Peewee A Cheavers getting hot as season rolls on

By Jim den Hollander


The Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers dropped its first but rallied back for three straight weekend wins.

After splitting a two-game set in Black River Falls Saturday against the host Tigers, RWD returned home and took both ends of a doubleheader against the Onalaska/Holmen Tornado peewees on Sunday at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).

Cheavers 4 @ Tigers 7

Tigers fired the lone goal through the first half of the opening period, but teams exploded for seven goals in the final nine minutes of the period, the host Tigers carrying a 5-3 lead into the middle period.

Landen Uminski, Ethan Pope and Ethan Wilcox fired the first period goals for the Cheavers with assists for Jordan Kowalski and Tyler Krieski.

The lone middle period goal came from Elizabeth Haag who pulled RWD to within a goal on a feed from Wilcox.

The Tigers took over in the third, scoring two goals a little over a minute apart late in the contest to salt away the win.

Olivia Renneberg faced 25 shots in goal for the Cheavers.


Cheavers 7 @ Tigers 3

A short time later, teams regrouped for a second contest and this time the Cheavers used a heavy third period barrage to snag a big win.

Both teams scored once in the first and again in the second, but four goals in the first half of the third gave the visitors a lead it would not relinquish.

Krieski powered the Cheavers’ offense, firing three goals and adding an assist while Uminski potted a pair. Wyatt Arnold picked up a goal and assist and the other goal came from Payton Kowalski. Wilcox had three assists with Haag also collecting a set up.

Jordan Kowalski took a turn in goal and turned aside 25 of 28 Tigers shots.


Tornado 2 @ Cheavers 10

RWD exploded for 10 goals in their first game Sunday, half of them off the stick of Uminski. Krieski collected another hat trick and the other two came from Payton Kowalski. Hailey Dietl and Haag collected three assists apiece, Wilcox helping on a pair and Jordan Kowalski also getting a set up.

Renneberg collected the win in goal.


Tornado 1 @ Cheavers 7

Everything went RWD’s way again in the second, the lone disappointment possibly being for Jordan Kowalski who collected his second win of the weekend in goal but saw his shutout bid spoiled just 19 seconds from the final buzzer.

Paige Othmer enjoyed a big day on the offense, putting up three goals and an assist while Haag scored twice along with two assists.

Renneberg skated out and collected one of the goals and Payton Kowalski notched the other.

Dietl enjoyed a huge playmaking day, turning in five assists with Uminski adding a pair.

The Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers boosted its overall record to 10-4 on the season and the locals have won six of its past seven.

That streak will be on the line Saturday when the Cheavers play host to the Madison Patriots at 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. at RACA on Saturday, then entertain the Viroqua Thunder in Sunday games at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.


Bantam Cheavers third at BRF tourney

The bantam RWD Cheavers wrapped up third place at a tournament in Black River Falls over this past weekend. Pictured are team members including in front from left: Bryton Clark, Kayla Garbacz, Gus DeFosse, Alex Griebe, Tye Barney and Nick McPherson. In back from left are: Coach Billy Oakes, Devin Hughes, Bryan Mammos, Tristan Edgerton, Nolan Pope, RJ Manley, Kaden Uminski, Carter Renneberg and Coach Glenn Hughes. Absent from the photo are Ryleigh Bychinski and Jaxon Hess along with Team Manager Tara Uminski.

By Jim den Hollander


The RWD  bantam ‘A’ youth hockey team picked up two wins in three contests and avenged an earlier lopsided defeat on its way to a third place showing at a bantam tournament in Black River Falls this past weekend.

After opening the tournament with a 9-0 shutout against SHAW (Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin) in its opening contest, the bantams ran into a tough opponent from Monroe, falling 11-0 to the Avalanche which ultimately sent the locals to the third-place contest against the host Black River Falls squad.

The same two teams met in early November, Black River Falls winning by a lopsided score. However, this time around, a Kaden Uminski hat trick set the tone for a 6-3 RWD victory in the bronze contest, pushing the team’s overall record to a solid 12-2 on the season.

Cheavers 9 vs. SHAW 0

RWD got things off to a successful start with a lopsided shutout win, the second of the season for Alex Griebe.

Nolan Pope opened and closed the scoring for the Cheavers with RJ Manley contributing a hat trick and an assist. Kaden Uminski collected a goal and two assists with other goals for Alec Breunig, Gus DeFosse and Devin Hughes and single assists for Carter Renneberg and Tristan Edgerton.

The Cheavers collected four goals in both the first and second periods adding one more down the stretch.

Cheavers 0 vs. Avalanche 11

RWD saw the other side of a quick start in its second game, falling behind 4-0 in the first before stemming the tide to a single goal against down the second. But the Avalanche continued to cover the Cheavers in the third with another half dozen unanswered goals.


Cheavers 6 vs. Tigers 3

Before the loss to Monroe, the Cheavers had just one defeat on the season and that was a lopsided decision at Black River Falls earlier in the season.

If they were intimidated in the rematch it didn’t show as RWD sandwiched a long Tigers’ marker in the first period with two of their own, from Breunig and Uminski. Nick McPherson and Breunig had assists on the Uminski goal.

