PHS coach very pleased with state showing


JAXSEN SCHERMACHER (right), Plymouth senior, is all smiles after earning a silver medal in the D-1 state pole vault Saturday at UW-La Crosse’s Memorial Stadium. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke JAXSEN SCHERMACHER (right), Plymouth senior, is all smiles after earning a silver medal in the D-1 state pole vault Saturday at UW-La Crosse’s Memorial Stadium. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PLYMOUTH – Plymouth head boys track coach Jay Grosshuesch was well pleased with the five Panthers who competed in the Division 1 state meet last Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse.

The Panthers were led by senior Jaxsen Schermacher who earned a silver medal in the boys pole vault with a school-record 14-9. Schermacher was Plymouth’s only medal-winner (top six finishers won medals in each event at state).

Also competing at state for PHS were senior Mason Guell in the boys 400-meter dash, long jump and triple jump; and senior Emily LaVine in the shot put, junior Lauren Rabe, 400 and junior Cece Huhn in the high jump for girls competition.

“Our athletes did a very nice job at the state meet. Across the board these five athletes rose up to the high level of competition and performed very well,” said Grosshuesch.


EMILY LAVINE of Plymouth competes in the D-1 state shot put last weekend in La Crosse. LaVine had a career-best throw in the meet. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke EMILY LAVINE of Plymouth competes in the D-1 state shot put last weekend in La Crosse. LaVine had a career-best throw in the meet. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke “Jaxsen had no misses through 14-6 and then cleared 14-9 with a great jump that earned him second at state as well as a school record. Just a great way to end a great track and field career at PHS for Jaxsen.

“He really became a student of the pole vault and the results speak for themselves,” said the coach.

Schermacher was selected by Team Wisconsin Coaches to represent Wisconsin in the Senior All-Star Track & Field Meet Saturday at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. Team Wisconsin will compete against the top senior athletes from Iowa and Illinois.

The field events are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. and the track events at 11 a.m.

“Mason was very consistent with his running and jumping all weekend. He ran a PR [personal record] in the prelims of the 400 on Friday and all his jumps were within inches of each other,” Grosshuesch pointed out.

“Emily threw a career PR by 1½ feet [throwing 37-5] in her last attempt in the shot put which is a great way to end her season. All three of these seniors have been athletes we could count on for consistent quality performances all-season long and we will miss that next year,” said Grosshuesch.

“Our two juniors, Cece and Lauren, performed real well. They gained some valuable experience that they can hopefully use as they make return trips to state next year.”


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