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Rocket Sports Update

From the South Milwaukee School District …

Good luck to all the student-athletes in action!


PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Caitlin Schwanke, South Milwaukee. The 5-foot-9 senior who plays in the post and on the perimeter has helped the Rockets win four of their last five games to climb into third place in the Woodland East.

Last Friday she finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-63 victory over Greenfield. In two of the team’s previous three victories, Schwanke ranked second on the team in scoring while tying for the team lead in rebounds and assists.

GIRLS BASKETBALL – The Rockets host DSHA for the freshman at 4:15pm on Friday and Ronald Reagan HS at 5:45pm for the JV and 7:30pm for the Varsity. Good luck Rockets!

Coach Jim Grassl’s Rocket Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team will open up WIAA Playoffs next Tuesday at 7:00pm at Greendale High School. All tickets are $4. Hopefully we can get a good crowd out at Greendale to help cheer them on to victory!

SWIM & DIVE – Coach Kasia Brzezicka’s Rockets finished up a very successful season by taking 6th out of 11 teams at Carthage College at WIAA Sectionals. A number of swimmers had great times competing against some of the best swimmers in the area. Dennis Lazaj took 5th in the 100 butterfly, the 200 medley relay of 1) Colin Sodemann JR 2) Ryan Hagen JR 3) Denis Lazaj SR 4) Nicholas Calkins SR took 5th, and Adam Brzezicki took 4th and Spencer Czarnecki took 5th in the 500 free.

WRESTLING – Coach Joel Shilling’s Rockets hosted the WIAA Regionals last Saturday at the Teff Gymansium and took second place out of the 8 teams competing which was a really good showing. Junior Ted Swanson qualified for Sectionals with his Regional Championship at 145 lbs! Also qualifying for WIAA Sectionals on Saturday at Racine Case were Eli Heller (2nd – 106 lbs), Isaiah Jasso (4th – 113 lbs), Ben Wesela (2nd – 120 lbs). Conrad Shilling (2nd – 126 lbs), Jacob Johnson (3rd – 160 lbs), Dakota Scott (3rd – 170 lbs), Adam Jones (2nd – 182 lbs), Jordan Phillips (4th – 195 lbs), & Raul Benavides (2nd – 285 lbs).

Good luck on Saturday at Racine Case. Wrestling starts at 10:00am and the cost is $8 for the whole day, $6 if you get there for the 2nd round and $5 if you are there just for the finals.

BOYS BASKETBALL – Coach John Riggins’ Rockets travel to Pius XI HS on Friday and then host Whitnall next WEDNESDAY to close out their regular season. Regional brackets will be determined on Sunday morning.

POMS – Coach Lara Sokolowski’s Rockettes finished their competition season narrowly missing out on advancing to State but had a really solid performance at WACPC Regionals a few weeks ago. 

CHEER – Coach Michele Sodemann’s Rockets took 2nd at last week’s competition at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS and compete this Saturday at Wilmot HS for WACPC Regionals and look to try and advance to State Competition in Madison the following weekend! Good luck Rockets!


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Taking The Time To Be A Friend


I received this email over the weekend, and I have permission to share this story on my blog. You’ll be glad you read it.

From a South Milwaukee junior varsity girls’ basketball parent …

Hello basketball families. I witnessed something Friday night that I think you all need to know … 

Our JV and varsity girls were playing at Shorewood high school. During the JV game,  Shorewood had a young gentlemen with Down’s syndrome announcing the game. (That in itself, melted my heart).

After our JV game, our girls went to the locker room, then got food, talked with parents, or whatever. Towards the end of varsity warm ups,  this young gentlemen came and found each of our girls in the stands,  and directed them to come down to the court. Our girls did. Then this young man directed them to the back line of the court and had them stand in a line. Again,  our girls did, without hesitation. He also told them where to stand,  handed one girl his cell phone, held hands with 2 of our girls, and there they stood, as a team, (plus one) for the national anthem, picture attached (pasted in this blog post). 

