PHS, Elkhart bring home state medals


SAMUEL STAEHLING (second from left) leans across the finish line of the D-1 800-meter relay state finals Saturday along with Menomonee Falls’ Patrick Doyle (middle) and Brookfield East’s Drew Bullen. East took first, PHS was second and Falls, third. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke SAMUEL STAEHLING (second from left) leans across the finish line of the D-1 800-meter relay state finals Saturday along with Menomonee Falls’ Patrick Doyle (middle) and Brookfield East’s Drew Bullen. East took first, PHS was second and Falls, third. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke LA CROSSE – Plymouth’s 800-meter boys relay and Sonia Schubert of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah won medals in the state track meet, held Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse’s Memorial Stadium.

The Panthers’ Division 1 800 relay finished a very close second place on Saturday. The relay included, in order, junior Jack Benedict, sophomore Derek Novotny and seniors Jake Schneider and Samuel Staehling. Brookfield East captured first in 1 minute, 26.95 seconds, only .01 seconds ahead of PHS.

The Panthers edged third-place Menomonee Falls by only .007 seconds. Plymouth’s clocking broke its previous school record of 1:27.05, set in Friday’s preliminaries.


MORGAN LISOWE of Plymouth finishes a D-1 100-yard dash heat at the state meet Friday. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MORGAN LISOWE of Plymouth finishes a D-1 100-yard dash heat at the state meet Friday. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke Schubert, a junior, earned a silver medal in the D-3 long jump on Friday with a 17-10¼ effort. She won a fourth-place state medal in this event last year. This year’s winner was Kaitlyn Kaiser of Cuba City with 18-2¼.

Schubert also won a fourth-place medal in Saturday’s 100 high hurdles with a time of 15.84 seconds. The champion was Reedsville’s Faith Lubner in 15.33.

The Elkhart standout also competed in the triple jump Saturday and finished 12th at 34-2½.

The top-six finishers in each state event earned medals.

Sheboygan Falls brought home three D-2 state medals, led by junior Clarke Otte who captured the gold in the boys 1,600 run in 4:20.26. Otte also earned a silver in the 3,200 race in 9:18.65.


SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake skies in the D-3 state long jump Friday. Schubert earned a second-place medal. – Photo by Amanda Schubert SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake skies in the D-3 state long jump Friday. Schubert earned a second-place medal. – Photo by Amanda Schubert Falls sophomore Allison Antonie won a sixth-place medal in the girls shot put with a 38-7¾ heave.

Schneider and Staehling made the finals in the 200 dash and finished seventh and 10th, respectively. Schneider, who scored two team points (top-eight finishers earn team points), was timed in 22.50 and Staehling, 22.83.

The Panther boys’ other state entries were Staehling and Schneider in the 100; Staehling, high jump; Novotny, long jump and Max Schermacher in the pole vault. Staehling and Schneider ran times of 11.46 and 11.48, respectively, in the prelims but didn’t make the finals.

Staehling took 19th in the high jump at 6-0. Schermacher finished 16th with a 13-0 vault. Novotny didn’t record a distance in the long jump due to fouls.


NOELLE ESCHEN (left) of Howards Grove competes in a D-2 100-yard dash heat at the state meet Friday. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News NOELLE ESCHEN (left) of Howards Grove competes in a D-2 100-yard dash heat at the state meet Friday. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News The PHS girls had two state competitors in Morgan Lisowe in the 100 and Kyra Kronberg in the discus. Lisowe finished 23rd in the prelims with 13.36 and didn’t advance to the finals.

Kronberg finished 16th with a throw of 111-7.

“We had a great weekend at state. We had real strong performances out of all of our athletes,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“It was a great experience for all as we had seniors end their track careers at the highest level of competition and our underclassmen got some great experience at this meet.

“Kyra and Morgan finished right at their seed performances. Max jumped real well, as did Sam in the high jump. All four of these seniors really enjoyed competing at state, and it was a joy to see their hard work pay off for them with a chance to compete at state.

“In that [800] relay, Jack and Derek got us off to a great start and Jake and Sam brought us home. These four boys worked real hard in their training all year and they were real focused this weekend, so it was a pleasure to see that result in a great last race at state,” said Grosshuesch.

The Howards Grove Tigers were represented at state by Noelle Eschen and Kjersten Grinna in D-2 girls competition. Eschen ran in the 100 and 400 dashes and didn’t qualify for the finals. In the prelims, she placed 16th in the 100 in 13.75 and 14th in the 400 with 1:01.20.

Grinna missed qualifying for the finals in the 300 low hurdles by one place after finishing 11th in the prelims in 47.65. The 10th-place qualifying time was 47.61.

A follow-up article on the state meet will appear in Thursday’s Review.


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