USA Today: “Kentucky of the Wheelchair Basketball World” – How a Division III School Built a Dynasty

An article with the above headline was written by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Ben Steele and was first published in the Journal Sentinel. On July 3 the article was reprinted in USA Today. It’s found at this link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2022/07/03/wisconsin-whitewater-wheelchair-basketball-dynasty/7794751001/

Here are a few highlights:

“Wisconsin-Whitewater is home to one of the most dominant sports programs the state has ever seen.  

The Warhawks’ wheelchair basketball teams are national powerhouses, with the men and women combining for 16 championships since 1982. 

Whitewater players and alumni are heavily represented on Team USA for international competitions, including the upcoming International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Cup in São Paulo, Brazil. That event, which begins July 9, is a qualifier for the world championships in November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Whitewater prides itself on being one of the most wheelchair-accessible campuses in the nation. The men’s wheelchair basketball team started almost 50 years ago….

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association has 12 teams in its men’s intercollegiate division, including Illinois, Arizona and Alabama.

“I think it’s kind of cool to see these other big schools that offer these huge scholarships and have these big facilities and Whitewater is just kind of blue collar and people that want to work hard,” Boie said. [John Boie is a former wheelchair basketball player who is now an academic advisor at UW-W]  “If you want to get better, this is where you come to play against the best and to become the best.”

The women’s division includes six teams.

“I’m not really that old and the fact that I had to choose between really just one school that had an established women’s team about 20 years ago,” Schwab said, “And now women have the opportunity to choose between six universities and where they want to go.”

Editor’s note: The photo on the homepage is a UW-Whitewater photo.

Whippet City Mile is Free This Year

Photos of previous Whippet City Miles courtesy of and copyright by Bob Mischka

The Whippet City Mile will be run again fifteen minutes prior to the 4th of July Parade. “This year will once again be free as there will be no T-shirts given out,” said Race Director Mark Maas. With there being no cost Maas is hoping more families will participate. “It’s all about having as many kids as possible running down Main Street before the parade.” The usual Harley Davidson procession will lead the runners down Main Street. “It’s just a great way to kick off the 4th of July Parade.” Information and registration forms can be found at whippetcitymile.com

Editor’s note: This announcement was submitted by Mark Maas.

Track and Field Hosts End-of-Season Banquet; Six Athletes Notched a Top-10 All-time Mark

On Monday, June 6, the Track and Field Team held their annual end-of-season banquet. With families in attendance, all Whippet athletes were spoken about by their coaches, who said a few words about each athlete’s progress, accomplishments, and of course the laughs! It was a night of celebration for the 2022 season.

Several athletes were recognized individually for their achievements. Four awards were given to a total of nine athletes. Those awards and winners were:

Up & Coming Athlete – Jake Kuhlow & Calli Grosinske

Most Improved – CJ Tomomitsu & Maddie Buehler

Field MVP’s – Connor Raupp & Izzy Dieter and Evie Troxel

Track MVP’s – Jack Hefty & Maddie Buehler and Kindyl Kilar

The Up & Coming Athlete Award was given to a first-year track athlete who demonstrated great potential, and who the coaching staff believes will be essential to the team’s future success. The Most Improved Award was given to those who demonstrated great improvement from the 2021 to the 2022 season. Finally, the Track and Field MVP Awards were presented to athletes who demonstrated the highest level of success on the track and in the field events, including varsity point scoring and top finishes at invitationals, Conference, and State Series Meets. Congratulations to each of our award winners!

Pictured from L-R: Jake Kuhlow, Connor Raupp, Jack Hefty, Izzy Dieter, Evie Troxel, Kindyl Kilar, Calli Grosinske, Maddie Buehler

In addition, special recognition was given to those athletes who notched a Top-10 all-time mark in Whitewater Track & Field history. The links below will take you to our updated Top-10 list. Alumni – you may find that your marks have moved down a spot after this season! 

