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2019 WIAA State Football Championships In Pictures

11/25/2019, 1:45pm CST
By Travis Wilson

The 2019 WIAA State Football Championships are in the books, and what a two days it was at Camp Randall Stadium. We saw record-setting performances, a bevy of nail-biters, extremely close games, and some of the state's top teams and individuals on display.

WSN was blessed once again to have the state's best sports photographer on hand to capture all the action, Nate Beier of GX3 Media. 

Below are just some of the top images snapped by Nate. For his full portfolio, visit https://gx3media.smugmug.com/. Consider Nate for your team photos, senior banners, senior pictures, and much more.

Division 1

  • The Bay Port cheerleaders perform during halftime of the Division 1 state final.
  • Muskego's Bryan Gruehn Jr. is surrounded by teammates after scoring by taking a Bay Port fumble 60 yards to the endzone in the third quarter of Friday's D1 final.
  • Bay Port's Max Meeuwsen hits Muskego's Grohman, forcing a fumble in the second half of Friday's D1 game.
  • Muskego's Evan Weber tries to escape a tackle by Bay Ports Jake Berg in the third quarter of Friday's D1 title game.
  • Muskego's Mason Buehler intercepts his second pass of the game before making a return of 20 yards to give the Warriors the ball back for good at the end of the fourth quarter of Friday's game.
  • The Muskego football team gathers around the Division 1 state trophy following their 21-10 win over Bay Port in Friday's Division 1 state final.
  • The Bay Port fans cheer on their Pirates during Friday's D1 state championship game.
  • Bay Port's Isaiah Gash tries to push Nicolas Maier away to prevent a tackle.
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Division 2

  • Brookfield East's Donovan Hunt breaks off a 44-yard run which set up the Spartan's third score of the day during Friday's Division 2 state final.
  • Brookfield East's Josh Champe takes on Waunakee's offensive linemen, Wyatt Ziegler (55) and Forrest Anderson (75) at the line of scrimmage during Friday's D2 final.
  • The Waunakee defense stops Brookfield East's Donovan Hunt at the line of scrimmage on a third down and three, forcing the Spartans to punt in the third quarter.
  • Waunakee's Alec Morgan is tackled by Brookfield East's Nick Pluemer after picking up five yards on a pass from Quintin Keene in the fourth quarter.
  • Brookfield East's Hayden Doyle celebrates as the game-tying extra point kick by Waunakee's Aidan Driscoll misses the mark late in the fourth quarter of Friday's D2 state final. The Spartans went on to win 31-30.
  • The Brookfield East football team celebrates with their throngs of fans after holding on to defeat Waunakee 31-30 in Friday's Division 2 state final.
  • Brookfield East's Donovan Hunt leaps in celebration with the Division 2 state championship trophy as the Spartans rush to greet their fans following Friday's win over Waunakee.
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Division 3

  • Menasha's Colton Knaack makes a diving tackle to stop DeForest's Gabe Finley at the end of a run.
  • DeForest's Marlon Cystrunk knocks the ball loose from Menasha's Josh Zwerg at the end of a run. The Norskies would come up with the turnover, but would give the ball back on a fumble of their own just two plays later.
  • DeForest's Deven Magli stiff arms Menasha's Kaiser VanDeLoo while returning a punt in the second half of Friday's D3 state final.
  • Menasha's Cole Popp steps back looking to pass during the Division 3 state final with DeForest on a sunny morning at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • The DeForest sideline celebrates the eventual game-winning two-point conversion at the end of the fourth quarter of Friday's Division 3 state final. DeForest defeated Menasha 8-7.
  • Menasha's Dylan Hietpas catches DeForest quarterback Trey Schroeder in the backfield for a sack.
  • Menasha quarterback Cole Popp tries to avoid a hit by DeForest's Adam Szepieniec on a run to the edge in the D3 state final.
  • DeForest's Gabe Finley drives through Menasha's Myles Tesky to get into the endzone to set up the Norskie's comeback win in the D3 title game. DeForest would finish with a successful 2-point conversion to win 8-7.
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Division 4

