Schumacher and Smith-Traore Play in WBCA All-Star Game
Rebekah Schumacher and Myriama Smith-Traore were selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 3 All-Star Game. The game was held on Friday, June 16, at the Just A Game Field House in Wisconsin Dells. There were two teams for each Division, and each team had 10 players who shared playing time. The Division 3 match-up was exciting with Rebekah and Myriama's South team losing by 4 points, 66-70. This ends their storied WHS high school basketball career. Next year Myriama will be playing at Marquette and Rebekah will join her sister, Sarah, and play at UW-Whitewater.
Nine Track Athletes Headed to State
The Whippet Track and Field Teams had a good night in East Troy Thursday evening, qualifying 9 to the state meet in LaCrosse next weekend. The meet started with the field events at 3:30. First to compete were Cassidy Laue and Miranda Reynolds in the high jump. Cassidy had 2 very nice attempts at opening height, but missed all three and took a no height. While it was disappointing today, she was the only freshman to make it to Sectionals in the high jump. Miranda Reynolds was able to clear 4-8, 5-0, and 5-2 without a miss. She missed her first attempt at 5-3, but cleared on her second jump to secure her first trip to state. Sashi Popke was next to compete, going in the pole vault. His best coming into the competition was 11-6. He was able to get some good work on a bigger pole the last two days, and it paid off. He was able to clear 12-3 on the new pole and ended up finishing 4th and qualifying for state. This was a huge accomplishment for the sophomore, especially since he only began vaulting about 6 weeks ago. Logan Rasmussen was next as he was in the second flight of the triple jump. In what seemed to be his strongest event, Logan found himself in a dog fight to qualify. At one point in the competition, 4 jumpers were within 3/4 of an inch of each other, with only 3 of them set to advance. Logan cleared things up a bit on his final jump when he went 43-6 to win the competition. The girls’ 4x800 relay got the running events started at 4:15. The ladies ran a very good time and won the first heat. Ali Ketterhagen had a season best split of 2:39.6 to set the stage. Jenna Lee, Allisan Barrett, and Hailey Prager all ran splits between 2:44 and 2:46 to finish 15 seconds better than their seed time. It was good enough to finish 10th. The boys’ 4x800 relay had high hopes. They came in seeded 2nd, expecting to advance. Like any good Sectional race, they found themselves in a dogfight. Jacob Korf set the stage. He was in 6th coming down the home stretch, but passed a number of teams in the last 100m. Mike Mattingly took a good exchange and took the lead at the start of the second leg. He was passed by Ripon and handed off to Connor Laue in 2nd. Connor took off determined to keep up with Ripon. He may have gotten out a little too hard and fell a couple spots. That said, his aggressiveness brought him his best split of the season. Matt Mattingly had to keep the team in the top 4 to qualify. He was able to finish strong like he always seems to and finished with a 2:01 split and a 2nd place finish. Their time of 8:14.05 was a season best by 6 seconds. The 4x200 relays were next. The girls’ team of Morgan Radaj, Abby Grosinske, Rebekah Schumacher, and Hailey Murphy ran a great race, but ended up just 0.34 out of qualifying with a 1:48.73 and finished 5th. The boys’ team of Juan Cuellar, Sashi Popke, Seth Heine, and Tyler Sheffield ran a season best time of 1:34.24 to win their heat and finish 7th overall. 7 of the 8 athletes that ran come back next year, so both teams are excited for next year already, looking for a little redemption. Meanwhile, Logan was back at the jumps, this time going in the long jump. It was looking like he was going to be bumping up against his open 400m race, so he moved to the front of his flight to get his jumps in before running. His series was excellent, going 21-7, 21-4, and finally 22-4. His jump of 22-4 is the third best in WHS history and allowed him the luxury of watching all the other jumpers try to beat him while not needing to jump again. That jump is the best jump in Division 2 heading into the state meet. Logan got to ride the positive mojo into his 400m race. He was in the 1st heat and knew he would have to throw down a good time if he wanted a third event. He did just that, going 51.50. It was just enough, edging out a runner in the 2nd heat by 0.02 s for the final qualifying spot in the 400m dash. Unfortunately, that would be the last of the state qualifiers. The girls’ 4x100m relay was looking for a little