PHS girls repeat as Panther Relays champ


EMMA DEHNE of Howards Grove competes in the 4-6 runners’ race at the Panther Relays Tuesday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley EMMA DEHNE of Howards Grove competes in the 4-6 runners’ race at the Panther Relays Tuesday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The host Plymouth Panthers successfully defended their girls title in the 47th annual Panther Relays cross country meet Tuesday afternoon.

PHS had an impressive team effort – placing its first five runners in the top 10 overall. The Panthers were led by senior Ellie Welsch who finished runner-up in 21 minutes, 27.44 seconds on the 3.1-mile course.

The Panthers had a cumulative time of 1 hour, 50 minutes, 28.88 seconds for their first five runners. Sheboygan South was second in 1:50:50.10. The Redwings were led by Katie Banie who earned first with a time of 21:24.37.

The Howards Grove Tigers placed fourth in the four-team meet with 2:07:7.40. HG was paced by Mattie Milz who took 16th in 23:13.21.

New Holstein had an incomplete girls team. Green Bay West also competed and placed third.


STARTING THE 4-6 runners’ race at Tuesday’s Panther Relays for PHS are (left to right) Isaac Fintak, Joe Mertes and Riley Huibregtse. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley STARTING THE 4-6 runners’ race at Tuesday’s Panther Relays for PHS are (left to right) Isaac Fintak, Joe Mertes and Riley Huibregtse. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PHS captured second in the boys competition with 1:33:20.42. Sheboygan South won the championship for the second straight year as it posted a time of 1:33:00.57. The Tigers were third at 1:40:23.90.

Green Bay West and New Holstein rounded out the boys field with fourth and fifth, respectively.

Senior Isaac Fintak led a strong performance by the PHS boys with a third place in 18:05.16 over 3.1 miles. Four Panthers finished in the top eight overall.

South’s Austin Boeldt was the winner in 17:30.51. The Tigers’ best finisher was Sam Sixel who took sixth in 18:39.01.

The boys and girls meets included separate races for the Nos. 7-8 runners, 4-6 and 1-3.


CARLY LILEK of Plymouth, competing in the 4-6 runners’ race, is on her way to placing fifth overall in the Panther Relays Tuesday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CARLY LILEK of Plymouth, competing in the 4-6 runners’ race, is on her way to placing fifth overall in the Panther Relays Tuesday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “Both teams ran well. As a whole we ran some real good races, with a couple of kids really stepping up with some great performances,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“For the girls, our key to the win was the tight pack of runners we had. Ellie ran a really good race, battling for the lead until the last 100 meters. Carly Lilek ran a fantastic race filling our No. 3 runner’s spot.

“For the boys, we also had a decent pack to our top-five runners. Isaac ran a fantastic race to lead our boys and we had Max [Hassel, third] right behind him,” said Grosshuesch.

“I’m real proud of the efforts turned in by the entire team,” said Tiger head coach Gary Kalk.

“Noteworthy performances were turned in by Emma Dehne, Natalie Englebert, George Varish and Jacob Scheuren. They each came through with very nice times.”

Connor Schmidt of PHS won the junior varsity boys race in 19:46.50. Plymouth’s Gabi Mella was the JV girls winner in 22:55.99.


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