Sports Wrapups: Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2012

Whitefish Bay girls tennis

The Blue Dukes came up just short of a state team berth in the WIAA sectional at Greenfield on Oct. 4, but still advanced singles players Lily Hayes (17-4, third seed) and Asia Butler (20-9) and the doubles teams of Emily Deblitz and Allison Gregg (9-15) and Elena Ouimet and Carly Theder (15-6) to this week's state individual tournament at Nielsen Stadium in Madison.

All but Hayes will be playing first-round matches hursday, while Hayes will get a bye into Friday morning's second round. Play continues until Saturday's finals.

Nicolet earned the state team berth by a 51-44 count over the Blue Dukes in the sectional team competition.

Hayes, who was fourth in state singles last season, won the sectional championship in first singles beating Muskego's Amy Upthagrove in the final. Deblitz and Gregg also earned an automatic berth by taking third at first doubles.

Bay's other two entries, Butler at second singles (third place at sectional) and the doubles team of Theder and Ouimet (second at sectional) had to go through the special qualifier process to get through.

Other sectional finishes for Bay included Jenna Wirkus, second at third singles (7-9), Greta Jochem, first at fourth singles (10-8) and the third doubles team of Mairead Kahn and Sasha Barkhaus, second at third doubles (7-4).

"I thought my team gave it a great fight on Thursday (at sectionals)," Blue Dukes coach Ingrid Hagerup said. "Falling short by only seven points to a strong Nicolet team is definitely something to be proud of. I was especially proud of Greta Jochem at fourth singles for winning her final high school career match and taking first in her flight. She was one of the matches that had to be moved indoors mid-match, but she had determination and carried the momentum to finish.

"We are thrilled to be taking six players (to state)."

Shorewood girls tennis

Both Claudia Deiana (12-9) and Victoria Nelsen (16-3) had to wait and got through the special qualifier process but both earned slots in the WIAA State Division 2 Individual Tournament at Nielsen Stadium in Madison this weekend.

"We were fortunate to earn special qualifiers for our top two singles players," Greyhounds coach Margie Van Lieshout said. "Victoria was a state qualifier last year and had a great season this year. She is 16-3 with her only three losses coming to players that are seeded at the state tournament. Claudia had a win over a player that advanced and a few close losses to players that advanced."

Both play first-round matches Thursday night. Play continues all the way through Saturday's championship matches. Both players were eliminated in the early rounds of sectional play at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson last week and had to wait for the results of the qualifier process.

"I am glad we will again be able to wrap up the season in Madison," Van Lieshout said. "Both Claudia and Victoria play girls from Madison Edgewood. Victoria plays Edgewood's first singles player and Claudia plays their second singles player. Both will be tough matches, but I think our games match up well with theirs and if we go out there and play well on Thursday, anything is possible."

Van Lieshout praised Nelsen's competitiveness and noted she's a great player to pull an upset and also that Deiana is capable of beating anyone when she is motivated. Van Lieshout also said that the first doubles team of Kirstin Repins and Caroline Tweddell had a great season.

"I've enjoyed coaching the team this year," Van Lieshout said. "We're graduating seven seniors from the varsity team this year and I've had the pleasure of coaching some of them since they were on the middle school team in seventh grade. The team and I will miss them all."

Shorewood cross country

The boys and girls teams dominated their own 20-team meet, claiming both the varsity and junior varsity titles for both on Saturday.

"Having a JV/varsity sweep on the boys and girls sides is something special," girls coach Sarah Kopplin said. "It's nice to win your own home invitational but this was the first time we have won all four. It was also special to do this during homecoming week for the kids.

"There is a real sense of excitement and school spirit in the air this year compared to years past. I attribute this to the improvement of the football program over the past couple seasons.

"The highlight of the weekend was without question the performance of the JV runners!" an enthusiastic boys coach Dominic Newman said. "They took the top six places with Max Gietzen breaking the tape in 18:14. Max was followed by Ben Kuhlmann, Connor Erickson, Spencer Heywood, Joey Flegel-Mishlove and Will Sandy.

"Oftentimes people forget that the JV runners are the backbone of a program. Many of the runners will become the varsity leaders that we are looking for the following season. My hats off to the JV runners as they really stepped it up to show how strong we actually are!"

