Slinger High School Girls Basketball: Accomplishing Raised Goals on and off the Court

posted Feb 28, 2020, 6:51 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer
Posted February 28th, 2020

Merriam Webster defines basketball as “a usually indoor court game between two teams of usually five players each who score by tossing an inflated ball through a raised goal,” but to the Slinger High School girls basketball team, this season has been about more than winning games by scoring more points in the “raised goal.” Wow, Merriam Webster, hurry up and get with the game! 

All bad sports terminology aside, the players, whether JV or Varsity, Freshmen or Seniors, would all agree that this season has been one to remember. For the Varsity team, it’s a little early to refer to the season in the past tense, for the team is preparing to conquer the court at home this Friday, February 28. In this case, the word “conquer” is certainly not an exaggeration; between the team’s skills and cohesive energy, the team’s fans are prepared to call this game a victory. In fact, the daily announcements included the statement, “Your Slinger Owls Girls Basketball team will be playing their first Regional game at home TONIGHT!!  When we win tonight, we will be playing again on Saturday both at 7 pm!!”

While their ever-supportive fans are getting ready to paint the whole region Slinger red and blue (which is fair considering the team’s impressive 14-3 conference record), the Varsity players themselves are staying humble. In fact, when asked to give a quote about the season so far and the girls basketball program as a whole, Senior, Taylor Rhodes didn’t once mention the team’s skill level. Instead, she described the community-oriented culture built around the team and the program, a factor so influential it often outweighs talent. Taylor said, “So grateful to be part of a program that teaches its players that there is more to life than basketball. It’s all about the friendships you have with your teammates on and off the court. This team definitely has that and I am so blessed to be surrounded by an amazing group of girls!” 

The JV team has recently finished their season, and they, too, were extremely successful not only in the traditional sense of winning games but also in the sense of following Varsity’s lead by prioritizing a positive mindset and lasting relationships over victories. Jamie Rhodes, a Freshman on the team, summed up both when she said, “I enjoyed getting closer with my teammates both on and off the court. Our team had ups and downs this year, but in my opinion, I think that's what made us stronger. I was glad that we ended the season on such a high note by beating tough teams! I'm really looking forward to playing for three more years of high school basketball and making new basketball memories!” 

The idea that the combination of a positive mindset and dedication contributes to victory isn’t only shared by a pair of sisters in the program. This concept is the very foundation of Slinger girls basketball itself, and when the coaches display it, the players carry it with them. Leila Ebeid, another freshman in the program specifically recalled JV coach, Kevin Debroux saying “Tomorrow’s a new day; the sun will rise so make the most of it, and be better today than you were yesterday.” 

Evidently, Slinger girls basketball is about more than winning by “tossing an inflated ball through a raised goal.”  it’s about raising goals for success and achieving them through the inflation of a positive mindset.

SHS Girls Golf finish off a productive season

posted Oct 29, 2019, 4:35 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Elizabeth Briggs, Editor In Chief

Posted October, 29th, 2019

The girls’ golf season had come to a close with Sam Pendowskis score of 99 in State Qualification. Varsity golfers together finished their season on 10/2 with the regional tournament location at Hartford Golf Course. JV golf ended with their scramble tournament against Hartford as well. This year brought many newcomers into the game of golf with a team much larger than past years. Everyone was able to improve greatly through the season and learn much about the game. Overall, Slinger’s third year with a girl’s golf team has gone great. Thank you to Coach Hamm, Erdmann, and Wittig!

Slinger Football earns Homecoming victory over Grafton

posted Oct 10, 2019, 4:24 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 5:17 AM ]

The Slinger Owls head to the field for its Homecoming game against Grafton (Photo courtesy of Sean Hill).

By: Colby Hora, Staff Writer

Posted October 10, 2019

As the Village of Slinger observed its 150th year celebration, the Slinger High School students also celebrated with them. This happened during the annual homecoming parade that the highschool puts on for the community. The parade was joined by local organizations such as the Cub Scouts and Wolf and Sons, including some of the younger aged organizations from cheerleading to football. After the parade was the showcase battle between the Slinger Owls and the Grafton Black Hawks. The game was chalked up to be an exciting game considering the skill and high level players on the Black Hawks such as Joey Giorgi, a 6’7” running back already committed to the Wisconsin badgers and ranked the #1 rusher in state. Unfazed, the Slinger Owls came into the game and crushed all the opposition resulting in a 28-14 win over the Grafton Black Hawks. The win can be contributed to the outstanding performance of the defense in stopping a very strong offensive rushing team. The offense also did an outstanding job in scoring two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. Logan Homberg scored the two rushing touchdowns while he was at the position of quarterback. Logan also threw one touchdown to Travis Dufour and another to Connor Goodwin. The win over the Grafton Black Hawks was very gratifying, and the whole team celebrated at the Footloose themed homecoming dance the following day, lead by the Homecoming King, Cole Bock.