Pictured left to right, the athletes achieving performances on the Top-10 list in 2022 were: 

Jack Hefty – Hefty, a freshman, first made his mark on the Top-10 list at the Sectional meet in the 3200-meter run. His State-qualifying time of 9:47.92 moved him into the #7 spot. But that wasn’t enough for Jack. At the State meet he improved his time significantly, running in a race that saw both the winner and 2nd place finisher break the now-previous State Record in the event. His time of 9:27.23 was good for 7th place at State, and moved him into the #3 spot all-time. In the last 25 years across all divisions, only four freshmen have run a faster 3200 at the State meet than Jack. The current school record is held by Ben Maas, who in 1996 ran 9:25.1. Congratulations, Jack!

Evie Troxel – Troxel, a junior, also made an impression on our Top-10 list at the Sectional meet, where she pole vaulted a new personal best of 9’ 9”. Our lone field event Top-10 entry of the season, Evie cleared 9’ 6” cleanly at the State meet to tie for 9th. Evie’s Sectional mark of 9’ 9” literally vaulted her into 8th place on the Whippet Top-10 list, where she is tied with Alison Matthews’ 2012 mark of the same height. The school record holder in the event is Kim Stonewerth, who leaped 11’ 8” in 2011. Congratulations, Evie!

Kindyl Kilar – Kilar, a junior, is not-so-quietly becoming one of the most common names on our Top-10 list. A three-event State Qualifier in 2022, Kilar etched her name onto the Top-10 list in FOUR events in 2022. At the Conference Meet, Kindyl surged to #5 all-time in the 400-meter dash, as her time of 1:00.72 was 2nd by only two hundredths of a second in her first and only open 400 of the season. The school record in the event is held by Lisa Lauritzen, who in 1976 ran 58.64c. Kindyl also solidified herself as #3 all-time in the 200-meter dash, as her Sectional time of 26.13 has only been bested by two other Whippet athletes – 100m dash school record holder Kailey Reynolds, and the 200m record holder, Jenny Paynter, who in 1991 ran a time of 25.64c. As you could expect, Kindyl also helped propel our Whippet relay teams to several Top-10 marks. In the 4x100m relay, the team’s time of 50.78 is #7 all-time, and in the 4x200m relay, their time of 1:46.74 is 6th all-time. Congratulations, Kindyl!

Maddie Buehler – Buehler, a junior, was also a three-event State Qualifier in 2022. Maddie added her name to the Whitewater Track Top-10 list in that same number of events in 2022. She was a member of both the 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams that are now ranked 7th and 6th, respectively, on the all-time lists. Individually, Maddie blazed the track at Sectionals against some fierce competition, and in the 100-meter dash she recorded an astounding time of 12.41. The time moved her into the #2 spot on the all-time list, our highest Top-10 mark of the season. She was also a State Finalist in the event. The school record holder in the 100-meter dash is Kailey Reynolds, who ran a time of 12.35 in 2015. Congratulations, Maddie!

Olive Coburn – Coburn, the only senior in this group of Top-10 athletes, made her mark on the record books in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays, joining Kilar and Buehler. The 4x100m relay’s time of 50.78 placed them #7 on the all-time list, tied with a quartet of Keri McLean, Rachel Travis, Emily Haberman, and Ellen Nosek, who in 1999 ran the same time. The school record is held by Courtney Payne, Kateley Haberman, Courtney Nelson, and Zia Okocha, who in 2004 ran a time of 50.30. Congratulations, Olive!

Emma Weigel – Weigel, a junior, was the final Top-10 member of the tremendous 2022 short sprints crew. Weigel joined Kilar, Buehler, and Coburn as the fourth member of both the 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams that made their mark on the all-time lists in spots #7 and #6. The 4x200m relay team’s time of 1:46.74, ran at the State meet’s preliminary round, was the 6th fastest time in Whitewater’s history. Serendipitously, the 4x200m relay team placed 6th in the State Finals the next day, capturing the final spot on the podium. The school record in the 4x200m relay was set in 1986 by Tina Partoll, Janet Partoll, Julie Paynter, and Samantha Reeb. Those names are perhaps the most recognizable across the WHS Girl’s Top-10 list, populating a total of 15 Top-10 spots between them in sprints, relays, hurdles, and jumps. The 1986 Whippets’ school record time of 1:43.93 stood as the Division 2 State Record for 24 years until 2010. Congratulations, Emma!

