STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved action items and received executive staff updates and reports at its September meeting today.
The WIAA family is saddened by the loss of former Associate Director Don Herrmann, who passed away Monday, Sept. 5, at the age of 84.
Herrmann served 25 years in the executive office, retiring on Aug. 1, 1998. He joined the staff in July 1973 as an assistant to the director, replacing Les Ansorge. He assumed the duties for tournament planning and rule responsibilities for the sports of football, wrestling, tennis, softball and hockey.
The Area Meetings provide the forum for the membership to come together and share information and discuss the importance of interscholastic sports and the issues and challenges the membership encounters in sustaining this democratic organization governed by the schools themselves.
She becomes the second woman to serve in the president’s role. Donna Thomas of Lake Mills was the first to preside over the Board in 2002-03.
Bernie Nikolay, superintendent at Cambridge was introduced as a new Board member, filling the position in District 6. In addition, the Board also conducted its 2016-17 officer elections. Scott Winch, the superintendent in the Stratford School District, will serve as the president-elect. Ted Knutson, president at Aquinas, was elected to the role of treasurer.
Led by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2015-16 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,868,900 – an increase of 61,853 from the previous year.
Menomonee Falls 2, Marquette 0
Defending champion Menomonee Falls (25-10) won its second straight State Summer Baseball championship with a 2-0 shutout over Marquette (27-7) in the final at Kapco Park Friday evening.
The only scoring in the game came in the Indians’ half of the third inning. After one out, Ryan Piontek and Zack Kornburger singled and Ryan Spalding walked to load the bases. Ty Weber, who set a State Tournament record for two games with six hits, drove in two runs with a single to left field.
Weber pitched a gem, tossing a shutout with nine strikeouts. Weber, Cole Mir and Nick Gile each had a pair of hits to lead the Indians’ 10-hit attack.
Marquette managed just four hits in the game, all singles. The Hilltoppers only had one runner advance to second base in the game.
The Indians claim their second title in seven State appearances. Marquette finishes runner-up for the third time in nine State experiences.
Menomonee Falls 6, New Holstein 0
Menomonee Falls (24-10) blanked New Holstein (20-11) 6-0 in the semifinals of the State Summer Baseball Tournament Friday at Kapco Park in Mequon.
The Indians’ offense collected 13 hits, including a 4-for-4 performance by Ty Weber, who drove in three runs.
Menomonee Falls posted the only run they would need in the game in the top of the first inning on a lead-off double by Zach Kornburger, who scored on a double by Weber.
Weber drove in two more runs with a single, and Nick Gile doubled in Weber in the Indians’ three-run fourth inning. They added a run in the fifth inning on a run-scoring single by Ryan Piontek to score Jake Sutherland, who walked to lead off the inning.
The Indians added an insurance run in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Kornburger to score Piontek, who reached earlier in the inning on a fielder’s choice.
Logan Roble pitched a complete game to record the win for the Indians. He allowed four hits and struck out two. Cole Mir and Piontek had three hits, and Kornburger chipped in with two hits for Menomonee Falls.
Starter Justin Weber was charged with the loss on the hill for the Huskies. He surrendered four runs on six hits, and Owen Olson gave up a pair of runs on seven hits in relief. Nick Andrew had a pair of singles to lead the Huskies offense.
Marquette 8, Oak Creek 3
Marquette (27-6) advances to the championship game of the State Summer Baseball Tournament with an 8-3 victory over Oak Creek (31-3) Friday morning at Kapco Park in Mequon.
The Knights plated three runs in the third inning. After Joey Richter singled to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on errant throw on a sacrifice by Alec Kent, who was safe at first. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice, a balk scored Richter with Kent advancing to third. D.J. Ellifson belted a triple to right field to drive in Kent and then scored on a single by Alex Binelas.
Marquette scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Peter Ahn to score Jeromy Schultz, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Hilltoppers scored another single run in the fourth inning without the aid of a hit. Two walks, two stolen bases and a wild pitch pushed across the run.
Marquette sent 10 hitters to the plate in a six-run sixth inning. Jack Dwyer and Jim Jarecki each drove in a run with a single in the inning, and Jack Shemanski drove in a pair with a double to right center. An error and a walk also produced runs in the inning.
Dwyer was credited with the victory for the Hilltoppers, yielding five hits and striking out six in six innings of work. Matt Hamilton was charged with the loss in relief for Oak Creek.
The 52nd Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Summer Baseball State Tournament will take place Friday, July 22, at Kapco Park on the campus of Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. Action will begin at 9:05 a.m. with the first of two semifinals. The start has been moved earlier than the scheduled 11:35 a.m. because of heat concerns. The championship game will begin at 6:05 p.m. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session and are available only at the park.
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