The Greyhounds advanced freshman Liza Kruch (13-12) in singles and the doubles team of juniors Tricia Nelsen and Grace Rybark (14-11) to this week's WIAA Division 2 Individual State Tournament out of sectional play held at Pleasent Valley on Oct. 9.
Coach Ally Armstrong was very impressed with the showing especially that of the freshman Kruch.
"As a coach, it's great to work with her because she's so driven and really wants to improve her game," Armstrong said. "She has great ground strokes and hits with a lot of power....I think she'll be a very tough competitor (as she gets older)."
Both play first-round matches on Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Play continues through the weekend until Saturday's early afternoon finals.
"I'm so proud of our girls advancing," Armstrong said. "The hard work during the season definitely paid off."
Kruch finished fourth at first singles at sectional to earn her spot, while Nelsen and Rybark got in as a special qualifier after losing their quarterfinal, first doubles match at sectional. The efforts helped the Greyhounds score 24 points and tie for third in the 18-team sectional filed as University School won with 44.
Other sectional competitors for Shorewood included freshman Bryn Urban, third at third singles (17-9), sophomore Grace Reckmeyer, fourth at fourth singles (15-11), and sophomores Claire Howland and Grace Kleaveland Kupczak, third at third doubles (10-7).
SHOREWOOD GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The Greyhounds swept the top three spots individually in taking the title in their own invitational on Saturday and now try to do the same en route to pursuing a Woodland Conference title at the league meet to be held at Sheridan Park in Cudahy on Friday.
Coach Sarah Kopplin feels good about the team as it heads into the race.
"Our squad ran the fastest we have ever had a team run at Kern (Park)," she said. "That is saying a lot because our course is difficult for runners mentally and physically."
The girls league race is at 4:20 p.m. at Sheridan. The Greyhounds lost a close to decision to Pewaukee for the title last season.
Kopplin feels it is possible for her team to repeat what it did at its own 14-school invite as Morgan Florsheim got to within 10 seconds of former Greyhounds great Claire Maduza's course record with a 4,000-meter clocking of 14 minutes, 35 seconds as her sister, Haley, was second in 15:16 and Micaela Gayner was third (15:28).
Those efforts led Shorewood to a 49-point score as Muskego was a close second with 58. other scoring runners for Shorewood included Laura Gould in 21st (16:39) and Haley Woyak in 22nd (16:39).
Also running were Lindsey Morris in 52nd (17:37) and Madee Ferone in 61st (18:08).
"Our goal is now to win conference on both the varsity and junior varsity levels," Kopplin said. "We have never done this before and the team is really inspired and ready to go." Morgan Florsheim is the defending individual champion.
SHOREWOOD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Standards are very high for the defending state Division 2 champs, so even an easy victory at their own invitational is not going to satisfy coach Dominic Newman as the Greyhounds look ahead to Friday's Woodland Conference race at Sheridan Park in Cudahy.
"Results in the varsity race were rather mixed for us as several guys ran well and others finished a little further back than we would have liked," Newman said.
The top-ranked in D2 Shorewood team runs at 4:50 p.m. Friday in defense of the Woodland title it won rather comfortably last season.
"The road will get tougher over the next two weeks as we face more top ranked teams and better individual runners," Newman said. "We are a team with the potential to become even better if we continue to point ourselves in the right direction, work together and give our best efforts."
The Greyhounds scored 39 points to outdistance a good Kenosha Bradford team (65) for the title in its 17 school meet.
Charlie Stahl lost by an eyelash to Kenosha St. Joseph's Kevin Ryan for the individual title on the 5,000-meter course in a personal best of 15:42.
Other scoring runners for the Greyhounds included Sam Kuhlmann in fifth (16:36), Jacob Goldberg in eighth (17:02), Mayan Essak in 10th (17:13) and Johnnie Papineau in 14th (17:29).
Also running were Jack Mauer in 19th (17:41) and Dylan Larson-Harsch in 24th (17:47).
A Shorewood Grey (second) team, led by Sam Shields in 29th (18:00) and Max Gietzen in 30th (18:00) was a competitive fourth.
