Sports Wrapups: Sept. 25

Sept. 25, 2012

Whitefish Bay girls volleyball

In what might be a first in their history, the Blue Dukes rallied and beat Waterford 25-22, 18-25, 15-12, for the championship in their own Bay Invite on Saturday.

"We played great on Saturday," coach Elizabeth Stecklein said. "… This tournament has embodied our season so far in that it was a complete team effort. Everyone contributed and helped when others needed it."

The Blue Dukes came out of pool play with a 2-1 record having beaten Waukesha South and Messmer and having fallen to Racine Case.

But in crossover play, they defeated the opposite pool's champion Wauwatosa East in the semifinals, before edging Waterford for the title.

"Our defense was really good and we got through a lot of games because we were able to make a lot of defensive plays, keeping the ball in play," Stecklein said. "We were also able to cut down on a lot of our errors, which has been our biggest challenge this year. Winning the tournament was a well-deserved reward for a team that works hard and really exemplifies teamwork.

"Everyone played well, but the best part was that when one person didn't play their best, someone else stepped up. Even our bench contributed either playing or being in the moment and supporting our team."

Team members include Chrissy Joachim, Lizzie Johnston, Corrina Shymansky, Carrie McNally, Ali Kennedy, Sophie Shields, Catie McBride, Elizabeth Nortman, Claire Elliot, Cassie Elliot, Katie Schultz, Jillian Ludwig and student assistants Maya Ferguson and Maya Jonas.

Shorewood girls volleyball

Lightning can indeed strike twice in the same place, as the Greyhounds won their second tournament title of the season when they claimed the Port Washington title on Saturday.

"Overall it was a team effort this weekend," Greyhounds coach Ryan Roessler said. "Megan (Eimers) our setter spread the ball around to our hitters really well giving everyone lots of opportunities. Our blocking was the best it has been all season, and that really gave us the step up we needed to beat a couple of those teams."

The Greyhounds, who also downed South Milwaukee in a Woodland Conference match last week, defeated Sheboygan Lutheran and Kiel in pool play and defeated the host Pirates in the semifinals before holding off Green Bay Southwest, 25-22, 25-18, in the final.

The Greyhounds hosted area rival Brown Deer on Tuesday and then host Waukesha South on Thursday.

Whitefish Bay cross country

The Blue Dukes girls remained hot, turning in an impressive victory in the 23-school Kettle Moraine Laser Relays at Nagawaukee Park on Saturday.

"It was a really good meet, with some really solid packing along the way," Blue Dukes coach Mike Miller said. "There were two races one for the first through fourth runners and then another for the fifth through eighth runners. It was a little bit different and got kids out of their comfort zone, which was good for them.

"Kids who were at the back of the pack were now toward the front and they had to adjust."

Bay scored just 57 points for its win in the 11-school event, well ahead of runner-up of Madison Edgewood. Bay also beat Division 1 champ Waukesha West based on comparable times.

Sara Coffey led the way with a seventh-place showing of 15:45 on the 4,000-meter course, as Hannah Lyons was 10th (15:51) and Reilly Koch 11th (15:52). Other scoring runners included Claire Hentzen in 14th (16:03) and Haleigh Morton in 15th (16:03).

Also running were Alana Blegen in 31st (16:29) and Jessica O'Neill in 50th (16:52).

"Claire had been hurt but she came back and did well, and Alana had been sick but she also looked good," Miller said. "We're in a good spot right now, but it'll all depend on who's healthiest at the end of the year."

For the boys, Nate Gomoll was battling a head cold and had to settle for third behind powerful opponents from Tosa West and Waukesha South in taking third in the relays' competition.

Despite that, the Blue Dukes still won the 10-team Division 2 of the event with 154 points.

"Nate wasn't too happy," Miller said. "Cold or no, he doesn't like excuses. He still lost to two really good guys."

Gomoll was clocked in 16:05 on the 5,000-meter course. Other scoring runners for Bay included George Papajohn in 32nd (17:35), Nick Hotz in 37th (17:43), Alex Hotz in 38th (17:44) and Carson Schier in 44th (17:46).

Also running were Andrew Searles in 46th (17:47) and Ben Schwei in 54th (17:52).

"We still need to step out of our comfort zone," Miller said. "I was hoping to see a little faster start out of the guys."

Waukesha South comfortably won the boys overall title.

Nicolet boys soccer

The Knights' hopes for a North Shore Conference title took a major hit Monday night when Germantown rallied for two goals in the final 15 minutes, and edged them, 3-2.

With the loss, the Knights fell to 3-2-1 in league play while Germantown all but clinched its second North Shore crown in three years at 5-1. Only one league game remains on the schedule.

Germantown won the game in the 72nd minute as the Warhawks continued pressing and senior midfielder Collin French missed a shot, but midfielder Paul Ciszewski was right there and he slapped it hard toward the goal. It nudged off the post and went in for the lead.

"It all started with a good ball by Travis (senior forward Beimel)," Ciszewski said. "Frenchy (French) kind of deflected it and then the ball just dropped at my feet. It was an easy enough finish from there."

