By Alex Strouf, The Denmark News

TRACK

The Denmark varsity track and field team brought four boys to La Crosse to compete in three events this weekend at the WIAA State Track & Field Championships.

They have not disappointed.

The boy’s 4x200M relay team consisting of senior Noah McMonagle, senior Sawyer Alexander, junior Wyatt Gezella, and senior Noah Bielinski took sixth overall in the preliminary round and qualified for the state finals on Saturday. They’re expected to run between 12 and 2 P.M. on Saturday.

With only a short break on Friday, Gezella had to go back onto the track to run the 400M dash, in which he owns the Denmark High School record.

Once again, he not only broke his own record, he smoked it.

Gezella finished second overall in preliminary action with a blazing time of 49.38 seconds. He is almost guaranteed a spot on the podium with a time like that.

Finally, McMonagle participated in the 300M hurdles on Friday afternoon. After staying in front of the pack for most of the race, McMonagle hit a wall. With only one hurdle left, exhaustion creeped up on the Denmark senior, and he would fall a few spots.

McMonagle placed fifth in his heat and 11th overall, which was one spot short of qualifying for Saturday.

Fortunately for the senior, he’s still able to compete in the state finals, just in a different event.

SOFTBALL

The Denmark High School varsity softball team had to win one final game to make their first state appearance in 20 years.

The competition was tough.

Denmark faced off with New London in a sectional final game played at Winneconne High School on Thursday.

Teammates embrace following a 7-4 loss in the sectional championship. Photo by Alex Strouf, The Denmark News.

The Lady Vikes historical run, which won them their first regional championship in 12 seasons, came to an end Thursday night.

New London was quick to score, and would quickly add onto it. Going into the sixth inning, the Bulldogs were up 7-0.

Denmark showed a spark in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs. That was all they could put together.

Grace Nys took the loss on the mound, allowing six runs and striking out four.

Taylor Ullman was 1-for-3 with 2RBI for the Lady Vikes.

 

Full details from both stories available in the June 8 edition of The Denmark News.