AHSBVB Takes First in Conference

Sophie Illman, Reporter

On Wednesday, October 13th, Arrowhead boys varsity volleyball defeated Waukesha West in three straight sets to win first in the Classic 8 Conference. The boys of the volleyball team chose the theme for the game which was, Christmas. 


Junior middle attacker, Charles Bilek says, “we chose the theme Christmas because we were the grinches that stole the conference.”


Head Coach, Dennis Mechenich, says his favorite moment from the game was, “Scoring the 25th point in set three and having the fans rush the court and celebrate with the team.  The students brought so much energy to the gym and our team fed off of them all night long.  It was pretty special to win a conference championship with a gym full of crazies wearing their Christmas apparel.” 


Arrowhead has faced competition throughout the season. Junior Bennett Wentzel says, “I think our biggest competitor this year has been Catholic Memorial.  Our team matches up very well against the Crusaders, and we are on very similar skill levels.  On September 1st, we reverse swept CMH at home in a thrilling victory, giving them their only conference loss this year.  However, we got swept this weekend by CMH at our conference tournament.” 


Although, Catholic Memorial is one of their largest competitors they will not face the Warhawks on the road to state because they are in a different division for playoffs. 


Right side attacker, Senior Ethan Mechenich said, “Germantown will be our biggest competitor in sectionals. I think it will be us versus Germantown in the sectional finals.”


The Arrowhead boys volleyball team has faced some hardships this year. One of their starting setters, Junior Logan Bularz, was recently out due to COVID-19, as well as their head Coach Dennis Mechenich. 


Their starting middle attacker, Senior Sam Polentini, was injured with a torn abdominal, but was cleared to play last week. Bilek is also out due to an illness, but will be returning Friday, October 22nd. Despite all these obstacles, AHSBVB was still able to come out on top and take first. 


Wentzel says, “I believe our team has the ability to win state this year.  If we really turn up our focus and give 100% of what we have every single point, I know we can win state.  There are not many teams that can match our energy and there are not many teams that do not get flustered while playing a team with such high energy.  While we may not be as talented as some powerhouses like Marquette or Kaukauna, we have a very skilled team that has more energy than any team I have seen before. I think if we can stay focused and want the win more than anyone else, we have a great shot at winning the state title.” 


The boys play this Friday, October 22nd at 7:00 at Arrowhead High School against Homestead. If they win, they play at Arrowhead on Tuesday, October 26th at 7:00.