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Mount Horeb’s girls gymnastics team finished second at the WIAA Division 2 state meet last Saturday. On top (front, from left) are junior Ella Peterson, freshman Violet Statz and senior Grace O’Neil. In back (from left) are  juniors Sydney Stoenner and Lexie Weier./Photo courtesy of Jason McMahon

Every season, Mount Horeb’s girls gymnastics team picks a motto to rally around. In this wild, wacky year — one in which Mount Horeb wasn’t sure it would have a season until January — the Vikings chose ‘Stronger Together.’ “I felt it was very fitting back in November when we were uncertain about...

Mount Horeb senior libero Abby Steinhauer is a three-year starter who was named honorable-mention all-conference last year. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld

The wait is over. And Mount Horeb girls volleyball coach Kurt Owen is giddy thinking about what the next six weeks could entail. The Vikings’ season typically runs in the fall. Due to COVID, though, the WIAA gave teams the option of postponing fall sports to the spring, and Mount Horeb elected to...
The Verona-Mount Horeb girls swimming and diving team edged Janesville Craig, 106-64, last Friday. The meet was in-person instead of virtual, which Wildcats’ coach Bill Wuerger said was a boost for his swimmers. In fact, 39 of the Wildcats’ 45 swins were season-bests. “The girls swam well,” Wuerger...

Mount Horeb’s girls gymnastics team won the WIAA Division 2 Platteville Sectional last Saturday. The Vikings will now try winning their second straight state title this Saturday. Here, Mount Horeb freshman Violet Statz performs her dismount on the uneven bars.

Back in December, Grace O’Neil was worried that her final season of high school gymnastics was over before it began. O’Neil, a senior at Mount Horeb High School, didn’t know if Dane County restrictions due to COVID-19 would force winter sports to be canceled. When Mount Horeb’s administration...

Torin Hannah and Mount Horeb's boys basketball team fell to Madison Edgewood in the regional quarterfinals on Feb. 16. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld

The strangest season in Mount Horeb boys basketball history ended on Feb. 16. The Vikings fell to Madison Edgewood, 53-35, in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal at Lake Mills High School. Despite the loss, though, Mount Horeb coach Todd Nesheim was extremely grateful his team had a chance to...

Tola Klabough and the Verona-Mount Horeb girls swimming team opened their season on Feb. 19. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld

They are starting six months later than a normal year. Some of their meets will be virtual. And there won’t be any invitationals this season. Despite the changes, though, the Verona-Mount Horeb girls swimming team expects to enjoy another highly successful season. The Wildcats kicked off their new...

Emily Wallace and Mount Horeb’s girls basketball team suffered a controversial loss to Stoughton in the regional quarterfinals on Feb. 9. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld

Days after one of the most controversial calls in the history of Mount Horeb girls basketball, Vikings coach Tom Lesar still was scratching his head. In a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal on Feb. 9, the Vikings led Stoughton, 41-40, with 3 minutes left and had the ball. That’s when Mount Horeb...

Mount Horeb senior Grace O’Neil performs a straddle leap during her floor routine at her Senior Night meet at Dodgeville on Feb. 8. Photo by Jason McMahon

Martha Koller Faust knows Saturday will be a stressful day — even more so than a typical year. Koller Faust, Mount Horeb’s girls gymnastics coach, will take her Vikings to the WIAA Division 2 Platteville Sectional Saturday. Only this sectional won't be like other years. Due to COVID-19 safety...

Mount Horeb’s boys basketball team honored (from left) Tyler Banfield, Reece Rick, Torin Hannah and Carter Ackerman on Senior Night.

This is not how anyone envisioned Senior Night playing out. The good news for Mount Horeb’s boys basketball team, though, is there’s still time for redemption. The Vikings lost to Monona Grove, 68-37, on Senior Night on Feb. 11. Mount Horeb got a chance to put that game in its rearview mirror...
Sauk Prairie’s co-op hockey team enjoyed a memorable season. But the Eagles’ thrilling campaign ended on Feb. 9. Sauk Prairie fell to WIAA Division 1 defending state champion Verona, 4-1, in a sectional semifinal game. The Eagles ended the year 12-2. Things started extremely well for Sauk Prairie,...

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