SFHS athletes made history in 2017-18

Falls athletes, sports teams set many new records last season
by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent


NATE GARCYZNKI (left) of Sheboygan Falls turned in a fifth-place showing in the shot put event and Tony Bretall (right) of Sheboygan placed fifth in the high jump event to lead the Falcons at the 2018 WIAA Division 2 State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. - Submitted photos NATE GARCYZNKI (left) of Sheboygan Falls turned in a fifth-place showing in the shot put event and Tony Bretall (right) of Sheboygan placed fifth in the high jump event to lead the Falcons at the 2018 WIAA Division 2 State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. - Submitted photos The Sheboygan Falls High School athletic teams left and indelible mark, during the 2017-18 season by breaking several school records winning one championship, taking eight second-place finishes and claiming three third-place showings overall.

Individually, 50 SFHS athletes received All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference honors, eight individuals qualified for state tournament competition and three athletes collected state medals.

For the first time ever, the SFHS football team successfully repeated as undefeated EWC champions with a 7-0 record for the third straight season (9-2 overall).

The Falcons romped to a big playoff win over Obama SCTE. However, for the second straight year, they suffered a close loss in the second round.

Sixteen Falls players were named to the All-EWC football team.

First team All-EWC players included Simon Bifano, Garczynski (offense and defense), JT Petrie, Bailey Fetterer and Brandon Senglaub.

Second team All-EWC honors went to Zach Immel, Damon Fitzgerald, Addison Kuplic and Justin Tenpas.

Ethan Plier, Langdon Thiel, Garret Rau, Connor Bayer, Derek Kaat and Sawyer Teunissen were named All-EWC honorable mention.

The boys and girls track team ranked as the most improved squads of the year.

The boys had a second-place finish at the EWC Meet, took first place at the EWC relays, won their first four outdoor meets, finished third at the regional meet and advanced two athletes to state in three events.

Tony Bretall and two-time state qualifier Nathan Garczynski collected fifth-place state medals in the high jump and discus respectively. Garczynski also took eighth in the shot put.

Bretall set a school indoor record of 6-6 in the high jump and also tied the outdoor mark of 6-7.

The girls track team placed second in six-of-nine varsity meets and wound up third at the EWC Meet.

The Falls girls track team placed second at Winneconne, Lux-Casco, Vanderpan and the WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet and had three conference champions with Savana Burg in the 400 dash and Arissa Scott in the 1600 run and 3200 run.

Falls qualified 11 individuals for sectional competition with three relay teams.

The Falls girls squad qualified two athletes for the state track and field meet, as Antonie advanced in the shot and Burg moved on to state, after breaking the school record in the 400 dash with a time of 59.97.

The SFHS wrestling team improved to second place with a 5-1 record (9-5 overall) sending Kaleb Ison and Scott Klemme to state.

Ison (130-52 overall) returned to state for the third time, becoming one of seven SFHS wrestlers to accomplish that feat.

Ison took fourth place at the WIAA Division 2 State Wrestling Meet for his second career state medal.

Klemme won one match, but needed another win to make the podium.

The SFHS golf team came within one stroke of going to its eighth straight sectional meet.

The Falcons’ squad finished second in the EWC for the second straight season and won one EWC Mini Meet.

Zach Cromwell and Cole Schibur qualified for the sectional meet as individuals. Both Cromwell and Schibur were named to the All-EWC second team.

The girls soccer team also fell short of winning their eighth EWC title in nine years with a second place finish at 7-4-1(11- 8-1 overall), to finish just a half game behind New Holstein.

Maddie Specht and Trinity Burg were selected to the All- EWC first team. Taylor Higgins, Danika Carroll and MaKayla Shaver were named to the All- EWC second team.

The SFHS girls cross country had its best season in several years with a second place showing at the EWC Meet.

Arissa Scott and Brianna Kleckner finished 1-2 at the Sheboygan County Meet and were both selected to the All- EWC first team.

Brooke Schleicher was honored on the All-EWC second team and Ashley Spatz was All- EWC honorable mention.

The boys soccer team finished in second place with a 6-4 record (12-13-1 overall).

Brayden Much, Jordan Mielke and Connor Spielvogel were named to the All-EWC first team. Jon Bassuener, Jonah Tenpas, Jacob Krueger and Dylan Velasquez made the All- EWC second team.

The SFHS baseball team also improved to a second-place finish with a 15-7 record (18-13 overall).

Jacoby Endreas was selected to the All-EWC first team. JT Petrie, Brandon Senglaub and Alex Friday were named to the All-EWC second team.

The Kohler/Lutheran/Falls girls swimming squad was 1-0 in dual meets and went 3-1 in triangular meets. They finished second at the EWC Meet and fifth at the sectional.

Kara Friske represented KLF at state in the 100 backstroke, finishing 13th overall.

The SFHS girls tennis team went 11-3 overall and 8-2 for a third-place finish.

The team of Carissa Dekanich and Maryssa Guenther was named to the All-EWC second team at No. 1 doubles.

All-EWC honorable mention went to Megan Hand at No. 2 singles, Kim Dean at No. 4 singles and the team of Kristen Schueffner and Amanda Prussow at No. 3 doubles.

The SFHS girls basketball team improved to 10-4 for a third place finish (17-7 overall) in the final EWC standings.

Alyssa Sommerfeld repeated on the All-EWC first team. Myja Durn was selected to the All-EWC second team and Antonie was named All-EWC honorable mention.

The SFHS boys basketball team finished 9-5 in fourth place (14-10 overall) in the EWC.

Petrie repeated on the All- EWC first team and Much was named All-EWC honorable mention.

Petrie became the SFHS boys basketball all-time scoring leader with 1,466 points.

Petrie also set Falls records for most field goals (477), most free throws (305) and set the best free throws percentage mark in 2016-17 for a single season, making 81-of-95 for 85.3 percent.

The SFHS softball team won their first postseason game in program history and finished 5-6 in fourth place (6-14 overall) in the EWC, during the 2017-18 campaign.

Allison Berger and Avery Olafson were named All-EWC honorable mention.

The SFHS boys tennis team was 5-3 for fourth place (8-3 overall) in the EWC.

Much and Mielke were named All-EWC honorable mention. Much qualified for state in no. 1 singles.

The SFHS volleyball team went 4-3 to finish in fourth place (21-22 overall) in the final EWC standings.

Emily Brading and Berger were selected to the All-EWC second team. Emma Wollert was named All-EWC honorable mention.

The boys cross country team finished sixth at the EWC Meet.

Parker Stangel was named All-EWC honorable mention.


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