Photos by Bob Mischka
From Coach McCrea:
On Thursday, the Whitewater Whippet Soccer Team hosted and defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 6-1 in the first round of the 2018 WIAA soccer playoffs. The depth of the number seven seed Whippets, 5-4-3 overall, proved too much for the tenth seed visiting Vikings, 2-9-0.
However, the Whippets started slow and gave up a goal in the second minute of play scored by Zoe Buske. The Whippets Jaden Henneman quickly responded with a goal to tie the match. Ten minutes later Meikayla Korf found the back of the net to place the Whippets up 2-1 where the score remained until the second the half.
The Whippets came out strong in the second half with exceptional midfield play allowing the Whippets to maintain a press in the Vikings half of the field. Late in the second half, the Whippets were able to outpace the tiring Vikings and put up four additional goals to finish 6-1.
Crystal Chan scored on an assist by Kacie Carollo at the 72-minute mark. Quickly thereafter Jaden Henneman scored her second goal of the night on a shot that rebounded of a Viking defender. In the 81st minute Sierra Brunner scored by following Kacie Carollo’s shot that rebounded off the goal post, and then in the 83rd Sierra Brunner scored again on an assist by Carollo.
In addition to the strong midfield play was a solid performance by defenders Abby Center, Hannah O’Brien, Brianna Zimdars, Liz Rodriguez, and Melanie Reyes.
The Whippets will need a much faster start to the game when facing Grafton on Saturday when traveling to Concordia University for a 5:00 pm match.
Senior Billie Jo Parker closed out her high school golf career Wednesday afternoon, competing in the WIAA Division II Sectional hosted by Kewaskum High School at Kettle Hills Golf Course. Parker entered the sectional as a fourth place individual qualifier and finished with a final round score of 82. Wednesday’s culminating competition for Parker marked the end of a successful four-year run on the Whippet golf team, a fact not lost on her. “I feel grateful that I have been able to be apart of a great golf team. I have met great friends through the team and I have been given many great opportunities,” Parker stated.
On the front nine, Parker got off to a slow start with a triple bogey on the third hole, leaving her to reflect, “I wish I could have taken back my tee shot that went into a bush area.”
Regardless, Parker persisted and fired a two-over par 38 to put herself in early contention, entering the back nine with high aspirations. “I wanted to be able to take that energy from the front nine to the back,” she stated.
Unfortunately, on the back nine, she found some of the early control from the front nine slip away. “Billie Jo is as steady as they come and although she didn’t have the pinpoint accuracy that she had on the front, she did enough to limit the damage and come in with a very solid back nine score”, Coach Wiegman said.
Parker finished the back nine with a 44. When asked what she was feeling as she potentially watched her last putt fall into the hole on the par five 18th, Parker stated, “It kind of hit me that it might be the last putt I make in competition for high school golf. But I also thought about all I have accomplished this year, and it felt great being able to end my season with a good score.”
After watching his senior leader finish her career, Coach Wiegman had some high praise for the four-year varsity player, saying that “Billie Jo continued to battle and persevere through some tough second shot positions. She never lets emotion get in the way of her next shot. I couldn’t be more proud her. Even though she didn’t qualify to play at U-Ridge, she ended the season on a high note, with a really great round.”
