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Swimmers, Sachtjen fare well


January 24, 2019

Brian Sprecher

Sauk Prairie's girls basketball team lost to Waunakee on Jan. 17.

Senior Desmon Sachtjen took advantage of a rare opportunity to compete in his home pool last Saturday when Lodi hosted the Sauk Prairie triangular, which included WIAA Division 1 powers Madison Memorial and Hartland Arrowhead.

The Sauk Prairie Eagles co-op, which includes Lodi and Wisconsin Heights high schools, finished third with 54 points.

Madison Memorial won seven events to finish first with 193 points, while Hartland Arrowhead was second with 145 points.

"The Lodi people did an outstanding job of keeping everything running," Sauk Prairie co-op coach Todd Wuerger said. "It was a nice little meet.

"Lodi has a hot tub and at the end of the meet, all of the Memorial guys got in the hot tub to celebrate their win. That was pretty cool. It was quite the scene. That's high school athletics. That's something they will remember 20 years from now."

The Eagles were also scheduled to compete in a non-conference dual against Verona/Mount Horeb at Verona last Friday night, but it was postponed due to inclement weather.

In the triangular meet, Sachtjen, who attends Lodi High School - which only fields a girls' swimming program - won the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 59.05 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke in 52.12 seconds.

He also swam on the 200-yard medley relay that included sophomores Zach Guentherman and Adam Stecker and junior Daniel Bakhchevnikov and finished fifth in 1:46.26.

A University of Minnesota recruit, Sachtjen then closed out the meet on the 400-yard freestyle relay which included Bakhchevnikov, freshman Matthew Loy and sophomore Sam Beattie and placed fourth in 3:32.73.

"Des had a great meet," Wuerger said. "With a conference bye this week, it was a tough week of training Monday through Thursday combined with the weights. You could tell even with a day off on Friday, they were really tired on Saturday.

"So I think Des was happy with how he swam despite feeling just broken down going into that meet. He wasn't the only one. A lot of the guys were feeling the effects of their 10th week of the season. They've been working really hard. They haven't rested at all."

Wuerger said the Eagles, though, will soon reap the rewards of all of their hard work.

"This is exactly where we want them to be right now," Wuerger said. "They may be disappointed in their swims. But they will be super happy in a few weeks when they are in their tapers, and they're rested and ready to go."

Other top-five finishers for the Sauk Prairie co-op included Loy, who was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.38, and the Eagles' 200-yard freestyle relay of Stecker, Beattie, sophomore Jordan Chao and Loy, which was fourth in 1:37.14.

"All in all, I was really happy how our team did," Wuerger said. "I don't think the score is representative of how they did. We had a lot of personal-best times of the season. Guys were real inspired."

• On deck: The Sauk Prairie co-op was scheduled to compete at McFarland on Tuesday in its final Badger North Conference dual of the season, weather permitting. The Eagles will travel to Beloit on Saturday to compete at the Battle of the Rock Invitational beginning at 10 a.m.

The Badger North Conference meet will be held on Feb. 1 at Baraboo at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Sauk Prairie Triangular

Team scores: Madison Memorial 193; Hartland Arrowhead 145; Sauk Prairie co-op 54.

200-yard medley relay: 1, Hartland Arrowhead (Braunschweig, Murphy, Skrzeszewski, Duchac), 1:40.58; 5, Sauk Prairie co-op 'A' (Zach Guentherman, Desmon Sachtjen, Adam Stecker, Daniel Bakhchevnikov), 1:46.26; 6, Sauk Prairie co-op 'B' (Alec Buss, Karsten Flogel, Brayton Fandrich, Evan Leece), 1:54.49; 8, Sauk Prairie co-op 'C' (Ryan Godwin, Casey Vande Hey, Jackson Shavlik, David Heck), 1:57.96.

200-yard freestyle: 1, Nixdorf, HA, 1:48.76; 6, Stecker, SP, 1:57.83; 8, Sam Beattie, SP, 1:59.35; 9, Guentherman, SP, 2:00.18.

200-yard individual medley: 1, Sachtjen, SP, 1:59.05; 8, Matthew Loy, SP, 2:19.66; 9, Shavlik, SP, 2:19.72.

50-yard freestyle: 1, Gonring, MM, :22.20; 7, Bakhchevnikov, SP, :24.32; 8,Jordan Chao, SP, :24.66; 9, Leece, SP, :25.74.

100-yard butterfly: 1, Braunschweig, HA, :55.78; 7, Flogel, SP, 1:03.78; 8, Stecker, SP, 1:04.17; 9, Fandrich, SP, 1:05.25.

