By John J. Schimming
This past weekend the Quad County League had their 12U softball tournament in East Troy. The Whitewater Toppers team closed out the season in fashion taking second place in the silver bracket. The girls won their first two games of the tournament 16-8 and 12-7 on Saturday. The team came back on Sunday morning to take on East Troy for the championship game, however, had to settle for second place.
The coaching staff was very happy with the girls’ performance, especially during the second half of the season. The girls started the season 0-7 however the staff continued to see improvement and just told the girls they were getting better and the wins will come. This came true as the team finished the season 7-2 to close out the season with an overall record of 7-9. The girls learned great fundamental softball throughout the year to help them prepare for upcoming years.
Coach Schimming would like to thank the girls and parents for a great year. It was a very enjoyable time working with the girls. Thank you also to Jim Gosh and Josh Kubicz with their coaching expertise this year. It was great working with these two gentlemen as well.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 54th Hall of Fame Class.
Former student-athletes Megan (Kay) Bergholz ‘05, Randy Blasczyk ‘88, Megan (Koeller) Rojemann ’03, Matt Larsen ’98, Joe Shere ’02 and Chad Wurth ‘04 will be inducted. Former coach and longtime Warhawk supporter Irv Madsen will also be inducted as the Distinguished Service Award recipient.
All seven individuals will be recognized for their contributions to Warhawk athletics as part of the UW-Whitewater football team’s game against UW-River Falls on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Inductees will be part of the Homecoming Parade, which begins at 10 a.m., and be honored at halftime of the football game and at the annual Hall of Fame banquet, which begins following the contest at 5:30 p.m. at the University Center’s Hamilton Room.
To purchase tickets for the game and/or Hall of Fame Banquet, visit the Hall of Fame Registration Web Page.
For more information regarding the banquet, contact Joyce Follis at 262-473-2360 or email@example.com.
Megan (Kay) Bergholz competed for the UW-Whitewater volleyball team from 2000-03. The Dickeyville, Wis., native was a member of the 2002 national championship team and was selected first team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, all-region and honorable mention All-America in 2003 after leading the Warhawks to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Bergholz was also a part of three WIAC regular season and tournament championship teams (2000, 2001, 2002) and two national runner-up teams (2000, 2001). A middle blocker, Bergholz ranks among the top five in the program record book in career blocks (484) and career matches with 10 or more blocks (3), and is among the top 20 in career hitting percentage (.295), kills (962) and attacks (2,349). Bergholz graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education.
Randy Blasczyk was a member of the UW-Whitewater men’s track and field program in 1985 and from 1987-88. During his standout career, he was a three-time All-American in the pole vault, finishing as national runner-up at the indoor meet in 1988, fourth at the outdoor meet in 1987 and sixth at the indoor championships in 1987. The three-year letter winner helped the Warhawks place seventh in the nation at the 1988 NCAA Indoor Championships and 17th at the 1987 indoor meet. A Green Bay, Wis., native, Blasczyk graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in production operations management.
Megan (Koeller) Rojemann was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and three-time first team All-WIAC honoree for the UW-Whitewater softball team from 2000-03. The outfielder/catcher helped the Warhawks claim the 2003 WIAC Tournament championship and reach the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2003. A two-time all-region selection, Koeller earned the 2003 WIAC Softball Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award for her accomplishments in athletics, academics and community engagement. The Potosi, Wis., native is the WIAC’s all-time leader in career doubles (60) and ranks among the league’s top 15 in career hits (206). Her career batting average of .368 ranks 11th in program history. Koeller graduated with a degree in elementary education.
Matt Larsen was a four-year standout for the men’s cross country and track and field programs from 1993-95 and in 1997. He was a two-time All-American and three-time national qualifier in cross country, helping the team place among the top 20 at the NCAA Championships three times during his career (1994, 1995, 1997). A three-time All-WIAC and All-Region runner, Larsen owns the No. 11 personal record time in the 8-kilometer race in program history (24:49) and holds the eighth-fastest Warhawk time on the UW-Whitewater course in the school record book (26:06). He was also the team’s Most Valuable Runner twice during his career. In track and field, Larsen was an outdoor All-American in the 5,000-meter run, placing third at the national championship meet in 1997. He was a WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll member in 1997-98. A Racine, Wis., native, Larsen graduated with a degree in special education.
