Winter athletes honored

Lakeside Lutheran High School held its winter sports awards night on Mar. 13, when coaches recognized efforts of three of the winter sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees.

WInter 17-18 LLHS All-Conference award winners
Pictured are Lakeside Lutheran winter sports 2017-18 Capitol Conference North All-Conference award winners, including back row (l-r) Jack Monis, 2nd team basketball; Will DeNoyer, 2nd team basketball; Cole Lauersdorf, 2nd team wrestling 182#; and Cameron Paske, 1st team basketball. Front (l-r) are Kelsey Birschbach, Honorable Mention, basketball; Kaitlyn Shadoski, 1st team basketball; Kalies Birkholz, 1st team basketball and Ashley Fritz, Honorable Mention, basketball.

The 2017-18 wrestling team finished 4-1 in conference duals. Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc, was the conference runner-up at 182 pounds and so earned 2nd team all-conference honors. Lauersdorf and Wesley McClain, Juneau, were also recognized as regional champs.

The Warrior girls basketball team (19-7) went undefeated in conference play, winning their fifth straight conference championship. They also won the regional championship and earned the sectional runner-up title. Kalies Birkholz of Watertown and Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received first team all-conference honors. Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest, and Ashley Fritz, Middleton, received honorable mentions.

The boys basketball team finished the season with a record of 19-6, capping the season as regional runner-up. Cameron Paske, Arlington, was selected for first team all conference honors. Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie, and Jack Monis, Oconomowoc, were voted to second team honors.

Principal’s Pen: Victory. It began in hell.

He descended into hell. We recite these words in the Apostles Creed. But, what do they mean? When did Christ descend into hell? Why did he do it? What does it mean for us?

Three days after Christ “was crucified, died and was buried,” he “rose again from the dead” (The Apostles’ Creed). Scripture provides little commentary about Jesus’ being between his burial and resurrection. His lifeless body lay in the grave. However, he earlier prophesied that he would use his “authority to take [his life] up again” (John 10:18). Doing this, he “rose again from the dead” and “he descended into hell.”

it is finishedIt is perhaps Peter who provides the most information on Christ’s descent. He writes, “After being made alive, [Christ] went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits – to those who were disobedient long ago” (1 Peter 3:19-20). Jesus clearly testified to those in hell who earlier heard his message and rejected it. He preached judgment, not repentance and forgiveness. There was no second opportunity. Christ showed himself alive to those lost souls so they would know and understand that their judgment was just and right.

Christ’s descent into hell has great meaning for us. It begins his exaltation. He defeated sin, death, and Satan. His descent into hell is a victory parade in front of those who denied him. This act helps us know and trust that our Victor-Savior has “authority to take [his life] up again” and will one day raise our glorified bodies to live with him forever in heaven.

He descended into hell.” These words express an important truth of the Christian faith. They point to the risen Christ.

God bless your victorious Easter celebration!
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again! (CW 406)

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

Math teams sweep spring Conference meet

At the 2018 Capitol Conference Spring Math Meet, both Varsity and JV teams from Lakeside Lutheran High School took first place. Varsity garnered a score of 142 over New Glarus at 126 and third place Lake Mills with 114. The Junior Varsity earned first with a score of 211, while Belleville took second with 145, and Lake Mills with 141.

Individually on varsity, juniors Ben Grambsch placed second and Abby Buxa tied for fifth. For JV, tied for first were Gil Haw and Megan Reinke, Logan Pampel in second, Espen Storlie in third, and Katelyn McGurk in fourth.

Varsity Spring Conference math team 2018
Lakeside Lutheran Spring Conference Math Meet Varsity Champions: (back, from left) Ben Grambsch, Columbus; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; James Neuberger, Lake Mills. (Front, from left) Abby Buxa, Oconomowoc; Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Matthias Winters, Watertown.
JV Spring Conference math team 2018
Lakeside Lutheran Spring Conference Math Meet Junior Varsity Champions:(back, from left), Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Gil Haw, Marshall; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson. (Front, from left) Wesley McLain, Juneau; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

FFA celebrates another year, looks forward to next

On Tuesday, March 6, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held its fourth annual banquet.

Dobson speaks at 2018 FFA banquetKeynote speaker, Annah Dobson, is a 2016 LLHS graduate who attends UW-River Falls, where she is majoring in Agricultural Marketing-Communications. With a passion for Hereford cattle, she served as the National Hereford Queen for 2017.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni held an auction, with the proceeds going to send four FFA members to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C this summer.

Members received a variety of membership awards. Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Four-year member seniors include Alyssa Condon, Jeremy Nehls, Emily Weber, Meghan Splinter, and Noah Gartner.

DSC09884Other students recognized were  Star Greenhand: Haylee Meske; Chapter FFA Degree: Breanna Preskar; Most Active Junior: Kyle Leis; State FFA Degree and State Proficiency: Jeremy Nehls; and State FFA Choir: Benjamin Huebner.

Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Ag Processing and Beef: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner; and Swine: Emily Meske. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.

LLHS FFA 2018-19 officersThe officers elected for the 2018-19 year are Treasurer, Savannah Steffen; Sentinel, Maddison Fenner; President, Caitlin Condon; Vice President, Matthew Gunst; Chaplain, Connor Dobson; Historian, Karleena Battist; Reporter, Breanna Preskar; Secretary, Emily Meske.

