BROWN DEER BOYS SOCCER
It's been a long time since the Falcons have had any really strong, meaningful wins but they picked up two of them Saturday, when they showed heart and character in turning in a pair of 2-0 victories over Milwaukee King and Whitefish Bay Dominican to claim their own Brown Deer Cup for the first time in many years.
"In my ten years connected to BD and BD soccer, it's our first BD cup title in that time," coach Joshua Anderson said. "We defeated King, 2-0, in the first match. We didn't play great, but we got a goal from sophomore Johnny Pierson in the first half and senior captain Jimmy Pierson in the second. Senior Dusty Koenig had both assists."
Then in the final, Jimmy Pierson struck again, scoring both goals with one assist from brother Johnny.
"Our defense, led by our goalie, senior captain Ryan Hudson and junior James Bublitz, was solid with two shut-outs," Anderson said.
Nothing could detract from the Falcons' excitement at the title, even the fact that the final was called with 15 minutes left to go because of lightning.
Brown Deer (6-5-1) followed those wins with a strong 3-1 Woodland Conference victory over Greenfield on Monday night as Jimmy Pierson had all three goals, including one on a penalty kick and one with an assist from his brother.
Anderson said that senior marking back Noah Ortiz, who sat out the cup tournament with an ankle injury, has been, after Jimmy Pierson, probably the team's best, most dependable player.
"(He's also) the best marking back I've seen this season," Anderson said.
NICOLET & HOMESTEAD
Thanks to a hat trick from Dominic Mandella, the Knights improved to 5-1-1 overall and 2-1 in North Shore play with a 5-2 victory over the Highlanders (0-4) on Sept. 3.
Nicolet, which took on Whitefish Bay (3-0, 5-1) in a pivotal North Shore Conference game on Monday (see separate story), broke a 1-1 tie with the Highlanders with a goal from Mandella at the 33:21 mark of the first half.
Mandella then got on a roll early in the second half scoring goals at the 41:54 and 44:35 marks to make it 4-1. After a Homestead score by Doug Kellner (52:32), a Knights goal from Chris Kelenchick (56:04) put the seal on the Nicolet victory.
Early on, Tommy Wilson scored for Nicolet and Sam Gianakos (Hayden Braaten assist) for Homestead. Both Highlanders goalie Jesse Nye and Nicolet keeper Michael Cohen had seven saves apiece.
SHOREWOOD & BROWN DEER GIRLS TENNIS
The Greyhounds overwhelmed the Falcons in a Woodland Conference dual meet by a 7-0 count on Sept. 3.
All the matches were straight sets including all three doubles matches which were 6-0, 6-0. Those teams for the Greyhounds were Tricia Nelsen and Grace Rybarik, Ellie Schmitt and Hayley Ostrowski and Claire Howland and Grace Kleaveland-Kupczak. Bryn Urban at third singles also won by a 6-0, 6-0 count.
Other wins for Shorewood included Elizabeth Kruch at first singles (6-2, 6-2); Jenna Vuorinen at second singles (6-4, 6-2) and Grace Reckmeyer at fourth singles (6-2, 6-0).
NICOLET GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Knights are off to a solid start with five returning letter-winners but youth most everywhere else.
"We are a young team this year with seven players new to the varsity roster," veteran coach Dann Jacobson said. "At certain points we will have three freshmen on the floor at the same time."
The Knights, who turned in a credible 7-3 record in the Muskego Invitational on Saturday, will have NCAA Division I senior outside hitter and four-year letter-winner Angie Morello as one of their captains along with senior middle blocker Arianna Cohen and junior setter Alanna Conley.
Other returnees include sophomore libero Maddi Kohnke and sophomore right side hitter Erin Heidenrich. The only other senior on the roster is middle blocker Natalie Muenster. Four freshmen and two sophomores are currently on the team.
"We had a very closely knit team last year and the returning players really wanted the same amazing experience they had last year," Jacobson said. "This is a very inclusive group who support each other exceptionally well. We have emphasized the idea of competition and support."
The Knights have challenged themselves early, taking sixth of 12 in the Burlington Invitational, and 14th of 24 in the powerhouse Joust before taking part in the Muskego event.
"We left those tournaments with many positives and many lessons learned," Jacobson said.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS VOLLEYBALL
Coming off a second-place finish in conference last year, the deep Blue Dukes are off to a good start this season having taken second in the Racine Horlick Invitational on Saturday.