Congratulations again to our award winners, Top-10 listers, and all Track & Field athletes on a phenomenal 2022 season! I (Coach Green) would like to especially thank our seniors for their hard work for four years, all parents and community members for their support of the program, and the coaching staff for their dedication to excellence and their assistance in building both the athletic success and character of each of our athletes. See you in 2023!

Link to Boys’ Top-10
Link to Girls’ Top-10

Day Two of State Track and Field Results in Medals, Personal Records

On Saturday, June 4, the Whippets competed in Day 2 of the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, WI. The team had several competitors who had qualified for Saturday’s events during the preliminary rounds on Friday, as well as other athletes competing in distance and field events.

Day two proved to be a day to remember for the Whippets, despite the weather changing significantly from day one, which was full of sun and temps in the 70’s, to overcast skies, cooler temps, headwinds on the home stretch, and rain falling intermittently throughout the day.

Maddie Buehler was up first for the Whippets as she coiled into her blocks for the last time in the 100-Meter Dash Final. She got off to a great start and looked strong throughout in the toughest field she has faced in her career yet. She finished in 10th overall in a time of 12.94 seconds with a gritty effort. It was a great season for Maddie in this individual event, as she got to rub elbows with state finalists for the first time during the State Final. Her Sectional time of 12.41 pulled her to within .06 of the school record, good for #2 all-time in Whitewater history. Maddie’s accomplishments in the individual sprint events during the 2022 season are a lot to be proud of!

Next up was the Girls’ 4×200 Meter Relay Final, running out of lane three on the ten-lane track. The team qualified for the final by running within the top 10 teams on Friday. Maddie Buehler returned for her second race of the day, getting into the blocks to lead off the relay. She shot out of the blocks and ran a strong leadoff leg and made a clean exchange to fellow Whippet Emma Weigel. Emma came screaming down the home stretch in front of the roaring crowd of a full grandstand and got the baton to Olive Coburn early in the zone. This quick exchange saw Olive press on the gas, and she gave it her all during her last race in a Whippet uniform. Olive finished her leg of the relay strong and passed the stick to a patiently waiting Kindyl Kilar. Another smooth exchange from Olive to our anchor, and Kindyl was off like a rocket with one goal in mind: bringing home a medal. With the entire fanbase of Wisconsin Track & Field cheering the relays on down the home stretch, Kindyl brought it home and crossed the finish line in 6th place, claiming the final podium position! Their time of 1:47.00 was a hair off their best time of the season from the prelims, but at this point, it didn’t matter as their smiles on the podium said it all!

With the rainy weather conditions unsafe for vaulting outdoors, the Girls’ Division 2 Pole Vault was moved inside Mitchell Hall where Evie Troxel competed in her first ever State meet. Surrounded by her family members, teammates, and coaches, Evie used her home crowd advantage of the cheering fans to sail cleanly through the opening height of 9’ 0”. The next height of 9’ 6” was her previous goal entering the 2022 season, but as she crushed that height at sectionals, she proved that 9’ 6” is no longer a challenge for her! At State she showed that same demeanor and cleared 9’ 6” on her first attempt. With several other competitors remaining in the competition, the bar was raised 6 more inches to 10’, a height that Evie had several attempts at last week at the Sectional meet. Of her three attempts at that height, Evie had two that were very close to clearing and setting a new personal best on the biggest stage. With her ability to stay clean through the first two heights, she finished tied for 9th place and a smile a mile wide that is trademark Evie! 

