Whitewater Unified School District has Three Seats Up for Election on the School Board – Final Day for Filing is January 7

Residents of the Whitewater Unified School District are encouraged to consider seeking a position on the School Board. The filing dates for those interested in becoming a candidate for one of the three positions on the Board starts Sunday, December 1, 2019. The final day for filling is Tuesday, January 7, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.

Any person who is a United States citizen and a qualified elector of the Whitewater Unified School District is legally qualified to become a member of the School Board. In addition, Board candidates should have a genuine interest in and devotion to public education, a willingness to give time and effort to the position, a capacity to understand people, and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

The School Board is the District policy-making authority and is responsible to the public for the success of all education services offered by the District. This success is dependent on many individuals, but also upon each Board member’s understanding of the workings of the District-wide operations and each member’s ability to participate meaningfully in the decision-making process that governs the District.

Three positions will also be on the spring ballot. The incumbents are Miguel Aranda, Casey Judd and Steven Ryan. The deadline for the incumbents to file a Notification of Noncandidacy, thereby not seeking re-election, is Friday, December 27, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. One incumbent, Miguel Aranda, has filed his non-candidacy document.

The Board will provide an orientation for Board candidates in order to help them become quickly acquainted with the election process and Board members’ duties and responsibilities in January. The District Administrator has developed, in consultation with the Board, a candidate orientation programs to be presented by District staff and a Board member appointed by the Board President.

The candidate filing documents may be obtained and filed at the office of the School Board Secretary at the Whitewater Unified School District Central Office, 419 South Elizabeth Street, Whitewater. School Board candidates do not circulate nomination papers but the School Board Secretary, Jaclyn Tueting, will assist to complete necessary filing documents.

CENTRAL OFFICE HOURS
Through Friday, December 20……………………………Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3………………………………………….Closed
(Friday, December 27 at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for incumbents to file a Notification of Noncandidacy)
Tuesday, January 7…………………………………………………………………………….7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(5:00 p.m. is the deadline for filing candidacy paperwork)

2019 Parade of Lights

2018 Parade Image provided by Tom Ganser

WHITEWATER, WISCONSIN, December 2, 2019 – Parade week has finally arrived! Volunteers and staff at Downtown Whitewater, Inc have been working furiously behind the scenes again this year to light up the night sky to celebrate the holiday season. The snowflakes are up downtown, the trees have been strung with lights and we’re ready to celebrate with our community. Join us for activities beginning at 4 p.m. on December 6, 2019.

This year’s parade theme is Peace on Earth. Entries have been pouring in for the last 6 weeks or so and we’re looking at another festive and good sized parade. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the extra special guest at the end of this year’s parade in his beautiful new suit. Thank you to downtown business 70×7 Trends for her beautiful work!

There are activities that are not to be missed, so please make sure that you check out the locations listed in the timeline below before and after the parade to continue the fun. We’ll have a Selfie Sleigh right at the corner of 1st and Main to capture holiday memories and the beloved s’mores station right across from there. Don’t forget to wander into all of your favorite downtown locations before the parade or into your favorite restaurant to warm up afterwards.

4 to 5:30 pm Santa at First Citizens State Bank
4 to 8 pm Open House at the Book Teller – Click here for details: https://facebook.com/events/s/parade-of-lights-holiday-open-/459946704643048/?ti=cl
5 to 6 pm Goody Bag pickup at Dale’s Bootery (many thanks to our local Daisy Scouts for helping put these together!)
5 to 6 pm Craft time at the Discover Whitewater Offices
5:30 pm Story time at the Book Teller
5 to 6 pm S’mores just outside the Discover Whitewater Offices
6 pm Parade (Parade route is Main/Whiton to Main/Whitewater around the corner onto Whitewater and ends at the SweetSpot Cafe)
After the parade – Chili dinner at Living Word Fellowship

We are incredibly grateful to a great group of sponsors for this year’s event and are so fortunate that they are part of this community: First Citizens State Bank, Whitewater Veterinary Hospital, the Book Teller, LSP Whitewater, Whitewater Family Dentristry, and Cabinets & Design by Cozette.

