WW Youth Traveling Basketball Club Registering Girls, Grades 4-8, until next Wed., 9/16

Whitewater Youth Basketball Traveling Club (WWTYBC) is looking for girls from 4th-8th grades interested in playing basketball this year. Badger Developmental League (BDL) starts at the beginning of January and goes until the end of March of 2021. Practice would begin during the first week of December. There are no definite times or dates for a start as of now. The league is looking for a number of how many will participate for each grade level in the community. BDL wants an idea of what they will have for teams when the league starts. There will be no fee for play until we know more about what is going to happen with the league. We need to know a yes or a no. Unfortunately, a maybe will be considered a no.  This is not ideal but this is what BDL is asking for.  We are only opening registration through Whitewater Park and Rec until next week Wednesday, Sept. 16.   Once teams are solidified, a player fee and uniform order will be arranged.  WWTYBC needs and appreciates your cooperation, patience and understanding during these times. If you have any questions, please email wwytbc@gmail.com.

UW-W Represented by 373 on WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll, Including Six WHS Grads

WHITEWATER, WI (08/05/2020)– A total of 373 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student-athletes representing all 22 of the institution’s varsity sport programs were named to the 2019-20 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll.

The Warhawks’ 12 women’s teams had 200 honorees, while 173 student-athletes from the 10 men’s teams garnered Scholastic Honor Roll accolades. The Honor Roll is part of the “WIAC Scholar-Athlete Recognition Program”.

In addition to the 373 individual awards, UW-Whitewater was named an All-Academic institution as student-athletes earned a GPA equal to, or greater than, the collective GPA of the overall student body.

To be eligible for the list, student-athletes must have carried a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. More than 50 percent of the WIAC’s student-athletes achieved Honor Roll status.

See below for a sport-by-sport breakdown of UW-Whitewater’s 2019-20 WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll student-athletes.

Men’s Sports (173):

Baseball – 23 student-athletes

Basketball – 8

Cross Country/Track and Field – 43 (9 for both)

Football – 55

Soccer – 15

Swimming and Diving – 8

Tennis – 9

Wrestling – 12

Women’s Sports (200):

Basketball – 15

Bowling – 15

Cross Country/Track and Field – 47 (15 for both)

Golf – 13

Gymnastics – 15

Soccer – 26

Softball – 24

Swimming and Diving – 17

Tennis – 14

Volleyball – 14

The following UW-Whitewater student-athletes from your coverage area were named to the 2019-20 WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll:

Rebekah Schumacher of Whitewater (Whitewater High School), a junior on the women’s basketball team majoring in elementary education.

Billie Jo Parker of Whitewater (Whitewater High School), a sophomore on the golf team majoring in art (graphic design).

Anna Yeazel of Whitewater (Whitewater High School), a junior on the women’s swimming & diving team majoring in physical education.

Miranda Reynolds of Whitewater (Whitewater High School), a freshman on the women’s track and field team majoring in undeclared.

Kailey Reynolds of Whitewater (Whitewater High School), a sophomore on the women’s track and field team majoring in physical education.

Catherine Yang of Whitewater (Whitewater High School), a freshman on the volleyball team majoring in undeclared.

For more than 150 years, UW-Whitewater has provided students with the education and training to begin their careers with a solid foundation behind them. The UW-Whitewater is committed to the development of the individual, the growth of personal and professional integrity and respect for diversity and global perspectives. These are met by providing academic and co-curricular programs that emphasize the pursuit of knowledge and understanding and a commitment to service within a safe and secure environment.

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.

UW-W Fall Sports – Football, Cross Country, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball – Canceled per Yesterday’s WIAC Decision (UPDATED)

Message from Chancellor Watson on Fall Athletics

Dear Warhawks,

On Monday, I, along with the other chancellors in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), held a meeting to vote on conference competition for the Fall of 2020. The decision was made that there will be no conference competition and championships for the 2020-2021 academic year for football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. Universities will retain the autonomy to establish practice opportunities within the limitations stipulated by the NCAA throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

A decision on the future winter sports will be made at a later date.

Please find WIAC Commissioner Danielle Harris’ statement here.

The WIAC Chancellors all agreed that keeping our student athletes and our coaches and staff safe is what matters most. The health and safety of our community members is the first of our guiding principles at UW-Whitewater, and this decision falls in line with those principles.

The WIAC member chancellors did not believe it was prudent to continue competition if we could not test student athletes regularly. The close contact of these sports makes it extremely difficult to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The WIAC member universities simply do not have the capacity to test student athletes, coaches and staff with enough regularity to keep them safe during practice and competition.

