Wilmot UHS students awarded donation from Kenosha County Tavern League to attend leadership conference

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

Eight students from the Wilmot Union High School Student Government will join thousands of other student leaders at a Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Denver, Colorado on Nov. 10-13.

On Thursday, Sept.15, President of the Kenosha County Tavern League Jennifer Collison presented advisors Tracy Carlisle and Dawn Barranco with a check for $700 to help alleviate the cost of the trip for the students. This donation will be matched by the Tavern League of Wisconsin Joint Districts 1 & 9 Foundation.

“We are extremely grateful,” said Carlisle. “This donation will help ensure that we can provide our students with educational experiences both at and outside the conference.”

LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers, and are a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which also administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

Students will attend workshops on improving leadership skills, problem solving, project planning, fundraising, team building, idea sharing, and networking. The class officers will be accompanied by advisers Dawn Barranco and Tracy Carlisle.

“The LEAD Conferences offer talented young people from across the country the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills in order to make a difference in their schools and communities,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP.

LEAD Conferences are held three times each school year, and are growing in popularity in the U.S. and abroad. Attendance at each conference includes representation from an average of 23 states. In recent years, the LEAD Conferences have also attracted a more global audience with student delegations coming from a variety of countries that have included Bermuda, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

Cooler weather this week

hot-thermometer-istockIt’s as if Mother Nature suddenly became aware of the calendar and thought, “wow it’s fall, time to cool things off.”

High temerpatures in the National Weather Service forecast for this week are not expected to get out of the 60s all week. Forecast highs for this week are: Monday, 66; Tuesday, 61; Wednesday, 60; Thursday, 68; Friday, 69; and Saturday, 69.

The greatest chance of rain is Tuesday night, when there’s a 50 percent ance.

Units responding for investigation

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:09 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to the 8600 block of 225th Avenue in Salem for an investigation.

Per dispatch: Homeowner reports their home may have been struck by lightning.

UPDATE about 4:18 p.m. — Fire unit arriving on scene reports no signs of fire visible from exterior.

Units responding for crash in Wheatland

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:05 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 6700 block of 400th Avenue (Highway P) in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Multiple vehicles involved.

UPDATE 2:16 p.m. — Traffic on 400th Avenue being blocked by deputies in both directions.

UPDATE 2:21 p.m. — Scanner transmissions indicate a helicopter landing zone being set up at the scene of the crash.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. — Per dispatch: McHenry based Flight for Life medical transport helicopter unable to respond. Waukesha-based FFL helicopter just returning to base from a flight and needs to refuel before responding. 35 minute estimated time of arrival.

UPDATE about 2:30 p.m. — Deputy reports a patient that was trapped has been freed from one vehicle.

A word from our sponsors: Sept. 25, 2016 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors.

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

2614 200th Ave, Union Grove

10816 269th Ave, Trevor

12320 250th Ave, Trevor

24621 121st St, Trevor

19530 101st St, Bristol

Central HS teacher Parisa Meymand named 2016 American Geographical Society Geography Teacher Fellow

Parisa Maymand /Submitted photo

Parisa Maymand /Submitted photo

Westosha Central High School social studies teacher Parisa Meymand of  Trevor has been named a 2016 American Geographical Society Geography Teacher Fellow.

Meymand is one of 50 teachers nationwide selected for the honor.

From a news release from the AGS:

