Kyle Semrad, Horlick

The Horlick High School boys volleyball team is making its first trip to the WIAA State Tournament since 2013 and Kyle Semrad was a major factor in that accomplishment.

Semrad, a senior outside hitter, had 29 kills to help lead the Rebels to a pair of five-game sectional victories last week.

In last Tuesday’s sectional semifinal against Westosha Central, Semrad had 13 kills as Horlick rallied to win 25-22, 21-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-13.

In the sectional final Friday against Kenosha Tremper, Semrad had 16 kills in the Rebels’ 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 victory.

Morgan Dietzel, Burlington Co-op

She may be just a freshman, but Morgan Dietzel performed like a veteran in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at Greenfield High School Saturday.

The Catholic Central High School student won the 100-yard backstroke in 58.93 seconds, setting a team record, and was the only swimmer to automatically qualify for this Saturday’s WIAA state meet in Madison.

Dietzel also led off the second-place 200 freestyle relay that included Madison Traughber, Morgan Traughber and Brianna Smith, to help the Demons win the sectional title with 281 points, 23 points ahead of Oak Creek.

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rls volleyball, Prairie boys soccer

Racine County crowned two state champions on the same day Saturday.

The Demons and Hawks have combined for 17 state appearances and nine titles, with Burlington winning its third Division 1 title in nine appearances and Prairie winning its sixth state title in eight appearances.

The Demons beat Mukwonago 3-0 in the quarterfinals and Milwaukee DSHA 3-1 in the semifinals before beating previously unbeaten River Falls 25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 17-25, 15-13 in the title match at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The Hawks opened state play with a 5-1 semifinal victory over Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis, then played an epic match against Sturgeon Bay in the final for a 1-0 victory at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

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