Ever the sentimental type, retiring Nicolet swim coach Dwight Davis' recent last words to team members after 30 years of success came in an email and were instructive of how his team members both remember him fondly and on occasion roll their eyes at some of the things he says.
Based on the fact that there were five North Shore Conference boys golf teams in the top nine of the 20-plus team Washington County Invitational on April 16 and how competitive they were against each other in the first NSC mini meet at Tripoli on April 18, this league race is clearly going to be up for grabs this spring.
The Nicolet boys tennis team lost two long-time familiar and highly successful faces to graduation last year in top singles players Calin Dumitrescu and Kevin Ballecer, but coach Tim Koppa is confident his defending North Shore Conference champions have the material to be a contender again this season.
The recent class trip to Cuba for Whitefish Bay track superstar Camille Davre and about 30 other Blue Duke students was an enlightening thing, she said.
It's been a quick but eventful five years since Nicolet's stunning version of the "Fab 5" won its WIAA D1 state girls basketball title in 2011.
This was exactly the type of battle Chris Millner was preparing his team for when the first-year coach put together a challenging regular-season schedule for his Whitefish Bay boys basketball team.
Something had to finally give in a sectional semifinal on March 10 pitting Whitefish Dominican and Destiny at Waukesha South. The Knights went back and forth with Destiny, but with 8 minutes, 35 seconds left in the second half, Dominican got a little momentum it desperately needed.
A leg injury to senior guard Brandilyn Robertson at the start of the season set the veteran Nicolet girls basketball team back a long ways, but the Knights still competed and showed some heart in a 5-19 season.
Same two teams but a different winner.
It's like Nicolet Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak said: