First baseman Brady Glidden played a big role for the Tiger baseball team in 2019
First baseman Brady Glidden played a big role for the Tiger baseball team in 2019
An exciting post season run by the Tiger baseball team highlights the first six months of Chilton area sports in 2019. Some of those highlights follow:

JANUARY
*Manitowoc Roncalli ends Chilton’s three-game win streak in girls basketball in a 45-43 Jets win despite 18 points from Olivia Hoerl.
*After opening with six consecutive victories, the Stockbridge girls basketball team suffered their first setback of the season, but it wasn’t without a fight. In what may be the first ever meeting between the two schools just eight miles apart, Chilton rallied for a 47-33 win in Stockbridge.
* Stockbridge’s boys basketball win streak stands at five after a pair of lopsided victories last week. Sawyer Levknecht scored 14 points and Noah Herman disghe dout five assists in a 57-20 Indian win over Eastbrook Academy of Milwaukee. SHS held Eastbrook to just seven first half points.
* Brillion/Valders/Chilton had five first place fnishes to four for Plymouth and three for Berlin/Green Lake, but Plymouth’s superior depth again paid off as the Panthers won an Eastern Wisconsin Conference triangular in Chilton scoring 129 points to 97 for BVC and 87 for Berlin/Green Lake. Parker Sonnabend set a new BVC record in the 200 yard freestyle winning in 1:51.21. He also swam on two winning relay teams.

FEBRUARY
*Parker Sonnabend set a new conference record in the 500 yard freestyle as the Brillion/Valders/Chilton boys swim team overcame a whacky week and placed fourth in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championships. The event was originally scheduled for the Chilton Middle School Pool, but last week’s frigid weather and subsequent power outage knocked out the pool’s HVAC system forcing the meet to move to Kiel High School.
*It’s been a tough stretch of close losses by the Chilton boys basketball team over the past week. A three-point shot at the final buzzer rolled off the rim and the Tigers dropped a heartbreaking 51-49 decision to visiting Valders. Ryan Broeckel had another huge game with 19 points and ten rebounds with Will Kapral tossing in 14. Jake Criter and Cole Woelfel each tossed in seven points as Chilton suffered its fourth straight loss entering the final week of the regular season.
*It was the most historic night for the Brillion/Valders/Chilton boys swim team as they had a record number of qualifiers for the WIAA Division 2 State Championships. BVC collected state medals by Parker Sonnabend and its medley relay team as the team was in the top ten of the team standings most of the night and still finishing 12th with 85 points, the most by a BVC team at state. They were just ten points shy of a top ten team placing. The medley relay consists of Bo Geiger, Sonnabend, Isaac Koehler and David Suttner.
*Rhonda Cole reached a milestone as the Stockbridge girls basketball team rolled to victory.
Cole’s 11 points gave her 1000 points for her stellar career at SHS and only the second girls basketball player to reach that plateau. The Indians cruised to an easy 67-42 win over Wolf River Lutheran.
*Zach Boehnlein became the first Chilton wrestler to medal at state since Abe Sell two years ago taking fourth place in the 145 pound weight class at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships in Madison. Day 1 of the 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament saw two other Tigers compete, but with a pair of tough defeats.
In a Division 2 first round match at 138 pounds, Chilton’s Maverik Ott lost 6-0 to Dalton Schams of West Salem/Bangor. Gaven Lisowe, at 152 pounds, was making a return trip to state and unfortunately, his second trip ended just as his first visit did – with an opening round loss.