I know this is disappointing news for many on our campus and beyond. The Warhawk fan base is national, and it simply won’t feel like fall without our teams in action. I join the legions who are saddened by this news. Yet, it is the right decision.

Our student athletes will have questions, and Athletic Director Ryan Callahan and the coaches will be available to answer them.  

Athletic Director Callahan and our talented team of coaches will work hard to engage our student athletes in safe activities that allow them to continue to build relationships with team members and continue to develop as athletes. Athletics is planning a student athlete town hall on Aug. 6. Additional information will be communicated as it is made available.

This decision may have you questioning our return-to-campus plans. Please understand that athletic competition is much different than a classroom situation, where face coverings can be used and social distancing can be maintained. We continue our efforts to mitigate potential exposure on campus for our students, faculty and staff. This decision does not impact those efforts, and we will to return to classes as planned on Sept. 2, 2020.

Warhawk Athletics is powered by tradition and has a storied history of excellence that will not change because of this decision. There is a sense of loss that accompanies this decision, but nothing can change the pride that we have for Warhawk Athletics.

Dr. Dwight C. Watson

Additional Press Release from UW-W:

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has released its “Return to Play” plan for the 2020-21 academic year.

The WIAC has canceled conference seasons and championships in football, women’s soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. Institutions will be permitted to conduct practices/training sessions within the limitations stipulated by the NCAA throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

League discussions will continue regarding plans to conduct a predetermined, limited number of contests against outside competition in football, women’s soccer and volleyball during the 2021 spring semester.

The WIAC has suspended competition for women’s tennis and golf. Conference seasons and championships in those sports will be moved to the spring semester. Institutions will be permitted to conduct practices within the limitations stipulated by the NCAA during the fall semester.

“I am proud of the conference and our fellow member institutions for putting together a plan to return to play as soon and as safely as possible,” Interim Athletic Director Ryan Callahan said. “While I’m disappointed that our teams won’t be able to compete this fall, I’m confident in the abilities of our head coaches and support staff to create an atmosphere of learning and growth with our teams through other opportunities during the fall semester.

“As has been the case throughout this process, the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff will be at the forefront of discussions moving forward.”

A decision on the winter sports season will be determined at a later date.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will post a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page no later than Tuesday, August 4.

A virtual Town Hall Meeting with department administrators will take place Thursday, August 6, at a time to be determined. It will be announced on uwwsports.com and the Warhawks’ social media channels.

To submit a question to the UW-Whitewater athletic department, click here.

VA Wheelchair Games Go Virtual, Wisconsinites Come Out on Top, including LeToi Adams of Whitewater

WHITEWATER, Wisc., (SPECTRUM NEWS) — The national VA wheelchair games recently came to a close with quite a few Wisconsinites placing in their events.

The national wheelchair games had to turn virtual this year due to coronavirus. This means that participants had to record their event from home and send it in to be judged. LeToi Adams, an Army veteran from Whitewater says it was quite an adjustment but she wouldn’t miss the games for anything.

Click here for the complete article in Spectrum News.

2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Mark McGrath, DB, UW-W

Mark McGrath

Mark McGrath the versatile defensive back from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds.

  • Name: Mark McGrath
  • Position: DB
  • College: Wisconsin-Whitewater 
  • Height: 6′ 1 1/2″
  • Weight: 210 lbs 
  • Twitter: @MarkMcGrath_20

How has your experience as a Wisconsin Whitewater University Warhawks football player been?

It’s been everything I could have hoped for and more. It’s crazy to see how many close relationships I’ve developed with so many different people affiliated within the Whitewater football program.

For the full interview, please click here.

Willow Brook Golf Course Congratulates Tom Keliinoi for Hole in One

Willow Brook Golf Course congratulates Tom Keliinoi for his hole in one on #4 on Sunday, July 5th. 
The Banner understands that Mr. Keliinoi lives in San Diego and was visiting family members in the Whitewater area. (If the family wishes to identify themselves, please email whitewaterbanner@gmail.com.)

According to this website, the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one are about 12,500 to 1. The staff member that the Banner spoke with at Willow Brook indicated that she had heard it had been “a long time” since a golfer had made a hole in one on their course.

A whistle, a cell phone, a camper and a coach: UW-W quarterback camps go virtual

By Jeff Angileri
Director of University Communications, UW-W

Warhawk summers are for campers. When people visit the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater this time of year, they normally see thousands of kids engaged in activities at the laboratories, athletic fields, dorms and computer labs. Learning and laughter are everywhere. And then the global pandemic hit.

In our new normal, those special summertime traditions have evolved. The campers and the learning and the laughter are happening in new ways, thanks to a little Warhawk willpower. In the UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences office, people are making memories —and they aren’t letting a pandemic stand in the way.

