A look at the WIAA state-championship performances from the Now/Lake Country coverage area in 2016:
Brookfield East not only made it to Level 4 for the first time in school history, but behind a first-year head coach (Ben Farley) and star running back overcoming injury (Sam Santiago-Lloyd), the Spartans laid claim to the Division 2 crown in 2016.
Catholic Memorial atoned from heartbreak one year earlier against the same team in the Division 3 state title game, downing Notre Dame of Green Bay, 24-14.
Accomplishing the unprecedented feat of winning a fifth straight championship, the Dominican boys basketball team found a way to keep reeling in gold balls even after the graduation of current NBA player Diamond Stone.
Rallying from 9 points down to defeat Stoughton, New Berlin Eisenhower won the Division 2 state championship and finished 25-3 behind All-Suburban Player of the Year Chelsea Brackmann.
Ty Weber was shuttling back and forth between Menomonee Falls and college at Illinois to finish out his senior season, and he guided his team to a state championship with a 2-0 win over Greater Metro rival Marquette.
For the first time in school history, New Berlin West won the state softball title, claiming a 2-1 victory over Delavan-Darien for the Division 2 crown.
Catholic Memorial shot a blistering 303 on the second day and rallied to win its third state title in four years and fifth championship since 2005.
Arrowhead won by an incredible 51 strokes for the state championship one year after taking second by a single stroke.
The Franklin/Muskego/Whitnall/Oak Creek co-op continued to establish its legacy in the state of Wisconsin, winning a fourth consecutive state title.
Junior Aly Yurkowitz won an emotional all-around title with her ailing mother watching, and Whitefish Bay took home its ninth state championship as a team in Division 2.
Taryn Sherman of Arrowhead won the balance beam one year after taking the uneven bars title with a state-record score.
Brookfield Central's Amanda Pennow won her second bars title in three years and finished a decorated career in style.
Whitefish Bay was a dominant force once again, following up its 2015 Division 2 state championship with another in 2016.
Homestead won a thrilling shootout over Oregon in the Division 1 state championship, 2-0, after a scoreless tie and a stunning win over Waukesha West in the state semifinal.
Catholic Memorial kept its girls soccer empire intact with a 5-1 win over Belleville/New Glarus in the Division 3 title game. It was the program's fifth consecutive state title.
Autumn Haebig of Grafton had a ridiculous day at the state meet, swimming in three straight events and not only winning two and taking second in a third, but setting a state record in the last of those swims. She set a state record in the 500-yard freestyle (4:47.79), took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and closed with a re-write of her own state record in the backstroke (54.65). Haebig also won a third state title, teaming with Emma O'Brien, Mallory Fox and Olivia Konzen to win the medley relay. All are seniors except the sophomore Konzen. Haebig capped her career with 14 state titles. Fox won the first individual title of her career, laying claim to the 100-yard freestyle in 50.46. Grafton placed third as a team in the Division 2 standings.
Cedarburg had a huge day at the Division 1 state meet. Lillie Hosack won the 200-yard individual medley with a time that broke the old state record by former teammate Katie Drabot (1:59.47). The junior also teamed with seniors Skylar Fore, sophomore Erika Remington and freshman Maya Novack to win the medley relay in 1:43.44. Fore had her own senior moment to shine, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 50.77. The Bulldogs took fourth overall at state.
Arrowhead's Abby Cabush won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.77, the first state title for the junior.
Gwen Gustafson of Brookfield Central won the 50-yard freestyle for the first Central state swimming title since 2001.
Bella Passamani won the third title in New Berlin Eisenhower history when she won the 50-yard freestyle in Division 2 (56.27).
The Grafton medley relay team of Bailey Bodart, Jack Senczyszyn, Sean O'Connor and Adam Schnact won the medley relay in 1:35.42. All but Bodart are expected back this season. O'Connor added a first place in the butterfly (50.72).
Cedarburg's Jared Nickodem capped his senior year with a time of 1:55.25 to win the 200-yard individual medley.
Nicolet diver Jeremy Moser capped his senior season with a score of 573.90 to narrowly win the Division 2 crown.
Wauwatosa's Danny Larson won the 100-yard freestyle with his time of 46.00.
Connor Rumpit of Brookfield took first place in the 500-yard freestyle with his swim of 4:34.26 in the Division 1 meet.
Homestead, behind lone senior and No. 1 singles player Katya Mikhailenko, won a thrilling 4-3 decision over Neenah to claim the Division 1 team title.
Brookfield East top singles player David Horneffer's biggest test in the individual state meet was teammate Robert Krill, whom Horneffer defeated by a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 count to win the individual Division 1 singles title. East's Patrick Krill and Doug Francken cashed in on their top seed to win the doubles crown without dropping a set, including a 6-0, 6-0 win in the title match.
Catholic Memorial took down top-ranked Marquette after falling behind by a 2-0 score in a thrilling state-championship match.
Catholic Memorial's dynasty added another chapter with a third consecutive state championship.
Pewaukee power tandem Jacob Raschka and Blaze Beltran never lost a match within the state of Wisconsin during their junior seasons and delivered dominant performances at the state meet to earn their first titles.
Gabe Bautz won the first wrestling state championship in Catholic Memorial history by taking the Division 2 heavyweight crown.
TRACK AND FIELD
Behind a virtuoso performance from Drew Bullen, the Brookfield East boys track and field team won a scintillating state meet, clinching it with a record-setting time (3:15.87) in the 4x400-meter relay with his anchor run in the footsteps of teammates Mario Carr, Saxton Williams and Avery Barnes. The record had stood since 1990.
Bullen also ran anchor on the 4x200, which took first place, along with Barnes, Williams and Will Schmidt.
Drew's sister, Allie Bullen, won her own state title for Brookfield East in the long jump.
Cami Davre of Whtiefish Bay already had five championships to her name when she added wins in the 800 and 1,600 meters.
Franklin hadn't won a state title since 1975, but in 2016, the Sabers grabbed two. Brady Snelson won the 800 meters and Tri Pham won the triple jump.
Germantown's Shon Pratcher had the right look when he won the Division 1 long jump crown.
Emma Langer of Waukesha West finally won an event after numerous close calls at the state meet, and she was joined by Becca Langer, Samantha Hanson and Brooke Lytle in winning the Division 1 4x800-meter relay.
Catholic Memorial's day at the state track meet was productive, with wins in the 4x200-meter girls relay (Abbey Finnegan, Tatum Straw, Josie Schrubbe, Kathleen Hirsch) and the 4x100 in state-record time with the same four runners. The boys 4x100 also won a state crown with Matt Lechner, Max Cooper,Josh Karfonta and Dylan Schrubbe.
David Dunlap of Nicolet glided to a state crown in the 200 meters, impressing one interested onlooker in former Nicolet sprinter Bryan Jones.
Wauwatosa West's 4x100 girls team defended its crown with the team of Breanna Weigman, Mercy Ndon, Cheri'A Adams and Azya McLin.
Julio Perez of Kettle Moraine was a surprise winner in the discus state championship in Division 1.
The Kettle Moraine boys lacrosse team won its first state championship with a thrilling 13-12 win over Hudson in overtime, clinched on Logan Kreinz's game winner.
The Arrowhead girls continued to shine in lacrosse, winning their third straight championship with a 14-9 win over Whitefish Bay.
Both Arrowhead downhill skiing teams won state titles, with Teagan Hipp winning her second straight crown (and third overall) on the girls side and helping AHS win for a sixth straight year. The boys upset LaCrosse Logan, the two-year reigning champ.
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