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Waunakee's Lucas Statz

Reedsburg's Joel Sterkowitz is brought down by Waunakee's Lucas Statz (14) and Logan Kvalo (11) during Reedsburg's 43-3 home win on Friday, Sept. 29.


Three players from the WIAA Division 2 state champion Waunakee football team have announced their college plans.

Senior defensive back Lucas Statz, senior offensive lineman Brandon Kaminski and senior Isaiah Lindley have decided to continue their academic and football careers at UW-La Crosse, Waunakee football coach Pat Rice said.

The 5-foot-11, 181-pound Statz was a first-team selection on the Wisconsin State Journal/ All-Area football team. He was a first-team choice on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press all-state teams. He was a first-team Badger North Conference performer and the league’s defensive player of the year. He was named the Jim Leonhard winner as the state’s top defensive back.

He had seven tackles, including a tackle for loss, and had a pass breakup in the Warriors Division 2 state title victory. He had 94 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He scored two defensive touchdowns and recorded a safety. He also scored on two kick returns.

The 6-2, 240-pound Kaminski was a first-team choice as a guard on the Badger North all-conference team. He was an honorable-mention selection as an offensive lineman on the Wisconsin State Journal/Wisconsin Prep Zone All-Area football team.

The 6-1, 180-pound Lindley played running back and defensive back. He is coming back from a knee injury sustained in preseason, Rice said.

Fort Atkinson’s Ian Carnes makes college choice

Fort Atkinson senior Ian Carnes, a 6-2, 275-pound offensive lineman, announced via Twitter that he has orally committed to UW-La Crosse for football.

Carnes was a second-team choice as an offensive tackle in the Badger South Conference.

He tweeted: “Excited to say I will be continuing my academic and athletic careers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.