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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Whitewater girls basketball coach Judy Harms couldn’t have worn a more appropriate T-shirt to a recent practice. The slogan on the back read, “Champions Are Not Born, They Are Made.”

Senior standout Sarah Schumacher fits into that mold, and she is a major reason why the Whippets should contend for another Rock Valley North Conference title this year despite the graduation of two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State pick Brooke Trewyn.

Schumacher made the league’s first team after being a second-team choice as a sophomore, registering 36 blocks, 52 steals, 295 points, 164 rebounds and 49 assists last year.

Harms said Schumacher, averaging 16.5 ppg through two games, was the only non-senior named to last year’s All-Walworth County squad and has committed herself to becoming a better player.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Junior dynamo Ashley Himmelmann makes Beloit Turner go

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STATELINE NEWS -- Ashley Himmelmann displays the attributes needed to lead the Beloit Turner girls basketball team’s up-tempo style on both ends of the floor.

The 5-foot-8 junior has speed, quickness, ball-handling skills, grit and determination. But arguably her top quality is her competitiveness, so much so that Trojans coach Scott Schleis tries to turn it back a notch or two.

“Ashley is a tremendous athlete and a true scorer who always wants to get to the basket,” said Schleis, starting his fourth season in his second stint at Turner. “She loves to play, but she’s always going 100 mph, and that’s part of the challenge. I have to reel her in a bit occasionally … she needs to learn when to turn it on and off and take what the opponent is giving her.”

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- They are nearly polar opposites in many ways, including physical stature and personality.

However, Tommy Wecker and Mitch Roberts share two important traits: They’re extremely competitive and they possess talent galore in the pool.

The Milton High School swimmers have qualified for the WIAA Division 2 boys meet the past two years and should represent the Red Hawks again.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Their worlds may be different, but people with disabilities tackle life with the same, or even more, gusto. It’s all about attitude and determination in overcoming obstacles.

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Student-athletes and staff members involved in wheelchair athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater prove that daily. And one of their main tools in dispelling myths, spreading awareness and breaking down barriers is the Cornerstones for Success program, which they have conducted throughout the Midwest for more than 15 years.

STATELINE NEWS -- Youth definitely will be served with the Rock County Fury girls hockey team this winter. So, coach Darrel Moore is relying heavily on two players to get his young squad through any rough stretches during a long season.

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And Bailey McKillips and Molly Gross welcome the challenge of their leadership roles.

McKillips, a defenseman, scored two goals and registered four assists for six points last year as the Fury finished 12-11-2 overall.

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