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High School Baseball Scores From Saturday, April 13

Arrowhead 2

Kenosha Indian Trail 0

 

Slinger 6

Neenah 3

 

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 16

West Bend East 11

 

Lake Country Lutheran 3

Waukesha West 2

 

Kewaskum 9

Port Washington 3

 

Stevens Point 15

Watertown 1

 

Mayville 11

Hustisford-Dodgeland 0

 

Pewaukee 16

Cudahy 3

Hartford's Michael Turner Wins WIAA Spirit of Sport Award

Michael Turner of Hartford Union High School has been selected as the 2024 Wisconsin recipient of the Spirit of Sport Award presented by the WIAA, the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The Spirit of Sport Award program was created by the NFHS and adopted by the WIAA in 2018 in partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
During a WIAA Level 2 football playoff game versus Homestead on Oct. 28, 2022, Turner’s life story was redirected in traumatic fashion. After the junior cornerback made a tackle on a play, the Orioles’ coaching staff observed something abnormal with Turner during a subsequent timeout and removed him from the game.
As the team doctor and athletic trainer were examining him, Turner collapsed and experienced a seizure that required life-saving procedures by the emergency medical technicians on the sidelines and as he was transported and treated at the local hospital. Hours later, he was moved to Childrens’ Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery two days later to have the right side of his skull removed to relieve pressure on the brain.
Turner was diagnosed with Secondary Impact Syndrome and was placed in an induced coma for 10 days. To further complicate his recovery, he developed blood clots in his lungs. The medical team was able to resolve the blood clot issue, and Turner spent 15 days in the intensive care unit. He spent seven weeks recovering at the hospital. Turner was able to return home after a month of intense rehabilitation therapy, but recovery remained challenging.
Experiencing life without the right side of his skull required 24-hour home care for the two months prior to surgery to have that portion of his skull reattached.
Following his surgery, Turner struggled with his short-term memory. He made tremendous progress and was able to return to school and assist with the football program, cheering on his teammates during practice and games, as well as providing pre-game pep talks and encouragement.
Turner continues to work hard in recovery, and he still experiences memory loss. He is prohibited from participation in sports that would pose a threat of another concussion. He has handled his road to recovery with appreciation for life and a fun sense of humor.

As the Wisconsin recipient of the Spirit of Sport Award, Turner will receive an award sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. He will be presented with the award and recognized at the 2024 WIAA Annual Meeting on April 24.
In addition to Turner, finalists for Wisconsin’s nomination for the Spirit of Sport Award include Adam Backus of Mishicot High School, Zoe Coder of West Salem High School and Dodge Shore of Hillsboro High School.  

High School Baseball Scores From Wednesday, April 10

Hartford Union High School 1

Nicolet 0

 

Slinger 14

Grafton 0

 

West Bend East 7

Cedarburg 5

 

Homestead 5

West Bend West 3

 

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 9

Hustisford - Dodgeland 1

 

Pewaukee 8

West Allis Central 0 

High School Softball Scores From Tuesday, April 9

West Bend West 11

Hartford Union High School 1

 

Cedarburg 8

Slinger 6

 

Homestead 3

West Bend East 2

 

Kewaskum 13

N. Fond du Lac 3

 

Plymouth 9

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 3

 

Arrowhead 16

Kettle Moraine 5

 

Campbellsport 8

St. Mary's Springs 2

 

Oconomowoc 18

Catholic Memorial 2

 

Watertown 15

Ft. Atkinson 0

 

Horicon 11

Williams Bay 1  

High School Softball Scores From April 8

Hartford Union High School 15

Nicolet 0

 

Slinger 18

Grafton 6

 

Cedarburg 4

West Bend East 3

 

West Bend West 4

Homestead 0

 

Campbellsport 11

Omro 1

 

Waupun 15

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 0

 

Lomira 8

Laconia 2

 

Oconomowoc 2

Waukesha West 0

 

Kettle Moraine 8

Waukesha South 2

 

West Allis Hale - Central 13

Pewaukee 5  

High School Baseball Scores From April 8

Arrowhead 7

New Berlin Eisenhower 3

 

West Bend East 8

Grafton 2

 

Nicolet 4

West Bend West 3

 

Campbellsport 11

St. Mary's Springs 1

 

 

Cheer Tryouts

Cheer Team tryouts have been announced at Hartford Union High School.

Tryouts for the 2024-2025 school year are May 16 and 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the north end of the Hartford Union High School Field House.

