Shorewood girls tennis
A match here or a match there, that was the difference for the Greyhounds as they lost out on the Woodland Tournament title by one point last week to host Greendale.
"It was our closest finish ever and our best finish since I've been coaching," coach Margie Van Lieshout said. "Although it was disappointing to be so close and come up just short, we improved our finish from last year (which was third place). This year, we only had three of the same players from last year's conference tournament team, so a second-place finish in the conference tournament with seven newcomers was really great."
Shorewood took part in WIAA Division 2 sectional play on Wednesday at Pleasant Valley in Jackson. Qualifiers from there advanced to the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison on Oct. 11-13.
In conference, Shorewood scored 35 points, good for a tie with New Berlin Eisenhower as Greendale scored 36.
The Greyhounds earned two individual flight titles as Victoria Nelsen at second singles and Jenna Vuorinen claimed the fourth singles title.
Van Lieshout said that Vuorinen (10-1) has really improved a great deal in a short season.
"She's proved that she can win the tough matches," van Lieshout said.
Nelsen (13-0) downed players from Brown Deer (no score available); Whitnall (6-0, 6-0); and Greendale (6-1, 6-1) for her third consecutive league title. She is looking for her second state tournament berth this week. Meanwhile, Vuorinen beat Tosa West (6-1, 6-1); Eisenhower (6-2, 7-5) and Pewaukee (6-3, 7-5) opponents for her crown.
Earning runner-up spots were Claudia Deiana at first singles, as she lost a tough 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 decision to a Tosa West opponent and the first doubles teams of Kirstin Repins and Caroline Tweddell. They outlasted a Greendale duo, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, in the semifinals before falling to an Eisenhower pair, 7-6, 6-0, in the final.
Van Lieshout was very impressed with the efforts of Repins and Tweddell and noted that they have an excellent chance at advancing to state this week.
She also noted that Adela Raicu filled in at third singles and won an important first match which was critical in the team standings.
Whitefish Bay girls cross country
The Blue Dukes continued their strong fall by running away and defending their title in the nine-school Cudahy Purgold Invitational at Sheridan Park on Saturday.
"We're just a really solid team at this point," Blue Dukes coach Mike Miller said. "… There's still some improving we can do. We'd like to get five girls under 16 minutes (for 4,000-meters) and we'd like our front people a little faster, but there's still an opportunity, we can still push it."
Bay will have its last tuneup before conference Thursday, with the Port Washington Invite on the North Shore Conference layout Tendick Park in Saukville.
The Blue Dukes scored only 31 points well ahead of Wauwatosa East (96) in the Purgold.
Four Bay runners were in the top 10. They included Hannah Lyons in second (15:39), Sara Coffey in third (15:46), Reilly Koch in fifth (15:56) and Claire Hentzen in ninth (16:09). Also scoring was Alana Blegen in 12th (16:19).
Blegen is coming back from an illness, said Miller, but is getting stronger and stronger every day.
Also running were Lina Schaefer in 21st (16:48) and Jessica O'Neill in 30th (16:58).
Bay went one-two-three in the junior varsity race with Kylee Kennedy, Meghan Graham and Cassidy McCann.
Homestead girls golf
The Highlanders bounced back from the relatively poor outing at the NSC 18-hole finale with a sizzling 18-hole score of 318 in winning the WIAA regional meet at Ironwood in Sussex on Sept. 25.
"The girls did a great job staying focused with each and every shot on a course that has some very tricky greens," Highlanders coach John Krueger said. "We will get back to having some solid practices this week and are looking forward to (WIAA) sectionals at Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton (see separate story).
Homestead had five of the top 18 scores including medalist, Anika Hitt, who carded a 73. Also contributing were Rachel Morris with an 80, Lauren Olson 82, Lauren Smith 83 and Emily Schneeberger with a 99.
The Highlanders were six strokes clear of Arrowhead (324) as Cedarburg (367) and Menomonee Falls (398) also earned team sectional berths.
Krueger also noted that one of the alumni from the 2008 state runner-up team, Nicole Westcott is concluding a great senior season at UW-Whitewater. Westcott began at UW-Green Bay, but transferred after two years to Whitewater and has really flourished.
"This fall she has helped lead the team to several invite titles, capturing medalist honors as well," Krueger said. "She was just named WIAC player of the week, too."
