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VIDEO | Prepping for Last Shot Banquet on April 26 at UW-WC

April 25, 2024 – West Bend, WI – It was an eerie feeling walking past the ghostly empty trophy case at UW-Washington County. After opening in 1968 the local University is closing.

In order to salvage some history and do justice to student athletes who worked hard to balance academics and athletics a banquet is being held Friday, April 26, 2024, so people can give State trophies and plaques a good home.

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The event was organized by former Athletic Director Deb Butschlick.  ”I bet if I rolled my old blue couch from my office onto the floor someone would bid on it,” she said.

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.

Hat tip to volunteers who helped with setup including Deb and John Butschlick, Cayden Butschlick, Tom Brigham, Marv Wolf, and Courtney O’Connell.

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“I got swamped with calls, emails, texts, Snapchats,” said 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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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.

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