University School tennis
USM swept every flight and cruised to the championship in the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson on Oct. 8.
In doing so, the Wildcats advanced singles players Maddy Ecker (22-4), Saira Khanna (14-2) and Lucy Bartlett (8-2) and the doubles teams of Becca Buchanan and Riley Kelly (8-1) and Anne Scheid and Hannah Lubar (19-6) to the state individual tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on today through Saturday.
Ecker is the second seed in singles and Khanna the fourth while Buchanan and Kelly claimed the fourth seed in doubles.
In addition, the Wildcats, who lost to Green Bay Notre Dame in the state team finals last season after winning four consecutive Division 2 titles, will advance back to that tournament at Nielsen, Oct. 23 and 24. They will play Altoona in one semifinal while Notre Dame will challenge Big Foot/Williams Bay in the other.
In winning every sectional flight, USM turned in a perfect score of 56 while Shorewood was a distant second with 30. Other sectional champions for the Wildcats included fourth singles player Elana Noyes and the third doubles team of Shannon Cary and Ellie Wigdale.
Shorewood girls tennis
The Greyhounds advanced first singles player Lydia Hellwig and the first doubles team of Mary Matoba and Lizzy Tews to this weekend's WIAA Division 2 State Individual Tournament at Nielsen Stadium in Madison.
Shorewood's qualifiers earned their slots out of the WIAA sectional held at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson on Oct. 8.
Hellwig (12-9) will take on Maria Koval of Green Bay Notre Dame (13-6) in a first round state match Thursday at 7:30 p.m. while Matoba and Tews will challenge a pair from (Wausau) Newman Catholic in a 9 p.m. Thursday match.
Play will then continue through Saturday's championship rounds.
Coach Margie Van Lieshout said that Hellwig showed amazing grit and determination to advance despite a bad ankle.
"She won the match of her life when she upset Brianna Madsen of Racine Prairie to qualify for state," Van Lieshout said. "She sprained her ankle at practice yesterday (Oct. 7) and we were unsure if she'd be able to compete in the sectional at all. She toughed it out and decided to play. Lydia lost the first set in a tie breaker. … I am incredibly proud to be the coach of such an amazing competitor."
Matoba and Tews downed a duo from Kenosha St. Joeseph's in the first round of the sectional to advance. Elana Lambert, who finished second at fourth singles, was also praised for her efforts.
Van Lieshout said a strong effort at subsectionals on Oct. 6 helped pave the way to the runner-up sectional total of 30 points. University School won every flight en route to a 56-point effort.
"Everybody contributed to this second-place effort," said Van Lieshout.
Whitefish Bay girls tennis
Eighth seeded Sophie Lillie (19-8) and Kylie Davidson (21-7) advanced in singles as did the doubles team of Michelle Croak and Elizabeth Foran (13-9) to the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison this weekend.
They earned their berths as part of a runner-up team effort in the sectional meet at Greendale on Oct. 8.
Davidson and the doubles team will play in first-round competition on Thursday. Both were extra qualifiers selected by the state seeding committee while Lillie will get a bye into Friday's action. Play will continue through Saturday's championship rounds.
Bay scored 38 points for its runner-up showing in the sectional as North Shore rival Nicolet surprised even itself by sweeping all seven flights en route to a 56-point score.
Lillie lost a tough 7-5, 6-4 first singles final to Nicolet's Jennifer Winston. It was a fate repeated for every Blue Dukes entry except for Croak and Foran at first doubles, who lost in the quarterfinals and then had to await the decision of the seeding committee.
"It was an amazing showing by us (to sweep)," said Nicolet coach Tim Koppa, "because I have such respect for those kids from Bay."
Homestead girls golf
When the chances for a return state trip for the team diminished as the day went on, North Shore Conference individual medalist Katie Zganjar put the best spin possible on the situation.
By qualifying for state as an individual in most dramatic fashion when she rammed in a 50-foot-plus putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Appleton West's A.J. Selig for the third and final state slot from WIAA sectional play held in Oshkosh on Oct. 7.
"The next thing I knew I had all five of my teammates running at me for a group hug," Zganjar said. "I know it was the longest putt of my life for sure."
