One area baseball team is headed to state.
But we start with day two of a state tournament.
The W-I-A-A golf meet at University Ridge.
Onalaska's Bennett Hutson tees off just one stroke
behind the leader .
as he shoots for an individual W-I-A-A state title.
After shooting even on the front nine .
Hutson is playing plus-two on the back nine.
Two-putts for a much needed birdie on the par 5, 16.
Oak Creek's Kyle Steger enters 17 with a one-stroke
lead over Hutson.
Nice opening shot on the par 3 for him .
Steger pars while Hutson bogeys on 17.
Hutson gets that stroke back on 18 .
after a great drive .
this approach sets up a par.
And Hutson finishes one-under on the tournament .
one stroke behind Steger .
tied for 2-nd.
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Tomah's Trey Hewuse finishes tied for 22-nd.
Holmen ends up 10-th as a team.
But an incredible 2-nd day.
They shoot a collective 306 .
the best round by any team in the two day meet.
Eleva-Strum finishes 6-th as a team in division three.
Golf is just one sport where the Holmen senior class
left its mark.
Great seasons in football and basketball .
and now .
on sectional Tuesday in baseball .
the Vikings .
two wins away from state.
Make no doubt .
Appleton's been the goal for the Vikings all season.
the one seed needs to get past 5-seed Reedsburg in
Scoreless in the bottom of the 2-nd .
Holmen loads the bases .
and junior Hunter Brush sends one deep .
it sails over the head of the centerfielder.
Two score .
To the 6-th .
Beavers load the bases with three straight singles.
The 4-th .
brings home a run.
Nick Gurgel R-B-I basehit .
And a couple batters later .
a groundout scores Lucas Muchow from third.
Tie game .
headed to the final inning.
Top of the 7-th .
Reedsburg leadoff man Andrew Schulenburg pulls one
down the left field line .
and over the wall.
Beavers take their 1-st lead .
and they add another run on a throwing error.
Holmen can't climb back.
Steve Gavin .
a complete game for Reedsburg.
4-2 the final.
That ends the great year for Holmen.
I've been in town for 27 years.
I've never seen a group like this.
Baseball, basketball, football, wrestling and don't
There's five, I mean it's overall the best senior
class I've seen.
There's so many of them.
They're a lot of fun too.
Good guys, good bunch of guys.
Let's stay in Middleton .
as Central takes on the host school ...
Bottom of the first .
Alex Elliott sends it to center.
It gets to the wall .
and Midleton strikes 1-st .
Bottom of the 3-rd .
pitcher Kasey Miller helps his cause with an R-B-I
Central finally getting to Miller a bit in the 4-th.
Brent Kappauf cap-off appears to have scored two on
a double .
but Middleton appeals.
How about this .
one of the Central runners did not touch 3-rd.
So the ump rules him out.
So instead of a 2-2 game .
it's 2-1 ...
And that would be big.
Red Raiders try to rally .
they get the potential tying in scoring position in
the 6-th .
and then again to 2-nd base in the 7-th ...
But they can't bring him home.
Central heading home after a heartbreaker .
2-1 Middleton the final score.
Middleton's a tough club.
They're a tough club every year and we knew it was
going to come down to one or two plays and unfortunately
we made a couple mistakes on the bases and that ended
up costing us.
Still ahead .
two area teams *do* win their semifinal game .
one is headed to Appleton.
Highlights for Viroqua .
Westby and Bangor .
coming right up.
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Viroqua's season last year ended in the sectional
semifinals with a 1-0 loss to Ellsworth.
A chance to atone for that ...
As Viroqua once again faces Ellsworth in the division
two sectional semifinals.
Third inning, Viroqua up one ...
Dustin Stalsberg collects a hit to center...
One run comes in, Blackhawks lead 2-0.
What a day for Mitch Stalsberg...
Sixth inning, he collects two of his 16 strikeouts
on the day.
Another close one between these teams .
but this time it's Viroqua moving on ...
Their 2-0 win sets up a game against Somerset .
with a trip to State on the line.
Third inning, Viroqua up 1-0 ...
Somerset's Zackary Waalen hits a two run homer over
the fence in left ...
The Spartans add one more in the inning to go up 3-1.
Bottom half of the inning, the Blackhawks respond
Dalten Tryggestad hits deep into the gap in left center
One run scores, Viroqua within 3-2.
Still in the inning, Blackhawks pulling away ...
Zach Drake with a hit to shallow center...
Another run, Blackhawks lead 5-3.
Fifth inning, Viroqua up 6-4 now...
Tyler Gabrielson with a hit to left ...
That brings around Zach Trautsch from second ...
Blackhawks lead 7-4.
Viroqua wins 10-6!
They're headed to state for the 1-st time since 1985!
STALSBERG "We've been working for this all year.
There's been some setbacks, but we battled through
and this is big for us."
It's a great feeling.
Just dremt of this ever since I was a kid, you know.
Playing baseball with this guys all the way , all
the way through the years.
This was the ultimate goal and we made it.
I don't know, just been dreaming of this since we
were little kids.
It's just amazing to finally come through senior year
and just go to state...we're pretty ecstatic.
Westby hoping for back-to-back trips to State .
Norse taking on Neillsville at Riverdale.
2nd inning .
Neillsville with a commanding 5 run lead ...
And they add to it.
Sam Neville with the single through the outfield.
Norsemen now trail 6 - nothing.
To the 7th .
Westby senior Mitchell Larson with strikeout to end
Neillsville held scoreless in the final four innings
But it was too late.
8-0 Neillsville the final.
This is definitly a group that persevered.
They battled through some adversity and found ways
to win some big games.
I'm real proud of what they were able accomplished.
To get here and make it this far .
is a tribute to them and their hard work.
Division four semifinal at Brookwood .
Bangor hoping to keep its season alive .
they take on Augusta.
2-nd inning .
Seth Zabel drives this one to centerfield .
Sam Johnson scores!
Bangor up 1-0.
To the 7-th .
Cardinals with a one run lead .
Dylan Campbell gets it past the infield.
Two runs score!
Bangor advances .
So Bangor .
one win away from from its 1-st trip to state since
Standing in their way .
3rd inning .
Jack Reader drives it past the outfield .
Seth Zabel and Sam Jonson score.
Cardinals up early 2-0.
Bottom of three .
fourth consective double for the bulldogs as Caleb
Olson finds a gap and Cody Willis scores.
Ithaca up 3-2.
And in the 5th Olson finds green again as Max Walker
Ithaca's baseball team follows in its softball team's
Bulldogs heading to state.
Bangor falls 4-2.
But reason for optimism next year.
Having seven guys come back is going to be really
Especially having this kind of experience playing
in the sectional finals so I mean we expect to be
back here next year.
Also tonight .
Pepin-Alma falls 8-1.