Athlete’s name: Kortni Grenawalt
School: Parkview High School
Honors/recognition for each sport: Freshman -- letter winner in softball; Sophomore -- team captain in basketball, letter winner in poms, first team all-conference, most improved player and offensive player of the year in softball, earning letter; Junior -- letter winner on poms; first team all-conference, Most Valuable Player, Golden Glove and letter winner in softball; Senior -- team captain in softball
Stats/highlights: 21-game hitting streak sophomore year as leadoff hitter, sophomore batting average of .404 and junior batting average of .426
Describe yourself on/off the field: On the field, I use my playing experience to show leadership and help encourage the other girls to become all-around better players. Both on and off the field I am dedicated to my work and sport. Off the field I would say that I’m just a typical high school senior looking forward to graduation and moving on to college!
How did you get started playing your favorite sports: I began playing softball at T-ball age. I only played one year and didn’t play the next because I didn’t like it. But I gave it another try and it’s been my passion since. I played basketball from about first grade through my sophomore year. I was also on the football poms squad for my sophomore and junior years.
Who are your biggest influences/role models and why: My dad, Matt Grenawalt, because he’s pushed me and motivated me to work harder. He’s the one that taught me the value of the weight room and working hard year-round. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of each of my coaches since I was little. But I definitely wouldn’t be the player I am today without having my dad by my side all these years.
Most memorable moment(s) in high school sports: The best times are the team bonding nights. Nothing tops the memories we make those nights! But we can’t really talk about them here.
What advice would you give younger athletes about competing at the high school and/or collegiate levels: If you want to achieve success, you need to make yourself better. When your coach tells you to get in the weight room, listen. Even though it’s a team sport, only you can make yourself better. If you work hard, hopefully others will follow you. You are playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back.
Your nickname, if any: Dump, George, Kort or Half-Kort
Favorite athlete(s): (Softball players) Jenny Finch and Monica Abbot, Aaron Rodgers
Favorite team(s): Madison College Wolfpack softball, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, all Wisconsin Badger teams.
Any other hobbies outside of sports: Being with my friends or teammates. I’m an animal lover. I love to watch movies with my family.
Post-high school plans: I’m going to Madison College to play softball. I plan general studies and then transfer to UW-Madison or UW-Platteville to earn a degree in engineering.
He could not have written a better script for the 2015-’16 season, accomplishing one of the top individual honors while reaching the ultimate team goal.
Now it’s up to Lawrence Cornellier and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s hockey team to do it again.
The Pointers claimed the school’s fifth national championship, and first since 1993, in late March. And the 6-foot, 170-pound junior led NCAA Division III players with 23 goals scored.
His game is all about speed and athleticism. After all, it says so right in his name: Daytona Bryden.
His father, Scott, is a big-time stock car fan. However, baseball always has been No. 1 with his son, who races around diamonds rather than tracks.
Bryden is the starting center fielder and leadoff batter for another strong team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. John Vodenlich’s perennial powerful Warhawks were off to a 14-1 start heading into this past Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader against Concordia University of Chicago and were ranked No. 2 according to D3baseball.com.
She didn’t join the fraternity until five years ago. However, Jessica Garcia will compete in the ultimate event for long-distance runners, the historic Boston Marathon.
The 120th rendition of the race will be Monday, April 18.
And although the 2004 Janesville Craig High School graduate has been tested numerous times since taking the proverbial leap of faith into the world of endurance athletics, this special race tests participants’ will in unique ways.
“I’ve had friends who’ve participated, including my (running) partner in crime, Jen Skelly, and Jason Penticoff,” Garcia said. “I remember Jen coming back and the next day saying, ‘You have to run Boston.’ She had this glow and energy about her.”
BELOIT -- Nobody appreciates history more than Kim Fischer. And nobody loves baseball, especially the minor league variety, more than the Chicago area native.
Fischer has lived in Huntley, Illinois, since 2004, a year after retiring from a career as a history teacher. He attended his first Midwest League game in 1990, watching the nearby Kane County Cougars.
“My friend said I would like it up in Beloit, so I attended a game up there,” Fischer said. “I slowly got more and more interested, but for me it got really big in the mid-1990s. I’m a lifelong (Chicago) Cubs fan, so I went over to Rockford a lot when their team played there. But I saw Beloit more and more, and then the Cubs left (for Peoria).
He didn’t pick the short straw and his new teammates didn’t step backward while head coach Scott Lee was looking for a center at the first basketball practice.
