The Whitewater Boys’ Soccer team wrapped up a busy week of soccer having played 5 games over 6 days. Their current record stands at 5-6 overall and 1-1 in conference. The week started off on Monday with a good win against Division 1 Janesville Parker. Juan Cuellar-Meza led the team off with a goal in the 8th minute putting in a bouncing ball off of a corner kick from Johaly Xochipa. The two connected again sixteen minutes later when Johaly fed a through-ball to Juan for another score. Roberto Navejas wrapped up the first half scoring with a strike from the top of the box to put the Whippets up by 3. Less than five minutes into the second half the Parker team got one back. But Dalton Chenoweth lifted the team back up with a 20 yard shot assisted by James Dedrick. Dalton found the back of the net again on another long strike with the assist from Tommy Cushman. That was enough to put it out of reach, although Janesville did get one more goal in the final minute. All told it was a good 5-2 win, although we still have improvements to be made on both the offense and defense. On Thursday we took on Big Foot/Williams Bay for our second game of the conference season. Big Foot certainly came to play a physical game causing over 15 fouls over the course of the game and earning 3 yellow cards. It seemed like every time we had opportunities to get into scoring position one of our players soon found himself on the ground and we were taking a free kick. Unfortunately, a lack of passing and the rough play on the field kept us off the scoreboard in the second half and a few individual mistakes put us out of the game, suffering a 5-2 loss. We wrapped up the week with a tournament in Milton where we took on Kaneland High School from Illinois, Janesville Parker, and Milton. In these tournaments, games are 50 minutes, rather than the regular 90 minutes. All told by the end of the tournament, we felt that finally our team defense across the field was running at a high level and the offense is definitely headed in the right direction with significantly more possession and better opportunities coming from a good passing game. We'll work to keep improving and are looking forward to the second half of our season. The item we are most proud of this week is a message we received from the WIAA as the officials of our Monday evening game against Janesville Parker sent in a note commending both teams for an exceptional level of sportsmanship from players, coaches, and fans that they rarely see across all the other games that they ref. Thank you to all that were in attendance for being positive role models!
To begin the school year, students in Mr. Chris Wiegman’s Freshman U.S. History Class have been studying the events in Charlottesville, VA, in connection with their Reconstruction unit. On Tuesday, September 14th, they conducted a Google Hangout interview and discussion with Travis Andrews, a reporter from the Washington Post. Mr. Andrews agreed to connect with Mr. Wiegman’s classes to discuss the career of journalism and a journalist's approach to covering news events such as Charlottesville. From his office in Washington D.C., Mr. Andrews explained the education necessary to pursue a career in journalism, the challenges of reporting in the internet age, and the importance of consuming news with a critical eye. He also answered any additional questions from students.
The WHS Players will present the Addams Family, The Musical, November 16-19. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. This musical comedy features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
Whitewater volleyball hosted Beloit Turner in their home opener Thursday night. The Whippets completed their first 3 set, Rock Valley Conference sweep in over 5 years in dominating fashion. 25-13, 25-20, 25-20. Freshman setter Cora Linos was able to spread the offense out and go to multiple hitters. Senior, right side hitter Allison Heckert led the aggressive attack with 6 kills followed by senior, outside hitter Lorynn Hollingshead with 5 and freshman, outside hitter Emme Bullis also with 5. Senior middle blocker Miranda Reynolds had 3 blocks to lead the defense at the net. Beloit Turner's game plan was to have their outsides hit down the line. The Whippets were able to make adjustments and leave their perimeter defense and go to a rotational defense. Our middle backs were able to dig up the Trojan's shots. Whitewater is now 1-1 in conference play. The Whippets travel to Pewaukee this weekend to participate in the Pirate Invitational. This will be a highly competitive tournament where there will be numerous state ranked teams.
The Whippet girls started things off for the cross country team Tuesday underneath a warm sunny day with firm footing. Allisan Barrett returned to the line-up in a big way securing 4th place overall in a loaded girls’ field. Six of the top seven team places were secured by teams that are currently ranked in the top 10 for their respective division (3 in the top 8 for D2, 3 in the top 10 for D3). Allisan looked calm and collected as she blitzed her way to a finishing time of 19:26. Nicole Tomomitsu, Crystal Chan, and Hailey Prager all finished within 9 seconds of each other. Their solid places of 35th, 38th, and 39th were a good way to wrap up their day. Jenna Lee ran a big PR to secure the final scoring spot for the team score in 59th place. Alayna Mikulski and Rosie Aschenbrener also placed in the varsity race in 71st and 74th, respectively. The team finished in 8th place out of 12 teams represented. The boys fed off their finishes and started out with a quick early pace as the course narrows quickly in an effort to secure good positioning. Trenten Zahn led the Whippets with an incredibly strong 11th place showing. He used his prior race experience to push his limits and today he was rewarded with a huge personal best and first medal as a varsity athlete. Jon Brunner debuted in his first race with a huge improvement over last season. In fact, he ran nearly two and half minutes faster than he did at this meet last year and also earned his first medal as a varsity athlete. His time of 17:57 was good enough for 18th. Aidan Coburn and Jon Zheng brought it in together finishing in 34th and 35th place. Rounding out the team scoring was Steven Witt in 57th with a season best time. Also running varsity was Daniel Trost in 66th and Alex Popke in 71st. The team finished in 7th out of 12 teams. The JV race was led by freshmen Ian Killoran with a 25th place finish. As a group, the JV team finished in 9th place with 215 points. Next up for both programs will be the 49th Annual Angel Invitational held at UW-Parkside on Saturday, September 16th. Full results from all levels are available at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=135454#/2879.