“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope


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.”


Warrior trackster signs to jump for University of North Dakota

Laura Hafenstein, a D2 long jump state medalist in June 2016, signed to jump for UND next year. She is pictured with her family, including parents Brian and Tammy Hafenstein. Lakeside head coach for girls track, Jim Bauer (L) and jumping coach Caleb Davisson stand behind the family.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that a senior athlete has signed her national letter of intent on November 14 to the University of North Dakota women’s track and field program.

Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy Hafenstein of Lake Mills, was recruited by Division 1 UND in Grand Forks. Hafenstein has been a member of the successful girls’ program at Lakeside Lutheran since freshman year, most recently contributing toward the 3rd place overall team finish at the WIAA Division 2 State Meet last June with her 5th place medal in long jump. At Lakeside, she has also played four years of basketball and also high jumped and run hurdles on the track and field team.

Fall athletes celebrated

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 eight Lakeside Lutheran athletes received first team all-conference spots, 14 achieved second team all-conference, and eight earned honorable mention. In addition, two Warriors received Capitol Conference North Athlete of the Year honors.

For the second year, senior Mitchell Georgi of Sun Prairie was named Capitol Conference North Runner of the Year in boys cross country. He also earned a spot on 1st Team All-Conference, received Honorable Mention on the Wisconsin State Journal All-Area team, and was voted the team’s most valuable runner by his running mates and coaches. Georgi captured his second individual conference title while leading his team to a dominating conference win at Lodi. He won that race by 46 seconds and went on to place 2nd at the WIAA Sectional at Cambridge while pacing the way for a first-place team finish. Georgi won two other invitationals this fall, capping a tremendous high school cross country career. Georgi is the son of Chip and Kathy Georgi of Sun Prairie.

Junior outside hitter Amber Rowoldt was awarded Capitol Conference North Volleyball Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on 1st Team All-Conference for the 3rd straight year and a spot on the Division 2 All-tournament team from the WIAA state tournament. Rowoldt recorded 442 kills, 65 aces, 91 blocks and 361 digs in 102 sets played this year. Earlier this fall, she made a verbal commitment to play for NCAA D2 Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018.

The 2016 Warrior volleyball team took the Sectional championship, the first since 2000, and earned a berth at the WIAA Division 2 State tournament last weekend. The team also claimed a 4th straight Capitol Conference North championship this fall with a conference record of 10-0. Five players in addition to Rowoldt earned spots on conference teams for their efforts. Senior middle hitter Rekha Drevlow of Lake Mills and junior libero Kaitlyn Gehler of Waterloo join her on 1st team all-conference. Junior setter Ellie Westrate of Sun Prairie claimed a spot on 2nd team all-conference, and senior hitter Abby Hackbarth received honorable mention. Drevlow was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates, and senior setter Hailey Stade of Watertown was voted Honorary Team Captain.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team finished 8th at the Division 2 State meet, its best state finish since the 4th place 2004 team. The Warriors won the Sectional title with four runners finishing in the top 11, topping off first place finishes in five other meets this season. Senior runner Benjamin Tweit of Madison and junior Tyler Punzel of Watertown joined Georgi with 1st team all-conference honors, and Tweit was named this year’s Honorary Team Captain. Junior Charlie Pingel freshman August Gresens, both of Sun Prairie, earned 2nd team all-conference honors.

On the girls’ side, two runners earned spots on the all-conference teams. Junior Kailey Schoenherr of Sun Prairie and sophomore Alexis Genthe of Lake Mills earned second team all-conference honors, and Schoenherr was voted Most Valuable Runner by her teammates. Senior runner Brett Burger of Lake Mills was voted Honorary Captain of this year’s girls team.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys soccer team saw seven players receive conference honors. Senior forward Zech Schleef of Watertown, junior midfielder Eric Pillard of Oconomowoc, senior defender Luke Willems of Johnson Creek and sophomore defender Chris Schwantes of Madison earned 2nd team honors. Senior keeper Josh Higgins of Watertown, senior midfielder Robert Lang of Lake Mills and junior midfielder Griffin Torgerson of Watertown received honorable mention. Higgins was voted Most Valuable Player and senior Dane Kopfer of Columbus was voted Honorary Team Captain by teammates.

