Local Sports Archives for 2024-02

WIAA State Gymnastics Championships March 1-2

The 54th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Gymnastics State Championships will take place Friday-Saturday, March 1-2 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. The team championships in Divisions 1 and 2 will begin at noon. The individual championships will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.  

The 10 teams that will be competing for the team State championship in Division 1, with the number of times the programs have qualified for the team competition in parentheses, are Chippewa Falls/McDonell Catholic (2), Franklin/Muskego  (3),  Grafton/Cedarburg (6), Hartford (7),  Homestead (26), Hudson (9), Janesville Craig (4), Oak Creek/Whitnall (1), Sun Prairie  West/East (2) and Verona/Edgewood (12). The 10 teams competing in Division 2 are Ashland/Drummond/Mellen (3), Dodgeville/Highland/ Iowa-Grant/Mineral Point (1), Elkhorn (10), Medford/Colby (3), Mount Horeb (37), Onalaska/Luther (1), Reedsburg  (8), West Bend West (8), West Salem/Aquinas/Bangor (6) and Whitefish Bay (28). There were 82 teams in the Tournament Series this year, including 41 in Division 1 and 41 in Division 2.

The WIAA has sponsored the State Gymnastics Championships since 1971. The event featured one division from 1971 through 1977. The State Tournament Series competition was divided into two divisions in 1978. In 2020, a change to cooperative team eligibility restricted co-op programs to a maximum of two schools or a combined enrollment of the co-op must be less than the enrollment of the largest stand-alone program in each respective division. Whitefish Bay has won the most team championships with 11, which doesn’t include two titles with Shorewood as a co-op. The Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall co-op is second on the list of team titles won with eight. In addition, the Franklin/Muskego co-op added a team title in 2022. Waukesha West/North/South is next on the list with seven, and Mount Horeb and River Falls are fourth with six. Brookfield Central, De Pere and NIcolet have five titles. Addie Gallun of Whitefish Bay and Beth Weber of Whitefish Bay/Shorewood have won the most individual championships in meet history with 10. Gina Piazza of Fall River is next with eight, and Jenny Donar of Southwestern/Cuba City and Samantha Krueger of River Falls have won seven.

State Team Wrestling Tournament Begins March 1

The 33rd Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Team Wrestling Tournament will take place Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. The tournament is held at the Field House on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. 

The single elimination tournament features eight teams in Division 1 and four each in Divisions 2 and 3. Here are the pairings and schedule for the divisions:

Division 1
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 1 - 5:30 p.m.

Match-1:  #1 Kaukauna (17-0)?vs. #8 Homestead (11-1)
Match-2:  #5 Mukwonago (25-8) vs. #4 Menomonie (19-3)  
Match-3:  #6 Hartford  (15-1) vs. #3 Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (18-3)
Match-4:  #2 Muskego (23-7) vs. #7 Arrowhead (12-3)

Semifinals - Friday, March 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Match-5:  Match-1 Winner vs. Match-2 Winner
Match-6:  Match-3 Winner vs. Match-4 Winner

Final - Saturday, March 2 - 3 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Match

Division 2
Semifinals - Saturday, March 2 - 10 a.m.

Match-1:  #1 Luxemburg-Casco (19-0) vs. #4 Kewaskum (8-2)
Match-2:  #3 Prairie du Chien (27-4)  vs. #2 St. Croix Falls (15-1)

Final - Saturday, March 2 - 3 p.m.
Division 2 Championship Match

Division 3
Semifinals - Saturday, March 2 - 10 a.m.

Match-1:  #1 Fennimore (15-1) vs. #4 Cumberland (19-5)
Match-2:  #3 Coleman (15-4) vs. #2 Weyauwega-Fremont (19-1)

Final - Saturday, March 2 - 3 p.m.
Division 3 Championship Match

WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Wrestlers from Hartford Union High School competed at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center, on the UW campus in Madison.


