Below is a Winter Sports 2016 recap from our DDHS Athletics/Activities Director Guy Otte:
DDHS Winter Sports Summary
Boys Basketball – Varsity team challenged for the SLC title, ending up in fourth place in conference, losing a couple of conference games late in the season. DDHS was one of only two teams to beat the eventual conference champs. An overall record of 13-10, we earned the 5th seed in the WIAA tournament. The Boys lead Fort Atkinson at halftime, only to eventually lose in a close battle (Fort Atkinson went on to win the Regional title, losing in the Sectional Final). Will Brown and Lucas DeLara were both voted 2nd team All-SLC and Austin Ryan was Honorable Mention. Participation numbers supported three teams (Varsity, JV and JV2 all season. The team broke two school records, most 3’s by a team in one game and most 3’s by one player in a game (Lucas Delara).
Girls Basketball – New coaching staff provided nice shot in the arm for GBB program, as the Varsity Team was very competitive all season. We were able to field two teams, not quite enough for the third level. Varsity finished the season at 9-5 in the SLC, tied for 3rd and received a 4th seed in the WIAA tournament, losing a close game to McFarland. Kat Lopez was 1st Team All-SLC, Jennah Speth 2nd Team and Kenna Timmerman was honorable mention. The Comets set multiple SLC team conference records including: most Free Throws Made in a season, Most Free Throws attempted in a season and Total Rebounds in a season. The Comets also now hold the SLC record for most Free Throw attempts in a game (41), most Offensive Rebounds in a game (27) and most Rebounds in a game (59).
Boys Hockey – DDHS had one young man (Dakota Lynn) participate in the Boys Hockey program at Beloit Memorial. The team struggled this year ending with a 6-18 record, losing in the first round of the WIAA tournament to Janesville. We were anticipating two players in the hockey program. However, one was injured late in the fall and was unable to participate.
Boys Swimming – A new Head Coach paired with a returning Assistant worked well in producing a small but competitive team. Even though we only had 13 swimmers, we ended up beating Whitewater in a dual and lost a very close dual to Jefferson/Cambridge. The team finished 6th in our home Invite, 6th in the SLC meet and 8th in the 12 team Whitefish Bay Sectional. Dallas Fritzinger placed second at SLC meet, and just missed qualifying for the state tournament. Coach Palma is making plans to increase participation numbers for next year.
Wrestling – 2 new assistants help Diego Avila in his second year as head coach. We ended the year with 11 wrestlers. Of the matches we wrestled, we were competitive, we just did not fill out the 14 weight classes. Even with our small roster, we won three duals this year and sent one wrestler to Sectionals (Bryon Simons). Middle School projections coming forward next year are for about 3-5 wrestlers. The following years, there will be 6-8 wrestlers per year coming forward. The future looks bright.
Cheer – Our cheer program runs both Fall and Winter sports season and this year Coach Schultz kept the same team during both seasons. While our numbers were small (5 members), all are underclassman. Coach Schultz also runs the Youth Cheer program and anticipates 5 additions from Phoenix for next year. Youth numbers remain strong with 20+ young cheerleaders joining our varsity for a weeklong camp and performance during halftime of the Elkhorn Boys Basketball game. The cheer squad competed at the Southern Lakes Conference meet, placing 7th.
Poms/Dance – We were unable to find a coach for the fall season. However, Vanessa Ortiz stepped forward and guided the Poms/Dance team for the winter season and will continue working with the team next year. We worked our way up to a team of 7 members, which performed at Basketball games and competed in the Southern Lakes Conference meet, placing 7th. Vanessa has scheduled some activities for this spring and summer and we anticipate the team growing in size and skill level the more time Vanessa is able to work with them.