Whitewater Kiwanis Sells Red and White Poinsettias for the Holidays

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is selling their beautiful red and white poinsettias again this year, with orders due November 5 and November 12 (pick up would be November 26 or December 3, with deliveries available for those with a 53190 zip code).  The red and white poinsettias are either 6” for $10 each or 8” for $18 each. 

Small Red Poinsettia

Individuals who wish to purchase poinsettias may contact Jerry Grant at 262-473-2214, Lorrie Koppein at 608-695-6366, Rollie Cooper at 262-473-5375, Marjorie Stoneman at 414-861-4126 or any member of Kiwanis.    Orders may be picked up at the Whitewater Greenhouse, 301 Country Road U, Whitewater on November 26 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or December 3 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Delivery arrangements should be made with the Kiwanian who sold the poinsettia. 

“The holiday season is brightened by these beautiful plants, and the funds raised help us continue to support the great work being done in Whitewater,” said Lorrie Koppein, President of the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club.

Kiwanis thanks Jim Boyd and the Whitewater Greenhouse for growing such beautiful poinsettias.

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is made up of dedicated volunteers who help both the Whitewater community and the world, all with 100 percent of funds going directly to projects and zero to administrative costs.  Last year, the club distributed more than $20,000, with over half going to the Whitewater Unified School District, including the Ferradermis robotics team at WHS, summer school transportation, shoes for students, Badger Boys State, Badger Girls State, and scholarships.  Kiwanis helped to build the Flowing Well Shelter, the shelters at Starin Park and Treyton’s Field of Dreams, the WHS football field lights and press box, as well as adopting a highway to clean up.  In addition, the group donates to the Whitewater Youth Soccer Club, the Friends of the Whitewater Aquatic Center Family Partnership Fund, the Whitewater Food Pantry, Bethel House and more. More information can be found on the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club Facebook page.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

2019 Discover Whitewater Series Banquet

The Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5K and W3 Fit Kid Shuffle held its seventh annual race banquet on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Willow Brook Golf Course. Gathered for a night of celebration were race sponsors, team leaders, volunteers and five local charities.

“The purpose of DWS is to support the community by giving back to organizations that are solely devoted to helping Whitewater,” DWS Executive Director Jefferey Knight said. “It is always wonderful to see different community members come out to support our cause!”

During the banquet, DWS presented $5,000 to each of the five charities, totaling $25,000. These five charities include: Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Bethel House, Whitewater Unified School District, Whitewater LEADS and J-Hawk Aquatic Club.

Excluding the DWS donations, there was an additional $464 directly donated from anonymous individuals to the charities of their choosing on the DWS website.

“Besides the runners, obviously, anyone would be surprised by the amount of leg work that goes into the DWS Race Day Weekend,” GWC Chairman Larry Kachel said. “The number of community sponsors, volunteers and team leaders that help out is inspiring. However, my favorite part of DWS has been the $180,000 we have raised for Whitewater charities.”

The DWS post-race survey was sent out to runners via email and posted on DWS’s Facebook page. The purpose of the survey was to give race participants the opportunity to express their opinions of their overall race day experience.

In the 2019 DWS, 52 percent of the runners had participated in past DWS races. On the survey, 100 percent of all returning and first-time runners expressed that they felt satisfied to extremely satisfied with the race, and 100 percent of respondents also said they would recommend the DWS to friends and family.

“The 2019 race marks the third year that I have been the DWS Race Director,” DWS Race Director Dawson Miller said. “It still amazes me to see just how many individuals can come together in support of the community. I was a little concerned an hour before the race, but even with the rain we got, it was a great event.”

Next year, the eighth annual DWS will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Photos (Left to Right): Larry Kachel, Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC); Mark Elworthy, Whitewater Unified School District; Eric Boettcher, City of Whitewater; Michael Wallace, Fort HealthCare; Dwight Watson, UW-Whitewater; Dawson Miller, DWS; Jeffery Knight, GWC and DWS

Donation Recipients: Jen Kaina, Working for Whitewater’s Wellness; Marissa Kevin, Bethel House; Steve Ryan, Whitewater Unified School District; Rita Hookstead, J-Hawk Aquatic Club; Jim Winship, Whitewater LEADS

Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of October 21-27

Whitewater School Board Special Meeting - Monday at 6:00 PM
Central Office of Whitewater Unified School District - More Information (Click on "meetings" in the upper right corner.)
Irvin L. Young Library Board of Trustees - Monday at 6:30 PM
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library - More Information
City of Whitewater Finance Committee - Tuesday at 5:30 PM
Whitewater Municipal Building - More information
City of Whitewater Police & Fire Commission - Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Whitewater Municipal Building - More information
Whitewater Community Development Authority - Thursday at 5:30 PM
Whitewater Municipal Building - More information

Whitewater Whippets Boys Soccer Team Finishes up Regular Season with Win over Big Foot-Williams Bay

Many of the Members of the Whitewater Whippets Boys Soccer Team

The Whitewater Whippets Boys Soccer team finished up the regular season this past Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Big Foot-Williams Bay.  The Whippets picked up two goals in the first half, the first from a header from Cristian Reyes off of a corner kick from Colin Chenoweth and the second from a strike from Juan Cuellar with Marcos Contreras picking up the assist. Juan Cuellar notched the third goal of the night on a low, hard-driven corner kick that proved too difficult to handle by the keeper.  Good defensive play by defensive midfielders and defensive back stopped most of the offensive pressure of Big Foot with goalkeepers Antwan Banda and Sergio Zuniga each stopping shots to pick up the clean sheet.  The Whippets are in the state playoffs Thursday with an away game at Jefferson.

