The Rotary Club honored seniors graduating in the top 10% of their class during a luncheon at 841 Brewhouse on Tuesday, May 22. Seniors shared information about favorite high school activities and their post-secondary career and academic plans. Thank you Whitewater Rotary Club members for all of the support you give our students every year! Large group - Pictured from Left to Right. Back row: Dalton Chenoweth, Jacob Korf, Brady Meudt, Connor Steinke, Zachary Gross, Tyler Marinkovic, James Dedrick, Jacob Zuehlke and Ali Ketterhagen. Front row: Catherine Strait, Miriam Navejas, Anna Kuhtz, Paige Prager, Allisan Barrett, Kylie Damhorst, Jordyn Damhorst, Casey Skindingsrude, Allison Heckert, and Lydia Wiley Deal.
Comments from Coach Dittmer: “Our tennis season concluded Tuesday with sub-sectionals at East Troy. Nick Kuzoff won his first match via forfeit against Monroe. He then lost to #1 McFarland (Tyson Laux) 6-2, 6-2 in the next round. Despite the loss, he played a good match in which he hustled to track down every ball and make his opponent work to earn every point. Of our players today, I was most impressed with #1 doubles (Cole Kinson and Austin Kaya) and #4 singles (Henry Bresser). Cole and Austin took care of Jefferson in the first round, beating them 6-4, 6-3 with some great net play. They eventually fell to top-seeded Big Foot in the next round 6-2, 6-1. Henry Bresser won a tight battle in first match against Edgerton 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-4. He then lost the next round to #1 McFarland (Jack Newman) 6-1, 6-1. Henry showed a lot of promise with his groundstrokes and I am very optimistic about his tennis future. Unfortunately, we were unable to advance anyone to Sectionals, but I thought we played good matches and have nothing to hang our heads about. I had a great season coaching these players and look forward to seeing how our younger players grow next season. I will certainly miss our three seniors, Cole Kinson, Anthony Reed, and Captain Joe Creanza. They were great leaders to our team. I can't wait for next season; Go Whippets!”
The musical heritage of the Josh and Carrie Barrett family will be on proud display during the final concert of the 2017-18 Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra (LGSO) season on May 19 at Calvary Community Church in Williams Bay starting at 7:30 p.m. Allisan Barrett, a senior at Whitewater High School, will play horn with the LGSO in the first (Allegro) movement of Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. Allisan is the winner of the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition sponsored by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and the recipient of the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva Neal Heffenan Art Scholarship. The concert will also showcase the musical talents of Josh Barrett, a long-time member of the LGSO, playing trumpet, and Nathan, a 2015 graduate of Whitewater High School, playing trombone. Tickets for the May 19 concert will be available for purchase before the concert begins. The concert will also include performances of Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The LGSO has performed regularly in Walworth County since 2001. The all-volunteer musicians reside throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. A chamber music concert series is also sponsored by the LGSO. For more information about the LGSO, visit lakegenevaorchestra.org.
On Wednesday, Whitewater senior Billie Jo Parker entered the Rock Valley Conference (RVC) Invitational comfortably seated in the top ten after last Thursday’s regular season mini-meet. Parker only needed to maintain her conference season average of 43 to secure all-conference honors. Playing in beautiful sunshine at Riverside Golf Course in Janesville, Parker fired a career low 18-hole round of 77 to finish third place overall and secure those all-conference honors. Parker found herself with a few pre-match nerves heading into her tee time at her final conference meet, stating, “I was quite tense but slowly got into the round.” Starting on the back nine, Parker shot a 38 with birdies on the 14th and 18th holes, making her 18th hole birdie with a chip shot. According to Parker, “Shooting a 38 for the first 9 got me really pumped for the back 9, especially being able to end the front 9 with a birdie chip. Breaking my personal best by scoring under 40 gave me a huge confidence boost for the rest of the day.” On the final nine holes, Parker continued a hot streak shooting even par through hole six. On hole seven, she found herself in trouble with an errant drive into the left rough and finished with a triple bogey. After the triple bogey, Parker explained how she chose to lean on her four-year varsity experience. “I always tell myself when I have a bad hole that it's in the past and the next hole is a fresh start. Being in that mindset help me push through to the very end.” Using that experience, Parker finished with a bogey and par on the following holes, ending with a front nine score of 39. Afterwards, she reflected on her golf journey saying, “Being able to end my senior year of golf by placing third is absolutely amazing. I felt that I have worked hard not only the four years of my high school golf career, but all the years before (beginning at age six). And I'm glad to say that all that work has paid off.” The Whippets finished with a team score of 410, good for 6th place overall. Senior Jacob Zuehlke finished with a final round score of 108, continuing his steady improvement throughout the season. Fellow senior Tommy Cushman finished with a score of 112, and Bowen Babcock and Jon Brunner rounded out the scoring for the Whippets with scores of 113 and 126. Next up, the Whippets will compete in the WIAA Division 2 Racine St. Catherine’s Regional held at Ives Groves Golf Course on Wednesday, May 23.