Slinger Girls’ Volleyball: “Right Here, Right Now”

posted Sep 26, 2019, 12:39 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted, September 26th, 2019

The Slinger Girls’ Volleyball season is in full swing (pun intended), now that the teams are four games into conference play. The varsity team, headed by Coach Colleen Hasse and Coach Sarah Hansen, started off strong with a victory against Slinger’s rivals, the Hartford Orioles, in an intense five-set match. 

While the JV1 and JV2 teams didn’t quite pull through in Hartford, both teams have made tremendous improvements, securing numerous victories. Headed by Coach Natalie Geidel, the JV1 team proved victorious over Port Washington and Nicolet, and they’ve successfully played in two quad matches.

All three teams have proven themselves on the court, but not all of their success comes from their tremendous talent alone. Not only does each team practice to sharpen their physical skills, but they also work hard to improve their mindsets. The varsity team starts each week with mindset training, to remind them that, like all sports, volleyball is a mind game, and it takes both a sense of confidence and humility to make a team successful. The main focus of this training is to improve the players’ responses to every situation, both positive and negative, on and off the court. The varsity players also take turns writing inspirational words and character traits on the inside of their wrists before practice, reminding themselves to keep a strong mentality whenever they play. 

JV1 players take their own spin on mindset training when they start each practice with an inspirational quote provided by a player. The team then takes time to elaborate on the quote and discuss how they can apply it in a game. Coach Vicky Umhoefer of the JV2 team also has a note-worthy method of building up her players' confidence and team cohesion: she’s chosen some “Supergirl Cape Players of the Game” as a way to recognize her dedicated, talented players.

All of the focus on positive mentality definitely paid off for the volleyball program, as seen through the teams’ impressive records. The varsity team, led by seniors Alyse Drifka, Jessie Umhoefer, Hannah Murray, Erin Gillen, Riley Weix, and Anna Schneeberger, is currently 4-0. JV1 and JV2 are following close behind with records of 2-2 and 1-3. JV1 Coach, Natalie Geidel, perfectly described the current status of the season for her team and the entire program when she said, “We have a lot of talent and potential on this team, and we are working hard and getting better every day we step on the court! I’m looking forward to seeing our progression throughout the season!”

On the bus ride home from the recent Nicolet match, Coach Colleen Hasse reminded the JV1 and JV2 teams how much the support of a student section fuels the varsity team, saying, “These guys feed off of that.” With plenty of matches up ahead, please come and cheer on your Slinger girls’ volleyball teams with all the support they need to finish the season even stronger than they started it.

Slinger Boys Soccer Start Strong; Ranked 5th in State

posted Sep 17, 2019, 7:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Sep 18, 2019, 4:37 AM ]

Head Coach Daniel Carpenter during match with Port Washington (Photo provided by Olivia Kreft).

By: Colby Hora, Staff Writer

Posted September 17th, 2019

The Slinger boys varsity soccer team is now underway, with two of the five home games already complete. Headed by the second year head coach Daniel Carpenter and assistant coach Chico Parisotto, the first game played during the season was against North Fond du Lac. Slinger wiped out the competition with a score of Slinger: 7, North Fond du Lac: 0.

Scoring for Slinger:


Nathan Kemp: 3

Sam Strachan: 1

Alex Klumb: 1

Owen Martin: 1

Brady Jackson: 1


Owen Martin: 2

Mauricio Gundrum: 2

Kyle Perry: 2


Connor Day

Tuesday night, September 10th, was the match against the Port Washington Pirates in which the Owls came away with a 2-0 victory during a special Parent's Night.  The goals were made by Owen Martin and Nathan Kemp (with an assist from Owen).  Connor Day was the goalie for the shut out. It was a very satisfying win as Slinger has lost to Port Washington the last 2 years. Tuesday the team plays West Bend East in West Bend.  (They're having an event that anyone who brings in 2 food items for the WB food pantry gets into the game free!)

