Girls’ Basketball Falls in Opener; Games Can Be Watched Online

Whitewater Girls’ Basketball fell to Lake Mills in their season opener on Tuesday, November 24, 62-23. The young Whippets were down 26-14 at the half. Captain Kacie Carollo scored 15 for the Whippets with additional points added by Lexi Juoni, Jenna Pope, and Kindyl Kilar.

Total fouls were even with 14 for Lake Mills and 13 for Whitewater. Ten of Lake Mills’ fouls came in the first half.

2020-2021 Whippet Roster

3Nikita Hartzheim11Guard
4Jenna Pope10Guard
10Savannah Hill11Guard
14Kindyl Kilar10Guard/Forward
15Kacie Carollo12Guard
21Mayte Navejas9Guard
22Danielle DePorter9Guard
23Cali Kopecky10Guard
30Aidyn Amundson9Forward
32Lexi Juoni11Guard
33Gwen Truesdale11Guard/Forward
35Cora Linos12Forward/Center

The Whippets are coached by Kristen Lippens.

The Rock Valley Conference is not allowing spectators at games this season, but many games if not all will be livestreamed. Watch the Whitewater High School Facebook page for information on how to watch each away game. Catch all home Whippet basketball and wrestling matches streaming live on YouTube. The channel URL is After going to that link, you’ll need to subscribe to the channel, and you should be all set. The games will be under the videos tab and should start recording approximately 10-15 minutes before each game. 

Houwers Takes Two State Titles

The Whippets started out strong at State! Our Medley relay (Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Grace Foucault, Amber Krebs) finished in 9th place with a 1.63 second time drop and moved up one place from where they were seeded with a time of 1:54.54.

Brooke Bazeley, Ella Houwers, Grace Foucault, Amber Krebs, Sophia Fanshaw – Photo courtesy of Gina Foucault

Grace Foucault raced well in the 200 Freestyle, placing 13th overall! It was great to see this sophomore qualify in two individual events plus two relays!

After finishing in second place last year in the 200 Individual Medley, Ella Houwers took charge and raced hard to win this year. Way to go Ella! Ella’s time of 2:06.90 was a season best time!

Grace Foucault rocked her 2nd individual event, the 100 Backstroke. Grace continued to drop time after a great Sectional race and re-broke her own School Record with a 1:00.97 winning her heat and finished in 9th overall!

Ella raced to her third State Title in the 100 Breaststroke! Ella posted a 1:05.27 season best time! Congratulations on four very successful years of swimming at Whitewater High School.

The Whippets ended the night on a high note finishing 8th in the 400 Freestyle Relay (Foucault, Krebs, Fanshaw, Houwers) dropping 4.79 seconds from last week’s Sectional time with a 3:47.68. All four swimmers posted best times with their splits. Grace Foucault is now 3rd overall on the Top Ten All Times list in the 100 Freestyle with her lead off split of 56.27. Seniors Amber Krebs and Sophia Fanshaw both dropped under a minute on their splits finishing their high school swim careers with fantastic swims. Ella Houwers rounded out a great day anchoring the relay in a 52.98. I am so proud of these ladies and Brooke Bazeley our alternate for their hard work this season and for their success at the State meet.

Article and Photos Submitted by Coach Gina Foucault

Whippets Place 2nd at the Whitewater Sectional Meet, Qualify 6 Events for State Swim

It was certainly a great day to be a Whippet! The Whippets won 5 of 11 races and posted 17 out of 19 best times! Every team member scored points toward our team total. Event winners at each of the 4 Sectionals are automatic qualifiers for the State meet with the next 12 fastest times in all Sectionals combined also qualifying.

The 200 Medley Relay team started the meet off with a win ensuring a trip to the State meet next Friday. The team of Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Grace Foucault, and Amber Krebs posted a season best time with their splits dropping over 2 seconds.

In the 200 Freestyle, Grace Foucault placed 2nd dropping over 2 seconds off her season best time. Amber Krebs raced to a 5th place finish, while teammate Karime Velazquez placed 12th with an 8 second drop, and Ashly Xochipa placed 14th with a best time scoring points for our team. The top 16 places in each event score points for our team.

