Prep sports: Individual champ Mariah Linse leads Jefferson girls to second in Rock Valley cross country
Jefferson senior Mariah Linse ran to victory in the Rock Valley Conference girls cross country meet on Thursday at UW-Whitewater, leading the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the nine-team meet.
Linse covered the 5,000-meter course at UW-Whitewater in 19 minutes, 25 seconds, and sophomore teammate Makenzie Hottinger took third (20:06). East Troy won the team championship, followed by Jefferson, McFarland and Evansville.
Junior Ella Ceelen took 14th (21:58) to lead McFarland, and junior McKenzie Fillner was fourth (20:54) for Evansville.
In the boys race, Henry Chapman won the race in 16:32 to help East Troy win the team title. McFarland was second, led by senior Andrew Pahnke (second, 16:41), Patrick Fasick (fourth, 17:14) and Eli Kemna (fifth, 17:16). Third-place Jefferson was led by Ian Sande (eight, 17:27). Evansville was fifth (17:22).
Southwest Wisconsin Conference
Dodgeville/Mineral Point junior Henry Keith won the boys individual title in 17:08, but Platteville placed its top five runners among the top eight overall to win the team crown. River Valley junior razzi Momon took fifth (17:53).
The Lancaster girls swept the top three spots, led by senior Lydia Murphy (19:40), to win the team title. Dodge-Point senior Lindsay Johnson took eighth (20:43).
Madison Country Day senior Colin Green ran to the individual championship in Thursday’s Trailways Conference meet at Markesan, covering the 5,000-meter course in 18:46.
Pardeeville finished fourth as a team, led by sophomore Peter Freye (13th, 19:36), with Country Day eighth and Johnson Creek 11th among 14 teams. Johnson Creek sophomore Dylan Gruss took 18th (19:53). Orfordville Parkview won the boys team title.
Dodgeland won the girls team title, led by individual champ Jamie Huber (20:39), with Country Day sixth among seven teams. Johnson Creek junior Hannah Constable took third in 21:09. Country Day was led by Ella Whinney, 11th in 22:53.
Johnson Creek 67, Beaver Dam Wayland 0
Anthony Purpi rushed for 92 yards on six carries and scored three touchdowns as the host Bluejays (7-1, 6-1 Trailways Small Conference) racked up 463 yards on the ground to defeat the Big Red (0-7, 0-7) and clinch a tie for the league title.
Howie Olszewski finished with 141 rushing yards and Justin Swanson returned a punt 50 yards for a score. Swanson also threw for a touchdown and rushed for one more.
Wayland’s Zhixing Sun had 105 receiving yards and 46 rushing yards.
Lake Mills 3, Lakeside Lutheran 1
Grace Schopf had 18 kills and 18 digs as the visiting L-Cats (8-2 Capitol North) handed the Warriors (9-1) their first conference loss. Lakeside Lutheran’s Grace Westrate finished with 21 assists.
Watertown Luther Prep 3, Lodi 0
Grace Kieselhorst had eight kills and eight assists to lead the visiting Phoenix (7-3 Capitol North) to a 25-17, 25-13, 25-22 victory over the Blue Devils (2-7). Lodi’s Amanda Miller finished with 15 kills and 13 digs.
Watertown 3, Waunakee 1
Sheridan Dettman notched 32 digs and Bri Karducki added 21 kills for the visiting Goslings (6-0) in their 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 victory over the Warriors (5-1) in the Badger Challenge matchup between South and North division champions.
Madison Edgewood 3, Reedsburg 2
The Beavers took an early two-set lead, but the visiting Crusaders battled back to an 18-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-19, 15-13 victory, thanks to 62 assists and two aces from Caroline Craig.
Mount Horeb 3, Oregon 0
Jadyn Holman had 13 kills for the Vikings (21-11) in their 25-16, 25-23, 26-24 victory over the visiting Panthers (24-10). Teammate Lena La Fleur had 27 assists and once ace for Mount Horeb. Oregon setter Erin Flanagan had 15 assists and three aces.
East Troy/Palmyra-Eagle 0
Ethan Nichols had a hat trick in the first half to lead the host Spartans (14-4-0, 8-0-0) past the Trojans (7-6-3, 4-2-2) and to their fourth consecutive Rock Valley Conference title. Jack McGinn added two second-half goals and an assist.
Oregon 2, Middleton 1
Collin Bjerke netted a goal and an assist in the second half to lift the Panthers (15-2-1) over the visiting Cardinals (8-7-2). Isaac Gueu scored Middleton’s only goal in the first half.
Beloit Memorial 3, Madison La Follette 0
Zavier Franks landed seven aces for the Purple Knights (3-2 Big Eight) in a 25-11, 25-11, 25-17 home victory over the Lancers (1-6). Kody Kraemer led La Follette with three kills and eight digs.
Madison Memorial 3, Madison East 1
Drew Collins had a match-high 51 assists to lead the host Spartans (4-1 Big Eight) to a 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 victory over the Purgolders (3-3). Zach Woollen contributed 15 kills and four aces for Memorial. Madison East’s Sam Heiman finished with 24 kills and eight blocks.
Verona/Mount Horeb 129, Madison East 37
Junior Josie McCartney took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:19.17), 200 freestyle relay (1:57.17) and 400 freestyle relay (4:22.62) as the eighth-ranked Wildcats defeated the visiting Purgolders in Big Eight action.