"We were feeling pretty good with 20 minutes to go," Nicolet coach Luis Mejia said. "We knew we were very close to some very exciting possibilities (a chance at a conference title), but honestly, it was just a well-played match.

"That the last goal came off a deflection, there's not much you can do about that. They got the right break and we got the wrong one. ... Both teams wanted this very badly and neither was willing to quit."

Had the Knights won, the game scheduled for Tuesday at home against archrival Whitefish Bay would have given them a chance at clinching the championship outright.

Brady Behling (Collin Gruener assist) and Calvin Knox (Julian Bidard) had the goals for Nicolet. Nicolet had a 2-1 lead for much of the second half.

Shorewood girls tennis

The Greyhounds lost to New Berlin Eisenhower, 4-3, on Sept. 20 in a highly competitive Woodland Conference crossover match which determined the regular season dual meet conference champion.

Winners for Shorewood included the first three singles players in order: Claudia Deiana, Victoria Nelsen and Jenna Vuorinen.

"Jenna won a tough three-set match playing a spot higher than she usually plays in the lineup," coach Margie Van Lieshout said. "Annie Ela and Grace Rybarik lost a close match 6-4, 6-4 at third doubles.

The Woodland Conference Tournament was held Tuesday and Wednesday at Greendale and Greenfield.

WIAA Division 2 subsectionals and sectionals will be held at the Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson, Monday and Oct. 3, respectively.

Homestead boys cross country

The Highlanders turned in their fastest times of the year in taking a sound eighth of 39 teams at the 75th annual Midwest Invitational in Janesville.

They scored 270 points as Madison LaFollette won with 115.

Alex Vielmetti led the way on the 5,000-meter course with a 15th place showing of 16:13 on the flat and fast 5,000-meter Blackhawk Golf Course layout.

Supporting him were Evan Routhier in 45th (16:47), Kale Mason in 61st (16:59), Ben Jurenec in 62nd (16:59) and Trevor Cho in 87th (17:20).

Also running were Conner Knuth in 95th (17:24) and Brandon Beschta in 140th (17:46).

Whitefish Bay girls swim

Despite being without top competitor Annelise Sprau, the Blue Dukes were still a competitive third in the nine-school Nicolet Sprint Invite on Saturday.

The Blue Dukes scored 317 points as Shorewood won with 353 and Germantown was second with 324.

Top finishes by event for Bay included the following: 400 medley relay: third (3:59.35); 200 freestyle: Sabrina Raber, third (2:04.58); 50 free: Anna Lauko, fourth (26.58); Hannah Pasterski, fifth (26.59); 50 butterfly: Marissa Brudny, fifth (29.46); 200 free relay: third, (1:45.33); 50 backstroke: Foley VanLieshout, fourth (30.45); Brudny, fifth (30.83); 50 breast stroke: Lauko, fifth (33.77); and 500 free relay: third (4:32.68).

Whitefish Bay and Homestead boys volleyball

The Blue Dukes swept the Highlanders in a recent North Shore Conference dual, 25-12, 25-21, 25-16.

Leading the way for Bay were Ashton Lehner with 10 kills, Max Pignotti with 10 digs and Beau Talbert with 24 assists.

For Homestead, Connor Newell and Hunter Meer had six kills apiece, while Matt Boyles had 12 digs and Jacob Sweet nine assists.

Homestead girls swim

The Highlanders won the 200 free relay (eight swimmers, no names available) en route to a fourth-place showing in the Nicolet Sprint Invite on Saturday.

"We felt good about things," Highlanders coach Mark Gwidt said. "We had them swim one on event and one off (unfamiliar) event to see what could happen."

Homestead scored 284 points for its spot in the event.

The relay team turned in a time of 1:44.84 to edge Nicolet (1:45.12) for the victory.

Other top performances included the following: diving: Leigh Berman, third (280.85 points); Kristina Kelly, fourth (255.15); 400 medley relay: fourth (4:03.47); 200 free: Brittany Thomas, fourth (2:09.03); 50 free: Molly Zall, second (25.9); and 50 breast stroke: Alex Petersen, fourth (31.9).

Shorewood boys soccer

The Greyhounds pounded Greenfield, 6-0, in a Woodland Conference match Monday that improved their league record to 7-1 and their overall mark to 9-1-1.

Elliott Lane had two goals and Bobby Kohl had two goals apiece while Elliott Kucharczyk and Kieran Quinan also found the back of the net. Assists went to Sam Tharpgeorge, Quinan, Henry Cummings, Josh Landers and Mitchell Tice.

Cooper Lang made three saves for the Greyhounds.

Shorewood girls cross country

Morgan Florsheim was third individually en route to leading the Greyhounds to a third-place team finish in the 17-school Muskego Warrior Invitational at Lake Denoon on Saturday.

Florsheim was clocked in an impressive 14:53 for the 4,000-meter course as Brookfield Central's Elizabeth Flatley won in 14:36.

Other scoring runners for the Greyhounds included Abby Pech in fifth (15:10, Haley Florsheim in 15th (15:45), Laura Gould in 31st (16:19) and Angela Sperry in 55th (16:53).