Returning starters this season for the Blue Dukes include senior setter/opposite side hitter Beau Talbert, and juniors Jonathan Smallpage (middle hitter) and Ashton Lehner (outside hitter).
All told, the Blue Dukes will have six seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores on the roster. Sophomore setter Jake Rybakowicz is a newcomer and will play an important role this season coach Jim Mehls said.
"At this time many players are in the running for filling in the remaining starting and key substitution roles," Mehls said.
At South Milwaukee, the Blue Dukes defeated Racine Horlick and Kenosha Indian Trail among others in pool play but in a rematch in the championship playoffs, lost to Horlick 27-25, 25-22.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Blue Dukes won their pool in the Hartford Invitational on Saturday, which they have never done in coach Elizabeth Stecklein's regime but couldn't quite hold on in the championship round, ending up fourth.
"We just couldn't keep our momentum," Stecklein said.
The Blue Dukes were led by Rachel Perrigo with 10 aces, Claire Elliott with 34 kills while Cassie Elliott 78 digs, Mackenzie Nelson 58 assists and Maya Jonas 10 blocks.
SHOREWOOD BOYS VOLLEYBALL
Former Whitefish Bay coach Jake Nowak tries to fill some big shoes as he takes over from Greyhounds legend Kevin Gemiginani who stepped down to spend more time with his family after leading Shorewood to three straight Woodland Conference titles.
Nowak has been coaching 10 years and is also one of the co-directors for the North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club.
The Greyhounds return three starters and carry five seniors who could see a lot of court time and provide solid leadership.
Leading the way is 6-8 left-handed outside hitter Karl Apfelbach, who is a top national recruit and who also played for the USA Youth National team this summer.
Other key personnel include senior libero/setter Riley Liegel, senior outside hitter Anthony Brewer, senior middle blockers Jack Knutson and Peter Vanden Kieboom and sophomore setter Joe Lock. Nowak is looking for big things out of Brewer this season.
Top newcomers include junior middle/outside hitter Isaac Matthias, sophomore libero/setter Willem Vanden Kieboom and sophomore libero/defensive specialist Tommy Hayes.
Nowak is trying to build continuity on the team as the Greyhounds are replacing key outside hitters and bringing in new passers. Nowak sees New Berlin as the early favorite in the Woodland with his team right behind.
The Greyhounds will be at the powerhouse 32-team Racine Park Invitational on Saturday.
HOMESTEAD BOYS VOLLEYBALL
An extremely experienced Highlanders squad opened its season on Saturday losing in the consolation finals of the Kettle Moraine Invitational.
"This year will be a very exciting year we have a lot of offensive weapons," coach Phil Lambe said. "However, our defense is going to need some work. We have a lot of experience with 13 seniors in the lineup and we're bringing in some very good young talent with a few sophomores."
Along with all the seniors will be four sophomores.
NICOLET GIRLS GOLF
The Knights turned in an excellent 18-hole score of 357 to tie for 10th in the 22-team Cardinal Invitational at Woods Prairie on Saturday.
Verona won the meet with a 324 score. Leading the way for the Knights were Emma Murphy with an 86, Alysse Elko with an 87, Jaclyn Clark with a 90 and Rachel Rabenn with a 94.
Homestead's Anika Hitt carded a 77 at the event.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS SWIM
The Greyhounds got first-place finishes from Kristin Malone in both the 200- and 100-yard freestyle Rachel Munson in the 100 breaststroke, Eva Jorn in the 100 butterfly and from the 200 medley relay team of Melissa Clausen, Munson, Eva Jorn and Malone as they took third place in their own nine-team invitational on Saturday.
"I was quite impressed with our overall efforts from Saturday's meet," coach Rob McCabe said. "We almost always swim well at our early season invite. Part of that is from the training volume but the swimmers need to take credit for their work, too."
The Greyhounds scored 332 points for their spot as Cedarburg won with 434 and Muskego was second with 354.
Malone remained a dominant performer as she turned in a winning time of one minute, 53.26 seconds in the 200 free and then came across in 51.77 in the 100 free. The medley relay she anchored hit the wall in a season best 1:49.3.
Munson, the state record-holder in the breaststroke won her specialty in 1:04.38 and Jorn hit the wall in the butterfly in 1:01.83.
Taking seconds were the 200 free relay team of Munson, Clausen, Jorn and Malone (season best 1:41.53) and Munson in the 200 individual medley (2:11.78). Clausen was third in the 50 free (26.04) and fourth in the 100 free (56.73).