About the organization:
Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization spearheading community efforts to re-energize and enhance our historic downtown. We are community advocates and volunteers who share a passion for Whitewater. We bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate Whitewater’s history and traditions, to care for our downtown neighborhood, and to inspire confidence and investments that are flowing toward an economically vibrant, engaging and exciting place in the heart of Whitewater – a place we love, a place we’re proud to call home, and a place where future generations can grow and take pride in calling their own.

For more information contact:
Lisa Dawsey Smith
Board President, Downtown Whitewater, Inc.
ldawsey06@gmail.com | (262) 510-4183 – Cell

Sarah Liedtke
Associate Director
director@downtownwhitewater.com | (262)473-2200

Univ. of Mary Hardin-Baylor Hosting Warhawks in Quarterfinal on 12/7

The No. 7 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team engineered a big first half and hung on in the second half Saturday for a 41-28 triumph over Wartburg (Iowa) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship at Perkins Stadium.

The Warhawks (11-1 overall) advance to the national quarterfinals for the 13th time in the last 15 years and will face No. 1 ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-0) (Texas) next Saturday, Dec. 7, 12:00 p.m. CST at MHB in Belton, TX.

UW-Whitewater held Wartburg (10-2) to 32 yards rushing and forced five turnovers in the contest.

Senior running back Jarrod Ware (Bradley, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) rushed for 58 yards, and junior tight end Jared Zausch (Saukville, Wis./Ozaukee) posted four receptions for 41 yards. Senior running back Ronny Ponick (Stanley, Wis./Stanley-Boyd) rushed for 31 yards and one touchdown and caught a 12-yard touchdown.

Senior linebacker Matt Anderson (Rockford, Ill./Lutheran) tallied a team-high eight tackles, including one sack, and one interception. Junior linebacker Kaleb Kaminski (Tomahawk, Wis./Tomahawk) registered four tackles, including one for a loss, and added one forced fumble and two interceptions.

The Warhawks’ special teams made several big plays during the game, including a punt return for a touchdown, five kickoff returns for 146 yards, two made field goals and five punts for an average of 41.6 yards, including three inside the Knights’ 20-yard line.

Senior defensive back Garrett Purdy (Naperville, Ill./Central) posted an interception on Wartburg’s first drive of the game, and UW-Whitewater took advantage of the good field position.

Five plays after a 26-yard completion from junior quarterback Max Meylor (Mt. Horeb, Wis./Mt. Horeb) to junior wide receiver Derek Kumerow (Bartlett, Ill./South Elgin), junior running back Alex Peete (Ringwood, Ill./Johnsburg) dove over the pile at the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown with 9:17 on the clock.

The Warhawks doubled the lead two minutes later, taking advantage of a forced fumble by Kaminski. Ware ran down to the Knights’ 12-yard line, and Ponick caught a screen pass for a 12-yard score.

After a three-and-out, UW-Whitewater added to its lead on a 36-yard field goal by junior kicker Wojciech Gasienica (Norridge, Ill./Ridgewood) with 2:37 to play in the first quarter.

After a Wartburg touchdown, the Warhawks responded. Junior wide receiver Ryan Wisniewski (Sparta, Wis./Sparta) returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards, then threw a 26-yard pass to Zausch on a reverse pass. Three plays later, Meylor ran around the right side for a 4-yard touchdown at the 11:32 mark.

Following a three-and-out by the Knights, senior Justin Prostinak (Milwaukee, Wis./Lake Country Lutheran) went untouched on the punt return 67 yards for the touchdown and a 31-7 advantage with 9:21 remaining in the first half.

UW-Whitewater was the first on the board in the third quarter as Gasienica knocked a 27-yard field goal through the uprights with 9:50 to play. The drive was keyed by Wisniewski’s 38-yard return to near midfield.

