Sports Shorts: April 17

Whitefish Bay's Shannon Gasper (back) and Germantown's Mackenzie Nelson battle in a critical North Shore soccer game on April 8 won by the Blue Dukes, 3-2.

Whitefish Bay's Shannon Gasper (back) and Germantown's Mackenzie Nelson battle in a critical North Shore soccer game on April 8 won by the Blue Dukes, 3-2. Photo By C.T. Kruger

April 16, 2014


Returning state meet qualifier Kyla Blackmon won the 55-meter dash and also helped lead the four-lap relay team to victory while Desiree Clark won the shot put as the host Falcons took second in the Woodland Conference Eastern Division Indoor meet on April 8.

Blackmon edged a Shorewood competitor by 0.02 of a second to win the 55 in 7.64 seconds while the relay came across in 1:32.56. Clark won the shot with a toss of 30 feet, 11 inches.

Those efforts led the Falcons to a 90-point total as South Milwaukee won with 120-1/2.

Other good efforts for Brown Deer included the following: 55 dash—Shelby Sellers, fourth (7.76). 200—Valerie Whiyee, third (29.05). 55 hurdles—Victoria Millet, third (10.34). 400—Blackman, third (1:08.34). 4x400 relay—second (4:43.08). High jump—Kendall Laurent, fourth (4-2). Long jump—Blackmon, third (14-11 1/2). Shot put—Savannah Baun, third (29-1 1/2); Sara Galloway, fourth (29-1/2).


DeVante Coleman claimed the 55-meter dash in 6.68 seconds and Desmond Steward was a surprise winner in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 4 1/2 inches as the Knights took eighth in the North Shore Conference Indoor meet at Milwaukee Lutheran on April 10.

Coleman was well clear of the field in the 55 dash and Steward was three inches ahead of a Germantown competitor in the long jump.

The Knights scored 28 points for their spot as Homestead and Whitefish Bay tied for the title with 111 points apiece.

In addition, Jacob Sutter was seventh in the 400 dash (55.96) as was Sam Kirk in the 200 (24.65) and Taylor Hansen in the pole vault (11-0).


Morgan Florsheim won both the 1,600 and 3,200, her sister Haley claimed the 800 and Chiara Sanders the 200 dash as the Greyhounds earned third in the Woodland Conference Eastern Division Indoor meet at Brown Deer on April 8.

"I thought we might be down on the girls side this year, but there are girls who have really filled in and helped," said Greyhounds coach Dominic Newman. "Distance coach Sarah Kopplin has done a great job."

The Greyhounds scored 85 points for their spot as South Milwaukee won with 120-1/2 and host Brown Deer was second with 90.

Morgan and Haley Florsheim went one-two, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run with Morgan winning in 5 minutes, 6.86 seconds and Haley taking second in 5:14.38.

Haley then came back to take the 800 in 2:35.94 while Morgan cruised to victory in the 3,200 by close to a minute in 11:46.57.

Newman was very pleased with the sprinters as Sanders won the 200 in 28.61 and teammate Lauren Thomas was second in 29.03. Thomas was second (7.66) and Sanders third (7.73) in the 55 dash.

In addition, the Greyhounds took third in both the 4x400 (4:43.9) and 4x800 (11:16.13) relays.


The Blue Dukes got their North Shore Conference season off to a critical start when they beat fourth-ranked in state Division 1 Germantown, 3-2, on April 8.

The second-ranked in state D2 Blue Dukes (now 3-1) overall, will now be off until Tuesday, April 22, when they host Milwaukee Lutheran in another league contest.

Precise details were unavailable in the Germantown win except for the facts that Leah Rothstein scored the first goal for Bay. That set a trend for the Blue Dukes who never trailed and who were always in the lead or tied.

The gamewinner came in the 68th minute of the second half.


The Highlanders finally got their weather-spattered schedule off to a good start with wins over North Shore rivals Port Washington (10-0) and Grafton (12-2) last week.

Homestead, which will resume action on Tuesday, April 22, at home against Nicolet, beat Port on April 9, behind a five-inning shutout from Hannah Behnken. She had four strikeouts and four walks and also helped herself with three hits and four runs scored.

Carly Schulz also had two hits.

The 12-2 rout of Grafton came on April 10 as a six-run fifth broke open the game.

The returning All-Suburban and All-State selection Behnken went nuts with four hits, four runs scored and five RBIs as Julia Warshauer also had three of Homestead's 15 hits.


The young Knights are off to a 2-1 start this year under veteran coach Tony Quintero.