Whitefish Bay girls golf
After their third-finish in the North Shore Conference final standings, the Blue Dukes succeeded in advancing sophomores Robinson Creighton and Caroline Matkom as individuals to WIAA sectional play from the regional that was held at Washington County last week.
The pair advanced to the sectional that was played at Wanaki in Menomonee Falls on Tuesday. The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams will advance from the sectional to the WIAA state meet at Cherokee Country Club in Madison on Oct. 8 and 9.
In the regional, the Blue Dukes shot a very competitive 18-hole score of 367, good for fifth and just nine strokes away from a team sectional qualifying berth. Brookfield Central won the regional with a 332 mark.
Creighton tied for 10th individually with a 90 while Matkom, a second-team All-NSC pick was right behind her in 12th (91).
Other individual scores for the Blue Dukes included Grace Wirth with a 92, Clare Matkom with a 94 and Annie Letizia with a 98. Letizia is the oldest player on the team as a junior.
"Our team is very young, but we had a good year," Blue Dukes coach Frank Donadio said. "With Homestead the runaway conference winner this year, there was a good competition for the second-, third- and fourth-place team slots. … It was seesaw all season."
Nicolet was second, Bay third and Cedarburg fourth in the final league standings.
Nicolet girls golf
Emily Murphy carded an 18-hole score of 80 to finish sixth individually and qualified for the sectional that was played Tuesday at Wanaki in Menomonee Falls. The top three individuals not on qualifying teams from the sectional advance to the WIAA state meet at the Cherokee Country Club in Madison on Oct. 8 and 9.
Murphy, the North Shore Conference 18-hole meet medalist who led the Knights to a runner-up finish in the final North Shore standings, led the Knights to a sixth-place regional finish of 377 as Brookfield Central carded a 332 to win the meet.
Supporting Murphy at the regional were Jaclyn Clark (94), Rachel Rabenn (101), Alysse Elko (102) and Sarah Murphy (119).
Shorewood boys volleyball
On senior and parents night Monday, the Greyhounds took a major step toward a Woodland Conference dual meet title with a 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24 decision over Pius XI.
No details were available from the match but earlier coach Kevin Gemignani said the winner of the match has "an inside track on the conference championship."
That more than made up for the fact that the Greyhounds couldn't make a go of it in their own invitational on Saturday, taking sixth of eight teams.
"Never found a rhythm to our offense, defense or serving all day," Gemignani said. "We grinded out every point of every set of every match. We played slow all day; never played defense with 'fast feet.' Our serving was inconsistent and we had too many missed serves and too many easy serves."
Shorewood went 1-2 in pool play, falling to powerful teams from Brookfield Central and Burlington and defeating New Berlin. They then lost the fifth-place match to Wauwatosa West 24-26, 27-25, 15-9.
Gemignani did like the fact that the team was competitive against both Central and Burlington despite the flat effort.
Shorewood boys soccer
Going into the season finale against Brown Deer that was held on Wednesday, the Greyhounds still held out some hope for a share of the Woodland Conference title.
After Monday's 7-1 rout of Cudahy/St. Francis, they were 8-2 in league play while Pewaukee (8-1-1) and Pius XI (8-1-1) were just ahead of them.
Shorewood lost a critical 3-1 decision to Pius on Sept. 26 before bouncing back to defeat nonconference opponent West Allis Hale, 2-0, on Friday.
WIAA Division 2 seeding meetings were held this week with regional semifinal play slated to start Oct. 9.
In the win over Cudahy/St. Francis, among those scoring goals were Bobby Kohl (also an assist), Henry Cummings (assist), Mitchell Tice, Yusei Chibana and Kosta Ebben (assist) while Chris Rou and Kieran Quinan both had assists.
Against Hale, Shorewood got goals from Elliot Lane (Quinan) and Josh Landers.
Nicolet girls cross country
The Knights' Lauren Cunningham turned in another impressive performance, edging Appleton East's Mira Ensley-Field for the individual crown in the Fond du Lac Relays on Friday.
Cunningham covered the lightning-fast 4,000-meter Rolling Meadows Golf Course layout in 14:25, as Ensley-Field came across in 14:29.
Her efforts led the Knights to a ninth-place total with 210 points as Appleton North won the 13-school event with 80.
