Lakeside Lutheran fall athletes honored

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its fall sports awards night when coaches recognize efforts of the six fall sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees and athletes of the year. A total of 10 Lakeside Lutheran athletes received first team all-conference spots, 10 achieved second team all-conference, and 11 earned honorable mention. In addition, a Warrior received Capitol Conference North Athlete of the Year honors.

The 2017 Warrior volleyball team took its second straight sectional championship and earned another berth at the WIAA Division 2 State tournament last weekend. With victories over Waukesha Catholic Memorial and Luxembourg-Casco, the Warriors claimed the first D2 state volleyball championship in school history. The team also claimed a fifth straight Capitol Conference North championship this fall with a conference record of 10-0. Six players earned conference awards for their efforts. Senior hitter Amber Rowoldt of Watertown, senior setter Ellie Westrate of Sun Prairie and senior libero Kaitlyn Gehler of Waterloo were elected 1st team all-conference, while senior hitter Sophie Collins of Lake Mills, senior middle Kelsey Birschbach of DeForest and junior hitter Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received honorable mention.

 

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Senior volleyball players from Lakeside Lutheran High School hold the WIAA D2 State Volleyball trophy after winning the championship match in Green Bay, WI on Saturday, November 4, 2017. From left: Sophie Collins, Kelly Koch, Kaitlyn Gehler, Morgan Thiele, Amber Rowoldt, Kelsey Birschbach, Ellie Westrate.

 

 

Gehler, Rowoldt and Westrate were all voted to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association (WVCA) All-Tournament Team at the WIAA state tournament Nov. 2-4. The WVCA also voted Rowoldt to 1st team All-State, and awarded Gehler and Westrate All-State Honorable Mention. Gehler set a D2 state tournament record with 52 total digs, and most digs in a 5 set match with 27; she also tied the second place record with 5 aces in a 5-set match.

In addition to her All-Conference, All-State and All-Tournament accolades, Rowoldt was awarded Capitol Conference North Volleyball Player of the Year. While at State, she set a Division 2 record with 29 kills in the five sets of the championship match. She also set the Division 2 tournament record with 48 kills.  Over the season, Rowoldt recorded 504 kills (setting a new school record of 1,489 total career kills), 60 aces, 81 blocks, 451 digs in 108 sets played this year. Last fall, she committed to play for NCAA D2 Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018.

2017 LLHS All-Conference award winners
Thirty Lakeside Lutheran athletes were recognized at the recent fall sports awards night as they were awarded spots on Capitol North All-Conference teams and more. Front, l-r: Chris Schwantes, honorable mention soccer; Skyler Christianson, honorable mention soccer; Brett Schwantes, honorable mention soccer; Griffin Torgerson, honorable mention soccer; Kailey Schoenherr, 2nd team cross country; Jacob Holmes, 2nd team cross country; August Gresens, 1st team cross country. Second row, L-R: Amber Rowoldt, 1st team volleyball, Capitol North Conference Player of the Year, WVCA State All-Tournament team, WVCA All-State 1st team; Maya Heckmann, 1st team golf; Matthias Winters, 2nd team football defense; Alex Hoenecke, honorable mention soccer; Ryan Leon Peralta, honorable mention soccer; Caleb Raymond, 1st team football offense; Will DeNoyer, 1st team football offense. Third row, L-R: Tyler Punzel, 1st team cross country; Kaitlyn Gehler, 1st team volleyball, WVCA State All-Tournament team, WVCA All-State Honorable Mention; Isaiah Coleman, honorable mention football offense; Dustin Pampel, 2nd team football defense; Tyler Holzhueter, 2nd team football offense; Jack Monis, 2nd team football offense; Casey Ponyicsanyi, 1st team football defense. Back row, L-R: Charlie Pingel, 2nd team cross country; Cade Olszewski, 1st team offense and 2nd team defense football; Ben Hodel, honorable mention football defense; Sophie Collins, honorable mention volleyball; Ellie Westrate, 1st team volleyball, WVCA State All-Tournament team, WVCA All-State Honorable Mention; Kelsey Birschbach, honorable mention volleyball; Kaitlyn Shadoski, honorable mention volleyball. Missing are Alexis Genthe and Jada Gresens, both 2nd team cross country.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team finished 2nd in conference this fall. Senior runner Tyler Punzel of Watertown and sophomore August Gresens of Sun Prairie earned 1st team all-conference honors. Punzel earned a berth at the 2017 WIAA State Meet. Senior Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, and sophomore Jacob Holmes, Fort Atkinson, earned 2nd team all-conference honors.

