Sports Wrapups: May 1

May 1, 2012

Homestead boys tennis

The Highlanders battled rain and cold on Saturday at Neenah to pull off two high-level wins, defeating Eau Claire Memorial (4-3) and the host Rockets (6-1).

"Kenosha Tremper decided not to come," Highlanders coach Jackie Egelhoff said, "but it was still all right, by the time we got through Fond du Lac, the rain had stopped and we were able to play."

And it was good experience, too, as the Highlanders prepare for the high-powered Nicolet Sweet 16 Tournament this weekend. The meet, which will be played at five sites, matches up almost all of the top teams in the state in a dual meet format event. Teams play two matches on Friday and two on Saturday.

Egelhoff noted that 2010 state champion Alex Jesse is getting stronger everyday while recovering from an injury and that makes the Highlanders even stronger than usual.

"Our doubles teams are also playing better," she said. "We worked on a few things last week and they've shown great improvement. We really saw the difference."

The Memorial match Saturday was intense, said Egelhoff, as Jesse (6-0, 6-2), Will Kammerait (6-2, 4-6, 6-4), and the doubles teams of Nikhil Ramnarayan and Peter Apfelbach (6-2, 7-6) and Adam Bodner and Andrew Weitzer (7-6, 6-2) pulled out individual wins for the Highlanders. Kammerait was the last man on the court.

Against Neenah, the only loss was at fourth singles.

Egelhoff was happy to get everyone back in time for prom that evening.

Nicolet boys tennis

In a tough nonconference event Saturday, the Knights downed Verona (5-2) and Middleton (4-3).

"We're getting better every day," veteran Knights coach Tim Koppa said. "We'll keep working hard."

And Nicolet needs to as Koppa organizes the annual Sweet 16 Invitational on Friday and Saturday, which brings most of the state's best teams in for a weekend of dual meet action.

"Only Eau Claire Memorial and Brookfield East aren't coming as far as I know," said Koppa in reference to the state's best teams.

Koppa was very pleased with the play of his doubles squads Saturday as Nicolet won all three matches in both duals.

Dave Winston and Jon Lopez went 3-0 while Ben Levey and Adam Ziv-el went 2-0. Koppa tried a number of different people at third doubles.

In the Middleton match, freshman Kevin Ballecer was moved up to the first position and pulled off the decisive match win, Koppa said. He also said that Mike Yarmulnik had a big win during the day and that Sam Berman tried his hand at doubles and looked good doing it.

North Shore Conference boys golf

Homestead maintained the lead in the North Shore Conference golf rankings with an impressive 158 nine-hole effort at Tripoli on Monday.

Coach Steve O'Brien said it's usually "feast or famine" for the Highlanders at Tripoli and Monday's effort was obviously a feast.

Jordan Niebrugge remained impressive with a medalist effort of 34, while Charlie Maleki and Nick Mueller each had 42 and Matt Mitman 40.

Cedarburg was second with a 166 while Whitefish Bay had a season best 168 for third and Nicolet carded a 178 for fifth.

Bay coach Frank Donadio was very impressed with his team's efforts, noting that many golfers improved their scores dramatically. Jack Comiskey remained in the hunt for all-conference honors with a 39 while Aris Moulopoulos (41), Johnny Markwiese (43) and Chris Fuda (45) all made impressive gains.

"We had a lot of nice surprises," Donadio said.

Nicolet was led by freshman Alex Braun, who carded a season best 40 while senior Michael Goldstein had a best score of 43.

Nicolet girls softball

The Knights bounced back from a miserable 19-0 loss to league-leading Germantown on April 26, to rout DSHA, 15-2, on Saturday and then beat Port Washington, 3-1, in a North Shore tilt on Monday.

Pitcher Amanda Mehl threw well in both games for the Knights. She had two strikeouts and scattered eight hits against Port as both Edyn Herbert and Svea Hieb both had big hits.

In the win over DSHA, which was a rain-splattered affair, Mehl threw a five-inning no-hitter with six walks and five strikeouts, as Jasmine Stacey had two runs, two hits and four RBIs while Jaclyn Clark also knocked in four runs. Erin Miller had three runs scored and two hits while Edyn Herbert scored three runs, and Lanoira Duhart knocked in two runs. Emily Zausch also had two hits.

Among Clark's hits was her third home run of the season.

The rain eventually forced postponement of game two of the scheduled doubleheader.

"It's been interesting for us," coach Brad Kuehl said. "Normally we're known as a good hitting team with a bit of suspect pitching and fielding, but lately we've been pitching and fielding better but our hitting has been off. It was good to see us get back to hitting this game."

