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Sportswraps: April 23

April 30, 2013

Shorewood and Brown Deer boys track

On the rare nice day last week, the Greyhounds won the Falcons' Invitational on April 16.

Shorewood scored 205 1/2 points as Brown Deer was sixth in the 12-team meet with 65 1/2 .

Taylor Dennis won three events for the Greyhounds including the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (41.2 seconds), the long jump (20 feet-8 inches) and the triple jump (43-9 1/4 ).

Other firsts for the Greyhounds were the 3,200 relay team of Jacob Goldberg, John Traudt, Charles Stahl and Jack Mauer (8:22.1); Justin Rabon in the 100 dash (11.4); the 800 relay team of Robert Washington, Mike Fazio, James Douglas and Anthony Brewer (1:36.7); Stahl in the 800 (2:04.9); and the 1,600 relay team of Alec Grimmer, Dennis, Goldberg and Brewer (3:28.9).

Seconds went to Alex MacKowski in the 1,600 (4:44.0), Goldberg in the 600 (1:27.3), Sam Shields in the 800 (2:13.2), Rabon in the 200 (22.8), Henry Fowler in the 1,000 (2:58.0), and Tom Treacy in the 3,200 (10:06.3).

It was the first action of the season for three-time WIAA State Division 2 champ Rabon, who is coming back from an injury.

For Brown Deer, Jake Schimenz claimed the 1,600 (4:35.3) and the 600 (1:23.4), while the 3,200 relay team of Destin McMurrary, Michael Weedon, Todd Beadle and Brett Poniewaz was third (9:42.5); as was Curt Hogg in the 1,000 (3:01.0).

Nicolet boys tennis

Battling miserable weather like everyone else, the Knights finally got their season rolling when it went 1-2 in the Brookfield East Invitational on Saturday.

"This weather has been as worse as far as I can remember," coach Tim Koppa said. "It's been impossible to get things done."

Nicolet will have a busy week, including the Verona Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Key returnees for the Knights include seniors Ben Levey (first doubles with junior Sam Berman), Mike Yarmulnik (third singles), and Natan Barash (third doubles with senior Charles Ellsworth).

Handling the singles positions is sophomore Kevin Ballecer (first), sophomore Calin Dumitrescu (second) and freshman Rafi Barash (fourth).

The second doubles' team will be junior Ryan Docalavich and sophomore Brett Conrad.

In the East Tournament, Nicolet beat Eau Claire Memorial, 5-2, lost to defending state champion Marquette, 7-0, and lost to University School, 4-3.

Whitefish Bay boys golf

Coach Frank Donadio said the Blue Dukes are just happy to be playing, but they appear to be much more than that, as they finally opened their rain-soaked season with a strong second-place finish in the Catholic Memorial Invitational on Saturday at the Broadlands.

Donadio said even that tournament was delayed by cold temperatures and frost on the course.

The Blue Dukes turned in a fine 18-hole score of 326, which trailed only host Memorial (315) in the 14-school competition.

Taking fifth place individually was senior Jack Comiskey with a 78 while freshman Patrick Sicula was eighth with a 79.

Other scorers (all seniors) included Aris Moulopoulos with an 83, Ted Fitzpatrick with an 86 and JohnMarkwiese with a 92.

Poor conditions have forced postponement of the first two North Shore Conference mini-meets. The Blue Dukes take part in the Lake Country MACC Fund Invitational at Erin Hills on Saturday.

North Shore Conference golf

Despite nice conditions on Monday, the North Shore Conference mini-meet was canceled again.

Homestead coach Steve O'Brien said Monday's event (which has been rescheduled for May).

"Hidden Glen is still closed as are all of the courses we use," he said, "next week at Tripoli is iffy at this point and May 6 at Ozaukee (which Homestead was to host) is not a certainty either."

Then came an expected tongue-in-check quip from the veteran links' leader over this springs' horrendous conditions.

"Love it."

The Highlanders are expected to take part in the Lake Country MACC Fundraising tournament at Erin Hills on Saturday.

