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Torin Hannah and Mount Horeb’s boys basketball team begin their season with a pair of games this week. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld 

Todd Nesheim wasn’t sure if this moment would ever arrive. His Mount Horeb boys basketball team had to have their doubts, too. After a season of uncertainty, the Mount Horeb School Board recently approved the return of winter sports, with all games to be played outside of Dane County. That allowed...

Sydney Stoenner and Mount Horeb’s girls gymnastics team are the defending WIAA Division 2 state champs. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld 

The wait was excruciating. But now that they’re back, they have big plans. The Mount Horeb School Board recently approved the return of winter sports, with all competitions to be held outside of Dane County. And the Vikings girls gymnastics team got back in the gym last week to prepare for what...

Tom Lesar and Mount Horeb's girls basketball team began play this week. File photo

They’re baaacccckkkk — and boy are they happy about it. The Mount Horeb School Board recently approved the return of winter sports, with all games to be played outside of Dane County. And the Vikings girls basketball team got back in the gym last week and began preparing for a handful of games that...

Cody Anderson and Mount Horeb’s wrestlers will begin their season Friday with a dual meet at Lancaster. File photo

Josh Hinze’s happy place has always been the wrestling room and the weight room at Mount Horeb High School. So naturally, Hinze — the Vikings’ wrestling coach — was one happy camper last week. Last week, Mount Horeb’s School Board gave the Vikings clearance to begin competitions for all winter...

Verona/Mount Horeb boys swimming coach Bill Wuerger led the Wildcats past Middleton in a ‘virtual’ dual meet last Friday and Saturday. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld 

It had been nearly 11 months since the Verona Area/Mount Horeb boys’ swimming co-op program was able to ramp up its competitive juices. But the lengthy wait finally came to an end last week. Following a season-opening triple dual Jan. 5 at Sauk Prairie along with Madison Edgewood, the Wildcats...

Mount Horeb’s girls gymnastics team rallied to win the WIAA Division 2 state championship last March. File photo

Thrilling victories. Magnificent individual performances. Memories to last a lifetime. These are the norm inside the sports programs at Mount Horeb High School. But there was nothing normal about 2020. The sports world came to a screeching halt on March 12 due to COVID-19. And amazingly, the...

Tyler Banfield and Mount Horeb’s boys basketball team were given the go-ahead to start playing games outside of Dane County. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld 

Kolleen Nesheim couldn’t sleep the night of Jan. 4. Nesheim will get even less rest in the weeks ahead, and Mount Horeb’s athletic director is just fine with that. By a 6-1 vote, Mount Horeb’s School Board gave the Vikings clearance to immediately begin competitions for all winter sports. Mount...

Athletes at Mount Horeb, such as wrestler Jared Leuzinger, were able to start small group workouts again last week. Photo courtesy of Kolleen Nesheim

It’s been said practice makes perfect. If that’s the case, the athletes at Mount Horeb High School should be a fine-tuned group if they’re ever allowed to have a winter sports season. Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #11 on Dec. 16, and that order will be in effect for...

Dane Sickler is among the key returnees to the Verona-Mount Horeb boys swimming team. News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld

Bill Wuerger is cautiously optimistic. Wuerger, the boys swimming and diving coach for Verona/Mount Horeb, knows the challenges that await. He fully understands the difficulties that the “new norm” presents. But Wuerger is hopeful the Wildcats can eventually have a season. And if that does happen,...

Jax Pernot went 34-9 for Mount Horeb’s wrestling team last year. If there is a season, Pernot will be one of the key cogs in the Vikings’ lineup. File photo

There are no promises. No guarantees. But Mount Horeb wrestling coach Josh Hinze is searching for four-leaf clovers and stockpiling horseshoes — anything to give the Vikings some luck. Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10 on Nov. 17, which prohibits indoor gatherings...

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