Whitefish Bay girls swim
The Blue Dukes used balance to earn third in the North Shore Conference meet Saturday.
"There are a lot of good teams in the conference and we had some good swims, but overall I didn't think we swam all that well," Blue Dukes coach Jim Davis said.
The Blue Dukes now turn their attentions to the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet at Plymouth this week. Diving is at 6:30 p.m. Friday and swimming at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each event plus all those efforts that are among the next 12 best out of all sectionals statewide, advance to the WIAA State D2 meet in Madison on Nov. 9.
"We've got to believe that we can do well and get it done," Davis said. "We always swim well up in Plymouth."
Bay turned in a 324 point effort for its spot in the North Shore meet as Cedarburg won with 436 and Grafton was second with 342.
Top finishes for the Blue Dukes included the following: 200 medley relay: Foley Van Lieshout, Sarah Olver, Annelise Sprau and Hannah Pasterski, fourth (1:56.86); 200 free: Sabrina Raber, fifth (2:05.05); 200 individual medley: Olver, fifth (2:19.92); 50 free: Annelise Sprau, third (25.92); Hannah Pasterski, fifth (26.67); 100 butterfly: Sprau, fourth (1:03.87); 200 free relay: Anna Lauko, Raber, Maggie Colton and Pasterski, third (1:46.1); 100 backstroke: Van Lieshout, sixth (1:06.72); and 400 free relay: Raber, Pasterski, Olver and Sprau, fourth (3:51.86).
Homestead girls swim
The Highlanders could have used a little more zip, noted coach Mark Gwidt, as they took fourth in the North Shore Conference meet Saturday.
"We expected a little more," he said. "The expectations were just a little bit greater than the outcome."
Homestead now heads to the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Cedarburg this weekend. Diving is at 5:30 Friday and swimming at noon Saturday. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best of all sectionals statewide advance to the WIAA State D1 meet in Madison on Nov. 10.
The Highlanders scored 296 points for their spot in the North Shore.
Top performances included the following: diving: Leigh Berman, sixth (297.05); 200 individual medley: Alexandria Petersen, third (2:16.74); 50 free: Molly Zall, fourth (26.37); Elise Alverson, sixth (26.69); 500 free: Brittany Thomas, third (5:35.05); 200 free relay: Zall, Alverson, Katherine Thomas and Petersen, second (1:44.95); 100 backstroke: Emily Hannemann, fifth (1:06.67); 100 breast stroke: Petersen, third (1:08.06); and 400 free relay: Zall, Alverson, Thomas and Petersen, fifth (3:55.49).
Nicolet girls swim
Christa Rumbaugh won the 50 freestyle in leading the Knights to a sixth-place effort in the North Shore Conference meet Saturday at Grafton.
"The girls did a real nice job," Knights coach Dwight Davis said. "Though in that pool with short (starting) blocks and shallower water, it can create a lot of wave action. We had to expend a lot of energy just to get started (in a race)."
The Knights now compete in the WIAA sectional meet at Cedarburg this weekend. Qualifiers from it head to the state meet in Madison on Nov. 10.
In the conference meet, Nicolet scored 227 points as Cedarburg won with 436.
Rumbaugh edged a Germantown competitor by just 0.02 of a second to take the 50 free in 24.87. She was also second in the 100 free (53.94).
Other good efforts included the following: 200 individual medley: Gwen Worlton, seventh (2;23.83); 50 free: Sarah Zelazoski, seventh (26.92); 100 butterfly: Zelazoski, sixth (1:05.86); 100 free: Jamie Kloehn, sixth (57.62); 200 free relay: Zelazoski, Worlton, Hannah Sprung and Rumbaugh, fourth (1:47.55); and 400 free relay: Zelazoski, Grace Wilkie, Jaime Kloehn, and Rumbaugh, sixth (3:56.69).
Brown Deer/University School girls swim
Kimberly Roos led the Falconkats to a seventh-place finish in the Woodland Conference meet Saturday.
The local co-op now turns its attention to the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet at Plymouth this weekend. Qualifiers from there head to the state D2 meet in Madison on Nov. 9.
The Falconkats scored 110 points in the Woodland as Shorewood won its seventh straight crown with 416.
Roos was seventh in the 200 free (2:05.95) and was fifth in the 500 free (5:24.81).
Other notable finishes for Brown Deer/USM included the following: Natalie Surfus 12th in the 200 free (2:12.8) and 13th in the 500 free (5:55.6); the 200 free relay team of Nicole Gross, Paige Sprink, Surfus and Roos, fifth (1:52.47); Lily Wilson 10th in the 100 backstroke (1:10.23); and Sprink 14th in the 100 breast stroke (1:21.72).
Whitefish Bay boys volleyball
The Blue Dukes defeated Greendale 25-13, 25-21, 25-21, in a WIAA regional final on Friday and advanced into the jaws of the lion as it took on defending state champion Marquette in a WIAA sectional semifinal on Tuesday.
If the Blue Dukes won that match, they would advance to a sectional final Thursday at home against the winner of Pius XI and Shorewood with a state tournament berth on the line.
Bay coach Jason Zaleski sounded confident going into the Marquette match.
"If there is any year we are forced to play the boys volleyball powerhouse of Marquette this is the year," he said. "I have one of the most well rounded teams Bay has had in years and Marquette is not nearly as dominant this year as they usually are. I have five senior starters that are tremendous team leaders with great work ethic and a huge motivation to win.
"We faced Marquette at the Homestead Invitational Tournament on Oct. 20 and lost 25-23, 25-21 with horrible officiating calls tending to Marquette's favor. This group of boys have been overlooked all year and have a lot more potential than most teams think. I know my team wants it more than any team out there, the boys are extremely competitive and ready to make to name for Bay."
In the win over Greendale, John Wagner had 29 assists and Payton Braam three aces.
Nicolet boys volleyball
The Knights advanced to sectional semifinal play that was held Tuesday against North Shore Conference champion Germantown with a harrowing 25-18, 18-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-1 WIAA regional final win over visiting Neenah on Friday.
Nicolet took on the returning state qualifiers from Germantown having lost two frustrating matches to the Warhawks already this season. If they somehow survive, they will advance to a sectional final at Arrowhead Thursday against the winner of Arrowhead and Fond du Lac with a state berth on the line.
In the win over Neenah, Steven Richards had 45 assists and Avi Greenspan three aces.
Nicolet girls cross country
Lauren Cunningham had a sound race in taking 30th out of 190 runners in the WIAA State Division 1 race in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
Cunningham, who was battling tendinitis, turned in a time of 15:14.7 on the 4,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout as Baraboo's Mickaela Christenson won in a clocking of 14:12.65. She was 46th in 15:28 last season.
Homestead boys cross country
The Highlanders' Alex Vielmetti made his second go-round in the WIAA State Meet a much better one as he moved 78 places from his finish last year when he took 56th out of 190 runners in the annual test Saturday.
The senior Vielmetti was clocked in 16:42.68 on the 5,000-meter course which was 56 seconds faster than he ran last year when he took 134th.
Hudson's Ryan Kromer took the individual title in 15:27.17 on the Ridges Golf Course layout in Wisconsin Rapids.
- Steven L. Tietz
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