Kaukauna gave the Fox Valley Association a 16th WIAA state softball championship with a 1-0 shutout of Sun Prairie on June 30 in Green Bay. Skyler Calmes pitched a four-hit shutout with two strikeouts and Khloe Hinkens drove in the game's only run with a fourth inning sacrifice fly.
The Ghosts finished 27-2 and won their last 19 games of the season. They reached the title game with a 3-2 win over Wilmot and an 11-1 rout over Burlington. It was the Ghosts' third state softball title, having also captured championships in 2010 and 2017.
Six different schools have combined for the FVA's 16 softball state titles with Hortonville also winning two titles before becoming an FVA member.
For Kaukauna, it marked the school's third state championship of the 2021-22 school year with titles also coming in girls cross country and wrestling. The school has now won 25 state championships, including 13 since 2014.
Appleton North finished off an undefeated alternate fall boys soccer season by winning the WIAA state title with a 1-0 win over De Pere on May 15 in Kewaskum. It was Appleton North's first state title in boys soccer.
The Lightning finished the season 14-0-1 and scored the only goal of the match when Simon Zulewski knocked in a rebound in the 15th minute. Appleton North's defense shut down the Redbirds the rest of the way, holding De Pere to seven shot attempts as goalie Dave Neitzke-Pizzaro made five saves. The Lightning advanced to the final with a 7-0 semifinal win over Racine Horlick earlier in the day, getting goals from six different players.
It marked the fifth state title won by a Fox Valley Association school during the 2020-21 school year, including the third during the alternate fall season. For Appleton North, it was the school's 12th state title in nine different sports since opening in 1996. Appleton North joins Neenah as the only FVA schools to win state boys soccer titles with the Rockets having won in 1986, 1986 and 2007.
Appleton North took home its first state girls volleyball championship on April 17 by sweeping Manitowoc 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 to capture the WIAA alternate fall Division 1 state title at Kaukauna High School.
The Lightning had a balanced attack with four players with at least six kills. Brianna Cantrell totaled 15 kills, while Ella Demetrician had eight, Karissa Fortune had seven and Bella Van Lannen had six. Brooke Bolwerk added 36 assists and 12 digs. Appleton North was in control of most of the match as Manitowoc's only leads were at 3-2 in the first and third sets.
Appleton North finished the shortened season 15-0, dropping only one set for the season. It was the 11th state title in eight different sports since Appleton North opened its doors in 1995.
Kimberly captured the WIAA alternate fall state boys volleyball championship on April 17 with a 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23 victory over Middleton at Kaukauna High School. It marked state titles in consecutive seasons for the Papermakers, who also won the championship in the fall of 2019.
Cooper Polczinski led the Papermakers with 23 kills and just four errors in 37 attempts. Connor Hussey added 47 assists and Hayden Karpinski had 11 kills. Kimberly finished the shortened season with a 20-2 overall record.
The title was Kimberly's 34th in all sports in school history and its 16th since 2013. It marked the 13th boys volleyball state title in FVA history and fourth since 2012 with Kaukauna winning in 2015 and Appleton North in 2012, in addition to Kimberly's 2019 crown.
FVA varsity events will be livestreamed during the 2020-21 sports season as much as possible, based on facility accommodations. Click on the home team's link to find the video feed at gametime. Each link will take you to the school's YouTube page and you will need to click on the specific event. Game videos will be archived for at least seven days following the contest.
Kaukauna captured its fifth WIAA state team wrestling title with a 38-26 victory over three-time defending state champion Stoughton on February 20. The Galloping Ghosts and Vikings split the 14 matches, but Kaukauna recorded all five of the pins in the match to provide the winning margin on its home mat.
The Ghosts got pins from Drew Wendzicki at 170 pounds, Lucas Peters at 106 pounds, Greyson Clark at 126 pounds, Logan Stumpf at 138 pounds and Titus Hammen at 152 pounds. Four of the pins came in less than a minute. Griffin Bekish added a technical fall at 182 pounds and Jager Eisch defeated two-time defending state champion Nicolar Rivera for the second straight week with a 3-1 decision at 132 pounds.
Kaukauna had previously won four straight state team titles from 2014-17. It marks Kaukauna's 24th WIAA state title in all sports and 12th since 2014.
Stevens Point Area Senior High School has been added to Fox Valley Association schedules for fall sports during the alternative season being provided by the WIAA in the spring of 2021.
Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West are playing all of their fall sports in the spring. Kaukauna, Kimberly and Neenah moved some sports to the spring, while Hortonville conducted all of its fall sports during the fall. Stevens Point was the only Wisconsin Valley Conference school to move its sports to the spring, while all others competed in the fall.
Kaukauna captured its first WIAA state girls cross country championship to cap an unusual 2020 fall season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Galloping Ghosts finished with 79 points to outscore runner-up Whitefish Bay by seven points on October 31 in Hartland.
The 12-team championship meet was run in three sessions with four teams and 10 individual qualifiers per session. Kaukauna was one of four Fox Valley Association schools to participate in girls cross country during the fall along with Hortonville, Kimberly and Neenah. Out of the 421 schools that sponsor the sport statewide, 74 (17.5 percent) will run in an alternate season in the spring, including the remaining six FVA teams.
Kaukauna was led by senior Anna Fauske, who posted a 5K time of 18:23 to finish fourth overall. Alexa Kinas placed 17th, Sydney Fauske was 24th, Cailin Kinas was 39nd and Olivia Ahrens was 50th.
It marks Kaukauna's 23rd WIAA state title and 11th since 2014. Neenah is the only other FVA school to win a girls cross country state title, claiming three straight from 1981-83.
A group of 20 high schools from four different central and eastern Wisconsin conferences have joined to form the Fox Valley Classic Football Conference to provide regular season and playoff games for the alternate spring football season in 2021.
The schools, representing the Fox Valley Association, Wisconsin Valley Conference and both divisions of the Fox River Classic Conference, will be split into four groups and play a five-game regular season followed by a two-game playoff format.
The schools are grouped based on a combination of enrollment and past success to provide competitive and unique matchups while still maintaining some traditional rivalries. Each school will play the other four teams in its group and one crossover game with a team from another group during the five-game regular season. Practices begin on March 8 and the first games will be played Thursday, March 25 or Friday, March 26.
The Fox Valley Association begins its 51st season of competition during the 2020-21 school year. The Fox Valley Association is one of the oldest athletic conferences in Wisconsin with six of its seven original members still intact from its founding in 1970.
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. Fox Valley Association schools are members of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and the conference sponsors 20 championship sports.
The Fox Valley Association has had plenty of great teams, athletes and moments that have made the conference special over the past five decades. Click below to read a recap of some of the best. Hard copies of the document are available at Fox Valley Association events over late January and February.
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