Wartburg scored on the next drive to cut its deficit to 34-14, but the Warhawks took advantage of strong field position again later in the quarter. Three plays after a key third-down completion from Meylor to sophomore wide receiver Tyler Holte (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic), Ponick pushed up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown and a 41-14 lead with 2:27 left in the period.

The Knights tacked on touchdowns on their next two drives and had the ball in UW-W territory just past the midway point of the fourth quarter, but Kaminski picked off Noah Dodd at the Warhawks’ 27-yard line.

After a UW-Whitewater punt to the Wartburg 9-yard line, Kaminski registered his second interception of the quarter and returned it to the Knights’ 14-yard line. From there, the Warhawks knelt out the final two minutes of regulation.

Next Saturday’s game against Mary Hardin-Baylor is a rematch of the 2018 national semifinal, which the Crusaders won 31-14 in Belton, Texas.
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Team Statistics

Game StatsWARFBUWW
Total Yards382236
Pass Yards350101
Rushing Yards32135
Penalty Yards2-203-40
1st Downs2312
3rd Downs10-165-14
4th Downs0-11-1
TOP28:2331:37
1ST QUARTER
09:17 – UWW – Alex Peete 1 yd run (W. Gasienica kick), 8 plays, 43 yards, TOP 3:4307
07:12 – UWW – Ronny Ponick 12 yd pass from Max Meylor (W. Gasienica kick) 4 plays, 31 yards, TOP 1:52014
02:37 – UWW – W. Gasienica 36 yd field goal 8 plays, 20 yards, TOP 4:07017
2ND QUARTER
13:12 – WARFB – Brandan Childs 25 yd pass from Noah Dodd (Kain Eagle kick) 10 plays, 85 yards, TOP 4:21717
11:32 – UWW – Max Meylor 4 yd run (W. Gasienica kick), 4 plays, 40 yards, TOP 1:29724
09:21 – UWW – J. Prostinak 67 yd punt return (W. Gasienica kick)731
3RD QUARTER
09:50 – UWW – W. Gasienica 27 yd field goal 9 plays, 39 yards, TOP 5:03734
08:26 – WARFB – Kolin Schulte 22 yd pass from Brandan Childs (Kain Eagle kick) 4 plays, 48 yards, TOP 1:181434
02:27 – UWW – Ronny Ponick 1 yd run (W. Gasienica kick), 6 plays, 44 yards, TOP 3:061441
00:11 – WARFB – Kolin Schulte 9 yd pass from Noah Dodd (Kain Eagle kick) 8 plays, 57 yards, TOP 2:102141
4TH QUARTER
09:33 – WARFB – Lee Bonifas 12 yd pass from Noah Dodd (Kain Eagle kick) 11 plays, 84 yards, TOP 4:112841

Game Leaders

Choose a category:         Passing Leaders         Rushing Leaders         Receiving Leaders         Defense Leaders     

MEYLOR,MAX

#7 Max Meylor

  • CMP 11
  • TD 1
  • YDS 75
  • INT 1
WISNIEWSKI,RYAN

#6 Ryan Wisniewski

  • CMP 1
  • TD 0
  • YDS 26
  • INT 0

Players Mentioned

#56 Matt Anderson

LB 6′ 0″ 230 lbs Senior

#9 Wojciech Gasienica

K 5′ 9″ 175 lbs Junior

#18 Tyler Holte

WR 5′ 10″ 180 lbs Sophomore

#13 Kaleb Kaminski

LB 6′ 0″ 225 lbs Junior

#1 Derek Kumerow

WR 6′ 2″ 200 lbs Junior

#23 Alex Peete

RB 5′ 8″ 205 lbs Junior

#2 Ronny Ponick

RB 5′ 8″ 200 lbs Senior

#30 Justin Prostinak

WR 5′ 8″ 185 lbs Senior

#4 Garrett Purdy

DB 6′ 0″ 200 lbs Senior

#9 Jarrod Ware

RB 5′ 10″ 195 lbs Senior

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Warhawks Football 41-28 Over Wartburg (IA); Moving on to 3rd Round Against Mary Hardin-Baylor on 12/7 (UPDATED with game details)