The final event for the Whippets was freshman Jack Hefty in the 3200-meter run. Jack had been waiting nearly two full days of competition for his event as the gun went off at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. In what were the best conditions for a distance event in years, Jack ran the most thrilling race one could imagine. The race strung out early as both the winner and runner-up would eventually break the state record in this event. He started out in 15th place at 400 meters as he knew the pace would be brisk. He stayed true to himself, controlling what he could control and made his way to 13th in two laps, 11th in three laps and 9th coming through the 1600 in 4:47.12. Jack stayed locked in on his pacing as the pack he was with chased down other runners in front of them. On the penultimate lap he pressed on the accelerator and ran a 70 second lap, and from there it was all guts as he went into overdrive and passed four runners on this final lap to come screaming home in 7th place overall and closed in 63.1 seconds! Jack cut just over 20 seconds off his previous personal best from Sectionals, nearly breaking the school record held by Ben Maas from 1996. Jack’s time catapulted him into the #3 spot all-time in the Whitewater Track and Field record books in the two-mile. His 7th place finish was one place away from the podium and scored the Whippets two points for the weekend. It was a stunning effort, and an incredible end to a stupendous freshman season for Hefty!

This concludes the 2022 Track and Field Season! It was the first “normal” season for nearly the entire program, as the team was able to resume a typical schedule full of invitationals and a two-day state meet for the first time in three years. The coaches would like to thank all the athletes, parents, fans, staff, and the Whitewater community that have supported the team through this season. We will celebrate all the athletes on Monday during our end-of-season banquet as we close the chapter on a fine season!

Girls D2 Results: https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Results/Track/2022/D2girlsstateresults.pdf

Boys D2 Results: https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Results/Track/2022/D2boysstateresults.pdf

Article and Photos Submitted by Matt Green and Chad Carstens
Whitewater High School Track and Field Coaches
mgreen@wwusd.org
ccarstens@wwusd.org

Day One of State Track and Field Meet in the Books

The Lady Whippets were the first to burn up the track at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse on Friday, June 3, starting with Junior Maddie Buehler in the 100 prelims. Maddie battled her way hard to the finish to come away with a sixth-place finish in the second and final heat. Her time of 12.53 was strong enough to finish in 10th overall, claiming the final spot in Saturday’s Final.

Next up on the track was the Girls’ 4x200m Relay prelim. In this race, junior Maddie Buehler, senior Olive Coburn, junior Emma Weigel, and junior Kindyl Kilar had strong exchanges and finished third in their heat. Their time of 1:46.74 placed them in 5th heading into tomorrow’s final. Having never cracked the top ten in program history, this relay found themselves 6th all-time in WHS history in this event.

Sophomore Ethan Dugan was the lone male to compete today on the track for the Whippets, and that was in the 400m Dash. Ethan ran a very strong race and came away with a new personal best of 51.74, just missing out on the final as he placed twelfth overall.

Ethan Dugan

The same quartet from the 4×200 lined up for the 4×100 and ran their second best time of the season, falling just short of reaching tomorrow’s final.

The last event on Day 1 for Whitewater was Kindyl Kilar in the 200 prelims. In probably the deepest field in memory, Kindyl got out hard and ran a gutsy race to finish in 25.63 to place 16th. 

Saturday will feature Maddie in the 100, Maddie, Olive, Emma and Kindyl in the 4×200, junior Evie Troxel in the Pole Vault, and freshman Jack Hefty in the 3200. It’s a great day to a be a Whippet!

Live Results: https://live.pttiming.com/?mid=5086

Article Submitted by Matt Green
Whitewater High School Head Track and Field Coach
mgreen@wwusd.org
Photos Courtesy of Justin Crandall

Whippet Athletics Hosts ESPY Night

On Wednesday night, June 1, the Whitewater High School Athletic Department hosted its first ever Whippet ESPY night. ESPY stands for Excellence in Sports Performances Yearly. The night was devoted to recognizing all of the athletic accomplishments throughout the course of the 2021-22 school year.

Individual sport MVP’s, All-Conference athletes, scholarship winners, state qualifiers, and multi-sport athletes were all recognized during the ceremony. Several coaches, teachers, and community members were on hand to present the awards to the athletes in attendance. The department also recognized longtime athletic trainer Danielle Koran who is serving in her final year as the school’s trainer. Danielle has served as the school’s athletic trainer for over a decade. Also in attendance and recognized was longtime photographer and friend of the program Bob Mischka. Bob has provided the school and families high quality pictures of sporting events for years!