He moved Duhart down to the three spot from the leadoff position and that improved her hitting a great deal, Kuehl said.

The Knights entered Tuesday's play at 2-4 in North Shore and 5-4 overall. They entertain league-leading Homestead at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Whitefish Bay girls soccer

Annie Beckman led eight different scorers with a hat trick as the Blue Dukes routed Milwaukee Lutheran, 10-0, in a North Shore Conference tilt on April 24.

Beckman got help from Gilly Maxwell, Mariah Downs, Anna Maglio, Caroline Fink, Elena Beckman, Ava Stock and Maggie McNally. The Blue Dukes improved to 1-2 in North Shore and 5-3-1 overall with the win.

Bay takes part in the North Shore-Greater Metro Conference challenge this weekend. They are at Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. Friday and then host DSHA at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In a pair of recent out-of-state games, the Blue Dukes lost to St. Charles (Ill.), 3-1, but defeated Notre Dame de Sion of Kansas City, 4-1. Downs had two goals while Leah Rothstein and Jana Maxwell had one apiece in the win over de Sion.

"We're still working hard on eliminating silly mistakes," coach Robert Williams said, "because against good teams those always wind up in the back of your net. We're also working on diversifying our attack a little. Come at people in different formations. We're getting more shots off. We just can't be putting them right at the keeper all the time."

He credited Abby Starker and Stock for their unselfish play.

Brown Deer boys golf

David Bach took runner-up medalist honors with an 18-hole score of 78 in leading the Falcons to a 13th-place showing in the 18-school Franklin Invitational at Oakwood on Friday.

Bach trailed only medalist Bryan Kendall of team champion Brookfield East, who shot a 77. Bach had nine-hole scores of 38 and 40, respectively.

His efforts led the Falcons to a 372 team total as East won with 331. Nick Michels carded a 94 as support as Imani Stingley (100), Drew Worth (100) and Chuncy Thompson (101) also contributed.

Brown Deer track

The Falcons boys were fourth and the girls sixth in the Howards Grove Invitational on Friday.

Coach Rob Green thought both teams competed well, especially the girls, who, because of a scheduling quirk, were competing in their first outdoor meet of the season.

Brown Deer took part in the Woodland Conference Relays on Tuesday and hosts its own invitational at 4 p.m. Friday.

In the Howards Grove meet, the Falcons boys scored 74 points as Kiel won the meet with 148.

Evan Naber won the 110 high hurdles in 15.38 seconds while defending state Division 2 800 champ Jake Schimenz lost a close decision to a Kiel runner with a runner-up showing of 2:03.68 in his first 800 race of the year. Naber was also second in the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.69) and Matt Emmons was fourth in the high hurdles (16.08)

Junior sprinter Michael Snowden continues to be impressive as he took second in the 100 with a personal best time of 11.02.

Brown Deer's 800 relay team of Taiwo Amusa, Rai'Shun Woodson, Dewayne Edwards and Snowden was second in 1:36.67 while the 1,600 relay team of Edwards, Matt Emmons, Woodson and Amusa was third in 3:43.01. Nick Jellen was fourth in the 200 (24.08).

The Falcons girls scored 24 points, as Random Lake won with 153.5.

Valerie Whiyee was second in the 100 (13.15) and third in the 400 (1:05.22) while freshman Victoria Millet was third in the 200 (28.81).

Whitefish Bay girls track

The Blue Dukes got a one-two finish from Sofie Yang (9-6) and Lily Hayes (9-0) in the pole vault to lead them to a second-place finish in the Benson Invitational at Wauwatosa West on Friday.

Bay scored 101.33 points to come up just a little short of Brookfield Central (102.5).

Another first for Bay came in the high jump as Hannah Schwartz cleared 4-8 and Sara Coffey was victorious in the 3,200 (12:14.21). Sophomore Helena Dziadowicz was a surprise winner in the discus (100-3).

Other top performances for the Blue Dukes included the following: 100 high hurdles: Schwartz, third (18.01); 1,600: Emma-Lisa Murphy, second (5:19.45); 300 low hurdles: Yang, second (50.1); 800: Reilly Koch, third (2:29.46); and triple jump: Yang, second (32-9); and Grace Gent, fourth (31-2 1/4 ).

Homestead girls track

The Highlanders got a first from Lauren Holtz in the 1,600 and took sixth in the Benson Invitational in Wauwatosa on Friday.

Homestead, which hosts its own annual 18-school invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, scored 59 points for its spot.

