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Stoughton head coach, Kelly Sorensen, talks to players during a timeout, as Stoughton takes on Madison Edgewood in Badger South Conference girls high school volleyball on Thursday, 9/21/17 at Edgewood High School in Madison, Wisconsin

Kelly Sorensen has stepped down as Stoughton girls volleyball coach, Stoughton athletic director Mel Dow said Thursday. 

“Unfortunately, we lost another great coach in Kelly Sorensen,” Dow said. “She has been an incredible advocate and leader for our female athletic programs here at Stoughton.”

Dow said Sorensen helped form a mindset that made Stoughton’s girls athletics strong.

Sorensen coached Stoughton girls volleyball for seven years. She surpassed 100 career coaching victories last year during a 2016 season when the Vikings shared the overall Badger South Conference title with tournament champion Fort Atkinson and dual-season champion Monona Grove.

Stoughton also is also seeking a boys soccer coach after Dave Wermuth stepped down. Dow said Stoughton’s staffing will be evaluated and then the openings for boys soccer coach and girls volleyball coach will be posted.

Beaver Dam’s Afton Bartol makes college choice

Beaver Dam’s Afton Bartol, a 6-foot-2 senior center on the Golden Beavers’ girls basketball team, orally committed for women’s basketball to the University of Mary, an NCAA Division II program in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reported.

Beaver Dam is the defending WIAA Division 2 state champion.

Sauk Prairie seeks football coach

Sauk Prairie’s opening for a football coach for the 2018-19 school year is posted, including on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association website.

Scott Mirkes, who had been preparing for his third year as Sauk Prairie's head coach, resigned on Aug. 14, four days before the Eagles' season opener at home against Milton. He took a teaching position at Oregon High School, where he worked before coming to Sauk Prairie. Defensive coordinator Scott Schutt was immediately named interim head coach. Schutt is a 1982 Sauk Prairie graduate who served as head coach from 2004 to 2009, leading the Eagles to their last WIAA playoff appearance in 2007.

Ron Grovesteen will be among coaches for the 2018 WFCA All-Star Games

Evansville/Albany football coach Ron Grovesteen was selected as the South Large coach for the 2018 WFCA All-Star Games July 21 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.

The other coaches include: North Large – Tony Biolo, Wisconsin Rapids; North Small – Tony DiSalvo, Hammond St. Croix Central; South Small – Jeff Spiwak, Clinton; North Eight-Man – Ryan Humpal, Luck; South Eight-Man – Corey Rickert, Oakfield.

Full staffs will be announced in December and the player selections in early 2018.

The Eight-Man All-Star game will begin at 10 a.m., the Small School game at 2 p.m. and the Large School game at 6 p.m.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.