Ms. Meymand is one of fifty teachers selected from across the United States to participate in this first year of the program. The AGS Geography Teacher Program has been made possible by a generous gift to AGS by the Boundless Corporation. Ms. Meymand teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at Westosha Central High School. As part of the award for being selected as a Teacher Fellow, Ms. Meymand will attend the AGS Fall Symposium on November 17 and 18, 2016 at Columbia University in New York City. The Symposium will enable the Teacher Fellows to gain valuable cutting edge content knowledge and awareness of the real-world geographic workplace skills demanded by today’s geospatial companies. The Teacher Fellows will have a unique opportunity to interact with, and become one of, the nation’s thought-leaders who are involved in the multi-year dialog about the future of geography. “We are very pleased to be able to have Parisa among 50 of the best teachers in the country join us in New York City in November,” said Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society. “Geography and geospatial science have an effect on just about every aspect of our daily lives. The collective experience and expertise of these Geography Teacher Fellows will help guide the Society as we lead the discussion about the future of geography. In addition, the teachers will be able to bring back to their classrooms, practical and cutting edge information about the latest advancements in the geospatial world. We are so privileged to have these amazing teachers leading the future of geography with us,” added Dr. Konarski. The AGS Fall Symposium is one of the most important and recognized geography/geospatial events in North America during the Fall Semester. Attendees include CEOs and senior executives from preeminent geospatial companies along with leading experts and representatives from government, not-for-profits, and academia. Established in 1851, the American Geographical Society (AGS) is the oldest professional geographical/geospatial organization in the United States. It is recognized world-wide as a pioneer in geographical research and education in geography for over 165 years. AGS is a 21st century learning society dedicated to the advancement of geographic thinking, understanding, and knowledge across business, government, academe, the social sector, and education. The goal of AGS is to enhance the nation’s geographic literacy so as to engender sound public policy, national security, and human well-being worldwide. AGS is the only organization focused on bringing together academics, business people, those who influence public policy (including leaders in local, state and federal government, not-for-profit organizations and the media), and the general public for the express purpose of furthering the understanding of the role of geography in our lives. AGS provides leadership to frame the national discussion of the growing importance of geography and geo-spatial tools. The Society maintains its headquarters in New York City.

Donations sought for downtown Twin Lakes planters

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/Photo by Stratsan via stock.xchng

The Main Street Flowers Project in Twin Lakes is looking to put a fall spin on the look of the downtown planters.

The project is seeking donations of pumpkin or gourds or similar fall items to be used in the downtown planters.

You can drop off your donations of pumpkins/gourds/mums at the drop off table at Central Park (N Lake/Main St) by Oct.21.

Salem extends agreement with Western Kenosha County Historical Society for five years

The Google Streetview image above shows the Western Kenosha County Historical Society complex in Miller Park in Trevor.

The Salem Town Board on Monday extended for five years an agreement with the Western Kenosha County Historical Society that allows that group to use a town park as its headquarters.

The society has two historical buildings in Miller Park on 260th Avenue in Trevor.

There was some discussion about the term of the agreement before the approval. Supervisor Dennis Faber said he felt five years was too long. In his opinion, the society is too centered on Trevor and should be more inclusive of other areas of Western Kenosha County, he added.

“I am not real pleased with the direction the historical society is going in now,” Faber said. “My question has always been where are the other communities that are west of the I?”

The other board members seemed OK with the term, but Supervisor Dan Campion suggested more frequent updates from the society would be useful. A provision for at least an annual report from the society to the Town Board was included in the motion extending the agreement.

The vote to approve the extension was unanimous.

Deaths Sept. 23, 2016: Paul H. Hoffmann

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for crash in Wheatland

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:38 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highway 50 and Highway 83-north in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: A vehicle has struck a pole. There is one person injured.

UPDATE 4:41 p.m. — Deputy reports a light standard is down and partially in the road. A street sign also is down. One vehicle is well off the road. Multiple cars may be involved.

History Seekers of the Union Grove Area hosting cemetery walk Sept. 24


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Union Grove Memorial Cemetery Walk, sponsored by the History Seekers of the Union Grove Area, will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 -4 p.m.

Participants will have a unique experience on this tour of the historic Union Grove Memorial Cemetery. You can speak with early settlers and listen to them tell of life in this western Racine County community. Hear them tell tales of hardships and celebrations of victory. Learn how these first leaders, merchants, healers and heroes built a town we now know as Union Grove.
There will be a family whose members served in the Revolutionary, Black Hawk and Civil Wars. Talk to the first doctor who made house calls on horseback, a WWI bugler and general store merchant.