redemption after the 4x2. Unfortunately they found the same fate. They ran a great race in heat 1, going 51.76. That was only good enough for 5th again, just .05 out of 4th. Morgan Wiedenhoeft, Grosinske, Radaj, and Reynolds had smooth handoffs, but it wasn't to be. The two near misses will sting for a while and provide motivation to work hard and get faster for next season. Jacob Korf got a chance for an individual race, going after it in the 800m run. He gave himself a chance, going out on the back end of the lead group. The others proved to have a little more as he dropped off in the second lap, going 2:06.94. The girls’ 4x400m relay team of Hailey Murphy, Abby Grosinske, Ali Ketterhagen and Rebekah Schumacher ran a season best of 4:17.76, good enough for 7th. Murphy and Ketterhagen both had their season best splits, while Schumacher and Grosinske matched their best splits. The boys’ 4x400m relay fell to the same fate as the girls. A 6th place finish was the best they could do. It was a more physical race through the exchanges and even at times on the backstretch than they were used to. But their 3:32.05 was where they had been most of the season. As a whole, almost everyone that competed performed at their best. They really peaked at the right time. It's always hard to see your season come to a close, but it's a little easier when you do so with your best performance of the year. Dalton Chenoweth and Daniel Soto will join the other qualifiers, ready to step in on the 4x8 relay should they be needed. All 9 WHS athletes will head to LaCrosse next Thursday night, and compete on Friday morning. The long jump is the only event that will be competed on Saturday. It will be a busy weekend for the seniors, as they will get home to walk across the graduation stage on Sunday. What a great way to end their high school careers.
Doubles Team Advances to State Tennis
The Whippet #1 Doubles Team of Justin Brantmeier and Mitchell Dalzin was the highlight of the day at the Sectional Tennis Meet on Wednesday, May 25. They upset top-seeded Wayland Academy in their first match. Wayland Academy was 18-0 coming into the day so this was very exciting for our boys. We played our best match of the season in the 7-5, 6-1 victory. They did an excellent job of being aggressive at the net and mixed up their formations well to keep Wayland on edge. They did end up losing the final two matches of the day, but that 1st match was the big one. By winning that first match, they qualified for the WIAA State Tournament. Coach Dittmer stated that he believes this is the first time that Whitewater has sent a male doubles team to the state tournament, and he is very proud of the way the guys played. Go, Whippets!
Walton Qualifies for Sectional Golf
On Tuesday, the Whitewater Whippet Golf Team competed in the WIAA Regional Tournament held at The Broadlands and hosted by Catholic Memorial High School. Senior captain, Jake Walton, fired a season low 85 to qualify for the Sectional Tournament held at Racine Country Club. The team shot a 357 to turn in their lowest round of the year. Billie Jo Parker and Josiah Swaffer narrowly missed qualifying with rounds of 86 and 87 respectively. Whitney Treder shot a 99 and Johnathan Swaffer a 101 to round out the Whippet scoring. Walton was able to break through to Sectionals after missing out by one stroke the two previous seasons. According to Coach Wiegman, "Jake is playing his best golf at exactly the time you want to be peaking as an athlete. To be honest, I'm not surprised. Jake has worked his butt off for this opportunity. We're looking forward to the challenge in Racine."
Three Advance to Sectional Tennis
Whippet Tennis qualified three people for Sectionals on Wednesday, May 24. At #4 Singles, Johaly Xochipa looked very solid during sub-sectional play. He won his first match against Delevan 6-3, 6-1 and then beat Big Foot in his next match 6-4, 6-2. His ground-strokes looked strong, and he did a good job of moving into the net and putting pressure on his opponent. By winning his two matches, he has advanced to Sectionals on Wednesday where he will take on Ripon. #1 Doubles was probably the most nerve racking match at sub-sectionals. Justin Brantmeier and Mitchell Dalzin had to face Edgerton whom they had beaten comfortably 3 times this season already. However, it was not comforting at all this time. The Edgerton players really stepped up their game and played an exceptional match. In the end, Whitewater was able to win the 3-set match 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. By winning this match, Whitewater #1 doubles have advanced to Sectionals to play Wayland Academy.
