A look back at the top stories in the Sussex Sun in 2015, from a blistering day at the state track meet to a chance to show off a new facility to a milestone for the tennis program.
Fast times at Hamilton High
The girls 4x400-meter relay won a state championship, with Taylor Klug, Chelsea Parker, Mariana Feudner and Bianca Stubler running 3:55.75 to claim gold in LaCrosse. All four runners return in 2016. Stubler added second place in the 400, finishing behind only a record-setting performance by Gabby Beauvais of Monona Grove. Claire Birk took second in the 300 hurdles, just missing a title of her own. The 4x100 took sixth, and Hamilton placed seventh overall as a team.
Moore the merrier
Tony Moore reached the state tennis tournament in singles for the Chargers boys team, becoming the first HHS player to qualify for the showcase. The boys tied for fourth in the Greater Metro, the highest finish in program history, with plenty of young talent to suggest an even bigger jump in 2016.
The boys track team had its own stellar showing in LaCrosse. Zach Jasinski took second in the state in the pole vault, emerging onto the scene and finishing the year with a leap of 14-6.
Road less traveled
Rachel Jeffers recorded a strong showing at the state cross-country meet, and the table is set for the following year for a breakout campaign from the junior, who took 31st in Wisconsin Rapids. On the boys side, Michael Swope made it to the state as a sophomore and took 70th.
WIFCA comes to town
The Hamilton multi-use facility opened its doors to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Combine, which welcomed close to 350 football players from around the state looking to catch the attention of college coaches.
Hamilton senior girls basketball player Taylor Klug eclipsed 1,000 points for her career as she looked to lead the Chargers program toward a Greater Metro Conference title. The Chargers headed into 2016 with an 8-2 record.
Streak stays alive
Hamilton's wrestling team qualified a wrestler for the state meet for a 27th straight year, with Jake Macaluso, John Rybka and Brad Biswell all making the trip. Macaluso won a sectional championship, and Biswell won a conference title.
Hermsen golfs at state
The Hamilton golf team qualified for the sectional, and Nate Hermsen punched his ticket for state, then took 26th at the state meet at University Ridge in Madison.
Gumina makes the Big Show
Hamilton alum Tony Gumina found himself on SportsCenter for a zany touchdown catch for UW-Whitewater. Former Chargers once again played a role for the Warhawks, which made the NCAA Division III tournament yet again and fell in the national semifinal to Mount Union. The sophomore Gumina was named second-team All Conference on offense, and junior Tony Koepnick was named first-team All Conference in the WIAC as an offensive lineman.
The bowling team won a divisional championship. ... The football team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. ... The boys basketball team opened strong in 2015-16 behind the play of senior Jacob Hartung. ... Behind UW-Milwaukee recruit Alex Fischer on the hill and Ripon College catcher Michael Barnes, the Hamilton baseball team finished the year in a sectional-semifinal loss to cap a productive summer campaign.