SHOREWOOD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The Greyhounds' Charlie Stahl admits that he's getting tired of finishing second in races, but the senior knows how to pick his efforts, as he led his team to a third-place finish in the WIAA Division 2 State Meet with his best runner-up finish of the year.
"I knew I would be in the top five and I was really out there running to win," he said. "I actually had the lead at 800 meters and held it until about the two-mile mark. I got passed after that by Ethan (Monroe's eventual winner Ethan Moehn) and I just couldn't make up anything on him afterward."
The slight disappointment mirrored that of the team effort for the defending state D2 team champions as old nemesis Wisconsin Lutheran ran away with the title with 63 points as Monroe took second with 95 and Shorewood was third with 103 in the 16-team field.
"Today we didn't run quite as well or as fast as we'd hoped but I'm pretty sure that we all put forth our best effort," Greyhounds coach Dominic Newman said. "We made the other teams earn their place and that's all we can do. I really believe that we helped to elevate the D2 competition. Other teams are thinking that if you want to beat Shorewood you have to work harder and race faster."
Stahl led the way for the Greyhounds turning in a time of 16 minutes, 7.87 seconds on the 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout in Wisconsin Rapids as Moehn won in 15:58.93. Sam Kuhlmann also made it on the podium with an eighth-place effort (sixth in the team standings) of 16:27.16.
Other scoring runners included Sam Sheilds was 52nd (27th) in 17:24.41, Jacob Goldberg in 56th (30th) in 17:30.25 and Jack Mauer in 70th (38th) in 17:41.01.
Also running were Mayan Essak in 112th (74th ) in 18:16.17 and Johnnie Papineau in 118th (80th) in 18:25.22. Newman was proud of everyone, especially Goldberg who fought the effects of two weeks of sickness and put forth a good effort.
Seniors included Mauer, Goldberg and Stahl.
"We were generally disappointed," Stahl said, "but we fought for that third place and we were happy to be there. Lutheran just ran a great race. We like to get to state and say we'll run our best race possible and make others run amazing races to beat us and that's what happened."
HOMESTEAD GIRLS SWIM
The Highlanders used as balanced effort to earn third place in the North Shore Conference championships on Saturday in their own pool.
"The team did a great job to get third in a very tough North Shore," coach Mark Gwidt said.
The Highlanders now turn their attentions to the WIAA sectional meet to be held at Cedarburg this weekend. Diving is at 5:30 p.m. Friday and swimming at noon Saturday. In Division 1 competition, the winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the 18 next best out of all sectionals statewide advance to the state meet in Madison on Nov. 16.
Gwidt is optimistic about the chances for the 200-yard medley and 200 free relays.
Homestead finished with 301 points at the NSC meet as Cedarburg (442) and Grafton (395) dominated the competition.
Top finishes by event for the Highlanders included the following: 50 free: Molly Zall, fourth (25.46 seconds); Mallory Fox, fifth (25.56); 100 free: Alex Petersen, third (55.71); Fox, fourth (55.74); Zall, fifth (55.74); 200 free: Brittany Thomas, fifth (2:06.71); 500 free: Brittany Thomas, seventh ( 5:38.23); 100 breaststroke: Petersen, second (1:07.24); 100 butterfly: Talia Gottlieb, sixth (1:04.32); diving: Leigh Berman, fifth (321.55 points); 200 free relay: Petersen, Zall, Gottlieb and Fox, third (1:41.52); and 200 medley relay: Fox, Petersen, Gottlieb and Zall, second (1:53.63).
NICOLET GIRLS SWIM
Gwen Worlton won both the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley to lead the Knights to a fifth-place showing in the North Shore Conference meet at Homestead on Saturday.
"Her time in the breaststroke was her best-ever high school time," coach Dwight Davis said. "Overall, the kids did a real nice job. Even the kids not rested turned in season best or near season-best times."
