Homestead boys golf
With Jordan Niebrugge in the fold, anything is possible.
Veteran coach Steve O'Brien is putting that theory to the test this season, as the Oklahoma State recruit and defending Wisconsin State Open champion will look to lead Homestead to team honors this spring as its only returning letter winner.
"Jordan had a good basketball experience this winter, he got out there and stayed active and lost a bunch of weight," said O'Brien. "He also played fine all winter (in various amateur events) and really kept his competitive edge and his swing intact."
Niebrugge was competing in one last national amateur event last weekend and was not available as the Highlanders got their season off to a solid start with a tie for 10th in the 28-school Washington County Invite last Saturday.
"For taking five guys with essentially no varsity experience and throwing them into the fryer like that, it didn't turn out too bad," O'Brien said.
That grouping will try to help the Highlanders defend their North Shore title and get back to the WIAA state tournament.
Determining who will backup Niebrugge this spring will be a competitive process and will include seniors Nick Mueller (18-hole score of 79 at Washington County), Sam Enea (82), Chris Mayer and Tommy Jorgensen; as well as juniors Matt Mitman (84), Andy Deneen and David Anderson; sophomore Zach Shahrokhi (86) and freshman Charlie Maleki (88).
"Competition means everyone gets better," O'Brien said.
Homestead tied with NSC rival Cedarburg with a 331 score at Washington County as Arrowhead won with a 299.
In the first NSC nine-hole meet on Monday, Homestead was edged by Cedarburg, 167-168, as Niebrugge tied for medalist honors with a 38.
Whitefish Bay boys golf
The junior-dominated Blue Dukes finished 22nd in the Washington County Invite last Saturday.
"We don't have a lot of experience, and we were also missing some kids because ACT tests were also held," said Bay coach Frank Donadio. "We're going to use invitationals like this to get some good experience. Hopefully, that will help us finish in the top half of the (NSC) conference."
Bay, which finished fourth in the first NSC mini-meet on Monday, will look to experienced hands like Jack Comiskey (18-hole score of 87 at Washington County) and Aris Moulopoulos (83) to lead the way this year.
The two juniors will be backed up by seniors Dan Weber (96), Chris Roebber (99), and Chris Fuda; as well as by juniors Jack Duval (93), Jordan Braam, Johnny Markwiese and Ted Fitzpatrick.
"By the time everything is said and done, we should be quite competitive," Donadio said. "It's going to be a tough conference to move up in."
The Blue Dukes had an 18-hole score of 359 at Washington County, while at the nine-hole North Shore mini-meet, Bay came in with a 189 score as Comiskey led the way with a 42.
Brown Deer boys tennis
The inexperienced Falcons got some good hitting in last weekend in their own six-team invitational but struggled as they turned in a 0-4 dual meet record in the event.
"We had a great weekend weather-wise," said veteran Brown Deer coach Jim Matousek. "Only a few (rain) drops here or there (on Friday)." Greenfield and Greendale Martin Luther helped co-host the event.
Brown Deer will be led by sophomore Jimmy Pierson, who will move from doubles to first singles. He will get help from juniors Zach Miller and Bryan Gordon and from the team's only senior, Steven Wade.
The Falcons have 21 players out this spring, including an encouraging nine freshmen.
"About seven or eight of them played this weekend," said Matousek of the youngsters. "It didn't translate well to their young egos as they thought they were going to win immediately. They'll learn some lessons and they'll be better by the end of the year."
Matousek said almost all of the teams involved were impacted by either spring break or ACT testing last weekend. The closest match for Brown Deer was a 4-2 loss to Grafton as Milwaukee Lutheran and Watertown Luther Prep each won pool titles.
The Falcons will have a hectic four-match week including the Wauwatosa Invite on Saturday.
Homestead girls track
The Highlanders, greatly diminished by spring break, got a series of good efforts from Nia Feaster in taking ninth in their outdoor opener, the West Allis Hale Mondo Invitational.
"No. 1, it was a great facility and a well-run meet," said Homestead coach John Krueger, "and two, it was also a great day to run. A nice chance for the kids who stayed home over break to get a little reward for their efforts (in practice)."
Homestead, which will be at the Watertown Invitational on Friday, scored 36 points for its spot in the 14-school event as Waukesha West won with 104 points.
Feaster was second in the triple jump with a leap of 33-4 ¾ and was also third in the long jump (15-5 ¾) while also helping the 400-meter relay team that also included Shelby Comeau, Jourdnae Moore and Jessanna Clark to a third-place finish (55.57 seconds).
Clark was also fifth in the high jump (4-8).
"Our sprinters were able to stretch their legs and get used to the longer distances outdoors," Krueger said. "I was proud of the way they competed."
Nicolet boys golf
The Knights were seventh in the opening North Shore Conference mini-meet on Monday at the Wisconsin Club with a nine-hole total of 203.
Cedarburg edged Homestead, 167-168, for the title.
Nicolet was led by junior Chris Sorenson with a 47, while freshman Alex Braun came in with a 50, junior Nolan Wagner 52, senior Michael Goldstein 54 and freshman Tucker Bauman 55.
There will be another North Shore mini-meet on Monday.
Brown Deer boys golf
The Falcons opened the season on a rough note, taking 16th of 18 teams in the Sheboygan Falls Early Bird Invite April 11 at The Bull.
Brown Deer turned in an 18-hole score of 423 as Manitowoc Roncalli won with a 340 score.
Chuncey Thompson led the way with a 98, good for a tie for 37th individually.
Other scores for the Falcons included Alan Haney 104, Drew Worth 109, Imani Stingley 112 and James Bublitz 123.
- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz
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