Both Selig and Zganjar had tied with 18-hole totals of 87 at Westhaven Golf Course when they went over to the 340-yard par four sixth hole for the playoff. Zganjar was feeling bad that the team hadn't qualified so coach John Kruger ordered her over to the practice green after she finished her round.
"She felt she had let the team down," Krueger said, "… so I told just to get her clubs and get ready for more golf."
Due to the situation of another player hitting her ball by accident, Selig had to replay parts of the 18th hole. That changed her score, resulting in the playoff.
Zganjar said the green on the sixth hole was sloped a little high on the sides and flatter in the middle.
"I got myself over the putt, then readjusted it and then I just went for it," she said.
The ball was traveling at some speed when it hit the back of the hole, popped straight up and came down in the cup.
Krueger then had someone walk off the putt a little later to get the distance right.
"This is just great," he said. "Katie has put a lot into her game, and I'm happy that she took advantage of the situation."
The Highlanders, who were state runner-ups last season, were fourth in the sectional with a 369 total. Arrowhead (342) and Neenah (353) earned the state team berths and Appleton West was third (361).
Other scores for Homestead included Jessica Levine and Rachel Morris (93 apiece), Lauren Olson (96) and Rebecca Hart (98).
Whitefish Bay boys soccer
The Blue Dukes finished up their North Shore Conference title in emphatic fashion with a 7-0 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on Oct. 6.
"We had some goals at the beginning of the season and we wrote them down," said Blue Dukes coach Mike Kops. "Winning conference was one of them. The guys knew that they had to settle it here and they did. We started 11 seniors in their last conference game. They treated it with respect and gave it their best effort."
The Blue Dukes finished the regular season 6-1 in conference and 8-7 overall. They also lost a 1-0 decision last week to Arrowhead, the top seed in the WIAA's Brookfield Central sectional.
Bay claimed the two seed in its own sectional behind defending state champion Marquette. They took on Bay View in a regional semifinal on Tuesday and if they win will host the winner of Nicolet and Milwaukee King in a regional final Thursday.
Sectional play will be back at Bay on Oct. 22 and 24.
In the Lutheran game, the Blue Dukes had six different players score, led by Brady King with two goals. Others finding the back of the net included Robert Courtney, Andrew Bertran, Jack Krugler, Charlie Hoover and Kevin Brown.
Among those notching assists were Matt Sosey, Sam Bischmann and Luke Davey. Gabe Drury made three saves.
Whitefish Bay/Shorewood girls golf
The dreams of a state tournament berth didn't quite come to fruition for the Blue Dukes when the North Shore Conference champions finished fifth in the WIAA sectional tournament at Ives Grove Country Club in Racine.
"I just felt bad for the seniors (Keeley Wallis and Maddie Mittelstadt) that they didn't get a chance to get back to state," said coach Bryan Rech. "We had played well all season right up until regional and sectional. I did feel good for our fourth and fifth players (Mittelstadt and Katherine Matkom) who really stepped up and did end the season in a good way."
Bay/Shorewood turned in an 18-hole team score of 374 as DSHA (355) and Pius XI (357) claimed the state team berths.
Wallis led the way for the Blue Dukes with an 84. An 81 was needed to secure a state individual berth. Other scores for Bay included Mittelstadt (93), Leslie Fuda (97), Matkom (100) and Molly Baron (101).
"We would have had to have played our best golf of the season and had someone falter," Rech said of the chances for team state. "… Our seniors were nice kids. I'm sad to see them go."
Homestead boys soccer
The season has not been played at the usual tuneful melodic pitch for the Highlanders but they are starting to hit all the right notes at the right time, as they knocked Southeast Conference champion Muskego out of the unbeaten ranks and battered area power Waukesha West in a pair of 2-0 decisions last weekend.
"This really gives us some confidence," said Highlanders coach Rich Dorn. "We beat some good teams this weekend. Though as someone noted at the (WIAA) seeding meeting, we've lost only to good ones."
Homestead (8-8-2) opened regional play against Germantown on Tuesday and if they won, they would advance to a regional final, likely at second-seeded Greater Metro Conference champion Brookfield Central Thursday (TBA).
"There's nothing really different that we're doing," Dorn said. "We're just playing at the way we're capable of. … And as everyone knows, finishing always helps."
