That’s because Lake Geneva Badger’s boys golf coach knows he’s overseeing a special group. And this WIAA Division 1 state tournament could be the Badgers’ last run at greatness for a bit.

“When you have five seniors like we do, you just don’t know what the future is going to be like,” DeShambo said. “We’ve got some good young golfers coming up, but they’re a few years away. So this could be it for a while.”

So no matter how the Badgers finish, DeShambo is going to enjoy the ride.

After the first round in the two-day, 36-hole competition, Badger High was in 10th place at the 16-team tournament with a 334 team score. Middleton held the lead with a 308, while four-time defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead was second at 311.

Janesville Craig was in 11th place at 335, just three shots out of eighth place.

In Division 2, Edgerton was in sixth place. Green Bay Notre Dame led with a 300, while the Crimson Tide shot a 335, seven strokes back of two-time defending champion Madison Edgewood’s fifth-place total.

Osceola’s Charlie Danielson shot a 2-under-par 70 as the Division 2 leader in his bid for a repeat championship. Onlaska’s Ben Skogan was the Division 1 leader with a par 72.

Badger’s Ryan Garske, making his fourth appearance at state, overcame a triple bogey at No. 4 to shoot a 7-over-par, 79. Garske’s day was highlighted by birdies at No. 9 and 16—a pair of par 5s.

Chad Henry also had a solid round for Badger and carded an 80. Henry birdied the first and 14th holes—a pair of par-4s—to help offset eight bogeys and a double bogey.

Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz of the Badgers shot an 85, and Michael Schlehlein had a 90.

“We’d love to finish in the top half,” DeShambo said. “But the key for us is how our bottom three guys play. If we can get some better numbers at three, four and five, we can do that.”

Craig coach Dominic Wiegel would love to have his team crack the top half of the field, too, and isn’t far off of that goal.

The Cougars matched their season average Monday, thanks in large part to a 78 from junior Ryne Clatworthy. That had the Craig standout in a tie for 18th individually.

Craig also counted an 84 from junior Tanner Woodman and an 86 from senior Jordan Moss. Sophomore Jordan Gagg—who was battling allergies—and senior Jim Leute each shot 87.

“Odds are we weren’t going to win it,” Wiegel said. “So I just wanted the kids to have fun.”

Wiegel will take the same approach for today’s final round.

“I just want them to let it all hang out,” Wiegel said. “For our seniors, this is their last go of it here. So if you’re in a fairway bunker, just go for it. I want it to be a fun day for them.”

Edgerton coach Curtis Koch wanted the same for his young team. And even though the Crimson Tide sat in sixth place, Koch wasn’t the least bit disappointed.

That’s because Edgerton’s roster includes two sophomores and two freshmen at the top of the lineup. And considering few believed the Crimson Tide would ever make it this far, the state tournament is simply gravy.

“As young as we are, just being here is a great, great experience,” Koch said. “I wasn’t expecting to contend. We’d have to play out of our minds for that to happen. But just the experience is outstanding.”

Edgerton sophomore Erik Danielson had a terrific day, making three birdies and shooting an 80. Sophomore Andrew Morrison carded an 83, while freshmen Drew Pipik (84) and Brooks Johnson (88) also had respectable rounds.

“We felt the pressure a little bit today,” Koch said. “The kids were shaking on the first tee, and you just knew nerves were going to be an issue.

“But (Tuesday) when we come out, they can just play loose and relaxed. Then I think you’ll see us have a really good day.”

At University Ridge

(Par 72)

(First Round)


Middleton 308, Hartland Arrowhead 311, Milwaukee Marquette 318, Fond du Lac 323, Holmen 325, Neenah 325, Hudson 326, Kettle Moraine 332, Mequon Homestead 332, Lake Geneva Badger 334, Janesville Craig 335, Wisconsin Rapids 336, Appleton East 336, Westosha Central 350, Superior 351, Kenosha Tremper 352.


Ben Skogen (Onalaska), 72; Jacob Garstecki (Germantown), 73; Jack McKinney (Marquette), 73; Jack Feuerstein (Madison La Follette), 74; Eric Hagstrom (Middleton), 74; Nate Webb (Eau Claire Memorial), 74, Zach Gaugert (Waunakee), 75; Matt Ross (Arrowhead), 75.


(Low four count in team score)

Middleton (308)—Eric Hagstrom, 74; Mitch Johnson, 77; Sean Murphy, 77; Blake Jens, 80; Connor Wipfli, 84.

