The Falcons got a big boost in confidence when they won the Milwaukee Riverside Tournament on Monday.
Brown Deer, coached by Heather Schrader, went 4-0 in the event, beating South Milwaukee (3-1), Milwaukee Ronald Reagan (2-2), Milwaukee Riverside (1-3) and Milwaukee Hamilton (0-4) along the way.
The Falcons have six seniors on the team this year, including middle hitter Sabrina Wimmer, setter/rightside hitter Imani Stingley, setter Megan Rogers, rightside hitter Valerie Whiyee, outside hitter Brianna White and opposite side/rightside hitter Paige Paetow.
Juniors include middle hitters Kendall Laurent and Victoria Millet, setter/rightside hitter Shannon Murphy, and rightside hitter Shayna Key. A sophomore on the team is outside hitter Monique White.
The Falcons host rival Shorewood at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and are at the Berlin Tournament on Saturday.
In a separate dual with South Milwaukee, the Falcons won 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 on Sept. 12, as Laurent had nine kills, three blocks and 16 digs while Rogers had 26 assists.
NORTH SHORE CONFERENCE GOLF
Playing on a difficult to navigate Tripoli Country Club Course, Whitefish Bay won the latest North Shore Conference mini-meet on Monday with a nine-hole total of 201 as Cedarburg and Nicolet tied with a 202 total and Homestead was fourth with a 204.
Homestead's Anika Hitt led the way with a medalist score of 38. The teams will tee it up again at the league 18-hole finale at noon Sept. 25 at Mee-Kwon in Mequon.
The standings are still very close and Homestead is the defending league and WIAA state champion.
In other golf highlights, Nicolet's Emily Murphy was the medalist at the 24-team Sheboygan Invitational on Sept. 9, shooting an 18-hole total of 80 as the Knights turned in a 379 team score.
Murphy had nines of 40 and 40, respectively.
HOMESTEAD, NICOLET TENNIS
In a light week due to the Jewish Holidays, the Highlanders pulled out a 6-1 victory over the Knights on Sept. 10.
Key individual wins for Homestead were earned by Homestead's defending state singles champion Elizabeth Konon over the Knights' Emily Mone (6-1, 6-0); Anna Kreynin at second singles over Nina Gerard (6-4, 4-6, 6-3); and Lexi Heth at fourth singles over Audrey Laing (7-6, 6-3).
At third doubles, the Highlanders Hannah Goddard and Andrea Rossman downed the Knights Bella Mahlik and Marli Stelhorn (6-0, 7-6).
SHOREWOOD GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The top-ranked in state Division 2 Greyhounds got a scorching fast, third-place individual finish from Morgan Florsheim and worked its way to a solid fifth-place team slot among 15-largely Division 1 teams in the Arrowhead Invitational on Sept. 12.
The Greyhounds scored 168 points for its spot as top-ranked in Division 1 Arrowhead dominated the meet with 35 and Whitefish Bay was second with 74.
Florsheim boldly led the field from about 800 meters out until there was only about 60 meters left and turned in a time of 14:17.2 on the flat 4,000-meter layout.
That effort trailed only Whitefish Bay freshman Camille Davre (14:14.95) and University Lake School senior Isabel Seidel (14:16.72).
"Morgan ran with confidence and poise," coach Sarah Kopplin said.
"It was great to see her really take a risk this week and push those runners so she will not be afraid to do so when she's racing the top D2 girls this season at state (in late October)."
Her time is only three seconds away from the great Claire Maduza's school record that Maduza set while winning the state D2 individual title in 2005.
She got help from Micaela Gayner, who was 16th in 15:29, while Laura Gould was 40th (16:19), Haley Woyak 49th (16:27) and Lindsey Morris 61st (16:39). Also running were Madee Ferone in 69th (16:50) and Justine Spore in 75th (17:05).
A total of 31 girls broke 16 minutes under near perfect conditions.
"I was happy with the other runners and their performances but we still need to work to improve our pack running," Kopplin said.
The Knights continued to make progress despite their 41-7 loss to Port Washington on Sept. 12.
They scored first on a a 31-yard TD run by Jamelle Williams and led 7-6 after the first quarter before the Pirates (1-1, 2-2) went ahead with 14 second quarter points.
