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 student-athlete spotlight is back for the seventh straight year. Every week, one male and one female athlete from an FVA member school will be profiled on the conference website. Athletes are chosen by their school and profiles are typically posted every Tuesday and Thursday. This week, get to know Grace Gilkay, who participates in track and field and volleyball at Appleton East High School.
Selected FVA varsity events will be livestreamed during the 2021-22 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.
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.