Photos by Bob Mischka
Whitewater 12 Delavan-Darien 2 (Box Score)
By Nate Parrish
The Whitewater High School baseball team (14-8) had come into the start of the playoffs on a little bit of slide as they had lost four of the last five since sweeping Jefferson and earning the #1 seed in the region. On Tuesday evening the Whippets were able to turn things around and blow open a tight game late with a 12-2 6 inning win over Delavan. Delavan got off to a good start as they were able to get to Whitewater pitcher James Dedrick right away in the 1st inning and with the score 1-0 and bases loaded, one out, Coach Pease turned to Bryce Parrish to see if he could get them out of the jam. The Senior pitcher was able to induce a ground ball to 3rd baseman Dylan Pease who stepped on 3rd and fired across the infield, 1st baseman Danny Harnack had a beautiful 1 hop pick off the dirt to complete the double play and get out of the inning. Coach Pease would say “that was a huge play early in the game to hold them to 1 run if they score one or two more in that inning it really changes the entire game”. Whitewater would finally get something going in the 3rd inning against the Delavan ace as James Dedrick reached on an error and was followed by a Dylan Pease walk. Bryce Parrish would triple to center field scoring both runners for a 2-1 lead. In the 5th inning, the Whippets would tack on two more after a single by James Dedrick, Dylan Pease would move him to 2nd on a ground ball. Bryce Parrish was intentionally walked and Jimmy Duval answered the bell with a line drive single scoring Dedrick to make it 3-1. Parrish would later score on a wild pitch for a 4-1 lead. Delavan would answer in the 6th inning with back to back doubles to make it 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 6th. Chris Dedrick would lead off the inning with a walk, Jaden Salmieri followed with a pinch-hit walk and Alex Fero laid down a perfect bunt single to load the bases. James Dedrick would hit a laser one-hopper at the Delavan 3rd baseman playing in but had an errant throw home scoring 2 runs for a 6-2 lead. With 1 out, Bryce Parrish was intentionally walked to load the bases and Jimmy Duval would make Delavan pay again with a line drive single to left and a 7-2 lead. James Dedrick would score on a wild pitch and Cooper Pease would follow with a single to center scoring Parrish and Duval for a 10-2 lead. Chris Dedrick, who led the inning off with a walk, would take a 3-1 pitch out to left field for a home run and a 12-2 victory as the 10 run rule came into effect.
Whitewater was led by James Dedrick 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, Jimmy Duval 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, Bryce Parrish 1 for 2, triple and 2 RBI’s, Chris Dedrick 1 for 2 with a home run and 2 RBI’s, and Cooper Pease with 2 RBI’s. Bryce Parrish picked up the win on the mound tossing 5.2 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run while striking out 7 and walking none. Coach Pease said, “hats off to Delavan ace Noal Brouwer (committed to Division 2 Purdue University Northwest) as he can really pitch. Our guys really battled and worked counts against him to give us a chance. Those good at-bats led to getting that pitch count up to 100 pitches after 5 innings and we were really able to get to their 2nd pitcher”.
Next up for Whitewater is Jefferson for the Regional Championship, the winner will move on to sectionals in Brodhead. The game is scheduled to be played Wednesday at 4:45. Come out and watch the Whippets play their last home game of the season.
From Coach McCrea:
On Thursday, the Whippets traveled to Evansville to face the Blue Devils with hopes of securing a third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Whitewater, 5-3-1 in conference play started strong against the 6-3-0 Blue Devils maintaining possession throughout most of the first half. The heat was a factor for both teams forcing both sides to perform multiple substitutions.
Late in the first half, Evansville was awarded a penalty kick on an alleged trip in the penalty box. Senior Captain and goalkeeper Alexa DuClos performed a spectacular save to keep the game 0-0 going into halftime.
The coaching staff emphasized stronger interior midfield play and the team responded well in the second half with Meikayla Korf, Kacie Carrollo leading the attack along with Sierra Brunner. Rylee Stachow really stepped up as an outside midfielder and had her best game of the season. The ever strong and energetic play of Crystal Chan and Brianna Zimdars was impressive and supported by a never breaking back four led by Aby Center.
Not until the 87th minute was there a score by either team with the Blue Devils placing the ball on the far upper corner. Earlier in the season, the Whippets won the 89th minute of play. The Whippets concluded their regular, weather-shortened season play with an overall record of 5-4-3.
Up next, with the number seven seed in the WIAA regional, the Whippets host the number ten seed Wisconsin Lutheran on Thursday, May 31 kicking off at 7:00 pm.