Arrowhead (311)—Matt Ross, 75; Kyle Driscoll, 77; Johnny Langhoff, 77; Matt McIntosh, 82; Connor Thiel, 83.

Marquette (318)—Jack McKinney, 73; Luke Rhyner, 78; Keegan English, 78; Pat Stanek, 89; Billy Fox, 92.

Fond du Lac (323)—Jared Magoline, 77; Joe DuChateau, 81; Mitch Cardinal, 82; Joe Blagoue, 83; Luke Stoffel, 93.

Holmen (325)—Drew Schroeder, 79; Jeremy Mason, 80; Bennett Laxton, 83; Connor Frawley, 83; James De Boer, 89.

Neenah (325)—Alex Thomsen, 76; Kraig Joy, 77; Tony Chiodi, 85; Henry Mulvey, 87; Jordan Entwisle, 91.

Hudson (326)—Luke Burbach, 79; Ben Lewis, 81; Jeremy Salentine, 81; Matt Grayes, 85; Jack Holland, 90.

Kettle Moraine (332)—Ryan Franklin, 78; Tyler Sheveland, 81; Nic Johnson, 82; Eric Rogers, 91; David Trundale, 92.

Homestead (332)—Jordan Niebrugge, 78; Dylan Lyons, 83; Tyler Lyons, 85; Joe Tautges, 86; Oliver Lanigan, 93.

Badger (334)—Ryan Garske, 79; Chad Henry, 80; Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz, 85; Michael Schlehlein, 90; Chris Georgalas, 95.

Craig (335)—Ryne Clatworthy, 78; Tanner Woodman, 84; Jordan Moss, 86; Jordan Gagg, 87; Jim Leute, 87.

Wisconsin Rapids (336)—Aaron Bravick, 80; Brady Goska, 82; Joe Ritchay, 85; Austin Rasmussen, 89; Adam North, 89.

Appleton East (336)—Jake Kuklinski, 77; Johnny Coenen, 82; Alan Lemons, 87; Trent Schmidt, 90; Erik Thulien, 90.

Westosha (350)—Mark LeMeer, 82; Mike Fenske, 84; Nick Manning, 89; Brent Wagner, 95; John Lynch, 99.

Superior (351)—Rob Kraft, 83; Spencer Sitek, 88; Ethan Anderson, 89; Chris Rochon, 91; Blake Johnson, 94.

Tremper (352)—Matt Bible, 81; Max Aiello, 84; Cory Metallo, 90; Nick Moro, 97; Dan Kupfer, 103.

Unattached—Ben Skogan (Onalaska), 72; Jacob Garstecki (Germantown), 73; Natt Webb (Eau Claire Memorial), 74; Jacob Feurstein (Madison La Follette), 74; Zach Gaugert (Waunakee), 75; Tom Boockmeier (Green Bay Preble), 76; Larry Wetzel (D.C. Everest), 78; Noah Hersch (Glendale Nicolet), 79; Jack Wartman (Brookfield Central), 79; Tyler Glass (Fort Atkinson), 79.

Edgar Carli (Madison East), 81; Devin Terry (La Crosse Central), 81; Cody Neu (Waukesha West), 81; Willie Wittman (Kaukauna), 82; T.J. Pdner (Hartford), 83; Tyler Zientara (Whitnall), 83; Riley Smith (Kenosha Bradford), 84; Ryan Posda (Cudahy), 85; Andy Waselchuk (Green Bay Preble), 85; Evan Rietveld (Kimberly), 85; Phillip Johnson (Germantown), 87; Austin Byrd (Chippewa Falls), 90; Erik Voss (De Pere), 93; Travis Meier Kimberly), 98.


Green Bay Notre Dame 300, Osecola 315, Plymouth 322, Racine St. Catherine’s 327, Madison Edgewood 328, Edgerton 335, Manitowoc Roncalli Roncalli 350, Sparta 353.


Charlie Danielson (Osceola), 70; Brett Brusda (Notre Dame), 73; Gene Kiela III (Plymouth), 73; Joe Martin (Notre Dame), 73; Sean Howard (St,. Catherine’s), 74; Danny Cronick (Osceola), 76; Jim Liddy (Notre Dame), 77; Matt Smilanic (Notre Dame), 77; Reed Sorensen (Unity), 77; Chris Bachman (Sheboygan Falls), 78.


