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What a spring

June 16, 2010 | 07:55 AM
The Badger boys golf squad competed at state June 8 and officially marked the last action of the spring for area high school sports teams.

While it wasn't the most successful spring in recent memory, plenty of coaches and athletes wowed us with their performances in April, May and June.

Before I embark on another summer covering golf, legion baseball and semi-pro football, let's take a moment to look back at the highlights of the spring.

Team of the spring: The

Badger boys track squad

This one was a no-brainer. The medals speak for themselves. On June 4 and 5, Badger won three medals at the state track meet in La Crosse, including two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish.

Justin Bowers took second in the long jump with a leap of 22-2.75, and Jarek Kunz grabbed second in the triple jump with a mark of 46-3.5. Also, the 400 relay team of Kunz, Bowers, Wes Aranda and Connor Kotula blazed a trail to fourth place with a school-record time of 42.52.

Overall, the boys had nine compete in the state track meet, which was quite the accomplishment. Joe Cychner represented the school in the shot put, and Jordan Skates, Dan Sepe, C.J. Morris and Corey Nevin ran in the 3200 relay.

Coach of the spring: Dave DeShambo, Badger boys golf

DeShambo helped lead his squad to a third state appearance as a team thanks to a sectional championship at Evergreen Golf Course June 2. What's more impressive is that the Badgers bounced back from a third-place effort at regionals to capture the sectional. In the process, they beat two teams that beat them at regionals, Janesville Craig and Beloit Memorial.

Also, the team's No. 5 golfer, Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz, had the team's lowest score, 74, at the sectional. DeShambo consistently had his entire squad prepared for each meet, so any one of them could have a big day. At state, the Badgers grabbed fifth place as a team with a total of 648. They had solid scoring from Ryan Garske and Alex Gaugert (160 each), and Chad Henry and Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz (164 each).

Garske, Henry and Gruenwald-Schmitz will return next year, so the Badgers should once again challenge for a state berth.

Athletes of the spring: Justin Bowers, Jarek Kunz (Badger track) and Dean Schwefel (Badger tennis)

Bowers and Kunz each earned second-place medals at the state track meet, in the long and triple jumps, respectively. Bowers also was recently named the Southern Lakes Conference athlete of the year for spring track.

Bowers and Kunz teamed up for a fourth-place finish in the 400 relay at state track. The two seniors both will continue their careers next year at college. Bowers has received a partial scholarship to compete in the long jump next year for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Also, Kunz will play football and track next year for Division 2 St. Cloud St. University in Minnesota.

Schwefel (No. 1 singles) made it to the state tennis tournament for the second year in a row but fell in straight sets in his first match. However, the junior had a stellar year on the courts for Badger. He recently was named the SLC tennis athlete of the year.

For the season, Schwefel won the conference title at No. 1 singles by going 3-0 at the SLC tournament. He finished the year 18-1 and 7-0 in the SLC.

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