PHS girls cruise to ECC championship

Panthers earn second in boys meet


MAX HASSEL (30) and Noah Baratka of Plymouth compete in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet at Ripon. – Photo by Jason Hassel MAX HASSEL (30) and Noah Baratka of Plymouth compete in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet at Ripon. – Photo by Jason Hassel RIPON – An outstanding team effort propelled the Plymouth Panthers to the girls championship in the East Central Conference Cross Country Meet here Saturday morning.

Junior Ellie Welsch led the Panthers with a first-place finish in 20 minutes, 34.73 seconds on the 3.1- mile course. PHS senior Kalei Hering earned third in 20:45.97. The Panthers’ first-five runners placed in the top-14 overall.

PHS ran away with first place – scoring 31 points, followed by Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) with 72.

The Panthers narrowly missed winning the boys title. Ripon took first with 64 points and PHS totaled 65. Senior Alan Schaefer led the Panthers with a third-place finish in 17:25.38 over 3.1 miles. Waupun senior Kyle Miller was first in 16:42.61.


ELLIE WELSCH (89) and Kalei Hering (84) lead Plymouth in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet at Ripon. Welsch finished first and Hering, third. – Photo by Jason Hassel ELLIE WELSCH (89) and Kalei Hering (84) lead Plymouth in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet at Ripon. Welsch finished first and Hering, third. – Photo by Jason Hassel Earning All-ECC first-team honors for the PHS girls were Welsch, Hering and sophomore Allie Gruttner (fifth). On the second team for the Panthers are sophomores Amanda Triebensee (eighth) and Lauren Rabe (14th). The top-seven runners in the girls and boys races earned first-team recognition. The runners who finished eighth through 14th earned second-team honors.

Schaefer and teammate Isaac Fintak (seventh), a junior, received first-team recognition. On the second team for the PHS boys are sophomores Noah Baratka (12th) and Charlie Waitkus (13th).

“We had a fantastic conference meet by the boys and girls teams – both varsity and junior varsity,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Our girls had a great day. We had four girls in the top eight. Ellie and Kalei ran with a lead group of four runners and then our two separated out. Ellie had a nice kick to finish with the win and Kalei fought hard to hold the third place.

“The boys squad had a great meet as well. Alan went out with the lead group and lost some contact but used a strong kick to get his third-place finish. Isaac, Noah and Charlie just ran incredible races,” said Grosshuesch.

The Panthers dominated the girls JV meet with 15 points – placing its first five runners in the top-five places overall. Winneconne was second at 59. PHS was led by senior Maria Ryan who captured first in 21:35.08.

PHS won the boys JV meet with 31 points and was paced by junior Gabe Olsen who took third in 19:16.44.


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