In Second Round play Wartburg came back on 11/30 from a 31-7 halftime score to give the Warhawks a challenge in the second half, but UW-W prevailed with 41-28. Mary Hardin-Baylor (MHB) beat Huntingdon 42-6 to face the Warhawks on 12/7 (location TBA) in the NCAA Division III 3rd Round. In 2018 MHB beat UW-W by 31-14 in a Semifinal game and went on to win the championship over Mount Union.

By the way, Mount Union, the record-holding winner of 13 championships, was eliminated by North Central (IL) by a score of 59-52 in the Second Round.

No. 7 Warhawks Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals (Update 12/2/19)

The No. 7 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team engineered a big first half and hung on in the second half Saturday for a 41-28 triumph over Wartburg (Iowa) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship at Perkins Stadium.

The Warhawks (11-1 overall) advance to the national quarterfinals for the 13th time in the last 15 years and will face No. 1 ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) next Saturday, Dec. 7 at Belton, TX.

UW-Whitewater held Wartburg (10-2) to 32 yards rushing and forced five turnovers in the contest.

Senior running back Jarrod Ware rushed for 58 yards, and junior tight end Jared Zausch posted four receptions for 41 yards. Senior running back Ronny Ponick rushed for 31 yards and one touchdown and caught a 12-yard touchdown.

Senior linebacker Matt Anderson tallied a team-high eight tackles, including one sack, and one interception. Junior linebacker Kaleb Kaminski registered four tackles, including one for a loss, and added one forced fumble and two interceptions.

The Warhawks’ special teams made several big plays during the game, including a punt return for a touchdown, five kickoff returns for 146 yards, two made field goals and five punts for an average of 41.6 yards, including three inside the Knights’ 20-yard line.

Senior defensive back Garrett Purdy posted an interception on Wartburg’s first drive of the game, and UW-Whitewater took advantage of the good field position.

Five plays after a 26-yard completion from junior quarterback Max Meylor to junior wide receiver Derek Kumerow, junior running back Alex Peete dove over the pile at the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown with 9:17 on the clock.

The Warhawks doubled the lead two minutes later, taking advantage of a forced fumble by Kaminski. Ware ran down to the Knights’ 12-yard line, and Ponick caught a screen pass for a 12-yard score.

After a three-and-out, UW-Whitewater added to its lead on a 36-yard field goal by junior kicker Wojciech Gasienica with 2:37 to play in the first quarter.

After a Wartburg touchdown, the Warhawks responded. Junior wide receiver Ryan Wisniewski returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards, then threw a 26-yard pass to Zausch on a reverse pass. Three plays later, Meylor ran around the right side for a 4-yard touchdown at the 11:32 mark.

Following a three-and-out by the Knights, senior Justin Prostinak went untouched on the punt return 67 yards for the touchdown and a 31-7 advantage with 9:21 remaining in the first half.

UW-Whitewater was the first on the board in the third quarter as Gasienica knocked a 27-yard field goal through the uprights with 9:50 to play. The drive was keyed by Wisniewski’s 38-yard return to near midfield.

Wartburg scored on the next drive to cut its deficit to 34-14, but the Warhawks took advantage of strong field position again later in the quarter. Three plays after a key third-down completion from Meylor to sophomore wide receiver Tyler Holte, Ponick pushed up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown and a 41-14 lead with 2:27 left in the period.

The Knights tacked on touchdowns on their next two drives and had the ball in UW-W territory just past the midway point of the fourth quarter, but Kaminski picked off Noah Dodd at the Warhawks’ 27-yard line.

