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Let's go to the replay: 2012

Dec. 31, 2012

A look back at the stories that made headlines in the Mukwonago Chief in 2012:

Free enterprise

Mukwonago junior Abby Jadgfeld took a huge step forward as the Waukesha South/Mukwonago co-op repeated as state champion in the WIAA Division 1 state meet. Jagdfeld won three state titles, including the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.67), the 100 free (50.54), and the 400 free relay (3:25.38), setting a state record in the 200 and helping her team edge Arrowhead, 279-273.

The Blackshirts also took second in the 200 free relay. Fellow Mukwonago swimmer Lizzy Baertlein took sixth in the backstroke and swam on the medley relay, which also placed sixth, and Megan Andersen qualified in the 500 free.

The boys are back

Mukwonago's boys basketball team seriously contended for a conference title in the Classic 8, a battle that went all the way down to a regular-season finale with Arrowhead. Though the Warhawks won in the sold-out Mukwonago gymnasium, the Indians recorded their first-ever winning record in Classic 8 play (11-3) and defeated the team that finished one game ahead, Milwaukee Pius, twice during the season.

The fun didn't end there. The Indians (19-7) marched all the way to the sectional final against Madison Memorial, taking a lead in the third quarter before falling, 57-52, at Kettle Moraine High School. The team brings almost its entire roster back this season, and after a 10-1 start, things look promising again for the Mukwonago boys.

On the girls side, Alexis McKeever took fourth in the high jump and Lissa Kranz placed seventh in the 100.

Field of Clay

Under first-year coach Clay Iverson, the Mukwonago football team took a lunge forward in 2012. The Indians defeated eventual Division 3 state champion Catholic Memorial during the regular season and reached the WIAA playoffs, finishing 5-4 - with two last-second losses among the setbacks.

Nathan Tanguay was named first team All State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association at defensive end, and linebacker Dominic Cizauskas was named honorable mention.

Lucky 13

The Mukwonago boys track and field team sent 13 entrants to the state meet and rampaged to a sectional title, with Mike McClain's second place in the pole vault leading the way at the year-end meet in La Crosse.

Zach Stockheimer took fifth in the discus, and Sam Wagner added seventh in the pole vault, as did Jeremy Harr in the triple jump.

The 4x200 relay broke the school record three times in the final month, with Branden Lloyd, Harr, Steve Phillips and Mitch Polk taking 10th place.

New faces on the pitch

The boys and girls soccer programs both got new leaders in 2012, with Katy Rosenbrook taking the reins of the girls program from John Spielmann (beginning with 2013 season) and Nate Johnson coaching his first year after replacing Shannon Schulte.

Johnson's team had an outstanding season, finishing 18-4-1 and appearing in the Division 1 sectional.

Spielmann was a pioneer for the soccer program,starting the boys team in 1981 and coaching them for 10 years before switching to the girls program. He finished 285-150-51 with 19 winning seasons and three state-tournament appearances.

Belich ringer

Muskego's Jordan Gruettner finished the year 44-0, but Luke Belich of Mukwonago gave it his best shot. The Indians 220-pound wrestler became the ninth Indians wrestler in the state championship match before falling via pin.

Belich finished the year 41-6, with half of those losses against Gruettner. He became the first wrestler from MHS in the finals since Billy Schlottke in 2008.

Heavyweight Tyler Ladwig finished the year 42-4, joining Belich and Dave Unger at the state meet.

Oh so close

The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team came achingly close to its first state berth since 2007, taking a 2-1 lead on Marquette in the sectional final with 10:22 to play. But in a span of 92 seconds, Marquette scored the tying and go-ahead goal, ending the Lasers season at 22-4-1 - the second best mark in program history.

The co-op did win theClassic 8Conference title.

Third kind

Junior Abby Martin qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state golf meet for the third time in her career and could become the first four-time qualifier in program history next fall.

Martin shot 81 in Lake Geneva and grabbed the third and final individual qualifying spot from the sectional with a round of 81. The Indians, who went to the state meet in 2011, finished fourth at the sectional. Six of the team's top seven will return next season.

Triple play

Mukwonago's Jake Diesler will attempt to make the state tennis meet for a fourth straight year this spring after appearing as a junior in June. He finished 21-3, winning his first-round match before falling in three sets to Michael Treis of Brookfield Central, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

At one point, Diesler won 18 straight matches.

Mr. Mukwonago

Jay Christiansen, who once led the Mukwonago boys basketball team to the state championship game and still coaches the girls golf team, will also now handle the varsity baseball team. Christiansen inherited the reins from John Strohbusch, who stepped down to spend more time with his young family.

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