For the fourth straight year, the Fox Valley Association website will feature one female and one male athlete from each member school each week throughout the school year. The athletes are chosen by the school and their profiles will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday. This week, get to know Nicole Lord, who participates in cross country and track and field at Fond du Lac High School.
Two Fox Valley Association schools came home with state championships from the WIAA state boys basketball tournament as Oshkosh North and Kaukauna both claimed gold balls on March 17 in Madison. Oshkosh North captured its first Division 1 title with a 61-44 win over Brookfield East, while Kaukauna won its second Division 2 crown in three years with a 76-74 win over Milwaukee Washington.
Oshkosh North got 30 points in the title game from Tyrese Haliburton, who set a state tournament single-game record by making all 18 free throw attempts. Quincy Anderson added 15 points as the Spartans finished the season 26-1 overall. It was Oshkosh North's second state title in school history along with a football title in 2001. Oshkosh North is the first Division 1 state champion from the FVA since Oshkosh West in 2007.
Kaukauna rallied from a six-point deficit with three minutes left and scored the go-ahead points on a shot by Jordan McCabe with 2.3 seconds left. McCabe finished with 32 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a game that was tied nine teams and featured 11 lead changes. It was Kaukauna's second state basketball title and 20th in all sports. The Ghosts have won 10 state titles since 2010.
The championships are the eighth and ninth won by FVA member schools in boys basketball since the league began in 1970. Overall, current FVA members have combined for 16 boys basketball state titles by seven different schools in the 103-year history of the event.
Appleton North won its second consecutive WIAA Division 1 girls basketball title with a 45-32 win over Mukwonago on March 10 in Green Bay. The Lightning scored the game's first 10 points and led the entire way.
Senior Sydney Levy led Appleton North with 17 points as the Lightning shot 52.8 percent from the field. Appleton North held Mukwonago to 1-for-14 three-point shooting.
The Lightning reached the finals with a 52-38 win over Arrowhead in the semifinals. Appleton North is the first repeat Division 1 champion since Milwaukee Vincent won three straight from 2007-09. It marks the eighth state title in school history in any sport. Girls basketball is the first sport at the school to win two titles.
Kimberly extended its state-record winning streak to 70 straight games, while finishing 14-0 for the fifth consecutive season with a 27-7 win over Sun Prairie in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game on Nov. 17 in Madison.
The Papermakers trailed 7-0 in the game, but tied the game on a touchdown run by John Nett just before halftime. Quarterback Alec Rosner raced 50 yards for a score early in the second half to push the lead to 14-7 before D.J. Stewart added a pair of touchdowns. Stewart finished with 189 yards rushing on 34 carries.
It marks Kimberly's seventh state football title in the past 11 years and ties the Papermakers for the most all-time, matching Edgar, Lancaster, Stratford and St. Mary's Springs. In addition to the five straight crowns, Kimberly also won in 2007 and 2008.
Overall, the school has now won 28 state championships in all sports with 14 of those coming since 2007.
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.