Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Grant Menard, Rashadeem Gray and Jake Taylor all committed to Division I college athletic programs Wednesday.
Three Whitefish Bay senior athletes will move on to NCAA Division I athletic programs after graduating in the spring. Grant Menard formally committed to Drake University, a Division I football team in Des Moines, IA. Menard, who was named First Team All-North Shore Conference, had a 55 percent pass completion rate this year, finding a receiver on 66 of his 121 attempts for a total of 1,100 yards, according to WisSports. In his junior year, he completed 45 of his 109 attempts for a total of 744 yards. He's also a strong runner, with 247 rushing yards this year and 98 yards his junior year. Menard also plays basketball and baseball. Rashadeem Gray, who verbally committed to North Dakota last month, signed a letter of intent today to play for…
Friday, January 18, 2013
After a strong season with the Blue Dukes, Whitefish Bay's lead running back has committed to play for the Division 1 team in Grand Forks, N.D.
After racking up more than 1,600 rushing yards and leading the Blue Dukes to a historic football season, Whitefish Bay senior Rashadeem Gray plans to head to Grand Forks, N.D. after graduation. The Whitefish Bay tri-athlete has committed to playing football for the University of North Dakota next year. The school offered him a full-ride scholarship after recruiting him for about a year. Gray also received interest from Western Illinois University and Northern Iowa University. Gray has visited the North Dakota campus twice and was able to spend time with the coaches and players. He said he and his mother both felt the school would be a good fit. "They're in the process of building a program, which is what we've been doing in Whitefish Bay…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
University of Michigan punter Will Hagerup was named the top punter in the Big Ten by college football media.
Whitefish Bay's own Will Hagerup has been named the top punter in the Big Ten Conference, due to his on-field performance with the Michigan Wolverines this year. Hagerup, a junior at the University of Michigan, was one of 12 players selected by college football media for the 2012 All-Big Ten Conference football team. With the designation, Hagerup was also recognized as the Big Ten's Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year. Hagerup, a 2010 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, punted 33 times for 1,486 yards for the Wolverines this season, averaging a conference-leading 45 yards per punt. Thirteen of Hagerup's 33 punt attempts went more than 50 yards, and three were placed inside the 20-yard line, according to MGoBlue.com.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Although he can't see out of his left eye, Junior Dukes football player Dylan MacFarlan says he is inspired to play football because it bonds him with his cancer-stricken father.
Football has a way of bringing families together, especially Whitefish Bay's MacFarlan family. As Patch's media partner Fox 6 presents in this gripping feature story, Whitefish Bay eighth-grader Dylan MacFarlan decided to go out for the Junior Dukes football team, even though he cannot see out of his left eye. Football games and practices have strengthened the bond he shares with his father Dan, who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
WisSports bestowed the Jim Leonhard award on Jackson Weber, who has led the Blue Dukes' historic season on both offense and defense.
Whitefish Bay's Jackson Weber was named the top senior defensive back in Wisconsin, according to WisSports.net WisSports announced Wednesday that Weber received the Jim Leonhard award, which is named after the University of Wisconsin alumni who now plays for the Denver Broncos. Weber has received All-Conference honors at both receiver and defensive back in his career. In his senior year, Weber racked up 121 tackles (77 solo), 5 interceptions, and 11 pass break-ups, according to WisSports. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown and also blocked two kicks. “I have coached 36 years with two players in the NFL and he is as good as them,” head coach Jim Tietjen told WisSports. Weber led on offense and defense this year in the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This YouTube video captures the last-minute, two-touchdown drive that brought the Blue Dukes within arm's reach of a state tournament berth last Saturday.
They were so close. With less than three minutes left in the game, the Blue Dukes managed to recover from a 14-point deficit to tie defending state champions Waunakee and force the game into overtime Saturday in a Division 2 state semifinal game at Wisconsin Lutheran College. In this YouTube video, you can rewatch the last two dramatic drives, starting with Whitefish Bay quarterback Grant Menard connecting with Darein Walker for a 33-yard completion, and later, a six-yard touchdown pass with 2:30 left on the clock. Waunakee botched the punt, and Whitefish Bay regained possession at Waunakee's 13-yard line. Hobbling from an ankle injury, Menard was able to connect with Jackson Weber for a touchdown pass that tied the game with just 32 …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Whitefish Bay lost 35-28 to the defending Division 2 state champions in a 35-28 nail-biter that would have sent the Blue Dukes to their first-ever state tournament.
Whitefish Bay's record football season came to an end against Waunakee in a WIAA Division 2 state semi-final game at Wisconsin Lutheran College Saturday afternoon. Trailing 28-14 less than three minutes to go, the Blue Dukes (10-1) came from behind with two touchdowns to tie up the game and force the Waunakee Warriors (11-0) into overtime for the first time in multiple seasons. Waunakee scored in overtime to win the game 35-28. Waunakee has won the Division 2 state title the last three years, and in this year's state title match, it will face off against Homestead, who Bay beat earlier in the season. Saturday's game against Whitefish Bay was Waunakee's 48th consecutive victory, matching Manitowoc (1983-87) for the longest streak in state …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Watch a live streamed broadcast of the WIAA Division 2 state semifinal from Wisconsin Lutheran College, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The game and broadcast are over. Whitefish Bay fell just short, with a remarkable comeback forcing overtime before Waunakee took a 35-28 victory. Here is our recap and photos. Add your own photos if you have them.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Blue Dukes stand between the Warriors and a state record-tying 48-game winning streak. Not to mention the trip to state that is on the line for both teams.
Whitefish Bay’s football team is charged with making history on multiple levels in its first trip to the WIAA semifinals. The Blue Dukes (10-1) take on Waunakee (11-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Kettle Moraine High School, but the change was finalized Monday afternoon. Tickets are $4. Any broadcast information was not available Monday afternoon. For Whitefish Bay, a trip to the Division 2 championship game at Camp Randall in Madison is at stake, and that of course has never been done here. But the Blue Dukes also have the chance to derail Waunakee’s stampede into the record books. The Warriors have not only won the last three state titles, they …
Friday, November 2, 2012
After beating Brookfield East on Friday, the Whitefish Bay football team will play Watertown or Waunakee next weekend with a trip to the state championship game on the line.
It’s hard to keep a good player down for long. Even harder to do so to a great one like Rashadeem Gray. The Brookfield East Spartans found that out the hard way Friday. After being completely bottled up in the first half of a Level 3 WIAA Division 2 football playoff game, the Whitefish Bay senior running back exploded and carried the Blue Dukes to a 24-14 victory. Whitefish Bay (10-1) will play the winner of Saturday’s Waunakee-Watertown game next weekend in a state semifinal, the first time the Blue Dukes have ever reached that level. “It’s never been done here and we’re making history,” Gray said. “Slowly but surely, we’re making history. We want to be the first class in Madison and I think we’ll get it done.” For two and a half quarters…