Shorewood girls tennis
Saabirah Abdullah and Victoria Nelsen claimed the first and second singles titles, respectively, as the Greyhounds earned second in the Woodland Conference Tournament last week.
"We had some great results," Greyhounds coach Margie Van Lieshout said. "Last year we took fourth, so it was exciting to move up in the ranks. Saabirah held her seed and played some good tennis in the final. Victoria had a great tournament, beating Ruth Jensen of Greendale in the final.
"That was big, especially after losing to her the previous week in three sets," Van Lieshout said. "Victoria went into that match ready to battle it out and started very strong. She was definitely hungry for a first place finish, got it and deserved it."
Greendale outscored Shorewood, 47-39, for the title.
The freshman Abdullah won all three of her matches in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-4 decision over a Greenfield opponent in the final. Nelsen didn't drop a game until the final, where she defeated Jensen, 6-1, 6-3.
At first doubles, Mary Matoba and Lizzie Tews also had a great tournament, taking third.
"They fought off three match points in their opening match against Wauwatosa West in one of the more exciting matches of the season," Van Lieshout said.
The Greyhounds tied University School for first in the WIAA subsectional Monday. Qualifiers advanced to the sectional back at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson on Wednesday, with qualifiers there advancing to the WIAA State Tournament.
Shorewood boys cross country
The Greyhounds took a step forward when it won Division 2 competition in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday, while taking sixth overall in the powerhouse field.
Shorewood scored 66 points to win the 13-school division on the University of Wisconsin's Thomas Zimmer course while Port Washington was a close second with 70.
Joe Pendleton continued his excellent season with a third place time of 16:29. He was followed by Peter Morris in eighth place with a personal best time of 16:51, while Aidan Mazur was 11th (17:05), John Papke 21st (17:22) and Gavin Schroeder 23rd (PB 17:27). Papke looked good shaking off an injury coach Dominic Newman said.
Jacob Goldberg broke through with a personal best of 17:38, followed by Keith Dodd (17:53), Oliver Heywood (17:56), Tom Treacy (17:59) and Jack Mauer in (PB 18:08).
Madison West won the Division 1 meet in a battle of heavyweights, edging Arrowhead by two points.
North Shore girls golf
Whitefish Bay/Shorewood advanced to sectional with a second place in the WIAA regional meet at Ironwood last week.
They took part in the sectional at Wanaki on Tuesday. The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams advanced to the WIAA State Meet at University Ridge in Verona on Monday and Tuesday.
Bay turned in a four-person, 18-hole score of 359 and finished second to DSHA (342). Leslie Fuda was the fourth-place individual medalist with an 80 while Molly Baron was eighth with an 85; Katherine Matkom (95), Katie Sullivan (99) and Kelsey Pfeifer (100) also contributed.
Nicolet took seventh in the regional with 405 and advanced senior Amy Hurwitz to sectional. Hurwitz carded a 12th place total of 90, just edging out freshman teammate and North Shore Conference 18-hole finale medalist Emily Murphy for the final sectional slot by one shot.
Brown Deer girls tennis
The Falcons finished their season when they failed to advance anyone from the WIAA subsectional they hosted on Monday.
Prior to that, they earned a tie for ninth in the Woodland Conference Tournament. First singles player Amy Wisotzske defeated St. Francis (6-0, 6-1) and New Berlin West (1-6, 6-2, 6-1) to advance into the semifinals where she lost to eventual champion Saabirah Abdullah of Shorewood (6-1, 6-1) and to a Greendale opponent in the third place match (6-1, 6-1).
Greendale won the Woodland Tournament with Shorewood taking second.
University School and Shorewood dominated the subsectional.
Whitefish Bay and Homestead boys volleyball
The Blue Dukes defeated the Highlanders, 27-25, 25-21, 25-19, in a North Shore dual Sept. 29.
Tyler Martin had eight kills for Bay while the Highlanders were led by Mitch Hauser and Anthony Bichler with nine apiece. Joey Werner had 22 assists for Homestead while Riley Mehls had 20 for Bay. Bay hosts its own invitational on Saturday.
