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Ariel Heuer | Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek | 2019 WIAA Girls Championship | 3rd place

Ariel Heuer's life is nothing if not full of options, and spending the next four years at Viterbo University in La Crosse, the Fall Creek senior believes, will give her the best opportunity to take advantage of most of them.

"Viterbo is ... close enough to (Fall Creek) that I could go home on weekends to see my family," Heuer wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf after recently announcing that she would attend the NAIA school and play golf for  coach Ken Barrett. "My sisters play sports and it's important for me to go watch them. One of my best friends is also going to Viterbo and she is playing basketball there. I haven't decided yet, but I might play basketball as well."

That approach, communicated from Barrett throughout the recruiting process, made Viterbo the university that Heuer wanted to attend since her sophomore year. Heuer said she "considered a couple of schools in Florida," but none of them offered nursing, an area of study in which Viterbo has long excelled.

"Viterbo has a great program for nursing," wrote Heuer, who said she was drawn by the "older and unique campus" on La Crosse's southwest side. "The program has awesome simulations to practice nursing on a talking mannequin. The classrooms at Viterbo are set up like a hospital so you can get the best experience you can. They had good stats of people getting into the nursing program as well."

And then there is the golf

The V-Hawks were to have graduated three golfers after this spring season, which was canceled in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NAIA — much like the NCAA — has ruled spring sports athletes will not be charged a season of competition and can return during the 2020-21 school year.

Either way, Heuer figures to make an immediate impact on a program that had just three golfers average 85 or less during the 2019-20 season.

She played No. 1 on the Crickets boys team all three years she was in the program, reaching the WIAA Division 3 sectional as a sophomore and a junior. Switching to the girls golf season not only gave Heuer a senior season she would have lost had she kept playing boys golf, but it gave her a chance to excel at the WIAA Division 2 girls state tournament. She shot rounds of 83 and 84 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison and finished third — nine shots behind Grace Welch, a senior at Madison Edgewood and a UW-Green Bay recruit — while her team finished fourth in its first state appearance since 2014.

"Viterbo was a good choice for me because they have a great staff and cool players," Heuer wrote. "I see myself fitting in well with the girls. I really hope I can help the team out and hopefully our team can go big places. You are expected to work hard and do your best every day. 

"One saying the coach always says is 'family then school then golf.' I know that he wants us to do great in golf, but he also understands we have other commitments."

Girls Class of 2020

No. First name Last name High School College July
1, Rachel Kauflin Wauwatosa East/West Central Michigan T1 1 5 6
2, Mallory Swartz Franklin Bowling Green (Ohio) T1 2 3 7
3, Kate Meier Middleton Loyola (Ill.) 4 4 4 2
4, Grace Welch Madison Edgewood UW-Green Bay 5 5 2 1
5, Myranda Kotlowski Stoughton Colorado-Mesa 6 12 13 NR
6, Grace Suter Oconomowoc Re-classifying to 2021 9 7 20 NR
7, Sami Krutz Brookfield Central TBA (academics) 8 6 NR NR
8, Sadie Kelley Pulaski Colorado-Mesa 11 20 NR NR
9, Meredith Boos Waukesha Catholic Memorial Montana 7 15 NR NR
10, Holly Murphy Lake Geneva Badger North Dakota State 3 2 1 4
11, Jessica Hagman New Richmond Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 18 11 7 5
12, Julia Schilling Kettle Moraine TBA (academics) 12 8 8 NR
13, Ariel Heuer Fall Creek Viterbo 25 31 NR NR
14, Kiernan Smith Maple Northwestern UW-Whitewater 10 9 NR NR
15, Abby Nickel Stevens Point UW-Stevens Point 20 14 24 NR
16, Carly Moon Baraboo Winona (Minn.) State 13 18 NR NR
17, Andrea Schleeper Verona UW-La Crosse 15 NR NR NR
18, Rylie Severson Ashwaubenon Winona (Minn.) State 16 13 NR NR
19, Ellie Kaiser Hartland Arrowhead TBA (academics) 21 16 NR NR
20, Makenzie Hodson Middleton St. Mary's-Minn. (academics) 35 22 19 NR
21, Anna Cesarz Milwaukee DSHA Denver University (academics) 27 35 21 NR
22, Hadley Mueller Brookfield East Wisconsin (academics) HM NR NR NR
23, Haley Myers Somerset UW-Whitewater 26 23 11 NR
24, Holly Carlson Ellsworth UW-Eau Claire NR NR NR NR
25, Isabelle Gaudion Kettle Moraine TBA (academics) 28 NR NR NR
26, Abby DeMoe Colfax UW-La Crosse 29 24 12 10
27, Anaka Leske Madison Edgewood UW-Whitewater 17 32 18 15
28, Sarah Peterson Tomah Viterbo NR NR NR NR
29, Ally Nickel Stevens Point UW-Stevens Point NR NR NR NR
30, Rylee Haines Arcadia Viterbo 36 33 23 9
31, Amanda Ruona Hartford TBA (academics) 40 38 16 NR
32, Mary Hommen Cambridge Arkansas-Fort Smith NR NR NR NR
33, Emma Onesti Green Bay Preble UW-Eau Claire 33 29 NR NR
34, Sydney O'Hearn Sun Prairie UW-Whitewater 34 21 NR NR
35, Alyssa Dreher Kewaskum/Campbellsport Bryant & Stratton 38 36 NR NR
36, Alexis Fredericks Prescott TBA (academics) NR NR NR NR
37, Morgan Benskin Cedarburg NR NR NR NR
tie, Maddie Wilke Cedarburg TBA (Evans Scholar) 23 26 NR NR
39, Anna Krieski Reedsburg Winona (Minn.) State HM NR NR NR
40, Aubrie Pero Cambridge Fort Lewis College (Colo.) NR NR NR NR
41, Ellie Craig Mukwonago TBA (academics) 24 19 9 8
42, Hannah Harper River Falls TBA (academics) 19 30 17 13
43, Ellie Schneider De Pere UW-La Crosse (academics) 22 17 NR NR
44, Carson Genda Waunakee TBA (academics) NR NR NR NR
45, Kaci Duquaine Green Bay Preble co-op UW-Eau Claire NR NR NR NR
tie, Lauren Bonetti Green Bay Preble co-op Marquette (academics) NR NR NR NR
47, Abby VanOoyen Green Bay Notre Dame NR NR NR NR
48, Sophie Christianson Hartford TBA (academics) NR NR NR NR
49, Kenna DeRosa Hartford TBA (academics) NR NR NR NR
50, Brooke Ehle Waunakee TBA (academics) 32 27 14 NR
tie, Sara Nerad Janesville Craig University of Dubuque 30 25 22 NR
HM Jade Hildebrand Nekoosa Viterbo NR NR NR NR
HM Cadie Ash Waupaca UW-Eau Claire 31 28 NR NR
HM Lilly Haase Winneconne St. Norbert NR NR NR NR
HM Ava Downie Hortonville UW-Oshkosh NR NR NR NR
HM Maddie O'Keefe Slinger Wisconsin Lutheran NR NR NR NR
HM Lauren Moran Pewaukee UW-Stevens Point NR NR NR NR

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