Port outgained the Knights 347-130. Justin Wallace rushed eight times for 35 yards and caught one pass for 27 yards and Brett Keiper caught three passes on the night.
Nicolet (0-4) will visit unbeaten, defending WIAA State Division 2 champion Homestead (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
NICOLET CROSS COUNTRY
The Knights girls ran fast and turned in a respectable eighth-place showing in the Arrowhead Invitational on Sept. 12.
They turned in a 255 point total as top-ranked Arrowhead won with 255.
Katie Nowak led the way with a quick 15:40 effort on the 4,000-meter course that was good for 21st while Nora McGuire was 39th (16:18), Rylee Callahan 55th (16:35), Elizabeth Mowers in 67th (16:49) and Michelle Pigg in 73rd (17:01). Also running were Hilary Miller in 79th (17:13).
The Nicolet boys also had a good day, as the team scored 279 points for its spot as West Bend West won with 47.
The Knights had four runners break 18 minutes for the 5,000-meter course as Aaron Zetley was 32nd in 17:10, while Robert Dietz was 50th (17:30), Chris Welker 54th (17:34) and Silas Nelson in 66th (17:49).
SHOREWOOD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The Greyhounds are taking on the best the state can offer and for the second week in a row they came up a little short of West Bend West on Sept. 12 in the fast Arrowhead Invitational.
How well did the Greyhounds do? They recorded the fastest team average time for 5,000-meters in school history with multiple athletes turning 30-plus second personal bests on the flat, hard and fast Arrowhead course.
Coach Dominic Newman was not disappointed in the effort.
"The possibility for greatness this year is huge, but we have to be hungry," Newman said of his defending state Division 2 champions.
"...We're going to have to ramp it up if we want to do more than just appear in the WIAA finals and hope for a state title. Last night (Sept. 12) we saw the first glimpse of that happening."
Shorewood scored 61 points for its spot in the 14-team field as West won with 47 and Arrowhead was a distant third with 129.
Charlie Stahl was second individually with a very quick 15 minutes, 48 second time on the fast 5,000-meter layout.
West's Alec Miller won in 15:27.
Stahl got support from Jacob Goldberg in ninth (16:22) and Sam Kuhlmann in 10th (16:29), while other scoring runners included Jack Mauer in 19th (16:57) and Johnnie Papineau in 21st (16:57).
Also running were Henry Fowler in 42nd (17:19), Joey Flegel-Mishlov in 60th (17:19) and Max Gietzen in 74th (18:13).
Sam Shields also won the junior varsity race in an impressive time of 17:27.
The defending WIAA State Division 2 champions also fell the previous week to D2 rival Wisconsin Lutheran the previous week at the Homestead Invitational.
Evan Routhier was sixth individually in the Arrowhead Invitational on Sept. 12 to lead the Highlanders boys to a 12th-place finish in the 14-team field with 294 points.
The sophomore Routhier continues to impress as he turned in a clocking of 16:19 on the 5,000-meter layout as Alec Miller of team champion West Bend West won with a 15:27 effort.
Other credible efforts for the Highlanders included Liam Norman in 40th (17:17), Chris Broghammer in 75th (18:16), Tom Miller in 85th (18:33) and Henry Desmond in 88th (18:44).
The Highlanders girls turned in a balanced effort in taking 10th of 15 teams.
Anna Keller led the way on the fast 4,000-meter layout in 36th place (16:11), while Grace Karegeannes was 43rd (16:19), Elizabeth Balistreri in 57th (16:36), Olivia Gonzalez in 62nd (16:39) and Abby Claussen in 64th (16:42).
Also running were Katie Gebhardt in 76th (17:07) and Larissa Clopton in 84th (17:19).
The Greyhounds capped a hectic week as their injury-riddled team claimed second in its own Shorewood Invitational on Saturday.
Prior to that, the Greyhounds downed area rival Whitefish Bay, 25-9, 25-21, 25-17 on Sept. 12 after losing a tough Woodland Conference match to Whitnall in four games on Sept. 10.
"...We had a pretty good week," coach Ryan Roessler said. "We lost a close match at Whitnall in four, then went on to beat Whitefish Bay in a really exciting game Thursday night (Sept. 12). It was our first home match of the season and the energy in the building was great."