Everyone is required to attend both tryout dates. Current Hartford Union High School students will need an orange card to participate in tryouts. 

Incoming ninth grade students will be sent a separate waiver to complete. If you plan on participating in tryouts, please fill out the google form. 

Cheer Team tryouts are welcome to all students attending Hartford Union High School for the 2024 to 2025 school year. 

High School Students Can Join A WIAA Leadership Team

Applications are now being accepted for the new WIAA Student-Athlete Leadership Team! The WIAA Student Athlete Leadership Team is a collection of diverse student-athlete leaders from member schools across the state.

This group of student-athletes will serve as ambassadors for their peers and the WIAA while learning more about the sports industry through various committee activities. 

Incoming juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. 

Applications are due by May 3, 2024.

History Made!

One of the highlights of the winter sports season at Hartford Union High School involved the junior varsity gymnastics team.

The Orioles clinched their first North Shore Conference championship in program history. 

Congratulations to head coach Mary Scherr. This program continues to reach new heights and the future looks bright.

Two freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors and three seniors competed this season for the Hartford Union High School gymnastics program.  

 

Michael Turner Honored at Fiserv Forum

Congratulations to Hartford Union High School senior Michael Turner!

He is one of The Milwaukee Bucks Perseverance Award recipients and was recognized recently at Fiserv Forum. 

This award goes to students who have overcome adversity to compete and/or excel in education-based athletics.

Seven student athletes were recognized, including Jack Eisenbrown of Marquette University High School, along with students from Fall Creek High School, Marshfield High School, West Salem High School, Madison La Follette and Somerset High School.   

Kewaskum Boys Wrestling Team Impressive Season Ends In Madison

The Kewaskum High School Boys Wrestling team qualified for the WIAA Team State Wrestling Tournament.

#4 Kewaskum made the trip to the UW Field House in Madison for a Division II semifinal match against #1 Luxemburg-Casco. 

The results of the match are listed below:

WIAA Team State - Luxemburg-Casco (LUCA) defeated Kewaskum (KWSK) (Bout 5)

 

Match Summary LUCA KWSK 215 Ezra Waege (Luxemburg-Casco) over Kaiden Naumann (Kewaskum) TF 19-4 5.0 0 285 Dominic Eversmann (Kewaskum) over Caleb Salentine (Luxemburg-Casco) Dec 4-3 0 3.0 106 Jake Jandrin (Luxemburg-Casco) over Carter Heimerman (Kewaskum) Fall 3:55 6.0 0 113 Carson Blohowiak (Luxemburg-Casco) over Brent Krejcarek (Kewaskum) Fall 0:44 6.0 0 120 Carson Neubert (Luxemburg-Casco) over Domanic Survis (Kewaskum) Fall 0:45 6.0 0 126 James Racer (Kewaskum) over Michael Bostwick (Luxemburg-Casco) Dec 6-5 0 3.0 132 Ethan Immel (Kewaskum) over Blakelee Bastien (Luxemburg-Casco) Dec 5-4 0 3.0 138 Isaac Jerabek (Luxemburg-Casco) over Brayden Loehr (Kewaskum) Maj 10-2 4.0 0 144 Caleb Delebreau (Luxemburg-Casco) over Bryston Scoles (Kewaskum) Dec 4-3 3.0 0 150 Lawdon Tanck (Luxemburg-Casco) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf 6.0 0 157 Max Ronsman (Luxemburg-Casco) over Eli Ogi (Kewaskum) Fall 3:17 6.0 0 165 Nic Deheck (Kewaskum) over Ethan Werner (Luxemburg-Casco) Maj 11-3 0 4.0 175 Sam Schutz (Luxemburg-Casco) over Braden Gissal (Kewaskum) Dec 9-2 3.0 0 190 Trace Schoenebeck (Luxemburg-Casco) over Dylan Soyk (Kewaskum) Fall 3:13 6.0 0

 

Dual Meet Score 51.0 13.0

Photo from Kewaskum High School.

West Bend State Champs Recognized

Three state champions from West Bend West High School were recently recognized during a West Bend Common Council meeting.

"We have a special honor tonight," said a smiling West Bend Mayor Joel Ongert, during the March 18 West Bend Common Council meeting. "We have some state champions in the room."

West Bend West High School Athletic Director Erin Felber introduced Spartans' Head Varsity Wrestling Coach Aaron Spaeth. The proud coach introduced the three talented wrestlers.

