Chilton boys cross country returns these lettermen. From left: Phoenix Ladd, Eric East, Wyatt Schmitz, Dylan Anhalt, Arik Lemke, Will Kapral and Steve Duplechain.
Chilton boys cross country returns these lettermen. From left: Phoenix Ladd, Eric East, Wyatt Schmitz, Dylan Anhalt, Arik Lemke, Will Kapral and Steve Duplechain.

A work in progress. That bests describes the Tiger cross country teams this fall under the direction of veteran coach Rocky Gozdziewski. Chilton boys could be a surprise and even the girls could open some eyes this season.
The 2019 Tiger cross country preview

CHILTON CROSS COUNTRY
Head Coach: Rocky Gozdziewski (36th season for girls; 34th for boys)
2018 Record: Both boys and girls were 4th place at Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet

Looking back at 2018: Wyatt Schmitz edged out teammate Will Kapral for the final spot on Second Team All-EWC. The top seven runners earn First Team All-EWC and runners eight through 14 are Second Team. Schmitz hit the finish line in 14th place with a time of 18:14, one second ahead of 15th place Kapral.
Phoenix Ladd was 20th . Kapral and Ladd earned honorable mention all-conference..
A mere two seconds was the difference for Chilton’s Emily Hoerl in the girls varsity race as she took eighth at 21:42 for Second Team All-EWC. The last spot on First Team went to Sheboygan Falls’ Laurie Schleicher at 21:40.
In another tight race for the final spot on Second Team, Morgan Geiger of Chilton edged out teammate Elizabeth Wagner, 22:13 to 22:17. Wagner received honorable mention All-EWC.
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A look ahead at 2019: The Tiger boys return seven lettermen and should a main challenger to powerful Valders in the conference.
Seniors Wyatt Schmitz, Will Kapral and Phoenix Ladd are back, as are seniors Dylan Anhalt and Sam Duplechain
And juniors Eric East and Alek Lemke. Filling out the roster are Austin Hoerth, Sam Dorn, Robert Kapral and newcomers Blake Franzen, Will Fuerbringer and Kile Sullivan.
For the girls, four of the top five runners return from 2018 in Hoerl, Geiger, Lizzy Wagner and Emma Bartel. Sophomores Sophia Billmann and Teressa Gebhart will be strong varsity candidates, as will freshman Kaydance Nolan, along with Julia Diedrich and Silvia Usai. Chilton girls should challenge again for a top four finish in the conference with Two Rivers, Kiel and Valders.