NICOLET BOYS TENNIS
Fighting back from a tough opening draw loss to Neenah, the Knights rallied to take fifth in the powerhouse Brookfield East Spartan Invitational April 25 and 26.
Veteran coach Tim Koppa was pleased with the effort ,which included wins over Hartland Arrowhead (6-1) and Eau Claire Memorial (5-2), but notes that in a tightly compressed schedule there is still much work to do.
"This late in the season, we have just three weeks to a month to organize things," he said, "and we're still struggling with our line-up. Each dual meet is an experiment. We'll have people switching (the rest of the season)."
The weather won't help Koppa determine things either, as a key dual at North Shore rival Homestead on Thursday, May 1, may get rained out given a miserable week-long forecast.
The Knights are scheduled to take part in the Verona Duals on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3.
They will be led by top returning state-qualifying singles' players juniors Calin Dumitrescu and Kevin Ballecer who will likely switch off the top two spots the remainder of the spring. Junior Brett Conard, who played doubles last season, will be at third singles, while sophomore Rafi Barash will return at fourth singles.
In doubles, seniors Sam Berman and Ryan Docalavich will handle the first spot while freshmen Jack Steinberger and John Sullivan will handle the two spot. They are part of a very talented frosh group that Koppa is very encouraged about.
At third doubles, junior Andy Kaufman and sophomore Sam Scribner will hold down the fort.
Koppa sees a very competitive spring ahead as the Knights will have to battle Homestead for North Shore honors and Marquette and Whitefish Bay for a WIAA state team berth.
"We'll have to see how well we can compete and if we can get out of our crazy (WIAA) sectional," he said.
After a tough 11-2 loss to North Shore rival Homestead on April 22 and a 9-4 defeat at the hands of Whitefish Bay on April 23, the Knights were able to salvage their week with three straight nonconference wins over the weekend.
They edged new Berlin West, 4-3, on April 25 and then swept Brookfield East (19-14 and 10-5) in a doubleheader on April 26.
In the opener of the twinbill, Nicolet erased an 11-5 deficit with a 10-run sixth inning. The trio of victories lifted the Knights to 4-4 overall.
"I don't even know where to start," said coach Teri Green. "Those were three of the most exciting games I have seen us play."
In that stupendous rally against East, Natalie Ostoic, who was out last season with an injury, had the key three-run triple that kept the inning going as Jaclyn Clark, Edyn Herbert and Amethyst Graham all came up with big hits themselves.
Nicolet added four more runs in the seventh to keep the Spartans at bay. Clark had five hits, while Ania Kotecki and Herbert had four apiece and five others had two each.
A seven-run second did the trick in the nightcap as Ostoic and Clark had three hits apiece and four others had two apiece. Amanda Mehl got the win, scattering eight hits with two strikeouts.
Against West, Nicolet rallied for three runs in the seventh to erase a 2-1 deficit. Clark had two hits and two RBI while Herbert had two hits. Mehl had one of her best games of the year, scattering six hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Clark had a key two-run double. Sam Peltz also continued her hot hitting with several key doubles.
NORTH SHORE BOYS GOLF
Despite persistent rain, the North Shore Conference got in its first nine-hole mini-meet of the season in on Monday, April 28, with Homestead taking third, Whitefish Bay fourth and Nicolet fifth in the event at The Bog.
Cedarburg won with a 164 total as Germantown took second with 167. Homestead (169), Bay (183) and Nicolet (188) all followed.
Homestead's Charlie Maleki was a medalist with a nine-hole score of 38, with teammate Zach Shahrokhi and Bay's Patrick Sicula tieing for fifth with 40 each. Homestead's Robbie Morway, Nicolet's Tucker Bauman and Bay Hank Grunau all carded 43s, good for a tie for ninth.
The Greyhounds had a great recent trip to the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas, over the holiday break at the new Rock Chalk Park, according to coach Dominic Newman.
"We had some wonderful performance from the eight athletes that participated in the meet," said Newman.
In the boys and girls 3,200-meter run Sam Kuhlmann and Morgan Florsheim, respectively, started their outdoor campaign with early season bests of 9:45.72 for 18th place and 10:54.27 for fourth place respectively. These are near their lifetime personal records for each in the event.
The boys distance medley team (1,200-400-800-1,600) ran to a school record third place finish in 10:43.2. The quartet was made up of Johnnie Papineau (3:30.25), Taylor Dennis (52.89), JacobGoldberg (1:57.88) and Charlie Stahl (4:32.19).
Haley Florsheim had a strong 800 girls race by winning her heat with a personal best of 2:23.47, good for 18th place.
Other good efforts included the boys' 4x800 team running an early season best time of 8:06.29, good for third place. Shorewood had a great battle with the winning team from Monroe. Newman said it is the fastest time for the relay at this point in the season ever.
The team was made up of Goldberg, Papineau, Sam Shields and Stahl closed with a 1:59.31. Shields' 800 split was a six-second personal best.
Both Florsheims also ran the girls 1,600 with Morgan taking 13th in 5:13.83 and Haley 16th in 5:17.63.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS TENNIS
Without top player Wentong Zhang, who had another commitment, the Blue Dukes were still competitive in the Waukesha South Invitational April 25 and 26, going 4-1 for the weekend.
"Depth is always going to be an issue with us," said coach Phil Kelbe, "but we had a lot of kids getting their feet wet and that helped."
