Kayla Mikos has been chosen to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, June 10-12, 2022! The Wisconsin Leadership Seminar is designed to encourage leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, service, inclusiveness, and decision-making. Congratulations, Kayla!
On Friday night, January 14, the Whippet Wrestling Team traveled to Edgerton to participate in the Rock Valley Conference Duals. This is the first year the conference has held this event on a Friday night, and although it was a late night with the five rounds of duals, it gave the teams an opportunity to have their Saturday off. This event has each of the teams competing against either 4 or 5 other teams in the conference depending on the random draw of scheduling in the Spring. For the first time since this event started taking place, Whitewater had the opportunity to have a bye as they only competed in four duals. The night started off rough for the Whippets, dropping a dual meet to Evansville who is ranked third in the state for Division 2. The only ones to win matches in the dual for Whitewater were the DePorter brothers, Mason and Marcus. Dropping a heart breaker in this dual was Aaron Porras. The team knew they had to regroup quickly if they wanted to close out the evening successfully. They wrestled very well against Brodhead, defeating them 46-24, with some very well wrestled matches by the team. Next up for Whitewater was a dual we always look forward to, as over the last several years it has always been very close. This is what makes the duals in a gym with other duals disappointing, as Coach Holle of East Troy as well as Coach Schimming of Whitewater would much rather compete on a Thursday or Friday night in our gym for our fans. Once again, this year did not disappoint in excitement. Whitewater needed a pin in the last match in order to secure a tie in the dual, which Jarvis Porcaro did! The tiebreaker proved how close the dual meet was as it came down to the 7th tiebreaker, most first points scored, which Whitewater won 13-10 in the 12 matches contested. This gave Whitewater the 40-39 victory. The night cap saw Whitewater defeat Big Foot 57-15 in a well wrestled contest. This was truly a nightcap, as the dual was the last one still going at 11:00 when it ended. The coaching staff is happy with how the team performed after a pretty good beating to start the night, and they did not run with their tails between their legs. As a team, the Whippets stand at 6-1 in the Rock Valley Conference. On the night, Mason and Marcus DePorter were 4-0, while Jarvis Porcaro, Aaron Porras, and Carter Friend finished the evening 3-1. The Whippets are next in action on Saturday, when the Varsity travels to the Monroe Invitational. The JV has 6 students traveling to Wausau to participate in the WWCA JV Challenge Series finals. These are Traysen Thomason, Ashly Xochipa, Sebastian Cuellar, Yovanni Rojas-Reyes, Hector Arnodo, and Armando Villarreal.
Five WHS Students performed in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Honors Choirs on Saturday evening, January 15. Marco Wence sang in the Bass Clef Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher Peterson. Anders Clarksen, Lauren Rollette, Skylar Staebler, and Haley Street sang under the direction of Dr. Frank Watkins. Students in each choir were nominated by their school choir director and selected by the WCDA Honors Choir committee. The students who were selected prepared several songs in advance and then rehearsed the pieces with the conductor and the choir for two days before the performance on Saturday at Bader Hall on the UW-Milwaukee campus. The students gave a beautiful and inspiring performance. Congratulations to them all!
The Boys’ Swim Team traveled to Burlington on Tuesday, January 11th, to compete in a Triangular against Burlington and Edgerton/Evansville. Highlights included the following events. Tyler Arnett took on the 200 IM for the first time this season and had a nice swim, going a 2:33.21. Jack Hefty competed in new race this season, taking on the 100 Fly, going a 1:13.61. Zach Tomomitsu had a nice 50 Free time, going a 37.27. Andrew O’Toole has made significant improvement in the 200 Freestyle since his very first meet, dropping nearly 30 seconds! Casey Schilling and Miles Nickelsburg continue to drop time in the 100 Backstroke, both going season best times. Jack Hefty improves his time in 100 Breaststroke, going a 1:26.23. Casey Schilling had a nice 50 Freestyle Relay split, even after his goggles fell off. The Whippet Swimmers will be back in action on Tuesday, January 25th, for their last conference dual meet against Badger, at home, starting at 5:30pm.
Freshman Jack Hefty received his first academic all-state award this week after the WCCCA (Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association) clinic was hosted in Brookfield. Jack had a stellar freshman season that included a second team all-conference honor as well as racing his best race of the season at the WIAA Sectional Meet to earn a trip to the WIAA State CC Meet this past fall. Jack adds his name to the long list of Whippet Cross Country Student-Athletes that perform at a high level in the classroom. The criteria to earn this award from the WCCCA is to have raced in the state meet and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Congratulations, Jack!