UW-Whitewater Women’s Basketball Punches Ticket to WIAC Title Game

NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball: UW-Whitewater 74, UW-Eau Claire 62

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2021 WIAC Women’s Basketball Championship Web Page

For the second consecutive game, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s basketball team combined a relentless defense with strong perimeter shooting to earn a win in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship (Presented by Culver’s), defeating UW-Eau Claire 74-62 in a semifinal game at McPhee Center in Eau Claire.

With the win, the Warhawks (8-2 overall) will visit UW-Oshkosh Friday night for the team’s fourth appearance in the conference tournament championship game in the last five years. Tipoff time is to be announced. Banner note: The WIAC Championship Web Page indicates that tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.

Emily Schumacher poured in a season-high 21 points to go along with four assists to lead UW-Whitewater, which hit 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range and 20-of-23 (87 percent) from the free-throw line.

Johanna Taylor finished with 10 points as well as team highs of eight rebounds and six blocks. Rebekcah Schumacher tallied nine points on three 3-pointers, and Aleah Grundahl posted eight points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Yssa Sto. Domingo and Maggie Trautsch each added seven points off the bench.

The Warhawks held the Blugolds (8-2) to 32.2 percent shooting, making UW-EC uncomfortable thanks to their full-court defensive pressure.

The Warhawks jumped out to a 7-3 lead after back-to-back baskets by Taylor, the second at the 7:24 mark of the first. The Blugolds drew to within one at the midway point of the quarter, but 3-pointers in the final 1:39 of the frame by Adriana Wood, Emily Schumacher and Yssa Sto. Domingo gave UW-W a 22-13 advantage.

UW-Whitewater extended its lead to double digits at 28-18 just over four minutes into the second after a 3-pointer by Rebekah Schumacher. Emily Schumacher gave the Warhawks their largest lead of the first half at 43-30 with 1:16 left in the quarter on her third 3-pointer of the half. UW-W hit 8-of-15 from 3-point range in the opening half.

UW-Eau Claire drew to within eight early in the third, but Grundahl’s three free throws and a layup by Veronica Kieres pushed the lead back to 13. UW-Whitewater’s lead never fluctuated below nine points for the rest of the period.

A 3-pointer by Emily Schumacher in the opening minute of the fourth gave the Warhawks a 60-45 advantage. The Blugolds drew as close as eight points, but UW-W had a response each time on the other end to maintain its lead.

Warhawks’ Season Ends in WIAC Tournament

Warhawks’ Season Ends in WIAC Tournament

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s basketball team took another opponent down to the wire Monday night but was outlasted 81-76 at UW-River Falls in the first round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship (Presented by Culver’s).

The Warhawks (1-7 overall), who played in their fourth straight game decided in the final minute, shot 53.4 percent from the floor and finished with a 46-32 advantage on points in the paint.

UW-River Falls (5-3), which advances to play at top seed UW-Platteville on Wednesday night, made 53.7 percent of its shots from the floor and doubled up UW-Whitewater on made free throws, 14-7.

Trevon Chislom registered 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, all team highs, to lead the Warhawks. Gage Malensek tallied 17 points and a team-high six assists, and Breontae Hunt posted 12 points and five rebounds.

Brian Conaghan and Will Pytleski contributed nine and eight points, respectively, off the bench.

UW-Whitewater scored the first four points of the contest and led 12-5 at the 14:08 mark of the first half. The team continued to lead until the midway point of the period, when the Falcons took a 19-17 advantage.

UW-River Falls led by as many as five during the remainder of the half, but an 8-0 UW-W run gave the Warhawks a 45-40 advantage with 1:20 remaining following a 3-pointer by Hunt.

UW-Whitewater held the lead in the second half until the 11:28 mark, when UW-River Falls tied the game at 54-54. Hunt scored the next five points to make it 59-54 at the midway point of the frame.

The Falcons made a run and took a 68-62 advantage with 6:51 on the clock. Chislom tied the game with a jumper with 4:49 left, but UW-River Falls took the lead for good just over one minute later with a 3-pointer.

The Warhawks trimmed their deficit to one possession on four more occasions, but each time, the Falcons responded with either a basket or a pair of free throws.