Carson Francis got both goals against Muskego, one on a hustle play and the other on a well-layered set-up that included touches by Dillon Kelly, Gabe Genovesi and Andrew Lamers before Francis headed the ball in. The Warriors were 19-0-1 going into the tilt.
Against West, Francis got the Highlanders on the board early with a nice one-on-one move to beat the keeper and in the second half, Spencer Hosseini created well and fed Jeremy Waters for another goal.
Shorewood boys cross country
The Greyhounds tuned up for this Friday's Woodland Conference meet in impressive fashion, by routing the field in their own invite at Kern Park on Saturday.
"This was a great meet," said Greyhound coach Dominic Newman. " …If you know that you have put everything out there on the course then you should be able to walk a way with your head held high."
Shorewood turned in a score of 34 points, overpowering City Conference power and state meet qualifier Milwaukee King (73) to top the 18-school field.
Ben Tyler turned in a scorching time of 15 minutes, 53 seconds on the 5,000-meter course to win the race, while teammate Peter Drews wasn't far behind in second (16:02).
Other scoring runners for the Greyhounds included John Taylor in seventh (16:40), Joseph Pendleton in ninth (16:52) and John Papke in 15th (17:19). Also competing were Aidan Mazur in 17th (17:23) and Brendan Vorphal in 27th (17:42).
The Woodland Conference meet will get under way at 3 p.m. Friday at Sheridan Park in Cudahy.
Nicolet girls volleyball
It's always good to win your own tournament.
And the timing for it couldn't be better for the defending North Shore Conference champion Knights, who claimed their first large event title of the season when they claimed the Brittney Gigl Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
"Saturday was a great team effort," said Knights coach Dann Jacobson. "All the kids played really well and supported each other throughout the day. I told the players to not necessarily focus on winning the tournament, but focus on playing the way Brittney lived - with great effort, great energy, great enthusiasm and great love for teammates."
The tournament is named for a former Nicolet volleyball player who sadly passed away a few years ago. Nicolet will now look to defend its North Shore Conference title when it competes in the league tournament at Homestead at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Homestead, whom the Knights beat in the championship round of the Gigl, Cedarburg and Germantown will be the primary challengers. Nicolet enters this week's play with a 6-0 NSC mark, a 25-3 match record and a game scorecard of 59-9.
In the Gigl, the Knights routed Manitowoc and Milwaukee Riverside in pool play and then defeated Brookfield Central (29-27, 25-17) and Homestead (25-22, 25-15) in the final round.
"I thought our defense and serving were outstanding," said Jacobson. "Nikki Flemming continues to just dominate the net with her blocking. Flat out, I have not seen a better blocker than Nikki this year."
Melissa Morello had 38 kills on the day while Rachel Morello contributed 72 assists, Dana Kenney 10 aces, Katelyn Richards 34 digs, and Flemming 10 blocks.
"It is gratifying to beat teams like Homestead and Brookfield Central," Jacobson said. "They are extremely well coached, with outstanding players."
Brown Deer girls tennis
The Falcons season came to a quiet end when senior first singles player Nina Her dropped her quarterfinal match in the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament that the team hosted at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson.
Her finished with a final record of 13-9.
Other members of the team this fall included Darcy McMurtagh, Meredith Oates, Simone Sherard, Zoua Xiong, Alexis Sherard, Amy Wisotzke, May Khang and Manda Vang.
Whitefish Bay Boys Volleyball Invitational
Nicolet was fourth, Homestead lost in the quarterfinals and host Bay beat Shorewood in the consolation finals as some of the state's best gathered in the Blue Dukes field house on Saturday.
"Whitefish Bay was an OK day for us," said Nicolet coach Brad Kuehl. "We did some nice things but lost a match we should not have lost to Racine Horlick. The boys learned a valuable lesson that every time we play a team they are going to try extra hard to beat us. We have to step up our game to every level and never let off the gas pedal."
The Knights beat Fort Atkinson and West Allis Hale in pool play before falling to Horlick.
In the playoffs, Nicolet lost in the semifinals to eventual runner-up Catholic Memorial in three games. Rob Mayer had 45 kills and 26 digs on the day while Matt Klingspohn had 35 kills with four aces and Anatoli Berezovsky contributed 105 assists with 6.5 blocks.
