Whitefish Bay baseball
The Blue Dukes started last week in first place in the North Shore but hit a bit of a rough patch last week, losing four of five including all four conference games.
Bay lost to Grafton, 6-4, on Monday, after beating Kettle Moraine, 14-3, on June 16 in a nonconference game. Other defeats came at the hands of current league leader Germantown (8-2, on June 14) and 8-6 to Slinger on June 12.
In the win over Kettle Moraine, the Blue Dukes got two hits and three RBIs from Justin Alt, while Pat Rose also knocked in three runs and Jackson Weber two. An 11-run fourth did the trick as Nick Lackney notched 10 strikeouts in five innings for the win.
A four-run sixth by Grafton caused the loss on Monday as freshman Joe Kaszubowski took the loss. Rose had three hits including two doubles.
Against red-hot Germantown, Rose had two hits but it wasn't enough as Bobby Linneman took the loss with five walks and four strikeouts.
Bay hosts West Bend East at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, hosts Catholic Memorial at 5:30 p.m. Friday and takes on Waukesha South in a nonconference doubleheader at Concordia's Kapco Field on Saturday (5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.).
The Knights continue to struggle as they lost nine games in the last two-and-a-half weeks.
Recent defeats include a 5-1 decision at the hands of West Bend East on Monday, a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to two-time state champion Franklin on June 16 and a 14-3 loss to Grafton on June 14.
Nicolet is at West Bend West at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and hosts SWCHA at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Against East, the Knights got two doubles from Brandon Kappel but it wasn't enough as Ryan Korngiebel took the loss.
Against Franklin, the Knights had a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh before the Sabers rallied for three runs and the victory. Korngiebel took the loss in relief as Tyler Crass (two runs and two hits), Hunter Crass (two hits) and Marc Moser (two hits) helped out.
Tyler Crass hit a home run for the primary highlight for Nicolet against Grafton.
The Knights went into play this week at 3-6 in North Shore action and 4-10 overall.
Homestead girls softball
The Highlanders finished another highly successful season with a 19-6 season, with their final loss a 3-0 decision in the WIAA sectional final to eventual state semifinalist Germantown.
"Our girls achieved a lot this season," Highlanders coach Dave Keel said. "We were missing a lot of key cogs from last season (due to graduation), but several other people stepped up including a lot of young kids who worked hard to reach their potential."
Leading the way was four-year letter-winner and North Shore Conference co-player of the year pitcher Rachel Behnken. She and fellow senior outfielder Hannah Young were real leaders on the team, Keel said.
Behnken's freshman sister, Hannah, was the leading vote-getter among infielders in earning first-team all-league honors.
Other seniors included Megan Bailey, Taylor Levin, Emily Sweet and Lauren Krehmeyer. The junior varsity finished with a winning record.
Whitefish Bay girls softball
The Blue Dukes finished a more competitive than it looked 7-17 record this season under first-year coach Jessica Iwanski.
"I had a blast in my first season as head coach with this group of dedicated and hard working girls," Iwanski said. "They really improved quite a bit since the beginning of the season. I don't think we would have fought back and stayed as positive as we did in our final game at Germantown (a tough regional loss) if it had been at the beginning of the season.
"They really learned how to compete, to believe that they can win games in a tough conference and have been improving every day at practice and in games. It is one of the most supportive teams I have coached. The girls, they are constantly pushing each other to improve and making sure their teammates keep their heads up if they make a mistake and simply learn from the mistake and move on.
"It is a great group of young ladies to coach. The seniors from this year have been great leaders throughout the entire season and will be missed. If the returning players from our team continue to work hard in summer ball and at winter open gyms, the improvements will continue to happen in 2013."
The seniors included Katie Miller, Bridget Whaley, Lauren Wigton, Kristin Enea and Kay Burns.
Catcher Maggie Hankerd and outfielder Anna Lauko were the top performers for the team this season.
Shorewood girls soccer
The Greyhounds finished with a fine 12-5-2 record after losing 6-0 in the WIAA sectional final to eventual state Division 2 champion Catholic Memorial.
Shorewood, under coach Buddy Gentry, had eight seniors on the roster including Ailsa Harju, Mary Matoba, Joanna Baisch, Paige Macken, Ellen Gough, Fiona Bucher, Theresa Le and Iris Moran.
Nicolet golf outing
Knights Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak sent a big thank you to all those that helped make the recently held 2012 golf outing fundraiser for the athletic department a major success.
The event raised more than $14,000 for the Nicolet All-Sports Booster Club. The money will be used for athletic equipment and facility upgrades.
Krychowiak said the 94 golfers who participated were only mildly bothered by some early showers on an otherwise sunny day.
The date of the next outing is June 15, 2013.
- Steven L. Tietz
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