Nicolet cross country
She had some tendinitis in her leg, she wasn't feeling well and she was wrapped in a blanket after the sectional race at Arrowhead on Saturday, but the Knights' Lauren Cunningham is headed back to the WIAA State Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
"That was the hardest race I've ever run," she said afterward.
Cunningham earned her slot after taking third in the sectional and leading the Knights to a competitive fourth in the 11-team field.
"We'll get her in the pool for a few days this week and do some aqua-jogging, just try to keep her healthy," Knights coach Mike McKenna said. "We've backed off a little down the stretch and that should help, too."
The girls Division 1 state race is at 2:20 p.m. at the Ridges' Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Cunningham was 46th last year in the 190-plus runner field.
Cunningham turned in a time of 14:51 on the fast 4,000-meter Arrowhead course for her spot as Arrowhead's Payton Wesley won in 14:34.
Cunningham's efforts led the Knights to a 146 point total as Arrowhead dominated with just 19 points and West Bend West grabbed the second state team berth with 65 and Menomonee Falls was third with 121.
Nicolet's Katie Novak narrowly missed out on a state berth of her own, taking 17th in 15:54, while also running for the Knights were Elizabeth Mowers in 33rd (16:35), Michelle Pigg in 45th (16:47), Hilary Miller in 48th (16:50) and Kristen Maling in 72nd (18:09).
McKenna was extremely happy with the team effort, especially that of Novak.
The Knights boys were ninth with 268 as Robert Dietz was 48th on the 5,000-meter course in 17:36, Aaron Zetley 49th (17:37), Randy Grzybowski 52nd (17:41), and Chris Welker 55th (17:47).
Homestead boys cross country
It was another near-miss for the Highlanders in the WIAA sectional race, as despite Alex Vielmetti's individual state meet earning fifth-place effort, they were 11 points off earning their first state team berth since 2001 with a third-place finish in the 11-team field.
"I really didn't think we were going to lose," a frustrated coach Dan Claussen said. "We had our top five in the top 19, but West Bend West has a pair of twins and one was running really well (individual meet champion Alec Miller) but the other (Aric Miller) hadn't been until these last two meets and that was the difference."
Aric Miller was fourth individually.
Arrowhead won the meet with 42 points while West took the second state team berth with 58 and Homestead came in with 69.
Vielmetti, who was 134th at state last season, finished in 16:17 on the fast Arrowhead High School course. He will take his place in the 100th annual WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids at 12:20 p.m. Saturday.
As noted, Claussen was very pleased with the team effort as Ben Jurenec was 12th (16:35), Evan Routhier 16th (16:42), Kale Mason 17th (16:43), Trevor Cho 19th (16:49), Brandon Beschta 53rd (17:47) and Conner Knuth 59th (17:56).
"We ran awesome!" exclaimed Claussen.
Nicolet girls tennis
Knights coach Tim Koppa did stay away from sharp implements and other potentially dangerous objects on Saturday night, after his team's extremely frustrating 4-3 WIAA State Team Tournament semifinal loss to DSHA.
"You know, it wasn't easy sleeping (that night)," Koppa said. "It's never been too much of a problem going to bed after a tough loss, but this one was hard. We had match point on one court, set point on another. It was all so close and our kids played all so well.
"No one choked, it was just a case if something was going DS's way, it was going to go that way. I'm surprised they didn't beat Homestead (later in the day for the championship, which they lost 4-3). This is a real loss that we're going to feel for awhile."
Because of the way the doubles broke down. Nicolet, which had advanced into the semifinals with an easy 7-0 victory over Neenah on Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, had its strength in the doubles this season but so did the Dashers.
And in an excruciating turn of events, Nicolet's teams of Sara Miller and Josie Docalavich (7-6, 6-4); Erin Wathen and Michelle Margolies (0-6, 7-6, 6-4); and Michelle Tong and Mercedes Halaska (1-6, 6-3, 6-4) all lost difficult matches. Tong and Halaska's defeat was to a team that made state semifinals at the individual tournament the previous week.
"It was an example of how our season went in a few matches, we just had a hard time putting people away," Koppa said.
