Track and Field Team Members Receive Awards
The Track and Field teams celebrated the 2018 season with their banquet on Monday. Award winners for the girls were: Most Valuable Track Athlete - Hailey Murphy, Most Valuable Field Athlete - Ali Ketterhagen, Most Improved Athlete - Hailey Murphy, Outstanding Senior Award - Miranda Reynolds, Outstanding Freshmen Award - Lily Dunklau. Award winners for the boys were: Most Valuable Track Athlete - Tyler Sheffield, Most Valuable Field Athlete - Sashi Popke, Most Improved Athlete - Juan Cuellar, Outstanding Senior Award - Jacob Korf, Outstanding Freshmen Award - Trenten Zahn and Ignacio Cuevas.
Whippets Take the Podium at State
The Whippets finished off the 2018 track and field season at LaCrosse this weekend. The weekend started off with excitement and anticipation as we climbed into vans for the trip. About 40 minutes into the trip, it came to a complete halt, with all traffic coming to a complete standstill for an hour and half due to an accident. It added a little stress to the morning, forcing some changes in the plan. But we arrived with plenty of time to get checked into our rooms and get ready for the meet to begin at 3 pm. Miranda Reynolds was the first Whippet to go. She cleared 4' 10" in the high jump, and then bowed out at 5'. She had some nice attempts at 5', but showed a little inconsistency, the result of only jumping in 3 meets prior to the state meet due to a quad injury. She was disappointed with the result, as she was hoping for better. She's been forced to deal with injuries at inopportune times each of the last two years, but she ends her high school career as one of the top high jumpers in WHS history, as only the 4th high jumper to even qualify for state. Sashi Popke was next up, starting what would be a very busy weekend. He got things going in the pole vault. He vaulted as good as he ever has, equaling his lifetime bet of 13'6". This meet, he cleared that bar without a miss. Unfortunately, 6 other competitors cleared the next height of 14', meaning Sashi would finish 7th, just one place off the podium. The 4x200m relay team of Tyler Sheffield, Will Leibbrand, Popke, and Jack Mayer had their prelim race on Friday, running a very solid race, and a very close race. The Whippets were edged out at the line by Aquinas by only .01 seconds. Oddly, in the second heat, the team from Wautoma managed to finish between the Whippets and Aquinas, leaving 3 teams within .01 seconds of each other heading to finals. On Saturday, the Whippets ran well again, equaling their seed from Friday, finishing 5th. The effort resulted with a trip to the podium, and the highest finish for the Whippets this weekend. The same 4 boys ran in the 4x100m relay and also competed both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the team struggled a little bit, with a poor handoff almost costing the team an opportunity to compete on Saturday. They managed to sneak into finals with the last qualifying time. It was a chance for redemption. Saturday was a better race, but only enough to finish 8th overall. While they scored, it wasn't quite enough to make the podium. Their best race proved to be at Sectionals where they set a new school record. The final event of the weekend was the long jump, where Sashi got an opportunity to make one more trip to the podium. The timing of the event ended up less than ideal for him, as it fell right between the two relays he was running on. The 4x200 went first. Then he had to come back to the runway to get approaches in. He was ushered away for the 4x100 before he could make adjustments to his approach due to the headwind they were jumping into. After the 4x1, meet officials quickly ushered him back to the event even though he was supposed to be allowed 15 minutes to check out for his event. He put two of his jumps on the board and managed to make finals, seeded 7th. His one scratch was by a fraction of an inch, and clearly his best jump of the day. In finals, the wind picked up and not a single jumper bettered their jump. He finished 7th, and again 1 spot off the podium. Even without the medals, Sashi ended one of the best track seasons ever for a Whippet as just the second WHS athlete to qualify in 4 events for the state meet.
