GREEN BAY — Notre Dame Academy basketball standout Ben Bobinski is closing in on a pair of milestones. At press time, the senior swingman is in reach of becoming the Tritons’ all-time leading scorer and topping the 1,000-point mark for his prep career, but the only number Bobinski is focusing on is wins.
MARINETTE — St. Thomas Aquinas Academy’s Kiefer Powers earned honorable mention all-conference basketball honors last season, but he was far from satisfied with his play.
APPLETON — Eventually, the 2012 WIAA Division 2 boys’ soccer state championship trophy will be on display at Xavier High School in Appleton. The Hawks captured the title with a 3-0 victory over Mount Horeb on Oct. 27 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The trophy will make the rounds before settling into its new home. Taking a page out of the Stanley Cup tradition, each player will get to spend some time with the championship hardware.In addition to some good photo opportunities with the trophy, senior defender Seth Maertz is looking forward to the team joining the Xavier wall of champions.
MANITOWOC — Abby Halla’s tennis season got off to a rough start, and it had nothing to do with her play on the court. The Roncalli senior placed her bag next to the door of the bus after the team’s match at Green Bay East High School. The driver decided to move the bus to a closer location to pick up the team, and, in the process, accidently drove over the bag.
OSHKOSH — Lourdes Academy football is in need of new rally cry this season. The team’s “’74 no more” slogan from 2011 no longer applies.
Last season, the Knights defeated Reedsville 44-15 in the first round of the WIAA Division 6 playoffs and followed up with a 25-7 victory over Hilbert in a level 2 contest before falling to eventual state champion St. Mary’s Springs of Fond du Lac. The postseason wins were the first for the program since 1974.
GREEN BAY — What at first seemed to be a significant disadvantage for the Notre Dame Academy lacrosse team may have made the Tritons even stronger. Despite finishing the regular season with a 9-5 record, Notre Dame was forced to go on the road in its quest to win the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Division 2 state championship.
Two serious knee injuries may have broken the competitive spirit of another prep athlete, but for St. Thomas Aquinas Academy senior Kelly Brofka, quitting was never an option.
“Not at all,” she said. “I was determined that I was going to play sports in high school. I needed to be able to do this.”
APPLETON — Success breeds expectations.
Lillian Johnson, Kelsey Worachek, Paige Van Asten and Kate Weyenberg, members of the Xavier girls’ 4 x 100 meter relay team, admit they feel some pressure as returning state champions, but the foursome views it as a positive.
GREEN BAY — While preparing for a second overtime period to determine the 2012 WIAA state boys hockey championship, very little was said in the Notre Dame locker room on March 3 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison. The coaching staff simply reminded the team to stick to the game plan. The players sat quietly, focusing on the task at hand. When the time to return to the ice arrived, team captain Miko Filon, and assistant/alternate captains Tim Davison and Steven Phillips, brought the Tritons together to share some final words.
No matter the sport, Nick Janssen has the same goal. The St. Mary Central (Neenah/Menasha) senior sets out to be a team leader.
“I want to be a role model to the younger guys,” said Janssen, point guard for the Zephyrs. “We have a couple young guys on the (basketball) team. I want to make a good impression on them, so they can keep it going. It would be easy to give up because we’re not where we want to be. I try to be a leader on the floor and make sure we always play hard.”