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Year in Review

Let's go to the replay: 2013

Kettle Moraine’s Alex Sharrock (center) competes in the 110-meter hurdles in the sectional May 23.

Kettle Moraine’s Alex Sharrock (center) competes in the 110-meter hurdles in the sectional May 23. Photo by: Peter Zuzga

A summer run to the state tournament, a new football coach and a number of successful individual performances highlighted the year in Kettle Moraine athletics

March to Mequon

The Kettle Moraine baseball team won the outright Classic 8 Conference for the first time since 1987 and made a run to the state tournament at Kapco Park in Mequon, with a dramatic performance by Austin Wolf in the sectional final allowing KM to advance. The team met New Berlin West and lost when the eventual state champ staged a dramatic late-inning rally, but the Lasers will return a boatload in 2014.

New man in charge

The Kettle Moraine football team, looking to return to the top tier in one of the state's best conferences, hired former Arrowhead defensive coordinator Dave Pfeiffer as its new head coach. Pfeiffer's old squad had won the state title in 2012 (and did the same in 2013). The Lasers finished their inaugural season under Pfeiffer at 2-7.

Hurdle power

Alex Sharrock repeated as state champion in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.69 seconds), took fourth in the 110 hurdles and took fifth with three teammates in a lightning-quick 4x400-meter relay at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet. Mac Reidy added fifth in the discus and scored in both throws events, and the Lasers placed ninth as a team. On the girls side, Taylor Weis took sixth in the triple jump.

The icy road

The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago boys hockey team shared the Classic 8 Conference title but fell in the sectional semifinal in a heartbreaker to Whitefish Bay in overtime. Forward Greg Simandl and goalie Quinn Disrud capped superb senior seasons with first-team All Conference selections. The Glacier girls hockey co-op, which includes KM, also fell in the sectional final.

Regrouping nicely

After a change in full-time job, Janine Emmer stepped down as girls basketball coach at Kettle Moraine after just one season at the helm. The Lasers hired former New Berlin Eisenhower assistant Mike Hamilton, and the early returns have been fabulous, with the Lasers heading into 2014 atop the Classic 8 Conference by themselves and 7-1 overall.

Not this time

After back-to-back appearances in the state championship game and with perennial power Marquette out of the picture, the Kettle Moraine boys soccer team couldn't quite get back to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, falling to Madison West in the sectional final, 2-0. Still, the Lasers enjoyed yet another strong year under coach Greg Prospero, spending time in the state rankings and going 20-4-1.

Olympic quest

Dousman native Brianna Decker, who attended elementary and middle school in the area, will play in the Sochi Olympics in Russia early in 2014 after making the United States women's hockey team. Decker had a standout career at the University of Wisconsin and earned the national Player of the Year accolade during her senior season.

Another sectional final

For a third straight year, the Kettle Moraine girls soccer team fell to Waukesha West in the sectional final, falling by a single goal for the second straight year. The Lasers (11-7-1) stunned Waukesha West earlier in the year, but the Wolverines had just enough to get by later in the year.

Miller time

With North Dakota State recruit Paul Miller leading the way, the Kettle Moraine boys head into the 2014 portion of the schedule with a 9-2 ledger, part of the championship hunt in the Classic 8 and a team with the talent to seal the deal.

Net gains

Kettle Moraine tennis players enjoyed a productive season. Haley Reynolds and Maddie Strunsee won three matches at the state tournament in Division 1 girls, and KM singles players Emily Behling (girls) and Chayce Roecker (boys) both won a match. Jesse Klim and Greg Jasinski also qualified on the boys side in doubles.

Other stories

·Megan Kowalczyk took sixth in the vault, and Haley Yager also qualified for state with the Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine gymnastics team.

·Hannah Foltz is named Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year in softball, and Kettle Moraine shocked No. 1 seed Mukwonago to reach the sectional.

·Ann Sekutowski qualified for the WIAA Division 1 cross country state meet, taking 53rd as a junior with her time of 15:32.23.

·Dylan Patscot is named the league's Player of the Year in golf.

·A young Kettle Moraine boys volleyball team reached another sectional final before falling to Middleton in four sets.

·Kyle Rasmussen took second on the boys side and Sydney Rodgers third on the girls side in the state skiing championships.

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