Eight Whippets Advance to State Track and Field
The Whippet track and field teams will be sending 8 people to compete in LaCrosse next Friday and Saturday at the WIAA State Meet. Miranda Reynolds will be the lone female representative, returning to the bluffs of LaCrosse to take another go at the high jump. She clutched up to clear 5' on her third attempt when a miss would have ended her season. She then went on to clear 5' 1" and take second at sectionals last night. The boys will be led by junior Sashi Popke. Sashi qualified in all 4 of his events. That feat has only been done 1 other time in school history, by Chad Simes in 2001. He won the pole vault and the long jump last night, and ran on the 4x100 and 4x200 relays that qualified. The 4x100 meter relay team of Will Leibbrand, Tyler Sheffield, Sashi Popke, and Jack Mayer will go into the state meet seeded third after running a school record time last night of 43.54. Jared Clapper and Tyler Pavlik will join those 4 on the trip, ready to step in should their services be needed. It will be an exciting race in LaCrosse, with a number of other teams within a few tenths of a second. The same 4 individuals sit 1 spot better entering state in the 4x200 meter relay, seeded second, just 15 hundredths of a second out of the top seed. They ran the second fastest relay in school history with a 1:30.89 and look to improve upon that with hopefully two more races in LaCrosse. Juan Cuellar and Tyler Pavlik will serve as the alternates for this relay and gain valuable experience for the next two years. There were a few close calls last night as well, where Whippets unfortunately found themselves on the outside looking in. Abby Grosinkse finished 5th in the shot put, just 2 inches out of a qualifying spot. Even closer was the boys 4x400 relay of Tyler Sheffield, Juan Cuellar, Ignacio Cuevas, and Jacob Korf. They finished their race in the fast heat in 4th place, just 2 hundredths of a second out of third. Thinking they had secured a spot in the state meet, they began to celebrate only to find out they were beat by 1 team in the first heat. That meant their 4th place finish was actually 5th, and they were just 2 hundredths of a second out of the final spot. Fighting all the way through the line, Jacob Korf was passed with about 15 meters left. The runner, believing he was ahead, let up a little and Jacob just missed passing him back. He kept fighting to the finish, and needed only another step or two to take the spot back. It was an exciting, emotional race, and one where all 4 guys ran their best races of the season. I'm sure it's a race they will remember for a long time. The festivities will kick off with Miranda jumping at 3:00 on Friday afternoon, followed shortly thereafter by Sashi in the vault at 3:15. Both relays will have prelims on Friday and with a top ten finish, compete in finals on Saturday. Sashi will also compete in the long jump on Saturday. It will be an exciting time in LaCrosse.
Parker Advances to Sectional Golf
On Wednesday at Ives Grove Golf Links in Racine, the Whippet Golf Team competed in the WIAA Division 2 Regional hosted by Racine St. Catherine’s High School. The Whippets finished with a team score of 427. The team was led by senior Billie Jo Parker, who fired an 18 hole round score of 88. Her score qualifies her as an individual for the sectional meet next Wednesday at Kettle Hills Golf Course in Richfield, Wisconsin, hosted by Kewaskum High School. Parker was 18th overall and finds herself competing for a chance at the WIAA State Invite held at University Ridge Golf Course. Senior Tommy Cushman fired his best round of the season coming in with a 103. Seniors Jacob Zuehlke and Jon Brunner shot rounds of 120 and 116 respectively. Junior Bowen Babcock rounded out the scoring with a final round of 123. Parker will be teeing off at approximately 9:30 am at Kettle Hills Golf Course next Wednesday, May 30th.
Parker Shoots Career Round at RVC Conference Invite
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.