In that match, Paige Clingaman led the way recording 10 kills and hitting seven service aces. Megan Eimers had 22 assists and some great defense was turned from Annie Leo with 27 digs. Bay was led by Claire Elliott with seven kills and 17 digs while Maya Jonas had five blocks Jillian Ludwig 12 assists.
On Saturday, despite the injuries, the team made it to the finals of its own tournament falling to Cedarburg, 25-14, 25-23.
"This weekend was truly a test for the girls to play with different lineups, players out of position and injuries," Roessler said, "and to take second place with a shot to win the tournament that was a great test of their determination and ability to play out of their comfort zone."
BROWN DEER FOOTBALL
The Falcons (3-1) try to bounce back from their 29-14 loss to South Milwaukee on Friday when they host Cudahy (1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Brown Deer, which will also try to recover from some key injuries suffered against the Rockets, will dedicate a new scoreboard that night (see separate article).
For details on the South Milwaukee game, see BrownDeerNOW.com.
The Greyhounds pulled out two Woodland Conference wins last week.
They downed Whitnall, 5-2, on Sept. 10, in 90-degree heat, as individual victories went to Elizabeth Kruch at first singles (6-3, 6-0); Bryn Urban at second singles (6-0, 6-1); and Grace Reckmeyer at fourth singles (4-6. 6-2, 7-5).
In addition, the doubles teams of Ellie Schmitt and Hayley Ostrowski (7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4); and Claire Howland and Grace Kleaveland-Kupczak (6-3, 6-3) were also victorious.
"The three set matches all took almost three hours," coach Ally Armstrong said. "The girls really dug deep and gave it their all."
The Greyhounds also won 7-0 over St. Francis on Sept. 12 as all matches were claimed in straight sets. Celeste Carroll filled in at fourth singles to win a key match while at first doubles, Tricia Nelsen and Grace Rybarik also claimed a victory.
The Blue Dukes (4-0 in North Shore play and 7-3 overall) played in what was arguably the North Shore Conference championship match on Tuesday against Cedarburg (also 4-0 in league).
Bay prepped for that effort with a good, 5-0, win over Sheboygan Falls on Sept. 10 and a tough, 2-1, loss to state-ranked Kettle Moraine on Sept. 12.
In the win over Falls, Bay got off to a slow start taking only a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal from Jack Menard (assist Paul Gwidt), but then the Blue Dukes rattled off four unanswered scores in the second half as Zach Heller (JT Roemer), Gwidt (Joey Borris), Zavier Ware (Heller) and Sam Koziol (Min Heo) all found the back of the net.
NICOLET GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Knights downed Port Washington, 25-16, 25-13, 25-12, in a North Shore dual on Sept. 11. They got 19 kills out of Angie Morello, 31 assists from Alanna Conley, five blocks from Arianna Gohen and nine digs from Maddi Kohnke.
The Greyhounds bounced back from a discouraging, 9-0, loss to Pewaukee on Sept. 11, to beat South Milwaukee, 4-0, in a Woodland Conference decision on Monday.
Shorewood, which hosts area rival Brown Deer on Monday, scored two goals within 19 seconds at the 10-minute mark of the first half. Owen Moran and Elliot Lane notched both those scores while in the second half insurance tallies came from Chris Zak and Kieran Quinan.
The Falcons had a tough week last week, falling to New Berlin West, 2-1, on Sept. 11 and New Berlin Eisenhower, 3-0, on Monday.
Brown Deer (6-7-1) was able to tie the score against West at the 18 minute mark on a goal from Jimmy Pierson but the Vikings got the game-winner at the 66-minute mark. Ryan Hudson made seven saves for the Falcons.
Eisenhower scored all three of its goals in the first half against the Falcons, who will visit Shorewood on Monday.
While the team is still looking for a win in North Shore Conference play, the Highlanders got an important morale boost on Sept. 12, when it defeated Hartford, 1-0, in a nonconference game.
Andrew Fehrenbach got the only goal of the game at the 70-minute mark as Jesse Nye made four saves for the Highlanders.
Homestead hosts the Prairie School at 7 p.m. Thursday.
— Steven L. Tietz
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