Eagles raise bar on 2021-22 season challenges

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

The Sauk Prairie Eagles are rolling into the 2021-22 season coming off of back to back Sectional semi-final defeats against the Verona Wildcats. The same Wildcats that won the state title in 2020 and finished as runners up last season.

The team has a combined regular season record of 31-5-1 in regulation and has plenty left in the tank for another deep run.

If they match the regular season success of the previous season, they will have had a great run as the team’s schedule looks tough this time around, beginning with the season opener Nov. 23 at SPARC against the Onalaska Hilltoppers.

Three of the team’s first five games will be against the Hilltoppers, Edgewood Crusaders, now a division foe and the University School of Milwaukee, also a perennial state contender. The Eagles will also compete in the annual Christmas tournament at Hartmeyer and Madison Ice Arenas – usually one of the state’s tougher events. Other regular season games will include Bight Eight opponents from Sun Prairie and Middleton.

The always tough Waunakee Warriors will no longer be in the path of the Eagles, but the Badger West will still be tough with the addition of both the Crusaders and Oregon Panthers and the up and coming Monroe Cheesemakers, rival of all Sauk County communities at the Youth hockey level.

Listed below is a tentative version of the Sauk Prairie Eagles’ 2021-22 regular season schedule, taken from the school’s website. Dates and times are subject to change.

Badger West Conference games are listed in bold

Nov. 23 – vs. Onalaska Hilltoppers @ Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) 7 p.m.

Dec. 2 – vs. Monroe Cheesemakers @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Dec. 7 – vs. Madison Edgewood Crusaders @ LeBahn Arena 7 p.m.

Dec. 9 – vs. Oregon Panthers @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 – vs. University School of Milwaukee Wildcats @ SPARC 2 p.m.

Dec. 14 – vs. Baraboo Thunderbirds @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Dec. 17 – vs. RWD Cheavers @ RACA 7 p.m.

Dec. 21 – vs. McFarland Spartans @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Dec. 28-30 – vs. TBA @ Madison-Hartmeyer tournament

Jan. 6, 2022 – vs. Monroe Cheesemakers @ State Line Ice & Community Expo (SLICE) 7 p.m.

Jan. 11 – vs. Edgwood Crusaders @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Jan. 15 – Badger Challenge @ Waunakee Ice Ponds TBA

Jan. 18 – vs. Sun Prairie Cardinals @ Sun Prairie Ice Arena 7 p.m.

Jan. 21 – vs. Oregon Panthers @ Oregon Ice Arena 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 – vs. Baraboo Thunderbirds @ Pierce Park Pavilion 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 – vs. RWD Cheavers @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Feb. 4 – vs. Middleton Cardinals @ SPARC 7 p.m.

Feb. 8 – vs. Tomah/Sparta  @ SPARC 7 p.m.

RWD kicks off captain’s practices

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the Lake Delton Ice Arena is becoming busier every day.

The Dells Ducks enjoyed a week as the sole tenant for the barn (with a few exceptions) but beginning Tuesday with the RWD varsity hockey team coming in for an evening skate under the supervision of Ducks’ Head Coach Shaun Falzone, things are picking up.

On Wednesday (Sept. 8), the U14 Girls South-Central WEHL team will be among three hitting the rink for a regional practice. Included on the team are local players Tahni Barger, a Deforest native who played last season for the Sauk Monkeys and Sauk Flyers; Reese Olson, a member of the Badger Lightning last season; Sarah Hash who split time between the Sauk Prairie Flyers bantams and the Sauk Prairie Monkeys and Paige Othmer, a member of both the Badger Lightning and RWD peewees.

The same team will be at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Sunday for a pair of games at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. against the South-East squad.

On Thursday night, the RWD youth hockey program will hold its first in person registration period with equipment fitting and distribution as well.

Check here for more information on activity at all three Sauk County arenas as the season progresses.