Sports Shorts: June 4

Nicolet’s Alex Braun recently completed his season in WIAA sectional play.

Nicolet’s Alex Braun recently completed his season in WIAA sectional play. Photo By C.T. Kruger

June 4, 2013


After missing out on it last season, the Highlanders earned a WIAA State team berth when they finished second in the sectional tournament at Hidden Glen last week.

The Highlanders carded an 18-hole score of 320 as eventual state team champion Cedarburg won with a 306. Homestead's Charlie Maleki was meet medalist with a 73.

Coach Steve O'Brien was honored and humbled to be part of this state qualification. The social studies teacher likened it to the election of America's 11th president James K. Polk, the famous "dark horse candidate."

"After the very solid front nine (153) we did leak some major oil to shoot 320, which was good enough that day," O'Brien said, "and that, unbelievably, is our average this year. I personally didn't think that would be good enough but after the dust cleared it was.

"I could not be more proud of our guys. They have done everything we've asked and then some. This is the reward for all their hard work and having to put up with their crazy van driver (me). It was a special occasion for our guys to pull through with a hand full of alumni guys there including Andy Hansen (2006 state individual champ).

"Things always go well for Homestead golf when Andy Hansen is around.

"In addition, Charlie Maleki was as rock solid from his opening tee shot to final putt. He chipped in on his second hole and rode that momentum for the rest of the round. Charlie said he would have birdied 18 as well, but his coach, supposedly, gave him a bad read. That's why I just drive the van and let the boys do their thing. I am honored to be able to go along with this team to the state tournament."

Other scores for Homestead included Zach Shahrokhi with a 78, Dave Anderson 84, Ryan Wirthlin 85 and Matt Mitman 87.


Even though they turned in a season best of 42.23 seconds and lost only to a team that set a new state record, the Blue Dukes' 400-meter relay team of Tommy Friesch, Rhashad Gray, Rashadeem Gray and Bryan Jordan was still not happy with their second-place finish in the WIAA State Meet on Saturday in La Crosse.

"We're excited to finish well," said Rashadeem Gray, who was a veteran of the 2011 state 400 and 800 relay champions, "but first place feels a bazillion times better than this. Still, I'm proud of them."

His teammates agreed with him on every turn, noting a lot of little things the team could have done better. Bay fell only to Green Bay Preble (41.98). Preble had set a new state record in the event in the preliminaries with a 41.5 clocking.

The Bay quartet also was also 15th in the trials of the 800 relay in 1:31.37 while Rashadeem Gray missed out on a berth in the finals of the 100 dash on a judges' decision, after he took 11th in 11.72. A runner from West Allis Hale had the same time as the automatic timing system went down to the thousandth of a second.

Sophomore Ben Wallace gained valuable experience after taking 21st in the pole vault with a height of 12-6. Preble's Jake Wallenfang set a new state record at 16-0.

Rashadeem Gray and Jordan were the seniors on Bay's state contingent.


The Highlanders ended their season on a fine note, as the senior doubles team of Peter Apfelbach and Adam Bodner took third in the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison last weekend.

The pair came in seeded fifth, and cruised out of the first day downing pairs from Arrowhead (6-1, 6-0); Marquette (6-3, 6-0) and Brookfield East (6-1, 6-4).

In Saturday's semifinals, they then took on the eventual champions, C.J. Ambrust and Jed Sekaran and gave that team its toughest match of the tournament before falling, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. They then bounced back to defeat a Brookfield Central duo in the third place match, 6-4, 6-2.

Bodner and Apfelbach finished their careers with a 27-7 mark.

Other entries at state for the Highlanders included top singles player Danny Coran advancing into the third round before falling to a Green Bay Southwest player (6-3, 6-3). Coran finished at 22-5 on the season.

Second singles player Will Kammerait (24-5) went 1-1 in two matches as did the second doubles team of Jason Jesse and Daniel Kleytman (22-7). Aaron Rempel (23-5) lost his only match in singles.

The only other senior out of the state group was Kleytman.


Blue Dukes freshman Patrick Sicula narrowly missed out on a state individual berth in the WIAA sectional tournament at Hidden Glen last week, when his 18-hole score of 78, proved to be just one shot short of what was needed.

Sicula's mark led the Blue Dukes to a sixth-place team score of 334 in the competitive sectional as Cedarburg (306) and Homestead (320) earned the state team berths.

Backing up Sicula for the Blue Dukes were seniors Jack Comiskey (84), Payton Braam (86), Ted Fitzpatrick (86) andAris Moulopoulos (91).


Senior first singles player Tim Perry did make a bit of noise at the WIAA State Division 2 Tournament last weekend in Madison finishing in a tie for seventh.

Perry (18-7) defeated a Williams Bay/Big Foot player, 6-3, 6-0, and then upset USM's third-seeded Michael Lukas, 6-3, 0-6, 6-3. He then fell to Catholic Memorial freshman Tommy Matoska in a tough 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 quarterfinal decision before losing his consolation match to a St. Thomas More opponent, 6-0, 6-1.

