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.

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Lakeside Lutheran winter athletes honored

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its winter sports award night when several student athletes were recognized as honorary captains, most valuable team members and for their WIAA Capitol North All-Conference basketball team honors. Six Warrior basketball players received all-conference spots, while one also received Capitol Conference North Player of the Year.

LLHS winter 2016 athletes honored
Back row (l-r): Abby Monis, All-Conference 1st team; Cam Kuepers, All-Conference Honorable Mention; Austin DeNoyer, Honorary Basketball Captain; Mason DeNoyer, Basketball MVP and All-Conference 1st team. Front (l-r) are Laura Hafenstein, All-Conference 2nd Team; Meghan Pingel, Basketball Team MVP, Capitol North All-Conference 1st team honors, Capitol North Player of the Year; Zech Schleef, Most Valuable Wrestler; Paul Grunewald,  Honorary Wrestling Captain. Missing are Ashley Kohls, Most Valuable Dancer; Becca Doering, Honorary Dance Team Captain; and Clarissa Keller, Christian Leadership, Growth and Dedication to Dance Award.

Senior point guard Meghan Pingel was awarded Capitol Conference North Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on 1st Team All-Conference, WBCA All-State Honorable Mention, and was voted Most Valuable Player and Honorary Captain by her teammates. Last fall she signed her letter of intent to play for Division 1 UW-Green Bay. Pingel is the daughter of Jim and Renae Pingel of Sun Prairie.

The girls basketball team took the Capitol North Conference championship for the third year in a row, going undefeated 10-0, and finishing with an overall 20-4 record for the year. Senior post player Abby Monis, daughter of Peder and Trisha Monis of Oconomowoc, was also awarded first team All-Conference honors, and was voted to the All-State Team by the WBCA. Monis was also recognized for being the 8th Lady Warrior player to surpass 1,000 career points. Monis intends to play for D2 Maryville University next year. Junior post Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy Hafenstein of Lake Mills, was awarded a spot on 2nd Team All-Conference.

The boys basketball team also had a successful season, advancing to the regional final game in post-season play, finishing 7-3 in conference, 20-5 overall. Senior wing Mason DeNoyer, a four-year varsity player and son of Brad and Janelle DeNoyer of Sun Prairie, was recognized on several points. In addition to being voted 1st Team by the Capitol North Conference, and Most Valuable Player for the second year by his teammates, he was celebrated as the first Warrior boys basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points. He also holds the school assists record. Senior guard Austin DeNoyer, son of Kirk and Karen DeNoyer of Lake Mills, was awarded 2nd Team All-Conference, and his teammates voted him Honorary Captain. Junior wing Cameron Kuepers, son of Ben and Becky Kuepers of Madison, earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.

The Warrior Wrestling team finished fourth in region this season, and saw five players come within one place of advancing in post-season. Senior Paul Grunewald was D2 sectional-eligible at the 126 weight class, even though an injury kept him from participating. Grunewald, son of Michael and Kristen Grunewald of Bettendorf, IA, was voted Honorary Captain by his teammates, while 170-pound class junior Zechariah Schleef, son of Todd and Kay Schleef of Watertown, was voted by his teammates and coaches as the Most Valuable Wrestler this season.

The Warrior Dance team also recognized its athletes from the Winter competition season. The team voted senior Becca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering of Lake Mills, as Honorary Captain. Senior Clarissa Keller, daughter of Dean and Patricia Keller of Middleton, was recognized with the Christian Leadership, Growth and Dedication Award. Senior Ashley Kohls, daughter of Michael and Joanne Kohls of Waterloo, was voted Most Valuable Dancer.