  • Catholic Memorial's Alex Oeschsner is tackled by Kiel's Connor Voelker.
  • Kiel's Ian Clark.
  • Catholic Memorial's Daniel Fynaardt is wrestled to the ground by a host of Kiel defenders in the first half of Thursday's D4 title game.
  • Catholic Memorial quarterback, Luke Fox is held up by lineman Jimmy Schwaab after running for a touchdown in the second quarter.
  • Catholic Memorial's Sam Bautz tries to tackle Kiel's Slade Pennings following an interception by the Raider's defender in the second quarter of Thursday's game.
  • Catholic Memrorial's Alex Sperl blocks a punt in the fourth quarter in the D4 state final.
  • Kiel's Clayton Lepisto hits and tackles Catholic Memorial's Alex Oeschner in for a loss in the first half of the D4 title game.
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Division 5

  • The Lake Country Lutheran football team walks down the ramp to the field at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.
  • Stratford's Teddy Redman tries to find space to run during the first half of Thursday's Division 5 state final.
  • Stratford's Max Schwabe goes over the play in the huddle with his teammates during the D5 title game.
  • Lake Country Lutheran's Luke Haertle celebrates a touchdown at the end of a 20-yard run, giving the Lightning the lead for good in Thursday's D5 title game.
  • Lake Country Lutheran's Chase Caliendo tackles Stratford quarterback Max Schwabe in the endzone for a safety in the fourth quarter.
  • Lake Country Lutheran's Jack Leverenz hoists the D5 state championship trophy high and leads the team towards the fans in the stands while celebrating the Lightning's victory over Stratford.
  • Lake Country Lutheran's Jack Leverenz carries the ball across the 'W' at midfield during Thursday's state final game with Stratford.
  • Stratford's Dawson Moen makes a break for the backfield during the D5 state final.
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Division 6

  • Saint Mary's Springs' Marcus Orlandoni follows teammate David Mueller to the hole during the Division 6 state final game.
  • Saint Mary's Springs' Brennan Van Horn (23), Aiden Ottery (81), and Jacob Koffman (54) swarm around Regis's Hayden Reinders.
  • Regis's Henry Theisen and Saint Mary's Springs' Logan Rameker battle for position at the line of scrimmage during Thursday's D6 title game.
  • Regis's Aaron Haselwander intercepts a pass intended for Saint Mary's Springs' Augustin Sell in the second half of the D6 championship.
  • The Saint Mary's Springs football team hoists the Division 6 state championship trophy after defeating Regis 7-0 Thursday afternoon.
  • Saint Mary's Springs' David Mueller holds on to lineman Billy Schrauth while finding room to run during the D6 title game.
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Division 7

  • Black Hawk/Warren's Jaylen Rufenacht rumbles ahead as Edgar's Kaleb Hafferman (21) and Carson Lemmer (42) try to finish a tackle during the Division 7 state final.
  • Edgar fans cheer on their Wildcats at the Division 7 state championship.
  • Black Hawk/Warren's Caden Milz pulls in a pass and takes it to the endzone for the touchdown. Milz's touchdown was the deciding factor in a 6-0 win in the Division 7 state championship game.
  • Black Hawk/Warren's Jaylen Rufenacht is tackled at the line of scrimmage by Edgar's Ethan Heil (52), Carson Lemmer (42), and Adam Hanneman (55).
  • Black Hawk/Warren's Avery Baumgartner raises the Division 7 state championship trophy high after a 6-0 defeat of Edgar Thursday morning.
  • Black Hawk/Warren's Skylar Neff reacts to a touchdown by Cayden Milz in the first half of the D7 state final game.
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About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the WisSports.net General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

For the latest and most up to date football news and recruiting information, follow Travis on Twitter @travisWSN. Email story ideas, recruiting info, etc. to Travis at travis(at)wissports.net.

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