WHITEFISH BAY FOOTBALL
The Blue Dukes survived an early scare and then scored 35 first half points in earning a 42-21 victory over Port Washington Pirates on Friday.
With the victory, Bay (4-2, 6-2) secured a WIAA State playoff berth. They go into their regular season finale at 7 p.m. Friday at defending state D2 champ Homestead (6-0, 8-0), with the idea of spoiling the Highlanders' perfect season and setting themselves up for a good playoff seed.
"We made the playoffs, that's the first goal," Blue Dukes coach Jim Tietjen said, "but it wasn't easy. They (the Pirates) applied some creativity early, ran some pistol, which we hadn't seen and then hit us with an 80-yard touchdown pass. They then tried an onside kick and recovered it.
"We held them, but we had to snap our helmets on in a hurry after that."
They did, answering that early charge with three first quarter TDs to take charge. Ben Lehrmann scored on a three-yard run, linebacker Dane Fleck continued his great season with a 22-yard interception return and quarterback Turner DeMuth raced in from 22 yards out.
In the second quarter, DeMuth connected with Rhashad Gray on a 21-yard TD pass and then ran one in again from three yards out. Lehrmann made it 42-7 early in the third quarter with a one-yard plunge.
Lehrmann continued his excellent season with 155 yards rushing on 14 carries while Tommy Friesch had 61 yards on four tries.
Tietjen said it was great getting Friesch back from an injury and noted that defensive ends Mitch Rogers (three solo tackles, seven assists, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery) and Tyler Terveer (four solos, four assists, a sack, two tackles for loss and a deflection) had great games.
The Highlanders continue to move forward as they took a competitive 10th in their 16-school powerhouse invitational on Saturday.
Coach Mark Gwidt is encouraged.
"The 200 medley relay and 200 free relay will have a chance to get to state as will a number of individuals this year," he said.
The Highlanders scored 92 points for their spot as defending state Division 1 champ Waukesha South/Mukwonago won easily with 400.
Alexandria Petersen finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke to lead the way in 1:07.71 while the medley relay team of Mallory Fox, Petersen, Talia Gottlieb and Molly Zall was fifth in 1:55.93. The 200 free relay team of Petersen, Zall, Gottlieb and Fox was eighth in a fine 1:43.56 clocking.
Petersen was 10th (56.45) and Fox 11th (56.48) in the 100 free and Brittany Thomas was 15th (5:32.35) in the 500 free.
The Blue Dukes 16-team Invitational on Saturday was a success on all levels coach Jim Mehls said, as the host school fought back from a rough early start to finish with a 3-3 match record, falling in the consolation final to Kettle Moraine by a 17-25, 25-17, 15-6 count.
"The tournament was a great chance to see a lot of the best boys teams in the state with six of the top 10 teams participating," Mehls said. "As always, the tournament was well organized and went smoothly, thanks to (Athletic Director) John Gustavson."
The Blue Dukes had a rough pool draw, falling to both the eventual champion (New Berlin) and runner-up Wauwatosa East. In the consolation matches, they swept Pius XI (25-22, 25-20) and then beat Shorewood in what Mehls thought was a great match, 27-29, 25-23, 15-13.
The Kettle Moraine match followed that effort.
Earlier in the week, the Blue Dukes put in a good effort against defending North Shore champ and two-time state tournament participant Germantown, falling by a 25-20, 25-15, 26-28, 25-13 count.
John Turner had eight kills and Beau Talbert 13 assists and 10 digs for Bay.
HOMESTEAD, NICOLET BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Highlanders downed the Knights in a North Shore thriller, 24-26, 29-27, 25-22, 24-26, 15-9, on Oct. 9.
In that match, Homestead was led by Blake Leeson with 12 kills, Jared Kashou with 16 assists, Connor Newell with five blocks and Zach Zimmermann with 11 digs.
Meanwhile, the Knights were paced by Avi Greenspan with 12 kills and 16 digs, Ben Spector 27 assists, and Sam Moser five blocks.
Nicolet also turned in a competitive effort at the Bay Invite on Saturday, beating Kettle Moraine and Milwaukee Pius in pool play before falling in the championship quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Wauwatosa East, 25-15, 25-23.