Nicolet girls softball

The Knights, battling the elements as much as their opponents, are off to a 2-2 start this season having beaten Cedarburg (8-5) and lost to Grafton (8-5) in North Shore Conference play.

"So far, I've been pleased with our offensive approach to the plate," coach Brad Kuehl said. "We're hitting over .300 as a team and are getting in a lot of good swings. We're being patient at the plate, as a result our strikeouts are down and our walks are up."

The Knights are led by returning NOW All-Suburban infielder Lanoira Duhart. Kuehl said it's been hard to tell how well she's doing because no one has really pitched to her yet (seven walks in four games).

Catcher Jackie Clark is hitting .470 and has thrown out five would-be base-stealers so far.

Veteran pitcher Amanda Mehl has progressed as a pitcher, Kuehl said. She's pitching hard, he said, and is not giving in to hitters as much as she did last year. She is doing well despite recovering from a broken wrist on her nonpitching hand.

The key to success this year, Kuehl said, will be the defense. He said routine plays have been OK so far, but balls a little off the beaten path have given the team trouble.

Other seniors include outfielder Shanoria Duhart, outfielder Emily Zausch, outfielder Kelsey Clark and AFS student from Sweden Julia Henrickson.

The Knights are at a tournament in Madison on Saturday, and may possibly play on the Goodman Diamond, home of the state tournament. They play Madison Edgewood and Oak Creek. Homestead is at Nicolet on Monday in a rainout makeup.

Brown Deer boys tennis

The Falcons have been using the brand new field house quite liberally as the weather still does not wish to cooperate with the spring schedule.

"We've been doing that like everybody else," said Falcons coach Jim Matousek. "We've used the walls as backboards and occasionally substituted hurdles for nets."

The Falcons are slated for four matches this week (Tuesday's dual with St. Francis was postponed). They host their own eight-team invite this weekend. The team got the courts resurfaced in the last year but in the field house construction process did lose one court, so it is down to seven.

That corresponds to an uptick in numbers as the team is up to 27 players (as opposed to 18 last season).

"We're a young team," Matousek said. "Youth is an asset. We're more athletes right now than tennis players." Team leaders include top singles players sophomore Aaron Weichart at first and senior BenSchwartz at second. Matousek has high hopes for the all-senior first doubles team of Zach Miller and Bryan Gordon.

Freshman Jon Pierson and sophomore Maurice Lucre look good at second doubles, too. The Falcons beat Greenfield in their only Woodland Conference dual so far this season.

Shorewood boys golf

A veteran Greyhounds team, fresh off an encouraging finish last season, tied for second in its first Woodland Conference East mini-meet at Dretzka Park on April 16.

"I am excited to have all five back from a team that reached the sectional last year," second-year coach Drake Zortman said. "Unfortunately, we really haven't been able to get back to that form yet, with the weather making practice difficult. I think we can contend for the Woodland East title, if we can continue to improve throughout the season as we did a year ago."

At Dretzka, Bobby Kohl led Shorewood with a nine-hole score of 44, while James Wakeley shot 45, and Brian Morris shot 47.

Other varsity performers include Cameron Duncan and Andrew Mueller. In reserve are Josh Kather, Carlo DeSando, Ryan Shanahan and Adrionna Williams.

Zortman said the scores at Dretzka weren't very good overall as the track was still very sloppy due to the persistent wet weather.

Whitefish Bay girls softball

The Blue Dukes return six starters from last year but are building around two freshmen pitchers, veteran coach Jessica (Iwanski) Middendorf said.

"One of the best aspects of this year's varsity squad is that almost all of our starters are more than capable of playing multiple positions on the field," Middendorf said. "This is a huge advantage to us to be able to move girls around as well as having two players competing for the same starting position. It will really help to boost the competitiveness and skills of each player as we continue throughout this season.

"We have three talented pitchers on the varsity team this year who have a lot of control on their pitches. They include junior Kenzie McElduff, freshman Summer Koehn and freshman Brianna Johnson.

"These three, along with our veteran catcher, senior Maggie Hankerd, will really help lead this team defensively," Middendorf said.

Other seniors on the team include third baseman Lexi Richmond, infielder Hallie Mellendorf, and shortstop Paige Kerwin.

