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Sports Wrapups: April 24

April 24, 2012

Shaun Wild ceremony

Brown Deer graduate Kevin Wild will pitch for Valparaiso University and UW-Milwaukee has graciously offered their support for him and his family as they celebrate the life of his recently slain brother, Shaun, on Saturday when Valpo plays UW-Milwaukee in a 1 p.m. game at Henry Aaron Field in Lincoln Park.

Kevin Wild had a nine-inning shutout against UWM a few weeks back and has just picked up his third pitcher of the week honor from the Horizon League

"We will continue to celebrate our love and friendship, and extend the circle of our family and community," said a notice from the family.

Shaun Wild was stabbed to death earlier this winter as part of a bar fight he was trying to break up in the Naperville, Ill., where he taught elementary school. The assailant has been charged with first degree murder.

The day at Henry Aaron will include food, kids' games, Shaun's favorite music, lawn games, donation setups for the Shaun Wild Fund, raffles, T-shirt sales and a number of other activities to commemorate Shaun's life. The family will throw out the first pitch.

Brown Deer boys track

The Falcons had been off for quite some time, but they made up for it in a big way by winning their own invitational and outdoor opener on April 17.

Brown Deer will be at the Howards Grove Invitational on Friday and be at the Woodland Conference Relays at Greenfield on May 1.

The Falcons scored 210 points to win their own seven-team meet as Random Lake was second with 110 and Milwaukee Marshall was third with 95 1/2 .

Evan Naber won both the 110-meter high hurdles (15.9 seconds) and the 300-intermediate hurdles (42.9), while Michael Snowden was also a double winner in the 100 (11.5) and 200 (24.2) dashes.

Other individual winners included Curtis Hogg in the 1,600 (5:26.5) and the 3,200 (11:55.1), Taiwo Amusa in the 400 (54.2), Jake Schimenz in the 600 (1:25.6), and Chris Jones in the 800 (2:19.5).

Schimenz was the state Division 2 800 champ last season.

Nicolet girls soccer

The Knights remain moving in a healthy direction as they beat Dominican (3-0) and host Shorewood (2-0) to win the Eastside Cup Tournament last weekend.

The Knights, who also routed Milwaukee Lutheran, 7-0, on April 17, improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in North Shore play.

"It was a very profitable week," coach Tony Quintero said. "I liked the fact that though we often didn't play our very best soccer we got the results that we wanted. Especially in the Shorewood game, we had some lulls, but we were able to weather their storms."

Nicolet takes a road trip this weekend, playing at Neenah on Friday night and then going to Oshkosh West on Saturday.

Against Shorewood on Saturday, Sara Travia got a goal at the six minute mark and then Laila Eslami followed that with an insurance score in the 25th minute to seal the deal. In the cold and damp Friday night semifinal against Dominican, Travia had two goals and Eslami the other.

"The conditions were just brutal (in the high 30s for temperatures)," Quintero said, "but I liked their mental toughness. We were pretty composed."

Homestead girls softball

The Highlanders remained in a tie for first in the North Shore with an 11-1 win over Cedarburg on Monday.

Rachel Behnken had five strikeouts with no walks in earning the win. A four-run third broke open the game as Carly Schulz had four hits including two doubles and two RBI.

In the only game last week, Homestead routed Port Washington, 13-1, as a 10-run second blew open the contest. Behnken threw three innings and Schulz the remaining two. Andrea Savitch had three hits and three RBI while Schulz also had three hits.

The Highlanders host Whitefish Bay on Thursday before looking forward to their first showdown at archrival and 2011 North Shore champ Germantown (3-0, 6-0) at 4:30 p.m. May 1.

Shorewood boys track

Justin Rabon moved well up the state honor roll with his scorching winning time in the 400-meter dash at the Brookfield East Invitational on April 17.

"It felt like a good race," he said of his 50.06 second time. "I executed just as coach told me to do. I like running from the front, it's easier. I have a little bit more of a focus on individual races this year, but the whole team is looking forward to a good year."

And as if to prove that point, Rabon nearly rallied the Greyhounds back to victory in the 1,600 relay, as the crew that included Alex Grimmer, Taylor Dennis and Anthony Brewer came in second in 3:29.12, just falling short to host and 2011 state champ Brookfield East (3:29.03).

Rabon was also second in the 200 (22.46).

Those efforts led the Greyhounds to a seventh-place showing of 47 points in the 17-team field as East won with 118.

Other good finishes for Shorewood included a second from Dennis in the long jump (20-7 1/2 ), and a third from the 3,200 relay team of Jacob Goldberg, John Traudt, Michael Dellutri and Jack Mauer (8:34.49).

The Greyhounds will be at the Woodland Conference relays at Greenfield on May 1.

Whitefish Bay Dominican girls track

It wasn't the best day for defending state Division 2 sprint champion Deysha Smith-Jenkins at the Brookfield East Invitational on April 18, but what is a bad day for her would be a great one for just about anyone else, as Smith-Jenkins still won the 100- and 200-meters easily.

"I just didn't feel good," she said. "My hamstrings felt a little tight today. It wasn't a bad day to run (close to 60 degrees), but hey, I was able to get outside and do what I'll be doing for the next four years."

Smith-Jenkins earned a Division I track scholarship the University of Connecticut. She was timed in 12.63 seconds in the 100 and 25.53 in the 200, well off her best times but easily ahead of the rest of the field this day.

"It's all about records this season. Just all about records," Smith-Jenkins said.

Whitefish Bay boys track

Always running in the shadow of teammates and of the Blue Dukes' state championship relay teams, Blue Dukes senior sprinter Brandon Threats stood out on his own on April 17 at the Brookfield East Spartan Invitational as the senior won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in quick times.

