Each Month we honor one male and one female Athlete of the Month!
Athletes are chosen from coach nominations at each month's Booster Club meeting!
Jack Ginter - Boys Track: Jack leads by example and works hard every day at practice. He is a role model to our younger distance guys as well and has a positive influence on our team.
Jacky Holloway - Softball: I would like to take the opportunity to nominate Jacky Holloway for this months college student athlete of the month award. Jacky is the only softball player who will be continuing her softball at the collegiate level next Fall. In April Jacky suffered a fracture in her lower back which in turn ended her high school career. However with that injury and the disappointment of not being able to finish we as a softball program were able to see Jacky's leadership and "team first attitude" in a new way. Jacky is one of the best players to have come through the West SB program both as an athlete and as a person and she will continue to make her impact on softball next season as she heads off to St. Xavier University. Good luck Jacky!
Anika Patidar - Girls Soccer: Anika has grown from a contributing team member last year to a vital component of a state-ranked team this year all while still maintaining her role as the consummate teammate.
Ben Hamilton - Boys Tennis: Ben is someone who always comes to practice and works hard and never complains always with a smile on his face. He not only excels on court but also in the classroom where he is amongst the top of his class.
Allyssa Reeves - Girls Track: Being both a good athlete and student as well as a super leader, she will conclude her senior season by competing once again in the WIAA State meet this weekend. She will be missed by all at West.
Kayleigh Little - Girls Soccer (not pictured): Kayleigh is a senior captain who unfortunately suffered a torn ACL injury just prior to the start of her senior season. Kayleigh has not let this setback define her. She has taken to her role as assistant coach of a very young varsity team. Under Kayleigh's leadership, the team has been playing spirited soccer and is currently ranked #3 in the state in the most recent coaches poll.
Kaylee Keller- Girls Lacrosse: Kaylee continues to perform at a high level on and off the field. She is a 4.0 student and is leading the state in Ground Balls and Caused Turnovers. She has been an anchor for our defense and is one of the premiere defenders in the state. This season, she is providing direction to our new defenders during practice and games. I recently received a compliment from one of the lacrosse officials who was extremely impressed with how Kaylee was instructing her newer team members during a recent game.
James Lane - Baseball: Currently leading our team in hitting with a batting average of .457, on base % of .578, on base % plus slugging % is 1.092. James has also made several strong plays defensively at 3rd base and shortstop.
Austin Dutter & Ryan Kussow - Boys Track: Austin is a "yes coach" type of athlete who consistently puts the teams' needs first. He says, "whatever you need me to do, I'll do for the team."
Ryan is a Team Captain and awesome role model. He trained for 12 weeks prior to the start of track and is one of the hardest working guys on the team. He is also a leader of our 4x400 relay team.
Brooke Studnicki - Girls Track: She has excelled in both Track and academics her senior year. She is a super student athlete to coach.
Jordyn Hudson - Girls Softball: Jordyn as a Freshmen is batting over .385 which currently leads the team. She also leads the team in Hits, On base percent and is tied for the lead in Home Runs. Jordyn has also stepped in to pitch some much needed innings for us pitching in 5 games now this season. She has only given up 12 earned runs and is always willing to take the ball! As a person Jordyn brings a high level of competitiveness to the team but still finds a way to remain loose and have fun. She has been a huge addition to the Varsity team this season and will continue to play a large role as we move into the WIAA Playoffs.
Andrew Nelson (not pictured) - Boys Golf: For April he led the Classic 8 in scoring average of 37.2 for 9 hole average plus he leads the team with an overall season average of 38.3
Abby Stoeck- Girls Soccer: Abby is just a freshmen, and yet, she scored a goal in each of her first three varsity games against top ten teams in the State of Wisconsin. She has established herself as one of the more dangerous goal scorers in the conference all while being a model student-athlete.
Tyler Hug- Boys Track: Tyler is a multi-sport athlete who is currently balancing baseball and track. He gets both sports' workouts in daily and still leads our track team with his positive attitude and mental toughness. When I ask him what is strategy is to win his race his answer is, "To Win." He recently took 1st place at the West Allis Varsity Meet in the 400m dash. He is a sophomore.
