Oshkosh North set a single-season state record for victories and capped a perfect season with a 31-0 record in a 4-2, nine-inning state championship softball game victory over defending champion Sun Prairie on June 8 in Madison. It was the Spartans' first state title in softball.
Sydney Supple allowed four hits and struck out 11 over nine innings to earn the victory. She also drove in the tying run in the fifth inning and scored the Spartans' first run, coming in from second base on a wild pitch. Oshkosh North took the lead in the ninth when Mathena Higgins led off the inning with a walk and scored on an error. Sophie Averkamp added a run-scoring single later in the inning.
The state title was Oshkosh North's first in school history for any girls sport. It was the school's third overall, joining the 2018 boys basketball team and 2001 football team. It was the 14th state softball championship by an FVA school and the sixth different FVA school to win a title. Hortonville also won two softball state titles prior to joining the FVA.
Kimberly captured its third consecutive WIAA Division 1 state boys track and field championship on June 1 in La Crosse. Rowen Ellenberg led the Papermakers with a state title in the 800 meter run and a runner-up finish in the 1600 meter run. Nick Tomasovic was third in both the shot put and discus, while Caleb Frazer was runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles.
Kimberly totaled 46 points to outscore runner-up Waukesha North, which had 39 points. It is Kimberly's fifth state track title, having also won in 1960 and 2014 in addition to the past two years. The title is Kimberly's 31st in any sport and its 13th over the past seven years.
Athletes from seven Fox Valley Association schools helped the Fox Cities Stars co-op capture their first WIAA state girls hockey championship with a dramatic 6-5 double overtime win over Hudson on March 2 in Madison. Hortonville's Maddy Jablonski tallied the game-winning goal to cap the comeback as the Stars rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.
Appleton North's Mckayla Zilisch tied the game with 11.1 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Annaliese Mauel from Kaukauna earned the victory in goal, coming in relief in the first period and making 14 saves.
The team finished 24-4 overall and also featured players from Appleton East, Appleton West, Kimberly and Neenah. A co-op team from Appleton East, West and North won the state championship in 2007 for the Fox Valley's only previous title in the sport. The Stars compete in the Eastern Shores Conference.
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Neenah captured its third WIAA state boys cross country title and first since 2001 with four runners among the top 30 finishers to edge defending champion Middleton by nine points on Oct. 27 in Wisconsin Rapids.
Matt Meinke was third overall in a 5K time of 15:33 after placing fourth individually last season. The trio of Griffin Congdon, Trenton Bauer and Austin Henderson stayed together the entire race and finished within three seconds of each other. Congdon was 24th in 16:19, Bauer was a second behind and finished 26th, while Henderson was 30th in 16:22. Joseph Murray rounded out the Rockets’ top five by finishing in 117th place in 17:11.
Neenah totaled 122 points, while Middleton finished with 131 points. Neenah also won boys cross country state titles in 2001 and 1963. It marks Neenah’s 33rd state title in any sport in school history.
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.