(Low four count in team score)

Notre Dame (300)—Joe Martin, 73; Brett Brusda, 73; Matt Smilanich, 77; Jim Liddy, 77; Zack Diestler, 84.

Osceola (315)—Charlie Danielson, 70; Danny Cronick, 76; Cole Johnson, 84; Adam MacMurray, 85; Mike Henck, 86.

Plymouth (322)—Gene Kiela III, 73; Garrett Berger, 81; Marcus Gamoke, 82; Tyler Siech, 86; Tony Arnold, 92.

St. Catherine’s (327)—Sean Howard, 74; Jamie Maxwell, 83; Tyler Kamakian, 84; Zach Haman, 86; Danny Staaden, 89.

Edgewood (328)—Steffen Lake, 79; Johnny Decker, 80; Gage Mauer, 81; Jack Lorge, 88; Kevin Curliss, 93.

Edgerton (335)—Erik Danielson, 80; Andrew Morrison, 83; Drew Pipik, 84; Brooks Johnson, 88; Zach Everly, 104.

Roncalli (350)—David Hoffman, 86; Nick Bohman, 87; Jimm Albright, 88; Colin Salutz, 89; Christopher Sowinski, 94.

Sparta (353)—Garrett Geier, 86; Mitchel Pauley, 86; Levi Spaeth, 89; Derek Von Ruden, 92; Jake Hutchinson, 98.

Unattached—Reed Sorensen (Unity), 77; Chris Bachmann (Sheboygan Falls), 78; Andrew Hattersley (Milwaukee University School), 81; Kyle Bruce (Monroe), 81; John Weyenberg (Appleton Xavier), 82; Cale Urso (McFarland), 84; Nathan Anton (Columbus), 84; David Spengler (Luxemburg-Casco), 85; Sam Nevins (Jefferson), 86; Austin Byl (Amery), 89; Collin Manley (Arcadia), 89; Michael Falk (Berlin), 89.


Kohler 333, Cuba City 350, Oshkosh Lourdes 351, Osseo-Fairchild 351, Stevens Point Pacelli 357, Lancaster 360, Marshfield Columbus 364, Eleva-Strum 370.


Kyle Shafer (Spring Valley), 74; Josh Smith (Southwestern), 75; Jake Rogness (Eleva-Strum), 78; Landon Vinger (Kickapoo), 78; Matt Sieg (Osseo-Fairchild), 80; Brad Stieber (Marathon), 80.


(Low four count in team score)

Kohler (333)—Jenna Peters, 81; Logan Willis, 81; Nick Scheppman, 85; Andy Hammes, 86; Derek Egbert, 97.

Cuba City (350)—Alex Stewart, 85; Nate Murray, 85; Dakota Thole, 89; Taylor Sullivan, 91; Bryce Wiest, 103.

Lourdes (351)—Matt Michaletz, 83; Dan Putzer, 84; Dan Grunsted, 89; David Grunsted, 95; Ryan Patrick, 99.

Osseo-Fairchild (351)—Matt Sieg, 80; Joe Markgren, 82; Isaac McIlquham, 94; Robbie Ottestad, 95; Alex Chowanec, 101.

Pacelli (357)—Jozef Wojciehowski, 85; Chris O’Sullivan, 87; Ethan Elliot, 90; Steven Maes, 95; Andy Shannon, 97.

Lancaster (360)—Zach Hentrich, 84; John VanDeHey, 84; Henrik Klerfeit, 94; Evan VanDeHey, 98; Logan Thole, 102.

Marshfield Columbus (364)—Jared Boyle, 88; Ben Reigel, 88; Jordan Derfus, 92; Sam Stassen, 96; Zach Strobel, 107.

Eleva-Strum (370)—Jake Rogness, 78; Andrew Gregory, 95; Tyler Koxlien, 96; Jake Hulberg, 101; Alex Larsen, 103.

Unattached—Kyle Schafer (Spring Valley), 74; Josh Smith (Southwestern), 75; Landon Vinger (Kickapoo), 78; Brad Stieber (Marathon), 80; Dan Romero, 81; Colten Theis (Mellen), 82; Luke Tribbey (Horicon), 84; David Niemuth, 84; Sean O’Neill (University Lake School), 88; Ollie Sadiq (Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah), 91; Ben Ehlers (Sevastopol), 91; Casey Heikkinen (Prentice), 92. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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