Another school year has come and gone. Here’s a final look at some of the highlights:
FOOTBALL: Only one player in the state caught more touchdowns than Colin Girdaukas, so it was a no-brainer he was selected to the WFCA Small School all-state team for the second straight season. The Koehler/Lutheran/Christian wide receiver, who had seven touchdowns, also ranked 10th in Wisconsin with 58 receptions. Senior teammates Casey Verhagen and Robby Michael also made all-state honorable mention. Verhagen, another wide receiver, was second in the state with 1,194 yards. He ranked third with 76 receptions and fifth with 15 touchdowns. Michael, a quarterback who will play at UW-Whitewater, earned honorable mention for the second consecutive time. His 39 touchdown passes led Wisconsin and his 2,596 yards were fourth. He also became the state’s all-time leader for most touchdown passes in high school (96). Michael tied a state record with nine touchdowns in a game, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in over 100 years, and his seven passing TDs in the victory over Random Lake also tied a state mark. KLC senior offensive lineman Elijah White and junior tight end Noah Heinen made first-team all-conference as well.
BOYS SOCCER: Christian/Lutheran won its first state title as a co-op as a result of a 5-4 shootout victory over Oostburg in the Division 4 final. Senior Michael Modahl earned all-state honorable mention by the WSCA and was tabbed the Big East conference defensive player of the year. He was joined on the first team with junior Tony Schmitz, senior Josiah Stecker and junior Nathan Richardson.
CROSS COUNTRY: Victoria Garces, a freshman, became the first girl from North since 1988 to receive a medal at the state cross country championship. She took ninth place with a time of 19 minutes 0.4 seconds in the Division 1 meet. Garces is also the only girl at the school to claim a sectional crown, and she placed first in the Sheboygan County and conference championship races. … Lutheran’s boys came in sixth at state. Senior Logan Zak had a team-best time of 17:53.4, which was good for 40th place. … South senior Rylee Brotz competed in her third consecutive Division 1 state meet and came in 58th. Alex Kaffine, another senior, finished 156th.
GIRLS SWIMMING: South’s Jennifer Hittman finished third in the Fox River Classic Conference swim meet, and it is the best showing by a girl at the school since at least 2012. … The Kohler/Lutheran/Falls squad won the conference championship with the help of two Crusaders. Junior Geneva Handziak took third in diving and senior Maddie Tauscheck ended fourth in the 500-yard freestyle.
VOLLEYBALL: It is believed South’s program has never had a conference coach or player of the year – until now. Congratulations, Abby Sigler and senior Maddie Ognacevic. Sigler was chosen after the Redwings took second in the Fox River Classic Conference with a 7-2 record (their most league wins since 2007). Ognacevic was selected as the co-player of the year and earned first-team all-conference status. … Two years ago, Lutheran was 5-23. This season, the Crusaders were 17-13. Rose Hahn helped the turnaround, as the senior captain was voted first-team all-Big East Conference (Blue Division). … North junior Kya Gahiji earned first-team all-Fox River Classic, as she led her squad in kills.
GIRLS GOLF: North senior Ava Wittstock placed 17th at state and junior Hannah Miller took 41st. It was both their third trip to state.
GIRLS TENNIS: North seniors Estelle Leonhard and Emily Fisher finished with a 22-6 record after qualifying for the state doubles tournament. Louisa Damkot, another senior, completed her fourth year on varsity by reaching state in singles.
BOWLING: The Sheboygan North/Lutheran/Random Lake/Oostburg co-op team didn’t even qualify for state last year. This season, it won the Division 1 club championship in Appleton.
CHEER/POM: A few North seniors got to begin and end high school as a state champion. The Golden Raiders won the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Championship in hip hop (Division 1), just like they did when Sylvia Green and Kylie Schroeder were freshmen.