MARCH
*It wasn’t too long ago that the Chilton Tiger boys basketball program was in the midst of a 30-game losing streak and a streak of one win in just 48 games. They’ve come a long way since. Valders beat Chilton for the 11th straight time rallying for a 49-44 victory in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal win at Valders High School.
*Stockbridge went cold from the outside and Burlington Catholic Central ended the boys basketball season for the Indians with a 63-45 win in a WIAA Division 5 regional opening round game in Burlington.
*Champion Manitowoc Roncalli dominated First Team selections as the All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference Boys Basketball Teams were announced. Also making First Team is Chilton junior standout Ryan Broeckel while making Second Team is Chilton junior guard Will Kapral with Tiger backcourt teammate Camden Bowe Honorable Mention.
*Addie Pritchard started a seventh inning rally as the Chilton softball team gave new head coach Jay Juckem a big win in his debut as the Tigers scored a 2-1 win at Campbellsport.

APRIL
*On the baseball diamond, the Tigers reward New Holstein’s return to spring ball by beating the Huskies, 5-1, at Chilton. New Holstein had played summer WIAA baseball for over 50 years.
*Despite April snow, the golf season gets underway.

MAY
*Mariah Moehn was a state qualifier a year ago. She can now call herself a conference champion. All three Chilton discus throwers scored in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Girls Track Championships at Sheboygan Falls.
*Zach Boehnlein and Alec Lemke pitched Chilton baseball back onto the winning trail as the Tigers jumped on Sturgeon Bay early and rolled to a 10-3 win over the Clippers in the Chilton Invitational under sun-splashed skies. The win avenged a loss to a Sturgeon Bay team that ended the 2018 season for the Tigers in a WIAA regional last May and came less than 24 hours after a doubleheader loss to Kiel that pretty much took care of any conference title hopes.
*With a 10-6 non-conference victory over Sturgeon Bay, the Hilbert/Stockbridge baseball team is riding a five-game winning streak. A six-run first inning catapulted the Indians to the win over the Clippers in the Chilton Invitational. Karson Krueger knocked in three runs with Sawyer Levknecht and Ridge Guyette knocking in two. Guyette was the starting and winning pitcher with Adam Diedrich pitching the last inning and two-thirds in relief. H/S also whipped Howards Grove 15-1 and Random Lake 2-1 in Big East play. Random Lake was the conference leader.
*Chilton defeneded its Eastern Wisconsin Conference softball title with an impressive road win at Brillion thumping the Lions 13-3.
*Cameron Owens is First Team All-EWC in golf.

JUNE
*For Chilton's Mariah Moehn, there was two ways of looking at how her day at the 124th Annual WIAA State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse went in the Division 2 girls discus.
She came to state after a sectional-best throw of 120 feet, five inches. Her first throw went only 110'3". She then faulted on her next two throws and was beginning to think that a golden opportunity to medal at state (top 6 finish) was fading away.
However, that first throw was good enough to place her eighth and qualify her for the finals. She would have two more faults in the finals with a throw of 105 feet sandwiched inbetween. Moehn finished tenth.
*A tough day on the links as Chilton’s golf season came to an end last week at the WIAA Division 2 Mosinee Sectional. The Tigers finished in 12th place with a 402 as Marinette and Winneconne advance their teams to state after finishing first and second. Individually, Cameron Owens fell just shy of making state scoring an 86, six strokes shy of moving on.
*Coming into its final at bat, the Tigers trailed Menasha St. Mary Catholic, 3-0, in their WIAA Division 3 regional championship game. Chilton then had what they thought would be a fairytale finish. Zach Boehnlein’s dramatic three-run home run sent Chilton fan into a frenzy as the Tigers grabbed a 4-3 lead. All for naught.
Will Kapral then got the first two SMC batters out and Chilton was just one out away from their first sectional appearance since 2001 when things got away from them. The Zephyrs rallied after two were out for a 5-4 win.
*Chilton ran the table and leads the way as the All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference Softball Teams were released. You can say that Chilton catcher Karissa Juckem also ran the table. Juckem, daughter of Tiger head coach Jay Juckem, is First Team catcher for the fourth year in a row and largely because of that, was voted EWC Player of the Year.
Seniors Alysha Brickl (infield) and Haley Grube (outfield) repeat as First Teamers with Amber Halbach and Andrea Schmitz other First Team picks.