Several local football players were named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-region teams on Thursday.

Elk Mound led area schools with five selections.

Linemen Ryan Zurbuchen and Marcus Kinblom, running back/linebacker Brady Redwine, linebacker Brett Lew and defensive back Rian Flynn were all named to the Region 1 small-school team for the Mounders.

Big Rivers Conference champion River Falls had four selections to the Region 1 large-school team: Quarterback Logan Graetz, running back Seth Kohel, wide receiver Jared Creen and lineman Zach Paulson. Also selected from the Big Rivers were Menomonie’s Sam Thompson and Davis Barthen, Chippewa Falls’ Matt Pomietlo and Rico DeLeon, Eau Claire Memorial’s Nate Hau, Rice Lake’s Peyton Buckley, and Hudson’s Keyser Helterbrand and Cody Cicha.

Regis had three selections to the Region 2 small-school team: Andrew Ernstmeyer, Henry Theisen and Cade Osborn. Osseo-Fairchild had one: Caden Boettcher.

Bloomer’s Jayzson Thompson and Bradley Sarauer made the All-Region 1 small team, along with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Bronson Schofield, Spring Valley’s Aaron Borgerding and Baldwin-Woodville’s Andrew Klopp. Cumberland’s Reid Olson, Jack Martens and Andrew Barnes also made the team, as did Ladysmith’s Caden Dupee and Elmwood/Plum City’s Tyler Maxwell.

Blugolds open season with win

The UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team started its season with an 80-75 win over No. 23-ranked St. Olaf on Thursday in Eau Claire.

Cole Rabedeaux scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Blugolds, while Sean Miller and Ben Widdes added 15 points apiece. Widdes also secured eight rebounds.

Wilyam Wright also scored in double figures for UW-Eau Claire, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds.

Blugolds named all-region

UW-Eau Claire volleyball players Madelyn Pashibin and Madison Surprise were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Division III team.

Blugolds coach Kim Wudi was named the region’s coach of the year.

Fellow Blugold Arianna Barrett and UW-Stout junior Stephanie Cannon were named honorable mentions. Barrett was the freshman of the year.

Wampler has big debut

Former Regis standout Bill Wampler scored 26 points in his debut for the Wright State men’s basketball team on Wednesday.

Wampler, who redshirted last season after transferring from Drake, started for the Raiders in their 96-73 win over Western Carolina. His 26 points were the game’s highest total. Wampler hit five 3-pointers in the win.

His career high in points at the college level is 27, which came in 2016 while playing at Drake.

From staff reports