Fall sports review

By Nicole Krueger and Courtney Mueller

Eagle Post staff

Football: 2009 Our Time

The Monona Grove Varsity Football team won the school’s 20th conference championship, but then their season came to an abrupt end after a heartbreaking loss to Waunakee in the quarterfinals.

They entered the season with solid starters and had a lot of promise.

“We came together as a team when people went down from injuries,” Assistant Varsity Coach Brandon Beckwith said. “Players really stepped up and had each other’s backs.”

Putting aside all the obstacles of the season, this team accomplished two out of the three goals they set for themselves each year by advancing to the WIAA playoffs and earning themselves the title of Conference Champions.

“Which (conference championship) is a tremendous feat in itself,” Head Coach Mike Stassi said.

Coach Stassi was voted WIAA Badger South Conference Coach of the Year.

People won’t always believe what you say, but they’ll believe what you do,” Coach Stassi said, who added that he was proud of the team as a whole and their accomplishments versus any individual honors.

“The seniors were a solid leadership base for this year’s team,” said Coach Stassi. “And those guys will greatly be missed with everything they did for MG Football.”

The team’s chemistry played major role in their undefeated season. “Just chilling in the locker room, talking, and joking around,” said Senior Captain Austin Barlow. “MG Football had the most fun out of any team in the entire state.”

Girls Volleyball:

This year the MG Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished their season with a second-place finish in conference.

“This year’s team was talented, nice, and they were all very good students,” said Varsity Assistant Coach Christy Frontier.

The highlight of the Vvolleyball season was the team’s victory over  Edgewood in three games, ending Edgewood’s four-year streak of conference wins.

Many players on this year’s team earned Southern Badger Conference honors including Monica Anderson, Abbey Freund, Angela Boushea, Erin Donahue, and Elizabeth Wendt.

Captain Monica Anderson was awarded first-team all-state and a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Green Bay.

The girls volleyball team was very unique with their preparation before a match.

“They had pasta dinners,” said Coach Frontier. “And a specific music play list, and certain dance moves. This year’s group of girls was wonderful and I will miss the team.”

Girls Golf:

This fall’s girls golf team had a quite a year, with sophomore Jenna Marks going to state and placing 40th out of 104 and juniors Erica Euch, Kelsey Veserat, Kaitlyn Frey, freshmen Cally Schumal, and Marks  all qualifying for Regionals.

The golf team this year added five new freshmen to the team:  Schumal, Kaitlyn Mellom, Emily Hopkins, Jenna Brudos, and Kami Hessling. Each of them participated on the Junior Varsity team with Schumal being pulled up for the regional competition.

Apart from being successful on the green, each girl on the varsity team had a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. Coach Jacob Mihm submitted Kelsey Veserat, Jenna Marks, Madeline Stebbins, Erica Euch, Kate Smith, and Kaitlyn Frey for the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association academic student-athletes. Two captains led this year’s team: Erica Euch and Madeline Stebbins.

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