Volleyball Opens RVC Play with Win Over Jefferson

On Thursday night, September 9, the Whitewater Whippet Volleyball Program kicked off Rock Valley Conference play with an all level sweep over Jefferson. The JV2, JV, and Varsity teams all beat the Eagles, while recognizing and celebrating their support system at home, during Parents’ Night. The auxiliary gym and main were full of cheering parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends, and other Whippet student-athletes. It was so nice to see the bleachers full with spectators after having limited spectators last year.

Avery Hintz

Whitewater won the first set 25-16 and came out strong in the second set, led by Avery Hintz. Behind Hintz’s strong serving, the Whippets were able to go on a 6 point run and take the second set 25-11. In the third set, the Whippets once again were sparked by Avery’s strong serve and the terminating ability of Kindyl Kilar. Behind the solid defensive play of Caleigh Yang, Avery Hintz, and Cali Kopecky, Whitewater worked to better the ball each play and take the third set 25-19.

The Whippets are on the road next week for two more conference matches against Turner and Clinton. After Friday night’s practice, the Whippets are looking forward to heading to the Whippet Booster Cookout, then to the Whippet football game to cheer on the team as they will be playing on the new turf! Exciting times for Whippet athletics!

Article Submitted by Kathy Bullis
Whitewater High School Head Volleyball Coach
Photo Courtesy of Bob Mischka

Grand Reopening of the New Turf WHS Athletic Stadium Field – Friday

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Whitewater Unified School District.

On Friday, September 10, the Whitewater Unified School District will have a grand reopening of the High
School turf stadium field. The Whippet Stadium will be a full synthetic turf facility and will be the new home of
Whippet soccer and football teams. Additionally, Friday is Youth Night and WUSD will be honoring the 1980
State Champion WHS Football Team during halftime.

The celebration will start at 5:00 pm with the annual Booster Club Tailgate/Cookout, followed by the ceremonial
ribbon cutting of the turf stadium field at 6:45 pm. At 7:00 pm the varsity football team will take on the
Crusaders from Madison Edgewood.

Check out this site: https://sites.google.com/wwusd.org/whs-turf/ to see the progress of the fields, and how you
can support this project.

Come celebrate with WUSD the past, present, and future Whippets!

Obituary: Calvin “Jim” Johansen, 74

Calvin “Jim” Johansen, 74, of Whitewater passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in Union Grove.

Jim was born on October 30, 1946 to Everett and Helene (Cash) Johansen in Janesville. He attended Whitewater High School and after graduating, immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force. Jim served his term in Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic and was honorably discharged. On November 6, 1968 Jim married Patricia Brown at Whitewater Assembly of God Church. He worked at Hawthorn Mellody in Whitewater until it closed, and also worked at UW-Whitewater as a maintenance technician.

Jim loved watching sports, and enjoyed helping people, belonging to his church and reading his Bible. He saw to it that he joined his family in many activities, including camping. He also liked playing ping-pong, card games, and taking his kids fishing.

Jim is survived by his wife, Pat Johansen; sons, Dean Johansen, Tom (Brooke) Johansen, Steve (Patience) Johansen; grandchildren, Dean, Austin, Jake (Nicole), Ashton, Aidan, Avery, Isaiah, Ander, Caleb, Aubrey; one great-grandchild, Emmalynn; siblings, Diana (Jeff) Simes, Howard (Sue) Higgins, Pamela (Terry) Stritzel; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father: Everett Johansen, mother: Helene (Cash) Higgins, step-father: John Higgins, and brother: John Johansen.

Memorial services will take place at noon on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Turning Point Church in Janesville. Visitation will take place from 11AM until the time of service.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Wisconsin Veteran’s Home for their exceptional care for Jim.

A donation can be made in Jim’s name to Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter, 620 S 76th St, Milwaukee, WI 53214, or Wisconsin Parkinson Association, 16655 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 330 Brookfield, WI 53005.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gordon Elliott Parks, 92

Waunakee – Gordon Elliott Parks passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Waunakee Manor, in the presence of family members.