"We are little younger this year but have a skilled and motivated group," said Quintero. "We are bringing back two quality keepers and have some new additions to the team that have made an immediate and visible impact, while the returners bring a wealth of veteran experience."

The Knights lost to Brookfield Central (1-0) on April 1 and then beat West Bend East (2-1) on April 5 and Greendale (3-0) on Friday. They are off until Tuesday, April 22, when they host Port Washington in a North Shore Conference tilt.

The two keepers that Quintero is talking about is junior Michelle Margolies and sophomore Emily Roesner.

Co-captains for the team this year are senior forward Haley Sullivan, senior midfielder Elise Blust and junior midfielder Hilary Miller. The only other seniors on the 20-person team are defenders Natalie Muenster and Jordana Rubnitz.

Quintero sees a lot of work to do a deep North Shore Conference that will likely be dominated by Whitefish Bay and Germantown with Homestead, Grafton and Cedarburg as darkhorses.

"We have scheduled a lot tougher teams this season to prepare us better for postseason play," said Quintero, "and I know my players and coaching staff look forward to the challenge."


It will be a much younger Blue Dukes team this spring as veteran coach Phil Kelbe will build around returning state qualifer senior first singles player Wentong Zhang.

"We lost a great deal in doubles last season and so are looking at a lot of new people this spring," said Kelbe. "Last year, we were capable of loading up in doubles, but this year, we're a lot more even. We'll see how everyone holds up."

Aside from Zhang, singles remains unsettled, said Kelbe as sophomores Brennan Gregg and Anthony Enea are vying for spots along with senior Jack Mueller and freshman Philip Flejsierowicz. Gregg played the third spot last season and Mueller the fourth.

In doubles, the teams are set, said Kelbe, but not the positions as duos consisting of seniors Jonathan Hirst and Will Hansen, juniors Bill Kavanagh and Nate Bayer, junior Griffen Cox and senior Michael Christensen and juniors Jack Arnold and Tyler Lee will all look to make their names this season.

Bay will get underway with a home dual against USM on Thursday, April 24, and then will be at the Waukesha South Invite that following weekend.


The Greyhounds got their season off to a positive start with a 1-0 Woodland Conference win over Pius XI on April 8. The team then tied Whitnall 0-0 on April 10 in another league contest.

Sophomore midfielder Marlee Lane had the only goal in the Pius victory.

Coach Andy Baisch said that the school had a very early spring break and that made it difficult to set the lineup.

The Greyhounds have eight seniors on their 20-player roster including defenders Hannah Miller, Zoe DePrez, and Laura Gould, forwards Mali Bria and Kayla Gardner, and midfielders Melissa Clausen, Abby Pech and Sunni Kessenich.

The keeper is sophomore Sarah Goldberg.

Shorewood will host St. Thomas More at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, and then will host its own Eastside Cup on April 24 and 26.


The Greyhounds have opened up with a 2-3 record in the early going.

"We have a group that are looking to improve everyday and compete to the best of their ability," said coach Dave Berghaus. "We have several new members of their varsity who are learning their positions."

The Greyhounds lost tough Woodland Conference decisions to St. Francis (17-2), New Berlin Eisenhower (15-0) and Pewaukee (12-2) but were able to sweep a nonconference doubleheader from Milwaukee Vincent (18-1 and 17-5) on Saturday.

Berghaus said the team finally started getting some hits with runners in scoring position against Vincent.

Junior shortstop Aisling Moloney is off to a great start hitting 11 for 13 with one triple, one home run and five RBIs while sophomore infielder Celeste Caroll is nine for 15 with four doubles, one home run and team high 13 RBIs. Sophomore third baseman Grace Reckmeyer is six for 16 so far.

Top defenders include senior centerfielder Brittany Lee and second baseman/pitcher Ellie Larkey. Carroll had a good day pitching against Vincent and junior Josee Langness is playing well in leftfield. The other senior is catcher Chloe Stapleton.


The Knights opened up with a 1-2 record last record, bouncing back from tough losses to Plymouth (7-0) and Grafton (9-5) to beat North Shore rival Port Washington, 15-11, in a wild April 10 decision.

"Starting pitcher Amanda Mehl, who was out the first two games, was back and the winning pitcher (against Port), throwing seven complete innings with six strikeouts," said coach Terri Green. "A full and healthy team is what made all the difference for Thursday's game (Port)."

The team will now be back in action on Tuesday, April 22, at Homestead.

In the loss to Grafton, Amethyst Graham was three for three with a single, double and two-run homer while Daryan Fisher also had three hits and Sam Peltz had two hits with a run scored.

