The Fox Valley Association student-athlete spotlight is back for the sixth straight year in 2019-20. Each week, male and female student-athletes from each of the conference's 10 schools will be featured. Spotlights are typically posted on Tuesday and Thursday. This week, get to know Abby Freismuth, who participates in softball at Fond du Lac High School.
The 2019-20 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fox Valley Association athletic conference. In celebration of this milestone, the FVA website will highlight several of the great athletes who competed in the conference and helped make it into one of Wisconsin's premier athletic leagues.
Past FVA athletes will recall their favorite memories of playing in the conference, share their accomplishments and what the FVA means to them, and update fans on what they are doing today.
This week, we look back at Kris Kelderman, who was a champion at every level of soccer, leading Neenah to back-to-back state titles in 1985 and 1986 before winning a collegiate championship at the University of Virginia and the first two Major League Soccer Cup titles with D.C. United. Kelderman is now the head coach at UW-Milwaukee.
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.
Photo courtesy WIAA
Athletes from seven different Fox Valley Association schools combined to win a second straight WIAA state girls hockey championship with the Fox Cities Stars co-op program. The Stars defeated Middleton co-op 5-3 in the championship game on March 7 in Madison.
Hortonville's Maddy Jablonski and Appleton West's Gwen Gillard each scored first period goals to stake the Stars to a 2-0 lead. Annika Horman from Appleton North tallied two goals and Ella Sciborski from Hortonville made 15 saves in goal. The Stars finished with a 38-18 advantage in shots.
Fox Cities finished 22-7 overall for the season. The team also had FVA athletes from Appleton East, Kaukauna, Kimberly and Neenah on the roster. It is the fifth state girls hockey title won by FVA member schools. A co-op consisting of athletes from the three Appleton schools won the 2007 state title, while Fond du Lac won titles in 2004 and 2006.
Kimberly avenged a state championship loss to Germantown with a four-set victory on Nov. 9 in Green Bay for the school's first state boys volleyball title. The Papermakers were runner-up to Germantown last year, but posted a 25-21, 25-13, 22-25, 25-20 victory in this year's final. Landon Krause and Spencer Herman each recorded 11 kills and Tony Wisneski totaled 31 assists for Kimberly, which finished 29-5 overall.
It was the 12th state boys volleyball title won by an FVA member school. Most recently, Kaukauna won in 2015 and Appleton North was the 2011 champion. The other titles all came prior to boys volleyball being discontinued in 1983. For Kimberly, it was the school's 32nd state title in any sport with 18 of those coming since 2007.
The Fox Valley Association is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2019-20 school year. 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. Check back here throughout the school year for 50th anniversary celebrations of the conference's rich history.
Congratulations to Appleton East High School senior Jack Pingel on creating the 50th anniversary logo for the conference.
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.