Freshman Katie Novak continues to impress, as she took 13th in a personal best of 15:44.
Other runners for Nicolet included Hilary Miller in 62nd (16:41), Elizabeth Mowers in 65th (16:54), Michelle Pigg in 77th (17:13) and Kristen Maling in 93rd (18:37).
Shorewood girls cross country
Megan Florsheim finished second individually as the Greyhounds were an impressive third in the 55-team Maroon Division of the annual Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday.
"The finish was outstanding for our varsity team at this point in the season," coach Sarah Kopplin said. "To be third of 55 schools in that race was a great accomplishment for our team. We have been a team that has suffered setbacks due to injury and illness so it was great to put it together this weekend and run a really great race."
Shorewood scored 221 points for its spot, 70 points behind the winner.
The freshman Florsheim covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:35 for her spot White Bear Lake Minnesota's Bethany Kozak, who is ranked first individually in Minnesota, won in 19:08.
"Morgan really raced well and she has the best mind-set toward racing that I have seen from any runner I have had the pleasure to coach," Kopplin said. "She really loves race day because she finds the challenge of competition and testing herself fun."
Other scoring runners for Shorewood included Abby Pech in 17th (20:12), Haley Florsheim in 38th (21:07), Laura Gould in 73rd (21:55) and Angela Sperry in 91st (22:08).
Also running were Madee Ferone in 143rd (22:56) and Lindsey Morris in 161st (23:15).
Kopplin noted that without senior captain Haley Holan racing due to injury, it was great to have the co-captain Sperry on the course as a senior leader. All runners were praised for their efforts especially Haley Florsheim, who struggled in the 70-plus degree temperatures but was critical to the Greyhounds earning their trophy-winning place.
Kopplin said that all 37 team members came along and said the junior varsity had its best finish ever (sixth) at Griak as Molly Eder and Emilie Lozier led the way.
Nicolet girls volleyball
The defending North Shore Conference co-champs face a critical juncture Thursday when they visit fellow co-champ Germantown at 6:30 p.m.
Germantown is still unbeaten in league duals while the Knights took a tough, five-game loss to Cedarburg on Sept. 27. In the fourth set, Nicolet swung four times for match point, but couldn't get it. It was the first time in five years that the team has lost to somebody other than Germantown in league play.
On Saturday, they hosted the annual Brittney Gigl Memorial Tournament. It is named in honor of a former Knights player who passed away 11 years ago from encephalitis. Her parents remain big supporters of the program and always come to the tournament to share Brittney's story and give out the trophies at the end.
Nicolet finished fourth in the annual event, which Watertown won by beating New Berlin West in the final. The Knights beat Appleton East, West Bend West and Riverside in pool play, and fell to Racine St. Catherine's.
In the championship playoffs, the Knights beat Homestead 25-9, 25-16 but lost to New Berlin West 25-23, 25-23 in the semifinals. St. Catherine's took third place on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Coach Dann Jacobson said it was a well-balanced field and that seven or eight different teams could have won it. He said that both the Watertown and West players were emotional when they met Brittney's parents Bob and Marta Gigl at the trophy ceremony.
"Overall I thought we played well most of the time," he said. "We still have some areas to improve, passing more consistently, serving tougher without making errors, communicating more on the court, and decreasing our unforced errors."
He praised the efforts of Angie Morello and Jessica Kloehn and noted that sophomore setter Alaana Conley had a great day. Middle blocker Arianna Cohen also turned in a sound effort.
Homestead girls volleyball
The Highlanders went 2-2 in pool play at the Brittney Gigl Memorial Tournament at Nicolet on Saturday and lost a 25-9, 25-16 quarterfinal decision to the host Knights.
Earlier in the week on Sept. 27, the Highlanders won a nonconference match against Kettle Moraine by a 25-11, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20 score.
Notable players were senior outside hitter Bethany Hansen with 24 kills, sophomore setter Margaux Wilson with 20 assists, senior libero Kate Caputa with 16 digs; and junior middle blocker Sydney Beckers with nine blocks.
The Highlanders started the week tied for second in the North Shore dual meet standings with Nicolet at 4-1, behind Germantown (5-0). Nicolet and Germantown meet today Thursday in a critical league dual while the Highlanders visit Whitefish Bay at 6:30 p.m.
