By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – D.C. Everest swept the four singles matches and remained unbeaten in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, edging Marshfield 4-3 in a dual match Tuesday at Boson Courts.Marshfield won all three doubles matches but couldn’t break through in singles in its home finale.Olivia Haessly and Emily Serchen won at No. 1 doubles, Martha Kupfer and Jenny Madden did not lose a game at No. 2, and Autumn Packard and Krishna Patel swept two sets at No. 3 for Marshfield.The Tigers dropped two tight matches in singles. Ashley Schultz lost to Kenzie Bradley at No. 2, 7-6, 7-5, and Hanah Gadke took Carmen Gennermann to three sets at No. 3, but fell 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.Marshfield (3-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) wraps up its conference dual meet schedule Thursday at Wausau East.D.C. Everest 4, Marshfield 3Singles: 1. Gabi Kitchell (DC) def. Lara Prebble 6-1, 6-0; 2. Kenzie Bradley (DC) def. Ashley Schultz 7-6 (5), 7-5; 3. Carmen Gennermann (DC) def. Hanah Gadke 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-1; 4. Nicole Williams (DC) def. Maggie Schreiner 6-2, 6-4.Doubles: 1. Olivia Haessly-Emily Serchen (M) def. Emily Adams-Kristin Holue 6-3, 6-1; 2. Martha Kupfer-Jenny Madden (M) def. Taylor Melk-Kaylee Heiting 6-0, 6-0; 3. Autumn Packard-Krishna Patel (M) def. Ryanne Wolfe-Megan Ninnemann 6-2, 6-1.Records: D.C. Everest 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 3-2 WVC.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN – Spencer scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning and rolled past Gilman 19-5 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Friday at Gilman High School.Nate Neumann earned the win, striking out six in a five-inning effort. The game ended via the 10-run rule.Mitch Susa smacked a home run, and Jonny Tomke and Jake Meyers each had three hits and four RBIs for the Rockets (7-2 overall, 5-1 Cloverbelt East). Gilman is now 0-4 in the conference.Spencer hosts Auburndale for a nonconference doubleheader on Saturday.Rockets 19, Pirates 5Spencer (13)01 50 – 19 18 1Gilman 401 00 – 5 7 2WP: Nate Neumann. LP: Chase Rosemeyer.SO: Neumann 6.Top hitters: S, Mitch Susa 1B, HR; Jonny Tomke 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Jake Meyers 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Calvin Lenz 1B, 2B; Hunter Luepke 2 hits; Neumann 2 hits.Records: Spencer 7-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt East; Gilman 0-4 overall and Cloverbelt East.
Dons now 17-1 overallBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored twice to help the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team to a 6-1 win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on Friday at Griese Park.The victory clinches the Mid-State Soccer Conference championship for the Dons, who improve to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the conference. Columbus wraps up its regular-season schedule with a nonconference game at home Monday and its conference finale Thursday at Tri-County.Torbey, Charles Payant, and Ryan Dieringer scored in the first half, and Torbey, Tyler Fuerlinger, and Evan Dieringer added goals in the second half for the Dons.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 6, Wolves 1Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0 1 – 1Columbus Catholic 3 3 – 6First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey, 20:59; 2. CC, Charles Payant, 26:02; 3. CC, Ryan Dieringer, 34:58.Second half: 4. CC, Torbey (Nick Malovrh), 49:45; 5. CC, Tyler Fuerlinger (R. Dieringer), 50:29; 6. CC, Evan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 70:48; 7. WVL, Connor Schubring, 79:52.Total shots: WVL 6; CC 30.Shots on goal: WVL 3; CC 20.Corner kicks: WVL 3; CC 9.Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 3-8, 3-6 Mid-State Soccer Conference; Marshfield Columbus Catholic 17-1, 11-0 MSSC.
Unquestionably, when it come to tackling the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the biggest issues affecting the workplace and accommodating disabled employees is providing leave as a reasonable accommodation. Anecdotally, a question that plagues most employers is just how much leave is enough?We know that an indefinite leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation. But, what about when an employee takes one leave, after another, after another.When is enough enough?* * *The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals offered some guidance recently in Santandreu v. Miami Dade County. When an employee is uncertain about the duration of his condition, a leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation:In the instant case, Santandreu never demonstrated that he would be able to return to work within a reasonable time. Santandreu had already taken several leaves of absence, received a total of fifteen months of leave, and still had no way of knowing when his doctor would allow him to resume full-time work. Even at the time of trial, Santandreu and his doctors attested that he still had not received medical clearance showing that he was able to work. Because Santandreu was unable to show that he would be able to perform the essential functions of the job anytime in the reasonably immediate future, his request for additional leave was not a request for a reasonable accommodation. This case is helpful to a point. Most employers faced with leave requests (as an ADA accommodation) are given an initial date certain (or estimated date) for the employee to return. There are times when that date will need to be pushed back. In Santandreau, enough was enough after about 17 months and four requests for extensions. Depending on the resources of your business, maybe the line could have been drawn sooner. Or maybe more leave would have been reasonable. What I’m saying is, Santandreau notwithstanding, there is no bright-line rule on time off. Except that: (1) indefinite leave is unreasonable; and (2) if your leave employee handbook quantifies a maximum amount of leave (e.g., no employee may take more than 12 consecutive weeks off), you’re asking for trouble — because rigidity is anathema to the interactive dialogue and individualized assessment that the ADA requires when determining reasonable accommodations. Instead, focus on open communication and good documentation. These are the hallmarks of reasonableness that a jury will understand if your ADA defenses are tested. More importantly, these are the attributes of good companies that will, hopefully, avoid lawsuits altogether and promote a happy workplace.