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2019 Year in Review - Belleville

May through July


January 9, 2020


Working in conjunction with the Belleville Area EMS, Belleville Volunteer Fire Department and Belleville Police Department, a mock accident demonstration was organized prior to Saturday’s Prom. Before the mock accident started, Middle and High School Principal Nate Perry encouraged students, “to think about the consequences of your actions, especially with the upcoming celebrations. We want you to get to all of those future goals in life.”

Belleville Prom was held on May 4th, 2019. The theme was “Casino Night”. Prom King was Brandon Graves. Prom Queen was Brooke Kiefer.

On May 13th, the Capitol Conference recognized its member schools’ top academic students at a banquet at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. For Belleville High School, this honor is determined by class rank after the first semester of the senior year. These students had the highest cumulative grade point averages through their first seven semesters at BHS. It was a terrific night to celebrate all that these students have accomplished, with their classmates and parents in attendance! Honored were Emily Flick, Sydney Gentilli, Jaydon Winkers, Kori Rogers, Anna Nolden, Connor DeLorme, Justin Knoebl, Luke Kelly, Isaac Morrick and Dylan Gratz.

The Wildcats Baseball team beat New Glarus to earn a share of the Capitol South Conference championship with Cambridge. This was the first conference championship for Belleville baseball since the 2000 season, and the first conference championship since Belleville has been a part of the Capitol South Conference.

The Belleville Middle School teachers nominated students and the Kiwanis Club of Belleville presented awards to Tony Diaz, Science; Holly Flick, Language Arts; Ali Zimmerman, Fine Arts; Jordyn Roberts, Math; and Maddie MIller, Social Studies.

For the third straight year, the Sugar River Raiders girls varsity soccer team claimed the Capitol Conference Championship. The Raiders were undefeated in conference play, not allowing a single goal to be scored by their conference opponents.


On Thursday, May 30th, the Belleville Wildcat Wall of Fame Committee inducted three new members in a ceremony at Belleville High School. The BHS Wall of Fame Class of 2019 included C.H. Hageman, Yvonne Remy, and Brad Stiner.

The Belleville Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources joined together to put on “Cops N’ Bobbers”. The event was held on June 1st at the Belleville Community Park. This was the fifth year for this event.

Jack Gentilli, Belleville, was selected to play on the Gold Team at the 2019 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association (WSCA) Masonic All-Star Game.

Connor DeLorme, Belleville, was selected as an Honorable Mention on the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association (WSCA) Stefans Soccer Boys Academic All-State Team.

Raider Girls Soccer won Regionals after winning over Cambridge/Deerfield and Platteville/Lancaster.

The Sugar River Raider track team had three team members compete at the state track meet in La Crosse, Haiden Zimmerman, Ava Foley and Kiara Donnell. Kiara Donnell competed in the 100M dash, and finished 9th in the state. In the 200M dash, Donnell finished 7th with a time of 25.96, setting a new school record. Ava Foley competed in the triple jump and finished in 10th place. Haiden Zimmerman competed in the discus and finished 7th.

The Belleville School District held the Graduation Ceremony for the Belleville High School Class of 2019 on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in the High School Gymnasium. Valedictorian Award: Kori Rogers. Salutatorian Award: Luke Kelly.

Belleville High School sophomore Emma Shares ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised $217, which she then donated to the district’s Backpack Program, a program aimed at helping food insecure students in the district by giving them a backpack full of food to take home for the weekend.

With the merger closing scheduled for May 31st, State Bank of Cross Plains (SBCP) and Union Bank & Trust Company (UB&T) officially begin operating as one organization on June 1st. The merged financial institutions expanded SBCP’s presence from 10 locations in Dane County to a combined 15 locations operating in Dane, Rock and Green counties, with total assets topping $1.25 billion.

Belleville Wildcats Capitol South All-Conference and Team Awards Honorees included Jaydon Winkers, Player of the Year; Luke Kelly, 1st Team Catcher (unanimous selection); Austin Fahey, 1st Team Pitcher; Jackson Richter, 1st Team Outfielder; Dylan Gratz, 2nd Team Outfielder; Kody Fahey, 2nd Team Utility Player; Trevor Syse, Honorable Mention Outfield; Matt Hackman, Wildcats Most Improved Player.

In Sectionals, the Lady Raiders won over #2 seeded McFarland for a Sectional Semi-Final matchup. In the Sectional Final match, the Raider girls lost to #1 seeded host Madison Edgewood.

On Tuesday, June 11, the crowning of 2019-2020 Belleville Dairy Queen was held in Library Park. The 2019-2020 Belleville Dairy Queen is Carol Rankin, daughter of Kenneth Rankin and Mary Schenk.


Belleville’s Lingonberry Llama was nominated and won Reader’s Digest’s “The Nicest Place in America” for Wisconsin.

UW Health Belleville Family Medicine welcomed four new Residents, Neal Smith, Nicole Altman, Brenna Gibbons and Tyler Grunow.

The O’Connor Family and Forever 56 Foundation presented the kids and staff at the Belleville Aquatic Center with boxes of toys and pool equipment to celebrate Eric O’Connor’s birthday.

Lily’s Mercantile and Makery opened its doors on June 15th in the creamery building in Paoli.

Congratulations to the Belleville students on their Advanced Placement accolades, and thank you to our six AP teachers for their commitment and dedication in preparing our students for these exams.

Bastille Day Lakefest was held on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The festival celebrates Lake Belle View, nature and wildlife, health and wellness, Belleville’s French Heritage, family and community connections. Most events took place in Belleville’s Community Park.

On Sunday July 14, 2019, the family of Amanda Popenfus was awakened by their dog, Waylan, who alerted them to a fire in the home. The house was considered a total loss, estimated at $400,000. There were no injuries to firefighters. The Belleville Fire Department was assisted by the following fire departments, Verona, Fitchburg, New Glarus, Mount Horeb, Monticello, Town of Madison, Albany, Brooklyn Fire and Belleville EMS.

Nine-year-old Sophia Novotny spoke to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Belleville about the Bookworm Reading Program during the monthly meeting in July.


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