The girls’ cross country team took third place in conference this year. Three runners earned spots on the all-conference teams. Senior Kailey Schoenherr and freshman Jada Gresens, both of Sun Prairie, and junior Alexis Genthe, Lake Mills, each earned second team all-conference honors.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys soccer team saw six players receive honorable mention from the conference, including senior defender Skyler Christianson, Janesville; senior forward Brett Schwantes, Madison; senior midfielder Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; senior forward Alex Hoenecke, Waunakee; senior midfielder Ryane Leon Peralta, Madison; and junior defender Chris Schwantes, Madison. Torgerson was voted Most Valuable Player and Brett Schwantes was voted Honorary Team Captain by teammates.

The Warrior football team earned its first return to playoffs since 2012 with a 6-4 record. Ten players earned 11 spots on all-conference teams. Senior running back Cade Olszewski of Johnson Creek earned first team all-conference offense as a running back and 2nd team for his work on defense as inside linebacker. Three juniors—middle linebacker Casey Ponyicsanyi of Lake Mills, o-lineman Caleb Raymond and receiver Will DeNoyer, both of Sun Prairie—also earned 1st team honors. Earning 2nd team spots were senior tight end Dustin Pampel of Johnson Creek, senior defensive back Matthias Winters of Watertown, junior quarterback Jack Monis of Oconomowoc, and junior center Tyler Holzhueter of Waterloo. Receiving honorable mention were senior offensive lineman Isaiah Coleman of Watertown and senior outside linebacker Benjamin Hodel of Lake Mills.

Lakeside girls golf team saw marked progress in the program with a third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Freshman Maya Heckmann of Middleton was awarded first team all-conference honors with her solid advance to and performance in sectional play. Senior golfer Ashley Fritz, also from Middleton, was awarded “High Honors” as an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin as a result of her high GPA and participation as a varsity golfer this fall.

 

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Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends

Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.

Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making, and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also took place.

Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.

New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.

New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.

To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.

Principal’s Pen: A Christian’s greatest treasure

What is your greatest treasure? Perhaps it’s an heirloom? Maybe, it’s something you purchased, hoping its value would appreciate. Possibly, it’s a drawing or card from your child or grandchild. Everyone has a personal treasure. They treat it specially because it is important to them.

You and I have such a treasure—God’s Word. Our Savior, Jesus, uses a parable to explain its value to all believers.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Jesus does not discuss the ethics of whose treasure this was. Rather, he uses the man’s reaction to discovering the treasure to illustrate a truth: the gospel is a Christian’s greatest treasure. Unlike the parable where the man sold everything to buy the field, the gospel costs nothing. It is the simple proclamation of sins forgiven through Jesus. It can be shared by anyone. In fact, the least worthy vessels—sinful humans—share it daily.

God’s Word is a treasure. After all, it is God’s Word. The Holy Spirit—through Peter—emphasizes its value by saying, “There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It contains Jesus’ words and works, and it points to him as the only source of salvation.

God’s Word is important because it makes us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). The law exposes our sin and reveals our hopelessness. Then, the gospel comforts us with the good news (literally, the meaning of gospel) that Jesus is our Savior. He lived, died, and rose so that all believers may live forever in heaven with him.

luther-sealThis month, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. We thank God for Luther and others who uncovered the precious Word of God. God bless our celebration. May he lead us to always value his Word as our greatest treasure!

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

P.S. Remember that we have a special occasion to worship our Savior God with thousands of like-minded Lutherans at the 500th anniversary Area Reformation service at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI at 4 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV1, and JV2 volleyball teams hosted “Volley for Hope” on October 3 and raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.

 

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their October 3 conference match against Columbus High School. They called the event “Volley for Hope” and raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts, hair scrunchies made by LLHS sewing classes, and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills.

 Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

 In writing to Volley for Hope volunteers, Barbara Endl, Executive Director for Tomorrow’s Hope commented that these “efforts to help others through our healthcare providers are like pebbles being dropped into the water. You see the immediate impact when the pebble enters the water. What you won’t see is all the ‘shores’ your efforts will touch. Just think of the individuals, families, and communities that will benefit from the support you are giving healthcare systems that benefit our families and friends.”

