Shorewood girls swim
With returning WIAA State Division 2 champions Elli Sellinger and Clare Chamberlain leading the way, the talented Greyhounds are looking for a fourth Woodland Conference title in a row.
"We're excited about what we've seen from our first couple of meets," said coach Rob McCabe. "We're ahead of where we were last year."
Shorewood downed defending state runner-up Grafton 105-75, and Berlin/Green Lake 98-70, in duals last week.
Sellinger won the 100 butterfly and was second in the 200 freestyle last year, while Chamberlain claimed her second 200 individual medley title and was second in the 500 free in leading Shorewood to a sixth place finish at state.
"They're looking very good right now," McCabe said.
Others who will help out include seniors Lauren Lanphere and Hallie Sanders and freshmen Ellen Stello. Lanphere and Sanders joined with Sellinger and Chamberlain on the state runner-up 400 free relay.
The Greyhounds have 21 swimmers out this fall, up from 18 a year ago. They're compacted mostly in the senior (nine athletes) and freshmen (eight) classes.
Brown Deer girls volleyball
The defending Woodland Conference champs opened their season with a runner-up showing in the Bay View Invitational on Friday.
"We have a competitive team with some experience," said new Falcons coach Amy Wagner, "but we have youth on our roster and a new setter. They're working hard in the gym as they get used to one another and me."
The Falcons will be led by senior all-state candidate 5-10 outside hitter Monique Morris, the returning conference player of the year. Other veterans include senior defensive specialist Mali Urpanil and 6-2 junior middle blocker Ariel Feiertag. Morris and Urpanil are the only seniors on the junior-dominated (seven) roster.
Brown Deer lost to Woodland opponent New Berlin Eisenhower 21-10, 21-15 in the finals at Bay View after beating Milwaukee School of Languages, Racine Lakeshore and Bay View.
"It was a solid opening tournament and we look forward to getting better everyday," said Wagner.
Nicolet girls volleyball
Looking to ramp up from its North Shore Conference championship season of a year ago, the veteran Knights opened their campaign with an impressive victory in the Tiger Invitational at Milwaukee Riverside on Aug. 27.
"As defending champs, we know we cannot sneak up on teams this year and will have a big target on our backs," said Knights coach Dann Jacobson. "…We have excellent chemistry and a group of outstanding student-athletes who are passionate about volleyball."
Nicolet returns all seven starters from the team that lost in sectionals to Divine Savior Holy Angels last season. They include seniors, first-team All-North Shore setter Rachel Morello, second-team All-NSC middle blocker Nicole Flemming, outside hitter Sam Lautmann and libero Katelyn Richards.
Three returning sophomores include first-team All-NSC outside hitter Melissa Morello (led the team in kills in 2008), right side hitter Dana Kenney and 6-3 middle blocker Krystalyn Goode. Jacobson and Goode are both on the national recruiting radar, Jacobson said.
"I believe we have a lot of talented players, but the truth will be told on the court," he said.
The Knights went 4-0 at the Riverside Tourney beating Burlington, Pius XI, Waterford and Wauwatosa East.
Shorewood boys cross country
With six out of seven competitors returning from the team that took fifth in the WIAA State Division 2 state meet last fall, the Greyhounds are looking to return to the form that earned them four straight state titles from 2003-2006.
The Greyhounds opened their season by taking a strong second to returning state Division I third-place finisher Marquette in their Early Season Invite on Aug. 27.
Shorewood will be led by seniors Ben Tyler (fifth at state last season) and Peter Drews (eighth). Other senior returnees include John Taylor (team third runner at state) and Brendan Vorphal (fourth runner). Also returning are sophomore Joseph Pendleton and junior Aidan Mazur.
In their own meet, the Greyhounds scored 38 points as Marquette won with 27. Drews was second on the 5,000-meter course in 16:27, while Tyler was fourth (16:37), Taylor seventh (17:05), Pendleton 11th (17:24), newcomer John Papke 14th (17:51), Vorphal 15th (17:55) and Mazur 16th (18:12).
Homestead girls swim
The Highlanders, who have scarcely lost a North Shore Conference meet this entire decade, got a rude awakening to its season when they were hammered by defending state champion Arrowhead, 127-60, in a season opening dual Aug. 28.
"And we didn't even swim that badly," said coach Mark Gwidt. "We turned in good relay times though we were swimming tired. They were just that good. They broke their own pool record in the medley relay (1:48)."
Fortunately for the 71-member North Shore champion Homestead squad, not all competition will be that difficult. The sophomore-junior dominated team will build around juniors Kayla Dlugopolski who won the 500 free against Arrowhead (5:12) and Maiya Hilliard, who claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:09).
Other key returnees include seniors Eva Schulteis (co-captain), Hannah Happ (co-captain), Chloe Lewis, Ellie Poole and Casey Hagen and sophomore Maggie Stolz.
