Softball Players Earn All-Conference Honors
The Whitewater High School Softball Team recently wrapped up an excellent season, finishing 14-4 in conference and 16-7 overall. They set new program records including most homeruns in a season (15), most doubles in a season (35), and most conference wins (14), and batted .364 as a team. Four Whippet players received First Team All-Conference honors: senior Sara Johnson (pitcher) and juniors Morgan Gransee (outfield), Bryce Hibbs (infield), and Alyssa Schumacher (catcher). Sophomores Elizabeth Katzman and Kiyla Kopecky received Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Track Qualifies 5 Relays and 4 Individuals for State Meet
The Whippet Track and Field Family had a busy week, first competing at the Regional Meet on Monday at Beloit Turner. From there they qualified several individuals and relays for the Sectional Meet in East Troy on Thursday. There the Whippets then qualified 5 relays and 4 individuals for the WIAA State Track and Field Championship in La Crosse. Qualifying for State for the girls were the 4X200 and 4X100 M Relays. Those relays consist of Kacie Carollo, Morgan Radaj, Grace Black, and Abby Grosinske, with Amanda Tovar, Hailey Murphy, and Olive Coburn serving as alternates. The 4X200 got things going, running a season best of 1:48.19, and when the dust settled in the 4X100 the girls ran another season best touring the track in an outstanding time of 50.93 finishing 2nd. The girls are now ready to show what they can do at the State Meet. On the boys’ side the 4X800 M Relay with Juan Cuellar, Gio Anello, Ignacio Cuevas, and Trenten Zahn rolled to a season best time of 8:17.20 and earned themselves a trip to La Crosse. Jared Clapper kept things rolling qualifying for State in the 100 M Dash, finishing 3rd in a photo finish with a time of 11.40. The Italian Stallion Avery Caputo took home gold in the wheelchair division of the 100 M Dash, and Sashi Popke delivered another gold winning the pole vault, skying 13’ 6”. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Joe Gmur’s personal best in the high jump. Gmur leaped 6’ 2” to earn himself a trip to state. Then it was time for the boys’ 4X200 M Relay to step up to the starting line. Jack Mayer, Juan Cuellar, Will Leibbrand, and Jared Clapper were only seeded fourth coming out of regionals, but they had other plans. Setting a blistering pace from the very start, the quartet of sprinters ran the second fastest time in school history with a 1:30.72 winning the relay and cementing their spot at the state meet. Next it was time for the 4X100 Meter Relay consisting of the same 4 gentlemen. All they did was win again lighting a fire on the track with a time of 43.67, and once again running the second fastest time in school history. The track and field team would like to thank all of their supporters who came to sectionals to cheer them on. It was great having everyone there. Now, it’s on to La Crosse for the WIAA State Track and Field Championships.
Boys Claim Regional Track Title
The Whippet Track and Field Family traveled to Beloit for the 9 team WIAA Turner Regional on Monday. Their goal was to compete to advance to the East Troy Sectional. Individuals and relays had to finish 4th or higher to advance to sectional competition. The Whippet Boys’ advanced 7 individuals and 3 relays into Thursday’s competition vying for a trip to the State Meet. The boys captured the team title taking home the Regional plaque scoring 116 points. The girls also battled their way through Regional competition advancing 5 individuals and 2 relays into Thursday’s East Troy Sectional setting themselves up for a chance to advance to the State Meet. The girls’ team garnered 73 points to finish 5th in the competition. Congratulations to all of the student athletes who competed their hearts out last night. Below is a link with all results: https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Results/Track/2019/turnerregional.htm
Cushman and Zahn Receive State Honors
Congratulations to David Cushman on making 2nd team Academic All State for wrestling, only one spot out of first team. Also congratulations to Trenten Zahn on Honorable Mention Academic All State for wrestling. The selection committee takes into account GPA x 100, and athletes must have a winning percentage of over 67% and are awarded points for how they place in the state tournament (60 points for champion, 50 for runner up etc.) This is a great accomplishment for these young men.
