Annual “Top 10” LL stories of 2019

While the family of Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value—and fun!—in reviewing the past year. The LLHS good news team took its annual look at the 57 news stories and 595 other Facebook posts shared in calendar year 2019 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or celebrated God’s blessing on our school, students, and LLHS community. Enjoy the year in review . . . from the end of 2019 back to the beginning. 

November: LLHS significantly exceeds expectations in DPI study

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Your LLHS ranks 29 out of 428 private schools who participate in the choice program, according to the State Department of Public Instruction report cards for private schools. They assess schools based on student achievement, improvements in achievement, and potential post high school success. For the 2018-19 school year, Lakeside Lutheran High School received an overall score of 84.8, which is a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.” 

 

November: First-ever cornhole tournament benefits teens’ mental health support

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Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health. In partnership with social service agency Christian Family Solutions (CFS), Lakeside hosted “Tosses for Teens” on Nov. 17 that had a two-fold purpose—to raise funds (over $3,500!) and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. 

 

October: Girls golf regional champs

2019 regional champs-croppedYour Lady Warriors are Regional Champions and junior Maya Heckmann had top score with an 84.

After only 5 seasons with the rejuvenated girls golf program, this is an awesome accomplishment. 

August: Holy Trinity, Okauchee, joins Federation

Holy Trinity church 2019At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Okauchee joined our Federation. This brings the total to 32 churches and 21 schools that join together to support Lakeside and Christian secondary education! 

 

July: Warrior Band is tops! 

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On the summer band trip, the Warrior Band scored the highest among all bands—scoring 93/100 points, and took first place in its class at the Cherry Royale Parade, Traverse City, Mich.

 

July: Full-time Executive Director begins work

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Kirk DeNoyer accepted the call to serve as Lakeside’s first full-time executive director. While the principal is responsible for the educational side of Lakeside, the Executive Director will be responsible for the business side of Lakeside—all the programs and services that support the educational side. 

 

June: Baseball regional champs

regional champs.jpgOur baseball team celebrates their regional championship and receives eight all-conference selections—what a thriller of a rollercoaster ride this year! 

 

March: Corlett’s crown of life 

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The LL drama department was blessed with Mrs. Corlett’s sewing and costuming skills for many years, and so memorialized her end-of-life testimony of faith for its annual t-shirt in 2019.

Mrs. Sandy Corlett, who taught at Lakeside for almost 20 years, was called home to heaven on March 30. Although from an earthly perspective this temporary goodbye is sad news, from God’s perspective “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” (Psalm 116:15). Lakeside was a second home to Sandi and her love for others is missed dearly. 

 

 

 

 

 

March: A Cappella Choir heads to California

ACap Cali 19 bulletin-cover.jpgDuring spring break, A Cappella Choir flew to California to sing at four churches and two schools. One concert-goer told them he had tears in his eyes during the first song. “I’ve never heard anything like that and I realize it’s a taste of what heaven will be like.” While there, they explored California, seeing mountains, the ocean, visiting Disneyland, and San Francisco. 

 

February: Twice is Nice Resale Store hits another milestone

Twice is Nice presentationIn February, Good Stewards, Inc., the managing organization of Twice Is Nice Retail store in Jefferson announced a significant milestone: $5 million in support given to Lakeside Lutheran High School. Monies donated from Twice is Nice to the high school are used in several areas of the school, including general operating costs, student assistance, building fund and school “wishlist” items.

WIAA Scholar-Athlete and Warrior awards presented

Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student-athletes at its Academic Awards Night on May 8.

Senior Kaitlyn Shadoski, daughter of Fred and Debra of Janesville, was selected as both the female nominee for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete award and the Warrior Athlete Award. Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty of Sun Prairie, was honored as the school male nominee for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete award. Casey Ponyicsanyi, son of Michael and Monica of Lake Mills, was the male recipient of the Warrior Award.

Kaitlyn Shadoski and Brevin Jegerlehner were honored as the Lakeside Lutheran High School nominees for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete awards.

Shadoski is the salutatorian and has all-conference honors in volleyball, basketball, and track. Jegerlehner, a class valedictorian, participated in football, basketball, and track, and has received all-conference honors in both football and track. Both have received nine or more varsity letters in their sports. Ponyicsanyi has received 10 or more varsity letters as well as several post season honors, including Capitol Conference Football Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference for running back and defense as inside linebacker in 2018. He has also received all-conference honors in wrestling and track.