Joe Shere was named all-conference and all-region three times as an infielder and pitcher during his four-year career with the UW-Whitewater baseball team from 1999-2002. The Janesville, Wis., native was also a part of back-to-back WIAC championship and NCAA Tournament teams in 2000 and 2001, earning the team’s Most Valuable Player award in 2000. A four-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and two-time WIAC Player of the Week selection, Shere ranks among the top 10 in program history in career doubles (40), stolen bases (51) and hits (187). He graduated with a bachelor’s in finance.
Chad Wurth was a two-time All-American as a kicker who also enjoyed a strong career as a running back for the Warhawk football team. During his career, which spanned from 2000-03, Wurth was selected All-WIAC four times, was named a WIAC Player of the Week five times and was a captain and the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2003. He currently ranks among the conference’s all-time top 15 in rushing attempts (967), points scored (366), rushing yards (4,301), field goals made (27) and field goals attempted (42). His 37 rushing touchdowns rank fourth in program history and his 61 made PATs rank 10th. Wurth rushed for 1,000 yards or more in three straight seasons, tied for the most by one player in program history. A Monona, Wis., native, Wurth graduated with a degree in history.
Irv Madsen has been an avid supporter of the UW-Whitewater athletic department and its teams for more than 50 years. During that time, he served as public address announcer at football games, becoming the main voice associated with attending a game at Perkins Stadium. Madsen was also public address announcer for the men’s and women’s basketball programs for more than 20 years, and was a member of the Quarterback Club (football) and Tip Off Club (men’s basketball) booster groups for more than 35 years. Madsen was previously inducted into the Warhawk Athletics Hall of Fame under the category of coach/administrator in 2004 after amassing a 264-106-2 record and leading UW-Whitewater to two conference championships and eight national tournament appearances in his 10 seasons as head softball coach (1982-86, 1994-98). His career winning percentage of .712 ranks 27th all time among NCAA Division III coaches with at least 10 years as a Division III head coach.
By Nate Parrish
Whitewater Whippet baseball team held its year-end banquet and award winners were announced. Whippets finished in 3rd place in the tough Rock Valley Conference with a 13-5 conference record. Beloit Turner and Jefferson tied for 1st place with 14-4 records. All of the contenders in conference ended up knocking each other out of the state tournament with Jefferson surviving and earning the runner up trophy as Waupun won the State Championship. Although the team did not reach all of the goals they had set for the season, it was still another successful season. The highlight of the year was finally getting the season sweep of Jefferson but the high of getting the sweep quickly turned as McFarland knocked them out of the conference race by sweeping the Whippets at home in a double header the next day. They bounced back to get a couple more wins including a solid win over Delavan that had a very good lefty pitcher in the playoffs only to fall to a hot Jefferson team in the playoffs. Coach Pease thanked the Seniors (Bryce Parrish, Jimmy Duval, and James Dedrick) for their effort and leadership over the years – they will be missed. He said “it is now up to our Juniors (in coming Seniors) to take over the leadership and continue to build what prior Whippets have started”. Dylan Pease was named a Captain for next season with at least one or two more to be announced as they get closer to next season.
The team announced the following awards with picture left to right – Jordan Curtis (All Conference Honorable Mention), Chris Dedrick (All-Conference Honorable Mention), Dylan Pease (2nd team All-Conference, Academic All District, Team Award – Best Situational hitter), Bryce Parrish (1st team All-Conference, 2nd team All District, Team Awards – MVP and Offensive Player of the Year), Cooper Pease (1st Team All-Conference, Team Award – Co-Defensive Player of the year) Missing – James Dedrick (2nd team All-Conference, Academic All District, Academic All State) and Jimmy Duval (1st team All-Conference, Academic All District, Team Award – Co-Defensive Player of the Year)
Thank you to everyone that supported Whitewater High School baseball team.
Article by Ron Sdano
Alyssa Schumacher recently was named to the WFSCA All-State Second Team for softball. The sophomore catcher hit .551 this spring which places her third on the Whitewater softball all-time list for batting average. Schumacher passed Michelle Haines .549 (1984) to move into third place. Anna Lisa Lawton .558 (1991) holds the record with Missy Fojtik .554 (1983) in second.
Alyssa was also named to the All-District First Team as well as being placed on the Janesville Gazette’s All-Area Team.
Alyssa is the daughter of Mike and Shannon Schumacher