The Knights will be at the same WIAA Cedarburg sectional with hopes of advancing individuals and relays to the state meet on Nov. 16.
In the NSC meet, Nicolet scored 253 points for its spot as Cedarburg and Grafton went one-two.
Worlton turned in a time of 2:16.3 in the 200 IM and was clocked in 1:05.99 in the 100 breaststroke.
Other good efforts included the following: 50 free: Jamie Kloehn, sixth (25.88); Sarah Zelazoski, eighth (26.11); 100 free: Kloehn, eighth (57.57); 200 free: Libby Geboy, eighth (2:08.27); 100 backstroke: Grace Wilkie, seventh (1:07.39;100 butterfly: Zelazoski, eighth (1:04.76); 200 IM: Sarah Schoenfeldt, eighth (2:29.39); 200 free relay: Zelazoski, Geboy, Worlton, and Kloehn, fourth (1:46.0); and 200 medley relay: Wilkie, Worlton, Zelazoski, Worlton and Kloehn, fourth (1:55.89).
"The meet was just very tough," Davis said. "I think this shows that the North Shore is one of the two-three best conferences in the state."
HOMESTEAD AND NICOLET BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Highlanders defeated the Knights, 29-27, 25-20, 26-24, in a WIAA regional final on Friday night.
With the win, Homestead advanced to a WIAA sectional semifinal against top-seeded and state-ranked Germantown that was played Tuesday. If they advanced from there, they would take part in a WIAA sectional final at Nicolet at 7 p.m. Thursday with a berth in the WIAA State Tournament at stake.
In the win over the Knights, the Highlanders got 16 kills from Blake Leeson, 17 assists from Devin Conrad, three blocks from Fred Eason and five digs from Matt Boyles.
The Knights were led by Max Kinstler with 12 kills, Ben Spector with 24 assists, Alec Dixon with three blocks and Avi Greenspan with 14 digs.
HOMESTEAD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Sophomore Evan Routhier made his finish to the season a strong one, as he finished a respectable 39th of 190 runners in the WIAA State Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
Routhier hit the finish line in the 5,000-meter race in 16:40.72. He was the fourth sophomore to finish as Madison West junior Olin Hacker won in 15:46.19.
BROWN DEER FOOTBALL
The Falcons season came to a quiet and rainy end, when they fell to Woodland Conference champion Greendale, 31-0, in a WIAA Division 3, Level 2 playoff game Friday night.
With the loss, the Falcons finished at 7-4 while Panthers (11-0), who defeated Brown Deer for the second time this season, advanced to a Level 3 game this weekend. The effort was better than the first time around for Brown Deer, but the Panthers defense held high-flying Falcons quarterback Zack Baun in check.
The Panthers held Baun to 98 rushing yards and 83 yards through the air.
"What a performance by our defense against arguably the best athlete that we've had around this (Woodland) Conference in a while," Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said. "He's a pretty special player.
"We match up really well (in personnel) against that type of a player and that type of a scheme. We're pretty stout inside, but we're extremely fast on the edges as well. We close on the ball pretty quickly."
Greendale took a 17-0 first half lead and then held on from there.
Stoltz praised the Brown Deer coaching staff, saying, "I thought what they've done in the past couple weeks in schemes, hats off to them. I think they really play to the strength of what they have for personnel."
Brown Deer had a golden opportunity to get back into the game early in the third period as Jachai Brown recovered a fumble for the Falcons at the Greendale 29.
But Baun threw three incomplete passes, though, and the Falcons turned it over on downs at the 25.
Baun later hit a 36-yard pass to Nyles Williams to the Greendale 26, but again, the Panthers defense answered, forcing the Falcons to turn it over on downs at the 18.
Brown Deer tried for a consolation touchdown in the final minutes as Baun ran 31 yards to the Greendale 5, but a sack pushed the Falcons back and the game ended with Baun tackled at the 4.
Baun finished his staggering junior year with 1,125 yards passing and seven TD passes while rushing for 2,086 yards rushing with 28 TDs.