Homestead beat Shorewood and Brookfield Central in pool play and also lost to Memorial before falling to eventual champion Middleton in the quarterfinals. An injury to libero Tyler Wiedenhoeft in the Shorewood match hurt the Highlanders consistency for the rest of the day.
"We stayed mentally tough and played through some tough stretches that we hadn't been able to do earlier in the year," said Homestead coach Todd Lyon. Brian Hoffman, Will Ault and Tony Bichler were praised for their efforts.
Bay beat Racine Park but fell to Middleton and Wauwatosa West in pool play. However, the Blue Dukes were able to bounce back in consolation play, defeating Fort Atkinson and Shorewood in a pair of three-game matches.
"Our MVP of the tourney was junior outside hitter Charlie Sather," said Bay coach Jake Nowak. "Charlie put on an offensive display in almost every match of the day. He had 15 kills or more in three different matches during the day - including against a top level Middleton team."
Nowak was very pleased with the effort against Middleton in pool play as Bay took the Cardinals to three games with "just a couple of mental errors" separating the Blue Dukes from a major upset.
"(This finish) wasn't what we wanted but we'll take it," Nowak said. "There are worse ways to finish your day at that tourney."
Short-handed Shorewood still found some things to cheer about despite being down two starters.
The Greyhounds lost to Memorial and Homestead in pool play and beat Brookfield Central. In the consolation semifinals they downed West Allis Hale in two straight before falling to Bay.
"(We got) great individual play from our two middle blockers, junior Bennett Reed and senior Dylan Knutson," said Greyhounds coach Kevin Gemignani. "Junior Nick Yannett also bounced back from an ankle injury two weeks ago to give us a big lift on offense. Seniors Joe Kelley, Jake Miller and Erik Berg grinded all day, giving us solid effort in every match."
Cedarburg Bulldog Swim Invitational
Nicolet freshman Calli Head won diving as three area teams competed well at the annual test.
Whitefish Bay, behind a balanced effort, had the best finish, taking third in the 14-school field (296 points), while Brown Deer/University School was eighth (146.5) and Nicolet ninth (134).
Best finishes for the Blue Dukes included a second from Maggie Smith in the 50 free (25.21), a third from the 400 free relay team of Lauren Van Loon, Lissy Maercklein, Annelise Sprau and Smith (3:50.38); and fourths from Van Loon in the 200 free (2:03.26), Sprau in the 100 butterfly (1:04.42), Maercklein in the 100 backstroke (1:06.07) and the 200 free relay team of Claire Riordan, Sprau, Van Loon and Smith (1:45.32).
"It was a pretty good tune-up meet," said Blue Dukes coach Jim Davis. "We missed out on a few points in some spots and Annie Maercklein was out on a college visit. … This was a new meet for us so we weren't disappointed at all. We know we have some work to do."
Brown Deer/USM was led by the efforts of Caroline Roos, who was second in the 100 fly (1:03.13) and who also anchored the 400 free relay team of Caroline Bridges, Dani Gross and Nicole Hornslein to a fourth-place showing (3:54.6). Bridges was also third in the 50 free (26.04).
Co-coach Bob Van Lieshout was pleased with the divers, led by Emily Melvin, and noted that the team has more sprint freestyle depth than it has had in many years.
"We've had no more than four kids under a minute (in the 100 free) in a given year ever and now we have eight," he said. "It's a real team thing right now. Everything is really kicking into gear."
Head moved into the top three all-time on the Nicolet diving list when she won the event with a 411.6 point total with teammate Leah Fischer taking fifth (308.35).
"She's real smart, got a lot going on between the ears," said Knights coach Dwight Davis of Head. "Just a great, great kid."
Taylor Winter also had a good meet for the Knights, taking third in the 500 free (5:25.29) and fifth in the 100 fly (1:04.42).
Shorewood girls cross country
Despite being short-handed for a variety of reasons, the Greyhounds closed out the regular season on a positive note, taking fourth in their own invitational Saturday at Kern Park.
"My team had an extremely strong performance," said Greyhounds coach Sarah Kopplin. (Top runner) Emily Bachhuber was in Boston for a family wedding and did not compete and our number three runner Jenny Vrobel was home taking a day off to ward off a cold as a precautionary measure."
"We had stellar performance across the board. All runners who competed yesterday showed improvement from the first meet we hosted on this course in August."
