Local: School Index
Chargers Athletic Programs
at Hamilton High School
transcribed and edited by Michael R. Reilly
The doors of
Hamilton High School opened in 1962 to freshman and sophomores assigned to this
new union high school. They had previously attended Pewaukee, Arrowhead,
Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Waukesha high schools.
Each consecutive year, a class was added until the first senior class graduated
in the spring of 1965.
"Hamilton Hamsters" one mascot name considered. Since the new incoming 1962
students had no allegiance to the new high school, a variety of outlandish names
considered. Principal Lowell A. Paffenroth may have decided on the Chargers
One thing Coach Grove told me was that Arthur Suhr, the first year
Science teacher (Science Dept Head), was in charge of the committee and task of
determining a mascot, yearbook and school newspaper name, and school colors.
Maude Shunk Library research (July 22, 2009) found no Menomonee Falls News paper
account of the Hamilton "Chargers" name selection. First game against Brookfield
Central they were referred to as the Hamilton Jaycees team (October 4, 1962). On
Oct 11, a news article welcomes the new Braveland Conference North "Chargers.
Braveland after 30 years
By Fred Keller, Sussex Village Historian
Source: Sussex Sun, July 27, 1993
The boys basketball championships of 1975, 1976 and 1979 were the biggest
championships Hamilton ever earned if you go by spectators attending. This was
part of the era of coach Rich Ludka. Ludka's first 1973-74 varsity team won more
games in one year than the entire Hamilton varsity program had won in the
previous 10 years.
Tickets to games were so prized that spectators were arriving for the varsity
games before the junior varsity games started so they could get a good seat.
The two-year, 1975-76 championships were with Dave Thorpe, Craig Keller,
Steve Flegner, Greg Barber, Al Nettesheim, Dennis Konkol, Scott Erickson and
Mike Gruelich as the main characters. Thorpe, Keller, and Gruelich got all-state
The 1979 team was the Terry Youngbauer team, rated as the greatest player to
ever play for Hamilton, and still the all-time scorer with 1,004 points. Other
prominent players were Dan O'Rourke, Wayne Battle, Tim Patterson, Paul Taubner,
Jeff Kroneberg and Jim Schramek.
There were several moments of excellence in the 1974-79 era with three
basketball championships and two championships in a sport no longer offered,
girls' badminton. Coach Joan Remmel had a powerhouse team, dominating schools
such as the Brookfields, Nicolet and Homestead. In 1975, Barb Hart was the
number one singles leader of the team.
Other prominent members were number two singles, Vicki Robles; number three
singles, Cheryl Lubbert; number one doubles, Carol Keller and Sue Dueno; number
two doubles, Jeanne Kjos and Cheryl Bessette, and number three doubles, Cindy
Sutherland and Linda DeBoth.
The team had only one tie in team competition and an overall record of 32-7
in conference individual competition.
The 1974 badminton team most valuable player was Linda Jenkins, while doubles
team Cheryl Lubbert and Sue Fell were 6-0 for the season.
Hart and Keller received 15 and 13 major letters respectively during their
athletic careers. Another member of this badminton team, Kari Barber, also
received 13 letters. These three hold the records for athletic letters received
by a woman athlete.
In boys' sports, the school record for letters is held by Jamie Schwalbe with
12, followed by Tim Patterson with 11.
The 1971 volleyball championship team was led by Linda Jenkins, Karen
Beaster, Cindy Magnusson, Jean Braeger, Judy Johns, Toni Mayer, Sue Brisk,
Rachel Reimer, Cindy Kehres and Denice Fleisner.
The 1979 girls' volleyball team was led by Linda Barber, Donna Day,
Jenny Dubnicka, Jamie Romanski, Lori Kuczkowski and Diane Mathiak.
While winning the conference championship is something special, it has been
denied to the powerful Hamilton football program. If second places were
championships, Hamilton and veteran coach Stan Grove would have bushel baskets
The best finish for the boys' varsity team was in 1980 when Hamilton won the
western division of the Braveland, then lost to Grafton, the eastern division
champ. This past year, Hamilton was again second, and earned the right to go to
its first state tournament, but fell to Port Washington.
The Braveland is gone. Next year, the remnants of the present Braveland will
go to four different conferences. Hamilton lost its archrival, Menomonee Falls.
But it will build a new tradition in the Parkland.
There is an accompanying photo of a 1987 Chargers Girls
fast-pitch softball team; here's the caption: "Girls Softball Championships -
The Hamilton High School girls fast-pitch softball teams have won more Braveland
Conference championships than any other team in the conference, eight in 17
years that the conference has had that sport. These championships came during
the 16year coaching of the team by Jim Lawinger and "the bearded one", Bob
Longdin. This 1987 photo was during the Chargers 19-4 overall season. Hamilton
won seven championships in a row, 1985 to 1991. During that period, Hamilton's
girls had a 120-27 record with seven conference championships and six
appearances at state.
planned for football stadium
Living Sussex Sun,
People attending events at the Grove Athletic
Stadium at Hamilton High School next season will
soon notice a new facility on its north side
behind the visitors' bleachers: a
500-square-foot press box.
The Sussex Lions Club has committed $55,000
to the project and the Hamilton Athletic Booster
Club will donate at least $20,000. The Hamilton
Chargers football team will fundraise for the
project, and the school district will contribute
the remaining $40,000.
The building will have space for staff and
coaches who film and scout games. The existing
press box will be used for news media and
scorers, announcers and game clock operators.
Work on the project is expected to begin this
spring and end in time for the fall football
season. School staff members have received some
cost estimates, according to a school district
press release, but hope to finalize construction
contracts once they confirm if local parents
will donate their labor for masonry and interior
The facility will have a split-face
decorative block exterior with metal panels and
a rubber-covered wooden roof. Track and field
equipment will be stored on the ground level.