Thorp hires Stokes as football coach

Thorp High School has hired former UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Predators quarterback Keldric Stokes to be its next varsity football coach.

Stokes played at Stout in the mid-2000s. His four touchdown passes in a game against Upper Iowa in 2005 is the third-highest single game total in program history.

He played with the Predators for nearly a decade.

—Thorp also made hires for a new baseball and boys golf coach. Cory Drost takes over the baseball program, while Jerry Allen will lead the golf squad.

Emberson scores for Badgers

Eau Claire native Ty Emberson scored the Badgers’ only goal in the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s 4-1 loss against Michigan State on Friday night.

Emberson followed up by tallying an assist against the Spartans in a 2-2 tie on Saturday. He now has three goals and seven assists this season.

Lee wins in Westby

Skiing on the large hill at Westby, 16-year old Flying Eagle Landon Lee soared to first place in U20 Class with jumps of 97 and 105 meters (318 and 344 feet) to win in the U.S. Cup series Friday night.

He led Four Flying Eagles who finished in the top seven. Stewart Gundry, 13, was fourth with jumps of 94-96 meters (308-312 feet) and he was followed by Carter Lee in fifth and Logan Gundry in seventh.

Slovenian Nik Fabijan, who opened the series by winning at Eau Claire two weeks ago, continued his unbeaten string of Senior Class honors with two jumps of 116 meters (381 feet). He was followed by Norway’s Jorgen Madsen. Flying Eagle Nick Mattoon finished eighth as the second American with jumps of 92 and 95 meters (302-312 feet).

The fifth and final event in the 5-Hills series was scheduled for Saturday. For Friday’s full results, see scoreboard.

—In World Cup Nordic Combined Saturday at Klingenthal, Germany, Flying Eagle Ben Loomis finished 34th, behind teammates Taylor Fletcher, 26th, and Jasper Good, 31st.

Stout track wins seven events

The UW-Stout men’s and women’s track teams produced winners in seven events on Saturday at the Bethel University Gene Glader Classic.

The men picked up wins in the pole vault, long jump and shot put. The women won in the long jump, 3,000-meter, 60-meter hurdles, and weight throw.

UW-Eau Claire produced four winners at the UW-Stevens Point Pointer Invite, taking the men’s and women’s triple jump along with women’s pole vault and men’s long jump.

Blue Devils fall on the road

The UW-Stout men’s hockey team gave up three goals in the third period in a 4-1 loss to UW-River Falls on Saturday.

Two of the Falcons’ goals in the third were empty-netters.

Austin Jackson’ had the lone goal for the Blue Devils.

Steel win shootout

The Chippewa Steel defeated the Minnesota Wilderness 3-2 via shootout on Saturday in North American Hockey League play.

Matt Clark made the only goal of the shootout to give the Steel the win.

From staff reports