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Soccer player verbally commits to play Division I

Soccer player verbally commits to play Division I

Hannah Goldenberg
March 18, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

When sophomore Rafferty Kugler was 14, her summer soccer team won the state cup tournament for the first time after losing the previous year, beginning their journey to the regional tournament. Although only a sophomore, Kugler said she verbally committed to play soccer at the Division I level at t...

Softball coach hired because of experience, passion

Softball coach hired because of experience, passion

Sari Hattis
February 18, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

With the resignation of former softball coach Al Wachutka in November, the search for a new girls’ softball coach finally comes to an end, according to athletic director Andy Ewald. Bobby Crumpton interviewed with senior Mackenzie Evenson and Ewald Feb. 10 and received an offer for the position F...

Wachutka resigns as softball coach

Wachutka resigns as softball coach

Elise Riley
December 15, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

Science teacher Al Wachutka began coaching softball eight years ago, loving the interactions he could have with the team outside of school. Now, he’s moving on after resigning as head coach Nov. 17. Wachutka said he will miss working with the team and engaging with the players. “I’ll miss...

Softball player represents school, state

Softball player represents school, state

Jackson Eilers
December 3, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

Senior Mackenzie Evenson said she trains for softball all year, while her practice lasts from spring to fall, one of the major reasons she think she was selected for the softball national team. Evenson said she was selected from all Midwest high school softball players to play for the Team Max Bat ...

Boys’ baseball finishes season

Boys’ baseball finishes season

Abby Hickstein
June 3, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

With a record of 10-11, and in a standing of fifth in the conference, the boys’ baseball team lost against Orono, the lowest ranked team in its conference. Assistant coach Danny Bissonette said the section game did not go as planned because of base stealing and not scoring more runs. “Unfortunately...

Runner anticipates state meet berth

Runner anticipates state meet berth

Max Kent
June 1, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

Emerging from a week of joy after placing third at the conference meet May 20, head coach Richard Keith prepares one runner for the state meet next week. Junior Mack Trotter, who competes in the 800 meter run, is the only runner advancing to the state meet next week after winning the 800 with a time...

Girls’ synchro finishes season at state

Girls’ synchro finishes season at state

Shoshi Leviton
May 29, 2015
Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

With the loss of eight seniors the year before, senior Aubree Frank knew it was going to be hard for the synchro team to reclaim its third place title at the state meet, but she believed it was possible. “We knew that getting third would be rather difficult after we lost eight seniors,” Frank ...

Girls’ golf fills missing spots

Girls’ golf fills missing spots

Jackson Eilers
May 27, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

Losing seniors causes many sports to have to rebuild each season, but reflecting on the last golf season, head coach Joe Yaeger said varsity lost close to everybody. “I think this year there were two returning players,” Yaeger said. “There were a lot of new spots open for new players.” Yaeger...

Boys’ golf winds up for sections

Boys’ golf winds up for sections

Brigid Duffy
May 26, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

With the season nearing its end, players anticipate a successful wrap up at sections, hoping to make it to the second day. The team participated in its last conference match May 18 where they placed fifth overall out of eight teams, placing fourth in the entire conference. According to junior and...

Softball player out for season

Softball player out for season

Emily Tifft
May 26, 2015
Filed under Spring sports

As freshman varsity softball player Meghan Perkins stole second base in her game April 14, she slid in with her left leg forward, hitting the shortstop on the opposing team. Perkins said she broke the tibia and fibula in her left leg and needed surgery. “During my surgery they put a...

Girls’ softball ends season

Girls’ softball ends season

Emily Tifft
May 26, 2015
Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

As the girls’ softball team finishes its season with a 6-13 record, members were anxious to play their first sections game May 19, according to head coach Al Wachutka. Wachutka said sections are similar to baseball in that if a team is seeded low, or is paired with a team with a higher skill ...

Synchro swims into state

Synchro swims into state

Mara Bacig
May 21, 2015
Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

After the girls’ synchros 50 point win at sections, the team prepares both mentally and physically for the upcoming state meet. Head coach Linda Gust said she believes all sports require a strong mental component in meets and games, especially meets like state that bring more pressure to the girls. “I...

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