Whippets take down Wisconsin Lutheran in WIAA Playoffs

Photos by Bob Mischka

From Coach McCrea:

On Thursday, the Whitewater Whippet Soccer Team hosted and defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 6-1 in the first round of the 2018 WIAA soccer playoffs. The depth of the number seven seed Whippets, 5-4-3 overall, proved too much for the tenth seed visiting Vikings, 2-9-0.

However, the Whippets started slow and gave up a goal in the second minute of play scored by Zoe Buske. The Whippets Jaden Henneman quickly responded with a goal to tie the match. Ten minutes later Meikayla Korf found the back of the net to place the Whippets up 2-1 where the score remained until the second the half.

The Whippets came out strong in the second half with exceptional midfield play allowing the Whippets to maintain a press in the Vikings half of the field. Late in the second half, the Whippets were able to outpace the tiring Vikings and put up four additional goals to finish 6-1.

Crystal Chan scored on an assist by Kacie Carollo at the 72-minute mark. Quickly thereafter Jaden Henneman scored her second goal of the night on a shot that rebounded of a Viking defender. In the 81st minute Sierra Brunner scored by following Kacie Carollo’s shot that rebounded off the goal post, and then in the 83rd Sierra Brunner scored again on an assist by Carollo.

In addition to the strong midfield play was a solid performance by defenders Abby Center, Hannah O’Brien, Brianna Zimdars, Liz Rodriguez, and Melanie Reyes.

The Whippets will need a much faster start to the game when facing Grafton on Saturday when traveling to Concordia University for a 5:00 pm match.

Whippets Soccer finishes fourth in the Rock Valley

From Coach McCrea:

On Thursday, the Whippets traveled to Evansville to face the Blue Devils with hopes of securing a third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Whitewater, 5-3-1 in conference play started strong against the 6-3-0 Blue Devils maintaining possession throughout most of the first half. The heat was a factor for both teams forcing both sides to perform multiple substitutions.

Late in the first half, Evansville was awarded a penalty kick on an alleged trip in the penalty box. Senior Captain and goalkeeper Alexa DuClos performed a spectacular save to keep the game 0-0 going into halftime.

The coaching staff emphasized stronger interior midfield play and the team responded well in the second half with Meikayla Korf, Kacie Carrollo leading the attack along with Sierra Brunner. Rylee Stachow really stepped up as an outside midfielder and had her best game of the season. The ever strong and energetic play of Crystal Chan and Brianna Zimdars was impressive and supported by a never breaking back four led by Aby Center.

Not until the 87th minute was there a score by either team with the Blue Devils placing the ball on the far upper corner. Earlier in the season, the Whippets won the 89th minute of play. The Whippets concluded their regular, weather-shortened season play with an overall record of 5-4-3.

Up next, with the number seven seed in the WIAA regional, the Whippets host the number ten seed Wisconsin Lutheran on Thursday, May 31 kicking off at 7:00 pm.

WHS Girls’ Soccer ties Edgerton

From Coach McCrea:

On Friday, May 18, the Whitewater Whippet Girls’ Soccer traveled to Edgerton for a conference match against the Tide. The Whippets, holding a 5-2-0 Rock Valley Conference record, were looking to solidify a third-place regular season conference placement with a win and goal margin to outpace Evansville for the spot behind conference-leading McFarland and second-place Big Foot.

The Tide found the goal in the fifth minute of play to take a 1-0 lead. The coaching staff made some player moves to account for Edgerton’s speed on the flanks and slow down the Tide’s pressure. In the 30th minute, Sierra Brunner scored on an assist by Kacie Carollo. In the second half, Whitewater dominated possession but lacked accuracy on its shot selection leading to a 1-1 tie with the Tide and a fourth place, out of nine, finish.

Whitewater now, 5-2-1, plays McFarland on Monday at Madison College for the first game of the RVC tournament. Play will continue on Thursday when Whitewater will travel to meet the winner of the Big Foot-Evansville match.

