Barrett Advances to State Cross Country Meet
Whitewater ventured over to Cam-Rock Park #2 to compete in the WIAA Sectional race hosted by Deerfield/Cambridge. The girls’ program started things off first with some stellar runs. Most impressively was senior Allisan Barrett racing her way to a gritty 3rd place finish. Allisan had a tough week leading up to Saturday with a lower back issue and a cold but she gathered the pieces and made the most of it by racing her fastest time of her career. As a very driven athlete during the race, she attacked with the mantra of "it's now or never" midway through the race and left scores of runners in her wake. Nicole Tomomitsu raced her way to a 47th place showing as the team's second runner. Hailey Prager and Crystal Chan ran season best times of 22:11 and 22:25 to finish in 50th and 57th. Bailee Korf stomped her previous best and rose the occasion with a lifetime best of 24:14, good enough for 87th. Senior Alayna Mikulski finished her four-year career in 28:28 in 97th place and Rosie Aschenbrener in 31:31, 100th overall. The girls’ team finished in 10th place out of 14 complete teams. The boys’ team were next and featured senior Jacob Korf and freshman Trenten Zahn as the 1-2 combo for the Whippets. Trenten Zahn claimed the top spot for the team with a 13th place showing a just a few spots way from the last individual qualifying spot to state. His time of 17:14 is a lifetime best to cap off a stellar freshman season that included a first team all-conference race last week. Jacob finished his four-year career in 15th place and a time of 17:18. It was tough to see Jacob fall a little short of his goals this season, but it certainly wasn't a lack of effort on his behalf. Jon Brunner, also a senior, had such an impressive season and improved immensely after working so hard in the off season. He ran a lifetime best of 17:44 which was inspiring to watch. Those two seniors will be missed for their dedication and leadership within the program for all four years of their career. Aidan Coburn got stuck in the back early on with a tough first turn on the course but managed to work his way up to the 4th Whippet runner position and place 27th in 17:58, his first time under 18 minutes. Nick Kuzoff was the team's 5th runner and also ran with such great grit and determination to PR and place 52nd. Jon Zheng went for it like many of his teammates and was rewarded with a new personal best of 19:15. Jack Mayer competed at the sectional meet as a first year runner and got some much needed experience moving forward and finished in 84th with a time of 20:44. Allisan Barrett will have one more week of training before wearing the Whippet CC uniform one final time on Saturday, October 28th, in Wisconsin Rapids. She is slated to compete at 1:20pm. In a very tough Rock Valley Conference that was spread out among two different sectionals, there are two female teams running at State along with 6 individual qualifiers. On the boys’ side, 3 teams are racing along with 1 other individual. Running in the Rock is no easy feat and will be well represented at the state level in one week.
Six Runners Claim All-Conference Honors with Performance at Conference Meet
The Rock Valley Conference Cross Country Meet was hosted by Whitewater under cloudy but calm skies on Thursday, October 12. It was perfect weather for a championship meet. The Lady Whippets started things off on the right note with them reaching their team goal of being in the top half of the meet and secured 5th place behind strong efforts from top to bottom. Allisan Barrett secured her fourth all-conference honor of her career, and her 3rd first team honor by finishing 3rd overall. In a great battle with many strong runners it got narrowed down to three in the last mile. Allisan battled another runner from Brodhead/Juda until the very end in an exciting finish. Nicole Tomomitsu earned honorable mention all-conference with her 17th place finish, her 3rd all-conference honor of her career. Crystal Chan and Hailey Prager hung out near each other much of the race with Crystal securing 27th place and Hailey 30th. Jenna Lee finished 59th, Bailee Korf 61st, and Alayna Mikulski 70th. The girls’ JV race featured Rosie Aschenbrener finishing in 59th, senior Thais Padela running her final race in 63rd, as well as Sophia Wagner in 67th. The boys’ varsity race was hotly contested up front with a large pack that was led early on by senior Jacob Korf. The pace was brisk later on in the tougher sections of the course but Jacob was able to hold onto a respectable 6th place first team all-conference honor. This is his second straight first team all-conference honor. Freshman Trenten Zahn ran with great fire and earned the final first team all-conference spot with an 8th place finish. He is a very poised and composed racer that is very dialed in on race day. Senior Jon Brunner fought courageously to his first ever all-conference honor with a 16th place finish. Capping off the final all-conference honor for the Whippets was Aidan Coburn who finished in 22nd place. Both he and Jon were tasked to run with some strong runners from other teams and it paid off nicely. Jon Zheng finished in 39th, Nick Kuzoff in 44th, and Jack Mayer in 58th. The boys achieved their goal of being a top 3 team by finishing in that spot with 91 pts. The boys’ JV race had a complete team to finish in 5th place. Leading the squad was senior Steven Witt who finished in 6th and looked spectacular on this day. Daniel Trost was the second runner in 27th. Alex Popke ran a great race in 33rd, William Hofmann raced his guts out to a 40th place finish, and Amaru Casas was 43rd. Elliot McCulloch was 63rd, Carson Ellenwood was 65th, Andy Vo 72nd, Alejandro Rodriguez in 74th, and Mason West in 76th. It is the end of the line for seniors Elliot, Alejandro, and Thais. The program wishes them their best and are thankful for their contributions to the Whippet CC program over the years. Next up is the WIAA Sectional Meet hosted by Deerfield on Saturday, October 21st. In this meet, the top two teams qualify for the state, and the top 5 individuals not on those two qualifying teams earn a trip to the WIAA State Meet the following weekend in Wisconsin Rapids.
