Allison Anich is on a runner’s high of a different kind this week.
The Horlick High School senior signed a letter of intent Tuesday to run cross country and track and field for UW-Milwaukee. She will receive a full scholarship, including room and board.
“It was an offer I really couldn’t turn down,” said Anich, the All-Racine County Cross Country Runner of the Year last fall. “I’m excited.”
She was ready to go to UW-Parkside, but visited UWM in early November and later in the month stayed overnight with the team.
“I like the team and the campus a lot,” Anich said. “There are a lot of opportunities.”
It didn’t hurt that UWM’s roster includes three other Racine County runners — former Horlick teammate Dana Clausen, Case graduate Paula Kuiper and Burlington graduate Emily Schaal.
Anich finished as the No. 2 girls runner in Rebels history with a 4,000-meter time of 14:45, five seconds behind Kaitie Antonneau.
Horlick coach Jon Hay said the Panthers are getting a runner who is extremely dedicated.
“I think she’s just scratched the surface (of her ability),” Hay said. “She’s a hard worker and very driven. Plus, she’s a wonderful kid. She’s been such a joy to coach.”
Andres Marquez is ready to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish at the WIAA State individual Wrestling Tournament.
The Horlick senior (29-1) is ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds by Wisconsin Wrestling Online and has a good shot to win his weight class Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Case Sectional. Marquez is the No. 1 seed and Rebels coach Jerry Kupper believes Marquez can run the table at the sectional, which also includes Case, Park/St. Catherine’s, Burlington and Union Grove.
“He’s gotten back into his routine,” Kupper said of Marquez, who wrestled for the first time in three weeks when he competed at the Burlington Regional. “He should get into the finals.”
Kupper said Marquez’s biggest competition are No. 2 seed Ben Zbikowski of South Milwaukee and No. 3 seed Max Shenkenberg of Burlington. Kupper got to see both in action Tuesday when the Rockets wrestled against Burlington in the team sectional at Horlick.
Horlick’s other regional champion, senior Lightning Hernandez (30-3), is ranked seventh at 145 and has a formidable potential opponent in No. 2-ranked senior Travis Smith of Milwaukee Bradley Tech. Kupper also feels senior Harley Klemick (25-4 at 120) and junior Troy McGee (17-4 at 132) have good chances to get to state.
Burlington had four champions among its 14 sectional qualifiers. All four — sophomore Ben Hornickle (30-3, ranked sixth at 113), freshman Josh Bird (37-3, ranked fifth at 120), senior Brody Fitzpatrick (31-4, ranked sixth at 138) and senior Cody Elsbury (28-7, honorable mention at 152) — are seeded No. 1 in the Case Sectional.
A few Demons struggled in the Demons’ 34-21 team sectional victory over South Milwaukee and coach Jade Gribble expects them to be refocused Saturday.
“We’re hoping to do better at a couple of weights,” Gribble said. “We had four (regional) champions and this is where the cream rises to the top.”
The other county champion at the Burlington Regional was Union Grove junior Tony Beck (39-3, ranked 11th at 285), who got the No. 1 sectional seed.
Waterford, which is at the Division 1 Waukesha West Sectional, had two champions who earned No. 2 seeds.
Senior Kody Azarian (38-3, ranked third at 120), who finished third at state at 120 last year, is seeded behind senior Trevor Kruzick of West Allis Hale (33-6, ranked 13th). Wolverines coach Nick Weinkauf expects Azarian to be on his game.
“He has a great mind-set and he’s been well-prepared in practice,” Weinkauf said. “He’s focused.”
The same goes for sophomore Max Fisher (37-5, ranked fifth at 138), who is seeded behind senior Alan Silva of West Allis Central (36-4, honorable mention).
“The Central kid is tough, but Max is really good on his feet and he has a motor that won’t quit,” Weinkauf said. “Both have really legitimate shots of winning the sectional.”
Weinkauf also said senior Cody Nannemann (39-4, honorable mention at 160) and freshman Justin Ratkovec (34-9, honorable mention at 106) will have to work to qualify for state.
In Division 3, Catholic Central seniors Cody Wolff (29-11 at 126) and Myles Walker (30-10 at 132) won regional titles. Wolff is seeded fifth and Walker seventh at the Cedar Grove-Belgium Sectional.
The return of senior Tanner Hunsucker has been a shot in the arm for the Waterford boys basketball team.
He missed six games around the holiday break with a broken big toe, but has been on fire since coming back. He had two modest games, then ran off five straight games of 20 or more points.
“He’s a nice scorer for us,” Wolverines coach Mickey Mala said.
The injury actually helped Hunsucker slow his game down, making him more effective inside and outside.
“He’s able to take it to the rim a little, but you have to honor his perimeter shot,” Mala said.
Hunsucker has had his share of injuries. He missed virtually all of his junior year with a broken ankle and he “tweaked his knee” earlier this season, Mala said.
While he was out this year, Hunsucker still came to every practice, riding the stationary bike because “he didn’t want to lose his conditioning.”
Juniors Sabrina Stulo of St. Catherine’s and Sophie Foote of Catholic Central are about as far apart as they can be on the statistical spectrum.
Stulo is one of Racine County’s top outside shooters, going 42 of 81 (51.8 percent) from 3-point range through last week’s games. However, she is just 6 of 15 (40 percent) from the free-throw line.
Stulo’s teammates and post players Olivia Braun and Allison Olley draw attention, allowing them to pass the ball to Stulo outside, where she converts.
“(Stulo) is setting her feet better and knocking down the shots,” Angels coach Sean Brady said.
Foote is the No. 2 free-throw maker in the county, going 85 of 137 (62 percent) at the line through Tuesday, but is just 3 of 18 from 3-point range.
Foote is aggressive to the basket, Lady Toppers coach Jeff Behrens said, and she gets to the line.
“Sophie is one of those players who has very quick feet and gets past the defender,” Behrens said. “She is an aggressive player who is not afraid of a little contact and once she gets past the first defender, she’s going to the rim.”
WIAA changes in fall sports
The WIAA has made changes that will affect several fall sports. Here are some of the highlights.
* Soccer will go to a four-division playoff format beginning this fall with the boys season. There will be four teams playing at the state tournament in each division.
* Football, which has reverted back to a nine-game schedule, will allow equipment issue as early as Monday, Aug. 5 and practice to begin Aug. 6. The first games will be played starting Aug. 22.
* Tennis players will get more rest between matches beginning in the spring and players will play a super-tiebreak third set at the sectional level.
Burlington Wall of Fame
Two former Burlington athletes and one coach will be inducted today onto the Burlington Wall of Fame during ceremonies that begin at 5:15 p.m.
Jennifer (Sliwa) Barry (class of 1988), who participated in cross country, track and gymnastics, was a multiple Southern Lakes Conference champion and a two-time WIAA regional champion and state qualifier in gymnastics.
Dr. Nick Webber (1996) participated in soccer, swimming, track and basketball. He was named All-Conference, All-Racine County and All-State multiple times and was an All-American in swimming. He still holds the 800-meter record in track (1:57.10) and was a conference, regional and sectional champion in the event.
The coach is Lyle Foulke, who coached boys and girls basketball, and boys track and field during a 27-year span. He was boys basketball coach from 1970 to 1979, the track and field coach from 1970 to 1982 and the girls basketball coach from 1980 to 1997, winning two SLC championships.