Also running were Lindsey Morris in 70th (17:10) and Madee Ferone in 75th (17:17).

Muskego edged Central for the crown, 60-67, as Shorewood scored 109 points.

Shorewood boys cross country

Charles Stahl earned a strong third, as the Greyhounds battled their way to fourth in the 16-school Muskego Warrior Invitational at Lake Denoon on Saturday.

Stahl was clocked in 16:09 on the 5,000-meter course as Brookfield Central's Carl Hirsch was the individual champ in 15:43.

Waukesha North won with 71 points as Shorewood came in with 108.

Supporting Stahl were Jacob Goldberg in 21st (17:18), Alex MacKowski in 24th (17:22), Dan Vrobel in 29th (17:30) and Jack Mauer in 31st (17:33).

Also running were Sam Shields in 35th (17:38) and Thomas Treacy in 47th (17:45).

Homestead girls volleyball

The Highlanders took fourth in their own invitational on Saturday.

"As a whole, we ran a very efficient and organized tournament," coach Adam Heitzkey said. "The parent involvement that we continue to receive is beyond exceptional.

"As for our efforts, we certainly didn't play our best and the girls seemed to be lacking focus. We had a few bright spots including the continued growth of Sydney Beckers and Margaux Wilson.

"Our seniors haven't led us like I hoped they would this season. They are really nice group of seniors who have some nice skills. … They do a lot of talking about how to win but they are having a problem showing the team how to do it."

Brookfield East won the tourney with Oconomowoc in second and Oshkosh West in third.

Nicolet girls swim

Despite a couple small technical glitches, it all went otherwise smoothly for Knights' coach Dwight Davis as he hosted his annual sprint invitational on Saturday.

The Knights scored 269 points for a fifth-place showing in the nine-team field as Christa Rumbaugh led the way with an impressive win in the 50 free (24.76).

"The meet is designed to be fun," Davis said. "… And we got a lot of real good swims out of it. It's still hard to gauge where we are right now, but we are in pretty good shape. We're swimming pretty fast, but I think we can still do some more."

Rumbaugh won the 50 free by an impressive 1.14 seconds.

She was also second in the 100 free in a swift 53,72 as was Gwen Worlton in the 200 individual medley (2:26.4) and the 200 free relay team (eight swimmers, no names available 1:45.12).

Other good swims included the following: 50 free: Sara Zelazoski, eighth (26.85); 50 butterfly: Zelazoski, fourth (29.01); 100 free: Jamie Kloehn, fifth (58.04); 50 backstroke: Grace Wilkie, sixth (31.38); Kloehn, eighth (32.29); 50 breast stroke: Worlton, sixth (33.94); and 500 free relay: (10 swimmers, no names available), fourth (4:37.13).

Nicolet boys volleyball

The Knights fell to defending North Shore champion Germantown by a 25-23, 25-22. 25-13 mark in a league dual Monday night.

Nicolet was led by Max Kinstler with eight kills and six digs, Chris Sorenson with 17 assists, and Alex Dranzik with three blocks.

Earlier in the week, the Knights defeated Homestead in another North Shore dual three games to one.

Sorensen had 45 assists and Kinstler 15 kills while coach Brad Kuehl praised the efforts of Avi Greenspan, Sam Moser and Alex Dixon.

Nicolet was also fifth in the Kaukauna Invite on Saturday.

The Knights will be at the Shorewood Invitational on Saturday.

Brown Deer/University School girls swim

The Falconkats were eighth in the nine-team Nicolet Sprints with 113 points.

Top efforts for the local co-op included the following: 100 IM: Kimberly Roos, fifth (1:06.64) and 50 butterfly: Roos, ninth (29.76). Paige Sprink dropped more than a second from her seed time in the 50 breast stroke and took 15th.

Nicolet girls volleyball

The defending co-champion Knights kept pace in the North Shore with 3-0 sweeps of Port Washington and Grafton last week, before taking 15th of 24 in the powerhouse West Bend Sprawl, Sept. 21 and 22.

"I am pleased with how we are playing and how strong our team chemistry is," coach Dann Jacobson said. "The kids are playing hard for each other and are supporting one another. All of our losses, but one, are to teams that have been ranked in the top 10 in the state. I am seeing improvement from the team and individuals in every practice and match."

In the Sprawl, the Knights went 1-2 in pool play losing 2-1 to eventual champion and top-ranked DSHA and Neenah (2-1) before beating Eau Claire North.

The following day, the Knights beat Kenosha Tremper (2-0), lost to Muskego (2-1) and then beat De Pere (2-0) On Saturday, Jacobson highlighted the efforts of Angie Morello, Jessica Kloehn and Mallory Kane for the two-day experience.

Nicolet hosts the Brittney Gigl Invite is on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a 10-team event including Whitefish Bay and Homestead and powerful Watertown.

Shorewood boys volleyball

The Greyhounds host a talent-laden invitational on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.

Teams include top-ranked Appleton North (first in state polls), Burlington (third), Brookfield Central (fifth), Pius (10th), Shorewood (11th), Nicolet, New Berlin United, Wauwatosa West (12th) and Westosha Central (14th).

- Steven L. Tietz

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