Brooke Lytle- Girls Track (Not Pictured): As a 3 sport athlete at West, Brooke has brought much honor to Waukesha West as she has excelled in all three. She had a very successful Indoor Track season and is looking forward to her 4th State Meet in June.
Jacob Wilde- Baseball: Jacob is 2-0 in his first starts of the baseball season. In these two starts, he has pitched 11 innings, struck out 12 opposing hitters, while only walking 2 batters. Jacob has only given up 1 run scored against him, the 1 run was unearned. Opposing hitters are hitting .140 against Jacob in his two outings. A great start to the season!
Laura Zelinsky- Softball: I would like to nominate senior Laura Zelinsky for this. She is .364 Batting Ave. She has a .882 Fielding % with 8 hits and 4RBI's. Laura is a quite leader but someone we can always count on. She's willing to play whatever position is needed to help the team and is someone who puts the team first always. She has been a quite leader on Varsity for 3 seasons and is the anchor in our infield. She is always able to manage her book work with the demands of people an athlete and never misses practice or games. She is also a member of NHS.
Kameron Komar - Snowboard Team: Kameron has been a leader for the snowboard team on and off the snow. His dedication to the team and his teammates is readily apparent as he assists the team prepare for races and mentors his teammates at each practice. Recently suffering a season ending injury, he has maintained his positive attitude and continue to be involved in every aspect of the team to support his fellow teammates, even from the sidelines just days after surgery.
Hadley Malcolmson - Girls Hockey: Hadley returned to the girls team after breaking her wrist in preseason play. She has come back strong with 24 goals and 20 assists she ranks 5th in the state with 44 points. She also has the highest points per game average with 2.75.
Trevor Kapugia - Boys Swim: Trevor came into this season pretty worn down from recent illness. He really had to fight through the first few weeks of the season, which are already pretty tough. But he did it and once he was back in form, he pushed himself further. Trevor had a great first year on the team last season, so we knew what he was capable of and we pushed him too. You could see that he started believing in his potential as well. Trevor worked each practice; he swam sets hard and focused on developing his technique. He continued to improve throughout the season. As luck would have it, he came down with a nasty cold the day before the Sectional meet. Still, he swam really well and recorded new personal records in each of his events. It's awesome having Trevor on our team.
Tate Peters - Wrestling: Great leader, successful athlete, high achiever in the classroom
Erin Wagner - Gymnastics: Erin is a Junior at West and a 3 time varsity member of the gymnastics team. Erin has been a vital member of the gymnastics team for the past 3 years and has been a top scorer every year. She qualified to the WIAA State Gymnastics meet her freshman year and placed 2nd. Last season she narrowly missed qualifying to state. She came into this season determined to earn her spot and has been one of the hardest workers on the team. She has put in the time and can hopefully revisit the state meet this season!
Colton DeBauch - Boys Basketball: Colton continues working very hard as a student athlete. His effort on the court the past month in both games and practices has been infectious. He has a knack for the big rebound or diving on the floor. Colton is a player that is ready when called upon and will give you 100 percent no matter the score or situation. His teammates can count on him which is a strength Colton brings to our team. As a student athlete Colton really exemplifies what it means to be a West basketball player in our program.
Loken Siebert - Ski Team: Loken Siebert, a Freshman Waukesha West Student Athlete, joined the ski team this year, bring a concentrated focus to learn and perform out on the ski course. Loken has been a very welcome addition to our Alpine Team, being a breath of fresh air toward competing and improving upon the race course as an individual and team contributor. We quickly saw in Loken a drive, maturity and discipline and leading by example toward helping the Boys Varsity team however he could in practice and on race nights. Individually Loken has brought in race performances of an 18th, 13th, 12th, and two 8th place finishes, greatly aiding the team in qualifying for an invite to the Wisconsin State Meet.
Chris Beady- Boys Basketball: Chris was named a team captain this year. He leads by example in practice and in games - on and off the court. He is well-admired by his teammates, coaches, and the community. He works hard in the classroom where he gets good grades. Every teacher I cross paths with has great things to say about Chris. He has started off the season on a great note, shooting 56% on 3 pt attempts, 90% on FT attempts. He is currently averaging 17.2 points per game. He has been instrumental in our fast start. He is definitely deserving of this recognition!
