President: Tom Scheller , Racine St. Catherine’s H.S.
Vice-president: Gary Krueger, Stanley-Boys H.S.
Secretary: Jack Drankoff,
Treasurer: Vince Lease, Fennimore H.S.
From the President:
There’s been much happening, and this newsletter is long, so prepare for a good reading! I’m asking for information, consideration of possibly serving the association in a variety of way, reactions and voting choices at the end of your reading of this newsletter, so here we go!
been another great CC season in
The look of the finishing area at the State Meet might have seemed odd to some, but it’s clearly a sign of progress. Since the new timing system worked so well, it’s now time to turn our attention to the proposals to increase participation in the State Meet. I checked with officials and coaches working the finish area both before and after the meet, and they all seemed impressed, so …
A number of proposals have surfaced. Among the proposals of which I have been made aware, and the CC Advisory Committee has approved to be advanced to you for discussion, and vote, are as follows: (a) leave the system “as is”, (b) qualifying three teams from each sectional, and (c) adding 2 sectionals in each division.
There are those that favor each proposal to start, but keep in mind the following in discussing, analyzing, etc:
The current format results in team numbers of
16/14/14 in D1/D2/D3, along with
The 2nd proposal would result in
team numbers of 24/21/21 along with the same
The 3rd proposal would
result in team numbers of 20/18/18 along with
YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!
is the time to communicate your thoughts on this issue. Please let me know what you think about these
proposals. We would need some form of
consensus before WIAA will hear us. My
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org The St. Catherine’s H.S. school address is
Cross Country Advisory Committee: In addition to the above discussion, another issue surfaced about which you should be aware. Marcy Thurwachter brought up the possibility, surprising the committee, that we should consider the possibility of beginning the season on the Tuesday of the week before we start now. The committee agreed that this proposal should be made to allow that possibility. This proposal, along with other issues discussed, will be brought through the WIAA hierarchy for discussion, and possible implementation. If you have strong feelings on this issue, Marcy suggested you contact members of the Sports Advisory Committee. The next step would be the Advisory Council, and then the Board of Control. More to follow in the near future.
Results/Rankings Thanks: A huge THANK YOU to Ronn Blaha for his work on the WCCCA web page. It’s a tremendous resource, but only as good as we make it. Thanks to all the coaches who sent in results over the duration of the season, especially for invitational and conference meets. We did an especially good job on this throughout August and September, and then slipped a little in October. We’re getting a tremendous amount of hits on the site, and athletes are becoming more and more likely to check on results as well as we coaches. Thanks, also, to those coaches who helped in ranking teams from throughout the state in their respective division. Remember, the WCCCA web page address is www.wisconsinrunner/wccca/
State Meet: Kudos to all schools that qualified teams and individuals for the State Meet. On behalf of the WCCCA I would like to thank the community of Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln H.S. for another great event. It obviously involves huge amounts of talent and time to put on a meet of this magnitude in such a splendid fashion. I attended the award ceremony back at Lincoln H.S., even though I had no one qualify for the meet, and it certainly does provide a distinctly different type of excitement than awards on site. A special thanks goes out to the officials, many of whom volunteer their skill and efforts.
State Champions: Congratulations to the following schools and coaches for their state championships on November 1st:
D1 Boys: Stevens Point Coach Donn Behnke
Girls: Stevens Point Coach Mike Olson
D2 Boys: Shorewood Coach Tim Kenney
Girls: Pewaukee Coach John Kashian
D3 Boys: Boscobel Coach Greg Bell
Girls: Brookwood Coach Dawn Powell
District Coaches of the Year: Please complete the ballot found at the end of the newsletter. Remember that State Champion coaches are NOT eligible for this award! Make sure you are voting for coaches in your district – a list of schools in each district is found in WIAA Directory and is posted on the WIAA and WCCCA web pages.
District Runners of the Year: Please vote for the outstanding boys and girls (whichever you coach, or both if you coach both) from your WIAA district. Any runner is eligible. Again, please vote only for a runner from your district.
Conference Champion Teams: We have posted an incomplete list of conference championship teams on the web page. I have taken the list from results posted on the web page and from information generated at the WCCCA meeting on October 31st. PLEASE HELP US complete the list by contacting Tom Scheller or any of the officers listed above with the needed information.