This year Whitewater High School had 450 individuals sign up for at least one sport, which accounts for almost 80% of the overall student body. After the awards ceremony, the athletes, coaches, and parents mingled in the lobby where refreshments were served and “selfie booths” were provided. It was a great night for all in attendance and a great night to be a Whippet! #1Family #TheStandard

Article and Photos Submitted by Justin Crandall
Whitewater HS/MS Athletic Director
jcrandall@wwusd.org

UW-W’s Schumacher Named All-American in Strength & Conditioning

By Chris Lindeke, UW-W

Rebekah Schumacher, a native of Whitewater, and student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is one of six Warhawks who have been named All-Americans by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for their commitment to strength and conditioning and athletic accomplishments during the 2021-22 academic year.

David Fassbender (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) of the men’s cross country and track and field teams, baseball’s Eric Hughes (Janesville, Wis./Craig), golf’s Jessica LaBerge (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel), football’s Ryan Ponick (Stanley, Wis./Stanley-Boyd), women’s basketball’s Rebekah Schumacher (Whitewater, Wis./Whitewater) and softball’s Hannah Wusterbarth (Oconto, Wis./Oconto) garnered the NSCA All-America accolades.

Fassbender has earned three All-America medals so far in 2021-22, finishing sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and placing among the top five in both the 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He will compete this Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter run, an event he broke the school record in earlier this spring.

Hughes has appeared in 13 games for the baseball team, which won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship and the NCAA Whitewater Regional. The team will compete in the NCAA Whitewater Super Regional this weekend.

LaBerge played in 13 rounds during the 2021-22 season, averaging a score of 96.7 per 18-hole round. She recorded her best score of the season (91) in two rounds at the WIAC Championship. LaBerge helped the Warhawks claim their fifth straight conference team title and reach the NCAA Championship.

Ponick was named first team All-WIAC for special teams and served as a captain for the football team in 2021, helping UW-Whitewater win the WIAC championship and reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Playoffs. As a running back, he totaled 18 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Schumacher helped the Warhawk women’s basketball team win the WIAC regular season championship and reach the 2022 Final Four, where the team finished as national runner-up. She averaged 8.8 points per game and led the team with 58 made 3-pointers and added 52 steals on the other end. Schumacher was one of three UW-W players to start all 33 games.

Wusterbarth appeared in 10 games for the softball team primarily as a pinch hitter. She helped the Warhawks post the program’s 16th consecutive 20-win season and reach the WIAC Tournament.

No. 9 Baseball Drops NCAA Super Regional Finale

By Chris Lindeke, Asst. Athletic Director, Strategic Communications and Branding, UW-W

Saturday, May 28, 2022

No. 9 Baseball Drops NCAA Super Regional Finale

The No. 9 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater baseball team wrapped up its 2022 campaign in the NCAA Super Regional round Saturday, falling 11-7 against No. 12 UW-Stevens Point in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.

The Warhawks conclude the season with a 36-11 record, the program’s fifth straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship and the NCAA Whitewater Regional title. The team was making its 14th straight appearance in the national tournament.

UW-Whitewater put the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but UW-Stevens Point (40-8) escaped the jam to take the series in two games.

Third baseman Matt Korman, who led the Warhawks with three hits, two runs scored and four runs batted in, tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning with a three-run homer, his second of the game.

The Pointers took the lead for good with five runs in the top of the eighth inning.

UW-W got one back in the bottom of the eighth and put three on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but came up just short in its comeback attempt.

Second baseman Sam Vomhof homered and tallied three RBIs. Left fielder Matt Scolan, first baseman Nick Paget and centerfielder Zach Campbell each totaled two hits and one run scored, while right fielder Jacob DeMeyer registered three hits.

Six different Warhawks saw action on the mound in the contest. Trey Bretl took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the year.