106 Gavin Wolters  4th place

120 Lincoln Flayter  3rd place

215 Ayden Grulke  5th place

Girls High School Basketball From Saturday, February 24

Regional Finals


Hartford Union High School 85

DePere 68


Kettle Moraine Lutheran 79

Sheboygan Falls 49


Arrowhead 69

Mukwonago 45


Kettle Moraine 66

Waunakee 52


Watertown 64

West DePere 52


Pewaukee 80

Cedarburg 35


Kimberly 46

Hamilton 37


Germantown 85

Homestead 79 

Boys High School Basketball From Thursday, February 22

Hartford Union High School 74

Slinger 60


Port Washington 87

West Bend East 75


West Bend West 33

Whitefish Bay 28


Kewaskum 66

Berlin 63


Kettle Moraine Lutheran 86

Waupun 78


Arrowhead 89

Waukesha South 45


Kettle Moraine 79

Mukwonago 48


Laconia 50

Lomira 44


Ft. Atkinson 58

Watertown 38


Hustisford 74

Wayland Academy 62


Horicon 73

Valley Christian 56


Central Wisconsin Christian 46

Dodgeland 41


Watertown Luther Prep 57

Heritage Christian 55 

Individual State Wrestling Meet Filled With Talent

There are 560 boy qualifiers and 192 girl qualifiers entering the Wisconsin High School State Individual Wrestling Tournament. It begins on Thursday, February 22 and runs through Saturday, February 24 on the UW campus, at the Kohl Center in Madison. It will be the 81st annual boys tournament and the third year of the girls tournament.

The finals of the Individual Wrestling Tournament will be Saturday, Feb. 24.

A talented group of wrestlers have qualified for the state meet from Hartford Union High School. Orioles' wrestling coach Corey McCauley told WTKM Sports that it's a big deal to get to state. A lot of hard work is put in during the season, and off season.

HUHS wrestlers heading to state include Gavin Wolters, Lincoln Flayter, Caleb Pekrul, Ayden Grulke, Maya Kirschner and Kennedy Gruszynski.  

High School Basketball From February 20

Girls Basketball:

WIAA Regional


Slinger 87

West Bend West 48


N. Fond du Lac 51

Kewaskum 50


Markesan 46

Horicon 38


Cedar grove Belgium 71

Dodgeland 17


Boys Basketball:

Arrowhead 82

Milwaukee Academy of Science 66


Oconomowoc 83

Appleton North 80


Xavier 65

West Bend West 44


Lake Country Lutheran 70

St. John's 53 

Snowboarding State Champs!

The Slinger High School Girls Snowboard Team earned their third consecutive state championship.  They represented their team well, on and off the WIARA State Course at Mt. La Crosse Ski and Snowboard.  

40 talented student athletes from across the state competed for the top prize.

Top finishers overall 10:

1st Emma Smith 

2nd Kennady Wiedmeyer 

3rd Olivia Strupp

9th Skylar Brandt


Women’s Boardercross

1st Emma Smith

4th Olivia Strupp

5th Kennady Wiedmeyer

7th Abrah Adams

16th Claire Schmitt

17th Skylar Brandt


Women's Giant Slalom

1st Emma Smith 

2nd Kennady Wiedmeyer 

3rd Olivia Strupp 

9th Skylar Brandt

10th Mady Slavik

21st Claire Schmitt


Women's Slalom

1st Kennady Wiedmeyer 

2nd Olivia Strupp 

3rd Emma Smith 

8th Skylar Brandt

10th Abrah Adams

15th Mady Slavik


Slinger High School Boys Snowboard Team secured 2nd Place among 55 student athletes. 

2nd Luke Schmitt 

10th Joe Hefter


Men's Boardercross

2nd Luke Schmitt

5th Joe Hefter

13th Christian Flairty

20th Alex Landvatter

25th Keegan Adams

55th Jack Bullis

Men's Giant Slalom

3rd Luke Schmitt

7th Joe Hefter

8th Jack Bullis

16th Jacob Lischka

23rd Christian Flairty

25th Alex Landvatter


Men's Slalom

1st Luke Schmitt

5th Jack Bullis

17th Jacob Lischka

23rd Alex Landvatter

24th Joe Hefter

43rd Keegan Adams

A Great Effort By The Hartford-Slinger Boys Swimming and Diving Team

The 100th WIAA Boys Swimming and Diving meet wrapped up on Saturday, February 17.