Teens for Christ to host “New Friends”

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Teens for Christ service group will host its first “New Friends” event on its Lake Mills campus on Sunday, October 22, from 1-3 p.m. in the school’s west gymnasium. The focus of the event is to meet and have fun with people interested in participating in a New Friends program through the teen group at Lakeside Lutheran.

NewFriendsLogoThe October 22 event will offer people with special needs a place to hang out and develop friendships with teens from the school. Young people with and without special needs will join together to participate in a variety of activities, including games, crafts, snacks and music.

New Friends is a ministry of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the communities they live in, and is administered by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA). According to TLHA, “the purpose of New Friends is to build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy.”

“We are excited to share God’s word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, Lakeside Lutheran faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun sharing an afternoon with individuals with disabilities and even their families. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.”

Pastor Joel Gaertner, National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries, will speak at the school’s October 9 chapel assembly and share information about the New Friends program.

Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending the October 22 should contact Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org, or 920-648-2321. Ext 2210.

LLHS celebrates Homecoming week with royalty and activities

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2017, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 18 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 23.

 

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2017 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R): freshmen Ian Olszewksi, Johnson Creek, and Payton Kuepers, Madison; sophomores Kobe Paske, Arlington, and Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; junior reps Cameron Paske, Arlington, and Katie Guld, Lake Mills; King and Queen Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek, and Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest; and senior representatives Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc, and Emma Guld, Lake Mills.

 

The 2017 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives freshmen Ian Olszewksi, Johnson Creek, and Payton Kuepers, Madison; sophomores Kobe Paske, Arlington, and Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; junior reps Cameron Paske, Arlington, and Katie Guld, Lake Mills; senior representatives Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc, and Emma Guld, Lake Mills; King Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek, and Queen Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 18-22, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Game Shows.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to different popular movie series, including “Family Feud” for the freshmen, “Wheel of Fortune” for sophomores, “Survivor” for juniors and “Wipe Out” for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday through downtown Lake Mills, the varsity football team plays Lodi High School at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The activity schedule is as follows:

Monday, 9/18: Senior Friend Day | PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game v. Lodi 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/19: Beach Out/Hawaiian Day | Musical Chairs | Home Soccer & Volleyball matches

Wednesday, 9/20: Class Workday to complete decoration of school in the morning with banners, hallway murals, window and door banners | Powder Puff Football | Boys Volleyball | Talent Show 1:50-3 pm

Thursday, 9/21: Crayon Day (students dress in assigned colors top to bottom) | Class Relays | Soccer at Cambridge, JV2 Football at Poynette

Friday, 9/22: Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone event on football field 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lodi 7 PM | Dance team, Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 9/23: Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM.

Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation

Lakeside Lutheran High School is the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of cell phones and virtual reality viewers with an approximate value of $9,000.

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Lakeside Lutheran recently received a $9,000 donation of virtual reality equipment including 50 each of Google Cardboard VR viewers and Galaxy cell phones that will enable classes to take “virtual” field trips. On campus to represent mkCellular is VP of Operations Mike Ehlers, an LLHS 2004 graduate (center), with Principal James Grasby (left) and Lakeside Lutheran Technology Director Andrew Willems.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform developed by Google to be used with a smartphone in a viewer. In education, Google Cardboard is a way to take field trips in virtual reality. mkCellular donated 50 Google viewers that are designed to be affordable for development of do-it-yourself virtual reality projects. Photos and videos are shot with 3D cameras and viewed with special 3D lenses in viewers through smartphones that project the images. Toward this, mkCellular donated 50 Samsung Galaxy J3 phones.

At Lakeside Lutheran, virtual reality will be used to take virtual field trips in classes including history, religion, science, technology and art. Students in Computer Essentials and Computer Applications courses will not only explore the pre-made trips, but also shoot their own videos for use in class.

“We are very grateful to mkCellular for the donation of these phones and goggles,” says Principal James Grasby. “As Lakeside Lutheran continues to employ various forms of technology in the instruction of our students, these tools will be useful throughout all the disciplines.”

mkCellular is a locally-owned wireless solutions company that seeks to maximize the productivity and efficiency of customers’ U.S. Cellular® service by “by identifying needs, delivering solutions and putting the interests of others before our own.” It operates 10 stores with a staff of 40+ in the following communities: Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Elkhorn, Lake Mills, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Columbus, Juneau and Lake Geneva.