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Year in Review

Let's go to the replay: 2013

Pewaukee’s Raymond Jacquette has his shot on goal deflected by Notre Dame Academy goal keeper Austim Watzka during the second half of the WIAA Division 3 soccer semifinals, a game Pewaukee lost in double overtime.

Pewaukee’s Raymond Jacquette has his shot on goal deflected by Notre Dame Academy goal keeper Austim Watzka during the second half of the WIAA Division 3 soccer semifinals, a game Pewaukee lost in double overtime. Photo by: Peter Zuzga

Arrowhead once again enjoyed a year oozing with state championships, a Pewaukee native continued to see his star power rise in the NFL and all the schools in the Lake Country area had something to celebrate in 2013. A look back at some highlights:

The Fall Guys

Few schools will ever enjoy an athletics season like Arrowhead did in the fall. The football team won its second consecutive state championship, thwarting Franklin in the title game, to provide the cherry on top. The girls cross country team won a third straight state title, the girls golf team won the state crown, the field hockey team won its state tourney and the girls swimming and diving team placed second at state, while the boys soccer team reached the state semifinal and was ranked No. 1 for part of the season.

Kicking it around

The Arrowhead boys soccer team wasn't the only squad making waves this year. Pewaukee (Division 3) and Arrowhead (Division 1) both went into the state tournament without a loss (though both were upset in the semifinals), and the Kettle Moraine team had another standout season before falling in the sectional final, 2-0 to Madison West.

Watt burns even brighter

Pewaukee native J.J. Watt was named Defensive Player of the Year in the National Football League, helping the Houston Texans to the second round of the playoffs and seeing his career take a step forward into superstar status. His brothers had a nice season too, with Derek playing in the Rose Bowl with the University of Wisconsin and T.J. winning the state shot put title (something his brothers had also ascertained during their days at Pewaukee) before joining Derek on the UW football team.

Little engine that could

Lake Country Lutheran reached the state baseball final for the first time, falling in the Division 4 championship game in heartbreaking fashion. The ever-improving athletics program at LCL also saw its girls soccer team return to state after winning the 2012 state title, and the football team reached its first Level 4 game before falling to eventual state champion Black Hawk. The girls cross country team also took third place at state.

Diamond darlings

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.

Hooping it up

The Arrowhead girls basketball team made a magical late-season push to the state tournament, with sophomore Ally May hitting a buzzer-beating basket to top Kimberly in the sectional final. Arrowhead, which defeated Mukwonago during the last stages of the conference season, fell to MHS in the state semifinal.

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.

Close again

Mary Warren won the 50-yard freestyle, Lindsay Adamski won the breaststroke and the medley relay (Alyssa Lewandowski, Adamski, Megan Doty, Maddie Barta) all won individual titles at the state wrestling meet, but Arrowhead fell in the final event of the meet to take an excruciating second place overall to Waukesha South/Mukwonago for a third straight year.

Ain't it Grand?

The Pewaukee Muskies Land O'Lakes baseball team finsished second in the West Division standings but ousted champion Sussex and went on a late run of victories to win the LOL Grand Championships.

Other stories

·The Arrowhead boys and girls hockey teams both won state championships, with Teagan Hipp winning the individual girls crown. The boys won by a narrow two points.

·Janine Emmer stepped down as Kettle Moraine girls basketball coach, with former New Berlin Eisenhower assistant Mike Hamilton hired. Under his guidance, the Lasers finished the 2013 portion of their schedule at 7-1, atop the Classic 8 standings.

·Emily Kolbow of Arrowhead reached the state semifinals in girls tennis, and the Arrowhead boys team reached the state semifinals, where it incurred a tough 4-3 loss to Neenah. Kettle Moraine also qualified a number of entrants for state tennis, including doubles team Haley Reynolds and Maddie Strunsee, who won three matches.

·Pewaukee opened the 2013-14 winter season on fire. The girls basketball team defeated No. 1-ranked Division 1 team Oak Creek and went into the 2014 part of the season undefeated. The wrestling team defeated mighty Wisconsin Rapids to win the Rapids Duals and looks like one of the best Division 2 teams in the state, as well.

·The Arrowhead gymnastics team took fourth at the state meet.

·Andrew Crone capped his wrestling career at Arrowhead with his second individual state title.

·Led by Will Simons (seventh place), Arrowhead's boys cross country team joined the girls at state. Pewaukee also qualified both its boys and girls teams to state.

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