Popke Earns Two Conference Titles
Saturday afternoon the Whippet Track and Field Teams competed in the Rock Valley Conference Championships held at Jefferson High School. The boys’ team finished 3rd out of 10, while the girls finished 6th. Sashi Popke was the only Whippet to be crowned conference champion, winning both the pole vault and the long jump. Both efforts were lifetime bests for him. His pole vault of 13'3" was 3" better that his previous best. He stopped at that height since he had already won the competition, and the 4x200 relay was being run were shortly. His long jump of 21' 5.5" was also a lifetime best, and put him on the top ten list in the long jump. That's the 3rd event he's made the top ten list for this season. A number of other boys had big days. Tyler Sheffield scored in the 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay and triple jump. The meet was the first time Tyler actually competed in the triple jump, going 40' 2.5" for 5th place. Will Leibbrand also had 4 events, and scored in them all. He was 3rd in the 100m, ran on the 2nd place 4x100m relay and 4th place 4x200m relay, and scored in the long jump. Jack Mayer was 3rd in both the 110 hurdles and the 200m dash, and ran on the 4th place 4x400 relay. Jacob Korf and Trenten Zahn tripled with the 4x800 relay, 800m run, and 4x400 relay, and both scored in all three events. Juan Cuellar joined them on both relays and also scored in the 400m dash. The boys put together a really strong performance across the board. Everyone who competed carried their weight and made the meet a very exciting one. Miranda Reynolds and Abby Grosinske had the highest finishes for the girls’ team, taking 2nd in the high jump and shot put respectively. Miranda was competing for the first time this season after injuring her quad the first week of the season. The 4x100 relay of Morgan Radaj, Abby Grosinske, Morgan Wiedenhoeft, and Grace Black was third. Hailey Murphy and Ali Ketterhagen finished 4th in the 300 hurdles and high jump. The 4x200 relay of Morgan Radaj, Morgan Wiedenhoeft, Lily Dunklau, and Catherine Skingdingsrude and the 4x800 relay team of Nicole Tomomitsu, Allisan Barrett, Jenna Lee, and Grace Fanshaw also medaled with a 4th place finish. Nicole had a fantastic leadoff leg, really setting the table for the rest of the team.
Parker Leads Golf Team with Season Average of 43
Thursday afternoon, May 10, the Whitewater Whippet Golf Team finished up the Rock Valley Conference (RVC) regular season with a nine-hole match at Decatur Lakes Golf Course, hosted by Brodhead High School. Leading the way for the Whippets was senior Billie Jo Parker with a final round score of 43. Having led the Whippets all season with a nine-hole average of 43 in conference play, Parker will head to the RVC Invitational next Wednesday, hosted by Riverside Golf Course in Janesville. The four-year varsity player, will look to secure all-conference honors at the invite. Parker has been a model of consistency in conference play having fired rounds of 41, 43, 43, 43, 45. Fellow senior Jacob Zuehlke fired a 48 for his season low score. Seniors Tommy Cushman and Jon Brunner each shot 52, and junior Bowen Babcock followed with a 54. The Whippets are in action next Monday and Wednesday, playing in the Abbey Springs Invitational and the RVC Invitational. Abbey Springs tee times are set for 12 pm, while the RVC Invite will begin at 9 am.
Pair Qualify for State Wrestling; DuVal Crowned Sectional Champ
Jimmy DuVal (182#) was Champion and Tyler Gamble (106#) was 3rd at the WIAA Cedar Grove-Belgium Sectional on Saturday, February 17. This qualified these two to compete at the WIAA D2 State Wrestling Championships at Madison later this week. Jimmy DuVal is shown on his way to a win by fall over Lane Fritch of North Fond du Lac/Saint Marys Springs. Tyler Gamble is shown on his way to a win by a 18-3 technical fall over Cole Mattek of Sheboygan Falls.
Liang Medals Twice at State Swim
WHS freshman Young Liang was 6th in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and 3rd in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, reaching the medals podium in both races at State on Friday night. The attached swimming photo shows him in the butterfly part of the Individual Medley race. Photos and comments courtesy of Bob Mischka.
Liang Qualifies for State Swim in Two Events
WHS freshman Young Liang has qualified to swim at the WIAA State Swim Championships in Madison on Friday, February 16. He will swim in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and 100 Yard Breaststroke races.