Ella Houwers was the repeat Champion in the 200 Individual Medley with a season best time and earned a trip to State in this event.

Vicki Ramirez, Josie Treder and Brooke Bazeley all swam best times in the 50 Freestyle. Brooke Bazeley was able to finish in 11th place.

Vicki Ramirez and Karime Velazquez both dropped time in the 100 Butterfly with Vicki finishing in 10th place and Karime finishing in 9th, scoring points for the team.

Brooke Bazeley raced to a 6th place finish in the 500 Freestyle with a 14 second drop. What a great swim!

Our 200 Freestyle Relay of Ashly Xochipa, Karime Velazquez, Josie Treder, and Brooke Bazeley finished in 6th place with all splits being their personal best to finish with a season best time overall.

Ashly Xochipa continued to race well in the 100 Backstroke along with teammates Sophia Fanshaw and Grace Foucault. Sophia went a best time and placed second. Grace Foucault earned a trip to State with her win in the 100 Backstroke. Grace was also able to break the School Record formerly held by Ella Houwers, with her 1:01.36 in the 100 Backstroke.

Josie Treder continued to swim well dropping 10 seconds in the 100 Breaststroke and placed 11th. Sophia Fanshaw raced 3 events in a row and did well with a best time in the 100 Breaststroke placing 4th overall. Ella Houwers won the Breaststroke again with a 1:06.87 earning an automatic trip to State in this event also.

With very little rest, Sophia Fanshaw and Ella Houwers were joined by teammates Grace Foucault and Amber Krebs to win the last race of the day, the 400 Freestyle Relay. These four swimmers have automatically qualified both their relays for State today by winning their races.

We will await the final results of all the Sectionals to see if any more events qualify for the State meet. State will take place on Friday at Waukesha South High School.

Congratulations to the Whippets on a great team effort today!

It’s official, the Whippets have added another event to the list of events headed to State this Friday. Congratulations to Grace Foucault on adding the 200 Freestyle to our list events for State on Friday!

Whitewater Qualifiers:

  • 200 Medley Relay: Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Grace Foucault, Amber Krebs, Alternate Brooke Bazeley
  • 200 Freestyle – Grace Foucault
  • 200 Individual Medley – Ella Houwers
  • 100 Backstroke – Grace Foucault
  • 100 Breaststroke – Ella Houwers
  • 400 Freestyle Relay: Grace Foucault, Amber Krebs, Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Alternate Brooke Bazeley

Article Submitted by Coach Gina Foucault

Whippets Race their Exhibition Swims Well at the Conference Meet

Whitewater entered the Southern Lakes Conference swim meet on Saturday, October 31, with no chance at medals or a Conference Championship due to a late start to their season. In the SLC Conference, dual meets count towards the Conference title. Whitewater was unable to have dual meets until October 6. Despite this unfortunate situation, the girls raced hard and posted some great times! Listed below is the meet recap along with where they placed in the meet, had they been allowed to place and score. Top 16 places normally score points.

The 200 Medley Relays started the meet off strong with all 8 relay splits being best times. The B Medley Relay of Ashly Xochipa, Josie Treder, Karime Velazquez, and Brooke Bazeley finished in 9th place. The A Medley Relay of Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Grace Fanshaw, and Amber Krebs raced to a third place finish with their season best time.

Grace Foucault continued to race well, placing 2nd in the 200 Freestyle with a best time. Ella Houwers won the 200 Individual Medley, beating the field by over 4 seconds. Ashley Xochipa had an outstanding day finishing in 14th place in the 50 Freestyle with a 1.5 second time drop. Brooke Bazeley raced to a 9th place finish in the 50 Freestyle.

Karime Velazquez and Vicki Ramirez both swam well in the 100 Butterfly. Karime posted a best time and finished in 12th place, with Vicki taking 14th place with her 6 second drop. 

Amber Krebs raced the 500 Freestyle with a well split race to finish 6th overall, while teammate Brooke Bazeley swam to an 8th place finish with her best time by over 7 seconds.