On a chilly, 40-degree day, he was timed in 11.31 seconds in the 100 and then turned in a nice time of 22.35 in claiming the 200.

His efforts led the Blue Dukes to a third-place showing of 69 points in the 17-school meet.

The Blue Dukes are at the Benson Invitational at Wauwatosa West on Friday with its girls team and then will head over to Germantown on May 2 for the North Shore Conference Relays.

Other top finishes for Bay included the following: 100: James Stecker, sixth (11.66); 200: Stecker, third (23.09); 1,600: Nate Gomoll, third (personal best 4:24.28); 110 high hurdles: Rashadeem Gray, third (16.23); 300 intermediate hurdles: Gray, second (43.25); 400 relay: Gray, Rashad Gray, Stecker and Threats, third (44.89); 800 relay: Julian Posey, Tommy Friesch, Ryan Ballentine and Kelly Garth, sixth (1:37.14); high jump: Rashad Gray, sixth (5-8); and triple jump: Garth, sixth (39-5 1/4 ).

Shorewood girls track

Alexis Farrington won the 400 meters and anchored the victorious 1,600 relay team of Brigitte Sellinger, Sydney Cross and Lily Blind as the Greyhounds took 12th in the Brookfield East Spartan Invitational on April 18.

"For mid-April these were pretty good times," Farrington said. "We're off to a good start this year. I worked really hard over the summer last year and it's starting to pay off. We're also training better as a team and that's letting us get into a good flow."

The Greyhounds scored 28 points for their spot in the 17-team event, as Arrowhead won with 133. They will be at the Woodland Conference Relays at Greenfield on May 1.

Farrington was clocked in 1:01.09 in claiming the 400 and helped the Greyhounds rally past front-running Menomonee Falls in the 1,600 relay as the Shorewood quartet won in a state honor roll time of 4:11.17.

"Having this kind of weather (60-plus degrees) was definitely a blessing," Farrington said. "I also love being on the anchor leg (and bringing the team home)."

Chiara Sanders was fourth (13.61) and Brianna Webb was sixth (13.72) in the 100 for the Greyhounds.

Homestead boys golf

Jordan Niebrugge scorched the back nine with a 33 en route to a sizzling 18-hole score of 69, good for medalist honors at the 25-team Beaver Dam Invitational at Olde Hickory on Saturday.

Niebrugge's efforts led the Highlanders to a tie for second with Marquette in the event with a 329 score as Arrowhead won with 327. He was an impressive nine strokes clear of the next best golfer.

Other scores for the Highlanders included Matt Mitman with an 84, Nick Mueller and Charlie Maleki with 88 apiece and Sam Enea with an 89.

Homestead is in the midst of a hectic week as it took part in the Brookfield Central Skins Tournament on Wednesday and travels to Onalaska for a tournament Friday before coming back for the MACC Fund Invitational at Erin Hills on Saturday.

Whitefish Bay girls softball

Despite a 1-5 start, optimism remains abundant for new Blue Dukes coach Jessica Iwanski.

"We're a young but talented team," she said "Out of any team that I've been a part of as a player or a coach, this group of girls shows the most enthusiasm for the game and for each other."

Seniors Kristin Enea (outfield) and Kay Burns (first base) lead the way for Bay, which returns six starters this spring. Junior Maggie Hankerd was second-team all-conference at shortstop last spring but is moving to catcher after hitting .439 last season. Junior Hallie Mellendorf is a shortstop/second baseman/catcher and hit .389 in 2011.

The continued development of sophomore pitcher Kenzie McElduff remains a key to the success of the Blue Dukes. Iwanski, who takes over for Jeff Trask this spring, also welcomes junior shortstop Paige Kerwin, who comes back to softball after a few years hiatus in soccer.

"(If some things go right) ... More wins than last season will happen for these girls," Iwanski said.

The Blue Dukes are at Homestead on Thursday and host Nicolet on May 1, in a pair of North Shore Conference tilts.

Shorewood girls softball

The Greyhounds got their first win of the season on April 17 when it beat St. Thomas More, 14-8.

The key hit in the game was freshman Aisling Moloney's bases-loaded triple to break a 6- 6 tie in the fifth. Meredith Behm followed with a single up the middle to score Maloney.

"Another key to the victory was that six different players had a least one hit in the game," coach Dave Berghaus said. "Having runners on base plays to our strength which is team speed."

Addy Prochnow chipped in with two RBI and 2 runs scored while Cindy Schuelke had two hits and three RBI as well as pitching a strong seven strong innings.

"Our team is very young but I see improvement every time we step on the field," Berghaus said. "As the season progresses I feel our team will be competitive as long as they continue believing in themselves and working hard.

Shorewood took on Cudahy on Wednesday, and host South Milwaukee on Thursday before visiting Thomas More for another tilt May 1.

Whitefish Bay girls track

Emma-Lisa Murphy was second to state record-holder Molly Seidel of University Lake School in the 3,200 meters at the Brookfield East Invitational on April 18.

Murphy was clocked in a very fast 11:19.07 as Seidel, who is headed to Notre Dame on a scholarship, won in 10:41.28.

The Blue Dukes also got a runner-up showing from Helena Dziadowicz in the discus (101-4) and a third from Sofie Yang in the triple jump (33-1 1/4 ).

They will be at the North Shore Conference Relays at Germantown on May 2.

Nicolet girls track

Jnana Martin was third in the 200 (26.78) as was Devon Peck in the discus (100-0), while Elexxus Welch was fourth in the triple jump (32-2 1/2 ) at the Brookfield East Spartan Invitational on April 18.

Peck had the best individual finish with a second in the shot put (35-5). Nicolet will be at the North Shore Relays on May 2.

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