Sports Wrapups: May 22

May 22, 2012

Brown Deer track

The Falcons boys were sixth and the girls 10th in the Woodland Conference outdoor which was spread over two days, May 15 and 16, due to storms.

From there, the girls advanced eight individuals and two relays and the boys eight individuals and three relays to the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Kewaskum on Thursday (3:30 p.m.).

Included among the qualifiers was returning state boys D2 800 champion Jake Schimenz.

In the Woodland meet, the boys scored 45 1/2 points for their spot as Wauwatosa West won with 134.

Another 2011 state qualifier, Evan Naber won the 110 high hurdles (15.18), was third in the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.26) and was fourth in the long jump (19-7 1/2 ).

Meanwhile, Schimenz lost a tough race in the 800 (1:58.83) to Shorewood's Jacob Goldberg (1:58.63) and took fourth in the 400 (51.3).

Other finishes of note for the boys included Matthew Emmons, sixth in the 110 high hurdles (16.64), Ronny Lor, sixth in the discus (112-10) and the 1,600 relay, which was fifth (3:34.62).

For the girls, Simone Sherard was fifth in the triple jump (31-3), the 800 relay fourth (1:51.47) and the 1,600 relay fifth (4:20.44). Ani Grafwallner turned in a nice time of 12:40.11 to take eighth in the 3,200 while Sabrina Wimmer was sixth in the high jump (4-6).

Shorewood girls track

Alexis Farrington won the 400 and the 200 and the Greyhounds 400 and 800 relay teams also were victorious as the Greyhounds took fourth in the Woodland Conference Outdoor on May 15 and 16.

"I feel this was a truly strong finish for our team, especially since we were without help in the scoring from field events this season," coach Sarah Kopplin said. "Our 400 relay team broke another school record and took first and 800 relay team also took first but this time (unlike conference relays) without Alexis Farrington as anchor. This really gave the girls confidence as they move forward to WIAA regionals."

At the regionals on Monday hosted by Kettle Moraine Lutheran, the Greyhounds advanced six individuals and four relays to the WIAA D2 sectional at Kewaskum on Thursday (3:30 p.m. start).

From there, the top four finishers in each event plus all those whose efforts are among eight best of all sectionals statewide will advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse on June 1 and 2.

In the conference meet, Shorewood scored 77 points as South Milwaukee won with 138.

Farrington was clocked in 26.41 to win the 200 and 1:00.22 in the 400 for her victories. The 800 relay was clocked in 1:48.27 for its win and the 400 in 51.73 for its triumph. The 1,600 relay was timed Sellinger, Sydney Cross, Brianna Webb and Farrington.

"This really demonstrates the depth within our sprint group this season and it makes us fired up as a coaching staff to see them succeed and hopefully progress in the championship phase of the season," Kopplin said.

Other finishes of note included the following: 100: Sanders, fourth (13.28); 400: Sabrina Manns, sixth (1:03.39); 800: Haley Florsheim, third (2:23.28); Maddie Ferone, sixth (2:31.95); and 1,600: Florsheim, second (5:19.84).

Kopplin highlighted Florsheim for her efforts.

Whitefish Bay boys track

Brandon Threats won both the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the 800 relay team that included James Stecker, Tommy Friesch and Rashadeem Gray to a league record, as the Blue Dukes took third in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet on May 15.

"Last year, we got DQed (in the 800) at conference, so we worked extra hard to make up for it this year," Threats said. "This was a great day. We're working hard, and hopefully we'll get to show off our skills this coming week."

The Blue Dukes, defending state champs in the 400 and 800 relays, had a setback at Monday's WIAA regional at Homestead as the 400 team, which was fully loaded, missed a handoff and was disqualified. The 800 relay team was second to a Milwaukee Riverside team that turned in the state's best time.

All told, Bay advanced eight individuals and three relay teams to the WIAA sectional on Thursday at Menomonee Falls (3:45 p.m. start).

In the conference meet, the Blue Dukes scored 116 points for their spot as Homestead repeated as champs.

Threats was clocked in 10.99 seconds in the 100 for one win and in 21.96 in the 200 for the other. The 800 relay shattered the league mark by a wide margin with a 1:29.21 mark.

Nate Gomoll had a big meet, too, as he won the 1,600 in 4:22.71 and was second in the 3,200 (9:46.08).

Other finishes of note for the Blue Dukes included the following: 1,600: Sam Casey, third (4:36.81); 400: Ryan Ballentine, fourth (52.29); 200: Stecker, fifth (22.95); 1,600 relay: fourth (3:33.76); high jump: Rhashad Gray, fourth (5-10); pole vault: Ben Wallace, fifth (11-0); long jump: Kelly Garth, fifth (20-2); and triple jump: Garth, fourth (42-6); Rhashad Gray, fourth (42-4).

Homestead girls track

Lauren Holtz won the 800 (2:18.8), Monica Caputa the long jump (16-4) and Nia Feaster the triple jump (35-6) as the Highlanders took sixth in the North Shore Conference outdoor on May 15.

"I'm excited," Holtz said with a laugh. "We've had advanced placement testing and now I can finally get to bed early (and relax a little). It's also good to do well in meets like this, and it's really nice to go out as a champion."

The Highlanders advanced six individuals and one relay out of their regional on Monday to the WIAA sectional test at Menomonee Falls on Thursday (3:45 p.m.). The top three finishers in each event plus all those whose efforts are among the eight best of all sectionals statewide will advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse on June 1 and 2.

At conference, Holtz was also fifth in the 1,600 (5:27.71), while Caputa (33-5) was also second in the triple jump (33-5).