BOYS SWIMMING: North’s Will Hayon, who will swim at Virginia Tech next season, won a state title in the 100-yard butterfly in a meet-record time of 47.14 seconds after he was runner-up last year. He also finished second at state in the 200 free in 1:37.42, was on the fourth-place 200 free relay that set a program record (1:25.84) and was on the eighth-place 400 free relay as well. Senior Logan Pond and juniors Dylan Dettloff and Caleb Webb were on the relays, too. Hayon holds every school and pool record at North besides diving, and three Fox River Classic Conference records feature his name, too. … South won an invitational for the first time since 2013 by claiming the seven-school Port Washington Invite on Dec. 18.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Casey Verhagen and Michael Modahl finished their high school careers by making the Associated Press and Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-state teams. Verhagen, a senior at Lutheran who will play at Northern Michigan, made fourth-team all-state by the AP (which includes all boys regardless of division) and the WBCA’s Division 4 squad. He finished 15th in the state in scoring with 26.2 points per game, holds the school record for most assists and earned first-team all-Big East for the third straight time. Modahl made WBCA all-state in Division 5 and earned honorable mention by the AP. He also made first-team all-conference for the second time. Lutheran’s Elijah White, another senior, received honorable mention on the WBCA team. Lutheran senior Robby Michael made first-team all-conference as well.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Thanks to a school-record 21 wins and a second-place finish in the South Division of the Big East, three Lutheran players made the all-conference team. Leading the way were freshman Addy Verhagen and senior Rose Hahn, who landed on the first team. Verhagen, a point guard who had a rare triple-double, led the conference in scoring (17.4 ppg) and assists (6.4). … A 31-point game is just one of the reasons North junior Anna Fogle made first-team all-Fox River Classic. She also ranked second in the FRCC in assists (4.5 per game), steals (3.7) and three-point percentage (42%). … South senior Maddie Ognacevic was the defensive player of the year in the FRCC, and earned all-conference second team after leading the Fox River Classic in rebounds and blocks for the second year in a row. She finished as the 10th-leading scorer in program history and holds the school record for most rebounds in a career, season and game. … South’s Sierra Ertman set a school record by making eight 3-pointers to erase the previous record of six set by Crystal Crowns in the 2004-05 season.
GYMNASTICS: With the help of vault champion Elle Matczak, Sheboygan’s co-op team finished second at the EWC Conference Meet.
WRESTLING: For the first time since the 1980-81 season, South won a wrestling tournament – in coach Cody Steffenhagen’s hometown, no less.
GOLF: Mason Schmidtke came extremely close to becoming North’s first boys state champion. The junior finished as Division 1 runner-up, just one stroke behind the medalist. North wanted to send retiring coach Craig Walters out on top, but the Golden Raiders had to settle for fourth place. And for the second straight time, North won the Fox River Classic Conference title and Schmidtke was the league champion. … Lutheran took second at the Big East Championship meet and junior Caden Solle earned first-team all-BEC. … Christian senior Michael Modahl got a spot on the all-BEC first team for the second consecutive time. … South’s Hayden Brickley got a hole-in-one April 20 at Whistling Straits’ Irish Course by using a pitching wedge on the 128-yard third hole.
SOFTBALL: For the first time in 10 years, North’s program has a four-time all-conference player thanks to senior Ally Wagner. The outfielder, who received all-Fox River Classic honorable mention, was voted the Golden Raiders most valuable player and led her squad in hitting.
TRACK: South had two boys finish in the top 10 of the Division 1 state tournament. Leading the way was senior Alex Kaffine, who finished eighth in the 400-meter dash. Jack Kakuzi, another senior, came in ninth in the triple jump and he placed 16th in the long jump, despite battling a strain in his IT band. Seniors Rylee Brotz and Maddie Ognacevic, and sophomores Keeyana Judkins and Brenna Brotz finished the 800 relay in 16th. … North freshman Victoria Garces finished 10th in the 3,200 and 13th in the 1,600 at state. Sophomore Anthony Meyers was 10th in the 100 as well.
SOCCER: Lutheran/Christian not only won its most games in at least 12 years, the Crusaders also won their second regional championship ever. Senior Ambryn Diener made first-team all-Big East as well. … Three Golden Raiders earned first-team all-Fox River Classic, and it was the second year in a row that sophomore defender Erica Herzog did it. Junior forwards Abby Reinl and Libby Cleveland also made the first team, as North led the league in scoring for the first time in coach Tim Eirich’s 20 years.
TENNIS: Despite missing the first half of the season with an injury, North senior Jasper Delasanta qualified for state for the second straight time. He played singles this year and doubles last season.