Holtz was clocked in 5:15.71 in beating old friend Emma-Lisa Murphy of Whitefish Bay (5:19.45).

The 400 relay team of Nia Feaster, Andrea Rossman, Melinda Gayle and Monica Caputa was second (53.93); as was the 1,600 relay squad of McKayla Plamann, Holtz, Emma Ansay and Maggie Stolz (4:21.56).

Other notable results included thirds from Jessanna Clark in the high jump (4-6), Feaster in the long jump (15-2) and Rossman in the triple jump (31-3 3/4 ).

Homestead girls soccer

After a tough 1-0 defeat to Grafton on April 24, the Highlanders came back with a 4-3 nonconference thriller over Tosa East on April 26.

The split left the Highlanders at 2-1 in North Shore play and 6-3 overall.

Homestead had a chance to pull into a tie for the North Shore lead when it took on top-ranked in state Cedarburg on Tuesday. The Highlanders will then host nonconference opponents Brookfield East on Thursday and Pius XI on Friday, both games at 7 p.m.

In the win over Tosa, goals from Mikaella Sabinash and Shannon Greeley gave the Highlanders a 2-0 lead, but the Red Raiders stormed back to tie the score before the half.

But Katie Cavanaugh (with help from Madeline Bireley) scored in the first minute of the second half to give Homestead a lead it would not relinquish. Cavanaugh then scored another goal a short time later to give the team some valuable insurance.

Mollie Rosen made that lead stand up with six saves.

Maya Jonas scholarship offers

NOW All-Suburban center and WBCA all-state selection Maya Jonas recently received two more NCAA Division I offers.

The 6-2 Jonas, who already has a scholarship offer from UW-Green Bay, just received scholarship offers from Marquette and Illinois State.

Jonas is currently playing for her AAU team the WBA Prestige. She led Bay to a share of the North Shore Conference title this past winter after helping them to a WIAA State Division 2 berth in the 2010-11 season.

She averaged 12.2 points a game this season in earning second straight first-team All-North Shore Conference selection.

Jonas has also received letters from Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan among others.

Nicolet girls soccer

After scoring an impressive, 8-0, North Shore win over Port Washington on April 24, the Knights road trip up to the Fox Valley was not a pleasant one, as they dropped decisions last weekend to Oshkosh West (2-0) and Neenah (5-0).

The twin defeats put the Knights at 6-4 overall. They take part in the North Shore-Greater Metro Conference showdown this weekend. They host DSHA at 5 p.m. Friday and then are at Brookfield Central at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In the win over Port, Daniell Sobelman had two goals while Brooke Silverberg, Laila Eslami, Hilary Miller, Sara Travia, Jessyca Ogier and Ginny Groh all had one score.

Shorewood girls track

Alexis Farrington won the 400 to lead the Greyhounds to a seventh-place showing in the Benson Invitational at Wauwatosa West on Friday.

The Greyhounds, who were at the Woodland Conference Relays on Tuesday, scored 49 points for their spot in the field.

Farrington was clocked in 1:00.88 to win her race as teammates Sydney Cross (third 1:04.08) and Brigitte Sellinger (fifth 1:05.25) also placed. Farrington was also second in the 200 (26.3). Also taking a second was 800 runner Haley Florsheim (2:24.72).

Other top finishes for Shorewood included the following: 100 dash: Chiara Sanders, third (13.65); and 800 relay: Lily Blind, Sabrina Manns, Sanders and Allison Jacobson, third (1:53.83).

Shorewood boys track

Justin Rabon won the 200 meters to lead the Greyhounds to an 11th-place finish in the rain-soaked 18-school Marquette Invitational on Saturday.

The Greyhounds scored 27 points as Green Bay Preble dominated the meet with 164.

Rabon was timed in 22.64 seconds in claiming his title while also taking third in the 400 (51.35). Teammate Alec Grimmer was sixth in the 400 (51.93).

The Greyhounds 3,200 relay team of Jacob Goldberg, Peter Morris, Charles Stahl and John Traudt turned in a season best of 8:13.5 in taking fourth. Goldberg also took sixth in the 800 (2:00.4).

Shorewood is at the Arrowhead Invitational on Friday.

Nicolet boys track

Brandon Kappel led the way as the Knights were 16th in the Marquette Invitational with 11 points.

Nicolet, which was at the North Shore Relays on Wednesday, got a third from Kappel in the 100 (11.34) and a fourth from him in the 200 (23.12). DeAnte Coleman was 11th in the 200 (24.01) as Denzel Allen narrowly missed out on making the finals in the 100 (11.44).

- Steven L. Tietz

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