The Slinger soccer team is killing it in the ratings this year, and is ranked 5th overall in the state. Team players Noah Mueller and Patrick Melius attribute their team’s success to their hard work and love of practicing. They are both excited to see where the future of the season for boys soccer takes the team. 

If you would like to attend any of the remaining home games here is the upcoming schedule:

Tuesday, Sept 24, 7 pm against West Bend West

Thursday, Oct 3, 7 pm against Grafton

Tuesday, Oct 15, 7 pm against Whitefish Bay

Round Two of the NHL Playoffs is Heating up the Ice

posted May 7, 2019, 4:32 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted May 7th, 2019

Round two of the NHL playoffs have commenced. In the Western Conference the St. Louis Blues have moved on to play the Dallas Stars while the Colorado Avalanche are playing the San Jose Sharks. In the Eastern Conference has the Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes playing the New York Islanders.

The Stars and Blues are currently tied 3-3 with game 7 set for tonight. The Sharks lead the Sharks-Avalanche series 3-2. The Bruins finished out their series with Columbus taking the series yesterday in a 3-0 win.

NHL Playoffs in 2019: The Greatest Show On Ice

posted Apr 18, 2019, 10:50 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 10:51 AM ]

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in- Chief

Posted April 18th, 2019

The playoffs for the NHL started on Wednesday, April 10 with five games kicking off! The three other games followed on Thursday. In the Eastern conference, the Calgary Flames are facing the Colorado Avalanche, the San Jose Sharks are facing the Vegas Golden Knights, the Nashville Predators are facing the Dallas Stars, and the Winnipeg Jets are facing the St. Louis Blues. In the Western conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning are playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Boston Bruins are facing the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals are facing the Carolina Hurricanes, and the New York Islanders are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL playoffs are best out of seven games and then they go on to the next round. As of Saturday, the Sharks-Knights, Bruins-Maple Leafs, Flames-Avalanche, and the Stars-Predators are tied 1-1. The Blues are leading the Jets 2-0, so are the Blue Jackets against the Lightning, another team is Capitals against the Hurricanes, and finally the Islanders are winning against the Penguins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are predicted to win the Stanley Cup after their killer season, but at this rate it’s not likely.

Boys and Girls Basketball: Review of the Season So Far

posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:54 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted February, 26th, 2019

The girls' varsity basketball team is having a wonderful season, rarely losing any games and posting a 21-3 overall record. The boys' team, however, is facing a rebuild, according to their coach Mr. Grimm. I had the chance to sit down and talk to Mr. Grimm where he told me that the boys learned a lot of lessons this year yet the coaches are still looking for consistency. Mr. Grimm explained to me that Slinger has a young team compared to the other teams they play against, and while other teams have multiple seniors starting the game Slinger has one senior starting.

The boys’ team overall record is 5-17 and their conference record is 3-15. The team won a big victory early on in the season against Whitefish Bay, which was a big highlight to the season. They’ve also had close games against West Bend East, Cedarburg, West Bend West, and Hartford.

This Thursday, February 28th, the Lady Owls face Beaver Dam in playoff competition.  Good luck everyone!

Ice Bears season comes to an end

posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 4:48 AM ]

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted February, 26th 2019

The high school hockey team that’s combined with other local teams recently played their last game of the season. The Ice Bears earned their spot in the playoffs, visiting Homestead on Friday the 15th. The Ice Bears scored an overtime victory, winning 4-3. In the next round of the playoffs they visited USM on Tuesday the 19th and faced a tragic loss of 10-1. This loss brought an end to their playoff reign. Better luck next season!

Green Bay Packers Hire Matt LaFleur

posted Jan 28, 2019, 10:55 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By:  Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted January, 28th, 2019

Hello Nite Crier readers! Today I will share a little news about the new Green Bay Packers Head Coach.

The new coach for the Green Bay packers is Matt LaFleur.  He was previously the offensive coordinator the Tennessee Titans.  He ended last year's season with the Titans in the 25th offensive in the NFL.  He has a vast experience coaching QBs and has had prior experience with other top coaches.  President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy announced:

“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers…

We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”

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