In  football, 11 players earned 13 spots on all-conference teams. Senior tight end and punter Justin Rue of Fort Atkinson earned first team all-conference for offense and honorable mention for his special teams position. Senior center Miles Loescher of Watertown also earned 1st team honors. Earning 2nd team spots were senior defensive end Jacob Constien, Sun Prairie, senior outside linebacker Noah Miller of Whitewater, junior defensive back Matthias Winters of Watertown, junior running back Cade Olszewski of Johnson Creek and sophomore middle linebacker Casey Ponyicsanyi of Lake Mills. Receiving honorable mention were senior quarterback Nick Chesterman of  Sun Prairie, senior offensive lineman Derek Gulrud of Marshall, sophomore defensive back Jack Monis of Oconomowoc and sophomore Brevin Jegerlehner of Sun Prairie, for both his defensive back position and special teams role.

Lakeside girls golf team awarded senior Annika Butzow of Janesville the title of Honorary Team Captain. Junior golfer Maddison Fenner of Fort Atkinson was voted team Most Valuable Golfer.


Capitol North All-Conference team awards: Front, l-r: Kaitlyn Gehler, 1st team volleyball; Kailey Schoenherr, 2nd team cross country; Alexia Genthe, 2nd team cross country; Ellie Westrate, 2nd team volleyball; Rekha Drevlow, 1st team volleyball; Amber Rowoldt, 1st team volleyball, Capitol North Conference Player of the Year, WVCA All-State Honorable Mention; Abby Hackbarth, honorable mention volleyball. Second row, L-R: August Gresens, 2nd team cross country; Tyler Punzel, 1st team cross country; Chris Schwantes, 2nd team soccer; Griffin Torgerson, honorable mention soccer; Robert Lang, honorable mention soccer; Eric Pillard, 2nd team soccer; Zech Schleef, 2nd team soccer. Third row, L-R: Nick Chesterman, honorable mention, football offense; Josh Higgins, honorable mention soccer; Jacob Constien, 2nd team football defense; Miles Loescher, 1st team football offense; Derek Gulrud, honorable mention football offense; Brevin Jegerlehner, honorable mention football offense and special teams; Justin Rue, 1st team football offense and honorable mention football punter. Back row, L-R: Mitchell Georgi, All_area Honorable Mention, Capitol North Conference Runner of the Year, 1st team cross country; Ben Tweit, 1st team cross country; Noah Miller, 2nd team football defense; Jack Monis, honorable mention football defense; Casey Ponyicsanyi, 2nd team football defense; Matthias Winters, 2nd team football defense; Cade Olszewski, 2nd team football offense; Luke Willems, 2nd team soccer.




Volley for Hope results bring smiles


Lakeside Lutheran Warrior volleyball teams and their families recently organized a “Volley for Hope” night to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local efforts to help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses, and fosters health-related research, education and support activities. Pictured are several event organizers as they stand behind a check representing the over $3,000 raised during the October 13 volleyball matches held at Lakeside Lutheran (L-R): Kelley Kilian, Dawn Coleman, Nicole Guld, Tomorrow’s Hope Executive Director Barb Endl and Gina Schultz.

Warrior volleyball to host Volley for Hope event

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams will host a fundraiser called “Volley for Hope” before and during their home matches on Thursday, October 13. The activities that night benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local health care recipients who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses.

Sub-varsity volleyball matches v. Columbus High School begin at 5:15 p.m., and the varsity match follows. Organizers are planning a bake sale, T-shirt sales, raffles, Pick-a-Duck, and a silent auction featuring several Packer collectibles, among other items. Proceeds from the concession stand will also in part benefit the cause. Grade school volleyball teams have been invited to join the evening’s events, and the public is warmly encouraged to attend as well.

Packer items, including a signed Eddie Lacy jersey and several signed plaques such this Paul Hornung collectible, are some of the items up for silent auction the night of Volley for Hope, a fundraising event benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope, planned for the evening of Lakeside Lutheran home volleyball matches on October 13.

In addition to direct support for life-limiting illnesses, Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, also fosters health-related research, education and support activities. In 19 years, over $3.9 million has been granted within the Jefferson, Dodge and Dane county health care communities. According to Tomorrow’s Hope, every $1 raised creates $1.62 in economic benefit. Donations to support the Lakeside Lutheran effort may be directed to the school office (231 Woodland Beach Rd. Lake Mills 53551) or directly to Tomorrow’s Hope (147 W. Rockwell St. Jefferson, WI 53549). Make check payable to Tomorrow’s Hope. Please reference the team name on the memo/for line of the check or in a note with the check.

