Warhawk Athletics Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season

WIAC Statement

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has canceled all athletic events, including contests and practices, for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Athletic Directors agreed to cancel all athletic events, including conference and non-conference competitions and WIAC spring championships, for the 2019-20 year.

In addition, any organized athletic related activities, including practices, strength and conditioning and athletic training, an all on- or off-campus, in-person athletic recruiting activities are suspended indefinitely.

“Our department is taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously, and we as leaders decided that the health and well-being of those in our campus community comes first,” Interim Athletic Director Ryan Callahan said. “We encourage our student-athletes, coaches and support staff to be safe in the coming months.”

“My heart breaks for all of our student-athletes, especially our seniors from fall and winter sports who were not able to close their careers competing for championships, and all our spring teams who are unable to play out their traditional seasons and qualify for individual and team championship events.”

Last Thursday, the NCAA canceled all remaining winter and spring national championship events, including the Division III wrestling and indoor track and field championships.

UW-Whitewater announced last week that Spring Break will begin one week early and run through Sunday, March 29. Beginning Monday, March 30, face-to-face instruction will be suspended, and the campus will move to alternative delivery of classes through at least Friday, April 17. All campus events are canceled through at least Friday, April 17, with limited exceptions.

Campus will remain open, and the university will continue daily operations.

Questions about the COVID-19 situation can be directed to 262-472-1362 or covid19info@uww.edu. The phoneline and e-mail will be monitored during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Source: Jake Kumerow will Return to the Packers in 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 23: Jake Kumerow #16 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

The Packers have given WR Jake Kumerow the minimum salary tender as an exclusive rights free agent, according to a source. So the UW-W fan-favorite is back for another go in Green Bay. ‪Teams must tender ERFAs by 3 pm CT 3/18 or they become free. Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan and Tyler Lancaster are also in that category.

Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer

Gymnasts Wrap Up Season with Banquet

Whitewater High School Gymnastics wrapped up the 2019-2020 season with a banquet held on Wednesday, March 11th, at Whitewater High School. The gymnasts did a fantastic job this season and they will continue to do so in future seasons.

The awards presented at the banquet were earned by the following gymnasts: MVP Jenna Caldwell, Most Dedicated Halee Peters, Most Improved Varsity Maddy Donnelly, Most Improved JV Brooke Bazeley, and Rookie of the Year Brenda Aguilar.

The Southern Lakes Conference awards were awarded to two gymnasts. This is a very high honor for the Whitewater High School Gymnasts. Jenna Caldwell earned Honorable Mention, and the highlight was Halee Peters earning Second Team All-Conference.

Thank you to the parents for supporting the girls, organizing pasta parties, and all the other amazing things you have done throughout the season. Thank you to Mr. Bob Mischka for coming to the gymnastics meets and taking pictures of the girls.

Overall, it was an amazing season, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to work with. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Go, Whippets!

Article and Photos Submitted by Coach Kelly O’Hara

WIAC Cancels Spring Sports Season and Related Activities

MADISON, Wis (WIAC Press Release) -Following a very deliberative process to allow for the full consideration of the most up-to-date information pertaining to the spread of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) has announced a set of measures that will be implemented conference-wide effective immediately.

In so doing, the conference was able to consider input provided by the medical community, the decisions rendered recently by the NCAA pertaining to national championships and student-athlete eligibility, as well as steps taken by other NCAA conferences and amateur and professional sports organizations.

Most importantly, the conference endeavored to make responsible decisions that took into account what is in the best short term and long term interest of our campuses and student-athletes while prioritizing the health and safety of the general public.

The following measures will take effect immediately:
1. The spring sports season (i.e., baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, outdoor track & field, golf and tennis) has been cancelled to include any and all competition.
2. Any and all athletically-related activities (e.g., practice) are suspended indefinitely.
3. All in-person athletic recruiting activities (on- or off-campus) are suspended indefinitely.
4. All in-person conference meetings are to be transitioned to telephone conference calls until further notice.
5. The American Family Insurance/WIAC Student-Athlete Leadership Institute scheduled for April 16-17 is postponed with the possibility of rescheduling the Institute in the fall.

No. 8 UW-W Women’s Basketball Outlasted in NCAA First Round

The No. 8 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s basketball team fell just short of a thrilling comeback victory Friday night, falling 70-62 against Redlands (Calif.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship at Kachel Gymnasium in Whitewater.

UW-Whitewater wraps up its season with a 23-4 record after claiming the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship, a semifinal appearance in the conference tournament and its 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last 13 years.

The Warhawks trailed by as many as 14 in the third quarter and were down 10 at the end of the period before making runs in the fourth.

UW-Whitewater drew to within two possessions at 52-46 with 9:27 on the clock after a pair of free throws by freshman forward Aleah Grundahl.

The Bulldogs (22-6) responded with six straight points to double their lead up to 12 at the 7:45 mark, but the Warhawks surged back with a 6-0 run to cut it to 58-52 on a layup by junior center Johanna Taylor at the midway point of the quarter.