Homestead then hosts Germantown in a 6:30 p.m. dual on Oct. 9, potentially for a share of the North Shore Conference title.
Brown Deer boys soccer
The Falcons got a goal from Ryan Hudson (assist to Brandon Szczepanski) in the 39th minute and used that to beat Greendale, 1-0, in a Woodland Conference game on Monday.
The win improved Brown Deer's record to 4-15 overall. They closed out their regular season on Wednesday against Shorewood. WIAA Division 2 regional play begins on Oct. 9.
Shorewood boys cross country
The Greyhounds held form against a strong Division 1 field and took fourth in the 17-school Racine Case Eagle Invitational down at UW-Parkside on Saturday.
"It was a nice day and the course was in good shape and ready for some fast times," coach Dominic Newman said. "Although we did not win the meet, we ran extremely well and it was fun to see many PRs (personal records). We had 15 season bests or lifetime PRs."
Charles Stahl led the way, as he turned in the fastest time ever by a Greyhounds runner on the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course.
He was clocked in 15:59.5 in taking third. All told, the Greyhounds had six in the top 50 in the 149-runner field, which was one better than the team goal.
Other runners included Sam Kuhlmann in 18th (16:52), Jake Goldberg in 26th (17:04), Dan Vrobel in 31st (17:11) and Alex MacKowski in 34th (17:17).
Also running were John Traudt in 58th (17:39) and Mayan Essak in 59th (17:43).
Shorewood scored 112 points for its spot as Arrowhead won with 62.
Johnnie Papineau was third in the junior varsity race in 17:54. There were 11 season or personal bests among that group in that race.
The Greyhounds host their own 20-team invitational at Kern Park on Saturday. The boys varsity race is at 10:30 a.m. while the girls go off at 11 a.m.
Homestead boys cross country
Balance continues to serve the Highlanders well as they were fifth of 17 in the Racine Case Eagle Invitational on Saturday.
The Highlanders scored 141 points for their position.
Alex Vielmetti was ninth on the 5,000-meter course in 16:22 to lead the way while Ben Jurenec was 23rd in 17:00, Trevor Cho was 28th (17:08), Evan Routhier 32nd (17:14) and Kale Mason in 51st (17:31).
Also running were Chris Broghammer in 81st (18:08) and Duffy Lampen in 82nd (18:09).
Whitefish Bay boys cross country
With the North Shore Conference meet just a week away, coach Mike Miller of the defending champion Blue Dukes has reason to be concerned after his team settled for a disappointing fourth in the 10-school Cudahy Purgold Invitational at Sheridan Park on Saturday.
"We're trying a lot of things, visualization, yoga, any new idea that will hopefully make this happen," Miller said, "but what are you going to do. I'm still scratching my head. I just hope there's some big breakthrough in the end."
The Blue Dukes, who close out their regular season Thursday at the Port Washington Invite on the NSC course of Tendick Park in Saukville (that meet is on Oct. 13), scored 98 points in the Purgold, as North Shore rival Cedarburg looked very good in winning the meet with 62.
Bay had won the meet for many years in a row.
Nate Gomoll was second on the 5,000-meter Sheridan Park, Lake Michigan bluff course in 15:48 as Wauwatosa West's Patrick Campbell got him for the second straight week in a very quick 15:38.
Other scoring runners for Bay included Nick Hotz in 16th (17:13), Alex Hotz in 21st (17:18), George Papajohn in 29th (17:34) and Carson Schier in 30th (17:34).
Also running were Eddie Pencak in 32nd (17:43) and Andrew Searles in 33rd (17:43).
Blake Bostwick won the junior varsity race in 17:38 while Darien Yaeger was third (17:47).
Nicolet girls swim
The Knights competed well against powerful Grafton in a North Shore Conference dual meet last week.
Coach Dwight Davis noted that Jamie Kloehn had two great swims in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles while Sarah Zelazoske had a good swim in the 100 butterfly and Christa Rumbaugh won the 100 freestyle.
"With the passing of homecoming and the (Jewish) holidays its great to get back to a normal practice schedule and get some work done," Davis said.
Brown Deer boys cross country
Curt Hogg took 55th on the 5,000-meter Sheridan Park course in 18:38 while teammate Horst Burmeister was 68th (19:52) at the Cudahy Purgold Invitational on Saturday.
There were 74 total runners involved.
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