Homestead's title was its fifth in a row while Nicolet had been state runner-up in 2011.
"We were disappointed that we lost," Koppa said, "but as I told the kids, if you're playing on the last possible day you can play in a season, then you're doing all right. It's just our standard. We usually play to make the final, but the semifinal was a good finish, too."
Four-year letter-winner Emma Wathen, Nina Gerard and Emily Mone all won matches against DSHA. Wathen, Tong and Halaska are the team's seniors.
Brown Deer football
Catholic Memorial could do no wrong, racing to a 41-7 lead and ultimately defeating Brown Deer in the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs at Carroll University on Friday, 48-28.
Senior running back Matt Hubley served as the table setter for the CMH offense, delivering 71 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the first half alone.
Memorial moved on to a Level 2 game against Pewaukee this weekend
Brown Deer, which finished at 5-4, looked like it had a case of nerves, particularly on an opening drive that could not have gone worse. The Falcons were whistled for a false start penalty on the first play from scrimmage, and quarterback Drew Worth was sacked on the second play and fumbled the ball, though Brown Deer recovered.
On the third play from scrimmage, the Falcons fumbled the ball yet again, but this time Catholic Memorial junior defensive lineman Mitch Urich jumped on top of it, and the Crusaders scored five plays later.
The lone bright spot for Brown Deer was senior wide receiver Tray Palmer, who had a career night, catching 8 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Brown Deer head coach Rob Green had high praise for his senior wide receiver after the game.
"He's a special athlete. He has been a three-way starter for a long, long time. He's a special kid, he's a good athlete, he's a competitor, he's one of our true leaders on this team and where he goes, we go, and we're going to miss him a year from now."
Despite trailing 41-7, the Falcons showed some fight in the second half, scoring three touchdowns late to make the final score 48-28, but it was simply the Crusaders' night. Worth threw three TDs passes, including a three-yarder to Pietro D'Amato, a 24-yard effort to Palmer and a 26-yard toss to Jack Wallisch. Worth also found pay dirt himself on a four-yard run.
Worth had a career night with 22 completions in 34 attempts for 354 yards.
Shorewood girls tennis
The Greyhounds recently closed out their season in the WIAA State Individual Tournament.
Junior AFS student Claudia Deiana (13-10) defeated a Madison Edgewood player, 6-0, 6-4, but then fell to a seeded opponent from Green Bay Notre Dame, 6-0, 6-1.
Senior Victoria Nelsen (16-4) lost in the first round to another Edgewood player (6-4, 6-3).
Both Deiana and Nelsen had advanced as special qualifiers.
Homestead girls cross country
The Highlanders finished up their season with an eighth place effort in the WIAA sectional meet at Arrowhead on Saturday.
Homestead scored 185 points for its spot in the 11-school event as Arrowhead (19) and West Bend West (65) earned the state team berths.
Running for the Highlanders were junior Elisabeth Balistreri, who was 30th on the 4,000-meter course in 16:29, while senior Diana Gertl was 32nd (16:34), freshman Anna Keller 34th (16:36), sophomore Abby Claussen 39th (16:41), and senior Ellen Erpenbeck was 50th (16:51).
Also running were senior Helen Lewis in 56th (17:02) and sophomore Ali White in 67th (17:37).
Nicolet girls swim
The Knights dropped a recent 93-90 North Shore Conference dual meet to Germantown.
Earning firsts for Nicolet were Christa Rumbaugh in the 50-yard freestyle (24.94) and the 100 freestyle (53.88). Rumbaugh also anchored the 400 free relay team that included Sarah Zelazoski, Grace Wilkie, Jaime Kloehn (3:54.96). Alyson Zimmerman led a one-two-three sweep in diving with a 153.55 score.
The 200 free relay team of Zelazoski, Kloehn, Gwen Worlton and Rumbaugh turned in a quick time of 1:44.23 in taking second.
Shorewood girls swim
The Greyhounds prepped for this Saturday's Woodland Conference meet with a 108-74 Woodland Conference dual meet win over Whitnall on Oct. 17.