The team standings with area teams included:

3rd  Arrowhead

10th  West Bend West-East

16th  Menomonee Falls - Hamilton

22nd Hartford-Slinger

Hartford-Slinger sophomore Finn Nelson took sixth place in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.59.

West Bend West-East's 200 medley relay team finished fifth. Sophomore Dawson Walters earned fifth place in the 100 butterfly and sophomore Andrew Gundrum was sixth in the 100 backstroke. 


Girls and Boys High School Basketball From Thursday, February 15

Girls Basketball:

Hartford Union High School 66

Slinger 40


Homestead 77

Nicolet 24


Whitefish Bay 59

West Bend West 52


Kewaskum 56

Ripon 53


Kettle Moraine Lutheran 73

Winneconne 39


Lomira 60

Campbellsport 37


Watertown 62

Ft. Atkinson 29


Wayland Academy 64

Hustisford 25


Valley Christian 50

Horicon 49


Central WI Christian 60

Dodgeland 36


Boys Basketball:

Lake Country Lutheran 75

Kingdom Prep Lutheran 56


Mayville 76

Horicon 70


Snowboarders State Bound!

The Hartford Union high School Snowboarding Team is heading to the state tournament at Mt. LAX this weekend, scheduled to race on Saturday, Feb. 17. 

They are back-to-back conference champions in slalom and giant slalom and runner-up in boardercross this year, missing first place by one second.

HUHS conference results: 


1st Slalom & Giant Slalom

2nd Boardercross

Individual Results


Jackson St. Antoine 1st

Gavin Albrecht 3rd

Mason Weimer 5th

Caleb St. Antoine 6th


Mason Weimer 1st

Jackson St. Antoine 2nd

Caleb St. Antoine 5th

Gavin Albrecht 7th


Caleb St. Antoine 5th

Jackson St. Antoine 6th

Mason Weimer 7th

Gavin Albrecht 9th

Top Individual Over- All Conference Athlete -

1st Jackson St. Antoine

2nd Mason Weimer

Son Breaks Dad's School Record

It’s been a great season for the Hartford-Slinger boys swim team.

The Hartford-Slinger boys swim team finished 5th in the Homestead Sectional.  

School records were broken by Finn Nelson in the 200 freestyle, and 500 free, Henry Williams in the 100 backstroke and the 400 free relay, which is a record that has stood since 1980.

Two members of the 400 free relay are from Hartford Union High School, including junior Max Klockow. He is the son of Robert Klockow, a member of that 1980 relay team. WTKM Sports' Tom Jeffery had a chance to talk with Max about that special moment when the record was broken, and how his dad reacted. 

"That was a blast, especially since my dad was on that record board and just seeing that record every day at practice since I was seven-years-old has been a huge motivating factor. I wanted to be a part of it, I wanted to be part of the reason that his name is off the board. My dad was happy for me, and my grandma was crying. She watched it go down first at state when they broke it, so then I think for her...to see it go down finally after 44 years was a great experience."

Members of the 1980 400 freestyle relay team, who finished at 3:16.95:

Bob Klockow, Dave Grandin, Ken Roy and Jeff Moore.

Members of the 2024 relay team who finished at 3:15.44:

Max Klockow, Henry Williams, Lucas Geisler and Finn Nelson.

The 100th Annual WIAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships will be held tomorrow and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Waukesha South High School in Waukesha.

State individual qualifiers included, Finn Nelson (200 free and 500 free), Henry Williams (100 free & 100 backstroke) and Charlie Williams (500 free and 100 backstroke). Also qualifying were the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.