"These guys are pretty humble, but they definitely deserve this recognition. Ethan Bast, Connor Mirasola and Cole Mirasola...these guys were our core leaders this year and all three of these athletes qualified for the state tournament. Each one of them had the exact same goal, to be a state champion."

And all three of them ended their season atop the podium in Madison.

113-pound Ethan Bast, a junior at West Bend West High School finished the season with a 54-4 record, including his first state championship.

285-pound senior Cole Mirasola won his third consecutive state title, after qualifying for the state wrestling tournament for the fourth-straight year. He ended the season with a 51-1 record. He has 172 career wins, seven losses and over 83 pins in his career.

190-pound senior Connor Mirasola is part of an elite group of four-time state champions, after winning is fourth-straight state championship. He is one of only 28 other high school wrestlers to accomplish this feat. Connor Mriasola has never lost to a Wisconsin opponent, and ends his high school wrestling career with 174 wins and four losses.

Cole and Connor Mirasola are both attending Penn State University to continue their academic and wrestling careers.

Photo from the City of West Bend.       

   

Oriole Flying High at USA Hockey Girls HS Nationals

Wisconsin Elite Southeast Girls high school hockey team won their first game at the USA Hockey HS National tournament. They defeated a team from Colorado 2-1, with Hartford Union High School sophomore Abigail Klabechek scoring an assist on the game tying goal in the third period.

Klabechek plays center/forward for the Wisconsin Elite Southeast Girls high school hockey team.

 

 

Another Season Comes To An End

Saturday, March 16 was Championship Saturday with boys high school basketball at the Kohl Center in Madison.

The Marquette Hilltoppers are the 2024 WIAA Division 1 Boys Basketball State Champions! They defeated Arrowhead 84-62 to earn their first-ever WIAA State Title.

Congratulations to Wisconsin Lutheran, the WIAA Division 2 Boys Basketball State Champion. The Vikings defeated three-time defending champion Pewaukee, 83-62 to earn their program's third gold ball.

Congratulations to St. Thomas More, the WIAA Division 3 Boys Basketball State Champions! The Cavaliers defeated Lakeside Lutheran, 65-54 in the championship to earn their program's first WIAA State Title.

For the first time in program history, Mineral Point is headed home with a gold ball. The Pointers defeated Kenosha St. Joseph, 65-64 to win the WIAA Division 4 State Title! 

Congratulations to Columbus Catholic, the WIAA Division 5 State Champions! 

The Dons defeated Abundant Life Christian, 81-75 to earn their program's first-ever gold ball on their fourth trip the the State Tournament.

Area Boys High School Basketball Teams Prepare For State

The first WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament was held in 1916. The Kohl Center has hosted the championships since moving from the UW Field House in 1998.

 

DIVISION 1:   Last year’s runner-up  Arrowhead is the top seed in the bracket. The Warhawks are  making their sixth State appearance overall and their second in a row. They won the title in 2010 to account for their one championship. In addition to last year’s second-place finish, the Warhawks also finished runner-up in 2017. This season, they defeated De Pere 85-80 in the final of the sectional held at Oshkosh North to earn their berth in the tourney. They are the champions in the Classic Eight Conference this season. Second-seeded Kettle Moraine qualifies for the State Tournament for the second time after making the first appearance in the program’s history last season, which resulted in a loss in the semifinals. The Lasers earned a return trip to Madison with a 56-43 win over Janesville Craig in the Elkhorn Sectional final. They were runner-up behind Arrowhead, the top seed in the bracket, in the Classic Eight Conference this winter. Marquette, the #3 seed, is making its third appearance at State and the first since 2016. The Hilltoppers advanced to the semifinals in their first experience in 2010, and then fell in the semifinals in 2016 after the Division 1 State Tournament field was narrowed to four teams. This season, they advance to the semifinals by downing West Allis Central 64-58 in the final of the Racine Horlick Sectional. The Hilltoppers are the champions of the Greater Metro Conference this year. Prior to joining the WIAA, Marquette had an illustrious history as former members of WISAA. The Hilltoppers 15 championships came in 1928, 1929, 1954, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1994 and 1999. In addition, they recorded runner-up finishes in 1931, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1963, 1976, 1990, 1991 and 1992. Fourth-seeded Neenah qualifies for the third straight season and for a membership-leading 30th time overall. The Rockets have won four championships in the school’s history. Those came in 1930, 1975, 1978 and again in 2022. In addition, they have an abundance of runner-up results, including 1920, 1939, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1988 and 2014. This season, the Rockets finished runner-up in the Fox Valley Association, and they advance to the State semifinals following a 52-48 victory over Marshfield in the Stevens Point Sectional final.

