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Homecoming: Players Have No Fear

By Lexie Mull, Current Staff

Friday’s homecoming football game might prove to be spooky wooky. Continue reading

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

By Auburn Larson, Current Staff

Anne Rieke, on the cusp of graduating from West Bend East High School, never expected to be sent back to elementary school.

The idea belonged to Dennis Ziegler, East’s athletic director. Ziegler recently implemented a new program which involves East athletes reading books to elementary school students. Every Friday afternoon, six East athletes go to a local elementary school and read to an assigned class. Ziegler hopes that the interaction between East athletes and younger students will help create a stronger culture for West Bend academics and athletics. Continue reading

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New Head Coach: East Volleyball Nets Former Marquette Player

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

As fall 2017 rolls around, there will be some new blood associated with the East volleyball program. Former Marquette volleyball player Sara Blasier will be the new head coach for the Lady Suns.

Blasier grew up in Slinger and is the oldest of four kids in her family. However, she played for West Bend West High School her ninth grade year and later transferred to Slinger High School for her remaining three. Continue reading

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District Officials Weigh Options for Renovating Locker Rooms

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

In the boys locker room, only two of the eighteen shower heads are functioning.

The West Bend High Schools locker rooms have not been updated since they were built in 1970. As a result, East athletic director Dennis Ziegler is looking into potential plans to renovate the locker rooms and other high school athletic facilities. He hopes to implement these plans in stages over the next five years. Continue reading

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A Bittersweet End to the Wisconsin Little Ten

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

The eight Wisconsin Little Ten conference teams are being sent their separate ways.

When the current spring athletic season ends, the WLT will dissolve due to conference realignments by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in order to improve competition throughout the state. Both West Bend East and West High Schools will join the North Shore Conference. Continue reading

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Like Father, Like Sons

By Auburn Larson, Current Staff

Champ or coach? What should local athletes call Brent Henschel? For two of West Bend East High School’s strongest wrestlers, it’s just easier to call him Dad. Continue reading

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The Comeback Kid

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Odness returns to the court after severe knee injury

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

West Bend East senior Elizabeth Odness wasn’t used to becoming emotional before a basketball game. But she had never had to wait six months to play, either. Continue reading

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Baker Dominates the Boards

West ninth grader ranks among the state’s leading rebounders

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

Maddison Baker never considered that before her first season of high school basketball had finished, she would be ranked as one of the best players in the state.

Baker is a West Bend West High School ninth grader who has become a valuable center for the girls varsity basketball team. Wisconsin Sports Network reports that Baker is the third best rebounder in the state. Continue reading

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Big Men on Campus

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West grads help lead major university athletic programs

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

Two ambitious individuals from West Bend have upgraded from playing high school sports to directing big time collegiate athletics.

Both Craig Pintens and Mike Houck are highly respected officials at their respective universities. Pintens, a 1994 West High School graduate, is now at the University of Oregon and is the Senior Associate Athletic Director. Houck, a 1990 West graduate, is at the University of Oklahoma and serves as the Assistant Athletics Director/Strategic Communications. Continue reading

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The Fab Five

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Each tennis state qualifier from WBHS is a valedictorian candidate

By Auburn Larson, Current Staff

West Bend girls tennis has been serving up aces both on and off the court for the past four years.

This season four East seniors and one West junior qualified to play in the WIAA Division 1 Girls State Individual Tennis Tournament in Madison on Oct. 13-14. Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that all five girls have a perfect 4.0 GPA and are potential valedictorians. Continue reading

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A Special Breed

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West junior finds success in the saddle

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

Katelyn Schultz is not your prototypical student-athlete, but she recently accomplished one of her greatest feats.

Schultz, a West junior, competes in horse competitions and this year she went to Nationals, the largest single breed show in the world, and her horse won.

“It’s something I never thought would happen because it’s really expensive, but my parents support me so much. I was so shocked. You never think you’re going to be the one to win,” Schultz said.

Even with all of her success, Katelyn does have an everyday obstacle: She was born without depth perception, making sports like volleyball and basketball difficult to play. Continue reading

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And Then There Were Four

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Albrecht commits to Purdue

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

It was just a matter of time before West shortstop Evan Albrecht followed in the footsteps of his three West teammates and lifelong best friends.

By committing to Purdue University, Albrecht becomes the fourth Division I baseball commit for the Spartans, behind teammates Anthony Schlass (Oklahoma), Nathan Burns (Oregon State) and Jack Thelen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Albrecht, a junior, has played two seasons for the Spartans and has two more to go.

The recruiting process was not the most enjoyable for the sure-handed shortstop. Continue reading

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Challenge Accepted

By Jessica Steger, Current Staff

Talk about the ultimate all-sports all-star.

Dennis Ziegler, the new East athletic director, has committed to a year-long challenge. He has extended an invitation to all East sports teams to give him an athletic challenge, and he will fulfill that request at their practice for that day.

On Tuesday, Ziegler joined the boys varsity soccer team for a pk5 shootout, acting as both a goalie and a shooter. He previously ran with the girls cross country team, running eight Decorah Hills, and joined the girls volleyball team by performing a five-ball drill with them. Continue reading

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Talent, Discipline and Plenty of Snow

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Devenport’s work ethic earned her a state championship

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

During her junior season, West skier Sarah Devenport won the girls giant slalom state championship in La Crosse with a time of 32.72.

It nearly made her ill. Continue reading

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It’s Good to Be Back

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West junior returns to her team after a traumatic injury

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

After spending a year sidelined, Rachel Walecki returned to the soccer field in May.