The Blue Dukes beat Grafton, 7-6, in their North Shore Conference opener as sophomore outfielder Anna Lauko had three hits and junior utility player Amelia Flint had a three-run triple.

The Blue Dukes also dropped an 8-6 nonconference game to Franklin on Saturday as errors allowed for six unearned runs.

"This game at Grafton was a big sign of what's to come from Bay softball battling with every team in conference this year," Middendorf said. "This team has a lot of potential to win big games this year and we now have proven that we can battle back from being down without giving up."

Shorewood girls softball

Victims of weather more than the competition, the Greyhounds have played only one game and 10 rainouts including their own tournament.

"Not the best way to start the season," coach Dave Barghaus said.

In the team's lone game, they defeated Heritage Christian, 19-10, as the team collected 20 hits and junior Cindy Schuelke pitched four innings for the win while recording eight strikeouts and giving up only two hits.

Sophomore shortstop Aisling Maloney had four hits, while freshman outfielder Celeste Carroll had three hits and three RBI and fellow freshman outfielder Megan Eimers had two hits with four RBI.

Sophomore catcher/outfielder had Mindy Schuelke had two hits with three RBI while senior third baseman Meredith Behm had two hits with three RBI.

"I feel our team is vastly improved this year with solid hitting and strong defense," Berghaus said. "With all of the extra practices we have had we will be ready to compete. Our athletes are very anxious to get the season moving."

Another senior is outfielder Johnna Odom while juniors include second baseman Ellie Larkey, catcher/outfielder Chloe Stapleton, and outfielders Brittany Lee and Ruby Noyola. Another sophomore is first baseman Ashley Eimers.

Brown Deer girls softball

The veteran Falcons, like most everyone else, have gotten in only one game this week due to the foul weather.

Coach Jeff Bersch is optimistic as he is building around a veteran team that lost only one starter and returns first-team All-Woodland selection senior pitcher/outfielder Nicole Bublitz.

Bublitz has been selected to play in the state coaches' all-star game later this summer.

Junior utility player Megan Rogers was second-team all-league and two honorable mention all-conference players in sophomore infielders Shannon Murphy and Kendall Laurent were both honorable mention.

"We were a strong hitting team last year with 15 home runs," Bersch said. "… I have high hopes for the team and am looking for a productive competitive year. We have a freshman who has made the starting lineup in (outfielder) Allie Ott."

Two other seniors on the roster are infielder Saba Moges and utility player Shayna Key.

Brown Deer boys golf

The weather has caused many cancellations both with practice and meets for the Falcons this soggy season.

"It has altered the playing conditions and forced the pick, clean and place rule throughout the course," coach Kelly Appleby said. "… Over the past few weeks we have practiced in rain, wind, mud and even snow. These experiences help build character and team unity. With that being said, I wouldn't mind 60 degrees and sunny."

The Brown Deer roster includes David Bach, Drew Worth, Imani Stingley, Ryan Hudson and JamesBublitz.

Nicolet boys golf

It's been a tough spring for new Knights coach Dan Gibbon with the bad weather.

"We have only had a couple of chances to even get out to practice on the courses," Gibbon said. "We tried to compete in an early season tournament at the Bull hosted by Sheboygan Falls, but got rained out after five holes.

"Hopefully the courses dry out this week. We do not have any varsity matches scheduled, then we will be busy in May.

Gibbon will inherit five returning letter-winners including sophomore Alex Braun, who made it to the WIAA sectional last year and fellow sophomore Tucker Bauman. Senior returnees include Chris Sorenson, Nolan Wagner and Kevin Keyser.

Whitefish Bay girls soccer

After struggling in a 3-0 loss to defending North Shore Conference champion Cedarburg, the Blue Dukes bounced back with a 1-0 win over Appleton North on Saturday.

"We're still trying to figure some things out," coach Robert Williams said.

Williams said the Blue Dukes dodged a bullet in the win over North as the Lightning hit the crossbar twice and the post three times. He said that goalie Amanda Pandl played well.

- Steven L. Tietz

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