Kaukauna concluded a perfect season with a 31-0 overall record and a second consecutive WIAA Division 1 state championship in an 11-3 rout of Sun Prairie in the championship game on June 11 in Madson.
The Galloping Ghosts jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings as Haylie Wittman hit a solo home run in the first inning and Karly Meredith added an inside-the-park home run in the second inning. Kaukauna had five players with at least two hits and pitchers Skyler Calmes and Meredith combined to limit Sun Prairie to just two hits.
It was the fourth state softball title for Kaukauna, which also won in 2010 and 2017 prior to the back-to-back crowns. The Ghosts have now won 51 consecutive games dating to the 2021 season. It marked the 27th state title in all sports at Kaukauna with 15 of those coming since 2013-14.
The title also continued a dominance by the FVA in softball with the conference's 16th state championship by six different schools. It was the league's third straight title with Oshkosh North winning in 2019.
Neenah captured its fourth WIAA state boys basketball championship and first since 1978 with a 64-52 win over Brookfield Central on March 19 in Madison. The Rockets became just the second team in state history to win 29 games in a season, finishing with a 29-1 overall record and winning their final 27 games of the season.
Neenah used a 12-0 run during the first half to build a 28-14 lead and led by at least five points the rest of the way. The Rockets had four players in double figures, led by Chevalier Emery’s 19 points. Carter Thomas had 15 points and J.J. Paider added 14 points and 18 rebounds. Brady Corso finished with 10 points. Paider set a Division 1 tournament record with 32 rebounds in two games.
The Rockets reached the title game with a 60-52 win over Racine Case in the semifinals. Neenah also won state titles in 1930, 1975 and 1978, and was making its record 28th appearance in the state tournament. It marked the school’s 37th state championship in all sports and second this school year, joining the girls tennis team.
Kaukauna captured its second straight WIAA Division 1 state team wrestling championship and sixth in school history with a 35-24 win over Holmen on March 5 in Madison.
The Galloping Ghosts got pins from Drew Wendzicki at 182 pounds and Lucas Peters at 120 pounds in the victory. Judah Hammen added a technical fall at 170 pounds and Greyson Clark won by major decision at 138 pounds. Other winners for Kaukauna included Connor Smith at 138 pounds, Bryant Correa at 195 pounds, Ben Krueger at 285 pounds, Michael Posorski at 106 pounds and Bryan Winans at 126 pounds.
The Galloping Ghosts, who also won their 17th consecutive Fox Valley Association championship this season, finished 13-0 in dual meets. They beat Franklin 51-14 in the quarterfinals and Stoughton 39-35 in the semifinals. In addition to its 2021 state title, Kaukauna won state titles four straight years from 2014-17.
It marked the 26th state title in all sports at Kaukauna with 14 of those coming since 2013-14.
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Neenah’s girls tennis team captured its second WIAA state team championship and finished off an undefeated season with a 4-3 win over Divine Savior Holy Angels on Oct. 23 in Madison.
The Rockets finished the season with a 20-0 record, while Divine Savior ended its season 22-3 with all three losses coming to Neenah. Neenah also won the state title in 2015 and was appearing in the state championship match for the sixth time in the past eight years.
Neenah’s two-time state champion doubles tandem of Sophia Paape and Shelby Roth had the clinching victory with a 6-1, 7-6 victory at No. 1. The Rockets swept all three doubles matches with Meghan Stielow and Nora Paape winning at No. 2 and Maddie Daharsh and Paige Stielow victorious at No. 3. Liz Risgaard added a win at No. 2 singles.
It was Neenah’s 36th state championship all-time in 14 different sports.
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.
The Fox Valley Association has had plenty of great teams, athletes and moments that have made the conference special over the past five decades. During the 2019-20 school year the Fox Valley Association celebrated its 50th anniversary. Click below to read a recap of some of the best memories.