Let's go to the replay: 2013
Mukwonago head coach Todd Frohwirth watches his team, including Classic 8 Player of the Year Jenny Tuttle, in the WIAA Division 1 state title game. Photo by:
Starting with a winter that will be remembered for ages, the Mukwonago sports programs took an incredible step forward in 2013, with a number of success stories that made the school one of the state's best. Take a look back at some of the year's biggest stories:
The boys basketball team went on a magical run to the state tournament, topping Madison Memorial in the sectional final and upsetting Milwaukee King in the state semifinal at the Kohl Center in Madison before falling to mighty Germantown in the title game. One week later, the girls collected their own silver ball, topping Arrowhead in the semifinal in Green Bay before falling to Riverside. With a wrestling team that also qualified for state, it was hard to top the Mukwonago Winter of 2013.
The level you know
For the first time since Mukwonago won the 2004 state championship, the football team reached the state semifinal, falling to Franklin but nonetheless achieving great heights for a program that has enjoyed revitalization under second-year coach Clay Iverson. Along the way, Mukwonago scored one of the biggest upsets of the season, a Level 2 win over undefeated Sun Prairie, ranked No. 1 in the state at the time.
Three times, all charms
With Purdue-bound Abby Jagdfeld of Mukwonago repeating as the 100-yard freestyle state champion, the Waukesha South/Mukwonago swimming and diving team won its third consecutive team championship, once again edging Arrowhead on the final relay of the meet for a third straight year. Jagdfeld and fellow MHS senior Lizzy Baertlein both contributed significantly to all three titles.
Current senior Dominic Cizauskas became one of the state's most recognizable athletes. In football, he terrorized opponents from the linebacker position, earning Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the state by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and netting a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin. In basketball, he was the epitome of the bruising state-finalist MHS team, throwing down a mighty dunk in the championship game. He was also part of a conference-champion track and field team and reached state in the shot put.
Green and nearly gold
The Mukwonago girls golf team plays in a conference loaded with talent every year, and once again league foe Arrowhead was good enough to win the state title. But Mukwonago was not far behind at all, taking fourth at the WIAA Division 1 state meet. Abby Martin capped a four-time state-qualifying career with an 18-foot putt that gave her team the one stroke it needed at the sectional. Along the way, the team shot 312 at the conference meet to smash the previous school record for an 18-hole event by 13 strokes, topping Arrowhead. Hannah Schultz, another senior, was medalist at that meet.
One year after sharing the Classic 8 Conference title, the Mukwonago softball team took it outright this time, finishing 12-2 in the Classic 8 and 17-4 overall, though that did include a first-round loss in the playoffs. Sophomore pitcher Kali Kaestner was named first-team All Conference.
Jumps to conclusion
Steph Pladies took second, Alexis McKeever third and Courtney McKeever eighth as the Mukwonago high jumpers enjoyed great success at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet. Courtney qualified in three events, Mandy Sinkler took sixth in the pole vault, and the team took 12th overall after winning the regional and sectional. The boys also won conference, regional and sectional crowns, led by Jeremy Harr, who took second at state in the triple jump.
One step closer
For the first time in school history, the Mukwonago girls volleyball team reached the WIAA Division 1 sectional final, where it ultimately fell to state champion Menomonee Falls in three sets. The program has been inching closer and closer to a first-ever appearance at the state meet.
After leading Mukwonago to the state-championship game, head girls basketball coach Todd Frohwirth elected to take the boys basketball job at Marquette University High School, with former JV coach Rick Kolinske taking the reins. The team also had to say goodbye to Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year Jenny Tuttle, post player Amber Gray and guard Marissa Landry, whose highlight reel included a near-halfcourt buzzer-beater to beat Waukesha West in January.
Hank Mattson and Kirk Zylke finished their wrestling careers on the podium at the state meet in Madison, and the wrestling team enjoyed its usual success with an appearance in the state quarterfinals in Madison. In the early part of the 2013-14 season, Mukwonago won its annual dual against Arrowhead for the first time since 2006.
·Tennis players Peyton Scherff and Jake Diesler both made the state tournament in their final seasons with the program, with Diesler winning a first-round match.
·The completion of a new fitness center was the crown jewel of the school's revamped gymnasium.
·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. The Glacier girls hockey co-op, which includes KM, also fell in the sectional final.
·Megan Kowalczyk took sixth in the vault, and Haley Yager also qualified for state with the Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine gymnastics team.
·Sam Boyle qualified for state in the WIAA Division 1 cross country.
·The Mukwonago girls soccer team reached the sectional and battled Waukesha West tightly before falling.
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