"This is our biggest squad ever," Gwidt said, "but we can make it work in practice because we have such a big pool." The Highlanders turned in solid times in the dual with Arrowhead as the 200 medley (1:55), the 200 free (1:44) and the 400 free (3:47) relays were all competitive.
Shorewood girls cross country
Third-place state medal-winner Emily Bachhuber won the individual title as the Greyhound girls opened their season with a thrilling two-point victory over Muskego in their own Early Bird Invitational on Aug. 27.
"The girls have started off the season with a fine competitive spirit," said coach Sarah Kopplin. "Beating Muskego was an accomplishment." She cited senior captains Morgan Baker, Chloe Staub, Laura Schroeder and Elana Lubka for getting the team in shape with summer runs.
Bachhuber, now a junior, had a best time of 14:50 at state last year. Kopplein feels she will have her "most outstanding season."
Other key returnees include sophomore Jenny Vrobel, seniors Baker, Staub and Schroeder, and junior Nora Walters. Others to watch include senior Elana Lubka, junior Holly Garrett and freshman Namrata Trikha. The Greyhounds are looking for their first state meet team berth in three years.
Bachhuber was clocked in 16:07 to claim individual honors at Kern Park, while freshman Haley Holan took fourth (16:30), Vrobel fifth (16:32), Baker eighth (16:59), Staub 14th (17:16), Waters 15th (17:21) and Schroeder 22nd (17:57).
Shorewood had 32 points, Muskego 34 and DeForest, led by Kopplein's old coach Chris Smith, was third (79).
Whitefish Bay girls swim
The Blue Dukes are off to an impressive start this season, beating area power Brookfield East in a dual and winning the first annual WildFalconCat Invite at Brown Deer on Saturday.
Four state meet veterans, who led the Blue Dukes to an eighth-place showing in the Division 2 state meet, will lead the team. Senior Maggie Smith was second in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 free, while fellow seniors Lauren Van Loon (eighth 500 free) and Annie Maercklein (eighth 100 breaststroke) and sophomore Elissa Maercklein were all part of the ninth place 400 free relay.
The Blue Dukes dominated the six-team invite field with 728 points, which was well ahead of 2008 state meet runner-up Grafton (394).
Top two finishes for the Blue Dukes by event included the following: 200 medley relay - Elissa and Annie Maercklein, freshman Annelise Sprau and senior Claire Riordan, second (1:55.5); 200 individual medley - Annie Maercklein, second (2:20.63); 50 free - Smith, first (25.05), Sprau, second (25.71); 200 butterfly - Sprau, second (1:02.36); 100 free - Smith, first (55.75), Riordan, second (59.28); 500 free - Van Loon, second (5:33.94); 200 free relay - Sprau, senior Erika Krukowski, Riordan and Smith, first (1:45.49); 100 breaststroke - Annie Maercklein, second (1:09.11); and 400 free relay - Van Loon, Lissy and Annie Maercklein and Smith, first (3:49.16).
Homestead girls tennis
The defending state champs are making things look easy, as they cruised to four, 7-0, dual meet wins against good competition in sweeping to the title in the Brookfield Central Invitational on Aug. 27 and 28.
It was the second major four-match dual meet event that the Highlanders have won this season.
"This was very decisive," said Highlanders coach Jackie Egelhoff, "and I thought we played very well. We even did some lineup switching in that final match (against Nicolet). We're still fine-tuning things and looking at new options everyday."
The Highlanders, who will be at the Middleton Dual Meet Invitational this weekend, routed Waukesha North, Madison West, Brookfield East and Nicolet in earning their title at Brookfield.
Egelhoff said that defending state singles champ Aly Coran continues to dominate opponents, while Corey Mattson and Brittany Watchmaker and Dani Merar and Kristin Swenson looked good while swapping doubles partners.
Brown Deer football
Three touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Falcons all the impetus they needed as they opened up their season with a robust, 36-12, rout of Watertown Luther Prep on Friday.
"It's huge, really big," said Falcons coach Rob Green, whose team was coming off a 2-7 season. "I thought our team chemistry was really good. The thirty-five or so kids we had on the sideline were really in it together."
The Falcons will now visit Wauwatosa West (1-0) for a 7 p.m. tilt on Friday. The Trojans are coached by Matt Good, a long-time former assistant for Brown Deer.
"He was a big part of what we accomplished here," Green said. "A good coach. Tosa West is lucky to have him."
The Falcons didn't need luck in the win over Luther Prep. They fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter, but then scored three unanswered touchdowns to take control. Dominique Richie grabbed a 65 yard pass from Brett Youngbeck, Chris Smith ran a punt back 51 yards and Brian Michalica had a 40-yard interception return all before the quarter ended.
Sean Andryauskas and Smith each had second half touchdown runs for the Falcons as Smith rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries and Richie had five catches for 112 yards. Green said the team tackled well as a unit.
- Steven L. Tietz
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