Athletes sign for college at Menomonee Falls and Germantown High Schools

Early offers are finalized for several athletes

Nov. 18, 2012

There were happy transitions being made at Menomonee Falls and Germantown High Schools last week during national signing week ceremonies.

The Indians had a large festive affair as swimmers Amanda Siehs (Boise State) and Haley Lucas (UW-Green Bay) and baseball player Brett Krause (University of Illinois at Chicago) signed Division I letters of intent, while girls basketball players Amber Bullock (UW-Parkside) and Erin Crownover (Ashland University in Ohio) affixed their signatures to DII tenders.

"It was a lot of fun," Falls athletic director Ryan Anderson said. "We're hoping to have another one like this in the spring signing period."

Meanwhile, 6-11 Luke Fischer of Germantown put his long-awaited John Hancock to the national letter of intent to play basketball for Indiana and former Marquette coach Tom Crean next winter. Fischer, who helped the Warhawks to their first-ever 28-0 WIAA State D1 championship last March is just moving higher and higher in the world, according to his coach Steve Showalter, who noted that the long-moribund Hoosiers began the season as No. 1-ranked in many national hoops polls.

Fischer is coming off a dream start to his senior year as he was also a first-team all-state opposite hitter for the North Shore Conference champion and state-tournament qualifying boys volleyball team.

Siehs and Lucas were part of a powerful swimming class for the Falls/Hamilton girls swim program as it left with several school records and three conference titles under its belt. Siehs' individual records include the 50 and 100 freestyles. The pair also helped out in setting program marks in several relays.

Siehs also broke a 35-year old record in the 50 free this season. She also swam successfully for the Elmbrook Swim Club. She was a scholastic All-American in 2010 and 2011 and a member of the National Honor Society.

"I chose Boise State because the swim team is absolutely amazing and they are all so supportive," Siehs said. "From the second I walked onto the campus and met the team, I knew Boise State was the school for me and would be my swim family for the next four years."

Lucas was a state place-winning butterflier as well as a top-notch relay swimmer for the Indians. In an earlier interview she said that Green Bay just felt right.

Krause led the Indians baseball team to the Greater Metro Conference title and earned NOW All-Suburban and first-team WBCA all-state honors at shortstop this past summer.

"I know the bar is set so high for him," Indians baseball coach Pat Hansen said in an earlier interview, "and he's still looking to reach it."

Meanwhile, Crownover, a center, and Bullock, a guard helped the Indians girls basketball team to an excellent 18-4 record last winter. They are among several top returners to the squad this season as Falls looks to claim an elusive Greater Metro Conference title.

Meanwhile, the Fischer story has a unique twist to it. Fischer is an only child and he and his dad, Jim, are living the bachelor life in Germantown this school year because his mom, Kim, took a principal's job in the Pittsville School District. She commutes home on the weekends and the family will make a decision on final living arrangements after Luke graduates in the spring.

"We've all been grateful for the sacrifices they've made," Showalter said.

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