UW-W Women’s Basketball Advances to WIAC Semifinal – Wednesday @ 7 @ UW-Eau Claire

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NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball: UW-Whitewater 66, UW-Stout 49

(UW-W press release) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s basketball team used a combination of strong 3-point shooting and stingy defense Monday night to defeat UW-Stout 66-49 in the first round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship (Presented by Culver’s) at Kachel Gymnasium.

With the win, their fifth straight, the Warhawks (7-2 overall) advance to the semifinal round, where they’ll face UW-Eau Claire, the No. 1 seed in the West Division, on Wednesday in Eau Claire.

UW-Whitewater, the East Division’s No. 2 seed, knocked down a season-high 12 three-pointers and forced 27 turnovers by UW-Stout, the No. 3 seed from the West Division.

The Warhawks out-rebounded the Blue Devils, 47-33, including a 22-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

Emily Schumacher tallied a team-high 16 points on four 3-pointers to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Adriana Wood converted four 3-pointers for 12 points to go with five rebounds and two steals.

Rebekah Schumacher made three 3-pointers on her way to 13 points and three rebounds. Johanna Taylor grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and added eight points, three assists and three blocks.

UW-Whitewater was held scoreless for the first five-plus minutes of action, but the defense held UW-Stout (2-7) to only five first-quarter points. The Warhawks increased their lead to 12-5 by the end of the period thanks to a 3-pointer by Wood followed by a jumper from Emily Schumacher in the final minute of the quarter.

The Blue Devils made it a 3-point game three minutes into the second quarter, but Aleah Grundahl and Emily Schumacher made 3-pointers in a span of just over a minute to make it 18-9 at the midway point of the frame. UW-W increased its lead to 10 points by halftime on a layup by Taylor with 28 second left.

Green and Emily Schumacher continued knocking down 3-pointers early in the third. Schumacher’s third of the game with 2:16 left in the quarter made it 40-29, and Rebekah Schumacher scored four straight Warhawk points near the end of the period to make it 44-31.

UW-Stout drew to within seven just past the midway point of the fourth, but Rebekah Schumacher hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to bring the UW-W lead back to double digits.

The Warhawks extended their advantage throughout the quarter, hitting 8-of-12 from the free-throw line in the period.

Whitewater Wrestling Closes Out Season with Award Presentations

Article and Photos by John Schimming
Whitewater High School Head Wrestling Coach

On Wednesday night, February 24, student-athletes and parents gathered in the Whitewater gymnasium to present the end of season awards in a different way; just like the entire season we had to do things differently.

Although the team saw many adjustments made to their season, from how practices were run, the number of competitions that they could have, protocols for competing and protocols as for who could be in the stands, the wrestlers proved that it was still wrestling and they went out and had a very successful season for themselves as a team and individuals. 

As a team the group saw great growth in each individual and had great practices throughout, even though some days adjustments were made on the fly. The team was only able to compete in seven dual meets this year and finished 5-2 in those duals. In a typical year, the team competes in seven tournaments over the course of the season; none of these were contested this year, and their first tournament action was at the Regional Tournament on January 30. Here the team took second place overall, which was a nice showing for them. In the Sectional Tournament, the team finished in 7th out of 25 teams, so that was a nice finish for them as well.

As individuals, it was difficult for the Junior Varsity teams to get as many matches as normal, but when they did, they showed growth all year. Sebastian Cuellar finished the year 7-0 and brought home the Most Valuable JV Wrestler Award. Payton Lyon, another freshman who finished the year 6-2 on JV, brought home the Outstanding Freshman Award.

For the Varsity team, voted as Team Leaders were Trenten Zahn, Brian Porcaro, and David Cushman. The Most Valuable Wrestler was shared with Carter Friend and David Cushman, both being integral parts of the program wrestling together for the last three seasons. 

The seniors were also presented with their Accomplishment Board, which is made by Dena Schimming, as well as their senior poster that was presented to them officially on Parents’ Night. 

The coaching staff would like to thank the parents for their trust in the program during these difficult times and are fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete this season. The staff would also like to thank the WUSD administration for also trusting the program to keep the student-athletes safe during these unprecedented times. 