High School Basketball From Tuesday, February 13

Girls Basketball:

Slinger 69

West Bend West 55


Kettle Moraine Lutheran 56

Martin Luther 34


Arrowhead 60

Mukwonago 32


Oakfield 83

Campbellsport 39


Muskego 70

Oconomowoc 60


Catholic Memorial 57

Kettle Moraine 51


Watertown Luther Prep 60

Catholic Central 45


Boys Basketball:

Nicolet 79

Hartford Union High School 63


West Bend West 49

Sheboygan South 37


Lake Country Lutheran 82

Kenosha Christian Life 56


Laconia 47

Campbellsport 30


Arrowhead 80

Mukwonago 65


Muskego 45

Oconomowoc 38


Kettle Moraine 78

Catholic Memorial 36


Milton 78

Watertown 72


Central Wisconsin Christian 60

Hustisford 54


Lourdes Academy 62

Horicon 56


Oakfield 43

Dodgeland 29  

100th Annual WIAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships

The 100th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 - 17, at Waukesha South High School in Waukesha. 

The Division II championships will be held Friday, with the Division 1 championships to follow on Saturday. The Division II diving competition begins Friday at 1:30 p.m., and the swimming finals will follow at 5:30 p.m. The Division 1 diving competition will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with the swimming events scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The swimming events will run consecutively following the first event's starting time on the respective days. Here is the order of events (all events in yards):

Order of Events
1. Diving
2. 200 Medley Relay 
3. 200 Freestyle 
4. 200 Individual Medley
5. 50 Freestyle 
6. 100 Butterfly 
7. 100 Freestyle

8. 500 Freestyle

9. 200 Freestyle Relay

10. 100 Backstroke

11. 100 Breaststroke

12. 400 Freestyle Relay


There are 114 teams in the 2024 Boys Swimming & Diving Tournament Series. The largest 68 programs are in Division 1, with the remaining 46 programs in Division 2.

The WIAA began the boys swimming and diving championships in 1925 and moved to a two-division format in 1993. Madison Memorial has won 16 championships to lead all member schools. Waukesha, before it was split into three schools, captured 15 team titles with seven of those coming in succession from 1964-70. Madison West is tied for second on the list of titles with 15. Shorewood and Wauwatosa, before it became two separate schools, have compiled nine championships. McFarland has claimed seven team titles, and Arrowhead has earned six team championships. Madison Memorial has produced the most event champions with 90. Waukesha, before splitting into three schools, won 77 titles. Madison West has won 76 events, and Wauwatosa and Whitefish Bay have won 61. Ben McDade of Monona Grove has won the most event championships in a prep career with 15, and Ryan O’Donnell of McFarland is next on the list with 14. Four individuals have won 10 State titles, including Ben Anderson of Arrowhead, Jay Mortenson of Madison West, Tom Wanezek of Brookfield East and Paul DeLakis of Eau Claire Memorial/North.

State Meet Awaits Members of the Hartford-Slinger Boys Swim Team

The Hartford-Slinger boys swim team finished 5th in the Homestead Sectional.

School records were broken by Finn Nelson in the 200 Free, 1:41.50 and 500 Free, 4:40.88, Henry Williams in the 100 Backstroke, 53.38 and the 400 Free Relay with Henry, Lucas, Max  and Finn. 


Qualifiers headed to state next Saturday:

200 and 400 Freestyle Relays

Max Klockow, Henry Williams, Lucas Geisler & Finn Nelson


200 and 500 free

Finn Nelson


100 free and 100 back

Henry Williams


500 free and 100 back

Charlie Williams


High School Basketball From February 8

Girls High School Basketball:

Watertown 31

Milton 29


Horicon 46

Mayville 31


Cambria 51

Dodgeland 31


Boys High School Basketball:

Lake Country Lutheran 81

St. Francis 69


Kewaskum 75

Cedar-Grove Belgium 70


Kettle Moraine Lutheran 82

Plymouth 76


Oakfield 56

Hustisford 45


Campbellsport 73

N. Fond du Lac 60


Horicon 68

Wayland Academy 37


Dodgeland 74

Valley Christian 40


Lomira 58

St. Mary's Springs 56 

North Shore Conference Boys Swimming and Diving Meet

The North Shore Conference Boys Swimming and Diving Meet took place on Saturday, February 3.

