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Van Exel Inducted into the WBCA Hall of Fame

By Jon Masson (Wisconsin State Journal) 09/17/2019, 3:45pm CDT

The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 28 in Wisconsin Dells.

A Hall of Fame open house is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at JustAgame Fieldhouse, 200 La Crosse Street, in Wisconsin Dells.

The ceremony is at the Wilderness Resort’s Glacier Canyon Conference Center, 45 Hillman Road, in Wisconsin Dells. Cocktails are at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the Hall of Fame program will follow dinner.


Here is the list of 2019 WBCA Hall of Fame inductees, according to a release from the WBCA:

“Friend” category -- Steve Gauger, Fox Valley Lutheran, and Russ Thomas, Milwaukee.

“Referees” category -- Brad Pressentin, Madison, and Gary Wild, Juneau.

“Girl players” category -- Jennifer (York) Arians, Portage; Tonia Ford, Milwaukee Washington; Leah (Hefte) Kuykendall, McFarland; Deborah Hughes, Monona Grove; Aimee (Tranel) Richard, Cuba City; and Candas Smith, Madison West.

“Boy players” category -- Bill McClintock, Milwaukee West; Tim Moriarty, Appleton West; Bill Pearson, McFarland; Kurt Spychalla, Schofield D.C. Everest; Dennis Sweeney, Madison Edgewood; Jack Ulwelling, Appleton; Nick Van Exel, Kenosha St. Joseph.

“Assistant coach” category -- Gary DePerry, Milwaukee Vincent, and Michael Goodwin, Milwaukee King.

“College coach” category -- Kevin Borseth, UW-Green Bay, and Pat Miller, UW-Whitewater.

“High School coach” category -- Mark Adams, Brookfield Central; Joel Claassen, Milwaukee Pius XI; Jim Gosz, Milwaukee Rufus King; John Leadholm, Cambridge; Bob Maronde, Grafton/Cudahy; Roger Pribbenow, Oregon; James Prochaska, Fennimore; Alan R. Schieve, Slinger; Duane Vike, Holmen.

2018-2019 Award of Excellence

By WIAA 09/04/2019, 2:00pm CDT

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association salutes the 27 schools that met the criteria to be named recipients of the Award of Excellence in 2018-19.

The award recognizes member schools for their efforts and achievements in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. 

The recipients of the Award of Excellence, presented to high schools that met each of the award’s criteria, are:

Fort Atkinson                                                                                         
Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic                                       
Kettle Moraine                                                 
Northland Pines
Racine Horlick
Racine Lutheran
St. Croix Central
The Prairie School 
Union Grove 
University School of Milwaukee
Wausau West
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln

Five of the 27 schools are receiving the honor for the third time, including Baraboo, Hudson, Racine Horlick, Stoughton and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. Ten of this year’s recipients are being presented with the award for the second time, including Brookwood, Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Kimberly, Middleton, Northwestern, Racine Lutheran, The Prairie School, University School of Milwaukee and Watertown.

Recipients will be presented the Award of Excellence at the fall Area Meetings and will be recognized for the achievement on the WIAA website, in the WIAA Bulletin and at the Annual Meeting.

The criteria applied toward the Award of Excellence include:

* Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with a Captain’s Club/Team Leadership Council/Etc. – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is on the agenda and is discussed

* Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with coaches - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed

* Athletic director conducted at least one informational meeting with student-athletes and their parents – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed

* Athletic director attended conference meetings–sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed

* Coaches and student-athletes attended a sportsmanship summit/leadership conference/etc.

* There was school representation at one of the seven WIAA Fall Area Meetings

* There was school representation at WIAA Annual Meeting in April

* Athletic Director made the student body aware of sportsmanship initiatives through school assemblies, announcements, posters, etc.

* Three or more athletic teams gave back to their school or community through volunteerism 

* Athletic director has taken the free NFHS Sportsmanship course

* Three or more head coaches have taken the free NFHS Sportsmanship course

* Athletic program had no coach ejections at any level

* Athletic program had no coach or player assault of an official at any level

* Athletic director nominated/submitted a boy and/or a girl for WIAA Scholar Athlete recognition (either for local or state level recognition)

For 2019-20, two new elements of the criteria will be added to qualify for the award. The two additional criteria will be: 
* Athletic Director maintains and updates all information in the WIAA School Directory annually.
* Athletic Director does due diligence in striving to achieve staff compliance with all WIAA coaching requirements (i.e. rules video, exam, officials’ rankings)

The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 511 senior high schools and 43 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 27 championship tournament series in 2019-20. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.

St. Joseph goes 2-0 in Kenosha Clash

By Mike Johnson (Kenosha News) 08/30/2019, 11:45am CDT

The St. Joseph boys soccer team got its season off to a terrific start in the two-day Kenosha Clash, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Ameche Field.

The Lancers emerged with a 2-0 record after defeating Bradford 1-0 on Tuesday and Tremper 4-0 on Wednesday to conclude the event.

On Tuesday, St. Joseph’s Joey Feudner blasted a direct kick into the upper right corner from 30 yards out with seven minutes left in the match for the lone tally against Bradford.

Goalie Patrick Connolly, however, made 19 saves and was the real key to the match.

“Patrick played outstanding and made a number of terrific saves,” said St. Joseph coach Gino Alia, who also cited the play of Andrew Alia, Matt Schulte and Matt Antony in the match.

“He not only kept us in the match but was the difference maker.”

Connolly made another 11 stops in the shutout of Tremper on Wednesday, and the Lancers got a goal from Feudner on a penalty kick after Alia was taken down in the box, as well as tallies from Giovanni Bosco, Adrian Vasquez and Matt Schulte.

Ricardo Vasquez and Feudner had assists.

“When people see these matchups, (a) Division-4 school vs. a Division-1, they generally presume a different outcome, but the games aren’t played on paper,” Gino Alia said. “Both teams have talented players, and we were fortunate to come out on top.”

Photo Credit: Brian Passino (Kenosha News)
Photo Credit: Illinois State University