Whippets defeat Cougars in RVC soccer play

Photos by Bob Mischka

From Coach McCrea:

On Tuesday, May 15, the Whitewater Whippets (4-2-2 overall, 4-2-0 in Rock Valley Conference play) traveled to Clinton for a conference match-up and defeated the host Cougars 8-2 to improve to 5-2-0 in RVC play. Jaden Henneman scored inside the keeper box on a short pass assist from Carmen Kraayvanger in the 7th minute of play. In the 15th minute, the Henneman – Kraayvanger duo struck again in similar fashion to put the visiting Whippets up 2-0. In the 30th minute Clinton scored and in the 33rd minute, Sierra Brunner scored inside the 18. Clinton responded with a goal in the 34th minute. The Whippets took a 3-2 lead into the half. The Whippets play was fair, but needed to improve against an improved Clinton team motivated by celebrating senior night.

In the second half the Whippets put up five goals, starting with Crystal Chan (47th minute), three more goals by Sierra Brunner for a total of four for the night (63rd, 68th and 70th), two of which were assisted by Kacie Carollo, and a final goal by Odessa Sonn in the 78th minute. Strong interior mid-field play by Carollo, Meikaylo Korf, and Carmen Kraayvanger proved too much for the Cougars.

Whitewater JV and V return to RVC play on Friday, May 18th, traveling to Edgerton with JV play beginning at 4:45 followed by the varsity match.

WHS Soccer downs East Troy


Photos by Bob Mischka

From Coach McCrea:

On Thursday, May 10, Whippet Girls’ Soccer traveled to East Troy for a Rock Valley Conference match and defeated the host Trojans 4-2. The 3-2-2 overall, 3-2-0 RVC Whippets came off an impressive 7-3 victory over Palmyra-Eagle on Monday, had two very good practice days and played a solid first half, dominating possession the first half that unfortunately yielded only one goal by Sierra Brunner, assisted by Brianna Zimdars at the 44-minute mark.

Ball possession in the second half was even between the teams and East Troy scored at the 50-minute mark to even the match. The two teams battled until Jaden Henneman scored in the 69th minute. Three minutes later Sierra Brunner scored again, assisted by Crystal Chan to take a 3-1 lead. East Troy scored again in the 79th, trailing 3-2 however Whitewater responded with Henneman’s second goal, assisted by Brunner. The goals by Brunner and Henneman came because of their presence of mind to be in an opportune spot. Both Alexa DuClos and Cora Linos played well in goal, supported by strong defensive play led by Abby Center. Midfield play by Meikayla Korf, Kacie Carollo, and Carmen Kraayvanger allowed the Whippets to move the ball forward to attack.

Passing, player position, and communication were three elements of the game emphasized during this week’s practice and the players executed these concepts well in the second half.

Up next, Whitewater, now 4-2-0 in conference travels on Tuesday, May 15, to Clinton (0-4-0 in RVC). Game time is scheduled for 6:45 PM.

WHS Spring Sports Recap: Baseball and Softball Win, Soccer Ties


Photos by Bob Mischka

Whippet Softball Downs East Troy

Article by Coach Ron Sdano

The Whippet Softball Team defeated East Troy Thursday night by a score of 12-6. Whitewater took the lead with one run in the first inning but East Troy scored 2 runs in the second and 1 in the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Whippets had 2 errors that led to all 3 runs. The Lady Whippets broke things open with 6 runs in the bottom of the third inning. East Troy would not go down without a fight as they came back with 3 runs in the fifth inning to close the gap at 7-6. Whitewater put the game out of reach scoring 2 runs in the fifth and 3 in the sixth to get the win.

Morgan Gransee led the Whippets in hitting going 4 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 runs batted in. Alyssa Schumacher went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, Catherine Yang went 1 for 3 with 1 run and 2 runs batted in, while Kailey Ruhl went 1 for 3 with 2 runs.

Jacee Johnson pitched 3 innings for the win while Morgan Gransee pitched the final 2 innings for the save.

The Whippets are 3-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Next game is today (Friday) at home against Clinton. Whitewater travels to McFarland tomorrow (Saturday) for a doubleheader against McFarland. Start time on Saturday is 10:00 am.

Whippet Baseball Downs East Troy

Article by Nate Parrish

Whitewater Whippet High School baseball team improved to 6-0 on the season with a 5-1 victory over East Troy. The Whippet bats came out swinging in the top of the 1st as James Dedrick led the game off with a single and stole second to get in scoring position. Bryce Parrish sent a line drive single to left giving them the early 1-0 lead. Parrish would steal second and Jordan Curtis would knock him in for a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 1st. East Troy would get one back in the bottom of the frame but the Whippets would strike again in the 4th inning. With one out Danny Harnack doubled to right, Chris Dedrick was hit by a pitch and James Dedrick would double to score both runners for a 4-1 lead. The Whippets would add one more in the 7th inning when James Dedrick led off the inning with a double, Dylan Pease moved him to 3rd and Bryce Parrish lined to center to make the final score of 5-1. James Dedrick paced the hitting attack going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Bryce Parrish added 3 hits and 2 RBI’s as Danny Harnack and Chris Dedrick also had doubles.

