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Sports Wrapups: May 9

May 9, 2012

Brown Deer track

The Falcons boys followed up a sound finish in the Woodland Conference Relays on May 1, with an impressive victory in their own invite on Friday.

Meanwhile, the short-handed Falcons girls remained competitive with a fourth-place effort.

Brown Deer closes out its regular season with the Delavan-Darien Borg Invitational on Friday before heading off to the Woodland Conference outdoor at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Brown Deer's boys scored 140 points to edge Pius XI (131) for the title in the 10-school Falcons Invite.

Firsts went to Jake Schimenz in the 800 (2:03.6), Evan Naber in the 110 high hurdles (15.4), Rai'Shun Woodson in the high jump (5-8), and the 1,600 relay team of Taiwo Amusa, Dewayne Edwards, Matt Emmons and Woodson (3:44.4).

Seconds went to Amusa in the 400 (54.17), Schimenz in the 1,600 (4:38.3), Emmons in the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.1), Ronny Lor in both the shot put (42-3) and the discus (115-8), Jack Wallisch in the triple jump (34-7 1/4 ) and the 400 relay team of Edwards, Naber, Woodson and Michael Snowden (45.7)

Thirds went to Snowden in the 100 (11.4), Wallisch in the high jump (5-8), and Richard Khy-Chhiv in the triple jump (33-5 1/2 ).

For the girls, they scored 68 points as Pius XI dominated with 244.

Seconds went to Valerie Whiyee in the 200 dash (27.3) and triple jump (32-4 1/4 ), Ani Grafwallner in the 3,200 (12:57.5), and the 800 relay of Brenae Clarke, Simone Sellers, Simone Sherard and Whiyee (1:56.3).

Thirds were claimed by Sherard in the 200 dash (27.5) and triple jump (31-6 1/2 ), and the 1,600 relay team of Sabrina Wimer, Jahira Whiteside, Sellers and Clarke (4:46.0).

At the Woodland relays, the 900 intermediate hurdle relay of Naber (second-best individual effort 42.15), Emmons and Isaiah Terry claimed a victory for the boys team as did the girls triple jump trio of Sherard (second-best effort 32-5), Wimer and Whiyee. The boys sprint medley team was also second (1:39.56).

Shorewood girls track

The Greyhounds, behind a school record from the 400 relay team of Briana Webb, Sydney Cross, Chiara Sanders and Alexis Farrington, swept the sprint relay events en route to taking fourth in the Woodland Conference Relays on May 1.

That group turned in a time of 51.9 for its win.

The 800 relay team of Lily Blind, Cross, Sanders and Farrington also won in a season best of 1:47.89, while Blind, Cross, Sabrina Manns and Farrington made up the victorious 1,600 relay that whisked its way to an easy six second win in 4:11.48.

In addition, the 3,200 relay team of Madee Ferone, Lindsey Morris, Isabella Snyder and Haley Florsheim was second in 10:35.2.

Coach Sarah Kopplin was pleased with the efforts of all the performers. She's happy with the leadership of returnees like Farrington, Florsheim and Cross and noted that Blind, Manns, Sanders and Ferone have all improved dramatically. She said that Farrington is having a season to remember.

"Farrington is so strong right now," Kopplin said. "She has been in the top two times on the Division 2 Honor Roll in both the 200 and the 400 all season. Eric Mathews (our sprint coach) and I hope that we can see Alexis really shine this year at state as an individual and hopefully with all the strength we see right now we feel there is potential to see some relays there as well."

The Greyhounds will be at the Woodland Conference Outdoor on Tuesday at Greendale.

Shorewood boys track

The Greyhounds Justin Rabon and the 1,600 relay team of that included Rabon, Jacob Goldberg, Taylor Dennis and Alec Grimmer broke school records left, right and center last week.

First the quartet set both a school and South Milwaukee Stadium mark of 3:25.09 in winning the event at the Woodland Conference Relays on May 1. Then three days later, Rabon broke the school record in the 400 (49.33) and then he joined his friends and shattered the short-lived relay mark from the Woodland meet with a winning 3:23.78 time in the Mhyrum Invite at Arrowhead on May 4.

The relay time currently sits second on the state honor roll, just barely behind Kenosha Bradford.

Rabon took almost a full second off his own school mark in the 400 and also took second in the 200 at the Mhyrum with a swift 22.22 time. Also at the Mhyrum, Peter Morris turned in a quick personal best of 9:40.35 in taking sixth in a very deep 3,200 field.

At the conference relays, the Greyhounds also took firsts in the 400 relay as the group of Rabon, Dennis, Anthony Brewer and Grimmer turned in another school record of 44.01 and the distance medley relay team of Charles Stahl, Goldberg, John Traudt and Morris was victorious in 10:55.0.

Shorewood was sixth at the Mhyrum and fourth in the Woodland Relays despite two disqualifications.

The Greyhounds are at the Woodland Conference outdoor at Greendale on Tuesday.