Perry was the leader of the Greyhounds' Woodland Conference dual meet champions this season.


It was a quiet end to the season for the Knights in the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison last weekend.

Sophomore singles players Kevin Ballecer (21-12) and Calin Dumitrescu (26-5) both won their first two matches, but seeing as they were seeded 15th and 16th, respectively, that situation put them right in the line of fire of the top seeds of the tournament.

Dumitrescu lost a 6-1, 6-2 decision to eventual champion Felix Corwin of of Brookfield East while Ballecer fell to eventual singles' runner-up Damon Niquet of Marquette, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, the Knights' fourth-seeded senior Ben Levey and junior Sam Berman (22-6) had a shorter tournament than they wanted. They picked up a first round bye and then beat a Waukesha South duo only to fall to Brookfield East pair, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round.


It was a mixed bag of results for the Knights in the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse last weekend.

On the boys side, junior DeAnte Coleman earned a berth in the finals with an 11.64 second clocking in Friday's wind-battered trials. He then came back to finish seventh in the 10-man finals with an 11.22. He was one of just three underclassmen in the final.

On the girls side, the all underclassmen 800 relay team of Brandilyn Robertson, Eluxxus Welch, Amara Saffold and Jnana Martin missed out on making the final by just 0.6 of a second with a 12th place (out of 24 competing) 1:47.41 clocking.

But for multitime state qualifying senior shot putter Devon Peck, it was a sad ending to a great career.

"It was an unfortunate turn of events that saw Devon be disqualified for failure to check into the shot prior to the start of the competition," coach Chad Melotte said. "She was ill immediately before the shot put and was (not) able to make it out in time. I am still extremely disappointed at what transpired especially it being her senior year and last competition."


Monica Caputa and Jenna Burns competed well for the Highlanders in the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse last weekend.

The junior Caputa narrowly missed out on the finals of the long jump with an 11th-place effort out of 24 competitors effort of 17-2. She just needed another 11/2 inches to make finals. It was her second state meet.

The senior Burns, in her first state test, turned in an effort of 33-101/2, good for 22nd in the field.

Those efforts put a good spin on a solid season for the Highlanders.


The Greyhounds finished their season on a competitive note, as they tied for sixth of 12 teams in the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Badger Creek Golf Course in New Holstein.

Shorewood turned in an 18-hole score of 345. Sheboygan Falls (302) and Catholic Memorial (316) earned the state team berths.

Senior Bobby Kohl led the way with an 82, while sophomore Brian Morris came in with an 85 to lead the way. Other scores included senior Cameron Duncan (88), senior James Wakley (90) and junior Josh Kather (106).


The Falcons closed out their season with a ninth-place finish in the WIAA State Division 2 sectional at Badger Creek Golf Course in New Holstein last week.

Brown Deer turned in a score of 364 for its spot in the 12-team field.

Senior David Bach closed out his fine career with an 18-hole score of 82. He needed to shoot a 78 to advance to state as an individual. Other scores included sophomore James Bublitz with an 86, junior Imani Stingley with a 91 and senior Drew Worth with a 105.


The Knights closed out their season when sophomore Alex Braun finished 41st individually in the WIAA sectional at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls last week.

Braun would have needed to card a 75 to advance to state.


An up-and-down season for the Blue Dukes ended with as frustrating, 2-1, WIAA regional final loss to Arrowhead on Saturday night.

Bay had taken the early lead in the game on a goal by Ava Stock with help from Leah Rothstein, but then the Warhawks (15-3), who have won 14 games in a row, scored 10 minutes later to tie the score right before the half.

The Warhawks scored the game-winner midway through the second half on a corner kick that slid across the goal line just enough to be counted for the winning goal.

Bay finished at 10-6-5 overall.


The Highlanders' game season came to an end with a 4-0 WIAA regional final loss to North Shore Conference champion and top-ranked Cedarburg on Saturday.

The loss ends the Highlanders' competitive season at 8-8-1 as they carried more than 10 freshmen on their roster this season.

Freshman goalie Kelli Ausman made 10 saves for the Highlanders in the loss to Cedarburg.


The Knights' season concluded on a game note, as they fell to one-loss, third-ranked Menomonee Falls by a 3-0 count in a WIAA regional final on Saturday.

The loss closes the Knights' season at 10-5.


The Greyhounds 10-5-1 season came to an end when they were overpowered by Grafton, 6-0, in a WIAA Division 2 regional final on Saturday.

Megan McMahon made 12 saves for the Greyhounds in the game.


The Falcons saw their season come to an end when they dropped a 5-0 WIAA regional semifinal to Woodland rival Pius XI on May 30.

The loss closed their campaign with a 5-13 record as Jordan Schubert made 11 saves for Brown Deer.

— Steven L. Tietz

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