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Full-page commemorative posters will be included in the Nov. 13, 2016 Walworth County Sunday, honoring the Comets and Elks trips to the WIAA state soccer tournament.

The Rock Valley Conference has announced its season honorees in football, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country:

Football

First Team Offense

Quarterbacks: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, Jr.; Zach Mielke, Evansville/Albany, Jr.

Running backs: Peyton Pope, Clinton, Sr.; Owen Goedland, East Troy, Sr.; Brennen Banks, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Receivers: Pedro Sierra, Big Foot, Jr.; Jackson Erickson, Edgerton, Sr.; Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater, Jr.

Tight ends: Hayden Reese, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Johnny Espinoza, Clinton, Sr.

Linemen: Brandon Malkow, Beloit Turner, Jr.; Jared Hansen, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.;

Austin Lynd, Clinton, Sr.; Tony Ward, Clinton, Sr.; Chris Storandt, East Troy, Jr.;

Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Athletes: Jordan Jones, Clinton, Sr.; Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Second Team Offense

Quarterbacks: Matt Schmitt, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Tyler Halsted, Clinton, Jr.

Running backs: Ethan Burns, Turner, Sr.; Jack Speckman, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.;

Zach Krause, Clinton, Jr.

Receivers: Jake Heidenreich, Big Foot, Jr.; Juan Reyes, Turner, Jr.; Noah Nyffler, East Troy, Sr.

Tight ends: Sam Behm, Turner, Sr.; Beau Cary, Big Foot, Sr.

Linemen: Phyllip Brown, Turner, Jr.; Danny Carpenter, Big Foot, Jr.; Clayton Hahn, Clinton, Jr.; John Marschke, East Troy, So.; Ethan Richardson, Edgerton, Sr.; Austin Anderson, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Offensive Players of the Year: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, and Brennen Banks, Evansville/Albany

Backs of the Year: Jordan Jones, Clinton, and Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany

Defensive Player of the Year: Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany

Lineman of the Year: Owen Goedland, East Troy

Coach of the Year: Jeff Spiwak, Clinton, and Ron Grovesteen, Evansville/Albany

First Team Defense  

Ends: Olihn Craig, Big Foot, Sr.; Cole Ciochon, Clinton, Sr.; Brody Maag, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Linemen: Tyler Burt, Turner, Sr.; Jared Hansen, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Manny Clotiere, Clinton, Sr.; Owen Goedland, East Troy, Sr.; Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Linebackers: Connor Mullooly, Clinton, Jr.; Devin Nipple, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Sam Behm, Turner, Sr.; Mason Malzahn, East Troy, Sr.

Defensive backs: Brekan Day, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.; Jordan Jones, Clinton, Sr.; Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Zach Krause, Clinton, Jr.

Second Team Defense

Ends: Nick Damman, Clinton, Sr.

Linemen: Jake Pieper, East Troy, Jr.; Sean Cox, East Troy, Sr.; Ansel Chesney, Edgerton, Sr.; Noah Pagel, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Linebackers: Jac Christman, Big Foot, Sr.; Joe Stout, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Robert Billington, Clinton, Sr.; Ernesto Magana, Whitewater, Sr.; Skyler Stuckey, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Zachary Wienke, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater, Jr.

Defensive backs: Kasey Woodside, Big Foot, Sr.; Jackson Erickson, Edgerton, Sr.; Demetrios Heniadis, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

First Team Special Teams

Kicker: Kade Gransee, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Punter: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, Jr.

Second Team Special Teams

Kicker: Emiliano Reyes, Turner, So.

Punter: Kade Gransee, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Honorable mention

Edgerton: Mason Simmons, So.; Jaden Johnson, So.

Evansville/Albany: Nate Kleiboer, Jr.; Otis Johnson, Sr.; Brock Gilkes, Sr.

East Troy: Jacob Mast, Jr.; Sam Goral, Sr.; Chase Coleman, Jr.

