OWEN — Freshman Kayla Vavra continues to impress this fall.
Vavra finished third at the Owen-Withee Cross Country Invite Thursday afternoon as the Cornell/Lake Holcombe girls also took home a third-place finish as a team.
Vavra finished with a time of 18 minutes, 45.4 seconds. Liberty Christian’s Melody Becker took first with a time of 17:10.
Liberty Christian also took first as a team, finishing with a score of 40. Cornell/Lake Holcombe finished with a score of 56.
“We used it as a tune-up for conference (meet),” Lake Holcombe/Cornell coach Jake Ebner said.
Bianca Winter and Danielle Gygi also ran well for Cornell/Lake Holcombe, taking eighth and ninth, respectively. Lucy Sikora finished 13th.
On the boys side, Caleb White led the way for Cornell/Lake Holcombe, finishing 19th with a time of 22:54. Owen-Withee’s Bryce Dzwulski took first with a time of 19:32.8.
Marc Burns and Sam Peterson took 23rd and 25th, respectively, for Cornell/Lake Holcombe.
Loyal/Greenwood/Granton took first as a team, finishing with a score of 33. Cornell/Lake Holcombe didn’t have enough runners to score as a team.
Cornell/Lake Holcombe is back in action on Tuesday, when it heads to Flambeau for the Lakeland Conference meet.
Chi-Hi 3, Rice Lake 1
At Chi-Hi, the Cardinals ended their regular season on a strong note, defeating the Warriors in Big Rivers Conference play.
“We absolutely wanted to play well tonight,” Chi-Hi coach Ben Goeman said. “The kids played hard and their focus is now on the playoffs. You hate to lose that last game going into the playoffs and start questioning yourself.”
After Rice Lake took an initial lead, Devin Bathke evened it up for Chi-Hi (12-8-2, 5-7 BRC) with an unassisted goal at the 24-minute mark.
Jared Ewings then put the Cardinals up for good with an unassisted goal a few minutes later before adding a second goal on an assist from Marshall Schlick at the 33-minute mark.
Chi-Hi earned a No. 8 seed for the upcoming WIAA playoffs and will host No. 9 Rhinelander in a Division 1 regional semifinal game Tuesday at Dorais Field.
McDonell/Regis 1, Northland Lutheran 0 (OT)
At Mosinee, Andrew Klimek scored a goal at the 7-minute mark in overtime to lift McDonell/Regis to victory.
Klimek scored on a cross pass from Braxton Collins for the lone goal of the game.
Coming off an emotional 1-1 tie against Stevens Point Pacelli on Monday that kept McDonell/Regis from winning the Mid-State Conference title, McDonell/Regis coach Tim Jenneman thought his team could be in for a letdown in their last game of the regular season.
“The signs were not good for another great game, but its playoff time and a good team will always find a way to win,” Jenneman said. “What’s special about these guys (is) they are gelling and peaking at right time.”
Matt Steiger made nine saves in goal.
McDonell/Regis enters the playoffs on a roll. They haven’t beat beaten since being blanked by Pacelli 2-0 back on Sept. 6.
“All in all we are ready for playoffs and ready to rock,” Jenneman said.
McDonell/Regis hosts the winner of Saturday’s Spooner/Phelps Division 3 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Casper Park.