The Andy Baisch coaching era got off to a good start for the reloading Greyhounds, as they defeated Milwaukee Riverside (3-0), University School (shootout victory) and Nicolet (shootout victory) to win their own Eastside Cup last weekend.
"This was very encouraging," said Baisch, who was with the program six years, before earning the top spot this season. "We had to replace nine starters and so we had a lot of unknowns going in. It was good to see them react in a positive way....It had been awhile since we last won this, so it was nice to bring our own trophy home," Baisch said.
Shorewood is coming off an excellent 2012 season in which it fell in a shootout to Woodland rival Pewaukee in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final.
What was very encouraging to Baisch last weekend was the reaction of the defense headed by seniors Kosta Ebben, Prajwal Giri and Signe Bedi and junior Ben Boehm. The goalie is Cooper Lang, who, like he does all summer as catcher for the baseball team, does an excellent job of getting his body in front of the ball during the shootouts, Baisch said.
All the tourney games were 25-minute half affairs.
Shorewood is now off until its Woodland Confetrence opener on Sept. 4 at Croation Park vs. Pius XI.
Trying hard to get back to the top of the mountain in state tennis, the Knights began their season on an encouraging note, when it took third of 16 in the powerhouse Brookfield East Invitational on Aug. 20 and 21.
"We had a tough loss (5-2) to Arrowhead in the semis," veteran coach Tim Koppa said, "and two of the losses were on 10-point (super tiebreakers) in the third set. It's still pretty early. We'll see how the team is doing in a few weeks. Hoepfully we'll continue to get better."
The Knights are still struggling with a recent numbers' decline as only 22 came out this fall, which is actually up from last year.
Their tenative starting lineup includes senior Emily Mone at first singles, junior Nina Gerard at second, freshman Elise Gerard at third and senior Audrey Laing at fourth.
In doubles, the Knights have done a little switching in its top two teams despite having all four of those players return. Senior Sara Miller returns at first doubles but is now paired with junior Michelle Margolies from the second team. Meanwhile, Miller's former partner, junior Josie Docalavich, is now paired with returning second doubles player junior Erin Wathen at second doubles.
Wathen and Docalavich went unbeaten at the East tourney. The third doubles spot is still wide open, Koppa said.
The Knights will try to break the glass ceiling that is five-time North Shore Conference and WIAA State champion Homestead. In the tournament, they beat Wausau East, 7-0, and Brookfield Central, 6-1, before falling to Arrowhead. They did bounce back to beat Green Bay Southwest, 4-3, in the consolation match.
Despite the youth movement surrounding top returning player Anika Hitt, who has won one major invitational and finished second in another, it's still all encouraging for the defending WIAA state champion Highlanders and coach John Kruger.
"Yes, things are a little different this year," Krueger said after graduating four seniors. "In past years we have had to reload with sophomores or older, but this year's girls will be learning on the fly a bit. Experience in tournaments will only make us better, and we still have high goals for ourselves with some reasonable adjustments from previous years.
"Anika has had a great summer and hasn't skipped a beat since the start of the season. Playing most of her tournaments at 6,000-plus yard (courses) has really helped her game, and she is having a lot of success on courses at 5,000-plus yards, going under par several times in the first two weeks of tournaments.
"She has always been very driven and puts in a ton of time in the winter, spring and summer to make herself even better. Now that she is in her junior year the prospects of playing in college starts to come into the picture. I have no doubt that she will be playing at a very high level in college and it is exciting to be involved in the process."
Hitt is joined on the team by a record turnout of 19, Krueger said. There are no seniors, just three juniors and 16 freshmen and sophomores.
WHITEFISH BAY GOLF
Behind sisters Clare and Caroline Matkom, the Blue Dukes are quickly extablishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in area golf.
They opened North Shore Conference play on Wednesday and then are at the Arrowhead Scramble on Thursday. They will try to up-end a rebuilding defending conference and state champion Homestead team in the North Shore this fall.
Bay recently finished sixth in the 22-school, 36-hole Brookfield Central/Homestead Invitational, turning in fine 18-hole scores of 351 each day at Mee-Kwon and Wanaki. Clare Matkom finished 10th individually out of 110 players with a 157 total as her sister turned in a 176 total. Also giving help were Grace Wirth (183), Annie Letizia (186), Allison Severin (107 on the first day) and Summer Koehn (101 on the second).
Clare Matkom marked her first day at Mee-kwon with a hole-in-one.
The team was also seventh in the 23 school Pius Invite at Washington County as Clare Matkom came in with an 18-hole score of 80 while Caroline Matkom carded a 91, Wirth 95, Letizia 101 and Koehn 106.
The Blue Dukes, under new coach Mike Hayes, got off to a good start taking sixth in the powerhouse Brookfield East Tourney on Aug. 20 and 21 and going 3-1 in the Madison Invitational on Aug. 23 and 24.
Hayes is a last second fill-in for Ingrid Hagerup who took a new position late this summer. Hayes is the father of Bay top singles player Lily Hayes, who was fourth in the WIAA State Individual Tournament last fall.
Hayes wants a balanced effort this season and has been mixing and matching his lineup, even putting Lily into doubles on occasion.
Other members of the team include singles players Asia Butler, Maddie Riedl, and Katy Margaret, and doubles teams that include Allison Gregg and Carly Theder, Coeli Merrill and Maggie Bostwick, Abby Schultz and Gwennie O'Connell and Megan Coffey and Jenna Marget.
Another looking to contribute is Katy Marget.
In the Brookfield East Tourney, Bay went 2-2, falling to DSHA in the fifth-place match. 5-2, while in Madison, they defeated Waunakee (4-3), lost to powerhouse Middleton (5-2) and then defeated Madison Memorial (6-1) and Verona (7-0).
Lilly Hayes, Butler, Gregg and Theder are all returning state qualifiers.
— Steven L. Tietz
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