Whippet Volleyball

Volleyball team members at annual Run for Trey

The Whippet volleyball team went 1-1 during Homecoming week. They lost to East Troy 3-0 Tuesday night but rebounded and defeated Clinton 3-0 (25-15, 25-21 & 25-20) Thursday night. The team had one of their best matches serve receiving which led to Cora Linos setting beautifully to the attackers. Kiyla Kopecky took command in the third set from the service line. She served 10 times in a row and had 8 service aces. Kiyla’s serves are very difficult to pass due the velocity, flatness and the huge amount of float or knuckle she puts on the ball.

Sunday the Whippets topped off the week of festivities volunteering at the Run For Trey event at Starin Park. It was very meaningful for them to support the family friendly event where the proceeds are used to maintain the field through its endowment and fund 4 scholarships that are given in Trey’s name. The benefit the field provides to the youth community teams, the visiting teams from around the region and the students and families who visit is truly amazing.

The Whippets will travel to Edgerton this Saturday for the Rock Valley Conference tournament, where the first match is slated for 9:00 AM against Evansville. Regional play-offs begin Tuesday, October 22, 2019 as Whitewater travels to Walworth to take on Big Foot.

Stat Leaders in the Clinton Match
Assists: Cora Linos-27
Digs: Kacie Carollo-16, Emme Bullis-15
Aces: Kiyla Kopecky-8, Hannah O’Brien-2, Emme Bullis-2
Kills: Emme Bullis-16, Kacie Carollo-8
Blocks: Kacie Carollo 3

Washington School Parent Group Hosts “Pick a Day Come Play” with Whitewater Police, UW-Whitewater Warhawks, UW-W Wheelchair Athletics and Whitewater Fire Department

Washington School PATT hosted Pick a Day Come and Play the Week of September 23rd. During Lunch recess students had the opportunity to play with different community members.

Washington PATT would like to thank the Whitewater Police Department, UW-Whitewater Warhawk Football Team, UW- Whitewater Wheelchair Athletics, and Whitewater Fire Department for coming to play! It is hard to tell if the students or these awesome community members had more fun!

They wrapped up the week with Walk 4 Washington, a classroom fundraiser. Washington students raised over $5200 for their own classrooms. This was Walk for Washington’s 9th year; Washington students have raised over $45,000! Way to go Eagles!

Jerry Schoen, 83, passed away on August 25, 2019

Jerry Schoen, 83, passed away peacefully on August 25th, 2019, surrounded by family. Born May 9, 1936, in Caroline, WI, he was the 4th of 6 children of Leonhart and Amanda Schoen. He attended Caroline Grade School and graduated from Marion High School in 1954.

Jerry studied at the Wisconsin State College (now University of Wisconsin) – Stevens Point, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in 1959 and a Master of Science in Teaching in 1970. He was a member of a school-record setting relay for the track team and also active in the glee club. Following graduation, Jerry taught U.S. history at Menomonie for three years where he participated in the restoration of the Mable Tainter Theater and met Bernadette (Bunny) Stehr. They married in 1961 and moved to East Troy in 1962, where he taught history for 30 years.

In addition to teaching, Jerry was very involved in the advancement of sports programs in East Troy. He was the inaugural coach for the wrestling and cross country programs, coached track and field for 10 years, and was instrumental in construction of the school district’s first track. He was also the Athletic Director for five years. He served on Senator Herb Kohl’s nominating committee for applicants to the United States Naval Academy and served as a Blue and Gold Officer recruiting high school students to the Academy.

Jerry retired in 1992 and directed his energies to travel, birding, and related activities. He became skilled in carving birds and for many years made an annual pilgrimage to Maryland to enter the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition. His carvings often won ribbons, but he found more joy giving his creations as gifts or donating them to charitable organizations to be put up for auction.

Jerry and Bunny traveled extensively in their retirement, taking in more than 40 Road Scholar programs to Denmark, Germany, Austria, Costa Rica, Italy, Norway, and other destinations. Their travels allowed Jerry to identify more than 500 different species of birds. They moved to Whitewater in 2001 and spent many an evening together in their basement, Jerry carving a bird and Bunny weaving a basket. An avid outdoorsman, Jerry was always happy to be hunting, fishing, or otherwise enjoying nature. He served on the City of Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission, was active at Old World Wisconsin, and maintained multiple bluebird trails in collaboration with the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin.

