COVID taking a toll on youth sports

Youth sports have seen a sharp decline in participation since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year.

Organized sports are starting to return for youth of all ages, though as of September, they are still half as active as they were prior to the pandemic.

Eagles put scare into Edgewood

Clay Iverson’s Sauk Prairie football team fell to Madison Edgewood, 16-12, last Friday. Photo by Mary Langenfeld

For a couple of days, it appeared the end was here.

Sauk Prairie’s football team fell to Madison Edgewood, 16-12, last Friday. That left the Eagles with an 0-7 regular season mark.

Eagles fall at state

This isn’t the way they wanted it to end.

When Sauk Prairie’s girls volleyball team stepped back, though, and looked at the big picture, the Eagles took tremendous pride in what had been accomplished.

Sterling silver for Eagles

This could be just the beginning.

That’s how Sauk Prairie boys soccer coach Drew Kornish and his Eagles felt as they left Marshfield late Saturday night.

Rally time

There was a lot for Alia Schlimgen (7) and Sauk Prairie’s girls volleyball team to celebrate last week. Photo by Mary Langenfeld

The home crowd was getting antsy.

Head coach Amy Schlimgen was getting a little squeamish herself.

Sauk Prairie’s girls volleyball team — a heavy favorite in its WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal with Slinger — was in a dogfight last Thursday.

Getting better each and every week

Cousins Gaige (52) and Caleb Breunig, both 12, have served as ball boys for Sauk Prairie’s football team this year. Photo by Mary Langenfeld

Sure, the win column still reads zero.

But Sauk Prairie football coach Clay Iverson believes he has a team of winners.

Lake Mills defeated the Eagles, 22-13, last Friday as Sauk Prairie fell to 0-6 in this truncated season.

Boerger caps terrific year

Sauk Prairie sophomore Jack Boerger finished in 44th place at the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet last Saturday. Photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jack Boerger’s wild and wacky cross country season came to an end Saturday.

And what a ride it was.

Boerger finished in 44th place at the WIAA Division 1 state meet held at Hartland Arrowhead High School. Boerger finished in a time of 16 minutes, 53.1 seconds. West Allis Hale senior Joshua Truchon won the race in 15:18.3.

The dream lives on

What a long, strange trip it’s been for Sauk Prairie’s girls volleyball team.

Eagles are headed to state

Junior midfielder Samuel Drescher treasured every moment he spent on the Sauk Prairie Eagles’ home pitch last Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles played this season literally day-to-day and game-to-game due to the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has had on high school sports since last March.

Swimmers exit in style

Klaire Baier and Sauk Prairie’s girls swimming and diving team ended their season with a second place finish at the Baraboo Quadrangular on Oct. 22. Photo by Mary Langenfeld

Sauk Prairie’s girls swimming and diving team went out with a bang. And Eagles’ head coach Melani Guentherman couldn’t have been more pleased.


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