Whitewater: Daniel Fuller, Jr.; Manny Alwin, Sr.; Will Leibbrand, Fr.

Big Foot: Brennan Malone, Sr.; Devon Rankins, Sr.; Tucker Milligan, Big Foot, Jr.

Brodhead/Juda: Jeffrey Williams, So.; Parker Johnson, Jr.; Trent Davis, Jr.

Clinton: Austin Beaumont, Jr.; Eric Paschke, Jr.; Kenny Ballmer, Jr.

Turner: Sereno Ferone, Jr.; Josh Fell, Sr.; Giovanni Haney, Sr.

Volleyball

North Division

First Team

Brianna Scuric, East Troy; Kellan Schmidt, Edgerton; Ashlyn Oren, Edgerton; Matison Jakscht, East Troy; Becca Cronin, Evansville; Miranda Karlen, Evansville

Second Team

Izzy Martino, East Troy; Maggie Lawrence, Edgerton; Julian Friedrichs, East Troy;

Bethany Oren, Edgerton

Co-Player of Year: Brianna Scuric, East Troy

Honorable mention

Edgerton: Kathleen Reilly, Jessica Danks

East Troy: Natalee Bearce, Katie Zewiske

Evansville: Samantha Kessenich, Trisha Louis

Whitewater: Catherine Yang, Kate Riemer

South Division

First Team

Abbey Johnson, Brodhead, So.; Gloria Esarco, Big Foot, Sr.; Kampbell Hehr, Big Foot, So.; Camila Hallmann, Turner, Jr.; Chandra Clark, Brodhead, Jr.; Sophia Foster, Big Foot, So.; Nicole Chrislaw, Clinton, Jr.

Second Team

Payton Courier, Big Foot, Jr.; Kenzie Krizmanich, Turner, Sr.; Jordan Bobek, Big Foot, Sr.; Sami Gonfiantini, Turner, Sr.; Reagan Watts, Parkview, Sr.; Abby Peterson, Big Foot, So.; Baily Kloepefer, Parkview, Sr.; Becca Smith, Parkview, Sr.

Player of the Year: Abbey Johnson, Brodhead

Honorable Mention

Big Foot: Kennedy Hehr, Sr.

Brodhead: Brooke Malcook, Sr.

Clinton: Kallie Inman, So.

Palmyra-Eagle: Maleny Neubauer, Jr.; Brittany Neuman, Jr.

Parkview: Abby Harnack, Sr.

Turner: Makenna Lauterbach, So.

Boys Soccer

First Team

Midfielders: Juan Mercado, Big Foot, Sr.; Kevin Garcia, Evansville, Jr.

Defenders: Heath Dillenbeck, Big Foot, Jr.; Denver Roberts, East Troy, Jr.; Dineth Gunawardena, Whitewater, Sr.

Goalie: Lars Larsen, Big Foot, Sr.

Utility: Peyton Townsend, Evansville, Jr.

Second Team

Midfielders: Lewis Kim, Edgerton, Jr.; Ryan Christens, Evansville, Sr.; Eder Lavariega, Big Foot, Jr.; Jake Walton, Whitewater, Sr.

Forwards: Brian Reyes, Whitewater, Sr.

Defenders: Owen Wagner, Evansville, So.; Michael Ferraro, Edgerton, Jr.; Thomas McManaway, Whitewater, Sr.

Goalie: Nic Blair, East Troy, Sr.

Utility: Vince Baxter, East Troy, Sr.

Honorable mention

Big Foot: Hamilton Smith, Sr.; Cory Shea, Sr.

East Troy: Max Oldenburg, Sr.; Jared Paullin, Sr.

Edgerton: Ryan Tronnes, So.; Donovan Cone, Jr.

Evansville: Kyle Roth, Sr.; Andy Forster, Sr.

Whitewater: Sergio Falcon, Sr.; Roberto Soto, Sr.

Girls Golf

First Team

Makenzie Suhr, Edgerton, So.; Sofi Gonstead, Clinton, Jr.

