"Angels Fly Together, Tradition Never Graduates"
Angel Junior Tennis Standout Rachel Anderson
Rachel Anderson has been around the game of tennis since she could swing a racket. While a sandbox or jungle gym are seen on the majority of playgrounds for children, most of the time Anderson's playground consisted of a net and a tennis court.
Being the daughter of a longtime tennis Coach like Todd Anderson kept the Angel junior around tennis clubs and courts for most of her childhood. As a result it seemed only a natural transition that she would work to make herself into the player she is today.
The past two seasons Anderson has more than worked her way into the game as the Captain of the St. Catherine's Girls Tennis Team. This season she was recently named the Racine County Player of the Year after improving on her 18-11 record from her sophomore season.
During her junior season Rachel worked to gradually improve her game and it eventually paid off. She advanced to the WIAA Sectional Tournament at UW-Whitewater finishing third. This qualified her for the WIAA State Tournament where she received and 8th seed in Division 2.
It was the third consecutive season Anderson would qualify to play at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison.
"I'm pretty satisfied with how things turned out this year," said Anderson. "I wish I could have advanced a little further, but I think I did pretty well."
After winning her first two matches at state, considering Rachel lost to the eventual state champion and Metro Classic Conference Player of The Year in Kenosha St. Joseph's Claire Czerwonka, Anderson a very strong season. She is working hard to make her senior year the best one yet.
Anderson is also a member of the St. Catherine's Girls Track & Field Team and is a member of several other organizations in school. She is a Junior Representative for the Student Council.
Through her work in tennis and in track Anderson is very physically fit. But that is only one part of the game of tennis.
"Tennis can be a grueling game, but more mentally then physically," Anderson said. "You have to be on top of the mental side of the game because of you get down on yourself or have a losing mentality, you've already lost."
Prairie Senior Grace Gould knows what a difficult and challenging opponent Anderson can be. Gould, also a First-team member of the Racine All County Team lost to Anderson early this fall 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a match that lasted nearly two hours.
"Rachel has a very strong tennis game," Gould said. "She has been one of my toughest opponents in and out of the season, and we have competed for many years. I have always had lots of excitement going into matches against her.
"I will miss playing against Rachel next year, but I know she will have an even more successful season as a senior," added Gould.
That is the goal for Anderson.
"I might have a chance to be on the podium next year at state," she said. "I would be very proud of myself if I did."
Sarah Busey, and her father Assistant Coach John Busey, discuss strategy Tuesday during the second round of the WIAA State Golf Tournament at University Ridge in Verona, WI
There is a sweet irony in the golf career of St. Catherine's Senior Sarah Busey. She attends St. Catherine's, she has committed to play collegiate golf at Santa Clara and she is now a State Champion. Amazingly all abbreviations are S.C. and the third one was certainly the charm for Busey on Tuesday afternoon.
Playing in the WIAA Division II State Championship at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Busey become the first Racine County golfer to win an individual WIAA Title since Molly Redfearn of Racine Park in 2001.
The Angel senior has spent endless hours on the putting green, on the driving range and working on her approach shots to the green. Busey has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to improve and perfect her game, with the goal of winning a state title. Although Practice never makes perfect, it does make permanent. And the permanent lessons Busey has learned from her father John Busey, Coach Dave Arkenberg, and others like John Schneider and Matt Booker led her to Tuesday's "Pinnacle," a state title.
The Santa Clara recruit had a great summer of golf finishing at or near the top of many LPGA amateur events. But being at the top at the end of the two day WIAA meet was a sweet ending to the career of a Great Angel Golfer.
Busey, handled blustery conditions during her second nine holes to win the Division 2 championship at the 45th annual WIAA State Girls Golf Championship. She had rounds of 75 and 76 for a two day 151 total and defeated Lori Meyer of Freedom by four strokes.
“All season, this has been one of my goals and I’m just so happy that it finally came true,” Busey said. “I just took it one shot at a time and my coaches helped me stay calm.”
For Busey, it was redemption after a bitter disappointment. After placing third at the state tournament as a sophomore, she fell one shot short of qualifying last season. But as St. Catherine’s coach Dave Arkenberg said, “she let that remind her that hard work and devotion increases your chance for success.”
After opening with a 3-over-par 75 Monday, Busey opened with a bogey on the par-4, 342-yard 10th hole Tuesday. She followed that with seven straight pars before a birdie on the par-4, 286-yard 18th hole for a 36 for her first nine.
Busey’s second nine holes weren’t as easy because of a swirling wind and far fewer trees. But she had four pars and a birdie and set herself up so well with a six-stroke lead on the No. 9 hole, her last of the day, that Busey felt comfortable taking an unplayable lie after hitting into tall grass.
