2019 Fall Sports Season- One to Remember

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2019 Fall Sports Season- One to Remember

Patrick Connolly, Challenger editor

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That record is one to remember. It is the wins and losses of all the fall sports team added together. The fall sports season had a lot of ups a downs, and a lot of surprises to boot. Two of the teams were ranked in state during the year and another demolished the defending state champions.

“To our kids credit, all our teams were competitive, all the teams were consistent winners and hard workers. I never saw any of the teams quit or throw up the white flag,” said William Van Lannen, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy.

The soccer team was ranked for the first time in history this year as high as sixth and they had the best record in the school’s history at 13-5-2. They shut out two powerhouse Division 1 rival teams to start off the season and got the #7 seed and home field advantage to start off the WIAA Playoffs.

“I think the strong start really set the tone for the rest of the season,” said senior midfielder Joey Fuedner.



The volleyball team made a strong statement this year. After walking all over the defending state champions and conference rivals Burlington Catholic Central, they finished second in conference and got the #2 seed going into the playoffs. They are looking to make a state run and have home court advantage all the way up to the regional final.

“We came out and surprised a lot of people, I am super proud of my girls,” says coach Whitney Witthun.

The football team was ranked 8th in the state at week 4 and then was 9th at week 6. They played hard and competed in every game despite the low numbers and lack of size. They missed the playoffs but had a great opening season to the new program demolishing a division one team to start off the season.

“We started strong and hit a rough patch at the end of the season hoping it was enough to enter the playoffs, but unfortunately it wasn’t,” says senior Bradley Jankowski.

The girls tennis team took second in conference and were very close to going undefeated as a team but unfortunately could not get passed sub-sectionals. The season was an overall success, however, and created many memories for the girls.

“Overall, I thought the girls played really well. There were some new players but the girls created a great bond that lasted throughout the whole season,” said coach Todd Groblewski.

The cross country team had quite the year. They had a very large team on the boys and girls side which shows that Mr. Furreness is still making things happen. The girls team took 5th in conference with one top ten runner. The boys won conference for a 10th straight year with 5 top ten runners. With the successful regular season coming to an end, the girls got a sectionals berth and the boys got a very impressive state tournament bid. They boys will be running for a state title in November and the schools support will be behind them.

“It was a very run first season, I have gotten really into running. I have made so many friends and have learned so much on how to be a great runner and a better man from coach Hansen and Furreness,” said freshman Thomas Connolly.

All the sports seasons had a lot of success. They beat state champs, beat division one teams and made it to state. St. Joseph has become a household name in not only our conference but the city and that is what has made this season one to remember.