The Woodland Conference meet is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Greenfield. The Greyhounds, who will join Brown Deer/University School at the meet, will be among the favorites.
Taking firsts in the dual against Whitnall were the following: 200 medley relay: Chloe Borut, Kristin Malone, Diana Yakshimamedova, Genevieve Hayes (1:58.96); 200 freestyle: Eva Jorn (2:07.88); 50 freestyle: Munson (25.99); 100 butterfly: Malone (1:01.99); 100 freestyle: Jorn (58.03); 500 freestyle: Munson (5:17.37); 200 freestyle relay: Jorn, Mueller, Yakshimamedova and Munson (1:47.49); 100 backstroke: Hayes (1:04.83); 100 breast stroke: Malone (1:09.1); and 400 freestyle relay: Hayes, Borut, Munson and Malone (3:48.32).
North Shore Conference girls swimming
The Homestead, Whitefish Bay and Nicolet girls swim teams will take part in the North Shore Conference meet at Grafton this weekend.
Diving takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday and swimming starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Cedarburg and Grafton are among the meet favorites.
North Shore Conference boys volleyball teams
The WIAA State Tournament series begins for the area teams Friday with regional finals.
Nicolet earned the fourth seed and hosts fifth-seeded Neenah. If the Knights advance, they would visit the Arrowhead sectional's top seed and North Shore Conference champion Germantown on Tuesday for a sectional semifinal. The sectional final is at Arrowhead on Nov. 1.
Homestead is the sixth-seed in the same sectional and visits third-seeded Fond du Lac on Friday. If they advance, they would visit second-seeded Arrowhead on Tuesday.
Whitefish Bay/Dominican is the fourth-seed in its own sectional and hosts fifth-seeded Greendale in a regional final Friday. If they win, they would visit top-seeded and defending state champion Marquette in a Tuesday sectional semifinal.
That sectional final is back at Bay on Nov. 1 and the WIAA State Tournament is Nov. 9 and 10 at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Nicolet girls volleyball
The Knights closed out their season with a disappointing 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 WIAA regional final loss to Brookfield Central on Saturday.
Seniors for the Knights included co-captains Elizabeth Heidenrich and Jessica Kloehn, Chloe Choice and Mallory Kane. They finished with a match record of 26-20. Nicolet had advanced with a 25-2, 25-4, 25-11 regional semifinal win over Milwaukee Washington on Oct. 18.
Homestead girls volleyball
The Highlanders closed out their campaign with a 27-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-17 WIAA regional final loss to Mukwonago on Saturday.
Homestead, which had advanced with a 25-20, 25-7, 25-19 win over Waukesha North on Oct. 18, got seven kills, 12 digs and three aces from senior Bethany Hansen; four kills and six blocks from junior Sydney Beckers; eight kills from junior Monica Caputa, four blocks from senior Kate Quinlevan, 29 digs from senior Kate Caputa, 13 assists from sophomore Margaux Wilson and nine assists from senior Hannah Mandlman.
The team finished 19-17 in duals this season.
Whitefish Bay girls volleyball
The Blue Dukes season came to a quiet end with a 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 WIAA regional final defeat at the hands of second-ranked DSHA on Saturday.
The Blue Dukes got five kills from Chrissy Joachim, eight assists Corrina Shymansky, and 17 digs and aces from Cassie Elliot. They finished 8-19 on the season.
Brown Deer girls volleyball
The Falcons closed out their campaign with a 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal loss to state power Waupun on Oct. 18.
Brown Deer, which had advanced with a 25-21, 25-11, 25-21 regional quarterfinal triumph over North Fond du Lac on Oct. 16, closed out its match record at 5-14.
Seniors included tri-captains Lexi Coleman, Allison Laurent and Nicole Bublitz and Jordan Schubert.
Shorewood girls volleyball
The Greyhounds closed their campaign with a 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal defeat at the hands of Campbellsport on Oct. 18.
Shorewood had advanced to the semifinal with a 25-22, 25-10, 23-25, 25-13 regional quarterfinal victory over Mayville on Oct. 16.
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