Joe Freeman became UW-Rock County’s starting post player because Lee simply had no other choices. Freeman’s unselfishness and talent helped the 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pounder overcome serious height and size disadvantages in the middle.
Freeman’s team-first attitude and performance were big reasons why the Rattlers finished 19-8 while winning the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference championship after whipping UW-Waukesha, 109-98, in the league tournament semifinals and disposing of top-seeded UW-Marathon, 88-82, in the title showdown Feb. 21.
Anticipation for March Madness is reaching a fever pitch as Stateline area teams gear up for the WIAA boys basketball postseason, which culminates March 17-19 at the Kohl Center in Madison from Thursday through Saturday.
Regional action begins Tuesday, March 1, for schools not receiving first-round byes, while everybody joins the fray on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5.
Sectionals in all five divisions are scheduled Thursday and Saturday, March 10 and March 12.
Here is a rundown of what’s going on with Stateline area teams in WIAA postseason competitions this week.
Janesville Craig/Parker, the third seed, knocked off second-seeded Milwaukee Marquette on Tuesday, 5-3, and advanced to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. sectional championship against top-seeded Waukesha North at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena in Delafield.
The Rock County Fury, the No. 3 seed, posted a 3-1 victory in their opener and upended second-seeded Onalaska, 3-2 in overtime, on the road. The Fury advanced to Saturday night’s sectional final against top-seeded Middleton, a showdown that will be played at the Madison Ice Arena at 8 p.m.
State individual wrestling
Competitions at the Kohl Center in Madison will be held Thursday through Saturday. Here are the Stateline area qualifiers:
106: Dalton Shea, Jr., Milton (44-5)
113: Benji Peak, So, Elkhorn (29-3)
126: Robby Mutimer, Sr., Badger (36-8)
132: Tristan Woods, Sr., Milton (36-7)
152: Bryce Jacobson, Jr., Elkhorn (38-6)
160: Aristide Serrano, Sr., Janesville Craig (43-3)
170: Billy Pitzner, Jr., Milton (45-4)
182: Nathan Crayton, So,, Burlington (28-8)
195: Logan Murdy, Jr., Janesville Parker (31-1)
220: Hegeman Tiedt, Sr., Burlington (40-4)
285: Richard Heidemann, Jr., Elkhorn (21-6); Cole Mikrut, Sr., Badger (39-2)
120: Travis Berryman, Jr., Big Foot/Williams Bay (34-11); Cody Vogel, Sr., East Troy (44-4)
126: Chase Katzenmeyer, Jr., Evansville/Albany (35-3)
132: Nolan Kicmol, So., Evansville/Albany (39-3)
138: Anthony Bivens, Jr., Turner (38-9); Gabe Braam, Sr., East Troy (33-10
145: Chase Coleman, So., East Troy (32-18); Jordan Meyer, Sr., Evansville/Albany (40-1)
160: Jeremy Dedick, Sr., East Troy (43-6)
170: Max Reid, Sr., Whitewater (33-10)
195: Lucius Rinehart, Jr., Evansville/Albany (39-2)
220: Tyler Burt, Jr., Turner (39-7)
106: Jackson Hauri, Fr., Parkview (42-3)
182: Patrick Engen, Sr., Parkview (41-4)
The postseason kicks off with sectional meets across the state, including the Division 1 event at Waukesha West and the D-2 event at Southwestern.
Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker will be in Waukesha for action that kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Joining them are the co-op teams of Badger/Burlington/Catholic Central/Union Grove/Wilmot and Mukwonago/East Troy/Kettle Moraine.
In Division 2, Elkhorn, Milton and Whitewater are in the field for a sectional that begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The race for coveted spots in the WIAA girls state basketball tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay begins this week.
Regional action begins Tuesday, Feb. 23, for schools not receiving first-round byes, while everybody joins the fray on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.
Sectionals in all five divisions are scheduled Thursday and Saturday, March 3 and March 5.
The Final Fours will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 10 through March 12, in Titletown.
Milton in Division 1 and Evansville/Albany in D-2 were defeated in the WIAA team sectionals on Tuesday, falling to Stoughton and River Valley, respectively.
However, their top grapplers and dozens of others from around the Stateline area qualified for individual sectionals, which will be held Saturday.