Shorewood boys soccer
After taking a disappointing sixth in the Hartford Invitational on Saturday, the Greyhounds continued their strong run in the Woodland, defeating Greenfield, 2-1, on Monday.
Robert Perry got a goal at 21:52 for the Greyhounds, before Greenfield tied it up just seconds later at the 22:14 mark.
Perry then notched the game-winner at the 82:13 mark. Shorewood outshot Greenfield by a 17-4 margin. They also defeated Whitnall, 5-2, on Sept. 29, overcoming a 2-0 first half deficit, as Lou Bennett scored three times and Matt Washington twice.
The Greyhounds closed out their regular season on Wednesday against Wauwatosa West.
WIAA tourney play is set to begin Oct. 12.
Homestead girls cross country
Perhaps this is the race that will boost Lauren Holtz's confidence.
That is certainly the hope of Highlanders coach Victor Vilar as Holtz dropped a second off Samantha Ritt's decade-old 4,000-meter cross country school record in winning the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison on Saturday.
"The reality about Lauren is, is that when she has something to be motivated about, that's when she really pulls through," Vilar said. "It's all about believing in herself. She was virtually tied with two other girls at the 3,000-meter mark and then she just made her move and no one could go with her."
Holtz won by about 11 seconds in a time of 14:31 in leading the Highlanders to fifth place in the 14-school field. Homestead scored 160 points as Madison West dominated with 43.
The Highlanders also got personal bests out of Helen Lewis (16:32), Elizabeth Balistreri (17:08) and Ashley Claussen (17:05) in earning their spot.
Nicolet girls swim
Competing against the best, the Knights took 12th of 20 in the Wisconsin Girls Invitational at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Saturday.
Nicolet scored 66.5 points as defending state champion Arrowhead won with 395.
Diver Calli Head led the way with a third place showing of 390.05 points, while Taylor Winter was seventh in the 500 free (5:24.9) and 11th in the 200 free (2:02.86), while Christa Rumbaugh was ninth in both the 50 (25.77) and 100 free (55.66).
The best relay finish for the Knights was a 10th from the 200 free team of Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, Winter, Rumbaugh and Yvonne Hangsterfer (1:47.38).
After being shutout, 28-0, and held to no first downs by a fierce Homestead defensive effort last week, the Knights will try to speed up the tempo against visiting Germantown at 7 p.m. Friday.
Both teams enter the game with identical records of 2-2 in the North Shore and 3-3 overall. Both teams have to have a win to keep state playoff hopes alive.
"We need that game as much as they do," said Knights coach Brian Sommers, who praised the defense for holding tight against Homestead, despite two critical first quarter turnovers that led to easy Highlanders scores.
Friday will be a "White-Out" Night as Eggers Imprints, run by Nicolet graduate and former Knights star pitcher Dan Eggers, is giving out T-shirts as a way of encouraging attendance.
"We just can't make the mistakes that we made last week," Sommers said.
Shorewood girls swim
Showing that quality trumps quantity, a short-handed Greyhounds squad defeated St. Thomas More/St. Francis by an 89-75 score last week.
"We did it again but this time with only ten swimmers (winning the meet)," Greyhound coach Rob McCabe said. "We had three girls out due to a choir gig and two girls ended up getting sick Thursday afternoon. We adjusted the meet lineup on the bus ride down to St. Francis leaving only two swimmers in each event, but it all worked out."
Taking two firsts each for Shorewood were Genevieve Hayes in the 200 (2:17.91) and 500 frees (5:35.44) and Ellen Stello in the 50 free (26.93) and 100 backstroke (1:03.86). McCabe called Hayes' 500 race "a thing of beauty."
Other victories went to Kristin Malone in the 200 individual medley (2:20.46), Ellen Stello in the 50 free (26.93), and Melissa Clausen in the 100 free (1:00.82),
In addition, the Greyhounds won the 200 free relay with Clausen, Diana Yakshimamedova, Hayes and Malone (1:53.06) and the 400 free relay with Hayes, Clausen, Stello, and Malone (3:56.53).
- Steven L. Tietz
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