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Eighteen Bay Port student-athletes honored in ceremony

Bay Port’s Mady Schroeder (center) was one of 18 student-athletes honored May 16 at the high school in a signing-day ceremony (Rich Palzewic photo). 


SUAMICO – Eighteen Bay Port student-athletes were honored in a ceremony May 16 at the high school for committing to continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level. Most of those involved will be going to Division III colleges.

The 18 are Matt Barnard (UW-Platteville – football), Sofia Draghicchio (Carroll University – soccer), Tanner Hendricks (UW-Whitewater – football), Erika Hess (Carroll University – soccer), Nick Key (UW-Whitewater – cross country, track), Isaiah Konopacki (UW-Stevens Point – swimming), Ariel Kuchta (UW-Stout – soccer), Lucas LaMue (UW-Superior – basketball), Peter Martin (St. Norbert College – swimming), Sam McKean (UW-Platteville – soccer), Masen Powless (Concordia University – lacrosse), Mady Schroeder (UW-Stevens Point – volleyball), Kyle Thieme (University of Evansville (D1) – cross country, track), Bobby Tilot (Saint Mary’s University – baseball), Alexis Tingley (St. Norbert College – softball), Grace Van Egeren (UW-Eau Claire – basketball), Spencer Van Petersom (UW-Eau Claire – football) and Brightyn Zuelke (Carroll College – diving).

“This is another outstanding group of student-athletes,” said Bay Port head football coach Gary Westerman, who helped organize the ceremony and made a slide show for those in attendance. “We wanted to give another day to recognize what they’ve done and for their families to celebrate with them. It’s a great experience and another chapter in their lives. As an athletic department we are super excited for them and for the opportunities they have in front of them.”

The 18 have been a part of some very successful teams during the 2017-18 school year.

The football, girls’ swimming and diving, boys’ swimming and diving, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, boys’ cross country and boys’ track and field teams were all conference champs.

The girls’ soccer team is currently ranked No. 4 in the state and sitting at 12-1 overall, while the volleyball team won its first-ever regional title and the boys’ cross-country team made it to the WIAA state meet last fall.

This is the third signing ceremony the school has organized. CLICK HERE to read about the December event and CLICK HERE to read about April.

To view other specific stories of Bay Port athletes signing letters of intent click on the name below.


Note: If any athlete/family member would like the high-resolution images shown below, please email Rich ([email protected]). 

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