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.
Liang Earns Conference Championship
The Whippets ended their Conference portion of the season in 4th place on Saturday, February 2. We had three swimmers earn medals at the meet. Young Liang finished 3rd in the 200 Freestyle and 1st in the 100 Breaststroke. Devin Bazeley finished 4th in the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle. Jack Mayer finished 2nd in the 50 Freestyle. Both 200 Medley Relays went best times with the following swimmers putting in season best splits: Aidan Coburn, Wesley Salverson, Devin Bazeley, and Jack Mayer. The Medley Relay of Michael Kuhl, Young Liang, Devin Bazeley, and Jack Mayer finished in 4th place. The Whippets were able to post 100% best times in the 200 Freestyle with the following swimmers: Jonathan Manriquez, Antonio Aranda, Aidan Coburn, Devin Bazeley, and Young Liang. Tony dropped a whopping 17 seconds, Aidan dropped 5 seconds, and Devin dropped 2.5 seconds. Devin improved his time on the Top 10 list and is now 4th overall, while Young Liang improved his time on the Top 10 list and is 3rd overall. Zach Tomomitsu swam an outstanding 50 Freestyle, improving his previous time by over 3 seconds. Jack Mayer ended up 2nd in the 50 Freestyle with his lifetime best time, posting a new time to the Top 10 list earning the 4th spot. Shawn Chan continued to drop time in the 100 Butterfly and improved his Top 10 time and place. Shawn is now 9th overall on the Top 10 list. Jovany Manriquez did an outstanding job in the 100 Freestyle dropping 5 seconds off his season best time. We had several nice 500 Freestyle swims, including Antonio Aranda winning his heat and dropping 23 seconds off his time. Wesley Salverson also put in a great race dropping 11 seconds off his best time. Devin Bazeley earned a 4th place medal in the 500 Freestyle dropping 4 seconds and turning in the 5th fastest time into our Top 10 historical time list. Our 200 Freestyle Relays swam well with Aidan Coburn leading off with a 26.71, 2 seconds faster that his lifetime best time. Antonio Aranda continued to impress with his first 50 Freestyle under 30 seconds. Zach Tomomitsu had another great race in the 100 Backstroke dropping 3 seconds, and Jonathan Manriquez dropped 9 seconds off his 100 Backstroke. Jon Chan did a fantastic job in the 100 Breaststroke dropping 5 seconds off his best, and Young Liang became the Conference Champion in the 100 Breaststroke with a commanding win and season best time. Our 400 Freestyle Relays were the last races for the day; several swimmers had great races including Antonio Aranda (-6 seconds), Jovany Mariquez (-5 seconds), Zach Tomomitsu (-7 seconds), Michael Kuhl (-1.5 seconds), and Devin Bazeley (-1 second). Coach Foucault stated, “I am very proud of all the boys, and we are excited to see what we can do at the Sectional Meet.”
Cushman wins Conference Wrestling Title
Saturday, the Whippet Wrestlers competed in the Rock Valley Conference tournament at Beloit Turner. Going in we knew it was a three team race for the conference title, and unfortunately we finished in 2nd behind Evansville and ahead of Edgerton. Individually the team had 6 in the finals with David Cushman bringing home his first Conference championship! Coming home runner up were Cody Gamble, Jaden Salmieri, Carter Friend, Will Leibbrand, and Arturo Franco. Bringing home a Bronze were Trenten Zahn and Gehrig Monday. This concluded the regular season for the varsity as they finished the season in 2nd place in the conference with an overall record of 10-1. The team next travels to East Troy to participate in the regional tournament where the top two competitors will advance to sectionals.
Houwers Earns State Championship; All 5 Swimmers Medal
Five Whippets competed at the State Swim Meet in Madison on Friday, November 9. The Whippets posted a new school record in the 200 Medley Relay and earned medals for their 6th place finish. Congrats to Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj! 1:51.94! These ladies were seeded 11th going into the race and had a plan to win their heat and throw down the best time they could to try to medal. It was great to see how confident the girls were that they could do this; they went out with incredible determination to make this happen and succeeded. This is our first girls relay to ever medal at State. Ella Houwers was able to go a lifetime best in the 200 Individual Medley finishing in 3rd place with a new school record time of 2:09.12! Way to go, Ella! Brianna Zimdars swam to an 8th place finish in the 500 Freestyle, going a lifetime best 5:19.07! Brianna also posted her best 200 time during this swim, 2:03.97! Brianna is now 6th all-time in the 200 and 4th all-time in the 500! Awesome! DREAM BIG! We were a bit of a State Meet Cinderella story in the 200 Freestyle Relay with the girls going from the 16th seed to a 6th place medal winning performance! Way to go Morgan, Brianna, Amber Krebs, and Ella! This was a new school record 1:41.13! It was a great team effort from all of the girls. Ella Houwers was the STATE CHAMP in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:05.34! With not a lot of rest, Ella was able to focus and hold off a very strong field of competitors to earn the title. Ella finished the night with 4 medals at State! What a night! The girls finished the evening in 8th place! Thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the whole season!
