Top LLHS News of 2018

As Lakeside Lutheran High School looks forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value—not to mention, enjoyment—in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 49 Warrior stories from our blog and 609 other social media posts released in calendar year 2018 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention, celebrated accomplishments, introduced a new aspect, or were a major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

April: 1st Youth Apprentice program participant

NehlsJeremy Nehls, class of 2018, was Lakeside’s first participant in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. YA is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning at a worksite along with classroom instruction. Nehls worked at the Robert Schwandt Jr. and S.E. Schwandt Sr. Farms near Juneau. YA is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative done under the supervision of the state’s Department of Workforce Development and serves a wide variety of career programs.

May: 1,000+ Warrior mark at Lighthouse

Lighthouse1000We broke the 1,000th-Warrior mark for visitors to the Lighthouse Youth Center of Milwaukee. This is the 12th year of a partnership that provides sophomore Warriors in Pastor Clark Schultz’s Word of God classes the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy new experiences. Pastor Jim Buske, LL class of ’93 and director at Lighthouse, visits his alma mater each year to present Warrior teens this opportunity to live their faith. On May 1, 2018, Lighthouse reported that Jacob Horta, class of 2020, was the 1,000th Lakeside Lutheran Warrior to step through the doors of under this program.

June: Two state champions in four days

With a score of 147 (+3), junior Lukas Heckmann captured the WIAA D2 golf championship on June 5. The previous day, Heckmann opened the state tournament at Madison’s University Ridge course with a 4-under-par 68 that was the best score of the day, regardless of division. He was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison All-Area Player of the Year. Three days previous, sophomore Collin Schulz took the D2 boys high jump title with a jump of 6’6 at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, June 2, at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Collin also smashed the school record in 2018 with a jump of 6’9 earlier in the season.

June: A Cappella sings National Anthem

A CapOn June 11, more than 500 Warrior family and friends packed the stands for the second year in a row to hear our A Cappella choir members sing the National Anthem to kick off a Brewers game, this year vs. the Chicago Cubs. Though the Brew Crew lost the battle that night, they proceeded to capture the NL Central title with a 96-67 season win-loss record (winning the tiebreaker game over the Cubs [95-68] in October).

 

June: Drama wins prize for favorite photo

Nifty FiftiesOur “Nifty Fifties” script provider, Pioneer Drama Service, ran a contest for best photo submitted on its Facebook page in spring, as voted by its Facebook page visitors. Student photographer Taylor Wolfram, class of ‘19, snapped a great action pic of a dancing Donald (Isaiah Coleman, class of 2018). Our photo took 1st place (with 450 votes) and the LLHS drama department received a $200 gift certificate good for play materials, royalties, or books!

August: Several new faculty faces

IMG_2317 InstallmentFour new full-time faculty members were installed at the start of the 2018-19 school year, the largest number at once since the 2000-01 school year. Mr. Justin Vanderhoof (second from left) teaches English and Geography and coaches football and track. Mrs. Hannah Uher teaches Science and coaches soccer and cross country. Mr. Nate Sievert teaches in the Math and Phy Ed departments and coaches basketball and track. Pictured at right, Pastor Michael Helwig teaches Word of God classes and directs Operation Go mission trips. We also welcomed back Word of God adjunct instructor Pastor Christopher Koschnitzke (leftmost in photo) for another year.

 

August: Inaugural STEM Academy year

STEM-polos-logo-cross-colorThe 2018-19 school year marked the inaugural year of our STEM Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and the Academy is designed to add classes yearly as this first-year cohort ages through the school. The program is using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curricula administered through Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The first class includes 19 students enrolled in “Introduction to Engineering Design” (IED), facilitated by Academy Director Andrew Willems. Next fall, the second course in the series, “Principles of Engineering,” will be available. Successful performance in the high school courses earns students college credit at participating PLTW universities.

 

November: Fourth round playoff football

footballOur Capitol North Conference champs had the longest run in football program history through the WIAA playoffs this season, reaching the fourth round of the playoffs. They defeated Beloit Turner, River Valley, and Edgerton in consecutive Friday night playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Racine St. Catherine’s in the state semifinal on November 9.

Bsuer footballSome sweet icing was added when Head Coach Paul also received accolades from the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Lakeside Lutheran entered with an experienced core and delivered on that promise, led by coach Paul Bauer,” the release read. “For his efforts, Bauer was named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football coach of the year.”