Both teams try to defend their Woodland Conference titles on Friday at Grant Park in South Milwaukee. The boys race is at 4:20 p.m. and girls go off at 4:50 p.m.

"The conference meet will be exciting and I can't wait to see how well we do," Newman said.

In the varsity girls race, the Greyhounds used a one-two punch to score just 79 points to edge DeForest (88) and New Berlin West (93) in the 17-team field.

The team, which is still short-handed, was led by the victorious Morgan Florsheim, who covered the 4,000-meter Kern Park course in 15:05 while her teammate Abby Pech was second in 15:32.

Other scoring runners included Laura Gould in 17th (16:36), Angela Sperry in 18th (16:40) and Madee Ferone in 41st (17:25). Also running were Lindsey Morris in 43rd (17:25) and Lily Blind in 53rd (17:38).

The junior varsity was led by Molly Eder in fourth, Haley Woyak in sixth and Emilie Lozier in eighth.

The boys scored only 30 points to far outdistance runner-up DeForest (71). Charlie Stahl was second on the 5,000-meter layout in 16:16, Jacob Goldberg third (16:56), Sal Kuhlmann fourth (16:57) and Alex MacKowski eighth (17:14). Also scoring was Dan Vrobel in 13th (17:22).

Also running were Jack Mauer in 17th (17:36) and John Traudt in 27th (17:58).

A second Shorewood team was fourth in the meet with 131 points as Tom Treacy was 18th (17:39).

Shorewood girls swim

The Greyhounds took six firsts, including two each by Kristin Malone and Ellen Stello en route to taking second in the 12-school Sheboygan South Redwing Invitational on Saturday.

"Not making any excuses, but the girls have had a tough week as we finished our ninth week and survived homecoming," coach Rob McCabe said. "This week of practice was great and the team atmosphere is great for this point of the season as well. The latter is a tribute to the seniors and their supreme leadership this season."

Shorewood looks to defend its title in the 17-team State Small Schools meet at 1:15 p.m. Saturday (Whitefish Bay and Brown Deer/University school will also take part). It scored 306 points at South as Bay Port won with 383.

Malone set a pool record in taking the 200 freestyle (1:54.05) and also claimed the 100 free (52.76).

Stello won the 200 individual medley (2:10.16) and then came back to claim the 500 free in a pool record of 5:04.07.

In addition, the 200 medley relay team of Malone, Rachel Munson, Stello and Eva Jorn was victorious in 1:53.59 and Munson finished off the run of firsts with a victory in the 100 breast stroke (1:06.79).

Other top finishes by event included the following: 200 individual medley: Munson, third (2:14.02); 500 free: Genevieve Hayes, fourth (5:29.59); and 200 free relay: Stello, Munson, Hayes and Malone, second (season best 1:42.53).

Nicolet cross country

Lauren Cunningham beat an excellent runner from Racine Horlick to win the Waterford Wolverine Invitational on Friday and established herself as the clear favorite this Saturday in the North Shore Conference race at Tendick Park in Saukville.

The boys race will be held around 11:10 a.m. and the girls around 11:40 a.m.

In the Wolverine Invite, Cunningham was caught in a blistering 14:37 for the 4,000-meter course to beat Horlick's Ally Anich (14:45).

Cunningham's efforts led the Knights to a fourth-place finish out of nine schools, as they scored 99 points. The host Wolverines won with 55.

Also running for Nicolet were Elizabeth Mowers in 18th (16:32), Hilary Miller in 21st (16:36), Katie Novak in 30th (17:08), Michelle Pigg in 31st (17:12) and Kristen Maling in 46th (18:00).

The boys were sixth of 10 as Germantown won. Randall Grzybowski was 14th (16:58) to lead the way on the 5,000-meter layout while Robert Dietz was 21st (17:25), Aaron Zetley was 22nd (17:25) and Greg Pigg 23rd (17:27).

Also running were Chris Welker in 43rd (18:05), Jake Sevenich in 54th (18:33) and Tagash Belete in 59th (19:03).