In the win over Port, the Knights took a 12-3 lead after three innings and then coasted home, rapping out 21 hits as Graham had three hits, four RBIs and a triple, while Edyn Herbert had four hits with two RBIs and a double; Peltz, three hits, two RBIs and a double; Fisher, four hits and Ania Kotecki three hits.


The Blue Dukes opened their season with a sound 12th place out of 24-team finish in the Washington County Invitational in Hartford on Saturday.

Bay turned in an 18-hole score of 342 as North Shore rivals Homestead (313) and defending state champion Cedarburg (316) went one-two.

Leading the way for the Blue Dukes was sophomore Patrick Sicula with an 81, while sophomore Carter Heston came in with an 84, junior Adam Dallimore with an 85, junior Matt Gaeta 92 and senior Beau Talbert 95.


The Highlanders went into the holiday break with a 2-2-1 record after falling to nonconference foe Mukwonago 2-1, in overtime on April 10 after beating North Shore foe Port Washington, 7-0, on April 8.

Homestead will resume action on April 22 at home against Grafton in another North Shore tilt.

In the loss to Mukwonago, the Highlanders tied the score 1-1 on a goal from Coco Weincek with just 48 seconds left in regulation, but then lost the contest on a Mukwonago score with three minutes to go in the second overtime.

Danielle Neilson had seven saves for Homestead.

No details were available from the Port win.


The Blue Dukes split a pair of North Shore games to go into the break at 2-2.

They fell to defending league champ Germantown, 5-3, on April 8 as the Warhawks took a 5-1 lead after five innings and then held on for the win. Anna Lauko had three hits as Kenzie McElduff took the loss with two strikeouts and two walks.

Then on April 10, Bay downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 7-4, breaking a 4-4 tie with two runs in the fifth.

Lauko had two hits and three RBIs while Amelia Flint had two hits and two RBIs. McElduff got the win in relief, throwing three innings of shutout relief.


The Falcons (9-14 overall) finish their season on a positive note, going 8-4 from Jan. 21 until the end of their season on March 7 with a regional loss to Milwaukee School of Languages.

They were able to achieve this despite finishing the season with only seven players due to injuries and defections.

"It was the tale of two seasons," said coach Vinnie Murray. "We struggled to find ourselves in the first half of the season but then we found a groove sometime around mid-January and some of losses then were due to the fact that we were missing people.

"Young people stepped up and played well."

Senior guard Sabrina Wimmer was the key to success down the stretch as she finished with 258 total points and an 11.2 ppg game average in earning first-team All-Woodland Conference Eastern Division honors.

"She was even nominated for division Player of the Year," said Murray, "by the end of the year, everyone was trying to stop her.

"Overall, we had a very nice feel in the second half of the season. With a few breaks we could have gotten to 12 or 13 wins. Now all the returning girls have committed to summer stuff, it should get better (next year)."

Murray also praised the efforts of junior guard Joyce Biddle and junior forward Kendall Laurent. Other remaining players on the varsity included senior swing player Valerie Whiyee, sophomore guard Rikki Nelson, junior post Shayna Key and sophomore guard Ashley Jefferson. Whiyee earned second-team all-divisional honors.

The junior varsity finished with nine players, mostly freshmen.


The extremely young Knights tried this season but struggled to a 5-18 record at winter's end.

Second-year coach Rick DeKeyser resigned at the end of the season but the new coach should have a substantial amount of experience to work with. The team lost its first 10 games before back-to-back wins over Milwaukee Lutheran and Wauwatosa West in mid-January.

Another North Shore win came over Port Washington on Jan. 31 and another set of back-to-back wins came in late February as the Knights beat both Lutheran and West Allis Central. Brandilyn Robertson earned honorable mention all-conference.

Seniors included Jordana Rubnitz and Shatarrei Leinnix.


Despite being short-handed due to injuries at the end of the year, the still-young Highlanders took more steps forward with a 14-9 mark this season.

Best player Taylor McIlwraith was gone due to an injury for the last part of the season but still earned first-team All-North Shore Conference honors for her efforts this season including averaging 14.6 ppg. Mary Kate Simon averaged 10.3, Marciarae Harmon 8.2 and Christal Hearn 6.5.

Despite being short-handed, the team still went 8-4 over its last 12 games including a win over powerful Whitefish Bay.

Seniors included Olivia Covill, Kate Weitzer, Kaelee McIlwraith, Shelby Berlin and Danielle Neilson.

— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz

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