Muskego enjoyed plenty of sports success in 2013
Warriors teams made three state tourneys in fall athletics
Success marked much of the 2013 fall season for Muskego sports teams.
The centerpiece was the WIAA Division 1 state championship earned by the boys soccer team, its second crown in five seasons, but other teams were involved with state competition as well.
The girls volleyball squad captured its sixth consecutive trip to the Division 1 state tourney, and the boys cross country team also competed as a team at state.
Further, the girls cross country team sent three runners to state in Jenna Lederman, Georgi Llanas and Morgan Marek, and the girls swimming squad took part in a total of 10 events at state last weekend.
Overall, it was a fall to remember at Muskego High School.
The Warriors started just 2-3 against some rugged competition, losing to Green Bay Preble, Arrowhead and Brookfield East, but really put things together after that, finishing the season on a 20-1-2 surge.
They did not lose after Sept. 10, going 16-0-2 the rest of the way.
Defense was the key, as they posted 14 shutouts for the season behind talented defenders and the solid goalkeeping of senior Michael Chitko and junior Brandon Kaebisch. The two basically split time in goal most of the season before Kaebisch took over for the playoff run.
"Our team defense has been our backbone," head coach Eric Hess said. "Also, in our streak, we scored a lot of early goals, usually within the first 20 minutes."
Muskego's championship dreams solidified with a 1-0 triumph over three-time defending state champion Marquette in a sectional semifinal contest.
Danny Baumann tallied the lone goal early in the second half off an assist from Brody Kraussel, and the Muskego defense and Kaebisch did the rest.
The victory over the perennial state power boosted the Warriors' confidence, and they went to to blank Kenosha Bradford 5-0 in the sectional title game.
In the first state game, Muskego tipped Arrowhead 1-0, not only avenging the early-season loss to the Warhawks but handing them their first defeat of the season.
Kraussel tallied his 30th goal of the season in the final minute of the contest, avoiding overtime.
Muskego then took the championship by topping Preble in a shootout after a 2-2 tie on goals from Kyler Pope and Stefan Rokvic.
Another reason for the Warriors' success is plenty of senior leadership. The team had 15 seniors: Baumann, Chitko, Pope, Kraussel, Joey Prekop, Mitchell Pope, Alex Weiland, Peyton Tebon, Brad Pradarelli, Kyle Johnson-Evers, Petar Krecak, Zach Jaske, Jake Czajka, Trevor Bednarek and Mike Lafferty.
They depart the program knowing they helped take Muskego to the pinnacle.
Head coach Karen Anderson's team enjoyed another fine season, losing just one dual in the Classic 8 Conference, to Catholic Memorial, and coming back to beat the Crusaders to win the conference tournament.
Muskego then beat Oak Creek, Greendale and Union Grove, all by 3-0 scores, to claim the sectional championship.
The Warriors dropped a 3-1 match to Westosha Central in the quarterfinals to end the school's 10th trip to state under Anderson.
Muskego had some height this season, with three players standing 6 feet or taller, and team chemistry was strong throughout the year.
Like the soccer team, the volleyball squad boasted a number of seniors: Kayla Bluemel, Jordan Wachowiak, Lauren Kudronowicz, Michelle Fugarino, Jaclynn Gostomski, Ginger Ingold, Brianna Witter and Martha Blanchard.
Boys cross country
Top runner Mitch Kwapick overcame a sprained left ankle to win the individual crown in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet and help the Warriors to a trip to state.
Kwapick became the first individual sectional champion in 12 seasons at Muskego and went on to finish 13th in the state meet.
Other runners also put their names in the school record books this season, such as Alex Erickson, who ran 16 minutes, 37 seconds at the sectional for the eighth-fastest time by a junior in school history.
"Overall, this was one of the most successful seasons our program has ever had," head coach C.J. Michaud said.
Seniors on the state team were Kwapick, Colin Reisenauer and Nic Blommel.
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