The Blue Dukes defeated Franklin, 6-1, lost to host South (5-2) and then beat Hartford (7-0), DePere (5-2) and Greenfield (7-0).
The second doubles team of Billy Kavanagh and Nate Bayer went 5-0 on the day while the first doubles team of Jonathan Hirst and Will Hansen went 4-1.
Kelbe said conditions for the meet were much better than last year when on the second day of the event, it was so cold the players were greeted with ice on the courts. He was pleased with the number of tiebreakers the Blue Dukes won over the course of the two days.
BROWN DEER TRACK
Both the Falcon boys tied for second and the girls finished third in the Howards Grove Tiger Invitational on April 25.
The boys scored 128 points for their spot as Kiel won the seven-school event with 174.
Zack Baun won both the 100-meter dash (11.47 seconds) and the 200 (22.77) as well as the high jump with an impressive state honor roll effort of 6 feet-8 inches. Nick Coleman was also a triple winner in the 110 high hurdles (16.63) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.05) as well as the triple jump (38-7).
Randy Gregory (41-5) and Jamar Manning went one-two, respectively, in the shot put while Manning came back to win the discus (130-2). Nyles Williams took the long jump at 19-0, winning the event on the basis of a better second jump.
The 4x200 relay team of Williams, Coleman, David Nelson and Kalvin Wiley was also victorious in 1:36.78.
The girls scored 93 points for their spot in the seven-team field with Kiel winning (197).
Kyla Blackmon won the 200 (26.94) and also anchored the 4x100 team that included Valerie Whiyee, Simone Sellers and Simya Wardell to victory in 52.52.
Desiree Clark was also a winner in the shot put (31-11).
Other good efforts by event included the following: 100—Shelby Sellers, fourth (13.74). 200—Whiyee, fourth (28.06). 800—Kendall Laurent, fourth (2:44.73). 3,200—Allie Ott, second (13:41.29). 4x400—Laurent, Sellers, Wardell and Sellers, third (4:29.79). Discus—Clark, fourth (86-0). High jump—Laurent, fourth (4-4). Triple jump—Whiyee, fourth (32-7).
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SOCCER
It was all a draw last weekend for the Blue Dukes as they tied both St. Charles North (2-2) and Madison Memorial (0-0) in a pair of high-level nonconference games.
Bay, which also routed Milwaukee Lutheran, 11-1, in a North Shore Conference game on April 22, left the week with a record of 4-1-2, and its spot as the top-rated team in state division 2 polls intact.
They were scheduled to have taken on Madison West (postponed) and Grafton earlier on this week, but the persistent soggy weather was wreaking havoc with everyone's schedule in the area.
They will be back in action on Tuesday, May 6, when they host area and league rival Nicolet at 7 p.m.
No details were available from the Memorial or Lutheran games. Against St. Charles, the Blue Dukes earned a 2-1 lead on two goals by Caroline Fink before thee visitors tied it up with about 20 minutes to go.
Amanda Pandl made nine saves for Bay.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS TRACK
Elyssa Tracy claimed the pole vault and Nia Feaster the triple jump to lead the Highlanders to a third place showing in the 13-school West Bend West Invitational last Friday.
Feaster claimed the triple with an effort of 34-7 while Tracy cleared a state-level height of 11-0 for their victories as the Highlanders scored 81 points for their spot. Host West won with 156 while Racine Case was second with 111.
Other good efforts by event included the following: 3,200 relay—fifth (10:55.71). 100 high hurdles—Tracy, second (16.54). 100 dash—Grace Karegeannes, third (13.33). 400—Karegeannes, fourth (1:04.68). 4x100 relay—sixth (53.18). 3,200—Anna Kreynin, second (12:07.14). High jump—Monica Caputa, fifth (4-8). Long jump—Caputa, third (16-2 1/4); Feaster, fourth (15-11 1/2). 800—Allie Levin, fifth (2:37.85).
HOMESTEAD BOYS TRACK
Blake Leeson won the high jump to lead the Highlanders to a fourth place finish in their outdoor opener at the Wisconsin Lutheran Viking Invitational on April 26.
Leeson cleared 6-4 for his victory in leading Homestead to a 52-point effort as host Wisco won with 103.
Other good efforts by event included the following: 800 meters—Evan Routhier, fourth (2:00.74). 110 high hurdles—Vincent Wilkerson, sixth (16.38). 4x100 relay—Patrick Curran, Nick Allen, Matt Winters and Chris Mueller, fifth (45.31). 4x200 relay—Mueller, Dan Held, Allen and Curran, third (1:32.7). Shot put—John Marita, fourth (45-5 1/2). Discus—Marita, third (137-8). Triple jump—Leeson, third (40-9).
The North Shore Conference Relays will be at Grafton at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SOFTBALL
The Blue Dukes went 1-2 to fall to 3-4 overall on the season.
They fell to Grafton, 7-5 in a North Shore tilt on April 22, and Plymouth, 5-4, on April 24. In-between, they beat area rival Nicolet, 9-4 on April 24.
No details were available from the Nicolet game. In the loss to Plymouth, a three-run third did in the Blue Dukes as Summer Koehn and Amelia Flint each had two hits and two RBI.
In the loss to Grafton, the Blackhawks broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the seventh. Taylor Hamilton had three hits and Allison Severin had two hits and three RBI for the Blue Dukes.
— Steven L. Tietz
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