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Wilmot’s Anna Wischnowski pitches during the WIAA Division-1 sectional final against Indian Trail on Wednesday at Bullen Middle School.
SEAN KRAJACIC, Kenosha News
Wilmot pitcher Anna Wischnowski and catcher Sophia Schmidt embrace after the Panthers beat Indian Trail, 6-3, on Wednesday to win the sectional title and advance to the WIAA Division-1 State Tournament.
DAN TRUTTSCHEL, Kenosha News
Coming off a lost season in 2020 because of the pandemic, the last thing Wilmot senior standout softball player Anna Wischnowski wanted for 2021 was to be sidelined from action.
That was the reality earlier this season when an elbow injury put the NCAA Division I recruit on the shelf.
But it’s safe to say the future Northern Iowa student-athlete has come back with a vengeance — and at the same time, she now has the Panthers back in the WIAA Division-1 State Tournament field.
Wischnowski put Wilmot in front to stay with a two-run double Wednesday afternoon in the Panthers’ 6-3 win in the sectional final over Indian Trail and then kept the Hawks at bay for a complete-game win in the circle.
The feeling of a sectional title and another trip to state?— Wischnowski and Wilmot also advanced in 2019?— was tough for the hard-throwing hurler to put into words.
”It’s just so exciting,” Wischnowski said shortly after the win at Bullen Middle School. “The chills, the indescribable moment that we had right when we knew that we won, it’s so refreshing that our team pulled that off. During the season, a lot of other teams doubted us.
”That just makes this moment even more special, knowing that we were the underdog, and we still are the underdog going into state. Hopefully, we keep that fire and that grit going in. I’m extremely excited to go back. It’s just an amazing feeling.”