Redlands responded again with five straight points, but UW-Whitewater ran off five unanswered as senior guard Becky Raeder cut it to 63-58 on a 3-pointer with 1:31 left.

The Bulldogs hit 7-of-8 from the free-throw line over the final 1:13 of regulation to punch their ticket to the second round, where they’ll face Trine (Ind.), a 65-37 winner over Benedictine (Ill.).

Grundahl led the Warhawks with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Taylor finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists.

Raeder and sophomore guard Veronica Kieres each tallied nine points, and junior guard Rebekah Schumacher registered eight points, all in the first half. Kieres added seven rebounds.

UW-Whitewater committed only 10 turnovers in the game but was held to 31.3 percent shooting in the contest, while Redlands converted 48.1 percent from the floor.

The Warhawks scored 28 second-chance points thanks to 17 offensive rebounds.

UW-Whitewater led 8-2 three minutes into the game. After Redlands drew to within one, the two teams traded baskets over the remainder of the first quarter, and the Warhawks took a 17-16 advantage on a 3-pointer by Schumacher with just over a minute remaining.

Neither team led by more than four in the second quarter before the Bulldogs took a five-point lead in the final minute of the period.

After a pair of Raeder free throws brought UW-W within three at the 8:37 mark of the third quarter, Redlands scored the next 11 points and led 48-34 with 6:18 on the clock.

The Warhawks drew within 10 by the end of the quarter to set up their comeback attempt.

Whippets Complete Gymnastics Season

The Whitewater Gymnasts competed in Sectionals at Elkhorn High School on Friday, February 28th. The Sectional competition consisted of nine teams which included Whitefish Bay, Elkhorn, West Bend East, Jefferson, Valders/Roncalli, Waterford, Port Washington, and Shorewood.

Whitewater placed 8th scoring a 113.125 which was their highest team score of the season. The gymnasts had a very successful meet achieving many personal bests.

Halee Peters placed 15th on Beam scoring an 8.075, 18th on Vault scoring an 8.25, a 7.85 on Floor, 7.05 on Bars, and scored a personal best in the All-Around score with a 31.225.  

Jenna Caldwell competed Bars placing her 23rd with a score of 7.2. Anna Ejnik placed 20th on Beam scoring a 7.875 and a 7.55 on Floor.

Caleigh Yang scored two personal bests, scoring a 26.05 in the All-Around and on the Balance Beam scoring a 7.4. Maddy Donnelly scored a 7.7 on Vault, Brenda Aguilar scored a 7.3 on Vault, and Ashly Xochipa scored a 5.6 on the Balance Beam.

The Whippets have completed their successful season, and the Wisconsin State Gymnastics meet will be held on March 6th and 7th at the Wisconsin Rapids.

Article and Photo Submitted by Coach Kelly O’Hara

UW-W Women’s Hoops to Host NCAA First & Second Rounds – This Fri./Sat.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s basketball team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III Championship this Friday and Saturday at Kachel Gymnasium in Whitewater.

The Warhawks (23-3 overall) will face Redlands (Calif.) in the first round Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship.

Trine (Ind.) and Benedictine (Ill.) complete the four-team pod and will square off in the first round Friday at 5 p.m. The Thunder earned a Pool C, or at-large, berth to the NCAA Tournament after reaching the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament championship game. The Eagles also claimed an at-large bid after finishing as runner-up in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament.

UW-Whitewater earned an at-large bid to the national tournament, its fifth consecutive appearance and 12th in the last 13 years. The team claimed the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 13-1 league record and reached the semifinals of the WIAC Tournament last week.

The Warhawks were first in the NCAA Central Region rankings last week.

See below for the complete weekend schedule.

Friday, March 6

Game 1: Trine (home) vs. Benedictine, 5 p.m.

Game 2: UW-Whitewater (home) vs. Redlands, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 3

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

*host will be the home team; if host does not advance, winner of Game 1 will be home team

Whippet Girls Fall to Martin Luther in Regional Final

The Whippet girls fell to Martin Luther 61-55 Saturday night, February 29, in the regional final.

Seven Whippets scored, with three in double-digits. Kacie Carollo led the team with 19, followed by Abby Grosinske with 15, and Cassidy Laue with 11.

Cora Linos and Grosinske led the team in rebounds, pulling down six each.

Catherine Skindingsrude, Grosinske, and Brianna Zimdars each contributed three assists.

The team combined for 12 steals, with six by Carollo.

Warhawk Track & Field: Men Fourth, Women Fifth at WIAC Indoor Championships

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s and women’s track and field teams each moved up one place on the second and final day of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships (Presented by Culver’s) at UW-Oshkosh.

The Warhawk men placed fourth overall with 74.33 points, while the women finished fifth with 49 points.

Junior David Fassbender captured the conference championship in the 3,000-meter run, posting a school-record time of 8:15.57, the No. 2 time in NCAA Division III and the No. 22 mark on the all-time Division III performance list.

Junior Dwayne Ford and junior Brian Kuehl garnered All-WIAC accolades with third-place finishes in their respective events. Ford improved his career best time in the 60-meter dash to a 6.90 and is now among the top 15 in the nation, while Kuehl registered a personal-record 1:53.65 in the 800-meter run to move into the top 10 in Division III.