Five Swimmers, Five Events Earn Trip to State
Sectionals was the kind of meet that gets your heart pumping and doesn't let you back down to normal until you go to sleep at night. The Whippets started the day off with a record setting, state qualifying swim in the 200 Medley Relay. Swimmers Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj combined to finish with a time of 1:52.92 beating their best time from just a week ago by almost 3 full seconds. Next up were Ellie Treder and Lexi Hackney in the 200 Freestyle. Elle took charge of her heat, winning by 9 seconds and dropped 10 seconds off her best time. Lexi also posted a best time by 5 seconds while also going her best 50 and 100 times on the way! The girls did not disappoint in the 200 Individual Medleys as Amber Krebs was able to post a best time and finish in the Top 16 scoring points for our team score. Ella Houwers secured her spot by winning the event with her lifetime best time and new school record winning time of 2:10.59. It was exciting to see the girls keep the momentum going as we entered into the 50 Freestyle competition. Maddie Elworthy stepped up to the block first and posted her lifetime best time 28.85 while teammate Lizbeth Rodriguez did the same with her 28.80. In this group of seniors, Morgan Radaj was the last to swim and posted a 25.49 which placed her 3rd all-time on the Top 10 Times list and 4th overall at the meet. We will definitely miss these 3 next year! Lexi Hackney continued to impress with her 2 second drop in the 100 Butterfly. Sophia Fanshaw stepped up and swam almost 2 seconds faster in her 100 Butterfly also finishing with a 1:04.15 putting her 4th all-time on the Top 10 Times list and 1st in her heat. Morgan Radaj was up pretty quickly again in the 100 Freestyle and again posted a best time with a 57.69 putting her 7th all-time on the Top 10 times list. Our 500 swimmers battled it out with a pretty strong field of swimmers. Ellie Treder entered the race with confidence after her 200 swim and bettered her lifetime best time by 3 seconds. Amber Krebs had a strong race finishing right on her previous time and Brianna Zimdars was able to post her lifetime best time 5:25.00 putting her 6th overall in the Top 10 times list and earning a trip to the State meet for the second year in a row. The energy level of the Whippets continued to stay high, and the 200 Freestyle Relay with swimmers Morgan Radaj, Brianna Zimdars, Amber Krebs, and Ella Houwers did not disappoint posting another school record performance time of 1:42.65 securing their spot at the State meet. Maddie Elworthy finished her career as a Whippet with another best time in the 100 Backstroke posting a 1:14.91. Brianna Zimdars and Sophia Fanshaw raced hard in the 100 Backstroke and were able to score points for the team with their 6th and 7th place finishes. Lizbeth Rodriguez went her 2nd best time of the day with her 1:23.96 in the 100 Breaststroke. We will definitely miss Lizbeth next year. Ella Houwers came to the block with confidence and race to another school record time of 1:05.88, winning the event and securing her second entry into the State meet. The meet concluded with the 400 Freestyle relay team of Amber Krebs, Maddie Elworthy, Lizbeth Rodriguez, and Sophia Fanshaw posting a best time by almost 5 seconds, winning their heat, and scoring points for the Whippets. It was such a fun meet and atmosphere for the girls to swim at. The girls posted 15 out of 18 best times in individual events, 3 out of 3 best times in relays, broke 4 school records, and have 5 girls headed to the State meet this coming Friday. IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A WHIPPET!
Pair Will Earn Academic All-State Honors After Trip to State CC
Another WIAA State CC meet is in the books as senior Nicole Tomomitsu and sophomore Trenten Zahn wrapped up their final races of the season at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Trenten raced first with the rain finally letting up making for a fun, yet slippery, race course in Division 2. He started out in in 58th at the first mile and was looking good. While negotiating a sharp turn that was all mud he went down for the first time but bounced right back up and kept charging ahead. By the second mile he moved up to 55th and was poised to make a strong final push but had another setback as he slipped again and went down a second time. Trenten used his skills as a multi-sport athlete from wrestling and knew that being on his knees he needed to get up as fast as possible and it was impressive to see! He raced his guts out and passed 8 more runners by the finish line to cross in 47th overall with a finish time of 17:19.2 with 151 runners in his race. Trenten gained invaluable experience in this race as an underclassman and was part of the Rock Valley’s strong showing of incredible strength at the state level. Three teams from the RVC finished in the top 6 (out of 16 teams) and four of the possible 10 medaling positions went to an RVC athlete. Nicole followed in the final race of the day. As she passed by the coaching staff before the first mile she looked as though she had a grimace on her face. She passed by the first mile mark in 122nd and faded to 130th as the course got hillier in the second mile but got it together and moved up to 121st by the finish out of 152 runners. Nicole stopped the clock at 21:54.0. No matter the race or season that Nicole has worn the word ‘Whitewater’ across her chest, she has proudly found a way to honor it and the word quit is not in her vocabulary. Nicole was able to wear the jersey at the state meet three times and perhaps the most impressive part is how she found a way to make it happen after a less than ideal junior year. Most athletes would have packed it in and decided that is just the way it needs to be. Nicole didn’t mail it in. Nicole races with heart, guts, and passion. She finished her career with two honorable mentions, one second team, and as a senior earned her first, 1st team all-conference honor in the Rock Valley Conference. Additionally, both Trenten and Nicole can be proud of their academic accomplishments, as both will be earning academic all-state honors. Academic all-state honors are given out annually by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association. In order to earn academic all-state, a student athlete must be earning at least a 3.5 GPA. This will be Trenten’s first and Nicole’s third honor. Trenten and Nicole clearly define what it means to be a student athlete in the Whippet Cross Country program.