 

 

November: Math team participation sets record

After a remarkable October showing when both our Varsity and JV math teams took first place at the highly-competitive Madison LaFollette meet, November saw a record number of students—117!— participate in the Fall Capitol Conference Math Meet.

math(That’s more than a quarter of our students.) The results are in and, according to math team advisor Todd Hackbarth, “God once again blessed Lakeside with incredible success!” Varsity Team #1 took first overall. Juniors Gil Haw took 1st and Trevor Geerdts placed 5th individually. JV Team #1 took first & JV Team #2 took third in Capitol North. Individually, sophomores Lydia Buxa placed 3rd and Ashley Grundman & Ella Butzine tied for 4th.

December: Greenhouse updates complete

Thanks to a team effort from the Agricultural Survey class, FFA, and the construction class, the courtyard greenhouse, mostly unused for almost 10 years,  was recently renewed and revamped. The construction class built benches from recycled benches donated by St. Coletta, Jefferson, and a fan was added too. Jefferson County AgriBusiness Club also helped pay for benches, and over $2,000 of supplies and equipment were covered by donations from the Lake Mills Rotary Club and last spring’s Grand Event bidders. An HVAC contractor helped with a furnace over Christmas break and the greenhouse is winter-ready! This will help future students learn and work with the greenhouse as part of the Ag Survey course.

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Warrior signs to play D1 college golf

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that one of its seniors has signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 college golf next year.

SONY DSCLukas Heckmann, son of Matt and Amy Heckmann, Middleton, has signed to play for the  University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, a medium-sized, metropolitan, public research university located on the New Orleans lakefront, and a Division I member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), competing in the Southland Conference.

Collegiate interest in Heckmann ramped up in June 2017 after he shot a 69/69 to win the Wisconsin PGA championship and qualify for nationals, but UNO was his own choice. In an interview, Heckmann said, “I love [New Orleans]. I wanted to play somewhere warm, and am a huge Saints fan. I was super-excited to hear back [from UNO] and eventually receive an offer from them in August. I went down to visit and it immediately felt like a great fit.”

“I am extremely excited to have Lukas join the Privateer program and pursue an engineering degree here,” says University of New Orleans Golf Coach Jeff Lorio. “Lukas comes to UNO with a resume that shows an understanding of what it takes to win—he has competed and won on the local, regional, state and national level. He has proven that he is a hard worker and has a strong desire to compete at the highest level. I truly believe that Lukas has a very high ceiling and we haven’t yet begun to see him reach his potential. On top of all that, Lukas is a tremendous young man and it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know him and his parents during the recruiting process. I cannot wait to have him here on campus in August.”

In his high school career, Heckmann has been a varsity golfer since his freshman year. He earned second-team All-Conference in 2016 and was awarded first-team All-Conference the past two years. In his sophomore year, he was awarded third-team All-State after finishing fifth in the D2 WIAA state tournament. Last spring he was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison Area Player of the Year and was the WIAA D2 State Champion.

For the past two years, Heckmann has earned Academic All-State recognition as well; he will graduate in the Academic Top Ten in his Lakeside Lutheran class of 2019. He has also been a 4-year basketball athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team and Student Council.

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Lukas Heckmann plays golf whenever he can, including this past fall at Montana’s first American Junior Golf Association tournament in Big Sky on Sept. 1-3, 2018, where, according to PGA Head professional at Big Sky, Mark Wehrman, “Eighty of the best junior golfers in the world competed over three days in a 54-hole stroke play format.”

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 14 Lakeside Lutheran athletes received first team all-conference spots, 11 achieved second team all-conference, and five earned honorable mention. In addition, two Warriors received Capitol Conference North Athlete of the Year honors in their respective sports.