UW-Whitewater placed two each in the 60 dash, 800 run, 60-meter hurdles and high jump. Junior Tyreik Thomas joined Ford on the 60 podium with a 7.06, and senior Clinten Woerishofer placed eighth in the 800 with a collegiate-best 1:56.58. Sophomore Landon Keefover tallied an 8.25 in the 60-hurdles to finish fourth, and senior Alex Duff placed sixth with his 8.36. In the high jump, junior Quinn Halversen and freshman Josh Krystosek placed fourth and fifth, respectively, with matching heights of 6-05.00 (1.96 meters).

Junior Daustin Martin improved his personal record distance in the weight throw, finishing with a 58-09.50 (17.92 meters) to place fourth and move into the top 15 in the nation.

Other top-eight placers included Ford, who finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 22.42 seconds, and junior Lucas Skaaland, who tallied a 45-03.00 (13.80 meters) in the triple jump to place sixth.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Duff, Keefover, freshman Will Kaashagen and sophomore Noah Selensky placed fifth in 3:22.65.

For the women, sophomore Kailey Reynolds tied the school record in the 60-meter dash with a career-best 7.73 seconds, good for second place and all-conference honors in the event and a national top 15 time.

Sophomore Sydney Rossow placed among the top five in a pair of events, finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.02 and fifth in the 200-meter dash in a personal-record 26.01. Junior Jessie Braun earned a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a career-record 10:36.21.

Other top eight individuals included senior Ally Bachara, who recorded a season-best 50-09.50 (15.48 meters) to place eighth in the weight throw, and sophomore Abigail Missiaen, who finished eighth in the pentathlon with a personal-record score of 2910.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay team of senior Alissa Korslin, Rossow, freshman Paige Fassbender and freshman Sarah NIehueser completed the race in 4:04.37, good for fifth place.

UW-Whitewater will head to two last chance meets on Friday – the UW-Platteville Last Chance Meet on Friday, March 6, and the Pointer Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 7.

See below for all UW-Whitewater top-eight placers and top finishers in each event from the weekend.

Men

60-Meter Dash: Dwayne Ford – 6.90, 3rd; Tyreik Thomas – 7.06, 8th (7.00 in prelim)

200-Meter Dash: Dwayne Ford – 22.42, 8th

400-Meter Dash: Tyler Theel – 51.40, 19th

800-Meter Run: Brian Kuehl – 1:53.65, 3rd; Clinten Woerishofer – 1:56.58, 8th

1-Mile Run: Justin Krause – 4:18.86, 7th

3,000-Meter Run: David Fassbender – 8:15.57, 1st

5,000-Meter Run: Kyle Neuroth – 15:10.30, 6th

60-Meter Hurdles: Landon Keefover – 8.25, 4th; Alex Duff – 8.36, 6th

4×400-Meter Relay: Duff/Keefover/Kaashagen/Selensky – 3:22.65, 5th

Distance Medley Relay: Woerishofer/Kaashagen/Lohse/Fassbender – 10:18.46, 1st

High Jump: Quinn Halversen – 6-05.00 (1.96 meters), 4th; Josh Krystosek – 6-05.00 (1.96 meters), 5th

Pole Vault: Zach Jasinski – 15-03.50 (4.66 meters), 4th; Jack Scully – 14-09.50 (4.51 meters), T-8th

Long Jump: Griffin Gawenda – 21-10.75 (6.67 meters), 9th

Triple Jump: Lucas Skaaland – 45-03.50 (13.80 meters), 6th

Shot Put: Daustin Martin – 49-06.50 (15.10 meters), 11th

Weight Throw: Daustin Martin – 58-09.50 (17.92 meters), 4th

Women

60-Meter Dash: Kailey Reynolds – 7.73, 2nd

200-Meter Dash: Sydney Rossow – 26.01, 5th

400-Meter Dash: Sarah Niehueser – 1:01.05, 8th

800-Meter Run: Sarah Niehueser – 2:22.19, 11th

3,000-Meter Run: Jessie Braun – 10:36.21, 5th

5,000-Meter Run: Alyssa Dobbs – 19:51.42, 18th

60-Meter Hurdles: Sydney Rossow – 9.02, 4th

4×400-Meter Relay: Korslin/Rossow/Fassbender/Niehueser – 4:04.37, 5th

Distance Medley Relay: Prestifilippo/Jacobs/Fassbender/Braun – 12:33.25, 4th

High Jump: Miranda Reynolds – 5-02.25 (1.58 meters), 4th

Pole Vault: Madi McDonald – 11-03.00 (3.43 meters), 8th

Long Jump: Shelby Nickels – 18-06.00 (5.64 meters), 1st

Triple Jump: Nikolina Mijatovic – 33-10.25 (10.32 meters), 12th

Shot Put: Ally Bachara – 38-04.75 (11.70 meters), 17th

Weight Throw: Ally Bachara – 50-09.50 (15.48 meters), 8th

Pentathlon: Abigail Missiaen – 2910, 8th