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Volume 1, Issue 6

October 30, 2009

Lady Spartans Back Near Top of WLT WB West Girls take 2nd to Wisco at Conference (10/17/09) The Wisconsin Lutheran girls, the 2nd rated team in the state in Division II, won their 3rd WLT title in the last four years. But not before West Bend West, winner of four of the previous five years before that (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) put a bit of a scare into them. The Lady Spartans trailed the Vikings by only 16 points in taking 2nd place, ahead of defending champion Oconomowoc, who took 3rd despite returning all of their scorers from their 2008 championship team. The team’s ascent back to the runner-up spot in the WLT was even a bit unexpected from Coach Naomi Fulton viewpoint. “Our goal was really to finish in the top half (four) today,” said coach. Figuring Wisco was untouchable, Fulton was gunning for Oconomowoc or Slinger, but also knew that Watertown had beaten her team earlier in the year and that Beaver Dam was within a point of them just a month ago. On paper, it looked like it would be a fight for 3rd at best. But nearly every Spartan runner exceeded their projected places, proving that Coach Fulton had her team poised and prepared at the right time of the season. “These girls are incredible…they are peaking at the right time and racing with confidence,” gleamed Fulton . “They are where I hoped they could be two years from now. Wisco is tough, but they lose two of Girls their scoring five and we lose none!” Pl

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Wisc Little Ten

Time

7

10

Taylor Uebersetzig

16:00

8

9

Molly Hertz

16:10

12

9

Kayla Janto

16:26

17

11

Raina Wedeward

16:45

18

10

Candice Wayne

16:51

19

12

Cate Virnich

16:51

22

12

Jenny Lemminger

16:55

38

9

Eden Rogers

17:30

Top 5 Average

16:26

1

Wisconsin Lutheran (D2)

46

2

West Bend West

62

3

Oconomowoc

76

4

Slinger

87

5

Watertown

124

6

Beaver Dam

152

7

West Bend East

197

8

Hartford

2

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JV

West Bend West

65

Amanda Prom from Oconomowoc was the individual winner in 15:32 for 4000 meters. Sophomore standout Taylor Uebersetzig (7th, 16:00) and freshman Molly Hertz (8th, 16:10) led the charge for West, cracking into the Top 8 and earning 1st Team All Conference honors. Freshman Kayla Janto (12th, 16:26)

Taylor Uebersetzig takes the lead pack out hard in the opening mile at the WLT Meet.

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Lady Spartans

(Continued from page 1) also stood on the awards stand, earning a 2nd Team All Conference medal.

An impressive string of Spartans took four of the eight Honorable Mention positions. Raina Wedeward (17th, 16:45), Candice Wayne (18th, 16:51), Cate Virnich (19th, 16:51) and Jenny Lemminger (22nd, 16:55) displayed the team’s solid depth. West had seven runners in the chute well before any other team, including champion Wisconsin Lutheran. It was only the 3rd time in Lady Spartan history (2002 and 2003 being the other two years) that seven runners secured all-conference honors in the same season. The results were similar in the JV contest, with West again yielding to Wisconsin Lutheran’s power up front. The Spartan JVs were defeated in another close battle 36-43. But Coach Fulton was again more than satisfied with the effort and the results. “I’m ecstatic for the JV today,” commented Fulton . “Jonelle Ritger (3rd, 17:53), Kendra Byrum (5th, 17:54) and Alissa Kuester (9th, 18:10) all had very strong races.”

Below: Wisconsin Lutheran took it home this year. Let’s not let that happen again.

2009 WLT All Conference runners from left: Taylor Uebersetzig, Kayla Janto, Jenny Lemminger, Candice Wayne, Molly Hertz, Cate Virnich and Raina Wedeward.

