Kala Siddalingaiah ’21 and Rebecca Daskal ’22 won the doubles championship in the WIAA Division 2 Individual State Tournament on Oct. 17, 2020. The duo was USM’s top doubles team, and they did not lose a single set throughout the tournament. USM’s number-one singles player, Maahum Jan ’21, also competed at state, losing to the tournament’s number-two seed, Catholic Memorial senior Lauren Carson, in the second round. In addition, Beatrice Laterman ’24 and Isabel Werner ’24 competed at state in doubles, losing in the first round.
The USM boys’ soccer team headed into the semi-finals of the WIAA Division 3 State Tournament with an undefeated record of 11–0. Unfortunately, they lost to the Saint Lawrence Seminary Hilltoppers, 4–2, in an exciting game and ended their season as a result. “It hurts to work hard and not achieve all of your goals,” said Head Coach Jock Mutschler. “However, the ultimate goal of the soccer program is to have a positive soccer experience, which doesn’t necessarily mean winning the state championship.”
The USM boys’ cross country team and Mya Hartjes ’23 competed in the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament meet on Oct. 31, 2020. The boys’ team took 9th place, while Hartjes took 8th as USM’s only runner in the girls’ race. In the boys’ meet, Drew Stephens ’22 finished 3rd while his brother, Thomas Stephens ’22, finished 4th out of 113 runners. “Drew, Thomas, and Mya earned medals and All-state honors awarded to top 10,” said Head Coach Eric Pilling. “This was a pretty historic achievement, by far our best finishes since competing in Division 2.”
The USM varsity football team defeated Racine St. Catherine’s, 30–28, in a Level 2 game of the WIAA Division 3 state tournament playoffs on Nov. 19, 2020. The team was named regional champions in their final game of the season. The WIAA did not hold a state championship for football this year, with many teams moving to an alternate spring season, so a regional championship became the ultimate goal for teams. The team ended the season at 4–1 and finished at 2–1 in the Metro Classic Conference.
GIRLS SWIMMING and Diving
Lucy Art ’23, Mira Giles-Pufahl ’21, Mya Johnson ’21, Ingrid Lofgren ’23, Maddie Miracle ’23, Rosa Rivera ’22, and Anna Staples ’22 qualified to compete as individuals for the Brown Deer/University School of Milwaukee girls’ swimming and diving team in the Division 2 State Tournament in November 2020. Together, they finished 15th out of 28 teams competing. “Our finish was impressive as we were such a small team compared to the others,” said Head Coach Doug Dickinson. “This has been an incredibly challenging season, but the girls stayed safe and kept working hard. They have so much to be proud of.”