This event is free and open to the public

More information can be found on the Facebook page of the History Seekers of the Union Grove Area or by calling 262-994-3344

Kenosha County Youth As Resources seeking grant applicants

youth-as-resources-logoLooking for money for your next community service or service learning project?  Kenosha County Youth As Resources (YAR), a program dedicated to youth empowerment, is seeking youth-led groups to apply for grant funds of up to $500 for their next service project.

A simple two-page application form and a short presentation to YAR board members are all that are required to qualify for grant funds.  Applications and details about YAR and YAR grants are available at the UW-Extension office in the Kenosha County Center 19600 75th Street in Bristol or at the Youth As Resources website:  www.kenoshacountyyar.org.

The grant requests are due Oct. 14, 2016.  The grant meeting is Oct. 18.  The grant meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 1010 56th St., Kenosha.  At that time youth will make a presentation detailing their request.

Kenosha County Youth As Resources is a program of Kenosha County University of Wisconsin-Extension in partnership with the United Way of Kenosha County.

For more information, please contact Kenosha County Youth As Resources at 262-857-1945.

A word from our sponsors: Trevor-Wilmot School seeking middle school coaches

ad-t-w-help-wanted-9-2016-webTrevor-Wilmot School is advertising this position with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Trevor-Wilmot School is looking for basketball coaches for the girls and boys season during the upcoming school year.  The girls season runs from the beginning of October to the beginning of December.  The boys season runs from the beginning of December to the middle of February. We are looking for qualified applicants who have a passion for working with and shaping young children.

Head girls basketball coach for Trevor-Wilmot School (middle school level):

  • $1400 stipend for the season.
  • Must be available for practices 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Games will end anywhere from 6:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Season runs from October 5th – December 8th.
  • Applicants can contact Jeff Ryczek at ryczekjr@twc.k12.wi.us.

Head boys basketball coach for Trevor-Wilmot School (middle school level):

  • $1400 stipend for the season.
  • Must be available for practices 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Season runs from December 9th – February 14th.
  • Applicants can contact Jeff Ryczek at ryczekjr@twc.k12.wi.us.

Cheer Coach (Boys and Girls Season) (middle school level)

  • $500 per season
  • Must be available for practices 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Games will end anywhere from 6:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Girls season runs from October 5th – December 8th.
  • Boys season runs from October 5th – December 8th.

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated. Several new entries just posted today.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

wilmot-auto-exterior-2011-webNote: Wilmot Auto Service is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 16 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 65 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:16 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 50 and 75 (Brass Ball Corners) in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. — Salem F/R command on the scene confirms two vehicles involved and they are blocking traffic.

UPDATE 4:41 p.m. — Salem F/R units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

Units responding for investigation in Silver Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:45 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to investigate a reported strong smell of gas in the area of Second Street and Lake Street in Silver Lake.

UPDATE 4 p.m. — Units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church hosting Oktoberfest on Oct. 2

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Twin Lakes, is having an Oktoberfest on Oct. 2. The entire community is invited.

The event will follow service at 9 a.m. There will be free food served at noon The event also will feature a bouncy house, horse shoe tournament, bocce ball, badminton and more.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 876 Lance Drive, Twin Lakes.

A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Raceway adds championship nights Sept. 23 & 24

wilmot-raceway-logo-2016-webNote: Wilmot Raceway is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

With all the rain this year Wilmot Raceway has added two dates to the end of the year to give the drivers a shot at battling on track for the championship.

Point races in all divisions are down to the wire.

First championship night will happen on Friday, Sept. 23, with Saturday, Sept. 24 closing out the season with a big sprint car/late model race. Grandstand admission on Sept. 23 is $12 for everyone ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 7-11, with children ages 6 and under admitted free. On Sept. 24 ages 12 and older are $20, ages 7-11 $5 with ages 6 and under admitted free.

For the latest updates check the official track web site www.wilmotraceway.com, the trackside race line 262-862-2090 or the track’s Facebook page.

Maintenance on I-94 to cause lane closures in Racine, Milwaukee counties

road-workIf you are going to drive overnight on I-94, you may experience some lane closures starting Sept. 25.