Second Team

Johanna Brown, Edgerton, Jr.; Hannah Miller, T urner, Sr.; Mali Kruckenberg, Edgerton, So.

Cross Country

First Team Boys

Evan Harding, East Troy, Sr.; Jacob Korf, Whitewater, Jr.; Benedict Gallagher, Evansville, So.; Jacob Smith, East Troy, So.

Second Team Boys

Alex Dias, Parkview, Sr.; Michael Hatter, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.; Nathan Fox, East Troy, So.; Tommy Schueller, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.; Evan Spencer, Parkview, Jr.; Reuben Larson, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.

Honorable mention

Nate Ciabatti, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Tommy Larson, East Troy, Fr.; Jordan Laatz, Clinton, So.; Matt Mattingly, Whitewater, Sr.; Brice Enright, Clinton, Jr.; Ryen Hazzard, Edgerton, Fr.; Aidan Coburn, Whitewater, Fr.  

First Team Girls

Madison Desing, East Troy, Fr.; Ella Rondeau, East Troy, Fr.; Allisan Barrett, Whitewater, Jr.; Christina Nolting, East Troy, Fr.; Zanzie Demco, Big Foot, Jr.; Maddie Harding  Brodhead/Juda, Jr.

Second Team Girls       

McKenzie Fillner, Evansville, Fr.; Ava Schroeder, Evansville, Fr.; Antonia Bartolotta, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.; Madison Rosin, East Troy, Sr.; Holly Pedersen, Palmyra-Eagle, Sr.; Nicole Tomomitsu, Whitewater, So.; Cora Purdue, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.

Honorable mention

Carissa Purdue, Brodhead/Juda, Fr.; Morgan Bartlett, East Troy, So.; Jackie Rosa, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The universe captured on glass plates, with the earliest images dating over a century ago -- from photographs of Halley’s comet to the Andromeda galaxy -- have added layers of data to research for astronomers like Wayne Osborn. An extensive collection of these plates can be found at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, where Osborn has been making it his job to ensure their preservation.

Born in Los Angeles, Osborn and his family crisscrossed California while he was growing up. He moved across the country during his graduate studies, ending up with a doctorate degree in astronomy at Yale University.

43rd Assembly District

Allison M. Hetz, Republican

Age: 23

Address: 343 S. Janesville St. Whitewater

Job: General employee, Straight Forward

Education: Graduate, Badger High School, 2011; student, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, present

Community service: Food drive volunteer, Jitters Coffee House volunteer, trash cleanup volunteer around the Whitewater community, voter registration deputy, election poll worker

Publicly held positions: UW-Whitewater student body president, 2015-’16

What should be done to fix Wisconsin’s transportation funding gap and why? We need to lay all of our options out on the table. Wisconsin is known for our tourism industry and for agriculture. Both require maintained roadways. I believe we need to maintain what we have first and make sure we aren’t wasting money. For example, in the city of Whitewater we have a bridge that currently goes to nowhere. I do not want to see anymore taxpayer money wasted. We need to make sure expansion projects are needed and that what is currently in place is in good condition first.

Wisconsin school districts are going to referendum in droves. Should the state consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts? Why or why not? This is an issue that we certainly need to take a look at. We need to fund our K-12 schools while at the same time protect our homeowners from a massive increase in property taxes. As far as the referendums are concerned, I believe in more local control and the fact that voters will be able to decide whether to give schools in their area more funds.

What do you see as the major issue in this campaign? There are several issues my campaign focuses on, but one particular issue is education funding. K-12 schools need to be adequately funded. These kids will be the next titans of industry and are the leaders of tomorrow. If they cannot do basic math, our state and our country will be in bad shape. On top of that, the UW system needed some cuts to be made, however, we need to stop cutting our assets, which is why I do not want to see further cuts to the universities in Wisconsin. But I do believe student debt is a huge problem that we are not addressing. I am very much in favor of furthering the tuition freeze while we sort out how to help young adults in our state.