The one-stroke penalty allowed her to move her ball two club lengths from its original position and she finished with a 7 on the par-5 421-hole.
“I was aware that there was a little bit of a cushion, so we took an unplayable because I didn’t want to take the risk of not hitting the ball the way I would like to,” Busey said.
What did Busey consider to be the highlight of her day?
“Seeing my dad’s face when I was walking off the last hole,” she said.
Busey also mentioned that having the support of teammates Delaney Nielsen and Ashley Lawler on the course was a plus.
"It's always great to have your teammates around," said Busey. "We have such a close knit group. We played together for three years, and to have them here as part of it was great."
The 2016 St. Cat's Angels Boys Cross Country Team
The Angels Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams competed in the WIAA Sectional Meet last Saturday at UW-Parkside. Although St. Cat's did not qualify any runner for the state meet, they did have some impressive performances and both teams finished in the middle of the pack of competitors.
"We ran very well and up to our potential for the most part," said Coach Tom Scheller. "I was happy with our team finishes and some of our kids were able to gain personal bests."
Santiago Espinoza led the boys with a time of 18:15. Senior Nick Ignasiak was next coming in at 18:43. Freshman Cole Dixon crossed the finish line with a time of 19:36 while Alex Pawlowski timed out at 20:12. Marcelo Sosa had a time of 20:56 and Joe Paiga 21:02.
Overall the boys team finished in 8th place with a score of 250.
The Girls team finished in 7th place with a team score of 235.
Freshman Anna Dixon paced the girls with a time of 22:13. McKenna Lewis was next at 22:49 and Emily Wentorf at 24:46.
Abby Reinhold crossed the finish line with a time of 27:32, Carmen Sosa had 27:47 and Eliza Rushlow 28:38.
The 2016 St. Cat's Girls Cross Country Team
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Caitlin Cretton left and Clare Veranth
After a successful season under Coach Dave Mooney, the Angel Girls Tennis Team earned several honors this past week to recognize their efforts.
Junior Rachel Anderson, who finished eight in the WIAA State Individual Tennis Tournament, was named the Racine County Player of the Year. Anderson was also named First Team All-County Singles.
Joining Anderson with County recognition was the doubles team of Clare Veranth and Caitlin Cretton. The Duo had a great season and improved greatly from the start to the end of the campaign. Veranth and Cretton were named to the First Team All-County Doubles.
Anderson who finished the season with a 19-6 record finished third at the WIAA Whitewater Sectional.
Heading into the WIAA Division 2 Singles Tournament at the Nielsen Indoor Tennis Stadium in Madison Anderson did not disappoint. Seeded 8th the Angels Junior defeated Mikaela Slessinger of LaCross Aquinas 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round. In round two Anderson won a hard fought 7-5, 7-5 match against Josie Seelen of Eau Claire Regis.
Coach Mooney had great praise for his 2016 team.
"Rachel Anderson exceeded expectations both on and off the court," Mooney said. "She is a leader on the team and in school as a student and member of several organizations."
Mooney also added great praise for his returning player for next season.
"Rachel qualified for state and outplayed her seed. Her final match was a loss to the state champion. Rachel trains year round and is working on having a championship senior season."
"Caitlin and Clare also exceeded expectations and we look for great things from them next year as well," said Mooney. "It was a joy to watch the two of them mature and improve within the game of tennis throughout the year."
The duo went 12-6 at No. 1 doubles. St. Catherine’s coach David Mooney said the two jump-started their season, “with a dramatic three-set barnburner win over Brookfield Academy.” Veranth and Cretton finished second in doubles in the Racine County Tournament after losing to Union Grove’s Allie Miller and Chloe Woods and were third in the Metro Classic Conference Tournament.
“This was their first year playing together as partners,” St. Catherine’s coach David Mooney said. “These two players fired up the courts, ending the season in a fury. They are both great student-athletes and have set their goal to go to state next season.”
Academic All-State Golfers Left to Right: Emma Madden, Sarah Busey, Ashley Lawler and Delaney Nielsen.
Four St. Catherine's Angel Girls Golfers were recently recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin on the Academic All-State Team. Sarah Busey who won the WIAA Division 2 State Golf Championship is among the four.
Also honored were Seniors Delaney Nielsen and Emma Madden and Junior Ashley Lawler.
St. Catherine's had a great season finishing near the top of several meets. Nielsen started the season off in style with a hole on one on the first day of practice and the Angels, as a team, finished in 3rd place at the WIAA Sectional Meet , missing the state meet by one stroke.
A flag with the No. 1 flies on the Minnesota Duluth campus, signaling the UMD volleyball team’s place atop the NCAA Division II rankings.