Whippets Advance to Sectional Meet
The Whippets hosted the Regional Track and Field Meet on Monday. The athletes had to deal with a little adversity as there was a weather delay of approximately 80 minutes. The first field events were completed as were the 4x800 relays and the prelims in the sprints and hurdles, when lightning caused the delay. The Whippets had already had a number of qualifiers for Sectionals at that point, including both the boys’ and girls’ 4x800 relays. Ali Ketterhagen, Jenna Lee, Hailey Prager, and Grace Fanshaw finished 4th to earn their spot in Thursday's field, while Jacob Korf, Mike Mattingly, Connor Laue, and Matt Mattingly ran a season best 8:20.93 to win their race. In the field events, Miranda Reynolds and Cassidy Laue had already gotten through in the high jump before the rains came. Logan Rasmussen had qualified in the triple jump, and Sashi Popke had finished third to earn his spot. Alyssa Nelson and Hunter Abramson had completed their throws for the night as well, both with season best performances in their final meet of the year. After the delay, a number of other Whippets earned the right to practice a few more days. Both 4x200 relays advanced, as did both 4x400 relays. Members of the 4x200 include Morgan Radaj, Abby Grosinske, Miranda Reynolds, and Rebekah Schumacher for the girls, while Juan Cuellar, Seth Heine, Popke, and Tyler Sheffield got it done for the boys. The 4x400 relays saw Grosinkske and Schumacher teamed with Ketterhagen and Hailey Murphy for the girls. Mattingly, Mattingly, Cuellar, and Rasmussen ran for the boys. Other qualifiers were the girls 4x100 relay. Morgan Wiedenhoeft, Grosinske, Radaj, and Reynolds ran that race. Even though the baton was dropped on the second exchange, the baton didn't leave the exchange zone. Radaj smartly retrieved the baton from lane 8 without interfering with other runners and continued on. While the time was nothing special, they live to run another day. Logan Rasmussen qualified in the 400m run and the long jump and finds himself in 4 events on Thursday. Jacob Korf went out hard in the 800 and paid in the end a bit. He managed to finish third with a solid time of 2:05.09. The Whitewater Regional is 1 of 4 that feeds into the East Troy Sectional on Thursday. A top 4 finish on Thursday means a trip to the state meet in LaCrosse the first weekend in June. Field events begin at 3:30 on Thursday, with running events to start at 4:15.
Rasmussen Takes Three Conference Golds, One Silver
The Whippets traveled to Evansville for the Rock Valley Conference Championships on Saturday, finishing 5th on the boys’ side and 7th on the girls’ side. The Jefferson Eagles took home the title for the girls, while the East Troy boys won the boys’ meet. The boys scored a total of 70 points on the day. 32 of those came from Logan Rasmussen. He won 3 individual events and ran a leg on the 2nd place 4x400m relay. Logan began the day in the triple jump. He struggled a little in prelims, not jumping as well as he has previously this season. He was actually in 2nd going into the 2nd jump in finals, where he clutched up and hit a solid 43' 10" to put the competition away. He then took to the track, winning the 400m in a close race, only 0.1 sec. in front of 2nd place. Then he moved back to the runway for the long jump. He was leading after prelims but hit a huge 21' 7" jump on his final jump to put the exclamation point on his day. A little tired, he ran a solid leg to end the 4x400m relay finishing 2nd. He was the only boy to win three individual events on the day. The boys’ 4x800m relay started the day off in fantastic fashion, claiming the title. Jacob Korf, Mike Mattingly, Connor Laue, and Matt Mattingly came into the race seeded 1st. Jacob got the team started off with a great leadoff leg. He handed off to Mike with a solid lead. Mike, battling an illness that kept him out of school a couple days this past week, ran a gutsy race, responding on two occasions to a challenge for the East Troy team. Connor Laue got the baton in first, and was able to lengthen the lead on the field. Matt ran a little harder than he needed to finish off the victory, wanting to make sure the race was never in doubt. Another medal winner for the boys was the 4x400m relay team. Logan joined Matt and Mike Mattingly, along