It was another memorable year for teams from New Berlin Eisenhower, New Berlin West and Muskego. Here's a look back at some of the highlights of 2016 in New Berlin and Muskego:
Eisenhower girls basketball claims state title
New Berlin Eisenhower's girls basketball season capped a 23-5 season with the program's second state championship. The Lions began their playoff run with regional wins over Greendale and New Berlin West before downing Pewaukee and Pius XI to reach the state tournament for the sixth time in school history. Gary Schmidt's group pulled out an overtime win over Notre Dame in the Division 2 semifinals before overcoming a 9-point second-half deficit to earn a 46-42 victory over Stoughton in the state-title game.
New Berlin West softball team wins state championship
In its second trip to state, coach Greg Klotz's New Berlin West softball team hoisted the gold trophy for the first time in school history. After surviving a 7-6 battle with Eisenhower in the regional final, the Vikings took care of Catholic Memorial and Grafton to reach state. New Berlin West beat New London, 4-3, in the Division 2 semifinals before beating Delavan-Darien, 2-1, in the championship.
Muskego boys basketball finishes as state-runner up
The stellar senior class of the Muskego boys basketball team went out with a bang with a run to the WIAA Division 1 state championship game. After winning their second consecutive Classic 8 Conference title with a 23-5 overall record and a 13-1 mark in league play, the Warriors reached the state tournament for just the second time by winning four playoff games (Beloit Memorial, Madison East, Sun Prairie, Madison West) by a combined 16 points. Muskego beat Marquette, 62-54, in the state semifinals before losing, 89-64, to powerhouse Stevens Point in the title game.
Former Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz passes away
New Berlin Eisenhower suffered a great loss in 2016 with the passing of Jeff Setz. The longtime Lions football and softball coach died on Aug. 25 at the age of 65 after battling cancer. Thousands turned out to Eisenhower's football stadium for a public visitation, an event that lasted well past its scheduled end time. Setz led Eisenhower to state football championships in 1995 and 1996, accumulating a 134-71 record over two different stints as head coach. He also won 410 games, made six state appearances and won the 2008 state title as head softball coach.
Franklin/Oak Creek/Muskego/Whitnall girls gymnastics claims another title
After finishing as state-runner up in 2015, the Franklin/Oak Creek/Muskego/Whitnall gymnastics team returned to the top of the podium in 2016 with a fifth state championship in the past six years. FMOW edged the Kenosha co-op for the title with the second best score in the history of the state meet.
Eisenhower's Passamani wins state swimming title
New Berlin Eisenhower junior Bella Passamani became just the third swimmer in school history to win a state championship when she won the 100-yard butterfly at the WIAA Division 2 state meet on Nov. 11. Passamani won the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.27, coming in 0.28 seconds ahead of sophomore Katie Hayes of Brown Deer/University School. The Lions took fourth place as a team at the state meet.
Muskego girls soccer returns to state tournament
Muskego's girls soccer team made its third consecutive state tournament appearance in 2016. The Warriors went 17-4-4 overall and finished in fourth place in the challenging Classic 8 Conference. Muskego rolled to a regional title with a pair of 10-0 wins. After downing West Allis Hale, 4-1, in a sectional semifinal, coach Eric Hess' team advanced to state via penalty kicks after their sectional final with Kenosha Tremper ended in a 0-0 tie. Muskego fell, 3-1, to eventual champion DSHA in the state semifinals.
New Berlin United boys volleyball ends up back at state
Another team accustomed to reaching the state tournament is the New Berlin United boys volleyball team. Under first-year coach Nick Maske, the co-op advanced to state for the third straight year by rallying from two sets down for a 3-2 win over Muskego in the sectional final. United then swept defending champion Kaukauna in the quarterfinals before falling, 3-1, to eventual state champion Catholic Memorial in the semifinals.
Muskego boys and girls cross-country win sectional titles
It was a banner day for the Muskego cross-country teams at the Kenosha Bradford sectional on Oct. 22. The Warriors boys and girls teams each won sectional championships in the same year for just the second time in school history. Muskego's boys team made its eighth state appearance in the last 11 years, including its four straight. The girls team qualified for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Kate Jochims won an individual sectional title and took third overall at the state meet.
Eisenhower boys basketball wins Woodland West title
New Berlin Eisenhower's boys basketball team finished its season 20-3 overall and 14-2 in conference play to win what was a loaded Woodland West. Dave Scheidegger's Lions edged Pewaukee by one game and Pius XI by three games. Eisenhower's postseason run was short lived, however, as Catholic Memorial upset the Lions in their first regional game.
Other top stories:
Muskego baseball wins Classic 8 title, reaches sectional final ... New Berlin West's baseball team wins the Woodland Conference Tournament ... Eisenhower football team returns to the playoffs ... New Berlin West girls soccer reaches sectional final ... Muskego's Polivka takes sixth at state golf ... Eisenhower boys soccer wins 17 games ... New Berlin West football returns to playoffs for first time since 2013 ... New Berlin Eisenhower tennis wins Woodland Conference titles, sends entries to state ... Muskego's Stigler finishes as runner-up in 100 breaststroke