The Whitewater High School Softball Team recently wrapped up an excellent season – finishing 14-4 in conference and 16-7 overall. They set new program records – most homeruns in a season (15), most doubles in a season (35) and most conference wins (14) – and batted .364 as a team. Four Whippet players received First Team All-Conference honors – senior Sara Johnson (pitcher) and juniors Morgan Gransee (outfield), Bryce Hibbs (infield) and Alyssa Schumacher (catcher). Sophomores Elizabeth Katzman and Kiyla Kopecky received Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Article by Dan McCrea; Photos by Peter Mischka
Whitewater Girls Soccer, a number ten seed in first round WIAA regional play, traveled to number 7 East Troy and defeated the Trojans 2-0.
In regular season play, the Whippets lost twice to the Trojans, 2-0 and 2-1, thus the win was redemptive. The Whippets started off slow, but gained momentum when Carmen Kraayvenger scored, assisted by Jaden Henneman in the 37th.
The warm weather taxed the Whippets but the reserves provided steady relief maintaining the team’s tempo. In the 79th minute, Meikayla Korf placed a floater over the keeper to put the Whippets up 2-0 for good. Cora Linos recorded 11 saves in goal. Sierra Brunner pressed the Trojans on attack allowing space for Kraayvenger, Korf, Henneman and Melanie Reyes to work the midfield. Defensively Brianna Zimdars, Maddie Elworthy, Crystal Chan and Hannah O’Brien held an aggressive East Troy attack.
Up next Whitewater travels to number two seed New Berlin West on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Article by Coach Maas
The Whippet Track and Field Family had a busy week, first competing at the Regional Meet on Monday at Beloit Turner. From there they qualified several individuals and relays for the Sectional Meet in East Troy. There the Whippets then qualified 5 relays and 4 individuals for the WIAA State Track and Field Championship in La Crosse. Qualifying for State for the girls were the 4X200 and 4X100 M Relays. Those relays consist of Kacie Carollo, Morgan Radaj, Grace Black, and Abby Grosinske, with Amanda Tovar, Hailey Murphy, and Olive Coburn serving as alternates. The 4X200 got things going running a season best of 1:48.19 and. When the dust settled in the 4X100 the girls ran another season best touring the track in an outstanding time of 50.93 finishing 2nd. The girls are now ready to show what they can do at the State Meet.
On the boys’ side the 4X800 M Relay with Juan Cuellar, Gio Anello, Ignacio Cuevas, and Trenten Zahn rolled to a season best time of 8:17.20 and earned themselves a trip to La Crosse. Jared Clapper kept things rolling qualifying for State in the 100 M Dash, finishing 3rd in a photo finish with a time of 11.40. The Italian Stallion Avery Caputo took home gold in the wheelchair division of the 100 M Dash, and Sashi Popke delivered another gold winning the pole vault, skying 13’ 6”. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Joe Gmur’s personal best in the high jump. Gmur leaped 6’ 2” to earn himself a trip to state. Then it was time for the boys 4X200 M Relay to step up to the starting line. Jack Mayer, Juan Cuellar, Will Leibbrand, and Jared Clapper were only seeded fourth coming out of regionals, but they had other plans. Setting a blistering pace from the very start, the quartet of sprinters ran the second fastest time in school history with a 1:30.72 winning the relay and cementing their spot at the state meet. Next it was time for the 4X100 Meter Relay consisting of the same 4 gentlemen. All they did was win again lighting a fire on the track with a time of 43.67. Once again running the second fastest time in school history.
The track and field team would like to thank all of their supporters who came to sectionals to cheer them on. It was great having everyone there. Now, it’s on to La Crosse for the WIAA State Track and Field Championships.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s and women’s track and field teams racked up three individual All-America honors, including one national title, and one relay All-America finish Saturday on the third and final day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Junior Zach Jasinski (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) of the men’s team highlighted the day with his first national championship in the pole vault. He matched his own school record with a height of 17-02.75 (5.25 meters), topping UW-Stout’s Noah Zastrow, who tallied a 16-10.75 (5.15 meters). Jasinski finished as national runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March and now has two All-America medals for his career.
Jasinski’s title helped the Warhawk men finish in a tie for 14th place at the meet with 17 points.
UW-Whitewater’s 4×100-meter relay team of freshman Victor Rinaldi (Medford, Wis./Medford), sophomore Dwayne Ford (Racine, Wis./Case), junior Jake Schneider (Plymouth, Wis./Plymouth) and sophomore Tyreik Thomas (Racine, Wis./Case) combined for a third-place finish, four spots ahead of the group’s preliminary finish. The quartet posted a time of 41.13 seconds. Schneider and Ford are now two-time All-Americans for their careers.
Junior Adam Schommer (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) joined Jasinski on the All-America podium with an eighth-place finish, registering a height of 15-07.00 (4.75 meters) on his first attempt. It was his first All-America honor.
On the women’s side, junior Abbie Felton (Burlington, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) earned her seventh career All-America accolade with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash. She collected a time of 56.92 in the race.
Felton’s two points allowed UW-Whitewater to finish in a tie for 66th in the team standings.
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