From a Wisconsin Department of Transportation media release:

On Sunday evening, September 25, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin a maintenance project on I-94, from the Racine/Kenosha County Line to Rawson Avenue, in Milwaukee and Racine counties. Lane closures will take place in the overnight hours from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. during weekdays, with possible lane and ramp closures during weekends. During lane closures, a single lane of mainline traffic will remain open in each direction, at all times. The project will route and seal this 17 mile stretch of freeway, along with sections of interchange ramps. The contractor, American Pavement Solutions, is planning on completing the $1.1 million project later this fall. This is a routine maintenance project following up on the 2014 resurfacing of the corridor. The schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Lakewood School senior brunch blends nostalgia with the future

lakewood-school-senior-brunch-2-webWednesday’s senior brunch at Lakewood School in Twin Lakes offered a unique blend of information about the school years past and cutting edge information about the how learning is done today.

The program for this month’s brunch — which is in its 12th year at the school — consisted of teacher Chris Cates’ fourth graders asking the seniors in attendance about their school days.

The seniors were eager to tell the youngsters about how they got to school, what happened when they misbehaved, where they went to school and gluing methods back in the day. Here is a video sample:

After the brunch, many of the seniors took advantage of a new computer course offered by the school. The course, led by tech coordinator Rich Kojis, is designed to help seniors to learn the computer and internet skills necessary to keep up with their family or the world at large.

More information about the program is available by calling the school at 877-2148

Here are some more photos from Wedneday’s event:
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Obregon trial delayed until 2017

gavel-sxc-Jason-Morrison-webThe trial of Andrew Obregon will not take place this year.

The trial was set to begin Sept 26, but court records on Wednesday show the trial has been rescheduled to Jan. 30, 2017.

Media reports say the delay came at the request of defense counsel due to an issue caused by illness to part of the defense team.

Obregon, of Brighton, faces charges of first degree intentional homicide and numerous other charges. He is accused of killing Tywon Anderson, 37, of Kenosha, a year ago. While a person of interest and later a suspect in Anderson’s death, Obregon eluded law enforcement for almost two weeks, leading Western Kenosha County and Racine County authorities on several chases, including through farm fields still high with crops. He was captured just over the Illinois border after another chase on Oct. 13, 2015.

Obregon’s next scheduled appearance in court is Jan. 26 for a jury status hearing.

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Sheriffs seek to reassure public amidst ongoing hunt for Obregon

UPDATED: Obregon now suspect in Paris death investigation, sheriff says

Units on scene of crash on Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:58 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash in the 30200 block of Highway F in Salem.

One ambulance is on the scene and another is being dispatched. Tow trucks have been dispatched. A We Energies crew also is on the scene for damage to a utility pole.

Twin Lakes woman faces homicide charge in connection with Salem heroin death

Elizabeth M. Cooper /Kenosha County Sheriff's Department photo

Elizabeth M. Cooper /Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department photo

A Twin Lakes woman faces a charge of reckless homicide in connection with the heroin overdose death of a Salem man this summer.

Elizabeth M. Cooper, 30, faces a charge of  first degree reckless homicide/delivery of drugs. She also has been charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs (heroin) and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cooper’s charges stem from an investigation into the July 18 death of Salem resident Christopher Stachura. From a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department media release:

Stachura was found on that day deceased in his garage in the 11500 block of 277th Avenue. Evidence at the scene suggested heroin overdose. During the investigation it was determined based on physical evidence on the scene and mobile phone records that Stachura received the heroin from 30 year old Village of Twin Lakes resident Elizabeth M. Cooper. Cooper was interviewed and admitted to providing Stachura with heroin.  When Cooper was arrested she was in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.”

Units responding for tree fire in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:33 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a fire on the 27000 block of 115th St. in Trevor.

Per dispatch: A tree has fallen on a power line and tree is now on fire.

Paddock Lake Area Lions Club annual Spaghetti Dinner is Oct. 8

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Photo by Michal Bahn via stock.xchng

The Paddock Lake Area Lions Club will host their 10th annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The dinner will be served at the Westosha Senior Community Center at 19200 93rd St., in Bristol. Tickets are $7.50 for adults; $4.50 for children ages 6-12; and free for children under age 6.

