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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is offering Financial Front, a free financial planning session for veterans and their families this fall. Participants will be asked to attend a large-group orientation on one of three dates:  Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.;  or Thursday, Oct. 5, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  They will then be matched with a financial advisor from their region for a one-on-one appointment.

 

Thursday, 08 September 2016 16:03

UW-Whitewater fishing club catching on fast

He isn’t alone, but Jared Matacynski has been a lifelong fisherman thanks to his father.

“I grew up around it … my dad was a big walleye fisherman,” said Matacynski, a Wausau West graduate who has spent a lot of time on the Wisconsin River. “But when I was 6 or 7, I saw these guys in a bass tournament on TV and learned you could go pro. So, I’ve had a passion for bass fishing ever since.”

He and about 40 other dues-paying members form the Fishing Club at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Matacynski is the organization’s vice president and one of about 15 guys who are the most active and regularly participate in weekend trips during the fall and spring seasons. They then compete in tournaments against other schools around the Midwest during the summer.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team returns 14 starters from a squad that reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, finishing 12-2 overall in 2015.

UW-Whitewater has won nine of the last 11 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and six of the past nine NCAA Division III championships.

League coaches and athletic communications personnel have anointed the Warhawks league favorite again after they finished 6-1 last year and a game behind UW-Oshkosh in their first year under coach Kevin Bullis.

Much has changed since Allan Sherman penned his Grammy-winning “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” in 1963, a jingle about the fictional Camp Granada that he based on his son’s actual letters home while attending summer camp.

However, parents can rest easy when it comes to youth sports camps because the Stateline area boasts topnotch facilities and instructors.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s athletic camps began June 19 and run through Aug. 5, with options including wrestling, bowling, gymnastics, volleyball, football, tennis, basketball, wheelchair hoops, soccer and cross-country.

It was another banner year for Stateline area athletes and teams in 2015, and this year we are splitting up the many highlights.

This week’s Sports page will focus on girls/women’s accomplishments from the past calendar year. In our first issue of the new year, it will be the boys/men’s turn in the spotlight.

So, here are some of the best stories that made the news during the past 12 months, not necessarily in any order, although the first entry gets the nod for the No. 1 spot.

Whitewater basketball

It was the fourth straight season that a Stateline area team from the Rock Valley Conference qualified for the WIAA Division 3 girls state basketball tournament.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- They may have a new leader, but the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater remains the team that everybody in NCAA Division III football is hunting.

The Warhawks won their second straight and sixth national championship in eight years last December. And they start their 2015 campaign on Sept. 12 at Belhaven, Mississippi, with college football’s longest winning streak at 32 games. They are ranked in the top three of three preseason polls, including No. 1 by D3football.com.

UW-Whitewater must replace such standouts as quarterback Matt Behrendt, wide receivers Jake Kumerow and Justin Howard, defensive back Brady Grayvold, defensive back and Delavan-Darien alum Marcus McLin and defensive lineman Mykaell Bratchett.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- No one has deeper roots in their community or stronger family ties than the Harmses of Whitewater.

Gary Harms has worked at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 1985, and his wife, Judy, has coached the Whitewater High School girls basketball team since 2000.

Their daughters, Leah and Kelsey, played for their mother, who led the Whippets to the WIAA Division 3 state title last spring, and are employed at UW-Whitewater, where Kelsey is finishing her degree in early childhood and special education.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sam Novak set two goals upon starting his collegiate soccer career. And while it may not be evident to the casual observer, the results prove he has realized both of them.

“My biggest improvements have to be speed and strength,” Novak said. “I think I’ve gained about 25 pounds of muscle since my senior year of high school.”

The Milton High School graduate and senior-to-be at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater earned second-team Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors his first two seasons with the Warhawks and made the first team last fall.

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