The Blue Dukes worked hard to earn sixth in the North Shore Conference meet at Homestead on Saturday.
Bay now turns its attentions to the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Whitewater this weekend. Diving will be held at Greenfield on Friday while swimming at UW-Whitewater commences at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the 12 best remaining statewide, will advance to the state meet in Madison, Nov. 15.
At the conference meet, Bay scored 222 points for its spot, as Cedarburg won with 442.
Best finishes by event for the Blue Dukes included the following: 100 free: Heather Smallpage, sixth (57.06); 100 backstroke: Foley Van Lieshout, fourth (1:04.15); Marisa Brudny, sixth (1:06.78); 100 butterfly: Brudny, seventh (1:04.42); diving—Susannah Karron, sixth (317.35); 200 free relay: Maggie Colton, Anna Lauko, Smallpage and Hannah Pasterski, fifth (1:48.44); 400 free relay: Colton, Kaitlyn Weber, Brudny and Van Lieshout, fourth (4:01.93); and 200 medley relay: Van Lieshout, Lauko, Smallpage and Pasterski, sixth (1:57.06).
SHOREWOOD BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Greyhounds defeated Greendale, 25-14, 25-17, 25-22, in a WIAA regional final Friday.
With the victory, Shorewood advanced to a sectional semifinal against top-seeded state power Marquette that was played Tuesday. If the Greyhounds won, they would advance to a sectional final at Greenfield at 7 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Whitefish Bay and Greenfield/Whitnall.
The winner would advance to the state tournament.
In the victory over Greendale, Karl Apfelbach had 16 kills, Joe Lock 32 assists, Jack Knutson three blocks and Riley Liegel seven digs.
BROWN DEER/UNIVERSITY SCHOOL SWIM
The Falcons scored 93 points to finish ninth of 13 schools in the 13-team Woodland Conference championships Saturday at Greenfield.
Shorewood won the meet with 440 points.
The Falcons now turn their attentions to the WIAA D2 sectional at Plymouth this weekend. Diving begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday with swimming at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 12 best out of all sectionals statewide advance to the state meet in Madison on Nov. 15.
Best finishes by event for the Falcons at the Woodland included the following: 200 free: Natalie Surfus, 12th (2:14.63); 100 free: Nicole Gross, 14th (1:02.39); 100 backstroke: Hannah Leedom, eighth (1:09.2); and 100 breaststroke: Paige Sprink, 10th (1:18.4).
NICOLET GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The state tournament hopes of the Knights were dashed in a narrowly decided 25-22, 27-25, 25-23 WIAA sectional semifinal loss to Pius XI on Oct. 31.
"It was a close match throughout," Knights coach Dann Jacobson said. "Nobody had more than a four-point lead at any point in the entire match. We were prepared for everything that they were going to do on offense, but Pius received serve better than they had in the past and their defense was outstanding. I think that was the best defense they had played up to that point. Plays where we were getting kills most of the season, Pius was digging and scrapping to keep the play alive."
Pius then pulled a major upset Saturday and beat third-ranked in state DSHA in the sectional final to advance to this weekend's state tournament in Green Bay.
Angie Morello had 23 kills with just seven errors in 40 attempts along with 18 digs, while Alanna Conley had 35 assists. Nicolet's final match record was 35-11, and they finished ranked in the top 10 of state Division 1 polls.
Seniors included Morello, Natalie Muenster and Arianna Cohen.
Freshman Nora McGuire was 109th in the 189 runner field while sophomore Katie Novak was 138th as the young Knights finished a promising season in the WIAA State Meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
McGuire was clocked in 16:05.11 on the 4,000-meter course while Novak turned in a time of 16:23.8. Coach Mike McKenna's team is largely made of underclassmen and he is very encouraged heading into next season.
Brookfield Central senior Elizabeth Flatley won the individual title in 14:11.11.
— Steven L. Tietz
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