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.”
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Army ROTC Scholar at Lakeside Lutheran

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara, Watertown, has been awarded a four-year Army ROTC National Scholarship to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

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The scholarship includes $37,980 per year in tuition and fees, a $1,200 book allowance per year, and a monthly, tax-free stipend starting at $300 his freshman year, increasing to $500 per month his senior year. This totals more than $170,000 over four years of college. In addition to the Army ROTC scholarship, MSOE has awarded Winters credit that will cover his room and board based on his high academic standing at Lakeside Lutheran, his ACT score and his participation in STEM programming.

The primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its officers; as a national scholarship winner, Winters will decide by 2020 to serve as either an officer in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard after graduation. Winters will also enroll in Army ROTC classes through MSOE, which normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. The Army reminds candidates, “These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life as well as after becoming Army officers.”

Army ROTC looks for individuals who excel in the following areas: scholastics, extracurricular participation and athletic achievement, and leadership. “Matthias’ outstanding academic record and his proven leadership abilities have made him a very deserving young man,” said SFC Samuel Peschel, who presented the award at the school’s recent Academic Awards Night.

Drevlow awarded Muehrcke Foundation Scholarship

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Senior Rekha Drevlow, daughter of Steve Drevlow, Lake Mills, and Meena Vyas, Madison, was awarded a renewable $7,000.00 Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholarly Athlete Award at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Drevlow was awarded the scholarship based on her eligibility by maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA, participating on a sports team her senior year, submitting a letter of recommendation and planning to major at a four-year, college undergraduate program in medicine. Drevlow is a 3.7 GPA scholar, placing 11th in her class. Her senior year, she played volleyball and was named to first-team All-Conference in the Capitol North; she was also voted MVP by her team. She will attend Concordia–Mequon to study pre-med or nursing.

 

LLHS presents Scholar Athlete and Warrior Awards

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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.