Those who advanced from last weekend’s regional competitions are listed here according to their seedings:
106: 2. Dalton Shea, Milton; 4. Grant Truesdale, Elkhorn; 6. Beau LaDu, Badger; 8. Byron Simons, Delavan-Darien
113: 2. Benji Peak, Elkhorn; 4. Brett Perkins, Janesville Parker; 8. Edwin Chavez, Beloit Memorial
120: 2. Daniel Stilling, Elkhorn; 4. Nathan Ellis, Janesville Craig; 6. Michael Sanders, Badger; 8. Tyler Kersten, Milton
126: 2. Robby Mutimer, Badger; 4. Levi Garrett, Milton; 6. Nate Farrell, Janesville Craig; 8. Tyler Curtis-Dupuis, Beloit Memorial
132: 2. Tristan Woods, Milton; 4. Ethan Smith, Janesville Craig; 6. Stevie Kraus, Badger; 8. James Welsh, Elkhorn
138: 2. Vince Digennaro, Milton; 4. Dyvonne Thornton, Janesville Parker; 6. Nate Otero, Badger
145: 4. Nick Richards, Milton; 6. Douglas Reuss, Badger; 8. Gerardo Badillo, Beloit Memorial
152: 2. Michael Peter, Badger; 4. Bryce Jacobson, Elkhorn; 6. Evan Whitehead, Milton
160: 2. Aristide Serrano, Janesville Craig; 4. Konnor Mohr, Elkhorn; 6. Taylor Prochazka, Milton; 8. Chase Craig, Badger
170: 2. Billy Pitzner, Milton; 4. Logan Baker, Janesville Craig; 6. George Somerville, Badger; 8. Riley Remington, Elkhorn
182: 2. Nick Halpin, Badger; 4. Everett Washington, Janesville Craig; 6. Izaiah Jones, Janesville Parker; 8. Jerry Lipke, Milton
195: 2. Logan Murdy, Janesville Parker; 4. Marquel Johnson, Beloit Memorial; 6. Reggie Kelly, Badger; 8. Kyle Zucaro, Milton
220: 2. Jordan Barr, Elkhorn; 4. Nicholas Knaub, Janesville Craig; 8. Saul Gomez, Badger
285: 2. Cole Mikrut, Badger; 4. Richard Heidemann, Elkhorn; 6. Keeanu Benton, Janesville Craig; 8. Tom Rakestraw, Milton
New Berlin West Sectional
113: 6. Zack Weiler, Burlington
120: 8. Luke Iverson, Burlington
126: 6. Jared Bird, Burlington
160: 4. Lance Otter, Burlington
182: 4. Nathan Crayton, Burlington
220: 2. Hageman Tiedt, Burlington
Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional
106: 2. Joe Moede, East Troy
113: 4. Charlie Ward, East Troy
120: 3. Cody Vogel, East Troy; 8. Travis Berryman, Big Foot/Williams Bay
138: 8. Gabe Braam, East Troy
145: 2. Chase Coleman, East Troy
160: 3. Jeremy Dedick, East Troy; 8. Thomas McManaway, Whitewater
170: 5. Max Reid, Whitewater
182: 4. Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater
220: 2. Kyle Storandt, East Troy
Richland Center Sectional
106: 3. Jordan Miller, Edgerton; 8. Taylor Milz, Evansville/Albany
113: 2. Adam Staver, Evansville/Albany; 5. Seth Wisowaty, Clinton
120: 7. Blake Burns, Brodhead/Juda
126: 3. Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany
132: 5. Nolan Kicmol, Evansville/Albany
138: 7. Anthony Bivens, Beloit Turner
145: 3. Jordan Meyer, Evansville/Albany
152: 2. Giovanni Haney, Beloit Turner; 5. Tyler Schmidt, Evansville/Albany
160: 4. Tyler Hoesly, Brodhead/Juda
170: 3. Josh Christensen, Beloit Turner
182: 2. Shane Swing, Beloit Turner; 5. Dakota Ringhand, Evansville/Albany
195: 7. Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany
220: 8. Tyler Burt, Beloit Turner
285: 2. Dakota Taber, Brodhead/Juda
Mineral Point Sectional
106: 3. Jackson Haun, Parkview
120: 4. Conner Nolan, Parkview
126: 8. Collin Hatlevig, Parkview
145: 8. Aaron Hatlevig, Parkview
152: 5. Byron Brown, Parkview
160: 4. Gavon Brown, Parkview
182: 5. Patrick Engen, Parkview
120: 7. Ricky Smith, Palmyra-Eagle
152: 2. Connor Sullivan, Palmyra-Eagle
195: 4. Nate Sullivan, Palmyra-Eagle