The Raiders’ Addy Lund was a state track qualifier in the 100 meter dash.
The Raiders’ Addy Lund was a state track qualifier in the 100 meter dash.
The first six months of 2019 was filled with much success for Kiel sports teams from the wrestlers to the girls basketball and both track teams. Some of those highlights follow:

JANUARY
*Competing in a holiday tournament for the first time, maybe ever, Kiel wrestlers came home feeling pretty good after a 17th place team finish in the 42-school field at Whitewater’s Mid-States Classic. Coach Davin Horneck’s squad placed ahead of eight Wisconsin Division 1 schools and four schools from Illinois. Team champ was Warren Township of suburban Chicago with 285 points, 14 better than second place Wrightstown. Andrew Schad and Michael Endries were Kiel’s top place finishers. Schad took fifth at 120 pounds to improve to 18-3 on the season and Endries did the same at 182 and sports a 15-5 record.
*The accolades keep coming for Kiel standout girls basketball player Savannah Walsdorf.
With her 26 points, Walsdorf became the first player in Raider girls basketball history to reach the 1000 point mark for their career. They came in Kiel’s 63-52 non-conference victory at Hilbert. The senior just missed her first career triple double as she had nine rebounds and eight steals to go along with her 26 points. She still has ten more games to add to her scoring total.
*Back-to-back victories put an end to a five-game losing streak for the Raider boys basketball team. At Brillion, Kiel gradually pulled away for a 66-52 Eastern Wisconsin Conference win over the Lions. Connor Voelker’s 23 points topped KHS as they shot 52 percent from the floor (27-53). Voelker was 8-14 including 4-8 from three-point land and five steals and five assists. Keenan Manz continued his steady play with 13 points and Nathan Goehring added 12. Aaron Winkel knocked down a pair of three-pointers as the Raiders built a 29-24 halftime lead.

FEBRUARY
*Ashton Arnold, Christopher Muhs and Mason Steffen each are conference champions, not once, not twice, but three times as the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Boys Swimming and Diving Championships were held. The meet was moved to Kiel High School last Friday from Chilton when a power outage from last week’s winter storm damaged the HVAC system at the Chilton Middle School pool. For the fifth year in a row, Kiel/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah placed third in the team standings as Plymouth claimed their fifth consecutive EWC crown.
*Later this month, Kiel turns in a top notch performance in the WIAA Division 2 State Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. The teams’ eighth place finish with 100 points was the best by a Raider squad since the 2012 state tournament when Kiel laced fifth with 145 points, a team led by twin brothers Tim and Nic Halverson, cousins of current Raider head coach Elizabeth Buchholz. Kiel had entrants in seven of the 12 events, with the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams of Ashton Arnold, Mason Steffen, Christopher Muhs and Charlie Tanouye, earning medals.
*Jeb Sippel’s dramatic 12-9 win over Kaiden Mikalowsky of Chilton/Hilbert was the clincher as Kiel won its first wrestling regional championship since 2001 holding off the Tigers for honors in the WIAA Division 2 Regional at North Fond du Lac.
*Continuing on with wrestling, Just one point separated the Kiel wrestling team from its most historic moment in 18 years. Wisconsin Lutheran held off a late Raider charge and scored a 33-32 win in the championship match of the WIAA Division 2 Team Sectional in North Fond du Lac.
At WIAA State Individual Wrestling in Madison, Andrew Schad is fifth at 120 pounds.

MARCH
*It was another historic season for the Raider girls basketball team that came up just shy of the ultimate goal – a trip to state. A bigger and more physical Freedom team rallied in the second half for a 53-40 victory in the championship game of the WIAA Division 3 Sectional at the Ashwaubenon High School Fieldhouse. It was the first time a Kiel girls basketball team had ever played in a sectional final.
*Connor Voelker had the hot hand, but Kiel’s bid at an upset vanished in the second half as top seeded Southern Door rallied in the second half to post a 52-42 win over the Raiders in a WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional semifinal in the Door County community of Brussels. Voelker scored 20 points on 6-9 shooting and a 6-6 effort from the free throw line while connecting on two three-point field goals. Game scoring honors went to the Eagles’ Kyle Daoust with 24 points.
*It’s quite the send off for Kiel’s Savannah Walsdorf as she was voted Player of the Year for the second consecutive season by Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball coaches.
Kiel had four honors total as junior Rachel Muehlbauer was a Second Team pick after being Honorable Mention as a sophomore. Senior guard Josie Binversie gets her third All-EWC honor making Honorable Mention. She previously had a Second Team and Honorable Mention berth. Senior forward Lily Schmitz of Kiel gets her first All-EWC tab making Honorable Mention.

APRIL
*The outdoor track season is off to a great start. Kiel boys and girls each win the Oostburg Invitational.
*For the first time since 1965, Kiel plays its first spring baseball game.
*The reigning Golfer of the Year is gone and 2019 will be a rebuilding year for Zach Malueg and the Kiel golf team. The roster is larger, but much younger.
*Victory number one was an impressive one for the Kiel girls soccer team as they knocked off a strong Winnebago Lutheran Academy team, 1-0, last week at Al Doebert Field.
Taylor Perl’s goal was the lone score of the match while Savannah Walsdorf earned the shut out.
*After grabbing a 9-2 lead, the Kiel softball hung for a 15-14 win over Howards Grove in round two of the New Holstein Invitational giving new head coach Pam Erickson her first win. Kiel started the day with a tough 8-6 loss against Wauwatosa West.
The Raiders then met arch rival New Holstein in the final round falling 12-4. Grace Swanson had two hits, including a double, while Hannah Steinke, Kasey Schaefer, Analiese Olig and Andrea Meyer also added to the hit parade.

MAY
*What a difference a week makes for Mike Pritchard's Kiel girls soccer team. The Raiders avenged one defeat from 48 hours prior and nearly avenged one from earlier in the week as Kiel reached the championship match of their own Raider Invitational. In the opening round, it was all Kiel in a 5-1 defeat of Mayville. Kaiya Saeger, Marilee Krebsbach, Taylor Perl, 3 and Rachel Muehlabuer scored goals.
*Finishing in the top five in each event except three, Jamie Arenz and the Kiel Raider girls track team walked away with their fourth consecutive Eastern Wisconsin Conference title in Sheboygan Falls scoring 193 points to 149 for second place Two Rivers.
*After a disappointing 2018 conference meet, the Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys track championship returns to Kiel High School. Lee Watson’s Raiders rolled to the 2019 crown at Sheboygan Falls scoring 179.5 points to finish well ahead of runner up Brillion. Kiel swept all four relay events.

JUNE
*Kiel's Elio Alzate closed out his high school track career earning his second state medal in as many years following action at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse. Competing in the finals of the 110 meter high hurdles, Alzate placed fourth in 14.97 seconds. He failed to medal in this event a year ago, so this time around was pretty special.
*What else can a relay team do to get a state medal?
Kiel girls 4x800 relay team is wondering that exact thing.
Josie Binversie, Peyton Koppenhaver, Jocelyn Aprill and Sydney Binversie combined to set a new school record of 9:38.61 in S action of the 124th Annual WIAA State Track and Field Champions at Veterans Stadium of UW-La Crosse.
Certainly a medal, right?
Unfortunately not.
That was good for seventh place, one place and .34 seconds shy of the last spot on the podium.