Track & Field has Banner Night at Sectionals; 7 Events Headed to State

Thursday night, May 26, the Whitewater Track and Field Team traveled across the state to Prairie Du Chien to compete in the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Meet. The long bus ride didn’t hinder the Whippets on the track, as it was a banner day across the board for Whitewater athletes. With opportunities to qualify for the State Meet on the line, the Whippets supported one another to some incredible finishes. 

The meet was kicked off by a stellar State-qualifying performance from Maddie Buehler in the 100-Meter Dash, who cruised to a 3rd place finish in a time of 12.41. That time catapulted her to 2nd place all-time in Whitewater history, as she knocked 3 tenths off her previous personal best. Buehler then teamed up with Olive Coburn, Emma Weigel, and Kindyl Kilar in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, which both placed second. Those relays sprinted across the finish line in times of 50.95 and 1:47.46 respectively, so they too will be running in La Crosse next weekend. Kindyl Kilar capped off a phenomenal day for the short sprinters, as she blazed to a 2nd place finish in the 200-Meter Dash final in 26.27. Her time of 26.13 in the preliminary round solidified her place as the 3rd fastest in program history. In the field events, Evie Troxel cleared two PR bars in the Pole Vault, earning her a 3rd place finish and a chance to compete in La Crosse next weekend. Evie vaulted over 9’6” with ease, and then on her third attempt made it over a personal best height of 9’9”. Her mark vaulted her to a tie for the 8th highest vault in program history. Other competitors included Grace Villarreal and Calli Grosinske in the 400-Meter Dash, and they finished 14th and 15th in a loaded field. Carley Boudreau capped off an incredible freshman season finishing 15th in the 300-Meter Hurdles. She was one of five freshmen competing in the event. The Girls’ 4×400 Relay of Grosinske, Villarreal, Nola Coburn, and Gwen Truesdale finished in 14th place, although 2 seconds ahead of their Sectional-qualifying seed time, in 4:33.40. Izzy Dieter went up against a loaded field in the Discus Throw, as she finished in 12th place with a toss of 92’11”, but vaulted to a personal best in the Pole Vault, finishing 10th, with a height of 8’6”. Gwen Truesdale also competed in the High Jump, but would have had to clear a personal best bar for opening height. 

On the boys’ side, Ethan Dugan ran a gutsy race in the 400-Meter Dash. In the final 100 meters, Ethan kicked past several competitors to cross the finish line in 4th place, marking the boys’ first state qualifier of the evening. His time of 51.93 was a personal best. Jack Hefty competed in the 3200-Meter Run, and stuck with the pack for the first mile and a half. Heading into the final 800 meters, a strong runner from Sugar River started to separate himself from the rest of the field. Jack began his kick with a lap and a half left and never looked back, separating himself from the 3rd and 4th place runners. Hefty, a freshman, crossed the line in 2nd place, and his time of 9:47.92 moved him up to #7 all-time in Whitewater history, while simultaneously securing a spot to run in La Crosse. Other competitors included senior Connor Sharlow in the 400-Meter Dash, whose time of 53.72 placed 12th. The boys’ 4×100 Relay of Traysen Thomason, Quincy Boudreau, Nate Black, and Noah Coleman finished in 13th place. This relay team consists of three sophomores and a freshman, so the team is poised to return faster in 2023. In the Pole Vault, CJ Tomomitsu placed 7th, tying his season’s best of 12’0”. In the throws, Connor Raupp and Jake Kuhlow competed in the Discus. Jake placed 10th with a toss of 122’11, and Connor had a tough time keeping the disc within the sector, and was unable to register a mark. Jake Kuhlow also competed in the Shot Put, and threw a mark of 39’5” to place 15th. Both athletes will return in 2023 after breakout seasons in 2022. 

Overall, the Whippets will be taking a total of five girls in three individual events and two relays up to La Crosse, while the boys notched two state qualifying individual events. Those athletes will travel to La Crosse to compete on Friday and Saturday against the best Track & Field athletes in the state of Wisconsin.

Final results: http://milesplit.live/meets/485694

Article Submitted by Matt Green
Whitewater High School Head Track Coach
mgreen@wwusd.org
Photos Courtesy of Coach Green and Bob Mischka