100-yard freestyle: 1, Nixdorf, HA, :48.49; 7, Chao, SP, :54.39; 8, Godwin, SP, :55.58; 9, Leece, SP, :56.60.

500-yard freestyle: 1, McKinnon, MM, 4:59.93; 4, Loy, SP, 5:20.38; 7, Guentherman, SP, 5:23.31; 9, Bakhchevnikov, SP, 5:31.10.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1, Madison Memorial (Tucker-Jones, Ketarkus, Gillman, Gonring), 1:30.93; 4, Sauk Prairie co-op 'A' (Stecker, Beattie, Chao, Loy,), 1:37.14; 7, Sauk Prairie co-op 'B' (Flogel, Vande Hey, Heck, Leece), 1:46.04; 8, Sauk Prairie co-op 'C' (Dunning, Mason Gassman, Buss, Fandrich), 1:47.94.

100-yard backstroke: 1, Sachtjen, SP, :52.13; 8, Godwin, SP, 1:03.31; 9, Shavlik, SP, 1:04.10.

100-yard breaststroke: 1, Bell, MM, 1:03.04; 6, Flogel, SP, 1:09.37; 8, Vande Hey, SP, 1:13.30; 9, Beattie, SP, 1:13.32.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1, Madison Memorial (Drake, Tucker-Jones, Gillman, Gonring), 3:20.84; 4, Sauk Prairie co-op 'A' (Sachtjen, Bakhchevnikov, Loy, Beattie), 3:32.73; 7, Sauk Prairie co-op 'B' (Shavlik, Chao, Guentherman, Godwin), 3:40.94; 8, 8 Sauk Prairie co-op 'C' (Juckett, Gassman, Dunning, Geiselman), 4:10.99.


WAUNAKEE – Sophomore forward Olivia Breunig scored a game-high 20 points for visiting Sauk Prairie, but the Eagles dropped a 75-50 decision to Waunakee in a Badger North Conference game last Thursday.

Sophomore guard Naomi Breunig added 12 points and eight rebounds and led the Eagles with six assists and five tips on defense.

Despite the loss, Sauk Prairie coach Amber Fiene was pleased with the Eagles' efforts.

"I told the girls it didn't feel like that disappointing of a game to me, although obviously the score looks that way," Fiene said. "If felt like for the first time we were playing team basketball, which was really exciting to see."

Sauk Prairie (3-11 overall, 1-7 Badger North) grabbed a 5-3 lead when senior guard Taylor Breininger sank a 3-pointer just over a minute into the game.

The Eagles held a 14-12 lead after Olivia Breunig finished off a fastbreak on a feed from Naomi Breunig with 11 minutes remaining before halftime.

Waunakee senior Caitlyn Kesilewski drilled a three-pointer nearly 3 minutes later to snap a 16-16 tie and ignite a 15-2 run that gave the Warriors (10-6, 6-2) the lead for good at 31-18.

"They're going to make shots and we had to stop their runs, make them short runs which we did," Waunakee coach Tom Lesar said of the Eagles. "They're dangerous because they shoot a lot of threes."

Junior Ella Schad's three-pointer capped a 7-0 run for Sauk Prairie and trimmed the deficit to 31-25 with 2 minutes remaining before halftime.

"She got quite a few offensive boards in the first half, which was great," Fiene said of Schad. "She was able to convert on a couple and give us another chance and give us that energy we needed offensively."

But Waunakee closed out the half on a 6-2 run to take a 37-27 halftime lead. The Warriors then cruised to a 52-30 lead in the opening 6 minutes of the second half to put the game away.

Sophomore Elena Maier finished with a game-high 17 points, and Kesilewski added 12 points for Waunakee.

"The real killer was coming out in the second half just totally flat and forgetting about every person on the scouting report, and Waunakee scoring 12 points off offensive boards to start the second half," Fiene said. "We gave up 24 offensive boards in the game and they had 26 shots just from the blocks in the second half."

Sauk Prairie made just 17 of 60 field goal attempts (28.3%), including 6 of 26 from beyond the arc (23.1%).

"The reality is when we shoot 20 to 30 percent, it's going to be hard to compete sometimes against teams that continue to shoot better than us," Fiene said. "The fact they were getting second, third and fourth chances nearly every time can't happen."