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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: Ella Collins, 1st team volleyball; Grace Westrate, 2nd team volleyball; Hannah Willems, honorable mention volleyball; Kaitlyn Shadoski, 1st team volleyball; Payton Kuepers, honorable mention volleyball; Kylee Gnabasik, 2nd team volleyball; Mya Hemling, 2nd team cross country; Maya Heckmann, 1st team golf, Capitol North Conference Player of the Year.
Second row, L-R: Brevin Jegerlehner; 1st team football defense; Cam Paske, 1st team football offense, 2nd team football defense; Caleb Raymond, 1st team football offense, 2nd team football defense; August Gresens, 1st team cross country; Seth Hackbarth, honorable mention, soccer defender; Jackson Stake, honorable mention, soccer defender; Nathaniel Krenke, honorable mention, soccer forward.
Third row, L-R: Tyler Holzhueter, 1st team football offense; Jack Monis, 2nd team football offense; Tersony Vater, 2nd team football kicker.
Back row, L-R: Casey Ponyicsanyi, 1st team football defense, 1st team football offense, Capitol North Conference Offensive Player of the Year; Will DeNoyer, 1st team football offense, 1st team football defense, 1st team football specialist; Charlie Miller, 1st team football defense, 2nd team football offense; Carter Buchta, 2nd team football defense.
Missing are Josh Lindert and Kyle Main, both soccer 2nd team.

The Warrior football team has earned a first-time-in-school-history 4th round playoff berth to be played this Friday v. Racine-St. Catherine’s at the Waukesha North High School field. With a 5-0 conference record, they took the Capitol Conference championship. Ten players earned 16 spots on all-conference teams. Senior running back Casey Ponyicsanyi of Lake Mills was awarded Capitol Conference Offensive Player of the Year as well as first team all-conference for offense and defense as inside linebacker. Senior Will DeNoyer of Sun Prairie earned first-team in all three categories, as a wide receiver, outside linebacker and as a specialist. Five other seniors—defensive back Brevin Jegerlehner, d-lineman Charlie Miller, and o-lineman Caleb Raymond, all of Sun Prairie, tight end Cam Paske of Arlington and center Tyler Holzhueter of Waterloo —also earned 1st team honors. Earning 2nd team spots were seniors o-lineman Miller, defensive ends Paske and Raymond, quarterback Jack Monis of Oconomowoc, and inside linebacker Carter Buchta of Ixonia. Sophomore kicker Tersony Vater of Watertown also took second-team honors.

Lakeside girls golf team saw continued success in the program with another third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Sophomore Maya Heckmann of Middleton was again awarded first-team all-conference honors and was honored with Capitol North Golfer of the Year with her 12th place finish at the D2 State tournament. Heckmann and fellow sophomore Ella Butzine of Oconomowoc were awarded “High Honors” as Academic All-State honorees by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin as a result of their high GPA and participation as varsity golfers this fall. Senior golfer Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills, joined them in this award with an “Honors” achievement.

The 2018 Warrior volleyball team took the regional championship before falling in sectional semi-final play in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament. The team also claimed a sixth straight Capitol Conference North championship this fall with a conference record of 9-1. Six players earned conference awards for their efforts. Senior hitters Ella Collins, Lake Mills, and Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville, were elected 1st team all-conference, while junior setter Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie and sophomore libero Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson, were awarded 2nd team honors. Senior hitter Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek, and sophomore middle hitter Payton Kuepers, Madison, received honorable mention.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys soccer team saw five players receive all-conference awards, including 2nd team honors for senior forward Josh Lindert, Watertown, and freshman midfielder Kyle Main of Juneau. Three received honorable mention, including senior defenders Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills, and Jackson Stake, Stoughton, along with freshman Nathaniel Krenke of Jefferson.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team saw junior August Gresens of Sun Prairie earn 1st team all-conference honors, while the girls’ team saw freshman runner Mya Hemling of Beaver Dam earn second-team all-conference honors.

“Volley for Hope” benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Warrior Varsity, JV and JV2 volleyball teams hosted Volley for Hope on September 25 and raised more than $3,000 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 $3,010.50 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their conference match against Luther Preparatory School on September 25. The event, called “Volley for Hope,” raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills. The night also featured Lutheran grade school volleyball teams from surrounding communities.

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. A gallery of photos from the evening can be viewed and downloaded from llhs.smugmug.com/Sports/Volley-for-Hope-2018

2018 Scholar Athlete, Warrior Awards presented

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.

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Senior athletes were presented with awards at the awards night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Pictured are, from l-r: Kelsey Birschbach, Warrior Award recipient; Matthias Winters, WIAA Scholar-Athlete award; Kalies Birkholz, WIAA Scholar-Athlete award; and Cade Olszewski, Warrior Award.

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.

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.

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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.

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.