Three Tennis Players Advance to Sectionals
Whitewater finished tied for 5th out of 9 teams at Monday’s East Troy sub-sectional. The Whippets had two teams qualify for Wednesday’s sectional at UW-Whitewater. Sydney Treder at 1 singles with a win over McFarland, and Odessa Sonn and Sophie Olson at 2 doubles with wins over Jefferson and Madison Edgewood will move on. Coach Nelson stated, “I was very pleased with how well we played overall today. We had some spots that had a tough day and others that started out a little slow, but as a whole, we continued to show improvements. Sydney went up against Michelle Butcher of McFarland for the third time this year. The first two times were 3 set matches that the two split. Sydney was determined not to let that happen again and she went out and took control of the match right away winning 6-1, 6-4. The first match of the day for Odessa and Sophie did not start out very well as they lost the set 5-7 to Wilson and Gellindin of Jefferson. They were just not moving well and were being out hustled by the Jefferson pair. After a rather one-sided discussion between the three of us following the first set, they really picked things up and played some of their best tennis of the year for the rest of the day. They won the next two sets against the Eagles 6-1, 6-2. Their second match of the day against Madison Edgewood was the upset of the day. The girls lost the first set to Stein and Lacey 2-6. They were playing well; they just needed to make a few adjustments. In the second set, they were much more aggressive and took the set 6-0. Edgewood then made some adjustments of their own, but Odessa and Sophie were up to the task as they took the final set 6-4. Today saw the finish to the high school tennis careers of seniors Maggie Hough, Hailey Lohmeier, and Abby Gnatzig. I really appreciate everything these three have done for the program. Maggie has had the sometimes-thankless job of playing 1 doubles the last two years. A three-year varsity player Maggie played 3 doubles her sophomore year before making the jump to 1. Maggie had made incredible improvements in her tennis game, but more importantly she has become a leader of our team that we will miss in the future.” The Whitewater Sectional will begin at 9am on Wednesday at the UW-Whitewater tennis courts.
Whippet Soccer Teams and Fans Acknowledged by Officials for Great Sportsmanship
The following Sportsmanship Plus report was submitted by the soccer officials from Monday's match (September 11) vs. Janesville Parker: "This soccer game was a great example of High School sportsmanship. This was played on the 16th anniversary of 911 and to begin with there was a great tribute given by John Chenoweth the Whitewater coach. The game was a hard fought game and although there were some hard fouls, the offending player often was there to help up their opponent off of the ground. None of the players disputed any calls or talked back to the officials. The fans from both teams cheered positively and we did not hear any complaints about calls or boos. As an officiating crew that referees 20 plus games per season, we were in agreement that this game ranked at the top for positive sportsmanship. What a pleasure it was to officiate this game." The WIAA and Whitewater High School are proud of our coaches and athletes in making high school sports a positive and educational experience for all involved.
WHS One of Fifteen Schools to Receive WIAA Award
The WIAA congratulates Whitewater High School on receiving the WIAA Award of Excellence for the 2016-17 school year. This recognition is presented to member schools for their efforts and achievements in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. The application criteria and process encourages school-wide involvement and an understanding of the significant areas of responsibilities associated with membership in the WIAA. Applications require the school’s athletic director, principal, superintendent and the school board president to acknowledge and verify their school has achieved the required criteria. Fifteen schools were honored this year including Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Franklin, Hudson, Madison Country Day, Middleton, Racine Horlick, Slinger, Stoughton, University School of Milwaukee, Wauzeka-Steuben, Wayland Academy, Whitewater, and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. A school representative will be presented with the Award of Excellence at the District 6 Area Meeting on September 18 in Oconomowoc and will be recognized for the achievement on the WIAA website, The WIAA Bulletin and at the Annual Meeting. For a full list of the criteria for the award, visit https://www.wiaawi.org/News/NewsReleases/tabid/113/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/11782/Inaugural-WIAA-Award-of-Excellence-Presented-to-15-Member-Schools.aspx. Go, Whippets!
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.