WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS TENNIS
Whitefish Bay singles player Lily Hayes hit a glass ceiling once again at the WIAA State Individual tennis tournament last weekend, but at least she went down fighting.
Hayes finished fourth for the third straight year, falling to old rival Elizabeth Konon of Homestead by a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 count in last Saturday's semifinals. She then ran out of gas in the third-place match, falling to Emily Kolbow of Arrowhead, 6-0, 7-5.
"The second half of the season I was playing much better," said Hayes, "and playing inside (at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison) also helped my game a great deal. The first two sets of that match (with Konon) I played pretty well, but in the third set, Elizabeth just stepped up her game."
Konon, who was going for her third straight singles title, fell to a talented freshman from West Bend East in the final (see separate story).
"It was a great match, extending over two hours on one of the middle courts (at Nielsen)," said coach and Lily's dad Mike Hayes of the semifinal, "with each player having a strong contingent of vocal support. Lily told me how appreciative she was of the strong support she had throughout the tournament."
"It was a little bit frustrating (not to get any further in the draw)," said Hayes, "but I'm definitely happy with how I played. No regrets."
Other representatives at state for the Blue Dukes included the senior doubles team of Allison Gregg and Carly Theder defeating a Brookfield East team but falling in a tough decision to a Cedarburg pair. Coach Hayes said the team walked off the court knowing it had played its best.
The No. 2 doubles team of Coeli Merrill and Maddie Riedl lost their first round decision to a pair from Waterford while in singles, veteran Asia Butler lost a third-set super tiebreaker decision to a player from Verona in the first round.
NICOLET GIRLS TENNIS
Though not up to the state championship standards of the past, the efforts of the Knights at the WIAA state individual tournament this past weekend put a smile on veteran coach Tim Koppa's face.
The first doubles team of Sara Miller and Michelle Margolies (24-8) led the charge taking fourth as they fell to the eventual champions from Waunakee in the semifinals. Others did well, too.
"It was definitely one of the best individual tournaments we had in awhile," Koppa said. "That first day (Oct. 17) we were 5-0. The kids were supportive and really stuck with each other."
Koppa feels the effort puts the Knights in a good frame of mind as they prepare for the WIAA State Team Tennis quarterfinal with five-time state champ and North Shore rival Homestead at 5:30 p.m. Friday back at the Nielsen Stadium in Madison.
And though the Knights have lost several times to the Highlanders this season, Koppa is keeping his game face on.
"Homestead is the best team in the state, but we're going in there to battle," he said. Semifinals and finals will be held Saturday.
Koppa said Miller and Margolies could have gone further, but Miller had back spasms. She played through it on a long Friday but it tightened up in that semifinal loss (6-2, 6-0). With her efforts, the senior Miller earned eligibility for Nicolet's Tennis Hall of Fame.
The second doubles team of juniors Erin Wathen and Josie Docalavich (30-4) won two matches before also falling to the state champs (6-3, 6-1). "They had a couple of key losses that put them in this side of the draw," said Koppa. "They (Wathen and Docalavich) beat almost anybody else out there."
Koppa also praised the efforts of singles players Emily Mone (21-13) and Nina Gerard (24-10) both of whom went 2-1 with Gerard eventually falling to Homestead's two-time champ Elizabeth Konon.
"Nina played two hard kids to begin with and fought and fought to win those matches," said Koppa. "She showed a lot of character."
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SOCCER
The North Shore Conference champions moved onto WIAA Division 2 sectional play with impressive regional wins over Milwaukee Ronald Reagan (7-1) and Whitnall (4-1) last week.
Bay (15-5 overall) will now host Wauwatosa East in a WIAA sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday. If they win, they play the winner of Brookfield East and Waukesha West in the sectional final at 5 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield East for the right to advance to the WIAA State Tournament Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
"We feel good about things," said coach Jeff Worzella. "Every game is a challenge from now on and every opponent is a worthy one. We've got to come out ready to play."
Bay is looking for its first state tournament berth since 2003.
Bay and Whitnall were tied at 1-1 at the half of the regional final on Oct. 17 (Ben Kuznicki scored for Bay, assisted by Jack Menard) but then exploded for three second-half goals to put the game away.
Finding the back of the net were Zach Heller (Kuznicki assist), Kuznicki (Griffin Kerwin) and Menard (Joe Borris). Aiden Chiappa had four second-half saves for the Blue Dukes.
Sean Garwood had two goals and JT Roemer had two assists in the rout of Ronald Reagan in the regional semifinal.
Worzella said Kuznicki has really stepped up his game the last three to four weeks ("His game has a lot of dynamics") and that Kerwin has done a good job of solidifying the defense ever since he was moved to the back.
