Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student-athletes at its Academic Awards Night May 9. Seniors Kalies Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl Birkholz, and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, were honored as the school nominees for the 2018 WIAA Scholar-Athlete awards in their respective genders, and seniors Kelsey Birschbach, daughter of Jim and Sandi Birschbach, DeForest and Cade Olszewski, son of Monte and Amy Olszewski, Johnson Creek, were honored as Warrior Athletes for the 2017-18 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 annual 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. Both Birkholz and Winters are in the Top Ten in their class with GPAs over 3.94 and have received five or more varsity letters in football, basketball and track, including all-conference honors in football for Winters and in basketball for Birkholz.
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 Birschbach and Olszewski have been three-sport athletes and have both received nine or more varsity letters, in volleyball, basketball and softball for Birschbach and football, basketball and baseball for Olszewski; both have also earned several post-season honors in football, volleyball, basketball and softball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.