After a UW-Whitewater punt to the Wartburg 9-yard line, Kaminski registered his second interception of the quarter and returned it to the Knights’ 14-yard line. From there, the Warhawks knelt out the final two minutes of regulation.

Next Saturday’s game against Mary Hardin-Baylor is a rematch of the 2018 national semifinal, which the Crusaders won 31-14 in Belton, Texas.

Free Thanksgiving Meal / Holiday Week Hours for City Services

Helpful information for a free Thanksgiving meal as well as additional details for holiday week hours for city services are listed below:

Thanksgiving Dinner–Cena para el Día de Acción de Gracias
hosted by St. Patrick Catholic Church
1235 W Main St, Whitewater, WI 53190
11 am to 1 pm Thursday, November 28, 2019

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner for free, upstairs in Berry Hall. Dinner includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, coleslaw, dinner rolls, cranberries, lots of desserts.

Todos están invitados a venir y disfrutarse de una cena para el Día de Acción de Gracias gratis en la planta alta en el Salón Parroquial. La comida incluye pavo, aderezo, puré de papa y salsa, vegetales, ensalada de repollo, pan, arándanos y muchos postres.

Garbage/Recycling Holiday Week Pickup

Trash collection schedules are always available in our Helpful Links portion of the Banner’s homepage. This week for the City of Whitewater garbage/recycling pickup is delayed by one day due to the holiday.

Municipal Building Holiday Hours

The city municipal building is closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Find additional contact information for the City of Whitewater here.

Irvin Young Memorial Library Holiday Hours

The public library closes at 5 pm Wednesday, November 27, 2019. The library remains closed both Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. The library opens Saturday, November 20 at 9 am. Find additional information for the library here.

Police Department

For an Emergency, visit the lobby window in the municipal building or call 911. For non-emergency assistance call (262)473-0555.

Whitewater Aquatic Center Holiday Week Hours

The Aquatic and Fitness centers are closed Thursday, November 28. The Fitness Center will be open 5:30 am to 9 pm Friday, November 29 and 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday, November 30. The Pool is open 5:30 am to 6:30 pm Friday, November 29 and 7 am to 6 pm Saturday, November 30. There are no fitness classes Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1. Find additional information for the Whitewater Aquatic Center here.

Warhawk Football to Host 2nd Round NCAA Playoffs

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team will host Wartburg (Iowa) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship this Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

Tickets for Saturday’s game will be available on site starting 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Cost of admission is $13 for adults and $8 for students, senior citizens and children ages 3-12. No passes will be accepted for admission. Season parking holders with spots in Lot 24 will be honored for Saturday’s game and for any other postseason contests.

The Warhawks (10-1 overall) advanced to the second round with a 35-10 victory over Midwest Conference champion Monmouth (Ill.) in the first round last Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

The Knights (10-1) posted a 41-3 victory at Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Hope (Mich.) last Saturday to punch their ticket to the second round.

Both UW-Whitewater and Wartburg were Pool C, or at-large, qualifiers to the NCAA Playoffs.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live by UWW-TV on channel 100.1 on campus, Spectrum channel 989 and online at reslife.uww.edu/stream, and on the radio on KOOL 106.5 FM WKCH and online at 940wfaw.com. Live statistics will be available through ncaa.com.

No. 7 UW-Whitewater 35, Monmouth (Ill.) 10

Junior Ryan Wisniewski caught 6 passes for 67 yards and 2 TDs. Here he is with his first TD catch.

The No. 7 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team scored 28 first-half points Saturday afternoon on its way to a 35-10 triumph over Monmouth (Ill.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship at Perkins Stadium.

The Warhawks (10-1 overall) advance to the second round, where they’ll face Wartburg (Iowa) next Saturday, Nov. 30, 12 p.m. CST, Perkins Stadium.

UW-Whitewater picked up 28 first downs and totaled 478 yards of offense, including 278 on the ground. The team also held the ball for nearly 39 minutes in the contest.

