Ella Houwers spent the last year developing her skills in the butterfly and backstroke so she could be one of the most well-rounded swimmers in the state. And yet she was persistent in remaining elite in the breaststroke.

On Friday night, all of that added up to the first state championship in Whitewater’s girls program’s history, and Houwers added three other state medals earlier in the night.

When an athlete finds a school that he or she likes, the first thing they can do is verbally commit to a program. That's what Janesville Craig freshman Gavin Kilen did when he gave a verbal commitment last week to play baseball at the University of Louisville.