• On deck: Sauk Prairie will travel to Mount Horeb for a Badger North Conference game on Friday at 7:15 p.m. The Eagles will then play a non-conference game at Lodi on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18

Waunakee 75, Sauk Prairie 50

Sauk Prairie..................... 27 23 - 50

Waunakee......................... 37 38 - 75

Sauk Prairie - Katie Yanke 1 2-4 5, Naomi Breunig 4 3-5 12, Taylor Breininger 1 1-2 4, Riley Bruenig 0 4-4 4, Olivia Breunig 9 0-2 20, Ella Schad 2 0-0 5. Totals 17 10-17 50.

WAUNAKEE - Anne Dotzler 1 0-0 2, Brooke Ehle 1 0-0 2, Kacie Murray 2 1-2 5, Grace Johnson 1 0-0 2, Melanie Watson 2 2-2 6, Elena Maier 6 3-3 17, Caitlyn Kesilewski 4 0-0 11, Kiana Schmitt 5 0-0 10, Kate Harlow 0 0-1 0, Maddie Farnsworth 3 1-2 8, Lauren Statz 2 1-3 6, Robyn Ryan 2 2-4 6. Totals 29 10-17 75.

3-point goals - SP 6 (Yanke 1, N. Breunig 1, Breininger 1, O. Breunig 2, Schad 1), W 7 (Maier 2, Kesilewski 3, Farnsworth 1, Statz 1). Total fouls -SP 14, W 20. Fouled out - N. Breunig (SP).


The Sauk Prairie gymnastics program continued to improve its team and individual scores in a Badger Conference dual against the visiting Waunakee/DeForest co-op team last Thursday.

Waunakee/DeForest won three of the four events to defeat Sauk Prairie 127.60-123.80. The Eagles won the floor exercise competition, outscoring Waunakee/DeForest 32.40-31.875.

A year ago, the Eagles lost to the Waunakee/DeForest co-op 130.20-115.00.

"There were several personal-records and lots of score improvements, even though we had quite a few illnesses early in the week as well as a few injuries," Sauk Prairie coach Justine Anderson said. "The JV team scored the highest it has all season and the varsity had its second-highest score of the season, but improved by two points on its performance over the last two weeks."

Sophomore Heidi Kuhnau led the Eagles with a second-place finish in the all-around with a score of 31.775. She recorded the team's best individual performance with an 8.45 score, which was good for a second-place showing in the vault.

Kuhnau placed third in the balance beam with a score of 7.8. Senior Audrey Pape was also third in the floor exercise with an 8.40 and finished third in the all-around with a score of 31.625.

"Heidi Kuhnau had a very solid meet," Anderson said. "Though she did not PR on any individual event, she looked very clean and confident all night."

"Kylie Wilson competed for the first time in the vault on varsity and received her personal-best score, securing her varsity spot for the next meet. Madison Marshall also had a huge improvement in her bars and floor exercise scores and earned a well-deserved 7.025 and 8.15, respectfully."

Anderson said the Eagles were looking forward to a home meet this week when they host Monona Grove in a Badger Conference dual Thursday at the Grand Avenue Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

"The girls are definitely showing more confidence on their own equipment," Anderson said. "(Thursday) is Youth Night and the high school girls will sign posters for the youth that attend. There will also be a canned food drive, so all attendees that donate two items will receive free admission."

Jan. 17

Waunakee/Deforest 127.60, Sauk Prairie 123.80

Vault: 1, Tailyn Keller, W/DF, 8.525; 2, Heidi Kuhnau, SP, 8.45; 3, Bella Hernandez, W/DF, 8.2. Other Sauk Prairie results – Kylie Wilson, 8.175; Madison Marshall, 8.15; Audrey Pape, 7.95; Carina Meixelsperger, 7.925.

Uneven bars: 1, Caylee Powers, W/DF, 8.5; 2, Keller, W/DF, 7.65; 3, Ashley Domask, W/DF, 7.55. Other Sauk Prairie results -- Pape, 7.525; Kuhnau, 7.5; Marshall, 7.025; Samara Estrada, 6.925; Ava Putnam, 6.4.

Balance beam: 1, Keller, W/DF, 8.85; 2, Powers, W/DF, 8.0; 3, Kuhnau, SP, 7.8. Other Sauk Prairie results -- Pape, 7.75; Marshall, 7.25; Meixelsperger, 6.9; Addison Desroches, 6.6.

Floor exercise: 1, Domask, W/DF, 8.65; 2, Mackenzie Hacker, W/DF, 8.425; 3, Pape, SP, 8.4. Other Sauk Prairie results -- Marshall, 8.15; Kuhnau, 8.025; Meixelsperger, 7.825; Putnam, 7.7.

All-around: 1, Domask, W/DF, 31.9; 2, Kuhnau, 31.775; 3, Pape, 31.625; 4, Marshall, SP, 30.575.


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