The Fox Valley Association website features a student-athlete from one of its 10 member schools every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the 2016-17 school year. This week, get to know Joey Reader, who participates in football, basketball and track and field at Appleton West High School.
Appleton North finished off an undefeated season and captured its first state girls basketball title with a 49-34 win over De Pere on March 11 in Green Bay. The Lightning went 28-0 and were making their second straight trip to state.
The game was tied at 27-27 with 12 minutes left when the Lightning took control with a 13-2 run over the next six minutes. Appleton North never trailed in the game, though it was tied three times.
Appleton North is the eighth FVA squad to win a state girls basketball title. Kimberly won four titles, Oshkosh West won twice and Neenah won once. The championship is the fifth in any sport in Appleton North's history since its opening in 1995. The Lightning also have been part of two hockey co-op titles.
Kaukauna made it four straight WIAA Division 1 team wrestling state championships with a 35-27 triumph over Stoughton on March 4 in Madison. It marked the third straight year the Galloping Ghosts beat Stoughton in the title match. Kaukauna finished the season 22-0.
Stoughton led 21-17 through the first nine bouts starting at 113 pounds as the opening weight. However, the Galloping Ghosts turned the tables by winning the next four matches. The victories included a pin, technical fall, major decision and a decision to give Kaukauna a 35-21 lead to clinch the match heading into the final match.
It is the fourth title overall in 15 appearances in the state team tournament for Kaukauna. The title also marked Kaukauna's 18th in all sports, including the eighth since 2010.
Kimberly rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Franklin 29-14 and win its fourth consecutive WIAA state football championship on Nov. 18 in Madison. The Papermakers finished 14-0 in each of those seasons while extending their state-record winning streak to 56 games. Kimberly forced five Franklin turnovers in the game and became the second school to win four straight football titles, joining Stratford, which won six straight from 2003-08.
It was Kimberly's sixth state football title - all coming in the last 10 years. The past three titles have been in Division 1 after winning three Division 2 crowns. The title was Kimberly's 25th all-time in any sport and the school's seventh in the last four years.
Neenah captured its first WIAA state girls volleyball championship since 1978 with a three-set sweep of Burlington on Nov. 5 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The Rockets were making their 14th trip to state and fifth appearance in the title match. Neenah won the match by scores of 25-17, 25-23, 25-10. The Rockets scored the last five points of the first set and opened the third set with an 11-2 run.
Neenah finished the season 45-4 and won 28 of its last 29 matches. The Rockets avenged their only loss during that span by beating FVA rival Appleton North in a five-set thriller in the quarterfinals. They followed with a sweep of Sun Prairie in the semifinals.
It was Neenah's 32nd overall state championship and its second in two years with girls tennis winning in 2015-16. The title was the fifth by an FVA school in girls volleyball. In addition to Neenah's 1978 crown, Appleton East won in 1986, Kaukauna won in 2010 and Kimberly took Division 2 in 1990.
Welcome to the official website of the Fox Valley Association. With 10 schools totaling an enrollment of over 15,000 students, the conference spans the length of Lake Winnebago from Kaukauna to Fond du Lac. The Fox Valley Association is one of the oldest athletic conferences in Wisconsin with seven of its eight original members still intact from its founding in 1970.
Fox Valley Association schools are members of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and the conference sponsors 20 championship sports.