Scholar Athletes with Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or Higher:
Rye Fader, CJ Tomomitsu, Dylan DuClos, Cooper Hammond, Carter Friend, David Cushman, Marcus DePorter, Mason DePorter, Hector Arnodo, Trenten Zahn, Sebastian Cuellar, Denver Isbell, David Cushman, Mackenzie Schimming, Skylar Staebler, Ella Liberto, and Amanda Tovar

Junior Varsity Awards
Most Takedowns: Sebastian Cuellar
Most Pins: Sebastian Cuellar
Most Nearfalls: Mason Nobs and Victor Hernandez
Most Valuable JV: Sebastian Cuellar
Outstanding Freshman: Payton Lyon
Most Improved: Jason Villegas

Varsity Awards
Most Takedowns: David Cushman
Most Pins: David Cushman
Most Improved: Brian Porcaro
Most Dedicated: David Cushman
Team Leaders: Trenten Zahn, Brian Porcaro, and David Cushman
1st Team All-Conference: David Cushman
2nd team All-Conference: Brian Porcaro and Carter Friend
Honorable Mention All-Conference: Aaron Porras and Marcus DePorter
Most Valuable Wrestlers: Carter Friend and David Cushman

Most Valuable Wrestlers
David Cushman and Carter Friend

David Cushman, Denver Isbell, Rye Fader, Brian Porcaro, Trenten Zahn, and Dylan DuClos

Whippet All-Conference Athletes Announced; Carollo Named RVC Player of the Year

The Whippets’ winter sports season officially ended last week. Our Whippets had a very successful season with regional champions, sectional qualifiers, and state qualifiers. We want to congratulate all our Whippet athletes on a great winter!

We’d also like to recognize our all-conference Whippets. Each sport had at least one all-conference member. In girls’ basketball, Kacie Carollo was voted Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year!

The Whippets will now move into the delayed fall sports season. Volleyball started practice this Monday and has their first games this coming week. Football, Cross Country, Boys’ Soccer, and Girls’ Tennis will be starting soon.

Local Senior signs Letter of Intent for Track and Field at UW-Stevens Point

(Shelley Black submission – Grace Black, a senior from Whitewater, signed a letter of intent for Track & Field at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Grace is a multi-year letter-earner in track and field and has also participated in high school volleyball, basketball and club softball with the Rock River Stix.

Grace Black is pictured here with her family

Whippets Wrap Up Gymnastics Season at Sectionals

Article and Photos By Kelly O’Hara
Whitewater High School Head Gymnastics Coach

The Whitewater Gymnasts competed in Sectionals at Whitefish Bay High School on Friday, February 19th. The Sectional competition consisted of ten teams including Whitefish Bay, Elkhorn, West Bend East, Jefferson, Valders/Roncalli, Waterford, Port Washington, Nicolet and Shorewood. Out of the ten teams there were approximately 50 competitors on each event.

Whitewater placed 8th, scoring a 112.225. The gymnasts had a very successful meet achieving many personal bests.

Senior Jenna Caldwell completed her final competition with a personal best on the Balance Beam scoring an 8.0 and placing 25th. Jenna also scored a 7.55 on Bars placing 20th, an 8.0 on Vault placing 23rd, and a 30.75 in the All-Around placing 17th.

Halee Peters placed 24th on Floor and Bars scoring a 7.8 on Floor and a 7.4 on Bars. Halee also placed 30th on Vault scoring a 7.825.

Caleigh Yang scored a 7.0 on Beam and a 7.35 on Vault.

Brenda Aguilar scored a 7.25 on Vault and a 6.9 on Floor.

Lauren Buhler and Isabelle Dieter both competed in their first Varsity competition and did a fantastic job. Lauren scored a personal best on Floor and Bars scoring a 6.1 on Floor and a 4.7 on Bars. Isabelle Dieter scored a 6.85 on Vault!

The Whippets have completed their successful season, and the Wisconsin State Gymnastics Tournament for Division two will be held on February 27th, at Performance Elite Gymnastics, in La Crosse.

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Whippets Fall in WIAA Tourney

The Whippets travelled to #1 Lake Mills on Friday, February 19, for a second-round game in the WIAA Boys’ Basketball Division 2 Regional Tournament and were beaten, 36-55, which ended the WHS Boys’ Basketball 2020-21 Season.

The L-Cats were able to hold the Whippets’ leading scorer, senior Jake Martin, to just 5 points. Brock Grosinske led the Whippet scoring with 9 points, followed by Carter Brown with 8, and Wyatt Nickels with 7.

The attached photo shows junior Brock Grosinske guarding senior Jaxson Retrum under the Lake Mills basket.

Photo and comments courtesy of Bob Mischka.