Racky leads talented list of college volleyball players

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Tom Miller
Monday, November 20, 2017

Sydney Racky concluded her college volleyball career as an All-America selection.

Racky, who is from Walworth and a Big Foot High graduate, was an honorable mention selection by the American Volleyball coaches Association for her accomplishments this season. In addition, the AVCA placed the right side hitter on the All-Midwest Region first team.

Racky led the Warhawks with 38 aces, which ranked sixth in the WIAC. Her 316 kills and .251 hitting percentage ranked in the top 10 in the WIAC.

Racky was a first-team All-WIAC pick after helping the Warhawks go 5-2 in the WIAC and 22-8 overall.

Racky's top performance was a 21-kill, 14-dig performance in a five-set win over UW-Stevens Point.


Edgerton High graduate Kellan Schmidt began her busy freshman season at UW-Stevens Point by playing on the Pointers volleyball squad.

While she was limited to seven sets, Stevens Point coach Abby Sutherland said Schmidt made a positive contribution to the club.

“We love Kellan,” Sutherland said. “She is a total team player and has a very bright future ahead of her.

“Kellan possesses a solid work ethic and has a ton of high character qualities.”

That work ethic is being tested. Schmidt jumped from volleyball right to the Pointers women's basketball team.

“She's worked hard to handle the overlap,” Sutherland said.

Schmidt has had more playing time on the basketball court.

In the Pointers' first three games, Schmidt is averaging 18 minutes of playing time. The 5-foot-10 point guard is averaging six points per game, including making seven of 10 field-goal attempts. She has nine rebounds and one assist for the 2-1 Pointers.

Delavan-Darien High graduate Katie Jones had an impact on the UW-Platteville volleyball squad.

The sophomore middle blocker started all 24 matches this season and played in 88 sets for the 15-14 Pioneers.

Jones had a career-high 13 kills against Cardinal Stritch and a career-high six aces against Simpson.

Jones finished with 140 kills, 36 digs and 31 blocks.

Milton High graduate Stephanie Hanewold was named to the first team All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference volleyball squad as a member of the University of Northwestern Ohio team.

The Janesville resident led the WHAC with 529 kills and was third in attack percentage at .337.

She recorded 20 or more kills in nine matches, including 24 against both Siena Heights and Indiana East.

Hanewold led her team with 95 blocks, including 10 against UM-Dearborn.

She earned the conference's Attacker of the Week honor three times. The senior finished with 1,094 career kills, which ranks third in school history.


Brett Harms, a Whitewater High graduate, concluded his UW-Whitewater cross country career by finishing 51st in the NCAA Division III Championships in Elsah, Illinois.

Harms finished in 25:06.53 in the field of 279 runners. It was his third appearance in the national meet. He was the first three-time national qualifier for the Warhawks since Gary Garcia in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Harms ran a personal best 24:06.2 in the regional to qualify for the national meet. That time bettered his personal best by almost 25 seconds.

He finished in the top 10 in the WIAC meet three times, with two first-team WIAC awards and one NCAA Division III All-America honor once.


Janesville Craig High graduate Eric Burdette was a member of the 2017 UW-Whitewater Hall of Fame induction class that was honored Nov. 4.

Burdette played for the Warhawks from 1994-98, earning three All-WIAC honors.

He still holds UW-Whitewater school records in with 266 career three-pointers and 646 attempts, and his 83.6 career free-throw percentage ranks fifth in school history.

His single-game record of 43 points was broken last year.

Tom Miller is a sports writer/page designer for The Gazette.

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