Other finishes of note for the Highlanders included the following: 400: McKayla Plamann, sixth (1:04.36); 1,600 relay: fifth (4:17.19); high jump: Caputa, second (tie 4-8); and shot put: Jenna Burns, sixth (32-7).

Homestead girls softball

A line drive double play started by Germantown softball pitcher Lauren Renard was the beginning of the end for the Highlanders in the seventh inning of the team's first place showdown on Monday.

Renard caught Taylor Levin's shot and then threw to first to double-up the runner lingering off first. A few batters later, a fly out to right ended the game as Germantown earned its second North Shore title in a row with a 2-1 decision.

Homestead (12-2 in the North Shore and 16-3 overall) needed the win to pull into a tie for the title with the Warhawks, which finished the North Shore season unbeaten at 14-0 while improving to 18-4 overall.

Veteran Homestead coach Dave Keel saw Renard's play as indicative of how the whole afternoon went.

"She (Renard) just made a nice play," he said. "They (the Warhawks) were making nice plays all day while we didn't quite make enough of them."

"This is just very gratifying," Warhawks co-coach Amy Barbiaux said. "We know that Homestead is a great team and that we would have to work hard to get this done. They were our target since the start of the season."

The victory is the second one-run decision for Germantown over Homestead this season, as the Warhawks downed the Highlanders, 5-4, on May 1.

Homestead had taken a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Rachel Wiedenhoeft in the second. The booming blast to right-center scored Levin who had reached on a single. But after Behnken singled to put runners on the corners, Renard induced a soft liner to first to end the inning.

That became important an inning later as the Highlanders tried to expand their lead. Homestead had a runner on second with two when Maggi Lampen hit a sharp single to right.

Keel sent the runner home but Warhawks rightfielder Felicia Kons came up throwing and hit catcher Kelsey Smith with a perfect strike to home. The runner never had a chance, as Smith blocked the plate and tagged her for the third out of the inning.

"Plain and simple, that was a very nice throw," Keel said.

The Warhawks would use that defensive gem to their advantage in the fourth. Addy Green was walked by Highlanders pitcher Rachel Behnken with one out. After a single by Amanda Witzlib, a strikeout put Homestead within an out of getting out of trouble.

But that was not to be, as Kons hit a hard chopper on the infield. The rushed throw to first was in time for the out but was not held onto, as Green scored the tying run.

Smith then gave the Warhawks the lead for good with a sharp line drive RBI single to plate Witzlib.

"We just didn't make enough heads-up plays on the infield tonight," Keel said, "and sometimes that'll happen when you start as many young kids as we do. It's a real problem though when the mistakes are made by your veteran kids."

Renard finished with three strikeouts and one walk while scattering eight hits. Rachel Behnken had seven strikeouts with just one walk and allowed just five hits.

Bay-Nicolet softball

The Blue Dukes held off a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh and outlasted their North Shore rivals in a wild 15-14 decision Monday night.

Bay had taken a 9-5 lead after five innings and it was still 12-10 going into the seventh. The Blue Dukes put three more on to make it 15-10 before the Knights put on one last rally.

Paige Kerwin had three hits, including a home run and five RBIs for the winners while teammate Maggie Hankerd scored three runs, had two hits and also had a home run and two RBIs.

The loss spoiled a monster game for the Knights' Edyn Herbert, who scored four runs, had three hits including two home runs and six RBIs. Cydney Anderson scored three runs and had three RBIs while Lanoira Duhart had two RBIs as did Erin Miller.

Katie Miller got the win for Bay (seven walks and five strikeouts) with relief help from Kenzie McElduff. Nicolet had six errors on the night to Bay's one.

Shorewood/Brown Deer boys golf

The Greyhounds took seventh in the Woodland Conference 18-hole finale on May 16 at Washington County while the Falcons tied for ninth.

The two teams took part in WIAA Division 2 regional play earlier this week and qualifiers from there advanced to the sectional Koshkonong Mounds in Fort Atkinson on Tuesday. The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams advance to the WIAA State Meet at University Ridge in Verona on June 4 and 5.

In the conference meet, Shorewood turned in a four-man total of 368, as Cameron Duncan led the way with an 87, including a fine 38 on the back nine. Brian Morris (91), Bobby Kohl (92), James Wakley (98) and Josh Kather (102).

Brown Deer tied for its spot with a 370 total, as David Bach came in with an 84 with Drew Wirth scoring an 87, Nick Michels an 88, Imani Stingley 111 and Allen Haney 115. Pewaukee won the meet with a 335 score.

Shorewood/Brown Deer tennis

After Monday's WIAA Division 2 subsectional at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club, the Greyhounds were able to move just the first doubles team of Ken Plaisted and Ethan Halloran (9-5) out to the sectional back at Pleasant Valley that was held on Wednesday.

The first four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles from sectional advance to the WIAA State Meet at Nielsen tennis Stadium May 31-June 2.

This D2 subsectional was the toughest in D2 with defending state champion University School and Brookfield Academy taking part.

Meanwhile, host Brown Deer ended its season at the event not having won a match.

At the Woodland Conference Tournament last week, the Greyhounds got thirds from third singles player Zach Lambert, from Plaisted and Halloran at first doubles and from the third doubles team of Ben Wasserman and Grant Kleaveland and a fourth the second doubles team of James Keane and Ben Kuhlmann.

Allen Kang made semifinals at fourth singles as Shorewood finished third as a team.

Brown Deer did not have anyone win more than one match at the tournament.

- Steven L. Tietz

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