with freshman Juan Cuellar to take silver. The freshman didn't let the 3 seniors he was running with show him up, throwing down the best split of the 4. That was impressive, considering Logan won, and Matt Mattingly took the bronze medal in the 400m dash. Juan earned another medal in the 4x200m relay. He teamed with Mike Mattingly, Seth Heine, and Sashi Popke. Mike sacrificed his body to get the exchange done, hitting the track and getting a serious track rash to show for it. Sashi earned the final medal for the Whippet boys with a great jump of 11' in the pole vault. While the girls’ team didn't have any individual champions, they did have a number of girls come ready to give it their best. A number of girls had lifetime best performances. Miranda Reynolds was one, clearing 5'4" in the high jump. She finished tied for 2nd against a stacked high jump field. Morgan Radaj was another strong performer today. She finished 6th in the 100m dash, running 13.18. Cassidy Laue had a lifetime best, going 4'8" to take 7th in the high jump. Hailey Murphy ran her best 300m hurdle race to take 8th. Jenna Lee, Hailey Prager, and Grace Fanshaw all ran their best open 800m races of the year. All 4 relays ran season bests. The girls’ 4x100m relay went 51.73 to take 2nd. Morgan Wiedenhoeft and Abby Grosinske joined Reynolds and Radaj to take the silver medals. If they can drop 2 more tenths of a second, they will make the top-ten list. The 4x200m relay, comprised of Hailey Murphy, Grosinske, Radaj, and Reynolds took the 2nd place medal in a solid race, finishing in 1:49.61. The 4x400m relay finished 3rd in 4:20.29. Ali Ketterhagen and Rebekah Schumacher had their best splits ever in the effort. And the 4x800m relay saw Allisan Barrett, Schumacher, Ketterhagen, and Lee finish with their best time to take 5th.
Smith-Traore and Schumacher Named to All-Area Team
Myriama Smith-Traore and Rebekah Schumacher are two of five area players honored by the Janesville Gazette as part of their All-Area Team for Girls’ Basketball. Smith-Traore was named the Area Player of the Year. Smith-Traore is the all-time Whitewater High School leader in rebounds with 1,186 and blocks with 377. She is second all-time in Whippet scoring with 1,393. She will play at Division I Marquette this fall. Schumacher averaged 13.3 points per game this season and also joined the 1,000 point club. She will play at Division II Quincy College this fall. For the full story on the girls, visit http://www.gazettextra.com/20170325/whitewaters_smith_traore_named_area_player_of_year. Both girls will also play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Basketball All Star Game on June 16th at the Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. Each player involved in this event agrees to raise $500 for the Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund); if you would like to make a donation, please visit http://www.wisbca.org/donatecreatemyad.
Girls' Basketball Players Receive Local, Regional, and State Recognitions
The WHS Girls’ Basketball Team held their year-end awards banquet on Monday, March 13. Team Awards were presented to the following athletes: Whitney Treder, Whippet Heart Award; Rebekah Schumacher, Most Steals, Most Assists and Best Free-Throw Shooter; Myriama Smith-Traore, Most Valuable Player, Most Rebounds, Most Blocks, and Best Defensive Player; Miranda Reynolds, Most Improved. The new captains for 2017-2018 will be Allison Heckert, Miranda Reynolds, and Ali Ketterhagen. Both Myriama and Rebekah were named to the All-Conference First Team. Myriama was named 1st Team All-State and Rebekah was Honorable Mention All-State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Both girls will be playing in the All-State Game on June 16 at the JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. Myriama was also selected as the top senior Defensive player as part of the WSN Basketball Awards.
Gymnasts Receive Awards
The WHS Gymnastics Team had their year-end awards banquet on Wednesday, March 8. From left to right are girls who received awards at the banquet: Sydney Treder, Most Valuable; Autumn Lesar, Most Improved Varsity; Katherine Staniszewski, Most Dedicated; and Carina Casillas, Best Positive Attitude. Absent: Maribel Pena, Most Improved JV. Photo courtesy of Bob Mischka.