Casey Ponyicsanyi and Kaitlyn Shadoski received the 2019 Warrior Athlete Awards.

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. 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, chosen by the Lakeside athletic coaching staff based on participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in athletics.

Lakeside Lutheran winter athletes honored

Warrior winter sports awards night was March 14, when coaches recognized efforts of all levels of three winter sports teams as well as all-conference varsity team honorees.

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Pictured are Lakeside Lutheran winter sports 2018-19 Capitol Conference North All-Conference award winners, including back row (l-r) Cameron Paske, 1st team basketball; Cole Lauersdorf, 1st team wrestling 182#; Austin Meyer, 1st team wrestling 220#; and Jack Monis, 1st team basketball, Conference Player of the Year. Middle row (l-r) are Casey Ponyicsanyi, 2nd team wrestling 170#; Will DeNoyer, 2nd team basketball; and Joe Balistreri, 2nd team wrestling 195#. Front row, L-R: Lauren Thiele, Honorable Mention, basketball; Margaret Cody, Honorable Mention, basketball; and Kaitlyn Shadoski, 1st team basketball. Missing is Caleb Kuepers, Honorable Mention, basketball.

The 2018-19 wrestling team finished 10-4 overall and third in conference. Senior Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc, was the conference champion at 182 pounds, as was senior Austin Meyer, Lake Mills, at 220, and so both earned 1st team all-conference honors. Conference runners-up included senior Casey Ponyicsanyi, Lake Mills, at 170 and Joe Balistreri, Watertown, at 195, earning them 2nd team all-conference honors. Lauersdorf, senior Max Thiele, Oconomowoc at 152 and senior Justin Learned, Watertown, at 195, placed 2nd at regionals, earning them the right to wrestle at sectionals.

The Warrior girls basketball team (11-11) finished their season in the second round of regionals. Senior Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received first team all-conference honors. Senior Margaret Cody, Juneau, and junior Lauren Thiele, Poynette, received honorable mentions.

The boys basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 17-4, going 9-1 in conference to take the championship and finishing its season in the third round of regional play. Senior Jack Monis, Oconomowoc, was awarded Conference Player of the Year and first team honors. Senior Cameron Paske, Arlington, was also selected for first team all-conference. Senior Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie, was voted to second-team honors, and senior Caleb Kuepers, Madison, received honorable mention. DeNoyer and Monis were also recognized at the awards program for each having reached or surpassed 1,000 points in their high school basketball careers.

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

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.

WInter 17-18 LLHS All-Conference award winners
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 celebrates Homecoming week Sept 26-October 1

LLHS HoCo Court 2016
Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2016 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R) freshmen Ryann Burger and Espen Storlie, both from Lake Mills; sophomores Maggie Cody, Juneau and Caleb Kuepers, Madison; junior reps Maria Werre, Sun Prairie and Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Queen and King Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills and Jacob Meyer, Madison; and senior representatives Hailey Stade, Watertown and Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson.

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2016, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 26 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, October 1.

The 2016 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives freshmen Ryann Burger and Espen Storlie, both from Lake Mills; sophomore representatives Maggie Cody, Juneau and Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Lake Mills; junior representatives Maria Werre, Sun Prairie and Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; senior representatives Hailey Stade, Watertown and Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson; Queen Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills and King Jacob Meyer, Madison.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 26-30, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Movie Franchises.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to different popular movie series, including “Star Wars” for the freshmen, “Monsters, Inc.” for sophomores, “Marvel SuperHeroes” for juniors and “James Bond” for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday in downtown Lake Mills, the varsity football team plays Lake Mills High School at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The activity schedule includes:

Monday, 9/26
Senior Friend Day | Dress PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game at Columbus 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/27
Dress Sports Day | Musical Chairs | Home Soccer & Volleyball matches

Wednesday, 9/28
Class Workday to complete decoration of school in the morning with banners, hallway murals, window and door banners | Powder Puff Football | Boys Volleyball | Talent Show 1:50-3 pm

Thursday, 9/29
Dress Hillbilly/Cowboy | Class Relays | Home Soccer and Freshman Football games

Friday, 9/30
Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone event on football field 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lake Mills 7 PM | Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 10/1
Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM