Nicolet boys tennis
The Knights will rely on good chemistry and their doubles teams for success this spring.
"We haven't been able to get a lot of continuity (because of bad weather and a late holiday), but I do like this group," said veteran Nicolet coach Tim Koppa. "We have 45 guys out including a big group of freshmen and we've had a few trips together so we've gotten to know each other.
"The guys have really learned what it's like to be in elite matches together."
They had some of those last weekend in Verona, where they went 2-2, beating Middleton (4-3) and Madison West (5-2) and dropping tough matches to Verona and Madison East, each by 4-3 counts.
Manning the doubles slots for the Knights are seniors Richard Kim and Trevor Katzban in the first slot, while former singles players juniors Jonathan Lopez and David Winston handle the two spot.
A number of players are being looked at for the three spot including juniors Adam Ziv-el and James Ethington and seniors Steve Ellmaurer and Patrick Bieser.
In singles, it is even more wide open, Koppa said, as senior Brendan Barker, freshman Sam Berman and sophomores Mike Yarmulnik and Ben Levey, are the only certainties.
The Knights host their own powerhouse team tournament Friday and Saturday including defending state champion Marquette, New Trier (Ill.), Homestead, Brookfield Central and others. Koppa said he has 10 of the top 12 ranked teams in the state at the event.
Brown Deer boys tennis
The Falcons were a competitive 1-2-1 at their own Black and Gold Team Tournament last weekend.
They tied Kenosha St. Joseph's, beat South Milwaukee and lost to Catholic Memorial and Brookfield Academy.
"We've played a lot of the top 10 (in state Division 2)," Falcons coach Jim Matousek said, "and I think we've held up pretty well. We don't have it all and neither do a lot of other teams."
Catholic Memorial and Racine Prairie tied for the gold division title while Brookfield Academy won the black division.
Matousek praised the efforts of top singles player Trevor Martin, who went 3-1, while Aaron Blumberg went 2-2 at the second position. At the second doubles position, Jim Pierson was praised for his efforts as were the third team of Trevor Hogg and Nick Ott.
The Falcons have a hectic week including a visit to the Greendale Martin Luther Invite on Saturday.
Homestead boys golf
The Highlanders, behind a nine-hole score of 35 from all-stater Jordan Niebrugge won its first North Shore mini-meet at Tripoli on Monday.
That followed a hectic week for the Highlanders where they had some up-and-down results in three major tournaments. They finished sixth in Division 1 of the Lake Country Invitational on Saturday at Western Lakes as Niebrugge was a stroke off medaling with an 18-hole score of 73 (Joe Tautges added an 80).
The day before, Niebrugge set all kinds of school records with a medalist effort of 66 at the Onalaska Invite. His front nine of 31 destroyed the school nine-hole mark, coach Steve O'Brien said, as Niebrugge recorded a preposterous five threes going out.
Tautges again helped out with an 85.
Earlier in the week, Homestead had its best team finish with a fourth place, season-best total of 318, as Niebrugge medaled again with a 68 and Oliver Lanigan had a 79 and Tautges an 82.
"At this point, we have one outstanding golfer and four guys who are trying hard and who are a little inconsistent," O'Brien said. "We're working really hard on our consistency."
In the conference match, Homestead became the third different North Shore team to win one of those events in as many matches. The Highlanders had a 160 total, seven shots ahead of Germantown and Whitefish Bay (167). Niebrugge's total was three shots clear of the individual field.
Whitefish Bay boys tennis
The Blue Dukes finished a somewhat disappointing second in their own Adam Lemel Invitational on Saturday.
Bay defeated DePere, 7-0, lost to defending state champion Marquette, 5-2, and beat Madison Memorial, 7-0.
In the loss to Marquette, Jack Larsen defeated returning state runner-up Damon Niquet, 6-3, 6-2, while Matt Kavangh won 6-3, 6-3, at fourth singles.
"We had a couple of other close chances," Blue Dukes coach Phil Kelbe said, noting that second singles player Ben Foran lost a three-setter and third singles player Wentong Zhang, lost 4-4. "We're disappointed with the loss. Marquette is a good team but I think we're a good team, too. I knew we had to sweep singles in order to get it done, because their depth is pretty strong, but we'll keep our head up."
The Blue Dukes will have to, as they will have an important week, taking on Nicolet in a make-up on Wednesday and hosting defending North Shore champ Homestead on Thursday. They will be at the Nicolet Invite this weekend.
Homestead boys tennis
Heading into one of their most important weeks of the season, the Highlanders defeated Cedarburg, 7-0, and then rolled past three opponents in winning the Neenah Quad on Saturday.
Homestead, which took on Nicolet on Tuesday and visits Whitefish Bay on Thursday, takes part in the power-packed Nicolet Sweet 16 Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
In the Neenah event, the Highlanders beat Neenah and Kenosha Tremper, 7-0, and downed Eau Claire Memorial, 6-1. Homestead lost only three sets on the day as defending state singles champion Alex Jesse turned in a good effort in beating Tremper's highly regarded John Carswell, 7-5, 6-2.
Nicolet boys golf
After winning the Greendale Invite at the Broadlands on April 28, the Knights stumbled a little bit on Monday, tying for fourth in the North Shore mini-meet at Tripoli.
"It was just not a good day," Knights coach Ted Wachs said. "We're a team of steady Eddies. We have to win things together."
Homestead won the nine-holer, the third different league team to do so this season. Noah Hersch led the way for Nicolet with a 40 while Ben Harvey had a 43. Homestead won with a 160 total as Nicolet tied with Cedarburg at 169.
The Broadlands meet played into Nicolet's strength as each team had three pairings of two, who each played six holes of best ball, six holes of scramble and six holes of alternate shot.
Nicolet won all three flights of the event, as Rob Bamberger and Aaron Sandock combined to take the first flight, Hersch and Clay Martin the second and Ken Duncan and Harvey the third.
The next North Shore meet will be at Ozaukee on Monday.
Whitefish Bay boys golf
The Blue Dukes were a competitive fifth in the 15-school Division 2 of the Lake Country/MACC Fund Invitational on Saturday at Western Lakes with an 18-hole score of 339 as Brookfield Central won with 318.
George Schley led Bay with an 82, while Jack Comiskey came in with an 83, Sam Richtman 86 and Dan Umland 88.
"It's a wonderful charity event (for cancer research)," Bay coach Frank Donadio said, "and it also continues our streak of finishing in the top third of every meet we've been in so far."
The Dukes did the same thing Monday at Tripoli as they tied for second in the nine-hole North Shore mini-meet.
- Steven L. Tietz
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