Junior second singles player Gina Wade finished off the Falcons season falling in two matches in WIAA Division 2 sectional play at Pleasant Valley on Oct. 9.
Wade, the Falcons only sectional qualifier, finished with a fine season record of 20-7. The Prairie School's Margaret Zimmermann (29-0) won the flight and earned a state tournament berth in the process.
NICOLET GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Knights prepared for their North Shore Conference championship dual with Cedarburg on Oct. 15 (see Glendale NOW.com for details) with a 25-13, 30-28, 25-8 win over Milwaukee Lutheran on Oct. 8.
Nicolet, which hosts the North Shore Conference Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, got 16 kills from Angie Morello, 35 assists from Alanna Conley, four blocks from Arianna Cohen and 18 digs from Maddie Kohnke.
The Greyhounds picked up two firsts from Rachel Munson in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and also picked up victories from Melissa Clausen in the 100 backstroke and from the 200 medley relay team of Clausen, Munson, Eva Jorn and Chloe Borut in taking fifth in the Sheboygan South Invitational on Saturday.
Shorewood, which was without multitime state champion Kristin Malone, scored 292 points as Ashwaubenon won the 10-team event with 474 points.
Munson set a best time of 2:10.27 in taking the individual medley and cruised to victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.3). Clausen was caught in 1:02.31 in the backstroke while the relay came across in 1:54.74.
Other good efforts included a fifth from Leah Jorn in the 200 free (2:08.75), sixths from Borut in the 200 IM (2:22.49) and the 500 free (5:38.56), a third from Eva Jorn in the 100 butterfly (1:04.5) and a fourth from her in the 500 free (5:35.1). a fourth from Clausen in the 100 free (57.33) and a third from the 400 free relay of Eva Jorn, Clausen, Borut and Munson (3:50.46).
"I think our kids swam well and set themselves up for success at the end of the season," coach Rob McCabe said. "We had a good number of season best times, (and) inspiring swims....It's good to get a bus travel meet during the season. I feel it helps prepare the girls for the (WIAA) sectional meet and even state."
The Greyhounds hosted Brown Deer/University School on Wednesday and now host the 15-school State Small Schools Invite at 1 p.m. Saturday. Diving is at 9:30 a.m. at Whitefish Bay.
BROWN DEER FOOTBALL
The Falcons got a rude taste of Woodland Conference Western Division football is like on Friday as state-ranked and unbeaten Greendale belted Brown Deer, 47-14.
It was never a game, as the Panthers (8-0) scored 31 points in the first quarter and never looked back.
Brown Deer (6-2) scored twice in the fourth quarter to make the game more respectable as David Hubbard ran it from 11 yards out and quarterback Zack Baun ran in from 26 yards. Baun struggled to complete 10 of 25 passes for 68 yards as Greendale ran up 453 total yards.
The Falcons close out their regular season with the official Woodland Conference crossover game at Pewaukee (7-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Pewaukee blasted Woodland Eastern Division champ South Milwaukee, 42-17, on Friday.
The Knights (0-6, 0-8) last good shot at getting a win this season came up a little short on Friday, when they fell to Milwaukee Lutheran, 35-14.
The game was closer than it looked as the Knights trailed just 21-14 at the half, as they earned second quarter touchdowns from Jamalle Williams on a 26-yard run and Justin Wallace on a four-yard run.
But the Red Knights' defense stiffened in the second half, pitching a shutout at Nicolet while Lutheran's offense added two fourth quarter insurance touchdowns.
Williams had a stellar evening for Nicolet, with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries. Lutheran gained 487 total yards on the evening.
The Knights close out their season at home against powerful Cedarburg (5-1, 6-2).
The Blue Dukes downed Port Washington in a North Shore Conference dual, 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-20, on Oct. 8.
Bay got 12 kills from Maya Jonas, 26 assists from McKenzie Nelson, four blocks from Katie McBride and 30 digs from Cassie Elliott. They take part in the North Shore Conference Tournament at Nicolet at 9 a.m. Saturday.
— Steven L. Tietz
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