Until the first day of practice for 2014!
WIAA Division 3 State Runner-Ups
WIAA Division 3 Level 4 Champions
Woodland Conference Champions
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A Tale of Two Halves!
The WIAA Division 3 Championship game between the Greendale Panthers and the Monona Grove Silver Eagles had to be one of the best games to watch. It was loaded with record setting performances, big plays, and emotional swings. The game didn't end the way it was supposed to, however, as Monona Grove scored 21 unanswered points in the 2nd half for a come from behind victory over Greendale 21-17.
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It was a long hard road but Greendale's varsity reserves managed to to go undefeated and captured the overall Woodland Conference crown by defeating Whitnall 47-8.
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It Is Finished!
This last game would match up the two 2nd place teams from the Woodland East and the Woodland West. This would determine who would finish 3rd out of the 12 teams combined. When the clock finally ticked for the last time this year, Greendale would take home the bronze by defeating Whitnall 48-8.
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The End of a Special Year!
GPTC editor and website Administrator
How does one begin after a year like we just had? 13-1, Woodland Conference Champions, WIAA Level 4 Eastern Division Champions, and a trip to Madison where the team finished as the Division 3 State Runner-Ups! All I know is this... I've been around Panther football for 39 years now so I have seen a lot of players with their teams come and go. In all of those years, I have never seen one like this past season's team. I think it's because I never thought it was possible to have so many talented and committed athletes on the same team in the same season. Don't get me wrong for Greendale has had its share of talent come through the program but most of them had to carry the brunt of the load during their days here. Those former standout players that did play here ended up enjoying a lot of success, earned the accolades they had coming, and may have even continued on to play at the next level. But to have so many standout playmakers on the same team like this past year was just mind boggling.
Of course I'm not going to lie and say that I wasn't expecting this for I am always watching the lower level and youth teams play as well. This year's senior class hasn't lost too many games throughout their careers and the juniors on this team are the ones that won the AAYFL Youth Championship back in 2010, which isn't easy to do anymore. I can remember talking to coach Keith Ringelberg along the fence during that game and telling him that I couldn't wait until this 8th grade team would be juniors because when I added these guys to the class in front of them, I just had this gut feeling that something big was going to happen. Needless to say I was right!
Let no one tell you anything different for there is a reason why this team did what they did. They're called seniors! Not only were they good, we had a lot of them! 25 in all, to be exact! That's the most that Greendale has ever had on one team that I can remember in quite a long time. In fact, I'm not 100% sure but it might even be a record. Needless to say, when you have that many talented, devoted, hard working seniors on the same team, only good things will happen. These guys were also fun to be around. They each were their own character that had to make it fun for all of the coaches throughout the year. They were unselfish and never gave anything less than 100% in whatever they were doing. I actually found myself standing back in amazement a few times when watching this team play. It was a treat to watch them but it was more of an honor to know them. I'll never forget them.
Seniors will always be the driving force and will dictate how successful a team will be during a season at any sport. Behind those seniors, however, you have the remaining underclassmen. Greendale was doubly blessed this year by having an amazing core of underclassmen that helped in achieving what the team did this past season. They are loaded with God given talent and they are intelligent enough to watch and listen to what's going on around them. After this past season, they all should have learned what is needed and what has to be done in order to enjoy the same success they had. As for how well they learned? We'll find out this coming season because a lot of those underclassmen will be seniors. It will be up to that group to carry the torch that this year's seniors carried and held high.
Some of us Greendale Panther fans might not truly realize how fortunate we are here. We have solid programs throughout the community that have consistently faired well and have enjoyed a lot of success year after year. Greendale sets itself at a high level and is often looked at as a benchmark in many areas. None of that would be possible if it wasn't for the extremely dedicated hard working coaches, instructors, teachers, administrators, and support staff they have. I have lived in Greendale since 1964 and there's a reason why. It's the best! Within that group that I mentioned of course are all of the football coaches. You will not find a better football coaching staff then here in Greendale. These guys have been together for a long time now. They work together harmoniously to consistently maintain and keep the program at the high level it is. All you have to do is look around at other communities and you'll realize what I'm talking about. The reason this staff is successful is because they care and they understand the underlying value that the players learn from playing the game. In the end, when you add a dash of fun, that's what's it's all about!
On a different note, I want to take a moment to thank some people that help make this website what it is. You have to start with Chuck Cairns who does the brunt of the photo work at the varsity level for the GPTC. There is another gentleman that also contributes when he can and his name is Dan Herrmann. These guys are passionate sports enthusiast who have a knack for capturing and freezing those special moments on film. You can see their work on the Media-Photo page of this website. Most of you may not know this but Chuck lives in New Berlin and all of his boys are either going or have gone to Wisconsin Lutheran High School. At the end of the day, once I roped him into taking pictures for us, he just couldn't leave. In fact, Chuck got roped in by the High School as well as he was asked to take some pictures for all of the other GHS teams as well. Another gentleman that does the video work on the field for varsity games is Chris Ksobiech. He catches that extra special angle from the side line that helps make the highlight videos more interesting. These guys basically donate their time in any weather mind you, to help capture things so that the players and parents have something to remember. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Melissa Bychinski who spreads herself across both the Touchdown Club and the Greendale Panther Athletic Booster Club. This is one woman that is not afraid of work and does everything for one reason... "The kids!" Lastly I would like to thank Tim Nethery and the rest of the GPTC for their support in making the Touchdown Club what it is. I can only hope and pray that there are more individuals out there that will step up to the plate and get involved for I don't know how long these other folks will be around. We need people to keep the spirit and this train rolling!
So now it's that time once again to put this website to bed. Hopefully everyone who frequents this site enjoys it as much as I enjoy maintaining it. I guess I might as well let that cat out of the bag at this time and let everyone know that this next season will be my last. It was a fun ride but I have been doing this for quite a while now and it's time for me to pass the torch. I pray every night that someone will step up and take this over because it would kill me to let this website die. In the mean time, nothing will be removed or turned off, but not much will be added either. Come this spring, however, it will fire up like it always does and again bring to you all the news about anything and everything that has to do with the greatest high school football program in the state!
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2013 Woodland Conference Champion!
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