We are sharing Wisconsin State Journal staffers' favorite work from 2020. From high school sports reporter Jon Masson: It became a difficult year for all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dashing many goals of high school athletes when their seasons ended prematurely starting in March or never started at all. So, I selected stories that reflected a year that had achievement, celebration, sadness, disappointment and inspiration, such as the inspiring story of Madison West junior Maka Chikowero and her work helping girls in Zimbabwe.
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Maka Chikowero, a junior who competes in girls swimming and soccer for the Regents, started a nonprofit organization that helps girls, many who have been orphaned, in rural Zimbabwe.
Lisa (Anderson) Stone was a standout guard for the Panthers when they went to state in 1979 and 1980. Seniors Liz Uhl, Kaitlyn Schrimpf and Izzie Peterson lead this season's team in its return trip.
Middleton girls coach Jeff Kind now says he has reconsidered retiring from coaching and hopes to return next season after the Cardinals didn't get to play at the state tournament. The WIAA canceled the winter sports season due to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation.
Lake Mills was the only area team to get to play at the WIAA girls basketball tournament. Wagner, the Capitol North Conference player of the year, recently had surgery after being injured during the first half of the L-Cats' WIAA Division 3 semifinal against Wrightstown.
The Sun Prairie girls and boys track and field teams had high hopes, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation of the WIAA spring sports competitions and state tournaments, which originally were scheduled to end this week.