One of those online camps is a football skills camp for young quarterbacks created by Warhawk Football Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach Peter Jennings.

“We were tasked to see if we could bridge the gap between a live camp and no camp at all. I talked to Coach Bullis and staff,” said Jennings, referring to Warhawk Football Head Coach Kevin Bullis. “I talked to my wife, and the idea began to come together and I started to think, ‘Hey, this could actually be really pretty good!’”

Jennings was off and running with a keeper. He designed the camp for two age groups: high school players on Tuesdays and youth (grades 1-8) on Thursdays. Campers poured in, attracted by online marketing, a seemingly one-of-a-kind program and the national profile of the six-time national champion Warhawk football program. Most campers joined from Wisconsin and Illinois, but Jennings has seen registrations from Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming and Florida.

On camp days at 4 p.m., Jennings goes from his home in Whitewater to the basement of the Berezowitz Student Athletic Complex on campus. He plugs his laptop into a projector, and his campers — about 25 of them per session — appear from their homes on a projector screen. Jennings then places his cell phone into a holder rigged to a length of plastic pipe and taped to a chair, for height. 

“There are a lot of uses for athletic tape other than taping ankles,” he said.

The camera points toward a space — also marked with athletic tape — from which Jennings demonstrates throws, fakes, fades, hip movement, footwork and all the other nuances of quarterbacking. In every session he teaches fundamentals of throwing, and he adds a new application or emphasis each time.

“I give them a drill, I teach them the drill, I explain why we’re doing the drill,” said Jennings. “I blow a whistle and they go do that movement. And so I am watching them live, and I just go through and I can say ‘Hey Bobby, great work’; ‘Jimmy, we gotta focus a little more on rotation’; ‘Tommy, nice job.’”

“Then I blow my whistle. I bring them back to the screen and I give them another drill to do and give them the why and the how for that drill, blow my whistle and give them corrections for that drill. We do that for an hour.”

Jennings credits his wife, Kim, for telling him to use the whistle and for valuable feedback as he thought about how to teach the campers. The Jennings have two young children of their own — Mara, 6, and Ben, 7.

“She was the one who said ‘Use the whistle. It’s going to make it more authentic and it’s going to be loud enough to bring kids back and forth.’ She said I should get it into as large an area as possible for myself,” added Jennings. “Being able to go over to the Berezowitz Student Athletic Complex and utilize that basement has been awesome. She helped me tailor it to something that has become pretty successful.”

Jennings said the experience has been a game changer in some unforeseen ways for everyone involved. He can’t be there in person to lift a camper’s elbow or show a camper how to turn a shoulder correctly, so he’s refined his teaching skills. He thinks about precise, descriptive language in ways that will have lasting benefits.

And then there are the campers and the moms, dads, sisters, brothers and friends who catch the balls for campers and record the campers for Jennings to see in real time.

“People are hungry to get to some sense of normalcy,” said Jennings. “Showing up virtually and throwing a football with your dad or your mom feels normal for these kids. And it feels normal for the parents. And that’s huge.”

“The fact that these kids are getting better (as players), that’s icing on the cake,” he added. “This is something that feels right. It feels like a normal summer, and maybe that’s more important than anything.”

The current round of online quarterback skill camps has ended. Information on future camps and the many programs offered by UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences can be found uww.edu/ce.

And so remember these days, these days of summer. And remember a few words from the legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Lombardi: “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

Whitewater 12 & Under Baseball Teams Faced Each Other at Treyton’s Field of Dreams

Courtesy of Matt Amundson, who said, “I put this together as I’m sure everyone is starved for some sports content 🙂  It appears that everyone was so excited to see baseball again that no one took any pictures.”

On Wednesday, July 8th the Whitewater 12 & Under baseball teams faced each other at Treyton’s Field of Dreams in Starin Park with Whitewater Red defeating Whitewater Grey 9-8 in a fun baseball game amongst future Whippets.  The Red team had a big first inning taking a 6-1 lead but the Grey team chipped away and eventually took an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning.  The Grey team was bolstered by a strong pitching performance from Caleb Jagodinski who struck out 8 batters over 3 innings.  A bases-loaded walk off double by Ty Bucholtz ended the game in the Red team’s favor.    Leading hitters for the Grey team were Caleb Jagodzinski with a double and 2 runs batted in and Evan Amundson with 2 singles and 2 runs batted in.  Leading the way for the Red team were Lucas Jacob and Ty Bucholtz who each had 3 hits including a double by both.  Lucas added 2 runs batted in while Ty had 5. 

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