Based on recent play, the Bulldogs don’t intend to take it down any time soon.
Makenzie Morgen had 11 kills and Allison Olley added 10 as top-ranked UMD cruised to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-15 NSIC victory over
St. Cloud State on Tuesday night before 416 at Romano Gym.
“We know that we have a target on our backs, and we know every team is going to give us the best they’ve got,” Olley said. “It’s exciting knowing every game is going to be a tough one. We’re only going to climb higher from here.”
Hard to get much higher than No. 1.
“We’ve got goals beyond this,” Olley said. “The end goal is a national championship.”
If Olley keeps playing like she is, who knows?
Olley, a 6-foot-2 junior middle blocker from Racine, Wis., also plays basketball for the Bulldogs, making her the first dual-sport athlete in volleyball coach Jim Boos’ 15 seasons at UMD.
Olley was where a rally went to die on Tuesday. Her 10 kills came on 13 attempts, with the other three ending in errors.
“Allison was the ultimate terminator,” Boos said. “Every time she touched the ball the point ended. She was finishing it, one way or the other.”
Sarah Kelly and Sydnie Mauch added eight kills apiece, with the 6-1 Mauch leading the block up front, while sophomore Erin Schindler led the defense with 14 digs for the Bulldogs (20-0 overall, 12-0 NSIC). Freshman Emily Torve, playing beyond her years as the reigning NSIC setter of the week, had 37 set assists as the Bulldogs hit .459 as a team.
“The beauty of this team is a different person can carry the load any given night,” Boos said. “If they take something away from us, somebody else can fill the void. That makes us really tough to defend.”
With a stable of six-footers at Boos’ disposal, sometimes it doesn’t look fair.
Olley is a special athlete. The center averaged 5.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in just 13.9 minutes for the UMD women’s basketball team as a sophomore last winter.
On Tuesday, Olley had six kills in a dominating second set, showing how good she can be.
“She can dominate,” Boos said. “Her and Emily have developed a great connection. It’s nothing complex. Hang the ball in the middle of the floor, and let the 6-2 athletic kid go up there and figure out where to hit it hard.”
Olley isn’t perfect, of course, and she contributed to some of the Bulldogs’ sloppy play in the third set, prompting Boos to pull her aside when she rotated out.
“I told her, ‘Let’s be volleyball Olley, instead of basketball Olley,” Boos said.
Boos also critiqued his freshman setter. Boos will be constantly in Torve’s ear this fall — some could argue he has to be. The position is that important.
“For Emily, it’s a classroom, and the best place to learn is in game situations,” Boos said. “I can pull her aside in practice and we can talk through things, but ultimately, there’s nothing on the line. These are a real-life moments to learn.”
Boos is tough love, especially with his setters. Always has been.
“I’m fair to everybody, especially her,” Boos said, smiling. “It’s hard to argue with what she’s done.”
Sophomore Micah Nier had 10 kills to lead St. Cloud State (8-13, 3-9), while Marissa Kline had 22 set assists and Clara Krenz added 12 digs, but the Huskies hit just .029 as a team.
St. Cloud coach Chad Braegelmann was asked what makes the Bulldogs so tough.
“It’s a combination. They’ve got good coaches, good athletes and boy, they don’t make any errors,” Braegelmann said. “If you look offensively, they had 43 kills and four errors. That’s ridiculous at our level. They put so much pressure on you defensively that you’re constantly on your heels. I think they’re better on defense, and they’re better on serve-receive than they were last year. Those two things allow them to extend rallies.”
Braegelmann is in his second season with the Huskies after turning Minnesota-Morris into a winner. Turning around the Huskies might not be as easy. The NSIC is the nation’s toughest conference in volleyball.
“I was just talking to two of my former players at Morris, and I said, ‘It was a heck of alot easier to turn around a program in the UMAC than it is in the NSIC,” Braegelmann said. “It’s brutal. You see improvement one match, then get absolutely pounded the next. You gain confidence, and they rip right away from you.”
Braegelman’s team already has played perennial power Concordia-St. Paul this season and said the Bulldogs are deserving of the No. 1 ranking.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We haven’t played anybody that’s been better, I’ll put it that way, and we’ve played everyone else in the league who was ranked except Southwest, Augie and Wayne.”
-- UMD fans might recognize the Braegelmann name. Vicky Braegelmann was a national volleyball player of the year for the Bulldogs. Chad and Vicky’s dads are first cousins.
-- UMD volleyball assistant coach Christyn May and her husband, Justin May, are expecting their first child together later this month. Christyn was on the court Tuesday like always, leading the Bulldogs in pregame warmups. She is no longer traveling with the team on road trips. “It’s exciting,” Boos said. “It’s going to change their world.”