Homestead-Whitefish Bay girls volleyball

The Highlanders beat the Blue Dukes 25-14, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21, to improve to 5-1 in North Shore duals and give themselves a chance at a share of the North Shore Conference dual meet title. They took on Germantown (6-0) in a dual on Tuesday in the league finale, before the NSC tournament at Bay on Saturday.

In the dual, Monica Caputa led Homestead with 12 kills while Hannah Mandiman had 11 assists, Katie Caputa 34 digs and Bethany Hansen with three aces.

For Bay, Chrissy Joachim had 12 kills, while Corrina Shymansky had 19 assists and Cassie Elliott contributed 35 digs.

Brown Deer/University School girls swim

The Falconkats turned in a harrowing 85-84 Woodland Conference dual meet win over South Milwaukee on Oct. 3.

Brown Deer/USM got two wins each from Lily Wilson in the 200 individual medley (2:39.4) and the 100 backstroke (1:11.5) and Kimberly Roos in the 100 butterfly (1:05.1) and 100 breast stroke (1:16.0).

They will take part in the State Small Schools meet at Shorewood on Saturday.

Shorewood-Brown Deer soccer

The Greyhounds routed the Falcons, 7-0, in the Woodland Conference finale on Oct. 3, as Shorewood finished at 9-2 in Woodland play, good for third behind Pius XI (10-1) and Pewaukee (9-1-1).

The Greyhounds earned the second seed in the WIAA Division 2 Whitewater sectional. They took on 15th seeded Jefferson on Tuesday in a regional semifinal and if advancing would host the winner of St. John's and Wisconsin Lutheran in a regional final Thursday (TBA).

Pewaukee is the top seed in the bracket while Brown Deer (5-16 overall) is the 12th seed and took on fifth-seeded Milwaukee Lutheran in a regional semifinal on Tuesday. If the Falcons won, they would likely travel to fourth-seeded Grafton for a regional final Thursday.

Sectional play is Oct. 18 and 20.

In Shorewood's win over Brown Deer, the Greyhounds got goals from Aria Kenarsary, Jack Froiland, Bobby Kohl, Elliot Lane, Josh Kather, Chris Rou and James Keane.

Whitefish Bay, Homestead and Nicolet boys soccer

Bay closed its regular season at 11-5-2 overall (4-2 in the North Shore) with a 3-1 loss to Muskego and claimed the fourth seed in the WIAA Brookfield Central sectional.

The Blue Dukes took on Milwaukee Ronald Reagan in a regional semifinal on Tuesday and will advance to host the winner of fifth-seeded Brookfield Central and 12th-seeded Homestead (2-5, 5-12) in a regional final Thursday. Homestead, too, lost to Muskego in its finale last week by a 4-0 score.

Nicolet (3-2-1, 13-3-2 overall) claimed the seventh seed in the Brookfield Central sectional and hosted Milwaukee Washington in a regional semifinal. If the Knights advanced, they would travel to second-seeded Menomonee Falls for a regional final Thursday. They defeated Greenfield, 3-0, in their regular season finale.

Arrowhead is the sectional's top seed. Sectional play is Oct. 18 and 20.

Whitefish Bay girls golf

The Blue Duke season came to a quiet end in the WIAA sectional at Wanaki in Menomonee Falls on Oct. 2.

Caroline Matkom, a second-team All-North Shore honoree, came close to state qualifying with an 84 (her year's best 18-hole score) and Robinson Creighton had a 98.

"We had a relatively young team, and this year's turnout of 22 golfers, compared to 12 and 10 the previous two years, shows the program is growing and moving in the right direction," coach Frank Donadio said. "The majority of the players (19 of the 22) are either sophomores or freshmen, so, hopefully, we look forward to fielding experienced, competitive teams for a few years."

Woodland Conference girls volleyball

Shorewood finished with a 4-5 overall league dual meet record and earned the seventh seed in the conference tournament. The Greyhounds played in a qualifying pool with second-seeded Greenfield and Pewaukee earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Brown Deer finished at 3-6 in league duals and earned the eighth seed. The Falcons were in a qualifying pool with top-seeded Pius XI.

The winners of the four qualifying pools advanced to the league semifinals and finals on Saturday at Greenfield.

- Steven L. Tietz

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