Tag Archives: Derek Bell

Everest holds on to first with 0-0 tie in Point

By Steve Hill Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen Sept. 13, 2018 Stevens Point — SPASH missed a golden opportunity to move into a first-place tie with Marshfield Thursday at the Portage County Youth Soccer complex as D.C. Everest salvaged a 0-0 draw with the Panthers. The Evergreens (3-2-2, 3-0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference) got eight saves from senior… Read More »

SPASH takes 3-1 rivalry win over Rapids

By Steve Hill Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen Sept. 6, 2018 STEVENS POINT — In a young soccer season that has already seen multiple rainouts, Tuesday’s SPASH-Wisconsin Rapids contest featured only a figurative deluge, but one that meant a very real 3-1 victory for the Panthers. SPASH scored all three goals in the span of just… Read More »

WVC league soccer play opens Tuesday

By Steve Hill Aug. 27, 2018 If the Wisconsin Valley Conference had to select a baked good as a league mascot for 2018, maybe the turnover would be a good choice. Four of the WVC’s seven teams have new coaches, and there aren’t enough returning players from the 2017 All-WVC first and second teams to… Read More »

Rapids drowns SPASH title hopes, 4-2

Story and photo by Steve Hill Oct. 3, 2017 Stevens Point — First-place Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln got a hat trick from Jack Kiiskila en route to a 4-2 win over the SPASH Panthers Tuesday night at the Portage County Youth Soccer complex, moving a step closer to their first Wisconsin Valley Conference title since 2010 and… Read More »

SPASH upends Wausau West, 3-1, in tough match

Story by Steve Hill Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen Sept. 21, 2017 Stevens Point — In another nobody-watching-from-the-bench game, the fourth-place SPASH Panthers defeated second-place Wausau West 3-1 in a critical Wisconsin Valley Conference contest that threw the WVC race into further turmoil. Two teams that have a history of wild, suspenseful games at the Portage… Read More »

Rapids beats SPASH 3-1, takes control of WVC

Story and photo by Steve Hill Sept. 7, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids — The SPASH Panthers became the first Wisconsin Valley Conference team to crack the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln defense this season, but couldn’t solve the problem of the Red Raiders’ veteran experience, falling 3-1 in the soccer rivalry Thursday. Jack Kiiskila, the WVC’s leading scorer,… Read More »

CWS Soccer Roundup: Rapids, SPASH square off

By Steve Hill Sept. 4, 2017 No major surprises cropped up in the first week of Wisconsin Valley Conference boys soccer play, although a couple of players fired their opening shots in the battle to see who will replace two-time conference MVP Jack Mittelsteadt at the top of the scoring list. Sophomore T.J. Knutson of… Read More »

SPASH cruises by Marshfield, 10-0

Story and photo by Steve Hill Aug. 31, 2017 Stevens Point — The score looked like one team got schooled, but it was still a learning experience for both Wisconsin Valley Conference opponents trying to find their identities early in the season. The Marshfield Tigers, with only four seniors on their varsity roster, visited the… Read More »

CWS Soccer Report: Old faces gone; new faces could shake up WVC order

By Steve Hill Aug. 29, 2017 Graduation always brings some turnover to the high school sports landscape. In the world of Wisconsin Valley Conference boys soccer, the end of the 2016-2017 school year brought an earthquake. Of 22 players selected for the 2016 All-WVC first and second teams, 19 graduated, including 10 of the 11… Read More »

Rapids wins soccer finale, 7-1

  CWS Sports Desk Oct. 13, 2016 Merrill — Four goals from Jonah Bakunowicz led the Red Raiders to a regular-season-ending win over Merrill. Bakunowicz scored four of the first five Raider goals, with his tallies coming in the 7th, 26th, 43rd and 56th minutes.  A Jack Kiiskila goal in the 55th was the only Rapids score… Read More »

Making undefeated thrilling: SPASH slips by Rapids, 2-1, stays tied for first

By Steve Hill Oct. 6, 2016 Wisconsin Rapids — If there were a beer ad campaign featuring the SPASH Panthers, its theme would probably be “the Most Interesting Soccer Team in the World.” Better make it soda for the high schoolers, but SPASH (15-0-2, 8-0-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) remained undefeated while again providing a heart-stopping finish, downing Wisconsin Rapids… Read More »