The Fox Valley Association student-athlete spotlight is back for the ninth consecutive year. Each week throughout the 2022-23 school year, a male and female athlete from an FVA school will be profiled on the FVA website. Selections are made by each school and are typically posted every Tuesday and Thursday. This week, get to know Ben Isom, who participates in baseball, basketball and football at Appleton North High School.
Blake Barry scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 26 seconds left to give Kimberly a thrilling 34-30 win over Mukwonago and its eighth WIAA state football championship on Nov. 18 in Madison.
Barry finished the day with 184 yards on 33 carries and Seth Miron passed for 112 yards and one touchdown as Kimberly finished the season 13-1 overall. The Papermakers won five straight titles from 2013-17 and also won championships in 2007 and 2008. Their eight titles are the second-most in state history behind St. Mary's Springs' nine crowns.
It was the 10th state title won by an FVA squad with Appleton West taking a title in 1992 and Oshkosh North winning in 2000. Kimberly has now won 35 state titles in school history in all sports, including 21 since 2007.
Selected FVA varsity events will be livestreamed during the 2022-23 sports season, based on streaming capabilities and 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.
The Fox Valley Association begins its 52nd season of competition during the 2021-22 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.