PHS boys, girls win Vanderpan titles


DOMINIC BOCCHINI hands the baton to Plymouth teammate Jake Schneider in the 800-meter relay at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. PHS won the relay. – Review photo by Steve Ottman DOMINIC BOCCHINI hands the baton to Plymouth teammate Jake Schneider in the 800-meter relay at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. PHS won the relay. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Plymouth Panthers won the Vanderpan Track Invitational boys championship for an incredible ninth straight year here Friday.

PHS dominated the field with an impressive 190 points. Waupun placed second with 128½. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters tied for seventh in the eight-team meet with Kohler at 20 each.

The Panther girls successfully defended their Vanderpan Invitational as they ran away with the title – outscoring runner-up Kewaskum, 186½-97. The Resorters captured sixth with 69 in the eight-team field.

PHS also took first in the coed standings for an amazing ninth straight year, combining for 376½ points.

“Both teams had great nights as we continued our streak of Vanderpan titles. Both teams had athletes on the track and in the field produce some quality performances,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.


SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake makes a landing on a long-jump attempt at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. Schubert won the long and triple jumps. – Photo by Mike McGill SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake makes a landing on a long-jump attempt at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. Schubert won the long and triple jumps. – Photo by Mike McGill “It was fun to watch our athletes come up with top finishes in multiple events as the meet went on.”

The PHS boys’ 800-meter relay team of Dominic Bocchini, Jake Schneider, Evan Sebranek and Samuel Staehling set a meet record with a time of 1 minute, 29.69 seconds. Staehling and Schneider also won a sprint race each – Staehling in the 100 and Schneider, 200.

Senior Brooke Koehn led the PHS girls with two wins. Koehn took first in the 800 run in 2:31.15 and the 1,600 race in 5:34.90.

Sophomore Sonia Schubert had an outstanding girls meet for the Resorters. Schubert won the long jump, earned second in triple jump and 100 dash, and anchored the winning 400 relay. Schubert earned the top female athlete award for the meet.

Schubert’s 17-3 in the long jump set a school record. She also won this event in last year’s meet.

Senior Logan Knepfel led the Elkhart boys with a victory in the 110 high hurdles and a fourth in the 200 dash.

“Our athletes took strides tonight that will help us compete at conference and beyond. Sonia Schubert had a big night,” said Resorter head coach Chris Petrie.

“Logan continues to work hard and run well,” said Petrie.

“For the girls, Brooke Koehn, Sophie Bolich, Julia Novotny and Sophie Albert showcased the strength our distance and mid-distance runners as they scored big points in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200 relay,” said Grosshuesch.

“For the boys, our sprinters continue to shine. Jake Schneider, Samuel Staehling and Evan Sebranek all scored in the 100 and 200.”


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