Jerry will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He was very committed to family and friends, and despite his occasionally gruff countenance, his sense of humor never stayed hidden for long. He is survived by his son Kurt (Jennifer) of Auburndale and their children Alexa and Lucas; and his daughter Karin (Locke) Wasler of Los Angeles. He is further survived by his brothers Dennis and Bill Schoen and sister Mary Leder. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonhart and Amanda Schoen, sisters Jeanette Bielke and Joyce Strehlow, and Bunny, his wife of 55 years.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry would like his memory honored by donations to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 13th at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service. A celebration of Jerry’s life will continue at the Cravath Lakefront Community Center following the service.

Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements.


Medals Won at Hotly Contested Verona Cross Country Invitational

Report courtesy of Chad Carstens: Trenten Zahn and Gio Anello medaled for the Whippet boys CC team in the hotly contested Verona Invitational on Saturday, 9/7. Trenten placed 20th with a strong time of 17:16 and Gio placed 39th in 17:38. Peter Zimdars ran a superb race to finish as the team’s 3rd runner in 19:48. Their efforts boosted the boys to a 4th place finish out of 8 teams in our division. The JV team was led by Evan Schepp and Marcus DePorter who finished with times of 21:34 and 21:38, respectively. The JV team finished in 17th out of 21 scoring teams.

Facing the equally tough field, the girls were led by Trinity Nickels who placed 129th in 25:14 and Gwen Truesdale placing 137th in 26:37. The varsity girls finished in 8th place from their division. The JV girls were led by Jenny Villarreal 255th in 28:44 and Nikole Pelot 289th in 30:18. Their efforts helped the team finish in 16th place overall. 

It was a strong day overall for the program and the team looks to complete some great training this week as they are off from racing before returning to the starting line on Tuesday, September 17th at the Marshall Invitational.

Golf Fore! Kids Golf Tourney Friend of Whitewater Kids Recipients

Dr. Mark Elworthy, District Administrator; Mike Wallace, Fort HealthCare; Lanora Heim, Director of Pupil Services; Dwight Heaney, Fort HealthCare

Fort HealthCare has provided high-quality nursing services for 25 years and also has a partnership with the District for mental health services.

David Brokopp, Lakeview Elementary Principal; Don McComb, Lions Club President; Dr. Mark Elworthy, District Administrator

The Lions Club has given many contributions to the community and they help out with vision needs in the schools.

Dr. Mark Elworthy, District Administrator; Ken Dahnert, Manager at Rocky’s; Tom Grosinske, Washington Elementary Principal; Tanya Wojciechowicz, Middle School Principal

Rocky Rococo is always donating items or giving them at a reduced cost.  They also help out with fundraisers for not-for-profit entities.

Outstanding Citizen: Abby Gnatzig

Abby Gnatzig  was honored for her outstanding citizenship at a Good Citizens Award Luncheon sponsored by the Fort Atkinson Daughters of the American Revolution at the Hoard Historical Museum on March 1.
Abby was chosen for her dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality), leadership (personality, self-control, ability to assume responsibility), service  (cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others) and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree.

Abby was joined by her parents Brian and Sam Gnatzig (pictured with Abby, below left), her Spanish teacher Kate McNulty, her National Honor Society Advisor Pamela Sonmor-Wintz, and other honorees from Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills and Palmyra-Eagle (pictured with Abby, below right).

Congratulations Abby!


Whitewater Boys Basketball 65 Clinton 51

Bryce Parrish, pictured in this file photo, led the Whippets with 22 points.

File photo by Bob Mischka

Whitewater Boys Basketball closed out their regular season play with a conference win at Clinton, 65-51.

Whitewater was led by Bryce Parrish with 22 points followed by Roberto Navejas with 13 and Daniel Fuller and Dylan Pease with 11 each. James Dedrick chipped in 6 points along with his tenacious defense.

This win gave the boys 10 wins for the season and momentum heading into their regional game against Kenosha Saint Joseph at home Tuesday at 7 pm.

Three Finalists Selected for Whitewater Chief of Police Position

The Police and Fire Commission of the City of Whitewater is pleased to announce that they have selected three finalists for the position of Chief of Police.

Interviews for the three candidates will take place Thursday, March 1, 2018. A community “Meet and Greet” for the finalists will be held at the Cravath Lakefront Building from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This Meet and Greet is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend and extend each candidate with a warm welcome. The names of the finalists will be released in the near future.

Reminder that citizens can still fill out the short Police Chief Community Survey located on the HERE on the City of Whitewater’s website.