Gordon was born in Indianapolis on February 25, 1929, to Howard Elliott Parks and Angela (Collins) Parks, the third of four children. He attended school in Indianapolis and in St Louis, Missouri. He received the B.A. from the University of Missouri in 1950, where he was inducted into the Mystical Seven and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1954 he obtained the master’s degree from the same school. He was awarded the PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin — Madison in 1964.

Professor Parks taught history in Texas: at the University of North Texas in Denton and at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, and in Wisconsin: at the University of Wisconsin — Whitewater, where he also served for many years as University Archivist. He retired in 1991.

From 1948-1979 Gordon served in the Army Reserve, then in the Army, and then in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel.

On May 10, 1952, Gordon married Helen Ruth Lowry after a short courtship. They were married for nearly 62 years.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents, his brother John and John’s wife Margaret, by his sister Marian and her husband William, by his brothers-in-law Bert Weidinger and Fritz Lowry, by sisters-in-law Marie Lowry and Ann Lowry, by an infant son Danny, and by his son-in-law Tony Spragg.

Gordon is survived by seven children: Alan (Jean), Frank, Katie, Elizabeth (Willard Hanson), Christopher (special friend Caroline Jam), Howard (fiancee Sammy), and Matthew (Linda). He is survived by eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, by his sister Evelyn Weidinger, and by his sister-in-law Etta Johnson, and by many nieces and nephews.

Gordon enjoyed trips to the lake home, classical music, cooking, baking bread, and politics.

Gordon’s family thanks St Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Waunakee Manor and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate and expert care.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Windsor/DeForest Chapel
6924 Lake Road

Hawk Bowl Juniors Bowling League, Ages 5-8, 9-12, 13 & up; Signup this Saturday


Sign-Up – Saturday, September 18, 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. – Paid sanction earns free bowling

League Start and additional Sign-Up – Saturday September 25, 9:00 A.M.

Certified/Registered Coaches Provided – Please call Judy Rauls – 262-594-2780

All ages welcome – 5-8, 9-12, 13 and up.

SENIORS:  Compete for college scholarship monies

Kathleen Geoghan writes, “This league has been a huge part of Whitewater for many years.”

The image on the homepage, “Brunswick 150 JUNIOR AWARD” by Leo Reynolds, is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

WHS Football Team Hopes to Rebound from Loss, Makes Plans to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of Home Field

The Whippet football team played a tough game against undefeated defending conference champs, Monroe, last week on September 3, losing 42-0. Monroe was able to take advantage of some early Whitewater mistakes and jumped out to a quick lead that Whitewater just couldn’t come back from. Although they played much better in the second half, the Whippets look to improve following a tough loss.

This week is a BIG week for Whippet Football as we will have the Grand Re-Opening of the new turf athletic stadium on Friday, September 10. It will be a night celebrating the past, present, and future Whippets as we will be honoring the 1980 State Champion WHS Football Team as well as it also being Youth Night. Stop by the annual Booster Club Tailgate/Cookout for a great meal as well beginning at 5:00 p.m.! It’s going to be a great night as the Whippets take on the Crusaders from Madison Edgewood!

Article Submitted by Jason Bleck
Whitewater High School Head Football Coach

Five Former UW-W Athletes Win Paralympic Gold in Wheelchair Basketball

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 5:

“USA Basketball domination in Tokyo continued into September.

Mere weeks after the U.S. men and women won basketball gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, the men’s wheelchair team also laid claim to gold with a 64-60 win over host Japan on the final day of Paralympic competition Sept. 4.

It’s the second straight Olympics in which the men’s team secured a gold medal.

Four members of the 12-athlete team hail Wisconsin, including Milton native John BoieNate Hinze of Cedar Grove, Matt Lesperance of Coleman (now living in Sun Prairie) and Jake Williams of Milwaukee. All four came up through the powerful Wisconsin-Whitewater wheelchair basketball program.

A fifth, Matt Scott, hails from Detroit but also competed at Wisconsin-Whitewater.”

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