"We're playing at a high level with a lot of energy and a lot of momentum," Worzella said.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS TENNIS
The all-underclassmen contingent of the Greyhounds was competitive in the WIAA State Division 2 Individual Tournament last weekend in Madison.
Freshman singles player Liza Kruch (14-13) defeated a Jefferson opponent, 6-1, 6-3, before falling to a Kenosha St. Joseph's opponent, 6-2, 6-0. The all-junior doubles team of Tricia Nelsen and Grace Rybarik (15-12) defeated a Luther pair 6-3, 2-6 (10-5 super tiebreaker) before falling in a tough three-setter to a pair from East Troy (6-1, 4-6, 6-2).
"The girls all played really great tennis, and I couldn't be more proud of them," coach Ally Armstrong said. "Advancing to the second round is definitely a statement that they deserved to be there competing."
BROWN DEER FOOTBALL
The Falcons suffered their second tough loss in a row, when they were battered by Pewaukee, 56-10, in the regular season finale last Friday.
Brown Deer, which finished the regular season at 6-3, got a first-quarter 38-yard Gerry Gilles field goal and then took a 10-7 lead when quarterback Zack Baun ran 21 yards for a touchdown, but then the Pirates took over, scoring 49 unanswered points the rest of the way.
Baun ran for 171 yards on 25 carries and completed 10 passes for 169 yards.
The Falcons earned the fifth seed in their WIAA Division 3 playoff bracket and visits Two Rivers at 7 p.m. Friday. If they win, they will likely see Woodland Conference champion Greendale in a Level 2 game either Nov. 1 or 2.
BROWN DEER BOYS SOCCER
The Falcons closed out their competitive season with a 3-2 WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal loss to Plymouth on Oct. 15.
With the defeat, the Falcons finished at 8-13-1. Seniors on the team included Jimmy Pierson, Dustin Koenig, David Nelson, Noah Ortiz, Ryan Hudson and Ben Schwartz.
SHOREWOOD BOYS SOCCER
The Greyhounds' season finished on Oct. 15 with a 2-0 WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal defeat at the hands of Milwaukee Lutheran.
Lutheran scored both goals in the first 20 minutes of the game as Shorewood finished with a 7-4 Woodland Conference record and a final overall mark of 8-7-2.
Among the key seniors this season included Kieran Quinan, Sam Tharpgeorge, Kosta Ebben and Jack Froiland.
NICOLET BOYS SOCCER
The Knights finished their campaign with a 7-6-2 record after falling to Whitnall, 2-1, in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal on Oct. 15.
Whitnall eventually fell to North Shore champ Whitefish Bay, 4-1, in the regional final Oct. 17.
Seniors for the Knights included co-captains Michael Cohen and Sam Berman, as well as Cameran Patterson, Haadie Edalatpour, Michael Hangsterfer, Julian Bidard, Carlos Galvan, Max Rickun, Chris Jelenchick, Stefan Peterson and John Jaekels.
HOMESTEAD BOYS SOCCER
The Highlanders finished their season with a 2-0 WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal loss to North Shore rival Germantown on Oct. 15.
Jesse Nye finished with 10 saves for the Highlanders, who finished with a 3-11 record.
Seniors for the Highlanders included co-captain Hayden Braaten, Ryan Banck, Ryan Lane, Ryan Brink, Seth Cooley, Elan Leykin, Killian Martin, Zach Lennon, Mike Lamers and Nye. Junior Sean Reynolds was the other co-captain.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
George Papajohn earned second-team all-conference honors when he took ninth in the North Shore meet last Saturday at Tendick Park in Saukville.
Papajohn's efforts led the Blue Dukes to a fourth-place team finish with 105 points as Port Washington won with 34. Papajohn covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:56.
Blake Bostwick also earned second-team all-league honors with a 16th-place showing (17:30), while Jack Mueller was 25th (17:47), Patrick Konrath 27th (17:50) and Aaron Jankins 28th (17:53).
Also running were Darien Yaeger in 30th (17:56) and Ben Bergquist in 49th (18:53).
Ilias Bengana led the junior varsity efforts with an eighth-place effort (18:25).
The Blue Dukes head back to Tendick for the WIAA sectional meet at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. The top two teams and first five individuals not on those teams will advance to the state meet Nov. 2 in Wisconsin Rapids.
HOMESTEAD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Sophomore Evan Routhier led the Highlanders to a sixth-place team finish in Saturday's North Shore meet at Tendick Park.
Routhier claimed 11th place and earned second-team all-league honors, covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:15. Freshman Tom Miller was third team all-league with a 20th-place effort (17:37).
Other scoring runners included Liam Norman in 40th (18:34), Chris Broghammer in 43rd (18:39) and Jack Downey in 44th (18:44). Also running was sophomore Adam Peterson in 45th (18:46). They scored 158 points for their spot in the eight-team field.