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Spartan Boys Secure 3rd Place in WLT Race 3rd Ranked Wisconsin Lutheran takes Title for 2nd year in a row The West Bend West boys cross country team graduated two of the top four runners from the WLT conference race a year ago. For that reason, Coach Scott Hammer felt it would be a difficult year to match his team’s 3rd place finish from 2008. That’s why he’s quite proud of the 3rd place the West harriers put forth at Watertown , site of this year’s championship meet. Wisconsin Lutheran (31 points), 3rd in the state’s Division II rankings, ran away with the title, while host Watertown (73 points) took second. But there at their heels with 84 points was Hammer’s crew, who may have lacked experience at the conference race, but most certainly didn’t lack guts and timing. “If we wanted to get into the top 3, we knew we’d have to do a better job of matching up against Hartford,” said Hammer, pointing out that the Orioles top four runners practically trampled over his top guys just a week ago and handily beat the

Boys Pl

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Wisc Little Ten

Time

9

10

Noah Eichner

17:33

14

12

Sam Eichner

17:43

19

11

Ben Skurek

17:52

20

11

Ryne Goralski

17:53

22

12

Nic Lache

18:03

25

11

Eric Stoll

18:12

44

12

Aaron Serwe

18:36

Top 5 Average

17:48

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Wisconsin Lutheran (D2)

31

Watertown

73

3

West Bend West

84

4

Hartford

94

5

Beaver Dam

141

6

Oconomowoc

169

7

Slinger

169

8

West Bend East

180

West Bend West

35

2

1

JV

Left: Junior Eric Stoll takes on a Wisco 5-pack early in the boys race.

Right: Sophomore Noah Eichner leads a long line of harriers past the 2mile mark.

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Spartans at the Port Washington Invite. It was a great day to be a Spartan…particularly if your name is Eichner. Sophomore Noah Eichner (9th, 17:33) had a breakthrough performance, while brother Sam (14th, 17:43) began putting the finishing touches on his senior season. “Both Eichners had career days,” said Hammer. “Each posted a PR and earned 2nd Team All Conference.” Ben Skurek (19th, 17:52), Ryne Goralski (20th, 17:53) and Nic Lache (22nd, 18:03) completed the scoring for the Spartans, all securing Honorable Mention honors in the WLT. Eric Stoll finished 25th in 18:12. Quite possibly the most entertaining race of the day was when the gun went off for the boys JV race. From the time the smoke cleared, there was no question that the Spartans were going to win the JV team title. The unanswered questions were which of the five scoring Spartans were going to win the race…and whether anyone from another team would break up the 5-man Spartan lead pack to prevent them from “slamming” the meet with a perfect score of 15. Experience paid off, as a pair of juniors went 1-2. Mason Petrin won by a shoulder ahead of junior Pat Kelley, both in 18:37. But credit freshman AJ Emerich (4th, 18:42) for pushing the pace and threatening several times to take the victory. Miles Petrin (5th, 18:44) and Josh Ulickey (6th, 18:58) finished the impressive pack, but Watertown freshman Jacob May was able to break up the group, taking 3rd and preventing the rare perfect score.

Above: Wisconsin Lutheran took it home this year. Let’s not let that happen again.

Hammer summed up the day and the future. “Saturday was a good day for the program. The JV team absolutely owned their race and the varsity gave it everything they had. We have established ourselves as one of the favorites to make a run for the 2010 conference title.”

Captain Varano and the Freshmen

Homecoming Harrier Award

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Spartan Boys Survive Sectional...Barely Flu Season takes it’s toll, but Spartans still finish with a Solid 7th Coach Scott Hammers goals for their final meet of the year were simple. Let the “future” get some “big meet” experience, have the seniors finish their careers strong, and have a lot of fun. Mission accomplished. On a day where there were almost as many Spartans out sick as there were running, the West Bend West Boys team still managed to finish strong in 7th place at the Arrowhead Sectional. Fifth ranked Arrowhead and 9th ranked Germantown were able to get through to State. But Coach Hammer was pleased that the team still finished ahead of all other WLT teams competing in the sectional (Hartford, Slinger, Oconomowoc and WB East), despite missing two of their top runners all season, Ben Skurek and Noah Eichner. “With so many of our top runners out ill, it would have been easy for the remaining guys to just shut it down for the season,” said Hammer. “But to their credit, they went out and put together a pretty impressive performance in my eyes.” Two seniors, running in their last races, led the way for Hammer’s Spartans. Nic Lache ran his best race in two years, completing the 5k in a season best 17:41 and finishing 21st. Sam Eichner (29th, 17:54) followed close behind. Following the seniors was a tight pack of juniors and freshman AJ Emerich, who got his first taste of varsity cross country on a pretty big stage. “I wanted Lache, Sam, Gor and Stoll to approach this race the same way they did Conference,” said Hammer. “Since Mason and Josh both have varsity experience under their belts, I just told AJ to stick to Mason’s hip and to not get too excited.”