LLHS presents Scholar Athlete and Warrior Awards

Senior athletes were presented with 2016 awards
Senior athletes were presented with 2016 awards at the recent awards night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Pictured are, from l-r: Blake Thiele, Warrior Athlete Award; Meghan Pingel, Warrior Award recipient; Elijah Tesch, nominated by Lakeside for the male WIAA Scholar Athlete award and Hollie Doyle, nominated by Lakeside for the female WIAA Scholar Athlete award.

Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student athletes at its spring academic awards night May 11. Seniors Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, and Elijah Tesch, son of Peter and Dee Tesch, Sun Prairie, were honored as the school nominees for the 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete awards in their respective genders, and seniors Meghan Pingel, daughter of Jim and Renae Pingel, Sun Prairie, and Blake Thiele, son of Matt and Peg Thiele, Oconomowoc, were honored as Warrior Athletes for the 2015- 2016 school year.

As a member school of the WIAA, Lakeside was one of more than 400 high schools statewide nominating more than 800 seniors, one male and one female, for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. In order to be eligible, nominees need a GPA of at least 3.5 and must have earned at least four varsity letters. Warrior Athlete Awards are presented to a senior male and female who are chosen by the Lakeside athletic coaching staff based on their participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in athletics.

Both of the Lakeside Lutheran 2016 WIAA Scholar Athletes are in this graduating Academic Top 10, and both have earned six varsity letters. Hollie Doyle is the female selection for 2016, earning letters in basketball, golf and softball as a three-season athlete, all while maintaining a 3.857 GPA. Doyle was named to 2nd Team All-Conference for softball in 2014, and was voted Most Valuable Golfer by her teammates in 2015. She plans to attend Carroll University to pursue a doctorate in Opthamology. Elijah Tesch is this year’s male WIAA Scholar Athlete, lettering in cross country and track. He received 1st team All-Conference honors in Cross Country and was named honorary team captain in 2015. He will graduate with a 3.845 GPA and plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in animal science.

The Warrior Award is presented to one senior boy and girl for their contributions to the Lakeside Lutheran athletic program throughout their high school careers. The coaching staff-selected award considers participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in the area of athletics. Both Warrior Award winners were three-sport athletes for all of their years at Lakeside and both have received several post season honors in their sports.

Blake Thiele, the 2016 male Warrior Award winner, will graduate with eight varsity letters—3 in football, 2 in basketball, and 3 in track and field. Thiele was a 2nd team All-conference football defensive back in 2013 and 2015, and a 1st team selection wide receiver in 2015. In track as a junior he was 8th in state for high hurdles and made the All-Conference team. He will continue his studies at UW-LaCrosse, pursuing a degree in business.

Meghan Pingel received the 2016 female Warrior Athlete Award. She will graduate with 10 varsity letters for her efforts in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She has earned spots on All-Conference teams since her freshman year, culminating in Performer of the Year in the Capitol Conference for Track in both 2014 and 2015, as well as Conference Basketball Player of the Year in 2016. She has been instrumental in helping the girls track teams win conference championships with her hurdling, jumping and relay running, taking, among other accomplishments, record-setting state championships in 4×200 Relay in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 100m High Hurdles in 2014 and 2015 (setting a state record at 14.96s in 2014).  Last fall she signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 college basketball at UW-Green Bay, where she will pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.

Doyle awarded Muehrcke Foundation Scholarship

Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, was awarded a renewable $7,000.00 Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholarly Athlete Award at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Awards Night-muehrcke
She was awarded the scholarship based on her eligibility by maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA, participating on a sports team senior year, submitting a letter of recommendation and planning to major at a four-year, college undergraduate program in medicine.

Hollie is a 3.857 GPA scholar, placing her in the Top Ten in the class of 2016. A three-season athlete for most of her years at LLHS, her senior year saw her on the golf, basketball and softball teams. She plans to attend Carroll University to pursue a doctorate in Ophthalmology.

Past recipients include Brenda Lenser (’02) Garrison, now a dentist in Fort Atkinson, Leah Fax (’13), at Marquette University in the Orthodontic program, Jordan Gaal (’14) in pre-med at UW-Madison, and Rex Schultz (’15) finishing his first year of pre-med studies at Ripon College.