By Kevin Struck
Editor’s note: Article based on information submitted by Matt Zavada, Director of Athletics & Activities, Kohler School District
(Boys and Girls)
An outstanding season for the boys team culminated in a 3rd place finish at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships. This was on the heels of being the Big East Conference champions, winning 9 out of 11 invitationals during the season, and claiming the Sectional title.
Seniors Henry LeBlanc, Davis Maki, and Brian Zheng all received 1st Team All-Conference honors, as did freshman Davis Behler.
Although there were not enough girls to field a team, individuals were still able to participate. Senior Shannon O’Leary and freshman Sofia Hamilton made the most of it on their way to being named All-Conference 1st Team and 2nd Team, respectively.
LeBlanc and O’Leary received the team’s “True Blue” awards.
The team was coached by Duane DuMez.
League leading performances by Robby Michael, Colin Girdaukas, and Casey Verhagen helped pace the Big East conference’s top ranked passing offense.
Robby Michael, a sophomore quarterback, was a unanimous selection to the All-Big East Conference First Team. He led the conference in passing with by far the most completions (172) and yards (2,240). He was also tops with 24 touchdown passes, and added 10 rushing touchdowns for good measure.
Colin Girdaukas, who also earned All-Big East Conference First Team honors, led all wide receivers with 64 receptions and 902 yards. The sophomore’s 12 touchdowns tied for the most by an end.
Casey Verhagen, also a sophomore, made the All-Big East Conference Second Team on both offense, as an end, and defense, as a defensive back.
John Putnam, a senior, and Tristan Moctezuma, a sophomore, each earned Honorable Mention for their play on the offensive line.
Although the team finished with a 3-6 record, the future looks promising. With a new head coach, Ryan Eigenberger, and system in place, KLC set many team records this season, including most points in a game (54), most touchdowns in a game (8), and most first downs in a game (25). Michael set several individual game and season records, including teaming with Girdaukas on the longest touchdown pass in a game (89 yards). Girdaukas set the record for most receiving touchdowns in a season (12). Verhagen tied the record for most total tackles (124) and set the record for most solo tackles (78).
Team awards went to Ben Toman (“True Blue”), Robby Michael (“Team MVP”), Colin Girdaukas (“Offensive MVP”), and Casey Verhagen (“Defensive MVP”).
It was another exceptional year for the boys soccer program. The team earned a 2nd place finish in the Big East Conference (9-1-1) and were Regional Champions, while accumulating an overall record of 18-3-4.
Senior midfielder Connor Cassidy, senior defender Eli Nugent, and senior forward Leo Fink all earned unanimous 1st Team Big East All-Conference awards. Cassidy was also selected as the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
Senior goalkeeper Collin Adams and sophomore midfielder John Senti were named to the 2nd Team, while senior midfielder Carter Gebler and senior defender Tyler Roeder made Honorable Mention.
Team awards went to Collin Adams (“True Blue”), Connor Cassidy (“MVP”), Leo Fink (“Offensive Player of the Year”), and Eli Nugent (“Defensive Player of the Year”). The United Soccer Coaches Senior Excellence Award was given to Tyler Roeder.
The team was coached by Rod Hogan.
Swim & Dive (Kohler-Lutheran-Falls Co-op)
A core group of young and talented girls made for an exciting season. Numerous pool and school records were broken. To get in peak condition, team members swam six times a week, lifted weights, and often participated in optional Saturdays of boxing.
The team finished as the Eastern Wisconsin Conference champions and Sectional Runner-Up. Freshman Maddy Magle (200 Yard Freestyle) qualified for the WIAA Division 2 Girls Swimming & Diving State Meet, as did the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay of Magle, freshmen Abbey Rummel and Claudia Herold, and sophomores Madeline Hammond, Ellie Kisiolek, and Emma Truman.
Eastern Wisconsin All-Conference awards went to the following:
1st Team & Conference Champ – 100 Yard Freestyle – Claudia Herold
1st Team & Conference Champ – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Maddy Magle, Abbey Rummel, Claudia Herold, and Madeline Hammond
2nd Team – 200 Yard Medley Relay – Emma Truman, Madeline Hammond, Clare Stauber, and Maddie Touschek
2nd Team – 100 Yard Butterfly – Maddy Magle
2nd Team – 100 Yard Freestyle – Abbey Rummel
2nd Team – 500 Yard Freestyle – Emma Truman
2nd Team – 50 Yard Freestyle – Madeline Hammond
2nd Team – 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Abbey Rummel , Claudia Herold , Maddy Magle, and Ellie Kisiolek
Honorable Mention – 200 yard Freestyle – Maddy Magle
Honorable Mention – 500 Yard Freestyle – Claudia Herold
Honorable Mention – 1 meter Diving – Julia Weiland
Honorable Mention – 100 Yard Backstroke – Madeline Hammond
Team awards went to Kayleigh Pilgrim (“True Blue”), Maddy Magle (“MVP”), and Claudia Herold (“Workhorse”).
The KLF Co-op team was coached by Elizabeth Buchholz.
The girls tennis team completed another dominating season, finishing atop the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a 9-0 record for the fourth consecutive year. They were very good outside the conference, too, going 13-3, winning the Sectional championship, and losing a close state title match at the WIAA Division 2 State Girls Team Tennis Tournament.
Once again the girls swept all of the 1st Team All-Conference spots:
1st Team – #1 Singles – Shelby Horth, senior
1st Team – #2 Singles – Anushka Mangal, freshman
1st Team – #3 Singles – Sarah Horth, freshman
1st Team – #4 Singles – Nadia Wandschneider, junior
1st Team – #1 Doubles – Olivia Grose, senior & Ava Hoffman, junior
1st Team – #2 Doubles – Erin Pellegrino, junior & Lily Montes, junior
1st Team – #3 Doubles – Hannah Schvartsman, junior & Natalie Udovich, sophomore
The week prior to the state team tournament, the Blue Bombers sent 7 girls to the individual state tournament: Shelby Horth, who played her way to a 5th place medal in singles, was joined by Mangal, Sarah Horth, Montes, Pellegrino, Hoffmann, and Grose.
Team awards went to Olivia Grose (“True Blue”), Shelby Horth (“MVP”), and Lily Montes (“Most Improved”). “Co-Rookies of the Year” were Sarah Horth and Anushka Mangal.
The team was coached by Brad Hoffmann.
The girls volleyball team recorded its most wins in the last 10 years, with one of those victories being Coach Stewart Krahn’s 400th career win as a coach. Senior Madeline Thomas earned Second Team All-Big East Conference and Mallory Keller, also a senior, gained Honorable Mention.
Team awards went to Mallory Keller (“True Blue”), Madeline Thomas (“Most Valuable”), and Aleah Roeber (“Most Improved”).