The Greyhounds will participate in the Woodland Conference meet on Friday at Sheridan Park in Cudahy at 3 p.m. Pewaukee, which won the Shorewood meet with 43 points, will be the meet favorite.
Shorewood scored 119 points for its spot in the 14-school field.
Freshman Haley Holan turned in a personal best of 15:37 to take fourth and lead the Greyhounds. Other scoring runners included Morgan Baker in 17th (16:22), Chloe Staub 24th (16:35), Laura Schroeder 32nd (16:46) and Grace Corry 42nd (17:12).
Also running were Namrata Trikha in 44th (17:15), Nora Waters in 47th (17:25) and Elana Lubka in 61st (17:57).
Brown Deer cross country
The Falcons boys were 15th of 18 at the Shorewood Invitational at Kern Park on Saturday.
Brown Deer's boys and girls will take part in the Woodland Conference meet at Sheridan Park in Cudahy at 3 p.m. Friday.
Brown Deer scored 445 points in the Shorewood meet as the host Greyhounds won with 34. Eric Frisch led the way in 63rd (18:45) while Chris Burant was 86th (19:38), Curt Hogg, 91st (19:49), Matt Weichart, 93rd (19:57), Thomas Simms, 112th (21:38), and Jim Jens, 113th (21:38).
For the girls, Carolyn Hermsen was 76th (18:58).
Shorewood girls swim
Behind firsts from Elli Sellinger, Claire Chamberlain and Ellie Stello, the Greyhounds were third in the Sheboygan South Redwing Invitational on Saturday.
Shorewood will host the State Small Schools Invitational at 1 p.m. Saturday. Bay and Brown Deer/USM will be among the teams competing.
The Greyhounds scored 301 points at Sheboygan as Menomonee Falls/Hamilton won with 420.
Stello won both the 100 butterfly (1:02.06) and the 500 free (5:21.92), while Sellinger took the 200 free (1:57.65) and Chamberlain the 200 individual medley (2:11.8).
Other good finishes by event for the Greyhounds included the following: 200 medley relay - Sellinger, Stello, Chamberlain and Hallie Sanders (1:55.31); 100 free - Sellinger, second (54.01); 100 backstroke - Chamberlain, second (59.98); 100 breaststroke - Lauren Lanphere, third (1:15.18); and 400 free relay - Sellinger, Lanphere, Stello and Chamberlain, second (3:43.44).
Nicolet cross country
The Knights tuned up for this Saturday's North Shore Conference meet at Tendick Park in fine fashion when the boys took second and the third girls third in the muddy and wet Waterford Wolverine Invitational on Friday.
"For the boys, it obviously wasn't our best race, but it was still OK," said Knights coach Mike McKenna, "… and the girls keep plugging along. They're really making progress."
The girls varsity race at Tendick on Saturday will be at 11:10 a.m. and the boys will be at 11:45 a.m. State powers Whitefish Bay, Homestead and Germantown will dominate the girls race, while McKenna is hoping the boys can sneak a second behind favored defending champion Germantown.
In the Waterford meet, the Knights boys scored 67 points, as they fell to the host Wolverines (54) in the nine-school event. Nathan Frazer was third individually on the 5,000-meter course in 17:00.
Other scoring runners were Josh Greenberg in ninth (17:36), Ethan Klein in 15th (17:51), Jeff McClain in 18th (18:05) and Sean Mannion in 22nd (18:25). Also running were Greg Wisniewski in 24th (18:29) and Matt Bootsma in 25th (18:30) and Brandon Zall in 31st (18:38).
Behind the one-two-three finish of Randy Gryzbowski, Tamir Klein and Jacob Frazer, respectively, the Knights boys easily won the junior varsity meet.
For the girls, Nicolet scored 80 points, as Racine Case (38) edged Waterford (43) for the title.
Lauren Cunningham was third (16:07), while Christie Crossman was 13th (17:05), Alissa Maling, 18th (17:28), Grace Dykstra, 21st (17:40), and Kristen Maling,30th (18:05).
Also running were Polly Durant in 33rd (18:07), Ashley Green 36th (18:28) and Elle Davis 40th (18:36).
McKenna said with the cool temperatures (40 degrees) and mud, the course was around 20-25 seconds slow.
- Steven L. Tietz
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