Soccer team scoring at will

by Dave Boehler
Review Sports Editor

What a six-day stretch for Howards Grove.

The Tigers won three games by a total score of 28-4 during that time, capped by an 11-1 victory over visiting Sheboygan Falls on Tuesday.

William Rautmann totaled four goals and two assists, and Blake Pedrin also scored twice. Other goals came from Rozz Yost, Cooper Kuhfuss, Aaron Korpi, Jacob Halverson and Jet Lee.

“Howards Grove possessed the ball the majority of the game and kept the ball in their own zone at least 80 percent of the game,” Tigers’ coach Bob Peterson said.

On Sept. 6, the team crushed Ozaukee, 12-2, as Rautmann finished with two goals and two assists.

Last Friday, the Tigers beat Kiel, 5-1, thanks to two more goals from Rautmann and a 20-3 advantage in shots.

JOHN BELL of Howards Grove finishes in ninth place Tuesday in the Crusader Challenge in Sheboygan. — Photo by Mike McGill JOHN BELL of Howards Grove finishes in ninth place Tuesday in the Crusader Challenge in Sheboygan. — Photo by Mike McGill Pedrin also scored twice against the Warriors, Yost provided a goal and two assists, Korpi finished with a goal and an assist, and Lee, Keegan Gottsacker, Halverson, Zach Ziegelbauer, Kuhfuss and Caden Ebertz each scored once. Goalkeeper Ben Taylor made seven saves.

Howards Grove led Kiel, 1-0, at halftime thanks to a goal by Yost.

Korpi and Rautmann added second-half goals for a 3-0 lead.

After Kiel scored, Ryan Baldwin scored off a corner kick by Yost, who finished with two assists.

Owen Sorenson then assisted Rautmann’s final goal for the four-goal margin.


Howards Grove cruised to a 25-11, 25-6, 25-15 win over Sheboygan Lutheran on Tuesday thanks to a total of 39 kills and 49 digs.

Emily Bruckschen had 11 of the kills and Karissa Kaminski added eight of them. Mack Holzwart tallied 11 digs while Maddie Koening ended with nine. Leah Parnitzke finished with 16 assists and Maddy Near contributed six aces.

On Saturday, Howards Grove finished in second place in the 12-team County Tournament at Sheboygan South.

The Tigers, seeded third, lost to Sheboygan North in the title match.

Kaminski totaled 48 digs and 47 kills on the day, and Parnitzke made 103 assists to go with 28 digs. Bruckschen finished with 62 kills and Holzwart contributed 41 digs.

“We competed hard against North but were a little tired after having two straight threeset matches leading up to the finals,” Howards Grove coach Brett Damrow said. “I think it’s a good confidence boost for this team to finish second in the county. We have to clean up some unforced errors and are looking forward to seeing how high of a ceiling this team has.”

Howards Grove finished 6-1 in the tourney despite not having senior captain Courtney Binversie for some of the matches because she had her ACT test.

“Jayda Wadel stepped into the starting role and did a nice job controlling the net,” Damrow said. “It’s not easy for either athlete in this situation. Jayda came in very poised and prepared, and after a very long, stressful day of testing, Courtney arrived for the afternoon matches and the playoffs, and she never missed a beat.”

On Sept. 6, Howards Grove beat host Manitowoc Lutheran, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22.

Bruckschen totaled 12 kills and 15 digs, Parnitzke turned in 23 assists, Holzwart made 14 digs, Myka Roethel ended with six kills and three aces and Near had three kills and three aces.


Nine runners finished with personal-bests and John Bell finished in third place with a time of 17 minutes 53.99 seconds in the Manitowoc Roncalli Invitational on Saturday.

It helped the Tigers take sixth place in the 10-team meet.

Howards Grove’s Brandon Beeck finished in 13th place in 19:07.39 and was followed by teammates Dustin Eilers (19:44.93), Jack Lillyquist (20:38.52) and Connor Grubisic (22:13.28).

The girls finished in eighth place and were led by Emma Dehne’s 21st-place time of 24:42.

She was followed by teammates Heather Fry (25:17.98), Kalena Wesener (25:48.36), Ellen Froelich (25:58.58) and Faith Specht (27:50.91).

“Team results can be deceiving, as they don't properly indicate how athletes have improved,” Howards Grove coach Gary Kalk said. “We have continued to improve each week with several runners making huge gains. … John Bell ran another personal best effort to beat his previous personal best time by 26 seconds, and when compared to his Manitowoc Roncalli race time last fall, he's now improved by a full minute. This is what it's all about: getting better, showing gains, improving yourself, and having some fun in the process.”

On Tuesday, Howards Grove ran in the 31st annual Crusader Challenge at Sheboygan Lutheran.

The Tiger boys were 13thout of 19 teams, as Bell’s time of 18:01 put him in ninth place.

Beeck crossed in 19:41, Eilers finished in 20:32, Lillyquist crossed in 20:42 and Carson Moore ended in 22:31.

The girls placed 13th in the 14-team meet, led by Emma Dehne’s 24:42, good for 40th place.

Natalie Englebert finished in 25:56, Wesener’s time was 26:12, Fry ended in 26:14 and Froelich needed 26:24 to cross.

“The Sheboygan Lutheran course tends to be one of the more challenging courses we run,” Kalk said. “Our times reflected this a bit. We'll run this same course again at the Sheboygan County meet, which will be a good measuring stick for how much we've actually improved.”


Howards Grove competed in the Sheboygan South Tournament on Saturday and lost to Port Washington, 4-3, and to the host Redwings, 7-0.

Against the Pirates, Ashleigh Brooks beat Kaylee Bornhofer, 1-6, 6-3, 10-7, at No. 3 singles, and Katie Fritz won at No. 4, 7-5, 6-0, over Adelyn Klein.

Hannah Elias and Sara Martin was the final victory, as the No. 3 doubles team beat Ashely Zygowski and Morgan Stone, 7-5, 2-6, 10-7.

The Tigers also faced Kohler on Thursday and lost, 7-0.

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