The final team results include:

West Bend East/West  448

Whitefish Bay  409

Homestead  360

Nicolet  331

Hartford/Slinger  298

Cedarburg 145

Grafton  144

Port Washington  106


Conference champions were recognized from the Hartford/Slinger Boys Swimming Team, including members of the 200 free relay:

Lucas Geisler 

Henry Williams 

Max Klockow

Finn Nelson


Event: Boys 1 mtr Diving, Varsity Pool:

Finals - Score Points

1 Aldape, Sam JR Homestead HS

2 Walter, Joel JR West Bend Boys' Swim & Dive

3 Emory, Tyler SO Whitefish Bay High School

4 Zimbelman, Evan JR Cedarburg High School

5 Schatz, Frankie SR West Bend Boys' Swim & Dive

6 Riel, Cory SR Port Washington High School

7 O'Neil, Tommy JR Cedarburg High School

8 Klug, Tyler JR Nicolet High School

9 Krzykowski, Samuel JR Cedarburg High School

10 Scherer, Noah JR West Bend Boys' Swim and Dive 


Hartford Union High School All Conference Wrestlers

The North Shore Conference Meet on Friday, February 2 featured many talented high school wrestlers. The final team standings included:

Homestead 218.5

Hartford Union High School 209

West Bend West 167

Slinger 165.5

Nicolet 115.5

Port Washington 108

West Bend East 102.5

Cedarburg 96

Whitefish Bay 65

Grafton 45


Individual All Conference recognition from Hartford Union High School:

106 lbs Gavin Wolters

120 lbs Lincoln Flayter

165 lbs Caleb Pekrul



High School Basketball From February 1

Girls High School Basketball

Hartford Union High School 82

Port Washington 52


Kettle Moraine Lutheran 65

Kewaskum 25


Arrowhead 61

Kettle Moraine 38


Catholic Memorial 81

Oconomowoc 58


St. Mary's Springs 73

Campbellsport 30


Lomira 64

N. Fond du Lac 48


Valley Christian 65

Dodgeland 48


Pewaukee 65

New Berlin Eisenhower 29


Living Word Luthern 62

Watertown Luther Prep 38


Boys High School Basketball

Plymouth 78

West Bend East 71


Kettle Moraine 53

Arrowhead 48


Oconomowoc 57

Catholic Memorial 53


Watertown Luther Prep 69

St. Francis 58


Beaver Dam 65

Watertown 55


Pewaukee 103

New Berlin Eisenhower 44  

A Fifth Division of Girls Volleyball

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control authorized the Tournament Series format to accommodate a fifth division of girls volleyball this year.  

The Board approved four recommendations originated and advanced by the Volleyball Coaches Advisory Committees, including two that revamps the Tournament Series that expands to five girls’ divisions next fall. Following a review by the executive staff, Sports Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council, the Board supported a plan that places the largest 116 enrollments of schools sponsoring girls volleyball in Division 1, and Divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5 will consist of the remaining schools divided equally.

To accommodate the addition of four teams and three games, the State Tournament will expand to Wednesday afternoon and evening with the boys volleyball quarterfinals. The boys’ semifinals games will be played Thursday afternoon with the championship game scheduled for Friday evening. The girls’ Division 5 and the Division 4 semifinals are scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively, with the girls’ Division 1 quarterfinals to be played Thursday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The girls’ Division 1 semifinals are slated for Friday at 1 p.m. The girls’ Division 3 and Division 2 semifinals will be played Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively. The girls’ championships Saturday will begin with Division 5 at 9 a.m. followed by Division 4 at 11:30 a.m., Division 3 at 2 p.m., Division 2 at 5 p.m. and Division 1 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the other two volleyball changes approved adds a fifth day (Sunday-Thursday) to the window that seed meetings may be scheduled, and the other requires teams to wear contrasting colors at the State Tournament for the ease of identifying teams unless the schools do not have uniforms of contrasting colors.