Dylan Pease picked up the win on the mound in first outing of the season going 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 unearned run while striking out 6 and walking none. Bryce Parrish finished off the last two hitters to end the game. Coach Pease felt the Whippets put on a number of good swings on the evening as they collected 11 hits, unfortunately, they stranded 7 runners, but there were also a number of line drives right at East Troy players, if those snuck through it could have led to a big inning. Dylan and Bryce did a great job of throwing strikes and the defense made plays behind them.

Next up is Milton on Friday evening at Whitewater High School with 1st pitch at 4:45. Saturday they travel to D1 State ranked Oconomowoc.

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Whippet Soccer Ties Cambridge-Deerfield

Article by Coach Dan McCrea

This week in Whitewater Girls’ Soccer. On Tuesday, April 24, the Whippets traveled to Cambridge for a non-conference game against Cambridge-Deerfield. The Whippets tied United 2-2. The Whippets scored first on a goal by Jaden Henneman, assisted by Kacie Carollo. United then responded to tie the game going into halftime. Cambridge-Deerfield scored early in the second half to take the advantage. The Whippets Carmen Kraayvanger then scored on a penalty to tie the game. Both teams battled for the next thirty with neither able to take the lead.

On Thursday, April 26 the Whippets were again on the road traveling to Williams Bay for a conference game against the co-op team of Big Foot and Williams Bay. The Bay Chiefs and McFarland Spartans are the top two teams in the RVC, earlier in the year the Bay Chiefs lost to the Spartans 2-0. The Whippets passing game was missing against Cambridge-Deerfield, thus the focus of Wednesday’s practice was on passing, structure, and spacing. The Bay Chiefs found the back of the net twice in the first half and two more times in the second half to secure a 4-0 win over the Whippets. While the Whippets passing game improved, the Bay Chiefs proved to be too much.

The 2-1-2 overall and 2-1-0 RVC Whippets are off until Thursday, May 3 when they host conference-leading McFarland.

Whippet Girls Soccer Takes Down Rival Evansville

Photos by Bob Mischka

From Coach Dan McCrea:

On Thursday, April 5th the Whippets hosted conference rival Evansville on a very, very cold evening and defeated the Blue Devils in the 89th minute of play on a penalty kick by Junior Carmen Kraayvanger who was fouled in the goal box. The contest pitted a 1-0-0 in conference play, 1-1-0 overall Evansville against the 0-0-0, 0-0-0 Whippets.

Possession by both teams ebbed and flowed throughout the contest but the young Whippets defended their goal with notable play Freshmen Hannah O’Brien, Mariana Cano as well as Sophomores Brianna Zimdars and Josie Hintz. Goalkeepers Alexa DuClos and Cora Linos split time in the box and played admirably. The play and energy of Junior Meikayla Korf supported fellow midfielders Freshman Kacie Carollo, Odessa Sonn and Rylee Stachow.  Returning Junior Carmen Kraayvanger, who missed last season due to an injury, played extremely well and came through on the game-winning penalty kick. Forwards Sierra Brunner, Jaden Henneman, and Caty Strait provided solid play against the Evansville defenders. The 1-0-0 in RVC play host a non-conference game against Delavan Darien on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:45 p.m. Whippet JV was defeated by Evansville.

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WYSC Awards Presented at the 2018 Stateline Soccer District Awards Banquet

The annual Stateline Soccer District banquet was held at Veterans Terrace at Echo Park and was hosted by the Burlington Youth Soccer Club. Attending the banquet were honorees, representatives from all the district’s clubs and State Officers from the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
All the district member clubs recognized and presented awards to individuals that made an outstanding contribution to their club and to youth soccer over the past year. The Whitewater Youth Soccer Club presented awards to Jenny Rule for Coach of the Year (Dynamo U15 Boys), Luke Rule for Referee of the Year and Dalton Chenoweth for Volunteer of the Year.
In the photo from left to right are Jenny Rule, Luke Rule and Dalton Chenoweth.