Lakeside Lutheran winter athletes honored

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its winter sports award night when several student athletes were recognized as honorary captains, most valuable team members and for their WIAA Capitol North All-Conference basketball team honors. Six Warrior basketball players received all-conference spots, while one also received Capitol Conference North Player of the Year.

LLHS winter 2016 athletes honored
Back row (l-r): Abby Monis, All-Conference 1st team; Cam Kuepers, All-Conference Honorable Mention; Austin DeNoyer, Honorary Basketball Captain; Mason DeNoyer, Basketball MVP and All-Conference 1st team. Front (l-r) are Laura Hafenstein, All-Conference 2nd Team; Meghan Pingel, Basketball Team MVP, Capitol North All-Conference 1st team honors, Capitol North Player of the Year; Zech Schleef, Most Valuable Wrestler; Paul Grunewald,  Honorary Wrestling Captain. Missing are Ashley Kohls, Most Valuable Dancer; Becca Doering, Honorary Dance Team Captain; and Clarissa Keller, Christian Leadership, Growth and Dedication to Dance Award.

Senior point guard Meghan Pingel was awarded Capitol Conference North Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on 1st Team All-Conference, WBCA All-State Honorable Mention, and was voted Most Valuable Player and Honorary Captain by her teammates. Last fall she signed her letter of intent to play for Division 1 UW-Green Bay. Pingel is the daughter of Jim and Renae Pingel of Sun Prairie.

The girls basketball team took the Capitol North Conference championship for the third year in a row, going undefeated 10-0, and finishing with an overall 20-4 record for the year. Senior post player Abby Monis, daughter of Peder and Trisha Monis of Oconomowoc, was also awarded first team All-Conference honors, and was voted to the All-State Team by the WBCA. Monis was also recognized for being the 8th Lady Warrior player to surpass 1,000 career points. Monis intends to play for D2 Maryville University next year. Junior post Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy Hafenstein of Lake Mills, was awarded a spot on 2nd Team All-Conference.

The boys basketball team also had a successful season, advancing to the regional final game in post-season play, finishing 7-3 in conference, 20-5 overall. Senior wing Mason DeNoyer, a four-year varsity player and son of Brad and Janelle DeNoyer of Sun Prairie, was recognized on several points. In addition to being voted 1st Team by the Capitol North Conference, and Most Valuable Player for the second year by his teammates, he was celebrated as the first Warrior boys basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points. He also holds the school assists record. Senior guard Austin DeNoyer, son of Kirk and Karen DeNoyer of Lake Mills, was awarded 2nd Team All-Conference, and his teammates voted him Honorary Captain. Junior wing Cameron Kuepers, son of Ben and Becky Kuepers of Madison, earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.

The Warrior Wrestling team finished fourth in region this season, and saw five players come within one place of advancing in post-season. Senior Paul Grunewald was D2 sectional-eligible at the 126 weight class, even though an injury kept him from participating. Grunewald, son of Michael and Kristen Grunewald of Bettendorf, IA, was voted Honorary Captain by his teammates, while 170-pound class junior Zechariah Schleef, son of Todd and Kay Schleef of Watertown, was voted by his teammates and coaches as the Most Valuable Wrestler this season.

The Warrior Dance team also recognized its athletes from the Winter competition season. The team voted senior Becca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering of Lake Mills, as Honorary Captain. Senior Clarissa Keller, daughter of Dean and Patricia Keller of Middleton, was recognized with the Christian Leadership, Growth and Dedication Award. Senior Ashley Kohls, daughter of Michael and Joanne Kohls of Waterloo, was voted Most Valuable Dancer.

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