Recap of recent action for Brown Deer, Homestead, Nicolet, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay high schools »Read Full Article
It was such a highlight in the area athletic scene that even Nicolet football coach Dave Quam took time out from the start of practice to watch the state champion Glendale Little League Juniors 13- and 14-year-old all-star team play late this summer.
The email came to me from veteran Brown Deer swim coach Bob Van Lieshout on Aug. 8, and the key words in it were "I see some real change coming."
Nicolet's return to varsity football began about as well as the Knights could have hoped when they recovered a Waukesha South fumble on the opening kickoff and proceeded to score the opening touchdown on the resulting drive. After that, the Blackshirts from South asserted themselves en route to a 43-14 win, but the Knights can take some positives from their first varsity game after a one-year hiatus.
"We have a lot more freshmen and sophomores out this year and we want to show them what it takes to be a varsity football player.
North Shore area girls golf teams got their seasons off to a positive start in the 20-school Pius XI Invitational on Aug. 13 at Washington County.
The Nicolet baseball team is still not back to where it was 10 years ago or even five years ago, but the Knights made strides this summer, staying competitive for the most part in a 9-21 campaign.
The seasons ended on a competitive but also a bit frustrating note for both the Nicolet and Shorewood baseball teams in WIAA regional play on Tuesday, July 14, while after a promising start, Brown Deer saw its campaign come to an end in a 12-2 decision to Cedarburg that same night.
On a sweltering summer evening at Rennicke Field in which temperatures pushed into the low-90s, it was Trevor Cho and the Homestead offense that brought the heat during a WIAA Division 1 regional final playoff game Friday night.
The scores haven't indicated it, but the still young Nicolet baseball team is playing some solid baseball as it heads into the WIAA tourney.
When asked if both Nicolet legends Danny Winn and Sam Sivilotti had come back and hit homers and if he himself had come out of "retirement" and pitched in his Knights' stunning 5-3 upset of North Shore Conference leader and top-ranked West Bend West on June 29, Nicolet baseball coach Jason Grodsky chuckled and said: "Maybe."
Though the 5-10 record does not reflect it, there is vast improvement in the camp of the Nicolet baseball team this season.
The early bird catches the worm, even when the worm is as big and satisfying as a WIAA state soccer tournament berth.
Recent recap of action for Brown Deer, Homestead, Nicolet, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay high schools
Recap of recent action for Brown Deer, Homestead, Nicolet, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay high schools
It was going to require a really big day for the Nicolet boys tennis team to beat powerful Marquette in the WIAA sectional tournament at Whitefish Bay on May 27 and qualify for the state team tournament.