Walecki tore her ACL during her sophomore soccer season and it’s been a long battle to get back on the field with her West teammates. Continue reading

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Field of Dreams

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By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

Not one, not two, but three West athletes will realize their dreams of playing Division I baseball. Continue reading

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Swimming with Sharks

Skenandore and Fitzgerald set new school records

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

The West Bend co-op swim and dive team is led by two stud competitors, East senior Dakota Skenandore and West sophomore Bryan Fitzgerald.

During the state tournament on Feb. 20 in the UW Natatorium, Skenandore finished second in Division 1 and Fitzgerald took 12th place in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) with a time of 1:58.54 and eighth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:46.84. This past season Skenandore was ranked third and came out second (490.55) at state, behind only Kenosha Tremper’s Brandon Spencer (343.75). Continue reading

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Oh, Deer

East athletes witnessed a startling event

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

The track workout for East runners Alli Trampe and Cassie Bodart took a dramatic turn on Friday.

Trampe and Bodart were running on River Road around 7 p.m. when the pair spotted a deer coming from the cornfields heading towards the road. Continue reading

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Quite a Ride

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The WBHS snowboarders found success in their inaugural season

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

It’s a rare occurrence for any team to qualify for state in their first year of existence, but that is what happened for the WBHS snowboarding team. However, the team had to overcome a fair share of obstacles before achieving that success. Continue reading

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Wanie: On Track for Spring Sports

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

As of late, sophomore Katherine Wanie has been battling more mentally than physically with her sports.

Wanie, who is a three-sport athlete at West, has been recently sidelined with a rare condition with fewer than 20,000 cases in the U.S. per year. Sitting out has been psychologically difficult. Continue reading

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Practice Goes Into Overtime

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With many teams competing for gym space, some players and parents are unhappy about their team practice schedules

By Allison Trampe, Current Staff

Sixth grader Ryan Roehl comes home from a long, demanding day of school to finally relax and unwind–except for the fact that he has the burden of basketball practice on his shoulders until 9 p.m.

This is the same cycle for the nine other boys on the sixth grade East Junior Suns basketball team. Continue reading

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Go West, Young Man

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

West junior Nathan Burns has verbally committed to play baseball at Oregon State University. Continue reading

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The Squawk Box

Administration hopes to fix the fieldhouse sound system

By Ethan Stubblefield, Current Staff

If Martin Luther King Jr. had delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in the WBHS fieldhouse, we wouldn’t be reading about it in history books. Continue reading

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Gaining Yards on 1989

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East freshmen are ready to blitz the legend of the last undefeated West Bend varsity team

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

The East freshman football team has local fans excited about the future.

The freshman team completed an undefeated season in late October, finishing with a 7-0 record. The team averaged 48 points per game, and allowed an average of eight points per game. This is the first time since 1989 that any West Bend football team has had a perfect record. Continue reading

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Keberle Will Stay in Wisconsin

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

East junior Lexi Keberle has verbally committed to play tennis at the University of Wisconsin.

After winning two state titles in her first two years of high school with a record of 61-0, Keberle committed to Wisconsin on Aug. 15. The verbal commitment is a promise between both Keberle and the university that a formal signing will occur during her senior year. Continue reading

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That Doesn’t Look Good

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By Maggie Kieser, Current Staff

Although the East vs. West homecoming game is still one day away, East football can already claim dominance in one category: injuries.

“I would cut it off if I had to,” said Jason Myrick, an East junior who broke his left pinky finger in a varsity football game against Slinger on Sept. 25. Myrick sustained a complete through and through fracture on his left pinky finger one week before the beloved homecoming game. Continue reading

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Cross Country Runners Hit the Pavement

By Allison Trampe, Current Staff

East senior Kayla Keegan remembers almost getting hit by cars last year while running on a grassy, gravel-filled patch of land between a cornfield and a busy road. Continue reading

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Look Out Below

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By Alyssa Birkeland, Current Staff

The East Booster Club is hosting a new kind of fundraiser that includes a helicopter, a target, and over one thousand golf balls. Continue reading

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Gundrum Wins!

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

It only took 22 years for the East community to celebrate another individual state champion in wrestling. Continue reading

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Kreger’s Back

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By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

When life throws you a curve, sometimes it is best to keep on competing.

This is the belief of Brandi Kreger, an East junior who won the conference gymnastics meet last weekend.  This is all the more remarkable considering that Kreger has scoliosis. Continue reading

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East Wrestler Takes Down Obstacles

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

Imagine being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, more specifically spastic diplegia, and still having the heart to pursue the things you love. East senior Alex Vickney has done just that. Continue reading

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From Switzerland to West Bend

Ski racing team welcomes exchange student

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

“Where is the hill?,” Camille Kaufmann asked when she discovered that WBHS had a ski racing team.

Kaufmann is a foreign exchange student from Switzerland who grew up ski racing in the mountains of Switzerland, which boasts elevations as high as 15,000 feet. This elevation advantage made Kaufmann stand out during ski practices. Continue reading

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Former Sun Will Be a Badger

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By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

Next year, football fans in West Bend will have a reason to cheer a little bit louder for the Wisconsin Badgers. Continue reading

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West Basketball Bounces Past Rule Change

New defense regulation hasn’t been a problem for the Spartans

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

Starting a new season comes with adjustments for any team. The 2014-15 West Bend West basketball team is adjusting to a WIAA rule change regarding ball handler/dribbler contact. Continue reading

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Keberle: Grace Under Pressure

Tennis ace repeats as state champ, raising expectations higher than ever

By Anthony Schlass, Current Staff

Lexi Keberle is accustomed to winning—just ask the 61 opponents she’s defeated so far in high school.

In her short high school tennis career, East sophomore Keberle has not lost a single match and is 61-0. She also has two state singles titles under her belt, including last month’s victory over the second-seeded Emily Kolbow from Arrowhead. Continue reading

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