Osceola Cross Country
The Osceola boys cross country team was honored for its performance at the Middle Border Conference meet last month in Osceola.
Quinn McDonald was the conference champion as he ran a time of 16 minutes, 35.3 seconds, nearly 16 seconds faster than Prescott’s Tyler Loucks.
McDonald was joined on the first team by teammates Carver Lundholm and Mason Hancock. Ethan Hall and Brayden Bradway were second team selections.
The Chieftains were conference champions as they finished with 33 points compared to Prescott’s 54. Osceola went on to win the sectional and finish third in the state at Division 2.
Meanwhile, the girls landed four runners on the conference team as the Chieftains took second behind Amery.
Rachel Ulrich was the individual champion at 19:25.7, a minute faster than St. Croix Central’s Kaitlyn Carlson.
Chloe Backlund, Kya Krenz and Adelyn Ellefson were named second team.
Osceola Girls Tennis
Mazie Gillespie and Adason Gault were the Chieftains’ lone conference champions at the Middle Border Conference tennis meet Sept. 28 in Amery.
The pair, seeded second, at No. 3 doubles, won 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 over Bloomer’s Savanna Seibel and Kaylee Klatt in the first round. They then defeated Baldwin-Woodville’s Lexi Everts and Charlee Sorenson in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-1 and won 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 over Altoona’s Sofia Bach and Katelyn Beltz.
The Osceola football team had an outstanding 2021 season and as a result, were well represented on the Middle Border Conference teams.
The Chieftains earned six players each on the first team offense and defense along with two selections in the honorable mention category.
Leading the offensive players were quarterback Charlie Tronrud, running backs Jacob Sedivy, Daric Swanson and wide receiver Garrett Slater.
Luke Haase and Dane Carlson earned two offensive line positions while Cade Rysdam earned an honorable mention selection at tight end. Slater is the only non-senior.
On the defensive side, senior Isaac Campeau earned a first team selection on defensive line. Swanson and Haase made first team at defensive end/outside linebacker. Jacob Sedivy was named first team at inside linebacker, while Tronrud and Lucas Sedivy registered first team selections at defensive back. Carlson was selected honorable mention at defensive line. Last year, Jacob Sedivy was honorable mention at inside linebacker.
Osceola’s Scott Newton was named Coach of the Year as St. Croix Central’s Carson Hinzman was named Player of the Year. Ellsworth’s Jason Janke was named Assistant Coach of the Year.
Haase and Swanson earned more honors as they were named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region teams.
Haase was selected for his play on the offensive line, while Swanson’s play at outside linebacker earned his selection.
The Osceola volleyball team landed four players on the Middle Border all-conference teams.
Senior Mallory Johnson was named to the first team while junior Shelby Wiederin was named to the second team. Junior Caysie Ward and Senior Julia Daniels earned honorable mention selections.
Johnson was a second team selection last year.
Co-champions St. Croix Central and Baldwin-Woodville had five of the eight first team selections. Both teams had five selections each between the three teams.
Central’s Katie Larson was named player of the year. She was a first team selection all three years. Besides Larson, Central’s Katie Gostovich, Somerset’s Hope Baillargeon and Baldwin-Woodville’s Anna Jordt were repeat selections from the 2020 first team.
Seniors dominated the three teams as 15 of the 21 selections were seniors. Wiederin and Ward were two of the four juniors selected.
Osceola’s Sean Archibald was named Middle Border Conference Player of the Year for boys soccer.
Archibald was joined on the first team by teammate senior Kaleb Woodley.
Conference champion Amery had three players on the first team – seniors Dayton White, Justin Walter and junior Michael Lepak. Somerset, ironically, had the most players on the first team with senior Aidan Ballard, Parker Gebheim, Torsten Strom and junior Shawn Vensland.
Other first team selections included Altoona’s senior Trenton Giere, Baldwin-Woodville’s senior Will Kroening and St. Croix Central’s senior Jack McGrane.