The Warhawks’ defense held the Fighting Scots (7-3) to six first downs and 172 total yards, including zero on the ground.

Junior Max Meylor completed 16 or 26 passes for 183 yards and 4 TDs.


Junior quarterback Max Meylor (Mt. Horeb, Wis./Mt. Horeb) registered 183 yards and four touchdowns through the air and added 34 yards on the ground. Senior running back Jarrod Ware (Bradley, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) posted 20 carries for 110 yards, and junior running back Alex Peete (Ringwood, Ill./Johnsburg) rushed 16 times for 80 yards and one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Ryan Wisniewski (Sparta, Wis./Sparta) collected six receptions for 67 yards and two scores.

Junior Jarrod Ware rushed 20 times for 110 yards.

Senior linebacker Matt Anderson (Rockford, Ill./Lutheran) led the defense with seven tackles. Senior defensive lineman Jordan Brand (Chicago, Ill./St. Rita) recorded four tackles, including two sacks, and senior defensive back Nate Tranel (Lancaster, Wis./Lancaster) made five stops, including one for a loss.

UW-Whitewater got on the board first, taking advantage of field position at the Monmouth 44-yard line. Meylor hit Wisniewski on a 13-yard pass with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

After the Fighting Scots fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Meylor hit Peete on a 26-yard screen pass to double the advantage to 14-0 with 2:24 on the clock.

Meylor completed his third touchdown of the day two minutes into the second quarter, hitting junior wide receiver Derek Kumerow (Bartlett, Ill./South Elgin) with an 11-yard strike to complete a seven-play, 66-yard drive.

Following a Monmouth punt, the Warhawks drove 72 yards in 13 plays to make it 28-0 with 8:21 remaining. Peete completed the set with a 3-yard touchdown run.

The Fighting Scots got on the board early in the second half on a touchdown with 12:02 left in the third quarter.

On the first play of the next drive, Meylor found Wisniewski for a 52-yard touchdown to make it 35-7 with 11:41 to go in the quarter.

Monmouth completed the scoring on a field goal five minutes into the fourth quarter. UW-Whitewater held the ball for more than 10 minutes in the period to run the clock down.

Whitewater Middle School Gym Floor to be Dedicated in Honor of Retired Coach Ken Nehring

Whitewater Unified School District will be rededicating their newly refinished middle school gym floor to long time Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Ken Nehring on December 6th, during the game against Evansville. The dedication ceremony will take place in-between the JV and Varsity games (approximately 6:45pm). These games will be played at Whitewater Middle School. 

Ken Nehring

Nehring retired in 1989 and is a member of the WBCA Hall of Fame. He finished his career after 34 years as head coach with a record of 470-269 which included 8 league championships, 4 district championships, and 10 regional championships. His conference record was 306-137 and his 1969-70 team finished the regular season 18-0. Nehring was the head coach for the South All-Star Team in 1980. He is remembered best for his intense desire to develop his players’ talents as athletes and individuals and for always showing good sportsmanship. There will be a social gathering after the game. More details on the social will be provided at a later date. It is hoped Coach Nehring’s former players will attend this rededication event.

Whitewater Community Foundation Seeks Board Candidates

The Whitewater Community Foundation is excited to announce that they are currently seeking candidates for two open board positions.

Why join the Whitewater Community Foundation Board?
It is a great way to give back to the community. You have the opportunity to work as a team with great individuals on the board and make a difference for the Whitewater Community.

Current President, Danielle Frawley, stated “I’ve grown up in this town since birth. This community has helped raise me and helped me become the person I am today. I feel the best way for me to give back to Whitewater is by donating to the foundation and serving on the board.”

What should you do if you are interested in joining the board?
Email info@whitewatercommunityfoundation.org with a bio of yourself and why you are interested in joining the board as soon as possible!

Questions?
Please email info@whitewatercommunityfoundation.org or call us at (262) 458-4088.