The Mustangs recorded three personal bests this past Tuesday in their season opening 125.68 to 112.88 victory over Superior at Superior High School.
Chloe Oehler, Justice Quilling and Harlee Quilling came away with personal bests on the floor, taking first (8.7), second (8.3) and third (8.25) respectively in the event.
Harlee Quilling also finished third (7.55) on beam while Justice Quilling (6.78) took fourth.
Grace Braatz put on a stellar performance, taking first place on bars (8.63), beam (8.65) and in the all around (33.73). She also finished runner up on the vault (8.2) and wrapped up her night with a shared third place finish on the floor (8.25) with teammate Justice Quilling.
“The team looked really strong tonight,” first year coach Erin Liljedahl said following the meet. “The scores say a lot, however, the team unity also showed through the cheers and support between teammates.”
Melody Greenwood missed out on three events due to an injury, but ended up taking third (7.9) on bars.
Liljedahl remarked that the team’s “stuck routines” means they are ready to step up and gain bigger and stronger skills that will help them progress through the season.
“We see a great potential and have our eyes and hearts set on reaching a school record,” she said.
Menomonie spent the rest of the week preparing for an invitational at Tomah on Saturday and return on Tuesday for a meet at River Falls.
Menomonie 64, Regis 62
The Mustangs (4-3, 2-1) clinched their second game in a row after yet another close contest Tuesday at Regis (4-2) High School.
After trailing 31-25 at halftime, the Mustangs rallied to outscore the Ramblers 39-31 in the second half to take the win.
Kylie Mogen shared a game high of 17 points with Regis’ Celine Sabbagh, while Lexi Hastings and Tyra Boettcher tacked on 11 and 10 points, respectively. Elle Hemauer contributed eight points while Maddie Mcleod chipped in four to round out a balanced Menomonie offense.
The Mustangs returned home Friday for a Big Rivers Conference (BRC) contest against Eau Claire North (3-3, 1-1) and continue next week to host Hudson (3-3, 1-2) Tuesday.
Glenwood 31, Boyceville 17
The Bulldogs’ (1-6, 0-4) misfortune continued Tuesday as they suffered their third loss in a row after dropping to the Hilltoppers (3-4, 2-2) in a hard-fought Dunn-St. Croix (DSC) battle.
The low-scoring game featured Boyceville’s Marissa Dormanen leading the Bulldog offense with five points. Emma Ouelette, Naomi Hillman and Tyra Kostman pitched in three points apiece. Glenwood City’s Olivia Scalze finished with a game high of seven points.
Plum City/Elmwood 47, Boyceville 44
The Bulldogs put on a stronger offensive performance against the Wolves at home Thursday, but fell just shy of the first conference win they’ve been looking for.
Rachel Prestrud stepped up to score a team high of 13 points. She hit two big 3-pointers in the second half after a 2-pointer and two freebies in the first half. Kostman rallied behind with 11 points, making five inside baskets and one charity point in the second half.
“We reached some goals we had set for ourselves for this game but unfortunately it ended in a heartbreaking loss for the girls,” head coach Jolene Bird said. “Too many fouls and putting them on the line too many times was the difference in the game.”
Boyceville will wrap up 2017 games with a nonconference matchup at Cameron (3-1) on Thursday and begin 2018 with a home game against Amery (4-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
La Crosse Central 89, Menomonie 39
It was another tough game for the Mustangs, as they traveled to La Crosse Central High School on Tuesday to return home empty handed.
Menomonie (0-5, 0-3) had little to no answer for a strong Central (3-1) offense, as four Red Raiders crept up into double digit territory. Menomonie’s Jace Kressin was the only Mustang to score double digits, ending the night with 14 points. Brendan Johnston and Sam Sleichert followed Kressin with six points each.
The Mustangs hosted Eau Claire North (3-0, 1-0) Friday and head to New Richmond (1-3) on Tuesday.
E.C. North 10, Menomonie 0
A challenging Big Rivers hockey conference proved especially tough on the Mustangs Tuesday, as they were shutout by the Huskies at the Dunn County Ice Arena.
Eight of North’s goals came from even-strength efforts, three goals coming in the first, five in the second and two more in the third.
The Mustangs were outshot 50-21, with North holding them to only one shot on goal in the first period. Most of Menomonie’s shot opportunities came in the third period, where they outshot North 21-19.
Jacob Brown and Jackson Skutt shared goalkeeping duties for the night. Brown started in goal, making 23 saves and allowing eight goals while Skutt relieved him for the remaining 17 minutes of regulation where he allowed the last two goals of the game, but made 17 saves.
Hudson 8, Menomonie 2
The Mustangs (3-6, 0-4) ended the week winless as they dropped another BRC game, this time to the undefeated Raiders (6-0, 3-0) Thursday at Hudson Sports and Civic Center.
Zach Demarce scored the only Mustang goal of the first period at 15:42. Ryan Sisko tied the game up at 2-2 early in the second period with assists from Cole Mensing and Claysen Cook.
But Menomonie went silent the remainder of the game while Hudson racked up five goals before the end of the second period and one more for good measure in the third.
Skutt came up with 37 saves in goal. The Raiders outshot the Mustangs 45-11.
Menomonie returns Tuesday to host New Richmond (5-0) for their final game of 2017 and start 2018 games off against Eau Claire Memorial (7-0, 3-0) at Hobbs Ice Center on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Hayward 2, Chi-Hi/Menomonie 1
A third period goal from Chi-Hi/Menomonie’s Sidney Polzin knotted Tuesday’s game at 1-1, but it was Hayward that found the game-winning goal just a few minutes later to take the win at Chippewa Falls Ice Arena.
Polzin’s goal was scored on a power play with assists from Kaylee Frenette and Mak Hendrickson.
Hayward outshot Chi-Hi/Menomonie 25-23 with Chi-Hi/Menomonie outshooting Hayward 13-5 in the third period.
Haley Frank recorded 23 saves in goal.
The Chi-Hi/Menomonie team ended the week with an 8-0 loss to St. Croix Valley Thursday at the Chippewa Falls Ice Arena and stayed in Chippewa Friday for a game against Northland Pines. Next week features a game in Chippewa against Central Wisconsin, followed by a holiday tournament Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28 in Eau Claire.