Archive for August, 2013

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team got their season started at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School last Thursday. This year’s team is young and very talented. It was time to see how they would fare against some other good teams. We had our ups and downs, but in the end we could say the team got off to a respectable start.

Brady Klaves made his DASH debut in the boys JV race. He would not be held back early as he raced out to an early lead. Things got more challenging later for Brady as the heat and the length of the race brought him back to the pack. Brady made it to the finish line and now has some valuable experience to help him in his races later this year.

We lined up a full team of seven in the boys varsity race. Ransom Nyhart went out with the leaders early as he likes to do. Ransom is looking to post some great results this season, and this was the first of them. He raced to a 12th place finish to give the team a solid start. Jacob Dickman was never far behind Ransom and gave us his usual smart, steady race to finish 15th. Only three teams had a better 2nd runner. With Ransom and Jacob running this well, and all the talent behind them, this team is going to be very good. John Sherman ran with Jacob at the start, but the heat made him slow down some. He worked hard to make it to the finish as our third runner in. Joe Hughes started easy and then moved up as the race moved along. In the end he was not far behind John. He is running smart, and it will fun to see how good he will end up. Matt Lange, with his easy stride, impressed everyone in his first DASH race. He never seemed to tire and finished just behind Joe. Samuel Zinkgraf gave us his usual strong effort picking up where he left off last year. He will get even better as the season goes along. Isaac Fredricks is another exciting DASH newcomer. The distance was a burden this time, but that will change with a few more races. The boys placed 7th in the team scores, just two points out of 6th. Very nice!

The girls were next. Andrea Beck’s training paid off for her as she ran as good as she ever has. She was the top sophomore to the finish line and placed 12th overall. Zipporah Caspers had a solid first mile, but then the heat got to her and she struggled to the finish in a disappointing 70th. She will definitely be better next time. Stefanie Klaves was a highlight for the girls. In her first cross country race she smiled her way to a better than expected finish. She was able to keep Zipporah in her sights the whole way. It is good we bumped her up to the varsity race. Amelie Kemmann was having a good race early, but fell and hurt her leg in the second mile. She made it to the finish, but the injury kept her from racing like she hoped to. Makayla Gergeni was not feeling well, but with a little encouragement she toed the start line and finished as our 5th girl. The team needed Makayla’s finish as Isabel Trewhella was not able to finish the race. The heat got to her. Overall the girls did not do as well as expected, but with a little more luck this team will end up being competitive. Fortunately, we have a lot of races ahead to make amends.

Thanks to all the parents that made the trek up to Jackson to see the race. It was great seeing everyone cheering on the team and socializing throughout. Thanks to the athletes for running in very difficult conditions. Fall is coming. Thanks to Faith Caspers for getting the photos. With a sore foot, she hobbled around and got plenty of action shots. Thanks to Ed Beck for assisting with the coaching. Things always run smoother when Ed is helping out. It is going to be a great high school season ahead. We need to keep practicing and stay healthy. Good things are going to happen.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.