Our 200 Freestyle Relay of Brooke Bazeley, Vicki Ramirez, Ashly Xochipa, and Karime Velazquez swam to a 9th place finish.

All four backstroke swimmers finished in the top 16. Grace Foucault finished 2nd with a nice 2 second drop, Sophia Fanshaw posted her season best time finishing in 6th place overall, Ashly Xochipa finished in 12th with a best time, while teammate Karime Velazquez finished in 15th.

Ella Houwers secured 2nd place in the 100 Breaststroke with a season best time. Josie Treder finished in 13th and Vicki Ramirez dropped 5 seconds to finish in 14th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Rounding out the day was the 400 Freestyle relay of Grace Foucault, Amber Krebs, Sophia Fanshaw, and Ella Houwers swimming to a season best time and 4th place finish.

I am very proud of these girls and their swims. We will be at it again next Saturday for Sectionals at our own pool. Watch us race on the Whitewater High School Facebook page starting at 11:30 a.m.

Article Submitted by Coach Gina Foucault

Whippet Swimmers Down Delavan-Darien in first WHS Sporting Event in 216 Days

Whitewater 89 vs Delavan-Darien 80

After 216 days with no competition for any Whitewater sport teams, the Girls Swim team was ready to race hard against Delavan-Darien.  The girls beat Delavan-Darien 89-80 with a strong group effort. The girls were very excited to get in and compete!  Leading the way by 18 seconds in the 200 Medley Relay was the team of Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Grace Foucault and Amber Krebs.  Other first place finishes from the meet include Ella Houwers in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke, Sophia Fanshaw in the 50 Freestyle, Grace Foucault in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke, Amber Krebs in the 500 Freestyle and our 400 Freestyle relay of Amber Krebs, Karime Velazquez, Brooke Bazeley and Ella Houwers.

Sophomore Brooke Bazeley swam well in what is considered some of the tougher races.  Brooke scored great points for the team with her 3rd place finishes in both the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyle.  Brooke also had to lead off the 200 Freestyle relay immediately after finishing the 500 Freestyle and posted a 29.54 in that relay.

Our newcomers really did an outstanding job after only 8 practices to gain knowledge and experience.  Vicki Ramirez earned many points with her ability to swim all 4 strokes well and raced particularly well in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke.  Trinity Nickels took on the 500 Freestyle in her first meet as a Whippet and swam an incredibly well paced race that earned points for the team. Aileen Perez showed great improvement in just one week by dropping a whopping 25 seconds in the 50 Freestyle; this is one determined swimmer!  Skylar Staebler not only raced the Varsity 100 Freestyle, but was able to score points with her strong performance.

Returning swimmers Ashly Xochipa, Josie Treder, Karime Velazquez and Ella Smith helped add depth to our team with their prior experience and willingness to push through pain.  Ashly continued right where she left off last year posting a lifetime best time in the 100 Backstroke to score points for the team. Josie Treder finished especially strong in the 100 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle on the 400 Freestyle relay which earned some very important points to help us secure the win. Karime Velazquez had an outstanding night with her performances in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly swimming right on her best times from last year.  Ella Smith pushed through the 200 IM to earn some much needed points for the Whippets in addition to her 100 Freestyle.  Having these veterans ready to race with knowledge from previous years was a huge part of our win tonight.

It was truly a great first meet. I am very proud of these girls and can’t wait to see what we can do in our next meet with a little more time in the pool.

Article Submitted by Coach Gina Foucault

UW System Introduces Online Behavioral Health Tool

MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System today introduced a new online behavioral health tool, SilverCloud, that offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, and resilience. The tool is now available to faculty, staff, and students at any time, on any device, and at no cost.

“While the behavioral health of our students, faculty, and staff has always been a high priority for the UW System, the current COVID-19 pandemic has put those needs into even sharper focus,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson. “We are working hard to find ways to provide these vital services to our UW community and this online tool is a great option.”

