This week, the Whitewater Boys’ Soccer team competed in the Rock Valley Conference tournament. On Monday, we hosted Edgerton, a team that we had beaten 4-3 earlier in the season. The Whippets came out ready to play and had control of the game throughout. The Whippets were up 4-0 at half-time and finished the game with a shutout and one more goal. We had goals from Johaly Xochipa, Roberto Navejas, Christian Reyes, and Juan Cuellar Meza (2). On Thursday we headed up to Jefferson for our second game against them in two weeks. Last week we suffered a 0-2 defeat, so we knew it would be a tough game. Unfortunately, the first half just did not go our way and we found ourselves down 0-4 at halftime. After some refocusing on how we intended to play and adjusting our formation, we came out and immediately made the game much more interesting. We quickly got a goal from Roberto Navejas and then he picked up a second and James Dedrick drove in a long goal. Our mid-fielders and defenders locked it in defensively and we eventually picked up the fourth goal. Both teams were pressing to get the winning goal, but the game finished up as 4-4 tie. Because the game was part of the Rock Valley Conference Tournament we did go to a shoot-out to determine places. Dalton Chenoweth got our first goal to put the shootout at 1-1, but then the Jefferson keeper was able to block our next two shots. With the loss in the shoot-out, the Whippets end up with 5th place in the conference. We now await the seedings for the state tournament to determine who and where we will be playing this week.
The Rock Valley Conference Cross Country Meet was hosted by Whitewater under cloudy but calm skies on Thursday, October 12. It was perfect weather for a championship meet. The Lady Whippets started things off on the right note with them reaching their team goal of being in the top half of the meet and secured 5th place behind strong efforts from top to bottom. Allisan Barrett secured her fourth all-conference honor of her career, and her 3rd first team honor by finishing 3rd overall. In a great battle with many strong runners it got narrowed down to three in the last mile. Allisan battled another runner from Brodhead/Juda until the very end in an exciting finish. Nicole Tomomitsu earned honorable mention all-conference with her 17th place finish, her 3rd all-conference honor of her career. Crystal Chan and Hailey Prager hung out near each other much of the race with Crystal securing 27th place and Hailey 30th. Jenna Lee finished 59th, Bailee Korf 61st, and Alayna Mikulski 70th. The girls’ JV race featured Rosie Aschenbrener finishing in 59th, senior Thais Padela running her final race in 63rd, as well as Sophia Wagner in 67th. The boys’ varsity race was hotly contested up front with a large pack that was led early on by senior Jacob Korf. The pace was brisk later on in the tougher sections of the course but Jacob was able to hold onto a respectable 6th place first team all-conference honor. This is his second straight first team all-conference honor. Freshman Trenten Zahn ran with great fire and earned the final first team all-conference spot with an 8th place finish. He is a very poised and composed racer that is very dialed in on race day. Senior Jon Brunner fought courageously to his first ever all-conference honor with a 16th place finish. Capping off the final all-conference honor for the Whippets was Aidan Coburn who finished in 22nd place. Both he and Jon were tasked to run with some strong runners from other teams and it paid off nicely. Jon Zheng finished in 39th, Nick Kuzoff in 44th, and Jack Mayer in 58th. The boys achieved their goal of being a top 3 team by finishing in that spot with 91 pts. The boys’ JV race had a complete team to finish in 5th place. Leading the squad was senior Steven Witt who finished in 6th and looked spectacular on this day. Daniel Trost was the second runner in 27th. Alex Popke ran a great race in 33rd, William Hofmann raced his guts out to a 40th place finish, and Amaru Casas was 43rd. Elliot McCulloch was 63rd, Carson Ellenwood was 65th, Andy Vo 72nd, Alejandro Rodriguez in 74th, and Mason West in 76th. It is the end of the line for seniors Elliot, Alejandro, and Thais. The program wishes them their best and are thankful for their contributions to the Whippet CC program over the years. Next up is the WIAA Sectional Meet hosted by Deerfield on Saturday, October 21st. In this meet, the top two teams qualify for the state, and the top 5 individuals not on those two qualifying teams earn a trip to the WIAA State Meet the following weekend in Wisconsin Rapids.
On Wednesday, October 11, fifteen WHS students walked to UWW where they had the opportunity to listen to former teacher and author, Richard Parkhouse. Park addressed the student leaders sharing stories of the World's Greatest High Schools and challenged them to find ways to create "rose-petal moments" for all students in the school. His theme is to make every student feel that he/she is a significant part of the make-up of the school. They learned about giving other students a "Whooo." Students learned that there is a lot of responsibility on them if they are going to want to earn the title of student leader. They needed to be able to clearly answer, "What do you do that makes you a student leader?" The students returned to engage in a powerful discussion about what direction we can take from our challenge and we also discussed the great things we already have going on that make WHS the World's Greatest School.
During Homecoming Week the students at the high school put forth an outstanding effort and collected 1,200 pounds of food for the Whitewater Food Pantry! Food was collected during the week at school and at home athletic events. Thank you to Nelson's Bus for helping sponsor such a great event for our community.
The Homecoming Coin Contest (The Penny War) sponsored by the National Honor Society raised $1,133.79 for worthwhile causes this year - the highest amount ever! NHS members will use this money for the Kindness Matters Program in October, Adopt a Family Program in December, and many other causes throughout the year. Thank you so much to everyone who participated with such exceptional school spirit!