DIVISION 2:  Wisconsin Lutheran was awarded the top seed in the bracket. The Vikings are making their fourth appearance at State overall and the first since 2014. They have advanced to the championship game in each of their previous experiences. The Vikings won the title in 2014 after finishing runner-up in 2013. They also captured the crown in 2009. Wisconsin Lutheran was the champion in the West Division of the Woodland Conference this season, and the Vikings claimed a berth in the final four with an 80-59 win over Racine Park in the Burlington Sectional final. Three-time defending champion Pewaukee was issued the #2 seed in the bracket. The Pirates attempt to become just the third program to win at least four championships in a row. They are making their fourth straight appearance and their fifth overall. In addition to the championship the past three seasons, they finished runner-up in 2001. This season, the Pirates were runner-up in the West Division of the Woodland Conference behind top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran. They continue their quest for a fourth straight title after beating Stoughton 62-49 in the Watertown Sectional final. West Salem, the runner-up in Division 3 the past two seasons, moves up to qualify this season in Division 2. The Panthers are the #3 seed. The two runner-up finishes account for both the Panthers’ previous appearances. They return to State following a 66-58 win versus River Falls in the Neillsville Sectional final. During the regular season, the Panthers won the title in the Coulee Conference. Nicolet, the fourth seed, returns to the State Tournament for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in the program’s history. They won their one State title in 2019. The Knights defeated Ashwaubenon  56-44 in the Whitefish Bay Sectional final to return to the tourney field. They were the champions of the North Shore Conference this season.
 
DIVISION 3:  Top-seeded St. Thomas More  will be experiencing the State Tournament for the second time after falling in the semifinals in the Cavaliers’ first-ever experience playing in the tourney in 2022. They defeated Carmen Northwest 95-71 in the sectional final played at Brown Deer. The Cavaliers were the champions of the Metro Classic Conference this season. Prior to joining the WIAA, the Cavaliers won a Class A championship in 1988 and finished runner-up in 1980 and 1994 while a member of WISAA. Lakeside Lutheran, the #2 seed, returns to State for the second year in a row and for the third time overall. The Warriors have fallen in the semifinals in each of their previous two experiences. They were the runner-up in the North Division of the Capitol Conference this year behind Lake Mills. They return to the State semifinals after beating Platteville 75-71 in the Wisconsin Dells Sectional final. Third-seeded Kiel advances to the State Tournament for the third time and for the first time since 2010, which resulted in a loss in the Division 2 semifinals. The Raiders advanced to the title game in their first State experience in 1974 and finished runner-up in Class B. This season, they defeated Freedom 73-56 in the Manitowoc Lincoln Sectional to earn their trip to the Kohl Center after finishing atop the Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings this season. Prescott, the fourth seed, is back in the tournament field for the fourth time. The Cardinals first three experiences came in a four year window. They claimed the championship in 2018 after a runner-up finish in 2017. Their first-ever appearance in 2015 resulted in a loss in the semifinals. The Cardinals remain in pursuit of a second championship after their 63-48 win over Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in the Eau Claire Memorial Sectional final. They are the champions of the Middle Border Conference this season.

DIVISION 4:  Top-seeded Marathon returns to the State Tournament for the first time since 2018 and for the ninth time overall. The Red Raiders were runner-up in that most recent appearance. The program has won four State championships through the years. Their most recent gold ball came in 2011. Additionally, they earned three straight Class C championships from 1975-77. The Red Raiders defeated Bonduel 68-61 in the D.C. Everest Sectional final to advance to the State semifinals. They are the champions in the South Division of the Marawood Conference this year.  Second-seeded Mineral Point returns to the State Tournament for the fifth time and for the first time since 2015 when the Pointers fell in the semifinals. Their most notable accomplishment in their previous experiences was a runner-up finish in Class C in 1974. They also qualified in 1934 and 1935 in Class B but were eliminated from title contention in the semifinal round and in the first round, respectively. The Pointers topped Randolph 68-57 in the final of the Portage Sectional to advance to State. They are the co-champions in the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League this season with Darlington. Third-seeded Aquinas returns to State for the eighth time and for the first time since 2016. The Blugolds have won four State titles. The most recent was the Division 3 championship in 2013. They also captured Division 3 crowns in 2008 and 2011, and a Division 2 title in 2003. The Blugolds also have two runner-up finishes on their ledger, those came in 2007 and in 2009. They placed fourth in the Mississippi Valley Conference this season, and they punched their ticket to  State by defeating Cameron 62-46 in the Eau Claire North Sectional final. As a former member of WISAA, the Blugolds won titles in 1941, 1946, 1949, 1950 and finished runner-up on two other occasions. Last year’s runner-up Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic is back in the tournament again this season as the fourth seed. The Lancers are making their fourth appearance overall. They qualified in Division 3 in 2001 and 2003, which resulted in losses in the semifinals. The Lancers rolled over Kohler 66-36 in the Oconomowoc Sectional final to qualify this season after placing fourth in the Metro Classic Conference, which was won by St. Thomas More, the #1 seed in the Division 3 bracket. As a former member of WISAA, the Lancers were back-to-back runner-up in Class A in 1988 and 1989, and a Division 2 runner-up in 2000.

