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“The Last Shot” event is April 26, 2024 at UW-Washington Co. | By Deb Butschlick

West Bend, WI – Calling all UW-Washington County and UWM at Washington County student-athletes from 1968 – 2020 to attend “The Last Shot” alumni banquet.

Click HERE and reserve your ticket by Wednesday, April 17

Join us on Friday, April 26, 2024, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium for a buffet dinner and celebration with the athletic community.  A cash bar will be available starting at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 pm.

Tours of the campus will be available. Several of the former coaches will also be present. Photos and other items that will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the banquet.

The ticket price is $25 per person and will include:

1) Buffet dinner catered by MJ’s Catering in Hartford (Turkey, Beef Tips, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Noodles, Corn, California Blend, Fresh Fruit, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee)

2) Five (5) door prize entries for items such as championship trophies and banners, and Wildcats bench chairs for a chance to take one or more of these items home.

Can’t join us for the dinner, stop by Saturday, April 27 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see the campus and pick up any remaining trophies or photos.


West Bend, Wi – As the University of Wisconsin-Washington County (UW-WC) prepares to close its doors permanently, the athletic community is coming together for one last celebration. Coach Deb Butschlick, who had been a part of UW-WC for 33 years, is spearheading an event called “The Last Shot” to give former student athletes a chance to reunite, reminisce, and give all the trophies and plaques a new permanent home.

The event, scheduled for a Friday night in April, aims to bring together former student athletes from as far back as 1968.


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“I got swamped with calls, emails, texts, Snapchats,” said Coach Butschlick, reflecting on the community’s desire to see the school one last time. “We want to be able to see it and go through it one more time.”

“The Last Shot” will feature a buffet lunch, door prizes, and tours of the school. The unique aspect of the event is the door prizes, which will include trophies from past athletic achievements.


“Everything’s going to get thrown out, so that’s why this is my way to try to save history,” said Butschlick. “If they want a specific trophy, and they get their number picked, they’ll get a trophy.”

Former coaches expected to attend, include Steve Murphy, Tom Brigham, Mitch Burry, John Minz and others. The event is not a fundraiser but aims to cover expenses.

“The Last Shot” is an adult-only event, where former student athletes are welcome to bring a guest. Attendees can expect a nostalgic trip down memory lane with hundreds of pictures and trophies on display. The event will have a cash bar and opportunities to reconnect with old teammates and coaches.

For more information and to purchase tickets, former student athletes can visit the Washington Foundation website, where details about the event will be posted.

Butschlick said hundreds of pictures, banners, trophies will be laid out and the goal is to give them a new and permanent home.

More information will be posted HERE as details become available.

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