Conference Reps: We need to update our list of conference reps. The latest list we have dates back to the 1998-99 season. There were 10 reps listed who no longer are coaching, and one rep is from a school listed in the WIAA Directory as no longer sponsoring CC. In addition, conference realignment has resulted in shifting of schools, new conferences created, etc. Needless to say, we need you to CONFIRM if you are still the conference rep and/or VOLUNTEER if your conference needs a new rep! Again, feel free to contact Tom Scheller or any of the officers listed above.
District Reps: We should be electing district reps from districts 2, 4 & 6 for the 2004 season. We did not elect reps from the odd-numbered districts at last year’s clinic, so should do those as well. I am asking for anyone interested as serving as a district rep for the 2004 season to contact me before the clinic in January.
Sectional Sites: WIAA is instituting a different process for schools to volunteer to host sectional meets. They may also be looking for our opinion on “semi-permanent” sites. Check with your A.D. about this process. Please read over the recommendations on courses found in the WIAA Season Regulations booklet/State Association Recommendations section. Determine if you are able to host, and encourage those coaches who host meets during the year that do a good job, especially with meets and sites that can handle the number of teams at a sectional meet, to take their turn volunteering to host this very important meet. A HUGE thanks goes to the schools that host this meet, this year, in the past, and in the future. The athletes benefit from our good work.
WCCCA Clinic: The clinic staff has done a great job, once again, in setting up a clinic offering all of us a chance to learn more about our coaching profession. It has always amazed me, after 30 years as a head coach, that there is ALWAYS something that I learn at the annual clinic. The first clinic I attended featured Dan McClimon, others featured unbelievably cold weather, and I even spoke one year, but what happens at the clinic can’t be duplicated as a learning opportunity. Please consider attending this year. I’ve already registered myself. The form to register is on the WCCCA web page, and was sent as a separate mailing.
Hall of Fame Ceremony: The annual Hall of Fame luncheon induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 11th as part of the clinic. We hope you can join us at the clinic and plan to stay for the ceremony. Congratulations to our 2004 Hall of Fame class:
Coach Scott Anderson (
Coach Don Fritsch (
Coach Mike Mulrooney (Arrowhead H.S.)
Coach John Wilkie (Phillips H.S.)
Athlete Wayne Craig (Mukwonago H.S.)
Athlete Lori Wolter (Sauk Prairie H.S.)
Hall of Fame Nominations: Please send nominations in any of the three categories (coach/ honorary/ athlete) to any of the selection committee members. Members include: Bob Berry (Mayville H.S.), Rick Koceja (Burlington H.S.), Randy Marks (Verona H.S.), Arnie Miehe (Darlington H.S.), Tom Scheller (Racine St. Catherine’s H.S.), and Jim Vollmer (Campbellsport H.S.). A nomination form is now posted on the WCCCA website, but feel free to use any form you choose to convey to the committee the excellence of your nominee. The committee meets each summer to consider nominations. Don’t assume we know of every deserving candidate, either past or present!
WCCCA Annual Meeting: Please forward to Tom Scheller or any of the other officers any items you want addressed at our annual meeting at the clinic in January. I try to run a very organized meeting, so would like to prepare as thorough an agenda as possible before the meeting. If I get a good handle on the breadth of the agenda, we may be able to post it in early January on our web page. Look for it!
Academic All-State Team: Anyone with an individual qualified to
participate in the State Meet who has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0
scale, or any team whose team GPA (top 5 of the 7 who ran at the state meet) is
3.4 or above should contact Arnie Miehe
to get the Academic All-State recognition that they deserve. Contact Arnie with
the specifics at Darlington H.S.,
All-State Teams: Congratulations to the following athletes, their coaches and their schools for their excellent performances at the State Meet. Individuals earn these honors by their finish times in the state meet. Well done! The appropriate awards will be available at the clinic in January. Please check over spellings, so that the awards will be correct.