DIVISION 5:  Three of the four qualifying teams in the field have qualified for the first time. Top-seeded Columbus Catholic will be making its fourth State appearance overall and its first since 2019 when the Dons finished runner-up. Prior to that, the Dons lost in the Division 4 semifinals in 2003 and in the Division 5 semifinals in 2017. They are the champions of the East Division of the Cloverbelt Conference this year. The Dons notched an 80-77 victory over Cashton to return to the tourney field. As a former member of WISAA, the Dons were a four-time champion in Division 3. They won back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997 as well in 1999 and 2000. Second-seeded Almond-Bancroft qualifies for the State Tournament for the first time in the program’s history. They began celebrating the accomplishment following the Eagles’ 70-57 win over Reedsville in the Hortonville Sectional final. They are the champions in the South Division of the Central Wisconsin Conference this season. Abundant Life Christian is the third seed. The Challengers’ first appearance comes following a 63-53 victory over Salam in the Evansville Sectional final. They tied Deerfield for the championship in the South Division of the Trailways Conference this year. Fourth-seeded Solon Springs makes its inaugural appearance in the State Tournament by virtue of its 59-41 win over Owen-Withee in the Ashland Sectional final. The Eagles are the champions of the Northern Lights Conference this season.

WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament

The 108th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Boys Basketball Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The single elimination tournament features a five-division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions.

 

Thursday, March 14
Division 3
#1 St. Thomas More (27-1) vs. #4 Prescott (21-6) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 Lakeside Lutheran (26-2) vs. #3 Kiel (28-0)*

Division 4
#1 Marathon (27-1) vs. #4 Kenosha St. Joseph (19-9) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Mineral Point (26-2) vs. #3 Aquinas (23-5)*

Friday, March 15
Division 5
#1 Columbus Catholic (27-2) vs. #4 Solon Springs (27-2) - 9:05 a.m.
#2 Almond-Bancroft (27-1) vs. #3 Abundant Life Christian (27-2)*

Division 2
#1 Wisconsin Lutheran (28-0) vs. #4 Nicolet (24-4) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 Pewaukee (24-4) vs. #3 West Salem (25-3)*

Division 1
#1 Arrowhead (26-2) vs. #4 Neenah (21-7)  - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Kettle Moraine (25-3) vs. #3 Marquette (24-4)*
 

Saturday, March 16
3-Point Challenge - 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game - 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game - 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game*

State Bound!

The Hartford Union High School girls basketball team made their way to Green Bay to play in the state tournament for the first time since 2000, and for the seventh time overall.

They navigated through the Manitowoc Lincoln sectional bracket to advance to the semifinals following a 70-55 win over Brookfield East in the final.

The Orioles' leading scorer Makena Christian told WTKM Sports how they are approaching their trip to state.

"I would say just have fun. Not many teams get the experience, and I haven't been there yet so we are all doing this together...first time. We are doing this as a team, playing together.

The Hartford junior is averaging 25.4 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game.

#2 Hartford Union High School (26-2) plays #3 Neenah (23-5) following the 6:35 p.m. game featuring #1 Arrowhead (25-3) vs. #4 Franklin (20-8) at the Resch Center on Friday, March 8.

The Orioles have advanced to the state title game once, which resulted in a championship in 1992.     

5th Place at State!

The Hartford Union High School gymnastics team finished a strong season with a fifth place finish at the High School State Gymnastics Championships.

Addison Friedl's strongest finish in the individual competition was 8th on the beam, just missing the podium by .017.

Photo by Hartford Union High School Gymnastics.