Don Vruwink, Democrat

Age: 64

Address: 24 W. Ash Lane, Milton

Job: Retired teacher

Education: Bachelor’s degree in broadfield social studies and political science with minors in history and coaching, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1975; master’s degree in history, UW-Whitewater, 1986

Community service: 20-year member of Milton Park and Recreation Committee, founding member of Milton Optimist Club, member of Milton Historical Society, member of the Milton Gathering Place, member of the Milton Historical Preservation Committee

Publicly elected positions: Milton City Council, 2011 to 2015; city council president, 2014-’15; Milton School Board, present

What should be done to fix Wisconsin’s transportation funding gap and why? The harsh reality is that due to years of shortsighted budgeting and planning by legislators and the governor, our road transportation infrastructure is crumbling. I am encouraged to hear current legislative leaders from both parties acknowledge the need to increase revenue for our roads budget. However, it is disappointing to hear the governor continue to say he won’t consider increased revenue for roads by way of a gas tax increase. Nobody likes to increase any taxes, but when local roads are falling apart, townships are reverting to gravel and our highways and bridges need repair; we need to make tough decisions.

It was a mistake by the Legislature to end the gas tax indexing a decade ago, and it’s time to reinstate gas tax indexing to allow for future growth. I will be willing to discuss a gas tax increase and other revenue options to address our road infrastructure problems.


Wisconsin school districts are going to referendum in droves. Should the state consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts? Why or why not? Yes, the state should consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts. Act 10 has caused school districts across Wisconsin to rely on referendums to simply meet operating costs. More and more, districts are passing referendums because community members acknowledge the benefit of successful schools. An investment in local schools is an investment in the local economy, as companies considering where to build, relocate or expand weigh the quality of local schools in their decisions. Ensuring access to good education is an investment in the future success of our state. I dedicated my career to public education and have a lifetime of experience seeing the many benefits that good schools bring to their communities.


What do you see as the major issue in this campaign? I believe investing in our schools and fixing transportation are two critical issues.

I also believe the Legislature cannot properly represent the people of Wisconsin when the current majority has worked to isolate and shield the Legislature from public scrutiny and accountability. I am running to be a strong advocate for good government. I want to take a page out of former Sen. Tim Cullen’s handbook and continue a steady drumbeat in favor of nonpartisan redistricting reform. I am an ardent supporter of maintaining and strengthening Wisconsin’s open records laws and find it shameful that the current majority has attempted to weaken open records laws. I will fight to restore transparency and accountability to state government.

 Special section: Vote 2016 is HERE.

Friday, 28 October 2016 09:21

Local teens star in high school productions

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The plays taking center stage on Walworth County high schools next month showcase some wonderful theater, with several presenting familiar stories given a new twist.

Big Foot High School

Audience members will see a familiar fairy tale turned on its head with “The Cinderella Complex” at the newly remodeled auditorium at Big Foot High School, said director Rachel Wenndt.  

Clinton Anderson, Democrat

Age: 22

Address: 1679 Prairie Ave., Beloit

Job: College student

Education: Graduate, Beloit Memorial High School, 2011; associate degree, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, 2016; student, UW Whitewater, present

Community service: Youth hockey coach in Beloit, 2014 to present

Publicly held positions: none

What should be done to fix Wisconsin’s transportation funding gap and why? We can move money in the budget for transportation funding. We also may have to propose a slight increase in the gas tax. People are very disappointed that our infrastructure is so poor in Wisconsin. Our roads should be a high priority this legislative session.

Wisconsin school districts are going to referendum in droves. Should the state consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts? Why or why not? We should definitely consider it. The revenue cap has not been keeping up with the needs of the schools. Class sizes have increased, programs are getting cut and school resources are negatively impacted. We need to invest in our children’s education. The decrease in revenue has been hurting our children.

What do you see as the major issue in this campaign? There are many issues people have addressed to me. One that has been mentioned is clean government. People are not pleased with politicians working for their party and not for their constituents. They want nonpartisan redistricting and our government to be more ethical.