Garrett Wilderman - Boys Hockey: Garrett is a Captain on the Wing's Hockey team as a Junior. He's a leader on and off the ice. His performance was recognized during our holiday tournament when he was recognized as an All Tourney player. I believe his performance on and off the ice would qualify him for consideration.
Morgan Thierfelder- Girls Basketball: Morgan has led our team to a nice start to the season. She has had games of 26, 24, 22, 22, and 21 points in the past month. She was all tournament team at the Christine Rathke Memorial tournament over Christmas break
CJ Grisar - Wrestling: He is a high level student as well as athlete that shows outstanding leadership skills at a young age. Is a great representative for Waukesha West .
Bella Anzivino- Girls Hockey: Bella recorded her first goal against the #1 ranked team in the state. Since that game she has 4 goals and 1 assist in 4 games.
Gracie Moran - Gymnastics: Gracie is a newcomer to the gymnastics team this season. She has become the team's high scorer on each event and has won numerous events at each of our first 5 meets. She is a great supporter for all of her teammates and pushes them to be better.
Bryson Bennett - Boys Swim: Through focus and hard work, Bryson has demonstrated growth, maturity, and improvement over the past few weeks of the season. He has taken the opportunity to focus on his stroke development, which has led to success in competition. Swim can be a grueling sport, especially midseason when the days seem long and the yards seem even longer. It's a mental sport as much as it is a physical one. The fact that Bryson has shown so much dedication especially at this point in the season speaks volumes about his commitment. We're really glad Bryson is on our team!
Calvin Hanke - Snowboard Team: In only his second year of competition, Calvin has put in extensive effort in preseason conditioning, equipment maintenance and upkeep, iand practice in preparation for our first event of the season, last weekend. Calvin has progressed from the middle of the pack rider as a freshman to earning two top 10 conference finishes last weekend. . In addition to his personal athletic achievement, his is an outstanding teammate who has been a peer and mentor to our younger riders.
Jonathan Mercier - Ski Team: Jonathan Mercier has been a great addition to our Alpine Ski Team.
Last year, as an 8th grader, he indicated interest and request for approval to join some of our on hill ski practices, this to get more ski practice time and to get a better understanding and appreciation of the High School Ski Team. After approval from our AD and team, we welcomed Jonathan to our Sunday practices.
This year, as a Freshman, Jonathan is a full team member. He has been a very welcome addition to the team, participating in almost every one of our practices, both dry-land and our on-hill practices and training's. Jonathan brings to the team many welcome behaviors and character traits, some of which include drive, aggressiveness, maturity, responsibility and discipline, both in practices and race nights to focus upon becoming better as an individual racer, as well as in helping the overall team wherever possible...all of which helps, by example, other team members.
At our most recent first race of the HS season, Jonathan had a 7th place finish out of 30 competing racers from 5 teams, showing good promise for his first race and first year of HS racing.
We look forward to Jonathans' continued team participation and personal growth and by him directly or indirectly helping to improve upon overall individual and team camaraderie and race results.
Nick Hanke - Wrestling: Nick is a great leader inside the wrestling room and sets a great example of what a student athlete is outside of it as well. He brings a positive energy everyday and really lifts up his teammates.
AJ Fournier - Boys Cross Country: AJ Fournier is our athlete of the month! AJ was our most improved runner, earning one of our four prestigious seasonal awards. AJ worked extremely hard to surpass many runners to become our top JV runner by the seasons end. He is currently training for a half marathon that he will compete in on December 2
Emmakate Thelke: Girls Swim: Emma has consistently exemplified the qualities of a dedicated student-athlete by committing her greatest efforts in the pool, and masterfully balancing such diligence with her academics as well. She has been a leader by expressing her prioritization of the team over herself, approaching and being approachable to all, and sharing a love for the sport and her teammates.
Matthew Spellman: Boys Volleyball: Matthew Spellman is a Junior and has been part of Boys' Volleyball for three years. He is one of the most dynamic athletes that Waukesha West BVB has had in quite some time. He made All-Conference Honorable Mention as a Sophomore and was selected to 1st Team this season. Matthew led the Classic 8 Conference in kills this Fall and last. This year, he was named as a 2nd Team All-State player! He is a great Student-Athlete and representative of Waukesha West.