Chieftain senior Zach Mork earned a second team selection. He was joined by Amery’s Danny Tylee, Otto Whitley, Jack Smestad and Joseph Wentz, Baldwin-Woodville’s Tyler Smigla, Davis Paulsen and Sawry Sarango.
Seniors headlined the two teams with 19 selections. Three were juniors, one was a sophomore and one was a freshman.
St. Croix Falls
St. Croix Falls/Unity boys soccer lands six on the HON team
The St. Croix Falls/Unity boys soccer team landed six players on the Heart of the North all conference teams.
Conference champion Washburn/Bayfield led with five players on the first team and seven overall. Spooner had three players on the first team and nine overall. SCF/Unity finished with two players on the first team. Washburn/Bayfield finished the conference season with 21 points, Spooner had 20 and SCF/Unity recorded 19.
Earning those first team selections for SCF/Unity were senior forward Owen McDonough and midfielder Carson Cross.
Second team selections went to senior defender Harrison Zipperer, defender Hayden Prokop and goalkeeper Skylar Fox. Senior forward Austin Hursh earned the honorable mention selection.
Spooner’s Landon Deneen was the forward player of the year, while teammate Ezra Walt was midfielder of the year. Washburn’s Jon Kubik was defender of the year.
St. Croix Falls Cross
The Saints recorded four all-conference cross country runners during the Heart of the North conference meet last month in Ashland.
The boys had three runners place in the top 15. Viktor Knigge placed eighth, while Kenneth Miner was 10th and Tristan Hanson was 13th.
The Saints finished third behind Ladysmith and Northwestern.
At the same time, Ilie Jensen earned a 9th place finish for the lone girls all conference runner. The team placed fifth.
St. Croix Falls Football
The 2021 Heart of the North all-conference football teams had multiple players from St. Croix Falls.
For the second straight season, senior Dayo Oye was named to the first team for running backs. This year, he picked up another honor as he was selected as conference offensive player of the year. The other running backs named were Northwestern’s Greg Ohman and Austin Schlies and Spooner’s Isaac Hopke.
Oye was joined on the first team offense by junior linemen Brock Sawicki. Sawicki was the only junior selected. Of the six honored, four were seniors and Northwestern’s Ian Smith was the other underclassmen named.
Sawicki earned first team defense honors at defensive lineman as well. He was joined by Smith, Northwestern’s Ben Benes and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Vinny Murray.
Brady Belisle earned a first team defense selection in the secondary with Northwestern’s Jase Nelson and C.J. Thompson, Cumberland’s Gavin Jarchow and Hopke.
Bryn Gouker earned the final first team selection at punter. Schlies was defensive player of the year.
Gouker had second team selections at end/flanker and in the secondary. Belisle was second team quarterback, while junior Bryce McCurdy earned second team offensive linemen status.
St. Croix Falls Volleyball
The St. Croix Falls volleyball team was the only Heart of the North conference team to have two players on its first team all-conference.
Senior Kylie Broten repeated from 2020, while sophomore Kelsey Cooper was also named for the first time.
They were joined on the first team by Ashland’s Grace Moravchik, Cameron’s Briana Klabunde, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Greta Jorstad, Cumberland’s Amie West and Ladysmith’s Allison Clark.
Junior Sydnei Larson was named to the second team. She was an honorable mention selection a year ago. Other second team honorees were Barron’s Hailee Halverson and Taylor Johnson, Cameron’s Khalia Evans and Maddie Wall, Cumberland’s Siri Hyatt, Ladysmith’s Emerson Clark and Northwestern’s Brynn Hessel.
Honorable mentions went to Ashland’s Brynn Erickson, Barron’s Macey Herman and Ashley Kurschner, Cumberland’s Nele Sieler, Hayward’s Ana Johnson and Ladysmith’s Holly Rands.
Barron had the most selections with four, followed by Cameron, Cumberland, Ladysmith and St. Croix Falls with three each. Out of the 21 selections, 10 were juniors, eight were seniors and three were sophomores.