Seisser among Warhawk inductees

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jenni (Bentheimer) Seisser has been the softball coach at Janesville Parker High School for the past three seasons.

If any of her Viking players had doubts she knows what she’s talking about, this weekend should put that to rest.

Seisser is included in the 2011 induction class for the UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees will be introduced at halftime of the Warhawk homecoming football game against UW-Stevens Point that starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The honorees will officially be inducted at a reception and banquet after the game.

Seisser will be joined in the inductions by Bill Euler, track and field; Jim Jaworski, football; Jody Landish, basketball; Kim Peterson, softball; Allan Wassil, basketball; Jeff Wiessinger, football, track and field; and the late Karl Schlender, coaching. Rollie and Nancy Cooper will receive the distinguished service award.

Jenni (Bentheimer) Seisser

Seisser was named first-team All-WIAC as an outfielder for the Warhawk softball team in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

In 1994, she led UW-Whitewater in batting and RBIs. When she graduated, Seisser held the school career record for hits. She led the Warhawks to a NCAA berth in 1991.

Seisser is a special education team leader and cognitive disabilities teacher in her 17th year at Franklin Middle School in Janesville.

Bill Euler

Euler holds the UW-Whitewater track and field indoor and outdoor long jump records. He won the WIAC long jump title outdoors in 1992 and earned NCAA III All-America recognition in his event three times (twice indoors).

Euler is a physical education teacher and coach on the island of Bermuda.

Jim Jaworski

Jaworski played football from 1985 to 1988, helping the Warhawks win the WIAC championship and earn a NCAA III playoff berth in ’88. He earned honorable mention All-America and first team all-conference honors as a defensive end.

Jaworski also was second team All-WIAC in 1987.

Jaworski, a resident of Athens, owns Exit Premier Realty in Wausau.

Jody Landish

Landish still is Whitewater’s all-time leading women’s basketball scorer with 1,377 points and single-season leader with 551 in 1995.

She was a first-team All-WIAC pick in 1994 and 1995. She helped UW-W earn two NCAA tourney berths. She also is in the school record books for steals and shooting percentages.

Landish lives in Whitewater. She is principal of Waukesha North High School.

Kim Peterson

Peterson earned first-team All-WIAC honors three times as a third baseman for the Warhawk softball team.

She was the East Division Player of the Year in 1996, when the Warhawks advanced to the NCAA tournament regional final.

Peterson was the Warhawks’ MVP and first-tam all-region pick as a junior and senior.

When she graduated, Peterson held school career records for hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs scored and RBIs, along with seven single-season categories.

Peterson is a special education teacher at Racine Park High School.

Allan Wassil

Wassil was named the WIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1996.

In that season, the forward earned first-team all-WIAC and honorable mention All-America honors. Wassil was a key member of Whitewater’s 1994 WIAC championship team, and the Warhawks earned NCAA tournament berths all four years—advancing to the Sweet 16 three times.

He ranked in the top-20 all-time in career scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks when he graduated.

Wassil is a police officer in Racine.

Jeff Wiessinger

Wiessinger won the hammer throw at the WIAC outdoor championships in 1982 and 1983, setting the conference record each time.

He also was a member of the Warhawks’ 1980 WIAC championship football team, when he earned second-team All-WIAC offensive line honors.

Wiessinger lives in Columbus and is the dean of students at Bartels Middle School in Portage. He also is the Warriors’ former head football coach.

Karl Schlender

Schlender was a versatile and integral member of the Warhawk coaching staff.

He coached at Whitewater from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

He served as head men’s gymnastics coach (six years), assistant football coach (20), assistant women’s and men’s track and field coach (11), and later as the head track and field coach for both genders (nine).

A long-time resident of Fort Atkinson, where he was the high school’s head coach in football and track and field, Schlender died in 2000.

Rollie and Nancy Cooper

The Coopers are the recipients of the Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award.

They have been long-time supporters of Warhawk teams with both their attendance at events, financial support, booster club membership, and service to the athletic department.

The Coopers live in Whitewater.

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