After this, our girls came back into the stands, and sat as a team by the video camera to film the varsity game. Again,  the young man joined our girls. He talked with them,  shared snapchat and kik info with some, asked all their names, and even held many of their hands.  (Yes, their hands. My husband had cringed, since of course his daughter might hold a boy’s hand, and we tell our 3 girls and their friends all the time, “boys are icky”). This boy also asked the girls (I think individually each girl) to the prom, in which they kindly declined since we live to far away.

These girls felt, I’m sure,  weird and embarrassed, but they did it. They held his hand and talked with him, and had FUN! … 

I’m proud to know that these girls opened their heart to a child with special needs and took time to make him smile. In today’s world, with all the meanness and bullying, I’m proud to say that our JV South Milwaukee girls were nothing but kind, thoughtful and polite. I can only hope, for the sake of humanity, that this boy is always treated this way.  He was truly raised to be brave and have lots of courage, and our girls were raised to be kind and respectful.  Thanks JV parents for raising remarkable girls and thank you girls for being so REMARKABLE!!! I believe we made a nice impression on this young man,  named Sam. Way to make SM proud!

And this came as a follow up …

Our girls have developed a history with Sam, and his parents and the athletic director have made mention of this each year. We have great girls which is a tribute to our parents and coaches. Sometimes these great things get lost in the wins and losses, but at the end of the day we know we have done our jobs.

Amen to that.


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Austin Power: Stueck Stars At MSOE

We love our college basketball in the Brooks family … and we had a chance to check out one of the area’s top players on Saturday.

And he’s from South Milwaukee.

Austin Stueck is a senior at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he has scored 1,792 points after his 27 in Saturday’s loss to Aurora.

The 6-foot-3 forward is third on the all-time scoring list at MSOE and second all-time in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. This year, Austin is averaging more than 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.

Just as importantly, the 2012 South Milwaukee graduate is majoring in architectural engineering and construction management, according to his bio.

(In that bio, check out video of his two buzzer-beaters in five days from 2014.)

Go Rockets!

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Giving Back, One Back-Breaking Shovel Full Of Snow At A Time

I posted this story on my Facebook page last night, and it’s blown up, with more than 500 likes, 43 shares, 39 comments and a reach of more than 14,000. I reprint it here … and repeat my thanks to these young men.

Call it another example of South Milwaukee student athlete volunteerism in action. Last night, I spoke to a local senior citizen who was concerned she would not be able to remove the snow and ice from her corner lot sidewalk. I sent Rocket football Coach Derek Hoff an email asking for help … and minutes later got a message back saying several of his players were already on the way. Jake Simuncak, Nick Honerlaw and Clayton Westrum stepped up. Really, really cool. Go Rockets, indeed.

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Cross County: Rocket Boys Finish 13th At State

Congratulations to the South Milwaukee boys’ cross country team, which finished 13th at last weekend’s WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

And a special kudos to Jordan Janusiak, who took 16th individually. Maddie Wood finished 71st for the girls.

Check out the full results here. And go Rockets!

(And thanks to Laura O’Hearn for the photos.)

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Rocket Runners Ready For State

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The South Milwaukee boys’ cross-country team — following a sectional victory by Jordan Janusiak — placed second in WIAA sectional meet on Saturday, advancing as a team to the state meet for the second straight season.

Congratulations to Coach Stan Druckey and Jordan, Justin Weber, Chris Sobczak, Wyatt Schlager, Max Moran, Sage Leahy, and Andy Gargulak … as well as Maddie Wood, who qualified individually for the girls.

Go Rockets!

Here are boys’ sectional results. Four Rockets finished in the top 17. Maddie took fourth.

The meet is this Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Learn more here. And here is how they did last year.

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Need Help Raking, Or Know Someone Who Does?

The South Milwaukee football team wants to help.

From coach Derek Hoff … this is very cool.

The South Milwaukee Football team will again be volunteering our time to Rake Leaves for families or people who could truly benefit from the service.

This will take place on Sunday October 18th from 12-2:30 PM

All 6-12th grade boys will be traveling around South Milwaukee raking, bagging leaves, and removing them from the property.

Please sign up any families or people who may have challenges with cleaning up their yards. 

Sign up using this link


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