The Huskies’ Olivia Olson signs her volleyball Letter of Intent to Central Missouri.
The Huskies’ Olivia Olson signs her volleyball Letter of Intent to Central Missouri.
After a great run including the first state title in 1965, New Holstein baseball goes from the summer season to the spring. On the golf course, Calvin Leverenz qualifies for state. Some more NH sports highlights from the first six months of 2019:

JANUARY
*With three players scoring in double figures, Kevin Meyer’s New Holstein girls basketball team successfully staved off an upset minded Sheboygan County Christian team. The Huskies prevailed 53-48 in the non-conference game in the Husky gym. Molly Steffes and MacKenzie Doherty each poured in 14 points and Karli Schmitz added 13 as NH took a 21-17 halftime lead.
*Back on track. That’s what New Holstein boys basketball coach Jason Hoerth is hoping as his Huskies took control shortly after the opening tip, opening up a double digit lead early, and cruised to a convincing 65-44 win at Two Rivers in Eastern Wisconsin Conference play. TR scored the first bucket of the contest, but the rest of the game was all New Holstein.NH responded with 14 consecutive points and were never threatened. All 14 Husky players contributed statistically in some manner to the win as New Holstein blew out to a 43-16 halftime lead. Luke Bufton led the Huskies with 22 points, but the play of Alex Baackes was equally as key. Baackes tied a career high with 14 points on 6-11 shooting and 2-2 from the free throwline. He added six rebounds and three steals.
*Makenzie Ditter had the match of her life last week as the New Holstein wrestlers went to Two Rivers to battle the five-time defending Eastern Wisconsin Conference champions. The Huskies did lose 54-21, but it is the closest they have been to TR in several years. They won four of the seven contested matches against the Purple Raiders. Ditter had one of four NH victories as she needed just 66 seconds to pin Sam Kamyszek.
*It took awhile to get the rust off after a long holiday break, but the St. Lawrence basketball team managed to do that. Sputtering to a 17-12 halftime advantage, the Hilltoppers stepped it up a level and outscored Milwaukee Cristo Rey 22-5 in the final 18 minutes for a 39-17 win in the ‘Toppers first game in almost a month. Carlos Nunez had 11 points and nine rebounds with Peter Hall adding nine points and Robert Little four assists. SLS shot well making 13 of its 28 field goals for 46 percent.

FEBRUARY
*New Holstein wrestlers placed seventh at the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championships at Valders High School. Brillion dethroned Two Rivers as conference team champion. The Huskies had two third place finishers in Michael Volz at 152 pounds and Shaun Pernell at 285.
*NBA Commissioner David Stearn would smile if he saw the schedule that the New Holstein and Kiel boys basketball teams have played last week.
The Huskies and Raiders met for the second time in a makeup game from a postponed contest the week prior and Connor Voelker’s desparartion three-pointer at the buzzer just missed allowing NH to take a 49-46 Eastern Wisconsin Conference victory. It was the second time this season that the Huskies have prevailed over their arch rivals. They will meet a third time this coming Tuesday in a WIAA regional game at NHHS. New Holstein played games Thursday, Friday, Saturday and this past Monday. Kiel played Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and this past Monday.
*Michael Volz was just one win away from qualifying for state. The New Holstein sophomore won his quarterfinal round match in the 152 pound weight class at the WIAA Division 2 Individual Sectional at Campbellsport defeating Devyn Urban of Campbellsport on an 11-3 major decision advancing him to the semifinals where one more victory would have him going to state.
However, a 12-4 major decision loss to eventual sectional champ Ellis Pfleger of Grafton sent the Husky wrestler to the consolation bracket where he suffered a second setback falling 17-7 to Giovanny Gonzalez of Delevan-Darien. Volz, the lone NH wrestler at sectional, finished 12-5 on the year.

MARCH
*After a scoreless first half, New Holstein exploded for three second half goals as the Huskies opened the 2019 girls soccer season with an impressive 3-0 non-conference win at Campbellsport. Lauren Danes scored twice and Olivia Ondrejka added another with Briana Guelig getting an assist. Sydney Steiner and Skylyn Jaeger combined on the shutout with Steiner turning back three Cougar shots and Jaeger, one.
*The All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference Boys Basketball Teams were announced and New Holstein senior sharpshooter Luke Bufton is First Team. Brad Schroeder is on Honorable Mention.
*New Holstein’s outstanding backcourt player Mackenzie Doherty earns her second straight Second Team All-EWC honor. She was honorable mention as a freshman. Doherty was second to Walsdorf in EWC scoring.

APRIL
* New Holstein won the first-ever WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament in 1965. They had a Cinderella run towards winning the final one in 2018. But summer baseball is history and the Huskies will now tackle spring baseball, but do it with a solid list of veterans.
* New Holstein will have two representatives in the Wisconsin Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games next month. Pitcher-infielder MacKenzie Doherty and outfielder Karli Schmitz have been selected by the association as a result of their stellar play.
The WFPSCA All-Star Games take place at the Woodside Complex in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday, June 18 and bring together the top senior high school softball players in Wisconsin.
Each player is required to collect $300 worth of sponsorships and donations. Proceeds from the All-Star series will benefit the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

MAY
*Opening week of the 2019 East Shore League baseball season happens and St. Cloud is a First Half surprise.
*Field events were very advantageous for the Husky boys track team as New Holstein placed seventh in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championships at Sheboygan Falls. An exciting finish in the high jump were Breyden Burns set a new personal best by going 6’4”. But he had to settle for second. Michael Volz was fourth at 5’8. In the shot put, Garrett Preston and Sam Casper set new personal marks with Preston second at 43’1 and Casper fourth at 41’8-3/4”.
*No conference champions, but Sam Wallace’s NH girls track team still had a productive day as Sheboygan Falls hosted the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Track and Field Championships. The Huskies took seventh in the field with Kiel winning a fourth straight crown. Leading the way was pole vaulter Lauren Schwaller with a second place finish at eight feet. Lauren Hess, Izzy Kestell, Amber Meyer and Aubrey Waldschmidt made up the fourth place 4x100 relay team.
*New Holstein is starting to like this spring baseball thing.
Brad Schroeder tossed a complete game three-hitter and the Huskies claimed a share of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference title with an impressive 10-0 win at Brillion last Friday. A seven-run third inning by the Huskies broke the game open.

JUNE
* Calvin Leverenz’s golf season came to a quicker end than he expected.
Golfing on Day 2 of the WIAA State Boys Golf Championships last Tuesday at University Ridge in Madison, rain caused a delay as Leverenz and his foursome had just completed the first nine holes. When action was able to resume WIAA officials, concerned that the meet would not finish before dark, cut the Division 2 and 3 field down to 27 holes while Division 1 was able to complete their full 36 holes.
Thus, Leverenz finished his round with a 46 for a 27-hole total of 129 placing him 34th overall in the Division 2 field. Joe Forsting of Edgerton was medalist at 108.
* For the third year in a row, New Holstein’s MacKenzie Doherty earns First Team All-EWC Softball at shortstop. She was ninth in the EWC in batting at .479. On the Second Team is New Holstein outfielder Izzy Casper. Outfielder Karli Schmitz is honorable mention along with first baseman Kennedy Meyer and catcher Jess Diedrich.
*All-EWC Baseball is announced. Making First Team are Brad Schroeder at pitcher and infielder, catcher Kadyn Judkins, the leading hitter in the EWC, and shortstop Teddy Schnell. Randy Smith is honorable mention.