There will be many Raffles and a Bake Sale, too. Carry outs are available.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by contacting Lions Ralph or Joyce Myers at 262-857- 7254 or Lions Mike or Cindy Taylor at 262-914- 4242.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Western Kenosha County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. located at the Westosha Senior Community Center in Bristol, on Highway C, east of Highway 45.

Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

breezy-hill-nursery-summer-2015Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Breezy Hill Nursery, 7530 288th Ave. Breezy Hill Nursery offers a full line of landscaping and gardening supplies. Their retail center offers gifts, decor, garden and landscaping products, delivery services and classes. Breezy Hill’s Garden Center Staff are passionate gardeners who are truly excited by the opportunity to share their knowledge, offer up some advice or show off the exciting signature specimen plant material their garden center is known for.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Breezy Hill Nursery gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!

Identity of fatal car fire victim released

The identity of a man who died in a car fire in New Munster Friday has been released.

Paul H. Hoffman, 64, of Burlington, died of burn injury and smoke inhalation, said a media release from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

Hoffman’s pickup was reported on fire in the parking lot of the store where he worked in the 6500 block of 352nd Avenue. Bystanders attempted to get him out of the vehicle but were unsuccessful. Deputies and fire and rescue personnel that responded to the fire found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, said Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer, KCSD public information officer.

Thunderstorm expected Wednesday morning

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Photo by fanndango via morgueFile.com

A strong thunderstrom is expected to hit Western Kenosha County this morning, says the National Weather Service.

At 5:36 a.m., the storm was near East Troy and moving east at 40 mph.

Winds of 30 mph and torrential rain are happening with this storm.

A 20-40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms remains in the forecast through Friday night.

Monica Rasch to compete for UW-Whitewater cross country team

Monica Rasch, a native of Kenosha, and graduate of Westosha Central High School, is competing for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s cross country team during the 2016 season.

Rasch, a freshman at UW-Whitewater, is majoring in physical education.

The Warhawks opened the 2016 season  Sept. 17. UW-Whitewater will compete in four more meets prior to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which are set for Oct. 29 at Wisconsin River Golf Club in Stevens Point. The NCAA Midwest Regional will take place two weeks later at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, with the NCAA Championships slated for Nov. 19 at the Tom Sawyer Course in Louisville, Kentucky.

Juniors Monica Sweet (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) and Mara Wiebke (Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska) return to lead the women’s team, which will compete in 6-kilometer races.

Sweet and Wiebke were among the Warhawks’ top seven finishers a year ago. Sweet posted a season-best 24:36 at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on Sept. 25th, while Wiebke’s season-best came at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 25:00 on Nov. 14. Both will look to finish among the top three of the varsity lineup.

Juniors Olivia Woyak (Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska) and Liz Mielke (Whitewater, Wis./Whitewater), who each registered several varsity finishes a year ago, look to become consistent top seven finishers. Woyak’s season-best finish came at the Open AAE Invitational with a time of 25:41, while Mielke had her personal best time of 24:33 at the Open AAE Invitational as well.

Other returners include seniors Katelyn Pena (Kenosha/Tremper), Leeana Liska (New Berlin/West), juniors Sara Fuller (Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield), Emma Knudtson (Aurora, Ill./Rosary), Ashley Paulick(Union Grove, Wis./Union Grove), sophomores Elizabeth Considine (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove), Grace Drake(Elburn, Ill./Kaneland), Lauren Oleniczak (Oak Creek, Wis./Oak Creek), Brittany Scott (Racine, Wis./Horlick), Manda Slaback (Janesville, Wis./Parker), Madison Wargowsky (Wentzville, Mo./Wentzville Holt) and Margaret Wehde (Grayslake, Ill./Grayslake Central).

For more than 140 years, UW-Whitewater has provided students with the education and training to begin their careers with a solid foundation behind them. The UW-Whitewater is committed to the development of the individual, the growth of personal and professional integrity and respect for diversity and global perspectives. These are met by providing academic and co-curricular programs that emphasize the pursuit of knowledge and understanding and a commitment to service within a safe and secure environment.

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