoe and Lauren Steien taking first and second place in their events.
BRF’s relay team would also take second overall in the 200-yard medley.
Pardoe would have another first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, while Marin Stowe took second in the 50-yard freestyle.
Steien would get her best finish at the 100-yard backstroke and teammate Isabella Margan took first at the 100-yard back stroke.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Tigers would take second overall.
B-T loses final game, looks to build off season
Blair-Taylor had one last chance to put a mark in the win column this season as it came against the Augusta Beavers last Friday.
The Wildcats would strike first, going to Colton Schleh who punched it in from 15 yards out.
Up 7-0, B-T would look to continue its lead with another long, sustained drive down the field.
Quarterback Nick Shepherd would keep it himself and bully his way into the end zone from two yards out.
“We made a big play in the passing game, and defensively we were getting stops early in the game with aggressive play from all of our kids,” head coach Jeremy Hansen said.
The defense had held up to this point, but just before halftime Augusta would find a weak spot and break off a 22-yard touchdown run.
B-T still held on to a 14-7 lead heading into halftime, but the second quarter would be all Augusta.
The Beavers scored twice in each quarter while holding the Wildcats out of the end zone.
For Blair-Taylor, the regular season would come to a close with a 35-14 loss.
“The kids battled and did everything they could,” Hansen said. “Augusta had some big guys up front that wore us down physically on both sides of the ball. Their line controlled the game on both sides and that was the deciding factor in the game.”
Offensively the Wildcats have some good things to build on with a strong running game, hitting over 200 yards for the seventh time this season.
This year’s team was young and has room to grow, but Hanson had some parting words for his seniors.
“To the seniors that we are losing, I want to tell you thank you for all you’ve done. Remember you are always welcome back, because once you’re a Wildcat, you’re always a Wildcat. I’m proud of these kids,” he said.
BRF football ends on high note
It’s always important to end a season on a high note, even if things didn’t go quite as planned.
BRF already improved on it’s record from last year with a win earlier this season, but ending on another win would certainly be a bonus as the Tigers faced off against the Arcadia Raiders last Friday in Arcadia.
It would be the Raiders hitting pay dirt first, taking it to the house for a 20-yard score. Arcadia would miss the extra point and go up 6-0.
BRF wouldn’t trail for long though, taking the ball down the field on a long drive.
Elliot Bird would keep it himself and take it in from nine yards out to knot the game up at 6-6.
The back-and-forth would continue as Arcadia fought back to retake the lead marching downfield, capping everything off with a one-yard touchdown run.
Trailing 12-6, the Tigers would hit another gear and start to overtake Arcadia.
Bird would notch another touchdown, this one off a 21-yard pass to running back Ryan Engebretson. Bird would then run in the two-point conversion to take the lead 14-12.
BRF would strike again before the half, scorching the Raiders defense with a 60-yard heave from Bird to Isaac Cowles. The pair would connect again on the two-point conversion extending the lead 22-12.
Coming out of halftime, the Tigers would look to keep its foot on the gas, starting out the second half with a quick strike.
Bird hit Corbin Sigler downfield for a 75-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-12.
The Raiders would find its footing again, finally able to get a drive going in the third quarter.
Arcadia steadily moved down the field eventually pushing it in from eight yards out.
The back-and-forth would continue in the third quarter as each team put on a second touchdown in the quarter.
BRF would finish off the game with the last score as Lance Muir darted through Arcadia defenders for a 42-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers would win 40-24 to cap off the regular season.