The Warrior FFA also gave out awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Principal Jim Grasby was given the Honorary FFA Degree, Vicki and Mark Cichanofsky were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Ryan and Kim Degner and Pastor Clark Schultz were recognized as Friends of Lakeside FFA. Steve and Kathy Duwe were given the traveling donor plaque to display their support of the Lakeside FFA.

Musicians qualify for State Music Festival

Twenty-four Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran High School earned a starred first rating at the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Solo-Ensemble District level held the week of Feb. 19-24. Starred first ratings in Class A, the highest level of music selection, qualify musicians to perform at the WSMA State Festival at UW-Whitewater Saturday, April 28.


The Lakeside Lutheran Percussion Ensemble qualified for the WSMA state festival. Members of the ensemble include (Back, L-R): Mitchell Doyle, Watertown; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Justin Learned, Watertown; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River. (Middle) Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; J Doyle, DeForest; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Joseph Balistreri, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (Front) Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Emily Meiller, Madison; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lauren Learned, Watertown; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson.
Not pictured: Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc and Javin Hollis, Waterloo.


Those entries included ensembles: the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, a flute choir, mallet trio, three piano duets, and two piano trios. In individual work, two marimba solos, two vocal solos, three musical theater performances, and five piano solos advanced. An alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, and drum solo also earned trips to the state festival.


Solo, duet, and trio state qualifiers from Lakeside Lutheran are back row, L-R: Griffin Torgerson, Watertown, (piano duet and trio); J Doyle, DeForest (mallet trio); and Ashley Fritz, Middleton (tenor and alto saxophone solos). 2nd row from top: Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove (mallet trio); Sophia Collins, Lake Mills (marimba solo and mallet trio); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (musical theater; soprano solo); Alyson Steffan, Johnson Creek (musical theater); Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater (piano duet); Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc (piano duet); Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam (marimba solo); and Cody Gumz, Marshall (drum set solo). 2nd row from front, L-R: Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson (piano solo, flute choir); Isabella Collins, Lake Mills (piano solo and duet); Elise Meier, Watertown (piano duet); Matthias Winters, Watertown (piano duet and trio); Emily Weber, Jefferson (musical theater); Kaitlin Main, Juneau, (piano solo); Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson (clarinet solo); Grace Thomas; and Samantha Kohls, Waterloo (piano solo and trio).
Front row, L-R: Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson (piano trio); Elizabeth Isham, Watertown (piano trio); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (piano trio); Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (soprano solo); Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc (piano solo); Olivia Fregien, Madison (flute choir); Jennica Jensen, Juneau (flute choir); Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf, Iowa (flute choir); and Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville (flute choir).


In addition to the starred first entries, Lakeside Class A musicians were awarded five first ratings and 15 seconds, and one third, for a total of 45 Class A performances. In class B, Lakeside Lutheran had 17 entries. Of those, eight earned a first place rating and nine earned a second rating. Five of the six Class C entries from Lakeside earned a first rating while one received a second.

Overall, Lakeside had 68 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. Columbus High School and Luther Prep School were the 2018 sites that hosted more than 650 entries from among 11 Capitol North Conference middle and high schools.


At the Wisconsin State Music Association District Festival at end of February, Lakeside Lutheran High School had 68 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. (L-R, front) Kristen Thundercloud, Sarah Ulsberger, Hannah Tucek, Gabriel Uttech, Benjamin Neumann, Brendan McKenna, Calvin Grant, Lucas Schneider, Madelynn Klug, Catherine Richart, Gabrielle Grunewald, Alicia Childs, Emelyn Schoeller, Mary Schallert, AnaCristina Iglesias, Grace Thomas. 
Second row, L-R: Grace Seim, Emma Berg, Grace Krieser, Madison Fenner, Riley Schulz, Mira Parker, Albert Wood, Samantha Anderson, Abigail Buxa, Sophia Griffin, Olivia Fregien, Jennica Jensen, Hannah Meyer, Madelyn Plitzuweit, Rachel Mayer, Kaitlyn Drewicz, Samantha Kohls, Sydney Langille. Third row, L-R: Emily Meiller, Ella Butzine, Jeremy Hathaway, Benjamin Ertman, Trevor Geerdts, Ryan Preskar, Jordan Gade, Emma Hans, Emily Weber, Jenna Gaal, Emma Guld, Kaitlin Main, Hannah Mayer, Katrina Stratman, Lauren Learned, Liz Loppnow, Cody Gumz. Fourth row, L-R: Elise Meier, Elizabeth Isham, Katelyn McGurk, Devon Perkins, Andrew Burk, Matthias Winters, Philip Treptow, Sophia Collins, Madelaine Triebold, Maria Werre, Alyson Steffan, Megan Grambsch, Ellie Westrate, Ashley Fritz, Austin Haley, Elijah Wohling, Joseph Balistreri, Nick Yaroch. Back row, L-R: Isabella Collins, Owen Schoenherr, Mitchell Doyle, Skyler Christianson, Griffin Torgerson, Charlie Pingel, Aaron Natvig, Joseph Grambsch, Noah Lorenz, Tyler Affeld, Luke Marti, Justin Learned, Tim Grant, J Doyle, Jayden Duddeck, Max Thomas, Benjamin Hodel, Gil Haw.