System experts have been broadly reviewing the behavioral health challenges facing students, the availability of existing services, and the need for additional services. The SilverCloud tool emerged as one of several strategies.

“The Board of Regents has made student behavioral health a top priority,” said Regent President Andrew S. Petersen. “We are pleased that SilverCloud will be available to our students, staff, and faculty during the upcoming academic year, and we look forward to additional recommendations from our campus and System experts.”

In April 2019, a UW System report showed a 55 percent increase in demand for behavioral health support since 2010. That report, in conjunction with other behavioral health indicators, led the System to create three work groups that focused on identifying solutions and approaches to mitigate the growing behavioral health needs of the UW community. One work group reviewed crisis management services for students at risk of suicide or self-harm. A second looked at targeted interventions for vulnerable student populations, including veterans, students of color, and LGBTQ+ students. A third studied ways to foster healthy learning environments. The UW System Board of Regents will receive an update on this work at its meeting in October.

Based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles, the SilverCloud self-guided program allows individuals to manage day-to-day stressors personally and anonymously using interactive content and skill-building tools.

Studies have shown that online cognitive behavioral therapy can provide an effective form of care for those who are highly motivated and experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. The program can supplement traditional therapy or campus mental health services, while some individuals may use it without seeing a counselor at all.

To sign up or find out more about the tool, visit:

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

Rock County to Offer Modified Fall DNR Hunter Safety Education Courses

Sheriff Knudson is pleased to announce that the Rock County Sheriff’s Office is offering four modified Fall D.N.R. Hunter Safety Education Courses in September of 2020. Sheriff Knudson’s first and foremost priority for these courses is the safety of students and instructors during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to better facilitate these courses safely, the Department of Natural Resources implemented modified course guidelines to ensure COVID-19 safe practices are followed.

Courses have been moved to the Rock County Fairgrounds to allow for additional space and to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. Course materials will be taught outdoors using multiple small group learning stations.

Hunter Safety Education Courses will be held on the following dates:

Ø Class #1: September 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Fairgrounds

Ø Class #2: September 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Fairgrounds

Ø Class #3: September 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Fairgrounds

Ø Class #4: September 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Fairgrounds

Enroll online at

After completing the online enrollment, you will receive a confirmation email with the mandatory virtual registration date. You will also receive additional COVID-19 instructions and course requirements.

It is recommended that participants be at least 12 years of age or turn 12 shortly following completion of the class. There is a class fee of $10.00 per student, and class size is limited to thirty (30) students.

Direct any questions on these Hunter Safety Courses to Sgt. Chris Krahn at 608-757-7932.


Virtual joint town hall set for 6 p.m. Thursday, August 6

A virtual community town hall meeting with the Whitewater Unified School District, the City of Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater leadership teams will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 6, via Webex. You can join the meeting simply by calling in or visiting the link below.

Topics for the meeting are:

  • Collaborations between the Whitewater Unified School District, the City of Whitewater and UW-Whitewater
  • Face covering requirements and COVID-19
  • Race relations in Whitewater

The town hall meeting will also provide time for participants to ask questions of the panelists. 

Panelists include:

Whitewater Unified School District
Caroline Pate-Hefty, District Administrator
Matthew Sylvester-Knudtson, Director of Business Services 
Kelly Seichter, Director of Instruction
Lanora Heim, Director of Pupil Services

City of Whitewater
Cameron Clapper, City Manager
Aaron Raap, Police Chief
Eric Boettcher, Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director

Dwight Watson, Chancellor
Grace Crickette, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
Kenny Yarbrough, Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Community Town Hall
6 p.m. Thursday, August 6

Event address for attendees:
Event number: 133 494 3460
Event password: tJyQYm28Ta4

Access code: 133 494 3460

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as soon as possible. Requests are confidential. UW-Whitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements.  Please contact Nicole Caine at for further information.

Jeff Angileri
Director of University Communications
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
800 West Main Street  |  Whitewater, WI  53190
Phone: 262-472-1195  |

Four Senior WHS Softball Players Named Academic All-State by Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association

Submitted by Ron Sdano

Whitewater High School’s four senior softball players in the Class of 2020 were honored with the WFSCA Academic All-State Award.

