The idea of the center lane of the University of Wisconsin Madison Natatorium and all the weight that it carries did not phase Brown Deer/University School junior swimmer Ben Hayes at the WIAA Division 2 state meet Feb. 17. Coming in as a heavy favorite in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, the moment was not too big for Hayes, and he came away with impressive state championships in both events.
Gone were the five seniors from a state championship team. New Berlin Eisenhower's girls basketball team needed somebody to step up as a leader. It was a lot to ask a sophomore, but Julia Hintz was more than up to the challenge. Hintz became the player and leader the Lions needed, earning Now Newspapers All-Suburban honors after leading the Lions to a 19-6 record, a share of the Woodland West title and a regional championship.
By her own admission, Whitnall basketball standout Sierra Grubor does not shy away from contact in the lane. "I love contact, and my focus is always to get the foul, get to the (free-throw) line a lot and make the free throws," Grubor said. She certainly does both extremely well, as shown by her statistics for the 2016-17 season. Grubor hit 121 of 159 from the line, shooting 76 percent.