The Messmer track and field team is closing in on the end of the season. They have shown great talent and have impressed at many different events. There has been good competition this year bringing the best out of the athletes. As the season continues, the team gets better as they improve their personal bests. Senior Denzel Taylor says that “track is a good way to stay in shape, and the good competition helps with motivation.” Senior Justino Rodriquez stated that, “the season is difficult at times, but it helps bring out the best in what we do.”
At the Martin Luther Spartan Invitational, the team had a good showing. The men’s team placed fourth overall by placing in the top three in five events. The most recent meet at Wauwatosa East had great competition and it was a great day, with a few athletes placing high in their respected events.
Kenneth Myatt won silver in the 400 meter dash and the boys won bronze in the 4x100 meter relay. The relay team consists of Jekim Jones, Herb Forbes, Chris Leatherwood and AJ Anderson. The girl’s 4x400 meter relay has consistently broken the school record. The team consists of Silvia Washington, LaShauna Patterson, Shavonte Grant and Shela Grant.
5.4.12. Halfway through the baseball season, our Messmer Bishops are showing a good display of sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork. Even though the team hasn’t picked up a win, coaches and players are confident that it won’t remain that way. “I am hopeful that we can turn a page and start writing a new chapter for this program. We have the potential to win some games, and I believe we will win,” says Messmer Computer Teacher and Coach Chad Hofmann. Last year only losing one senior meant bringing back a lot of players, which gives the team some experience. Hofmann added, “We are a more experienced group than last year, and because of that more talented.”
The team is lead by Senior Myles Childs, a 2010-11 All-Conference player. Childs also is confident that the team’s bad luck will turn around. “We will slowly get better and win a few games toward the end of the year. We will get better but only with more practice,” Childs said. When asked about the thing that most surprised them, they both commented on freshman Raymund Pierce. Raymund is leading the team with a (.611) batting average, ranking second in the conference. Myles had this to say about Pierce, “He’s a definite help to the team, I can see he will lead Messmer by his senior year.” Coach Hofmann added, “We’ve had some positives, including excellent play from freshman Raymund Pierce.” The team will keep progressing and getting better, and is confident that it will show with a win against Milwaukee King tonight, and Milwaukee Madison tomorrow.
The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) sponsors an annual Teen Poetry Slam Contest. Founded in 2005, OMAI is a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. OMAI provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum. Messmer was represented by Senior Denzel Taylor at this year's Slam Contest, and after winning locally, was one of 6 from the state to win a spot in the national contest this summer. The competition, entitled "Brave New Voices" takes place in California in July. Denzel's original poems "99 in Greater Than 1" and "Virus" catapulted him to the top of his game, and won him a ticket to the Bay Area. Messmer's Spoken Word Club is led by Theology Teacher Mr. Jason Gonzalez with the help of Spanish Teacher Ms. Jamie Kramer. Denzel feels Mr. Gonzalez is very encouraging, gives great advice, and doesn't sugar coat anything. He says, "I couldn't have won without him."