Boys' Track Team Secures Rock Valley Conference Championship
The Whippet Track and Field Family traveled to McFarland for the Rock Valley Conference Championship Meet on Saturday. After a long day of competition with many lead changes the Whippet Boys emerged victorious with 118 points with Jefferson not far behind scoring 114 points. It took everyone contributing in some way to secure the victory. The boys crowned 5 conference champions with Will Leibbrand leading the way with victories in the 100 M Dash and Long Jump. Sashi Popke defended his title in the pole vault, Jared Clapper won the 200 M Dash, and the 4X100 ran to victory with members Jack Mayer, Tyler Pavlik, Jared Clapper, and Will Leibrand. It took a total team effort to secure the win. Earning valuable points were Juan Cuellar finishing 2nd in the 400 narrowly missing victory, the 4X800 M relay finishing 3rd, the 4X200 with a second, and on and on it went. Leaders emerged all day long keeping everyone focused and prepared to compete. The girls battled hard all day long as well but in the end came up a little short. Sydney Treder was victorious in the pole vault while Abby Grosinske took home gold in the shot put. Kacie Carollo's two second place finishes in the 100 M Dash and 200 M dash, along with a 5th in the long jump gave the Whippet girls valuable points. Morgan Radaj, Abby Grosinske and Grace Black also helped the Whippet girls dominate in the sprints as the girls captured 3 of the top 5 places in the 100 and 200 M dashes. All in all, it was a great day for Whippet Track and Field. The coaching staff is proud of all the athletes. Complete results can be found at http://www.accuracetiming.com/schedule.html.
Staebler Claims State Girls' Wrestling Title
On March 3rd, 2019, the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation conducted the Wisconsin Girls’ High School State Tournament in Marshfield. Many nationally ranked girls from Wisconsin competed here. Junior Brianna Staebler is the current #7 nationally ranked female at 180 pounds. At this meet, she defeated the current #3 ranked wrestler, Natalie Kemp, in dominant fashion by a score of 5-0 for the state championship. Brianna is making history; she is the 2nd girl in WHS history to be on the wrestling team (first was Josie Markham), and she is the first female to ever wrestle a varsity match for Whitewater (2019 @ Hustisford Varsity Tournament). A link to the championship match on Sunday, March 3rd, can be found at https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213512594557879&id=1492027383. Brianna is now training for Folk Nationals in Oklahoma City held at the start of Spring Break.
Casas Headed to State Wrestling
Congratulations to Amaru Casas on qualifying for the WIAA state individual wrestling tournament starting this coming Thursday afternoon. Amaru earned his way to the state tournament with two nice wins on Saturday at Campbellsport to place 3rd. He avenged a loss that he had in the Conference tournament to secure his ticket to the state tournament. This is great for Amaru. He joined wrestling mid-way through the season in 9th grade and worked hard to get to where he is today as a senior. Please congratulate Amaru if you see him.
Swimmers Qualify 5 Events for State; Liang is Sectional Champ
The Whitewater Whippets Boys Swim Team had a great sectional meet on Saturday. The whole team raced well! Setting a new school record in the 200 Freestyle Relay were Jack Mayer, Michael Kuhl, Devin Bazeley, and Young Liang. Young Liang earned a guaranteed trip to the State Meet next week with his win in the 100 Breaststroke. The team will be sending 5 events and 4 swimmers to the state meet: Young Liang - 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke, Jack Mayer - 50 and 100 Freestyle, and the 200 Freestyle Relay of Jack Mayer, Michael Kuhl, Devin Bazeley, and Young Liang.
Six Advance to Sectional Wrestling; Three Crowned Regional Champs
On Saturday the Whippet Wrestling team traveled to East Troy to participate in the region wrestling tournament. This is phase one of the tournament series. There are both individual advancement as well team advancement at stake for the 7 teams participating in the tournament. Going in the coaches knew it was going to be a great race for the team title. Throughout the day it was very close between Wisconsin Lutheran and Whitewater. Unfortunately for the Whippets when the dust settled they found themselves just missing out on advancing to team sectionals coming in second place. Individuals qualifying for Whitewater included three champions: Cody Gamble, Jaden Salmieri, and Will Leibbrand. Coming in runner-up and also qualifying included: David Cushman, Amaru Casas, and Gehrig Monday. All six of these individuals will be competing on Saturday at the individual sectional, which will be taking place at Campbellsport High School. Individually the wrestlers wrestled the best that they could and did well. The Whippets had 7 individuals come in 3rd place which is one shy of being a sectional qualifier.
Martin Signs Letter of Intent to Play Division II Football
Hunter Martin signed his Letter of Intent to attend the (Division II) South Dakota School of Mines and Technology under a football scholarship in a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. He will study Civil Engineering. Pictured is Hunter with his parents, Ira and Michele Martin. Photo courtesy of Bob Mischka.