I would like to limit the time frame that bills can be proposed. We should also limit when they can take a vote on legislation.

Amy Loudenbeck, Republican

Age: 47

Address: 10737 S. Wisconsin Highway 140, Clinton

Job: Legislator and part-time farmer

Education: bachelor of arts in international relations and political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991

Publicly held positions: State representative, 2011 to present; town of Clinton supervisor, 2010 to 2012

What should be done to fix Wisconsin’s transportation funding gap and why? Sustainable, equitable and adequate funding for transportation infrastructure is critical.  As a member of the Joint Finance Committee, I will fight for the timely completion of Interstate 39/90 and for additional investment in local roads, bridges and highways. The solution must balance expenditures and revenues, just like a family budget.

I have been analyzing alternative funding mechanisms that could derive more revenue from all users of Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure system, including nonresidents, to ensure any solution does not place an undue burden on Wisconsin motorists. I also am eagerly awaiting the results of the DOT audit that was required by the Legislature to ensure that we identify and implement all potential cost-saving measures.

Wisconsin school districts are going to referendum in droves. Should the state consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts? Why or why not? I am in favor of providing additional state support to our local school districts. In the upcoming legislative session I will work to ensure these resources are invested in educating our students and do not get absorbed by administrative overhead, redundant programs and nonacademic expenditures.

I will fight to ensure that increases in school funding are provided without raising the property tax burden on our families. This can be accomplished by providing either additional categorical aid or general school aid to local districts.

What do you see as the major issue in this campaign? Obviously, transportation funding and funding for K-12 education are major issues. State support for infrastructure and educating our children are important investments in the future to ensure Wisconsin long-term fiscal health and ability to remain competitive in a global economy.

Another major priority that I am committed to working on is supporting safe, prosperous communities. Safe communities, with appropriate infrastructure and amenities, provide the quality of life Wisconsin residents expect, while providing ample economic opportunities. This is truly critical as Wisconsin competes in a global marketplace, not only for business expansions and job creation, but also attracting and retaining the best and brightest to fill our workforce.

Special section: Vote 2016 is HERE.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 14:31

Vote 2016: School referendums on the rise

The presidential contest might be grabbing election headlines but in some area communities, school referendums are taking center stage on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Although the dynamics driving referendums are different in Illinios than they are in Wisconsin, funding for schools continues to put pressure on some district budgets.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In Wisconsin, 42 percent of the state’s households have adults who go to work every day but aren’t sure they’ll be able to put dinner on the table tonight for their families, pay the electric bill this month or buy prescription drugs to manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure.

The findings are the result of a United Way of Wisconsin report released in September on the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE. Often referred to as the working poor, these are people who don’t fall under the poverty level but can’t afford basic necessities.

Friday, 07 October 2016 10:32

Nurturing the native landscape

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Mariette Nowak believes making a positive impact on the environment is as close as your backyard.

The former director of the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County, and recently retired planning commission member in the town of Troy -- where she now lives -- says by planting native trees, shrubs and plants, people cultivate a biodiversity that affects not just a neighborhood, but the world.

Native plants create a healthy ecosystem for birds and bees, which, in turn, create a healthy ecosystem for humans, says Nowak, a naturalist with degrees in botany and zoology. She’s also the president of the Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones, a national native gardening organization.

People wanting to know more about native gardening that attracts birds and butterflies can turn to her book, “Birdscaping,” where they might be surprised by the variety of flora in the state, including the blooming prickly pear, a cactus that is native to Wisconsin.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dave Saalsa remembers walking his dogs one evening across the wooded lawns of Whitewater’s Hillside Cemetery when the animals suddenly stopped and stood stock-still. He glanced up to see what the dogs were watching so intently, but nothing looked amiss. Then he spotted it.

“Right across from a crypt, I saw this full-bodied apparition of a woman. She was floating up the hill,” Saalsa said.

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