Tiger Roundup: Volleyball, girls golf and cross country teams in action

Superior Telegram The Northwestern High School volleyball and girls golf teams were victorious this week. The Tiger cross country team also ran in the Rice Lake Invitational. The Tiger spikers defeated the Hayward Hurricanes 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 28...

Northwestern's Taya McClure (5) serves during a match earlier this season. (Jed Carlson/

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The Northwestern High School volleyball and girls golf teams were victorious this week. The Tiger cross country team also ran in the Rice Lake Invitational.

The Tiger spikers defeated the Hayward Hurricanes 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 25-20) Tuesday night in Maple and the golf team won its final two home matches of the season.




The Tigers were led in their Heart O’ North Conference match by Cheyenne Johnson, 12 kills; Lexi Janigo, 10 kills and 12 digs; Alyssa Frick, 20 digs; and Daisy Mack, 24 assists.

Hayward, which is coached by former Northwestern Tiger player and assistant coach Anna Morgan, was led by Emma McGarthwait with 33 assists.

Katie Stark and Madelyn Neff both had nine kills and three blocks; Trinity Myer had six kills and 16 digs; and Aleah Heyworth had six kills.

“We knew coming into this match that it would be a back and forth battle,” NHS coach Charlie Hessel said. “We are similar teams, so trying to weather out the momentum swings was a big factor.

“Words can’t even describe the atmosphere in the gym tonight. The crowd was awesome and our girls never gave up.”

After splitting the first two games, the Tigers trailed 22-16 in game three before tying things up at 24-24 and eventually winning 28-26.

In game four, Northwestern led 11-4 before Hayward stormed back to take the lead at one point.


“It was another big win for us,” Hessel said. “Bloomer and Hayward are a pretty solid 1-2 punch, so we are certainly happy to be 2-0 in the conference to start. We realize we still have a lot of work to do in order to clean up certain aspects of our game.”

The Tigers (4-5, 2-0 HON) play Thursday at Spooner at Tuesday at Cumberland. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.


Girls golf

Northwestern went 2-0 in its final home meet of the season Tuesday at Botten’s Green Acres in Lake Nebagamon.

The Tigers finished with a score of 200, beating out Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, 215; and Barron, 221.

Northwestern’s Kendra Maki and Kamry Gary shared medalist honors with scores of 49.

Also for the Tigers, Jennifer Thul scored a 50; Sarah Wahlquist was close behind with a 52; and Kristine Britton carded a 65.


Northwestern also finished in third place in its Tiger Invitational last week at Hidden Greens in Solon Springs. Hayward won the team title and Spooner was second.

Maki led the Tigers with a fifth-place finish.

The Tigers are back in action at 4 p.m. Thursday at Spooner. Luck-Unity will also be in action. Northwestern will then golf at Cumberland at 4 p.m. Monday.


Cross country

Northwestern raced at the Rice Lake Invitational Tuesday at the Rice Lake WITC.

The Tiger boys finished in fourth place and the girls were seventh.

Northwestern’s top finisher in the girls race was Emma Nelson, who finished in fifth place with a time of 20 minutes, 49.3 seconds.

Amery’s Alicia Monson won the race in 19:07.7.

Donny Pooler was the fastest Tiger boys, finishing in fifth place in 17:19. Spooner’s Dan Pederson won the race in 16:12.

The Tigers will host their own Northwestern Invitational at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Norwood Golf Course.


Rice Lake Cross Country Invitational

Boys Team Scores

1 Hudson 44, 2 Menomonie 103, 3 New Richmond 103, 4 Northwestern 110, 5 Ashland 124, 6 Rice Lake 142, 7 Chippewa Falls 219, 8 Superior 227, 9 Osceola 228, 10 Spooner 243, 11 Amery 245, 12 Ellsworth 302, 13 Baldwin-Woodville 322.

Top 5 Individuals

1 Dan Pederson, SP, 16:12.0; 2. Sam Bell, E, 16:41.4; 3. Maury Miller, A, 17:11.6; 4. Max Ball, H, 17:16.9; 5. Donny Pooler, N, 17:19.0.

Northwestern’s Results

5 Donny Pooler, 17:19; 15. Leo Mack, 18:09.1; 17. Timmy Heikkila, 18:28.7; 34 Reilly Moore, 19:27.4; 39 Zach Pooler, 19:35; 49 Zach Grohn, 19:55.3; 61. Brody Burke, 21:05.2.


Girls Team Scores

1 Menomonie 68, 2 Hudson 83, 3 Ashland 92, 4 Chippewa Falls 118, 5 Superior 131, 6 Rice Lake 152, 7 Northwestern 165, 8 Osceola 210, 9 Amery 213, 10 New Richmond 225, 11 Ellsworth 292, 12 Baldwin-Woodville 330, 13 Spooner 385.


1 Alicia Monson, AM, 19:07.7; 2. Emmy Farago, H, 20:03.7; 3. Karina Gilson, H, 20:37.4; 4. Katie Faris, CF, 20:41.5; 5. Emma Nelson, N, 20:49.3.

Northwestern’s Results

5 Emma Nelson, 20:49.3; 21. Abby Nelson, 22:31.2; 33. Emma Smykalski, 23:11.4; 47. Anna Kalin, 23:47; 64. Caitlin Johnson, 24:54.9; 67. Emily Nelson, 25:27.2; 72. Mallory Swanson, 26:18.9. 

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