Both teams scored twice in the middle period, Uminski collecting one for RWD before Bryan Mammos added the game winner a short time later, on a feed from Carter Renneberg.

Insurance came in the final period with goals scored by Gus DeFosse and Tristan Edgerton and another set up for Uminski.

Three game weekend

The win boosted the Cheavers’ overall record this season to 12-2 and they locals will be back in action this weekend with three home games at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA). The Polar Caps B and Polar Caps B (Blue) from West Madison will make up the opposition Saturday with games at 10:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively before Dubuque Junior Saints wrap it up with a 4:45 p.m. faceoff on Sunday.


Attached below is an interview done with Kaden Uminski earlier this season after a six-asssist weekend that helped the team to wins at Dubuque.

Eagles season start delayed

By Jim den Hollander


Cancellation (or more likely postponement) of Tuesday’s scheduled game at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) delays the opening of the Sauk Prairie Eagles’ varsity hockey season a little further.

While most varsity teams have played multiple games following a late-November season opening, the Eagles have still yet to suit up, other than in practice. Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be the team’s opener.

Now, the first game is scheduled for Friday as the Eagles make its shortest trip of the season to Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo for a Friday night contest.

First home game for the Eagles will be Tuesday when the Beaver Dam Golden Beavers pay a visit.

The Cheavers meanwhile will stay on home ice, entertaining the same Golden Beavers on Friday night, then getting a visit from Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds on Thursday (December 17).

Thunderbirds fall 4-0 in Mosinee


By Jim den Hollander


Baraboo/Portage varsity Thunderbirds hockey team fell to 0-2 on the season with a 4-0 defeat in Mosinee against the Mosinee High School varsity hockey team Tuesday night.

The game winner came late in the opening period and the home team added one more in the middle period before finally putting the game away with two more in the final period.

Caden Schmirler scored the game winner and the final goal for Mosinee.

Andrew Schaetzl turned in a 23-save performance in goal for the Thunderbirds.

Next up for the 1-1-0 Thunderbirds is a home game at Pierce Park Pavilion against the Sauk Prairie Eagles who have yet to play this season after the team’s scheduled season opener was postponed at RACA Tuesday night.


Bowden and Capener lead Badger Lightning

By Jim den Hollander


The Badger Lightning varsity girl’s hockey team made up of players from Sauk County and area high schools opened the 2020-21 WIAA season with  a split in a pair of home games and also dropped its first road test.

The Viroqua Blackhawks handed the Lightning a tough 11-3 loss in its opener Thursday (December 3) but the Lightning bounced back in its second straight home game with a 5-2 decision against the Brookfield Glacier on Saturday.

Following that, the Lightning hit the road to the Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Lakeshore Lightning.

Following it a quick look at all three games.

Viroqua Blackhawks 11 @ Badger Lightning 3

Three goals in the opening seven minutes at Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo sent the Blackhawks on its way but the host Lightning trimmed the lead to 4-2 by the end of the first period. Another five unanswered in the middle period had the visitors in complete control.

The combination of Bella Bowden and Kayla Capener was a bright spot for Lightning as the pair combined for three points apiece – Bowden with two goals and an assist and Capener with the other goal and a couple helpers.

Lily McPherson was the third member of the combo, picking up a couple assists as well. The Hawks spread out its scoring well, four different shooters notching a pair of goals in the contest.

Kaitlyn Elder was the busiest player on the ice, facing 42 shots in goal for the Lightning.


Brookfield Glacier 2 @ Badger Lightning 5

The Lightning fought back from an early deficit to record its first win of the season Saturday, scoring five straight before Glacier also closed out the scoring with less than two minutes to play in the contest.

Bowden fired her third of the season tying the game with help from Capener and Signe Begalske and Capener put the Lightning in front to stay 1:27 from the end of the opening segment on a feed from Carson Blosenski.

The lone goal of the middle period was the game winner, notched by Mallory Ruhland with help from Lani Selje.

Begalske and Capener fired third period goals, Capener’s into an empty cage with just over two minutes to play. Bowden and Blosenski collected assists on the Begalske goal.

Freshman Alyssa Gada collected the win in her first varsity contest between the pipes, stopping 19 of 21 Glacier shots in a game that saw the home side outshot 21-17.


Badger Lighting 1 @ Lakeshore Lightning 4

This time the Badger Lightning scored first, Bowden finding the back of the net 6:05 into the contest with help coming from Capener and Madchen Ewig.

Jillian Bilsborough’s goal four seconds from the end of the opening period had teams even heading to the middle frame where the Lightning added two more. The final goal came as time expired with Badger Lightning goaltender, Gada on the bench in favor of an extra attacker.

Gada stopped 22 of 25 in goal for the local squad.


Next up – Northern trip

The trip to West Bend kicked off a stretch of five straight road games for the Lightning, beginning with a pair on a Northern swing Saturday. The Lightning will be in Eagle River for a noon faceoff against Northland Pines Eagles, then moves on to Rhinelander for a 6 p.m. contest against the Northern Edge.

Next home game for the Lightning will be on December 22 against the Arrowhead Warhawks at Pierce Park Pavilion with a 7 p.m. faceoff.