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TOMAH — When the top two teams in the MVC baseball race, Holmen and Tomah, got together Tuesday afternoon, there was a little bit of everything.

Including a split, as Tomah won the first game 3-2 in nine innings, thanks to a 17-strikeout performance from standout Connor Prielipp. Holmen, however, bounced back to win the second game 5-2 and retain its spot atop the standings.

Holmen leads the MVC with a 9-1 mark, and is 11-5 overall. Tomah fell to 6-2 in league play, 9-3 overall.

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In the opener, the left-handed Prielipp allowed two runs — both unearned — through eight innings. He allowed lone runs in the first and third innings off two hits, but didn’t figure into the decision as Travis Von Haden pitched the ninth. Prielipp, who allowed singles to Kevin Koelbl and Mitch Torud, threw 103 pitches, 76 of which were strikes.

Tomah, which scored two runs in the first inning, pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth on consecutive walks, a two-out hit-by-pitch to load the bases, then a RBI single up the middle by Kyle Kroener.

Holmen took a 3-2 lead after three innings of the second game, then added lone runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Drew Becker went 2-for-4 for Holmen, while Brandon Mumaw-Flury went 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Nevin Wall earned the win, striking out five and walking six over five innings.

Three Rivers

La Crescent 0-3, Lewiston-Altura 3-0

LEWISTON, Minn. — Lewiston-Altura won the first five-inning game, but the Lancers (10-7, 10-4) bounced back to win the second, thanks to a no-hitter from junior right-hander Bryce Weymiller.

Weymiller, who combined on a no-hitter earlier this season, struck out 11 and walked five. Cade McCool came up with a clutch hit in the second game, ripping a two-run single in the first inning.

In the opener, La Crescent’s Luke Schwartzhoff struck out eight and walked four in a losing cause. McCool had a double to highlight La Crescent’s four-hit attack.


Onalaska 5, Mauston 3

MAUSTON, Wis. — The Hilltoppers (9-8) received two hits apiece from Ray Heilman, Connor Haggerty and Will Brewer in a game won by pitcher Ryan Miller. Haggerty drove in two runs, and Miller allowed two earned runs and struck out three over six innings.



Holmen 11-21, Tomah 1-6

HOLMEN — The Vikings (13-3, 10-1) clinched a share of the MVC championship by winning the first game in five innings and the second in six and can win it outright by beating Aquinas on Thursday.

Amber Wuensch went 7-for-8 with a double and six RBI in the two games, while Brooklyn Paulson went 4-for-7 with five RBI. Outfielder Morgan Pellowski was a combined 6-for-8 and drove in two runs in the second game, and Lizzy Portah drove in four runs.

Kendra Leis had four hits in the second game, and McKenzie Winker homered in the first game and drove in five runs in the doubleheader. Junior Sammie Chapman also hit a home run — a two-run shot — and drove in three runs in the first game.

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Onalaska 10-8, Sparta 0-0

ONALASKA — Sophomore Sarah Kraus pitched both games, getting a no-hitter in the first and a four-hitter in the second. She struck out 18 and walked one in 12 innings.

The Hilltoppers (15-4, 9-2) had 11 hits, and received home runs from Kraus and Jaclyn Thomas in the first game. Kraus drove in four runs and homered in the fifth, while Thomas hit her home run in the second.

Thomas, Cailie Kowal, Lydia Schultz and Kayla Cochlin all had two hits for Onalaska.

Kraus also homered in the second game. Mariah Wick was 3-for-4, and Kowal and Carly Skemp had two hits apiece.

Central 7, Logan 3

The Red Raiders scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to beat the Rangers at Shelby.

Beth Meyers was 2-for-2 with a double, and Grace Amundson and Madison Trussoni drove in two runs apiece for Central (6-12, 3-7). Jada Colburn allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out two.

Jenna Davis was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Taylor Hernandez drove in a run for Logan.


G-E-T 4, Viroqua 3

VIROQUA — Cierra Gunderson’s single plated Alexa Hammond with the tying run in the top of the sixth inning, then Cassy Schmitz ripped a RBI double to give the Red Hawks a come-from-behind victory. Amy Gappa earned the win, striking out five and walking one.

Viroqua’s Natalie Waldenberger belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to knot the game at 2. Chandler Volden, who went 2-for-4, gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead with a RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. Erica Tryggestad added two hits for Viroqua. Waldenberger, despite a 10-strikeout, two-walk performance, took the loss.

Westby 8, Arcadia 7

WESTBY — Westby’s Molly Stenslien ripped a hit off the left-center field fence to plate courtesy runner Erinn Sebion with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Jada Berra went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs for Westby (8-7, 6-6), while McKenna Manske added two hits and drove in two runs. Claire Griffin and Lauren Jacobs added two hits apiece to power the Norsemen’s 11-hit attack.

Abby Suchla, Nicci Sendelbach and Linzy Sendelbach each had two hits for Viroqua (7-8, 4-6).

Scenic Bluffs

Bangor 18, New Lisbon 5 (5)

NEW LISBON, Wis. — Emma Wittmershaus was 4-for-5 with four singles and five RBI to lead the Cardinals (8-5, 8-3). Freshman Jadyn Larson was 3-for-3 with a double, Jaclynn Freitt drove in three runs, and Alea Fortier and Trisha Jones drove in two apiece for Bangor.

Brookwood 11, Cashton 9 (5)

ONTARIO — Brookwood erupted for seven runs in the second inning, then cruised past Cashton to give Amy Berg the win. Angel Brueggen went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI for the Falcons (7-6, 6-5), while teammate Alyssa Ottum also added two hits.


Blair-Taylor 11, Melrose-Mindoro 1 (5)

BLAIR — The Wildcats scored four runs with two outs and no one on in the fourth and cruised past the Mustangs.

Samantha Fuselier hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth. Cierra Curran added an RBI double in the fourth, and Danyelle Waldera hit an RBI triple in the fourth for Blair-Taylor (11-1, 5-1), which received two hits apiece from McKenna Nehring and Lauren Steien.

Steien struck out six, walked one and allowed three hits and one unearned run.

Three Rivers

Winona Cotter 6-12, Caledonia/Spring Grove 0-3

CALEDONIA — Isabel Northrop struck out eight and walked one to lead Winona Cotter to a victory in the opener. Caledonia/Spring Grove’s Emma Buttell tripled off Northrop, one of three C/SG hits.

Buttell went 2-for-3 with a double in the second game, while Cassie Heimer tripled.


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Scenic Bluffs Meet

ELROY, Wis. — Bangor’s boys and Cashton’s girls won team championships.

Bangor’s Ashlie Lockington won the 100 (12.82), 200 (26.15), 400 (1:00.25) and triple jump (37-2½) to lead girls performers, and Bangor’s Garrett Krueger set meet records in the shot put (53-8) and discus (156-7) to lead the boys.

Bangor’s Adam Tallman also set a meet record in the triple jump (43-7½).



Prairie du Chien 1, Richland Center 0

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — Brytta Sagedahl scored 65 minutes in to give the Blackhawks a victory.



Sparta 6, Viroqua 1

SPARTA — Senior Nathan Thompson (10-3) beat Tanner Wileman 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, and sophomore James Pinter moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 singles and improved to 8-3 by beating James Hopkins 6-3, 6-0 for the Spartans (6-7).


Three Rivers

La Crescent 167, Caledonia 201

HOUSTON — Owen Davison carded a 5-over par 40 to earn medalist honors for the Lancers at Valley High Golf Course. The Lancers also received 42s from Grant Nutter and Ryan Lemke.

Riley Augedahl led Caledonia with a 47.


Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.