Wauwatosa school district files lawsuit against the WIAA

After the final decision in the ongoing conference realignment discussion ended up sending Tosa West to the Greater Metro Conference to join Tosa East for the 2016-17 season, the Wauwatosa School District filed a lawsuit against the WIAA in July. Wauwatosa was among the districts seeking relief from the current conference alignment, but Tosa felt and still feels as if its two high schools are left in even worse positions following the changes. An injunction to halt the conference realignment plan from going forward was denied in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in early September, and the lawsuit was dismissed later that month.

Tosa West girls track and field wins relay title

Tosa West's girls track and field team defended its state championship in the 4x100 relay, as the team of senior Azya McLin, senior Mercy Ndon, sophomore Breanna Weigman and junior Cheri'a Adams took first place at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in 47.91 seconds. Adams overcame an injury suffered in the triple jump to help the Trojans win the relay. McClin, Ndon and Adams all were on the state-champion 4x100 relay team in 2015. McLin also took third place in the 100-meter dash, and the Trojans finished in 12th place as a team.

Larson wins state swimming title

Danny Larson claimed the state championship at the WIAA Division 1 swim meet in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.00 seconds. The Tosa West junior also took second place in the 200 freestyle to help the Tosa Hurricanes co-op to a 17th-place finish at state. In the fall, his sister, Julia Larson, took third place in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle for Tosa West at the Division 2 state meet.

Tosa East boys volleyball makes run to state semifinals

After a year hiatus, coach John Simon's Tosa East boys volleyball team returned to the state tournament, downing crosstown rival Tosa West in five sets in the sectional final to get there. The Red Raiders downed Arrowhead in the quarterfinals before being swept in three sets by Marquette in the semifinals. In addition to making state, Simon won his 900th career game in 2016. Tosa East senior Aaron Plaisted was named the state's Player of the Year.

Folley takes second place at state wrestling meet

Tosa senior Justin Folley fell short of defending his state championship at 126 pounds but still finished as the state runner-up. He defeated Slinger's Hudson Mountjoy on a technical fall in the first round and then pinned Waterford's Justin Ratkovec (39-3) in 5 minutes, 19 seconds. He then won a thrilling 1-0 decision over Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Patrick Spray before losing, 9-8, to Middleton freshman Kevin Meicher in the state-championship match. The Tosa co-op sent five wrestlers to the state tournament in total.

Tosa East grad Danisewicz wins silver medal at Paralympic Games

Hailey Danisewicz, a 2009 graduate of Tosa East High School, won a silver medal in the PT2 class of paratriathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, cancer that begins in the bones, at the age of 12, Danisewicz had her left leg amputated when she was a freshman at Tosa East. She picked up paratriathlon during her sophomore year at Northwestern University and now has a medal to her name.


Tosa West boys soccer wins regional championship for first time since 2007

The Trojans finished 12-7-3 overall and in a tie for second place in the Woodland conference with an 8-1-2 league mark before winning their first regional championship since 2007. Tosa West beat Greenfield, 2-0, in its regional opener before upsetting Brookfield East, 2-0, to win the regional. The Trojans had their run ended with a 2-1 loss to eventual state qualifier Waukesha West in the sectional semifinal.

Tosa East girls basketball wins first regional crown since 2001

Coach Rob Hamill led his Tosa East girls basketball team to a regional championship for the first time since the 2000-01 season in 2016. The Red Raiders went 17-7 in the regular season before downing Tosa West and Shorewood in regional play to reach the sectional semifinal, where they fell to top-seeded Pius XI.

Tosa West boys volleyball wins Woodland Conference title, makes sectional final

After taking second place behind New Berlin United for each of the past seven years, Tosa West's boys volleyball team finished in a three-way tie for the Woodland Conference title in 2016. The Trojans advanced all the way to the sectional final before falling in five sets to Tosa East. Following the season, Kyle Sikora stepped down as head coach.


East, West send entries to state tennis tournament

Both Tosa schools were represented at the state boys tennis tournament, while Tosa West sent its top doubles team to state. Tosa West's Nick Price made the boys singles tournament, while the Tosa East doubles team of Michael Lockhart and Jordan Crump qualified for a trip to Madison. The Trojans then sent the doubles team of Connie Terlizzi and Alyssa Piek to state in the fall.

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