WCCCA All-State Team – Boys – 2003
|Chris Rombough (11)||New London||Peter Emmerich(12)||Arrowhead|
|Ryan Gasper (11)||Fort Atkinson||Pad Judd (12)||Grantsburg|
|Bryan Culver (12)||Waukesha South||Matt McKenney (11)||Brookfield East|
|Rider Clauss (12)||Madison West||Scott Allen (11)||Port Washington|
|Willy Kaul (12)||Milwaukee Lutheran||Andrew Lacy (10)||McFarland|
|Andy Shortslef (12)||Janesville Craig||Chris Limbach (11)||Marquette|
|Ryan Salamon (12)||New Berlin Eisenhower||RJ Pire (12)||Middleton|
|David Pede (10)||Wisconsin Lutheran||Dom Meyer (12)||Beloit|
|Nick Fulton (12)||Arrowhead|
|Nick Hawley (12)||Hortonville||Steve Markson (10)||Whitefish Bay|
|Ryan Loshaw (12)||Eau Claire Memorial||Ross MacDonald (12)||Rhinelander|
|Mike Van Ess (12)||Homestead||Jim Hein (12)||Ripon|
|Joe Pierre (12)||Notre Dame||Eric Lewandowski (11)||Madison West|
|Kyle Johnson (10)||Beloit||Brandon Belk (12)||Mauston|
|Jesse Merkel (11)||Menominee||Greg Haak (12)||Belleville|
|Nathan Campbell (11)||Sun Prairie||Malachi Cate (10)||New London|
|Tyler Sigl (12)||Seymour||Matt Barrett (11)||Monroe|
|Nick Schaefer (10)||New London||Luke Langhorst (12)||Stevens Point|
|Tom Winkelman (12)||Stevens Point||Eric Atkinson (12)||Spooner|
|Shawn Kolano (12)||Greenwood||Josh Monson (12)||Westosha Central|
|Chris Morris (12)||Baraboo||Brett Daffler (11)||Frederic|
|Scott Mueller (12)||Brookfield Central||Brandon Davis (12)||Kenosha Tremper|
|Mike McFarland (10)||Arrowhead||Jason Methfessel (11)||Sheboygan North|
|Andy Han (11)||Madison West||Nick Adams (12)||Prentice|
|James Tesmer (12)||DeForest||John Nowinski (12)||Black River Falls|
|Adam Zamzow (12)||Green Bay Preble|
WCCCA All-State Team – Girls – 2003
|Trista Baye (11)||Bay Port||Katie Bethke (9)||Eau Claire Memorial|
|Kellie Schneider (10)||Kenosha Tremper||Megan Duwell (11)||West Bend West|
|Abbey O’Connell (11)||Arrowhead||Abby Christian (11)||La Crosse Central|
|Michelle Corrigan (11)||Pulaski||Sherri Bissing (12)||West De Pere|
|Alicia Pabich (11)||Waukesha North||Katie Howery (12)||DeForest|
|Kellyn Johnson (12)||Hamilton||Emma Tauchman (11)||Stevens Point|
|Andrea Sonnenschein (12)||Berlin||Megan Johnson (11)||River Falls|
|Jenny Stoll (12)||Pewaukee||Megan Ziarek (12)||Muskego|
|Amy Wike (12)||Pewaukee|
|Molly Esche (12)||Waukesha West||Kayla Zander (10)||Waunakee|
|Jackie Oesterich (11)||Merrill||Emily Post (12)||Howards Grove|
|Meghan Lemke (11)||Tomahawk||Rosa Alvarez (12)||Watertown|
|Gera Polzin (9)||Janesville Craig||Holly Nearman (12)||Monroe|
|Carie Steil (11)||Eau Claire Memorial||Laura Palmer (9)||Pittsville|
|Katie Bartz (12)||Watertown||Samantha Schiro (9)||Racine Park|
|Ayla Mitchell (11)||New Richmond||Kirsten Haack (9)||Brookfield East|
|Mallory Peckels (12)||Lakeland||Heidi Heberlein (12)||Kiel|
|Angie Huebner (12)||Green Bay Southwest|
|Brianne Charles (11)||Green Bay Southwest||Kara Tauchman (11)||Stevens Point|
|Sara McKinley (11)||Dodgeland/Mineral Point||Autumn Dettmann (10)||Watertown|
|Sarah Hurley (11)||Appleton West||Melissa Manke (11)||East Troy|
|Jessica Lamp (11)||Westosha Central||Shanna Bodilly (12)||Madison Memorial|
Complete all information and forward to
TOM SCHELLER by
Categories – based upon consistent excellence in their field
Coach - outstanding coaching qualifications
Athlete - outstanding high school runner
Honorary - outstanding contributor and supporter of Cross Country
My Name: ___________________________________ School: ______________________________
Home Address/City/State/Zip: ___________________________________________________________
Home Phone: ___________________________ Work Phone: _______________________________
I submit the name of ___________________________________________ into consideration for inclusion into the WCCCA Hall of Fame. The reasons for this nomination are as follows: