JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Participating in a school play or musical gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents, develop valuable life skills and escape reality for a while.
This weekend and the next several weekends are full of high school productions. Here’s what that talented teens in your neighborhood have in store:
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Students undecided about a career might want to consider agriculture, and plenty of people in the industry hope they do. The demand for employees in a wide variety of ag-related fields continues to outstrip the supply, said Jeff Hicken, agriculture education consultant and Wisconsin FFA adviser, and that has some leaders in the field worried.
Adding to the problem is an increasing shortage of experienced agriculture teachers as they retire and potential replacements choose more lucrative careers.
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
Three Stateline area teams are seeking WIAA state trophies this weekend, Milton in boys soccer and Burlington and East Troy in girls volleyball.
Here is a look at the roads they must travel:
Milton is making its third trip to state, the first in Division 2. The Red Hawks qualified in Division 1 in 2002 and 2008, losing their opener the first time and reaching the semifinals in ’08.
Milton enters the competitions at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee with a 14-5-2 record after winning the Waunakee Sectional crown with a 2-1 victory over 2013 state champion Oregon.
Ryan Wagner’s Red Hawks disposed of Wilmot, Stoughton and Fort Atkinson by a combined 15-1 margin before downing the Panthers.
Milton will have to pull a major upset to reach the final and/or claim the championship. The Red Hawks open against top-rated Whitefish Bay (21-2-1) at noon Friday. The winner gets first-time qualifier River Falls (13-6-2) or second-ranked Cedarburg (18-0-4) at 3p.m. Saturday for all the marbles.
Whitefish Bay has earned four state titles, the most recent in 1995, and finished second in 2003. Cedarburg has been the runner-up the last two years, giving them five such finishes to go with three state crowns, the last coming in 1996.
East Troy (31-9) was ranked second behind defending state champion Catholic Memorial in the most recent Division 2 coaches poll and faces fifth-rated Altoona (44-3) at 4 p.m. Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Trojans defeated No. 3 Platteville in four sets in the sectional final.
The winner meets Catholic Memorial (35-14) or fourth-rated Green Bay Notre Dame (38-5) at 2:05 p.m. Saturday for the trophy.
East Troy, the 2013 title winner, qualified for the second time in three years and for the third time overall -- the first was in 1987.
The Rock Valley North champion Trojans didn’t get to face the Railroaders during the 2013 tournament because Altoona lost its semifinal match to Edgewood. East Troy downed Oconto Falls and Edgewood in straight sets to finish 44-0 to take home the top prize.
This is Altoona’s third trip to state, the first coming way back in 1976.
Top-ranked Burlington (42-3) heads the Division 1 field. The Demons tangle with honorable mention pick Verona (33-5) at 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 5). The winner meets either sixth-rated Oconomowoc (29-3) or No. 8 Neenah (30-13) in a semifinal showdown at 7 p.m. Friday.
The championship match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with defending champion and second-rated Divine Savior Holy Angels a likely foe.
Dan Lynch’s Burlington squad is making its second straight appearance and the school’s seventh overall. The Southern Lakes Conference champions are seeking their third state crown to go with back-to-back trophies in 2011 and ’12 after knocking off league rival Westosha Central in the sectional finale.
The Demons face a Verona group that won the Big Eight title and knocked off Sun Prairie to reach state for a second time.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Two of the team’s younger players displayed veteran qualities, while their leader overcame uncharacteristic struggles to shoot the second-best nine-hole score in WIAA sectional girls golf action. Top-ranked Milton won the Mukwonago Sectional title on Tuesday with a 324 score, 22 strokes ahead of Union Grove.
Sophomore Mia Seeman carded a 78 (40-38) to lead Andrea Wieland’s Red Hawks, registering 12 pars on the par-72 course to finish second in the medalist chase.
The team will face a stiff challenge in the chase for a state crown, which will be decided at Madison’s University Ridge on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12-13.
Milton High School’s girls golf team has been one of the state’s best all spring. And Andrea Wieland’s Red Hawks are heading into WIAA postseason competition with plenty of momentum to boot.
The Red Hawks established a school record with their 311 score while winning the 16-team Janesville Parker Invite last Saturday at Riverside Golf Course. Then Milton earned its first Badger South Conference title, shooting a 321 to dominate the field at Baraboo Country Club on Tuesday.
That allowed the Red Hawks to score 11.5 team points, counting league dual meets, to claim the overall conference crown.
They hope to continue their consistent hot streak as the race to the state meet at Madison’s University Ridge begins with regional action next week. Milton will host a tournament Thursday, Oct. 1, at Oak Ridge, one of two events in the Division 1 Mukwonago Sectional.
The top-ranked Red Hawks’ lineup features senior CheyAnn Knudsen, sophomore Mia Seeman, junior Leah Foster and freshman Taylor Hakala -- all but Foster earned spots on the all-conference team.
The rest of the regional field includes Stateline area squads from Badger, Janesville Craig, Janesville Parker, Beloit Memorial, Elkhorn and Burlington.
Wieland’s talented bunch should be one of four teams to advance to the sectional round, which will be played Tuesday, Oct. 6, on The Pines course at Edgewood Golf Course in Big Bend, where they will battle for a shot at a trip to the Oct. 12-13 state meet.
Milton, which set the previous school low score with a 315 in its opening tourney of the season, knows all about that journey.
The Red Hawks have qualified for the D-I team field four times in the past five years, placing second in 2010 (behind individual champion Ashton Stair) and 2011, fourth in 2012 and fifth last year.
Knudsen tied for sixth in the medalist standings last year with her 157 (78-79), while Seeman shared 19th place at 168 (83-85).
Meanwhile, area schools will compete in two Division 2 sectionals.
Clinton, Edgerton and Beloit Turner are entered in the Jefferson Regional, which will be played Oct. 1 at Koshkonong Mounds in Fort Atkinson and is part of the Prairie du Chien Sectional on Oct. 6.
East Troy will compete in the Catholic Memorial Regional on Sept. 30 at Broadlands Golf Club in North Prairie, which leads to the Fox Valley Lutheran Sectional on Oct. 5 in Kaukauna.
STATELINE NEWS -- Adjustments are part of life and football in transitioning from high school to college, especially for a quarterback.
However, 2013 Milton High School graduate Evan Phillips said he has enjoyed an advantage that many other athletes don’t.
“Beloit was an ideal situation for me because we run basically the same system that we did during my junior and senior years at Milton,” said Phillips, who earned honorable mention status both years in the tough Badger South Conference. “We use a lot of the same passing concepts and a lot of the same play calls, and the way the quarterback runs the offense is similar. So, you could say this is my fifth year in this offense. And I didn’t know it until I got here, but Matt Lee, who was my offensive coordinator in high school, is our running backs coach.”
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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