Wilcox, Othmer and Dietl play in Kohlman Cups

By Jim den Hollander
This past season saw the RWD Peewee ‘A’ squad bring home a Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) Peewee 3A Peewee Consolation Championship plaque, but several players from that team have continued to play into the late spring/early summer months.
Among them are three team members: Ethan Wilcox, Paige Othmer and Hailey Dietl were invited to participate with their respective Region Four teams.
The tournament is an early look at some of the top peewees in the state, playing on one of the six Regional teams that went head-to-head in one of four tournaments.
Othmer was a member of the 2008 Region 4 Girls team while Ethan Wilcox played on the ‘09 Boys team and Dietl performed for the ‘08 Girls squad.
Wilcox hit the ice first playing in the hockey-crazy town of Hudson, Wisconsin March 27-28. In the first game, the Region 4 squad played Region 3 (Milwaukee Area) and dropped a 2-1 decision, then battled Region 6 (Tomah north to Hudson) to a 3-3 draw, both games played on the Saturday.
Those results ranked the Region 4 team third in its pool, and it returned to play Sunday against Region 1 (Northern Wisconsin) pummeling them 15-2 to wrap up fifth spot overall.
Two weeks later, Othmer and Dietl made the trip to Chippewa Falls to play in their respective tournaments.
Dietl’s ‘09 team went winless through round robin, dropping a 6-0 decision to a team made up of players from Regions 2 (Central Wisconsin) and 3 (Green Bay), then dropped one goal decisions to Region 1/6 (3-2) and Region 5 (2-1).
Othmer’s squad meanwhile went undefeated in pool play, grabbing a 5-3 win against Region 3 and collecting a 4-2 win against Region 6. With the top spot in the ‘National’ Pool, the Region 4 team was scheduled to play the second tanked team from the ‘American’ Division, Region 5 in a semi-final match with the winner advancing to the tournament championship.
Unfortunately, semi-final and final scores were unavailable at the time this was written.


Sauk players busy as off season teams start up

By Jim den Hollander
It is surprising how long the hockey season is, even at the local level.
This has been a crazy couple years for everything and as hockey fans, we have gone from not being able to watch our heroes on television to seasons ending at crazy times. We should be halfway through the opening round of the opening round of the post season – at least in a normal year we would be. Instead, we are about a month from the start of a post season that will carry us into July.
If the 2021-22 regular season begins on a normal schedule, the teams playing in the Stanley Cup will have 5-6 weeks off before returning for training camps for what will be another long season with a break in February 2022 for the Winter Olympics which NHL players will be participating in.
Locally, the final event was Ice Wars, a unique event at Lake Delton Ice Arena that brought together players from across the Midwest as well as a solid contingent of locals.
Aaron Kirby, owner of Lake Delton Ice was the organizer of the event that saw individuals at the squirt and peewee level signing up. However, several others have continued playing, with the Blue Devils AAA squad, out of Tomah, the Wisconsin Junior Stars out of the Madison area and the Janesville Jr. Jets.
Local players also played in the peewee Kohlman Cup tournaments recently, representing WAHA Region 4.
Articles on all of these events will appear in this space over the next few week as well as updates on the Dells Ducks junior hockey team, and some looks back at the 2020-21 varsity seasons for RWD, Baraboo/Portage, Sauk Prairie Eagles and the Badger Lightning, as well as a look back on the college seasons for local players.
Also, a summer of research and compilation will see much more statistical information and points of interest for the varsity and junior teams in the season ahead.
I recently made a connection that should see my varsity stuff get a lot more views and I am excited about that.
This past season I took saukhockey.info to a new level and it became recognized across the county. I am looking forward to the off season allowing me to get set for this fall a more organized and wider blanket coverage on all hockey in Sauk.
I am also dusting off another website/facebook page I had sort of shelved to dedicate more time to Sauk Hockey so it should be a fun summer.