Darraugh Dixon: Girls Volleyball: I would like to nominate Darragh Dixon for this award because of not only how she handles herself on the court as a leader and player, but also how she handles and acts outside of school as a role model for younger student athletes and students at the school. Darragh is a Senior and is one of the Captains of the team. Darragh shows exceptional leadership on the court bringing her teammates together during good times and bad. She always gives 110% weather it be in practice or in a game. Darragh is always giving it her all, and never complains while doing it. Lastly Darragh is not only a leader on the court, but she really has taken her leadership abilities off the court too becoming a role model for the younger student athletes and students at West and has really embraced that role as a Senior. While in the gym or outside of athletics you will always find a smile on Darragh's face. Her positive attitude and energy has really had a positive effect on our team, her teammates, and other students around West. That is why I believe Darragh deserves this award, and would represent the Booster Club with honor.
Ryan Langemak: Boys Volleyball - Ryan is a Senior and has been on the Varsity Boys' Volleyball Team all four years. He was voted co-captain this season. He is a hard-working, respectful athlete. Ryan is a positive role model and great team leader. He will be missed next year!
Tucker Remmers: Boys Soccer - I am nominating Senior Captain Tucker Remmers for the athlete of the month award for many reasons. Tucker has been an instrumental leader as a part of the Waukesha West Boys Soccer Program. Athletically, Tucker was committed to working extremely hard this off-season to have the highest mile time in the Boys Soccer Program. Tucker is so mentally and physically tough that he has actually not been subbed out of a game this season--this is unheard of in high school soccer—a sport where players run 5+ miles per game. According to wissports, he leads the state of Wisconsin in minutes played per 90 minutes.
Max Peters: Football - Max has emerged this year as one of the top linebackers in the Classic 8 and the state of Wisconsin. He has continually lead our defense through his competitive spirit and playmaking ability. Despite his size, Max plays big every week and is a genuine leader on our football team on and off the field. He is a high academic student-athlete as well, having taken multiple AP classes throughout his career at West. In part due to Max's play, we have secured a playoff birth in 2018.
Jack Ginter: Boys Cross Country - Leadership- he leads by example and is a vocal leader. He supports all of the guys and deeply cares about all athletes getting better. Jack has also led the charge on the West Woods project and is a big reason why we may be able to host a meet at West in the near future. In many ways, he is like having a third coach. Persistence- Jack got a stress fracture in late August. Typically, this is a season ending injury but he did countless hours of rehab and cross training to stay in shape and heal up. As a result, he is in position to help our team as we approach the championship portion of the year. The persistence he reflected during this time helped many others see what it takes to really be good and it has had an impact on many others. We have never had an athlete dedicate this much time to a recovery and we are so proud of him for this.
August 2018 Student of the Month
Erik Hansen – Boys Volleyball: Erik is a Senior and joined boys VB as sophomore. He is a hard worker on and off the court. He carries himself well, is well respected by his peers, and dedicated to help those around him.
Megan Beam – Girls Swim: Megan models sportsmanship everyday in practice and at meets. . Once Megan finishes her race, she waits till all competitors finish and congratulates them. During the our 1st meet Megan was live streaming a race for teammates dad so he could watch his daughter race. Megan is committed to this team she is the captain. Before the season even started Megan had already designed the team suit and spirit wear. She had made arrangements company reps to purchase, and took on the responsibilities that a coach would normal have. This made the transition for myself into a program much easier. Megan is very honest, she will tell it like it is. Positive attitude and enthusiasm for their sport both on and off the field/court Megan is very positive she leads the team in cheers and is very supportive of her teammates. She is usually the first to cheer them on. Megan is very tough she hasn't missed a set yet in practice. Her leadership starts with her work ethic and toughness Teamwork Megan is the first person to volunteer for an event for the benefit of the team. During team building activities she is the first to gather the team around to complex the task. Megan has great perseverance. For example, when she started organizing suits and team spirit wear for the team. She learned that it is a lot harder and time consuming. She had to problem solve and think outside the box in order to complete the task.