To be considered for the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Award, players must have been on varsity and had a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. All four seniors have been starters since their freshman season and have GPA’s above 3.50.

These girls helped Whitewater to a 16-7 record in the 2019 season which is the best record since the 2000 team went 16-6.

Pictured are Alyssa Schumacher, Jacee Johnson, Bryce Hibbs, and Morgan Gransee.

WUSD Invites Parents to Complete Survey and Attend Meeting about Fall 2020; WUSD Invita a los Padres a Completar una Encuesta y Asistir una Reunión Acerca del Otoño 2020

(This letter was provided to the parents of all WUSD students.)

Schools are the center of connection in our community. We know the transition to distance learning this past March was difficult for everyone and we applaud our students, families and staff for working together to manage such challenging experiences.

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year, there are several different scenarios our School Board has approved us to consider to ensure we provide a safe and equitable learning environment for our students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We would greatly appreciate your input and assistance with this important task. We, therefore, invite you to participate in this process by:

  • Completing a parent/guardian survey: (active Thursday, June 25 through Friday, July 17)
  • Attending one or more of the following focus group meetings: 

Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Whitewater Middle School (Students welcome to attend with parents) 

Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Online
Meeting ID: 811 1147 6884
Password: 3wsXFR
Dial-in: +1 312 626 6799 US 
Meeting ID: 811 1147 6884
Password: 174674

Wednesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School

Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Whitewater High School (Students welcome to attend with parents) 

Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom Online for Staff members only

Friday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeview Elementary

The focus group will be a listen, learn and feedback session. We will review some of the best practice models for opening of schools in the fall, demonstrate a classroom level social distancing protocol so you can help to support your students, and we will open the session for parent feedback. 

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this most important task.

Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty
WUSD District Administrator


Las escuelas son el centro de conexión en nuestra comunidad. Sabemos que la transición a la educación a distancia el pasado mes de marzo fue difícil para todos y aplaudimos a nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal por trabajar juntos para manejar tales experiencias desafiantes.

A medida que nos preparamos para el año académico 2020-2021, hay varios escenarios diferentes que nuestra Junta Escolar ha aprobado considerar para asegurar que proporcionemos un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y equitativo para nuestros estudiantes en vista de la pandemia COVID-19.  

Apreciaríamos enormemente su aporte y asistencia en esta importante tarea. Por lo tanto, los invitamos a participar en este proceso al:

  • Completando una encuesta de padres/tutores:  (activo desde el jueves 25 de junio hasta el viernes 17 de julio)
  • Asistir a una o más de las siguientes reuniones de grupos de discusión: 

Martes 7 de julio a las 6:00 p.m. en la Middle School de Whitewater (Los estudiantes pueden asistir con sus padres) 

Miércoles, 8 de julio a las 1:00 p.m. vía Zoom Online
ID de reunion: 811 1147 6884
Contrasena: 3wsXFR
Llamar: +1 312 626 6799 US 
ID de reunion: 811 1147 6884
Contrasena: 174674

Miércoles 8 de julio a las 4:00 p.m. en la Escuela Primaria Lincoln

Martes, 14 de julio a las 6:00 p.m. en la Middle School de Whitewater (Los estudiantes pueden asistir con sus padres) 

Miércoles, 15 de julio a las 2:00 p.m. vía Zoom Online para los miembros del personal solamente

Viernes 17 de julio a las 10:00 a.m. en la escuela primaria de Lakeview

El grupo de enfoque será una sesión de escucha, aprendizaje y retroalimentación. Revisaremos algunos de los mejores modelos de prácticas para la apertura de escuelas en el otoño, demostraremos un protocolo de distanciamiento social a nivel del salón de clases para que pueda ayudar a apoyar a sus estudiantes, y abriremos la sesión para la retroalimentación de los padres. 

Gracias de antemano por su ayuda en esto tan importante.

Dra. Caroline Pate-Hefty
Administradora de Distrito de WUSD