WHS Coin Contest Raises Money for Family Emergency Fund

The National Honor Society hosted the annual Homecoming Coin Contest at Whitewater High School October 7 – 10. Class participation was outstanding again this year! $740.45 was raised and presented to Mary Geraghty as a donation for the Family Emergency Fund! Thank you to everyone who shared their spare change and to National Honor Society members who counted all of the coins each day period 9: Sophie Olson, Jenna Lee, Mina Truesdale, Gwynne Sahyun, Jacee Johnson, Tessa Papcke, Bryce Hibbs, Hailey Murphy, Shawn Chan, Abby Grosinske and Allison Ceranske.

Florence Bassett Club Meeting

The Florence Bassett Club gathered at the Bassett House for some Tricks, Treats and games on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

The Florence Bassett Club has been in existence since the early 1900’s, but was known under a different name – The Associate Group. When the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs acquired the house at 708 W. Main St. in 1926, a gift from Florence Bassett, the Federation had to incorporate the Associate Group into a working club with officers, monthly meetings and members who held positions on the Federation Boards. In 1934 the group voted on a new name, the Florence Bassett Club.

The club says, “the main purpose of the Florence Bassett Club is to help preserve and maintain our club house, an historic Whitewater landmark. We support any endeavor, either financially or by working, that achieves this goal.”

The organization meets at 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, and welcomes guests.  If interested in joining in the fun, contact Club President Carol Holford at 473-5840. 

Whitewater Whippet Cross Country Team Competes at Rock Valley Conference

The Lady Whippet CC team competed in the RVC championships on Thursday evening in perfect race conditions.  Freshman Sabrina Bomberg led the team to an 8th place finish out of 10 teams. Her time of 24:37 secured 45th place. Sophomore Olive Coburn turned in a time of 25:10, good enough for 48th place. This was close to Olive’s best time of the year on what is a very challenging course. Morgan Stillwagon was the team’s 4th runner in 55th and was also a few ticks of the clock off of her personal best for the season.

The JV squad was led by Freshmen Emma Weigel and Caelyn Caputo. These two pack run well together and catapulted the team to a 6th place finish out of 10 teams. Both runners nearly ran a personal best on this day. The program also celebrated senior night which includes Rosie Aschenbrener, Jenna Lee and Morgan Stillwagon.

The group looks to recover from today’s gutsy efforts and tackle the WIAA Sectional meet which will be hosted again by Whitewater High School at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, October 26th. 

Photos by Pete

Full results: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/162734/results  

Whippet CC boys were led by a strong lead performer in Sophomore Gio Anello. Gio attained his second all-conference honor in as many years, however, this race he earned first team all-conference honors. His time of 17:25 was good enough for 6th place overall. Junior Trenten Zahn also secured all-conference honors by placing 11th, his third all conference honor, this being a second team recognition. The boys were then tightly packed together in runners 3-7 as Junior Peter Zimdars was the top finisher of the group in 32nd with a time of 19:25. Freshman CJ Tomomitsu ran gutsy with the upperclassmen and nearly running a PR. Also right in there was Will Hofmann with a solid effort also running close to his personal best. The varsity boys finished 5th out of 10 teams.

The JV squad was led by Senior Mason West stopping the clock in 2-:48, good enough for 13th. First year runner and Sophomore Marcus DePorter really ran strong and was the team’s 2nd runner in 17th with a time of 21:03.  The program also celebrated senior night which includes Broderick Frye, Jack Mayer, Justin Mitchell, Jaden Salmieri, Andy Vo, and Mason West.

The group looks to recover from today’s gutsy efforts and tackle the WIAA Sectional meet which will be hosted again by Whitewater High School at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, October 26th.    Full results: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/162734/results

No. 7 UW-Whitewater Volleyball Team Earns Non-Conference Road Win

The No. 7 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater volleyball team used a strong start Wednesday night to extend its win streak to 13 matches with a 25-10, 19-25, 25-16, 25-20 triumph at Concordia Wisconsin in a non-conference match in Mequon, Wis.

The Warhawks (19-3 overall) did not commit an attack error in the first set and hit .290 for the period. The team sprinted out to an 8-1 advantage and claimed the final five points of the set to take a 1-0 match lead.

The Falcons (15-6) flipped the script on UW-Whitewater in the second set, pushing out to a 14-8 advantage. The two teams played even from there, allowing CUW to tie the match at 1-1.

The Warhawks started the third set much like they did the first, this time by a 10-1 margin. The Falcons got as close as six points, but UW-Whitewater continued to control the frame on its way to a 2-1 match lead.

Concordia Wisconsin led 7-2 in the fourth set before the Warhawks embarked on an 8-1 run to lead 10-8. With the set tied at 13-13, UW-Whitewater scored the next five points to take control before the Falcons closed to within 23-20, forcing a UW-W timeout.

The Warhawks ended the match on back-to-back kills by freshman outside hitter Chloe Buescher and senior outside hitter Rachel Butterfield.

Buescher led the offense with her eighth double-double of the season, totaling 14 kills, 12 digs and five blocks. Senior middle hitter Ashton Doll collected 11 kills on a .455 hitting percentage and added four blocks, and Butterfield registered nine kills on a .474 hitting percentage.

Freshman setter Maggie Streckert posted 26 assists, two kills, two digs and two blocks, while sophomore setter KellyAnn Sotiros contributed 13 assists and four digs. Sophomore outside hitter Emma Aske recorded 11 digs, two kills and three service aces.

Freshman Morgan Jensen finished with 24 digs and four service aces, and sophomore defensive specialist Hailey Mackenthun tallied 17 digs and four service aces.

UW-Whitewater returns to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Friday at 7 p.m. at UW-River Falls.