The Highlanders host the sectional back at 11:45 a.m. Saturday back at Tendick.
NICOLET BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Aaron Zetley earned third-team all-conference honors in pacing the Knights to a seventh-place showing in the North Shore Conference meet last Saturday at Tendick Park.
Nicolet, which was running with only one senior (Chris Welker) scored 194 points for its spot.
Zetley covered the 5,000-meter layout in 17:35, which was good for 19th place. Other scoring runners included Robert Dietz in 39th (18:20), Kyle Asman in 41st (18:35), Welker in 47th (18:51) and August Eurich in 48th (18:52).
Also running were Zach Asman in 51st (19:00) and Jackson Melchert in 54th (19:13).
The Knights will also be at the sectional at Tendick.
BROWN DEER CROSS COUNTRY
Chris Jones represented the Falcons at the Woodland Conference meet, finishing 65th in the boys varsity race, covering the 5,000-meter Sheridan Park layout in 19:19. Virginia Tuncel ran the girls junior varsity race and took 93rd, covering the 4,000-meter layout in 21:29.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Highlanders were a competitive fourth in the league tournament last Saturday at Nicolet.
They went 2-1 in pool play falling to eventual champion Nicolet before beating Whitefish Bay and Port Washington in straight sets. In the championship semifinals, coach Adam Heitzkey was very pleased with the effort in which they dropped a tough 25-19, 21-25, 15-12 decision. They then lost the third-place match to Cedarburg, 24-26, 25-18, 15-7.
"Overall, I was extremely pleased with the effort and our ability to play through some rough play and deficits late in matches," said Heitzkey. "That perseverance is something that I was the most proud to see from our girls and it was something that our coaches have been looking for all season. Even in losses, we played some of our best volleyball of the season."
The Highlanders were playing without top performer Hannah Behnken who suffered a concussion in a recent match. Second setter Virginia Lee was praised for her work when the top setter was limited due to a foot sprain. Monica Caputa, Sydney Beckers and Mari Sadowsky were also praised for their efforts.
Homestead drew the eighth seed in the WIAA Watertown Sectional and will host Waukesha South in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday. If they win, they will advance to visit top-ranked in state Menomonee Falls in a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday.
HOMESTEAD-WHITEFISH BAY BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Highlanders rallied to defeat the Blue Dukes by as 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-12 count in a North Shore dual on Oct. 16. Blake Leeson had 16 kills for the Highlanders, while Devin Conrad had 17 assists and Matt Boyles eight digs.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS SWIM
Rachel Munson won both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke as the Greyhounds took fifth in the 16-school State Small Schools Meet the Greyhounds hosted last Saturday.
"Those were two commanding victories," said Greyhound coach Robbie McCabe. "We're happy where we are. We're trying to peak at the right time."
The Greyhounds, who are still without multi-time state champion Kristin Malone (back strain), scored 190 points for their spot at the Small Schools Meet as Grafton won with 346.
Munson won the 200 IM by eight seconds in an extremely quick 2:09.52 and then she came back to take the 100 breaststroke by six seconds in 1:04.65.
Other good finishes by event for Shorewood included the following: 200 medley relay—Monica Dix, Munson, Eva Jorn and Chloe Borut, third (1:56.11). 200 IM—Borut, fourth (2:19.0). 100 butterfly—Jorn, fourth (1:02.1). 400 free relay—Eva Jorn, Leah Jorn, Borut and Munson, third (3:48.8).
McCabe was pleased with the work the team did as the Greyhounds were also missing Melissa Clausen, who is nursing a shoulder problem. He praised Eva Jorn for her efforts.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SWIM
The Blue Dukes turned in a balanced effort in taking sixth at the State Small Schools Meet Saturday at Shorewood.
Bay scored 189 points for its spot in the 16-school field.
Top finishes by event included the following: 200 medley relay—Foley Van Lieshout, Anna Lauko, Heather Smallpage, and Hannah Pasterski, fifth (1:57.93). 50 free—Pasterski, sixth (26.06). 200 free relay—Maggie Colton, Lauko, Smallpage and Pasterski, fifth (1:45.82). 100 backstroke—Van Lieshout, third (1:03.89). 400 free relay—Smallpage, Kaitlyn Weber, Colton and Van Lieshout, sixth (3:53.01).
BROWN DEER/UNIVERSITY SCHOOL GIRLS SWIM
The Falcons were 14th in the 16-school State Small Schools Meet Saturday at Shorewood.
Lily Wilson was 14th in the 100 backstroke and Hannah Leedom was 16th in the same race, while Paige Sprink was 15th in the 100 breaststroke.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz
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