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SWIM
A balanced effort netted the Blue Dukes a sixth-place showing in the Shorewood Invitational on Saturday with a 241 point total.
Foley Van Lieshout was second in the 100 backstroke (1:02.98) as was the 200 medley relay team of VanLieshout, Anna Lauko, Heather Smallpage and Hannah Pasterski (1:56.31) while the 200 free relay team of Lauko, VanLieshout, Pasterski and Smallpage was third (1:46.12).
Other good finishes included Marissa Brudny in fourth (1:04.34) and Smallpage fifth (1:05.03) in the 100 butterfly.
NICOLET GIRLS SWIM
The Knights did their best trying to hold up with a powerful Grafton squad but fell 122-64 in a North Shore dual on Sept. 3.
Jaime Kloehn won the 100 free (56.84) while Gwen Worlton was second in both the 100 butterfly (1:05.11) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.33).
The 200 medley relay team of Grace Wilkie, Worlton, Sarah Zelazoski and Sophia Carlton was second (2:00.87) as was the 200 free relay team of Libby Geboy, Carlton, Worlton and Kloehn (1:50.64).
The Knights opened up their North Shore Conference season with a rough 49-14 loss to Grafton on Friday.
Nicolet fell behind to the resurgent Blackhawks, 28-0, at the quarter and could never recover. Justin Wallace did catch a three-yard TD pass from Alex Baez and then Wallace ran it in from eight yards out for some second half highlights for the Knights, who fell to 0-3 on the season.
Teague Worlton had five rushes for 60 yards to lead the Knights as Baez completed five-of-10 passes for 70 yards.
The Knights host Port Washington (2-1) in another North Shore tilt at 7 p.m. Thursday.
WHITEFISH BAY FOOTBALL
Following their 23-15 loss to Germantown on Friday (see WhitefishBayNOW.com for details), the Blue Dukes (2-1) try to get back on the winning trail Thursday, when they visit Milwaukee Lutheran (1-2) at 7 p.m.
Lutheran lost its North Shore opener to Cedarburg, 56-21, on Friday.
SHOREWOOD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The defending state Division 2 champion Greyhounds lost to rival Wisconsin Lutheran for the title in the Homestead Highlander Invitational at Tendrick Park on Friday.
Shorewood scored 71 points for its spot in the 12-team field as Lutheran turned in an impressive 39 point effort, putting four runners in the top 10.
Leading the way for the Greyhounds were Charlie Stahl, who covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:15 for second while Sam Kuhlmann was 10th (16:50) and Jacob Goldberg was 12th (16:53). Also serving as scoring runners were Jack Mauer in 18th (17:13) and Maya Essak in 29th (17:30).
Also running were Johnnie Papineau in 38th (17:45) and Henry Fowler in 43rd (18:04).
SHOREWOOD GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The Greyhounds were a close third in the 10-school Homestead Highlander Invitational at Tendick Park in Saukville on Friday.
Wisconsin Lutheran won with 56, while Franklin was second with 64 and the Greyhounds third with 66.
Morgan Florsheim was second on the rolling 4,000-meter layout in a very quick 14:51 while her sister, Haley, was fifth (15:37) and Micaela Gayner was eighth (16:07).
Other scoring runners included Lindsey Morris in 25th (17:00) and Haley Woyak in 26th (17:00). Also competing were Laura Gould in 32nd (17:18) and Justine Spore in 55th (18:09).
HOMESTEAD CROSS COUNTRY
Evan Routhier was 14th in 17:06 to lead the Highlanders boys to an 11th-place finish in their own invite at Tendick Park on Friday.
Routhier got help on the 5,000-meter course from Liam Norman who was 40th (17:49) and Adam Peterson who was 51st (18:26).
The Highlanders girls used pack running to take eighth in their own meet as Grace Karegeannes was 33rd (17:19), Elizabeth Balistreri 34th (17:19), Anna Keller 35th (17:21) and Abby Claussen 36th (17:27).
NICOLET CROSS COUNTRY
The Knight boys were 12th of 14 in the Leighton Betz Invitational at Greenfield Park last Friday. They scored 274 poiints as Muskego won with 62.
Aaron Zetley was 19th on the 5,000-meter course in 17:49 while Chris Welker was 39th in 18:20 to lead the way.
Nicolet's girls were 11th of 12 with 252 points as Arrowhead won with 43. Katie Nowak was 12th to lead the way on the 4,000-meter layout as Michelle Pigg was 56th (17:52) and Nora McGuire 57th (17:53).
— Steven L. Tietz
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