Boys Pl

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Sectionals

Time

21

12

Nic Lache

17:41

29

12

Sam Eichner

17:54

42

11

Ryne Goralski

18:20

44

11

Eric Stoll

18:22

49

11

Mason Petrin

18:31

51

9

AJ Emerich

18:31

70

11

Josh Ulickey

19:32

Top 5 Average

18:09

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2

(9)

Arrowhead

46

Germantown

59

3

Menomonee Falls

89

4

Homestead

95

5

Hamilton

137

6

Cedarburg

157

7

West Bend West

185

8

Hartford

201

The pack finished in the middle of the race results. Ryne Goralski (42, 18:20) and Eric Stoll (44th, 18:22) were followed closely by Mason Petrin (49th, 18:31) and AJ Emerich (51st, 18:31). Hammer noted that Emerich’s race was his 3rd PR in eight days, and that his time of 18:31 places him 19th on the list of all-time fastest Spartan freshman 5K run-

Uebersetzig Narrowly Misses Trip to State PR’s by 34 seconds, Team Takes 4th In Brutal Arrowhead Sectional Pl

Gr

Sectionals

Time

9

10

Taylor Uebersetzig

15:26

21

9

Molly Hertz

16:00

32

11

Raina Wedeward

16:33

34

10

Candice Wayne

16:45

36

12

Jenny Lemminger

16:51

38

9

Eden Rogers

16:57

48

9

Kayla Janto

17:09

Top 5 Average

16:11

1

(2)

Homestead

59

2

(13)

Germantown

72

3

(4)

Arrowhead

76

4

West Bend West

132

5

Hamilton

138

6

Cedarburg

140

7

Oconomowoc

148

8

Slinger

199

You won’t find many runners around the state who dropped 34 seconds from an all-conference effort the week prior. But that’s exactly what Taylor Uebersetzig did at the Arrowhead Sectional last Saturday. She covered the course in 15:26, one of the fastest times ever by a Spartan sophomore...but it was one place and two seconds shy of earning an individual trip to State in Wisconsin Rapids this weekend. As she has all season, Uebersetzig led the Lady Spartans to another impressive finish. Despite having two of their top 6 runners out or running with the flu, the team finished 4th behind three teams ranked in the state’s top 13 teams. Homestead (2nd) and Germantown (13th) edged Arrowhead (4th) for the two trips to State. While West was a rather distant 4th place, they still made a statement by again beating conference rivals Ocononomowoc and Slinger, as well as taking down a Cedarburg team they’d lost to twice earlier in the season. “There have been so many students out of school, the girls did a good job of trying to stay healthy and strong,” noted Coach Naomi Fulton. Molly Hertz finished her stellar freshman year by finishing 21st in a season PR of 16:00. Then came the Spartan pack of Raina Wedeward (32nd, 16:34), Candice (Continued on page 6)

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Wayne (34th, 16:46), Jenny Lemminger (36th, 16:52), and Eden Rogers (38th, 16:58). The veterans in the group, Lemminger and Wedeward, showed great leadership by setting career and season PRs respectively in route to helping the Spartans to their impressive finish. “I am so proud of the entire team and was honored to coach them this year,” said Fulton. “Homestead has a very strong program right now, but they lose three of their top five...watch for those Spartans come 2010!” Left: The future looks bright for team MVP Taylor Uebersetzig and the young Lady Spartans.

Did You Know? * Taylor Uebersetzig finished the regular season with the 25th fastest time and 42nd fastest “Top 3 Average” on the state’s sophomore honor roll (compiled by www.wi-track.com). * Besides the State Meet in Wisconsin Rapids this weekend, there is some other nearby action in the college ranks. UW-Whitewater hosts the WIAC Conference Cross Country Championships, while Marquette hosts the Big East Conference Championships at UW-Parkside. * Megan Duwell finished 3rd at Pre-Nationals a few weeks ago and travels to Penn State for this weekend’s Big Ten Championships * Your season doesn’t have to be over. The Footlocker Midwest Regional will again be held at UWParkside on November 28. Visit http://footlockercc.com/midwest/ for more details. * You can get 20% off of your order on www.eastbay.com up until November 2nd with the following code - LKS19T52

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