Twenty (20) Warhawk’s traveled to Denver for the USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate 7s Championships. The Warhawks qualified as the only at large of the 12-team event by winning the Upper Midwest 7s Tournament in Cottage Grove, WI.
Once in Denver we selected the final 15 roster, then had to limit that to 12 for the actual matches. The Warhawks went thru pool play undefeated finishing 3-0 with victories over William Patterson University (NJ)28-14, Endicott College (MA)26-14 and St. Louis University 38-5.
After pool play we were seeded number 2 overall and drew Endicott College in a rematch of pool play, the Warhawks had a chance to seal the game with a late score and conversion at the full-time whistle but the kick went wide sending us to sudden death overtime where Zack Pryes (West Depere, WI) scored the winning try 24-19!
In the semi-final match we played University of Hartford this time a late try and conversion was needed to tie the match sending it to another sudden death overtime, thanks to the solid nerves of senior Tim Grams (Grafton) the kick after the final whistle was successful, once again like a scene from the movie Groundhogs Day Zack Pryes scores the game winning try in overtime 17-12!
In the finals the Warhawks we matched up with University North Carolina Charlotte, UNCC had to be coming in on a high as they had not been challenged in any match over the weekend and they had just watched Whitewater win back to back come from behind stressful sudden death overtime matches. In the finals we finally rostered Alec Treuthardt (Argyle, WI) and Garrett Shibilski (Pewaukee, WI) who had played limited minutes on day one due to nagging injuries. Treuthardt and Shibilski caught UNCC off guard as they both came out and scored in the 1st and 2nd minute of the game with Alec down another at the half time whistle! The Warhawks went on to win the Championship game 26-5.
John Grams (Grafton) was named the tournament MVP
The UW-Whitewater Men’s Rugby Club captured the USA Rugby D-II College Championship for the second time in the past six years. The Championship game was held at Furman University in Greenville, SC, where the Warhawks faced a very good Furman University team. Both teams played well on offense and played extremely tough defensively in wet and rainy conditions. The final score was 29-13. The Rugby Club, ranked #1 by Goff Rugby Report for most of the Fall season, proved to be the best D-II team in the country by finishing with a record of 13-0 and being crowned the 2016 USA Rugby D-II National Champions.
UW-Whitewater Women’s 2014-2015 Club Volleyball Team lead the program to its most successful season yet by going 35-9, placing at least top three in all conference tournaments, and taking first place in a tournament last fall. At the end of the season, they took a tough loss in the semifinals at the WVC State Tournament, but still were able to finish out the season strong at Kansas City, MO during the NCVF Tournament. They faced Winona State in the finals, a team that they stood 2-5 against throughout the year, but by sweeping them in the Championship game (25-22, 25-16), UW-Whitewater became the first women’s club team in both Whitewater and the WVC’s history to claim a National Title. Many individuals from the team were also presented with All-Tournament Team awards, including Junior Ashlie Behnke (Honorable Mention), Junior Tessa Snell (1st-team), and Junior Brianna Neumeyer (MVP).
The UW-Whitewater men's club rugby team captured the USA Rugby D-II College Championship, winning the title in Pittsburgh, Pa. on April 30. The Warhawks, ranked No. 1 by Rugby Magazine, was the team to beat. Undefeated in regular season and postseason play, UW-W had not lost a match since April, 2010. The Championship game featured UW-Whitewater vs. Middlebury College. Both teams came out with tough offense and even tougher defense, making advancement to the goal line difficult. However, Middlebury was held at bay by a stiff Whitewater defense, and the score ended 7-3 with the Warhawks crowned the 2011 champions.
The 2009 season was a good one for UWW paintball. The team had just claimed the Midwest North division title two years in a row (2007 & 2008) and was looking to carry on that success. The core guys have been playing together for years, continually getting better. New talent came on board throughout the years as well to fill out the roster and other squads. Whitewater Paintball was a recognized name throughout collegiate paintball and the University provided excellent support.
After placing in the top 4 in each of the 4 regional events that year, UWW paintball went to the NCPA National Championships in Orlando with high expectations. The team took 3rd at the event in 2007 and had an abysmal showing in 2008. The 2009 team was the best one to date and they kept winning and beating top teams like Cal State, Florida, EIU, and UC Irvine, earning a right to play in the finals. They faced off against Texas A&M for the championship and beat them in 2 out of 3 for the title.
After winning the National Championship, several of the team's players graduated. It was the perfect way to close out a college paintball career. The other players continued to lead Whitewater Paintball through the years and back to Nationals consistently. Several members of that 2006-2009 UWW paintball team went on to play professionally around the globe.
The 2007-2008 team was full of experienced upperclassmen and talented underclassmen. Expectations were high after winning the 2007 national championship. We put in a lot of work practicing and conditioning throughout the year, and we attended a number of competitive tournaments to prepare for the college championship series. The hard work paid off as we defeated North Park University 15 – 8 to become D-III National Champions for the second consecutive year. It was a rewarding experience for the entire team. For the seniors, the championship culminated four years of friendship, challenges, teamwork, and victories. And a legacy of winning was passed on to next year’s players.