Whitefish Bay boys golf

The Blue Dukes turned in one of their best tournament finishes in sometime, as they used a balanced effort to claim second in the Port Invite on Friday at Hawthorne Hills.

"Four of our five players had their lowest 18-hole scores of the year," Blue Dukes coach Frank Donadio said. "I think the kids were happy with that, though they always feel they can do better."

Bay, which was fourth in the North Shore mini-meet at Ozaukee on Monday, hosts its own 18-hole event at Kettle Hills at 8 a.m. Friday.

In the Port meet, Bay turned in a five-man, 18-hole score of 415, as Brookfield Academy won the 15-school event with 411.

Jack Comiskey was third individually with a 76, while Aris Moulopoulos was fourth with a 79 and Johnny Markwiese tied for ninth with an 80. Other scores included Chris Roebber with an 89 and Ted Fitzpatrick with a 91.

"Something like this will help them believe in themselves a little more," Donadio said.

Nicolet and Whitefish Bay girls softball

The Knights won a 4-3, 11-inning thriller over the Blue Dukes on May 1.

Nicolet (4-5 in North Shore play and 7-5 overall) scored three runs in the first but then saw Blue Dukes pitchers Kenzie McElduff (seven innings) and Katie Miller (three strikeouts and a walk in four innings) shut them down for nine consecutive innings.

Bay (1-7, 2-10) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings before Nicolet claimed it in the 11th.

Jaclyn Clark had two hits, Lanoira Duhart had two hits, a home run and three RBI while Edyn Herbert and Amanda Mehl had two hits apiece. Maggie Hankerd led the Bay offense with two hits including a home run and two RBIs.

Mehl pitched all 11 innings for the Knights, with four strikeouts and three walks while scattering eight hits.

Whitefish Bay boys tennis

The Blue Dukes turned in one of their best finishes ever in taking third in the Nicolet Sweet 16 Tournament this past weekend.

"We were very happy with this," Blue Dukes coach Phil Kelbe said. "Though conditions were pretty brutal at times (cool and damp), we had a lot of good matches and a lot of good wins."

The Blue Dukes, who took on Sweet 16 champ Homestead on Tuesday and will host Nicolet today, try to make up part of the rained-out Adam Lemel Invitational on Monday with Arrowhead and West De Pere.

In the Sweet 16, Bay opened with wins over Neenah (5-2) and University School (4-3) before falling to five-time state champ and eventual tournament runner-up Marquette (6-1). In the third-place match, the Blue Dukes bounced back to down Brookfield Central, 5-2.

Doubles keyed the weekend for Bay, as the Blue Dukes pairs won 10-of-12 matches in the tournament, with both losses coming to Marquette.

The first pair of Graham Martens and Matt Kavanagh went 4-0 on the weekend, winning three, three-set matches and claiming the only individual victory over Marquette. Other Blue Dukes pairs included Andy Krugler and Charlie Bostwick and Riley Mehls and Peter Sandvick.

Kelbe was very impressed with the off-season work that Kavanagh, who was mostly a singles player before this season, and Martens did in the off-season to get ready. He was very pleased with the win over Central at the end of the day.

Nicolet boys tennis

Coach Tim Koppa deliberately paired his team up with new WIAA subsectional opponent Arrowhead in the first round of his own Sweet 16 Tournament on Friday, only he didn't get the result that he expected, as the Knights lost, 4-3.

Nicolet wound up winning the back draw, defeating Kenosha Tremper (4-3), Madison Memorial (6-1) and Neenah (5-2). Koppa also got another piece of bad news during the weekend finding out that top singles player Sam Berman's foot problem is so bad that it may keep him out the rest of the season.

"He worked so hard to get better in the off-season," Koppa said. "It's very unfortunate for him and bad for our team."

The Knights took on Cedarburg on Monday, fast-rising Germantown on Tuesday and then challenge Whitefish Bay in a series of North Shore dual meets. They also are at the powerhouse Manitowoc Invitational on Saturday, with many of the same top teams as were at the Sweet 16.

Koppa was pleased with the play of top state place-winning doubles teams David Winston and Jon Lopez.

Homestead girls softball

The Highlanders kept their North Shore Conference championship aspirations alive by the barest of margins as they rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Port Washington, 3-2, on Monday.

With the win, Homestead stayed a game behind Germantown with an 8-1 record in league play and a 9-2 overall mark, The Highlanders had dropped a tough, 5-4, eight-inning decision to Germantown (8-0, 11-4) on may 1 and then they competed well at the Stevens Point Invitational on Saturday, beating Beaver Dam, 5-4, before falling to the always strong Panthers, 6-3.

Homestead hosts Cedarburg today before making another road trip on Saturday to the Baraboo Tournament. Keel said that will be a three-game event on Saturday.

In the win over Port, neither team scored after the third inning until Homestead made its rally. Pitcher Rachel Behnken went the distance for the win with five strikeouts and three walks while also knocking in a run. Megan Bailey also had two hits.

- Steven L. Tietz

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